We Love Weekends: December 9 – 11

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Happy Holiday Shopping Season, folks. If you don’t recognize that thing in the sky or the feel of your skin it’s called “the sun” and “being dry.” Capital Weather says it’ll still be cold this weekend but it’ll at least be dry. What will you do with the time?

Brittany: This weekend is all about seeing friends (how, exactly, did I agree to six holiday parties?) – and buying gifts. Friday night, my pal Denman will be spinning future bass at the 9:30′s Back Bar (part of their new collab with U Hall) at a night called ZOOo00OOM! I do not really dig malls or mass-produced gifts, so Saturday I will be stopping by GRUMP Holiday Market and Cheap Art Sale for SMYAL for hand-made items and maybe the Thelma’s Vanity Trunk Show in Anacostia for some vintage finds. Along the way, I will take a culture-break from the commerce for Audio Warhol at the NGA. Sunday night, I will be out in VA for a Cricket Cemetery showcase (the label is run by a friend who is also in one of the performing bands) for some super fun “rock music” at Galaxy Hut.

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Alexia: It is a music-filled weekend for me! Friday night I’m getting decked out in my new party dress and heading to the Kennedy Center for BYT’s “The Greatest Holiday Party of All,” featuring live music by The Dance Party, among others, DJ sets, and more. Saturday eve I’m playing Nerd Nite with my band The Torches at DC9. We’ll be playing 3 short sets in between talks on being a veterinarian, lemur poop, and pseudoscience and the paranormal. Sunday afternoon I’m turning up the class and going to the Washington National Cathedral to hear my mother perform with the Cathedral Choral Society for their holiday concert, “The Joy of Christmas”. If I have a free moment I’ll be putting up & decorating my Christmas tree while listening to Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas album, getting in the spirit of the season!

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Huzzard: This should be the end to what has been a very busy couple of weeks. I had to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the in-laws and then started taking classes to get my real estate license. This weekend is going to feel busy even though it might not be all that busy. First on Saturday I have to help my wife deliever a wedding cake to the District for her work. Then after that she will be taking my car home as I am to stay in the District to cover the Khan v. Peterson prizefight. Sunday will be what my Sunday’s have typically been as I will watch the Redskins take on Tom Brady and the Patriots. After all of that is over I will then study for my final in the real estate classes even though I have forgotten how to study.

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Patrick: Is anybody excited for the start of Wizards training camp on Friday? I am- I’ll be working this weekend on my post-lockout Wizards mega post so stay tuned for that. I’ll also be checking out a couple of shows this weekend as well. Tonight I’ll be at Arena Stage to review their production of You, Nero and Sunday I’ll be at Woolly Mammoth to review Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies. If you want some holiday fare I got a tip that The Santaland Diaries will have shows Thursday-Friday over at Fort Fringe. Of course there’s also A Christmas Carol over at Fords. I’ll be also taking in some holiday lights viewing up in Montgomery County- yes I know it’s Maryland but when you are rolling at 5 mph past houses you won’t get beeped (or worse) in the suburbs.

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Rebecca: Friday I’ll be prepping for some extensive apartment painting by hitting up Home Depot in NE for paint, brushes, painter’s tape, plastic coverings, etc. Exciting! If I forget to pick something up, there’s always Ace Hardware in Glover Park to fill the gap. Saturday, I’ll be painting away, but when it’s time for a break (aka letting the paint dry), I’ll get out of the house for a filling Reuben at Breadsoda and perhaps a pint or two. Saturday evening, a friend of mine is hosting a holiday party with the entry requiring either a gift or $20 donation to Toys For Tots. Sunday, I’ll hopefully be finishing up painting and will have time to watch the Giants take on the Cowboys in NFL Sunday night football action.

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Moses:  Weekend starts today with a celebration of a friend’s new job offer at Jack Rose, followed by a birthday party at Science Club.  Friday is the wife’s office holiday party, so perhaps a stop nearby at Maddy’s for a night cap.  In-laws are in town this weekend, so after watching the Army-Navy Game at FedEx Saturday (first time ever in DC area), it’ll be family style dinner at Palena Cafe in Cleveland Park.  Sunday before the NFL games, I’ll bundle up and get some winter gear I’ve been dreading to update — walking around local shops to hopefully buy local before hitting the online retailers.  Stay warm, all!

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Jenn: The weekend starts tonight, with a whole lot of theater – art collective Pepys Inc. is mashing up audience members actual Facebook data to create a crazy original theater piece at Artisphere with only two shows tonight at 7 and 9pm. The show’s called e-Geaux (beta) and premiered at the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival this year. It sounds like one improvisational wild ride. I also plan on bumping into Patrick at You, Nero and admiring his style. Since I’m not reviewing, I’ll be drinking. The rest of the weekend is a wild ride of a different kind, prepping my house for an invasion of baby shower attendees. Liquid libation will be much needed, so it’s off to see the wizard – Joe Riley at Ace Beverage – for provisions. Since my new juicer arrived it’s time for something with pears and ginger…

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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