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Fashion’s Night Out at Neiman Marcus, “Gay-larious” comedians, and The National at Merriweather By Samantha Miller

Feast your eyes on the latest fall fashions at Fashion's Night Out.

Tuesday, September 6
MUSIC:
Indie rock band The National are dropping by the Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight. The band’s song “Think You Can Wait” was recently featured in the film Win Win. You can sample some of their tracks here. For tickets ($30 to $40), go to Merriweather’s Web site. Doors open at 5 PM.

Wednesday, September 7
COMEDY:
Gay-larious is back at the Riot Act, and tonight’s performance is jam-packed with gay-friendly comics from across the country—including Brad Loekle, Claudia Cogan, Chris Doucette, and Zach Toczynski. The first Wednesday of every month will be dedicated to Gay-larious. For tickets ($15), go to the Riot Act’s Web site. 8:30 PM.

Thursday, September 8
FASHION:
It’s Fashion’s Night Out at your local Neiman Marcus. The Tysons Galleria location will feature a fall fashion trends presentation at 7 PM, beauty advice and bites at the NM Café, a fashion sketch artist, and more. To RSVP, call 703-761-1600 ext. 3400 to or e-mail RSVPTysons@NeimanMarcus.com. The Mazza Gallerie store will have a fall fashion runway show at 7 PM, a Michael Kors presentation, cocktails and treats, live music from a capella group The Butterflies, and a photo booth. To RSVP, call 202-274-3911 or e-mail RSVPWashington@NeimanMarcus.com. Free; 6 to 9 PM.

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Posted at 02:10 PM/ET, 09/02/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Tom Green at DC Improv, a food truck beer dinner, and Columbia Heights Day festival By Samantha Miller

Washingtonians can boogie to Jackson 5's greatest hits during the 9:30 Club’s Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration. Photograph courtesy of Jackson 5

Thursday, August 25
FASHION:
Shop ’til you drop at the Fashionable Fundraiser at Chevy Chase Bloomingdale's. Sip on Ruby Ribbon mocktails while perusing the latest fashions at 15 to 20 percent off. Bloomingdales will donate an undisclosed amount to Amfar, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic. Now you finally have an excuse to buy those Tory Burch boots you’ve been eyeing. Enjoy discounts all day; Mocktails from 2 to 7 PM.

ART: Stop by the Phillips Collection for an evening of food truck favorites, jazz, and, of course, art. At tonight’s Phillips After 5 event, attendees can partake in a scavenger hunt, groove to music by Mark Merella, and enjoy edibles from Red Hook Lobster Pound. Tickets (Free for members, $10 students and seniors, $12 adults) can be reserved at the event Web site. 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Editor's note: Pleasant Pops will no longer be serving treats at the event.

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Posted at 10:30 AM/ET, 08/26/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Pig races at the Agricultural Fair, tap takeovers galore, and a Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter comes to Wolf Trap By Samantha Miller

Children 11 and under can enjoy the 63rd annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair for free. Photograph courtesy of the fair's Facebook page

Monday, August 15
BEER:
DC Beer Week is in full swing, and we’ve got some hoppy suggestions for your Monday night. Meridian Pint is hosting an Art Beer Dinner paired with Steve Frazier’s brews from 7 to 10 PM. The five-course spread includes tomato consomme, lobster and cantaloupe salad, barbecued duck, crispy prosciutto, and raspberry creme brulée. Click here to purchase tickets ($50). If you’re looking for something a bit more educational, stop by Bread & Brew for a crash course in “Beer and Brewing 101” with Flying Dog. At 7:30 PM, the Frederick brewery’s DC sales expert, Tom Hunter, will be divulging the company’s techniques during a tap takeover. Sip on rare Flying Dog brews, learn about the fine art of craft beer, and enjoy organic beer-battered onion rings and fondu. Check out DC Beer Week’s calendar for a complete list of events.

Tuesday, August 16
FESTIVAL:
If you haven’t already, round up the whole family for the 63rd annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. Today’s events include a cheese-carving contest at 10:30 AM, pig races at noon, honey bee demonstrations at 4 PM, Jersey cattle judging at 6 PM, and a whole lot more. Click here for the entire list of attractions. Tickets ($10, Free for children 11 and under) can be purchased at the fair grounds. The fair runs through August 20; 10 AM to midnight.

