In D.C. Dream Day, our favorite people tell us how they would spend a perfect day in D.C.
When Calista Garcia’s “The Voice” audition aired in March, the country watched as all four celebrity judges passed on inviting her to join their teams. “There’s nothing as scary as singing on national TV, in front of a panel of judges,” Garcia, 18, says of the nerve-wracking experience, which proved helpful in the end. “I never get stage fright anymore.” Garcia, who recently graduated from the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, continues to pursue a career in music. In April, she headlined shows at Strathmore Mansion and released her debut EP, “Wild Woman.” She’s playing a “goodbye for now” show at Songbyrd Music House this week (2477 18th St. NW; Thu., 8 p.m., $12) and then relocating to Nashville. “D.C. is an artsy city. I’m going to miss it a lot,” she says. Here, Garcia maps out everything she’d like to do on her last day in town.
I would want to go back in time to 1973. There used to be a venue in Georgetown called The Cellar Door. A lot of my favorite musical influences played there when they were on the rise: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Carole King, Gram Parsons. Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Miles Davis. Music was different back then. I feel like the ideal was to be creative and look for your artistic truth. On my D.C. dream day, I’d definitely play a show there, and see all my favorite artists perform, too.
Back in the present day, I’d probably want to go to the Renwick Gallery. I like that it’s more interesting and modern. It’s not the Portrait Gallery — it’s a little hipper, a little more unique and kinda showy.
I might go see the dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History too, if I could find a way to get around those lines.
I’d go to Old Town Alexandria for lunch. I like the energy down there — it’s old-school. You can take a wooden trolley to get to the waterfront, and there’s a lady who wears Renaissance garb and sings and plays the lyre. There are lots of buskers there — there’s usually a trumpet player and a magician, which I like to watch because there’s so much audience interaction in a magic show.
For dinner, there’s an Italian place in Georgetown called Il Canale. It’s legit; they get their ingredients from Italy. I got a great calzone there when we went for my brother’s birthday. They have posters from Italian towns they’ve visited and a poster of Steve Tyler, too, from when he visited the restaurant.
Another thing I’d do is go to the E Street Cinema and see one of their more niche films. I like that they have more of the documentaries, and the artier things that don’t play in your usual AMC.
I might go shopping at South Moon Under. It’s where I get a lot of my clothes. It’s got the kind of boho-type ’70s stuff that I find really cool.
Maybe after The Cellar Door, I’d play a Sofar Sounds show. They put shows in alternative venues and you don’t find out where you’re going to go until that day, so it’s exciting and mysterious. It’s a good way to find out about cool spots in D.C. I’ve played shows for them on rooftops, workspaces and weird art spaces.