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by Daniel Levitt July 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm 0

The Black Squirrel

Adams Morgan residents will be able to dress up in renaissance faire attire and guzzle mead tomorrow.

Black Squirrel (2427 18th Street NW) will host a “Men in Tights Mead Day Renaissance Faire” from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Attendees will be able to taste local mead from Honey Grail Meadery as well fill their goblets with mead from Charm City Meadery, Moonlight Meadery and B. Nektar Meadery.

A representative from Honey Grail Meadery will also be on hand to talk mead making and distribute samples of the company’s Boudica’s Uprising Honey Mead.

The kitchen’s chefs will sling giant turkey legs, sandwiches and steaks-on-stakes throughout the day.

And don’t forget to wear a costume: Patrons dressed in proper renaissance faire attire will receive 10 percent off their bill.

Image courtesy of The Black Squirrel

by Tim Regan July 31, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

dougthunderstroock

A D.C. man may have the chance to be crowned the greatest air guitarist in the world.

That man is Doug “Thunder” Stroock.

Last week, Stroock and three others strummed invisible guitars well enough to be awarded top honors in the Mid-Atlantic by a panel of judges at the 9:30 Club.

Next Saturday, they’ll compete in Portland, Ore., against 17 of the nation’s best faux-rockers for the chance to earn a spot among the air guitar gods.

Whoever wins will represent the U.S. in this year’s Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland.

Though he’s a tornado of ’80s fashion and creepy crotch-grabs onstage, Stroock is a fairly normal guy during his day-to-day life as a business consultant.

Stroock, who lives in Chinatown, says his persona is a “a sex figure that’s almost humorous.”

“I work out just enough to be in shape, but there’s no reason I should be kissing my bicep or pointing at it,” Stroock says. “It’s very opposite to my day-to-day persona. It’s like me, but a very outsized version of me.”

“I was not one of those guys who was rocking out to Metallica in my bedroom when I was 12,” he explains. “The theater of it is what drew me.”

Stroock says that although his routines change year-to-year, there’s always one constant: he’s going to rip off his shirt at some point.

“In every performance that I do, I know somewhere in there I am going to tear off my shirt,” says Stroock. “It’s my signature move.”

“When you play air guitar, you’re celebrating the essence of rock,” he adds. “You’re celebrating everything it means to be a rock star without actually being the musician part of the rock star.”

Will the overly macho moves and bare chest be enough to take home the world title? Stroock sure hopes so.

Until then: “I’m revisiting what my routine was and practicing,” Stroock says. “Definitely hitting the gym.”

by Tim Regan July 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm 1,866 0

Atlantic Plumbing Company coming in October

Landmark Theatres has moved one step closer to opening its anticipated new Atlantic Plumbing Cinema near the 9:30 Club and U Street corridor.

ABRA today posted the theater chain’s public hearing notice for a Class CX liquor license application.

According to the application, the cinema aims to operate as a “high-end theatre with a cafe, serving patrons a variety of food offerings, including local specialties and spirits,” with indoor seating for 369 patrons. The cinema also aims to have a summer garden with seating for 14.

Though no opening date has been set, a Washington Business Journal article reports the theater will open its doors in October.

by Tim Regan July 31, 2015 at 10:50 am 0

600 block of Howard Pl NW

(Updated at 11:15 a.m.) A cyclist was struck by a car near Howard University, tweeted D.C. Fire and EMS officials at 10:46 a.m.

Emergency crews transported the cyclist to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, says D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson  Oscar Mendez.

by Tim Regan July 31, 2015 at 10:00 am 3 Comments

Police Car

When will the city-wide crackdown on prostitution end? Only D.C. Police know.

Authorities announced last night they had arrested seven more men for prostitution-related crimes in Northwest and downtown D.C. and charged them with with solicitation of prostitution.

The latest arrests brings the running tally to 85 men arrested for prostitution-related crimes since July 14.

The arrests are part of a sting operation aimed at nabbing men who search for sex workers online, reported The Washington Post.

Police say the operation is still ongoing.

by Daniel Levitt July 31, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

Stock

Man Killed in Park View Shooting — A man was shot and killed last night in Park View, police said this morning. [Borderstan]

Carter G. Woodson Memorial Opens in Shaw — The Carter G. Woodson memorial is now open to the public after months of work. Located at 9th Street NW at Rhode Island Ave and Q Street’s NW, the memorial commemorates the “father of black history.” [BadWolfDC]

Demographic Shifts — New research compiled by students at the University of Maryland show that residents who identify as hispanic have gradually moved out of neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan. [Washington City Paper]

Chief to Chief — D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier will meet with police chiefs from other cities amid a 20 percent spike in crime in the District. [WAMU]

by Tim Regan July 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm 0

Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street NW

(Updated at 8:36 a.m.) A man was shot and killed in Park View last night, said D.C. Police by phone this morning.

