Rita’s Weekend Picks

25 Jan

It’s Wednesday! Every Wednesday I’ll be highlighting a few of my top picks for places to go and things to do during the upcoming weekend!  Only two more days until the weekend – and there is SO much going on, I don’t even know where to start! 

Remember,  if you know of anything interesting going on, a great date location or other information you’d like to share with everyone, just e-mail me at Rita@singlesinthesuburbs.com!



   Artomatic Volunteer Meeting
   2511 S. Clark Street
   Arlington, VA 22202


 Volunteer Kick-off Meeting 11am-2pm, January 28, 2012!


ARTOMATIC IS RETURNING TO CRYSTAL CITY May 18-24, 2012 and the call is on to round-up awesome volunteers to make this year’s event a smashing success! 

What is Artomatic?  Imagine a huge, vacant building.  Now imagine the most talented and creative artists, musicians, dancers, actors, writers and performers transforming that space into a “playground for artistic expression.”  Live performances, art displayed as far as  the eye can see (including the ceilings and the floor), educational programs, film, poetry, fashion and much more!  Now, multiply that by 10 and you’ll start to understand Artomatic!

Artomatic is completely volunteer-run.  From building the stages, to coordinating with media – everything is handled by volunteers and the call is on to assemble the best team yet to make 2012 unforgettable!  Volunteer opportunities include (but aren’t limited to):  Volunteer coordination, marketing, site operations and management, fundraising, performers (musicians, dancers, actors, writers/readers, comedians…cabaret, fire/burners, djs), artists and much more!


PLEASE NOTE:  THIS VOLUNTEER MEETING IS FOR NON-PERFORMER/ARTIST VOLUNTEERS.  If you are interested in being a performer, artist, etc. for Artomatic 2012 please contact them directly so you can stay updated on the meeting for those participants!


Interested in being a non-performing/artist volunteer?  Register to attend the volunteer kick-off meeting here:  http://artomatic2012volunteerkickoff.eventbrite.com/  Can’t make the meeting?  Just e-mail volunteer@artomatic.org and let them know you want to help!



   Professionals in the City
   Speed Dating, Ages 35-49
   Zen Bistro Restaurant
   1301 S. Joyce Street, Arlington, VA



$30 – Sunday, January 29, 2012; 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Near Pentagon City Metro).

By now, you all know my philosophy – it never hurts to meet a new person!  The people you meet at this event might cross your path for romance, friendship or networking.  They might be perfect for your best friend or they might provide you with a story unlike any you have yet to tell.  No matter what, they’ll teach you something about what you like or don’t like, a new fact or more!  So use this Sunday evening to “get up, get out and do something!”  You never know who you will meet! 



   Old Town Alexandria Farmers Market
   301 King Street
   Alexandria, VA


Saturday, January 28, 2012; 5-10am

Start your morning with some tasty, organic, coffee while you wind your way through the many booths along the square, sampling and purchasing some of the freshest, local, produce the area has to offer!  It’s not just a shopping experience, it’s a community event.  You’ll always find someone friendly willing to chat!


   2411 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA
   (703) 706-5300




Saturday, January 28, 2012; 1-4pm

After the Farmers Market, head to Del Ray and experience one of Cheesetique’s fabulous wine tastings!  For $5 you’ll get to taste 5 wines and you’ll get $5 off your first bottle of wine!

If you’ve never been to Cheesetique, don’t delay any longer!  Cheesetique is both a gourmet cheese boutique specializing in hard-to-find selections from around the world and a cheese & wine bar, a cheese-centric restaurant with extensive hot and cold selections, a full wine and beer list, and of course some of the best cheeses and meats available anywhere!





   Il Fornaio Restaurant
   Reston Town Center
   11990 Market Street, Reston, VA

Saturday, January 28, 2012 – 12pm and 2-4pm



There are two great events taking place at Il Fornaio this Saturday!  At 12pm, for $45 (plus tax and 20% gratuity),  you can join a cooking class with the Chef to whip up a 3-course lunch complete with wine, cooking demos and recipes!

