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Ben's Chili Bowl

The H Street corridor Ben’s Chili Bowl has turned one year old this week, and it’s time to party.

The half-smoke purveyor at 1001 H St. NE is celebrating Saturday with games and a visit from the Nationals Natsmobile.

Also on Saturday, the Southeast Library is having a book sale and  Pacers Running (300 Tingey St. SE) is hosting what it calls “The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile.”

The thermometer is expected to reach the lower 90s Saturday under partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. But storms might develop in the afternoon. No rain is in the forecast for Sunday, which likely will have a high temperature in the upper 80s.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

Addison/Ripley Fine Art (1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
11:30 a.m. Saturday
Artists Isabel Manalo and Christopher Addison plan to discuss the cultural inspirations of Manalo’s exhibit “Unscripted, Naturally.”

Foundry Gallery (2118 8th St. NW)
5-8 p.m. Saturday
Members of the Foundry Gallery are celebrating “summer, outdoors, freedom from school, and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service” in an all-gallery art show, according to its website.

Studio SoHy (5132 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md.)
7 p.m. Saturday
Studio SoHy is scheduled to present a posthumous exhibit of nationally acclaimed painter Ted Kliman, who had been known for his “soaring, haunting canvasses,” as East City Art’s website noted.

DC Arts Center (2438 18th St. NW)
4 p.m. Sunday
Artist Sarah West is scheduled to discuss her exhibit “Vanishing Point,” in which West combined references to Early Renaissance paintings with digital symbols and artifacts, according to East City Art’s webpage.

The Clay CoOp (328 North Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, Md.)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Local clay artists from the D.C. area are slated to showcase their works in Clay CoOp’s event, “Proximity.” All art work present at the show is up for sale, according to East City Art’s website.

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D.C. fireworks on July 4, 2010 (Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley)

A parade, late-night food trucks and fireworks are coming to the Capitol Hill area this Independence Day weekend.

On Sunday night, “Midnite BBQ” is returning for its third year with vegan and vegetarian cuisine at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE).

Then on Monday, the Barracks Row Fourth of July Parade is slated to kick off from 8th and I streets SE at 10 a.m. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:09 p.m. on the National Mall.

The temperature is expected to reach the low 80s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service No rain is expected, except for Independence Day.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), an interesting place to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend is:

Washington Sculptors Group (Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center at 40 South Carroll St., Frederick, Md.)
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cartes Blanches” is a group exhibition that is part of the 2016 Sculpture Now series.

Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley

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Anacostia River (Photo via Facebook/11th Street Bridge Park)

The grand opening of Navy Yard’s public marina is set to bring free nautical crafting, kayaking and other activities to The Yards on Sunday.

If you go outside this weekend, expect only minimal clouds and ample sunshine, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature is expected to hit the mid 80s on both Saturday and Sunday.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

Joe’s Movement Emporium (3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, Md.)
9 to 11 a.m. Saturday
Creative Edge Collaborative leads a discussion on how independent film disrupts Hollywood’s business model.

Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Join the National Postal Museum for Family Day filled with free children’s art activities.

39th Street Gallery (3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, Md.)
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday
Artist-in-Residence, Jodie Ferrier, discusses her last four months working at the Gateway Arts Center.

Brentwood Arts Exchange (3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, Md.)
2 p.m. Saturday
Carol Barsha discusses her exhibition, “Between the Real and the Imagined.”

Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.)
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Arlington Arts Center opens “Strange Landscapes, Austin Shull Reconciliation and Materialized Magic.”

Hamiltonian (1353 U St. NW)
7 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Hamiltonian welcomes Christie Neptune in her Washington, D.C., solo debut, “She Fell From Normalcy.”

Blind Whino (700 Delaware Ave. SW)
8 to 11 p.m. Saturday
In “Querencia,” Taylor White explores human nature and emotion through the human form.

Washington Studio School (2129 S. St. NW)
Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
Join the fourth annual Big Draw at Washington Studio School.

