From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow herÂ on TwitterÂ @kandriulli.
Well, well. It’s already the weekend, guys, and I’m as happy as an orangutan with an iPad (Yes,Â the orangutans at the National Zoo now have iPads.Â This is the world we live in!) â€śBut Katie,â€ť you’re probably saying right now, “isn’t it going to be like negative bajillion degrees out this weekend? Why would I even want to leave the house?”
To which I reply: you have a point. It’s hard to motivate when it’s a high of 13 andÂ LutherÂ is sitting there on Netflix streaming just waiting to be devoured. But if you can manage to force yourself out of hibernation, here are a few things that will make it worth the trouble.
- If you lived in DC at all during your 20s, chances are you were dragged toÂ Third EditionÂ in Georgetown at some point, probably for a sloppy yet memorable birthday party in the summer in their “tiki bar.” Well, like sands through the hourglass, so are the comings and goings of Georgetown real estate: it wasÂ revealed recently thatÂ restaurateurÂ Richard Sandoval is buying out Third Edition to turn it into an upscale eatery. Spill some drinks on the floor and dance to Van Halen one last time at theirÂ closing partyÂ tonight starting at 7 pm. It’s free and there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials (re: shooters?) flowing throughout the night.
- Cross an item off your bucket list tonight by attending theÂ Duran Duran/New Order dance partyÂ at theÂ Black Cat.Â Doors are at 9:30 pm and tickets are only $10 – a small price to pay for the opportunity to kick it to a mash-up of Bizarre Love Triangle &Â the theme song fromÂ A View To A Kill.
- When the zombie apocalypse comes, you’re going to want to have a good stash of booze on hand to help you survive. Learn how to mash, ferment, distill, store andÂ bottleÂ your own spirits at theÂ Catoctin Creek Distilling workshopÂ today from 3 pm – 5 pm at theÂ Park Hyatt in the West End.Â The workshop is a great deal at $55, which includes tastings and complimentary small plates from Blue Duck Tavern Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault.
- Celebrate Borderstan faveÂ Cork Wine Bar’sÂ 5th anniversary by grabbing a bite from their excellentÂ brunch menu,Â which features unique dishes like a coddled egg withÂ caramelizedÂ leeks and a house-made waffle with strawberry rhubarb butter. Also, did we mention they have mimosa flights? Your Sunday, sorted.
- Once you’re good and tipsy, head over to the year’s firstÂ DC Record Fair, which is being held atÂ Penn SocialÂ in Chinatown from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is $5 bucks between 11 am and noon, and $2 from noon to 5 pm, but the extra $3 is totally worth it if it means you’ll have a better chance of scoring that copy of Billy Joel’sÂ Glass HousesÂ you’ve been searching high and low for (or maybe that’s just me?)