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This Week: January 3-8

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Happy New Year, loves! As you’re settling back into work, and whipping yourself back into physical and financial shape (thank you, New Year’s Resolutions), why not make it a week just for you … with perhaps a little detox, too? Maybe some yoga, a movie, a bit of art, some shopping for yourself (finally) … you know, nothing too strenuous.


Launch into your new fitness resolution. Pump it up at Stroga, which is offering a free strength-training class tonight at 8 p.m. Or try out the new barre, a Pilates and ballet strength-training workout that Cori Sue is raving about. Then, sign up for some races to set a goal for yourself. There’s the Cloud Snapple Half Marathon at the end of the month. Or, if 13 miles is a bit too much for you, sign up for the St. Patty’s Day 8k in March. It’s the kick-off to D.C.’s spring running season, and the perfect goal for your Jan/Feb training.


Maybe you got a bunch of gift certificates for the holidays. Or maybe you just simply need to do a little shopping for yourself (new winter boots, anyone?). Either way, there are plenty of big post-Holidays sales going on right now. Urban Chic, for one, is hosting a Winter Blowout Sale until the 14th, in its temporary holiday pop-up in Fairfax Corner (before it closes permanently), with discounts up to 85 percent off. 11889 Grand Commons Ave, Fairfax.

Urban Chic Winter Blowout Sale
Urban Chic Winter Blowout Sale


Take in a bit of art. Have you seen the 30 Americans exhibit at the Corcoran yet? It’s only there until Feb. 12, so get on it. It’s work from the most important African American artists of the last three decades, and it’s visiting here from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Or, if you feel like being a bit social with your art, then head to the Phillips’ After Five event to catch the last week of the Degas dancers, which leaves this Sunday.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird On Money, 1981. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 inches. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bird On Money, 1981. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 66 x 90 inches. Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami.


Go see a show. Cori Sue saw Billy Elliot the Musical at the Kennedy Center right before Christmas, and absolutely loved it. It’s only here another week, so nab tickets while you can. $25 to $150. If that’s too Broadway for you, go low key with an evening at West End Cinema. The independent movie house has a lineup of great films showing this week, including the charming French film Le Havre or The Ides of March, with dreamy Ryan Gosling.

Billy Elliot at the Kennedy Center
Billy Elliot at the Kennedy Center


It’s the first weekend of the NFL playoffs (yes, I just wrote that). So go watch the games over a chili cook-off to benefit Warrior Gateway, which connects veterans and their families to resources they need. The second annual celebration will be at Union Pub, with chili contest and drink specials, from 4 to 8 p.m.


Head to brunch. Start eating your way through our list of Best Brunches from 2011 for ideas.

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