DATE NIGHT ALERT! Ice Skating Season Starts In DC!
svetlana | Nov 28, 2012 | 10:30AM |

The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter…and it is so tempting to stay home, curl up in a fetal position and never EVER leave the house unless it is to go to another indoor space.
Well, no more of that.

With the Ice Skating season almost here, and 2 amazing new rinks opening this week it is time to  wake up, smell the crisp smoggy air of DC and head out, into a world of ice, non-recycled air and hot chocolate.

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Paul Zerdin WINNER of Americas Got Talent Live at Arlington Drafthouse @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
$30 / $30
“Technically immaculate, it’s what he does with his slick talent that really sets him apart. His relationship with the characters has all the dramatic tension of a real life double act” – The Guardian Paul Zerdin has helped make ventriloquism cool again. From the Royal Variety Performance to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to India’s comedy circuit, Montreal’s Just For Laughs and UK tours with his Sponge Fest show and forthcoming Puppet Master tour. Paul’s fresh twist on this traditional comedy art has impressed everyone from Her Majesty the Queen onwards. “It is Zerdin’s sharp script that is the heartbeat of the show” – The Times Crucially, Paul Zerdin appeals to both comedy club and mainstream audiences in equal measure. The UK’s number one ventriloquist’s career has included appearances on everything from the Royal Variety Performance, Paramount and Comedy Central’s, The World Stands Up to ITV Daybreak, BBC TV’s The One Show, Sky News and Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks. **** "Pure audience gratifying magic” – Time Out With Paul’s winning combination of technical skill, hilarious ventriloquism, charm and impeccable comic timing, Paul Zerdin’s live shows see him bring to life several very different characters amongst whom are the cheeky pre-adolescent Sam, belligerent OAP Albert and precocious infant Baby and in 2012 on his Puppet Master live tour, Paul will be introducing a new character! “I see myself as a one man Muppet sitcom, reining the characters in” commented Zerdin. “The old man has a thing for the ladies and so does Sam who is about to become a teen and knows naughty words. Between the two of them they lead the baby astray and the baby, of course, wants to know everything. I think it is important to have characters that people can relate to rather than, say, talking sheep which are less believable”. Simply put, Zerdin is the man who can make ventriloquism look cool” – The Stage Zerdin, who got the ‘biggest laugh of the night’ at the Royal Variety Performance in 2009, according to audience members, also went on to get 5 star reviews at that year’s Edinburgh Festival. Paul returned to Edinburgh to sold-out houses in 2010 and made his debut at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival that year before embarking on a major UK tour with Sponge Fest in 2010/2011. That Paul Zerdin should make his career in show business is not entirely unexpected “my mother was a BBC Radio 2 presenter and my father worked for the BBC World Service, so my sister and I spent a lot of time in the studios”, he reveals. When Paul was 10, a family friend made him a puppet theatre which he used to put on shows. As he is the first to admit, his hobby quickly grew into an obsession. “The real turning point was when I was given a book on ventriloquism by the legendary Ray Alan. By the time I hit my teens I was spending half an hour a day in front of the mirror practising talking without moving my lips.” Having failed his GCSE’s in spectacular style, Zerdin got a job in a magic shop, developing his magic skills along the way. Simultaneously, he was also developing a sideline as a children’s entertainer. “Compared to my friends and their measly paper rounds, I was raking it in!” he laughs. Zerdin made his TV debut as a magician on the BBC’s Tricky Business and shortly afterwards, at the age of just 20, landed a two year contract presenting the Disney produced kids’ programme Rise and Shine for GMTV. In 1996, Paul was the first outright winner – by over 100,000 votes of LWT’s The Big Big Talent Show, hosted by Jonathan Ross. The experience not only raised his profile, but introduced him to Nigel Lythgoe, the man who would go on to create reality shows such as Popstars and American Idol. Lythgoe took the 22 year old Paul under his wing, paving the way for appearances on scores of shows, Tonight at the London Palladium, and Generation Game among them. It was Nigel who gave Paul his first brush with Royalty when he secured him a spot on the Prince’s Trust Gala Show in 1997. “That was a totally surreal experience”, he laughs. “I was sharing a dressing room with Julian Clary, Alan Davies and Frank Bruno with The Spice Girls next door”. By the late nineties it was obvious that traditional variety shows were losing their appeal and it was then that Zerdin decided to introduce stand-up into his routine, a decision that has paid off handsomely. From Ray Alan through to Keith Harris, ventriloquists have been a staple of UK entertainment for years, but it has taken Paul Zerdin to bring his mix of stand-up and ventriloquism to the forefront of contemporary entertainment to truly put ventriloquism on the comedy map.
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(all original National Gallery Ice Rink snaps: Rachel Eisley)
Some of the options include:

BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW: Georgetown Waterfront’s Ice Skating Rink IS NOW OPEN

Thanks Clark Construction for transforming the fountain at the Waterfront into an ice skating oasis. And not just any ice skating oasis-THE BIGGEST ice skating oasis in the area: The 11,800-square-foot rink is two-thirds the size of a full NHL ice rink. The release points out that the rink will be larger than Rockefeller Center’s and the National Gallery of Art’s. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The rates are $9 for adults; $7 for children, seniors and military. Skate rentals are $5. BONUS: this Saturday (4-7pm) is the “WINTER ON THE WATER” celebration, a collaboration between the Waterfront and the House of Sweden featuring: “continuous strolling entertainers, ice skating performances, choral singers, a St. Lucia parade, and artistic lighting effects, along with special food and beverages served outdoors by the restaurants of the Washington Harbour”

details, events and more: http://thewashingtonharbour.com/Skating/

ALSO SO NEW: Canal Park’s Ice Skating Rink @ The Capitol Riverfront

2012 is the year of new ice skating rinks, and we are ok with that. Capitol Riverfront’s CANAL PARK one is open 7 days a week, admission is $8 for adults, and skate rentals are $3, with a number of awesome events like “Rock’n’Skate” etc planned for throughout the winter.

details, events and more: http://www.canalparkdc.org/ice-rink/public-skating

and of course… THE OLD FAITHFUL: The National Gallery of Art ICE SKATING RINK IS NOW OPEN

I love ice skating. And hot chocolate. And the jazzy music they play at the National Gallery’s rink. Thing I, however. do NOT love is: their rental skates. Which blow. But then, with the pavillion cafe and the sculpture garden right around, who cares? Prime hand holding territory too.

for hours, prices and more details go to: http://www.nga.gov/ginfo/skating.htm

ALSO: Just outside of DC proper:

Now, just start thinking who you’re going to take.

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