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No matter which team you’re rooting for, the specials at these local bars will have you cheering this Sunday. By Mary Yarrison

The Bloody Mary at Cafe Saint-Ex. Photograph by Flickr user Jenn Larsen.

In this town, plenty of people have roots in either New York or Boston (or a seething hatred of at least one of those cities’ football teams). But even if you don’t belong to one of those camps, you’ll likely be watching the big game this Sunday. We’ve rounded up some great area bars offering special Super Bowl deals on drinks and food to ensure that no matter what the final score is, you (and your wallet) will come out a winner.

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Blue Banana will open two hours before kickoff and serve $12 Yuengling and Miller Lite pitchers and other $15 pitchers, in addition to specialty cocktail discounts. The regular food menu will be bolstered by the PORC Mobile food truck, offering sloppy joes, mac and cheese, and other barbecue and tailgating favorites. Leave the kids at home; this party is open only to those 21 and over.

Hudson Restaurant and Lounge will have food specials such as apricot spicy wings, bacon-crusted fish sticks, and lobster or short rib sliders for $5. To help you wash them down, during each quarter of the game the restaurant will offer a different one of its new specialty cocktails for $6, plus happy hour drink prices all day.

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Observe one of the biggest presidential speeches of the year the time-honored American way: by drinking. Here’s where to do it. By Mary Yarrison

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address in the House chamber at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 25, 2011. Official White House photograph by Lawrence Jackson.

The State of the Union may not be as big as the Super Bowl, but for many of this city’s politicos, it’s a close second. Whether you have to watch the speech for work or you just want to play a drinking game, we have a lot of options for the event, which begins at 9 tonight.

The Center for Global Development’s annual State of the Union bingo and viewing party will begin at Commissary at 8 PM. Although the guest list has reached capacity, interested parties can join the waiting list here.

The official Obama for America watch party, hosted in Shaw by Surafel Shiferaw, will run from 8 to 10:30 PM. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

The Women’s National Democratic Club party will offer pre-address cocktails (cash bar), discussion, and networking beginning at 7:30 at its offices (1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW). For more information or to RSVP, click here.

If you don’t want to plan ahead, several bars welcome drop-ins to watch the big event on their TVs.

Bullfeathers will show the address with sound, although no food or drink specials will be offered.

Busboys and Poets in Shirlington will host a viewing party and panel discussion, run by the Arlington Democrats, beginning at 8 PM and including as-yet-undetermined drink specials.

Capitol Lounge will broadcast the address with sound and will offer its regular Tuesday specials: $1 off all drinks and 25 cent wings while they last.

Lounge 201 will offer special $4 red and blue martinis during the address, which will play on the many flat-screen TVs with full audio.

Union Pub will offer State of the Union–themed specialty cocktails in addition to the regular Tuesday specials: $12 Bud Light pitchers, $4 small-batch bourbons, and $5 Vintage 50 microbrews. Union will also play the address with sound on its 18 flat-screen TVs and one 5-foot projection screen.

Ventnor Sports Cafe will host its seventh annual watch party, featuring $1 Jell-O shots and no cover.

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“Washingtonian Bride & Groom” magazine’s Unveiled wedding showcase, Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Washington Ballet’s annual dance party. By Samantha Miller

A table set up by Simply Chic Events, a participating vendor in this year’s Unveiled bridal showcase. Photograph by Rodney Bailey.

Thursday, January 19

MUSIC: Pianist Ingrid Fliter joins the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. The program will feature works by Glanert, Schumann, and Mozart. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the KenCen’s website. 7 PM. The show runs through January 21.

THEATER: If you haven’t already, catch a showing of Time Stands Still at Studio Theatre. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, the drama follows an injured photojournalist’s struggle with returning home from Iraq. “The naturalistic drama of  Time Stands Still can be absorbing, and as an example of contemporary drama, the first act is impressively rendered,” says arts editor Sophie Gilbert. Read the full review here. Tickets ($35 to $69) can be purchased through the theater’s website. 8 PM. The play runs through February 12.

PARTY: Public is celebrating the launch of its new music series, Public Rocks, with a concert by ’90s cover band White Ford Bronco. Drink specials, including $4 Star Hill Beer and $7 Ketel One Oranje cocktails, will be available. Tickets ($5) can be purchased at the door. 9 to 11 PM.

