We Love Weekends

We Love Long Weekends – Jul 3 – 6

Don: Ah, 4th of July weekend. Which for me means one of those exciting 6 lone holiday days I get since I left the public sector. I will be savoring it by eating some half smokes off my grill from Red Apron and doing [redacted]-all for the totality of the day. We’ll be experiencing the fireworks the way that has become our tradition – watching the New York display on tv. I miss the DC display, but I no longer can walk to a non-crazed (go to the crowdtacular mall? hahahahahahahahah no thanks, waiting in line for portapots is more patriotism than i can manage) location and watch the Capitol display with my own eyes. Since the alternative is WETA’s Explosive Racism Spectacular I’ll just swallow my hatred of NYC for an hour.

Rachel: The 4th of July falls on a Friday this year which means HELLO LONG WEEKEND! Looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to the Cubs being in town for a weekend series against the Nationals. As some of you may or may not know, I hail from Chicago originally so this is one of my favorite events of the baseball season in D.C. The last time the Cubs were in town on the 4th, it was 2007…if memory serves me right. That game was at RFK Stadium. Dimitri Young hit a grand slam in that game, Matt Chico pitched, and the Nats beat Chicago 6-0. This Nats team has changed quite a bit since that summer, so I look forward to seeing how this series pans out.

Fedward: Last year we had just closed on our house and had to spend the 4th weekend packing, but we took the time to head to the roof of our apartment building for one last blast of Petworth/Park View neighborhood fireworks at eye level.  This year is the first we’ll actually be spending in the house, but having lived in the neighborhood for four previous 4ths we already know what to expect from the neighbors (which actually started a couple weeks ago).  We weren’t really planning to leave the house, much less the neighborhood, but we’ve been offered a pair of tickets to Friday’s Nats game so we might actually get out for that.  We might also walk over to the Petworth-adjacent Soldiers’ Home for their annual celebration. Saturday afternoon we’ll head up to the AFI Silver for Lawrence of Arabia (related: the whole Alec Guinness Centennial looks awesome). On the live theatre docket: Side Show at the Kennedy Center and Private Lives at STC’s Lansburgh. We’ll round the weekend off with brunch at the Passenger, because that’s what we do.

Tom: Independence Day is always my favorite holiday of the year. Some people love Christmas, or Easter or Flag Day or Armistice Day, but me, I’m an Independence Day guy. I’ll be making ice cream first thing in the morning with my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and some local fruits, probably cherries, before plotting the rest of the weekend’s adventures. I may go for the reading of the Declaration of Independence, I may opt for a more personal expression and go for a bike ride, but overall, I will celebrate the brave that passed before us and declared this one nation, indivisible.

Mosley: Ah, the Fourth. Like Tom, it’s one of my favorite, favorite days out of the year.  And with a three day weekend, I’ll actually be able to get out for it too!  On the 5th I’m definitely going to the AFI but for decided lower brow entertainment: they’re starting there Totally Awesome ’80s movie schedule and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is playing.  Call me what you will, but I prefer to think of myself as a kid at heart.  Other than that, I’m hoping to get out on the Anacostia for some kayaking, weather be damned.  I try to do it at least once a summer, and the weekend of the 4th is a great excuse to do it.  I launch out of Bladensburg Waterfront Park and paddle all the way down to RFK; it’s amazing.

Jenn: It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without a stroll to Bloomingdale to watch the incredible 360-degree view of fireworks viewable from a dear friend’s roofdeck. There’s just nothing like watching the city’s celebration unfold, from the official explosions to the crazy neighborhood displays. I love fireworks, plain and simple, they bring out the little kid full of wonder. I’ll probably also squeeze in a viewing of that old chestnut 1776, a musical my brother and I used to quote at each other as we danced around the backyard waving sparklers. Speaking of movies, Fedward reminds me that AFI is celebrating the centennial of one of my all-time favorite actors, Sir Alec Guinness, with a retrospective starting this weekend and running the next few months. There’s a treasure trove of performances to catch! This weekend it’s Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and Lawrence of Arabia (oh definitely, if you haven’t seen Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen in glorious 70mm, get yourself to AFI Friday or Saturday!). And I’ll also be celebrating democracy by participating in dog & pony dc’s rehearsal of their immersive town hall meeting, Beertown, before they head up to NYC to perform for the Lincoln Center Directors Lab next week (go DC theater pride!). A nice, relaxing weekend with a side of culture. My favorite.

We Love Weekends

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.

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We Love Weekends May 30 – June 1

Tom: I am so ready for this weekend. Short weeks are always murder on my schedule, and weeks with jury duty are the same and this week was both! Amazing! Anyhow, this weekend looks to be about perfect, and that means I’m headed out on my bike. This weekend I’ll be taking Charlie down to Tour de Fat at Yards Park, as the bike festivals in DC are always a good time. Hopefully we won’t need a support vehicle. Sunday we’ll be heading to the Nats game to see if the Nationals have any spark this year or if they’re bound for another year of suffering.

Rachel: After a much needed night of rest and Netflix on Friday — and perhaps a quick pit stop at The Front Page for a lil’ happy hour action before — my weekend will include a stop off at Nats Park as they face the Texas Rangers and then a sweet jam session on Sunday as part of my FIRST Flashband experience. I signed up for the June Flashband project because the theme is “The Seven Songs of Country Music” and I freaking love country. So — if you like country too and wanna checkout this whole Flashband thing, be sure to stop by Hill Country Live on Sunday June 29!

Fedward:  A convergence of events means we’re babysitting the Niecelets the same weekend that Sunny and Licorice (directed by none other than the Social Chair) opens, so we’re taking them on Saturday.  If you’ve got young kids (target ages 2-5, but all are welcome) this odd couple of orangutans should be just the ticket.  The show runs through June 14 so you’ve got plenty of opportunity to see it. Hashtag shameless plug. After babysitting duty ends Sunday evening we’ll head to the Passenger for a much needed brunch.

