Hi, friends! It appears we might have a lovely weekend coming up, so plan on taking full advantage of those rain-free days. I will be dropping my firstborn at college for his freshman year. I imagine I will experience all the feelings. I invite you to send me all your positive energy or whatever it is you send so I make it through the weekend with some dignity.
What will all you saner folks be doing??
Tonight, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Second Annual DC Burger Battle to benefit SOME (So Others Might Eat). DC’s best burger makers are coming together at the Hill Country Backyard Barbecue. Not on the Hill but not far at all. Plus, burger battle is just fun to say/type. The Hill Country Backward BBQ is set up outside the National Building Museum at 401 F Street NW. The competitors are Due South, Hill Country Barbecue, Rebellion, Stoney’s on L, Blackfinn, Hard Rock Cafe, B Penn Quarter, Bullfeathers, Capital Burger, Sign of the Whale, Penn Commons. Tickets are $30 and includes burgers from each restaurant, complimentary beer, live music and games.
Bard in the Park is on again at Capital Riverfront’s Yards Park. This week’s feature is Kiss Me Kate, a Cole Porter musical about a theatre troupe putting on The Taming of the Shrew. The film includes songs like Brush Up Your Shakespeare, So In Love and Too Darn Hot. The screening is free and will begin at 7 p.m.
Friday night, check out Mosaic Theater Company’s production of Marie and Rosetta by George Brant. This is the true story of Rosetta Thorpe an African American musician whose guitar meets gospel sound and style influenced Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimmy Hendrix and Ray Charles. The show runs through September 30th and tickets are $50-$68.
Saturday, join local artists as they bring some Happiness to the neighborhood. The Happiness exhibit at The Corner Store features works by Kim Bursic, Ann Pickett, Karen Cohen, Chica Brunsvold, Jan Kern, Terri Rea, and Paula Cleggett. The Opening Reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. The show runs through September 23rd and the Gallery is open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.
At some point during the day, make sure you go down to The Wharf and watch the Capital Dragon Boat Regatta! This fun all-day race (goes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is a relatively new tradition, but it’s intense and wonderful to watch, plus ornately-carved DRAGONS! More details here.
Sunday afternoon, take a cocktail class at Betsy, the relaxed, small-plates, rooftop sister of Belga Cafe. Learn to make three summery gin drinks and enjoy some nibbles as you sip. The class is at 3:30 p.m. and it costs $49.
Looking ahead: Buy your tickets now for Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s (CHGM) annual Sip and Savor which will be held in the North Hall of Eastern Market Saturday September 8th 7:30-10:30pm. This year’s event will celebrate the CHGM’s 50th anniversary. All proceeds of the event go directly to helping CHGM provide services to our homeless and at-risk neighbors. The event has sold out for the past two years, make a plan and just get your tickets now. Participating restaurants include Hank’s, Joselito, Osteria Morini, Charlie Palmer Steak, Scarlet Oak, Sweet Crimes, Sonoma, Smith Commons, Agua 301, Lavagna, Mr. Henry’s and Matchbox. Drinks will be provided by from Bluejacket, One Eight Distillery, Port City Brewing, Schneider’s Cellars, Ocelot Brewing, Hellbender Brewing, 3 Stars Brewery, District Winery, Perigeaux Vineyards, Anxo Cidery and Fairwinds Brewing! Tickets are $70 or $35 if you eschew the booze. Buy tickets here.