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On Tap Magazine DC VA MD Area Nightlife, Entertainment and Recreation Guide.
On Tap Magazine is your go-to source for all things fun, entertaining and exciting in the DC area. Our writers cover what’s hip in and around the District – from food and drinks to music and performing arts to sports – and much more. And our photographers can be found on the scene at local events, so be sure to check out our online galleries for your photos post-event. We also host our own events including beer samplings, giveaways, venue grand openings and more. For more information on the magazine, please send emails to [email protected]. Go to www.ontaponline.com to learn more, and check out our winter issue at https://issuu.com/ontaponline/docs/winter19/.
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Do Christmas carols make your skin crawl? Would you rather watch a slasher movie than a touching Hallmark holiday rom-co...
12/24/2019
GWAR Gets Weird for the Holidays - On Tap Magazine

Do Christmas carols make your skin crawl? Would you rather watch a slasher movie than a touching Hallmark holiday rom-com? If you answered “Yes” to either, you may be a good candidate for attending the holiday-themed extension of GWAR’s Use Your Collusion tour at 9:30 Club this Friday.

Do Christmas carols make your skin crawl? Would you rather watch a slasher movie than a touching Hallmark holiday rom-com? When your cat smacks an ornament off the family Christmas tree, do you look on at the feline’s rebellion in delight? If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, you may be ...

In the DC theatre scene, actress Maria Rizzo is definitely taken seriously. She’s performed at many of the city’s most r...
12/23/2019
DC Actress Maria Rizzo Embraces Challenges, Finds Humor & Adds a Hint of Sass - On Tap Magazine

In the DC theatre scene, actress Maria Rizzo is definitely taken seriously. She’s performed at many of the city’s most renowned theaters including Arena Stage, Keegan Theatre, Olney Theatre Center and Studio Theatre and is now performing in Signature Theatre's A Chorus Line, running through January 5. Read our cover story about Rizzo here

Kicking and Singing Maria Rizzo is quick to tell you she’s not a dancer. Her high kicks aren’t high enough, she says when flinging her leg effortlessly in the air for the On Tap cover shoot. “I’m in pain,” she says. “Great pain. My hamstrings are ruined. [Dancing] is absolutely horrifyin...

On Tap picked our top five ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve🥂in DC this year, from channeling your inner spy to finding t...
12/23/2019
Epic Shows, Espionage, Craft Beer & More: Our Top Picks for Ringing in the New Year - On Tap Magazine

On Tap picked our top five ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve🥂in DC this year, from channeling your inner spy to finding the right 90s dance party for you, we’ve got you covered – so read on and find a unique way to ring in the New Year that speaks to you🎉:
https://ontaponline.com/2019/12/09/top-picks-for-ringing-in-the-new-year/

While I’m big on festive parties and having any excuse to be dressed to the nines, I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve often shied away from New Year’s Eve events over the years – not because they don’t look fun, but because they can break the bank for some of us. That being …

Known for hands, space and bold colors, DC visual artist Trap Bob, or Tenbeete Solomon, has completed projects for natio...
12/20/2019
A Day In The Life With Tenbeete Solomon AKA Trap Bob - On Tap Magazine

Known for hands, space and bold colors, DC visual artist Trap Bob, or Tenbeete Solomon, has completed projects for national companies like Apple and Viacom; people such as Elizabeth Warren and Missy Elliot; and local entities like the DC Mayor’s Office and Washington City Paper. To learn more about the fast-rising artist, we caught up with her to chat about her moniker, a career epiphany and how she balances her growing body of work.

Tenbeete Solomon looks like she’s at home. When I knock on the door, she appears through a window, emerging from the background like someone strolling through their living room. She’s covered in flecks of paint and holds a brush in her hand. However, I’m not at her house or her studio. Instead...

Alan Paul likes to go big. Shakespeare Theatre Company's associate artistic director has made a name for himself directi...
12/20/2019
Peter Pan Reimagined Female-Driven Peter Pan and Wendy Flips the Script - On Tap Magazine

Alan Paul likes to go big. Shakespeare Theatre Company's associate artistic director has made a name for himself directing musicals and operas notable for their grand scale and lush scope. That experience comes in handy this December as Paul tackles his biggest project yet: a re-envisioning of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.

Alan Paul likes to go big. Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC)’s associate artistic director has made a name for himself directing musicals and operas notable for their grand scale and lush scope. That experience will come in handy this December as Paul tackles his biggest project yet: a re-envision...