Joe: Is it really time to mow the lawn again? I should have read the fine print in that new home ownership manual more closely. Hopefully, I’ll be done in time to head over to RFK Lot 8 on Saturday afternoon to join the Screaming Eagles for the best tailgate in town (seriously). Then it’s time to root against the hated Sporks, also known as Sporting Kansas City as they take on the DC United at 7 p.m. A win moves the United into 2nd place in their conference — a huge step forward from last year’s disaster of a season. On Sunday, we’re hoping to finally make it over to the National Gallery of Art to see the Garry Winogrand photography exhibit before it leaves town June 8.

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We Love Weekends – May 23-25

Oh wonderful long weekend, we’re so happy to see you here again. Why don’t you come more often? Oh well, we promise to enjoy you. A lot.

Tiff: Memorial Day weekend means summer is starting, which means getting a jump on all the warm-weather stuff the kid isn’t yet old enough to appreciate but we’ve been wanting to do. Berries at the new Brookland farmers market? Check. Splash park opening up at the Turkey Thicket Rec Center playground? Check. Pitchers of bourbon cherry lemonade with some new neighbors? You know it.

Esther:  Although the weather will be lovely and there will be outdoor activities, dining, and drinks a-plenty  to be had, my entire weekend will be spent at 1st Stage in Tyson’s Corner, for the opening of Bat Boy.  Tickets are still available for the Saturday (2 pm and 8 pm) and Sunday (2 pm and 7 pm) shows.  And did I mention that as much fun as it is to be enjoying the first weekend of summer outdoors (did spring really skip us entirely this year?), spending at least part of the weekend seeing Bat Boy at 1st Stage (1524 Spring Hill Road in McLean) is recommended.  Oh yeah, and in case I failed to mention it, come see Bat Boy at 1st Stage (running weekends through June 22).

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We Love Weekends – May 16 – 18

Rachel: I’ve got a busy and fun weekend ahead of me. Friday night starts with a Buncearoo Presents show at Foundation Gallery & Liveroom featuring Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Dave Farah. Depending on what time that show let’s out, I’ll probably head to The Hamilton to catch up with some friends after they wrap their show downstairs. If you can make it on Friday night, The Circus Life podcast is hosting a live show featuring The Morrison Brothers, The Beanstalk Library, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, and Louisa Hall. Then Saturday, I’ll be grabbing brunch with some friends at Alba Osteria before heading to the late-afternoon Nats game. Hopefully the Nats finish that game up at a reasonable evening hour because I’ve got a private rooftop concert to give! Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to singing some songs in such a special setting! Sunday will wrap up the weekend with a double-header of Glover Park Co-Ed Softball. Can’t beat that!

Fedward: Friday night is the Phillips Collection’s annual Gala and its after party, so it’s time to get dolled up, 70s Glam style. Saturday we’ll do some much-needed garden improvements before heading to Hogo for some rum drinks and then we’re off to Alexandria for a colonial ghost and graveyard tour. Sunday we’ll catch the closing of Failure: A Love Story at the HUB Theatre before wrapping up our weekend with our usual Passenger brunch.

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Don: We’re going to be very Arlingtonian this weekend. But who can blame us? THEY HAVE TRUCKS. Yes, it’s Truck Day at central library. What’s that mean? Um, there will be truck there. *tap*tap* Is this thing on? How hard is this to understand?

  • trucks for construction
  • fire and rescue
  • trash pick-up
  • police cars
  • a commuter bus
  • a sewer truck
  • and more

I guess you had to end with “and more” after sewer truck. Don’t dismiss it – waste water processing is an interesting thing. The next day That Darned Toddler and I wave byebye to my Darling Wife as she heads to the windy city for work, then we’ll go to Taste of Arlington. He’ll enjoy looking at all the people – I think the kidzone stuff will still be a hint old for him – and I’ll enjoy grazing through the food.

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We Love Weekends – May 9-11

Don: As it stands there’s some potential rain but I’m just going to try for some optimism and assume it’ll miss us. That means getting my Bond on over at the Union Market drive-in Friday night. Goldfinger won the three-way-vote because duh, Odd Job. Any other outcome would have been shocking. The man who throws a hat was a shoe-in. Saturday is the annual Walk for the Animals in Arlington, a charity to benefit the Arlington Animal Welfare League. You can make donations at their main page or via my pledge page here  which has the advantage of an adorable picture of my dog. Sunday is Mother’s Day, which means making arrangements to take out my Darling Wife. That Darned Toddler’s restaurant reservation skills blow and the deadbeat NEVER picks up a check. Well, he does sometimes, but then he throws it over on the floor and I have to pick it up AND pick it up… oh never mind. Before or after we’ll drop into the Passenger for brunch to commemorate our friend Clare’s last shift working there. Maybe we’ll take another picture of the boy with those crazy big bottles to compare to the one above from last year.

Tom: It’s Mother’s Day Weekend! That means avoiding every single crazy brunch place, because apparently everyone thinks that’s a thing still. We’ll be out at the National Arboretum taking in the sights with the Azaleas all in bloom. Before that, though, is the Great Brookland Yard Sale with 60-odd yard sales in the Brookland neighborhood. Sunday, it’s off to Ikea for meatballs and baby toys, and then home to plant the other part of my garden bed. Happy Spring!

Fedward:  Friday we’re meeting some sort-of-out-of-town (it’s complicated) friends for drinks. Since we’ve taken them to the Passenger (whose closing is now officially delayed) a few times already I think that means we have to take them to the Partisan this time around.  Bonus: all the meat. Saturday means a trip to the Petworth Community Market to stock up, and then we’ll Celebrate Petworth before returning home to grill the stuff we bought at the market. Sunday is Mothers’ Day so we’ll call our moms before we head to the Passenger for our friend Clare’s last shift. Being at a bar from open to close is OK under those circumstances, right?

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Rachel: It looks like the sun is back so I plan to savor it. I’ll likely take a walk in search of some iced coffee on Saturday and live a life of leisure before heading to Republic to see Don Kim + Friends perform that night. Otherwise, it’ll be a much needed quiet weekend since my mom lives all the way in Chicago. But, if anyone wants to adopt a full-grown child on Sunday for some Mother’s Day brunch action, I’m currently fielding offers. The rest of the weekend will be spent deciding what my next weekly YouTube video will be: a new original song, a song from my upcoming EP, an older song from “the vault,” or a cover. Ah, ’tis the life and times of an independent singer-songwriter.

