by Tim Regan — October 24, 2016 at 5:15 pm 0

Dog Dressed as a Cat, photo via Outside the Lines Pet Photography

Local pups can dress up in funny costumes, then get their photo taken at a pet shop in Dupont this weekend.

The Cheeky Puppy (1709 Connecticut Ave. NW) is scheduled to host an open house and “Politics Is Scary” photo shoot with a professional pet photographer Saturday. Proceeds help benefit pet adoption organization Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Additionally, between noon and 3 p.m., all dogs in costume will be entered into the store’s social media costume contest. Whichever dog gets the most combined likes from the shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages as of 5 p.m. Sunday will be our next Borderstan Pet of the Week.

More info from The Cheeky Puppy:

Join us for a Halloween Open House on Saturday, October 29th Sponsored by Borderstan! From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., all dogs in costume will be entered into our social media costume contest. The photo with the most combined likes from our Facebook and Instagram feeds as of 5PM on Sunday, October 30th, will be Borderstan’s Pet of the Week on Monday, October 31st.

Our Halloween Open House will also include photo sessions with Outside the Lines Pet Photography from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Have your pup photographed in costume – or in an appropriately political stance – complete with an American flag! Pre-registration is required and proceeds from the $40 session fee benefit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

We’ll be joined by lots of adoptable pups in need of good homes who are being fostered by Lucky Dog. We can’t wait to celebrate Halloween with you!

Photo via Outside the Lines Pet Photography

by Tim Regan — October 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

High Heel Race 2015

Borderstan Blueprint is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead across D.C. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


30th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race
17th St. NW between Riggs Place NW to P St. NW
7 p.m.

Scores of people are expected to line up along a portion of 17th Street NW tomorrow night to watch runners in high heels and larger-than-life costumes sprint down the block.

Wine Tasting at the Slovenian Embassy
Slovenian Embassy (2410 California St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Attendees can sample wines crafted by two Slovenian women vintners during this tasting event. Proceeds from the event help support local nonprofit Dupont Circle Village. Tickets are $50.

Spooky Quiz Trivia Night
Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW)
8:30-10:30 p.m.

This “spooktacular” trivia night tests players’ knowledge on topics such as horror movies, ghost stories and phobias. The event will also include freebies and beer from Elysium Brewing.


Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE)
5 p.m.

A lot in NoMa will be transformed into a festive pumpkin patch next week as part of an annual fall celebration. The event will include food trucks, a bluegrass band, pumpkin carving and a chance to pet some animals. Additionally, NoMa BID will provide pumpkins and carving tools for the first 200 people who show up for the party.

Rendezvous Lounge (2226 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

People in spooky costumes are scheduled to sing equally spooky songs during this free event. Though costumes aren’t required to attend, songs must be scary.


Adams Morgan Fright Night
Kalorama Park (1875 Columbia Road NW)
6-9 p.m.

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District is scheduled to have a movie screening during its family-friendly “Adams Morgan Fright Night.” The event also is slated to include a costume contest.

Deon Cole at DC Improv
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Comedian and actor Deon Cole will take the stage at this Dupont comedy venue for four nights. Tickets cost $25-$27.


Slash n’ Bash Costume Party
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8 p.m.-3 a.m.

This Mount Pleasant indie cinema will host its first-ever Halloween party. The festive event will include costumes, a free horror movie screening and “spooky tunes.”

“M” Film Screening
Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
6-9 p.m.

Attendees can watch a screening of “M,” a classic Fritz Lang film about a child predator on the loose in Berlin. Following the film, guests can tour all three floors of the Brewmaster’s Castle, from the basement boiler room to the doll collection in the second floor bedrooms.


HA!lloween: Part Theme Party, Part Comedy Show, All Hallows’ Eve
Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
4-7:30 p.m.

Bier Baron Tavern’s Halloween-themed standup comedy show and theme party returns to the venue for its third year. The event will include local comics, costume parade, mummy wrap and “other macabre merriment.”

Spice vs. Street: Backstreet Boys vs. Spice Girls
Rock And Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

The H Street bar and music venue hopes to settle the age-old feud between Backstreet Boys enthusiasts and Spice Girls fanatics. DJs will spin throwback songs from both groups.


Weird Al “UHF” Screening and Commentary
The Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW)
8 p.m.

Yankovic, also known for “My Bologna,” “Amish Paradise” and other music parodies, is set to provide live commentary while the film. The show also is slated to include insights from New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, comedian Dave Hill and other yet-to-be-announced guests.

by Andrew Ramonas — October 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

The Bird (Photo via Twitter/The Bird)(Updated at 4:05 p.m.) Shaw diners could have the chance to eat fried chicken, stuffed quail or foie gras and wash it down with a “Flying V” or “Way of the Dodo” cocktail in the coming days.

The Bird might arrive at 1337 11th St. NW this weekend or early next week, owner David Winer told Borderstan today. But Winer noted that he still is working to get all his permits in order.

The restaurnt will serve “globally inspired poultry of every stripe” and use “every part of the animal,” Winer has said.

According to a draft menu, The Bird has fried free-range organic Amish chicken with braised greens and a spiced pickle for $17; jumbo quail stuffed with sausage, cheese, Brussels sprouts, onions and sage for $21; and foie gras with organic beets, fig jam, grapefruit confit, walnut dressing and sumac for $14, among more than a dozen other entrees and appetizers.

The drinks include “The Flying V” with vodka, beet juice, honey, five-spice powder and citrus for $10 and “The Way of the Dodo” with scotch, chartreuse, ginger, lime, pineapple and sage for $12.

