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Subject: date ideas in DC--this Saturday
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: biophysicist-ga
List Price: $4.44
Posted: 10 Feb 2005 05:35 PST
Expires: 12 Mar 2005 05:35 PST
Question ID: 472250
Please give a few suggestions for an inexpensive date in the
Washington DC area (VA side is better than MD side) for Saturday
evening, Feb. 12.  We can spend up to ~$10 each.  Attending a
performance would be ideal, if you can find any that cheap.  Simply
going out to dinner is of less interest.  Perhaps there are some more
creative possibilities that I haven't thought of.

We like classical music, musicals, and some theatre (nothing modern or
weird).  We do not dance.  As far as I know, none of the current
movies interest us (except Hotel Rwanda, which is not a date movie),
but we're open to ideas--maybe something that's no longer playing in
the regular theaters?
Subject: Re: date ideas in DC--this Saturday
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 10 Feb 2005 12:29 PST
Welcome to the DC area.

The Kennedy Center has free performances every night at 6:00.  They're
usually pretty intriguing....I've been to quite few with the wife and

You can read about Saturday's upcoming performance here:

and can even click on some links to see a webcast of earlier
performances by the same artist.



Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 10 Feb 2005 13:18 PST

My apologies.  I had meant to post this information as a comment,
rather than as an answer to your question (it's really not enough
information to count as an answer!).  Got my buttons mixed up, I

Let me know what sorts of other information you would like to have,
and I'll see if I can provide you some good ideas.

Alternatively, I can ask the editors to remove my inadvertent answer,
and leave it available for others to answer.

Let me know what you'd like to do....and again, my apologies.


Request for Answer Clarification by biophysicist-ga on 10 Feb 2005 13:34 PST
Don't worry about it, pafalafa.  I'm not sure the performer this Sat.
will interest us, but the free performance series is definitely worth
knowing about for the future.  (I notice they have some orchestral
performances in the upcoming weeks--could be nice.)

If you are feeling guilty, you're free to make any other suggestions
that come to mind.  :)  I've heard that the embassies often do free
concerts, so if you have any links for those (either this weekend or
in general), that would be useful to have.

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 11 Feb 2005 05:10 PST
Hello again, and thanks for your nice note.

This entry in today's Washington Post might be of interest for this weekend:

Soprano Harolyn Blackwell, who has sung in Metropolitan Opera
productions and with other companies around the world, gives a free
recital Sunday at 4 at the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium,
2100 C St. NW. The program includes songs by Purcell, Schubert, Robert
Schumann, Richard Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc and Ricky Ian Gordon.
No tickets are needed. Call 202-334-2436.

Have fun, you two!

Subject: Re: date ideas in DC--this Saturday
From: gabrieljoo-ga on 10 Feb 2005 07:53 PST
Ok, you poor guy.  YOu are willing to pay $4.44 for ideas for a DATE
that is less than $20, combined.

Well, since I've been living in VA/DC area for all my life, I know the
BEST places to go, but (not free).

However, if you want CHEAP dates, I guess you can use the $20 for
parking, and go sit on dupond circle (a great place to chill out and
talk), walk around museums that is nearby & great site seeing areas.

If you want classy bar/ I HIGHLY suggest the revolving tower in Double
Tree Hotel.  Dancing is optional, but the age-group there is middle
aged & it is quite nice.

Here is another idea.  Try downtown alexandria / Parking is free (if
you find one) and it's a great place to go to get ice cream and walk
along the board walk, looking at the potomac river and into the DC

Hope this helps.
Subject: Re: date ideas in DC--this Saturday
From: biophysicist-ga on 10 Feb 2005 09:05 PST
gabrieljoo, thanks a lot for the suggestions.  I will look into them.

You sound like you think I'm a total dweeb.  In fact, I am new to the
area and ignorant of what there is to do around here.  My husband is
having $1100 worth of emergency dental work this afternoon (ugh!), so
perhaps you can sympathize with my looking for an inexpensive way to
have fun on Valentine's Day weekend.
Subject: Re: date ideas in DC--this Saturday
From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 10 Feb 2005 12:10 PST
If you take the old town Alexandria route, I suggest you check out
Murphy's Irish Pub while you're there.  It's right on the main drag
about 4 blocks from the boardwalk.
They have live music (an Irish folk/drinking song guy) who is alot of
fun and the people there get into the music and sing along and even do
the goofy hand motions to the right songs.  Loads of fun!  If you get
an American draft there it's just $3.01 including tax.
I think the music starts at 9PM, and it'll be fairly crowded on
Saturday night, but well worth it I assure you!
Subject: Answer to your question
From: gabrieljoo-ga on 10 Feb 2005 12:32 PST
Well, biophysicist-ga, I don't get paid to answer the questions.  They
are just comments.  I am sorry if you were offended.

Well, since you are new to area, WELCOME!  Incase you did not know,
DC-metro area is indeed, one of the 'high-cost of living' area. 
Comparable to all other major cities in united states, including NYC,
LA, Chicago...  etc.

Even concerts performed in local high schools in this area cost an
average of $20 per ticket.  Decent parking spot on DC will cost you
close to $20 dollars if it is going to be over 2 hours.

However, the area is great.  Beautiful parks, classy bars, great
diversity on different culture, and BEST cultural restraunts!

I Highly suggest the revolving tower in Double Tree Hotel though, as
it is a WONDERFUL place for a date, and extremely romantic.  The cost
is a variable, depending on the amount you decide to spend in there.
Subject: Re: date ideas in DC--this Saturday
From: biophysicist-ga on 14 Feb 2005 07:12 PST
Thanks for the tips, folks.  We ended up going to the Doubletree and
had a nice time.

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