We Love Weekends: May 17-19

Mosley: One of my favorite days of the year is on Saturday: Cheverly Day! For those who don’t know me, Cheverly is my hometown in PG County Maryland. And the thing I love most about Cheverly Day is the awesome firework display that is put on every year; I feel it’s the best in the area, because you’re right under the fireworks as they go off and there is no delay between light and sound. It’s really magical. Before I get my fireworks grove on, I’ll be enjoying a cookout at a friends house. Beyond that, it’s looking like Sunday will be slow recovery day; though I may go for a walk along the Mount Vernon Trail.

Joanna: I need a quiet, restful weekend. It will probably include sitting around and reading, for the most part. There’s also a lot of free arts events this weekend. I’m hoping to spend some time at The Phillips Collection on Saturday as part of Art Museum Day, when museums across the country will open their doors at no charge. But the only real plan is Washington National Opera’s Opera in the Outfield on Saturday night. It’s free opera, guys. FREE! The production this year is Showboat, broadcast live from the Kennedy Center. I just hope the weather holds up.

Rachel: This weekend I’m catching up on some much needed sleep while still managing to do a few fun things. Really hoping to make it to IOTA to see We Love DC’s very own John Athayde play bass in his band Juniper Lane on Saturday night. Then Sunday is softball day in Glover Park with the GPCSL. It’s my last game for a couple weeks before I head on vacation/tour to play shows in Chicago and Albany, so you better believe I’m gonna savor that sunshine if it chooses to make an appearance.

Alexia: It’s my birthday weekend! Yay! Friday night I’m heading to Baltimore’s Club K to play a show with E.D. Sedgwick! Saturday afternoon I’m heading to the rose garden in Arlington’s Bon Air Park for my friend’s wedding! After that I hope to make it to the Goethe Institute for Sound Scene 2013, a truly unique sonic event presented by DC Listening Lounge.  Sunday, if the weather cooperates I’m going to the national mall to fly kites, eat cupcakes, and ride the carousel! Fun times!

Rebecca: It’s a JAMMED packed weekend. Friday I’m grabbing drinks with a friend in Georgetown. With the weather set to be nice we’ll hit up some place outside, probably Paolo’s or Martin’s patio. Saturday there’s some serious work to be done in my victory garden before it’s slosh ball time for my good friends’ birthday celebration. They’re packing in a crawfish boil so that should go real well with Bud Light. Saturday evening I’ve got a friend’s going away party at FADO and the post party plans are to hit up Red Line for some late night dancing. Pending not being dead or uber hungover I’ve got a footie match Sunday to burn off some of my luxurious weekend eating and drinking.

Tom: I haven’t needed a weekend this much since the last one. Saturday I’m kicking things off right with some local civic action, as the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association is having their twice-yearly Saturday meeting, including a presentation by Brookland’s Finest Bar & Grill. After that, it’s off to Charm City, not for the Preakness, but for Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s performance of Murdercastle. Natty Boh & Awesome Rock Opera? Done. Sunday is for riding and for brunching, so look for a new piece next week on the Sligo Creek Parkway.

Fedward: Pow! Bang! Crunch! I used those words just to annoy my friend Glen Weldon (Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist and unauthor), but not without cause: The Intergalactic Nemesis: A Live-Action Graphic Novel, running this weekend at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater. Sunday we’ve got our choice of yet another silent movie, The Wind, starring Lillian Gish, with live music by composer and pianist Andrew E. Simpson; or a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie (they overlap, so we can’t do both). But if I’m being honest, I prefer Strindberg when he’s accompanied by his sidekick (who’s hot tonight? Strindberg’s hot tonight). We’ll round the weekend out with more house hunting and more recovery cocktails at the Passenger.

Don: This is very confusing to me; I have no dog charity events to go to (though you can still contribute and help the Animal Welfare League of Arlington by doing so) and it’s warm out to boot. Not to say the weather isn’t going to be without some sprinkle challenges, but hey, it can’t rain all the time. Most of our weekend is going to involve low-key family stuff and I’m excited that Friday night’s dinner with friends will involve my favorite pizza joint, Arlington’s Cafe Pizzaiolo. I suppose if the dog withdrawl is too much to take I can go check out Bethesda’s Strut your Mutt. Otherwise it’s just a eat&greet every day till Monday. What more could a drunkard glutton foodie ask for?

Katie: Friday night it’s Eastern Market dinner night, and we’re headed to the market to find tasty things to make, like fresh pasta from Eastern Market Grocery, and then we’ll spend some time on my patio. I just dressed her up super pretty with string lights and lanterns and can’t wait to get out there. Saturday, I’m brunching at Ambar, and then celebrating a friend’s graduation from Grad school with a barbecue. Sunday, I’ll be trying out Crossfit after brunch. I’m going to try not to eat too much so I don’t make a disaster out of my first Crossfit experience!

Max: I’m continuing my streak of out of town weekends with another trip down south. Last weekend, I was in Nashville, TN (alias: Nashvegas) for my little sister’s college graduation. The live music streaming out of every bar from open to close really sets that town apart (I was stunned by the 6 piece band playing an energetic dive bar set from 1 to 3 am…on a Wednesday night). This weekend, I’m headed to Franklin County VA, home of the Bondurant Brothers‘ and their moonshining legacy, for a friend’s wedding. I’ll be back just in time for Game of Thrones sunday night.

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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