Road Trip! Destination: D.C., 'Anchorman' style
“Anchorman” fans are preparing for something that's kind of a big deal.
Beginning Nov. 14, the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will launch “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” featuring props, costumes and footage from the hit comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”
“It's definitely a light-hearted look at TV journalism, but we wanted to go beyond the props and costumes and also tell the story behind the humor,” Cathy Trost, Newseum vice president of exhibits and programs, says. “There has been a long history of anchormen and women playing an important role in news history, but there was a time when the anchor chair was for men only. In between all the funny stuff, it really is a story about that.”
The 2004 film, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, is the tale of a 1970s television newsroom and the legendary local anchorman who ruled it until a woman dares to take her seat at the news desk.
The exhibit, created in partnership with Paramount Pictures, will open just weeks before the film's sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” hits theaters Dec. 20.
What better excuse to take a trip back in time and down the Turnpike for a weekend reveling in all things “Anchorman”? And besides the exhibit, there are plenty of other ways to keep it classy around town Ron Burgundy-style. So, grab your polyester suit, mustache-grooming kit and most potent cologne, and hit the road!
Rachel Weaver is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7948 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Anchorman: The Exhibit'
Don't act like you're not impressed.
The Newseum exhibit will give visitors an insider glimpse into the popular film with everything from Burgundy's iconic business suit to Brick Tamland's eyeglasses.
Other notable Burgundy possessions on display will include his license plate, which reads “IM #1,” three local Emmy awards for excellence in news reporting, his mustache brush, jazz flute and more.
Costumes worn by members of the fictional Channel 4 News team will be on display, along with field reporter Brian Fantana's Sex Panther cologne and a stuffed prop version of Ron's dog Baxter in Channel 4 pajamas.
Burgundy himself will provide an introduction to the Newseum's “Be a TV Reporter” experience, and visitors can have their photos taken behind a replica of the Channel 4 News desk.
The exhibit also will feature real local TV news promotional ads from the 1970s along with photos of popular news teams of the day, and props from “Anchorman 2” will be added to the exhibit shortly before the sequel's release.
“Anchorman: The Exhibit” runs through Aug. 31, 2014.
Kimpton's Hotel Helix, in the heart of trendy Logan Circle, is offering “Anchorman” movie fans a place to stay with a new “Stay Classy, D.C.” package. Visitors can enjoy a “scotchy, scotch, scotch” at the adjacent Helix Lounge and get tickets to Newseum's exhibit. And because there are no pet fees or restrictions, guests are welcome to bring their Baxters along.
The package includes deluxe accommodations, two scotches (or drink of guests' choice) at Helix Lounge, two tickets to Newseum's “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” and a felt mustache and comb.
The package is available starting Nov. 12 through August 2014 based on availability. Rates start from $139 per night.
Details: www.hotelhelix.com using rate code CLASSY or 202-462-9001.
‘This burrito is delicious but it is filling!'
Ron Burgundy's overly satiating meal might have ultimately led to the beginning of his professional downfall, but he likely still appreciates a good Mexican meal. For a menu full of authentic Mexican fare, visit El Centro D.F., Chef Richard Sandoval's newest D.C.-area establishment.
Appetizers like shrimp ceviche, empanadas and flautas; an array of enchiladas and huaraches as well as tacos and chef's specials are sure to satisfy an appetite of any size.
Details: 202-328-3131 or www.richardsandoval.com
‘It's so damn hot! Milk was a bad choice.'
Why not get a gelato instead? Dolcezza has several locations in the D.C. area offering artisan gelato made every morning using local fruits, herbs, cheese, milk and cream.
Choices, depending on seasonality, can include salted caramel, Thai coconut milk, chocolate classico, lemon ricotta cardamom, maple syrup, Virginia peanut butter and more.
They also serve coffee, an excellent choice regardless of the outside temperature.
Details: 202-333-4646 or www.dolcezzagelato.com
If a milkshake would serve you better, head over to Ted's Bulletin, where a “shaketender” prepares custom milkshakes with or without alcohol. The classic American eatery also serves homemade food, like grilled cheese, tomato soup, burger baskets and more in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere.
Details: 202-544-TEDS(8337) or www.TedsBulletin14thstreet.com
‘Scotchy, scotch, scotch!'
Jack Rose Dining Saloon, a popular scotch destination, carries an extensive selection of scotch whiskeys from throughout Scotland. The Saloon Bar features a “library” of whiskeys lined up on wood shelving. It's a setting perfect for Burgundy, who has many leather-bound books (and his apartment smells of rich mahogany).
Scotch experts help guests find a whiskey that best fits their preferences. Jack Rose also just launched a new 170-bottle collection of rare scotches from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
Details: 202-588-7388 or www.jackrosediningsaloon.com
Panda Watch is on at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, where giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a female cub in August. The zoo is yet to announce her name, but she can be seen via a panda cam on its website.
While they wait for the baby panda's big public debut in January, visitors to the zoo can see adult male panda Tian Tian when he is in his outdoor habitat.
In the mood for some jazz? Bop on over to the HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues, a cultural center that takes its names from a House Resolution that designates jazz as “a rare and valuable national American treasure.”
The venue features weekly and special performances showcasing new talent and world-renowned artists. While Ron Burgundy would bring his own jazz flute, other patrons can BYOB.
Details: 202-253-0044 or www.hr57.org