Friday, August 3, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend

Soooooo ... how was your week? If it was anything like mine, you're probably beyond relieved that it's Friday. Am I right?

I'm gettin' the heck out of dodge tonight, taking a vacation to The Vactionland State. BUT, if I were here this weekend, these are the kinds of things I'd be doing...

It's tough for me to rally after a long week, so I prefer Friday nights that are more chill than rowdy. Relaxed happy hours, dinner parties, ladies-only wine nights in our yoga pants, movies, and comedy shows all fit the bill.

If you agree, think about heading to DC Improv after work for Master Debater (Tickets are $10; doors open at 6:30pm; show starts at 8pm). Like improv, you shout out some prompts/topics, but the twist to this is that the teams will use totally made up hilarity to debate the pros and cons. My favorite part, though, is that YOU get to pick the winner.

Rather just catch up with some friends at a bar? Here are some great, casual options that DIDN'T make the Douchiest Bars in D.C. list:

  • The Passenger - Do yourself a favor and don't order a vodka-cranberry ... ever.
  • Black Jack - If you haven't been, go to Pearl Dive and climb the stairs.
  • The Red Derby - Hey, don't knock beer in cans - canning is greener and keeps out the light! 
  • The Pug - Not to be confused with Red White and Bourbon's sweet Lola, of course.

If you want to feel like you're on vacation too, how about heading to a luau? Hank's Oyster Bar (the Dupont Circle location) is hosting Hula at Hank's, a fun day full of all things Tiki. Tickets are a bit steep at $75 (order yours now), but you get way too much food, 6 drink tickets, and a Tiki mug.

Feeling a bit cash poor these days? How about a FREE street festival instead? The Summer of the Arts Festival will take over 14th Street NW (Webster to Decatur Streets) from 10am to 5pm. Think crafts, live music, drum circles, and a community mural. Check out their Facebook page for the full schedule.

If storms roll into town, grab your pals and head over to The National Portrait Gallery. Here's a fun game to make it more interesting: in every room, match each person in your group to a painting and explain your pairing. Be nice ... or not - your choice.

I'm going to spend some of Saturday trying to sneak a listen to a sold-out concert in Portland featuring Dropkick Murphys, Mumford & Sons, and others. Feeling the urge to rock out after reading my Wednesday post too? Well, if I were here, I would be requesting "Superman's Dead" at the Our Lady Peace concert at the 9:30 Club. If you want to do it in my stead, tickets are $25 and the doors open at 8pm.

If watching the Olympics has you craving some live sports action, the men's finals match of the Citi Open is at 1pm. It's too early to tell who'll be playing, but I'll refrain from telling you my favorites in case that whole jinx thing is real.

If you'd rather stay glued to the medal coverage, you'll probably need to eat, right? Create your own version of the Olympics by ordering an obscene amount of takeout and picking your country favorite. Stick with what's best in your neighborhood, or give these options a taste:

Looking for something slightly more unusual? I've got you covered...

Some of the district's most widely heard voices will be performing at The Kennedy Center tonight in MetroReview. Yes, METRO.

I couldn't make this up. WMATA employees really will be bustin' out their mad skillz (I can pull off that phrase, right?), accompanied by the Mass Transit Band at 6pm on the Millennium Stage (FREE, no tickets needed). If you can go, please do and report back! I'm super curious.

Sooooo ... what's your plan for the weekend?

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