Are you enjoying your break before the next polar vortex comes through and tries to freeze us all, DC? Here’s what we’ve got planned before the next Ice Age strikes.
Tom: I’m on quarantine duty through Friday, but the second I can break out of this joint, you bet your ass I will. Saturday is Discover Engineering Day at the National Building Museum, and if Charlie were a little bigger, or could hold interest for more than 5 minutes at a go, that’s exactly where we’d be. NBM is working hard to inspire a next generation of engineers, and that’s something I can get behind. With some learning under my belt, it’s all about exploring. Saturday is supposed to be sunny and 60, so we’ll likely head somewhere to eat outside, and one of my favorites there is the Brixton on U Street, who have a wide expanse of space to stare at the treelined streets. Sunday, if I can swing it, and my lungs feel up to it, it’ll be the first outdoor ride of 2014, which will likely take me up to Hyattsville for an Elevation Burger and back.
Rachel: I may have a broken foot but nothing can keep me from rocking out to quality live music. Friday night, I’ve found myself a ride to Iota in Arlington to catch Derek Evry & His Band of Misanthropes before Derek and drummer extraordinaire Ben Tufts head out on a three-month Spring tour with Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray. Rhythm-powerhouse The Cowards Choir will be joining them in addition to the always creative Margot MacDonald for a night of rock that is sure to leave your eardrums ringing a bit (in a good way, I swear). Show starts at 8:30 p.m. and it’s a 21+ show with a $12 cover at the door. Then, I’ll probably hibernate the rest of the weekend due to my foot. But if my foot WASN’T broken, I’d likely do my favorite walk since the weather’s cooperating. What is my favorite walk? Well here’s my secret … I like to take the Circulator bus from Dupont Circle to Rosslyn through Georgetown. I get off the bus at Rosslyn and take a nice stroll over the Key Bridge before taking some time to sit and look out at the river and roads from the little park with the benches there once you get to the DC side. It’s absolutely gorgeous and completely relaxing. Treat yo’self!
Don: Our weekend will depend greatly on our puke fountain toddler and whether yesterday’s technicolor yawnfest was a short-staying symptom or part of a more lasting illness. And, of course, whether our little “Typhoid Martin” managed to inflict it on us. So if we’re housebound we’ll just have to dream of going out and about in the warmth and braving the soggy ground from all the snowmelt. Illness or not we’d probably skip our usual favorite place to stroll the outdoors, Roosevelt Island, since it gets kinda swampy. But there’s a nice path and boardwalk on slightly higher ground over on Dyke Marsh in Alexandria if you’re willing to drive down the parkway a ways. All assuming, of course, that I can pry my Darling Wife off of Netflix and her House of Cards binging.
Fedward: Have you heard about the changes at the Corcoran? While I’m cautiously optimistic about the collection itself, I’m still a bit confused about how the space is going to work, so we’ll probably head over to take a look before the new plan becomes final. Saturday we might run into Tom at the NBM’s Discover Engineering Day. We’re members so we’ve had that on the calendar since the very first mailer arrived. Saturday night marks the anniversary of my marriage proposal at New York’s Artisanal Bistro so we could mark the occasion at Sona and/or James Beard 2014 semifinalist Rose’s Luxury on Capitol Hill. And Sunday we’ll take in our annual Oscar Nominated Shorts at E Street Cinema. We’ll follow that up with our weekly brunch at the Passenger.
Tiff: It’s actually going to be an acceptable temperature outside. This used to mean patio drinking (who am I kidding? It still means that), but now it means STROLLER TIME. The kid and I are going out to breakfast at Flip-It on Rhode Island Avenue, either with a freshly un-quarantined Tom, or without him to let him sleep. Applesauce for the kid, breakfast burrito for me. After that, I may use the Bridgelet as a thin excuse to go check out Discover Engineering Day, or we may take a walk to the interim Woodridge Library for a shadow puppet show of African folktales. (The kid LOVES story time, what can I say?) We are limited by nothing except the kid’s willingness to nap in the stroller, so I’ll be cramming in as much getting-out-of-the-house time as I can before the cold comes back.
Jenn: This is one of those weekends when it’s best to call in my clones, especially for Saturday, when I’m torn between several fun outings. First up, the Brenda Single Release Party, featuring a mix of bands from DC and Raleigh including Brenda, Lonnie Walker, Lilac Shadows and The North Country, smashing it up at Columbia Heights’ coolest venue, The Dunes. Go on, make a new friend. Next, Bare the Fold with scintillating burlesque at The Fold. Yes, burlesque is sexy naughty fun but I’m truly excited to check out what’s been brewing up in Rockville at this new creative gathering studio that aims to bring artists together. It’s also time for this month’s installation of Neal Keller’s always awesome retro dance party, the 80′s Dance Party with the Angel at Black Whiskey. He’ll play Blancmange; we (my clones and I) will dance. At some point brunch al fresco will have to be enjoyed somewhere because that’s what we all will be doing while this weather teases and torments us before the next polar vortex. Hell, I might even picnic. Or finally try malort at Bar Pilar, as ever since Paul wrote about it last month the whole city’s been going mad for bitter. As we should, my clones. As we should.