Borderstan, it’s time to lace up your racing shoes (and pull-out your best santa costume, if you feel so inclined).
The 9th Annual Pacers Jingle All the Way 8K and Kid’s Dash is Sunday, December 9, and this year’s race benefits Habitat for Humanity for DC and its efforts to build affordable housing in the District.
The race begins at 9 am at Freedom Plaza/Pennsylvania Avenue. Registration is $35 and is available online.
For more information, visit the Pacers website.
The winter Shaw Dog Park Cleanup Day is this Sunday, December 2, from 11 am to 12 noon. Shaw Dogs asks that you bring garden tools, wheelbarrows and rakes (and remember to wear gloves). Tasks will include picking up litter in and around the park, raking gravel, filing holes, tending the tree boxes and performing some basic repair work.
Caribou Coffee will provide hot cider and treats for all volunteers.
The park is on 11th Street NW between Rhode Island Avenue and R Street and is run by the Shaw Dog Park Association, a non-profit organization, which holds monthly meetings.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan November 30 and December 1 and 2.
Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife
- The Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour: The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will host its 34th Annual Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 2 from 1 to 5 pm. The tour will take participants to some of the neighborhoods most beautifully decorated homes and will conclude with a Wassail Reception at Studio Theatre. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available online.
- Howard Theatre Oral History Day: The Howard Theatre Oral History Project will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 10 am to 2 pm at 620 T Street NW. The Oral History Project, which documents the history of the neighborhood, is a long term initiative that will become a part of the exhibition to be installed at the soon to be built Howard Theatre Education and Cultural Center annexed to the Howard Theatre.
- “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” Presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company: The performance of “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart” is running now through December 9 at Bier Baron Tavern (1532 22nd Street NW). For ticket information, view the event details on Pink Line Project.
- DJ Matt Bailer Goes to TOWN: On Saturday, December 1, DJ Matt Bailer will play at TOWN, starting at 11 pm. For more information, visit the Facebook page.
- Holiday Send-Off For OLD CITY green: OLD CITY green is inviting neighbors to a Holiday Send-Off party on Sunday, December 2 at 6 pm, complete with Christmas trees, a roaring fire and live music. There will also be Thanksgiving-style food on the grill and beverages to cheer, including the greenhouse’s famous root herb hot toddies. Tickets to the party are $20 and are available online.
- Breakfast Club Remix at The Duplex Diner: The Breakfast Club Remix Dance Party is on again at The Duplex Diner, this Friday, November 30, from 9 pm to 2 am. Travel back in time and enjoy all that ’80s music with this Dance Party.
- Ross Tree Sales Starts, Along with Book and Bake Sale: On Saturday, December 1, Ross Elementary School will hold its annual holiday tree sale, bake sale, open house and book fair. The one-stop holiday fundraiser starts at 10 am at the school (1730 R Street NW).
- World AIDS Vigils: At 5 pm on Saturday, Whitman-Walker Health will host its annual candlelight vigil in Dupont Circle. The clinic’s mobile testing unit will also be on-site to provide free HIV testing. Just down the road, the Lincoln Congregational Temple will hold its candlelight vigil (also on Saturday, Dec. 1) at 7 pm on the front steps of the church, located at 1701 R Street NW.
DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)
- Friday, November 30: Liberation Dance Party, 9 pm
- Sunday, December 2: Richard Buckner, June Star, 8 pm
Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)
- Friday, November 30: Elena and Los Fulanos, MIWA Gemini, Linsay Deming, 9:30 pm
- Saturday, December 1: Kohoutek, Junzo Suzuki, Smoke Green, 9 pm
9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)
- Friday, November 30: Dark Star Orchestra, 8 pm
- Saturday, December 1: Dark Star Orchestra (second night), 8 pm
- Sunday, December 2: The Gaslight Anthem, 7 pm
Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)
- Friday, November 30: Tanlines, Supreme Cuts, Alex Minoff, 9 pm
- Saturday, December 1: White Rabbits, Guards, 9 pm
- Friday, November 30: Leela James with Deborah Bond, 8 pm
- Sunday, December 2: Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
- Sunday, December 2: A Drag X-Mas Salute to the Divas, 8 pm
- Friday, November 30: Live music with Tosin Beats, 9 pm
From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.
