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NoVa Invades Atlas District for Tag Team Beer Dinner

Granville Moore’s (1238 H St. NE) on May 4 is hosting fellow “Beer Program of the Year” nominee Mad Fox Brewing Company for a collaborative four-course dinner.  

The intimate affair, scheduled to kick off with a “happy half-hour” at 6:30 p.m., is expected to feature complementary food and drink pairings arranged by the barley-and-hops loving establishments .  

And the Morris Dancers Pressed On ...

The Morris Dancers would not be denied. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Accordion music drifted over the reflecting pool as police wrapped up their press conference about the horrific shooting hours earlier on the West Front of the Capitol. Washington, D.C.'s Morris Dance Cherry Blossom Day of Dance would not be denied.  

Saturday was a beautiful day in Washington. It was 70 degrees and sunny. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom. The Capitals clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the NHL playoffs. And the Morris Dancers headed to Capitol Hill for their annual spring revelry and celebration of a folk dance that dates to 15th century England.  "You're happy. We're happy. We're dancing. You're watching. It's a win-win situation!" they proclaimed in a flyer.  Then at about 1:05 p.m., a man shot himself on the West Front near the fountain, locking down the campus, scrambling police  and presenting the Albemarle Morris Men, the Rock Creek Morris Women and the Foggy Bottom Morris Men with a crime scene that was supposed to be the second stop of their lower-leg-bell, fiddle-heavy, white-laundry-arm-flapping court dancing.  

George, Ellen or Groucho? National Portrait Gallery Asks for Votes

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The National Portrait Gallery is going to put one of three comedians — George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres or Groucho Marx — up on its "Recognize" wall, and it wants the public to weigh in.  

Announcing, "this is no laughing matter for the Smithsonian museum," the curators of American culture want to display one of the three funny folk on its relatively new feature that highlights "one important person in our collection as chosen by readers of Smithsonian.com."  

Liver Let Die, Foie La La Ducks Controversy

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The second annual Foie La La competition is under way on H Street Northeast, with nine establishments going beak to beak for the hearts and minds (and livers?) of diners with a taste for foie gras.  

The eat-off, which started on Dec. 15 and runs through Christmas, has attracted attention from the folks at PETA, who aren't too keen on the consumption of animal protein, much less duck livers, much, much less the sense of humor the organizers have employed in publicity material. Under the subject heading "D.C.: Tortured Birds Need Your Help!" the animal welfare organization sent an email to supporters imploring them to take notice. "PETA just received word about Foir La La, a promotion of foie gras cruelty in which nine H street eateries in Washington, D.C., will offer the diseased livers of tortured birds to restaurant patrons from December 15 through 25, concluding with a voting contest for 'best' dish," the message states.  

Hill, K Street: Grab a Drink, Get Your Party On

Time to sort through your holiday party invites. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If you've been stuck in the Capitol cramming on the "cromnibus" and missing the whole holiday mingling circuit, then it’s time to grab a drink and get your party on.  

Some of the hottest December shindigs are still to come, offering a rare respite from the partisan vitriol and legislative gridlock. These are opportunities for some serious bipartisan collaboration, though the invites — or lack of — can be challenging to navigate. The folks at the Recording Industry Association of America are hosting a charity benefit Thursday for Musicians On Call at the 9:30 Club, featuring the music of Kip Moore.  

A Shot and a Beer and Midterm Cheer

On election night 2014, the Capitol Hill neighborhood was a subdued, quiet place.  

Republicans were ecstatic, of course, and celebrated their House and Senate gains at Union Station and Republican National Committee headquarters. But outside such political party-time destinations, Capitol Hill was very much like the small town many people describe it as — half-asleep on an Autumn Tuesday night.  

Roll Call After Dark Tunes of The Week: The Atlas Brew Works Celebrates 1 Year

Has it really been a year? Atlas Brew Works honchos Justin Cox, right and Will Durgin will party this weekend to celebrate the milestone. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Local beer makers Atlas Brew Works is celebrating its one-year on Saturday with a fiesta at its Ivy City HQ, complete with its signature beers, local foods and live music from area bands the Bumper Jacksons, Sunwolf and Baltimore-based Unstable Heights.  

Tickets are $10 for the 1-5 p.m. party, and can be purchased here . In the meantime, here's a sampling of the music to help prepare you for some weekend beer drinkin'.  

Congressional Cemetery's Day of the Dog: It Could Get Ruff

Congressional Cemetery. It's gone to the dogs. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Congressional Cemetery will help usher out the dogs days of summer with its Day of the Dog , welcoming local breweries, food trucks, dogs and the people who serve them on Saturday.  

The free event, which lasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is just the latest good-vibe party to swoop in on the final resting place for so many Capitol Hill denizens. Last week, the cemetery's latest 5K, Flee the British, brought the historically minded running crowd over for a race on the 200th anniversary of the burning of Washington by the British army. The British muskets that doubled as the starting gun were a nice touch, as was "Dolly Madison" fleeing the redcoats in a golf cart. There were even redcoat hecklers. "Run, you cowardly Washingtonians!" one said from a hillock full of family mausoleums.  

Washington's Independence Day Patriotic Palooza

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Independence Day in Washington is like Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa., a patriotic palooza. As if the stakes couldn't be higher on the grandest stage at the capital of the free world, we could, possibly, be treated to yacht rock legend Michael McDonald singing "Sweet Freedom" with the Muppets as a follow-up act.  

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How Hard Could It Be to See Kinky Friedman Perform in D.C.?

Alas, Kinky Friedman won't be the next agriculture commissioner from the great state of Texas, having lost the Democratic primary runoff last month. But that just frees up the troubadour/mystery novelist/humorist/friend to unwanted dogs for Wednesday night's Washington Jewish Music Festival gig  at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, where the Kinkster will, between ditties, likely talk about marijuana.  

Friedman said he made the agriculture commissioner race a "non-binding referendum on lifting the prohibition on pot and hemp," a stance that dovetails with his Seeds of Change tour. Even though he lost his runoff to Democrat Jim Hogan, 54 percent to 46 percent, he doesn't think the issue of marijuana and hemp legalization is going away.