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Kristen Molloy, a health-policy advisor for Virginia senator Tim Kaine, and Sean Coit, communications director for Delaware senator Chris Coons, wed at the Decatur House.

Kristen Molloy, a health-policy advisor for Virginia senator Tim Kaine, and Sean Coit, communications director for Delaware senator Chris Coons, met at a happy hour hosted by mutual friends at Lola’s on Barracks Row. Kristen assumed Sean was an intern (read: khaki pants and blue blazer), and Sean was eager to show off his knowledge of Kristen’s hometown—Philadelphia—where he’d been working on a Congressional campaign. The next day, Sean found Kristen’s e-mail in the House directory and took a shot. The two connected over pizza and pepperoni sauce on their first date at Graffiato. Five years later, Sean proposed in Lincoln Park.

For the nuptials, Kristen focused on family. She wore her great-grandmother’s cameo on her bouquet and posed for photos with her grandmother’s wedding-planning book from the 1950s. Framing the escort-card table, vintage bookcases were set with family wedding photos dating to the 1800s. Magnolias inspired the stationery suite, the floral arrangements, and the guests’ welcome boxes, which included Virginia peanuts and dill crackers made by the groom’s mother. The family-style dinner included pesto gnocchi, short ribs, and crabcakes. For dessert at the energized, slow-song-less reception: an assortment of pies and homemade ice cream.

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kristen molloy health policy virginia senator tim kaine sean coit communications director Delaware senator Chris Coons wedding power couple

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Hayley is an Associate Editor at Washingtonian Weddings. Previously she was the the Style Editor at The Local Palate, a Southern food culture magazine based out of Charleston, South Carolina. You can follow her on instagram @wandertaste.

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Photograph by Evy Mages.

During the 18 months of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation, a cadre of legal experts have helped the public decipher the tight-lipped former FBI chief’s ongoing probe. We’ll be checking in with these “Muellerologists” periodically at Washingtonian.

After Roger Stone‘s arrest on January 25, federal authorities said they’d collected “several terabytes” of data from his email and iCloud accounts. That announcement added an additional riddle: If Mueller’s probe is wrapping up, as some claim, why did they seize so much evidence now? And what does Stone’s arrest suggest about the end-game of Mueller’s probe?

Stone’s arrest suggests “an additional, blockbuster indictment” is soon to come

Nick Akerman, former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York and member of the Watergate prosecution team.

The indictment of Roger Stone is significant for three reasons.

First, the charges against Stone are serious. Stone is facing allegations of obstructing a congressional investigation, lying to Congress and witness tampering, a charge carrying a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison. These are not hollow allegations. The indictment’s revelation that “at the time of his false testimony, Stone was still in possession of many of these emails and text messages” suggests that Stone was the subject of a court-ordered electronic surveillance—and that Mueller has additional evidence not referenced in the indictment. Stone’s misplaced reliance on encrypted email and text programs such as WhatsApp not only failed to conceal his criminal conversations but underscores his criminal intent. Stone’s legal team has no viable defense to the charges.

Second, Stone’s indictment is the coming attraction to an additional, blockbuster indictment, one that will charge members of the Trump campaign with knowingly participating in the conspiracy (charged in July 2018) of 12 Russian intelligence officers. The object of that conspiracy “was to hack into the computers of U.S. Persons and entities involved in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, steal documents…and stage releases of the stolen documents.” The Stone indictment references two critical dates when there was likely coordination between the Russian government and the Trump campaign: July 22, 2016, Wikileaks released hacked emails just as the Democratic Convention began; and October 7, 2016, 30 minutes after the release of theTrump’s infamous Access Hollywood [COULD THIS POSSIBLY BE “Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape”?], when Wikileaks released the emails of John Podesta. By virtue of the strategic timing and their laser-focused impact, it is inconceivable that these releases were not coordinated with the Trump campaign.

Third, the FBI’s recently seized “several terabytes of information” may link Stone to still more people involved in the July 22nd and October 7th releases. Mueller will be looking to see if this data provides valuable evidence on other co-conspirators, such as Guccifer 2.0, or the other Trump campaign officials who are referenced (but not named) in the Stone indictment.

Given this state of the evidence, and Mueller’s need to review all of the physical evidence seized from Stone, there is no way Mueller is “wrapping up” his investigation any time soon.

