We Love Weekends, March 8-10

Jenn: So much to catch! This is the last weekend of the DC Intersections festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center over on H Street NE, with exciting selections such as Vijar Iyer’s documentary concert Holding It Down: The Veterans Dreams Project, theOur City Film Festival, and a musical mash-up with North Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj, jazz saxophonist Aakash Mittal, tabliya Debu Nayak, and beatboxer Christylez Bacon. It’s also the last weekend for the opulent exhibit of Turkish design, The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art, at the Textile Museum. Plus the last weekend for Folger Theatre’s riveting production of Henry V. And I definitely want to hit Hogo for the next installment of their rotating chef series, with Aaron Silverman of the upcoming Capitol Hill spot Rose’s Luxury previewing some dishes like popcorn soup and spicy pork and lychee — yum. Can I say yum and still be taken seriously?

Tom: After the failed snowstorm this week, I’m thinking Spring might really be upon us. Have you looked at the weather? 51 on Saturday, 58 on Sunday, and full of sunshine. I’ve been dying to check out the Corcoran’s Pump Me Up exhibit, so it’s possible I’ll put on a go-go/native punk playlist and bike down to check it out. There’s also still baseball and hockey to watch to watch this weekend, and civic association work to be done, so look for me at Turkey Thicket getting a count on activity.

Rachel: One of my favorite things to do in DC is also something I haven’t done in a very long time … buy a book and do brunch at Kramer’s Bookstore in Dupont. My plan is to indulge myself in a fairy tale since my current obsession is ABC’s Once Upon A Time. I’m thinking some Peter Pan coupled with a little Corned Beef Hash will make for quite a splendid little Saturday. Otherwise, I’ll be laying low for the rest of the weekend but I really have been meaning to check out the Board Room for quite awhile. Maybe I’ll work in a trip that way and get in a live game of chess.

Joanna: It’s my first weekend back after a month away! Without intending, I scheduled a lot of lovely visual excursions in the next few days: I’m starting off with Manon Lescaut at the Kennedy Center because hello – opera! – and Puccini was the name of my mom’s first dog. (There’s a free answer to an online security question. De nada.) Saturday I’m hitting up the National Gallery of Art to see what’s changed in the last month. The Pre-Raphaelites exhibit looks fabulous. Toss in a session (or two?) at Bayou Bakery andMetamorphoses at Arena Stage, and call the whole thing a welcome home party thrown by art.

Katie: My internal clock got thrown way, way off this week (it’s not Tuesday today?), and it’s about to get thrown even further off through daylight savings on Sunday. In order to correct my clock, I think I need some wine. Luckily, our wine club’s theme this month is “fun labels, fun names and fun wines”. I’m going to stop by Schnieder’s of Capitol Hill to pick up some Bleasdale Uncle Dick The Red Brute, which fits all three qualifiers. I also want to revisit my southern roots by heading to Georgia Brown’s for brunch, and I’m taking my high school mentee to Benihana because she requested hibachi for her birthday.

Fedward:  this is a rare weekend when almost everything I want to do is at the Kennedy Center. Tonight the Washington National Opera presents Manon Lescaut, and tomorrow Norma. Also tonight and tomorrow are two concerts by the National Symphony Orchestra featuring Anne Sofie von Otter, whose recital Monday was one of the best musical experiences I’ve had. Also I should toss in a shameless plug for Backa Teater’s children’s show Little King Mattias, since the Social Chair is helping out as a discussion leader. And if you do get to the Kennedy Center, make sure you leave time to check out some of the art brought in as part of Nordic Cool 2013.  The isolated fortress of the performing arts is more alive, inside and out, than I’ve ever seen it. Note to whoever’s in charge over there:  more like thisplease!  Sunday is the International Day of Awesomeness (March 10th, every year!) so I’ll observe that with some awesome brunch and awesome cocktails at the awesome Passenger.

Alexia: The good news: 3 of my favorite DC bands are playing tonight! The bad news: they’re playing in 3 different places. If I can figure out how to clone myself or bend the space-time continuum by tonight here’s where I’ll be: Heavy Breathing bring their freak-out electronica/rock to the Mansion at Strathmore tonight at 9pm, Sunwolf open. In Columbia Heights dreamy/dancey electronic act Black Hills play at The Dunes, along with Golden Looks and The Attic Ends. Show starts at 8pm. And across town on H Street, surf-punk rockers Shark Week play at Rock & Roll Hotel, along with The Joy Buttons (featuring members of Typefighter and Laughing Man), and Dance for the Dying. Show starts at 8:30. Saturday I’ll be heading to Reston for a friend’s birthday party, and Sunday doing a long-a$$ training run in preparation for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler, which is less than a month away now!!! AAA!

Don: This weekend, like every other of late, revolves around That Darned Baby. Show him off to an old friend over dinner at Arlington’s American Tap Room, interview some local caregivers Saturday morning (found on our new favorite internet resource, Care.com) and then watch a bit of the Caps on tv while my darling wife meets a friend to look at some hand-me-down baby clothing. I swear it’s not a sexist division of labor; it’s just that if it was up to me the boy would be in old burlap coffee sacks till he stays the same size for more than a week. Come Sunday it’s more baby-showing and maybe a little waffle sandwich with Fedward and the Social Chair at the Passenger if the timing works out. Such excitement I bet you just can’t stand it.

Mosley: Finally a weekend with something to do. Saturday afternoon I’m helping some friends out at the Streaming Eagles tailgate before the DC United match on Saturday (they’re playing Real Salt Lake). Looking forward to the match itself, as it will only be my second United game. Sunday is fairly open but, if the weather is as good as is predicted, I might try to do a photo walk; I’ve been giving my cameras a break since my epic overseas adventure, but it might be time to dust them off. We’ll see.

I live and work in the District of Columbia. I write at We Love DC, a blog I helped start, I work at Technolutionary, a company I helped start, and I’m happy doing both. I enjoy watching baseball, cooking, and gardening. I grow a mean pepper, keep a clean scorebook, and wash the dishes when I’m done. Read Why I Love DC.

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