Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city. (Also, check out Borderstan’s “July 4th: A Guide to the Guides, Street Closures.”)
El Paraiso Restaurant at 1916 14th Street NW is always a perfect choice for a lazy weekend. Good cheap food with flavor… not fancy with okay service. If you are into Latin American soccer, this is the place to watch your team play while enjoying a beer and the company of many amigos. Mexican-Salvadoran places in DC are often good substitutes for traditional Greek-owned diners–since we seem to lack as many as other large cities.
City Lights of China at 1731 Connecticut Ave NW. Just north of Dupont Circle, it is an old favorite in the area. If Chinese food is what you are looking for this is a good place to go and have a delicious meal. The menu is divided between specialties from the regional cuisines of Szechuan and Canton.
“August Wilson’s Radio Golf” at The Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW. Showing here in Borderstan… gentrification is examined, according to the Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre’s production of ‘Radio Golf’ will strongly echo the current zeitgeist in Logan Circle, Washington and around the nation.”
“The Color Purple” is playing at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW. It’s a classic, nominated for 11 Tony Awards (and there was the movie). Says The Kennedy Center: “The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman named Celie who–through love–finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.”
“Kodachrome Culture: The American Tourist in Europe,” is showing at The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW. According to National Geographic, “Kodak has decided to retire Kodachrome film this year after a 74-year run. National Geographic has also moved on, adapting and expanding its approach to documenting the world. The Kodachrome images in this exhibition recall when color photography offered a fresh look at our world.”
At The National Mall, there are all sorts of events going on during the weekend. Concerts, fireworks, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, so check Borderstan’s “July 4th: A Guide to the Guides, Street Closings,” for an easy way to plan to your weekend agenda.