Friday, December 7, 2007

The Queen of Spades

Kirov Opera: Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades was a great great show. Long, but great. There are still tickets available so I would whole-heartedly recommend checking it out. Info below-

Dec 11,14, 2007

Tickets: $45.00 - $195.00

The Program



Also known as Pique Dame, this great Russian masterpiece made its debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1890. Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with a libretto by his brother Modest Tchaikovsky, the opera is based on the short story by Aleksandr Pushkin. Herman, an army officer, falls in love with Lisa, the granddaughter of the Countess. The Countess is said to know the "secret of the three cards," a winning hand at the game of Faro. Learning the secret through devious means ends up costing Herman his possessions, his lover, and ultimately his own life.

Sung in Russian with English supertitles

Kirov Opera also performs Otello (Dec. 9-16, 2007)

"Dazzling brilliance…the world's greatest opera company"
--London's The Guardian

"Gergiev is a remarkable conductor…blazingly alive"
--The Washington Post

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SANTARCHY looks hilarious. Dress up as santa and run around the city with other santas. Meet just before 2pm at the National Museum of Natural History dressed warmly.

For even more shopping, the Black Car is hosting the Rock ‘n’ Shop at 8pm on Sunday. 1811 14th Street NW

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On Sunday, December 9th, 2007 at 2:00 PM, we are delighted to offer an afternoon of Amazing Organic Products at Special Holiday Prices (**10% of the day= sales will go to the non-profit Compassion Over Killing**)

Delicious Fair Trade and Organic Tea - please BYOM (bring your own mug) = to help reduce waste
Vegan Sweets
Chair Massages
A Zero-Waste Environment
Positive Energy & Great Company

Event Location:
Perfect Organics, Inc. HQ
7702 Leesburg Pike
Tower Building =96 Suite #100
Falls Church, VA 22043

Space is limited: RSVP to, or call 703.734.2434

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From the website-

The Queen Bee's Holiday Trunk Show & Sale
Saturday December 8th and Sunday December 9th from 10AM - 5PM
Join us at The Queen Bee's Studio and Home
1410 Cool Spring Drive Alexandria, VA

This is the event all of Washington will be buzzing about - The Queen Bee's Fabulous
Holiday Trunk Show and Sale!!! Join us at the lovely home of designer Allison Priebe Brooks
for an elegant & personal shopping experience either day...
Saturday December 8th - 10AM-5PM and/or Sunday December 9th - 1OAM-5PM

Champagne and hors doeurves be will served. Jewelry and accessories will be
offered at wholesale prices up to 50% off web and retail - earrings start at $22, bracelets
from $30, and necklaces from $40. Further discounts and/or gifts will be
given with every purchase. New accessories including handbags, leather goods, and
gorgeous shawls will be available for purchase at our Trunk Show.

We hold these shows in our home/studio 3 or 4 times a year. This is where we offer
our deepest discounts and where we have the most fun!
with samples that have never been seen before will be open.
Trust us - you won't want to
miss this sale! Feel free come with friends or forward around the details of the show -
we have more than enough jewelry to go around - Six rooms on two levels filled with
Queen Bee goodies - what more could a girl want?!?!


$7- every christmas movie I love in ONE day. This is spectacular. Sunday, Dec. 9. Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Also visits with Santa and gingerbread house making.

schedule of movies:

Noon and 2:30 p.m.: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Original, animated version)

12:30 and 4:30 p.m. "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

1 p.m.: "A Christmas Story"

3 p.m. "Elf"

5 p.m.: "It's a Wonderful Life"

7:30 p.m.: "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

Weekend Awesomeness Cont.

Norwegian-American Holiday Bazaar
Friday, December 7, 2007 - Saturday, December 8, 2007
Location: Union Station

Norwegian-American organizations host a shopping extravaganza featuring traditional crafts from Norway, including hand made items, jewelry, calendars, trolls, dolls, holiday ornaments, pewter items, sweaters, and food.

Event Information

Location: Union Station - Main Hall, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Admission: Free
Time: Friday, December 7 from 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday, December 8 from 10 am - 3.30 pm
Reservations: Not required
Phone: 202-333-6000

General Information

The Royal Norwegian Embassy
Office hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm
Address: 2720 34th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-333-6000

Saturday and Sunday are "Dollar Days" at the Baltimore Aquarium, so you can get in for just $1 per person, instead of the normal $22 admission. I LOVE THE AQUARIUM (even if it is insanely crowded on days like dollar days). NO dolphin shows (so no, you cannot be "THE CHOSEN ONE" at the show who gets to pet the dolphins (shout out to rjp)).