Looking for some new or unique places to experience art in the District? Check out our picks for where to enjoy DC’s thr...
12/19/2019
Five Art Destinations Changing DC's Creative Scene - On Tap Magazine

Looking for some new or unique places to experience art in the District? Check out our picks for where to enjoy DC’s thriving arts scene, from galleries and pop-ups to programs and workshop, including Latela Curatorial, The Omi Collective, HEMPHILL, Femme Fatale DC and Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Looking for some new or unique places to experience art in the District? Check out our picks for where to enjoy DC’s thriving arts scene, from galleries and pop-ups to programs and workshops. Latela Curatorial Explores New Spaces Latela Curatorial is an art consultancy with a focus on women artist...

Mark G. Meadows’ latest production at Signature Theatre is A Motown Christmas, a holiday special in Signature’s cabaret ...
12/19/2019
Jazz Musician Mark G. Meadows Brings Spontaneity to Signature Theatre - On Tap Magazine

Mark G. Meadows’ latest production at Signature Theatre is A Motown Christmas, a holiday special in Signature’s cabaret series. The show allows the jazz musician a chance to revisit songs that evoke childhood memories of him and his father singing along to Motown hits while decorating their Christmas tree. For more about the musician and the show, read our profile from the December issue. https://ontaponline.com/2019/12/07/jazz-musician-mark-g-meadows-brings-spontaneity-to-signature-theatre/

A Jazz Musician “I am a jazz musician,” Mark G. Meadows says matter-of-factly while sitting at a Blue Bottle Coffee table in a bright red embroidered jacket that helps him stand out among the commuters and passersby at Union Station. “Why do I need to audition for an acting role? I’m not an ...

Since its long-awaited opening in November, The Imperial in Adams Morgan has quickly become a destination for cocktail e...
12/18/2019
Behind The Bar With The Imperial's Andy Bixby - On Tap Magazine

Since its long-awaited opening in November, The Imperial in Adams Morgan has quickly become a destination for cocktail enthusiasts buzzing about the funky ingredients and collection of rare bottles and vintages.

Since its long-awaited opening in November, The Imperial in Adams Morgan has quickly become a destination for cocktail enthusiasts buzzing about the funky ingredients and collection of rare bottles and vintages. Bridging together multiple historic buildings, the highly anticipated three-level concep...

Tis the season for paying it forward, so we decided to put together a list of 15 ways to give back to the DC community y...
12/18/2019
Pay It Forward, DC: 15 Ways To Give Back Locally - On Tap Magazine

Tis the season for paying it forward, so we decided to put together a list of 15 ways to give back to the DC community year-round. It's never too late to start giving back!

‘Tis the season for paying it forward, so we decided to put together a list of 15 ways to give back to the DC community year-round. Our handpicked list is chock-full of unique organizations eager to put new volunteers’ hands and minds to novel uses. Read on for a list of creative ways you can .....

Ticket giveaway to one of our fave venues, The Barns at Wolf Trap! Start off the new year with one of Sofar Sounds’ Arti...
12/17/2019

Ticket giveaway to one of our fave venues, The Barns at Wolf Trap! Start off the new year with one of Sofar Sounds’ Artists to Watch in 2018, BAILEN. This NY sibling trio blends folk-rock and pop influences with strong three-part harmonies to twist music in new directions. They’ve toured and collaborated with The Lone Bellow, Amos Lee, and Joseph, among many others. Click here to enter for a chance to win tix to their Wolf Trap show on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.🎤 https://www.instagram.com/p/B6Lj_s-hNFv/

Looking for something fun to do tonight?! Check out Sixth & I's Breaking Bread event, featuring stories from a diverse c...
12/17/2019
Breaking Bread: Food Industry Vets And Celebrity Chefs Open Up To DC Audiences - On Tap Magazine

Looking for something fun to do tonight?! Check out Sixth & I's Breaking Bread event, featuring stories from a diverse collection of people from the culinary world, including Carla Hall, Cathy Barrow, Ashish Alfred and more. Need some convincing? Check out our preview from our December issue:

Food tells stories about our lives: recipes handed down through generations with no exact measurements, a dish that was learned while traveling abroad or even a recipe discovered when you had to get creative with what little there was in the pantry – and it turned out delicious. Food tells stories...

Could you (or someone you know) be our next editorial intern//new bff to our sweet office pups? We’re currently hiring e...
12/17/2019

Could you (or someone you know) be our next editorial intern//new bff to our sweet office pups?

