Cuba Libre Cookbook Release @ Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar
Nov 13 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located steps from CityCenterDC at 801 9th Street, NW, 20001, will celebrate the release of Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot’s second cookbook, CUBA COOKS: RECIPES AND DESRETS FROM CUBAN PALADARES AND THEIR CHEFS (October 2018) with a book signing party on Tuesday, November 13.

Guests pay $50 per person to enjoy select open bar to include beer, red and white wine by the glass, house red and white sangria, Pyrat Mojitos, Mango Mojitos and Spiced Cuba Libre’s along with an array of passed and stationary tapas, ceviches, and desserts profiled in CUBA COOKS. Dishes are subject to change, but may include Ceviche de Pez Perro, hog fish ceviche with blackeyes peas, coconut milk, cilantro and cachucha Chile sauce; Sopa de Cilantro, chilled cilantro soup with tempura of clams; Tacos de Berenjenas, malanga tacos with eggplant salad; Buñuelos de Espinaca, spinach and manchego cheese fritters, served with goat cheese sauce; Croquetas de Pollo, chicken croquettes with cachucha aioli; Alitas de Pollo a lo Chino, Chinese barbeque chicken winglets; Tostones con Ropa Vieja de Pato,braised pulled duck legs with Hawaiian toston, as well as Cuban Porchetta, pork belly and pork loin roast with Moros y Cristianos pilaf.  Desserts are just as enticing and include Churros con Chocolate; Macarrones de Coco; Guayaba con Mousse de Queso Crema as well as El Arroz con Leche de Mami Totty.  Cookbooks will also be available for purchase throughout the evening and priced at $40 each.

A vibrant celebration of the island’s bold flavors, creative techniques, and unique inspirations of Cuba’s finest paladares, readers of CUBA COOKS will find a rich variety of dishes which have been adapted from some of the best private restaurants from Old Havana to Santiago de Cuba.  Showcasing a cuisine which marries traditional foundations with modern influences, Pernot and Co-Author Lourdes Castro have thoughtfully collected recipes and stories that reveal a vibrant contemporary cuisine.  Throughout the book, readers will find illuminating and insightful notes about Cuba’s culinary heritage, as well as helpful notes found with every recipe. 

Guillermo Pernot is a nationally renowned chef and restaurateur, and chef-partner at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Orlando and Washington, DC. Named “Chef of the Year” by Esquire magazine and one of “America’s Ten Best New Chefs,” by Food & Wine, Pernot is a two-time James Beard Award winner for Best Chef (Mid-Atlantic) and Best Single-Subject Cookbook for Ceviche: Seafood, Salads, and Cocktails with a Latino Twist (Running Press, 2001).   

Lourdes Castro is a professor, recipe developer, and author of three cookbooks, Latin Grilling (Ten Speed, 2011), Simply Mexican (Ten Speed, 2009), and Eat, Drink, Think in Spanish (Ten Speed, 2009). A recurring judge on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, Castro has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show and The Talk, and on news and lifestyle programs for Better TV, Univision, Telemundo, and CNN en Español.  Her recipes have also appeared in Food & Wine, Latina magazine, and The New York Times.


WHEN:          Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 6 PM to 8 PM. 

WHERE:       Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar is located at 801 9th Street, NW, Ste. A, Washington, D.C. 20001;  

ArtJamz Neon Paint Party @ ArtJamz
Nov 16 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Join in on November 16, 2018 from 6:00-10:00PM for an ArtJamz Neon Paint Party celebrating the Fall Season in the District. During an ArtJamz Neon Paint Party you can paint our walls (or buy a canvas) using neon paint while under a blacklight. Tickets for the Neon Paint Party are $15 per person. They include 1HR of studio time, neon paint, other art materials, 1 complimentary craft cocktail and jamming glow in the dark fun. They’ll be playing awesome music and getting creative in the dark.

BrewLights Bash @ Smithsonian National Zoo
Nov 29 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Make spirits bright this holiday season at Friends of the National Zoo’s (FONZ’s) annual BrewLights bash!

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 29, come to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for a one-night only craft beer event. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 40 breweries and sample complimentary snacks, all under the twinkling lights of Washington, D.C.’s favorite holiday tradition: ZooLights, powered by Pepco.

“BrewLights is one of the most joyful times to be at the Zoo,” said Lynn Mento, Executive Director of FONZ. “You’re with your friends, drinking some of the best beer around, surrounded by amazing light displays, and all to support animal conservation. It’s such a fun night.”

Some animal houses will stay open late exclusively the evening of BrewLights as tasting stations, giving beer aficionados a special opportunity to learn about Zoo animals after hours. BrewLights guests can also take advantage of ZooLights’ attractions, including s’mores pits, a gingerbread throne and interactive “singing” light displays that glow in response to sounds.

Tickets for FONZ members are $50, and for non-members are $60. In addition to unlimited tastings and snacks, access to exclusive spaces within ZooLights and a souvenir light-up pint glass are included. Sober-driver tickets are also available for $40. Go to to purchase tickets now.

Dec 24 @ 10:00 PM – Dec 25 @ 2:00 AM

For those who are Jewish and single, there’s only one place they will want to be this December 24, 2018 – at the MATZOBALL powered by JSwipe. The event, which will be held in cities around the country, is in its 32nd year, and will be the bash that those looking to have fun and meet other singles will want to attend. It’s a party each year that thousands of people attend, with many of them finding themselves getting lucky in love. The event is sponsored by JSwipe, the #1 Jewish dating app around the world. From hooking up and having fun to finding their soul mate, MATZOBALL has been the catalyst that has helped many Jewish singles find each other.