Trump associates “could be charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States”

Barbara McQuade, professor at University of Michigan Law School and former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The disclosure that Mueller has terabytes of information relating to Roger Stone may or may not indicate that more charges are likely against him. Prosecutors likely already had obtained his communications, such as emails and text messages, from service providers. The recent searches may turn up additional documents that show additional crimes by Stone or others.

The indictment also hints at potential future charges against Stone and other Trump associates. The indictment states that Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee was made public in June, that Wikileaks released stolen emails in July, and that a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about additional releases planned by Wikileaks. The indictment further indicates that Person 1 (believed to be Jerome Corsi) suggested coordination of messaging that “‘HRC old, memory bad, has stroke’” to coincide with an upcoming email dump.”

It is not hard to imagine a superseding indictment that would add Stone, Corsi and others to the indictment that Mueller has already charged against 12 Russian intelligence officers with conspiracy to defraud the United States by hacking, stealing and staging the release of stolen emails. Even if members of the Trump campaign did not participate in the hacking and stealing, they could still be charged in a conspiracy if they participated in staging the release of the emails. If Trump associates advised timing the release of emails to distract from the Access Hollywood tape, for example, those individuals or the campaign as an entity could be charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Stone’s indictment suggests “a level of coordination” with “an ally of Russian intelligence”

Harry Sandick, defense attorney and former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York.

Roger Stone’s arrest was rumored for several months: He himself made statements that suggested he had a pipeline to Julian Assange. However, additionally, we did see a hint from Mueller in paragraph 12 of the indictment. This paragraph alleges that a senior Trump campaign official was directed to reach out to Stone to discuss possible future leaks by Wikileaks. This is significant, because while such communications wouldn’t necessarily be illegal, it would suggest a level of coordination between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks (an ally of Russian intelligence) that Trump has never disclosed.

The Mueller investigation could still be in its final months, despite Stone’s arrest. Prosecutors from the US Attorney’s Office in DC joined the Stone prosecution team, suggesting they will work on the case if the Mueller probe ends. However, it is also possible the evidence seized from Stone will give rise to new charges against Stone or others. It is too soon to say. It will, at a minimum, take some time to review the terabytes of information. As we saw with the Michael Cohen search warrant, some of these documents may be relevant, but many may have no relevance to the investigation. It is hard for me to imagine that Mueller views Stone—with a lifetime of “dirty tricks” behind him—as a cooperating witness.

“Stone’s indictment does not complete the circle”

Patrick Cotter, defense attorney, former federal prosecutor, and a trial prosecutor in the case US v. John Gotti.

Stone is an important link in the circle that links the Trump campaign and the clearly established Russian interference effort in 2016. His indictment, and the evidence upon which it is based, is a very important development. But Stone’s indictment does not complete the circle.

Stone allegedly acted as a communications channel between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign to coordinate their efforts: Stone conveyed Assange’s plans to the campaign (if not Trump himself), and Stone took direction about what to say back to Assange. That is a pretty good definition of  “collusion” between Trump World and Assange/Wikileaks, to use the popular (though non-legal) term. This matters because Mueller seems to also be building a strong case that the Wikileaks email dumps were the product of Russian hacking.

What would be needed to complete the circle of Trump/Russia? Sufficient and reliable evidence that the Trump campaign realized that the assistance they were receiving from Wikileaks—and which they were coordinating with Wikileaks about—was the product of Russian efforts.

Of course, there is a great deal of circumstantial evidence that suggests Trump knew exactly that: Trump publicly asked “Russia” to steal Clinton emails; Wikileaks’ ties to Russian hackers; and the simple fact that Wikileaks was clearly trying to help Trump. Circumstantial evidence is admissible and potentially sufficient evidence in any criminal case.

But what is missing thus far is any direct evidence of knowledge by Trump and his allies that they knew—at the time—that Assange and Wikileaks were simply acting as a false front (hack-launderers?) for the Russian-directed “assistance” to Trump. Should Stone ever choose to cooperate—highly unlikely—then perhaps he could complete the circle himself.

