We Love Weekends: June 7-9

Rebecca: Tons of crazy, amazing, fun stuff going on this weekend. Friday I’m off to the Cut Copy concert at the 930 club where I’m gonna dance myself crazy to their electro-pop, 80s beats. Saturday I’ll be running and getting covered in dye at the Run or Dye 5K taking place at RFK. Will likely need a shower and a cold beer after that saga. Saturday evening, it’s a friend’s birthday party at Jack Rose which will likely end up with crazy group dancing somewhere on U Street or AdMo. Sunday morning footie will detox me from my weekend debauchery and I’ll finish things out by ordering pho from Sprig & Sprout and watching Hemlock Grove.

Rachel: I’ll be spending most of this weekend at Nats Park which I’m looking forward to since I’ve been on vacation for most of the past two weeks and missed hanging out down by the Navy Yard. Then, Sunday will be the usual afternoon of softball with the GPCSL before heading to The Dunes for the Metro Music Source‘s Four Year Anniversary Celebration. We’ll be saying farewell to MMS co-founder Jem Bahaijoub of ImaginePR who is moving on to new opportunities in the coming weeks. It’s an event not to be missed by those looking to network within the greater DC music community, that’s for sure.

Don: Our weekend will be a little low-key, and not just because it looks like the sky is going to spend both days dumping on us. We’re going to a post-wedding celebration and a bon voyage party, confusingly for a Carl and a Karl. We’ve resorted to just calling them Big Daddy and Curls. Beyond that we don’t have much on deck except perhaps seeing if we can buy Ed and Kate a celebratory drink on Sunday, if only they can pick a bar they like.

Maya:  I’m excited to write my first weekend update; however, I apologize for not introducing myself with a more exciting weekend.  On Friday, I will be dining at Brasserie Beck with hopes for oysters and Belgian IPA’s galore.  Saturday, I’ll adhere to my bi-weekly tradition of catching up on some reading at Blind Dog Cafe with one (or three) of their mouth watering chocolate chip cookies.  The evening will remain simple and sweet with some grilling and good friends.  I shamefully admit that Sunday will be my first venture to Union Market, which is hosting the event Israel@65.  It will be a great excuse to catch up with my parents, who live in Tenleytown, and satiate our Mediterranean palates while jamming to some tunes strummed by popular Israeli musicians.

Joanna: This weekend depends – as it always seems these days – on the weather. I’d really like to take the dog to Rock Creek Park, but since it will likely rain I might wind up at the National Portrait Gallery to see this and this, then to the Mall to check out the One Million Bones project, raising awareness for genocide. Approaching Ali is happening Sat/Sun – the first hourlong opera created through the American Opera InitiativeNew opera at a decent ticket price, but just for two days. On Sunday I’m cheering on a friend at the Air Force Challenge Ride, then going to a guacamole-themed party (recipes welcome) before planting myself in one spot for the Tony Awards.

Tom: Jazzfest! The craziest weekend of the year at Merriweather Post starts Friday night and runs all weekend, so catch me up in Columbia for this year’s bill. Of course the Nats are home, too, so I’ll be out at Nats Park hoping the Nats can get it together and start to win series, even if I’m suspect that this year is their year, predictions all aside. I had been hoping to get some time to head out to Frager’s to pick up garden supply, but I may have to re-home that trip over to Brookland Hardware, which has started to hold occasional Sunday hours.

Katie: Friday night is all about relaxing, so if it’s not raining, we might picnic in Lincoln Park, or down by Yards Park. Saturday, I’m invited to a Great Gatsby Garden Party, which sounds delightful, then we’re going out on the town. I want to pre-apologize to U street or Columbia Heights for my behavior in advance. Sunday, I’ll keep it low key with a spin class at Biker Barre and dinner at Le Grenier on H Street.

Fedward: having gone from “just looking” to “under contract” in one fast, stressful week, the Social Chair and I now have the challenge of getting the house bought and closed on time.  Our social lives are thus curtailed somewhat until everything is, well, settled.  We’ve already dropped off our earnest money  had our inspection, and locked our rate, but we still need to finalize our loan.  Saturday we’ll stop and smell the flowers, literally, at a lavender farm and then follow that up with some Quaker fun (do Quakers even have fun?) in Sandy Spring (I think we’re mostly going to hang out with friends). And Sunday we’ll graciously allow Don and his Darling Wife to buy us drinks, probably at the Passenger, because of course that’s where.

Jenn: There’s so much to choose from this weekend! First off, festivals. CulturalDC’s 6th annual Source Festival starts Friday. Running for three weeks, it features three new full-length plays, eighteen new ten-minute plays, and three “artistic blind dates” which will give audiences a chance to see the creative process of new play development up close. The DC Jazz Festival is already underway, running until June 16 at multiple venues around town and there’s lots to great music to choose from. Plus, the Supernova Big Bang Dance Party is this Saturday at Artisphere. Or see Russian indie band Pompeya at Tropicalia. Speaking of Russia, I need to get to NGA to see the Ballet Russes exhibit, especially after attending that amazing Stravinsky party last week. But I know I’m not fooling anyone. I’ll probably spend the entire weekend daydreaming. Or at Mockingbird Hill. Yes, Derek Brown and Chantal Tseng’s new sherry and ham bar has its grand opening Friday. It’s already my new happy place.

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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