We Love Weekends – Jan 20-22

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Full On Scream IV
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Mosley: A two day weekend…how did we get by with only two days off again?  Anyways, this weekend is actually pretty open for me, except for one thing.  I have this thing where I like to see bad movies; not Sharktopus bad, but more like major studio production bad.  And since it is January, one of the months out of the year devoted to bad movies, I have my bad movie of the year all picked out: Underworld: Awakening.  I expect cheesiness, bad writing, and plot holes large enough to drive a truck through; it will be awesome, in a bad way!

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Rachel: A friend of mine from college his making her triumphant return to the District this weekend which means we’ll be taking a trip to her favorite spot in town … Churchkey! Otherwise, I’m working all weekend out in Crystal City so I’m thinking of stopping off at Jaleo for tapas and sangria at some point. Or maybe a quick trip to Buffalo Wild Wings? Either way, there will be a stop at Pentagon City Mall for some window shopping.

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Saturday Night Sips DC 1812
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Marissa: This weekend is a crazy one with out of town friends and a slew of birthday outings, so these are my weekend plans idealized.  Saturday afternoon I plan on checking out the debut of the new Annie Leibovitz exhibit at the Smithsonian. If I were you, I’d definitely make sure I was at DCCK’s Saturday Night Sips, with the likes of famous foodies such as Jose Andres, Joan Nathan, Alice Waters and plenty of DC’s top chefs. Sunday morning maybe I’ll hit up The Hamilton for some brunch and to check out their huge space since I have yet to go.

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Georgetown vs Rutgers
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Moses: at long last, a weekend in the city! Lots of indoor activities to keep me busy, including Georgetown hosting Rutgers at noon Saturday at the Phone Booth. Hopefully they can build off their win over DePaul to clobber the Scarlet Knights. Sunday is a visit across the river to the Inaugural Crystal City 1K Beer Walk, hosted by Washington Wine Academy — they just posted a special Sunday “Game Day Rate” of $20 (w/o t-shirt), which is considerate of them because I’m watching the Ravens step up against New England at 3:00. Will it be Flacco’s last game as a Raven? Hopefully not this year!

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Rogue 24 by RJ Cooper
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Jenn: There are still a few seats left at Rogue24 for guest chef Tim Byres’ stint this week at the restaurant’s ongoing Rogue Sessions – while RJ Cooper recovers from surgery (and there’s always the salon for a la carte, if you prefer). I was lucky to meet Byres earlier this week and watch his mad grilling skills on a wood fire Grillworks Asador 42 (full disclosure: the grill owner is a good friend) – both gracious and talented, I highly recommend checking out what the chef from Dallas’ SMOKE brings to DC. There’s also an Ibero-American Film Showcase kicking off tonight (free admission!), and the 8th Annual Winter Concert of the 18th Street Singers both Friday and Saturday nights, tackling some deep themes with beautiful choral music inspired by times of conflict. Food, culture, song – the makings of a great weekend!

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Natalia: It seems to be the weekend of visitors, so will be headed to some favorite spots including Estadio and the Gibson for great grub, solid drinks but even better company. Sunday I’ll head to the Dupont Farmer’s Market followed by an afternoon at the Phillips Collection to escape the cold. And why not start the weekend early? Black Cat is having a Liftoff album release party tonight, and if you are feeling a little bit of country the 930 club has The Morrison Brothers Band in.

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Addison: Ah, yet another glorious three-day weekend (praise Tebow for my government work schedule).  Don’t have a whole lot on the schedule for once, which is nice.  Friday, I am continuing on my quest towards better health with my first annual physical in a few years (joy).  It looks like Saturday is going to be dreary and wet, which, while detrimental to my running schedule, is going to be very conducive to me catching up on some old shows that have just been released on Netflix (Sons of Anarchy).  Saturday is also when I will be attending the first Beer Academy hosted by Greg Engert at Rustico Arlington (http://rusticorestaurant.com/events/events.html).  Saturday night is date night, and that means one of my favorite places, both for atmosphere and dietary requirements: Mala Tang (http://www.mala-tang.com/), the Chinese hot pot restaurant in Arlington. Sunday combines three of my favorite things: brunch, football and hockey. As such, you can find me at Front Page Arlington with one of the best bartenders in the area (http://twitter.com/cmarek) brunching and watching the Caps crush the Penguins (12:30) and the two NFL conference championship games (3:00 and 6:30), both of which should be entertaining.

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berlin wall. east end. 2
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Don: I’ve got company in town so it’s time to play tourist, woo! First up, the Newseum, where my darling wife and I get to use our membership admission for the first time since they were gifted to us from my brother, via last year’s Living Social deal. Other museum choices are still up in the air, but for dining we’re going to amuse ourselves by being sure to take our guests to one of the cuisines that DC does best – Ethiopian. It doesn’t sound funny till you realize one of our two guests is from Ghana. Poor guy coulda cut his trip in half, distance-wise. Oh well, Etete calls and we answer!

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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