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Posted at 7:15 PM ET, 06/ 2/2009

Nightlife Agenda

By Fritz Hahn

2008 Miss D.C. Kate Marie Grinold (left) and Miss Virginia Tara Wheeler are hosting a happy hour with free vodka to raise money for the Race for the Cure. (Courtesy of Discovery Communications)

This is a big weekend for pageants and models: Capital Pride gets underway with both the Mr. and Miss Capital Pride and Mr. and Miss Leather D.C. contests; Tyson Beckford of "Make Me a Supermodel" hosts a party at the Park at 14th; and three Miss America contestants sponsor a happy hour to fight breast cancer. Then we've got a concert featuring Wale, a dog-friendly happy hour, anniversary parties for some very popular DJ nights and a scooter rally with three nights of entertainment.

Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday

Wednesday, June 3
Here's a fun fact about Wale (listen): Dude doesn't even have an album out yet! OK, there was last year's "Seinfeld"-influenced "Mixtape About Nothing," which deserved every bit of praise it got. There has been a string of monster singles dating back three years, from "Good Girls" to "Nike Boots" to "Magic," giving him a streak worthy of Ryan Zimmerman. And he's guested on so many hot jams that he may as well change his name to "Featuring Wale." We're still waiting on the album -- the album that will put D.C. hip-hop on the map, or something -- but he's earned the benefit of the doubt. He's been playing shows with go-go beatfreaks UCB, so you know the energy won't be lacking. And he has fellow on-the-cusp rapper Tabi Bonney (listen) opening for him at 9:30 club for tonight's Rock the Vote show. We're still waiting on the grand achievement, but we're willing to wait a bit longer. Wale's earned the benefit of the doubt.

As the weather warms up, so do chances to spend some quality happy hour time with your favorite four-legged friends. While some bars like Cantina Marina and Jackson 20 host events every week, the Washington Humane Society's Yappy Hour only happens once a month. The patio at the Park Hyatt Hotel welcomes humans and their dogs on the first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8. People pay $10, which includes two drink tickets for beer or wine, while dogs get in free and also enjoy complimentary treats and water. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society.

If you've looked in a DJ booth lately, you know the number of DJs spinning vinyl has diminished significantly, thanks to laptop-assisted tools like Serato, which let DJs use turntables to cue up MP3 tracks. (Quick shoutout to those like Moneytown and Brazilian Rhythms that stick to wax.) Tonight at the Rock and Roll Hotel, though, vinyl is coming back for a good cause. More than 20 DJs are getting together at the Semi-Annual Vinyl Classics Fundraiser to spin a few of their favorite party records and raise money for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, a volunteer program that places abandoned dogs with new owners. Participants include Stereo Faith, Trevor Martin, Cam Jus, Keenan, Ca$$idy, Micah Vellian and members of the Nouveu Riche and Kids crews, so expect house, electro, hip-hop and beyond. And it's not just aural delights: Local artists, including James Walker and Sam Vasfi, are donating works that will be raffled off for $5 a ticket. Admission is up to you -- make a donation at the door -- and proceeds all go to the dogs.

Thursday, June 4
Are you a fan of Going Out Guide on Facebook? If not, you should sign up. If you are, then suggest us to a friend. Use Facebook's helpful features! Anyway, if you are a fan on Facebook, you would have seen David's post about tonight's Love Is All (listen) show at the Black Cat. And every day you'll see a new Guru pick about something one of us is excited about. This is the third time in a year that the spunky Swedish indie-pop quintet has played D.C., but really, this band could set up a weekly residence at the Black Cat and David would be there every time. Plenty of acts bring great energy to the stage, but often that's at the expense of songs. Love Is All is a pure sugar rush of ramshackle indie dance-punk, and every song has some irresistible hook or shout-along chorus. The sparkplug at the center of it all is pint-sized singer Josephine Olausson, whose excitable, screechy voice is a perfect fit for the band's jittery tunes. Real Estate (listen) and Ra Ra Rasputin (listen) open at the Black Cat.

Pandora, the weekly see-and-be scene at the Park on 14th, is throwing itself a one-year anniversary party tonight hosted by Ralph Lauren model/actor/"Make Me a Supermodel" host Tyson Beckford. As usual, there's happy hour with discounted cocktails and food from 5 to 8, and you are strongly advised to get your name on the guest list by e-mailing if you want to make it past the velvet ropes. With one of People's "50 Most Beautiful" in the building, you know it's going to be crowded. Entertainment comes from Black Violin (listen), the two-violinists-and-a-DJ team that David described as "a live version of Wu-Tang samples" after seeing them at Earth Day.

The streets of D.C. will be alive with the sounds of Vespas, Lambrettas and other vintage motorscooters this weekend as the annual Scootergate rally comes to H Street. It's more of a party than anything else -- a chance to hang out for a couple of days, drink, swap parts and ride bikes through D.C. Tonight's "pre-game" at the Pug features a chance to meet Stephen Rea, author of the new book "Finn McCool's Football Club: The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of a Pub Soccer Team in the City of the Dead." The title's a mouthful, but the book, which chronicles a New Orleans amateur soccer team before and after Katrina, has been drawing great reviews from both the British soccer press and endorsements from the likes of Derek Rae, the ESPN soccer announcer. There will also be good ska music and beer. Friday promises more music and beer at the Pug -- with a "stupid human tricks" competition -- before a late-night ride to see D.C.'s monuments under the moonlight. Saturday, it's a chance to cool off with a ride to a D.C. pool, a peek at the new Modern Classics scooter store at 9th and V streets NE, and then a concert at the Rock and Roll Hotel with the '60s mod sounds of New Jersey's Black Hollies (listen), cranking garage 'n' soul from locals the Break Ups (listen) and DJ Bobby Babylon providing rocksteady, ska and soul tunes for dancing. Admission to everything is $25 at, which includes a T-shirt, a patch, coupons for H Street bars and restaurants and a bunch of other stuff. (P.S.: You don't have to have a scooter to participate in any of these events, but you should probably think they're cool.)

