DC DEVELOPMENT(S): AUDI FIELD

Whether you’re a soccer fan rooting for the home team or just an innocent bystander to the city’s work to step up their sports game, you’ve probably heard that there’s a new stadium coming to town. DC United, our very own pro soccer club, is long overdue to kick the ball around on their new turf, called Audi Field, a project which has been in the making for quite some time (read: longer than originally anticipated). DC DEVELOPMENT(S): AUDI FIELD

CABIN ESCAPES WITHIN DC’S REACH

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I know the start of the new year is supposed to be invigorating, inspiring, and energizing, but I can’t be the only one that struggles to slog through January and February. More often than not, the start of the year feels like a grind. We’re deep in the midst of winter’s wrath, sick with cabin fever (and maybe something else if you didn’t get this year’s flu shot), and really ready for spring to get sprung already so we can complain about the fact that it’s hot while sitting in the sunshine! (There’s nothing better). CABIN ESCAPES WITHIN DC’S REACH

WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

Mardi Gras is almost here. And as they say in New Orleans, it’s a time to “laissez les bon temps rouler” for a night of eating, drinking, and cheer. Fat Tuesday falls on February 13 this year (yes, that’s the day before Valentine’s Day) and D.C. is always down for an excuse to party. So break out the beads and make a plan for a day of Louisiana-inspired cocktails, food, and music.

No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without a traditional king cake. The colorful and sweet cake is the favorite dessert for the occasion–just watch out for the small toy baby baked inside. Finding it in your slice is said to be good luck. WHERE TO FIND MARDI GRAS PARTIES IN DC

COME CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG

Although D.C.’s Chinatown is small and continues to shrink every year, no one can say our Chinese New Year celebration doesn’t rock.

Thousands don puffy coats and knit caps every year and flood into the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop looking to secure prime parade viewing spots along 7th and 8th streets.

This year — 4716 — is the Year of the Dog. (Of course, here in America, every year is the year of the dog.) COME CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG

HOW TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? LET US COUNT THE WAYS

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It’s still more than two weeks until Valentine’s Day. That means if you think your girlfriend is expecting an engagement ring or other meaningful piece of jewelry that signifies a commitment on your behalf, you still have time to break up with her to avoid seeing her face fall when she opens the long, flat box and finds … GLOVES inside!

Of course for every couple who wishes the end would just come already for their stagnant relationship, there are two singles who would give up room in the medicine cabinet just for the opportunity to sit on the couch for one night next to a warm body and watch some crappy TV. HOW TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY? LET US COUNT THE WAYS

5 BARS WHERE IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE SUMMER

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Let’s all take a minute to appreciate that we just survived one of the roughest stretches of arctic weather in D.C. in recent memory. Whether you spent the past days huddled at home or in one of the city’s cozy restaurants, I think everyone is glad it’s over! (I certainly didn’t decide to live in this place because of the cold.)

So now that it’s finally warmer-ish outside, consider hanging out somewhere that brings vibes of sun and warmth. Being cozy is great, but so is escaping winter altogether, however briefly. Here are some picks for bars and restaurants where it always feels a little more like summer. 5 BARS WHERE IT ALWAYS FEELS LIKE SUMMER

STAY CLASSY DC: THIS WEEK’S EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

This week in the District is quite the classy one, ladies and gentleman and lucky for you we’re totally one step ahead of you. I’m talking film screenings, museum exhibits and all of the Embassy events you can eat your little heart out too. I know I love a good classy evening full of wine, friends and cultural studies — and if you’re a true Washingtonian then you will too! STAY CLASSY DC: THIS WEEK’S EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT