We Love Weekends: Feb 7 – 9

Tom: More Cold and Precipitation? Really? For realsies? Well, that’s the forecast, and I’m going to celebrate by crying, repeatedly, about the awfulness of this winter. And then I’m going to think about spring things, like the fact that we’re just eight days from Pitchers & Catchers reporting down in Viera, Florida, so I may find a place to watch some Nationals Classics on MASN, starting with tomorrow’s replay of last year’s home opener with a pair of Bryce Harper bombs. But really, I’m just going to be doing a Rite of Spring Dance in my basement praying for a rapid return to outdoor temperatures.

Fedward:  Saturday it’s time for the Studio Theatre’s annual gala, so that’s where the Social Chair and I will be. Other than that our weekend is still undecided. Friday we may hit our now-traditional First Friday spot, the Petworth Citizen, and check out the new reading room. Saturday before the gala the Social Chair will need her usual mani/pedi, so if you have a recommendation convenient for either Petworth or Logan Circle, leave it in the comments. And Sunday we’ll rip up some carpet that got flooded when a valve burst, then reward ourselves with an early Passenger brunch. Free tip: if you call Magnolia Plumbing because four other plumbers either don’t return their calls or just can’t get to you during a freeze, expect to pay a ludicrous “flat rate” [in other words: expect to get ripped off]. “But it’s a flat rate,” they’ll say. And you’ll say an hour’s labor and $40 worth of parts shouldn’t cost over $500. I hope they call me for computer support some time. My “flat rates” are great, and I don’t charge extra for working on Sundays!

Don: This Saturday marks eleven years to the day since my first date with my Darling Wife. It’s hard to believe you can keep someone bamboozled into thinking you’re a worthy companion for that long but somehow I’ve done it. To celebrate we’ll park That Darned Toddler with my in-laws and paint the town taupe like only old marrieds can do. We’ll start out with a little day-drinking brunch at an undetermined location where we’ll punish both our livers and spleens at the same time. Then it’s off to be faux tourists, maybe a little strolling through the Portrait Gallery long enough to justify some lounging in the Kogod courtyard (do people go there for other reasons?) or perhaps the Building Museum. Related: my life advice to you is meet your long-term partner in more temperate months – sleet and gloom are not romantic strolling environments. Thankfully our go-to dining out location of late, Bibiana, is inside and that’s where we’ll have dinner on Saturday. Sunday may be low-key since we’ll be saving up some cheer for Rachel’s Jammin Java performance Monday evening out in Vienna. Perhaps we’ll try to have dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant which we never get to (because, uh, Vienna) – Sweet Ginger.

Jenn: I’ve been traveling a lot lately, so I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things here in DC. Now, I believe you really can’t have enough puppetry in your life, and luckily this weekend features several performances of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer at Artisphere. If the preview is any indication, this “micro-epic puppet show” is not to be missed. Friday night I’ll crawl over to Velvet Lounge to enjoy the quirky banjo stylin’ of The Boundary Stones, and then sip a Mexican Hot Chocolate at nearby El Rey (there may also be tequila involved. Perhaps.) Paul has convinced me to try the tomato soup cake (what?) with Madeira at Flight as soon as possible, so I’ll slip that in somewhere. Love root beer? Who doesn’t? Tea Time DC is hosting an intimate cocktail tasting featuring Thunder Beast Handcrafted Root Beer, goodies from The Green Spoon, and musician Justin Trawick for a Sunday evening that highlights the best in our local arts and culinary communities. I’ll also help celebrate a friend’s birthday by bellying up to the counter at Kapnos to indulge in a plate of grilled anything. And the weekend officially ends Monday night, when I venture out to Vienna to cheer on our own Rachel Levitin as she performs at Jammin’ Java with Andy Suzuki & The Method. It’s going to be a great time.

Paul: Considering I’ve spent my day butchering numerous organs from multiple kinds of animals, and I have to be at Wisdom for the Gin Club Kickoff tonight, and I’m hoping to catch Bass Drum of Death at Black Cat after that, I think I’ll be in the mood for a rather relaxed weekend. Unfortunately, my friends from home are paying a visit and they’re not the afternoon-at-the-Smithsonian crowd. This means we will probably start the weekend off by drinking all of the ‘Gansett pounders at Pug, we are Rhode Island boys, after all. Then I’ll have to show them the high life, maybe stop by Eat The Rich for a late night oyster special, or Ivy and Coney for malort and conies. Maybe we’ll squeeze in a bit of culture. Though I don’t think so. As long as they leave DC physically and emotionally exhausted, I’ll be satisfied.

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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  1. @Don – some of us to the Portrait Gallery (and the American Art Museum, to which it is joined), to see art exhibits. Furthermore, those going there this evening (Friday) can see sets by local bands Walking Sticks and Paint Branch.