Firmly cementing Frommer's assertion that downtown Silver Spring has totally replaced San Francisco as the country's cultural epicenter: The Fillmore, a 23000sqft, two-floored music hall with velvet drapes framing the main stage, three full-service bars twisted from reinforced steel, and the "VIP Vertigo Lounge", presumably so named because of all the looking down you'll be doing on people who aren't allowed in. Enjoy:
Muzack: Opening Thursday with Mary J. Blige straight taking it to the church, the rest of September's got artists like Black Star w/ Talib Kweli & Mos Def, Pretty Lights w/ Nit Grit, Deadmau5 w/ Roberto Gonzales, and The Psychedelic Furs & Tom Tom Club, with whom the Furs presumably started touring to make sure their bus didn't get lost.
Comedians and Other Events: The month's funnyman lineup includes Lewis Black and Adam Carolla, plus next Monday they'll play host to the touring Underground Rebel Bingo Club, an English-born, booze-driven bingo party filled with more metal than... a regular, fake hip-filled bingo party.
Food and Beverage: Because bingo head-banging burns calories, they've got pork potstickers w/ ginger sauce & rice noodles, and panko-crusted chicken tenders fried in duck fat. Plus, there are signature cocktails like a vodka/ gin/ rum/ triple sec "Baltimore Zoo" splashed with Natty Boh, and a black cherry bourbon/ sweet vermouth Manhattan -- easily crushed, given how sweet Silver Spring now is.