We hope you’re having a good Valentine’s Day, if you celebrate that sort of thing. Or that the pins are sticking well into the doll of the ex who hurt you. Whatever. That’s today, we’re focused here on tomorrow. Specifically the part of tomorrow that involves fleeing our unsatisfying corporate obligations and letting slip the dog of whimsey. Or something.
Rachel: This weekend should be a doozy. It’ll start with drinks at Bier Baron in Dupont followed by some live music at Iota in Arlington to see fellow WLDC’er John and his band Juniper Lane tear it up on stage. Then I’m not too sure when but I’ll hopefully be able to connect with fellow local musician Don Kim to hash out some new cover songs and get our creativity on at some point this weekend, if we can. The rest of the weekend will be spent in preparation for my next show at Iota with The 9 Songwriter Series on Tuesday 2/19. I’ll be debuting a new song, I’m pretty excited about it.
Fedward: We’re starting our Valentine’s Day weekend tonight, with the new Jewish Soul Food menu at Hogo. Fancy, I know. Friday night we’ll be braising some short ribs we picked up last night from Red Apron. As I said last night, I put my faith in Nathan. Saturday we’ll visit the AFI Silver Theatre for Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, part of their collaboration with the National Building Museum, “Reel Estate: The American Home on Film.” And Sunday we’ll swing by Proof for Sazeracs during Adam Bernbach‘s continuing “remastered editions” series.
Jenn: My weekend starts early with a visit to Arena Stage to see Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses tonight. A pool! On stage! Aphrodite kicking ass! It’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day catch-up with a dear friend. Afterwards there are any number of fun non-couply events to attend, such as comedy night My Shriveled Black Heart at The Dunes, or The Pinch’s Burlesque and Belly Laughs. Friday night Pink Vinyl is spinning their last DJ night at SOVA, and of course it’s a Heartbreak Edition, as SOVA’s changing ownership soon. Saturday night Looking Glass Lounge is hosting their Dark Heart Rises Masquerade Ball. Hmm, I do have a red Venetian mask lying around somewhere. Just not into partying this weekend? I understand. Go see art: this Sunday the National Gallery of Art opens an amazing exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art and design, the first major survey of its kind in the US. I’ve always loved this art movement and am extremely excited about this gorgeous exhibition. Oh, and get to Hogo for Renee Peres’ Jewish “soul food” menu – so good I had not one but two dinners there last night. Whitefish salad, brisket, sigh.
Mosley: Twice a year, the Library of Congress opens the Main Reading Room, one of the most beautiful spaces in the entire city, to photography. One of those days is this Monday (President’s Day). While it can get very busy there, it’s a great experience. The Open House is from 10am to 3pm (the Jefferson Building itself is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm).
Don: My top weekend activity is getting out to see the newest Die Hard movie, a decidedly non-DC-specific thing. Which, given how poorly they portrayed our area in films 2 and 4 – which were supposedly set here – might just be for the best. What is decidedly DC is this writeup called “A Die-Hard’s Guide To ‘Die Hard’: 25 Years Of Sweat, Dirt And Blowing Stuff Up” by fellow local and Die Hard aficionado, Chris Klimek. He leaves out some interesting tidbits about the source material for the first Die Hard film, but I can’t blame him. It wouldn’t have fit in with his article any more than it fits in here on our DC-area-focused site – which is why I’m leaving it out myself. My other plans this weekend involve writing my piece called “how to annoy your readers and leave them in suspense at the same time.”
Tom: Man, the weekend? I feel like this week has drug on and on, and it’s hard to think we might actually be there already. I’m ready for some hockey on Sunday, so catch me down at Boundary Stone for wings and Caps, but first I think I’m going to find myself a Carl’s Subs and celebrate Rhode Island Avenue with some good local dollars. I may also throw on my bike tights and do some cold weather to prep for the VASA ride I registered for last week. But mostly, I’ll be dreaming of baseball and getting my AM radio ready for summer.