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Friday, May 25, 2007

Weekend Shoutouts

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! For those of you sticking around, there’s a lot going on in our nation’s capital and in Shaw. My weekend is slated to be a relaxing one spent around mi casa (and not, say, in traffic). The following are a few suggestions for things to do in Shaw:

1. Watch the United House of Prayer (UHOP) Marching Band Parade Saturday at Noon - The annual parade begins at noon. Neighborhood youth have been preparing for this exciting event for weeks (you've probably heard them practicing outside near the convention center--they sound great!). I am unsure of the exact route--anyone know?

2. Enjoy Some Summer Flavors at Vegetate – With strawberries on the menu (featuring a new dessert: blue corn biscuits and organic strawberries with rosemary cardamom infused coconut milk), fresh squeezed juice and herb martinis (my favorite is the grapefruit mint martini), and a boutique wine list (I’m intrigued by a sparking wine from Spain I’ve seen on the menu), what better way is there to indulge than at our very own Vegetate?

3. Taint at DC9 on Saturday Night – This “alternative night for queer boys and girls” offers a refreshingly different nightlife option. Featuring special guest DJ Rob Diaz this month, doors open at 9pm with a $5 cover.

4. Memorial Day Celebration in Logan Circle Park on Monday – Join our neighbors in Logan Circle Park for a Memorial Day celebration at 1pm.

5. Have Some Neighbors Over - Invite a neighbor or two over for a glass of wine or coffee one evening this weekend and kick up that neighbory feeling we love so much.

6. Shaw Is Always a Weekend Destination - These regular weekend options are always great: the Liberation Dance Party at DC9, the shows at 9:30 Club, Black Cat, Arena Stage, and Studio Theater, the cultural offerings of the Warehouse Arts Complex, Project 4 Gallery, the Ninth Street Gallery, and the Long View Gallery, and the chance to get your freak on and knock back some drinks at places like Avenue, Be Bar, and Old Dominion Brewhouse.


stutterer said said said...

you forgot this:

more here:

nbdinz said...

The very large parade (complete with the Maybachs) and all the dazzle from UHOP will be going down 6th Street... according to my UHOP neighbors.

Shaw Rez said...

thanks, Stutterer.

As always, feel free to email me at slumhistorique at yahoo dot com with any weekend shoutout suggestions before Friday.

si said...

the UHOP festivities are already beginning! as I was cleaning the yard at 6th & M the sidewalk was already filling up, the mood was good as is the weather..the parade is tomorrow at 10 according to one of the ladies & should wind up around 12:30. I expect the celebrations & mass baptisms to last a bit longer. between this and rolling thunder, scope out your parking now!
oh let me also give a great big hell yeah to breakwells at 9th & M. its just wonderful.

Charles Walker said...

Stutter, why would anybody go see anything by that loser Borf? You know, the anti-capitalist from Great Falls who used to borrow Mom's Mercedes to come into DC and vandalize our neighborhood in the name of anticapitalism. Pass.

Nothing against anticapitalism by the way. I'm a socialist myself. But vandalizing somebody's neighborhood is not anticapitalism. It's just being an a-hole.

rr 446 said...

last year the parade went up 6th to R and the back down 7th to M.
not sure of this years route

Mr. Ray said...

Parade was a hoot. The throne-on-wheels for Bishop Madison, the saluting in front of Daddy Grace's house, the high-stepping bands, the a capella choirs. Too bad they put the black livery back on Sweet Daddy's 1954 Caddy a couple years back -- he originally had it with his house and fingernails painted red-white-blue. No more firehose baptisms either.

jmc39 said...

I concur with Mr. Walker, Borf is a criminal who had his day in court. He defaces and vandalizes private property. Committing crimes against property and claiming such to be art is not deserving of support for promotion on this blog, in my opinion.

Ellen said...

We are lucky to have the UHOP shout band marching thru Shaw. The Trombone shout band of UHOP-NY was named a National Heritage winner in 1987, and all the UHOP bands are considered a national treasure. Mrs. Clinton singled them out for special praise at the White House awards ceremony that year. Folkways has recordings of various UHOP bands available, and in 2001 they appeared with the Seegers, Stephen Wade, Floyd King, and other music liminaries at the LC. I just wish the Post would appreciate their special gift and give us a clue as to their route. We disdain them at our peril. I suppose some folks didn't like Duke Ellington when he played in our hood either.

Mr. Ray said...

Duke Ellington's beloved mother did not like her son playing in the 'hood -- as it was not seen in keeping with his bourgie high yellah upbringing. Part of the reason he went up to NYC.

Ellen is completely right about the shout bands. I was saddened to see how few "newcomers" were out to listen and see the lively music this year. UHOP is a significant slice of the American urban religious experience.