From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow herÂ on TwitterÂ @kandriulli.
The manifestation this week of theÂ DC sinkholeÂ and the uncomfortable fluctuations in the weather can only mean one thing: the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is in town again.
So if you see a lost young lad on the Metro wearingÂ this, just point him in the direction ofÂ ReaganpaloozaÂ and consider this your absolution for the many obscenitiesÂ youÂ hurledÂ at the TV when Paul Ryan spoke during the GOP convention. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at what us 47% have on tap this weekend.
- Today is National Nerd Coming Out Day, aka 3.14, aka “Pi(e) Day.” Celebrate all things mathematical and delicious tonight atÂ The Dunes,Â where they’ll be hostingÂ a pie bonanzaÂ from 6 to 8:30 pm,Â with all proceeds going toÂ Common Good City Farm.Â A suggested donation of $7 includes unlimited pie tastings… just don’t forget to bring your own plates and utensils.
- And since you’ll be pie-drunk and pretty close by, hop in a cab afterwards and head up the street to theÂ Blue Banana,Â which is hosting a specialÂ guest bartender nightÂ from 6 to 10 pm, with 20% of proceeds benefiting the incredible local organizationÂ Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.
- If you really do want to avoid the CPAC crowd, plan on attending some screenings tonight during theÂ Environmental Film Festival,Â which coincidentally kicks into high gear this weekend. There are almostÂ 200 filmsÂ being shown around town, and most events are free, but all you really need to be concerned about isÂ this movieÂ about an orphaned baby otter. An ORPHANED.BABY.OTTER.
- I was going to suggest that you get in touch with your inner Carol Channing tonight and head over to Ford’s Theater to take in their incarnation ofÂ Hello, Dolly!,Â but since it just opened, it appears to be sold out. If you can find some tickets on the black market, then by all means make it happen. Otherwise, you can check out some “rock n’ roll music” tonight instead whenÂ Jukebox the GhostÂ headlines at the 9:30 Club, with openersÂ Matt PondÂ andÂ TheÂ Spring Standards.Â TicketsÂ are $15 and doors open at 8 pm.
- Much like New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day is for amateurs, which means you’re likely to encounter green vomit on the sidewalk before the sun goes down. In my opinion, you’re much better off partaking inÂ an early brunchÂ and then heading home to watch several installments of theÂ LeprechaunÂ franchise.
- But if Jennifer Aniston’sÂ real noseÂ is too scary for you, you could instead make an appearance at theÂ Shawâ€™s Community St. Patrickâ€™s Day Street Festival, sponsored byÂ Shaw’s Tavern,Â which runs from 11 am – 5 pm (onÂ 6th Street NW between Florida Ave. and S Streets), and features a beer garden, live music, and Irish step dancing.