Friday, November 30, 2007

For tomorrow

Bump 'n' Grindhouse- it's astriptease-sideshow homage to the z-grade, drive-in exploitation
flicks of yesteryear! There's a special midnight show at Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike), starring New York burlesque stars Clams Casino, Precious Little and Legs Malone, and sword-swallowing sideshow sweetheart the Lady Aye! Each performer will be introduced with the language of an old-school movie trailer by the emcee, Neil O'Fortune.

Lady Aye, Neil O’Fortune and Clams Casino Present

Their hit burlesque show straight from Coney Island, New York:



Saturday, December 1st, midnight

At the Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse!

Green Happy Hour

Fri. Nov 30th Green Happy Hour
When: Friday Nov. 30th 5:30pm – 10pm

Where: Bedrock Billiards in Adams Morgan

Bedrock Billiards
1841 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

There will be $2.00 Yuengling and other specials.


So many shopping events, soooo so so little money.

National Museum of Women in the Art's annual holiday shopping event will feature more than 20 local and national exhibitors. Distinctive items including jewelry, personal accessories, home accents, children's items, textiles, crafts, and stationery will be available.

A portion of all the proceeds support museum exhibitions and educational programming. Museum members receive 20 percent off all purchases!

1250 New York Avenue, N.W.
Admission: Free
Time: Tuesday, December 4 from 10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday, December 5 from 10 am - 5 pm

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) and the boutiques of Book Hill host the 1st Annual Holiday Market! More than 20 boutiques, salons, and restaurants will participate with treats, strolling musicians, and unique gifts for all. The event features handcrafted ornaments, painted trays, small treasures, handmade jewelry, day-only specials, trunk shows, and gift-wrapping services.

Holiday flavors will be abundant at the market with a variety of sweet cakes and treats, Moroccan-themed cuisine, and mulled wine tastings. Pet owners can stop by The Dog Spot for canine pictures with Santa, where photo proceeds benefit the Washington Humane Society.

Additionally, the more-than twenty Book Hill shops unveil their holiday windows with distinctive themes and décor. Window dressings will be judged in four categories - ultimate holiday window, ultimate holiday merchandising, ultimate holiday innovation, and ultimate holiday tradition.

Saturday, December 1, 2007
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Upper Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road, NW
Admission: Free

Bloomingdale Holiday Art Market at the Big Bear Cafe!
Saturday, December 1, 3-9pm
Arts, crafts, hot cider, fun!

DC artists, designers, and craftspeople will be selling their creations at the Big Bear Cafe on December 1st.

Looking Ahead to next Tuesday

Ohhh oh oh. Next Tuesday, it’s the Goodwill Holiday Party & Travelin’ Trunk Show.

There will be:

complimentary make-over
free make-up lessons by professional color and style expert, tu-anh
delicious munchies
hip music
Shop for a New Year’s Eve dress for under $50 and pick out any tu-anh limited edition clutches for only $25!

When: December 4th, 5:30PM – 9:00PM
Where: Studio Ayanna, 924 N Street, NW #4, Washington, DC (near the convention center)
Parking: Street parking is available
Cost: Free with a suggested $10 holiday gift to support Goodwill’s job training programs
All are welcome but due to limited space, anyone interested in attending should RSVP by December 3rd to

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

last minute

Last minute-

Kick off your holiday season at Gordon Biersch's WinterBock Tapping Party on Wednesday, November 28, from 6 to 8pm!

And don't forget about happy hour at McFadden's!
Info on wine tasting tomorrow in case you didn't find something to do yet out of the bazillion options-

Thursday, November 29, 2007:

Holiday "Wine Tasting Reception" at P&C Art Gallery in Old Town Alexandria (VA) $30
Join us at P&C Art a great gallery that features the art of Thomas Arvid, an amazing painter of wine-themed pieces. The gallery is situated in the heart of Old Town Alexandria near the Potomac River. Guests will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine to start off the evening, as well as various munchies to include a cheese display, dips, breads/crackers, our traditional shrimp platter and finished with a selection of desserts.

