We Love Weekends – April 12-14

Mosley: Fun filled weekend!  First, Friday night I’m checking out Inglourious Basterds at the AFI in Silver Spring; I’m not normally a Tarantino fan but I’ve been interested in seeing this movie for awhile.  And seeing a movie at the AFI is always a blast.  Saturday is the annual Sakura Matsuri Street Festival; while I know it gets very, very crowded, it’s still a great event with a ton of sights.  After all that fun, Sunday is almost certainly going to be a relax day but I hope to get out of the house.  The nice weather we are having only lasts so long, so we should soak it up while we can!

Joanna: My weekend starts early with Andy and the Shadows at Theater J, where I’ll be finding out what a “comedy about family with Freudian hallucinations and pre-marital angst” looks like. It continues Friday seeing our very own Rachel Levitin rock out at Ebenezers Coffee House. On Saturday I’ll be darting tourists at the National Gallery of Art while trying out the museum’s new mobile app. Then I close out the weekend with private ordeals at Clyde’s and Redline. I haven’t used a table tap before, but the whole thing sounds like a terrible premise for my type…

Jenn: This is one of those weekends that requires clones. Several versions of me will be out and about. Saturday night is especially jam-packed, starting with sci-fi artsy mayhem at Yuri’s Night at Artisphere. I’m excited to catch up there with local artist Dana Ellyn and hear about her upcoming exhibit. There’s also our own Alexia performing with The Torches at Nerd Nite at DC9, plus Paint the Music at The Dunes, and Black Masala playing at Tropicalia. It will require an abundance of caffeine to hit all four! I also am madly excited to see the exquisite looking Hand-Held exhibit at the Sackler, especially after seeing the dancing Hokusai. This doesn’t even cover cherry blossoms, bike ride possibilities, and a peak at upcoming Bloomingdale restaurant The Red Hen. Those clones better be ready.

Tom: Oh yes, the weekend. Friday, I’ll be celebrating the birthday of District Sports Page’s editor Dave Nichols at the Scoreboard Walk bar at Nationals Park and enjoying the first fruits of summer. Then Saturday, it’s off to find a good spot to get my car detailed ahead of the used car sale adventure that’s going to happen over the next few weeks.  Sunday I’ll be plotting a bike ride for the next Get Out & About!

Rachel: This weekend combines the two things I love the most — music and baseball. Friday night I’ll be playing a show at Ebenezers Coffeehouse with two Chicago rock bands The Future Laureates and Mike Mangione & The UnionTickets are available at the door or online and the night kicks off with me at 7:30. Then I’ll be at Nats Park Saturday to watch the Nats face Atlanta before playing in my own softball game with the Glover Park Co-ed Softball League on Sunday. All in all, a great weekend.

Katie: YOU GUYS. IT IS SPRING OUTSIDE, DID YOU KNOW? My goal is to spend as much time outside as humanly possible from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed, and thus my recipe is as follows: rooftop at Pacifico Cantina, rooftop at Ambar, rooftop at Meridian Pint, rooftop of Brixton. Throw in parks: Hains Point, Meridian Hill, Yard’s Park. Throw in boozy cocktails from local DC foodies that I love: Jack Rose, Bourbon Mint Southern Tea, Hooch. Shake, stir, rinse, repeat.

Fedward:  Friday once again finds us at Hogo (this feels a lot like a pattern), as we meet friends and taste more of R.J. Cooper’s menu (last week we had the oyster bake and the chicken fried steak, which were both excellent).  Saturday we’re taking one of the Niecelets to The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure, presented by Arts on the Horizon at Atlas, and then heading to the National Gallery of Art for the 1936 Showboat. And Sunday we’ll pass on the Passenger (for once) and learn The Story of Gin through Five Cocktails, hosted by the Museum of the American Cocktail at the photo-lined Occidental.

Don: Since we had company from out of town last weekend we did our blossom-peeping a little early. So we won’t be hitting up our go-to spot, the Arboretum. It lacks the pretty background of the monuments but it’s a nicer place for a picnic. I’m tempted by Yuri’s Night – it’s been years since I saw Trixie and the Hate Monkey – but I suspect That Darned Baby will prevent such an outing. Our weekend may be a pretty pedestrian bit of spring-enjoying at a few patios and parks. Suggestions welcome.

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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