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An African pop star, fashion trunk show, and festivals galore By Samantha Miller

The Caribbean Carnival is known for its bejeweled costumes and toe-tapping beats. Photograph courtesy of DC Caribbean Carnival

Thursday, June 23
MUSIC:
African pop star Youssou N’Dour is bringing Senegalese sounds to the George Washington Lisner Auditorium. The 30-year veteran is known for fusing his country’s traditional melodies with modern rock and pop. Plus, he’s worked with Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, and Sting. Tickets ($30 to $65) can be purchased at the event Web site. 8 PM.

THEATER:
The world of physics gets a poetic makeover in Einstein’s Dreams, the musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Alan Lightman. The story follows a 26-year-old Einstein as he develops his theory of relativity. Tickets ($10 to $20) can be purchased at the event Web site. 8 PM.

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Posted at 09:48 AM/ET, 06/23/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Fashionable finds, soulful melodies, and Father’s Day festivities By Samantha Miller

Drop by the FreshFarm Market by the White House this Thursday night for an assortment of fruits and veggies, flowers, freshly baked bread, and more. Photograph by Dayne Smith

Thursday, June 16
FARMERS MARKET:
Inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s flair for organic gardening, the FreshFarm Market by the White House is the perfect place to shop for pasture-raised meats, artisan cheeses, baked goods, and, of course, farm-fresh produce. Don’t forget your canvas bags! Open 3 to 7 PM.

MOVIE: Run—or tackle—your way to tonight’s outdoor summer flick. Capital Riverfront will be screening The Blind Side as part of its Best of the Oscars Outdoor Movie series. Film begins at 8:45 PM at Tingey Plaza. Free.

MUSIC: The Virginia-based indie duo Birdlips will be performing at the Velvet Lounge tonight. Doors open at 8 PM, Show starts at 9. $8.

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Posted at 10:30 AM/ET, 06/22/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Star gazing, a garden party, and a vintage pop-up shop By Samantha Miller

This picture may be from last Fall's High Heel Drag Race, but we bet you'll see a few similar outfits at Friday's "Somewhere..." party. Photograph by Chris Leaman

Thursday, June 9
PARTY:
Break from the hustle and bustle of city life with the Textile Museum’s Urban Picnic, a night of lawn games, beach blanket bingo, live music, and gallery viewings at the museum’s gardens. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at the event Web site. 6 to 9 PM.

STAR GAZING: Swing by the National Air and Space Museum for an evening of star gazing and celestial wonderment. For one night only, the museum will open its powerful telescope to the public. Free. 9 to 10 PM.

MOVIE: You don’t have to live in the Hollywood hills to attend an Oscar premiere. Capital Riverfront will be screening Dirty Dancing as part of its Best of the Oscars Outdoor Movie series. Red carpet not included. Film begins at 8:45 PM at Tingey Plaza. Free.

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Posted at 12:34 PM/ET, 06/09/2011 | Permalink | Comments ()
Super-cheap thrills and beer galore By Sarah Zlotnick

Monday, August 23
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is staging the first performance of Sarah Ruhl’s latest work, In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, which is about bodily exploration and repressed sexuality. Because it’s opening night, you pay as much (or as little) as you’d like. Lines begin forming around 5 for the 8 PM show, and bring cash—credit cards aren’t accepted. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, August 24
Ah, good ol’ Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse—you can always count on the Northern Virginia institution to screen films that are decidedly not worth full price but are still a cut above last place on the Netflix queue. Tonight catch the ridiculousness that is Russel Brand for a mere two bucks in Get Him to the Greek, the 2010 spinoff of Brand’s rockstar character Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. 7:30; doors open at 6:30.

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Posted at 08:58 AM/ET, 08/23/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
An out-of-focus photo exhibit, improv festival, and synchronized-swimming performance keep things eclectic this weekend. By Rachel Tepper, Sarah Zlotnick, Kate Nerenberg

Thursday, August 5
Feeling like a champ? Head to Canal Park for a screening of Rocky, part of the Capitol Riverfront’s Outdoor Underdog film festival. The film begins at 8:45, but arrive early for a round of Wii on the big screen, trivia, and other games. Free.

Tryst in Adams Morgan is holding an opening reception tonight for Non-Representational Photography, the first DC exhibit by artist Alex Pergament. Images feature techniques that obscure a scene using soft focus, under-exposure, and camera movement. As you walk through the exhibit, take in jazz and funk music by the Rast, Ostle, and Blackwood Trio, and enjoy a sampling of hors d’oeuvres. Free. 7 to 9.

Saxophonist Richard Elliot and trumpeter Rick Braun share the stage tonight at the Birchmere for a smooth-jazz set. The two have produced 33 albums between them. Tickets ($39.50) are available here. 7:30.

