Author Archives: Malaka Gharib

  reviews

OMFG Le Pain Quotidien Is So Effing Good

Never has plain old bread and a cup of joe tasted so good. No wonder Le Pain Quotidien is so popular — the food is simple and delicious enough to stand on its own. And usually, your Wonkette doesn’t buy the whole organic hoo-ha, but LPQ really makes it work. [This is the last review from our Malaka Gharib! Wish her luck with her new “real” job. — Ed.] Read more on OMFG Le Pain Quotidien Is So Effing Good…
  your week in dc art

What Is The Universe? Also, ‘Top Chef’ Judges Talk About Spanish Food

Tuesday, April 7: Fans of Top Chef, you remember guest judge Wylie Dufresne — he runs WD-50 in NYC, and is famous for experimental molecular gastronomy. Well, he’ll be here in DC alongside tapas genius Jose Andres at the National Museum of American History to talk about Spanish food. No free samples, sorry. [Smithsonian] Read more on What Is The Universe? Also, ‘Top Chef’ Judges Talk About Spanish Food… Read more on What Is The Universe? Also, ‘Top Chef’ Judges Talk About Spanish Food…
  photo ops

‘Capture The Night’ With a Photo From a CVS Parking Lot

On the corner of 7th St. NW and Florida Ave. NW, in the parking lot of the CVS, there is a makeshift photo booth where you can get your photo taken against the backdrop of a Cadillac, a grandiose staircase, Outer Space or a bottle of Ciroc vodka. Your Wonkette wasn’t going to take a photo, but then a gay couple said that she “had” to, because “this is gangster,” and gave her $10 to take one. Read more on ‘Capture The Night’ With a Photo From a CVS Parking Lot…
  film and stage

According To Comedian, DC Metro System Is ‘Tron’

Friday, April 3: Christian Finnegan of Chapelle’s Show and Best Week Ever fame comes to DC Improv till Sunday. Listen to his comedy bit about the DC metro system, which is he says is “the fucking Tron compared to NYC subways, where there’s always someone “twisting one off in the corner.” Gross. [DC Improv] Read more on According To Comedian, DC Metro System Is ‘Tron’… Read more on According To Comedian, DC Metro System Is ‘Tron’…
  now that it's almost over

What’s a Cherry Blossom, Anyway?

Your Wonkette has passed by many flowering trees and has yet to determine, what, exactly, is a cherry blossom tree. Don’t be fooled by the Bradford pear tree, AKA the Semen Tree, which, besides umm, not being pink, has the awful smell of you-know-what. They’re all over DC, and dumb tourists are taking photos in front of them. Fools! Read more on What’s a Cherry Blossom, Anyway?…
  your week in music

DJs In Mouse Costumes, Punk Rock Family Reunion Show

Friday, April 3: If you like Justice and Daft Punk, you might be interested in Sebastien Tellier, who also hails from France and is essential to the French dance circuit. He will be bringing his beautiful, piano-laced electro music to the 9:30 Club. 10PM. [MySpace] Read more on DJs In Mouse Costumes, Punk Rock Family Reunion Show… Read more on DJs In Mouse Costumes, Punk Rock Family Reunion Show…
  organized chaos

Massive Pillow Fight On The Mall, This Saturday

If you always wanted to be part of those spontaneous demonstrations that just happen in public (like freezing in place at the Grand Central Station, or breaking out in a musical number in the middle of a food court), then here’s your chance. This Saturday, in honor of National Pillow Fight Day, the DC Defenestrators have organized a massive pillow fight event on the National Mall and Dupont Circle. Read more on Massive Pillow Fight On The Mall, This Saturday…
  food/booze news!

New Italian Restaurant Potenza Opens Near White House — Will the Obamas Eat There?

Tuesdays: Cafe Mozart, a German deli on H St. NW, is selling draft beers for a reduced price during happy hour every Tuesday. Be sure to order something sausagey from the bar menu — their wurst selection is supposed to be off the hook. [Cafe Mozart] Read more on New Italian Restaurant Potenza Opens Near White House — Will the Obamas Eat There?… Read more on New Italian Restaurant Potenza Opens Near White House — Will the Obamas Eat There?…
  uhhhh

A Questionable Night at the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus

If you go to the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus show Over the Top, don’t expect Cirque du Soleil, because you’re not going to get it. You’re going to get what you paid $15 for — lousy tricks, uncoordinated dancing and cheesy dialogue. However, you will be enlightened with knowing where exactly Eastern European women are finding work opportunities in this tough environment. Read more on A Questionable Night at the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus…
  your week in dc art

Free Films at the National Geographic, Tuesdays at Noon!

Tuesday, March 31: Since the beginning of March, National Geographic Society has been playing films, TV programs and documentaries for free every Tuesday at noon for the Golden Triangle lunch crowd. Catch the Naked Science episode on time machines, then spend the rest of your day thinking about the space-time continuum. [NG] Read more on Free Films at the National Geographic, Tuesdays at Noon!… Read more on Free Films at the National Geographic, Tuesdays at Noon!…
  they have classes for everything!

