How to Have A Better Valentine’s Day Weekend Than All of Your Friends Without Doing Anything Related to the Holiday!

 

If you are in town this weekend, I envy you. I spent maybe 30 minutes searching for events in DC, and found a ton. There are so many I don’t know where to begin. I started narrowing down the list by excluding events that are sold out (which was hard because there is a Valentine’s Day Murder Mystery Dinner, but it’s fine. I won’t talk about how cool that would be), and then picked the more reasonable or noteworthy ones! Don’t say you didn’t know what to do, because these all sound amazing. Also, be sure to check out the Smithsonian website because they have a bunch of neat things too!

 

  1.  Mary Graydon House Party at AU. What is that? Unclear, but there will be free food, a Harry Potter movie playing, a graffiti wall, and maybe an oxygen bar? Add it to your list! Saturday at 8 pm in MGC!635861334858508304-1087290070_tumblr_lrc0qx2Hu11qjemo2o1_500.gif
  2. GUESS WHO IS COMING TO AU? This should have been number one on the list, but I wanted to build momentum. Ruth. Joan. Bader. Ginsburg. You had no idea? Me neither. Why aren’t they advertising this more? Probably because everyone would show up.  She will be at the opening ceremony of the Law School in Tenley this Friday at 2 pm. If you don’t know who she is, you should: she is tied with eight other individuals for most powerful person in US policy right now. Here’s an accurate picture for you to reference:anigif_enhanced-buzz-10517-1375200861-9.gif
  3. Adam Devine (from Workaholics/Pitch Perfect) is doing a comedy show at the Lisner Auditorium at GW on Friday the 13th! Tickets are as low as $20 and available to non-GW students! Get your tickets from the website before they are sold out or prices become ridiculous: https://www.gwutickets.com/online/default.aspimages.jpg
  4. Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove!  This is a family fun event in case you miss seeing children fawn over their favorite Disney princesses, or in case you yourself need to stare in awe at your own favorites. Personally, my dream is to one day be an ice skating princess, so I had to add this to my list (if only I was in town.  I would have learned to skate through observation…) The show is at the Verizon center and tickets are as low as $10 (that’s cheaper than a movie!). Here is the website: http://verizoncenter.monumentalnetwork.com

 

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That’s me, trying to skate in a nutshell…

5. Go see Hairspray on Friday at 7:30pm at the Loudoun Centre Theater. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s a catchy musical with some good life lessons and poor life mottos. Tickets are $18: http://www.thelct.org/

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I would argue this is one of those misguided lessons, but I will leave that up to you.

6. Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the 17th annual Lunar New Year Celebration in Gaithersburg, MD. Admission is free, and you get to see traditional dances, martial arts, opera, and participate in crafts and exhibits: http://www.ccacc-dc.org/index_e.asp

 

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It’s the year of the monkey!

 

7. Want to see a show this weekend? Try Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical starting February 10th! In case you have never heard of it, the Washington Post calls it: “Bizet’s opera about star-crossed lovers is re-imagined as a jazz musical set in 1958 Cuba. So essentially, they have taken the renowned opera Carmen, and turned in away from opera to jazz, so people like me, who are not classy enough to appreciate opera, will go see it! It’s at the Olney Theater Center and tickets are here: http://www.olneytheatre.org

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8. Maybe all this seems like a lot of effort and instead you want to try some cool new food places? Have you heard of Declaration in Shaw? It’s a pizza place, so it already has my attention, but this restaurant has a neat menu! It has 13 pizzas, one named after each colony, so you can learn a little bit about each state’s home food while enjoying everyone’s beloved classic—pizza! History nerds and food lovers (I qualify as both) will probably get a kick out of this place. It’s in McPherson Square. Look it up and at least add it to your DC bucket list, which if you don’t have, you should start now!

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So whatever you decide to do, even if Netflix still takes priority over all of this, have a great holiday weekend!

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