Borderstan welcomes new contributor Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow herÂ on Twitter @kandriulli.
So, hey guys. Iâ€™m Katie, and Iâ€™m new here. Iâ€™m not sure how I managed to pull this off, but Iâ€™ll be writing a weekly column about some of my favorite weekend things, which (hopefully?) are some of your favorite things, too.
Things like cocktails, food, and (mostly) lowbrow culture. Please be advised that in addition to these aforementioned topics, there are likely to be several obscure TV and movie references in each installment, as well as an overuse of parentheses (see what I mean?) and probably animal gifs, too. But enough about me, letâ€™s talk about you and what youâ€™re up to this weekend:
Iâ€™ll be scaring my co-workers with my white girl dance moves at my office holiday party tonight, but you should definitely head over to Scion for their â€śSecret Stashâ€ť beer night from 5 pm to 11 pm. Theyâ€™ll be featuring over 50 rare and off-market beers, including something called â€śThree Floyds Artic Panzer Wolf,â€ť which Iâ€™m pretty sure is a creature that lives on the other side of The Wall. Check out all the offerings options here, and get there early because the good stuff is sure to go fast.
Run directly from your desk over to U Street tastemaker Ginger Root Design, which is hosting a festive get-together from 6 pm to 9 pm, complete with cocktails by Bourbon Outfitters, gluten-free snacks and a raffle. Itâ€™s free, but make sure to RSVP so you can be eligible to win some cool stuff.
Since youâ€™re only one metro stop away, you might as well hop on over to the brand spankinâ€™ new venue 9thÂ and Beats (1219 9thÂ Street NW), which Borderstan profiled earlier this week, for what promises to be a delightfully odd variety show, “Who in the Whatnow?” tonight at 8 pm. Pick up your tickets here ahead of time and save two dollars off the door price.
It looks like itâ€™s going to be unseasonably warm again this weekend, but consider taking a break from the fresh air, and head over to the NPR fire sale taking place at their headquarters (635 Mass. Avenue NW) from 10 am to 4 pm. All things considered, Iâ€™d say that this is shaping up to be the talk of the nation.
Cap off your nice little Saturday at The District Holiday Gala, which starts at 8 pm at the Whittemore House in Dupont (1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW). The black-tie optional benefit packs in 4 hours of open bar, gourmet hors d’oeuvres and some sweet tunes, all to benefit Hortonâ€™s Kids, a local organization that provides tutoring and other support services for children and families in DCâ€™s Ward 8. Tickets are $85 in advance, and can be purchased here.
Brunch is happening, so donâ€™t try to fight it. If youâ€™re willing to brave the crowds, the new Matchbox on 14thÂ started serving brunch last weekend, or, better yet, head over to Drafting Table to sample that 64-degree egg weâ€™ve been raving about.
Bonus! Katieâ€™s Netflix Hangover-fix
Nurse your mimosa-addled brain with some TV. The Forsyte Saga miniseries (currently available on Netflix streaming) stars my favorite British ginger, Damian Lewis, and itâ€™s a great lead-in to tonightâ€™s Homeland season finale. Downton Abbey fans will especially dig the awesome hats.
See you back here next week for what could be the second (and last!) Weekend Warrior column ever if the Mayans are right. Iâ€™ll be breaking down Borderstanâ€™s finest 12/21/12 festivities, so if you know of anything fun, or if you have an extra spot in available in your doomsday bunker, please donâ€™t hesitate to tweet me @kandriulli.