Rita’s Weekend Preview

12 Jan

So much goes on in the Washington, DC metro area on any given weekend.  I get daily e-mails from members of Singles in the Suburbs and readers of this blog asking if I know of any interesting events they should check out, date recommendations and more.  So, I thought I’d start a weekly post showcasing some of the recommendations that I’m making!

This is the first “Rita’s Weekend Preview”, so it’s brief, highlighting a few things of “interest” or not already out in the mainstream media for your knowledge.  If you know of anything interesting going on, a great date location or other information you’d like shared, just e-mail me at Rita@singlesinthesuburbs.com!



   Northside Social
   3211 Wilson Boulevard
   Arlington, VA 22201



You can find something going on at Northside Social any time of day, every day.  A community focused coffee house and wine bar, there are plenty of places to curl up with a fabulous cup of hot chocolate and a good book.  If hot chocolate isn’t what you are in the mood for, just head upstairs to the wine bar where you’ll find wine tastings, fabulous wine flights, delicious cheese plates and much more.  Go with a friend or go on your own, it’s almost impossible to not meet someone when visiting Northside!  Local art adorns the walls throughout the building and you might even get lucky enough to catch a local musician’s performance. 


   1101 Wilson Boulevard
   Arlington, VA 22209


You’ll want to hit up Artisphere, an urban arts center showcasing performance art, visual art, dance parties and more (multiple performances and displays daily) on Saturday, January 15th,  to catch the music of BelO, a highly praised musician from Haiti.  His music encompasses jazz, worldbeat, rock and reggae.  An award winning musician, he is socially conscious, has a sophisticated sound and has won numerous awards.  (Tickets, $20). 

While you are there, check out some of the other displays at Artisphere, including handcrafted harmonica cases by Bob Hoffman and “Floating Utopia,” a display of mobile art gallery designs.



It’s Restaurant Week in Alexandria (January 13-22, 2012).  While there are MANY fabulous choices in restaurants, I’ve picked two locations that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!


   106 S. Union Street



Award winning chefs, Meshelle & Cathal Armstrong, and Partner and Mixologist, Todd Thrasher converted an old feed house into an exquisite restaurant!  As a part of Alexandria Restaurant Week you can take advantage of the Prix-Fixe 3 course dinner for $35/person.  Afterwards, feel free to linger and enjoy some of their tasty beers or enjoy a game of darts or pool.


   118 S. Royal Street



Grape & Bean is also participating in Restaurant Week, but I recommend this location as a “pre-dinner” destination.  Select from a multitude of wine flights and nibble on the most delicious cheese plates you can find! 

Go to visitalexandriava.com to see a list of all the restaurants participating in Alexandria Restaurant Week (you’ll find options for either either the $35/person Prix-Fixe 3 course dinner or the $35 dinner for 2).






   CINE Classics Series, Gone with the Wind
   Bow Tie Cinemas
   Reston Town Center



On Sunday, January 15th, at 11am catch Gone With the Wind on the big screen, with surround sound, for only $5!





   Fairfax Symphony Master-works Concerts
   GMU Center for the Arts



On January 15th, at 3pm, you can catch a special performance of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra!  Tickets $25-55




   21100 Dulles Town Circle
   Sterling, VA  20166
   (703) 433-1909


Date Night!!  Create and enjoy a memorable and romantic meal, with Chef Katie Reineberg giving you assistance and detailed insights every step of the way!  The menu is “Seasonal Vegetarian Eats!”  You’ll prepare and enjoy butternut squash lasagna, pear/apple cobbler and much more – paired with a glass of wine for only $65/person!



   NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo
   Washington Convention Center
   January 14-15, 2012



This event is family friendly, and free!  You can partake in free health screenings, receive free advice, take zumba and yoga classes, meet cast members from The Biggest Loser and much more!


   Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc.
   A Commedia
   Romeo & Juliet
   Mead Theatre Lab
   916 G Street
   Washington, DC
   (January 12 – February 4)

Shakespeare’s greatest love story, told by DC’s biggest fools!  Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm.  Ticket prices $10-25.



   The Improv Menu, a Special Edition of The Dinner Party
   Dance Exchange
   7117 Maple Avenue
   Takoma Park, MD 20912


On Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 7pm, “come and experience the joy and surprise of watching gifted dancers, musicians and actors draw inspiration from the present moment to create rich, compelling and entertaining pieces of live performance.

Dan OʼNeil will guide you through a program that offers a glimpse of how improvisation not only influences the performing arts in DC, but also acts as an exciting means of collaboration and a catalyst for further discovery.”

Tickets $10


Feel free to share your suggestions for interesting things to do this weekend in the comments section!


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