We Love Weekends: Jan 27 – 29

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courtesy of kimberlyfaye

If you’re not already building an Ark then maybe you need something to do with yourself the next few days. Well, we have some ideas to run past you.

Mosley: Birthday weekend!  And I plan on starting the festivities tonight: it’s the last night to see Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at the Lincoln Theatre.  I’ve never been in the theater and I’m interested in seeing the space more than the movie.  Saturday day I’m planning on leaving up in the air: maybe I’ll hit Chocolate City Brewery and DC Brau’s growler hours; or maybe I’ll spend the day walking around somewhere new to take pictures; or maybe something else I haven’t thought of yet.  I don’t know!  But Saturday night will be at the Hamilton for my birthday party; I rather like the space, and they have a beer and food menu to m y liking, though I hope their service has improved since I was last in there.  Sunday, my actual birthday, the city is actually throwing me a parade.  Well, officially it has something to do with the “Lunar New Year,” whatever that is; but unofficially it’s a parade for me in Chinatown.  I go every year to take photos and it’s a ton of fun.

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Sun Chiu Kee – Lamb Hot Pot
courtesy of Calgary Reviews

Alexia: Starting out my weekend rocking for a good cause at Comet Ping Pong‘s “D.C. Hearts Jonathan Toubin Benefit Show & Dance Party” featuring Chain and the Gang and others. Saturday, weather permitting I’ll be running on the W & OD trail as part of my training for the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond in March. Saturday evening I’ll be checking out the Sichuan hot pot offerings at Mala Tang in Arlington with some friends for dinner. Sunday- hoping for a day of rest, but if anyone knows a good brunch place in Arlington, I’m taking suggestions.

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Roller Girls
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Tom: Roller Derby! Woo! We’ve been invited to join the dc rollergirls for Saturday’s bout at the Armory and hope to attend. We’ll likely hit up dinner on Barracks Row ahead, so suggestions are welcome. Sunday I’ll be grabbing a Bikeshare ride to cover some ground, perhaps all the way up to Ballston!

Don: We’re going low-key this weekend, but our one confirmed plan is catching Two Gentlemen from Verona from STC on Sunday night. There’s been some great deals on tickets and some great buzz, including from our own usually-trustworthy Jenn.

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courtesy of Fitsum Belay

Fedward:  I’m going to set up camp at the AFI Silver for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, My Week With Marilyn, and The Artist, and then celebrate the Social Chair’s return from her two weeks of overwork with a nice brunch at the Passenger on Sunday.

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Rogue 24 by RJ Cooper
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Jenn: Spike Gjerde of Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen is doing wonderfully elegant things with local ingredients at Rogue24 this week as part of the ongoing Rogue Sessions. Natalia and I were treated to a taste last night, and I highly recommend a visit this weekend. As an added bonus, the paired cocktails are pretty stellar – including the “orris julius” created by lead bartender Bryan Tetorakis featuring nasturtium and orris root, making for a very lovely floral concoction indeed. I’m starting to feel like the quirky warehouse is one of my favorite spots in DC…

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DC Brau – The Public – 08-06-11
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Natalia: It was quite the week for dragon feasting. From Toki Underground to Rogue 24, the Year of the Dragon has never tasted so good. And it is only going to continue into the weekend, with a massive parade on Sunday through Chinatown, I plan on stopping by Chinatown Coffee Co who will be offering a DC Brau Happy Hour and a warm escape. And maybe throw in some dumplings for good measure at Ping Pong.

Photo courtesy of Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie

courtesy of Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie

Brittany: This weekend is sort of a gradient that starts out classy but slides to sloppy and rock and roll by the end – which is pretty much my favorite. Friday night, I will be meeting a boy for a fancy dinner at a restaurant which has just brought on a new chef – though, to be fair, I have never actually been there before, so it will all be new to me. (Attire: Cute dress, tall heels – science be damned.) Saturday evening will be an interesting trick as I attend the Jeff Mangum show at the Lincoln Theatre and then, as the closing notes ring, dart around the corner to the Black Cat for the Sockets Records Showcase. (Attire: Wooly 90s emo sweater, big music blogger eyeglasses.) Sunday I have big plans for hanging out, grabbing a croissant from Seasonal Pantry, and then seeing my current favorite of my friends’ bands play hard and fast at Velvet Lounge. (Attire: Dark colors to avoid any blood spots when the singer hits himself with mic to end set, skirt, boots.)

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Old Pension Building II [Explore]
courtesy of (Alex) It’s my whole damn raison d’etre!

Rebecca: On the bus ride to work this week, I saw a billboard for the National Building Museum’s current exhibit Unbuilt Washington, which reveals the Washington that could have been by presenting architectural and urban design projects that were proposed but, for widely varied reasons, never executed. This sounds A-MAZING. So that’s really the only activity on my weekend list besides sleeping, eating and doing laundry.

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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