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Opening night of “Civilization (All You Can Eat)” at Woolly Mammoth, pianist Lise de la Salle at Strathmore, and Valentine’s Day events galore. By Samantha Miller

Caption: French pianist Lise de la Salle. Photograph courtesy of the artist’s Facebook page.

Monday, February 13

THEATER: Woolly Mammoth’s new show Civilization (All You Can Eat) opens tonight. The satire explores the relationship between food and modern society. Tickets for tonight’s pay-what-you-can performance are available at the box office starting at 6 PM. Tickets for other performances (starting at $30) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 8 PM. The show runs through March 11.

Tuesday, February 14

VALENTINE’S DAY: Whether you’re spending the day with someone special or flying solo, check out our Valentine’s Day Guide for a roundup of Washington’s loveliest events.

Wednesday, February 15

KID-FRIENDLY: Little ones will flip for Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic at the Verizon Center. The show features 65 of Disney’s most popular characters, including Mickey and Minnie, Belle, Buzz Lightyear, Nemo, Simba, and more. Tickets ($20 to $75) can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 7:30 PM. The show runs through February 20.

Thursday, February 16

MUSIC: Pianist Lise de la Salle joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Strathmore. The 23-year-old French sensation will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, Brahms’s “Tragic Overture,” Wagner’s overture to “The Flying Dutchman,” and R. Strauss’s “Death and Transfiguration.” Tickets ($28 to $88) can be purchased through the Strathmore’s website. 8 PM.

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Holy September, Batman—where in the world did the summer go? Celebrate your last weekend of summer Fridays (sniff) with a packed schedule of Beatles tunes, blues, Haitian rum, and lots more. By Emily Leaman, Mollie Reilly

Thursday, September 2
It’s Beatlemania at Gaylord National this weekend, with more than 100 Beatles cover bands taking the stage at the Abbey Road on the River music festival. In addition to music, there’ll be film screenings, forum discussions, guest speakers, karaoke sessions, and vendors selling Fab Four memorabilia. The festival runs Thursday through Monday with events throughout the day. Tickets are $15 to $199.95; purchase them here.

Get a dose of culture while you party at the Art Museum of the Americas’ inaugural Art After Dark event. A $15 tickets gets you in for a night of performance and video art by local artists, dancing, and a cash bar. Get tickets here. 8 to midnight.

Professionals in the City is hosting its final Jazz on Jackson Place event of the summer at the Decatur House. This month’s installment features a performance by the Yvonne Johnson Trio. Tickets ($25) include a tour of the historic venue and admission to the performance, plus beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres. 6:30 to 8:30.

The Gibson knows how to celebrate Labor Day: with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party. The event, which is $75 a person, includes a barbecue, Dolcezza gelato floats, ice-cream sundaes, and more. Call 202-232-2156 for reservations. 8 PM to 2 AM.

Parrotheads can take one last trip to Margaritaville—or in this case, Bristow, Virginia—for the ultimate end-of-summer concert. Jimmy Buffett’s playing tonight and Saturday at 8. Tickets are $48.50 to $157.

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Need to save some coin but still want to have a life? Here are this week’s fun things to do for $10 or less. By Michael Gaynor

Do you hate your job? Do you hate your job so much that you’d love to take three minutes to vent about it? Well, your chance comes Thursday at Wonderland Ballroom, when the blog hosts a open-mike night where people can share their best Office Space-caliber stories. Comedian Vijai Nathan hosts, and prizes will be awarded for the best tales of workplace woe. Speeches begin at 7:30, and happy hour specials including $2 off all draft beer and $1 off rail drinks run for an hour starting at 6:30.

Does a fancy pairing of crispy duck wings with a 2007 Riesling sound like it will only run you ten bucks? How about house-cured jerky with a Manhattan cocktail? Get these and five more special pairings for just $10 apiece at the brand new 5:01 Session at ArtBar at Art and Soul. Thursday will be only the second day this happy hour has been around, so feel free to brag to everyone about how you found the new cool bargain in town.

Catch the final day of AFI Silver’s Best of British Noir series with a screening of Orson Welles’ classic of the genre, The Third Man at 4:30, 7, and 9:15 Thursday night. The film holds the top spot on the British Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest British movies. Tickets to this special event are only $10.

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Whether you’re interested in burning calories by learning to lap dance or packing them on drinking Peronis poured by Italian beer models, this week’s Ten Under $10 offers a wealth of fun ways that both the wealthy and the wanting can keep their wallets in By Eliot Stein

1. Help celebrate the YWCA’s annual Week Without Violence campaign by learning how to fight. Starting at 6 on Thursday, men and women are invited to the Penn Quarter YMCA (624 Ninth St., NW) for a free one-hour self-defense workshop with Sara Salam. The class will cover both holistic and physical ways to channel fear into strength in order to confront attackers.

2. You’re young, ambitious, and working to change the world. Isn’t it time society gave something back to you other than a barely livable wage? Following the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network gala at the White House on Thursday, BlackFinn American Saloon is throwing an after-party for Washington’s young nonprofit workers and their friends starting at 6. A $5 donation is suggested at the door; Miller Lites are just $2, and glasses of house wine, Champagne, and rail drinks are $3. BlackFinn will provide free food. The networking is up to you.