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We Love Weekends – May 2 – 4

Tom: Though right now it looks like we’ll all be washed away by the weekend, the forecast looks pretty amazing. I see brunch in my future, and preferably somewhere with a patio so we can show off Charlie’s new sunglasses. I’m also thinking a trip to the burbs is in the offing, which means the (unholy?) trinity of Wegmans, Costco and the Arlington Farmer’s Market. Why Arlington? They have the best rosemary seedlings. I can’t explain it, it’s just true. After that, it’s off to Bull Run to pick up some grass fed beef. How much? Half a cow. Come by my grill this weekend and I will show you the tasty deliciousness.

Rebecca: Friday I’m be enjoying nice, sunny weather on the rooftop deck at Surfside before my friends and I hit the Poppy’s Suitcase show at Mason Inn. Saturday I’m up early for footie and then hitting the Taste of 8th Street. Sunday I’ll get to celebrating Cinco de Mayo early at El Rey with fighting luchadores, psychotroprical funk and tequila!

Fedward:  This is another weekend where I need to be in three places at once.  Saturday is the Spring Fling at the Soldiers Home and as a homeowner I find an expert talk about native plants newly relevant.  It’s also Derby Day at Southern Efficiency, with mint juleps on tap and hot browns under the broiler. But it’s also also the third annual DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop and I plan to shake my money maker, by which I mean “sit my ass in a chair and upgrade my programming skills.” Maybe I’ll do that first and THEN go to Southern Efficiency. Sunday there’s more Perl to be hacked at the DCBPW Hackathon, and after that I’ll unwind with the usual brunch at the Passenger. And while Monday might be Drinko de Mayo for some people, between the limepocalypse and my general loathing for amateur nights, I might just sit at home and drink daisies instead of margaritas. Besides, the Social Chair doesn’t really care for tequila.

Don: I’m so giddy to see the sun that I’m not sure I can have coherent plans other than walking around and marveling at not being soggy. I wish we’d had a few more days to dry off so we could do more strolling in our favorite outdoor locations, but as it stands I would expect a lot of mud in Rock Creek Park and Teddy Roosevelt Island. So we’ll stick to the more paved & drained outdoor fun, I think. We haven’t been to the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden since the rink came down so it and the Zoo top our list, I think. On the one hand the zoo’s hills and slopes mean a lot harder walking for That Darned Toddler. On the other hand that means a more tired and sleeping toddler.

So maybe we’ll just see you at the zoo, huh?

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We Love Weekends – April 25-27

Tom: The perfect weather is here!!! With a weekend of sunny-and-70, it’s time to take that perfect bike trailer out on the town with Charlie in tow. The Nats have a homestand coming to a close against the Padres, and there’s a bike valet down there, which is great. Yards Park has Crawfish for Cancer on Saturday afternoon too, which has me thinking that heading down there, and then to Bluejacket for some of their tasty beverages. I’ve also been dying to get back down to the Anacostia trail to go sit in the parks at Poplar Point. Bring me your sunshine, DC!

Rachel: I’m kicking off this weekend by living out a long-time dream of mine. I’m shooting the official music video for the first single off my brand new EP due out later this year. My buddy Don Kim and I are gonna team up on this effort to shoot a video that I feel will be an accurate representation of where I am at this point in my life. We’ll shoot during the day on Friday and then catch some footage at my Friday night show at Ebenezers Coffeehouse too. The always wonderful Zia Hassan and Phillip Noss will be co-headlining the night along with yours truly so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a fun and memorable night. Then, Saturday will be a day at the ballpark as the Nats take on the Padres in an early afternoon match-up. I’ll likely wrap the weekend with a location search for my next weekly video. Good times ahead! Bring on that warm weather!

Don: Well the weather is great so of course there’s indoor activities I’ve been interested in for months now. The USA Science and Engineering Festival is this Saturday and Sunday, though some affiliated stuff (like SparkFun’s Robot programming session!) started Thursday. We’ll move our staring at the boob tube outside though and go sit in the picnic area at Union Market to watch Frozen. Since I couldn’t convince any of our heretic visitors to go with me to see the Nats face the Cards last weekend I’m hoping we can drag That Darned Toddler along for his first game since he was a hint smaller. Saturday’s supposed to be a hint warmer but with both games at 1pm and his cheapskate father liking to sit in the unshaded outfield I don’t think it’ll be a problem either day.

Rebecca: I’ve been up enjoying the spring weather in NYC all this week, so it’ll be great to be back home for the weekend weather. Friday I’ll head to the Verizon Center to cheer on the Wizards in their first playoff game against the Chicago Bulls. Saturday I’ll be gardening it up with some friends, after which we will all chill out at The Lot @ Union Kitchen for solid food, beer and music. Sunday it’s soccer, farmers markets, yoga and a sunset beer in the garden with friends.

Fedward:  Friday night might see us at Union Market with Don.  Saturday, uh: anybody figured out how to be multiple places at once?  We’ve got friends coming in from out of town to go to the USA Science and Engineering Festival (which Don also mentioned) and see TMBG in the process (which he didn’t), but I also need to go to the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild’s annual plant sale (mentioned last week) and the Friends of the Soldiers Home fundraiser at Annie’s.  Saturday night I’ll take those out of town friends back to the Passenger, which they enjoyed on their last visit.  Sunday morning we’ll have brunch at Petworth Citizen before they head back out of town, and I’ll probably complete my weekend with … another visit to the Passenger for another brunch.  Or maybe I’ll just try to work on the garden.

Esther:  Once a year, Georgetown transports itself to Paris for the Georgetown French Market, complete with street performers, French food, and shopping.  So that’s where you’ll find me on Saturday afternoon.  Saturday night, I’m continuing to immerse myself in the French culture and I will be at the Avalon Theatre, on Connecticut Avenue NW for the DC Filmfest showing of Mood Indigo, directed by the innovative Michel Gondry.   Sunday, I’m ditching the Francophile in me and turning my attention to the archaeologist in me, visiting the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Fossil Hall, before it closes Sunday for an extensive 5-year renovation. Always one of my favorite exhibit’s, once it closes, seems like the only skeletons in DC for the next 5 years will be the ones in the closets of Congress.

