January 8, 2015

Perfect Liars!

Last night we headed to the Bier Baron Tavern to listen and laugh at the Perfect Liars Club Storytelling Night.

We snapped Perfect Liars Club founder Layla McCay surrounded by the four storytellers: Ritaja Gupta, Michelle Carnes, A Little Nudge's Erika Ettin and GWU's Peter Verastegui.

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The audience was told to be shrewd as they interrogated the storytellers and then voted the winner: Michelle Carnes. Here, ASB Real Estate's Taryn Forsythe, consultant Chris Tory and Dana Richardson.

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150 also enjoyed the tavern's fare, like the bacon lollipops, pierogi and poutine, and chose from 600 types of beer. Here, BAH's Paul Basola, Felicity Amos and World Bank's Isabel Hagbrink.

The Perfect Liars Club storytelling night is the first Wednesday of each month. Here, Turner Network's Michael Turner and Mr. Yogato's Lauren Caplan.

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NSO in Your Neighborhood!

Last night we also embraced the icy winds and trekked to Union Market's Dock 5 for the National Symphony Orchestra kickoff ensemble concert of NSO in Your Neighborhood. We snapped Wells Fargo's Joaquin Gallardo with NSO board member Linda Mercuro, her husband Tobias, and NSO supporter Katy Siddall.

The event sold out of 1,500 free tickets. Guests of all ages enjoyed food and drinks from Union Market's acclaimed vendors, including Ris, Rappahannock River Oysters, Dolcezza Gelato and DC Empanadas. Here, NSO bass musician Alex Jacobsen, Gourmet Symphony's John Coco and The Kennedy Center's Wendy Catbagan.

Glenn Donnellan, who plays a self-constructed electric violin made from a Louisville slugger and his NSO colleagues formed an ensemble that played a mix of rock ‘n' roll, jazz and fiddling. We loved their rendition of Stairway to Heaven.

The evening concert kicked off a week-long schedule of festivities that brings free chamber music and orchestral concerts to all neighborhoods of DC, from Brookland to NoMa. Here, event sponsor Wells Fargo's Angelica Serwatka, Carolyn Goya, Kendra Jordan and Kyle Moore.

NSO in Your Neighborhood launched in 2012 to connect NSO musicians with residents of DC with performances in untraditional spaces and multi-disciplinary collaborations. Here, Johns Hopkins' SAIS' Natalie Lynch, Jordan Grimwood and Meghan Iacobacci with DCPS' Nathan Warner.

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Happenings at the Harman!

Yesterday we also went to Happenings at the Harman Happy Hour at Sidney Harman Hall. It featured Shakesprov (Shakespearean improv) by Crude Mechanicals. With the suggestion of a single word or phrase, such as bad eyesight or sex, the group enacted funny renditions of Shakespeare plays. They also created new characters such as a six foot former female basketball player, now a blind maid, dying a tragic death.

The performance was free, guests received drinks from Svedka vodka, and had enough time afterward to get dinner and return to see that evening's performance of The Tempest. Here, consultant Nancy Good with Catholic U's David Schrock.

Every Happenings features a different type of locally grown performance: musicians, dancers, actors, puppeteers. We snapped STC's Hannah Hessel Ratner and HUD's Eddie Eitches.

MoCo employee Marcia Waldstreicher with Leslie Limmer and BLS' Marcy Jacobs.

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Thursday, January 8

6:00 - 8:00 PM, DC Ad Club Speed Networking at the Laughing Man Tavern, 1306 G St. NW. $35, includes one drink ticket and light hors d'oeuvres, info.

7:00 - 11:59 PM, The 9 Songwriter Series performance (with Margot MacDonald) at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15, info.

Friday, January 9

11:00 AM, The Washington Winter Show is DC's answer to the Antiques Road Show, at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20, ticket good for entire weekend. Continues through Sunday, info.

(All Day), Opening Reception featuring Frank P Phillips at Studio E Partners, 4938 Hampden Lane, #312 Bethesda. Free, info.

7:00 - 8:30 PM, Book Talk: Histoires Des Francaise D'Amerique at L'Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming St NW. Author Jacques Bodelle will discuss and signs his book. $10/AFDC members; $15/general, info.

7:00 PM, Matthew Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli present: Composite Allusions showcasing their most recent work at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW. Free, info.

Saturday, January 10

6:00 – 9:00 PM 2nd Saturday Art Walk, featuring artists and studio exhibitions at The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd. Lorton, VA. Free, here.

8:00 PM, Elvis' Birthday Fight Club at Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. Elvis-themed burlesque numbers featuring Candy Del Rio, Reverend Valentine, Nona Narcisse. $20, info.

3:00 PM, NSO Family Concert & Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, 151 T St. NE. Free, ticket required for entry, info.

Sunday, January 11

8:00 PM, Creative Music at The Fridge, 516 8th Street SE. rear alley entrance. Featuring: Anthony Pirog and the Brian Settles trios. $15, info.

11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, FINAL day of The Washington Winter Show, DC's answer to the Antiques Road Show, at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20, info.

12:00 PM, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor Exhibition at the Thomas Jefferson Building – Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Free, info.