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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Goodbye Hunan Number One

Clarendon was sadly hit with another closing notice this week with Hunan Number One declaring their last day open will be Sunday August 11. This sudden announcement caught me by surprise as recently Hunan had bartender, server and delivery job wanted signs on their front window. It will definitely be missed as Hunan was one of the last dive-bar-ish old venues in Clarendon, which is quickly being dominated by high end sports bars and nightclubs.

Hunan was famous for its casual atmosphere and giant low cost 32oz beer mugs, usually $9 with happy hours lasting until 9pm. Hunan also had a minor renovation in 2015 adding arcade, pinball and a pool table to its rear bar.

Come down to Garfield Street this Friday and Saturday night to give Hunan a final sendoff!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Westover Flooding Benefit Concert at Whitlows

The Westover Beer Garden and the other Westover business were heavily damaged in the freak July 8 flooding and Whitlows is hosting Westover Merchants Flash Flood Benefit Concert to help them out. On Sunday August 4 from 5 to 9pm a ton of local musical talents will be on stage. $20 donation at the door and all proceeds going to the gofundme campaign created to benefit the local businesses affected. The money raised will primarily be for Ayers and the Beer Garden and allocated according to need. So far, the donations have reached over $77,000 of their $100,000 goal!

Some of my favorite local bands will be playing Sunday night including:

Jumpin Jupiter
Justin Trawick and the Common Good
EP Jackson and The Last Well
Bobby Thompson
Sean Tracey
The Reserves

Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Lot officially opens

The Lot Beer Garden at the edge of Clarendon officially opened this Friday July 12 after years of teasing and will-they-or-won't-they-open speculation. The Lot is a large outdoor beer garden with beer, mixed drinks, food trucks and social games like cornhole and extra large ball toss. It's an amazing and fun venue that is making a perfect addition to Clarendon nightlife.

The owners of The Lot also manage nearby Clarendon hot spots of Pamplona and Bar Bao down the street. They did an excellent job with The Lot as it is a 22,000 square foot open air garden with huge potential. It also includes a sand lot for games which gives the venue a happy summer vibe. So far admission is free and there is no charge for playing the games which are first come, first serve.

A huge amount of people turned out on Friday night, which was no surprise given the perfect warm weather of that day. The Lot actually had a soft opening a week before on July 3rd, but had to close on July 4th due to the scattered showers on this Fourth of July holiday. Looking forward to spending many days and nights spent at The Lot from now on!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Don Zientara and Dougie at Galaxy Hut

Monday night the legendary Don Zientara is playing another show at Clarendon's own Galaxy Hut. The founder of Inner Ear Studios, Don has recorded and produced for DC luminaries such as Fugazi, Minor Threat, Scream, Lungfish and countless others.

Opening up for him is the talented local band Dougie, a four person group staring Nelson A. Cuellar, Mike Larmoyeux, Phil Carluzzo, and Ked Thornton. Check out them playing Angela Ash at Evening Star.

The show starts at 9pm and cover is $5. Facebook invite page here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Year Of Beers at Arlington Rooftop

This Wednesday June 12 from 6 to 8pm Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill is hosting the free Spring 2019 Year of Beer sampling event. There will be complimentary appetizers, a raffle for an Arlington Rooftop gift card and full pours of the beer will be available for purchase. This is a free event, but you must RSVP, and the event fills up fast! There will be four Virginia breweries providing samples:

O’Connor Brewery: Proper Lager, Cloud-Break

Heavy Seas Brewery: Smooth Sailor, Tropicannon IPA

Blue Mountain Brewery: Hopwork Orange IPA, Kolsch

Pale Fire Brewery: Salad Days, Deadly Rhythm

Friday, May 24, 2019

For The Win at Whitlows

Local cover band For The Win DC plays at Whitlow's this Friday, May 24. Show starts at 10pm and there is no cover at the door. This popular party band has played wide variety of Top 40, Pop, Rock and HipHop in Clarendon many times since 2014. For The Win is composed of singers Ryan Angelo and Cat Stratakis, backed by Matt Greene on guitar, John Daise on bass and Bill Ledbetter playing drums. Rounding out the group is Joe Maier on keyboard.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Portfolio In Motion at Marymount

This weekend is the 30th annual major fashion show Portfolio In Motion at Marymount University. The three day even starts Thursday with a fashion show starting at 6:30pm and snoozing cocktail reception. The fashion show repeats Friday and Saturday night at 8pm.

Tickets are $20 at the door or online. $5 of each ticket purchased will benefit the Marymount Fashion Department.

This year MU honors Lazaro Perez as their 2019 Designer of the Year. Portfolio in Motion is produced entirely by students. Over the course of the spring semester, while Fashion Design students are busy producing their lines, Fashion Merchandising students are planning out the details of the show. Every aspect, including student model selection, fashion design, choreography, stage and set design, commentary, ticket sales, and backstage management are all coordinated by students.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Redskins Draft Party at GOAT

GOAT is hosting a Redskins Draft Day Party this Thursday, April 25. From 6:30 to 10pm, they will have an extended happy hour and raffle prizes. $10 at the door.

Marymount Alumni Happy Hour at Wilson Hardware

Marymount University is throwing another party in Clarendon for its alumni this Thursday. The Arlington Saint Social will be on April 25th at Wilson Hardware from 6:00-8:30pm. Your $10 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and a full bar. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Marymount University's Scholarship Fund.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

5x5 Showcase at Galaxy Hut

The 5x5 Songwriter Showcase presents the first of five live events which will be recording both audio and video for streaming/televised broadcast. This kick-off event will feature the hosts and producers of The 5x5, Daniel Warren Hill, Eli Lev, Ginny Hill, Gabrielle Zwi, and Justin Shapiro. These artists will host the next set of The 5x5 events featuring an entirely different and unique set of songwriters throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

The debut show on Sunday April 14 features performances by 5 founding members:
YellowTieGuy
Ginny Hill Project
Gabrielle Zwi Music
Justin Shapiro Music
Eli Lev

Doors at 8pm. Tickets $5 at the door.