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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Weekend update: What to do this winter

By Anne Kenderdine

Warm up inside an English pub that gets the atmosphere just right. (Tracy A. Woodward)

There's plenty to mark on your calendar in today's issue of Weekend. In addition to our list of top events for the next three months (vote in our poll or see the gallery below), there are our picks for the coolest things this weekend. We're into local bands, bull riders and burlesque boxing.

If you resolved to exercise more and cut spending, here's how to hit two goals at once: free exercise classes. Or, satisfy your sweet tooth guilt-free: take a chocolate-tasting walking tour of the city.

Sean Lennon, the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, has a new band. With his girlfriend. And its very first gig was at Radio City Music Hall. Nice life, huh? On Tuesday, see Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at a somewhat more low-key venue: Iota.

Listen to the albums for these acts before their shows this week: Ricky Skaggs, The Dance Party, Anamanaguchi, Sarah McLachlan, International Guitar Night V.

In Falls Church, an Englishman turned the old Brinkley's restaurant into a proper English pub, Public House No. 7. You'll find ales on tap, soccer on the big screens, dart lanes, golden-fried English chips that Fritz Hahn calls "pure bliss" and stews perfect for rainy-day meals. Take a look inside.

How far would you drive for a haircut? For the perfect pompadour, plus free PBR, head to the Old School New Skool Barber Shop in Schwenksville, Pa., There's an astray built into the armrest of the barber's chair. Men's cuts start at $14.

The Studio Theatre completes Tarell Alvin McCraney's mystical, Southern-steeped "Brother/Sister Plays" trilogy with "Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet." Pay what you can for the show at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Starting Thursday at the Warehouse Theatre, subject yourself to the whims of the Red Bastard, a character whose name says it all. He's pretty demanding of his audience: getting up out of your seat is just the start.

This week, there are two new -- and very different -- exhibitions related to life in the White House. American History has a mini show of nine portraits of "The Kennedys 50 Years Ago," which were taken for Harper's Bazaar magazine by Richard Avedon. At the Fridge, see artist Laura Elkins paintings of herself in the guise of first ladies -- and in states of undress or with guns. Best times to go: at the opening reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday or 5 p.m. Jan. 22 for a conversation with Elkins and collector Henry Thaggert.

The art event you shouldn't miss this week: National Portrait Gallery co-curator David Ward leads a tour of the exhibition everyone's been talking about, "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," which has been in the news since a controversial video by the late artist David Wojnarowicz was removed from view. Take the tour at 2 p.m. Saturday to get the insider's perspective.


By Anne Kenderdine  | January 7, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Misc.  
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