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Going Out Gurus: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Something for the Weekend: Hopslam and Natty Boh

Try Bell's Hopslam on draft and in bottles tonight at the Black Squirrel, and get ready for the return of draft Natty Boh.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 28, 2011; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Valentine's Day: Wine and chocolate day trips

Hit Valentine's out of the park this year: Plan a roadtrip to a winery and settle in for a pastoral afternoon of wine and chocolates.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | January 28, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day 2011  
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Weekend update: D.C. trivia

How well do you think you know the city? Find out in today's Weekend section.

By Alex Baldinger  | January 28, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  
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On screen this week: 'Biutiful,' 'Barney's Version,' 'The Mechanic'

Here's what Post critics had to say about this week's releases.

By Anne Kenderdine  | January 28, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Movies  
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How well do you know Washington?

Take our quiz and test your cultural knowledge of the D.C. area, past and present. There are questions in five categories, so to get a top grade here, you need to know everything from "Top Chef"-related restaurants to "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" to which museum houses Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party."

By Weekend and Going Out Guide staff  | January 28, 2011; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Snow day play

Tell us your best way to have a blast on a snow day, and you could win four tickets to "Perseus Bayou" at Imagination Stage.

By Jess Righthand  | January 27, 2011; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap, Misc.  
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Snow day closings and specials

If you're home for the day or need to get out of the office, here are some snow day restaurant and bar specials worth checking out.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 27, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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Harth coming to Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

Suburban hotel restaurants aren't generally known for strong concepts, but that seems to be changing in Tysons Corner. First Michel Richard took over the old Maestro space in the Ritz-Carlton, and now Thomas Elder, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and former executive chef at Chicago's McCormick Place, will open Harth (pronounced hearth), a farm-to-table themed restaurant in the McLean Tysons Corner Hilton.

By Justin Rude  | January 27, 2011; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  restaurant openings  
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February arts preview: Paul Gauguin, Jem Cohen, Blinky Palermo

February is an excellent month to be an art lover: The area's museums and galleries will be swimming with parties, openings, even a live-art festival.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | January 27, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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Valentine's Day: Happy hours that will impress a date

If you want to make a good impression, don't go to your usual after-work watering hole. This is a date that deserves some effort. Pick a new place where you can impress them with exotic tropical cocktails, robust French wines or fancy Belgian beers -- without spending a lot of money.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 27, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day 2011  
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Hot Tickets: Katy Perry, Elton John

Katy Perry performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion this summer. (Katy Winn/AP) Pop star Katy Perry pretty much owned the summer of 2010 with the infectious hit "California Gurls." Given the big sales, the steady stream of hit singles and...

By Brandon Weigel  | January 26, 2011; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events, Music  
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Today in Food: How pho can you go?

In today's Food section, Tom Sietsema finds slurp-worthy soups -- and another D.C. spot for pho.

By Anne Kenderdine  | January 26, 2011; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Hot deals for a snowy night

Snowy weather means deals at local bars and restaurants, including $25 two-course dinners and all-night happy hour.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 26, 2011; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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Nightlife Agenda

This week, pump your fist and "Beat Dat Beat" with DJ Pauly D, celebrate ?uestlove's 40th birthday with a DJ set by the man himself, dance to the global grooves of Si*Se, experience the blissful-but-loud guitar melodies of The Radio Dept. or Best Coast, toast Australia Day with a special cocktail and whip your hair back and forth at a night of guilty pleasures at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

By Fritz Hahn, Rhome Anderson and David Malitz  | January 25, 2011; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events, Music  
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How to mix an award-winning cocktail (sort of)

How do you create an award-winning cocktail? Ask Todd Thrasher, the mixologist at PX and Restaurant Eve, who won the 2010 World Cocktail Cup with a drink called I Have Too Much Thyme on My Hands Right Now at This Point in My Life.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 25, 2011; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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See an Oscar nominee

With the announcement of the Oscar nominations this morning begins the rush to see all the nominated films. Get more information on the nominees, and see which ones are playing in area theaters.

By Jess Righthand  | January 25, 2011; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Movies  
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Getting Up Guide: Haggis and beer for Robert Burns

A quick survey of Tuesday night's what-and-where: State of the Union Last weekend, bars across the country were filled with people drinking beers and cheering for the Packers and Steelers. Tonight, bars across the city will be filled with people...

By Alex Baldinger  | January 25, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where to watch the State of the Union address

Gathering to watch the State of the Union on giant TVs has become a tradition at Capitol Hill watering holes. If you're looking to go out for drink specials and drinking games, here are our top picks for Tuesday night.

By Fritz Hahn  | January 24, 2011; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Free and Easy: Take the Mic or Take the Plunge

This week: museums are free (as usual), but we've also got frigid swims and the chance to see D.C.'s karaoke champions compete. Monday 'The Orchid in Chinese Painting' The cymbidium orchid became a popular subject for Chinese artists during the...

By Jess Righthand  | January 24, 2011; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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