Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Central Michel Richard to Host The Shaw Bijou Pop-Up Bar

The Poire Sour cocktail

From our friends at Central Michel Richard...

Central Michel Richard Partners with The Shaw Bijou for Pop-Up Bar

The Shaw Bijou’s head bartender Ben Long will recreate Central classics and introduce new cocktails on October 6 + 7

James Beard Award-winning bistro Central Michel Richard will host forthcoming Washington restaurant The Shaw Bijou for a preview pop-up bar at Central in downtown DC (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 7 to 9:30 PM each night.

TWB Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Online Auction

From our friends at The Washington Ballet...

Online Auction: 40th Anniversary Celebration

Bid on exclusive items beginning tomorrow at 10 AM

The Washington Ballet performing company is celebrating its historic 40th anniversary and supporting community engagement programs with an online auction that begins this week and features more than 20 exclusive items.

Enjoy Life Foods Unveils New ProBurst Bites and Baking Choc. Snack Packs at Expo

From our friends at Enjoy Life Foods...

Enjoy Life Foods Showcases New ProBurst Bites and Baking Chocolate Snack Packs

Free-From category trailblazer unveils deliciously decadent bite-size snacks at Natural Foods Expo East 2016

Enjoy Life Foods, the leading brand in the growing Free-From category, is showcasing new plant-based protein-packed ProBurst Bites and snack-size versions of the brand’s best-selling baking chocolate, Baking Chocolate Snack Packs, at Natural Products Expo East at booth #831. Hitting store shelves in the gluten-free aisles nationwide throughout October, the ProBurst Bites and Baking Chocolate Snack Packs are made with rich dark and semi-sweet chocolate and are available in bite-size snacks convenient for noshing on-the-go.

Toast the Return of Fall with a Champagne Dinner at The Hay-Adams

The Lafayette Room at The Hay-Adams Hotel

From our friends at the The Hay-Adams Hotel...

The award-winning Hay-Adams, located steps away from the White House at 800 16th Street, NW, is pleased to debut a new prix fixe, three-course menu available exclusively in the Lafayette Room through October 15th. Priced at $150 for two people (tax and gratuity not included), the menu features contemporary American cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Nicholas Legret complemented by a half bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. With windows looking out over Lafayette Park, this beautiful oasis is an ideal place to toast the fall season accompanied by music courtesy of Tom Vogt, who the great Lena Horne called her “favorite pianist in Washington.” This special offering is available Monday through Saturday, from 5:30 PM to 10 PM, through October 15th.

Fences Movie Trailer

Denzel Washington & Viola Davis (r) star in Fences


IMDb Plot: An African American father (Denzel Washington) struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. Opens December 25, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Taste of Georgetown Celebrates 23rd Anniversary, October 1st

From our friends at the Taste of Georgetown...

Save the date! The 2016 Taste of Georgetown, presented by Washingtonian Magazine, will be held on Saturday, October 1st!

Contest: Win Passes to See an Advanced Screening of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

We're giving away 25 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of CBS Films' Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, Rob Riggle, Thomas Barbusca, Andy Daly, and Adam Pally. The screening takes place on Wednesday, October 5th at Regal Majestic: It starts at 7:00 PM, but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 6:00 and 6:30 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 40 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Thursday, September 29th at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Fist Fight Movie Trailer

Fist Fight

IMDb Plot: When one school teacher (Charlie Day) gets the other (Ice Cube) fired, he is challenged to an after-school fight. Opens February 17, 2017

Contest: Win Passes to See an Advanced Screening of The Birth of a Nation

We're giving away 40 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Fox Searchlight PicturesThe Birth of a Nation, starring Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller and Gabrielle Union. The screening takes place on Monday, October 3rd at Regal Majestic: It starts at 7:00 PM, but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 5:45 and 6:15 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 40 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Wednesday, September 28th at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (9/23/16)

David Oyelowo & Lupita Nyong'o (r) star in Queen of Katwe

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

Hell or High Water - 4 Stars. A modern day western with Jeff Bridges as a Texas Ranger pursuing Chris Pine and Ben Foster, bank robbers hoping to steal enough money to avoid foreclosure on their family ranch. A brilliant portrait of the last days of the “Texas myth.”

Sully - 3½ Stars. Clint Eastwood directs and Tom Hanks stars as U.S. Air "hero pilot" "Sully" Sullenberger. The recreations of landing the crippled jet and the aftermath paint a fascinating picture of calm, life-saving leadership. One of the year's best.

Finding Dory - 3½ Stars. Pixar’s follow-up to “Finding Nemo” provides fine and funny moments, and even a tear or two.

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Denzel Washington & Chris Pratt (r) star in The Magnificent Seven

So Far, So Good Bad

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' and Columbia Pictures' The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns - Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt) Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke) Jack Horne (Vincent D'Onofrio) Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee) Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo) and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier.) As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Good Stuff Eatery (Georgetown) Food Review II

Nashville Hot Chicken

Good Stuff Eatery is one of my favorite burger joints in town (Spike's Sunnyside is a work of art) but even the best have bad days; and (sadly) today was one of those days. I stopped by the Georgetown location to grab an early dinner, just before 6. When I arrived, there was nobody else in line. If you've ever been, you know this is the exception to a normally busy, busy rule. After exchanging hellos, I placed an order for two new menu items... The Nashville Hot Chicken burger and one of two new hand spun shakes (Black Forest.) GSE offers a Good Stuff Deal ($6.95 for a Snack Fry and Mini Shake, a savings of $.69.) I asked if I could swap out the Fries for Onion Petals, and the cashier had to ask his colleague for a ruling. Long story short, no dice. He went ahead and rang up the Onion Petals ($3.69.) Not so fast, I was genuinely confused by the explanation (which included an offer of a courtesy cup of water in place of a soda I didn't order) and asked for the Snack Fry instead. Several misclicks later, I was charged the proper amount ($16.06 + tax.) From there, I was instructed to select a tip on the iPad-like touchscreen. Talk about awkward, as the cashier stared at me to see if I was (presumably) cheap or not. Ever hear of a tip jar? My advice? Erase this option immediately. For the record, I coughed up 10% for what would be a less than sterling meal.