Friday, April 29, 2011
On Tuesday, May 3 from 8:00PM - 11:00PM, the international DJ competition Red Bull Thre3Style is coming to the Nation’s Capital to test the skills of the top party DJ’s. In the ultimate battle scenario, nine DJ’s will take turns stepping up to the tables to determine who can rock the dance floor the hardest combining three different music genres in 15 minutes.
Competing in the night’s party are DJ JAHSONIC, CAM JUS, DJ PRICE, JEROME BAKER III, DJ 2-TONE JONES, DJ CUZZIN B, DJ PETEY C (winner of Red Bull Thre3Style Pittsburgh) plus the winning DJ’s from Red Bull Thre3Style Boston and Brooklyn.
The winner of Red Bull Thre3Style will take home a $1,000 prize check and the top two finalists will get a chance to compete in the US national finals in Las Vegas.
Hosting the night's festivities will be rapper and famed emcee Akrobatik of the hip hop collective The Perceptionists. Special performance by Rich Medina.
The best part is admission is FREE!!! Open to those 18+ years and older.
U Street Music Hall
1115A U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
During the month of February, Living Social offered a promotion called Flirt Fest during the week of Valentine's Day. One of the offers, was tickets for 2 to the new West End Cinema. I figured this was my chance to try out a new theatre and check out what new films were out there.
I decided to check the place out on a Friday evening with a friend. There were several indie films and documentaries playing but we ended up seeing The Fighter. We bought our tickets from an animated gentleman who told us they had the best popcorn in the city. I typically don't order popcorn but I figured why not. They also had bar that served a nice selection of cocktails along with tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Since it was cold that evening, we both ordered hot chocolate with a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream. What could be better?
We walked into our theatre as soon as we were told we could enter and took a seat right in the middle. It was definitely cozy in there. I would guess the theater could hold 30-40 people at best. Although I'd been to other theatres that screen the same types of movies, I'd never been in a theatre so small. The whole time I kept commenting on how cute it was. I definitely felt like I was watching the movie is someone's private home theatre, not that anythings wrong with that, in fact it added to the charm.
I'd have to say the best part was how clean the place was and how friendly the staff were. For such a small theatre they have an ample amount of movie available. Also, their website is incredibly easy to use. You can view the descriptions, check out trailers and purchase tickets online. West End Cinema is definitely a hidden gem, can't wait to catch another movie there.
West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Monday, April 11, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
It's a fairly large place and on my first visit it was pretty empty. They have a sizable assortment of food from tarts (or tartlets as they call them), salads, and SoupDrinks.
The first time I went there I had absolutely no idea what to get but the staff allowed me to sample whatever I wanted to help me make up my mind. The great thing about Litestars is just as their name states, everything there is very fresh and light. They also don't use creams, sugars, or sodium.
At first, I was like this going to be interesting, while I enjoy eating healthy I'm still big on the way things are seasoned. They do have a season "salt" substitute which is very tasty in the case your food is missing a little something. While there, I met the chef, a nice woman with a a thick French accent. She was very pleasant and asked me how I'd heard about the place. I ended up getting the mango chicken salad that also had walnuts and cranberries in it over a bed of crisp greens. I grabbed a bottle of this carbonated water with not a drop of sugar in it. I was a little skeptical at first but it ended up being delicious and quite refreshing. The mango chicken salad itself was tasty and I liked the mix of the sweetness of the mango and the saltiness of the walnuts, I could've done without the leafy greens as they didn't really add anything to the meal. Another bonus is they are very accommodating so you can customize your salad the way you like it.
Since then I've been back a few times and tried the Turkey Tartlet and a Roasted Tomato tartlet along with a soybean salad. I will say if you're looking for a huge, weigh-you-down kind of lunch spot this isn't the place for you. Everything they have is light and healthy, you definitely won't leave there feeling stuffed. It's definitely a place you'll either love or hate. I'm proud to say, I love it.
They offered a Groupon about 2 weeks ago, ever since the place has been pretty busy during lunch. I hope others take a liking to this place because I'd hate to see this concept not survive.
