We Love Weekends: Feb 22 – 24

Rebecca: No yoga for me this Friday. I’m off to a friend’s birthday party at Bandolero in Georgetown where margaritas and tapas are on the menu. Saturday I’ll be hitting up the Satellite Room before the Railroad Earth concert at the 9:30 club and some post-concert drinks at the American Ice Company. Sunday, I’ve got brunch on tap at Chef Geoff’s, where the Eggs Henry has my name on it.

Katie: We’re at the end of the first training phase for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, a little lull before the big mileage starts, so this weekend I’m taking care of myself. I’ll be stopping by Bliss Spa at the W for the extreme sports massage, which I’m super excited about. Later in the weekend, I’m headed up to Annapolis to visit a friend, and no trip up there is complete without dinner at Level, my very favorite Annapolis restaurant. I bought a new crockpot, so I’m turning to the local blog The Bitten Word for some ideas for what to cook in it Sunday night – I’m thinking this tarragon chicken would do great in the slow cooker.

Patrick: I’m starting my weekend celebrating this girl’s birthday at Bravo! Bravo! From the looks of the website I’m sure it will be loud. I don’t think I’ve ever been to the home of “best latin night of the DC metro area.” Oh boy. If the weather is nice on Saturday I plan on running around Glover Park, I tried it with a friend a couple of weeks ago and it was a nice change of pace then running around the concrete jungle that is Clarendon. Oh ya the Oscars are this weekend. My picks will go up tomorrow but if you want to try and cram in some movies you can watch all nine Best Picture nominees on Saturday at AMC Georgetown in a 24 hour marathon.

Fedward: Friday is the anniversary of the day I asked the Social Chair to marry me, so we’ll probably celebrate that the same way we celebrated Valentine’s Day — at Hogo.  Saturday Your Mom and I will be at Puppet Standup and you should too.  Sunday evening the Poulenc Trio performs works by Duke Eliington and other composers at the National Gallery of Art’s West Garden Court in honor of African American History Month. And then Sunday night there’s no better place to watch the Oscars than the DC Film Society’s Oscar Party at Arlington’s Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse.  I guess we better do our Passenger brunch on the early side, huh.

Tom: I haven’t needed a weekend this badly in a while. The dark of February has me dreaming of summer, but tonight I’ll be rocking the red at the Caps game, and Saturday afternoon I’ll be hitting up the Brookland Black History reception at DC TV to learn more about the history of Brookland, keeping me firmly in the here and now. Inspired by a midweek trip to the Brixton’s deck, I may make a quick tour of the best heated patios in the city to pretend it’s much later, starting with some swachos at American Ice Company, and maybe hitting up Satellite Room for a milkshake or Tunnicliff’s to see if their heaters are still delightful.  After that, I’ll be writing some letters ahead of Statehood Lobby Day which is next Friday.

Rachel: My weekend starts early with some Thursday night festivities at Veracruz where there’ll be a Social Media Week event focusing around the Local Music scene and its audience. Then, Friday night, I’ll be playing a free show (as part of a weekly open mic) with some fellow local musicians at The Getaway. Music starts at 8 p.m. I’ve also been craving some good Jewish deli nosh food lately, so I may try my luck at getting a table at DGS Delicatessen. In the words of Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell, that place is “Crazy delicious.”

Alexia: Friday night there are a bunch of shows I want to see, so I’m not sure where I’ll end up. Could be at Black Cat for Parquet Courts, Roomrunner and one of my favorite DC bands Foul Swoops, could be at Comet Ping Pong for Short Lives, Southern Problems and Miyazaki, but I know I’ll end the night at Paperhaus, my favorite DC DIY music space that’s hosting their last show til summertime with Black Clouds, Raindeer, and Ever Ending Kicks. Somehow I’ll be dragging myself out of bed Saturday morning to run 6 miles on the W&OD trail, as part of my training for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in April. Saturday night I’ll either be heading to a bonfire at my friend’s house in Falls Church, or a house show in Petworth. Sunday afternoon will find me enjoying tea with some friends at Teaism downtown, and Sunday night I’m playing a show with my band The Torches at Galaxy Hut in Arlington! We’re opening for Dischord band Alarms & Controls.

Jenn: I’m heading up to Brooklyn this weekend, but just because I’m out of town doesn’t mean I’m not going to harass you to get some DC culture. Theaters are buzzing right now! I highly recommend catching Metamorphoses at Arena Stage – a gorgeous collection of Greek myths in a production both hopeful and heartrending, set around a pool of water (splash seats? oh yes.). There’s more water in store with Synetic Theater’s silent Shakespeare adaptation of The Tempest opening, also set in a pool of water (splash seats galore!). If you didn’t catch Spooky Action’s crazy Murakami adaptation of Kafka on the Shore, or Taffety Punk’s Twelfth Night, both are closing this weekend so get in there and support smaller companies. As a Danish American I’d also be remiss if I didn’t tell you to hit up one of the Nordic Cool events. And if you like your drinks with history (who doesn’t?), head over to Union Market tonight from 6:30-8pm to catch Philip Greene chat about his latest book, To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion. Tickets are $40 at the door, Gina Chersevani is rustling up the cocktails, you get a copy of the book, and it all benefits the Museum of the American Cocktail.

Don: Friday night is an outing to Etete. Not just because we love them, but because we have an expiring coupon. Oh coupon sites! How would I schedule my time without your pressing good-till dates? Saturday I’d originally meant to go to the not-Cherry-Red-run Puppet Standup that Fedward mentioned but I accidentally double-booked. So instead I’ll be putting on my tux and going to a gala for the Children’s Hospital. Look for a raffle for those puppet tickets tomorrow… Sunday will be a low-key affair where I buy an old friend some drinks in exchange for some old computer hardware, maybe at Rustico. It’s every bit as exciting as it sounds, so perhaps we can spice it up a bit and make it a sneaky-looking spy handoff where he puts the shopping bag down and I casually walk away with it at the end, never acknowledging it.

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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