Friday, November 9, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend!

I don't know about you guys, but for me, this felt like the longest week ever. I ran out of gas and had to push my brand-new Prius to a gas station, which was one of the more embarrassing moments of my life (seriously, who runs out of gas in a PRIUS?!), I built a fire in my fireplace and burned my glasses because I got too close, and -- like the majority of my fellow Washingtonians, I'm sure -- I stayed up waaaay too late on Tuesday night and still haven't recovered the sleep I lost yet.

So T.G.I.-motherfuckin' F, y'all.

How I feel right now.
But, exhaustion/burnt glasses aside, I am excited. Why? Because we are on the brink of yet another THREE-DAY WEEKEND (woohoo!), and it's chock-full of places to drink and things to do.


This weekend only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, you can check out the Arena Stage Cradle Series production of Into the Dollhouse, a banished? Productions "movement performance that explores girlhood, nostalgia and looking back in order to walk forward."

We've featured Arena Stage productions on this blog several times before, but the really cool thing about their Cradle Series is that it is made up of works from D.C.-area artists! So, you're not only seeing a good show, you're supporting local artists, which is something I can definitely get behind.

For tickets, click this link and use the promo code CRADLE50 for a discount!


Perhaps it's because it's a three-day weekend, or perhaps it's because we're post-election and lame-duck congressional aides have to find a place to drown their sorrows. But either way, there are a ton of places to booze it up this weekend:


* Swirl and Sip's 2012 Grand Tasting, The Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW

This event sounds freaking phenomenal: For $59, you can taste more than 40 of the highest-rated, premium wines out there, as well as tickling your tastebuds with various gourmet food selections.


* D.C. Beerathon, various locations across D.C.

Self-billed as "the best day of your life," the D.C. Beerathon guarantees you access to 26 craft and premium beers at 26 different bars across the city for a $65 entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased here.

Let me repeat that for you: 26 DIFFERENT BEERS. FULL BEERS.

You will not just be wasted if you finish this event. You will be comatose. Please drink responsibly.

* Novemberfest, Rustico, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria (in the back lot)

Apparently, it's like Oktoberfest, but Novemberier! The restaurant will be celebrating 40 seasonal brews and raising money for Hurricane Sandy recovery. So, you'll be drunk for a good cause.


* Guest Appreciation Night, Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW

Celebrate Masa 14's three-year anniversary with happy hour-priced drinks and free passed appetizers from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Their Korean-Mexican fusion food is DELICIOUS, so this is probably where I'll be.

* Happy Hour Sundays, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Glover Park's newest wine bar is introducing a special Sunday night happy hour and will serve a variety of craft beers for $3 each as well as specials on wine and other drinks.


The Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair is here again Saturday, this time at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. For $5 tickets at the door, you can check out all the handmade goodness your little heart desires.


November marks the month in which otherwise completely normal men choose to grow logic-defying facial hair in order to raise money for prostate cancer research. Yeah, I don't get the connection between child molester grooming choices and cancer research either, but hey, at least it's a good cause I guess?

In any case, the indomitable H Street Corridor is celebrating the occasion on Saturday with its H Street Movemberfest, in which pretty much EVERY SINGLE ESTABLISHMENT on H Street is participating and giving various specials to those who buy a wristband here for $12 ($15 at the door).


The Embassy of the Czech Republic, located at 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, will be officially kicking off the Christmas season with its Christmas Market this weekend.

In addition to beautiful hand-blown Christmas ornaments for purchase, the event will feature traditional Czech wafers and mulled wine -- the perfect way to ring in the holiday season.

On that note, I'm going to go steel my liver, because it looks like I'll be drinking A LOT this weekend.

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