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Going Out Gurus: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Making progress at Arena Stage

The time is nearing for Arena Stage to move out of its temporary Crystal City digs and into the new 200,000-foot facility at Maine Avenue and Sixth Street SW. True, the center won't be ready until Arena's 2010/2011 season, but...

By Stephanie Merry  |  November 6, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Theater  
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Got Plans? Redux: We hate service charges, too

We talked about crowds at new bars, U street establishments, French restaurants for First Dates and Fotoweek DC.

By Julia Beizer  |  November 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Misc.  
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All aboard the Passenger for cocktails

Derek Brown and his older brother Tom have almost 40 years of bartending experience between them: most recently, the two have won acclaim at the Gibson and Cork, respectively. But except for a few private events, they have never worked at the same bar. Until mid-November, that is, when the Browns will transform the bar at the Warehouse Theater (1021 Seventh St. NW) into the Passenger, a neighborhood bar and lounge.

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 6, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Join us for Got Plans? at 1

If you haven't ever joined the Going Out Gurus for our weekly live discussion, check us out ... soon! We're just about to begin this week's installment of our Thursday-at-1-p.m. tradition, where you ask away and we give you our...

By Anne  |  November 5, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Misc.  
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Hot tickets

Tickets are on sale now at Tickets.com for these shows at the 9:30 club: • Switchfoot, Dec. 13 ($20) • Lee "Scratch" Perry with See-I, Dec. 14 ($25) • The Greyboy Allstars, Dec. 18 ($25). Tickets go on sale Friday...

By Alex Baldinger  |  November 5, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Music  
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Leftover Halloween (eye) candy

One of Washington's most popular restaurateurs did his best to channel Julia Child October 31. We have no idea if he nailed her voice, but the get-up is mighty convincing. Any idea who's behind the apron and pearls? Guess away....

By Tom Sietsema  |  November 4, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags: Tom Sietsema  
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Coming to Dupont: Kababji Grill

Kebab alert: The Beirut-based Kababji Grill is poised to open its first U.S. restaurant in the the District later this month. In a phone conversation this morning -- Starbucks my time, lunchtime there -- founder Toufic Khoueiri, who owns "around...

By Tom Sietsema  |  November 4, 2009; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dine with Tom: Halfway there

The submissions for our Dine With Contest have really picked up over the last week and a half. We have more than 70 photos in our photo gallery as of this writing. Some of you have been goofy; some have...

By Julia Beizer  |  November 4, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc. , Restaurants  
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Nightlife Agenda

Newly minted Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer DMC brings the old-school hip-hop on Saturday to raise money for charity. (Tobin Grimshaw - AP) An old-school soul revue, a show by hip-hop pioneer DMC, a new album from local rockers Le...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 3, 2009; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Fresh start: Chef Hitzig pops up at Creme Cafe

Let go from Columbia Firehouse in September, just a month after he started, Orlando Hitzig tells me he's finally returned from "a long vacation I didn't want to take." Tonight marks the chef's kitchen debut at Crème Café in Washington....

By Tom Sietsema  |  November 2, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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November Mixtape

Rap greats Public Enemy, seen here performing at Virgin Mobile FreeFest in August, remain a vital live act. (Kyle Gustafson - For The Washington Post November Mixtape--> If you're looking for the Next Big Thing, it might just be...

By David Malitz  |  November 2, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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Up next: November arts

What do you get when you combine China's Terra Cotta Warriors, Pacman and crossbred chickens? That would be the local arts scene this month. Here's the rundown: The Terra Cotta Warriors march into Washington this month. (Wang de Gang) The...

By Stephanie Merry  |  November 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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On stage in November

If it's November, it must be time for...Fringe Festival? Plus, holiday favorites hit area stages and "Ol' Man River" will soon be taking up residence in your head. Show Boat sails at Signature Theatre this month. (Chris Mueller) The musical...

By Stephanie Merry  |  November 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free and easy events

John Thornley of U.S. Rotalty hosts an acoustic jam session at Solly's on the first Monday of the month. (Helayne Seidman--For The Post) This week, our ideas for how to have fun on no money include a live show...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 2, 2009; 3:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Free and Cheap  
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