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Hey, DC: It’s a weekend to support women

20 Jan

Weekend Round-Up: January 21 and 22

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We encourage all of D.C.’s men (and women) to consider a visit to the twice James Beard Award nominated Columbia Room this weekend.  It is welcoming eight of the country’s top female bartenders to jump behind the Tasting Room bar on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 for four special two-hour seatings. 
 
Eight incredibly talented bartenders will be on-hand to make a unique selection of original cocktails that speak to them and their personal stories, with a portion of the proceeds from the female-centric takeover going to Planned Parenthood. The exclusive two-day event will have four seatings: 5:30 to 7:30pm and 7:30 to 9:30pm slots available each evening. The special takeover cocktails-and-snacks pairing menu will be priced like Columbia Room’s regular tasting menu: the three-course option is $79 plus tax and the five-course option is $108 plus tax. Both are inclusive of gratuity.
 
Columbia Room’s new Women Rule winter menu, available through March, features a tasting menu inspired by female bartenders and chefs from around the world and throughout history, such as Alice Waters, Ada Coleman, Elena Arzak and more. 
The four special seatings for the female bartender takeover are as scheduled and can be booked here:
Friday, January 20
5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Jessica Gonzalez: New York’s Llama Inn, Nomad, Death and Company
  • Erin Hayes: Chicago’s Lost Lake
7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Ivy Mix: New York’s Leyenda and Speed Rack co-founder
  • Ezra Star: Boston’s Drink
Saturday, January 21
5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Lynnette Marrero: New York’s Llama Inn and Speed Rack co-founder
  • Pam Wiznitzer: New York’s Seamstress
7:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Yana Volfson: New York’s Cosme
  • Meaghan Dorman: New York’s Raines Lawroom, Dear Irving, The Bennett
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Photo by C. Stanley Photography

 

“In ‘Roe,’ playwright Lisa Loomer aims to show both sides of abortion case” – The Washington Post

Following an acclaimed run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lisa Loomer’s world-premiere production Roe has debuted in D.C. at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

Directed by Bill Rauch, the drama focuses on the two women at the heart of the landmark Roe v. Wade case – plaintiff Norma McCorvey and her attorney Sarah Weddington – and documents their shockingly divergent journeys following the case, that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture. Roe is a co-production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre and runs through Feb. 19.

Travel news from The Jet Set

17 Jan

Check out The Jet Set’s travel news for the week of Jan. 14th:

The Jet Set is America’s first nationally syndicated travel-based talk show and is designed to reinvent travel television to keep pace with the professional, leisure and aspiring traveler by experiencing the sights, sounds and scenery of destinations around the world or here at home, along with you. The Jet Set is filmed in Washington, D.C.  Follow The Jet Set on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017: Brunch picks

16 Jan

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Here are a few MLK Jr. Day brunch options that will not disappoint:

Aqua 301

The Navy Yard’s Agua 301 is serving brunch today from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bottomless Mimosas, margaritas, sangria, and Bloody Marys are also available. The restaurant’s regular lunch menu is being offered as well.

Agua’s brunch menu features an awesome brunch burger, the Torta Hamburguesa, with grilled ground sirloin and chorizo, tomato, avocado, shredded lettuce, refried beans and chipotle mayo topped with a fried egg. Other standouts are huevos rancheros, huevos divorciados, Tepita-style migas and pumpkin pancakes.

Grilled Oyster Company

The Grilled Oyster Company’s Potomac and D.C. locations is serving brunch from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Bottomless mimosas are available for $12, and 3 kinds of oyster shooters (a restaurant specialty) are available for $6.50 each.

Guests can select from Grilled Oyster Company’s a la carte brunch menu, which spotlights American seafood fare like smoked salmon crostini with cream cheese, red onion, and watercress; shrimp and grits with Gulf shrimp, Anson Mills grits, sautéed peppers, and bacon; and a Maine lobster hash with poached eggs and Hollandaise.

City Tap House

In Penn Quarter, City Tap House is offering brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., It is also hosting a mini tap takeover with SweetWater Brewing Company from Atlanta, GA (birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr). There is also the option of bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, or beermosas for $18.

Popular brunch dishes include lemon ricotta pancakes with caramelized bananas and blueberries, smoked salmon hash with poached eggs, shaved fennel, and Hollandaise, and their Big Chick breakfast sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, a fried egg, and sausage gravy stuffed between a buttermilk biscuit.