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We Love Weekends – April 18-20

Fedward: After last week’s movie-and-grill-a-palooza we’ve got another packed weekend coming up.  In theatre, there’s Arguendo at Woolly Mammoth, and Moth at Studio Theatre 2ndstage. Saturday is Customer Appreciation Day at Ace Photo, and I’ve been itching for a camera upgrade. We also need to start prepping our garden this weekend for the Franciscan Monastery Garden Guild annual plant sale next weekend (if you go this weekend it’ll be pretty, I’m sure, because it always is, but there won’t be anything for sale). And then Sunday, it’s over the river we go to see Don, his Darling Wife, and That Darn Toddler for Easter dinner.

Esther:  In honor of Thomas Jefferson, who would have celebrated his 271st birthday this week, I’m spending my weekend honoring the man who did a bunch of important stuff for the country, including inventing the swivel chair. Starting Friday night by unwinding from the week, I’m going to hit Quill, the upscale bar located in the Jefferson Hotel at 16th and M St NW in DC, where specialty cocktails are the order of the night.  Saturday, I will enjoy the last vestiges of the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin and visit Mr. Jefferson himself at his memorial, which celebrates its 70th birthday this year.  Saturday night, I’ll be at the rooftop bar and lounge at the Graham Georgetown, since it’s located on Thomas Jefferson St NW and has an amazing view of the Potomac.  And Sunday, brunch will be had at one of Thom’s former hangouts, Gadsby’s Tavern in Old Town Alexandria.  I’m sure Thomas Jefferson couldn’t envision a better birthday weekend.

Tom: This weekend we’re cleaning up the neighborhood, starting with 12th St NE. BNCA is doing a cleanup starting at 12th and Newton from 10a-12p followed by margaritas at San Antonio Bar & Grill. After that, it’s flyering for the Great Brookland Yard Sale in May. After that it’s time to roll down to Nats Park for their weekend series against the Cardinals.

Don: I’m defying the expectations of all the “mundanes” in my life and NOT going to AwesomeCon  Apparently I’m cheaper than I am nerdy, and most of the appeal to me would be wandering the vendor floor. And paying an admission fee to be allowed to pay more money for things offends my sensibilities. If I didn’t have to work the day away in the code mines I might go watch the Guinness attempt by the Capitol Reflecting Pool at noon Friday, though, since the price – free – is right. I’m skeptical they’ll get more than 1,500 people in costume but I would think once you break a few hundred you’ve got something worth seeing. Beyond that we’ve got some family in town to meet That Darned Toddler for the first time, but I’m hoping they’d be interested in some cheap seats at Nats Stadium for Saturday or Sunday’s afternoon games.

Rebecca:  Friday evening I’ll be over at Union Market for their first Drive-In movie of the season, National Lampoon’s Vacation.  Saturday morning I’ll be back there to drop off some old electronics as part of Earth Day. The drop off event goes from 10am-4pm. Sunday, it’s Easter so to celebrate Lent ending I’ll be slow cooking the most delicious pot roast imaginable which I’ll pick up from Smith Family Farms at the Palisades Market.

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We Love Weekends – April 11-13

Rebecca J: Friday I’ll be taking it easy with some wind down the week yoga at Down Dog Yoga. Saturday I’m playing footie in morning, BBQing down in the Palisades in the afternoon and then headed to the much anticipated – makes me SOOOOO happy they’re in town – The Sounds show at the 9:30. Sunday more footie in the morning followed by a scrumptious Easter Sunday lunch supplied from the fresh fares at the Palisades Farmer’s Market.

Tom: This is a weekend for visiting the parks and enjoying the outdoors, so we’ll be starting with Noyes Park, Ft. Bunker Hill, and Turkey Thicket, to do some outside enjoyment of the city with our son Charlie. We may venture down to the Cherries, but with the crowds and the perfect weather does beauty trump hassle? We may head for the DC Insider’s favorite spot instead. There’s discussion of outdoor margaritas for the weekend, but Mike Madden from the City Paper has me thinking some time outside with a stroller at Meridian Pint is where all the cool parents hang out. Great job with the Best of DC, guys.

Fedward:  while my first inclination would be to go to Red Apron and buy All The Meats for a weekend of non-stop grilling and eating, we can’t actually just skip everything on the schedule.  Sigh.  There’s some good theater closing this weekend so we’re seeing Water by the Spoonful at Studio, and we caught Brief Encounter at Shakespeare Theatre last night, and can recommend it highly.  Saturday, because irony, we’ll be spending the glorious day inside the AFI Silver Theater for free movies thanks to Car2Go.  Sunday I finally get to do my grilling and I can’t wait.  60-day aged rib-eye, here I come.

Don: Fedward beat me to the cheapskate punch in mentioning the AFI free movie outing but he can’t take Roosevelt Island from me. If we decide we’re in the mood for a long walk we may peep some cherry blossoms by the tidal basin. Last year we had family along so we took them to the Arboretum which also has cherry trees and is more doable if you have mobility challenged folks along and have no choice but to drive. There’s even a Saturday tram tour which, as of 1pm today, still has openings. That’s pricier than free at $22 a head, but if you need it, you need it. Entry and parking is still free if you just need a more accessible and less crowded (though only by so much) place than the Tidal Basin.

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We Love Weekends: Apr 4-6

Rachel: Friday night’ll kick-off when I catch up with some friends I haven’t seen in awhile. We’ll be gathering at the first-ever Unplugged 9 Songwriter Series show at Hierarchy Art Gallery in Adams Morgan. Then Saturday is a big day … er … night … since it’ll be my first Nats game of the year! I look forward to hearing the buzz of the crowd and seeing the skyline view of the city from the press box. I’m also really looking forward to breathing in the fresh air and keeping score in real-time. There’s just something so very zen about it all. Then, I’ll wrap the weekend with a softball game on Sunday afternoon in Glover Park. I’ve still got a broken foot but that doesn’t mean I can’t sit on the bench and help motivate my team toward victory!