The stand-up comedy group Gaylarious is returning to Dupont Circle this week. Hosts Zach Toczynski and Chris Doucette will present a diverse group of comics from DC and New York City.
La Kazbah will be the place and as a bonus, local DJ Adam Koussari-Amin will provide the music. Doucette, who is a part-time Borderstan resident, recalled to Borderstan that he and Toczynski started Gaylarious in 2007 in the basement of what was then HR 57 on 14th Street in Logan Circle.
Shows frequently sell out early so get your tickets early. Tickets are $15 online or $17 at the door. If you pay at the door, please have cash. You can use your credit card for food and drink.
When: December 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm (Doors open at 7:30)
Where: La Kazbah Lounge at 2147 P Street, NW
Finding a place that shows weekend morning games for some of the District’s die-hard soccer fans can be a bit tricky — Almost as tricky as finding someone to get up at 7:45 on a weekend morning to watch the game with you.
Drafting Table is taking some of that stress away with its soccer brunch, beginning Saturday, December 1.
At 8 am, Drafting Table will show West Ham United vs. Chelsea followed by Arsenal vs. Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham at 10 am.
Those fans who pack the bar between 9 and 11 am will receive a complimentary Sexy Egg Sandwich (you know, fuel to get you yelling GOOOAAAALLLLL and singing songs so early in the morning), as well as $5 Bloody Marys (for when your team misses that goal).
For more information, visit the Facebook page.
This Saturday, December 1, is World AIDS Day, an internationally recognized day that serves as an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
At 5 pm on Saturday, Whitman-Walker Health will host its annual candlelight vigil in Dupont Circle. The clinic’s mobile testing unit will also be on-site to provide free HIV testing.
Just down the road, the Lincoln Congregational Temple will hold its candlelight vigil (also on Saturday, Dec. 1) at 7 pm on the front steps of the church, located at 1701 R Street NW.
Last year the sign appeared at 1525 14th Street NW. This morning it was confirmed, Furioso Development is bringing office space to 14th Street, with the construction date slated for December 10. DCmud spoke to him and have the info.
The new six-story office building will have two levels of underground parking and will be nestled between Posto restaurant on the south, and Great Wall Szechuan House restaurant on the north.
From Dafna Steinberg. Follow her @AlizaySteinberg. Email her at dafna[AT]borderstan.com.
Vintage lovers, get excited… there’s a new store opening up, offering great one of a kind vintage pieces. Well… it’s not really a new store. Blue’s Hard Goods, the shop formerly known as Rue 14, has gone through an amazing transformation.
Racks that once held brands like Free People and Marc by Marc Jacobs are now lined with vintage workmen’s jeans, Varsity jackets and old sailor’s uniforms. The aesthetic is reminiscent 1950s blue collar. Or maybe it’s 1850s, considering the amount of Western Cowboy and Native American gear that decorates the store. Whatever it is, it is decidedly American.
I’ve noticed, as of late, that a lot of brands are sporting “Made in USA” tags. More and more brands (especially up and coming ones) are keeping things local rather than outsourcing to factories in China or other countries.
Perhaps, in the wake of this nationally political year, the fashion-conscious have also become somewhat patriotic. American Apparel aside, a number of local boutiques are selling more products made in the United States, and it’s impacting DC fashion trends. American made denim is coming back with a vengeance and I’ve noticed Western wear is beginning to creep into a lot of fashion forward street style.
And don’t forget bandanas! Andrew Nguyen, owner of Blues Hard Goods, has quite an obsession with vintage bandanas. His collection is substantial. In fact, one of the coolest pieces Nguyen has in his inventory is a scarf made entirely out of bandanas. By the clothing line “Mr. Vintage,” these scarves make a great addition to any urban cowboy’s wardrobe. Especially one who is conscious of buying US made products.
