We Love Weekends: Aug 23-25

Jenn: It’s August, and the city is sleepy. Or is it? This weekend sees the remount of one of Fringe’s most hilarious performances from 2012, I <3 Hummels, about (yes) a lovelorn dorky Hummels collector. It’s also free (donation suggested). After this weekend, the show goes on the road to Vegas! How can you not love that? Cheer on local band The Torches as they make their Kennedy Center debut with our very own Alexia at Millennium Stage on Sunday. Sugar up with BYT’s Cookies and Cream event at Penn Social on Saturday. Dance it off at Flash. Brush up on your Shakespeare at the Free For All. But get ready for the real Queen of the Weekday, as next Wednesday sees an array of evening excitement: from a Francophilia Extravaganza at sexy VeraCruz Gallery, to Dream Dance at Tropicalia with The Cornel West Theory celebrating the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech, to pyrotechnic cocktails and heavy metal madness at the always amazing Spirits in Black event at the Black Cat. I spoke with that mad gang last night and all I can say right now about what to expect is – whoa, go.

Rachel: The Nats are out of town this weekend so that leaves me a little time to do some of the other stuff I don’t usually have time for in the summer. Friday night I may try to recruit some people for a darts game or two at Buffalo Billiards. Then, I’d like to visit the Smithsonian’s American History Museum. It’s a perennial tradition of mine mostly because I love the transportation exhibit. The Route 66 section is one of my favorite portions of the entire museum. I’ve been there more times than I can count but I still love going back and reading the plaques. Saturday night, I’m gonna try and make it to The Velvet Lounge to see my friend singer-songwriter Brittany Jean while she shares a bill with Oh So Peligroso and The OK Corral. Sunday I might try to make it to the movies. Is there anything good playing right now?

Alexia: Friday night I’m going out to dinner in Old Town Alexandria with my family, celebrating my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary! Later in the evening I hope to make it to Tropicalia to see one of my favorite DC bands Coup Sauvage & the Snips get their groove on (10pm/$5/21+). Saturday night I’m playing with my band The Torches at the Bier Baron. Advance tickets available here. (8:30pm/$10). Sunday I’m super excited to be playing the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, with my band The Torches! This show is FREE and all-ages! (6pm/FREE)

Fedward:  Friday the Social Chair and I will be at the Art Romp Anacostia opening reception at the Anacostia Arts Center.  We’ll start our Saturday with the Rally for DC Statehood at the DC War Memorial before the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington gets underway.  After that, as fans of both Don LaFontaine and screwball comedies, we’ll head to the AFI Silver for In a World  and maybe even an impromptu double feature with Blue Jasmine (is it impromptu if I’m announcing it here in advance?). Sunday we’re looking forward to the 3rd Annual Summer Block Party at Bourbon Steak, and after that, if we can still move, we’ll head over to the Passenger for some Corpse Revivers No. 2.

Tom: August means the 199th anniversary of the burning of Washington by British and Canadian troops, and Saturday I’ll be joining with some local history buffs to toast the rebuilding of Washington after its unfortunate fate.  Afterwards, we may drive up to the Canadian and British embassies to moon them, but only if we can be sure we won’t get caught.  As I’m all gimped up after a nasty fall, so I won’t be out on my bike, but registration for the Seagull Century is now open which could be a fun training goal.  As it is, I’ll likely be doing the pre-parental trip to the burbclaves in order to stock up on the necessaries to be a parent. I will, though, no doubt be caught at the new Ted’s Bulletin on 14th Street for breakfast.

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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