Best Bets: Elephants and the Irish

It’s not just the first weekend back on campus since Spring Break – it’s also Saint Patty’s Day Weekend so Best Bets has got you covered to make sure you have a great time!

Friday:
Unfortunately, we won’t be at the Verizon Center to see our boys playing basketball for the rest of the year, but you can head out there this Friday at 7:30 p.m. to see another awesome act — the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey: Fully Charged. Tickets range from just $14 to $110. If you are too busy to attend tonight, there are additional show times on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday:
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at Fur Night Club (33 Patterson St. NE) from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. for the Georgetown Glow in the Dark Party featuring Cazzette with Baker and Atkinson opening. Tickets can be purchased online for $20, which includes admission, an open bar and round trip transportation. Buses will be leaving from the main gates. One hundred percent of the profits will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Sunday:
After what is sure to be a crazy night, wake up on Sunday morning to attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The parade, which will travel along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets NW, includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, as well as members of the military, police and fire departments. It is best to take the Metro to the Smithsonian or Federal Triangle stops on the Orange/Blue lines or the Archives/Navy Memorial stop on the Yellow/Green lines.

Best Bets: Poets and Pauly D

The student body will soon disperse as everyone heads to his or her tropical destination for Spring Break, but it’s the last weekend at Georgetown, which means you have to make it count. This week’s Best Bets has got you covered.

FRIDAY

Want to help a great cause and also have a ton of fun? Check out the “Louder Than a Bomb” Fundraiser Party at the Dunes (1402 Meridian Pl. NW) this Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event is 18+ and a $10 donation is encouraged to fund the first-ever Louder than A Bomb High School Poetry Slam Festival in D.C. in June 2012. There will be live performances by some fantastic D.C. youth poets and clips will be shown from the documentary “Louder Than a Bomb,” a film based on the world’s largest teen poetry slam. It is recommended to purchase a ticket prior to the show since space is limited.

SATURDAY

This Saturday, DJ Pauly D, a cast member of the highly entertaining MTV reality show, “The Jersey Shore,” will be performing at Fur Nightclub (33 Patterson St. NE). Doors open at 10 p.m., and anyone older than 18 can attend. This crazy character is sure to guarantee a great time full of some house music, top 40, hip-hop, mash up and more! The opening set is Evan Baker and Tony Atkinson.

SUNDAY

DC Fashion Week is coming to a close, so a great way to end your own weekend would be to attend the International Couture Collections event at the French Embassy (4101 Reservoir Rd. NW) from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At this finale event, international designers will present their collections. The fashion show starts at 6 p.m., and a ticket is required to attend. A general admission ticket costs $70 — pricy, but well worth it to see some truly extraordinary fashion.

Best Bets: Feeling Presidential

Still looking for things to fill the three-day weekend? We’ve got you covered with this week’s Best Bets to ensure that you have an awesome President’s Day Weekend!

FRIDAY

Are you a scary movie fanatic? If so, head out to the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) for Friday Night Frights from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. They’re showing two episodes of the HBO American horror anthology, Tales from the Crypt. Admission is free and, if you’re over 21, there are some awesome drink specials. Black Cat is only three blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Metro Station which makes it a convenient hot spot for all Georgetown students. Bring some friends because you won’t want to walk home alone after a night of terror.

SATURDAY

You don’t have to go far to have a great Saturday night – in fact, you can stay right on campus (which is convenient given the frigid winter weather). Head over to Bulldog Alley in the Leavey Center from 9:00pm to 1:30am for a Murder Mystery party and the showing of the movie Clue. Come prepared with your best detective skills to try to piece together the mystery as you search for the murderer. Dress in 1920’s themed attire in order to better immerse yourself in your role.

SUNDAY

The Next Big Thing Tour, which features over twenty local alternative and punk acts, has its next stop at the 9:30 Club (815 V. St. NW). The concert starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts all day with a new act every twenty to thirty minutes. Stop by, even if for only a little while – you never know when one of these undiscovered bands will make it big. Tickets are $15 and are only available at the door the day of the concert.

MONDAY

It’s well worth it to trek out to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to watch what’s being touted as “the largest parade celebrating Washington’s birthday in the USA!” The parade features bands, floats, wagons, horses, historic reenactment units, youth groups and special performances. Take the Yellow Line to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, where a DASH bus will shuttle people downtown to the parade between 11am to 4pm, free of charge. During the day, everyone will have free admission to various historic Alexandria sites.

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Best Bets: Live Jazz and Rare Vinyls

 

FRIDAY:

Take in the smooth jazz piano sounds of Johnny O’Neal (who played the role of his primary influence, Art Tatum, in the Academy Award-winning film Ray) tonight at Twins Jazz (1344 U St. NW). Tickets cost $20, but it’s well worth the price to hear O’Neal’s tender ballads and expert piano-playing. For a preview, check out this video.

SATURDAY:

If running in your underwear in February for a good cause sounds like something you’d like to do sometime, Cupid’s Undie Run is for you. The run begins at 319 Pennsylvania Av. SE, and participants will do a 1.1-mile loop around the Capitol, with the $30 registration fees and other donations benefiting the Children’s Tumor Foundation. All festivities, pre- and post-race, will be held at The Pour House, a Capitol Hill hot-spot during the workweek. Pre-race festivities begin at noon, before the 2 p.m. run. The run this year will be extra exciting, with rain, snow, wind, and near-freezing temperatures expected.

SUNDAY:

For the vinyl aficionados in the District, the D.C. Records Fair at the Riot Act Comedy Club (801 E St. NW) is sure to be the highlight of the weekend. Featuring six local DJ’s, plenty of drinks, and thousands of old records, the fair is moving for the first time to a larger location to accomodate its growing following. Past editions of the fair have been advertised as a great event to find exceptionally rare vinyls. For the super-rare music, show up at 11 a.m. for early bird shopping — regular shopping starts at noon for a $2 cover charge, but bring additional money for drinks and vinyls.

Best Bets: Hot Spots for Hoyas

by Erin Collins

Now that we’re all settled back into school and have made it through an almost full week, there’s no excuse for not going out this weekend.

Head to the Verizon Center to support the Hoyas as they take on the Scarlet Knights this Saturday.  Tip off is at noon! So wear your blue and gray, and get ready to be as loud as possible. Let’s help the Hoyas bring home a win, and give all the students something to celebrate Saturday night. We are…GEORGETOWN!

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