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Going Out Gurus: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

Something for the Weekend: Celebrate St. Patrick a wee bit early

St. Patrick's Day arrives next Thursday, but if you're itching to down a Guinness and dance a jig or two, there's no need to wait, thanks to bars getting the parties started this weekend.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 11, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Ask Tom: Lunch confusion at 2941

To celebrate her 70th birthday on Feb. 4, Ruth Sedei and her husband booked a table at 2941 in Falls Church, which was promoting a $24 fixed-price lunch on its Web site. The day before her reservation, she noticed the deal was no longer available and called to inquire about the change.

By Tom Sietsema  | March 11, 2011; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Weekend update: Shutter secrets

In today's Weekend section, three expert photographers give tips to help you take great pictures.

By Alex Baldinger  | March 11, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New movies: 'Red Riding Hood,' 'Mars Needs Moms'

In this week's movie releases, aliens attack Los Angeles, a retelling of a classic fairytale goes awry and a little boy learns about the power of family by traveling to outer space. Here's what Post critics had to say:

By Jess Righthand  | March 11, 2011; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How about happy hour at the Dubliner on Monday?

We're hosting a St. Paddy's-themed get-together at the Dubliner on March 14 to help kick-start the week and we'd love to have you there.

By Alex Baldinger  | March 10, 2011; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Black Squirrel's basement takes beer to a new level

The Black Squirrel has expanded into the building's basement, and the new space has 32 beers on draft and a cool rock and roll vibe.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 10, 2011; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Picture perfect: March's must-see photography exhibits

March isn't just a great time to shoot cherry blossoms. It's also packed with photo exhibits that are sure to offer some inspiration.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | March 10, 2011; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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Getting Up Guide: Dining Out for Life, Tyondai Braxton

A quick glance at Thursday's what-and-where: "Bill Cunningham New York" In "Bill Cunningham New York," a new documentary portrait by filmmaker Richard Press, the camera turns on the unassuming octogenarian who, despite his clout within New York society, travels the...

By Alex Baldinger  | March 10, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hot Tickets: Paul Simon, Phish, Def Leppard

Paul Simon comes to D.C. in May. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. through Ticketfly for the following shows at the 9:30 Club: • Iron and Wine, the Low Anthem April 22 ($28). •...

By Brandon Weigel  | March 9, 2011; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Going meatless for Lent? Where to get the best veggie burgers and more

Great vegetarian food abounds for those giving up meat.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | March 9, 2011; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Cherry blossom-inspired haikus

Here at the Going Out Guide we're immersed in all things cherry blossom, not the least of which are readers' haikus honoring the spring bloom. Check out some of the haikus on our haiku randomizer, which scrolls through some of the best submissions with a quick click.

By Amy Hitt  | March 9, 2011; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Today in Food: Beer madness

It's bracket time. A handful of local beer enthusiasts have been hand-picked from a field of over 300 applicants to help our panel of experts blind taste an expanded bracket of 64 American craft brews.

By Justin Rude  | March 9, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nightlife Agenda: Wild Flag, Nouveau Riche and real ale

The week between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day contains the much-anticipated debut of Wild Flag, the kickoff of a real ale festival at Rustico, a hip -- and free -- party on the roof of the W Hotel with bands from Eighteenth Street Lounge Records, the Nouveau Riche dance party's fifth anniversary, groovy French band Chateau Marmont, and the Going Out Guide's special pre-St. Patrick's Day happy hour at the Dubliner.

By Fritz Hahn, David Malitz and Rhome Anderson  | March 8, 2011; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The quick guide to Mardi Gras

A quick guide for those still trying to make up their mind about where to celebrate Mardi Gras.

By Fritz Hahn and Justin Rude  | March 8, 2011; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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'Billy Elliot,' Cate Blanchett, Central Europe top Kennedy Center's 2011-12 season

"Billy Elliot the Musical," the return of Cate Blanchett, and a major initiative to lure "Millenials" -- arts fans ages 18-30 -- are some of the highlights of the upcoming season at the Kennedy Center.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | March 8, 2011; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Theater  
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U Street's newest sports bar touches down

There's one thing that's immediately apparent about U Street's newest sports bar, Touchdown: It's not going to replace Public Bar or Buffalo Billiards, and it isn't trying to.

By Alex Baldinger  | March 8, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maximum India at the Kennedy Center: What to see this week

As Maximum India heads into its second week, we scout out the best events.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | March 7, 2011; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another hot ticket: Easter egg roll ticket pool opens Thursday

On Friday, we reported on the anticipated frenzy for Tina Fey tickets when they go on sale tomorrow. A more sought-after ticket you're unlikely to find for quite some time, we said. We were wrong.

By Alex Baldinger  | March 7, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Out at Orso: Pizza maestro Edan MacQuaid

One of the area's most popular pizza purveyors replaced one of the region's best-known pie makers earlier today. When Pizzeria Orso opens for dinner this evening, Edan MacQuaid won't be stoking the fires of its wood-burning oven. In his place will be Chris Nye, a 30-year-old sous chef from Orso's glamorous sibling, 2941 Restaurant.

By Tom Sietsema  | March 7, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Food in focus: Carbon Peruvian Chicken and El Sabor Boliviano

This week, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema visited two suburban stop for quick but satisfying Latin American meals, Carbon Peruvian Chicken & Grille in Rockville and El Sabor Boliviano in Springfield. As usual, Scott Suchman's beautiful photos help tell the story.

By Justin Rude  | March 7, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free and Easy: Fashion Photography and Persian New Year

Free this week: A Brahms concert, Indian snake dances and a documentary about fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. Monday Open rehearsal with Christoph Eschenbach The music director of the National Symphony Orchestra conducts an open rehearsal of Brahms's Third Symphony with...

By Jess Righthand  | March 6, 2011; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap  
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