We Love Weekends – Jun 27-29

Don: Other than the possibility of some thunderstorms – which can be fun sometimes – this is looking like a nice weekend to be outside, what with the highs in the low 80s. So of course my slate has a lot of indoors stuff. I’m pre-weekended it at Union Kitchen on Thursday for the ‘Chups launch party shindig. I was a Kickstarter backer so I had rewards to pick up and District Donuts – soon to come to Barracks Row – to sample. (Verdict: YUM) Friday night I’m going to a dog going away party. Yes, really. Saturday is wide open, but Sunday at 5 I’m going to mosey over to Hill Country BBQ where our own Rachel is going to be a part of a deconstruction of country music  How can I resist a variety of performers trying to boil things down to the identified 7 themes of country music? “The Demon Drink Has Been My Ruin” is the category that speaks to me.

Tom: Weekend! Our friends are having a low country boil out in the foothills, so we’re looking at a weekend out in the wilds of Virginia. There’s a good chance we’ll hit the cute markets in Aldie, which dates back to the early 1800s. There’s some good barbecue out there, too, which means we’ll get lunch there before heading out to Middleburg. Did you know there’s a library for angling, equestrian and field sports there? Yeah, me neither. But there is. I hear great things about the spa at Salamander Resort, but I think that’s too rich for this weekend. See you in the country!

Esther:  Well now that Bat Boy has closed at 1st Stage (and what an amazing run it was!  If you missed it, shame on you DC.  You missed a great show!), I have time to be out and about in DC.  My weekend will begin on Friday viewing a little Quicken Loans National Golf tournament at Congressional Country Club.  Saturday will be spent on the National Mall at the semi-annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, after which I plan on heading over to the Banana Cafe & Piano Bar on Capitol Hill for some of the best Cuban and Puerto Rican food in town.  Sunday, I’m going to Jazz on the Riverfront at the Capitol Riverfront, overlooking the Anacostia River, since there will be wine and beer tastings and chef demonstrations.  Food, alcohol, and summer weather.  Sounds like a perfect summer weekend to me!

Rachel: Busy weekend ahead! But what else is new? Lots of concerts to try and hit starting Friday night including Tiffany Thompson’s final full band show at Ebenezers Coffeehouse before moving to Nashville and The Beanstalk Library at Iota Club & Cafe (in Arlington). Between trying to attend rock shows, I’ll be sending off a friend who’s moving to Pittsburgh with a celebration at Ri Ra in Georgetown. Then Saturday, I’ll do my best to make it to DC9 because Jonny Grave & The Tombstones, Benny, AND Rocky and the Pressers are all on the same lineup. Sunday will be a frantic day as I bounce between playing in my first Flashband at Hill Country BBQ (the theme is “The 7 Songs of Country.” I’m super stoked.) and trying to catch Don Kim’s EP release at Iota. So try and catch me if ya can!

Tiffany: Thursday through Sunday, I am between jobs, so my weekend started early. Since World Cup isn’t my thing, I’ll probably head to E Street Cinema for a showing of Belle. Thursday evening was be dinner at Brookland’s Finest with my visiting brother so he could meet his nephew. Friday I’m definitely getting aloo gobi for lunch at Naan & Beyond (it’s delicious and they only make it on Fridays). Saturday morning, I’m hoping the baby goats will be visiting the Historic Brookland Famers Market at Monroe Street Market, because that sounds like the perfect thing to do on a Saturday morning with a 9 month old. Rural Virginia in the afternoon and evening for relaxation and low country boil. Sunday? Rest, of course. Don’t want to start a new job with those “I’ve got a baby at home” bags under my eyes, after all.

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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