Escape from the Hilltop: Ice skating and drunk spelling bees

Skate into wintertime

Although winter means the earlier nights and the chillier winds, there is one thing that is sure to warm you up while you wait for Thanksgiving break: Ice skating.

The National Gallery of Art’s ice-skating rink opens this Saturday, November 13. Rink officials will be on hand with hot chocolate comfort you during this weekend’s brutal 60-degree weather. A student ticket and a pair of rented ice skates costs $9.

The rink closes at 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 p.m. on weekends.

Throw down, D.C. style

Calling all foodies and Food Network fans! This Saturday and Sunday, Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, and Rachael Ray will appear at the Washington Convention Center.

If you want to watch Flay throw down, try some of Deen’s home cooking, and see if Ray and her EVOO can actually put together a decent meal in 30 minutes, head down to Mt. Vernon Square this weekend. for the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. Tickets are $22.

Spell … xylocarp

True or false: spelling bees are an amusing and educational entertainment. The answer? True, especially when alcohol is involved.

Get your Friday started early at the Rock & Roll Hotel’s weekly spelling bee competition. The “buzzed” bee challenges competitors to drink and spell; the winner gets a $60 bar tab too. Sign ups begin on Friday at the bar at 6 p.m.

It’s now or never

Every wonder what the King of Rock and Roll was like when he was our age? Now you can find out.

The work of photographer Alfred Werheimer, who spent time with Elvis Presley while the musician was on the brink of super-stardom, is now on display at the National Portrait Gallery. “Elvis at 21″ is open until January 23.

Photo: Flickr user “dbking

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