Finally, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s peculiar statement that Mueller is almost done with his investigation is bizarre and inappropriate. Inappropriate because it does not help the DOJ investigation. And wrong because any investigator who just received “terabytes” of data from a now-indicted target would be derelict in his or her duty to close the investigation before analyzing that evidenceAny investigator who just received “terabytes” of data from a now-indicted target would be derelict in his or her duty to close the investigation before analyzing that evidence. So Whitaker’s statement is not just inappropriate: It’s almost certainly wrong.

“The Mueller investigation has developed evidence of collusion”

Alex Whiting, professor at Harvard Law School and former federal prosecutor with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division and the US Attorney’s Office in Boston.

The Stone indictment indicates that the Mueller investigation has developed evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and foreign sources of influence, including the Russians. The indictment alleges that after the first release of hacked DNC emails by Wikileaks—when it was already publicly known that the Russians had done the hacking—members of the Trump campaign asked Stone to obtain information about future releases from Julian Assange. These actions could amount to criminal violations of campaign finance laws, which prohibit the solicitation of a thing of value (the DNC emails qualify) from a foreign source.

Whether anyone in the campaign will be charged with such violations is a separate question. Short of bringing charges, Mueller could include the information he has obtained in his report to the Attorney General, which may or may not find its way to Congress. How much Trump himself might be implicated in these activities is also still largely unknown.

Are we nearing the end of the investigation? Probably. But the “end” is an amorphous and relative term; it could still be months before we know if there will be further indictments. What will investigators find in the materials seized from Stone? Will new witnesses step forward or cooperate? Will additional indictments produce more cooperators? The answers to these questions will determine whether the end is near or far.

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Jeff Bezos in Washington in September 2018. Photograph by Evy Mages.

Yesterday evening, Jeff Bezos self-published emails from the National Enquirer and its parent company AMI wherein the company threatened to release a “below the belt selfie” (belfie?) and other intimate photos of Bezos purportedly sent between the billionaire and his mistress if Bezos did not rebuke reporting in the Washington Post—the newspaper he owns—and state that the Enquirer’s month-long investigation into the billionaire was not politically motivated. In a confessional? article? blog post? (let’s call it a blog post) on Medium.com, Bezos names AMI chairman David Pecker—who Ronan Farrow reminds us collaborated with Harvey Weinstein to discredit his accusers—as the source of the blackmail. Yeesh. Kudos to HuffPost for the homepage splash of the week: BEZOS EXPOSES PECKER.

I encourage you all to take the time to read the emails; they speak volumes. As Bezos puts it: “I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.” I have a couple offshoot questions: will Bezos serve as his own ombudsman, returning to Medium to clarify controversy or opine about the state of affairs?  What does the word “complexifier” mean?

In other news, today President Trump receives his yearly physical. Looks like he’s been as strict about his diet and exercise regimen as he was about that advice not to stare at the sun: White House spox Hogan Gidley told CNN, “The President received a diet and exercise plan last year after his annual physical, but the President admits he has not followed it religiously.” CNN additionally reports that nearly a dozen members of White House staff say the President has neglected to use the on-site exercise facility.  Now, that’s one thing I can really empathize with. The appointment will take place at Bethesda area hospital Walter Reed.

Good Friday morning! The weekend is just around the corner. We’re so close. I’m your author, Brittany Shepherd. Email me at bshepherd@washingtonian.com (please, I don’t bite!) and follow me on Twitter. Sign your office BFF (or maybe your office enemy!) up for this newsletter here.

In case you missed it: The Music Man opened last night! Rosie O’Donnell is in it! Stormy Daniels saw it! The two hung out together!

Our food critic, Ann Limpert, will chat with readers at 11 AM today. It’s always a fun discussion–read last week’s transcript here! I love asking Ann about last-minute places to check out for the weekends. 

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

Our pick for things to do around town:

THEATER The Heiress, which opens on Friday at the Arena Stage, is a play inspired by the Henry James novel Washington Square. A woman from a wealthy family falls for a dashing suitor whose sincerity she trusts. Once betrayed, though, she must find her own path to strength and independence. Through March 10. $41-$115.

Good reads:

Here’s a name I bet you haven’t thought of in a long time: Stephanie Winston WolkoffVanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox does a juicy curtain pull on the much fussed about Trump inauguration, and how Wolkoff, the point woman for the main event, is now of interest to federal investigators.

