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Going Out Gurus: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Move over, Double Down: The Luther has landed

Tiffany MacIsaac may now be the pastry manager for all of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, but while the likes of Tellula, the Evening Star Cafe and Rustico benefit from her master's touch with sweets, one gets the sense that her heart still belongs to the pair of establishments she originally moved to the area to help run: Birch and Barley and ChurchKey.

By Justin Rude  | September 24, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  Birch & Barley, ChurchKey, Tiffany MacIsaac, cookies, doughnut sandwich  
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Getting Up Guide: Jonathan Franzen and Russian Gershwin

What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Friday

By Alex Baldinger  | September 24, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Housewives Nightlife Ep. 7: Pompon and Circumstance

She came, she saw, she pomponed.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | September 24, 2010; 3:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Misc.  
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'Top Chef' Isabella announces Graffiato

Fresh from taping Top Chef All-Stars this week, Mike Isabella is getting ready for another close-up: his much-anticipated first restaurant, which he's calling Graffiato (that's "scratched" in Italian) and hopes to open as early as February at 707 6th St. NW in Penn Quarter.

By Tom Sietsema  | September 23, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  Bryan Voltaggio, mike isabella, new restaurant  
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No Free Night of Theater in D.C. this year

A question during today's chat led us to an interesting piece of news: While last year, the nationwide Free Night of Theater provided gratis tickets to see Shakespeare Theatre Company's "The Alchemist" and Synetic's "Dracula," this year's program won't offer...

By Stephanie Merry  | September 23, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Theater  
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Walter Wick quiz: Can you spy?

Along with Amy Orndorff's Q&A with photographer Walter Wick (in time for his exhibit at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore), we have a little quiz for you. The man behind the images from the kid-friendly "I Spy" series of...

By Stephanie Merry  | September 23, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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Hot tickets: Michael Buble, Andrew Bird, the Black Crowes

Canadian crooner Michael Bublé and his Crazy Love Tour roll into the Verizon Center Nov. 30.

By Alex Baldinger  | September 23, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting Up Guide: Grapes with the Apes; Caribou

What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Thursday.

By Alex Baldinger  | September 23, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting Up Guide: Andrea Centazzo, Ingrid Betancourt

What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Wednesday: Andrea Centazzo The Sonic Circuits Festival, a celebration of electronic music in the Washington area, moves to the Kennedy...

By Alex Baldinger  | September 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nightlife Agenda

Among this week's picks: Thievery Corporation plays an intimate show, Bollywood and retro dance parties raise money for charity, the Bliss Dance Party celebrates 10 years of booty shaking, Ponytail's guitarist strikes out on his own, ballerinas and ballet fans gather for happy hour (with free food) at the W Hotel, Sonic Circuits brings experimental music to D.C. and house guru Rich Medina gets the dance floor grooving at Eighteenth Street Lounge.

By Fritz Hahn  | September 21, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events, Music  
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Lift a glass for Oktoberfest

Find beers, festivals and events with our picks for the area's top Oktoberfests.

By Fritz Hahn  | September 21, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events  
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Getting Up Guide: Boilermaker Jazz Band; 'Jersey Shore' in D.C.

What are your plans tonight? The Getting Up Guide is here to help you answer that question. Here's what's happening Tuesday.

By Alex Baldinger  | September 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Co Co. Sala to open chocolate boutique

Featuring some of the area's finest desserts, a great cocktail list and a menu of imaginative small plates, Co Co. Sala was already a prime downtown date destination. With the announcement of the opening of a 200-square-foot designer chocolate boutique on Sept. 27, the establishment is hoping to extend its sweet brand to non-diners.

By Justin Rude  | September 20, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  Co co. Sala, boutique, chocolate  
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Getting Up Guide: Jamie Lidell and Sonic Circuits

British soul and experimental compositions rule on this Monday.

By Alex Baldinger  | September 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free and easy events

Famous authors, including Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Safran Foer, visit the Mall for the National Book Festival, Chuck Brown closes out the Live on Woodrow Wilson Plaza series with an after-work concert, and the Washington Ballet's young members group offers...

By Stephanie Merry  | September 19, 2010; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap  
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