Sidewalk, the Personalized City Guide to Entertainment, Goes Live in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 1997 — No more excuses for going to the same restaurant again, missing the one concert you wanted to see, or enduring another evening of takeout and TV reruns when a city of entertainment options awaits. The Washington Sidewalk
city guide, published by Microsoft Corp., is now available on the World Wide Web at ( .

There are hundreds of restaurants in Washington and the surrounding suburbs. Dozens of movie houses, theaters and galleries. Museums to explore, hidden attractions to discover and our nation’s treasures to visit. “Yet people are working longer hours and paying the price in their social lives by missing the exciting things going on in the Washington area,” said Anne Karalekas, general manager of Washington Sidewalk.

Sidewalk research shows that most people have less free time and more entertainment options than ever. At the end of a long workday or week, many residents find it challenging to sort through the array of entertainment options and motivate themselves to try new things. “Sidewalk is designed to be your virtual adviser, matching your tastes and interests with the best Washington and the surrounding suburbs have to offer,” said Sandy Flickner, executive producer, Washington Sidewalk.

The Sidewalk team of editors tracks down hundreds of events every day in the Washington area. The site lets you customize the information so it’s easy to find the things you are interested in. Washington Sidewalk covers everything from concerts and movies to restaurants and sporting events, with previews, reviews and personalized recommendations about what’s happening every day. “We even go one step further to make sure you don’t miss the events you care about most,” Flickner said. “You can ask Sidewalk to be on the lookout for a favorite performer or event, and it will notify you via e-mail when tickets go on sale.”

Other Sidewalk city guides are available for Boston, Denver, Houston, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities and Sydney, Australia.

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