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Posted at 09:26 AM/ET, 08/15/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
A food truck festival favorite comes back for thirds, Old Town hosts a sidewalk sale, and Churchkey gets a head start on DC Beer Week By Samantha Miller

Get your food truck fix at Friday's mouth-watering Truckeroo Festival. Photographs courtesy of the event's Web site

Thursday, August 11
SHOPPING:
Round up the ladies for a night of shopping, dining, and live music at the Pentagon Row’s Girl’s Night Out. A slew of local stores and restaurants are offering discounts and free goodies. Plus, attendees can enter for a chance to win an iPad 2. Participating venues include Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and Salon, Jouvence Aveda, and Lebanese Taverna, to name a few. Free; 6 PM.

COMEDY: It’s about time another comedy club took root in Washington—Riot Act (801 E St. NW, Washington) is celebrating its grand opening with the help of their favorite comedian, Charles Fleischer. You may recognize him as the voice Roger Rabbit or from his recent cameos in Rango and Zodiac. Tickets for the show ($17) can be purchased at the event Web site. 8:30 PM.

SIGNING:
Dating and relationship coach Amy Schoen will be signing copies of her book Get it Right This Time at the Chevy Chase Bloomingdale’s. Best of all, 10 percent of Bloomindale’s sales and 25 percent of book sales will benefit Dress for Success DC, a nonprofit that provides professional attire to disadvantaged women entering the workforce. To buy tickets ($20 donation), go to the event Web site. 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

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Posted at 01:39 PM/ET, 08/12/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Cate Blanchett comes to town, U Street Corridor’s annual sidewalk sale, and the National Aquarium’s 30th birthday bash By Samantha Miller

Discount shoppers look forward to U Street Corridor’s Sidewalk Sale all year long—and it's finally here!

Thursday, August 4
SHOPPING: A host of restaurants, stores, and clothing boutiques will offer tempting discounts and specials during U Street Corridor’s Dog Days Sidewalk Sale. Caramel, Rue14, DC Noodles, Twins Jazz, Flow Yoga Center, and Cake Love are just a few of the stores getting in on the action. Be sure to check the event site for the entire list of participating venues. The sale lasts through Saturday.

FILM: It’s the first night of Comcast’s Outdoor Film Festival at the Universities at Shady Grove. Tonight’s free screening is Oscar nominee True Grit, the story of a rugged US marshal (Jeff Bridges) who helps a young girl (Hailee Steinfeld) track down her father’s murderer. The films are free, and a portion of food and beverage sales will benefit various National Institutes of Health children’s charities. The festival runs through Monday, and the weekend is full of family favorites—including Tangled on Friday, Up! on Saturday, and Toy Story 3 on Sunday. Grounds open at 6:30 PM, Films begin at 8:30.

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Posted at 05:57 PM/ET, 08/03/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
The DC Dance Festival, Bethesda Sidewalk Sale, and an all-you-can-eat crab feast By Samantha Miller

Everyone's favorite dance festival is back with a weekend of hip-hop performances. Photograph courtesy of the DC ARTS

Thursday, July 21
WINE:
Toast to a good cause during the Catoctin Creek Tasting at Dickson Wine Bar. Attendees will sample three organic spirits by the distillery, along with Dickson cocktails and appetizers. All ticket sales will benefit One Home Many Hopes, an organization that rescues, houses, and educates orphaned Kenyan girls. Tickets ($40) can be purchased at the event Web site. 6 to 8 PM.

MUSIC:
Alternative hip-hop artist Richard Terfry, who goes by the stage name Buck 65, is performing at the Iota Club & Café tonight. You can sample tracks from his latest album, 20 Odd Years, here. Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door. 8:30 PM.

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Posted at 09:34 AM/ET, 07/21/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Belgian fare, a jewelry trunk show, and the music of John Williams By Samantha Miller

Bill Cunningham New York presents a charming portrait of the New York Times' style guru

Monday, July 18
FILM:
Fashionistas won’t want to miss the Corcoran’s special screening of Bill Cunningham New York. For decades, New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham has documented fashion trends and high society soirées in his style columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” In the film, director Richard Press chronicles the life of a man, now 82, who has dedicated his life to capturing Manhattan style and culture. Tickets (free for Corcoran students and faculty, $5 for non-Corcoran students, $8 for members, and $10 for non-members) can be purchased at the event Web site. 7 PM.

Tuesday, July 19
BELGIAN RESTAURANT WEEK
: Wine and dine at the Belgian Ambassador’s home during tonight’s Belgian Restaurant Week event. Enjoy a swanky six-course dinner of Belgian fare from all seven participating restaurants—including Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar, and Le Pain Quotidien. Each course will be paired with a Belgian brew. To purchase tickets ($175) call Belga Café at (202) 544-0100. Cocktail hour begins at 6 PM, dinner starts at 7 PM.