Rebecca: Whoa nelly this weekend kicks ass. Friday afternoon I’m catching the early (6pm) sold out show  of Kraftwerk at the 9:30 Club. Saturday as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, I’ll be doing yoga on the Mall from 10-12 after which I’ll grab some noms at the returning District Flea as I peruse the stalls. Saturday evening I’ll hit The Dunes to check out DC’s very own Furniteur at her first show. Sunday it’s footie in the morning and Elsinore at DC9 at night.

Tom: Like a thirsty man returned from the desert, I will be drinking deeply of the waters of baseball this weekend. The Nationals have a three-game stand against the hated Braves this week, so I will be repping Natstown. Sunday is Screech’s birthday, so look forward to some random Mascot adventures that afternoon. Also this weekend is a neat event from our friends at Feastly which is part of a nationwide series called Salo. It’s a pop-up for Phillipino cooking, and the menu includes halang-halang and Agos-os, which you will have to google, but then will want immediately.

Fedward:  The Social Chair has left for NYC so I’m on my own until Sunday.  One option is to liquor up and riot, with perhaps a DB3 and a stop at Ivy and Coney, or maybe whiskey on tap at the Partisan. Or I could work on my career at Startup Weekend (but if anybody knows the organizers let them know they really need to up their social media game). Practically speaking I’ll probably just head to Annie’s and do some home improvements without the wife around to get nervous (which isn’t to say I won’t reward myself with a Red Apron steak when I’m done). Saturday afternoon also offers the opportunity to “welcome home” some WWII veterans at the Soldiers’ Home (complete with Marine Band). Sunday she’s back home, so we’ll wrap the weekend in our usual brunch-at-the-Passenger style.

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We Love Weekends: Mar 21-23

Don: In my mind I’m dancing through green fields, even if Capital Weather Gang’s projections are kind of reserved. But who cares, it’s not snowing and after so long with near-freezing temps I’ll feel like I’m in the sub-tropics when it’s in the 50s. So the name of my game is going to be finding some outdoorsy stuff to do, though the spring uncertainty will mean a lot of playing it by ear. Our one concrete activity is a Sunday pickup of our third foster dog for PetConnect Rescue. We worried that we’d have an issue getting attached but it’s been fun being a part of getting dogs out of high-kill shelters and connecting them with homes.

Fedward: Like last weekend, the Social Chair and I are double-booked.  Friday night we have a friend’s birthday party, and Saturday night another friend’s going away party.  Without those plans we’d be moving into the Kennedy Center temporarily for the World Stages Festival and the opera I know as L’elisir d’amore (note to WNO: stop it with the English titles already – you’re never going to make fetch happen). We would also be making time for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Sunday’s brunch at the Passenger will round out our weekend as usual, double-booking or no.

Rebecca: Saturday looks to be BEAUTIFUL so I’ll spend my day outside soaking up the rays. First I’m in need of a bike to ride around the city, so I’m checking out the Used Bike Sale at Big Bear Cafe from 10-2pm. After it’s out to the town of Sharpsburg, MD for some fresh air and history.

Tiff: I’ve got friends in town for the annual Scope It Out walk benefiting colon cancer research, and they’ve got little kids, and we’ve got a little kid, and anyway, there will be a passel o’ strollers, probably playing tourist on the Mall if the weather holds out. (Please? PLEASE?) And then grilling, because nothing says “Winter, go away” like cooking outside with fire. Sunday finds us getting our local politics on at a neighbor’s meet and greet for Phil Mendelson‘s campaign for Council Chair.

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We Love Weekends: Mar 14-16

Rebecca: F that to Thursday’s craptastic weather- I’m calling that day a mulligan. Moving on to Friday, I’ve got a sick sick game of racquetball -yes we wear eye protection dad – planned with a worthy foe for Friday afternoon at the Arlington YMCA after which I’ll celebrate a much earned victory at Ireland’s Four Courts where I’ll grab a Guinness before avoiding St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans all weekend long. Saturday I’ll catch up with a good friend while walking her pooch along the C&O Canal. Saturday afternoon I’ll hit the road with some fellow women cyclist to prep them for the Black Hills Circuit Race which is next Saturday. Sunday it’s a chill out fest until fellow WLDC writer Paul and I hit up Tea Time DC’s event at the Ulysees room. I’m uber pumped to check out this merging of culinary endeavors, artistic expression and community growth.

Tiff: There are not one but TWO new playgrounds in my neighborhood, and they’ve both got baby swings. So you know where I’ll be if the weather is anything even close to hospitable. The kid was a champ last weekend while the grownups sat on the patio at American Ice Company, so I’m inclined to push my luck this week. I’ve got to get my bike down to BicycleSpace for a tune up before prime bike commuting weather starts, so that may happen this weekend. If the weather’s not so great? Look for me huddling on my couch under a blanket, tearfully begging Mother Nature for mercy.

Fedward:  This is a weekend I’m sad I can’t be in multiple places at once.  Our weekend starts early Friday afternoon with a surprise wedding – not ours, that was a year and a half ago – followed by a reception, but if we weren’t doing that we’d be heading up to Blob’s Park for one last polka with Brave Combo. Saturday we’ve got a friend’s 40th birthday celebration, but if we didn’t have that we’d celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day with some Irish whiskey. Sunday we’ll head to the AFI Silver for Drive (part of their co-presentation on L.A. Modern with the National Building Museum) and then it’ll be time for our usual brunch at the Passenger.

