Joanna: I’m starting out this weekend with the Fringe Festival preview. That’s right, folks: Fringe is back! And so is manic coverage from your committed (and soon-to-be-institutionally-committed) theater team. The festival starts July 11, and buttons/tickets/passes are on sale now. On Saturday I’m catching Lake Untersee at the Source Festival – a new play set in Antarctica and developed by DC new works incubator The Inkwell. Somewhere in the middle I’ve also got to recycle my old toner at the MOMs E-Cycle Celebration. I have 3 reminders set, because that empty toner cartridge has been waiting to get recycled for nearly three years while I keep forgetting. At this point, I think it might have a better memory than I do.
Tom: Summer in DC means life’s little pleasures to avoid the heat. Despite all the “controversy“, I’ll be at Turkey Thicket pool to get some swimming in this weekend, followed by a trip up to Rita’s for some italian ice and to support our local spots. While I’m not ready to take my hand at golf, like Max suggested, I might be up for disc golf in college park.
Fedward: More packing! Saturday we’ll take a break and celebrate the Niecelets’ seventh (hello seven) birthday at Upshur Pool (no controversy there!). Sunday we have to miss the opening of Wakka Wakka Productions’ Baby Universe at Studio Theatre, but we look forward to seeing it once we’re settled into our new house. Being in crunch mode, we might even miss our usual brunch at the Passenger. And at some point we need to get to Ace Beverage and Calvert Woodley, both to restock our own depleted whiskey supply (buying a house is hard) and to pick up thank you gifts for people who have helped (ditto). What Champagne goes with New House?
Mosley: For me, this weekend is all about the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. I’ve enjoyed it so much over the last few years, and I really looking forward to exploring the Hungarian culture part of it this year. And I’m always looking forward to seeing what kind of food they are serving down there too. Beyond that, I think it’s just conserving my energy for next week; the 4th of July is always packed full of things to do and not enough energy to do them all.
Jenn: I’m off to NYC this weekend to see Sleep No More again (what? you haven’t seen it yet? get on up there, they can’t keep extending it forever!) but if I weren’t I would definitely be at Tropicalia this Friday night to dance like mad to some bubu music as Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang take the stage at 10pm. Also that night the Hirshhorn Museum is open for a special summer preview from 7pm-10pm for sneak peeks at new exhibitions and gallery talks. You could also enjoy the marriage of science fiction and puppet theater as Baby Universe opens at Studio Theatre, featuring puppets and animation for what’s bound to be an intriguing ride. Plus the Hong Kong Film Festival at the Freer begins! Don’t forget to eat. Maybe a tower of seafood at Le Diplomate, or a burger on the deck at Red Derby. And of course, you know I’m going to say sherry and ham at Mockingbird Hill. Lots of choices to kickstart summer fun.
Don: My weekend is mercifully unencumbered, though I suspect I will be shamed into some prepwork around the house in anticipation of my parents’ visit next week. Personally I think That Darned Baby should be a free pass to live as slovenly a life as we choose but my wife disagrees. With Capital Weather Gang saying we’ve got an unpredictable storm/sun situation coming I may just sit on my butt and try to build a Spotify playlist of all the bands represented there that are mentioned in this neat City Paper article on DC-area ska bands. The only thing really calling my name – other than the usual Passenger brunch with Fedward and his Social Chair – is Taffety Punk’s “The Rape of Lucrece” that they’re putting on Friday night at the Black Cat.