Another cool facet to Blues Hard Goods is Los Gitanos, a collection of women’s clothing hand picked and styled by Tara Papanicolas. Her aesthetic, like that of Blue’s Hard Goods, harkens to a romantic, bygone era.
Blue’s Hard Goods is located at 1803A 14th Street NW. Stop in to check out the store or stay hip to new inventory by following them on Instagram: @BluesHardGoods.
Stay tuned for another edition of Dafna’s fashion.
It’s just about time to deck the halls, trim the tree and pour the eggnog. Yes, even though we have yet to reach Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season is just around the corner.
To help ring in the season, the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will host its 34th Annual HolidayHouse Tour on Sunday, December 2 from 1 to 5 pm. The tour will take participants to some of the neighborhoods most beautifully decorated homes from, and will conclude with a Wassail Reception at Studio Theatre.
Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the tour) and are available online.
The LCCA is also looking for more than 100 volunteers for this year’s Holiday House Tour. Hosts are needed for in-home presentations, the reception table and for ticketing.
While the tour itself is held from 1 to 5 pm, the day begins in the morning with breakfast and a “pre-tour” so all volunteers have the opportunity to see the homes. A post-tour surprise is also planned for volunteers.
If you’re interested in volunteering for this year’s Holiday House Tour, please contact Kristin Thompson at kdtrcg[AT]gmail.com.
From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Julius Genachowski, and Mexican Communications Under-Secretary, Hector Olavarria Tapia, signed an agreement to help address the trafficking of stolen cell phones between the United States and Mexico. Genachowski announced the agreement November 13, according to a release. (See FCC Announces Plans to Reduce Smartphone Thefts, Protect Data.)
Mexican and U.S. authorities will increase efforts to prevent stolen phones from the United States from being re-activated in Mexico and vice-versa. The FCC and Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transport will also work jointly to target international phone trafficking rings.
These efforts build on the FCC’s “PROTECTS Initiative,” which creates a database of stolen phone serial numbers to prevent the reactivation of these devices. (FCC Announces Plans to Reduce Smartphone Thefts, Protect Data). The Initiative also includes efforts to increase the use of passwords on smartphones and make consumers aware of services and applications such as the “Find my iPhone” app that can help locate and lock stolen products.
Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier made remarks at the announcement of the agreement. Lanier lauded the efforts of the FCC and was especially happy that the federal government worked quickly on this effort to protect consumers and reduce the number of robbery victims.
Smartphone theft has become an increasing problem in a number of major cities including DC, where Chief Lanier estimates 60 to 70 percent of robberies are cell-phone related. A video of the announcement and Lanier’s remarks are available.
CTIA-The Wireless Association announced on October 31 that all of the major cell phone providers had met the deadline of creating a database of stolen cell phone serial numbers. Currently, any phone reported stolen to AT&T, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless cannot be reactivated on that network’s service.
AT&T and T-Mobile have taken steps to ensure that stolen AT&T phones cannot be activated on T-Mobile and vice versa. By November 30, 2013, the database will prevent stolen phones from being reactivated on any service. CTIA also has tips and information on preventing and reporting cell phone theft.
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OLD CITY green (902 N Street NW) is closing soon, but before the Shaw garden store says goodbye, it’s throwing one last party.
OLD CITY green is inviting neighbors to a Holiday Send-Off party on Sunday, December 2 at 6 pm, complete with Christmas trees, a roaring fire and live music. There will also be Thanksgiving-style food on the grill and beverages to cheer, including the greenhouse’s famous root herb hot toddies. Tickets to the party are $20 and are available online.
Starting November 23, OLD CITY green is also be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and garland for the holiday season. For more information, visit the website.
Check the listings below for full details on performances at six neighborhood theaters.
Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW
- Friday, November 30: Leela James and Debórah Bond.
- Saturday, December 1: Action Bronson The Rare Chandeliers Tour.
- Sunday, October 21: Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring The Harlem Gospel Choir.
- Check the calendar for more shows.
Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW
- All My Sons closes December 1: “Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners in a machine shop during the war, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went on to make a lot of money. In a work of tremendous power, a love affair between Keller’s son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Herbert’s daughter, the bitterness of George Keller, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free, and the reaction of a son to his father’s guilt escalate toward a climax of electrifying intensity.” (Keegan Theatre)
- An Irish Carol opens December 14 and runs through December 31: “A Keegan holiday tradition, AN IRISH CAROL by Dublin native Matthew Keenan, premiered in 2011 to sold out houses and rave reviews. An an homage to Dickens’ classic, AN IRISH CAROL follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has distanced himself from others and lost touch with his own humanity. But on this Christmas Eve — challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in this present, and faced with the reality of lonely future – David’s life may change forever. AN IRISH CAROL is a modern fable, told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright.”
Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW
- The Manhattans and Jean Carne. December 8.
- The Sleeping Beauty, December 13-14.
- View the schedule and purchase tickets online.
Source at 1835 14th Street NW
- Check the website for upcoming events.
Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW
- The Aliens opened November 14. “An artful and indelible drama about two young, affable slackers behind a Vermont coffee shop and the teenager they take under their wing.” (Studio Theater)
- An Iliad, opens December 21, “First sung around a campfire 2,800 years ago, The Iliad remains a soaring ode about humanity’s seemingly timeless attraction to violence and destruction. In this theatrical telling, a storyteller grapples with the mythology, brutality, and humanity of Homer’s epic poem. An intimate and immediate look at rage, grief, and the heroism and horror of a seemingly endless war.” (Studio Theater)
Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW
- Woodie Sez: The Life & Music of Woodie Guthrie closes December 2: “Celebrate the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, the creator of American classics like ‘This Land is Your Land’ and ‘The Ballad of Tom Joad!’ This boisterous retelling of the life of America’s troubadour blends musical numbers, scenes from Guthrie’s life and excerpts from his progressive newspaper column. The infectious and moving piece brings to life a true American hero, who proudly declared he would ‘always be there whenever working folks fight for their rights.'” (Theater J)
From Dito Sevilla. Email him at dito[AT]borderstan.com, follow him on Twitter @DitoDC.
I love waking up on Thanksgiving! It’s one of those three sacred mornings all Washingtonians come to know, love and appreciate. On Thanksgiving, like Christmas Day and the first of January, I have a chance to wake softly, almost naturally — my last hours of sleep unaccompanied by the sounds of the city.
Every day at the stroke of “I’m still asleep,” garbage truck after garbage truck back up in the alley adjacent to my bedroom window, their tailpipes spewing clouds of noxious gases temporarily clouding the ever present aroma of dumpsters fully loaded with food their customers couldn’t seem to eat when it was on their plates.
The trucks, with their engines rumbling and their gears turning emit a high-pitch beeping as they shift into reverse, this is followed by the squeak of badly maintained breaks. Bringing this portion of the cacophony to a close, a train-whistle type air brake finally announces the truck has come to rest. Further adding insult to injury, the brave men who take on the city’s refuse one bin at a time, do not seem to notice that I may be sleeping, nor that my dog has just begun his 9th dream of the night where by all accounts he is either in pursuit of a squirrel, or is making furious love to the golden doodle across the street.
A moment of fake silence is shattered as a trash bin is dragged across what can only be broken glass and brought to the mouth of the truck. This rather solemn time is when I, and my “date” ( if invited to spend the night ) brace ourselves, as the sadistically designed hangman’s noose is attached to the garbage-packed steel bin, then by the loudest means possible yet another motor is fired up, this one powering an antique, roof-mounted winch, itself screaming for oil. As the cable is pulled taught, the contents of the dumpster is tilted, not slowly, not gently, not in any way one would consider elegantly to a fully up-side-down position.
Then just to be sure they’ve gotten it all out, the winch releases the tension, allowing the cable to unwind just enough, and with the sudden yank of a fisherman’s rod with a prize catch on the line, the little motor screeches again – jerking the dumpster up one last time for a quick shake and tug sending it’s cover slamming up and down one more time. Satisfied that they’ve gotten all the basic trash dealt with, the winch unfurls, the steel box drops, and free of it’s load it almost sounds quaint as it’s rolled back into place, unless one of it’s wheels gets stuck and the gentlemen have to shove it. One wheel always gets stuck.
