Forty varieties of bourbon and 60 beer draughts flow freely from taps into souvenir glasses, slaking thirsty throats with unlimited sips as guests tear through smoky meat concoctions at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival's tasting stations. Once stuffed with ribs, brisket, and sausage, attendees can retire to the tasting theater to take in a seminar from pit masters and gourmet chefs on preparing fine barbecue or brewing stellar bourbon. Live rock, blues, and bluegrass bands set the airwaves quivering from the main stage with wailing tunes or announcements drawn in barbecue sauce. A cigar tent provides a smoky haven for puffing on fine tobacco products, and big-screen TVs beam the latest sports action directly into eyeballs.
When the Rolling Stones wanted a chorus to sing with them during their last gig on their "50 and Counting" tour, they knew who to call: The Washington Chorus. That unexpected melding of talent is a testament to the group's stellar reputation—the Grammy-winning ensemble is noted for its ability to engage a wide range of audiences. And they've done just that for more than 50 seasons, delighting ears with a repertoire of classical masterpieces and modern compositions. Equally committed to enriching their community, the chorus performs free concerts throughout the greater D.C. area, sponsors a junior choir, and gently corrects anyone who misspells "requiem."
Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, The 2011 Washington Auto Show will feature more than 700 new mobile makes and models. Four-wheel fanatics can pore over concepts, production models, and prototypes from more than 30 manufacturers, including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. Take some time out from the car catwalk to enjoy a variety of contests, entertainment, and exhibits. Events on February 1 include appearances from the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, as well as auto-themed speed dating to transform emotional Edsels into romantic Alfa Romeos. WWE Superstars Big Show and Randy Orton will make special appearances on February 2 and 3, respectively, while all three days feature a cartoon cavalcade of Playland Mascots such as PBS heroes Clifford the Big Red Dog, WordGirl, and Robert MacNeil's hair. Additionally, visitors can check out the Advanced Technology SuperHighway exhibit, which showcases the latest breakthroughs in automobile sustainability and safety. Photography and video equipment are allowed, and ample food vendors and local restaurants ensure grumbling bellies don't drown out revving engines.
A finalist in the 2003 season of Nashville Star, Grammy-winner Miranda Lambert's lively, heartfelt country rock sets toes a-tapping and eardrums abuzz with catchy Southern tunes. Strumming such well-known country songs as "The House That Built Me," and "Heart Like Mine," Lambert's virtuosic singing and guitar playing lends life to touching ballads and high-energy tunes alike, touching even the most curmudgeonly hearts and compelling weeping willows to wave their tendrils with unabashed excitement. Aural oceans wash over listeners in the Frank Gehry–designed Merriweather Post Pavilion, nestled among 40 acres of forest between Washington and Baltimore. Today's deal lets concertgoers relax with a Bud Light on the lawn, where they can watch the show beneath the open sky or whisper movie endings to clusters of furiously immobile grass stalks.
Aside from oodles of adroit basketry, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, and furniture, there's a full schedule complete with jazz concerts, craftwork demonstrations by some of the show's 120+ master artisans, and a variety of lectures on the history of and importance of craft.