Katie: This weekend I’ll be wishing it was weather from last weekend. But no matter – I’ve got tons of things on my plate. I’m heading out to the Kite Festival to shoot some creative pictures with a photographer friend, and then stopping by the Court House Farmer’s Market for some farm fresh ingredients for a dinner I’m hosting on Sunday. Saturday night I’ll be kicking it with Washington Improv Theater at the FIST festival, and then heading out on 14th for drinks. Sunday, the day of rest and relaxation, I’ll be doing the opposite. Cathy and I are going to meet a new chef for a Capital Chefs feature, and then I’m taking advantage of a CityShopGirl promotion and getting some free eco-friendly makeup. Along the way, I might even get to partake in my current coveted and beloved brunch, Masa 14’s Latin/Asian fusion.
Tiff: I’ve got no real estate-related tasks this weekend, so for me it’s all about the cherry blossoms. The festival starts on Saturday, peak bloom starts on Sunday, and I am all over it. Will it be crawling with tourists? YES. Do I care? NOT AT ALL.
Tom: This is a big weekend. Like Katie, I may be headed out to the Smithsonian Kite Festival on the Mall, but I’m still sorting out camera issues which might keep me home. We’re also working hard to finalize our move into the city, and that’s going to take some time this weekend. I’ll also be working on doing some garden planning for our new place, and trying to get a plan for an April-start garden. Next weekend is DC United‘s home opener, but they’ll open up on the road this weekend in Kansas City. Here’s to a sport we love, and loves us! Go United! You might find me at their BlackFinn viewing party downtown.
Rachel: This weekend is about prepping myself for several on-going life projects that (of course!) involve (gasp!) writing. They include: the impending Opening Day of Major League Baseball next week, a Kurt Vonnegut brainchild I’ve had in the works for a couple years now (guess it’s time to catch up on all that Humanism talk I learned back in high school Humanities class), and prepping a massive concert schedule for the summer in my attempt to actually go to a few. I’m not as brave as Tiff though. As much as I’d love to go see the blossoms at peak bloom, I think I might have to wait until the sunset hours on Sunday night. Plus — everything looks better at sunset anyway.
Rebecca: Given that Friday’s weather doesn’t bode well for an outside happy hour, I’m going to plop myself down at Old Glory’scovered and heated back patio, and enjoy a Red Stag Mint Julep (Red Stag Cherry Bourbon, Vanilla Bean, Mint, Simple Syrup, Cherry Brandy, Soda, and Red Stag Soaked Maraschino Cherry “Sword” 10.) I’ll be sure to pair the special Cherry Blossom Festival drink with some BBQ deliciousness and as the patio boasts multiple TVs, I can catch the remaining March Madness Sweet 16 games starting at 7pm. Saturday I’ll go fly a kite at the Smithsonian Kite Festival, part of the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Festival. There are a bunch competitions that adults and kids can enter, or you can just watch the wonderful array of kites on flying display. Sunday, I’m attending a 4pm Palm Sunday performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion at the Washington National Cathedral. There will be a pre-concert discussion, starting at 2:30pm with Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, founding director of the Washington Bach Consort, a prize-winning organist, and a noted Bach scholar. So I’ll be well versed in the history of the piece and will know what to look/listen for.
Paulo: The National Gallery is showing 14 paintings and 16 drawings by Hendrick Avercamp in an exhibit called “The Little Ice Age,” depicting 16th-17th Century Dutch landscapes in winter. We’ll be checking that out, and should there be no Little Ice Age outdoors (I hear it may get a bit cold this weekend) we might go over to the Tidal Basin to see what cherry blossoms we can see. If the weather proves uncooperative, then the Sackler Gallery’s In the Realm of the Buddha exhibit beckons with relics of Tibetan Buddhist art.
Shannon: I was out of town last weekend for the gorgeous spring-like weather, so even though this weekend is supposed to be colder I’m still going to try to get out and enjoy it. On Saturday I’m going to head over to the National Building Museum for theCherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony, and then I’ll make my way down to the Tidal Basin to enjoy the cherry blossoms before the tourists swarm in. Sunday I’m meeting some friends to try out this new cereal craze at the Cereal Bowl and then I’m going on a bike ride through the city to gear up for triathlon season. And I don’t care if it’s supposed to be a high of 50, I’m still going to grill out, because the end of winter is definitely reason enough to celebrate.
Corinne: I’m going to take it easy this weekend since I’m still readjusting to DC life after my lovely long weekend in Austin. (Where’d all the hipsters and cowboy hats go?) I envision a few happy hours and a Saturday BBQ to soak up some (fingers crossed) weekend sunshine. In honor of the arrival of the cherry blossoms, I’d like to check out brand-new Kushi and some other restaurants I’ve yet to try (like Commonwealth) that are getting in the blossom spirit. I’ll also be finishing Zeitoun, which I currently can’t put down, for a book club gathering Sunday afternoon and hopefully taking advantage of the final weekend of the Environmental Film Festival.
Michael: One of my best friends, Chris Diamond, is getting married to his sweetie Kim Bloom on Saturday and I’ll be tux’d up for it and occupied most of the weekend. If I was out and about I would try to sneak into the sold out Beach House show at the Black Cat on Friday night, because they are the best band to come out of Baltimore in an age. On Saturday, I would go to BLISS, Will Eastman’s behind the decks debut at his new nightclub U Street Music Hall. On Sunday I’ll be up in Baltimore at Ottobar watching Jello Biafra & The Gauntanamo School of Medicine tear it up. If I could be in two places at once on Sunday I would also go see A Sunny Day In Glasgow perform at DC9 because their music is so dreamy.
Samantha: I will be in the rainforest this weekend, literally. No your not imagining things, there are no rainforests in D.C. – I will be on vacation in Santa Theresa, Costa Rica!