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Weekend two of 2012 has arrived and an added bonus is it’s a holiday weekend AND Friday the 13th! Spooky. For those of you who have Monday off in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, enjoy! For those that don’t, get into the mix for a fabulous weekend.


Eighteenth Street Lounge – this is my favorite place for Sunday night dance parties but I also love going for Thursday happy hours. Bonus: my “girls night out DC” (#gnoDC) group (read, hot, professional females who know how to have fun) will be in the house for our monthly HH!

Eleventh Street Lounge – I was sad to hear this Arlington gem is closing but you can get your final fix in tonight with their unofficial closing party.

Philanthrobeat – Words, Beats & Life, which has been one of D.C.’s finest nonprofit arts programs, showcasing the best of hip-hop with dance contests for young people, is marking its 10th anniversary with a party at Liv, featuring DJs spinning the music of the Soulquarians.

The Knocks – this New York electronic-dance production duo known for remixing Passion Pit, Foster the People and Wale will be at U Street Music Hall for a performance presented by local blog All Things Go.

The Pug – I haven’t been to this H Street spot yet (shame) but hear they will be offering draft beer by Brooklyn-based brewery Sixpoint for $5. 16-ounce cans of Bengali Tiger IPA will also be offered for $4.

Friday (the 13th)

Restaurant Week – continuing through the 15th, make a lunch or dinner rezzie today and enjoy a spot you’ve been dying to try.

The Devil Inside – if you don’t have Friday the 13th saved on your DVR or on disc, make it a movie night and check out this horror that’s currently in the theaters. I’ve heard it’s not that great but you be the judge. Advice: the Shrine (on Netflix) or Paranormal Activity 3 can be your horror backup.

Stereochemistry – head down to the Black Cat for a night of disco, house and funk by my girl – the hot DJ Ex Ex Ex – and DJ Provoke. Party starts at 9:30pm and is $5.

DJ Rory Phillips – head to U Street Music Hall to see this DJ who has been a resident at some of London’s best dance clubs. It’s free all night for everyone 21 and older, and $10 for the 18-to-20 crowd with advance purchase.

The Winn Brothers Band – this local band that performs at a ton of Georgetown parties will be playing a selection of songs at Bayou that span U2’s entire career.

Friday the 13th Party – in the mood for an 80s metal moment? Head to my buddy Jamie Hess’ bar, the Blue Banana, at 10pm and enjoy Crystal Head Vodka shots for $3 while watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show and listening to the metal band, Hair Raid.

DJ Dirty Hands – Opera Ultra Lounge plays host to the impeccable DJ stylings of this long-time DC DJ. It’s also a Friday the 13th party so be sure to get freaky on the dance floor.


Pie Sisters – this new pie store by three sisters from Great Falls recently opened to great reviews. Take a stroll to Georgetown Saturday afternoon and pick up a delicious slice!

Miss America Viewing Party – join the lovely former Miss DC Kate Michael and Allison Priebe Brooks for this viewing of the Miss America pageant at 8pm at the City Tavern Club complete with boas and other girlie goodies. After-party continues at L2 Lounge.

Gold Leaf Studios Closing Party – the space at 443 I St NW has been at the heart of DC’s underground creative scene for a decade and has had many names and purposes. Tonight’s party honors its phase as Gold Lead Studios and will feature bands like post-punk agitators Edie Sedgwick, the State Department and the Dance Party. Don’t miss it.


Stephanie Cooke – a top talent in soulful house, you can catch her lending vocals to the Global Soul Sessions party at Island Cafe with DJs Andrew Hogans and Carl Dupree.

Lincoln Brunch – head down to the Lincoln for brunch from 11am-4pm with live music by Meredith Seidel and Soul Fusion beginning at noon. Make your reservation early as it usually fills up at the prime times.

Irish Whiskey Public House – brunch starts at this new eatery/whiskey bar and based on my review last week, there is no reason you shouldn’t be making a reservation now.


MLK, Jr. Day – if you have the day off, I can’t think of anything more fitting to do today than to visit the MLK, Jr. monument. It really is an incredible sight. Pack a sandwich and enjoy lunch by the Tidal Basin or head to a nearby eatery and enjoy the holiday.

If you have events you would like to see in the Famous Weekend Lineup, email me at [email protected].