When it comes to D.C. neighborhoods, Georgetown pretty much has the market cornered on loveliness.
What other neighborhoods can offer the sweeping topography, the ruddy streets, the clasic brick facades and the turn-of-the-century streetlamps that Georgetown has up and down its sidestreets?
We know it (or at least its parking situation) gets a bad rap sometimes, but in today’s Weekend section, we advocate for a dozen lesser-known stops that make Georgetown worth another look, whether with out-of-town family or locals (Georgetown Cupcake isn’t on our list, but you’re still welcome to stand in line for hours waiting to get in). And if you already know every nook and cranny in Georgetown, check out some of our other neighborhood guides.
Here’s the rest of what’s inside Weekend:
•Our top picks for the best events this weekend, including a Marvin Gaye tribute and a fundraiser with blue crabs and bluegrass on the Southwest waterfront.
•Performing at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre (for free!) tonight, Carolyn Malachi headlines the final Going Out Guide Weekend concert of the summer.
•Album reviews of acts playing on town this week: Sunny and the Sunsets (Thursday at DC9); Curren$y (Sunday at Merriweather Post Pavilion); Amy Lavere (Tuesday at Jammin’ Java); William Elliott Whitmore (Sunday at Red Place); and Viva Brother (Tuesday at the Black Cat).
•The Passenger’s Tiki Tuesday happy hour features a slew of frozen drinks and colorful flowers as garnishes, most most of which find their way into visitors’ hair by the end of the night.
•You know what would be great on a 100-degree day (or any day, really)? A rickey. They happen to make a pretty spectacular version of D.C.’s native cocktail (with gin or bourbon) at 1331.
•Looking for lunch near Clarendon? Check out Lyon Hall.
•The new sprayground at Lee District Park was designed to be accessible for all kids, and it has everything from water tables to special loaner wheelchairs that can get wet.
•Part visitors center, part museum, part shopping mall, the Heartwood arts center offers lessons on southwest Virginia’s musical history and other cultural assets.
•A pair of small, single-gallery exhibtions at the Corcoran illustrate two extremes of contemporary art. One is silent and contemplative; thother can hardly hold its tongue. Also, don’t miss Cryostasis at Hillyer Art Space or the brand new Photo 2011 at Artisphere.
•On stage, a theater professor at Georgetown has adapted Michael Pollan’s 1996 nonfiction bestseller “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” into a modernist stage play.
New at the movies this weekend, Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are “Friends With Benefits” and “Captain America” is here to settle some World War II era scores.