Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Skin of Our Teeth Theatre Review

Tonya Beckman & Lilian Oben (r) star in The Skin of Our Teeth (Photo: Daniel Schwartz)

Enjoy Yourselves

I was curious to see how the normally (and thankfully) playful Constellation Theatre Company would tackle Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth. The play's third act alone, can test the patience of any sane theatergoer, especially one who prefers humor over drama. Lucky for us, director Mary Hall Surface brings the funny... two superb acts of smart comedy that allow its stars to shine brightly, even in the face of oncoming catastrophes (ice age, flood, war.) Fear not tragedy lovers, there's still numerous veiled (and not-so-veiled) Biblical references to question the fate of mankind; but for those of us who like to sit back and be entertained, there's plenty to admire.

Oysters... Aphrodisiacs for Valentine's Day

From our friends at Oceanaire Seafood Room...

Oysters for Valentine’s Day at Oceanaire Oyster Bar

Oysters have been a reputed aphrodisiac at least since the Roman Empire and supposedly were regularly enjoyed as a virility-booster by Giacomo Girolamo Casanova. Casanova became best known for having seduced more than 100 women, described at length in his memoir. While this dubious achievement may or may not have been true, these bivalve mollusks have been found to have desire-inducing properties.

Silver Diner to Make First Major Menu Change in 10 Years

Silver Diner Rockville

From our friends at Silver Diner...

Executive Chef Ype Solicits Extensive Feedback from Customers to Shape the Summer Menu

Silver Diner’s Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst recently announced that he will undertake major menu revisions to the Silver Diner menu. “It was 10 years ago that we extensively changed menu items and implemented a large number of farm-to-table items. This year, we will shorten the menu to increase quality and add new items including more brunch items,” said Von Hengst. Silver Diner has made changes along the way including the addition of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lower calorie items but the entire menu has not been edited this drastically in 10 years. All of these changes have been a big success with customers, so Von Hengst is evaluating each current item on the menu and will remove those that are low sellers.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Customizable Beer Flights at Drift on 7th

From our friends at Drift on 7th...

Customizable Beer Flights

Great American beers to mix and match

Beer is a great accompaniment to seafood. So what better way to celebrate this pairing than with beer flights? Drift on 7th is now offering a 6 oz. flight of each of four beers at $14 every day. Guests are invited to customize their flights out of eight choices of great American brews.

Phantom Thread Movie Review

Daniel Day-Lewis & Lesley Manville (r) star in Phantom Thread

Never Cursed

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock's life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. With his latest film, Paul Thomas Anderson paints an illuminating portrait both of an artist on a creative journey, and the women who keep his world running. Phantom Thread is Paul Thomas Anderson's eighth movie, and his second collaboration with Daniel Day-Lewis.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Salt Line Hosts From Sea to Shining Sea, January 29th

Author Barton Seaver visits The Salt Line, January 29th

From our friends at The Salt Line...

1/29: From Sea to Shining Sea, Featuring Special Guest Barton Seaver

Chef Kyle Bailey and Barton Seaver will collaborate for a special event at The Salt Line. The evening will celebrate the release of Barton’s new book American Seafood. The event will be a gathering of leaders in the sustainable seafood area and those passionate and curious about it, to continue a conversation that Barton & Kyle have championed through their work - responsible stewardship of America’s waters. To that end, the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Anacostia Riverkeeper, an advocacy group aimed towards protecting and restoring the Anacostia River for all, and the Oyster Recovery Partnership, striving to create a self-sustaining oyster population through ecological restoration that expands economic opportunities in the Chesapeake and Costal Bays.

Trolls: The Beat Goes On Dance Party, January 19th

From our friends at DreamWorks Animation...

There's a Dance Party Around Every Corner!

On January 19th, from 12:00 - 2:00 PM, join Poppy and Branch from DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls at the Canal Park Ice Rink for an afternoon of dancing and giveaways to help them celebrate their new show, Trolls: The Beat Goes On!

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (1/12/18)

Vicky Krieps & Daniel Day-Lewis (r) star in Phantom Thread

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

Lady Bird - 4 Stars. Greta Gerwig directs a spot-on mother/daughter battle, during a young woman's high school senior year. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf deliver award-worthy performances.

Darkest Hour - 4 Stars. Set in May 1940, as Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister and ignores the advice to negotiate with Hitler.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - 4 stars. Caustic, often shock comedy, starring Frances McDormand as a woman at war with the town police over the unsolved murder of her daughter.

I, Tonya - 4 Stars. Margot Robbie dazzles as hard scrabble Olympic skater and tabloid queen Tonya Harding.

Best New Bet Phantom Thread - 4 Stars. 1950s fashion artist Daniel Day-Lewis finds his match in waitress Vicky Krieps. Hitchcock would have loved this power struggle romance.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Shake Shack Launches Griddled Chick'n Club Sandwich

Griddled Chick'n Club at Shake Shack

From our friends at Shake Shack...

Shake Shack’s New Griddled Chick’n Sandwich to Debut at Shacks Nationwide on January 26, 2018

Welcome to the club! The Griddled Chick’n Club, a griddled all-natural chicken breast with Niman Ranch smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and buttermilk herb mayo on a potato bun, lands at Shacks nationwide (excluding airports, stadiums and ballparks) on January 26th for a limited time.

The Hay-Adams Conjures Up a Night to Remember with a Dinner for Gourmands Enhanced with Magic by Renowned Illusionist David Morey

See David Morey at The Hay-Adams, January 24th

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

One Will Be Engagingly Entertained While Enjoying Chef Nicolas Legret's Specially Selected Winter Menu Paired with Fine Wines in the Lafayette

Acclaimed magician and mentalist David Morey will return to enchant guests in The Hay-Adams' landmark restaurant, The Lafayette, with an interactive evening of grand alchemy and gourmet dining, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. This parlor-style entertainment of cutting-edge magic is designed to engage and delight Morey’s private audience while they enjoy a three-course dinner paired with premium wines. Limited to 18 guests in The Lafayette’s private dining room, one will participate with Morey, who has entertained presidents of the United States including Barack Obama. He has captivated guests on six continents studying and appearing on stage with other outstanding magicians such as David Copperfield, Uri Geller, Jeff McBride, Tony Clark and Eugene Burger. This ‘Beyond Imagination’ dinner is priced at $195 per person, including tax and gratuity, and reservations are required. Tickets are available at https://www.hayadams.com/dining/beyond-imagination. For additional information, please call (202) 638-6600 or visit www.hayadams.com.

The Commuter Movie Review

Liam Neeson stars in The Commuter

One Little Thing

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Michael (Liam Neeson) is an insurance salesman is on his daily commute home, when it quickly becomes anything but routine. After being contacted by a mysterious stranger, Michael is forced to uncover the identity of a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. As he works against the clock to solve the puzzle, he realizes a deadly plan is unfolding and is unwittingly caught up in a criminal conspiracy. One that carries life and death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

National Harbor’s Restaurant Week Takes Place February 4-10

From our friends at National Harbor...

National Harbor’s Restaurant Week Takes Place February 4 through 10

More than a dozen participating restaurants offering pre fixe menus, plus entertainment afterwards!

National Harbor’s annual Restaurant Week will take place February 4 through 10 with more than a dozen participating restaurants. Dinner menus available for $38, lunch menus for $20. The elevated Restaurant Week includes entertainment options as well. The Capital Wheel, National Harbor’s iconic 180-foot observation wheel will offer two tickets for $22 that must be purchased at NationalHarbor.com/RestaurantWeek. Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar will offer free cover with a Restaurant Week receipt (Offer valid only during restaurant week.)