Insiders Tip: Before I forget, if you're a social media buff like I am and use Foursquare, everytime you check-in at Litestars you'll receive 30% off of your meal. Don't forget to flash the cashier your phone, it's as easy as that.
2101 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Frances Mayes: Every Day in Tuscany April 12 -- Frances Mayes, best-selling author of Under the Tuscan Sun, has recently published Every Day in Tuscany, about her renovation of a 13th-century house in the mountains above Cortona. Enjoy her Italian memoirs as she converses with National Geographic Traveler editor Don George. The event will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a reception featuring recipes from Every Day in Tuscany.
Here On Earth, National Geographic April 20 --Tim Flannery, internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer, and conservationist, has discovered more than 30 mammal species and earned the title Australian of the Year 2007. He wrote the best-selling book The Weather Makers. His new book Here On Earth offers the message of hope that we are equipped more than ever to improve our relationship with the planet on which our biological, economic, and cultural futures depend. Co-sponsored with the Embassy of Australia.
Melali: The Drifter Sessions. Live Music Event April 30 --Join us for a look at the exhilarating and pioneering surf film Castles in the Sky, followed by a conversation with legendary surfer Rob Machado, filmmaker Taylor Steele, and composer Jon Swift about the intimate relationship between surf films and music. Then dive into another Steele/Machado collaboration, Melali: The Drifter Sessions, which will be accompanied by live music by the Melali Sessions Band.
Creativity Through Quilting April 30 --Discover your creativity at this free quilting event, with influences of traditional African American quilting that can be traced back hundreds of years, many believe quilts were used to guide freedom-seeking slaves to safety on the Underground Railroad. Participants will learn how to create traditional fabric block pattern design, a quilt symbol that’s been used on the Underground Railroad.
Learn more: http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/locations/center/grosvenor-auditorium/
1600 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Monday, April 4, 2011
Last week, during the Cherry Blossom festival a friend of mine told me about an event, Bubbly and Blossoms, being held at a historic home called Tudor Place. I did a little research to see what this place was all about and decided to go see for myself.
We arrived at Tudor Place on a Thursday evening for the event and were warmly greeted by some of the home's volunteers. The admission price was $10 for nonmembers and included unlimited cherry mimosas, in honor of Cherry Blossom season, several different types of beer and wines, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. We were only expecting the cherry mimosas so the snacks were a welcomed surprise.
Shortly after, we took our bubbly and ventured outside through the home's gardens to make our way to the main house. The gardens were beautiful and they even had a few Cherry Blossom trees in bloom. I couldn't help but imagine it to be the perfect setting for a spring wedding.
Once inside the main house, everyone was incredibly friendly and each of the volunteers knew the ins and outs about the history of the house, the furnishings, and the former owners. I learned some intriguing facts about the house namely that it was built for the granddaughter of Martha Washington (as in the wife of the 1st President of the United States) and several notable from the history books had been guests there.Another interesting thing is the furnishings inside of the house were all actual pieces acquired by the homes' past owners, not replicas like many of the other historic homes you visit these days. For more on the history, click here.
Tudor Place hosts events frequently which are open to the general public along with house tours. You can also rent it out for meetings, children's birthday parties, picnics, private teas and of course weddings. The pricing is incredibly reasonable. Some of their upcoming events include Yoga in the Gardens (Fridays at 10AM May-September), Mother's Day Tea, Fourth of July Ice Cream Social, plus many more, to see a listing of upcoming events click here.
I'm definitely planning on going back in June for their next Tudor Night event, see below for more information.
Tudor Nights: Bellinis in the GardenThursday, June 2 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the abundance of nature in the Tudor Place gardens! Nestled through the formal north gardens are lemon, fig, and pear trees. Wander through the grounds while sipping the featured cocktail, fruit Bellinis. Tudor Place Historic Home and Gardens 1644 31st Street NW Washington, DC 20007 202.965.0400 http://www.tudorplace.org/