We Love Weekends – October 28 – 30

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‘NMAI Entrance #2′
courtesy of ‘andertho’

Ben: I’ll be gathering up friends and family this weekend to attend the opening of NMAI’s latest exhibition, “A Song for the Horse Nation.” The day promises to be full, with a visit to the museum’s Mitsitam Cafe, a full exhibit with artists giving demonstrations, and an exchange of colors between the Crow Nation and the DC Mounted Police. Sunday will be mostly prepping for a much-needed vacation overseas, though if the weather’s good we’ll be heading out to shoot the new MLK memorial during sunset, or possibly taking a nice stroll around the Tidal Basin.

Mosley: Halloween weekend!  You’ll have to forgive me, there’s still a part of me that’s ten years old and loves carving pumpkins and dressing up to go looking for candy.  While I can’t go trick-or-treating anymore, I’ll do the next best thing: go to H Street to check out the Thriller Flash Mob.  That’s on Saturday night.  Friday and Sunday are basically free, but I’m looking at doing the Most Haunted Houses Walking Tour on Friday night (gotta be spooked out some time this weekend). Hope you all have a spooky and fun filled weekend!

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‘arena stage’
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Moses:  Friday night, I finally go to Arena Stage to catch The Book Club Play, written by talented DCer Karen Zacarias.  I’m eager to see this version and how it compares to the previous version of the play, which was presented at Bethesda’s Round House Theater in 2008.  Cool temps this weekend mean jackets or indoor events. Perhaps it’s time to finally catch America Eats Tavern (formerly Cafe Atlantico).  Been meaning to visit for a while, to experience this concept pop-up for myself.  Fortunately the Caps are on the west coast to clobber the Sedin brothers and those Vancouver Canucks — which means a 10 pm start is just perfect for me!

Huzzard: The older I get the more holidays sneak up on me. It is all of a sudden Halloween and I didn’t even realize it was coming. I have no definitive plans for this weekend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t explore and find out what local bars are doing to celebrate the holiday. Saturday my wife is going to be at a horse show so my main plan is to sit at home with my dogs, and read the latest Dexter book. Sunday morning I need to go to Penzeys Spices in Falls Church to restock because of my addiction to garlic and paprika. I haven’t been to Elevation Burger in awhile and might go there for lunch. Or if I feel like driving a little further I can try Bobby Flay’s new burger place in DC. No matter where I end up eating for lunch on Sunday I am going to cap the day off by cooking and eating a big strip steak at home.

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‘Capitol Bikeshare Rack – Washington DC’
courtesy of ‘Glyn Lowe Photos’

Tom: After a long week in the salt mines, I’m loving the idea of a long bike ride somewhere flat, so you may catch me grabbing a Bikeshare bike downtown and pedaling around the Mall this weekend, or maybe down to Hains Point.  First things first, though, and that’s heading back to DC Brau on Friday night for their screening of Shaun of the Dead at the Brewery. Pints of the best local suds are just $4, and they’ll have Red Apron on hand grilling and making popcorn (also up that has me fascinated? Pickled Half-smokes.) The Brewery got a special one-day license for the event which allows them to serve more than 12 oz of beer per person, so this is your chance to indulge properly (and responsibly).

Addison: I was hoping for some nice weather this weekend to get outside and enjoy fall, which might be my favorite season in DC, but unfortunately, it looks like we are gonna get rain and maybe even some wintry mix. Gross. That said, it looks like the perfect weather to stay in and do some cooking – I found some leek soup recipes that I want to try, so Saturday should be a good opportunity for that. Sunday, hopefully the rain holds off and the weather warms up a little for when I run in the Marine Corps 10K in the morning. Following that, I’m going to need some replenishment, so I think a hike (ok, Metro ride, lets be honest), up Wilson Boulevard to Whitlows or Boulevard Wood Grill for brunch will be in order.