We’re currently hiring editorial interns to join the On Tap team in the new year! For more information or to apply, click here: https://bit.ly/2PX9L1U

✨read about holiday season in the district in our december issue✨ showstoppers: Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre C...
12/16/2019

✨read about holiday season in the district in our december issue✨ showstoppers: Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company + Gay Men's Chorus of Washington // art: hen house dc, Trap Bob, Stable, Femme Fatale DC + many more // music: Gogol Bordello, GWAR, Twin Peaks + DJ Nativesun // plus: Story District’s breaking bread, unique bubbly, cozy spots, winter brews, nye events, dc tattoo artists, ways to give back + much more

Friday night at Shakespeare Theatre Company never sounded so good!  Attend Young Prose Night tomorrow, December 13 for a...
12/12/2019

Friday night at Shakespeare Theatre Company never sounded so good! Attend Young Prose Night tomorrow, December 13 for an 8 p.m. performance of The Woman In Black, "one of British theatre’s biggest and scariest hits." Use code 20UNDER35 for a $35 ticket to the show, which gets you into the special post-show reception including a free Truly Hard Seltzer or wine. We'll see you there! http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/tickets-and-events/special-offers/under-35/

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12/11/2019
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Signature favorite Maria Rizzo is currently earning raves for her performance in A CHORUS LINE. You can read more about her work and why she loves being a part of another hit Signature production in this month's On Tap Magazine #SigChorusLine

Craft beer lovers unite🍻! Join us for a complimentary beer sampling at Dudley's Sport and Ale tomorrow night, Wednesday ...
12/10/2019
Winter Year of Beer

Craft beer lovers unite🍻! Join us for a complimentary beer sampling at Dudley's Sport and Ale tomorrow night, Wednesday 12/11, featuring samples from some of our favorites: Starr Hill Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Bold Rock Hard Cider and Brothers Craft Brewing. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, a raffle for a Dudley's gift card + more! Full pours will be available for purchase at the bar. We'll see you there from 6-8 p.m. - but you must RSVP: http://bit.ly/2t4TYGE

Join On Tap for a December Beer Sampling on Wednesday, December 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Dudley's Sport & Ale in Arlington, VA.

Seek sounds, make waves. Sip ice cold Pacifico and live life anchors up all season long at special DC locations: Agua 30...
12/09/2019

Seek sounds, make waves. Sip ice cold Pacifico and live life anchors up all season long at special DC locations: Agua 301, BrightonWharf, Calico Blagden Alley, H Street Country Club, Maddy's Taproom + more. http://www.discoverpacifico.com/

December 2019 // Holiday Season in the District
12/06/2019

December 2019 // Holiday Season in the District

December 2019 // Holiday Season in the District
12/06/2019

December 2019 // Holiday Season in the District

14th Street’s brunch scene just got a whole lot better. On Sunday, December 8 from 2-6 p.m., hop around 14th Street for ...
12/03/2019

14th Street’s brunch scene just got a whole lot better. On Sunday, December 8 from 2-6 p.m., hop around 14th Street for cocktails and small plates at some of the city’s favorite restaurants: Red Light DC, Provision DC, Doi Moi, Cafe Saint-Ex, Bar Pilar, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace + Hawthorne - U Street. Tickets include one Tito’s cocktail and one small plate at each participating restaurant. Win your way in --> https://www.instagram.com/p/B5lEO7GBlI9/

Ticket proceeds benefit Martha's Table! In addition to delicious bites, enjoy carolers, giveaways for Tito's Handmade Vodka Ugly Sweater Competition and more fun surprises.

Save 20% on your ticket with code OnTapHops. www.holidayhopdc.com // https://holidayhopdc.eventbrite.com

Time to plan your next friends + family gathering🎼! Win free Friday night reservations + cover for a group of 10 at Bobb...
12/02/2019

Time to plan your next friends + family gathering🎼! Win free Friday night reservations + cover for a group of 10 at Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar🎹 by "Liking" On Tap Magazine + Bobby Mckey's page, plus tag a few friends in the comments below! Winner chosen by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. www.bobbymckeys.com

DC is home to some of the best concert venues in the country, hosting musicians from a variety of genres who play to cro...
11/27/2019
Atlas Brew Works: DC's Long-Needed Metal Venue - On Tap Magazine

DC is home to some of the best concert venues in the country, hosting musicians from a variety of genres who play to crowds big and small, but the city’s metal community has often struggled to find a locale that regularly books metal shows – until a few years ago when Ivy City’s Atlas Brew Works expanded beyond beer to support the genre https://ontaponline.com/2019/11/02/atlas-brew-works-metal-dc/

DC is home to some of the best concert venues in the country, hosting musicians from a variety of genres who play to crowds big and small. Even still, the city’s metal community has often struggled to find a locale that regularly books metal shows – that is, until a few years ago when Ivy …

“Becoming Jane,” which tells the story of Jane Goodall's early years as an explorer and primatologist, opened at the Nat...
11/26/2019
Becoming Jane: Nat Geo Shows the World Through Goodall's Eyes, Ends With Call to Action - On Tap Magazine

“Becoming Jane,” which tells the story of Jane Goodall's early years as an explorer and primatologist, opened at the National Geographic Museum last week. After Thanksgiving, be sure to check out this immersive exhibition, as it will remain installed for 10 months before touring up to five additional cities around the country and then going international.

