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Ginworld DC is happening now

27 Mar

Gin

Did you know D.C. is hosting a week-long celebration of gin? Well, it is, and it started today.

Originated in St. Louis in 2015, Ginworld is designed to be a social and educational celebration of gin. For this week’s inagual of Ginworld in the nation’s capital, a series of events and special promotions are taking place in area bars, restaurants, and distilleries. A calander of events available at ginworld.com/events.

The culmination of this ode to gin will be the Gin Festival from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Hosted by One Eight Distillery, the festival will feature engagement with distillers and multi-level tastings to learn the wide varieties in the spectrum of gin. Tickets to the festival are $55 and can be purchased online.

 

 

Hit the Hirshhorn Museum for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

25 Mar

Who would’ve guessed that the hottest ticket in Washington these days is not a buzzworthy band or some hotly contested sporting event? No, it is the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit now on display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

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The exhibition is an exploration of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who just celebrated her 88th birthday on March 22. It features six of Kusama’s immersive, kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Rooms, alongside a selection of her other key works, some never before seen in the U.S.

The exhibit starts with Kusama’s “Infinity Mirror Room—Phalli’s Field” and goes all the way up to her most current work from 2016, “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins.” The final room is the “The Obliteration Room.” It started a a stark white room however through the duration of the exhibit, guests are invited to “obliterate” the scene by placing multicolored dots everywhere in the room. This interactive exhibit is constantly changing as the number of people stroll through the room.

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Kusama’s collection has been drawing crowds to the museum since its opening on February 23. While admittance to the exhibit is free, all exhibit goers must have a ticket. Timed tickets are offered online on Mondays starting at noon however they are being snapped up at record pace. Last Monday, the 6,000 free timed tickets were gone in less than 2 minutes. The next offering of tickets will Monday, March 27, at noon for the week of April 4 through the 10.

 

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Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Hirshhorn Museum members can get into the exhibit as well however the special Kusama membership is no longer available online. There is a limited number of these $50 memberships but they can only be purchased at the museum. In addition, same day walk up tickets are also offered with people lining up as early as ‪6:30 am.

Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors Tips

Photo courtesy of Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

  1. The tickets are free. Because there is such demand, people have resorted to reselling them. A quick check on Craigslist shows a number of tickets for sale. Before you purchase, please note all tickets were free.
  2. For same day tickets, plan to line up early. Each person can get up to four tickets so not everyone has to wait in line. However if more than one person in your party gets tickets, try two different time slots. That way if it’s too crowded you’ll have an alternative time to check out the exhibit.
  3. Consider going on a Wednesday; the museum has extended hours. The final exhibit entry is at 6:15 pm compared to 4 pm on other days.
  4. If you can, leave coats at home. You do not want to wear them in the rooms. They can be left outside the room but it’s better not to bring them.
  5. You only have a limited amount of time in each room (30 secs max). If you’re planning to take pics, have your camera or phone ready. Time goes fast.
  6. The Obliteration Room is the last room of the exhibit. Once you enter you cannot return. Do not go in until you have thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the exhibit.

Photo courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The exhibit runs through May 14. After that it will travel to five major museums in the United States and Canada, including the Seattle Art Museum (June 30–Sept. 10, 2017), The Broad in Los Angeles (Oct. 21, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018), the Art Gallery of Ontario (March 3—May 27, 2018), the Cleveland Museum of Art (July 9–Sept. 30, 2018), and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (Nov. 18, 2018–Feb. 17, 2019).

For tickets or more information, please visit http://hirshhorn.si.edu/kusama/passes/.

Photo courtesy of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

 

 

Don’t miss 14K’s special Scotch tasting menu

20 Mar

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UPDATE: 14K has extended the menu for an extra day. It will now also be available on Sunday, March 26.

The Hamilton Hotel D.C.’s signature restaurant 14K present a unique Scotch tasting and food pairing menu this Thursday, March 24, and Friday, March 25. Guests will experience an evening of relaxation and culinary sensations, while sipping some of the finest hand-crafted, single malt Scotch whiskeys.