Get your Broadway fix at a performance of The Mikado at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The show, presented by the GLBT Arts Consortium, opens tonight and runs through August 7. Call 202-547-6839 or e-mail victor@chaw.org for tickets ($20). 7 PM.

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Posted at 10:28 AM/ET, 08/05/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()
We’re showcasing some of the cocktails in competition for Artini 2010. By Alejandro Salinas

Artini is a monthlong competition among 12 of the area’s top mixologists to create the most artistic martini. This year, the source of inspiration for the cocktails is the Corcoran’s current exhibit “A Love of Europe: Highlights From the William A. Clark Collection.” Every Tuesday through Thursday through March 31, one competing cocktail will be featured for tasting at different venues from 6:30 to 8:30. Here at After Hours, we’ll showcase some of the cocktails. For more information about Artini, the featured nights, or to vote for your favorite bartender, go to washingtonian.com/artini.

“There’s nothing better than a drink that sneaks up on you,” says Tiffany Short of her cocktail, Forbidden Kiss. The drink is based on French sculpture Auguste Rodin’s rendering of Eve, and is quite deceptive—going down as smoothly as apple juice but packing as much alcohol as a martini. The cocktail’s layers of taste are meant to emulate the nature of Rodin’s “Eve,” which Short characterizes as being “innocent and a little mischievous at the same time.”

The Forbidden Kiss, as its name suggests, derives its name from the forbidden fruit, apples, which Short integrated into the drink in the form of a shrub—a drink concentrate made with fruit, vinegars, and sugar. Also in the drink: gin, an egg white, and a touch of Champagne to, says Short, add that note of naughtiness. Watch a demonstration of how to make the cocktail in the video above, and remember—the Forbidden Kiss ($12) will be served Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Gibson as part of Artini’s weekly feature nights.

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Posted at 10:49 AM/ET, 03/22/2010 | Permalink | Comments ()

For more of our past coverage on Michaele Salahi, click here

Michaele Salahi, former model and chair of the spring strutting ritual (and polo match) America’s Polo Cup, explains how to pose and what to wear to this season’s outdoor sporting events in Virginia.

Photo taken at the recent Leukemia & Lymphoma Society annual ball. (See more photos from the night here.)

Who: Michaele Salahi, makeup consultant, Oasis Winery owner with husband Tareq, America’s Polo Cup chair, and the “face” for Virginia.org’s Wine Getaways ad campaign.

What she’s wearing: Oscar de la Renta from Neiman Marcus.

How would you describe your style? “Classic and feminine with a slim rocker edge. I’m addicted to white clothes, and I love stilettos.”

Favored designers: “Cartier, Chanel, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Dior.”

What do you wear on a typical day?
“Fitted skinny jeans, Dior or Prada boots, and a fitted top with a jacket.”

Any tips on styling and posing? “Be yourself! Find your very best side that the camera loves—everyone has one—and work it! Always make sure to be confident in who you are, stand tall with your shoulders back, and smile. Your personality within is what shines in the camera’s lens.”

What will people be wearing to the America’s Polo Cup? “I love to wear a dress to the event. Women will wear dresses, pantsuits, hats, stilettos, flats. Hats are key for the ladies—you will see so many fantastic styles. That is what I love most about the event. Men will often wear a button-down and a jacket.”

Rachel says: Michaele always looks glamorous, and she definitely knows how to pose! It’s important to know that you can be a little bigger than life in a photo—shy never looks right. As for the spring events in Virginia, I think the general rule is the preppier the better. The hats are the best part.

Sidewalk Style is written and photographed by Rachel Cothran of street-fashion blog projectbeltway.com.

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Posted at 06:26 AM/ET, 12/01/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()
One of the works by Joseph Craig English that will be on display at the show. Image courtesy the artist.

Last month, the New York Times wrote that Richmond is “emerging as a new player on the Southern art and culinary scene.” Indeed, but why take a Noo Yawker’s word for it when you can slide on down I-95 and check it out yourself?

Next weekend, the Visual Art Center’s 45th Craft + Design Show kicks off under the rotunda at the Science Museum of Virginia. The building, once the Broad Street Station, is a work of art itself. Designed by John Russell Pope, the architect behind the National Archives building, the Jefferson Memorial, and the National Gallery of Art’s west building, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places and alone worth the drive.

If you’ve ever been to the annual Smithsonian Craft Show, you’ll find that this one has a lot in common, except that Richmond’s show is 18 seasons wiser. There’ll be 75 superstar artists representing 17 states displaying works in fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, and wood. Says Karen Cauthen Miller, VAC’s special-events coordinator: “This show provides a unique opportunity to meet the artists, learn their stories, and collect their objects.” That intimacy is a major draw because half of the artists have never shown in Richmond. And lest you think it’s a fusty museum exhibit, a special partnership with Quirk Gallery (where Noah Scalin of Skull-A-Day fame displayed selections this summer) promises fun, youthful art at hang-it-in-the-kids’-rooms prices.