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Violinist Leila Josefowicz at the Kennedy Center, George Lopez at DAR, and a free happy hour at Lost Society. By Samantha Miller

Violinist Leila Josefowicz performs at the Kennedy Center Thursday. Photograph by J. Henry Fair.

Thursday, January 12

FILM: The Alliance Française of Washington will host of screening of L’Illusionniste (The Illusionist) at Letelier Theatre. The film won Best Animated Feature at the 2011 César Awards and the Best Animated Film at the 2010 New York Film Critics Circle. The movie will be shown in French with English subtitles. Tickets ($9) can be reserved through the event’s Web site. 7 PM.

MUSIC: Jammin Java’s Mid-Atlantic Band Battle returns with more than 25 bands. Tonight’s performers include Classified Frequency, Adam in America, Shoot the Radio, Buster Brown and the Get Down, the Greater the Risk, Madrone, and TheRuinCity. Tickets ($10) can be purchased through the club’s Web site. 7:30 PM.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz joins the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Josefowicz, who made her Carnegie Hall debut at 17, will perform Mackey’s Beautiful Passing. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7 PM. The show runs through January 14.

HAPPY HOUR: Brightest Young Things and the Kennedy Center are gearing up for the upcoming production of La Cage aux Folles with a free happy hour at Lost Society. Enjoy drink specials, ticket giveaways, a “kissing photo booth,” music by DJ Cale, and more. Guests must RSVP through Eventbrite. 6 PM to 9 PM.

KID-FRIENDLY: Young adult author Christopher Paul Curtis will sign copies of his new novel, The Mighty Miss Malone, at Politics and Prose. Curtis won a Newbery Award for The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. Free. 10:30 AM.


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Antone “Chooky” Caldwell at Blues Alley, a seven-course beer dinner at Old Town’s RedRocks, and comedian Todd Rexx at the Riot Act.

Pulitzer Prize nominee Donna Britt. Photograph courtesy of the author’s Web site.

Wednesday, January 11

MUSIC: Bassist and producer Antone “Chooky” Caldwell is performing at Blues Alley tonight. The Grammy nominee has provided musical support for Mariah Carey,will.i.amSnoop Dogg, and the Pussycat Dolls, to name a few. Tickets ($20) can be purchased through the club’s Web site. 8 and 10 PM. 

BEER: Old Town’s RedRocks Pizza is whipping up a seven-course Allagash beer dinner. The spread features a charcuterie plate, wood-roasted sea scallop salad, wood-fired eggplant Parmesan, gulf shrimp, lamb meatballs, a cheese pairing, and panna cotta. Each course will be paired with an Allagash brew. Tickets ($50) can be reserved by calling 703-717-9873. 6:30 to 9:30 PM. 

BOOKS: Former Washington Post columnist Donna Britt will sign copies of her new memoirBrothers (and Me), at Politics and Prose. The journalist was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1990. Free. 7 PM. 

Strategist and president of Genuine Insights Gina Rudan will discuss her new self-help bookPractical Genius, at the Downtown Barnes and Noble. A signing will follow. Free. 6:30 PM.

COMEDY: Funnyman Todd Rexx brings his standup routine to the Riot Act. The Maryland native has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam All-Stars, VH1’s Baggin’, and more. Tickets ($15) can be purchased through the club’s Web site. 8:30 PM.

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Drew Gibson at the Iota Club and Cafe, young adult novelist Walter Dean Myers at Politics and Prose, and salsa lessons at the Artisphere. By Samantha Miller

Richmond native Drew Gibson comes to Iota Club and Cafe tonight. Photograph by Todd Hale.

Tuesday, January 10

MUSIC: Guitarist Drew Gibson is performing at the Iota Club and Cafe tonight. The Richmond native “cites early Bruce Springsteen and Paul Simon as influences, but it’s apparent he also counts blues masters such as Son House and Mississippi John Hurt in his list of inspirations,” says the Washington Post. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door. 8:30 PM.

KID-FRIENDLY: Young adult novelist Walter Dean Myers and children’s authors Jon Scieszka and Katherine Paterson are stopping by Politics and Prose. The award-winning authors will discuss their duties as national Ambassadors for Young People’s Literature; a book signing will follow. Recommended for children 8 and up. Free. 4:30 PM.

FILM: In the mood for a ’90s throwback? Then head to the Black Cat for back-to-back screenings of Can’t Hardly Wait and Clueless. Champagne and Prosecco cocktails will be available for purchase. Free. Doors open at 8 PM.

