Deciphering DC: Moongate Garden @ Smithsonian Castle

Moongate Garden
One of two gates at the Moongate Garden

Within the Enid A. Haupt Garden (set between the Smithsonian’s Castle and the Freer|Sackler Gallery), rests the not quite secluded, but maybe you missed it, Moongate Garden. And it’s a fantastic little spot for a lunch or a sit.

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Deciphering DC: Inventing Utamaro @ Freer|Sackler

Inventing Utamaro
Sackler Gallery

Not that I try to be trendy (I still haven’t selfied myself in the Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn), but sometimes things I find interesting have a limited lifespan. Those are the breaks.

The exhibit ‘Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered’ has a limited run (until July 9th), so if you’re going to experience it, don’t delay too long.

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Do This: SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience (6/2-6/3/17)

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The 10th Annual SAVOR (an American craft beer and food experience) will return to the National Building Museum on Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd.

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Festival Pick: Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival (5/13/17)

Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival
(Photo from festival’s Facebook)

If you’re jonesing for bluegrass and folk music in a party-like atmosphere, look no further than the 8th annual Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival on Saturday, May 13th!

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Drink This: Go-Go Weisse by 3 Stars Brewing Company

Go-Go Weisse
Go-Go Weisse and friends

Go-Go Weisse is one of 3 Stars Brewing Company’s four collaboration beers they did for the Craft Brewers Conference (this one with Other Half Brewing Company in New York).

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Sports Pick: Washington Spirit Home Opener (4/29/17)

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Your women’s soccer team, the Washington Spirit, start their home campaign at the Maryland SoccerPlex against the Houston Dash on Saturday, April 29th @ 7pm.

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Do This: DC Chocolate Festival (4/29/17)

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The second annual DC Chocolate Festival takes place on Saturday, April 29th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Go, because come on, it’s chocolate!

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Concert Pick: The Pretty Reckless @ 9:30 Club (4/26/17)

The Pretty Reckless
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The Pretty Reckless bring their rock swagger to the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 26th.

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Deciphering DC: Cherry Trees @ The Tidal Basin

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Now that all the cherry blossoms in DC have come and gone, let’s reminisce.

I first discovered the brilliance of Spring cherry tree blossoms in Seattle at the University of Washington’s Quad, where 31 Yoshino cherry trees were re-planted in the 1960’s. I also witnessed cherry trees in Kyoto and Tokyo in 2008. The effect in all places was beautiful to be sure, but so far have paled in comparison to the volume of blooming cherry trees that we know so well from the Tidal Basin.

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Eat This: Curry Katsudon @ Donburi

Curry katsudon
Curry Katsudon @ Donburi

I’m a sucker for good katsudon, but I’ve not really made a point of trying it outside of Japan or the Seattle area where I grew up.

A friend once described katsudon as simply ‘meat on rice’. The origin of the name is from ‘tonkatsu’ (pork cutlet) and ‘donburi’ (rice bowl).

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Concert Pick: The Wild Reeds @ Rock and Roll Hotel (4/28/17)

The Wild Reeds
The Wild Reeds (Photo Credit: Band’s Facebook)

The Wild Reeds, a band with hints of rock and folk and country, come all the way from Los Angeles to play for us at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday, April 28th. Why not join them?

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