Big events from Washingtonian:

Listen up, Washies (yes, I have a nickname for you): Washingtonian is starting a new interview series, and I’m going to host the first one!!!!! Join me and Brad Jenkins, a veteran of both the Obama administration and Funny or Die’s DC office, for a discussion on what it’s like to work in the White House, how Americans get their information, how to make policy entertaining, and more! Listen: The bar will be open open, the laughs will be plentiful, and I’ll probably sing and dance for you guys or something. This is a great opportunity to mingle with folks in the know. Plus you get to meet me, which is often times a memorable experience. It’s happening on February 27. Get tickets here.

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#10

Where: 5036 Sedgwick St. NW
How much: $2,600,000

This 1940s Tudor has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, four fireplaces, and a two-car garage.

#9

Where: 2904 Garfield Ter. NW
How much: $2,601,000

Sitting on a rare .45 acres in the city, this home has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two wood-burning fireplaces, and hardwood floors throughout 5,000 square-feet of space.

#8

Where: 3005 O St. NW
How much: $2,750,000

Originally built in 1900, this Georgetown townhouse has four bedrooms, four baths, three fireplaces, and a garden.

#7

Where: 1821 23rd St. NW
How much: $2,800,000

This renovated Beaux Arts townhouse in Dupont Circle has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 11-foot-tall ceilings, a library, a roof deck, and two-car parking.

#6

Where: 5914 Cedar Pkwy., Chevy Chase
How much: $3,150,000

Built in 1923, the Colonial sits on 0.34 acres and has five bedrooms and bathrooms, hardwood floors, a fireplace, and a sizable backyard.

#5

Where: 1622 Davidson Rd., McLean
How much: $3,300,000

This six-bedroom, six-and-a-half bath house spans 5,368 square-feet, with three fireplaces and a three-car garage.

#4

Where: 23 D St. SE
How much: $3,900,000

The nearly 4,500 square feet of space inside this Capitol Hill rowhouse includes four bedrooms, five bathrooms, two fireplaces, and multiple wet bars. The place also has several balconies and a rooftop deck.

#3

Where: 3114 N St. NW
How much: $4,800,000

This end-unit Georgetown rowhouse, built in 1900, has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, three fireplaces, a finished basement, and a two-car garage.

#2

Where: 6205 Kennedy Dr., Chevy Chase
How much: $4,890,000

The 9,278-square-foot mansion backs onto a park, and has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, four fireplaces, a fully finished basement, a three-car garage, and a large backyard and porch.

#1

Where: 2720 Dumbarton St. NW
How much: $5,125,00

Though it was built in 1948, the house has undergone a bold, modern renovation that landed it in House Beautiful. It has six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, a 36-foot living room, a solarium with a cupola, four fireplaces, and a courtyard with gardens and a heated pool.

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On the menu: an Après ski party, Chinese New Year, and truffle making class.

Dumplings at The Source. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

It’s the Year of the Pig and DC-area bars and restaurants are celebrating with Chinese New Year events and menus. This weekend, Destination Wedding bar journeys to Hong Kong; Maketto throws a party with lion dancing and a three-course menu; and The Source hosts a dumpling class. Check out our full lineup of events.

Human rights activist and Zaitoun: Recipes and Stories From the Palestinian Kitchen author Yasmin Khan will discuss her work with Dalia Mortada, a journalist who covers the Middle East. The pair will address Palestinian identities and how food is shaped around them at the Logan Circle venue. H Street’s Sospeso will provide small bites. Tickets are $25 for the Thursday event, which starts at 7 PM.

For ski-lovers who haven’t made it to the mountains this winter, NoMa’s climate-controlled beer hall offers a solution. Wunder Garten‘s annual Après Ski celebration kicks off this Friday with a DJ’d dance party and a virtual reality skiing experience provided by VR and AR agency Notion Theory. Throughout the two weekends (February 7-10 and 14-17) find a giant ski-themed snow globe, ski costume competitions, a snowball toss competition, and fire dancers. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in full alpine attire.

Little SesamePita wraps at Little Sesame. Photo by Anna Meyer.

