Michael: This weekend I will see two sonic titans in concert. On Friday night, I am going to check out DC/VA locals Dark Sea Dream. I do not know how this incredible sounding local band has slipped under my radar for so long, but Friday night is the night to fix that. I honestly cannot believe how unearthly these guys sound. It’s like the end of a My Bloody Valentine concert is where these guys begin! Sunday night I’ll be at the glorious return of Godspeed You Black Emperor at 9:30 Club. A lot has happened in the post-rock/post-metal universe since this Canadian collective defined the genre a decade ago. I am extremely curious to hear how their epic instrumentals sound after all of these years and how they stack up against all of the interesting bands they inspired.
Tom: Friday night, after a rehearsal at Strathmore, I’ll be toasting my friend Genie at the Passenger and her all too brief return to DC. Saturday afternoon, we’ll be camped out at Iota working away with our crack design team on the next version of We Love DC, before John takes the stage with Juniper Lane in their Live EP release party. Me, I’ll be singing with Choralis on Saturday night, as part of their Evening with Brahms concert at Strathmore. Tickets are still available for both. Sunday? Garden work. Gotta get the beds ready to plant, I’ve got seedlings in my basement ready to go!
Fedward: By the time you read this I’ll be well on my way to visit Fedward-mère et -père at the family estate in Tulsa. There I will honor my forebears in the traditional way, with visits to the Coney I-Lander and Quik Trip, and at least a half gallon of honorary Blue Bell Cookies ‘n Cream. (And a jaunt to the Apple Store with mom). Free of her ball and chain, the Social Chair will also be toasting Tom’s friend (and ours) Genie at the Passenger on Friday, and may well return there Sunday for brunch, as is our custom. Saturday after a work retreat she’ll either hit up DCist Exposed or Dino, or both.
Rachel: Since my birthday is Monday, the weekend consists of prepping for it. Needless to say, I’m excited. Friday includes an attempt at finding the perfect little dress for the occasion with a shopping stint in Friendship Heights. If I don’t find anything Friday then that adventure will carry over to Saturday. Saturday also includes some rehearsal time for my two upcoming gigs (one on 3/29 and one on 4/2). Sunday’s a bit busier with the first Near Misses softball practice of 2011 before a special birthday dinner with my best friend and a trip to The Gibson for celebratory drinks.
Rebecca J: After last week’s jam packed schedule, this weekend I’m keeping it ultra low key. Friday I’ll head to the West End Cinema for the first time to catch the indie film “Biutiful” starring Javier Bardem and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of “21 Grams” and “Babel” fame. Saturday I’m volunteering for the Stoddert Garden Community Work Day, where we’ll be building the foundation for the school’s 4000 sq ft garden that will include raised beds for edibles, a herb garden, a native plant area, a shaded teaching area and much more. If you’re interested in helping out, then sign up on the garden’s blog. Sunday, soccer season kicks off with an early morning 8am game. No sleeping in for this teenager ;)
Dave (O’Levy for the day): After a week starting a new job in a new city, I’m pretty happy to come back to DC and catch up on the things I missed out on with friends and bar patrons alike. Depending on when my flight gets in, I may venture out to Bayou to meet up and watch some college hockey with some fellow BC alums, but at the least, I’ll watch some hoops and enjoy the best late night special in Arlington at Piola ($12 pizza and beer, perfect for that Catholic looking for a filling Lenten meat-free meal). Saturday will be all about basketball, watching in and out through the afternoon intermixed with the United Social Sports end of Skeeson party for Snakes on a Lane.
Patrick Palafox: This Friday I’m heading over to the Rock and Roll Hotel to see a long time friend perform in the Baltimore based band Soul Cannon. His name is Jon and he rocks the keys. The last time I saw him we were kids and he showed me his keyboard and had crazy skills. I was so inspired that I ordered my mother to buy me a keyboard. She did and then I attempted to make some music, but actually got addicted to a playing a pre-recorded song on the keyboard and would play it over and over. Sufficit to say I do not know how to play the keyboard, but I’m excited to see my friend play his.