The Bird isn’t Winer’s first foray into the D.C. dining. His company, Eat Well DC, also is behind The Pig, Logan Tavern and other local restaurants.

Photo via Twitter/The Bird

by Andrew Ramonas — October 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

300 block of Florida Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 2:35 p.m.) A masked thief robbed a photographer at gunpoint as he set up his equipment in Truxton Circle last night, police said.

The robbery occurred on the 300 block of Florida Avenue NW about 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was getting ready to photograph two people when a man with a black ski mask walked up to him, according to authorities. The man then flashed a handgun and ran off with more than $2,000 in photography gear, including the victim’s camera.

Police described the suspect as a:

B/M [black male], slim build and wearing black hooded jacket, black mask, blue jeans

According to authorities, other robberies that occurred in the Borderstan coverage area since Friday night included:


by Tim Regan — October 24, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

High Heel Race 2015, photo by Luis GomezScores of people are expected to line up along a portion of 17th Street NW tomorrow night to watch runners in high heels and larger-than-life costumes sprint down the block.

The 30th annual 17th Street High Heel Race festivities kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, according to organizers.

Last year’s event drew thousands of people and dozens of runners dressed up as Michael Jackson, Queen Elizabeth, Dolly Parton and zombified drag queens.

Ba’Naka and Birdie LaCage will both serve as grand marshal for this year’s race, just as they did last year. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will also attend the event.

The race will begin at 17th and R streets NW at 9 p.m. During the contest, runners in high heels walk, sprint and stumble toward the finish line at 17th and P streets NW. Crowds usually line up along 17th Street between R and P Street NW hours before the race, so attendees who want to get good photos or see the race up-close should arrive early.

The following streets will be closed between 6:30 and 11 p.m. Tuesday:

  • 17th Street NW between Riggs Place NW to P Street NW
  • Riggs Place, R Street, Corcoran Street, Q Street, and Church Street NW between 16th Street NW and 18th Street NW

Those interested in running in the race can register at Cobalt (1639 R Street NW) any time before it starts. To work as a volunteer during the event, fill out this online form.

The first High Heel Race was organized in 1986 by JR’s Bar and Grill. Since then, it has become one of Dupont Circle’s most popular yearly events and draws thousands of people annually.

2015 photo by Luis Gomez Photography

by Andrew Ramonas — October 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm 1 Comment

1300 block of 19th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Gunfire rang out in Dupont Circle after two attackers punched a man and hit him with a bottle of alcohol over the weekend, police said.

The assault happened on the 1300 block of 19th Street NW about 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was leaving a bar in the area with his friends when two people with bottles of alcohol in their hands hopped out of a black Dodge Charger just south of the Dupont Circle NW traffic circle, according to authorities.

The duo then punched the man and whacked him in the head with a bottle, knocking him down. The victim soon after heard gunshots as he laid on the ground and his assailants fled. One of the bullets hit a nearby car.


by Andrew Ramonas — October 24, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Adams Morgan

D.C. Historic Preservation Office Backs Building Plan for SunTrust Site — The D.C. Historic Preservation Office has advised the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board to approve PN Hoffman’s proposal to construct a mixed-use building on the SunTrust property at 1800 Columbia Road NW. HPRB is scheduled to vote Thursday on the developer’s plan, which didn’t get the support of Adams Morgan’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C. [UrbanTurf]

Early Voting Begins in D.C. — D.C. residents now can cast their ballots for the 2016 general election at the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square (441 4th St. NW) from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 4. Other early voting centers will open around the District Saturday. [NBC Washington]

Bus Riders Create Group to Lobby for 14th Street Express Buses — Public transit users have joined together to form the “14th Street Bus Riders Alliance” to advocate for express buses on the road. [Petworth News]

A Peek Inside H Street’s ApolloWashingtonian takes a look inside the H Street corridor’s new Apollo building, which will have apartments for rent, a Whole Foods, a Wydown Coffee Bar and a Daily Rider bicycle shop. [Washingtonian]

Bloomingdale Resident Reports Spooky Happenings in Home — A Bloomingdale resident has reported hearing unexplained footsteps and finding her dream catcher mysteriously damaged in her home, which a neighbor said sits on an old cemetery. [WAMU]

by Tim Regan — October 24, 2016 at 8:50 am 2 Comments

Police car lightTwo robbers told a man to hand over his cash before beating him and setting him on fire in Columbia Heights over the weekend, according to D.C. Police.

The violent robbery and assault happened on the 3500 block of 14th St. NW around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

A man was walking home after drinking with some friends in an alley when he was approached by two other men, according to a police report Borderstan obtained. The duo asked the man for cash, but he responded that he had nothing to hand over.

The two robbers then began to beat the man, knocking him to the ground face-first. Then, the robbers set the man on fire, police said. The victim, who didn’t immediately seek medical attention, thew his burned jacket in a trash can and walked away, according to authorities.

Hours later, someone spotted the victim walking near 14th Street and Spring Road NW and called D.C. Fire and EMS. Paramedics arrived and transported the man to the hospital.

The victim was treated for third-degree burns at the hospital, where he was listed in fair condition yesterday.

Police did not provide a detailed description of the suspects.

by Tim Regan — October 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm 0

Police_CruiserSomeone was shot near Truxton Circle and NoMa this evening, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1100 block of 1st Terrace NW. The area is close to the Sursum Corda low-income housing cooperative between North Capitol and 1st streets NW.

This is the second shooting to happen in that area in less than a week. Someone shot a man in the leg on the 1100 block of Sursum Corda Court NW last Thursday.

Police put out the following tweet about the crime:

We were unable to reach a representative with D.C. Police for more information. We’ll update this story when we learn more.


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