3. The Bethesda-based Chic Physique fitness club is kicking off its grand-opening weekend with a free Friday-night Sexy Halloween Party at 7, followed by a free pole-dancing demonstration at 9 by Jessalynn Medairy, who teaches the gym’s Ooh La La Lap Dance classes. The fitness center is also offering free trial lessons from noon to 5 on Saturday and Sunday. Classes include Pole Tease, Lap Dance, FlirTease, and Hot Hips.

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From live music to free outdoor movies—even a gyrating hula-hoop lesson—this week’s installment of Ten Under $10 proves that you can hit a variety of events this weekend without hitting up your broker. By Eliot Stein

1. Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company is hosting Pooches on the Patio at its Arlington location Thursday from 4 to 8. Whether your pup’s a well-groomed handbag accessory or shaggy fetching companion, all breeds are welcome to this large outdoor patio. Canines get free treats, and owners get to down drafts ($3 to $4.75). If you bring your four-legged friend, you get 10 percent off your tab.

2. Pay homage to the late director/writer John Hughes and get in the back-to-school mood with a free screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the John Hughes Memorial Film Series at 8 Thursday at Asylum in DC’s Adams Morgan.

3. Sway to swing, bob to Brazilian, and jive to jazz at the Smithsonian’s free Jazz in the Garden on Friday from 5 to 8:30. Between the great wine on hand and the splashing of the National Gallery of Art’s grand fountain nearby, you’d be wise to locate the nearest restroom beforehand.

4. Motown Philly’s back again! More middle-age and less pubescent than before, Boyz II Men is playing at the Maryland State Fair Friday at 7:30 in Gaithersburg. The $8 fairgrounds admission is your ticket to the show.

5. Electronica meets hipster meets dub at the Liberation Dance Party at DC9 on Friday starting at 9. So lace up your Converse All-Stars and hydrate with free rail cocktails from 9 to 10:30. $6.

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Posted at 12:59 PM/ET, 08/26/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()
Here are our picks for this week’s ten-bucks-or-less activities. By Emily Leaman

1. Sangria lovers should head to Nando’s Peri-Peri for a happy-hour deal featuring 32-ounce pitchers of the stuff for $4.95. It runs from 4 to 7 every day at the Dupont Circle location and Monday through Friday in Chinatown. The promotion ends September 7.

2. We’re a tad annoyed that no one (we’re looking at you, Alejandro) told us about Blingo at Sticky Rice. Every Thursday night, the Atlas District bar hosts a bingo/white elephant mash-up game, where bingo players can win prizes and steal better ones from their opponents. The game kicks off at 11 and usually runs until 1 AM. Free.

3. The Arlington Cinema ’n’ Drafthouse has a good roster of second-run movies, including Land of the Lost, starring Will Ferrell, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno. Tickets are cheap—$1 to $5.50, depending on when you go—and you can enjoy table service during the films. Both are being shown Thursday night.

4. The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore wraps up Friday with a screening of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Thursday night, it’s Slumdog Millionaire. The films are free, but donations to NIH Children’s Charities will be accepted. Movies start at 8:15.

5. Asylum in Adams Morgan is all grown up—the bar is celebrating its 18th birthday Friday night. To mark the occasion, bartenders will sling beers for 18 cents from 8 to 10 and for $1.80 from 10 to closing. A DJ will be on hand with dance tracks, and the local reggae band Lucky Dub will play at 9:30. No cover.

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Posted at 10:08 AM/ET, 08/19/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()

Who says the recession is killing romance? Just because you’re broke, it doesn’t mean your love life has to be. Here’s our second installment of how to date on the cheap in Washington. (See our first here.)

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Posted at 07:00 AM/ET, 03/25/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()

Dating is never easy, and the economy isn’t helping romantic matters much, either. How can you impress your true love when you can barely afford a box of macaroni and cheese for dinner?

But never fear! We’ve come up with suggestions for free (or super-cheap) date ideas that won’t wear out your wallet. Got more cheap-date suggestions? Leave them in the comments below.

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Posted at 07:15 AM/ET, 02/27/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()
Well, a date afternoon, in this case, taking you all over Capitol Hill. Read on for how to make a great date for a Sunday afternoon. By Catherine Andrews

Got Date Night ideas of your own? Feel free to submit your date plans to candrews AT washingtonian DOT COM.

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Posted at 07:46 AM/ET, 02/17/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()
Mix a little culture with your Valentine’s plans—celebrate February 14 while indulging your inner artist. By Emily Leaman

• See art and get a free flower.
Part of the Torpedo Factory’s Second Thursday Art Night series, the special Valentine’s edition, Heart Art, will feature live music, open studios and galleries, and refreshments. A bonus: The first 300 guests will be given a flower. Stick around to do a heart-themed scavenger hunt through the gallery and enter a free raffle. The event is Thursday, February 12, from 6 to 9.

• Do a naked scavenger hunt.
No, you won’t be running around Washington in your birthday suit; you’ll be solving nudity-themed riddles and searching for nude art at the National Gallery of Art or the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Watson Adventures, a company that hosts scavenger hunts in dozens of cities, will run two adults-only, nudity-themed scavenger hunts on February 14. The National Gallery hunt will start at 11 AM, the Smithsonian American Art Museum hunt at 1; both are $22.50 a person. According to the Web site, “No knowledge of art, or nudity, is required.”

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