Spotlight on the weekend, May 24 & 25



If you've ever spent a Memorial Day weekend in D.C., you know the streets become filled with the roar of engines as Rolling Thunder, well, rolls into town. And the reason they are here —and it's not just to jam traffic, though that is the whole idea of the "First Amendment Demonstration Run" — is to support war veterans, remember those who died for the cause and to bring attention to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

There are a few more events that will evoke what Memorial Day is all about. Friday evening's candlelight vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, beginning at 9 p.m., is both moving and quite beautiful. There are also two wreath-laying ceremonies — one at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United States Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), which includes what should be an interesting talk by active duty Marine Capt. Martha McPhee, and one at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

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There are a lot of bar crawls around the city, but most tend to benefit the event promoter. So4ward's DC Benefit Bar Crawl on Saturday night is an exception, with proceeds going to a cause we can get behind: ReSET, a nonprofit matching scientists, engineers and technicians with elementary school teachers in order to improve science motivation and literacy.

The crawl, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through the 14th Street Corridor-U Street neighborhood includes Tabaq Bistro (the starting point, 1336 U St. NW), Chi-Cha, Policy, JoJo's Restaurant and Bar, and Touchdown DC. The $15 ticket gets you $3 beers and happy hour cocktail prices. There will be raffles and free giveaways from several of the event's sponsors.

So4ward is also hosting a Benefit Brunch on Sunday at Veranda. For more information, visit


This is a new one for us, but for a free evening of fun, it seems like a good pick for the weekend. Saturday night, SurviveDC will have participants racing through the streets of D.C., starting near the fountain of Dupont Circle at 7 p.m. In a treasure hunt of sorts, you will try to visit checkpoints as fast as you can while avoiding being caught by chasers. Those who survive will be praised and feted at the end. Those who fall will become chasers themselves, pursuing their former friends and allies.

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