We’re starting a new feature this week: The Friday Five – a list of five things to keep your eye on heading into the weekend. We’ll be previewing news- and non-news-related events, both on and off the Hill. Got a suggestion or tip? Leave it in the comments box below or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden hosts its second “Jazz in the Garden” event of the summer from 5 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. Bring a blanket and join several hundred of your closest friends for progressive jazz from drummer Mark Prince.
4. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) may not be heading to the Wisconsin Democratic Party’s annual convention this weekend, but other Democratic luminaries are still set to address the party faithful in Milwaukee. Among those slated to address the convention are Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and former Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.).
3. The Faith and Freedom Coalition, where Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke today, continues its annual conference and strategy briefing tonight and Saturday at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. Tonight, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) speak at 8:50, 9:15 and 9:40 p.m. respectively. On Saturday, former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is slated to speak at 10:15 a.m.; and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain (R) delivers remarks at the banquet at 8 p.m.
2. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) will stop by “Fox News Sunday” this weekend. The potential White House 2012 hopeful is expected to discuss the state of the economy, the presidential race and her bus tour, which has been making its way up the East Coast. Two more to watch on the Sunday shows this weekend include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), both of whom will be appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
1. The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s annual “Race for the Cure” kicks off at 8 a.m. tomorrow on the National Mall. Twenty Hill teams have registered, with the top-ranked team – “Jennifer’s Joggers” from Rep. Mike Honda’s (D-Calif.) office – having raised more than $12,500 to support breast cancer treatment, screening and education programs. The team is jogging for Jennifer Van der Heide, Honda’s chief of staff, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.