Paul: I know this is functionally Saint Patrick’s Day weekend and as a half-blooded mongrel son of Irish immigrants I should dutifully be spending it drinks lots and lots of Irish whiskey, Guinness extra stout, and eating plenty of blood pudding. But that’s not going to happen. Since you can almost always guarantee to find Irish whiskey stashed on my person at any given time, I don’t feel as inclined to celebrate Senior Paddy as you would expect. Who knows? I may feel a wave of guilt come Monday and finally get that Ulysses tattoo I’ve always wanted. Until then, you can “kiss my royal Irish arse.” But as your humble drinks writer, it is my duty to let you in on where and what to drink this weekend. Regardless of specials, campy theme nights, etc, the one place to drink this weekend if you’re in the mood for some good, debaucherous St. Paddy’s Day fun is the Pug. I will stake my reputation on this, get there for brunch on Saturday and stay until last call. You will have celebrated a St. Patrick’s Day like no other. The Powers will flow like water and that honeyed, golden liquid will transport you all the way back to the green, green fields of Éire. Myself, this weekend I will be working, working, working. Hopefully I’ll get to duck out early enough to check out Doctor Dog’s show at the 9:30 club. Sunday means more work and finally getting to check out Tea Time DC with fellow writer Rebecca. Music, beer, lo-fi abstract expressionism, and chef Cizuka Seki’s (of the phenomenally amazing Izakaya Seki) Japanese-inspired food? Hell.Yes.Please. It’s going to be a great weekend. Just don’t get carried away drinking Jameson.

Don: We’re going to start our weekend with a bit of masochistic driving – out to Fredericksburg to see my Darling Wife’s alma mater Virginia Wesleyan face off against Mary Washington in a Division 3 sweet 16 game. Surely that’ll be a delight of a drive on a Friday afternoon! Saturday and Sunday are largely up for grabs, though our thoughts mostly mirror Tiff’s about outdoors, kids, and weather-cowering.

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We Love Weekends – Mar 7 to 9

Tom: After a long week cooped up inside, we’re getting the hell out of the house this weekend. Saturday, Tiff’s cousin is playing in a band concert down at the World War II Memorial, so we’ll likely head down that way with Master Charles. Metro is going to a bit of a mess this weekend with Metro Center closed, so we might end up driving down, but it’ll be the last construction weekend before they break for the Cherry Blossom season, so that much is good. After that, we may try to celebrate some good weather with a test run to the National Arboretum for a good long stroll. Then, perhaps duck over to Queen Vic while we’re on that end of town.

Fedward:  We’re catching the Atlas Intersections Festival on Friday before we have dinner somewhere on H St NE.  Toki Underground, perhaps?  We’re also making time this weekend for Forum Theatre’s Pluto, so that might mean drinks at Jackie’s Sidebar or Quarry House or 8407.  And with the weather warming up, finally, sometime soon, maybe, we’ll keep our cool (horrible pun horribly intended) at the National Portrait Gallery’s American Cool and the National Building Museum’s Cool and Collected exhibits. When we’re not doing any of that we’ll be putting in our entry for the White House Easter Egg Roll lottery and maybe trying to catch a glimpse of Bao Bao at the Zoo. And we have a friend’s birthday coming up that requires whiskey, so we might have to do some scouting at the Jack Rose Whiskey Cellar and/or Southern Efficiency. Plus we can’t forget brunch at the Passenger.  Man, I’m worn out just from typing this.

Paul: My plan is to be way too busy to care about the lousy weather this weekend. Friday I’m going to take in some bluesy burlesque at Black Cat’s House of Sweet Bottom Burlesque Review. But before the night is up I’ll run over to E Street Cinema, because I will not be able to forgive myself if I miss their midnight screening of Airplane!. Saturday I plan to check out my favorite restauranteur/DJs, Eric Hilton, at U Street Lounge. Seriously Eric, between your shows, Gibson and El Rey, just take all my money, why don’t you. Finally, Sunday, my day of rest, I’m going to go for another of my patented six hour brunches at Bar Pilar, followed by taking in some culture at Folger Theatre’s production of Richard III. But other than that, it’s the usual: sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ rye.

Don: Our weekend plans are decidedly parental. Friday we’re going to take advantage of grandparent doting over That Darned Toddler and we’re going to go out for an adult dinner. No, not like that, I mean one where we aren’t trying to cram a conversation in between lunges to keep food on the table rather than the floor or the rafters. Where exactly that will be I’m not sure, though we’d like to make a return to the Red Hen if we can get a table. Saturday we’re likely going to a little youngster-oriented theater by way of the Atlas Intersections Festival; specifically the “Theatre for Babies and Toddlers” being done by Arts on the Horizon. Sunday we may try taking the boy to the Frozen sing-a-long. He’s too young for movies in general but he loves music and this level of chaos may be entertaining enough to amuse him.

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We Love Weekends – Feb 28 – Mar 2

Fedward:  If I didn’t have a day job, I’d start my weekend early Friday with this interview with one of the inventors of the handheld cell phone. Otherwise my weekend looks like a lot of people’s weekends, with a tigelle or twelve from Nathan Anda’s new Red Apron Butcher location in Penn Quarter, and celebrating the DC Repeal of Prohibition with the DB3 cycle of Mockingbird HillEat the Rich, and Southern Efficiency. Sunday we’ll have an early brunch at the Passenger before we cross the river to the Arlington Cinema ‘n’ Drafthouse for the DC Film Society’s annual Oscar Party.

Tom: The weather for this weekend looks nothing like I’d hoped for the beginning of March, but you can catch me on Friday afternoon wiling away the hours pretending it’s baseball season as Charlie and Dave return to the airwaves at 1pm on AM 1580. Saturday it looks like all my plans are falling through, so a run to Flip-It in the cold for some fantastic diner breakfast is just what the doctor ordered. After that, a drop-in at Zeke’s Coffee to replenish my dwindling home coffee supplies, before a jog over the Boundary Stone. What’s not to love about a Ward 5 Saturday? Hailo is expanding to Alexandria this weekend and are offering a credit of $20 to new users that sign up with ALX20, so part of me wonders if I shouldn’t cab it down to the Torpedo Factory and brunch at Overwood on Lee Street.

Don: Like Tom, my thoughts for a mild Spring outing are being cruelly crushed by the cold and possibility for ice. A shame, since I’ll have my parents in from out of town and it would be nice to take the kiddo out and about. Instead we’ll have to find indoors activities, like perhaps the building museum. Or maybe over to Barracks Row and the Playseum, a neat place for little ones to ram around. Most of it is a little better for kids slightly older than That Darned Toddler but he likes some of the toys and play areas they have to offer. Mostly my weekend will be a time for me to wonder whether my Darling Wife’s trip to Florida is really work of just a warm weather getaway and look forward to Tuesday’s live Welcome to Nightvale show at the Lincoln Theater, which I have somehow never been to before.