A sudden thumping breaks the symphony. It’s deep, it’s loud, and it’s powerful. The truck begins to move, it’s motor revving up, the thumping continues, harmonizing with the rise and fall of pumping pistons. High above the city, the leader of the free world, sits comfortably conducting his business as the blades on his pair of helicopters chop through the air, filling the city with a sounds so familiar to Washingtonians. Even as the thumping moves further off, the reverberation is felt bouncing off any hard surface in it’s wake, not the least of which seems to be my alley, still beleaguered by the efforts of trash collection.
This being a city of tree hugging, Earth-loving liberals; we recycle. And so, this next page in the concerto, while easily the loudest, most jarring, and cringe inducing is one that I am willing to tolerate without excessive complaint. I am not sure if there is a Sapporo special at Sushi Taro. I am not sure if they give the beer away for the sole purpose of filling 6 trash cans full of the big thick brown glass containers the Japanese lager is bottled in. What I do know is that when the first trashcan is discharged of its contents into the empty steel bin on the trash truck the sound is amazing. It’s like war in high definition.
The sound of 1,000 babies screaming could not hold a candle to the bopping, shattering, exploding burst of audible energy released as Japanese glass strikes American steel. I wonder, are they getting us back for dropping the bomb? Just as my eyelids begin to relax, opening from the protective reflex to preserve my sight from shrapnel, the second bin is hoisted it’s clamor is softer. Each time growing more full, the sound is absorbed until it just clanks and bops.
The trash men, growing tired lift less vigorously. Just as I think I can take no more, right before my ears begin to bleed- the men jump on the truck, and with a hearty slap of the hand let the driver know they’re locked and loaded. They have other trash to collect, more noise to make, more bottles to bop. I check on the doggie. Years have passed since he felt the need to lift his head and wander over to the window to verify the source of the sounds. I look at him now, care free, snoring unfazed, his head filled with the hopes of catching his squirrel and meeting that golden doodle in the park. I start hoping life will be that simple again.
Alex Clifford got the idea for his business, Grape Crate, about six months ago while sitting on a bench in Logan Circle.
His good friend, Zach Wilson, expressed his extreme frustration with walking into a wine shop and blindly selecting a bottle of wine.
“He said to me, ‘You know, the thing I hate about wine is I have no idea if I am going to get a good bottle or a crappy bottle when I buy something at the store,'” relayed Clifford, a Logan Circle local and longtime DC resident.
Wilson’s comment to Clifford ignited a spark in Clifford, and he immediately began working on his wine business, which launched one week ago.
Grape Crate’s flagship product is a curated wine subscription with an educational and interactive component. Each “wine box” contains 12 bottles of wine.
Customers drink the wine, then log on to the interactive app and rate the wine, based on their taste preferences. The app also houses a host of educational information on the selected wine, from the subtle tastes one might experience to the grape origin and region of the wine.
The information from each customer’s wine rating is then used to select the next crate.
“I created Grape Crate so that you don’t have to play roulette with wine anymore,” said Clifford. “Each time, you know you are getting a good bottle and that it’s something you’ll like.”
Clifford comes from a wine obsessed family, so it seems natural that he chose to start a business that caters to individuals’ interest in wine. His sister is a chef at a DC restaurant and his mother is a wine teacher and editor. In fact, Clifford’s mother, who has a “serious wine resume,” is on the panel to hand-select the bottles for the quarterly crates. Others on Clifford’s panel include local bar managers and sommeliers.
Grape Crate is currently accepting its first batch of orders – crates that Clifford will deliver personally to each customer.
“It’s all about interacting with the customer and getting feedback,” said Clifford, who also said he is very excited to meet his first customers.
Each “crate” is $200 (or about $16 per bottle, including education and customization) and can be ordered online. Clifford plans to launch nationally in March, but for now is just focused on the District.