The special prix-fixe paired tasting menu is $75 (excluding tax and gratuity) and includes:

  • First Course: Tuna carpaccio with seaweed salad, pickled ginger, and whiskey barrel-aged soy sauce. Paired with The Balvenie.
  • Second Course: Blood orange and duck confit salad with artisanal greens, blood oranges, cucumber, tomato, red onion, smoked walnuts, pulled duck confit and blood orange vinaigrette . Paired with Dalwhinnie 15.
  • Third Course: Roasted salmon with black lentils, lemon grilled asparagus, herb roasted tomatoes, and shaved fennel. Paired with Oban 14.
  • Fourth Course: 7oz bone-in filet with truffle and bacon twice-baked potato, candy glazed heirloom carrots, hen of the woods and trumpet mushrooms, and herb butter. Paired with Macallan 18.
  • Dessert: Chocolate mouse duo with white and milk chocolate layerd mousse, dark chocolate ganache and orange gelee. Paired with Lagavulin 16.

Reservations are preferred for these events and can be made by calling (202) 218-7575 or visiting Hamilton Hotel D.C.

Yards Park is the place to be this weekend

17 Mar

Weekend Round-Up: March 18 and 19

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Grab your green and head to Yards Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, March 18, fro the return of the Clover Beer Fest. Tickets start at $49 and include admission, unlimited full pours of the “house green beer,” 10 tastings of all of the craft beers, ciders and wines at the festival, entry into the first round of Boozy Bingo, and lawn games. Food trucks and other vendors will be on-site selling food and other trinkets. In addition, there will be live entertainment including DJ Julian Rivera and the band Jeff from Accounting.

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The party continues at Yards Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, when Taste of DC hosts Taste on Wheels: Green Eggs & Kegs Edition.  The event will include more than two dozen of the area’s top food trucks.  Each of the participating vendors will have an Irish breakfast theme and a signature item priced at $3 or under. The general admission ticket is $5 and includes one free  drink. There is also a “Bottomless Drinks” ticket that includes unlimited mimosas and green beer.

Shake Shack expands to Logan Circle and Navy Yard

16 Mar

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Shake Shack opened another location in the DMV area today. The popular burger joint can now be found  near Logan Circle at 1400 14th Street, NW.

In addition to Shake Shack’s popular hamburgers, hot dogs, and shakes, the Logan Circle Shack is spinning up a selection of local frozen custard concretes: Logan Swirl (vanilla custard, salted caramel sauce, Pollystyle toffee shortbread and chocolate toffee), the all-time fan favorite Shack Attack (chocolate custard, fudge sauce, Baked & Wired brownie, Mast Brothers dark chocolate chunks, and chocolate sprinkles) and Pie Oh My (vanilla custard and slice of Livin’ The Pie Life seasonal pie).

As part of Shake Shack’s mission to Stand For Something Good, 5% of sales from the Pie Oh My concrete support Casey Trees, a nonprofit devoted to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of DC. Casey Trees.

Also setting the Logan Circle Shack apart is its space for a large outdoor patio, complete with picnic tables and greenery.  Also, in keeping with Shack Shack’s commitment to green architecture and eco-friendly construction, the inside tabletops are made by CounterEvolution using reclaimed bowling alley lanes; chairs are designed by Uhuru using sustainable materials; and booths are crafted with lumber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The Shack also features a wood ceiling installation inspired by the DC city grid.

The DMV area is now the Shack Shake’s second largest market outside its home in New York City. “The [Shake Shack] brand really resonates with people in this area,” said Andrew McCaughan, VP for Development., who attended the ribbon-cutting at the new Logan Circle location.

The first local Shake Shack opened in Dupont Circle in 2011.  Logan Circle is now the ninth location in the DMV. And that number will grow to 10 next week when the company opens yet another location in the Navy Yard neighborhood.

Best spots for March Madness

14 Mar

Whether you’re a serious fan or just trying to keep up with your office bracket that you filled out based on who had the cutest mascots, here are some awesome spots around the D.C. area to catch the games.

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Proper 21

Proper 21 is a high end sports bar in downtown D.C. serving classic American cuisine with a gourmet twist. It is offering $25 buckets of Miller Lite during March Madness.

Union Pub

Union Pub

A Capital Hill favorite, Union Pub is a relaxing hangout with an extensive beer menu.  It is offering up a bunch of  March Madness specials: $15 pitches of Bud & Bud Light, $15 buckets of Bud & Bud Light, $5 drafts of Goose IPA, and $5 rail drinks.

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Ventnor Sports Cafe

Most patrons will tell you they frequent Ventnor Sports Cafe to watch the games but we know its really for the amazing chicken wings.  For March Madness it will open at 11 a.m.  and serve lunch.

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Dave & Buster’s

The 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Dave & Buster’s in downtown Silver Spring, Md., combines an arcade, restaurant, and sports bar.  It has a multiple video walls and TVs for optimum March Madness viewing and will be offering lots of food and drink specials throughout the tournament.