Friday, June 5
Did you know there's a downstairs bar at the 9:30 club? It's true. Don't get too excited -- a Budweiser still costs $6 down there, too. Usually the purpose of the bar is to escape the long lines of the main floor and upstairs and to maybe grab a table. But the first Friday of every month it now serves as the host to Marquis, a monthly electronic music party featuring local beatmakers Micah Vellian (listen) and Outputmessage (listen). To celebrate Marquis's two-year anniversary, they're bringing in guest DJs Will Eastman (listen) and Deep Sang (listen), both of whom regularly play to rooms a whole lot bigger than the 9:30 Back Bar. Then again, when they spin records in their bedrooms they are probably in a room bigger than the Back Bar. Want to know what to expect? Listen to Outputmessage's free mix that he made for the occasion.

When's the last time you partied with a Miss America contestant? Okay, when's the last time you partied with three Miss America contestants? The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is Saturday on the Mall, and three of the 2008 Miss America contestants are in D.C. for the occasion: Kate Marie Grinold (Miss D.C.), Tara Wheeler (Miss Virginia) and Leigh-Taylor Smith (Miss New York) are holding a special fundraiser tonight at Midtown. A $5 donation gets you an open bar on Grey Goose from 8 to 9 (which, the invite points out, is "not recommended for runners!"). Reserve your place by e-mailing

A solid lineup of both local and out-of-town house DJs, low admission prices and cool, ready-to-party crowds vaulted Gallery's weekly Loda night into our list of 2008's best new nightlife. Tonight's one-year anniversary party is no exception: the headliner is Daniel Bell, who has been at the forefront of the bleepy, blippy minimal techno scene since he began recording in Detroit in the mid '90s, and he's surrounded by a solid, D.C.-based supporting cast that includes Joe L., Juan Zapata, Measax and Docindo. For the anniversary, the party's going until dawn, with breakfast served at 2 a.m. Sounds like an amazing way to celebrate. Get in for $5 from 10 to midnight.

Hey, speaking of beauty pageants, the annual D.C. Pride Festival returns this weekend, and it's kicking off tonight with a few different events. At Cobalt, Mr. and Miss Leather D.C. will be crowned after a grueling four-round competition that includes an interview and modeling "formal" and "bar wear" outfits. The winners go on to represent D.C. at the next Mid-Atlantic Leather Competition. And meanwhile, over at Apex, the Eclipse Women's Dance Party is an 18-and-over event for lesbian, bisexual and trans women.

Saturday, June 6
Capital Pride really kicks off tonight at Town, where the new Mr. and Miss Capital Pride will be chosen. Special guests include the reigning Mr. and Miss Capitol Pride, Der'eon Noir and Kristina Kelly, along with Lena Lett, Blair Michaels, Monet Dupree and Gigi Couture. The pageant, which judges contestants in the categories of talent, evening wear, an interview and pride attire, runs from 7 to 9, and is followed by a blow-out drag show at 10. DJs David Knapp and Wess spin dance music on two floors from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. Admission is $10 for the pageant, $8 if you arrive between 9 and 11 for the drag show and $12 after 11. Proceeds from the pageant benefit Capital Pride.

(We should also mention that there are two pre-Capital Pride Pageant happy hours: Men will be gathering around the corner at Nellie's from 5 to 8, while women will be at Phase 1 on Barracks Row.)

Back around the turn of the millennium, one of the best dance nights in the city could be found every Saturday in a little hole in the wall called Vicki's at 1928 Ninth St. NW. The Sanctuary's DJs played uplifting soulful house music -- the kind that the founders used to drive to New York City to hear at the Shelter or Paradise Garage -- and a diverse crowd came out to dance until the wee hours. Get a taste of the good ol' days tonight when deep house specialist and former Sanctuary spinner Sam "The Man" Burns returns to 1928 -- now called the Expo -- for the Saturday Soul Sessions. He'll drop classics upstairs from 9:30 to 3, while the Fatback DJs get funky downstairs. There are $5 drink specials all night, from vodka drinks to Coronas, and a $5 cover.

-- Fritz Hahn and David Malitz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 2, 2009; 7:15 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events, Music  
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pumped for Dan Bell. Way to call it GOG.

Posted by: davidfogel | June 3, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

thats all we need; more rap artists ....havent you people had enough of the sex and violence that permates America, and all these black thugs in jail who listen to this stuff?...C;mon, white folks, wake up......look what they did to that boy in Crofton, Md. and what they do every night!.....but the post still promotes these idiots

Posted by: msg8568 | June 3, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse


Should be a lot of fun. Saturday's also got a long ride being led from H Street all the way down to Mount Vernon via George Washington Parkway.

Ever want to ride the parkway with 50 other scooterists? Come out tomorrow and join us!

Posted by: nwrepresent1 | June 5, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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