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Going Out Gurus: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

'Beyond Dark Corners' at Fringe

"Beyond Dark Corners," which had its final Fringe performance earlier this afternoon, featured two solo performers on the theme of being black gay men. Their styles contrasted: Christopher Prince was questioning and troubled, weary but proud. Terry Sidney was...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 25, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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And They're Off: D.C. Restaurant Week List Is Up (Updated)

Make your reservations now, kiddos. The official D.C. Summer Restaurant Week list is up for your perusal. Dates are Aug. 24 to 30. As usual, some of the more expensive tables in town (Central, Beck, etc.) aren't participating, but it...

By Julia Beizer  |  July 24, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Bayou Bakery Won't Open As Planned

Forget about the pralines, layer cakes and other Southern sweets that pastry chef David Guas was poised to serve at the former Murky Coffee location in Clarendon. The owner of Damgoodsweet Consulting and his would-be employer -- the owners of...

By Anne  |  July 24, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags: Tom Sietsema  
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'A Cappella Party' at Fringe

The harmonies are fine in "The A Cappella Party," an original musical in which the songs are indeed performed without instrumental accompaniment. The frat-house plot is a bit of a chore, though, as two a cappella singing groups dis...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 24, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Diamond Dead': Worth Repeating

Landless Theatre had quite the hit during last year's Fringe Festival with its musical about a zombie rock band. Lucky for us, the company's back with another installment: "Diamond Dead (Continued...)." The performance has all the things fans loved...

By Stephanie Merry  |  July 24, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Compliment Interlopers Come to Town

When I first moved back to Washington, I was living in a sweet apartment in Dupont. A friend of my mom's generously let me crash in a spare room of her penthouse in exchange for only my company and the...

By Julia Beizer  |  July 24, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Misc.  
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Something Sweet: We Think So Too

We try Something Sweet, D.C.'s newest dessert boutique.

By Julia Beizer  |  July 24, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Got Plans? Redux: Design a D.C. Farewell Tour

Yesterday, we dished about Keno machines, Eastern Market, bachelorette parties, bocce and neighborhoods like Takoma Park and Gainesville. Read the full transcript here. We also answered a frequently asked Got Plans? question: Arlington, Va.: Hi Gurus! I am leaving D.C....

By Julia Beizer  |  July 24, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Captain Squishy': A Real Knee-Slapper

I couldn't sum up "Captain Squishy's Yee-Haw Jamboree" better than the guy sitting next to me during the show. Sometime after he started giggling but before the guffaws set in, he leaned over and whispered, "It's like 'Hee Haw'...

By Stephanie Merry  |  July 23, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Comic Roach' at Fringe: Music and Movies

Don't be put off by the title of "The Comic Roach: A Roadhouse Picture Show." It's actually a nifty way to catch a flick at the Fringe -- old silent pictures from producer Hal Roach, with new musical scores...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 23, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Got Plans for Soccer? Join Us at 1 p.m.

Maybe it's because you all know Fritz and Rhome are crazy soccer fans, but we've already got a bunch of questions about this weekend's big match in Baltimore. We'll also be talking about the usual: brunches, kid-friendly activities and what...

By Julia Beizer  |  July 23, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Destinations for Wine, Beer and Margaritas

In August, a new wine bar called Room 11 opens in Columbia Heights and Pizzeria Paradiso expands to a new space that will mimic its popular Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown. Meanwhile, Surfside is finally allowed to serve drinks on its Glover Park rooftop deck.

By Fritz Hahn  |  July 22, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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'Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue' at Fringe

A little bit of Woodstock at the Fringe: that's what you get with the party-ready "Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue -- The Saints." This is storytelling via rock and roll. The band of musicians who had a hit last...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nightlife Agenda

The Crystal Stilts carry the torch for shambolic '80s-influenced shoegaze and indie rock. They're from New York, of course. (Lauren Bilanko) Catch a trio of indie rock bands that span the decades; hear up-and-coming local hip-hop and soul acts;...

By Fritz Hahn  |  July 21, 2009; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Other Restaurant Weeks

While we're waiting for the D.C. Restaurant Week list, we take a look at other upcoming dining deals.

By Julia Beizer  |  July 21, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Bull': A Wild Ride

It turns out that Sears catalogs can cause real destruction. How else can you explain a devoutly religious rodeo clown's fall from grace? In "Riding the Bull," one of the Fringe Festival's more captivating shows, the main character's love...

By Stephanie Merry  |  July 20, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Girls Inside' at Fringe: Drive-By Drama

"The Girls Inside," Leayne C. Freeman's drama about life in a detention center for women, is so new and unfinished that it's only 35 minutes long. (You can get that kind of thing at Fringe.) Still, it's a good...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 20, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Foodie Calendar: DJs, Do-Gooding and Discounts

Urbana and Asia Nine offer dining deals and Columbia Heights restaurants band together to support a local festival.

By Julia Beizer  |  July 20, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At the Fringe: 'She Moved Through the Fair'

Ah, the lilt of Irish literature. Polly MacIntyre uses the writing of Edna O'Brien for her solo show "She Moved Through the Fair," and the result is a respectably acted but unexciting string of melodic monologues. All four sketches...

By Nelson Pressley  |  July 20, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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