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The weekend is the final two days of the week, Saturday and Sunday, which are non-work and non-school days. Generally, Friday evening is considered the beginning of the weekend, and the the end of the weekend is Sunday night. Weekend may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are weekends, weekended, weekending. Note that weekend is one word. The idea of a workless weekend is not universal. In the United States most employees worked six-day weeks until the 1920s or 1930s. Some enlightened employers maintained a five-day workweek in the early twentieth century, but it did not become the norm until the rise of the unions. While Saturday and Sunday constitute the weekend in most Western countries, in most Middle Eastern countries the weekend consists of Friday and Saturday.


Plans to introduce monthly three-day weekends are running into complications, as industry and advocacy groups began squabbling over details Sunday. (The Jerusalem POst)

Nine people were shot to death in weekend gun violence, including a 17-year-old boy killed in Lawndale and two people found with fatal gunshot wounds in an SUV on the Kennedy Expressway. (The Chicago Tribune)

Adrian Tinniswood tells this story early on in The Long Weekend, his fantastically readable and endlessly fascinating book about life in the English country house between the wars, offering it as an alternative narrative both to the “sternly just and justly stern judgment on the idyllisers” provided by the posthumous publication of the poems of Wilfred Owen, and to the fragmented realities of TS Eliot’s The Waste Land. (The Guardian)

With that in mind and our fingers crossed, here are this weekend’s best bets in nightlife, festivals, music, theater and much more around the Washington area. (The Washington Post)