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Tiger Blood: A spectacularly irritating, if not actually dangerous, man will soon walk among us. Charlie Sheen has announced that his “Violent Torpedo of Truth” tour will stop in D.C. on April 19, when he’ll play DAR Constitution Hall. (We suspect using language that the Daughters of the American Revolution might not appreciate.) Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning. With service fees, they’ll cost either $60 or $104. Depressing certainty of the day: An alarming number of people will pay more than a hundred bucks to see Charlie Sheen. -1
Mmm… Beer: Things were quite different the last time a commercial brewery was operating inside the District lines—John F. Kennedy was president, for one. DC Brau, the first of several new breweries cranking up production soon, began making its Public Ale pale ale today. Cans of the stuff should be finding their way to stores and bars, and shortly afterwards, drinkers’ hands, around D.C. within a few weeks. +2
Why Are You Still in the Office?: March famously comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb; today, though, it’s more like a magical unicorn. Beaming sun, low humidity, highs near 80 degrees—the only downside to weather like this is the pollen count. It’s the first nice day of the year. Log off your computer, pronto, and walk away. Chances are your boss won’t notice; she’s too busy watching college basketball streaming video, anyway. +3
More Madness: Speaking of college basketball… Yesterday, one Virginia school (Old Dominion University) was bounced from the NCAA tournament on a buzzer-beater here in D.C.; today, another Virginia school managed to avoid the same type of fate in Cleveland. George Mason came from behind to beat Villanova and advance to the next round, where they’ll play Ohio State unless the Buckeyes become the first #1 seed in NCAA history to lose their opening game. In other local basketball news, Georgetown plays Virginia Commonwealth University tonight in Chicago. +2
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 58 Today’s score: +6 Friday bonus: +2 Today’s Needle rating: 66