- The Washington Times - Friday, May 8, 2009

Couldn’t score tickets to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this Saturday? Here are five things to do that will probably be even more fun.

1. Capitals/Penguins Game Five — The only ticket that might be tougher to come by in Washington this weekend is this one: Hockey’s two biggest stars, Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, go head to head in the fifth game of their conference semifinal playoff series. Come for Ovi’s brilliance; stay to laugh at Crosby for whining about Caps fans throwing their hats on the ice after his nemesis’ hat trick.

2. PEN/Faulkner Award — Joseph O’Neill, the author of “Netherland” (the novel on President Obama’s night stand), takes home the 29th Pen/Faulkner Award for fiction this Saturday evening at the Folger Theatre. Tickets are $125 — including dinner — and still available.

3. 9:30 Club double-header — Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings play the early show (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), while Lady Sovereign holds down the late show. Forced to choose, go with Sharon Jones: As our colleague Scott Galupo relayed, “She’ll tear the roof off the sucka.”

4. Orioles/Yankees — The Yankees are always a draw when they come to town, but prime tickets are still available for their Saturday-evening visit to Camden Yards. Spend the evening in Charm City and avoid the insane taxi traffic that the WHCA Dinner always brings to town.

5. Georgetown Garden Tour — Those looking for something to do a little earlier in the day might enjoy the Georgetown Walking Tour. Eight gardens will be opened to visitors for their inspection from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And, really, after all that walking around nature’s goodness, who would want to put on a stuffy tux and listen to the press corps preen about how important it is?

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