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Going Out Gurus: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

'Cabaret CooCoo': Cigars, Cigarettes, Candy?

The stars of "Cabaret CooCoo." (Capital Fringe Festival) The leggy cigarette girls are your first clue to the throwback aura of Cabaret CooCoo, a gentle exercise in vaudeville pluck by the locally based Happenstance Theater. Before the show starts,...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 11, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Theater  
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'4.48 Psychosis': The Bitter End

Sarah Kane's "4.48 Psychosis" comes to the Fringe Festival. (Capital Fringe Festival) "Is this the line for the suicide play?" a young man asked on Seventh Street at the Fringe last night. It was, and it was a very...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 11, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Theater  
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'Slow News Day': Ambling Along

It was 10:30 on a Friday night and I was sitting in a pew with an impressive crowd of theater-goers hoping to worship at the altar of funny. I kicked off Fringe Festival on a risky note called improv...

By Stephanie Merry  |  July 11, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stefanelli Named Bibiana Chef; 701 to Close Temporarily

Washington restaurateur Ashok Bajaj served me two heaping helpings of food news this afternoon. Scoop No. 1: Bajaj has tapped Nicholas Stefanelli to be his executive chef at Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, a 120-seat Italian restaurant expected to open at 1100 New...

By Tom Sietsema  |  July 10, 2009; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'Magnum Opus': Song and Dance of Death

"Magnum Opus" updates the saga of 19th century composer Robert Schumann. (Capital Fringe Festival) With Fringe you get a bit of everything -- even serious opera. Take Michael Oberhauser's Magnum Opus, which freely updates the saga of 19th-century composer...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 10, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bastille Day: A New Entry for the Waiters Race

When Les Halles closed suddenly last year, it meant the end of the traditional Bastille Day waiters' races on Pennsylvania Avenue -- or so we thought.

By Anne  |  July 10, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Free and Cheap , Restaurants  
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'Titus X': Completely Bloody Insane

I decided to begin my Fringe journey this year at "Titus X," a rousingly deranged piece of entertainment that answers the question: What gruesome classical play would be voted least likely to make it as a musical? Yes, this...

By Peter Marks  |  July 10, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Happy Hour Recap

We all got a bit of the golden touch in the sunshine. (Dakota Fine) Last night's happy hour on the rooftop of BLT Steak was far and away our favorite yet. It was our biggest -- and highest --...

By Anne  |  July 10, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Got Plans? Redux: The Breakup

Thursday's chat, was, well, weird. Apart from a few wholesome issues (like ideas for Annapolis restaurants or dancing at JR's), the conversation was mostly about what not to do. An amazing number of you knew where to find Photo Hunt...

By Anne  |  July 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Bastille Day Parties -- Don't Lose Your Head! (Updated)

L'Enfant Cafe's annual "French Maid Race" is a highlight of the restaurant's Bastille Day celebrations. (Anthony Smallwood) Every July 14, France marks the beginning of the French Revolution with a day of parades and fireworks. Here are some of...

By Fritz Hahn  |  July 9, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Your Screen on the Green Line-up

Four classics will be screened on the green, starting later this month. (Tyler Mallory) As all of you alert readers already know, Screen on the Green has been saved and will return to the National Mall on July 20....

By Jen Chaney  |  July 8, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration , Movies  
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Nightlife Agenda

Ryan Leslie has gone from producing hits for Beyonce and Cassie to making them on his own. He "hosts" a party at the Park on Thursday. (Helayne Seidman For The Washington Post) R&B star Ryan Leslie, talented breakdancers and...

By Fritz Hahn  |  July 7, 2009; 11:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Goodbye, Nathans

Nathans closes its doors for good on Sunday, July 12.

By Julia Beizer  |  July 6, 2009; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Coming to Clifton: Trummer's on Main

New restaurant Trummer's on Main will open July 13 in the former Hermitage Inn space in Clifton, Va.

By Tom Sietsema  |  July 6, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Free and Easy Events

Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene -- festivals, films, music and events -- without spending any money.

By Fritz Hahn  |  July 6, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Free and Cheap  
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