We Love Weekends – November 18-20

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Tom: Weekend! And it’s a really big weekend. We’re picking up a whole tasty lamb at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market on Sunday morning, just in time for Thanksgiving. Add to that a brined turkey we’re grabbing later in the week. This is going to be a meatacular week. Add into that the final week of the 2-for-1 sale at Great Country Farms and you’ve got a fresh-and-local way to put some extra boost into your holidays. I’m stoked.

Mosley: After a week on the road for work, I am certainly looking forward to a slow weekend.  Saturday has a demonstration of falconry at the National Geographic Museum; it’s connected to the Anglo-Saxon Golden Hoard exhibit.  I love birds!  Also on Saturday is a walk-through of Cardoza High School; it’s to give people a chance to see the school before it undergoes renovations.  I’ve never seen Cardoza and it sounds like it will be a great chance to see the school and get a sense of it’s history.  Finally, on Sunday I’m thinking of going by the National Building Museum and seeing the new exhibit Unbuilt Washington.  It opens this weekend and it looks like it will be a fascinating tour of what wasn’t built in DC.

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Rebecca: This weekend I’m volunteering at the Church of Annunciation Parish Bazaar, which features heavily discounted Christmas gifts, designer handbags and jewelry, crafts, and housewares (linens, artwork, kitchen accessories, etc.) Word has it that the Bazaar is one of the best places to buy high-end Christmas gifts at a fraction of the cost in Washington DC. The proceeds from the Bazaar go to the churches elder care In my spare hours, I’ll be hitting up Glover Park Hardware to pick up painting supplies and to pick their brains with my beginner questions on how to best paint my apartment.

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‘DC Flag’
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Brittany: Tonight I get to see Martha Stewart in person. In my day, I have been in rooms with a half dozen presidents, scores of rock stars, whatever – but Ms. Stewart is such a major influence on me and seeing her speak will be exciting. Friday evening, Balam Acab is playing at Subterranean A, which is the thing everybody not freaking out about Martha Stewart is freaking out about. The rest of the weekend, I am in New York, so Washington will have to do without me while I drink all the absinthe in Brooklyn.

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‘mess o’ christmas lights that never got to the attic’
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Ben: Last weekend before the holiday crush! We’ll be looking over our property and planning our Christmas decorations, then heading out to various shops to buy whatever we need. Of course, such an excursion requires a stop at the Christmas Attic in Old Town Alexandria (and a follow-up visit to the nearby Ben & Jerry’s). Sunday’s a day of rest, though we’ll be heading out to the Old Brogue in the afternoon to enjoy some great Irish food and an IONA concert to cap off the weekend. And in between all of that, there’s Penguins and Capitals games to watch on the satellite…

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‘Day 201 / 365 – This Is Your Brain on Music’
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Rachel: This is actually a pretty big weekend for me. I’m going on my first tour as an independent musician and couldn’t be more excited about it. The tour starts tonight in Alexandria, Va. at Fireflies. My good friend and fellow singer-songwriter Dan Wolff will take the stage at 8 p.m. and I’ll start around 9 p.m. So if you’re looking to surround yourself with good food, good drinks and good music on a Thursday night, you know where to find it. Other than that, I’ll be heading to the Midwest via Union Station Friday afternoon for a 17-hour affair, much like my Amtrak Adventure last November, before it’s off to Indiana for a quick stint and then the Twin Cities for Turkey Day. If I don’t talk to you until after the fact …. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!

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Alexia: Heading out of town to play a couple of shows with my band The Torches! Friday night we’re playing a benefit show at Read All Over Books put on by Fredericksburg All Ages to support the Fredericksburg Food Bank!  Saturday we’re trekking over to Charlottesville to play with DC’s Tereu Tereu and a couple other bands at the very cool/bohemian Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar. Sunday will most likely be dedicated to planning for Thanksgiving, hopefully swinging by Eastern Market to get some fresh produce and browse all the cool stuff.

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‘Socialising at the Royal Ball, Brisbane, 1954’
courtesy of ‘State Library of Queensland, Australia’

Joanna: This weekend I’ll be in NYC for a reading of one of my plays. While that’s exciting there’s a lot I would do here in DC if I could. I’d start off at the Kennedy Center to hear The Washington Chorus open their season with the premiere of Music Director Julian Wachner’s Come My Dark Eyed One. No matter what city I’m in, I’ll be spending Saturday reading submissions for the Source Festival coming up this summer (still plenty of opportunities for actors and technicians). Saturday night I’d get all fancy for the Capital City Ball – one of the few places where dressing in a gown or tux can help stop slavery. And Sunday I’d recover with some old fashioned diner food at Bob and Edith’s before stressing over the Redskins.

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‘Working under the road’
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Don: How tired are you of hearing about my renovation project? Not as tired as I am of it still going on, I assure you. I’m going to flee the hard-hat zone and spend a little quality time in some of our local bars, cheering our local sports teams. Both hockey and football give me a bonus – I may not hate the Cowpatties the way I do the Yanks but when hoping for them to lose also means my local team will win – however unlikely – well, that’s a bonus. I’ve got nothing against the Capitals’ saturday opponents, the Leafs, other than that I like taunting one of my old friends when they lose to us.

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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