We will have a table of more than 25 different "Wines of the World" where you will be able to taste everything from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay plus many more white options together with a nice selection of reds as well. A perfect way to spend the evening.

Go here for more info-

Goldstar has some tickets for sale as well for $15 plus transaction costs

National Geographic Live!

There are a couple exciting events put on by National Geographic Live! at the lovely Grosvenor Auditorium. And if you aren’t a member, you should definitely become one.

Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
+1 202 857 7700

Call the box office for tickets to Mountainfilm- there are 10 left! Ordering online didn't work!

Mountainfilm on Tour
Thursday, Nov. 29
7:00 p.m.
Member: $15/Non-Member: $18

Twenty-nine years ago, a group of climbers had the idea of presenting a
festival of mountain films in the climbing mecca of Telluride, Colorado.
Today, Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of the world’s most prominent
festivals of films on mountain sports and conservation, and is now
sponsored in part by National Geographic. Join us for this selection of
films from this year’s festival:

TRIAL AND ERROR: PROGRESSION (Canada/2006/10 min) Ryan Leech pushes his
mountain bike skills in an old-growth forest slated for destruction.
RITA (USA/2006/6 min) A daughter of adventurous parents recalls a family
vacation to Mount Everest.
SHACK THERAPY (USA/2006/45 min) The world’s top surfers search for
undiscovered perfection in exotic locations around the world.
GOOD RIDDANCE: AIR POLLUTION (Australia/2006/5 min) Award-winning animator
Nick Hilligoss uses humor to examine an environmental problem and an
alternative energy source.
RUNNING DOWN THE MAN (USA/2007/18 min) One man’s quest to tame Baja’s
elusive rooster fish on foot with a fly rod.
EVERYTHING’S COOL (USA/2006/65 min) A “toxic comedy” that explores how
climate change will affect America.

21st Century Cowboys
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30 p.m.
Member: $15/Non-Member: $18

Known variously as buckaroos, cowpunchers, or vaqueros,cowboys have held
an enduring place in American myth and history. For an article in the
December 2007 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, photographer Robb Kendrick traveled the
western U.S. and Mexico to produce a fascinating portrait of the modern
heirs to the cowboy legacy. A master of tintype, a technique of wet plate
photography on tin that was widely used in the mid-19th century, Kendrick
has created a portfolio of images that evoke the look and feel of another
time while faithfully recording modern subjects and views. If you’ve ever
thrilled to the romance and adventure of the Old West, you won’t want to
miss this chance to view uniquely rendered images of 21st-century cowboys
and hear fascinating stories of their lives.

Charitable Trunk Show

Global Giving wants you to know about this-

This Friday night the 30th from 6-9pm, join two great charitable organizations for a designers’ show at the Nevin Kelly Gallery (1517 U St. NW). Nest – a non-profit that sells products by well-known designers to finance micro-loans for women in developing regions – will be selling several of their designers’ products. When you present the GlobalGiving coupon (see below) at the door, 10% of the proceeds from your purchase will go to GlobalGiving – a D.C.-based online organization that connects philanthropic donors with health, environmental, educational, human rights, etc. projects occurring all over the world

This is the perfect opportunity to browse collections by several prominent designers, buy holiday gifts, see some great art, sip wine, and support two great causes – all at the same time!

Date: Friday, November 30th
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Nevin Kelly Gallery - 1517 U St., NW - Washington, D.C. 20009
Entrance fee: $5

Artsy Elephants

You can check out art created by elephants in the lobby of the new hotel, Hotel Palomar. Reception tonight from 5-7 with David Ferris of the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project.

1121 N. 19th St., Arlington
Free though the RSVP was requested last week, but you can check out the show until Jan 1...'s Shopping & Champagne

Champagne, desserts, and shopping. 6-9 at Topaz Hotel.