Rebecca: I’m back in town after an extended vacay, so it’s time to paint the town red. Friday I’ll be catching classy, upscale cocktails and dinner with the ladies at Baby Wale. Afterwards we’ll head over to Flash to catch the spins of Robert Dietz, if the line isn’t too long. I’ve been waiting what seems like FOREVER to catch GEMS, a DC “dream pop” group, and finally they’re playing at U Street Music Hall on Saturday night, so I’ll be there. Sunday, I’m in desperate need of fresh, lovely produce (need to counteract that rum punch) so I’ll hit up the Palisades and Dupont Farmers markets.

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We Love Weekends, 2/22-23

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.  Continue reading

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We Love Weekends: Sep 14 – 17

Well, maybe the 17th. Depends on your employer. I’ll be slaving away in the code mines but a bunch of you who follow the federal schedule will be relaxing. Mentally it’ll still be the weekend for me, though (just kidding, boss!).

Patrick: I kicked off my weekend with a little Africa on V-Day. I’ll be reviewing We Are Proud To Present A Presentation About The Herero Of Namibia, Formerly Known As South-West Africa, From The German Sudwestafrika, Between The Years 1884-1915 over at Woolly Mammoth, aka THE LONGEST PLAY TITLE I HAVE EVER SEEN. I attended the show with that girl you see around DC that wears Google Glass. Sunday I will be checking out another show, Yellow Face over at Theatre J. A fitting show given that I reviewed Miss Saigon earlier this season. After the show I’ll be speaking on a post-show talk-back panel, so of course I have to encourage everyone to come out on Sunday, see the show and listen to me talk about affairs from my perspective!

Fedward: We’re babysitting Niecelets this week, so our weekend started early because of their snow day. We headed off … to our own kitchen for Valentine’s Day dinner, with pacific Salmon and some Righteous Cheese. Saturday we’ll take in a screen valentine at the AFI Silver, in the DC-set The More the Merrier – or maybe we’ll just stay home and watch the Olympic-themed rom com The Cutting Edge, since everybody else is doing it (“toe pick!”). Saturday night we’ll be at the Passenger for the Catoctin Creek 5-year anniversary party (and the official launch of the Passenger’s own rye). Sunday, if the Winter Olympics are happening, it must be time for a Potomac Curling Club open house and a return to glory for the We Love DC curling team. Monday we’ll nurse our bruises and wish a fond farewell to Dino in Cleveland Park (and start the countdown to Dino’s Grotto in Shaw).

Tom: With DC going from Winter Wonderland to Springtime over the next week, it’s time to get ready for gardening season. I’ll be hauling my sorry self down to Frager’s to get the needed tools to get my garden ready, as well as a bunch of garden soil, and some of DC’s finest free compost to do some amending of my current garden and loading up some pots. Then it’s off to The Coffee Bar to page through seed catalogs and dream of springtime. Next week, we’ll be brewing some beer for work, so there’s a decent shot I’ll be over at Right Proper Brewing Company  to get some inspiration ahead of our fermentation.

small hanging out in the dog crate

Don: Since my Darling Wife and I had our first date within a few weeks ahead of valentine’s day we always just celebrate it instead; the restaurants are less crowded. Which is just as well, as That Darned Toddler had us so exhausted that we were sacked out before nine. The rest of the weekend will be – we hope – the last of the confined-to-home crappy weather activities and we started out with the boy’s first blanket fort. It was a no-surprise hit, as we figured any kid who likes to sit in the dog crate would also enjoy a little pillow enclosure.

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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.
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We Love Weekends – Jan 24-26

Fedward:  For the third weekend in a row I’m without the Social Chair.  April may be the cruelest month for poets, but for actresses and meeting planners, January has it beat.  I’d say I’m at loose ends, but with the weather forecast I’m happy just to keep working on home improvement.  I had the realization after a recent shopping trip at Annie’s that “Ace” is only one character off from “Acme.” Luckily so far nothing has literally exploded in my face. If I do leave the house, I might head back to 2 birds 1 stone or Southern Efficiency or Petworth Citizen (bar manager Kristi and I discussed our Ace habits the last time I stopped by, over her delicious spiked hot cider and smoked old fashioned) or finally expand my horizons at Right Proper or All Souls. And once Sunday rolls around I’ll definitely be heading back to the Passenger for that loco moco.

Rachel: There’s music on my horizon this weekend, as if that was a surprise. Friday night I’ll be at Iota Club to cheer on my good friend Louisa Hall as she kicks off a night of spectacular music featuring birthday boy Justin Trawick and The Common Good as well as Black Masala. Next up will be Saturday night at one of my favorite new venues Gypsy Sally’s in Georgetown where I’ll be catching Paul Pfau and The Morrison Brothers Band. Then, at some point, I’ll be working on a feature article about Natalie York’s upcoming CD release show at Jammin’ Java with Dave Farah (that’ll be on Friday January 31) before finally shooting next week’s video for the weekly video series I’ve been doing for my YouTube channel. Good times.

Rebecca: Friday I’m in for cuban food goodness at Banana Cafe & Piano Bar on Capitol Hill. Vaca frita here I come! After dinner, my friend and I will check out some up and coming writers’ short plays at The Fridge. The plays center on unconventional subjects so that should be some good fun. Saturday I’ve planned a tasting visit to Green Hat Distillery in NE. Definitely looking forward to seeing their facilities and tasting their gins. Saturday night I’m off to Pulpo for engagement party for two good friends of mine. I’m sure the night will not stop after dinner, but I’m leaving the locale up to the happy couple to be. Since I moved to DC, I’ve known that Two Amy’s makes bagels, biails and the toppings (smoked salmon, cc, capers, etc.) for Sunday brunch, but I’ve never been. Crossing that off the list Sunday morning. Will be sure to bring the NY Times with me.