Fast-casual Israeli eatery Little Sesame hosts its first party, Beatbox Vol. 1, on Friday evening. The $15 ticket grants entry to Eckington’s The Sunroom, where local artist Elikeh and Brooklyn-based DJ Center will perform Afro-pop and global music. Guests can grab Little Sesame pita sandwiches and seasonal salatim from a retro food truck and purchase beer, wine, and cocktails.
The Willard Intercontinental is hosting a Valentine’s Day truffle-making class on Saturday from 3 to 5 PM. For $65 per person (or $100 per couple) you can learn to craft hand-made truffles out of Dominican cacao. Master Chocolatier Crisoire Reid will teach guests how to create ganache, temper chocolate, and hand-roll truffles while imparting wisdom on cacao growing and the history of chocolate.
Learn to make truffles with a professional chocolatier. Photo courtesy of SPAGnVOLA

This Saturday, celebrate National Pizza Day with the family during Matchbox’s Kids Pizza Party. Your aspiring little chefs can tour Matchbox‘s kitchen and ovens, make their own pies, and leave with a commemorative chef’s hat ($32). Meanwhile adult attendees can order a mimosa on the house.

And  heading into next week

No Valentine’s Day reservations yet? No problem. These spots from our recent 100 Very Best Restaurants list have you covered for Thursday. It’s also never too early for singles to start planning their Valentine’s escape routes. We rounded up the best anti-Valentine’s Day events. Think free drinks, fun parties, and more.

Restaurants around DC are embracing Galentine’s Day and encouraging girlfriends to celebrate female friendship over good food and drink (thanks, Parks and Rec). On February 13, diners at the Capital Burger will receive complimentary Taittinger Champagne and macarons. Grab a discounted $20 bottle of bubbles at City Tap Dupont. Backyard bar Calico will offer drink specials and extended happy hour to lady guests. Their Parks-and-Rec-themed cocktails include “The Geurgich Way” with Jameson, orange juice and butterschnapps. Peruvian spot Pisco y Nazca D.C. will deliver complimentary bubbly to groups of four women or more.

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Wife-husband team Carey and Yuan Tang take a communal approach at their new American spot.

Photo courtesy Rooster & Owl.

For husband-and-wife duo Carey and Yuan Tang, food has always been about family. He’s a chef, and she’s senior director of stewardship and donor relations at Children’s National Hospital. Through years of opposite schedules, the pair would meet when they could for meals, passing forks back and forth. Rooster & Owl, their new American eatery opening today on 14th Street, aims to capture that same feeling with a communal tasting menu of seasonal small plates intended to be passed across the table.

Yuan Tang has studied at multiple Michelin-starred spots such as New York’s The Modern and Jean-George and was the executive sous chef at now-closed DC spots 701 Restaurant and Rogue 24. At Rooster & Owl, his four-course, vegetarian-friendly menu centers each dish on one or two types of seasonal produce. Think endives with romesco and ricotta (crafted to evoke chips and dip) and a reimagined Carolina barbecue dish with dry-rubbed and grilled Maryland carrots (for which the cornbread pairing arrives in the form of a corn-based ice cream). Once he gets up to speed, Tang plans to rotate the menu weekly.

For $65, each guest will select four courses from four options per course. Rather than plopping each offering in front of diners, Rooster & Owl’s serving staff will place the dishes in the center for sharing.

From the dessert menu: Eclairs with praline mousseline, dark chocolate, brown butter ice cream, toasted marshmallows and hazelnuts. Photo by Natalie Flynn

Drinks will be overseen by Jason Swaringen (Rogue 24, the Green Zone), whose bar program will be flexible enough to pair with multiple courses. Diners looking to imbibe can order a la carte or purchase drink pairings for an additional $35. A carrot and turmeric rum cocktail with drops of blended carrot top and fennel oil pairs well with any one of the first courses. A bright but substantial Chardonnay might be recommended for consecutive second and third courses of a stuffed Napa cabbage and a Viet-Cajun lobster étouffée.

The dessert menu, headed by former Métier and Kinship assistant pastry chef Olivia Green also emphasizes fresh produce. Blood orange sorbet is served over a thickened British-style cream then sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, and a hazelnut eclair comes with a praline mousseline filling and a brown-butter ice cream.

The intimate 50-seat dining room designed by Georgetown-based architecture firm HapstakDemetriou+ (also behind Call Your Mother and District Wineryaims to be homey and rustic. A shelf filled with cookbooks—relics of the Tang family—sections off a more intimate seating space. Yuan’s kitchen is just visible beyond shelves laden with containers of dry ingredients, like the fever dream of a hyper-organized Tupperware devotee. The setting, says Carey, is designed to show off that Rooster & Owl is a coordinated family affair.