1733 N St. NW


RSVP here-

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tax Free Shopping

Nov 24 - Dec 2 Applies to:

* Clothing under $100
* Accessories under $100
* Shoes under $100
* School supplies under $100
* Includes layaway items

Fashion and CHEESE

Tranquil Space yoga studio and the people who work there are super nice and on Saturday there is going to be what seems like a cool event. It’s the 4th Annual Holiday Trunk Show featuring several female designers- it’s FREE with wine, CHEESE, and complimentary massages. Nice, huh?

Tranquil Space
2024 P St., NW
December 1, 6:30 pm

Spike Lee

Mark your calendars for Dec. 8

Ah Spike LEE- YEAH! The Kennedy Center is putting on The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard and for seats starting at $20 in the beautiful Concert Hall, you can’t lose!

The Movie Music of Spike Lee and Terence Blanchard
Dec 8, 2007 at 8:00 PM
Concert Hall
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours
Tickets: $20.00 - $45.00

The Program
Spike Lee, director

Hosted by Bill Cosby
featuring vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, and Raul Midón
and the Terence Blanchard Quintet

Kennedy Center Honoree Bill Cosby hosts this electrifying multimedia event featuring live music from Academy Award–nominated director Spike Lee's most celebrated films, from Bamboozled, 25th Hour, Jungle Fever, and Malcolm X to Mo' Better Blues, Clockers, and Inside Man. His longtime collaborator, Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, performs the scores and R&B hits with his quintet, a chamber orchestra, and special guest vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, and Raul Midón. Updated from its smash engagements in London, New York, Chicago, and L.A., the concert will feature photographs from the films, shot on location by Spike Lee's brother David Lee, as well as music from When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee's acclaimed HBO documentary on Hurricane Katrina.

Habitat Tonight

This looks like fun-

Join Habitat for Humanity at the O Street Mansion for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. All proceeds (100%) from the silent auction will benefit DC Habitat for Humanity’s mission to empower low-income working families to buy affordable, volunteer-built Habitat homes. Help working families revitalize their neighborhoods and strengthen their futures.

Price: $20/per person (includes hors d’oeuvres). To purchase tickets and for more information, go to

TONIGHT! 5:30pm-7:30pm
O Street Mansion (2020 O St., NW)

Happy Hour Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a must-do happy hour benefiting Shirya Bhat Mission Hospital in India. Head over to McFadden’s from 6-9 and for $5 you get drink specials and ½ price burgers. The girl hosting the happy hour worked at Shirya Bhat so you can ensure that your dollars will directly help. I have a special fondness in my heart for hospitals in India after spending several days in one myself so BE there!

Free movie on Thursday

There are SO many great thing to do in DC on Thursday!

Zipcar is showing “Arctic Tale” for free on Thursday at the E Street Cinema. RSVP to If you aren’t a member, sign up now, bring a friend to the movie, have them sign up and you BOTH get a $50 driving credit. Free movie, free driving credits, and other prizes.

When: 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Where: Landmark's E Street Cinema


The Metrocurean has the scoop on a fun way to go out with friends for some seafood in December. I love Hank’s Oyster Bar. In honor of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” Hank’s is dishing up “Twelve Seafood Dishes of Christmas.” For $75 and designed to share with four to eight people, you'll get: one cup of ceviche, two jumbo shrimp, three golden scallops, four barbecued oysters, five littleneck clams, six West Coast oysters, seven peel n’ eats, eight Ipswich clams, nine golden rings (calamari), 10 fried oysters, 11 steamed mussels and 12 East Coast oysters.

Don't forget...

Don’t forget about picking up $10 tickets at the Harman box office for this week's Shakespeare. They’ve only been on sale for 38 minutes now- take an early lunch!

Weekend getaways on the cheap

If you are looking to find some warmer weather for a bargain, American Airways has two roundtrip deals you may want to check into.