Ambar

On Capitol Hill, Ambar, the city’s first Balkan restaurant, offers a fixed price brunch of unlimited small plates and free-flowing cocktails from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ambar’s guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection of mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry & crepes and sweets along with five distinctive brunch cocktails. One might wish to start with some of Ambar’s most popular dishes including Balkan Salad, with tomato, peppers, cucumber, onions and aged cheese; the Egg BLT, and the Almond & Walnut Crusted Fried Chicken Sandwich with spring mix and apple-wasabi mayo.

It’s a weekend for rock & roll and tattoos in DC

13 Jan

Weekend Round-Up: January 14 and 15

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It is the opening weekend for the Newseum’s newest exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” created in partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Premiering in the nation’s capital just a week before the inauguration of Donald Trump, the nation’s 45th president, the exhibit explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom. “Louder Than Words” will be on display at the Newseum through July 31, 2017.

“This exhibit is a powerful testament to the role music has played in influencing political and social change,” said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “As they exercised their First Amendment rights, these artists have helped shape attitudes and action about war and peace, social justice, and human rights around the world.”

Through iconic artifacts, compelling images and multimedia experiences, the exhibit examines how music has influenced issues ranging from political campaigns to civil rights. Included in the exhibit are John Lennon’s acoustic guitar from his 1969 Montreal and Amsterdam “Bed-Ins for Peace” with Yoko Ono, the Fender Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix used to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, stage costumes worn by the Village People and original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” Chuck Berry’s “School Day,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” and Green Day’s “American Idiot.” The exhibit also features artifacts related to the Vietnam War, the May 4, 1970, shooting at Kent State University, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Louder Than Words” includes exclusive video interviews with Bono, David Byrne, Dee Snider, Tom Morello, Lars Ulrich, Gloria Estefan, Gregg Allman, Ann Wilson and others. One of the films produced for the exhibit, “Artists Unite,” tells the stories of musicians coming together for charity and relief efforts to raise awareness and encourage donations from audiences around the world. The film will play on the 100-foot-wide video wall in the Newseum’s Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater.

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Back, bigger and better than ever, the DC Tattoo Expo is celebrating its lucky seventh year this weekend. More than 400 of the world’s best tattoo artists, including the finest tattoo artists from the Washington, DC metropolitan area will be at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington..

The expo is open starting today through Sunday, Jan. 15. The public is welcome to attend each day with tattooing and piercing services available. There will also be demonstrations, contests, and parties.

Tickets to for expo are $25 per day or $60 for  a three-day pass. Active duty military members will receive a discount at the door. In addition, there will be be free shuttle service and admission for wounded veterans who are recovering at the National Naval Medical Hospital.

 

 

Book now: DC Winter Restaurant Week starts January 30th

8 Jan

Restaurant Week

It’s that time of year again. Winter Restaurant Week returns to the Washington metropolitan area, starting Monday, Jan. 30,and running through Sunday, Feb. 5. It will be the 30th Restaurant Week in 17 years.

The semi-annual event will feature 250 of the best restaurants throughout the DMV offering three-course meals at fixed prices. Diners will be able to enjoy lunches and brunches for $22 and dinners for $35. This is the first time brunches will be included during the week. More than 50 restaurants will offer brunch including Kyirisan, Cuba Libra, DBGB, and The Bird.

More than an opportunity for a fantastic meal at great price, Restaurant Week is a perfect chance to check out new cuisines, try out new restaurants in different neighborhoods or visit old favorites. An excellent starting place for planning your dining experience is by visiting the Restaurant Week website. www.rwdmv.com. There you will find a listing of all participating restaurants, view menus, and purchase gift cards.

With the popularity of the Restaurant Week, plan to make reservations as soon as possible. Many of the restaurants fill up early. As part of the Diner Rewards program, anyone who books their reservations through www.rwdmv.com and opts to receive exclusive deals on meals is automatically entered to win prizes from Restaurant Week sponsors.

Don’t forget to also check out Bethesda Magazine Restaurant Week (Jan. 13 to 22), National Harbor Restaurant Week (Jan. 14 to 20), and Alexandria Restaurant Week (Feb. 17 to 26)

Catch some funky moves and some cool motorcycles this weekend in DC

5 Jan

Weekend Round-Up: January 7 and 8

Red Bull Flying Bach, is a one-of-a-kind, innovative adaptation by the Flying Steps dance troupe of Johannes Sebastian Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier,” that breaks down the barriers between high society and urban culture. And its in DC from Friday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Warner Theatre. Tickets start at $32.