After the class, stick around, because every Saturday, 2-4pm is “Singles Saturday” with half price beer and wine in the bar! 



   Aquila Theatre – Macbeth
   GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall


8pm Saturday, January 28, 2012; $20/$32/$40.  Also, on Saturday, join members of the company for a pre-performance discussion!

Shakespeare’s masterful highland drama of war, assassination, sex and intrigue is one of his most famous plays and is rooted in a world of ancient mysticism, malevolent magic and witchcraft whose primeval forces tear the world of feudal Scotland apart.  Aquila Theatre has been declared one of the freshest performance company’s to have taken root in this area.  Don’t miss out!



   Three Fox Vineyards
   Soup-er Cozy Saturday
   10100 Three Fox Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144



Saturday, January 28, 2012; 1-4pm

Come and cozy up next to the fireplace, or a firepit, and enjoy an extremely tasty bowl of hearty soup paired with award-winning wines!

It’s a beautiful vineyard and a great way to pass a winter day!



   Authentic Relating Games Night w/Jeffrey Platts
   Past Tense Yoga Studio
   3253 Mount Pleasant Avenue, NW, Washington, DC




Saturday, January 28, 2012; 7-11pm.  $20 in advance/$25 at the door (near Columbia Heights Metro)

Attending an Authentic Relating Games Night with Jeffrey was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had to date! 

What is Authentic Relating Games Night?  It’s inspired by the Game Nights held in San Francisco by AuthenticWorld.  Sometimes loud, sometimes intensely quiet, sometimes risky. Always fun and revealing. We are tapping AuthenticWorld for fun and engaging games that we can play ourselves. Have you ever had a conversation with someone where you found yourself hanging on their every word? Your heart is wide open, your eyes filled with tears, and the goofiest smile you’ve ever pulled is on your face?

DC’s Authentic Game Nights are designed to give you that same experience with people you’ve never met before!

I’ll be there this Saturday!  Hope to see you there too!  (Tickets at the door aren’t guaranteed.  As of today, only 7 tickets remain!)


   The Hamilton
   24 Hour Restaurant/Live Music Venue
   600 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
   (Near Metro Center)

Saturday, January 28, 2012; 8:30-11:30pm.  $15

Clyde’s newest addition, The Hamilton is a 24 hour restaurant and a live music venue, with a large performance space that holds upwards of 300 people, yet provides an “intimate concert experience.”  This Saturday, you can check out The Dreamscapes Project  (you may remember Keith, the lead singer, as Date #19) and Taylor Carson!

With drinks and food served table side throughout the show, and not a bad seat in the house, you should grab your tickets now!



                                              HGTV’s Casting Call for “All American Handyman”

   Westin City Center, 1400 M. Street, NW, WAshington, DC




Saturday, January 28, 2012; 10am-Noon


Calling all men and women!  Are you handy?  (Electricians, Carpentry, Plumber…you name it, it counts!)  Then come out to audition for the next season of All American Handyman on HGTV where you can win a $200,000 prize package, including a deal with HGTV!

Even if you don’t want to audition for the show – if you are like me, and have a huge crush on anyone who happens to be handy, this may just be a great place to grab your morning coffee and people watch. 

Hmm, maybe I should have my own casting call for Rita’s Next Top Handyman….



   Glen Echo Park
   Swing Dance with the Tom Cunningham Orchestra
   7300 MacArthur Boulevard
   Glen Echo, MD 20812

Saturday, January 28, 2012; 8pm – Midnight.  $15



Swing the night away with Tom Cunningham’s 16 piece orchestra – complete with a troupe of fabulous vocalists to make the music hoppin’!  Don’t know how to swing?  Just show up by 8 for the complimentary swing lessonDon’t have a partner?  That’s okay!  Everyone rotates the room to make sure each participant is included and up on their feet dancing as much as they want to be!  It’s always a great night!



Feel free to share your suggestions for interesting things to do this weekend in the comments section!


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