Baltimore, MD (BWI) Dallas/Fort Worth, TX (DFW) $199
Washington Dulles, DC (IAD) Los Angeles, CA (LAX) $199

The fine print-

- Depart 7:00 p.m. or later, Friday, December 7, 2007, or anytime Saturday, December 8, 2007.
- Return anytime the following Monday, December 10, 2007, or Tuesday, December 11, 2007.
- Friday evening travel may not be available in all markets.
- Tickets must be purchased by this Friday, November 30, 2007, 11:59 p.m. (CT).
- Fares displayed are for round-trip coach class travel

Monday, November 26, 2007

Another Movie

This movie looks interesting, it's the last of a two night showing at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring.

[Fine Mertve Djevojke]

An investigation into a kidnapped child uncovers nightmarish conditions in a seedy Zagreb apartment building. Each of the residents keeps secrets—but when they learn the truth the pervasive climate of mistrust explodes into violence. The hostility and misery of the characters' lives project vivid echoes of Croatia's recent past, as the country slowly emerges from years of ethnic violence during the Balkans War.

DIR/SCR Dalibor Matanic; SCR Mate Matisic; PROD Jozo Patljak. Croatia, 2002, color, 77 min. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles.

Monday, November 26, 9:50

Ra Ra Riot

Ra Ra Riot will be at Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday. I saw them when they opened for The Editors a couple months ago. They are a six-piece chamber pop/indie rock band and they put on a good show. Seeing them in a smaller venue like the Hotel would be worth it though the small stage could prove challenging for a six person group. Jukebox The Ghost also on the bill. Concerts on H are much easier to get to/leave from on the weekends so no excuses!

Doors at 8:30.
Tickets $12 at the door, $10 before hand.


You have until the 16th of December to head over to WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The exhibit is the largest in NMWA history and showcases “the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the formation, development, and impact of feminism in post-war contemporary art from 1965 to 1980 and will include artists from around the globe.”

1250 New York Avenue, N.W.

Adults: $10.00
Students: $8.00
NMWA members: Free
Youth 18 and under: Free
Free Community Days are the first Sunday of every month.
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 5:00 p.m.

Photography Exhibit

A must-see on my list is the exhibition "Life at the Edge: The Big Thaw" featuring 50 photographs by Paul Nicklen highlighting the climate change in the Arctic regions.

November 8 – January 20, 2008

On view in Meridian’s Cafritz Galleries, White-Meyer House
1624 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC.
Exhibition Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and national holidays. Free admission.


Since it’s raining, it may be the perfect night to see a movie. I recently saw Beowulf and No County for Old Men. Both are violent. I made an exceedingly poor choice and did not see Beowulf in 3D which is presumably better. I found the movie somewhat boring and I would have preferred to just see a live action movie as opposed to the animation (while I’m sure it was very technologically impressive). No Country for Old Men was great. Violent without being gratuitously so. Javier Bardem- excellent.

The night I saw Beowulf, I had dinner at Sushi-go-Round. The sushi was reasonable, the seaweed salad was not tasty. I like the small portions on the conveyor belt because you can try new things in smaller quantities. Sushi-go-Round is also a good option for someone catching a movie because you can start eating as soon as you get there- no need to wait for a server!

Lunch event TODAY

Details below...I'm in it for the possible gift card raffle win.

On Cyber Monday (November 26), will host a Cyber Monday Shop@Lunch event for local shoppers to take advantage of retailers' one-day sales and put a dent in those checklists. Use one of our computers or bring your laptop to get your shopping done in record time.

Gather some friends and get your holiday shopping done early.
We'll also have gift card raffles every half-hour from retailers like eBay, PETCO, and Sierra Trading Post (complete list of gift card giveaways). Even eat your lunch for free, while shopping!

This event is open to the media.

When Monday November 26, 2007
Who Open to anyone who lives or works in the Washington area
Time 11am - 2 pm
Location ESPN Zone
555 12th St. NW , Washington , DC 20004

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