Around Town: October’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ The North Face, 10/11/16

Colorado BackpackingBackpacking in Colorado (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bailey)

DC’s Mappy Hour, put on by OutdoorFest, returns to The North Face in Georgetown for their October hour of happiness!

This time the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will come to teach you the skills and techniques you need to reduce your impact and enjoy the outdoors responsibly.

Plus get free beer and free Lyft rides down to Georgetown. What’s not to love?

Register here.

Mappy Hour – October 2016
The North Face in Georgetown (3333 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 )
Tuesday, October 11
6:30-9:00pm
Free (must register)
21+

Around Town: July’s OutdoorFest Mappy Hour @ The North Face, 7/14/16

Georgetown from TR IslandView of Georgetown from Theodore Roosevelt Island

DC’s Mappy Hour, put on by OutdoorFest, recently got a face lift (no pun intended), from their partnership with The North Face in Georgetown.

With a new attitude and the new partnership (this will be the third Mappy Hour with The North Face) the event has grown into an even more interesting social exercise.

This month’s Mappy Hour will feature a fitness competition (people will be split into teams), including a .8 mile run to Theodore Roosevelt Island and back. Afterwards, there will be a chat led by The North Face athletes and free beer! Learn more and register here.

Parking is free, and they have also partnered with Lyft to help get you to The North Face between 6-10pm. See the code to use when you register.

OutdoorFest’s DC Mappy Hour – July 2016
The North Face in Georgetown (3333 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007)
Thursday, July 14
6:30-9:30pm
Free (must register)
21+

Around Town: 88th Academy Awards, 2/28/16

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The Martian and star Matt Damon were better than the author anticipated. (Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox)

Big movie stars will gather for the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 28, in Los Angeles. In DC, we have a number of Oscar parties to choose from if we want to get in on the glitz.

Last year, I attended the shindig thrown by the Washington Film Institute at Malmaison (3401 Water St. NW, DC) in Georgetown. It’s a fine option if you care more about being seen than seeing what happens at the Oscars. (You cannot. Although the show is running, the room is way too loud and busy for you to actually watch.) This year, I may opt for something far more laidback like the Movie Trivia & Oscars Watch Party at Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW, DC).

Whatever your speed, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered up eight contenders for Best Picture this year, and I’m here to give you my analysis of how those nominations stack up!

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Around Town: Oscars Red Carpet Party @ Malmaison, 2/22/15

Birdman Movie

Every year, I get very wrapped up in the race to the Oscars, and I get invested in my favorite nominees!

On Sunday, I’ll go to Malmaison (3401 Water St. NW, DC) in Georgetown for the Washington Film Institute’s Red Carpet Party. Join me there if tickets remain available!

My Oscar “picks” aren’t always who I think will win but they are always those that resonated the most with me personally. This year, for example, I had a lot of love for “Birdman” but I didn’t think too much of “Boyhood,” and so I don’t think the latter film should win too many awards.

In this post, the first of two parts, I’ll share my thoughts with the nominees for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Find me later for additional thoughts on Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.

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Around Town: Grand Opening @ Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa–12/8/14

Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa beauty team by Joy Asico
Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa beauty team with Luigi Parasmo and Javier Calvo, center (Photo by Joy Asico)

Luigi Parasmo and Javier Calvo opened the doors of their new state-of-the-art spa in Georgetown Monday, welcoming guests to the Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa (1510 Wisconsin Ave. NW, DC).

Guests toured the 2,000-square-foot spa, which offers skin, body and nail treatments, ranging from holistic oxygen therapy, acne-specific remedies and a spa menu geared specifically towards men. In a rare twist, spa clients can multitask while they receive spa services. The spa offers embedeed iPads at each of three pedicure stations, allowing people to browse the web and check email.

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Stars and Bars: Monday Night Beer Club @ Pizzeria Paradiso — 11/3/14

samfitzmattpollardSam Fitz and Matt Pollard of Pizzeria Paradiso

I’ve long been a fan of the Pizzeria Paradiso chain and its beer program in particular.

I was a fixture on Wednesdays at the beer bar in the basement of the pizzeria’s Georgetown location (3282 M St. NW, DC) for many years after its inauguration. I drifted from the Georgetown location to the Dupont Circle location for the past several years, but new beer director Sam Fitz has given us good reason to visit Georgetown.

On the first Monday of the month, Sam hosts the Monday Night Beer Club, where Pizzeria Paradiso offers the chain’s happy hour deal from 6-10pm. Beers on tap are half price, and small pizzas are $10. Sam likes to give the Monday Night Beer Club a theme — it could be built around a type of beer or a brewery.

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