More help for Haiti
In the two weeks since Haiti was hit by a devastating earthquake, we've been keeping a list of happy hours and concerts that benefit relief organizations. Many of these events have been one-time affairs. But now we're seeing an increasing number of regularly occurring events pledging to give some proceeds to help Haitians. Here are a few of the new ones we've added.
Through Valentine's Day, Vinoteca will give 15 percent of its total happy hour sales to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Relief Fund as part of its Happy Hour for Haiti. Vinoteca already had one of our favorite happy hours out there -- 20 different wines by the glass for $5 each and discounted snacks and appetizers -- so knowing that some of your dollars are doing good makes it that much better. Now that the wine bar has expanded happy hour to Mondays, you can get the deal every day of the week. For every $5 you donate to charity (outside of your happy hour tab), you'll get a raffle ticket entering you to win a $100 gift certificate.
This Friday night, the weekly swing dance at the Hilton Washington Dulles Hotel takes on a '50s sock hop theme for the Hop for Haiti. There'll be oldies music by the Rock and Roll Relics and a hula hoop contest; poodle skirts and bowling shirts are encouraged. The $15 cover charge includes an introductory swing dance lesson, and all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. The lesson begins at 8:30, and the band plays from 9 to midnight.
On Feb. 4, the Velvet Lounge's monthly Bee's Knees DJ night is handing over the $5 cover charge to Artists for Peace and Justice's Project Haiti and the United Nations' World Food Program. (Your bartenders will also be donating the night's tips, so be nice to them.) DJs include Jennder, Andy O, Patrick White and ReddAJ, who will spin indie and rock songs for dancing and hanging out, along with Scott Rattler and Frank "the Deuce" Williams of local metal-gods-in-waiting Rattler. Doors open at 9, and drink specials -- $2 Natty Boh cans and $4 Jameson shots -- run until 11.
-- Fritz Hahn
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