Rita’s Weekend Picks

15 Feb

It’s Wednesday! Every Wednesday I’ll be highlighting a few of my top picks for places to go and things to do during the upcoming weekend!  Only two more days until the weekend – and there is SO much going on, I don’t even know where to start! 

Remember,  if you know of anything interesting going on, a great date location or other information you’d like to share with everyone, just e-mail me at Rita@singlesinthesuburbs.com!



   Arlington Cinema Drafthouse
   2903 Columbia Pike
   Arlington, VA 22204




Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:55 p.m.; $20

Neal Brennan, Co-Creator of Chappelle’s Show performing live stand-up at Arlington Drafthouse! Do I really need to say anymore?  If you’ve laughed at “Rick James” jokes, you owe Neal your gratitude!



   Seventh Annual VA Wine Showcase
   Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
   1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA




$30 – February 18-19, 2012 (Save $5 by buying your ticket online at the link above.)

Unlimited tastings of over 200 wines, complete with souvenir tasting glass and admission into multiple seminars and exhibits!  You can park free!  You can even reserve a room for a special rate of $119!  Nothing can stop you from sampling each and every wine, at least twice for good measure!   You can even go BOTH days, for the same low price if you book a room!  Even the CELEBRITY seminars are included in your admission price!  Have you really not clicked and gotten your ticket yet?  Really?



   St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Del Ray
   2300 Mount Vernon Avenue
   Alexandria, VA
  (703) 739-9268



Live Music Wednesday – Saturday evenings.  (This Friday, jazz by The Stylemasters!)

You’ll never want to leave St. Elmo’s!  It’s a popular place for all kinds of groups (discussion groups, knitting clubs, game groups and more!)  There is free WiFi, a library where you can exchange books to your hearts content and an area for board games!  Not to mention live music, great food and fabulous coffee.  Go with a friend, or go on your own.  In fact, I guarantee that if you go on your own, you’ll  find someone to pass the time with – it’s full of friendly people!





   Kalypsos Tavern
   1617 Washington Plaza North, Reston, VA




Saturday, February 18, 2012 – 12pm and 2-4pm

Kalypsos is throwing a Mardi Gras Masquerade Party!  It’s free!  Wear your most “sinful” outfit, grab a masquerade mask and go and dance the night away.  It’s always more fun to flirt when you are semi-anonymous anyway!  Music and dancing all night, drink specials, beads and much more!



   All New Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers
   GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall



8pm Saturday, February 18, 2012; $24/$40/$48. 

“It’s 106 miles to Chicago.  We got a tank full of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses!  HIT IT!”  If you didn’t buy your ticket from this quote alone, I’m disappointed in you.  For those of you too young to know who the Blues Brothers are (and yes, there are those people out there in our midst), here is a synopsis of this show from the Center for the Arts website:   

“Born in the ‘70s from the comic genius of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, Jake and Elwood Blues became an unprecedented, international phenomenon—part performance art, part music, and all entertainment—and it is every bit as popular now as they were 30 years ago. So throw on your black suit, porkpie hat, and coolest shades, and come enjoy unforgettable classic R&B songs like “Respect,” “Think,” and “Gimme Some Loving.” You can help the brothers save their Chicago orphanage as they perform this one last big show—if they can avoid the long arm of the law, that is.”

 You also never know who will make an appearance in this show – it’s known for attracting celebrity drop-ins!



   Simply Sweet on Main
   Open Mic Night
   9360 Main Street, Manassas, VA  20110



Open Mic Night, 7-9pm, Saturday, February 18, 2012

Support up and coming local musicians at Open Mic night, while enjoying a tasty Italian Soda or delicious coffee!  The performers tend to fall on the young side but you’ll experience talent and music unlike what you hear at other venues.  This place is full of local flavor!  Starbucks it’s not – inviting and welcoming with big comfy chairs.  It’s a pleasant way to pass a low-key evening.



   Jeffrey’s Sexy Funky 80s/90s Old School Dance Party
   DAHLAK Restaurant
   1771 U Street NW (@ N 17th Street), Washington, DC  20009

   (202) 332-2110


 Saturday, February 18, 2012; 10pm-2:30am; $5 cover after 11pm

Find out what happens when Jeffrey just DJ’s all the music he REALLY loves playing…

…Michael Jackson, Hall & Oates, SWV, Prince, INXS, PM Dawn, Color Me Badd, Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, TLC, George Michael, Tony! Toni! Toné!, LL Cool J…

Save the endless barhopping and “night chasing” for another time. This is the ONE spot to get your groove on all night.


   Hillyer Art Space
   9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington, DC

Artist Talk with Elizabeth Holtry on Saturday, February 18, 2012; 12pm-1pm.  Free

Come and talk with artist, Elizabeth Holtry, about her work in the newest Hillyer display, Toile du Juoy. 

“Holtry’s paintings depict animals that few people appreciate, such as hyenas, insects, and rats. Often wondering why it is that people advocate equality between humans, yet so freely discriminate in our opinions of animals, her work addresses our prejudicial attitudes toward these animals. Holtry’s inspiration also comes from an ongoing interest in the decorative arts and textiles.”



   BlackFinn Bethesda
   4901 Fairmont Avenue
   Bethesda, MD  20814

Saturday, February 18, 2012; 9pm -11pm; February Birthday Club!

I just found out about a great, monthly, event that the BlackFinn Bethesda throws – the Birthday Club!  This month, February birthdays are celebrated from 9-11pm on 2/18! 

Those with a February birthday get some great drink specials, as well as complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cupcakes!!  Cupcakes!!  The drink specials are as follows:  $3 U-Call-Its for the birthday boys and girls and $4 U-Call-Its for their friends for just showing up to celebrate!  The birthday host who brings the most guests will also win a $100 bar tab!

Get on the list by emailing MaddyP@BlackFinnBethesda.com.I hope to be invited!  Happy Birthday! 



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


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