From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.
Good news guys: we’re apparently the 9th drunkest city in the country (suck on that, Omaha!) Normally I don’t put much stock in these kinds of rankings, but since this particular list assuages my personal guilt about binge drinking, I’m embracing it. On that note… hey look, it’s the weekend!
OK, so technically Mellow Mushroom is in Adams Morgan, not Borderstan, but any event that combines pizza and shopping gets a free pass in my book. Find those Zubaz pants buried at the bottom of your closet and bring them by the Xchange DC Fashion Swap taking place from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy some eats (the Kosmic Karma pie is a personal favorite) and specials on DC’s own Chocolate City beer while you peruse the offerings.
Or, if you’re more in the mood for caffeinated art, check out DMV Coffee‘s first Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) of the year, where you can watch skilled baristas go head to head in a latte art competition (yes, that is a thing!) This month’s battle, which is being hosted at Room 11, kicks off at 9 pm, and if you’ve never seen someone craft a swan out of milk foam, trust me, you don’t want to miss it.
Celebrate barely surviving your first full week back from vacation at Cause Philanthropub’s 5-5-5-5 happy hour from 4 to 7 pm, where draft beers, select bites, featured cocktails and wine are just $5 (even better: 100% of Cause’s profits go to deserving charities, so don’t be a teetotaler!) If you’re still hungry, walk a mere 20 yards across the street to grab dinner at 1905, which just rolled out a some new, sure-to-be-delicious menu offerings like pork belly with black eyed peas and braised beef cheek with fried yucca.
I have it on good authority that the double-bill tonight at the Black Cat is going to be a face-melter. Co-headliners Kingsley Flood, whose sound my friend described as “foot-stomping, raucous, Americana rock,” and DC’s own Ugly Purple Sweater, whose new EP, DC USA, is named in honor of the eponymous Columbia Heights shopping center, are both releasing new albums tonight at the show. Locals kindlewood open. Doors are at 8:30 pm, and tickets are only $12, which is same price as a ticket to Texas Chainsaw 3D (and, I would imagine, a much better value).
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are hosting the Golden Globes tonight, which is basically going to be this times a million. Before the show, catch up on some of this year’s nominated movies that you might have missed, including the insanely great Django Unchained, which is playing at Borderstan’s very own West End Cinema, and Rust and Bone at E Street Cinema (which is basically Amelie meets Free Willy I think?) Then head home and make some cocktails before the show starts so you can ensure that you’re as liquored up as the celebs in attendance.