Friday, November 2, 2012

What to Do in the District This Weekend

What a crazy week! Mother Nature wreaked havoc on Washington, proving once again that she absolutely hates us. Seriously, between Snowpocalypse I and II of the '09-'10 winter season, the earthquake, the derecho/subsequent power outages in the record-breaking brutally hot summer, and hurricanes Irene and Sandy, D.C. is like the ex-boyfriend who won't take a hint. ("Seriously, Washington, I don't want to go out with you anymore! How much is it going to take!?")

All levity aside, Hurricane Sandy left a lot of devastation in her wake, and so I'd like to start out this blog post about what to do this weekend by letting you know how you can help:

- You can donate blood.

It's times like these that the Red Cross is hamstrung by a lack of resources to treat those who have been seriously injured, so if you've got a pint to spare, think about making an appointment to donate blood. You can click right here to be taken to the Red Cross' site to find a donation site convenient to you.

- You can give money.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website compiles a list of charitable organizations that are accepting donations to help out with Sandy relief efforts. Pick one you like and donate away.

- You can otherwise volunteer.

Search for the #SandyVolunteers hashtag on Twitter to see volunteer opportunities as they arise. There's a lot of debris to be cleaned up, a lot of displaced people to help, and a lot of other things I can't even begin to list.

Alright, now let's get to the fun stuff:


It's fall, and we are ass-deep in football season. However, if football's not your thing, this weekend has the distinction of having TWO other sporting events to look forward to!

For starters, D.C.'s soccer team, the D.C. United, rescheduled its playoff game against New York for 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets run from $30 to $60, and you get to see this:

Seriously, they're all hot.

Also this weekend is the home opener of D.C.'s basketball team, the Washington Wizards. The game against the Boston Celtics begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, and tickets range from $10 to $2,250 (which, for that price, I'm pretty sure you get to actually play).


Penn Quarter's Poste Brasserie is known for its traditional French brasserie fare and its lovely outdoor courtyard, which makes it a win for the summertime. But this Saturday, it will open its "Cour de L'Hiver," aka its Winter Courtyard, for those who are still craving that outdoor experience. Check it out (and the mulled wine/warm drinks it plans to serve) at 555 8th St. NW.

When you're finished there, you could always venture around the corner to the venerable Co Co. Sala at 929 F St. NW, where you can keep your tummy warm and your brain buzzed with their incredible hot chocolate concoctions.


Head to Gamma Girl favorite One Lounge tonight for the Blondes vs. Brunettes Skirts and Suits Charity Happy Hour benefitting the Alzheimer's Association. A $10 donation at the door gets you entry in a raffle and access to drink specials all night long. You can RSVP here on Facebook.

You can also head to The Hamilton, where the amazing Harikaraoke Band will be backing you up during live-band karaoke.

And if you feel that you've overdone it on the partying lately, there's one last stop you should make: The D.C. region will get its first standalone SPANX store at the Tysons Corner Shopping Center, and tonight marks its opening party. If go, you'll have access to a fortune-telling machine, gift-card opportunities, a candy-bar giveaway, and mimosas, orange juice and -- NO SHIT -- muffin tops. I wish I were making this shit up.

This is what sexy looks like.

...OR NOT.

Let's be honest, it's cold and shitty outside, and many of us would rather be staying at home in a Snuggie. If you're one of the lucky few who are blessed with a fireplace in your apartment, you can stock up on firewood at the following D.C. retailers*:

- Congress Market, 421 E. Capitol St. SE

- Georgetown Safeway, 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW

- Surroundings, 1023 E. Capitol St. SE

- Home Depot, 901 Rhode Island Ave. NE

Doesn't this look inviting?
* By all means, not a comprehensive list. If you've seen firewood in other places, let us know!

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. You can also help people out who have been stranded by recent transit shutdowns here: Or if you need a ride somewhere, you can find a driver who will take you along in exchange for help covering the cost of gas, tolls and parking.