A first timer to the show, I got a sense of the scene by catching up with two Maryland artists who made the cut: Joseph Craig English, a printmaker/painter/sculptor from Washington Grove, and Eric Burris, a metalsmith/jeweler out of Silver Spring.

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Posted at 07:26 AM/ET, 11/20/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()
Feeling the economic crunch this Valentine’s Day? Washingtonians looking to turn a quick buck are selling Valentine’s Day gifts on Craigslist. Here are the best and worst items we’ve found. By Emily Leaman

We love Craigslist. In fact, we’re sort of addicted to searching the free classifieds site for really random things. Like houseboats.

When we recently searched for the term “Valentine’s Day,” we were surprised to see two pages of results. What could people possibly sell on Craigslist for Valentine’s Day? Turns out, quite a lot.

We decided to pick the best and worst Valentine’s gifts Washingtonians are hawking for quick cash and run photos of them here. Please note our (totally arbitrary) Gift-O-Meter rating system, with 1 being you’ll-be-sleeping-on-the-couch terrible and 5 being make-arrangements-for-a-dogsitter-because-you-won’t-be-coming-home awesome.

You’re welcome.

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Posted at 09:06 AM/ET, 02/04/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()
Roses are red, violets are blue . . . want the perfect Valentine’s Day gift but don’t have a clue? Check out our guide to what to get that special lady in your life. By Bekah Grant

>> See our full Valentine's Day Guide 

American Apparel scarf ($28)
There’s nothing better than spending hours snuggled up in bed with your honey during the cold winter months. For those days that require leaving the bed, keep her warm from afar with a cozy scarf. This classic, two-tone scarf has four color options. It may not be the same as blankets and a warm body, but it’s something.

Dogeared Love necklace ($68)
While heart jewelry may be the most overdone Valentine’s Day gift ever, embrace the cliché with style and give her this necklace. A handcrafted stone heart pendant rests at the end of a delicate chain. The heart itself looks vaguely like a fossil, with its hammered surface and slightly misshaped form, which distinguishes the necklace from its generic, often-cheesy cousins.
Fisheye camera ($48)
Give her the gift that keeps on giving with this Lomography fisheye camera, which also comes in green, blue, and white. The 170-degree view compresses everything into a distorted circular image. Turn the everyday into art and see the world from a different perspective—together of course. Don’t forget to buy the film ($14).
Kiehl’s Perennial Favorites ($39)
Whether your girl is a friend of the environment, is a jet-setter, or loves to pamper herself, this Kiehl’s gift set is sure to please. The travel- and earth-friendly bag is filled with a selection of Kiehl’s favorite products: body cream, lip balm, facial moisturizer, and amino-acid shampoo.
Cashmere kimono bathrobe ($100)
When your arms aren’t available, give her something just as good to wrap up in. Free People makes this adorable super-soft kimono-print bathrobe. The robe has a hood, dolman sleeves, front pockets, and tie-sash closure.
Chemistry cocktail set ($36)
If your Valentine likes to drink as much as we do, why not buy her this whimsical chemistry cocktail set? Complete with four “test tube” glasses, a glass beaker, a stirrer, one stainless-steel cocktail shaker, and a mental stand, the set makes it easy to have fun with science. Throw a cocktail-recipe book and some liquor into the mix, and spend Valentine’s Day playing the mad scientist.
Fantasy fragrance by Britney Spears ($55 for 3.3 ounces)
Okay, we’re a little embarrassed about this one, but we swear, it smells really good! The perfume has notes of red lychee, kiwi, jasmine, musk, and orris root, and it’s allegedly “a magic love potion of sweet temptation.” The scent is manufactured by Elizabeth Arden, so it won’t cause mysterious rashes or erratic behavior, and the pink bottle and name make it perfect for Valentine’s Day, even if your girlfriend isn’t a teenybopper.
Annie Leibovitz at Work ($40)
This lightweight coffee-table book is filled with iconic photographs by the legendary photographer. Every image has accompanying text that tells the story behind the photograph.
Leopard clutch ($17.80)
Valentine’s Day is all about animal instincts. With this funky fold-over clutch, bring out your girl’s wild side. It may not be the most practical item out there, but what’s romance without frivolity?

Shopping

Budget Gift Guide: Under $20
Gift Guide for Her
Gift Guide for Him
Gifts to Warm Your Home
Valentine’s Day: Beyond Red Roses

Dining

Tables for Two: Valentine’s Day Menus in Washington
Looking for Valentine’s Chocolate? How About a Mojito Truffle

Activities

Beyond Chocolates and Roses: Ten Quirky Things to Do on Valentine’s Day
Heart-to-Heart Getaways: Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages
Valentine's Romance at Home

Posted at 06:45 AM/ET, 01/28/2009 | Permalink | Comments ()