Friday Round Up
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Weather: Near-record highs all weekend long ought to work nicely with your sunny day outfit selections and beverage pairings (read: leave your jacket at home and grab some cold beers outside). It’s hard to beat Friday’s forecast, with afternoon temperatures taking us all the way turned up to 75 and sunny. And even at night, it’s unlikely we’ll dip below the 60’s. We might see some thunderstorms on Saturday, but those should fade well before you do at brunch. By Saturday night and into Sunday, temperatures will drop a bit, but that cool breeze may be just what you need to kick that hangover.
Awesome events you can attend this weekend: Show up for the MJ, stay for the Madonna and Prince at Black Cat’s big dance party tonight; Support local libraries and still break that pesky quiet rule, courtesy of tonight’s ALB: Rock the Stacks Music Festival at the MLK Memorial Library downtown; Pregame your Saturday night plans with DC Distillers Fest at Long View Gallery – featuring over 20 craft distillers and a 1920’s jazz band to boot; We actually do want your number and time at the 9:30 Club’s “No Scrubs: ‘90s Dance Party” on Saturday night; Don’t miss NOLA natives, Mardi Gras masters and funk all-stars Flow Tribe at the Hamilton tonight; From the stage to the street (literally), Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival kicks off this weekend and brings all kinds of art that you won’t want to miss – more info here; The Washington National Opera puts an old twist on a modern classic with their performance of Dead Man Walking – tickets available here; Don’t miss local soon-to-be-legends Lanternfish at DC9 this Saturday night; In derby we trust! DC Rollergirls start their 10th season at the DC Armory this Saturday; The name defies our unseasonably warm weather, but the 6th Annual “A WINNter Affair” benefitting The Children’s Inn at NIH will be a blast. Join them Saturday night at the Reagan Building; You won’t want to sleep on advanced passes to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum. Tickets are free but selling out fast with each new release. Monday marks your next opportunity to snag some; The National Gallery of Art unveils a stunning display of urban landscapes with “The Urban Scene: 1920-1950,” opening Sunday; Ladies and gents alike can feel like a “Dangerous Women” alongside pop phenom Ariana Grande at her Monday night performance at the Verizon Center; You can make it to Mardi Gras even if you miss NOLA thanks to Pearl Dive, Blackjack and TILT Sidebar’s jointly hosted Funk Brunch this weekend – tickets right here. And good luck finding tickets to either of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s sold out shows at the Warner Theatre! Trust us: it’s worth the work to get inside.
From Megan: Take a break from tomorrow’s projected rain showers with some local comedy; D.C. Fashion Week wraps up this weekend with shows from emerging talent and couture designers from around the world, making the District more fabulous.
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Shout out to Eater DC for these awesome Mardi Gras-themed dining (and drinking) ideas; The National Museum of African American History and Culture has already hosted over 1 million visitors!; Adweek asks an apt question regarding this awesome advertisement featuring City Center; Cry because it’s over but smile because Bao Bao happened; Add this to the list of reasons we love Charlie Palmer Steak: its wine director is “D.C.’s American Wine Expert”; Meet the D.C. local behind Cureate Connect, an online marketplace that matches big businesses with local producers; This has network sitcom written allll over it. Welcome to Kalorama, Secretary Tillerson…and President Obama…and Ivanka and Jared; What’s better than cold beer and warm weather? Absolutely nothing. Welcome back, Garden District!
From Megan: Punxsutawney Phil was apparently not in tune with Mother Nature, as plants have decided that spring is here 22 days early; Selfies and Instagrams are encouraged at the new Yayoi Kusama “mirror room” at the Hirshhorn Museum; OMG. Bravo released the promo for the Real Housewives of Potomac; You’ve got less than a month if you want to sign up to get married at &pizza for Pi Day; Bao Bao is officially at her new home in China; Richard Spencer showed up at CPAC on Thursday and got kicked out — but not punched in the face.
Outer space is SO lit, fam; Zima: don’t call it a comeback; Big beats, hit streets, see…
gangsters the newest DNC chair rollin’; Congress is in recess, but Members taking town halls aren’t getting much of a break; Love him or…not so much, POTUS is said to be extremely accessible to his staff; Nationwide, these Oscar nominees aren’t getting noticed by most Americans; And in case you’re counted amongst those masses, here’s everything to know ahead of this Sunday’s Academy Awards
From Megan: We are all the cow running through NYC; Lauryn Hill became a grandmother this week!; When he’s not hanging around CPAC, Ken Bone’s got a new gig in the tech world; Voicing concerns to your elected officials is great, but bringing them Tums is good, too.