“This is one of the most important events each year in the Jewish community if you are single,” explains Andrew Rudnick, from Mazel Events, LLC and founder of the MATZOBALL. “People know that they will not only have a great time, but there is a good chance it will be the place where a new relationship gets started. This event is literally the birthplace of many happy families, and we’re proud of that.”

Since the first MATZOBALL was held in 1987, there have been over 400,000 people attending the mega party. It’s a party that got its start when Rudnick convinced a bar owner to keep the place open for him and some friends one Christmas Eve. After meeting his future wife at that party and seeing the fun that everyone had, it became a tradition. The tradition stuck around, grew beyond what anyone would have thought possible, and has become a tradition in the Jewish singles community. However, it’s not all just Jewish who attend: MATZOBALL parties are the annual Christmas Eve party of the year! The majority of attendees are Jewish, though more and more, the flood gates have opened with singles of all backgrounds showing up.

This year, the MATZOBALL will be held in select cities on December 24, 2018, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Attendees must be 21 to attend.

“If you are at least 21, Jewish, and single, you will not want to miss attending a MATZOBALL party,” added Rudnick. “It’s the kind of event you will be talking about for years to come. You may even be telling your kids about how it’s where you and your spouse first met. It’s that significant. Get your tickets early, because they will sell out, and you don’t want to be left out.”

JSwipe, who is the title sponsor of the event, has over 1 million users. Their app, which is available for download on iOS and Android devices, makes it easy to swipe left or right on Jewish singles nearby. Those swiping will receive a match when both parties swipe right. Their site reports that they are responsible for thousands of love stories, engagements, and babies. JSwipe’s mission is to bring Jewish singles together and create meaningful relationships.

In addition to general admission tickets, many venues offer upgrades, including a fast pass to move you to the front of the admission line. Some parties are also offering group table packages, which include multiple tickets for admission, alcohol, VIP lines, and more. For complete city information, ticket options and pricing, to purchase tickets, or to join the VIP list, visit the website at:

Comedian Lewis Black at Strathmore @ Strathmore
Apr 14 @ 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Comedian Lewis Black has been added to Strathmore 2018-2019 Season, performing in the Music Center on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. Known as the king of the rant, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics, and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. For more information call (301) 581-5100 or

Tickets to this show will go on sale to the general public Friday, October 26,2018 at 10 a.m.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1948, Black was raised in Silver Spring, MD. Colicky as a baby, he was destined to be angry and easily irritated. His mother, a teacher, and his father, a mechanical engineer, instilled the importance of education and the necessity to question authority—lessons that influenced Black throughout his life. He fell in love with the theatre at age 12, which led to pursuing a career in drama. Degrees followed from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School, with a stint in Colorado owning a theatre with a group of friends in the interim. During his tenure at UNC, Black ventured into stand-up, which was a steady presence as he pursued his career in theatre.

Black eventually settled in New York and became the playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar. He oversaw the development of more than 1,000 plays, including works by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and American Beautywriter Alan Ball, as well as his own original works. In addition to overseeing the works on stage, Black emceed every show. As the West Bank grew, so did Black’s stand-up skills. He left the West Bank in the late 1980s to pursue stand-up full time.

In 1996, Black was tapped to create a weekly segment for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. The segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into Back in Black, becoming one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show for both the Jon Stewart era, and now The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Black has also taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created Last Laugh with Lewis Black, and presided over Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil.

His first CD, The White Album, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. Black followed with eight more albums—six under the Comedy Central Records label. He has received five Grammy nominations and two wins for his work; he won Best Comedy Album in 2007 for The Carnegie Hall Performance and again in 2011 for Stark Raving Black.

In 2009 Black filmed his first feature-length concert film, Stark Raving Black, at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. In 2011, he produced his second full-length concert, In God We Rust. In August 2013, Black recorded his ninth stand-up special, Old Yeller: Live At The Borgata.

Black has appeared on Larry King LivePiers Morgan TonightLate Night with Jimmy FallonThe Late Show with David LettermanLate Night with Conan O’ Brian, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Black has also had numerous appearances on CNN and MSNBC and has occasionally done the weather with Al Roker.

Black has also written three New York Times best-selling books and penned more than 40 plays, many of which have been produced around the country.

In 2006, he had a break-out year as an actor, co-starring with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s Man of the Year (Universal Pictures). He also appeared as “the fake dean of a fake college” in Steve Pink’s Accepted (Universal Pictures), and as the harried airport manager in Paul Feig’s Unaccompanied Minors (Warner Bros.). He lent his voice to Jimmy in Bob Saget’s parody, Farce of the Penguins (Thinkfilm).

In 2015, Black notably voiced the character “Anger” in the Academy Award winning animated film from Pixar, Inside Out, about an 11-year-old-girl who is wrestling with the emotions inside her head.

As a longtime mentor with the 52nd Street Project, Black was roasted in Charred Black 2007, which drew the largest fundraising numbers in the Project’s history. He’s a member of their advisory board, is co-chair of their capital campaign, and in 2000, the Ron Black Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in memory of his late brother. Black is also committed to raising funds for the Rusty Magee Clinic for Families and Health. He’s a strong supporter of both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks, and was honored by The Brady Center for his commitment to ending gun violence. In 2012, he was honored by the ACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he established the William Foeller Fellowship, having taught and performed at the festival for more than a decade. Black also supports our military personnel and has performed in three tours with the USO.

Black resides in both Manhattan and Chapel Hill, NC. Still loyal to his alma mater, he’s worked with UNC students to create the Carolina Comedy Festival, a yearly festival that highlights performances and provides workshops and lectures for budding comics, writers, and performers.

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