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Posted at 05:20 PM/ET, 07/15/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
A weekend of Bastille Day celebrations, locavore-themed events, and pop-up shops galore By Samantha Miller

More than 150 artists will be featured at this weekend's Artscape festival in Baltimore. Photograph courtesy of Artscape

Thursday, July 14
SHOPPING:
Join the “Swapaholics” for an evening of clothes swapping and cocktails at the Clarendon Ballroom. Swappers must bring a bag of gently loved clothing, shoes, or accessories to trade. Everything left over at the end of the night will be donated to Goodwill of Greater Washington. But there won’t be any dressing rooms, so you may want to wear layers. Tickets ($20 for one, $30 for a pair) can be purchased at the event Web site. Not bad for a bag full of new clothes! Drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. The event starts at 6 PM, the swapping begins at 8 PM.

HAPPY HOUR:
Everyone’s favorite smart phone game is getting the royal treatment at tonight’s Angry Birds Tournament and Happy Hour. Stop by the Arlington Renaissance for a chance to win prizes like hotel stays, free dinners, and an iPad. And when you’re giving your thumbs a rest, sip on signatures cocktails with names like the “Mighty Eagle” and “Golden Egg.” Free; 4 to 7 PM.

BASTILLE DAY:
Do as the French do, and celebrate their national holiday with music, crepes, cheese, and plenty of bubbly. Check out our guide to all the Bastille Day Celebrations in Washington.

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Posted at 11:27 AM/ET, 07/14/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
A designer summer sale, Cajun dance night, and all-you-can-eat pork barbecue By Samantha Miller

Pine Leaf Boys are providing the beats for Artisphere's Dance Night. Photograph by Gabie Savoy

Wednesday, July 13
DANCE:
Cajun music band Pine Leaf Boys will be strumming their strings at the Artisphere’s Dance Wednesday. A four-time Grammy nominee, they are known for their toe-tapping beats and energetic arrangements. Tickets ($15, $12 for students and seniors) can be purchased at the event Web site. 7:30 PM.

SHOPPING:
Calling all shopaholics! Don’t miss Style Étoile’s Girls’ Night Out and Summer Sale at the L2 Lounge. Sip on cocktails while shopping the online boutique’s summer collection at up to 60 percent off. You’ll find garments from designers Anna Sui, Sachin+Babi, Wren, Siwy, and GoldSign, to name a few. Free; 6 to 10 PM.

BBQ:
Pork lovers will think they’ve died and gone to heaven at Jackson 20’s Pig-A-Palooza. Stop by the courtyard for an all-you-can-eat spread of smoked pig, suckling pig, pulled pork shoulder, mahogany barbecue, East Carolina barbecue, ribs, salads, and seasonal pies. Plus, The WeatherVanes will be jammin’ from 6 to 9 PM. Tickets ($35) can be purchased on site, but reservations are recommended. The feast begins at 6 PM.

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Posted at 11:29 AM/ET, 07/13/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Eco-friendly jewelry, a baker’s dozen of DJs, and drinks on The Washingtonian By Samantha Miller

Peruse eco-friendly accessories and clothes at Carbon's sustainable jewelry trunk show. Photograph by Brian Tropiano
Wednesday, June 29
FASHION:
Sustainable clothing store Carbon is hosting a jewelry trunk show tonight. From 6 to 8 PM, fashionistas can meet Sylvia Gottwald, a designer known for using sustainable materials, like pearls from eco-friendly farms in the South Pacific A percentage of proceeds will benefit local environmental initiatives. Being green never looked so good. Free.

WASHINGTONIAN HAPPY HOUR:
Your favorite magazine— The Washingtonian, of course!—is hosting a free happy hour at Redwood to gear up for the LivingSocial Best of Washington party on July 13. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks. Be sure to pick up discounted tickets for the “Best Of” blowout. 6 to 8:30 PM.

CLASSICAL:
If you’re itching for a preview of this year’s National Symphony Orchestra, here’s your chance. Join the NSO’s new assistant conductor, Ankush Kumar Bahl, at the Kennedy Center as he leads the orchestra through a selection of compositions from the upcoming season. And be sure to check out our picks for the most intriguing performances in the coming year. Tickets are free, but they’re first come first serve today. Call 202-467-4600 for more information. 8 PM at the Kennedy Center.

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Posted at 11:31 AM/ET, 06/29/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()