If you’re a parent living in D.C., you really should acquaint yourself with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The linked art museums across the street from Verizon Center are Metro accessible and often uncrowded. The Kogod Courtyard, which is not named after Sarah, is an amazing space to let kids run free(ish). The museum cafe has a fine selection of both mass-market and craft beers. There are incredible free art projects for children every weekend, plus a fine scavenger hunt in the upstairs Luce Foundation Center for American Art.
And also Vernon Davis sometimes hangs out there.
Oh, plus Chad Tracy.
Davis first. The D.C. native, former Maryland star and current 49ers tight end toured the American Art Museum with ESPN’s Hannah Storm for a segment on her “Face to Face with Hannah Storm” interview show. Davis’s segment — which includes a walk around the museum and an interview conducted there — will air Monday at 7 on ESPN2. In a preview segment posted by the network, Storm asks Davis — an art gallery owner — when he first got into the that world.
“My sophomore year of college, when I decided to change my major from criminal justice to studio,” he said. “I don’t know, I just followed my heart. As a kid I would find myself putting cartoon characters on my jeans and on my shirts. When I got in college, I felt like I was free: there was no condemnation, I could do whatever I wanted to do. And I just did it.”
“It wasn’t the cool thing,” he explained. “The cool thing was to play football and play basketball.”
(Monday’s hour-long program also includes long-form interviews with Clay Matthews, J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson, as part of ESPN’s lead-up to the NFL season.)
As for Chad Tracy, well, Saturday was “Nationals Baseball Family Day”, produced by the same American Art Museum, plus the Portrait Gallery, and held in the aforementioned Kogod Courtyard. Tracy and Scott Hairston were the featured players. I don’t believe Vernon Davis showed, but Tracy did pose for this amazing photo. (Via @shelbygeidner)