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September 25, 2017

first fall weekending
posted by soe 1:09 am

This weekend was a busy one. Rudi and I began it with an outdoor showing of last year’s version of Ghostbusters, which we enjoyed just as much the second time as the first.

On Saturday, I began the day slowly, sleeping in, but with an agenda: Saturday was Art All Night D.C., the sixth annual event modeled after Paris’ all-night cultural party, Nuit Blanche. D.C. lacks the night owls of Paris, though, which means that its event was scheduled to run 7 p.m.-3 a.m., with various locations signing off early as so moved them.

We started out down the street with fire twirlers, costumed players taking each other on with flaming weapons, in a cross between a Renaissance Fair and WWE. We moved on to our local chai bar, where we got to listen to a d.j. playing Hindi music, check out a couple of artists’ work (including one with giant luxo lamps), while partaking of some tasty beverages.


We moved on to the next neighborhood, where we found the garden center already closed, but the coffee shop open. We were treated to a concert by Wytold, who play electric cello and banjo. They perform many of their own works (we bought a cd!), as well as mashups, including one of Tupac mixed with the theme from Jurassic Park.


After hanging around there for a while, we moseyed down to Blagden Alley to the D.C. Alley Museum, where there are a bunch of murals, which were being illuminated for the first time. It’s really amazing how diverse these creations by talented street artists were, ranging from portraits to abstract artwork. We also got to go into a hip p.r. agency, where a jazz band was performing.

Love Garages

Let Go

Mosaic and Painting


We moseyed up to the Shaw Library to use their bathroom just before midnight, then crossed the street to check out the artists selling their wares in an empty lot, headed into a parking garage for a dance party/mobile bar, and passed any number of artists on the street and in businesses dancing, showing their art, and demonstrating body painting. Our final stop of the night was Sugar Shack doughnuts, where we found the selection picked over, but still delightful, particularly when the counterman gave them to us for free.

We headed back to Dupont with the hopes of finishing the night at art events in our own neighborhood, but they all seemed to have closed far earlier than the 3 a.m. ending time led us to believe. We were tuckered out from all that walking though, so were just as happy to head home for the night.

This morning, I got up early for the farmers market and then spent the afternoon sweltering at the D.C. State Fair. I ate local pizza, drank local root beer, and consumed a slice of cherry pie, a contender for the best home baked pie category, that was both a treat for the eye and the palate. I bought a new dish towel, and after wandering off to the local branch of the library, a pile of books and dvds from their Friends-of sale.

D.C. State Fair Cherry Pie

Friends of the Library Book Sale Haul

We concluded the evening by watching the first episode of Star Trek, which I wasn’t wowed by, which is good because the rest of the series is going to be a paid show, and I only believe in paying for shows by watching commercials, a dying concept which has definitely contributed to the large number of books I’ve read this year.

How was your weekend?

Category: arts,dc life. There is/are 4 Comments.

What a fun weekend! Here is to an easy and quick Monday!

Comment by AsKatKnits 09.25.17 @ 7:47 am

My brother in law watched the new trek and wasn’t wowed either… That pie looks awesome – My weekend was super busy with family visiting (daughter still here and son in law arriving today!). So I’ll be swimming in busy for a few weeks until they move to delaware.

Comment by karen 09.26.17 @ 2:40 pm

FUn times in DC!!!

Comment by kathy b 09.26.17 @ 4:11 pm

@kathy: Indeed!

@karen: I’m always so impressed by people who take the time to make their baked goods pretty.

@Kat: It was!

Comment by soe 10.12.17 @ 3:32 am