The story follows six dancers and one teacher, rehearsing for their big day. Arguments, fights, disappointments and delights — just like the highs and lows of the notes, the moods and steps of the dancers change constantly. But their teacher is pushing them, pushing the boundaries to make it work. As a mysterious woman enters the rehearsal room, the conflicts climax: contemporary dance meets breakdance, man meets woman, desire meets refusal, and arrogance meets curiosity.

Since 2010, Red Bull Flying Bach has created an interest in classical music in a scene where it historically didn’t belong. The show has since delighted over 400,000 people in 31 different countries around the world.

More details and ticket information is available at warnertheatredc.com.

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The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS), one of the motorsports industry’s leading venues for buyers and enthusiasts, is in DC this weekend as part of a seven-city tour. The show will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, from Friday, Jan. 6, to Sunday, Jan. 8. Tickets start at $16.

The show’s schedule includes stunt shows, temporary airbrush tattoos, interactive
games, social media opportunities, and more, all designed to provide attendees with a one-of-a-kind experience on a dynamic and exciting show floor. In addition, licensed riders get the chance to test ride bikes from many of the participating brands including BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Slingshot, Suzuki, Victory, and Yamaha. The Demo ride program is only offered at IMS Long Beach.

The most significant addition to the Progressive IMS Tour is a mobile app and digital interface that will allow consumers to seamlessly interact with main show attractions and participating brands. Through the swipe of an Event Pass, attendees can participate in an experience called WIN PLAY VOTE, allowing them to win prizes, play games, join activities and share it all in real time socially.

MenslifeDC presents the top 5 DC events of 2016

1 Jan

As we start a new year, we at MensLifeDC wanted to take a moment to reflect on the top events that affected DC during 2016. While inarguably the presidential election will go down as one of the major event both nationally and here in Washington, we wanted to focus our attention on the local events that shaped the conversation around town. Here is our top 5 list.

Photo: Joy Asicio

Photo: Joy Asicio

5. The influx of new shopping in the DC area

The Washington DC area saw a host of new stores popping up all around. Men were the focus of this trend with the openings of J Crew Men’s Store, Suit Supply and Ministry of Supply. City Center DC continues to lure high-end shoppers to the center of town while new boutiques and shops are turning neighborhoods like Northend Shaw and U Street into popular shopping destinations. Other notable openings during 2016 included Moncler, REI, Uniglo and Sak’s Off Fifth.

 

4. The Washington Nationals making the playoff

The Nationals continued to show why baseball is America’s favorite past time. Baseball fever is alive and well in DC and only grew more steadily as the Nationals clinched the National East Title for the third time in five years. With the hopes of a World Series berth, fans saw their dreams dashed when the team lost to the LA Dodgers in the fifth game of the playoff series. Despite the lost, the winner take all last game was a nail biter and became the longest post season 9 inning game in baseball history.

 

Blue Duck Tavern - Michelin Star Awardee

Blue Duck Tavern – Michelin Star Awardee

3. Michelin awards stars to Washington area restaurants.

When the news that the Michelin stars would soon be awarded to area restaurants, foodies and gourmands alike began speculating which ones of their favorite hunts would receive these honors. Over the last few years, DC has seen its dining scene explode with star chefs setting up shop along side well established dining institutions to provide world class gastronomical experiences. When the awards were announced in the fall of this year, twelve restaurants received the coveted acknowledgement – 2 stars: Inn at Little Washington, Minibar and Pineapple & Pearls; 1 star: Blue Duck Tavern, the Dabney, Fiola, Kinship, Masseria, Plume, Rose’s Luxury, Sushi Taro and Tail Up Goat

 

Photo: Troy Petenbrink

Photo: Troy Petenbrink

2. MGM opens a casino and hotel at the National Harbor

While several other notable hotels opened up this year in Washington, DC, such as The Trump International Hotel and the Watergate, none opened with as much hoopla and fanfare as the new MGM in National Harbor. Following an opening gala, the new casino opened 3o minutes earlier than planned on December 8th and by noon the following day had already seen 50,000 visitors. Demand is so strong that most of the restaurants are booked solid through January. At a cost of $1.4 billion, the new hotel and casino boasts one of the largest casino floors, 50,000 square feet of meeting space, 234 guest rooms and 74 suites, a 3,000 seat theater along as well as world class shopping and dining. The new hotel and casino is sure to become one of the crown jewels in the MGM empire.