Tom: As a parent now, I have a totally different weekend structure. Most of the time it involves getting up no later than 7am, which means I’m becoming a bit of a connoisseur of places that open early. For example, I’ll never have to wait for a table at Ted’s Bulletin because I’m going before all those new residents even think about rolling out of bed. After that, I’m giving serious thought to running up to the Chinese New Year Festival at the Smithsonian American Art Museum which looks freaking amazing. Sunday will be about recovery and zen, so I’ll be walking with Charlie again to get some outdoors time. See you on the streets of Brookland!

Don: I think this weekend is going to involve alternating between “avoid the cold” and “play in the snow.” What can I say, I’m a study in contrasts. Playing in the snow is pretty self-evident, though we might try to go a little farther afield than our front yard this time. The boy is at an age where he’s more confused by this cold white stuff than he is amused but if past time in a wagon is any indication he might enjoy being pulled in a disc. There’s a rope and a trash can lid in his future, probably at a local park. I’m also considering an outing to Roosevelt Island because it always amuses this Miami boy to see partially frozen bodies of water. In the avoid category it’s likely that means “bar,” most specifically a little Sunday brunch with Fedward at the Passenger.

Paul: Ideally this weekend will either be spent in bed, under many, many covers or at work, making many, many tasty drinks.I might nip down to Eastern Market for some bone marrow and ox tail, because this is chili-making weather. Then I might head to Dr K’s Vintage for a snazzy new [old] coat, because even in the cold, you’ve gotta look cool. Maybe they’ll have that scorpion-emblazoned members only jacket I’ve been dying to find. If I still need to warm up, I’ll head to Eat the Rich on Sunday for some chowder and heavy metal. Because nothing warms the body and soul like heavy metal. And then I’ll cap my weekend with getting paid to watch the new episode of Sherlock (sometimes I love a TV in the bar).

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We Love Weekends: Jan 17-19

Or maybe the weekend goes through the 20th if you get the day off. I don’t, so I’m in denial. Don’t ruin this for me. Make sure to tweet a bunch as if you’re screwing off at work on Monday so I don’t catch on, k?

Paul: As I’m sure you’ve all heard, it’s Restaurant Week. That means long, hard hours, all week long. So I’ll just have to play all the harder this weekend. First stop after work? Cafe Saint-Ex for their brilliant Three Course Recovery, a pint can of Narragansett Lager (Rhode Island pride!), a shot of Old Overholt, and a pedialite. After a few of those, I’m sure I’ll be ready for anything (14th Street fight club, anyone??). If I wasn’t shaking the tin like mad all weekend, I’d be sure to check out Charles Ross’ One Man Lord Of The Rings at The Birchmere. I might skip out early Saturday night for Talib Kweli’s free DJ set at The Lodge at Redrocks (sorry folks, early last call tonight because your bartender wants to listen to some hip hop). Sunday I plan to unwind with a last look at The Phillips Collection’s Van Gogh exhibit before it’s packed up in February. Without fail, I’m sure I will be forcing everyone to drink absinthe Sunday night (you don’t have work tomorrow, after all).

Don: The most exciting thing coming up for my weekend is doing something for a future event – getting tickets for a live Welcome to Night Vale show on 3/4 at the Lincoln. It’s still not on their website but they mentioned it on twitter a few days back. Tickets go on sale this Friday – probably when you’re reading this – at 10am and you can peep former local Cecil Baldwin with your own eyes. Past that point I have little plan but doing nothing, maybe going to see an open house to settle my curiosity about a renovation in my old neighborhood, and enjoying the lack of rain. I see this glowing orb thing outside as I type this and am unsure what it portends. But I LIKE IT.

Tom: What a week. Thankfully, the end is near, and playtime is coming. With a chill coming, we’re going to be looking for indoor pursuits, but something to get us out of the house. We’ve been pondering a trip down to National Harbor to take in the Children’s Museum, and what with the new ferris wheel plans for the space, it might be good to see what’s up. After that, I have to find a good place to watch my 49ers play the Seahawks, but that’s a different kettle of fish. Perhaps my friends at Boundary Stone can hook me up.


Fedward: Friday night I’m going to a sold-out living room concert by Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It’s not my first living room concert, but it’s my first in a decade, so that’ll be interesting. Saturday will be exciting because I can finally take the cat to get his feeding tube removed. The fine folks at Friendship Hospital for Animals and Dupont Veterinary Clinic have all been very friendly, supportive, and helpful as he’s gone through a month of recovery from some liver trouble. I just can’t wait for him to grow back all the fur they’ve had to shave off in the process of getting him well. Sunday I don’t have much of anything planned except the usual brunch at the Passenger. I can’t believe they introduced a new menu last Sunday and I wasn’t there to try it.

Rebecca: It’s Ladies Night for me on Friday with a girls happy hour at Dupont’s Boardroom. I’ll be playing games (maybe a little Charlie’s Angels action?), grabbing pizza next door and sipping brews to mark the end of a long, but solid work week. Saturday I’ll hunker down at Landmark E Street Cinema for an Oscar nominee movie binge fest. Let’s see Her, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Philomena and foreign film’s The Great Beauty and The Past. Where do I begin?!!!!  Sunday brunch is on at Ireland’s Four Courts for their ridiculous brunch buffet and English Premiere League action. Then, my mainstay the past few Sundays has been the Palisades Farmer’s Market and I’m LUV’IN it. The meat quality is absurd, so I’ll stock up on short ribs, whole chicken and some pork shoulder for slow cooker loving, and then it’s dark leafy veg time (kale, swiss chard, collards, cabbage, etc.) NOM NOM NOM.

Tiffany: I recently discovered PostMates, which is sort of like Uber-meets-Kozmo.com, so I’m going to reward myself for a week of excellent working-mom organizational skills and meal planning by having DCity Smokehouse delivered. Saturday night you may see us on U Street for a goodbye party for my two favorite District Curmudgeons. (ed note: you’ll actually see them wandering around looking for the rest of us, as that’s actually two weeks later. SHHH don’t tell!) Sunday I want to get out with the stroller, maybe a walk to Noyes Park so the Bridgelet and I can get some fresh air.