On top of her job at Children’s National Hospital, Carey would often work evenings in the front house of restaurants where Yuan was a chef. The rhythm they discovered as front and back employees at the now-shuttered Rogue 24 inspired them to begin their own industry endeavor. The dynamic now inspires the restaurant’s name: General Manager Carey, working days, thinks of herself as the morning person, or, the rooster. Executive Chef Yuan, who spends his evenings in the kitchen, is the owl. 

Rooster & Owl. 2436 14th St., NW; 202-813-3976.

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Get a cute cat to desecrate your ex’s name. Photo courtesy Crumbs & Whiskers.

Though there’s nothing wrong with home delivery and a Nora Ephron marathon on Valentine’s Day, there are more fun ways to spend your time. Singles, cynics, and spurned lovers can head to DC-area bars and restaurants for free drinks, all-day happy hours, pizza parties, and the chance to swap your ex’s clothing for booze.

Spin
1332 F St., NW
Penn Quarter’s new ping pong bar hosts a “Love Pong” party on Friday, February 8 from 8 PM to 2 AM that welcomes singles, couples, and friend groups alike. V-Day kitsch includes a faux wedding chapel, pro players in bride and groom costumes, a tarot card reader, and themed cocktails.

Nellie’s Sports Bar
900 U St., NW
Nellie’s famous all-you-can-eat drag brunch will take on a Valentine’s Day theme this weekend (Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 AM).  The bar’s performers will bring both love and hate-themed songs. Watch the show while sipping pink drinks, or if you’re in the mood, pounding red Jell-O shots ($42 per person). 

Salon Betty at Union Market
1309 5th St., NE
Salon Betty comes to Union Market on Tuesday, February 12 for a “Play Doh Make & Smash” session from 6:30 to 8:30 PM ($39 per person). Ticket-holders will learn to make candy hearts and other Valentine’s-themed goodies out of play-doh from NYC-based the Dough Project. After, take a photo and then smash it for a little Valentine’s Day catharsis. Also included: a beverage provided by Buffalo & Bergen.

Bar Deco
717 6th St., NW
This art deco bar in Penn Quarter knows that, for some, the holiday of love might require day-long drinking. It’s all-day Lonely Hearts Club on Thursday, February 14 will include $15 bottles of Champagne, $5 martinis, and $3 Bud Lights.

Cotton & Reed
1330 5th St., NE
“Pizza & rum > Chocolate & roses” is the philosophy of this rum distillery’s Punch Crunk Love party, now in its third year. Drop by starting at 6 PM for rum cocktails, Timber Pizza, and fun times.

City Tap Kitchen & Craft
Dupont and Penn Quarter locations
All evening on Valentine’s Day, those looking to rid themselves of an ex’s clothing can bring items to the bar for donation to Martha’s Table. In return for your good deeds receive a free cocktail. 

The Gibson
2009 14th St., NW
While patrons in the cocktail bar’s first-floor lounge can canoodle by candlelight, party people in the second-floor parlor will celebrate “Profane Love” starting at 6 PM. Purchase a drink ticket to score a discount.

Manhattan at the Gibson. Photograph by Scott Suchman.Manhattan at the Gibson. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Black Cat DC
1811 14th St., NW
This year marks the 20th (and last!) Valentine’s Day Rock & Roll Dance Party hosted by 14th Street’s storied music venue. Get down to rock ‘n’ roll,  R&B and more mixes by local DJs such as Baby Alcatraz, Smile Now Cry Later, and DJ Glenn.

Hank’s Oyster Bar (Dupont)
1624 Q St. NW
The Dupont seafood spot will become the “Lonely Hearts Club” for four evenings beginning on Valentine’s Day. Bartenders will collect clothing to donate (yours or your exes) and and offer cocktails such as “Vodka Costs Less Than Dinner for Two” and “Single Person’s Awareness Day (S.A.D.).” Singles looking to practice self-love are encouraged to write love letters to themselves (or others) on paper hearts that will be posted around the restaurant.

Crumbs & Whiskers
3211 O St., NW
Similar to last year, vindictive guests at Georgetown’s cat cafe can scrawl their ex’s name into a litter box while visiting the felines (a $5 donation to Homewood Trails Animal Rescue is required). At the end of the month, Crumbs & Whiskers will livestream the animals relieving themselves on the names of boyfriends and girlfriends past.

