1958 was a pivotal year for ramen. The arduous task of hand-pulling wheat noodles, boiling down bones to make a savory broth, and carefully assembling a broad range of ingredients—including eggs, pork belly, and fish cakes—just got easier. Momofuku Ando, a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman, unlocked the winning recipe for pre-cooked instant noodles in a chicken-flavored broth. Taking just minutes to cook—and sold at a nominal cost—it would go on to become the favored food group of college students the world over. But, ramen purists: take heart. There are several ramen shops in D.C. that remain true to the art form, putting in the long hours of work so customers can reap the salty, savory reward—instantly, of course.Read More
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On this week’s agenda: the Maryland Seafood Festival, a Chinese film festival, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's tribute to Afrika Bambaataa, lamb meet-and-greets on Old MacDonald’s Farm, and The Fray at the National Zoo. Enjoy yourselves, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in DC. Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park Annapolis | Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7 The spirit of Chesapeake Bay inhabits this seaside festival, adding a little extra flavor to the crab cakes, oysters, and local craft beers served throughout. If you're not too full after the corn-on-the-cob-eating contest, check out local art and live music from regional bands including blues act Kelly Bell Band and rockers Bad with Names. (1100 E. College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD; $20; buy tickets here) Second Biennial DC Chinese Film Festival at Freer Gallery of Art National Mall | Through Sunday, September 7 Panel discussions and special events accompany screenings of films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other Chinese communities across the globe. Our pick? Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture, which plays on Sunday and recounts the search for memories and innocence lost during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror over Cambodia. (1050 Independence Ave. SW; free) DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist: Renegades of Rhythm Tour at the Fillmore Silver Spring Silver Spring | Monday, September 8 Instrumental hip-hop pioneer DJ Shadow and Jurassic 5 turntablist Cut Chemist dig deep into Afrika Bambaataa’s personal record collection in celebration of Universal Zulu Nation's 40th anniversary. The duo will explore the farthest reaches of the father of electro funk's library, intermingling genres ranging from breakbeat and hip-hop to disco and electro house. (8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD; $21; buy tickets here) Old MacDonald's Farm at StageCoach Theatre's Outdoor Stage Leesburg | Through September 14 In Old MacDonald's Farm, the StageCoach Theatre Company uses music and laughter to tell the story of a shy lamb who struggles to make friends with other wildlife. The show is part of StageCoach Theatre for Young Audiences, a season of original productions by local playwrights designed to help families connect with the performing arts. (20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln., Leesburg, VA; free) Rock-N-Roar with The Fray at the National Zoo Woodley Park | Friday, September 12 One night each year, the lions, elephants, and pandas of the National Zoo invite human animals over for a music-filled night of dancing and drinks. This year, Grammy-nominated pop-rockers The Fray will entertain crowds with their hits ''Over My Head (Cable Car),'' ''How to Save a Life,'' and tracks from their latest album, Helios. Friends of the National Zoo will also host animal demonstrations throughout the night. (3001 Connecticut Ave. NW; $55; buy tickets here) Photos courtesy of Maryland Seafood Festival, Cut Chemist, and the Smithsonian National ZooRead More
On this week’s agenda: a musical tribute to Walter Dean Myers, a Labor Day jazz and wine fest, baseball with the Hagerstown Suns, an art exhibit from the Trawick Prize finalists, and acrobatics above 35,000 gallons of water. Enjoy yourselves, and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in DC. 13th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival: In His Own Words: A Concert in Tribute to Walter Dean Myers at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Foggy Bottom | Saturday, August 30 At the time of his death earlier this summer, Walter Dean Myers had written more than 100 books for children and young adults, including challenging (and oft-challenged) texts such as Fallen Angels and Monster. The Page-to-Stage Festival's theatrical tribute will honor his legacy with music, dance, and spoken-word pieces inspired by his most famous works. (2700 F St. NW; free) Flo Fest DC 2014 at Gateway DC at St. Elizabeths East Ward 8 | Monday, September 1 Music, wine, and literature get their day in the sun at Flo Fest DC's end-of-summer bash. Jazz, salsa, and R & B from artists such as Marcus Johnson and The Donvonte McCoy Latin Jazz Orchestra pair well with samples of wine and food from local celebrity chefs, or a contemplative trip to the literary pavilion. (2700 MLK Jr Ave. SE; $45; buy tickets here) Hagerstown Suns Baseball Game Hagerstown | Monday, September 1 The Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals hosts its final regular-season game against the Lakewood BlueClaws at Municipal Stadium, one of the nation's oldest minor-league ballparks. A win against Lakewood could help the Suns push past their division-leading rivals, the Greensboro Grasshoppers, in the hunt for a South Atlantic League crown. (274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown, MD; $10; buy tickets here) The 2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit Tenley Circle | Wednesday, September 3 The Trawick Prize for visual art gives artists in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, a shot at $14,000 in prize money and wider recognition for their work. In this group exhibit, the nine finalists for the 2014 prize showcase their nominated pieces in the gallery of the Bethesda Urban Partnership. (7700 Wisconsin Ave.; free) Cirque Italia at Sudley Manor Square Shopping Center Manassas | Wednesday, September 3 through Sunday, September 7 Touting itself as "America's First Water Circus," Cirque Italia blends the gracefulness of the waves with the boisterousness of traditional circus acts. Aerialists and acrobats swing and flip from a trapeze that dangles above a 35,000-gallon water tank during a show that also features a strongman duo, a mermaid act, and a bicycling clown. (7807 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA; $31; buy tickets here) Photo courtesy of Cirque ItaliaRead More