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

Last night's happy hour: Lords of the dance

Our party at Ireland's Four Fields last night marked a couple of firsts for a Going Out Guide happy hour: there was a live band, couples (inspired by the band) were twirling out on the dance floor and some kids showed up.

By Anne  |  March 12, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Misc.  
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Good concerts springing up all over

Today's Weekend section takes a look at four acts in town this month that you should definitely keep an eye on, because I expect big things from them:Dam-Funk, Free Energy, Dum Dum Girls and the Soft Pack.

By David Malitz  |  March 12, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Countdown to Spring , Music  
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Let's all go to My Theaters

On our movies page, there's now an easy way to see what's playing at your favorite theaters at a glance.

By Anne  |  March 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc. , Movies  
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Got Plans? Redux: Seat's taken

Is saving seats at a bar ever okay? You tell us.

By Julia Beizer  |  March 11, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hot tickets

Three-time Grammy winner Jill Scott has the sort of voice that could blow an arena's roof off; she'll have her chance when she performs with fellow R&B wonder Maxwell at the Verizon Center on June 18.

By Alex Baldinger  |  March 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Events , Music  
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Get ready for spring at the Building Museum

Kermit the Frog was right when he sang, "It isn't easy being green." We all want to do the right thing, environmentally speaking, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly what that is -- especially when it comes to the...

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  March 11, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Countdown to Spring , Events , Museums  
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Spider Kelly's reopens, four times bigger

Clarendon's Spider Kelly's is about to get bigger. A lot bigger.

By Julia Beizer  |  March 10, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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The Gurus go green

The word around our desks here is that Thursday's Going Out Guide happy hou at Ireland's Four Fields is going to be the best one ever. And here's why we're saying so.

By Anne  |  March 10, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Countdown to Spring , Events  
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Nightlife Agenda

Join the Going Out Gurus for a pre-St. Patrick's Day happy hour with live music, free food and free whiskey, hear new music from promising locals Title Tracks and Casper Bangs, celebrate spring on the Georgetown waterfront, wake up bright and early to party with Andrew WK, or get down to Yacht's off-kilter electro-pop.

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 9, 2010; 8:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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On the hunt

Easter's not that far away. Here's a basket-full of some of the most unique egg hunts around -- including one with egg-decorating for all ages.

By Anne  |  March 9, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Countdown to Spring , Events  
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Bliss, Nouveau Riche dance parties headed to U Street Music Hall

The popular Bliss and Nouveau Riche dance parties are leaving the Black Cat and DC9 for the U Street Music Hall, which is set to open next week.

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 9, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Vidalia cooks up a 24-course tasting menu

Starting March 13, Vidalia will launch "24," a new chef's table option for up to six diners in its wine bar. Executive chef RJ Cooper and two sous chefs will serve a 24-course, three-hour-long dinner that Cooper's billing as a combination "tasting and cooking class."

By Tom Sietsema  |  March 8, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Start your engines: Slot car racing is underway at the Reef

On Monday nights, the Reef moves tables aside and sets up an H0 slot car track in the main bar. There's no charge to play, and beers are $3 all night

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 8, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blossoms, by paddle and pedal

By March, I'm so sallow and sun-starved that I'm literally dreaming of the first cool, bright days of spring, when breezy bike rides and leisurely walks in the sunshine are possible again. But in Washington, it's the cherry blossoms --...

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  March 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Countdown to Spring , Misc.  
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Free and easy events

In our roundup of the best free events of the week, we tell you how to get free cupcakes, an expert preview of the baseball season and two ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the early side.

By Anne  |  March 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events , Free and Cheap  
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