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Buffalo Billiards

You can play pool and enjoy tasty food and drink while watching March Madness games on the surrounded TVs at Dupont’s Buffalo Billiards. It will be opening at 11 a.m. for all your tournament watching. In addition, Buffalo Billiards has cool private rooms if you’re looking for a venue to host your own viewing party.

 

 

Grab your tickets now for the annual Pink Tie Party!

10 Mar

It’s that time of year again. The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off March 15th and runs through April 16h. The festival is one of DC’s premiere springtime events and commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. Millions of people flock to the Washington metropolitan area to see these delicate trees bloom on an annual basis.

Kicking off the month long celebration is the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature event, the Pink Tie Party fundraiser. Proceeds from this not to be missed event are used to promote the beauty of nature and international friendship through year-round programs, events, and education initiatives that enhance our environment, showcase arts and culture, and build community spirit.

 

This year’s party will be held on Thursday, March 16, presented by ANA and hosted by the Trade Center Management Associates at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Guests will have the chance to see and feel what a trans-pacific flight is like at the ANA Business Class Cabin Experience, design their very own Tesla at the “Design Your Ride” station, get picture-ready with a makeup touch-up by GLAMSQUAD, make their own chocolate bark with Chouquette Chocolates and Confections, take a breathtaking video in a 360 degree video booth sponsored by ANA, and a few other surprises. The evening will also feature custom creations by local designer Mindy Lam, including unique cherry blossom jewelry and a full length gown made entirely with Lam’s signature metal lace and over 100,000 Swarovski crystals.

While tickets for the enhanced experience and the buddy partygoer have been sold out, General Admission tickets are still available but going fast. The party will feature spring-inspired cuisine and cocktails from top local restaurants including: Rooster & Owl, Pow Pow, Colada Shop, Charlie Palmer Steak, Conosci, Ocean Prime, Odyssey Cruises & Elite Private Yachts, Degrees – The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Westend Bistro – The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC, Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Agora Restaurant, Bantam King, Woodward Table, Bistro Bis, The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, Garrett Popcorn Shops, Sprinkles Cupcakes, The Grilled Oyster Company, and Farmers & Distillers.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit Pink Tie Party. We at MensLifeDC hope to see you there.

Some early St. Patty’s Day festivities are happening this weekend

10 Mar

Weekend Round-Up: March 11 and 12

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Billed as “America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day festival,”  ShamrockFest will take place at RFK Stadium from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday, March 11.

The event includes multiple stages with performances by some of the biggest names in Irish rock such as The Dropkick Murphys, House of Pain, and The Fighting Jamesons.  In addition to the music, there will be plenty of brews, Irish dancers and bagpipes, carnival rides, and contests.

More information and tickets are available at shamrockfest.com.

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held annually in Washington, D.C., since 1971.  This year’s parade will be held along Constitution Ave., from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W., starting at 12 noon on Sunday, March 12.

A celebration of Irish culture, the two-hour parade  will feature more than 100 marching bands, military units, dance schools, floats and a variety of other groups and organizations.  The parade is free and open to the public; however, ticketed seating in the grandstands are available.

More information is available at dcstpatsparade.com.

Awesome cherry blossoms hotel packages

8 Mar

As spring nears and the cherry blossoms bloom hotels throughout the nation’s capital are offering packages to help visitors enjoy the warmth and beauty of the season:

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Rosewood, Washington DC

Situated alongside the C&O Canal in the heart of historic Georgetown, the luxurious Rosewood Washington DC is the perfect jumping off point for taking part in the city’s beloved rite-of-spring traditions, and is celebrating with its Cherry Blossom Festival Package:

  • Breakfast for two at The Grill Room
  • In-room Cherry Blossom Tea Service
  • Capital Segway LLC tour for two through the cherry blossoms
  • Kite to fly within the cherry blossoms
  • Cherry blossom-inspired dessert at turndown
  • Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle

The Rosewood Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival Package is available to book between March 20 and April 14 and the starting rate is $675 per night, with a two-night minimum stay.


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The St. Gregory Hotel

An official sponsor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, The St. Gregory Hotel invites guests to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the beloved festival with the Ultimate Cherry Blossom Experience Package:

  • A welcome cocktail called the Evolution made from a combination of cherry blossom-infused botanical gin, Brut Champagne, fresh citrus, agave nectar and hibiscus dust, garnished with a cherry blossom
  • Complimentary upgrade to one of the hotel’s luxurious suites, based on availability.
  • An Official Cherry Blossom Visitors Guide, which lists the various sites to see the blossoms and events taking place around the city throughout the festival.
  • Complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle (six feet or less).
  • Late checkout of 2 p.m.

