In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. See previous dream days from Mayor Muriel Bowser, BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and more.
When Scott Strasbaugh gets recognized on the street, it’s usually due to his appearance in “Zoolander” as a Finnish dwarf named Olaf. Fans shout, “Cool story, Hansel” when they see the Sterling, Va.-based actor, whose one line has become a catchphrase. Other fans remember the 4-foot-tall Strasbaugh as the lead singer in The Little Kingz, a heavy metal band that performed shows with Eminem and Linkin Park, or from his many roles on stages throughout the D.C. area. These days, Strasbaugh is spending time behind the scenes as the director of the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of “A Fox on the Fairway,” a lively comedy that takes place on a golf course (600 Wolfe St., Alexandria; through June 29, $21-$24). While he does like to hit the links — “I have a great short game, ha!” — Strasbaugh is opting for theater over golf on his D.C. dream day.
I take the Metro to D.C. because I’m a people-watcher. I love staring at people and trying to figure out who they are and what they are trying to be. There are so many beautiful people and so many unique individuals, and so many odd characters, I don’t even stand out. On the Metro, I get to do the gawking for once.
When I get to D.C., I’ll go to Ben’s Chili Bowl to get a half-smoke. I don’t like messy sandwiches, but the half-smoke is so freaking good, I can’t pass it up.
Somewhere in my dream day, I put on a little baseball outfit and a baseball hat and shave my face and find a Little League game. And the manager somehow subs me in, because they all think I’m 12. And on the first pitch, I hit it out of the park and then do a little victory lap. And while I’m dancing on the home plate, they all realize their mistake.
My dad is a jeweler and I don’t know why, but he didn’t want me to follow in his footsteps and be a jeweler too. Maybe he thought we would fight? But I love diamonds and so I’d go to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and look at the Hope Diamond. It is remarkable. It’s 451/2 carats of this stunning blue, unbelievable, multifaceted piece of rock. Precious stones mean so much to people. They mean love between two people and a love of everything from the earth. I get choked up talking about it.
For dinner I’d go to Sushi Taro. I like sitting at the bar because the chefs like to try things out on me. Sometimes beautiful goodness I didn’t order lands on my plate. That’s how you learn about food like Japanese unadon. It’s a bowl of rice with grilled eel, and it’s so good. Even if you don’t get free food, it’s such an experience to sit at the bar and see the sushi chefs making art on a plate.
I’m a theater guy, so I’d obviously have to finish my day off with theater. Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth, Signature Theatre, Folger Theatre, Arena Stage — it doesn’t matter; all those places are amazing. I would end up with a nice glass of wine at one of these theaters and then see a dramatic, thought-provoking play.
I’d also go see a movie. My favorite movie theater is the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, because they are completely about silence in the movie theater. Plus they serve you food at your seat, and there’s a full bar.