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SYMHM: The Weekend Roundup

by Borderstan.com — May 9, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

14th & U Farmers' Market, U Street NW, Borderstan

The 14th & U Farmers' Market opened for the season on Saturday. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm, Saturdays only. Location is in front of the Reeves Municipal Center. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Keegan Theatre Signs New Lease at Church Street

The Keegan Theatre has signed a new five-year lease to remain at the Church Street Theatre. To celebrate, Keegan has planned a “We’re Here to Stay” Cabaret for this Friday, May 13 at 11 pm following the evening’s performance of National Pastime. Keegan’s producing artistic director is Mark A. Rhea.

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane… It’s a Big Space Anniversary!

In case you missed, May 5 marked the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight, celebrating Alan Shepherd’s 15-minute journey into space. And look how far we’ve come since then! In honor of the monumental day, there are a few noteworthy events coming up that you should pay attention to, which DCist has done a great job compiling. This Thursday, May 12, the National Air & Space Museum is having a few events at the Public Observation at 9 pm. And the the lottery for free tickets for the annual John H. Glenn Lecture, featuring namesake John Glenn and Scott Carpenter, opens today.

The Scarlet Letter

No, not that one. This time we’re talking about a W. Though nothing’s happened yet, Washington City Paper throws out a fear that our beloved Nationals W may soon be destroyed by Walgreens, which has a similar logo. The drug store chain recently took out Wegmans for having something similar. Could we be next?

Clinton: From DOMA to Marriage Equality

The man who signed the Defense of Marriage Act (boo, hiss!) is trying to counteract that by fighting for marriage equality on a local level. Former President Bill Clinton is now pushing for the ability for all to marry in his home state of New York, and he’s brought his daughter Chelsea into the ring for the same fight. MetroWeekly has the full scoop. This matters why? Because D.C. is one of the few states in America that either recognizes or allows same-sex marriages to be performed. Places where same-sex couples can actually get married: Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, D.C., Iowa and, of course, Massachusetts where it all started. States that recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere: Rhode Island, New York and Maryland. BTW, Wikipedia says that the Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon also performs same-sex marriages.

The Parents are Coming, the Parents are Coming!

It seems like the D.C. universities finally decided to talk amongst themselves — well, partially — to plan out their respective graduation schedules this year to avoid the mass descent on the District that makes life as a resident much harder. In case you’re wondering what May is looking like so you know what areas to avoid, here’s your guide to university commencements:

  • American — already wrapped up, having been this past weekend
  • GW — being in Foggy Bottom, it’s the one that has the most direct impact on our dear Borderstan, so look out for this next weekend, May 13 through 15
  • Howard — bordering us on the other side of the neighborhood, be prepared for folks visiting Shaw next weekend, May 13 through 15
  • Catholic — yep, and that makes it three, as we’ll also see folks heading into Brookland next weekend, May 13 through 15, though that will probably have less impact on us than the others
  • Georgetown — this one is also sure to create an influx to our ‘hood, so be wary May 20 through 22

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