Things to do for January 19, 2012

The Weekender

Dominatrixes, Mad Hatters and Other Weekend Companions

Hold on tight. The weekend wants to try something.

Thursday
A Night with Belgium’s National Spirit
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A Night with Belgium’s National Spirit

We know you’re well acquainted with Belgian beer. Not so much Belgium’s other national drink, the gin-like genever. So hit up this crash course tonight at Belga, where you’ll have three courses alongside four genever cocktails from Belgium’s smallest distillery. There will be no monks.

Friday
25% Off Gant, Penfield at Rue 14
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25% Off Gant, Penfield at Rue 14

You may need some new clothes. You know, because it’s January. Also because Rue 14 is making room for spring stuff, and they’re unloading everything except denim and vintage at 25% off, like coats from Penfield and shirts from Gant.

Ongoing, Rue 14, 1803A 14th St NW, 202-462-6200

Saturday
Walking 1K for the Sake of Beer
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Walking 1K for the Sake of Beer

Finally, someone’s given you a reason to head to the weird underground shops at Crystal City. Yes, beer. And fitness. But mostly beer, as you’ll only be required to walk one kilometer while you pick up 30-plus beers from 19 breweries. You won’t have to wear a number.

An Alice in Wonderland Dance Party
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An Alice in Wonderland Dance Party

Things could get weird at the Washington Ballet’s annual blowout dance party, this time with a Mad Hatter theme. We’re hearing about a psychedelic wonderland with avant-garde dancers (the Red Queen is a dominatrix). Finally, a use for your purple top hat.

Monday
Year of the Dragon in Menu Form
ENTER THE DRAGON

Year of the Dragon in Menu Form

New Year is one of those things that can be better the second time around. Less pressure, less Ryan Seacrest and more lobster dumplings and wood-fired Peking duck. For Chinese New Year, the Source is rolling out a five-course extravagance. No dragon tattoo necessary.

Jan 23-Feb 3, $125 ($175 with wine), The Source, 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW, reserve at 202-637-6100, see the menu

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