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Laura’s Weekend Picks: Oysters, Beer Week, POP!

by Borderstan.com — August 12, 2011 at 10:31 am 0

Studio Theatre, Luis Gomez Photos, Logan Circle

The Studio Theater, 1501 14th Street NW: “POP!” has been extended again. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

Words cannot describe now excited I am for le weekend. Two days to breathe, hang out, do whatever you want. Admittedly, my weekend is going to be as hermit-like and low-key as possible as I recover from a whirlwind week and prepare for DC Beer Week and DC Summer Restaurant Week next week, but there’s still tons going on.

This is what I plan on leaving the house for… Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, August 12

New Borderstan hotspot, Blackbyrd (2005 U Street NW), a raw bar and drinks spot brought to you by the folks behind Marvin and American Ice Co. etc., is a great place to start your night. I went last week after the GiltCityDC Yeasayer at 9:30 Club show and am now a huge fan. Think: Marvin’s classy older sister with lots of booths, high-top tables and a good wine list. Great cozy spot for a nightcap after a night out on U Street OR catch their $1 oysters at happy hour through 7 pm as you’re just getting your night started.

Speaking of, many thanks to GiltCity DC for having us at their private Yeasayer show last week. I’m so jazzed that they’ve launched in D.C. and that they’re spotlighting local businesses and Borderstan hot spots in their deals. Read more about the concert  and people-watching here. I’m looking forward to more events like this from them, plus insider pricing to favorite neighborhood restaurants, bars, salons, spas and more.

Yeasayer was at the 9:30 Club last week.  (Photo courtesy BrandLinkDC)

Your best bet to get down on a Friday night this week is RIGHT ROUND, an 80s alt-pop dance party with DJ lil’e, at BlackCat. Doors at 9:30 pm.

Saturday, August 13

Really wish that I were old (/young) enough to attend Girls Rock! Camp at the 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW). The second-best thing would be to check out their end-of-camp showcase this Saturday beginning at 11 am, featuring campers’ original songs and DJ sets. Rock on, gurrrrl.

Move your body at NOUVEAU RICHE, returning to U-Hall (1115-A U Street NW) with resident DJs spinning their own unique blend of club, electo and house that’s made an international splash this summer. Doors at 10 pm.

Sunday, August 14

POP!, a musical murder-mystery extravaganza set in the late 60s that peeks inside the tumultuous artistic revelry of Warhol’s infamous Factory, is extended at The Studio Theater (1504 14 Street NW) through the 21st. I checked it out our trusty Borderstan theater guru, Jana, last week and we LOVED it. Quirky, fun, and with an endearing dose of psychedelic campiness, it’ll definitely be a nice way to round out your weekend. Tickets and pricing available here.

Beer Week also kicks off this weekend! Per usual, Alejandra’s got you covered with a full round up of local events. I’m thinking I may just take up residence in a booth at Churchkey for the week… more info here.

What are YOU doing this weekend in and around Borderstan? Tell us what we missed! Have fun out there, and see you next week

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