We Love Weekends: April 20-22

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Gingerbread pancakes
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It’s the weekend and it seems like every writer is planning to booze it up. Or in other words, business as usual. It’s hard to imagine that the weekend is going to live up to the week, what with most of the city getting dive-bombed on Tuesday by a 747 seemingly driven to insanity by the odd-shaped tumor on its back. But we’re willing to try.

Marissa: Lately it feels like I’m living for the weekends. Anyone else with me? Friday night, a friend and I are headed to check out the recently opened Maple in Columbia Heights. Saturday night I might mosey over to Georgetown to check out some local art and musicians at Listen Local First’s Record Store Day Showcase at The Water Street Project. If you don’t have any plans Sunday afternoon, I suggest you check out the second annual Food Experiment competition in DC from 12-3 PM. Last year’s competitors made tacos (yours truly having been one of them) and this year’s challenge is “the Chinese take-out experiment.” Word to the wise: buy your tickets in advance online since tickets at the door sold out quickly last year.

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Black Thai
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Carl: On Friday I will be spending a quiet evening with Beautiful Girlfriend as we remember our sweet kitty who passed this week. On Saturday BG is working so I will be brewing a cream ale (since the kolsch is all gone) and then driving to Ellicott City (that’s in Maryland, for you Virginia folk) to meet a friend I knew when I lived in New York. I haven’t seen him in about ten years, so it will be good to catch up. On Sunday I will wrap up the weekend by tapping my Irish stout and mourning the coming of Monday. Want to come by and taste the goodness? Let me know. I also want to make it to one of my favorite wineries, but I don’t know how to fit that in with everything else.

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Rachel: I’ve gone and done it again. I’ve booked too many events for one night and now have to figure out how to do everything despite my poor planning efforts. Friday will be a double feature of the live music variety. First stop: Adrian Krygowski’s “Hope For Us” CD Release Party at The Dunes with opening acts Wes Tucker & The Skillets and Justin Trawick. Next: it’s off to The Red Palace for Midnight Spin with The Grey Area. Saturday’s looking to be a good day for a trip to the ballpark for the Nats vs the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. Sunday will be yet another glorious occasion now that the Glover Park Co-Ed Softball League is back in action for the season. Got a late-afternoon game on the diamond followed by some cold ones with my Summer Sunday family at 39th and Calvert.

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christmas eve
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Joanna: I’m starting out this weekend the half-Irish way with some boozy depression at Arena’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. I’ll probably need a Guinness afterwards, and I’ll probably get it outside at Siné in Arlington. On Saturday I’m joining a bunch of nerds at the taping for “celebrity” (read: wonk) Jeopardy! at DAR. Sunday if the weather complies the hubs and I are making sushi – including a kibble-stuffed sushi for the dog of course – and heading out to Gravelly Point to watch airplanes. Somewhere in there I need to figure out how to spend a Crystal City Shops gift card left over from the 1K Beer Walk, and all of that while anticipating YPT’s New Play Festival starting Monday.

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Don: I’m happy at the prospect of some rain for our area, considering the near-drought conditions and recent burn warnings, but less excited for my weekend prospects with it projected to water us both Saturday and Sunday. So maybe it’s just indoor entertainment time. Some afternoon hockey on Saturday to see the Caps continue to struggle against Boston, possibly followed by watching my old home town team go up against the Devils. Throw some squeaky toys across the living room for the pup to run after. Sunday we’ve got tickets to see the Neo-Futurists at Arena. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to go see Cabin in the Woods before someone spoils it for me. Psst, Rosebud is a sled.

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Hirshhorn Donut Hole
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Jenn: I can’t believe I actually have a weekend free, after a marathon of getting my house ready for market these past weeks (interested in an amazing Victorian? talk to me). Now, it’s catch up time! First on the list: Song 1 at the Hirshhorn. I’m reading all over how fantastic an evening spent watching this video installation is, and I really want to experience it myself. There’s also a quirky art opening at my favorite gallery, Morton Fine Art, with work by Billy Colbert making for an essential Friday night stop before heading to Jack Rose or Smoke and Barrel in Adams Morgan. The rest of the weekend is all about exploring the wilds of that strange foreign land across the river, searching out Tyler Cowen’s ethnic dining spots. Final recommendation? You should really catch the last performances of Japanese folk puppet mash-up Dogugaeshi

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Space Shuttle Discovery
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Fedward: I have pretty much ruined my weekend by taking a mostly-unannounced day off to hang out at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center as Space Shuttle Discovery was rolled up nose to nose with Enterprise.  The wifi’s overloaded so my plan of getting a little work in this afternoon is … not happening, so I envision a bit of catchup work Saturday and Sunday to preserve goodwill with my manager and our clients.  But hey, Space Shuttles!

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Grand Marshall Alex Trebek
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Brittany: The most amazing thing I get to do this weekend (month, quarter…) is go to the live taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall. I will be attending the Friday afternoon session and working really hard not to blurt out answers and get myself removed from the audience. After the taping wraps, it is up to Comet Ping Pong to see a trio of rad local bands: Deleted Scenes, The Caribbean, and Cigarette. I will try to get there close to the 10pm start because opener Cigarette really impressed me when I saw them at Black Cat a while back, but I only caught the end of their set that time and want to make a point to hear more. Saturday, Positive Force hosts a benefit concert for the Washington Animal Rescue Leauge at St Stephen’s church in Columbia Heights. Several friends are playing, including new group Iron Galaxy, up first around 7:45. While the show is strictly booze-free, I will probably stop in to Room11 for a pre-rock-show cocktail. Afterwards, we might head to Zeba Bar for Ottomania, which is billed as “a transglobal Balkanic dance party” – which may be the first new DJ night theme I have heard in a while and I am intrigued.

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.


3 thoughts on “We Love Weekends: April 20-22

  1. Joanna- Do you need tickets to attend the Jeopardy taping? If so where do you get them? If not, what time should people show up?


  2. Fedward: I love that photo of the shuttle riding on the plane too! Hard to get work done with that going on indeed.