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Going Out Gurus: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

DC Meat-Free Week kicks off Monday

If DC Meat Week left a bad taste in your mouth, DC Meat-Free Week has arrived.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 4, 2011; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Something for the Weekend: The perfect pisco sour

A dozen mixologists presented their variations on the pisco sour to judges at the Peruvian embassy on Thursday, and you can try them all at the participating bars and restaurants this Saturday -- a day celebrated as Pisco Sour Day in Peru.

By Fritz Hahn  | February 4, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Food in photos: Bayou Bakery

Tom Sietsema reviewed new Arlington Cajun cafe Bayou Bakery for the Post's Sunday magazine. Read the review and drool over Scott Suchman's photos.

By Justin Rude  | February 4, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  Tom Sietsema  
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On screen this week: 'Sanctum,' 'The Illusionist,' 'The Housemaid'

This week's new releases range from cave-diving disasters to a folk lovefest. Here's what Post critics thought.

By Jess Righthand  | February 4, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weekend update: Valentine's Day dates to remember

In today's Weekend section, we search far and wide for date ideas that are far from the ordinary while still touching on the cornerstones of coupledom: togetherness, adventure and, of course, chocolate.

By Alex Baldinger  | February 4, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events, Misc., Valentine's Day 2011  
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Wagshal's hires former Ardeo chef as culinary director

As Tom Sietsema reported last month, former Ardeo executive chef Alex McWilliams didn't stick around long after his restaurant merged with its next-door sibling establishment Bardeo, but it hasn't take long for him to land on his feet. The 40-year-old Culinary Institute of America graduate has been hired as the Director of Culinary Operations for local fine foods institution Wagshal's.

By Justin Rude  | February 3, 2011; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Valentine's Day: Best ideas for a fun first date

First dates are tricky business. We've got ideas to help.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 3, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting Up Guide: Get on your dancing shoes

A quick survey of Thursday night's what-and-where: DJs Spun and Brennan Green, DJ Superslice at Soca in the City and Laughing Man at Iota.

By Alex Baldinger  | February 3, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hot Tickets: Lil Wayne, Fleet Foxes, Loretta Lynn

Lil Wayne is back and playing the 1st Mariner Arena in March. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) After being released from prison in November, rapper Lil Wayne is ready to take on the world, and he's doing it in...

By Brandon Weigel  | February 2, 2011; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ChurchKey wins beer bar nod from Nightclub & Bar

ChurchKey, the heavy-duty suds emporium off Logan Circle, just won the Best Beer Bar Award from Nightlife & Bars magazine.

By Tim Carman  | February 2, 2011; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Growlers of Gaithersburg reopens with music and fresh brews

After storm damage closed the Gaithersburg brewpub for six month, Growlers has reopened with fresh beer and live music.

By Fritz Hahn  | February 2, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Want to see Chromeo at the 9:30 Club for free?

Want to see Chromeo at the 9:30 Club for free? Tell the Going Out Gurus about your favorite non-football-related things to do on a Super Bowl Sunday.

By Fritz Hahn  | February 2, 2011; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Free and Cheap, Music  
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Valentine's Day: Let's get physical

Act fast if you want to take in a yoga class for couples. Here's a sampling.

By Stephanie Merry  | February 2, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Valentine's Day 2011  
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Today in Food: Tim Carman asks Gillian Clark about those videos

In today's Food section, Tim Carman gets General Store chef-owner Gillian Clark to open up about why she made those videos parodying her customers and why she is, in co-owner Robin Smith's words, "the chef people love to hate."

By Anne Kenderdine  | February 2, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nightlife Agenda: Chromeo, Monotonix and parties for charity

Wait, it's February already? Make the most of the shortest month with funky DJs, including DJ Spun and Chromeo, the wildly unpredictable Israeli garage-clues band Monotonix, a Chinese New Year DJ fete, the return of the '90s hip-hop party Kids at DC9 (with free malt liquor!) and a slew of charity events, including cocktails for homeless animals, swing dancing for underprivileged kids and a happy hour with drink specials and "heart-friendly" snacks that benefits the American Heart Association.

By Fritz Hahn, Rhome Anderson and David Malitz  | February 1, 2011; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Valentine's Day: Get by with a little help from your friends

If you're single, even your regular haunts can feel off-limits on Valentine's Day, when couples wage a full-scale occupation of every booth and barstool in the city. Instead, grab five of your buddies and do try something new.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 1, 2011; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where to watch the Super Bowl (Updated)

Whether you're wearing black and gold or green and gold or just want to watch the game with beer specials and huge TV screens, our list of Super Bowl sports bars will have you covered.

By Fritz Hahn  | February 1, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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On stage in February

Although Arena Stage and the Kennedy Center are unveiling big productions this month, don't lose sight of the smaller companies. Constellation Theatre, Forum and Factory 449 are just a few touting promising offerings.

By Stephanie Merry  | February 1, 2011; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Theater  
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Getting Up Guide: A cask of Hopslam, a Band of Joy

A quick survey of Tuesday night's what-and-where:

By Alex Baldinger  | February 1, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Previously on Click Track

Recapping the best posts on Click Track: It was a good week for fans of classic funk, R&B and soul.

By David Malitz  | February 1, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Previously on Click Track: bounce beat, Coachella dream lineup

Recent highlights from the Post's pop music blog: bounce beat, reviews of shows by Lissie and Matthew Dear, and album reviews of U.S. Royalty, Destroyer and the Dirtbombs.

By David Malitz  | January 31, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Valentine's Day: Where to find bromance

If you're looking for an excuse to get the guys together, try one of these bromantic ideas.

By Fritz Hahn and Justin Rude  | January 31, 2011; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Free and Easy: Baked goods and ball players

Free this week: muffins, football and live literary readings at Madam's Organ.

By Jess Righthand  | January 30, 2011; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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