Learn The ‘Put A Ring On It’ Sexytime Dance So You Can Be Like Beyonce

Overworked, Ann Taylor-wearing women of DC (and especially Hill Women): it’s time to learn a thing or two about sex appeal. Hip-hop dance teacher and choreographer Shira Goldberg will be teaching the dance moves from Beyonce’s music video “All the Single Ladies: (Put A Ring on It)” in a workshop this Sunday at First Class, Inc. on 20th St. NW. Read more on Learn The ‘Put A Ring On It’ Sexytime Dance So You Can Be Like Beyonce…
  film and stage

Interpretive Dance: It’s Real, It’s Here, It’s Happening

Friday, March 27: The Paul Taylor Dance Company performs a Mexican-themed dance extravaganza at the Kennedy Center, maybe in anticipation of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Mexico this week, or maybe not. 8PM, $22-65. [Kennedy Center] Read more on Interpretive Dance: It’s Real, It’s Here, It’s Happening… Read more on Interpretive Dance: It’s Real, It’s Here, It’s Happening…
  your week in music

Local Rappers Recreate Jay Z’s Debut Album In Hopes of Making It Big, Too

Thursday, March 26: Local DMV rappers, producers and vocalists recreate and redefine the songs off Jay Z’s 1996 debut album, Reasonable Doubt, which helped push the hip-hop powerhouse into the big leagues. 8PM at Expo, $15. [Washington Post] Read more on Local Rappers Recreate Jay Z’s Debut Album In Hopes of Making It Big, Too… Read more on Local Rappers Recreate Jay Z’s Debut Album In Hopes of Making It Big, Too…
  tourists on wheels!

Why DCites Hate Tourists, Part One

Thank you, Capital Segway, for giving DCites another thing to cringe about: Segway sightseeing tours. Now that the weather is warming up, flocks of fanny-packed tourists are just rolling around town (these people in the photo above were in front of the White House) in their Segways, giving Our Fine City a bad name. Read more on Why DCites Hate Tourists, Part One…
  food/booze news!

Come To GSPOT For Chicken and Waffles

Wednesday, March 25: Ladies, perhaps this will give your man some incentive to go to the ballet with you: the Washington Ballet Studios is throwing a “Beer and Ballet” event tonight. Watch the Jete Society’s performance of Peter Pan, drink beer and eat peanuts. Classy. $35, 6:30PM. [Washington Post] Read more on Come To GSPOT For Chicken and Waffles… Read more on Come To GSPOT For Chicken and Waffles…
  your week in dc art

Three Festivals Crammed Into One Week

Wednesday, March 25: As part of the Francophonie 2009 cultural festival, the Ripley Center will be playing a movie about a French-Canadian family in the ’70s, Histoire de Famille. Oh, goodie, can’t wait. [Francophonie] Read more on Three Festivals Crammed Into One Week… Read more on Three Festivals Crammed Into One Week…
  lunch time

High-Tech Burrito Street Vendor On 15th and K

Chipotle and Baja Fresh ain’t got nothin’ on Pedro and Vinny’s burrito stand on 15th and K St. While the humble Street Cart only sells bean burritos, the ten people waiting in line swear by them. The burritos come with rice and fresh salsa, but cheese will cost you an extra quarter. Read more on High-Tech Burrito Street Vendor On 15th and K…
  we went so you don't have to

Blurry Photos From the Maya Lin Exhibit

Here are a few pictures of the best installations from Maya Lin’s exhibit, Systematic Landscapes, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Pardon the crappy photography — there was no photo-taking allowed, so Your Wonkette had to sneak these shots while the Evil Guards weren’t looking. Read more on Blurry Photos From the Maya Lin Exhibit…
  film and stage

In Case You Missed Wall-E/Never Read Moby Dick

Friday, March 20: Hit up the Freer Gallery tonight for the DC premiere of 24 City, a Chinese film directed by Jia Zhangke warning of the Perils of Capitalism. 24 City illustrates the country’s changing landscape — a citywide factory park, over the course of three generations, becomes a giant complex of luxury apartments. 7PM. [Environmental Film Festival] Read more on In Case You Missed Wall-E/Never Read Moby Dick… Read more on In Case You Missed Wall-E/Never Read Moby Dick…
  local celebrities

Q&A: Fatback DJ Demystifies The DC Dance Scene (Yes, It Exists)

Pete Welsch has been DJing with the DC-based Fatback crew since 2006, and he’s seen DC’s dance scene move from scary rave music (thank you, Jesus) to a culture that embraces genres from all across the spectrum: garage rock, house, electro, etc. Wonkabout asked the funk/soul/boogaloo DJ to dish about DC nightlife and dance muzak. Read more on Q&A: Fatback DJ Demystifies The DC Dance Scene (Yes, It Exists)…
  your week in music

Concerts That Aren’t Sold Out Yet (Sorry, Fans Of Bloc Party, Ting Tings, Cut Copy)

Thursday, March 19: Local indie band The Blackout District sound kind of like Alanis Morissette with synth. That’s a horrible comparison, but check out their MySpace and you’ll understand. Performing tonight at the Rock and Roll Hotel. [R&R Hotel] Read more on Concerts That Aren’t Sold Out Yet (Sorry, Fans Of Bloc Party, Ting Tings, Cut Copy)… Read more on Concerts That Aren’t Sold Out Yet (Sorry, Fans Of Bloc Party, Ting Tings, Cut Copy)…