Your Plans This Weekend? Lots to Do Close to Home!

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Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in Borderstan September 7th, 8th and 9th.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • MIXTAPE’s Fourth Anniversary Celebration at the Howard Theatre: DC’s monthly pop-up dance party, MIXTAPE, is celebrating its fourth year on the District scene with a dance party at the Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW) on Saturday, September 8. MIXTAPE is hosted by D.J.s Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer, who play an eclectic mix of electro, alt-pop, indie rock, house, disco, new wave and anything else they think you can dance to. Doors open at 10:30 pm; admission is $10. For more information, visit the MIXTAPE website.
  • Dupont Underground Celebrates “Aboveground” at Eastern Market: On Friday, September 7, the Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) will throw a party at Eastern Market with live music and drinks to support the artist-led nonprofit group. The party starts at 8 pm. Tickets range from $20 to $150, and can be purchased online. For more information, visit ACDU’s event website.
  • Conversations About Culture at the Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Forum: Twins Jazz (1344 U Street NW) will host Congressman John Conyers, Jr.’s annual Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Forum and Concert on Saturday, September 8 from 1 until 3 pm at Twins Jazz. Admission is free. For more information, call (202) 234-0072.
  • DC Shorts Film Festival: The ninth annual DC Shorts Film Festival kicks-off this weekend. This year’s festival will showcase 140 films from 27 nations throughout the 11-day event that covers a plethora of genres, styles and subjects in less than 20 minutes each. For more information on the films being showcased, and for tickets and times, visit the website at
  • Fourth Annual Green Living Expo: This year’s Green Living Expo will take place on Saturday, September 8 from 10 am until 4 pm in the courtyard at the University of the District of Columbia. The Green Living Expo is an all ages, free community event connecting conscious consumers to dozens of eco-friendly exhibitors. For more information, visit the website
  • Poetry in the Garden at the Textile Museum: The Textile Museum (2320 S Street NW) will host an evening of poetry on Sunday, September 9 from 5 until 8 pm (doors open at 4:30 pm). Poetry will be read by Dolores Kendrick, Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Myra Sklarew and the P.I.P. Poets. 
  • Neighborhood Farmers Markets: The Dupont Farmers Market will be in full-swing on Sunday from 8:30 am until 1 pm at 20th Street NW (between Massachusetts Avenue NW and Connecticut Avenue NW). The farmers market at 14th and U Streets NW will be open on Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm. 
  • DC Jazz Jam: The next Jazz Jam will take place September 9th from 6:30 until 9:30 pm at Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant (1771 U Street NW). This week features Oren Levine (keys), Mark Caruso (guitar), Michael Brandon (bass) and Will Stephens (drums). 
  • And coming up this week…. Mama’s Black Sheep Benefit Concert at MOVA Lounge: Wednesday, September 12 from 7 until 9 pm. This concert will help to raise money for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Admission is free, but there is a $5 donation. For more information, visit 

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Friday, September 7: Liberation Dance Party, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, September 9: The Suzan, Zambri, 8 pm.

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 8: Kill Lincoln, Aspiga, Booze Riot, Broadcaster, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, September 9: The Sol Bandits, Ivy Rose, Man on Earth, 7:30 pm.

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 8: Bob Mould, 7 pm.
  • Sunday, September 9: The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Psychic Paramount, Vandelles, 7 pm.

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 8: Mission of Burma, Purling Hiss, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, September 9: The Black Cat Anniversary Party, 8 pm.

The Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 8: MIXTAPE, 10:30 pm.
  • Sunday, September 9: Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm.


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