What should be doing this weekend?
• On Friday night, Standard -- the 14th Street beer garden we love for 1) big mugs of cold, cold hefeweizen and 2) corn on the cob, lobster rolls and brisket sandwiches -- reopens for another season. Read up on what to expect here, then cut out of work early.
• First came a real cocktail bar in the form of Brickside. Now Bethesda can get gussied up for the Friday opening of the new Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club in the Bethesda Theatre space. Kicking off the schedule this weekend is Grammy-winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
• Saturday is Texas Independence Day, which wouldn't mean much if not for the vocal, local chapter of Texas Exes. Dig out your Tony Lamas for one of these two parties celebrating the Lone Star State's fighting spirit and its big win at the Battle of San Jacinto.
• For those who like to celebrate their Irish heritage for several weeks rather than a single day, the Ballyshaners host their annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria on Saturday. The parade, which starts at 12:30 p.m. at Alfred and King streets, is preceded by a classic car show, a dog show and lots and lots of merrymaking, blarney-style.
• Drumline Live! brings 30 dancers who have graduated from historically black colleges and universities to Strathmore on Friday for high-stepping marching and music that should include all your favorite hip-hop, Motown and big brass favorites. ("Gangam Style": Will they or won't they?)
• And finally, beginning Friday, you can spend your mornings at the Shaw bar Hogo, where growing D.C.-based roaster Vigilante Coffee will be serving coffee at a pop-up that will stay open Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m. through March 31. Read more about Vigilante here.