The Sally
2100 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Bring a photo of your ex to destroy in a paper shredder at the bar of The Fairfax hotel, which is also pouring $5 drafts and wines for the holiday along with a fruity themed dessert called The Broken Heart.

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Sample chocolate at the National Museum of the American Indian’s chocolate festival. Photograph courtesy of the NMAI.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

MARKET Tiger Fork is hosting a special night market to celebrate Chinese New Year, which will feature specialty food dishes plus a traditional Chinese Market where visitors can browse jewelry, gifts, and candies. Free to attend, 8 PM.

ART Local artist Robin Bell presents “Open,” an installation of lights and projections, at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University. It is a prelude to “6.13.89,” an exhibit centered on the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s controversial decision to cancel a Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective 30 years ago. Bell intends his work to spark conversations about censorship and the rights granted by the First Amendment. Through March 31; opening night on 2/7: free, 6 PM.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

THEATRE The Heiress, which opens on Friday at the Arena Stage, is a play inspired by the Henry James novel Washington Square. A woman from a wealthy family falls for a dashing suitor whose sincerity she trusts. Once betrayed, though, she must find her own path to strength and independence. Through March 10. $41-$115.

THEATRE Co-creator and original star of Hedwig & the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell will perform songs from that Tony Award-winning rock musical at the National Theatre. In addition to Hedwig songs and stories, Mitchell will preview songs from his upcoming musical Anthem. $54-$79, 8 PM.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

PERFORMANCE The touring live magazine performance “Pop Up Magazine” returns to the Warner Theatre for its Winter Issue. It’s sort of like a live podcast, but it’s not recorded for later release. Contributors tell stories onstage, complete with photography, video, and music. This issue’s performers include musician Will Butler (Arcade Fire), writers Jason Concepcion (The Ringer) and Francesca Mari (California Sunday Magazine), plus three filmmakers (Sam Green, Jason Hanasik, and Sophia Nahli Allison). $25, 7:30 PM.

PARTY Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your love or just with pals at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center’s HeartBreaker HyBall. A fundraiser for Pyramid Atlantic, the party includes a silent auction, DJs, beer, and wine—plus, a whole station for DIY gift bag-making. There will also be a relationship/sex advice booth where you can chat with “The Love Doctor,” who’s even licensed to marry you and your boo. (For anyone who’s actually curious, just call Pyramid in advance.) $40, 8 PM.

PODCAST To celebrate its 11th birthday, local podcast “You, Me, Them, Everybody” is hosting a marathon 11 hour(!) session on Saturday at the Wonderland Ballroom. Host Brandon Wetherbee will be joined by co-hosts Allison Lane (11 AM – 2 PM) and Jenn Tisdale (6 PM – 9 PM); special guests throughout the day will include Clinton Yates (ESPN), Laura Hayes (Washington City Paper), Dave Weigel (Washington Post), Dan Silverman (Prince of Petworth), and tons more. Expect some stand-up and music performances as well. 21+. $5 suggested donation, 11 AM to 10 PM.

MUSEUMS The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating chocolate with its annual Chocolate Festival. Learn the history of how the Mayans developed and used chocolate; the festival includes children’s book readings and recipe demonstrations. There will be limited tastings during the demonstrations, and the Mitsitam Native Foods Cafe will have a related menu available for purchase. Through February 10. Event times vary (check NMAI’s calendar for details).

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

PARADE Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the DC Chinese New Year Parade, which starts at 6th & Eye St. NW, loops down 8th Street, and ends up at 6th & H St. NW. You’ll see a variety of performances, including lion dances, Kung Fu demos, marching bands. Free, 2 PM.

MUSIC Learn more about classical music from former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow, who presents another in his “What Makes It Great?” series at the Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The evening will be split into three parts: Kapilow will give an overview of Mendelssohn’s Octet, then it will be performed in its entirety. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the audience and performers at the end. $25, 6 PM.

LAST CALL: Here’s what’s closing this weekend

“Rodarte” closes 2/10 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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We went behind the scenes at Alexandria’s Furnace Recording Pressing.

Press operators John Garman (far left) and Andre Butler at Furnace Record Pressing. Photograph by Evy Mages.

