Off the Beaten Path is your weekly source for the most interesting things to do and places to go in the DC, MD, and VA area. From festivals to pillow fights, Off the Beaten Path provides a weekly list of worthwhile adventures. Published every Sunday by MetroMontage.com.
Welcome to Issue #9 of Off the Beaten Path. This weeks issue includes the NSA, jam sessions, soccer, and synchronized swimming. Feel free to share this issue with family, friends, or co-workers by using the “Share/Save” button at the bottom of this page.
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HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues (HR-57), is named after House Concurrent Resolution 57 stating that jazz is designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated. The resolution was passed by the House of Representatives on September 23, 1987 and passed by the Senate on December 4, 1987.
Since 1993, HR-57 has served as a gathering place for musicians to learn the history and culture of the genres of jazz and blues. Located in the Logan Circle neighborhood in the District of Columbia, HR-57 is also known for having the best live jazz jam session in all of DC. Serious jazz lovers come back to the center constantly to hear professional musicians jam with aspiring amateurs, and enjoy a few drinks.
If you are looking for a club in which the crowd is uptight, is there just to be seen, and has air conditioning, HR-57 is not for you. Those who attend the jam sessions are friendly lovers of jazz who do not mind a little heat as a musician burns down the house.
When: Sun., 7 PM – 11 PM Wed. & Thu., 8:30 PM – 12 AM
Where: 1610 14th St NW (between N Corcoran St & N Q St), Washington, DC 20009
The National Cryptologic Museum is the first and only public museum in the Intelligence Community. The museum tells the history of the people who devoted their lives to the National Security Agency (NSA) and national defense. In addition, the museum allows visitors to see some of the techniques NSA employees used to get the information that they needed, and some of places that they have worked. The museum also has a library and encourages visitors to research the history of cryptology too.
Next to the museum is the National Vigilance Park. The park displays two reconnaissance aircraft that were used on secret missions. The park was dedicated on September 2, 1997 to honor those who risked, and lost, their lives performing airborne signals intelligence during the Cold War.
When: Mon. – Fri., 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: 8293 Colony Rd., Fort Meade, MD
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Many of our eyes were glued to our television screens in June as the FIFA World Cup 2010 took place. Over 700 million people tuned into watch Spain and the Netherlands compete in the World Cup final.
If you are still in need of a soccer fix, Manchester City and Inter Milan will be facing off in Baltimore this weekend. Manchester City, of England, competes in the Barclays Premier League and the current European Champions Inter Milan competes in Italy’s top league known as the first division.
When: Sat., July 31 at 8PM
Where: M & T Bank Stadium, 110 Russell St.
Cost: $30 – $115
Fluid Movement is a Baltimore-based performance art group that is all about doing the unexpected. The group takes great joy in taking complex subject matter and turning it into one of many artistic mediums. The group was founded in 1998 by acrobat and activist Trixie “Little” Burneston, Melissa Martens, and Valarie Perez-Schere.
This week, Fluid Movement presents their 9th Annual Synchronized Swimming Extravaganza, Jason and The Aquanauts: 20,000 Legs Over The Sea. The show is about a legendary Greek hero who is on a quest to find a Golden Fleece. The show promises to be “replete with battles against a skeleton army, a talking masthead, and the glittery costumes and swimming you’ve come to expect.”
When: Saturday, July 31at 5:30 PM–BENEFIT SHOW and PARTY– Party to follow (Tickets are $20.00 for Benefit Show and Party only), Sunday, August 1, 2009 at 5 PM and 7 PM.
Where: Patterson Park Pool (on Linwood St. between Baltimore St. and Eastern Ave.)
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