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Going Out Gurus: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

Take your valentine and ... shred it?

Valentine's Day can be more divisive than politics: You're either a lover, or you hate it -- the candlelight dinners, the flowers, the whole saccharine thing. Haters: You may be single, but you're not alone. There are a handful of...

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  February 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Low-key Valentine's ideas: Say it with vinyl

If you've been so busy pegging your loved ones with snowballs that you haven't even thought about Valentine's Day, allow us to remind you with today's Weekend cover story, which answers dating questions and has a bunch of great dates...

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  February 12, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gaylord National snares Chef Michael Harr

In a sign that it wants to draw more of a food crowd, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center just tapped Michael Harr to take over its two upscale restaurants, the sprawling, seafood-themed Moon Bay Coastal Cuisine and the...

By Tom Sietsema  |  February 11, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags: Tom Sietsema  
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A makeover for Poste

Poste Moderne Brasserie will close for a two-week renovation starting Monday, Feb. 15.

By Julia Beizer  |  February 11, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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The bright side of winter weather: Special deals

In an effort to lure people out of their snowy lairs, theaters, bars and restaurants are enticing patrons with special deals over the next few days. You can check out #opendc on Twitter for chatter about what's open tonight, but...

By Stephanie Merry  |  February 11, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants , Theater  
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Got Plans? redux: After the storm

We spend an absurd amount of time talking about a Polish jelly donut in this week's chat.

By Julia Beizer  |  February 11, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Let's talk about something else for a change

Snow's over, folks. (Until Monday, at least.) You want to get out of the house and so do we. Chat with us at 1 p.m. and we'll answer all your dining, drinking, dancing and doing questions. -- Julia Beizer...

By Julia Beizer  |  February 11, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For Valentine's Day, art for your heart

Art parties across town are offering an alternative for Valentine's Day celebrations. Get a healthy dose of gore courtesy of the Pink Line Project and some free sweets at the Torpedo Factory's Second (or should we say third?) Thursday Art...

By Stephanie Merry  |  February 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums , Valentine's Day  
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Hot tickets

Here's a list of concerts and events you can snag tickets to this week:

By Alex Baldinger  |  February 10, 2010; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What's closed (and open) Thursday

Update: While much of the region is still shuttered and digging out, the going-out possibilities are looking much sunnier today. • At Ford's Theatre, "The Rivalry" is on for 7:30 p.m. tonight. There's now an added performance at 7:30 p.m....

By Anne  |  February 10, 2010; 10:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fight cabin fever: go to a bar

These bars are open today, and we'll be adding more as we hear about them.

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 10, 2010; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A musical Valentine's Day

When it comes to live music on Valentine's Day in D.C. there will always be a handful of the same options every year: Jerry "the Ice Man" Butler at Blues Alley, Felicia Carter at Twins Jazz and Lalah Hathaway at...

By David Malitz  |  February 9, 2010; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music , Valentine's Day  | Tags: Al Green, Valentine's Day  
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What's closed Wednesday

While some businesses are throwing the doors wide open and offering specials and snow-themed parties, many others are closing and canceling events. We'll add updates about what's not happening on Wednesday and the rest of the week below. Closed on...

By Anne  |  February 9, 2010; 9:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Nightlife Agenda

Snow got you down? Look forward to a weekend full of Mardi Gras, carnival and Valentine's Day events, a release party for the new CD by Title Tracks, a concert by the reunited Goodie Mob, a rare U.S. appearance by...

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 9, 2010; 8:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Another snow day? Get out!

But the second-best thing has got to be the way area establishments are bucking up to help you get over your cabin fever. Here are a few ideas for those of you who want to get out of the house during Snopacalype, Part Deux.

By Julia Beizer  |  February 9, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Valentine's dates for wine lovers

Celebrate Valentine's Day with some wine- and food-focused events.

By Julia Beizer  |  February 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What's closed Tuesday

Since reports say there's more of the white stuff on the way, some major venues are still closed on Tuesday. (We're beginning to think the Snoverkill option in the name-this-storm poll could be a winner.) We'll keep a running list...

By Anne  |  February 8, 2010; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Snowy Monday: What's open

Not everything is closed because of the snow -- some bars are offering free movies, lunch deals and opening for DJ dance parties to appeal to stuck-at-home workers.

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 8, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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'S No way out: What's still closed

We reported about cancelations through the weekend, but some major venues are still keeping the doors shut on Monday. We'll update this post as we hear more. Closed on Monday: • All Smithsonian museums, including the zoo; • National Gallery...

By Anne  |  February 8, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A theatrical Valentine's Day

Looking for a special way to spend an evening with your valentine? Check out one of these love-themed productions, from futuristic Shakespeare to tell-all improv. Love means being able to bare your soul to the person you love, right? Well...

By Stephanie Merry  |  February 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Theater , Valentine's Day  
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Free and Easy events

This week, hear up-and-coming Broadway stars, test your chopstick skills at a Japanese festival or see amazing photos of the old west without spending a single cent.

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 7, 2010; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Free and Cheap  
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Shakespeare Theatre's super sale

Those brave enough to venture into the winter wonderland tonight may be heavily rewarded by the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Because of the weather, all tickets to the Sunday evening performance of Richard II will be $10. So if you're able...

By Stephanie Merry  |  February 7, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Theater  
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Count down to Valentine's Day with a week of romantic movies

As the most romantic night of the year approaches, I scoured the film listings to come up with a week's worth of date movies for you and your honey -- okay, or maybe just you. Sure, "The Young Victoria" is...

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  February 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Movies , Valentine's Day  
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