Weekend Scheduler

The number of public activities going on in D.C. this past weekend was almost overwhelming. The National Museum of African American History and Culture opening celebrations, Art All Night, the National Book Festival, Opera in the Outfield, VegFest, Museum Day Live… it was a tough cultural calendar to coordinate.

On Saturday Claire and I used our free Museum Day Live tickets to see the Kreeger Museum. The art gallery and sculpture garden is off the beaten path so it was a treat to make the trip to see the exhibits. The collection has the most Picasso’s I’ve ever seen in one place!

A few other impressionist artists stuck out as well, including pieces by Monet and Braque. The wall-to-ceiling carpet also made a lasting impression. Another interesting tidbit: the collection curator, David Kreeger, was quite the anomaly in the art world, as he began his career in law for the U.S. government before making his millions in the initial years of GEICO. There were no gecko sculptures in the garden.

Later in the day, I made my way to the African American History Museum opening events on the Mall. So many people were out to celebrate, and thousands were waiting in line for timed entry. Can’t wait to see the exhibits when more tickets are available!

Saturday night Lesley, Kelsey, Claire and I checked out several of the Art All Night exhibits and performances. We stuck to the Dupont circuit, but there were also pockets of pop-up art in Congress Heights, H St., North Capitol, Shaw, Tenley and Van Ness. Around the Circle we made stops at the Embassy Row Hotel, Hillyer Art Space, the Embassy of Guatemala, Studio Gallery, ArtJamz and the Heurich House.

The photo below captures the scene on the Embassy Row Hotel rooftop deck, with a light projection show playing in the pool and a mannequin posing in front of the Washington Monument:

At ArtJamz, a paint-and-sip studio, we witnessed one generous person become a living canvas – interesting!

In other weekly events, I kept up on workouts with a few weekday morning runs and evening classes, followed by a longer weekend seven-miler. And in food news, I’ve finally started to transition into homemade dressings! I’ve had a few misses recently (apple cider vinegar is far to strong to pair just with EVOO). This time I followed a Johnson family recipe for a kale salad.

The dressing consists of:

  • 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 T. honey
  • 2 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 t. curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
In addition to kale, I mixed Craisins, almonds and apple slices to make quite the delicious “Is this Sweetgreen or homemade?” concoction with my protein of choice, grilled chicken.


– EmPan

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