This final week of February brought us National Margarita Day and unseasonably warm weather. Coincidence? Maybe, but we’ll take it. And while we’re at it, we’ll take one (or three) of every margarita in our Cinco de Margo video from last year. Like a fine tequila, it’s just as good today as it was nine months ago.
SPOTTED: It's 8:15 a.m. and there's vaping happening at the Brietbart booth at CPAC.
— Megan R. Wilson (@misswilson) February 23, 2017
Famous birthday wishes to Kristen Soltis Anderson, Rep. John Lewis, Michael Calvo, Rep. Kenny Marchant, Rebeccah Propp, Rep. John Shimkus, Molly Hooper, Rep. Bill Flores, Greg Crist, Stacey Johnson Hutchinson, Senator Mitch McConnell, Alex Swoyer, Brittany Barbou, Mike Nixon, Rep. Steven Palazzo, Marissa Mitrovich, Natalie Marty, Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Josh Snead.
And a very special happy birthday to Emery and Harrison Snead!
Welcome to the world and hello to Sabine Viktorija Harris, and congrats to your amazing parents, Ieva and Todd!; Is Matt Bravo hitting the golf course this weekend?; Our Twitter ads are on point too, Wes Wolfe. Let us know if you need some Nyquil!; Congrats on that empty exit row, Dave Weigel; We just had to Google “amphipod,” Allison Cunningham; How tan did Neil Grace get?; Alex Jaffe can rock a leather jacket; Someone send Tim Cama a message on Confide; Nikki Schwab is totally in her element right now; Taz Jones is a brilliant wordsmith; Did Jake Sherman score any Baker’s Dozen tickets? #Phish; Let’s keep those throwback pics coming, Doug Heye; We hope Rebecca Gale and Warren Rojas enjoyed their ice cream date!; CPAC is gonna be LIT this weekend; And speaking of CPAC, Ken Bone is undeniably the hottest VIP in attendance; John Goodwin is moving back to NYC and during his tenure in DC he was at Smith Point roughly 347 times and Cap Lounge roughly 500. *NOTE: The data scientists at FamousDC have determined these estimates are considerably low; Will Kirk Cousins get traded? Time will tell…; Thanks again for being our NPF Dinner dates, Caitlin Conant, Bubba Atkinson, Lisa Leonard, Cam Easley, Tommy McFly, Chrys Kafalas, Caitlin Owens and Jeremy Art!; Tell Kelsey Stroud and Robert Bailey congratulations; In your time of mourning the Iron Sheik, we’re all here for you, Jon Grella; Sorry about that sick burn from your reader, Ryan Grim; We hope your guest lecture at AU went great, David Almacy!; Welcome back to the States, Hallie Williams, John Haley, Nate Hodson and Will Marty! Cuban brunch this weekend?; How many word puns can Kathryn Lyons caption in one Eurotrip?; Give Dustin Todd a high five for his new gig with Amazon; Congrats to the National Restaurant Association’s Dawn Sweeney, who last night was named Association Trends’ Association Executive of the Year; Does Roy Schwartz still read this far down?; Thanks for letting us join your Panda Team, FedEx and Sam Smith; Hannah Mooney deserves a high five for closing on an awesome apartment and planning an incredible trip to Paris to celebrate; Ok, Dan Punaro: one more shout out and then we’re putting you on probation; Is Stef Petropoulos reading this? What about Carolina Hurley? Catharine Cypher? Y’all seeing this YUGE shout out? Thanks for always being awesome; Geoff Embler: Lucky Charms > Honey Nut Cheerios; Dave Barmore and Patrick Phillippi’s pup Hampton needs his own Instagram account; You get two birthday shout outs because you deserve it, Marissa Mitrovich. Happy birthday!; If you’re headed to Nashville just ask Erin Lange for pointers because she’s practically a local now; Rachel Rauscher is an incredible cook and Troy Zieman is a best-ever host.
We’ll miss ya, Bao Bao ?