National Geographic Explorers – scientists, conservationists, educators and storytellers – have been responsible for unearthing and communicating some of the world’s greatest discoveries for more than 130 years. Among the most famous and beloved of these explorers is Jane Goodall, whose legacy...

We're staying refreshed with ice-cold Pacifico Beer all season long at these DC locations below! www.discoverpacifico.co...
11/26/2019

We're staying refreshed with ice-cold Pacifico Beer all season long at these DC locations below! www.discoverpacifico.com

Perfect weather for an ice-cold Yuengling Beer and football 🏈 am I right? Go forth and tail-greatly my friends! www.yuen...
11/22/2019

Perfect weather for an ice-cold Yuengling Beer and football 🏈 am I right? Go forth and tail-greatly my friends! www.yuengling.com

kicking it with @nokingsdc, @henhousedc + @chefkwameonwuachi to support @healthylivinginc // donate on venmo @healthyliv...
11/22/2019

kicking it with @nokingsdc, @henhousedc + @chefkwameonwuachi to support @healthylivinginc // donate on venmo @healthylivinginc to support nutrition education for families + youth in the district

office pup iris + her best bud Peter Franklin Chang are PUMPED for tomorrow night’s foodie event at No Kings Collective ...
11/20/2019

office pup iris + her best bud Peter Franklin Chang are PUMPED for tomorrow night’s foodie event at No Kings Collective new gallery + event space in brentwood // taste bites from Kwame Onwuachi, check out art from hen house dc’s tiny show 2, listen to music, enjoy the open bar + party all night to benefit Healthy Living, Inc.'s amazing mission // message us to be added to the guest list + learn more about the event at hlinkc2019.eventbrite.com

Check out this concert tomorrow!
11/19/2019
Strathmore

Check out this concert tomorrow!

Thank you to On Tap Magazine for this terrific article on our Artist in Residence program! We look forward to seeing you at one of the many AIR events this season, starting with Fresh AIR tomorrow (Nov 20) at AMP powered by Strathmore.

Rowdy parties, annoying drunks, terrible tips, bad decisions, strange drink orders – these are just some of what bartend...
11/15/2019
Late Night Anonymous: Strange Drink Orders, Questionable Taste Buds and Bad Bar Etiquette - On Tap Magazine

Rowdy parties, annoying drunks, terrible tips, bad decisions, strange drink orders – these are just some of what bartenders and bar employees must deal with, especially later in the night. Check out this just-for-fun piece about a few anonymous drink industry memories of late-night shenanigans. https://ontaponline.com/2019/11/02/late-night-anonymous-november-19/

Rowdy parties, annoying drunks, terrible tips, bad decisions, strange drink orders – these are just some of what bartenders and bar employees must deal with, especially later in the night. And they have to be equipped to handle it well. They are also the folks who have seen it all. In this light l...

There's an overwhelming amount of great match-ups this weekend.🏈 Stay warm and refreshed at your gameday beach and enjoy...
11/15/2019

There's an overwhelming amount of great match-ups this weekend.🏈 Stay warm and refreshed at your gameday beach and enjoy ice-cold Corona USA, wherever that may be! www.coronausa.com

In 2016, A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Q-Tip became the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’s first art...
11/14/2019
A Day in the Life with Simone Eccleston, the Kennedy Center's Director of Hip Hop Culture and Contemporary Music - On Tap Magazine

In 2016, A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Q-Tip became the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’s first artistic director for hip hop culture, and less than a year later, the center announced the appointment of Simone Eccleston as its first-ever director of hip hop culture and contemporary music.

To learn more about her inaugural position at the helm of hip-hop culture, we spoke to Eccleston about her affinity for hip-hop, her ongoing mission and what she’s learned in the role. https://ontaponline.com/2019/11/02/simone-eccleston-kennedy-centers-director-of-hip-hop-culture/

When you think of hip-hop venues in DC, it’s probably fair to say that the Kennedy Center isn’t the first that comes to mind – but perhaps this sentiment is beginning to shift. In recent years, the nationally renowned institution has made exceptionally large steps toward taking hip-hop more se...

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