Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gordon Biersch and the Freer/Sackler Galleries

Event 15, 16, and 17 of my 28 things in 28 days challenge. 

Tonia, my partner in crime when it comes to doing random cultural DC things, wanted to hang out on this Friday and we planned a whole day full of stuff.

Up first: which I’m counting as event 15 because… it was an experience.
We went to a restaurant, a typical “American Food” place by Chinatown called  Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
We started off by ordering a couple of drinks (it was past noon, so no judging).
And after waiting 10 minutes we get our beers, then after 15 minutes the waitress comes up and asked “I took your order already, right?” “ummm, no”, and then we waited and waited and waited.  

Then food comes out! 
But it goes to the table next to us.
Then we get our food.
And everything is wrong: wrong fries, wrong sandwich, wrong order, just wrong.  
I ordered a BBQ burger and got a blue cheese burger that belong to the person behind us.  Our original food went to the table across from us, and their food went who knows where.

I had to wait an additional 10 minutes for them to bring out my food while Tonia already had her food. And the worst part was no one apologized to us, acknowledged what happened, and only offered to give me one free $5 beer for having to wait for my food.  

Normally bad service doesn’t bother me, but we had a whole day worth of events and the restaurant was basically empty.
yep, not a BBQ burger. But the free beer was delicious. 
Now to move on to the more exciting Event 16!

I have only ever gone to the Freer/Sackler Galleries to see one of their films and have never actually stepped into the galleries.   (their films festivals are awesome!) 

my first thoughts: this is definitely a hidden DC gem. 

When it comes to art there are two things I know I like
1) modern art
2) anything not influenced by Western Europe.

And this museum was filled with that ancient art vibe: from Japanese Samurai art, Ancient China, contemporary art, and a new great exhibit called “Roads of Arabia."

the famous "Peacock Room"
Seriously, you don't see this in European or American Art. 

Quing Dynasty Stamps . Simple, but beautiful. 
Tonia and I both worked at the Natgeo Samurai exhibit and I feel like it gave me a lifelong love for  Samurai cultural/art. 
A great exhibit.  
No photography was allowed in it and even though I saw folks breaking the rules, I couldn't get myself to do that. 

I honestly can’t believe how much I was impressed by this museum.  

It definitely made up for the bad restaurant experience. 
Event 17

I'm debating counting this as an event, but I will because I waited and waited in an endless line for the off chance that my lucky number would be called to get into a free event at the Freer/Sackler that required you to pre-register.

I forgot to pre-register.
I slacked off and expected to get into the event. 
I was number 55 on the wait list.... the last number they called was 51.
Boo, I know!

The event was a musical performance described as:  "five accomplished young performer-composers from syria and Tunisia create new music inspired by Arab traditions and infused and influences from Western classical music and jazz." 

I have no idea if it was good or not, but waiting the 1.5 hours to not see the performance was a new experience and a very new thing for me.  

But this experience did teach me that I should always pre-register for a free event.

lesson learned. 

as always I will be posting updates on each days activity on this blog, but for more immediate updates check my twitter (@ksloss) #28things or instagram (@ksloss) 

read about my 2011 year challenge here
and my 2012 challenge here

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