First an apology. I totally forgot to do the To Do last week. I have no excuse. I neither traveled nor hosted the holiday, there was time spent with in laws. But I really just forgot. I hope you managed.
I promise to make it up to you with some really fantastic suggestions. REALLY.
Tonight if you are a ukulele or glockenspiel fan you are in luck. The Rock and Roll Hotel hosts three sweet bands for an evening of quirky song writing and tight harmonies, Pearl and the Beard, Lucius and local folk-pop duo the Sweater Set. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7pm and the show is at 8pm. I might see you there. I’ll be the one with the middle schoolers.
Friday the New Music series at the Atlas continues with a performance by So Percussion. Contemporary classical has never been this fun. In their technical rider they have asked us for a lot of cans and a cactus. To play. I have to miss it since I’m going out of town so please go see it. Earn some serious nerd-chic cred. You get tickets on the website here http://atlasarts.org/events/2011/07/new-music-at-the-atlas-so-percussion/
Saturday bread bread with the area’s master of gluten, Mark Furstenberg. The founder of both Marvelous Market and Breadline is teaching a series of Master classes on bread baking. This week’s class focuses on flatbreads from around the world. Furstenberg will be assisted by Sri Lankan chef Skiz Fernando. The class begins at 11 am and ends at 1pm. The cost is $85 and you can register here. http://hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/413
If you oppose Kyra’s passionate opinion on live vs fake Christmas trees, head over to Brent Elementary School’s Tree sale. From 9am – 4pm both Saturday and Sunday the PTA of Brent will be selling trees, wreaths, garlands and poinsettias. They will even deliver it to your home if you don’t feel like carrying it or balancing it on your Bikeshare.
Saturday afternoon Top Chef alum and Executive chef/owner of non-Hill restaurants Graffiato and Bandalero, Mike Isabella will be signing copies of his new book, Crazy Good Italian at Hill’s Kitchen. The signing takes place from 1pm -2pm but I’m sure he will sign a few extras if you miss him. I will be in the Garden State and the Big Apple this weekend so I will not be able to ask him why this Jersey Boy’s pizza is so disappointing …
While you are there head upstairs to take advantage of the second annual Henkel’s knife sale! The sale has been going on since last week and ends this weekend. Seriously good deals on great quality knives for yourself or the foodies on your list.
Sunday afternoon the local bluegrass ensemble Dead Man’s Hollow throws a concert/music party at the Hill Center. This WAMMIE award winning group puts on a lively, family-friendly show. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. http://hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/305
Jen DeMayo is Director of Community for the Atlas.