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‘Food Truck @ Truckeroo 4′
courtesy of ‘GuidedbyTim’

Marissa: Friday after work I’m going to try my darndest to get over to the last Truckeroo of the season. Working out in VA has crushed my food truck addiction/old lunch routine (take your pick of what you’d prefer to call it…) and I just can’t resist all the food trucks in one place. Saturday night I’m heading to RFD in Chinatown to see my friends’ band, Level 7, play with other local acts Lethal Peanut and Chute. Come Sunday, I’ll be spending some quality time recuperating from Halloween weekend with my yoga mat over at Mint. Happy Halloween everyone!

Fedward: It’s time to take our two elderly cats into the shop. Our old standby was the Capital Cat Clinic but that’s a bit more difficult now that we don’t own a car so we’ll take recommendations for vets in/near Petworth if you’ve got them! After that I’m sure we’ll need at least one drink, and if we didn’t go the Passenger for ZOMBIEOPOLIS Saturday night, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be allowed to show our faces in there again. Plus it sounds like a Hades of a time (ba-dum tish!). Sunday night is the Social Chair’s DC anniversary, so if we clung to old tradition we’d go have a round at Nanny O’Briens, but instead we’ll cling to new tradition at, well, the Passenger for brunch.

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‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’
courtesy of ‘Marcellina.’

Jenn: I’ve had a ghoulish week, that’s for sure. I’m ready to go all Dexter on several undeserving criminals in my life, so be warned, if you see a crazed blonde waving a shattered cocktail glass in your face this weekend, better get her a refill or stand out of the way. Am I joking? Hmm. In any case, I’m hoping to head out for some leaf peeping on the way to a crisp fall day at Harper’s Ferry on Saturday, returning in time to whip up some sort of tattered zombie goddess costume for the Passenger’s Zombieoplis party (given my current mood, Nemesis) that night, bumping into Fedward and the Social Chair, and all the other devilish miscreants. Sunday night takes Halloween partying even more nuclear with Spirits in Black at American Ice Company, where Patrick Owens and guest mixtress Gina Chersevani will rule over some serious metalhead madness. If I survive, I’ll come out the other end of the weekend glowingly refreshed, calm, relaxed, and ready to murder Monday morning with a smile.

Rachel: Finally getting to American Ice Company (for the first time) Wednesday night reminded me that there are still a lot of places in this town I haven’t been to yet. So it’s time to get out of my self-imposed box of familiarity and try a few new things. I’ve yet to try Pete’s apizza so it’s about time I try that New Haven style delight. There’s also Yola in Dupont Circle that I’ve been meaning to check out (it always looks so cute when I pass by) though I might change my mind and go to Shake Shake. It’s Halloween on Monday which means the streets are gonna be crowded with costume-clad folk all weekend. Sounds like a perfect opportunity for a few drinks at home followed by parading the streets of D.C. for some good, old fashioned people watching. I recommend Massachusetts Avenue along the embassy pathway. It’s always entertaining.

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‘Silver Spring Zombie Walk 2010′
courtesy of ‘mediaslave’

Rebecca: Saturday I’m off to the 12th Annual Nightmare on M Street. This is DC’s largest roaming costume party and takes place at a plethora of bars around Connecticut and M Street. Tickets get you drink specials all night ($2 Coor Light, $3 Blue Moon, etc.) and entrance into the bars, which should lead to a spooky Halloween night and next morning. Sunday, recovery is key, and there’s no better place to soak up that booze then at Steak N’ Eggs Kitchen on Wisconsin Ave. No joke, this is the greasy spoon of greasy spoons, and will be my go-to for eats on Sunday before I crash out on the couch for the rest of the day to watch NFL action.

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‘Zombies!’
courtesy of ‘spiggycat’

Don: I’m tempted not to leave my house, so tickled am I at having a roof and insulation. However I think I’ll try to do a little halloween-y theater. On the light-hearted side of things there’s Landless doing another run of Evil Dead: The Musical. I’m not excited to treck to Frederick but I think it’s fair to say a song titled All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons is worth a bit of travel. Closer to home and more serious is Hellspawn, which has migrated over to a space in Woolly Mammoth. At the $20 mark they both seem well worth taking a chance on.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.

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