Within Clark Planetarium's space-exploration-themed facility, the interactive displays and immersive IMAX and planetarium shows enlighten visitors with interesting scientific facts. Spread out across 10,000 square feet, more than 15 hands-on exhibits entrance guests with artifacts such as photos from the Hubble Space Telescope and a moon rock brought back from the Apollo 15 mission.
Audio in the ATK IMAX Theatre emanates from a 14,000-watt digital surround-sound system as the 70-foot wide, five-story-high screen accommodates Hollywood hits and insightful documentaries in 3-D. More entertainment abounds in the Hansen Dome Theatre, where six high-definition projectors fill the 55-foot domed screen with seamless images during scientific films and cosmic light shows.
Sprawled across three floors, The Hotel Elevate helps partiers keep the revelry going all night. The Lobby occupies the first floor and treats guests to a fully stocked bar, patio area, and droves of VIP tables and seating. Venture farther and visit the enchanting top floor Ballroom, which features chandeliers and a balcony that overlooks the second-floor Opium Lounge—an intimate dance floor area with a bar and DJ booth. In the basement, the Barrel Room tantalizes thanks live music and a fully stocked bar. Also on-site, Club Elevate ignites the atmosphere with a 35-foot main bar, VIP sections, and a 1,100-square foot stage. The Hotel Elevate frequently puts its gargantuan space to use as an events venue, with past bashes including visits from The Crystal Method and evening costume parties. The same spaces are also available for private functions such as birthday parties or the retirement party of one lonely, lonely billionaire.
Since striking up the Innovations series five years ago, Ballet West has capped each of its characteristically classical seasons with an all-out expo of new works from contemporary choreographers. Set to the dark fury of Shostakovich, Descent, by principal Michael Bearden, presents a true story of the Russian Revolution, expanded to a 45-minute performance from the 10-minute version that premiered in 2010. Chu-San Goh Award winner Susan Shields's evocative Grand Synthesis returns, gracefully skipping between tranquil and frantic tempos like an indecisive morning-radio DJ. Katherine Boyle of the Washington Post said of Shields that her style "fuses formal balletic technique with modern shapes and movement"; her work draws heavily upon training from the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and Wolf Trap Elementary School in Vienna.
The downtown gastropub boasts an extensive menu of reimagined pub fare. Start with a Scotch egg ($4), hard-boiled then wrapped in a garlic sausage before being doused with breading and fried. Or opt for an order of the pub poppers ($3), almond-stuffed medjool dates swaddled in strips of delicious bacon. Unstoppable appetites pause at the prosciutto burger ($12), and herbivorous eaters nosh the black-bean chipotle veggie burger ($11) with a side of fresh-cut-daily fries coated with garlic (add $2). Large plates, such as the slow-simmered chili verde with braised pork and green chilies ($8) or the Alaskan halibut and chips ($16) make gastro-pub elitists grovel. Hand-tossed pizzas (starting at $10) and fresh salads (starting at $5) complete the eclectic menu.
Voted Best Bar Grub by City Weekly, the Lumpys menu provides hearty entrees alongside appetizing, phalange-friendly fare. Grab a signature 3/4 lb. Lumpy burger layered in bacon and cheddar with a choice of side ($9) or a 12 oz. NY strip steak in a shroomy sauce served with garlicky mashy potatoes and veggies ($15). Or snack sparingly on marinara-friendly mozzarella logs with fries ($8) or saucy chipotle jalapeño poppers ($7). Those who dare can enter the garden of eating through a veggie platter piled high with broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, temptations, carrots, and cauliflower ($7).