As for the rest of the week, Perfect Liars Club was a great success. Pics and details here. There's still a few tickets left for next month - buy them now! We went to a really interesting dramatic reading at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre (though ducked out early in pursuit of cheese at Sona). And we went to an outstandingly beautiful production of Manual Cinema at Artisphere. You must make a resolution to check out what they have happening there, because it is unarguably one of the most interesting venues in the area. Manual Cinema involved a movie screen projected onto the Artisphere dome, but while it looked like an animated film, all of it was being done live from below, using overhead projectors, shadow puppets, mime and more, and a live band for the music. Absolutely compelling and wonderful. We also went to see Dunsinane (mainly motivated by my teenage crush on Siobhan Redmond, the star). It was top quality theatre and my beloved Siobhan was luminous. Highly recommended. It's on til the 21st, though selling out fast. The remainder of the week involved cheese and wine at Eno. On more than one occasion. Ahem, more than two, even... Eno has really overcome its earlier soulless ambience and transformed into a cosy, cool neighborhood wine bar in Georgetown. Hooray!
What sounds cool in DC this week
Tue 10th Feb - It's SpeakeasyDC tonight, and your very own Brit About Town, Layla is performing a story. The theme: long shots, last resorts and desperate acts.
Wed 11th Feb - As well as being my birthday, it's Mortified, and I'm performing there too! Mortified is a rather hilarious show where people read from their teenage diaries and the like. Sold out, but you never know...
Fri 13th Feb - Head to the American Art Museum after work for a free drawing class.
Sat 14th Feb - If you're not at the AFI for a romantic old movie, you should be at the 9:30 club for SpeakeasyDC's iconic Valentine's Day show, Sucker for Love. Or there's a Valentine's Day soiree at the French Embassy. Or head to The Fridge for an evening with The Sweater Set, writers and performers of Perfect Liars Club's theme song. With cupcakes and crafts, this sounds very London.
Sun 15th Feb - Learn to dance the tango at Malmaison.
Mon 16th Feb - All the kool kidz are talking about Secret Monkey Social Club, a pop-up punch and jazz bar at the Dolcezza Factory at Union Market. Uber was made for these moments.
Tue 17th Feb - A Photographer's Life of Love and War is on at the National Geographic. Plus Behind the Science with Joe Palca is back - the topic tonight is global health.
Advance warning: Upright Citizens Brigade are doing a comedy show on 22nd Feb at Sixth and I. It will sell out, if past experience tells us anything! As will Perfect Liars Club on 4th March. Act now.