The St. Gregory Hotel’s Ultimate Cherry Blossom Experience Package is available to book between March 16 and April 16, and the starting rate is $229 per night. Suite upgrades are based upon availability.

 


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Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC celebrates the coming of the cherry blossoms and honors its Oriental heritage with the traditional Japanese custom of “Hanami”.  This centuries-old practice translates to “blossom-viewing”, and is a way to welcome in spring by gathering under blooming cherry blossoms with food, drinks and friends to marvel at the natural beauty of the “Sakura” (cherry blossoms). Guests can experience the “Hanami” tradition with the Springtime by MO Package:

  • Accommodation with exclusive views of the Tidal Basin and the city’s famed cherry blossom trees
  • A cherry blossom viewing “hanami” gourmet picnic for two
  • Daily breakfast for two in Muze restaurant or in-room dining
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Complimentary high speed wireless internet access for up to six devices per room

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC’s Springtime by MO Package is available to book from March 10 to April 16, and the starting rate is $585 per night, with a two-night minimum.


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The Jefferson

Located in the heart of D.C., just blocks from the White House, The Jefferson is one of the city’s many historic landmarks. It is offering a Picture Perfect Cherry Blossoms Package:

  • Deluxe overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast for two each morning
  • A gift card from Framebridge so you can have a keepsake of the 2017 cherry blossoms
  • A cherry blossom coffee table book

The Jefferson’s Picture Perfect Cherry Blossoms Package is available to book now through April 30, and the starting rate is $385 per night.


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The Embassy Row Hotel

As an ode to Washington D.C.’s greatest and most cherished springtime celebration, The Embassy Row Hotel is offering a National Cherry Blossom Festival Package for visitors traveling to D.C. for the festival. Guests can enjoy all the official festival events including fireworks and concerts then continue the celebration back at the hotel with complimentary sake sampling at the hotel’s restaurant, Station Kitchen & Cocktails. The celebratory package includes:

  • Two night accommodations in one of the property’s 231 boutique guest rooms and suites
  • Two SmartTrip Cards with one-day Metrorail Passes
  • Complimentary evening sake sampling in Station Kitchen & Cocktails
  • 10% off all food & drink in food and beverage outlets
  • Daily access to a digital Press Reader newspaper subscription
  • Complimentary access to the Adult Playground which offers foosball, ping pong and shuffleboard
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Embassy Row Hotel’s National Cherry Blossom Festival Package is available to book starting March 15 through April 16, and the starting rate is $179 per night.

New Fox drama, Shots Fired is a 10-hour must watch event

8 Mar

In the wake of the recent shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers, a new 10-hour event series seeks to take a look at this explosive phenomenon. Shots Fired examines the aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern town. The series created and executive-produced by husband and wife team, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood does not seek to condemn but to spark conversation and change.

 

When black Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Beck, played by Mack Wilds, shoots and kills an unarmed white college student, the act sets off a change of events that leads to an inquiry of the shooting and the discovery of a neglected murder of an African American teen. Heading the inquiry is seasoned investigator Ashe Akino (Sanaa Lathan) along with a young Department of Justice Special Prosecutor Preston Terry (Stephan James).

Shots Fired reels you immediately into the drama within the first hour as the lead investigators start to examine the two shootings while navigating their own personal issues. Akino is dealing with anger issues and the fear of losing custody of her daughter while Terry is fighting to make a name for himself while being overshadowed by his successful professional football brother. Combining these factors with the less than tepid cooperation from the townsfolk and the police and you have the makings of a griping mystery.

 What makes this series so poignant is that Shots Fired attempts to show the racially charged shootings from every aspect using characters that are not cut and dry. These characters are not stereotypically all good or evil but somewhere in between. It is this element that makes the story that much more compelling.

Be on the look out for stellar performances from Jill Hennessy and DeWanda Wise who play the mothers of the slain boys. Also in the cast is Academy-. Emmy- and Golden Globe – winning actress Helen Hunt as the North Carolina Governor and Academy- and Golden Globe winner Richard Dreyfuss as a real estate mogul and owner of a privatized prison.

Shots Fired premieres Wednesday March 22nd at 8 pm on Fox.