The young Italian tenor trio Il Volo impresses audiences with pitch-leaping vocal performances rich in three-part harmonies. Performing renditions of classic Italian songs as well as material penned by contemporary songwriters, the teenage opera singers showcase budding international appeal and the promise of a bright future that consists of crooning crowds and autographing customs slips at airports. Opening act Ethan Bortnick, a 10-year-old piano prodigy known as the youngest entertainer to headline his own concert tour and attempt to purchase a monster truck, starts out the night with original piano compositions as well as recognizable classics.
Stigma Tattoo Bar compiles a trifecta of signifiers of lighthearted vice in its combination tattoo and piercing parlor, bar, and pole-dancing studio. Red vinyl couches line brick walls, and poles reach from floor to ceiling for classes scheduled along with lap-dance and burlesque lessons. Flat-screen TVs entertain customers as they're inked or studded, and a dramatic metal cage in the center of the room contributes to an edgy club atmosphere where you never know if a lion might appear from behind the bar.
Near the corridors of power that define K Street's reputation, a subtle beat thumps, turning staid kingmakers into merchant of cool one song at a time. The slick sound emanate from Lima Lounge, an intimate retreat primed for late-night revelry thanks to bass-busting sound systems, intelligent lighting, and plush post-modern seating scattered throughout. Stretching across three levels, the club places an equal emphasis on extroversion and intimacy; guests can join the boogieing throngs that populate two dedicated dance floors overseen by guest DJs, or retreat to out-of-the-way corners for bottle service and conversation. On the second floor, revelers can recharge their batteries at Fujimar, a late-night restaurant brought to life by Executive Chef Raynold Mendizabal that entices guests with light bites and seafood such as ceviche and sushi until 2 a.m. on weekends.
Host to a variety of professional comedians and local acts, Riot Act's stage induces fits of laughter with the wit and tomfoolery of the club's evening comedy lineups. Guffaw-loving guests can plop down to view acts such as Jeff Caldwell, a three time performer on The Late Show with David Letterman, or fill their weekly giggle quotas with Comedy Central veteran Josh Blue. Open-mic nights give local comedians a chance to hone their acts without the threat of harsh critiques written on rotting tomatoes. In between laughs, duos can sip pours of their favorite drink from the venue's nightly menu, which features a slew of beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Close to both public transportation and parking lots, the new club offers a convenient way to enjoy live comedy without the hassle of carpooling in a clown car.