Stroll through an illuminated and festive Glen Echo Park.
6-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD
• Information: 301-634-2222
• Price: Free

Performances, tours and a hot chocolate bar.


Tickets for the Spice Girls at the Verizon Center go on sale TOMORROW.

Tickets for Dave Barry on sale now.


Whoa. This weekend is pretty awesome.

Saturday, December 8, 2007
Location: National Building Museum

Get into the holiday spirit and learn about traditional Finnish customs and architecture! Families assemble fresh gingerbread houses and decorate them using royal icing and a wide assortment of edible “building” materials.

Event Information

Admission: $50 per house
Museum members $40 per house
Time: 10 am - 12 noon and 2 - 4 pm
Reservations: Required by Friday, November 30
Phone: 202-272-2448 ext. 3450

General Information

National Building Museum
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 11 am - 5 pm
Admission: Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5
Address: 401 F Street, NW
Metro: Judiciary Square (Red line)
Phone: 202-272-2448

my note- yummmmy and you can do xmas shopping at the awesomest museum gift shop in the city!

Saturday, December 8, 2007
1:30 PM
Location: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Walt Disney's Original
National Treasure
(2004, 131 min. Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Stars Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, and Christopher Plummer.)

Benjamin Franklin Gates comes from a long line of archaeologists who are searching for a secret treasure hidden by Founding Fathers Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin to help finance the Revolutionary War. Gates has determined that the clue may lie on the back of the original Declaration of Independence and plots to steal it.

Event Information

Location: William G. McGowan Theater
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required

General Information

National Archives and Records Administration
Hours: Daily 10 am - 5:30 pm
Hours are subject to change. Please visit for the most up-to-date information on museum, exhibit, and event hours.
Admission: Free and open to the public
Address: On Constitution Avenue, NW between 7th and 9th streets
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial (Yellow or Green line)
Phone: 202-501-5000

my note- I've never seen this movie but it should be fun.

Saturday, December 8, 2007
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: The Library of Congress

Come and celebrate the holiday season in an Asian atmosphere! The Asian Division of the Library of Congress hosts a holiday open house featuring light refreshments, Bengali dance performance, Chinese holiday sing-along, librarian meet-and-greet, and more.

Event Information

Location: Asian Reading Room, first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required
Phone: 202-707-2990

General Information

Library of Congress
Reading Room hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 8:30 am - 5 pm
Closed Sunday and federal holidays
View exhibitions in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Address: Main Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Avenue, SE
Metro: Capitol South (Blue and Orange lines)
Phone: 202-707-5000

my note- as a recovering asian studies major, i'm pysched about this. head to the library of congress and spend the rest of the day exploring the mall.

Saturday, December 8, 2007
2:30 PM
Location: The Textile Museum

The Third Man

Set in post-World War II Vienna, the film stars Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten. The stunning cinematography, twisting plot and unforgettable score have made it a beloved classic. Sonja Simony of the film department at the National Gallery of Art introduces the film.

Inspired by the exhibition Textiles of Klimt's Vienna

Event Information

Admission: Free
Reservations: Required
Phone: 202-667-0441 ext. 64

General Information

The Textile Museum
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Admission: Free with a suggested donation of $5
Address: 2320 S Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle (Red line) Q Street exit
Phone: 202-667-0441

my note- it's freeeee and an excellent film

Saturday, December 8, 2007 - Sunday, December 9, 2007
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Holiday Art Market will feature works by 36 Native artists including: jewelry; ceramics; fine apparel; handwoven baskets; traditional beadwork; dolls in Native regalia; and paintings, prints, and sculpture.

Event Information

Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required

General Information

National Museum of the American Indian
Hours: Daily 10 am - 5:30 pm
Closed December 25
Address: 4th Street and Independence Avenue, SW
Metro: L'Enfant Plaza (all lines except Red) exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums
Bus: Lines 30, 32, 34, 36 Friendship Heights/Southern Avenue
Phone: 202-633-1000

my note- more shopping, yes yes and yes

Saturday, December 8, 2007 - Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Location: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Do you have the skills it takes to decode messages, spot mistakes, and reveal mysteries embedded in our nation’s records? Pick up your “treasure hunt” challenge from the racks in our entry lobby and then go upstairs to the Public Vaults and begin to explore. The secrets are all around you, if you know where to look. Be prepared to be surprised!