 

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1. National Museum of African American History and Culture comes to the National Mall

In his opening remark, President Barak Obama said that the museum tells the American story, “one of suffering and delight; one of fear but also of hope; of wandering in the wilderness and then seeing out on the horizon a glimmer of the Promised Land.“ After years of anticipation, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened its doors in September — and still remains one of the hottest tickets in town. Hundreds of thousands of people have already flocked to visit it and there have been no signs that the demand is stopping. The massive museum is five floors above ground and an additional four underground with 85,000 square feet of exhibition space currently housing nearly 3000 objects, 12 exhibitions, 13 different interactives with 17 stations, and 183 videos. The museum takes the museum experience to a new level taking the best aspects of other museums to tell the African American story.

Do you agree with our list and ranking? We’d love to hear from you, Please let us know your thoughts and let us know if we missed anything.

The Hay-Adams is jazzing up its brunch

30 Dec
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The beautiful dining room at The Hay-Adams Lafayette restaurant will be filled with the sounds of live jazz music for Sunday brunch during the month of January.

 

The Hay-Adams is is jazzing up its Sunday brunch — literally. Beginning on Sunday, Jan. 8, and continuing each Sunday in January, it will host live jazz music as part of brunch in it’s Lafayette restaurant.

For the special “January Jazz At The Hay Brunch” executive chef Nicolas Legret is offering a three-course menu focused on a variety of local and seasonally-inspired ingredients.

Diners will start with an appetizer buffet featuring an array of starters and salads, followed by a choice of plated entrées, such as lobster omelette, with white beech and shiitake mushrooms and Brussel sprouts; crab cake Benedict with poached egg, spinach, oyster mushroom, and tarragon hollandaise; and Maryland wild rockfish with eggplant, peppers, caponata.

For a sweet finish, pastry chef Josh Short offers a tempting dessert display sure to delight the senses. Brunch selections are complemented with a delicious beverage of choice, such as a glass of Taittinger Champagne, a classic bloody Mary, or a strawberry orange mimosa. Freshly brewed coffee and Mighty Leaf Tea are also included with the brunch.

Priced at $80.00 per person or $40.00 for children 12 years old and younger, the jazz brunch series will run from Sunday, Jan 8 through Sunday, Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Hay-Adams is located at 800 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, across Lafayette Square from the White House; (202) 638-6600; www.hayadams.com.

Travel news from The Jet Set

22 Dec

Check out The Jet Set’s travel news for the week of Dec. 19th:

The Jet Set is America’s first nationally syndicated travel-based talk show and is designed to reinvent travel television to keep pace with the professional, leisure and aspiring traveler by experiencing the sights, sounds and scenery of destinations around the world or here at home, along with you. The Jet Set is filmed in Washington, D.C.  Follow The Jet Set on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Celebrate Suitsupply’s opening at Tyson’s Galleria

14 Dec

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Just in time for the holidays, Suitsupply is set to open its second location in the Washington Metropolitan area. This time the popular men’s shop will cross the river over to northern Virginia making a home in Tyson’s Galleria, the tony shopping destination home to some of the world’s top luxury fashion brands.

The new store will feature all the classic Suitsupply accouterments: a full collection of suits and casual styles, a dedicated eveningwear area and an on-site tailor for on-demand alterations which can be done while customers wait. Shoppers are in for a treat as the collection is strong for Fall/Winter 2016 and is just as powerful for Spring/Summer 2017.

The brand’s suits feature great modern styling, full canvas construction on the jackets and functional sleeve buttons. All at an affordable price point and are features traditionally found on garments costing at least three times as much. Even TV personality and fashion expert, Tim Gunn, has been known to favor these quality suits.

Suitsupply, which began in Europe in 2000, has been a favorite among Washington men since it opened its third U.S. location in historic Georgetown in 2012. The brand now has grown to 70 stores internationally, in cities such as New York, Milan, London, Zurich, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Hong Kong,

The men’s store opens this Thursday with an evening of music, cocktails and light bites. While attending, guests will have the opportunity to shop for a good cause. Between opening night and the following weekend, 10% of all sales will be donated to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

The opening celebration will be held from 6 – 9 pm Thursday, December 15 at the in Tysons Galleria (Tysons Galleria, Level 1, 2001 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102). To attend, please RSVP to events@suitsupply.com.