From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow herÂ on TwitterÂ @kandriulli.
So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different (yet, anyway). But I think 2013 is going to bring the awesome.Â The signs are all around. So letâ€™s resolve to be even more warrior-like (warrior-ier?) in the New Year, and get to what weâ€™re all here for: this weekendâ€™s happenings.
Tonight atÂ DC9,Â Monument Music & Arts is hostingÂ an evening of music to benefit Sandy Hook ElementaryÂ featuring local headlinerÂ Justin Jones.Â Tickets for the 9 pm show are $10 and all proceeds go to the Connecticut PTA, which is helping to coordinate donations for the Newtown community. If you feel like gettin’ crafty for a good cause, organizers are also encouraging folks to makeÂ paper snowflakes, which they will collect at the show and ship to Newtown where they will be used to decorate the new school when students resume classes in mid-January.
Was one of your resolutions to have moreÂ 98Â°Â in your life in 2013? If so, I’m a bit concerned for you, but theÂ 9:30 ClubÂ has got you covered tonight with itsÂ Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. Boy Bands dance party. Things kick off at 8 pm and tickets are $15.
Get inspired by painting at theÂ National Gallery of Art’s exhibitionÂ Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, which is in its final weeks, then get frustrated by painting and transition to drinking at Fun+Art+Wine’s classÂ “Inspired Pairings: Henri Matisse & Viognier.”Â The workshop, which is held at their studio in Penn Quarter (RSVP to get location details) runs from 2 to 4 pm and costs $85, which includes painting instruction, supplies to make your own masterpiece, and most importantly, lots of wine and snacks.
Resolve to expand your foodie horizons in 2013 and check out one of my favorite after-work spotsÂ Boqueria in Dupont Circle, which also serves aÂ killer brunch. The menuÂ features both authentic Spanish dishes like Tortilla EspaĂ±ola and twists on American brunch standbys like eggs benedict, which they serve with either Serrano ham, Piquillo peppers or smoked Scottish salmon (all of which are preferable to Canadian bacon, which should be outlawed). And, best of all, they offer a $35 all you can eat and drink option, if youâ€™re into that kind of thing (you are).
Monday Bonus: Pig Party!
If there’s one thing I like better than puns, it’s pork products. Borderstan’s very own house of hogÂ The PigÂ offers both with itsÂ Oinkupy DC beer dinnerÂ tonight, which they’re hosting with Flying Dog brewery. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7 pm, are $70 without tax and tip, but that’s a small price to pay for a five-course meal with beer pairings (dishes includeÂ beer soup and pig head mole) and the chance to be among the first to try Flying Dog’s limited edition Chipotle Dark Ale.