(Up)Rising Festival (600-2300 Blocks of Rhode Island Ave. NE)
Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
The second year of this choose-your-own-art-adventure festival includes over 45 artists and organizations celebrating local art.

Photo via Facebook/11th Street Bridge Park

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Eastern Market Metro station

Traveling across Capitol Hill is getting more difficult this weekend.

Blue, Orange and Silver line Metro trains aren’t expected to run from the Eastern Market station to the Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road stations from Saturday until July 3, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Shuttle buses are slated to get Metro riders between Eastern Market and points east, including the Potomac Avenue and Stadium-Armory stations, which won’t open during the two-week long “SafeTrack Surge” work.

If you opt to walk or bike instead of use the Metro this weekend, you won’t need an umbrella, but might want some sunscreen. The temperature is expected to get to the low to mid 80s under sunny skies Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

  • Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (1632 U St. NW)
    3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday
    Sam Feldman and Fred Spero of the National Widowers Organization host a panel discussion concurrent with Gretchen Feldman’s The Healing Studio.
  • Alper Initiative for Washington Art (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.)
    6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
    The Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents “The Looking Glass” featuring ten D.C.-based Latin-American artists.
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Rosedale Pool (Photo via Flickr/DPR)

The temperature in the District could rise above 90 degrees for the first time this year this weekend.

Although the Capitol Hill area’s pools and spray parks are open for the season, storms might keep swimmers out of the water Saturday. Sunday is the only day without a chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain or not, the Southeast Library is slated to have its monthly book sale Saturday, with most books priced at $1.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

Photo via Flickr/DPR

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Construction truck at RFK Stadium at the 2010 D.C. Truck Touch (Photo via Flickr/DCDPW)

Climbing into firetrucks and other D.C. government vehicles as a member of the general public usually is frowned upon, unless you have authorization to do so.

And that approval is coming Saturday.

A menagerie of city vehicles is rolling onto the RFK Stadium campus as part of the annual D.C. Department of Public Works “Truck Touch.”

If you go to the event, you might want to get there in the morning. No rain is expected then, according to the National Weather Service. But Saturday afternoon and evening could include showers and storms, as the temperature rises to the lower 80s. Sunday is expected to bring more rain, with a high temperature in the mid 80s.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

And according to Jessica Oros, interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

  • Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (1901 Fort Place SE.)
    11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday
    Families are invited for a docent led tour of “Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975.” For more information, click here.
  • Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center (10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, Md.)
    3 to 5 p.m. Saturday
    Dale O’ve Jackson presents a series of paintings and sculptures which express his African heritage. For more information, click here. 
  • Honfleur Gallery (1241 Good Hope Road SE)
    6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
    “Hear/Here” curated by Jarvis DuBois features the works of four artists who focus on activism through art. For more information, click here. 
  • Vivid Solutions Gallery (1231 Good Hope Road SE.)
    6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
    Scott G. Brooks and Todd Franson showcase their works in “Uncovered,” which examines cover art without text and logos. For more details, click here.

Oros is the editor of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, on Twitter or through the publication’s newsletter.

Photo via Flickr/DCDPW

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Capitol Hill

Ready for summer and a three-day weekend?

Saturday likely will be the best day to go outside, with the temperature expected to reach the mid-80s under sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Storms are slated to arrive in the area Sunday night and leave by Monday morning. The temperature is expected to be in the low 80s both days.

Here’s what else you might want to know for the Memorial Day weekend:

  • Most outdoor public pools and spray parks are opening for the season at noon Saturday.
  • The Beach Boys, Trace Adkins and other entertainers are performing on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sunday as part of the annual National Memorial Day Concert, which is free.
  • Metro trains are running on a Sunday schedule on Monday. There’s also track work throughout the system.
  • Government buildings are closed Monday. D.C. public libraries also are closed Sunday.
  • Parking meters and most parking restrictions won’t be enforced Monday, except along the H Street NE streetcar line.
  • Trash and recycling collection that would normally happen Monday will be pushed to Tuesday.
  • Hill Now is closed Monday. Enjoy the holiday!
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Bicycle in the rain (Photo via Facebook/ Washington Area Bicyclist Association)

Residents across the Capitol Hill area will be pedaling through puddles this weekend, with two major biking events planned over the next two rainy days.