DANCE: DJ Bruno “El Unico” will spin energizing rhythms during Artisphere’s salsa lesson and party. Tickets ($8) can be purchased through the Artisphere Web site. Dance class starts at 7:30 PM; the party begins at 8:30 PM.

FOOD: During DC Restaurant Week, more than 200 restaurants will offer three-course lunches for $20.12 and dinners for $35.12, unless otherwise noted. If you haven’t already, read our tips for tackling the long list of offers.

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Our live music recommendations for the next seven days. By Jason Koebler

Thievery Corporation’s three-night show at 9:30 Club is sold out, but you can still snag tickets via Craigslist and StubHub. Photograph courtesy of IMP.

Thursday, January 5

Elvis Presley would have turned 77 today—and while you can still catch plenty of impersonators stumbling down Beale Street in Memphis, they’re often all style and no substance. Celebrate the King’s birthday with a rockabilly set from J.P. McDermott and Western Bop as they take on Elvis’s hits and throw in a couple of original songs at Red Palace tonight.

J.P. McDermott and Western Bop, 8:30 PM at Red Palace, $10.

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Opening night of “Amelia” at the Washington Stage Guild, comedian Tony Wood at the Riot Act, and the return of the Washington Winter Show to American University. By Samantha Miller

Award-winning pianist Orion Weiss performs at the Kennedy Center Saturday. Photograph by Scott Meivogel.

Thursday, January 5

MUSIC: For one night only, Broadway star Judy McLane will join the BSO SuperPops at Strathmore. The performance will feature selections from the Gershwin songbook, including “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Tickets ($28 to $88) can be purchased through the Strathmore’s Web site. 8 PM.

THEATER: The Civil War drama Amelia opens tonight at the Washington Stage Guild. Written by Alex Webb, the love story depicts a woman’s journey to rescue her wounded husband. Tickets ($40 to $90) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 7:30 PM. The play runs through January 29.

COMEDY: Funny man Tony Woods is bringing his standup show to the Riot Act. Woods has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO’s P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Tickets ($17 to $20) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. 8:30 PM. The show runs through January 7.

BOOKS: Washington Post writer Eli Saslow will be signing copies of his new book, Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club. The signing includes a lunch, a presentation, and a Q&A session. Tickets ($30) can be purchased through the event’s Web site. 11:30 AM to 2 PM.

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Keeping track of when tickets go on sale, so you don’t have to. By Melissa Romero

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel Friday, March 2. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user Murasaki-Claire.

Sara Evans will perform at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, February 3, as part of WMZQ’s Girls with Guitars and a Piano Man concert. The country singer has had numerous number one country hits and released the album Stronger in 2011. Tickets ($10) go on sale Thursday at 10 AM through Live Nation.

Youth Lagoon, the one-man show of Trevor Powers, will head to the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, March 24. Since his 2011 release of The Year of Hibernation, his piano pop music has earned high marks in the music industry, including a rave review in Spin magazine. Tickets ($12) are on sale now through Ticket Alternative.

Craig Finn, the frontman of the Hold Steady, comes to the Rock and Roll Hotel for a Friday, March 2, performance. Finn will release his first solo album, Clear Heart Full Eyes, on January 24. Tickets ($12) are on sale now through Ticket Alternative.

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The best in live music over the next seven days. By Jason Koebler

Wale, seen here signing autographs while performing at last weekend's Wizards FanFest, plays a free show with Chuck Brown at the 9:30 Club tonight. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

We’re kicking this off a day early this week in case anyone has a yen for live music before they run home for the holidays. It’s another pretty slow week in the music scene, but we expect things to ramp up early next year. Nevertheless, if you’re in town this weekend and need to escape from the in-laws for a night, here’s what’s going on.


Tonight, December 21

We mentioned this last week, but Wale and Chuck Brown, along with some special guests, will be at the 9:30 Club tonight for a Know Your Status HIV drive. The concert’s free, but you have to bring proof of an HIV test to get a ticket.

Wale, Chuck Brown, and guests, 6 PM doors at 9:30 Club, free with proof of HIV test.

Thursday, December 22

Check out Pinkline Project’s Modern Times Holiday Show at Rock and Roll Hotel. The event features 25 performers, including indie duo Echo Armada and members of the Wax Standard.

Modern Times Holiday Show, 7:30 PM at Rock and Roll Hotel, $10.


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