3 Things to Do This Weekend Off the Beaten Path

 Photo Credit: MuralsDC Project

Photo Credit: MuralsDC Project

1. Pretend you’re Sherlock Holmes at the Mansion on O St. and see if you can find one of it’s 70 hidden passageways among it’s 100+ rooms. Bonus: There’s a bar.
“O Street Museum offers an immersive, tactile experience where you will hear rare studio cuts, leaf through manuscripts, touch sculpture and tour through a multitude of architectural styles. We offer a wide range of programs including artist-in-residence, live concerts, art-leasing, jammin', raw & exposed, and songwriter's workshops. No matter where you look you will miss something. But it's not what you miss, rather what you're willing to see. Magic and miracles exist. Not just in the mind.”

2. Create your own walking tour of DC’s most unique street murals and appreciate the art that withstands snow, rain, sleet and sun to color our city and make it a little bit more beautiful.
Fun fact: The mural of iconic African Americans gracing Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street was designed by artist, Aniekan Udofia. According to Vice, “the 16 subjects were chosen through a poll by 30,000 voters, and once selected, Udofia got to work with acrylic and spray paint to bring the figures to life. The DC-born, Nigeria-raised artist added texture and color to each figure, capturing their personalities and mannerisms.”

3. Go to the REI film screening of Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey
“A documentary film celebrating the life and legacy of the original “dirtbag” mountaineer, who died last year at 94. Fred is a true American icon, whose monumental first ascents and eloquent stories inspired generations of climbers to explore this amazing planet. You’ll enjoy snacks and beer and have the chance to win a pair of new climbing pants at the event!”

 

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Joe Nelson