Friday, July 8, 2011

B-Cubes: Best of the Washington Post Summer Guide

As one of the last remaining households that still gets the newspaper delivered daily (kind of like the folks who still get their milk delivered), I checked out the Post's Weekend section of the best activities for the remainder of the summer this morning over coffee with the husband.  Quite timely given my recent three-part spate of articles on the very same topic...

But I am not a hater!  I see the silver lining and take note that while their list includes EVERYTHING, my list will only include those activities that fit within the B-Cube philosophy: for busy broke women who still want to hang without breaking their budgets.  So big thanks to the editors at the Washington Post for helping a sista with her research!

Smithsonian Folklikfe Festival: Get there before it ends on July 11! My buddy Rachel blogged about her experiences last weekend and now I am planning my escape to soak up the remaining cultural festivities. I am still kicking myself for having missed the Soul Train Dance Party on June 30th, so if the weather holds tonight, I might be spotted doing some salsa dancing or bopping to the Dixie Cups (I think I had that same dress in 1989)! Oh, and because it makes me nostalgic for the sounds of New Orleans, enjoy this clip of "Iko Iko" by the Dixie Cups:

Capitol Fringe Festival: This is not a free festival and I don't know anything about it, except that one of my friends from the dance company, Leolani Hill, is starring in Cry for the Gods as the last Queen of Hawaii, Queen Lili'uokalani. The play was written by an administrative law judge and debuted locally in 2004. Tickets are $17 plus an additional $7 for an admission button to the festival, which runs from July 7-24. There are a few free activities associated with the festival, some of which include clowns...

Artscape 2011: Baltimore is just one big festivalia this summer!  The husband and I went to the African American Festival last weekend and, well the drive up there was cool (your cousins, SMH).  The 30th Annual Artscape coming up next weekend from July 15-17 looks to be quite the event with free music, dance, opera, theater, arts and crafts, so it should be fun for the entire family.

Civil War Stuff: That is a very broad category, but suffice it to say that in this year of commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, there are a lot of options if that is your thing.  July 21-24 you can visit the Manassas National Battlefield Park where the First Battle of Bull Run took place (you tell that I once taught history).  The Post says the activities that particular weekend are free, so if you want to see a reenactment, it might be worth the drive.  Otherwise, the admission is only $3.

Free Shakespeare: It will not be at the Carter Baron this year, which might be a blessing if you want to beat the heat and the bugs come August.  This season's Free for All will feature Julius Ceasar at the Sidney Harmon Hall downtown from August 18 to September 4.  Tickets are made available the day of the show.

Pool Party: I just added my name to the list, so I'll tweet you one Sunday if the pool at the Donovan House Hotel is all that and a free beer.  A few other pools in town host weekend parties as well, most notably at the Capitol Skyline and the Liaison Hotel.  The Capitol Skyline event is free for ladies before 1pm on Sundays, so you just need to use your imagination about the type of event it really is :)

And there you have it--the BBW B-Cube take on a few of the local summer entertainment options.  Of course, there are other lists, so if you happen upon one and want to offer up your own recommendations, please share on the Facebook page or tweet me @busyblackwoman.  Enjoy!

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