For those of you not organizing your strategy for Thanksgiving this weekend offers lots of opportunities to get out and about in the neighborhood. And for those who ARE cooking, I offer one bit of advice: prep as much as you can ahead of time. You will have a much nicer holiday!
But before we get to that, what’s going on this weekend?
Tonight! Test your knowledge with the Trivia Kings at the Rock and Roll Hotel. These seriously trademarked masters of minutia host trivia nights all over the area every night so check out the event and see if it’s worth all that aggressive branding.
Friday night local musician Wendell Kimbrough hosts a CD release event at the Atlas Friday night. Joining him are Andy Zipf and Justin Trawick, also local music stars. The three collaborated for this release called, Things That Can’t Be Right and will be playing excerpts for the crowd.
Saturday is the grand opening of the Hill Center. This long-awaited community center at the Old Naval Hospital is opening its doors to the community. Stop in at the open house between 11 and 4 and see what they are offering. Then walk over to Eastern Market for the Washington Wine Academy’s “Try and Buy.” $20 gets you 15 tickets to taste from their selection of 45 wines. If you like what you taste and would like to serve it with your squash souffle on Thursday, you can order it on the spot and your purchases will be waiting for you at Marvelous Market on Wednesday.
That evening head back to the Atlas for the American Youth Chorus’ fall concert, American Voices/Global Songs. The chorus is made up of local kids, ages 8-14. These kids get to sing in all kinds of great [places. Last year they sang FOR OPRAH at the pre-party for the Ken Cen honorees. Come hear what all the fuss is about.
H Street Bakes is back, this time at the H Street Country Club. Try treats and sweets lovingly prepared by local bakers. The sale runs from 11:30-2:30. They have an array of bakers offering savory and sweet options. Some even gluten free!
After you get the kids sugared up take them back to the Atlas for the Capital City Symphony’s Annual family Concert, What’s it All About Maestra? Before each concert the musicians hang out in the lobby for an instrument petting, where kids can come and touch the instruments. Each year a junior conductor gets to take a turn with the baton, this year is Hill kid, Karl Loots. Come cheer him on!
The Capitol Hill Public School Parent Organizations is hosting a free screening of the film Race to Nowhere at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Monday evening. Drinks and snacks will be available in the Atlas Cafe beginning at 6:00pm, and Dangerously Delicious Pies, down the street at 1339 H St., NE, is offering a 20% discount to those who bring their registration email. To register go to http://rtncapitolhillpo.eventbrite.com/
Jen DeMayo is Director of Community at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and she apologizes for the Atlas-heavy recs this week.