In the meantime, I'm entertaining myself with warmer pursuits. I went to hear Kazuo Ishiguro speak at Sixth and I on Sunday. He was outstanding. I have to say, whenever I go to a Politics and Prose-organized author event at Sixth and I, it has always been amazing. I'm not even a massive fan of Ishiguro's books (except for Never Let Me Go, which I love), but I entirely fell in love with him and will likely read his new book at some point. Except I'm busy with coming of age books in anticipation of a class on the subject at Politics and Prose on Monday. But I digress...
We were excited to try not one but TWO new Jose Andres restaurants this weekend. Beefsteak, in Foggy Bottom opposite Wholefoods, is a vegetable-focused upgrade of the Sweetgreen/Chop'd experience. The same sort of price, but stratospherically different. I had the Frida Kale salad. It was both punny and remarkable. It's an informal, studenty sort of place. Okay, I admit it: I went twice. At the other end of the Jose Andres experience, we went to China Chilcano, a far more formal and glam affair near Jaleo. It's a Peru/China cuisine mix and it worked very well. I had an excellent dinner, with a special shout out to the dessert list and the cocktails. Jose Andres, I love you.
What's coming up that sounds cool in DC in the coming week
Tue 24th March - Combine SpeakeasyDC with NerdsInNoma and what do you get? The event happening tonight!
Wed 25th March - I'm off to the Angelika in Fairfax to perform in a SpeakeasyDC show, 'From Marx Brothers to Coen Brothers', at a Jewish Film Festival. Wish me luck. If you're feeling gay and desiring to stay in DC, GLINT (the group for LGBT people who work in embassies) are hosting a happy hour at The Brixton, open to all.
Thu 26th March - There's a Swiss-themed art night at Hillyer Art Space including a drawing class, short film, wine and cheese, all for free.
Fri 27th March - It's a comedy extravaganza tonight. Start with Mike Lawrence free at the Kennedy Center's Millennium stage. Next up, hooray, Science comedy at the Bier Baron is tonight. The last one was outstanding. I loved it except it was ridiculously overcrowded. This time they're selling tickets - phew! In the north corner, Don't Block the Box comedy, mostly women comics, is also on tonight. Who's going to win your custom? Don't like comedy? Try the latest Smithsonian at 8 event, which sounds very French! The Pigeoning is also on tonight - see Saturday for details. Want even more? Well, the Cherry Blast arty DJ party is back!
Sat 28th March - Pop up to Politics and Prose for a free afternoon talk on the first American tourists in Egypt. Then everyone with their finger on the nerdster-hipster pulse knows the place to be this weekend is Artisphere, to see The Pigeoning. Quirky location. Japanese puppetry. Live music. Lo-fi special effects. Mild comedy. Bring on the whimsy. I'm there.
Sun 29th March - On Friday, Satuday and Sunday, if you've never seen Catch Me a Magic Duel, you may enjoy this charming parlor magic show. Affordable tickets on Goldstar.
Earlier this year we saw Taylor Mac in New York and he was remarkable - an absolute essential performance experience for anyone who sometimes thinks it would be nice to see something truly original. He's coming to The Clarice on 11th and 12th April. You'd be a fool to miss it - even if you don't like it, you'll still be a bit intrigued and inspired, I think.