Event Information

Location: Public Vaults
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required

General Information

National Archives and Records Administration
Hours: Daily 10 am - 5:30 pm
Hours are subject to change. Please visit for the most up-to-date information on museum, exhibit, and event hours.
Admission: Free and open to the public
Address: On Constitution Avenue, NW between 7th and 9th streets
Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial (Yellow or Green line)
Phone: 202-501-5000

my note- i'm a sucker for this stuff. luckily it's open through Jan. 1.

Friday, December 7, 2007
7:00 PM
Location: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Black Rain
(1989, 123 min., b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles)

A stirring, compassionate view of life after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, this masterpiece from the later phase of Imamura's career tells the story of a young woman's struggle to live a normal life after being exposed to the blast's fallout.

Critic Roger Ebert notes, "Perhaps only Imamura could have made a film in which the bomb at Hiroshima is simply the starting point for an unforgiving critique of Japanese society itself."

Part of A Man Vanishes: The Legacy of Shohei Imamura. A leading figure of postwar Japanese film, Imamura's flair for depicting the human condition in both audacious and entertaining ways is legendary.

Event Information

Location: Meyer Auditorium
Admission: Free
Reservations: Not required

General Information

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Hours: Daily 10 am - 5:30 pm
Admission: Free
Address: Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines)
Phone: 202-357-2700
TDD: 202-357-1729

my note- depressing movie. but interesting and well done. see people's skin melt off.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Free liquor at 10

Don't forget about the free sponsored liquor at Tapatini's tonight. Free drinks with the night's special alcohol until the bottles run out.

711 8th SE

4 Hours

I'd be shopping at U St. tonight, but instead I'll be watching Queen of Spades at the Kennedy Center. For 4 hours. Caffeine pre-game and go.

Shopping tonight on U

Go here for more details-

Great stores, great cause. Then go to The Saloon for some good beers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Last day- Don't forget!

NMWA'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
Wednesday, December 5 from 10 am - 5 pm

Tonight at the Reef

Directly from Washingtonian-

Wednesday, December 5: Who doesn’t want to celebrate the day Prohibition was repealed? Not us! That’s why we’ll be going to the Onion’s Repeal Day Celebration at the Reef (2446 18th St., NW; 202-518-3800). There will be lots of scotch-whiskey specials, free appetizers, and door prizes. To attend, RSVP to with the subject line “Meeting 616.”

Hansel and Gretel

Get your ticket for Hansel and Gretel this weekend and get "Buy One, Get One" drinks and access to the special bar menu from 5:00 p.m. until midnight at Tabaq Bistro! Just present your tickets or stubs from Hansel and Gretel before or after the evening performances on December 7 and 8.

Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Box, Prime Orchestra, Prime Balcony $50
Orchestra, Center Balcony $35
Balcony, Restricted View Box $25


GOOD DEAL- Donate your still-in-good-shape (aka “gently used”) coats for 30 PERCENT OFF your total purchase at Sugar, Urban Chic, Sugar, and Sassanova and 30 percent off one nonsale item at Setchi. So Others Might Eat gets the donated coats. You can’t beat that with a stick.

Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Sugar, 1633 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave., NW
Setchi Ecoboutique, 1614 Wisconsin Ave., NW
December 3 through 9

Advance Screening with Director

Call 202-633-3030 to place your order. Gen. Admission $10 FOR-

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Tuesday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St., N.W.
PG-13; 112 minutes

Directed by Julian Schnabel
In English & French with English subtitles

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY is the remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby's fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life's passions, his rich memories, and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries.

The film allows us to see the world Bauby lived in and how he used his imagination and memory to escape–soaring like a butterfly–from the deep-sea diving bell that he pictured himself trapped in. Schnabel and screenwriter Ronald Harwood do justice to the enormous courage and determination of the man and the caring patience of those who helped him.

After this advance screening, director Julian Schnabel will be participating in an audience Q&A moderated by Michael Kyrioglou, Director of the DC Film Society.

DAR Tonight

To get into the holiday spirit, head over to DAR!

* Visit the National Christmas Tree across the street at the Ellipse then get out of the cold and join us for refreshments, cookies and a taste of history
* Experience the elegance and Christmas splendor of Memorial Continental Hall, a Registered Historic Landmark
* Tour our 31 period rooms depicting scenes of early American life
* Explore the DAR Museum Gallery, featuring the exhibition "New Threads: Quilts and Costumes"
* View other smaller exhibitions on historic Revolutionary War documents as well as famous DAR members
* Enjoy Christmas caroling from area choirs
* Have a chance to win DAR door prizes
* Get a head start on Christmas shopping at the Museum Shop and DAR Store

FREE- no reservations required!

5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5
Constitution Hall
1776 D St. NW


My bad for being MIA. I was sick!