Cycling enthusiasts will brave the weather on Saturday for New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat, a celebration of bicycling and beer drinking at Yards Park. On Sunday, roads around the National Mall and in Georgetown will be closed for the citywide DC Bike Ride.

Steady rainfall is expected throughout Saturday morning with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s. Less rain is expected on Sunday, though there will still be some scattered showers across the area. Sunday wil also be about ten degrees warmer than Saturday.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

Photo via Facebook/ Washington Area Bicyclist Association

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Freddie watches the 2015 Capitol Hill Classic 10K

Runners, and probably some dogs, will descend on Stanton Park for the Capitol Hill Classic Sunday.

Showers and maybe a few thunderstorms are expected to come through the area Saturday, with the temperature rising to the lower 70s, according to the National Weather Service. But rain finally should clear the area by the start of the race, bringing sunny skies and a high of about 60.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

  • Sapore on Capitol Hill now is selling “bipartisan barbecue sauce.”
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library on Sunday is hosting a free forum on race and religion.
  • The Hill Center’s “Seeing Red Film Series” is continuing Sunday with a screening of “Crossfire,” a 1947 film that caught the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee.
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Display Ship Barry on the Anacostia River

(Updated at 4:35 p.m.) Display Ship Barry is setting off from the Washington Navy Yard this weekend on its voyage to the scrapyard.

If you want to bid farewell, plan to arrive at Yards Park (355 Water St. SE) by 7:15 a.m. Saturday.

The temperature is expected to get up to the mid 60s Saturday under partly to mostly cloudy skies, according to the National Weather Service. A shower is possible. On Sunday, a high of about 70 is likely with mostly sunny skies. But it might sprinkle Sunday morning.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

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Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival (Photo via Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival/Matthew Brazier)

The sounds of banjos and fiddles are slated to fill the air around the Anacostia River as part of the Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival this Saturday.

Concertgoers can expect clouds and possibly some rain, with the temperature rising to the lower 60s Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

On Sunday, rain and maybe some thunderstorms are forecast to hit the D.C. area. The temperature is expected to get up to the upper 60s.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

Photo via Kingman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival/Matthew Brazier

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Shakespeare's Birthday (Photo via Folger Shakespeare Library)

Looking to get out of the house this weekend?

If you venture outdoors, you won’t need to worry about an umbrella, except maybe to protect yourself from a few showers Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature should get up to the low 70s on Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

Photo via Folger Shakespeare Library

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Sakura Matsuri performers (Photo via Facebook/Sakura Matsuri)

Disappointed that the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival was cancelled last weekend? Looking for another Capitol Hill-area celebration to mark the blooming of the District’s cherry trees?

You’re in luck.

The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is set to take over Navy Yard with Japanese cultural groups, artists and food vendors Saturday.

Sunny skies are in the forecast for Saturday, as well as Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature is expected to rise to the upper 60s Saturday and the lower 70s Sunday.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

Photo via Facebook/Sakura Matsuri

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Fireworks at Southwest waterfront (Photo via Facebook/National Cherry Blossom Festival)

The Nationals are back in town for the season, and snow might be around this weekend, too.

Snow and rain are in the forecast for Saturday, with the temperature dipping to the upper 20s, according to the Nationals Weather Service. On Sunday,  sunny skies are expected to return, bringing the temperature to the lower 50s.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

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Cherry blossoms (Photo via National Cherry Blossom Festival)

The weekend has arrived (or is almost here if you’re reading this on Friday).

If you go outside this weekend, be prepared for the possibility of rain Saturday and breezy, albeit sunny, weather Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature will rise to about 60 degrees Saturday, but only will hover around 50 degrees Sunday.

Here’s what else you might want to know for this weekend:

Photo via National Cherry Blossom Festival

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