Irene hasn’t even begun to dump rain on Washington, and already she’s wreaking havoc on our weekend plans.
Say goodbye to the MLK memorial dedication, Columbia Heights Day and Uncorked Rockville. (Check out our Washed Out report to keep up with cancellations as they happen.)
Bypass most of the outdoorsy stuff, and there are still tons of things to do, from theater to long brunches to hitting a beachy party in the heart of the city. Here are five ways you can still enjoy the weekend.
Hit the theater
High water won’t stop the last production of Washington’s naughtiest theater company, Cherry Red Productions, at the Warehouse on Saturday. If you don’t mind [expletive], [expletive] and [expletive], this show is totally for you: It’s “The Aristocrats,” and, as Stephanie Merry reported this week, you can probably just leave your ponchos on, because it’s going to get messy.
Also still on (for now) are the Shakespeare Free for All’s “Julius Ceasar” performances on Saturday and Sunday. Free tickets are distributed through a lottery and in person, so you have two ways to get them (the line will move indoors during inclement weather). Personally, I’m banking on enough no-shows that there may be no better time to try to get tickets; the theater will update its Web site if it decides to close.
Olney Theater’s free performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” are still on. Although the events were supposed to be held under the stars, the theater says it may make the call before Friday or Saturday’s performances to move the shows indoors. (Tickets are still available; reserve seats by calling 301-924-3400.)
Spend some family time at the waterpark or mini-golf course
Yes, you read that right. The area is teeming with outdoorsy fun . . . indoors. Check out our Editors’ Picks for Indoor Fun, which include the black-light wonder that is Monster Mini Golf in Jessup, and Massanutten WaterPark, both of which tell us that they’ll keep a light on for your rambunctious little ones all weekend.
Indulge in a long, boozy brunch . . . on Saturday
Although we won’t be rushing to El Centro D.F.’s rooftop happy hours for a few days, the dark, cavernous restaurant’s new Bottomless Tequila Brunch is sounding pretty perfect for a lazy, rainy Saturday. Round up five of your besties and head to this brunch, which features unlimited small plate dishes and drinks from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Party at a beach bar miles from the beach
Even before Irene, The Town Tavern had planned on bringing in two tons of sand for the Flip Flop Farewell bash, which will be just like being at the beach, without the mandatory evacuation. RSVP on the Town Tavern Web site, for a free open bar from 8 to 9 p.m.
Columbia Heights Day is now a no-go, but Wonderland Ballroom says it will be open with all the drink specials it had planned for the event. Things kick off at 10 a.m. UPDATE: You can add Wonderland’s neighbors, Room 11, RedRocks and Meridian Pint to the list of Columbia Heights bars still celebrating Columbia Heights Day, despite the cancellation.
And finally, we can think of no better way to observe the hurricane than New Orleans-style. At Bayou on Saturday, you can soak up the sounds of Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio. And don’t forget, of course, to order a cocktail: A Hurricane seems in order.
When all else fails, there’s always the movies
This is a big weekend for movie buffs, what with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” (three stars!) and “Our Idiot Brother” (two stars!) hitting theaters this weekend. Keep up with what’s in theaters, and read the reveiews here.
You may have to kiss this weekend’s beach plans goodbye, but sunnier days are ahead. Plan for next weekend now with Friday’s Weekend cover story, all about the area’s hidden gems of the outdoors, from camping heaven Pokomoke River State Park to the racy-sounding hiking hot spot Devils Racecourse.