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by Tim Regan — February 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Cupid's Undie Run (Photo via Cupid's Undie Run/Carol VanDyke Photography)

BREAKING: It’s cold.

And it’s going to get colder: The National Weather Service says it’s going to be frigid all weekend, with highs in the 20s Saturday and Sunday.

But Valentine’s Day might warm your frozen heart, right? And here’s a HOT piece of news: Presidents Day is Monday, meaning if you’re a federal worker or your employer is extra nice, you’ll have a three-day weekend.

Here’s what you need to know through Monday:

  • We’re off on Presidents Day this week, but we’ll be back with more neighborhood news Tuesday.
  • The Chinese New Year parade kicks off in Chinatown at 2 p.m. this weekend.
  • Escalators at the Columbia Height and Georgia Avenue stations will be shut down…for 35-45 weeks.
  • Sloppy Mama’s barbeque is taking over the kitchen at Solly’s this weekend.
  • Red Line trains will run every 6-20 minutes, shuttle buses will transport riders between some Green Line stations, says Metro.
  • Here’s where to find free coffee and roses on Valentine’s Day.
  • Cupid’s Undie Run is tomorrow.
  • A regional pinball league is currently recruiting for its spring league.

by Tim Regan — February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

HER_htsyod (1)An upcoming reception at Hemphill Fine Arts (1515 14th St. NW) is set to help raise money for a new nonprofit for women.

The reception will be held in conjunction with an exhibition from artist Colby Caldwell and will help benefit HER, a resiliency center aimed at helping women in need.

During the free event, patrons will be able to purchase a limited-run Caldwell print (pictured on the left) for $100. All proceeds from sales of the prints will be donated to HER.

When it launches later this month, the center will provide guidance, life skills and employment readiness training to young women between the ages of 18 and 25. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Philz Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee)San Francisco-based Philz Coffee and a Dupont nonprofit organization are planning to spread some love around town with free java and flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Philz is scheduled to have complimentary coffee at Roofers Union’s Jug & Table (2446 18th St. NW) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, according to an event post on Yelp. The coffeehouse chain is slated to open its first East Coast location at 1827 Adams Mill Road NW next month.

In the Dupont Circle park, Dupont Festival is set to offer free roses to passersby beginning at noon Sunday. The Dupont Circle Hotel has paid for 400 of the flowers for the second annual Valentine’s Day giveaway.

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by Tim Regan — February 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm 1 Comment

Nightmare on M StreetTwo St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls may not go forward as scheduled due to opposition from D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The board on Wednesday denied pub crawl applications for Project D.C. Events’ Shamrock Crawl in Dupont Circle and Lindy Promotions’ Leprechaun Lap planned to take place on U Street and in Chinatown and Dupont Circle.

Both pub crawls are scheduled to occur on March 12. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 12, 2016 at 10:35 am 8 Comments

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Muriel Bowser last night had tough words for critics of her plan to put homeless families in a new facility near the U Street corridor, telling locals their community has a responsibility to help the District’s poor.

Speaking before more than 100 residents crowded into a room inside the YMCA Anthony Bowen, Bowser defended her proposal to place up to 29 families in transitional housing at 2105-2107 10th St. NW by 2018 under her plan to close the D.C. General homeless shelter.

The property at 10th and V streets NW, which is about two blocks west of the 9:30 Club, currently includes an unused church and a vacant lot. But Bowser is looking to use the land for a “modern building [that] will complement the look and feel of the neighborhood,”  according to a handout from the mayor’s office. In addition to apartment-style housing, the facility is slated to have playground and recreation space, a computer lab for residents, a common dining area and ongoing support services and programming for families.

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by Tim Regan — February 12, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

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Kinetic Park in Limbo — Though a project to install kinetic pavers south of Dupont Circle has gone nowhere since it was approved in 2014, DDOT says it’s still on the to-do list. Once installed, the park’s pavers would generate electricity from pedestrians simply walking over them. [Washington Business Journal]

Wydown Team Plots H Street Opening — The owners of The Wydown on 14th Street have set their sights on H Street NE. [Eater]

Guess How Much — A three-story row house on Biltmore St. NW in the Kalorama neighborhood recently sold for $1.45 million, about 31 percent over its listing price. [WTOP]

Worst Dates Revealed — Hair bursting into flames. Patrons hitting on restaurant staff, mid-date. Political shouting matches. Read about the worst dates ever witnessed from 12 D.C. bartenders. [Express]

‘Top Chef’ Shuffle — Can Roofer’s Union chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley pull off a big victory in the latest season of “Top Chef?” Yes. Here’s how she stacks up against the competition. [Washington City Paper]

Valentine’s Day Rush — Read how Dupont-based flower delivery startup UrbanStems is preparing for its busiest day of the year. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — February 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Pizza places have the Super Bowl, supermarkets have Thanksgiving and Christmas and Dupont-based flower delivery startup UrbanStems has Valentine’s Day.

The company is stocking up on flowers and temporary staffers ahead of its busiest day of the year, said co-founder Jeff Sheely, who estimates the company will deliver thousands of bouquets this weekend alone. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 11, 2016 at 9:25 am 0

Roofers Union in Adams Morgan Reviewed — Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Roofer’s Union (2446 18th St. NW) is in the national spotlight as she competes on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” But…

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