From the outside, Furnace Record Pressing looks like any other nondescript Alexandria warehouse. But once you get past the glass front doors, a whole music-geek world unfolds before you: thousands of freshly pressed records in all sorts of enticing colors. This 50,000-square-foot facility can right now crank out 11,000 records a day. Some hold tunes from superstars such as Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac, while others feature more esoteric fare.

Furnace was founded as a much smaller operation in 1996 by Eric Astor, who’s also a musician and label co-owner. But this new plant—which started making disks in November—has recently transformed it into one of the country’s biggest vinyl-manufacturing outfits.

The plant’s eight refurbished Toolex Alpha machines squeeze puck-shaped balls of molten PVC between two stamper plates, creating the grooves that hold the music. “Vinyl-record pressing is still hands-on,” says Astor. “It’s very much a craft because every record is a little unique.”

When we stopped by Furnace, press operators John Garman and Andre Butler showed us how they made an album by indie band the Mercury Program, which they pressed on limited-edition blue vinyl. From this point, the disks went through a quality-control process, then got slipped into jackets, wrapped in plastic, and boxed up to send to distributors. “I look at records as being almost meditative,” says Astor. “They allow you to slow down a little bit and enjoy people’s art being translated through a format that goes back over 100 years.”

This article appears in the February 2019 issue of Washingtonian.

Adia H. Robinson

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Brook Brown and David Hastings wed in December of 2017 in Washington, DC.

Brook Brown, a physician from Florida, and David (Dave) Hastings, a consultant from North Carolina met on a blind double date at a bluegrass festival in Nashville called “Pickin Party.” The two separately relocated to Nashville and hit it off when their married mutual friends dragged them along to the festival. They bonded over their first taste of Nashville’s Hot Chicken. Although Brook loved the spicy flavors, the heat was a bit much for Dave. Brook slid her extra beer over to Dave, and ever since the couple has stuck it out together.

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“She laughed at my stupid jokes, so she was good in my book,” Dave recalls of his first time meeting his future wife.

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The pair dated for two years before Dave’s surprise proposal on a long weekend trip to New York City. During a casual stroll through Central Park, Dave decided to pop the question. Without hesitation, Brook answered yes.

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Their wedding day was a timeless winter wedding affair tied together with a variety of the couple’s personal touches. The seasonal decorations were the perfect backdrop for their classy ceremony, but little bits of everything Brook and Dave were scattered throughout the cocktail hour and guest reception.

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The couple served their signature drinks —“Brook’s Bridal Bubbly,” pomegranate sparkling champagne and “Dave’s ‘Big Apple’ Cider,” with pear apple cider, spices, and prosecco — atop their mirrored and filigree crafted custom bar by White Glove Rentals. The drinks were prepared with mini guitar cocktail stir sticks, as a hint to Dave’s musical talents, and personalized cocktail napkins with fun facts about the happy couple.

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Brook and Dave opted to create a menu that was reminiscent of their special memories. They worked with Occasions Caterers to pull together the exact recipe of the Nashville style hot chicken that they shared on the night they met to serve during cocktail hour. The three dinner stations were an ode to destinations that were important to the couple. The North Carolina station, where Dave grew up, featured a southern-style meal with pulled pork, baked beans, and jalapeno cornbread. As a nod to New Orleans, the place where Brook spent nearly 10 years of her life, guests sampled blackened redfish and jambalaya at the second dining station. The third option added a bit of Latin flair and symbolized the couple’s soon-to-be honeymoon spot. The Argentinian churrascaria station featured Argentine beef with chimichurri and clementine rotisserie chicken paired with chili corn cakes.

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The post-dinner entertainment was a selection of the couple’s favorite songs played by the groom on his electric guitar. Accompanied by the band on stage, Dave’s special musical appearance was a major hit.

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For dessert, the couple ditched the traditional wedding cake and instead chose a naked cookie cake served with a variety of flavored milk shots which was inspired by Brook and Dave’s love for milk and cookies. Then, in a final token to Brook’s southern roots, the bride revealed that the cake was a traditional style “cake pull” that was made full of charms for the ladies who were most important to her.

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Natalie Colonna

Natalie is an Editorial Fellow at Washingtonian Weddings. She is a senior Media Studies student at The Catholic University of America in DC.

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