We Love Weekends: July 20-22

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It’s the weekend again and this time we may not all feel like we’ve put under the broiler. Sure, it’s hard to wrap your head around the idea that a chance of showers and high of 80 is something to be excited about but that’s what we’ve come to. Gather ye rosebuds when ye may do so without heatstroke, I think that’s how it goes. What does our staff have planned? You’ll be shocked to know it includes some baseball and theater.

Mosley: Friday. Dark Knight Rises. Uptown Theater.  Enough said.  Saturday I’m hoping to get out of the apartment to finally get a day of street photography in; the heat has been keeping me in doors.  I’m use to hot summers around here, but this year is just killing any desire to be outside!  Don’t know where I’ll go but hopefully with a lot of people around.  And then on Sunday I’m going with my family to Nationals game against the Braves; we’re celebrating my dad’s birthday in style on the Club level!

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Rachel: After being down for the count the past two weeks, I’m excited to be back in the world as opposed to glued to my laptop/television without anything better to do except get healthy. Friday night I’ll be checking out my friends Dan Fisk, Dave Mallen, and Brian Franke while they perform as part of the “Paint the Music” event at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse near Union Station. Tickets are available online and at the door but they’re rumoured to be going fast, so check that out if you’re interested. Saturday’s a busy day. I may try to check in on the Nats during the first half of the doubleheader (game one is at 1:05 p.m. with game two at 7:05 p.m.) before heading to my softball team’s annual party. If there’s one thing for certain it’s that the Glover Park Co-Ed Softball League knows how to plan and execute a party. Then it’s off to a friend’s birthday part on U Street to round out Saturday before seeing Sugarland at Jiffy Lube Live on Sunday. It’s my first country concert so I can’t wait to experience that for all it’s worth.

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Marissa: This weekend I want a taco in my left hand and a margarita in my right. I’m planning on checking out El Chucho, which recently opened on 11th street, to see if they can satisfy that craving. If I was free Saturday night, I’d get myself a front row seat at the Whole Foods on P street for their Semifinal Best Butcher Competition, where four of the best butchers face off to break down cuts of meat from 6 to 9 PM. Tickets are $20 and the proceeds go to DC Central Kitchen. Sunday if I’m feeling artsy, I plan on checking out the 40 Under 40 exhibit at the Renwick Gallery.

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Tom: I am so ready for this busy, busy weekend. Saturday sports a Nationals doubleheader with the Braves – followed by a concert by one of my favorite 90s bands, The Wallflowers, but instead of at the park, I’ll likely be at the Union Market Picnic Saturday afternoon, and then off to Saturday night’s game show at the Artisphere with the hilarious host, Brandon Weatherbee. So, really, Saturday I have to be in about eight places at once, and I’ll likely be using Sunday to recover.

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Huzzard: Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack. I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the Nationals. If they don’t win it’s a shame. Cause it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game.

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Alexia: What else would I have planned, besides a weekend of rock? Friday night I’ll be hanging out on my friend and bandmate Jocelyn’s porch, playing music and enjoying the summer evening (and hopefully not being devoured by mosquitos. Saturday night I am so super-excited to see Deleted Scenes at Red Palace, along with Spinto Band. (I interviewed singer Dan from Deleted Scenes, and you can read that here!) Sunday I’ll be playing The Karma Cabaret at Red Palace with my band The Torches. It’s a benefit show for Yoga Activist’s Mat Donation Program, and will also include performances by The Tender Henries, Milkmachine, and DJ Baby Alcatraz.

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Joanna: It’s another weekend of Fringe for me, and while I’ve already seen some great shows I’m still excited for a few more. In particular I’m looking forward to Thomas Is Titanic, Fool For All - which will include an actual wedding! – and the updated return of Beertown. I also expect Vijai Nathan’s McGoddess will be a highlight. In between you can find me at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar or, if it’s hot/rainy, escaping into The Passenger. Shoot me a tweet if you want to meet up.

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Don: It’s a mix of domesticity and Fringe for me. What exact shows I’ll see I’m not sure yet, but that’s what Friday night and Sunday are for. Saturday we’ll be taking the pup out to Shirlington in order to take advantage of the generosity of the Pre-Veterinary Club of George Mason University; they’ll be at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington location doing various grooming in exchange for donations to AWLA. Since our boy reacts to nail trimming as if I’m trying to take out his appendix with a rusty spoon I think I’ll save my sanity and make a charitable donation at the same time… then maybe take advantage of the lower temps and do a little outdoor brunching.

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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