The man has been identified as 24-year-old Derrick Black of Northwest D.C.

Police responded to a report of a shooting on the 3300 block of Georgia Avenue NW around 9:25 p.m. last night. When they arrived, police found Black suffering from several gunshot wounds.

Black was transported to a local hospital from the scene, but later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Police are still investigating the homicide.

by Jared Holt July 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Book Signing Photo via Facebook-OutwriteFest

Visitors to the 14th Street corridor will be steps away from reading and writing workshops hosted by members of the local LGBT writing community this weekend.

The fifth annual OutWrite Book Festival starts with a keynote speech from celebrated novelist James Earl Hardy tomorrow evening. Hardy will speak about his book series “B-Boy Blues” at the D.C. Center (2000 14th Street NW) from 6-9 p.m.

The festival will then host 37 vendors, workshops and authors from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the following day.

David Mariner, Executive Director for the D.C. Center, says the festival’s exhibitors and speakers were selected by their interest or involvement within the LGBT community.

“While some LGBT voices are not kind of represented in mainstream media, those things are still few and far between and don’t necessarily reflect the diversity that’s within D.C.’s LGBT community,” Mariner says. “We have a wide variety of folks telling their stories. It’s a way to affirm and celebrate who we are.”

Outwrite will coincide with another popular 14th and U street festival,  MidCity Dog Days.

But Mariner says that’s purposeful. He adds that he hopes Dog Days attendees will visit the book festival and that visiting LGBT publishing companies and authors will visit the surrounding neighborhood.

The book festival is free and open to the public. Used books will also be sold on site; paperbacks will cost $1 and hardbacks will cost $2.

Image via Facebook.com/OutWriteDC

by Tim Regan July 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

stmarysOfficials from the D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) and Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will meet with Ward 2 residents tonight to discuss homeless encampments in the area.

The meeting will take place in Foggy Bottom at St. Mary’s Court, (725 24th Street NW) and will start at 7 p.m.

Keylin Rivera, the mayor’s Ward 2 community liaison, says the meeting is meant to be a general informational session for residents to learn more about Ward 2’s homeless encampments and what the city is doing about them.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

by Tim Regan July 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm 0

14th and R streets NW, Shinola

Luxury brand Shinola announced today it will open its long-awaited 14th Street store on September 3.

Shinola is a high-end retailer that sells upscale — and pricey — leather goods, bicycles, watches and other accessories.

The 5,000-square-foot-store, located at 1631 14th Street NW, will “stay as true to the original build as possible, keeping the original black and white travertine floor, moulded ceiling and additional details from the era alongside traditional Shinola fixtures,” according to a press release.

Though the press release mentions the building’s original use as a Studebaker showroom, it does not mention the building’s most recent role as the Central Union Mission shelter.

Shinola’s temporary shop at 1534 14th Street NW will be occupied by Shinola’s sister brand, Filson.

by Daniel Levitt July 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1 Comment

Pazyryk Gallery

A local business will close soon in Dupont Circle.

Pazyryk Gallery (1327 Connecticut Ave. NW) will close “in a few months,” an employee said over the phone earlier today.

The carpet and rug store lost its lease, according to a sign in the shop window. The employee did not specify what that means.

From now until it closes, the store will offer discounts on select rugs.

by Tim Regan July 30, 2015 at 10:55 am 0

bike robbersA boy was arrested today in connection with a group robbery that occurred in Shaw earlier this month, say D.C. Police.

Police say that on July 11 around 10:30 p.m., 15-20 suspects ambushed three men and one boy near the exit of the Shaw Skate Park on the 1100 block of R Street NW.

The robbers surrounded three of the victims and repeatedly struck them until they surrendered their property, police told Borderstan on July 16.

A video connected to the robbery and released by police earlier this month shows a man forcefully beaten on the ground as he clenches onto a bicycle.

Police have charged the boy with robbery force and violence in connection with the crime.

The investigation is ongoing, say police.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery force and violence committed in the District of Columbia.

Image via MPD

by Tim Regan July 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

STOCK-18Commuters who travel on Georgia Avenue near Howard University will have to put up with “moderate-to-heavy delays” until May of next year, says DDOT.

On Tuesday, the city department closed one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue NW between Barry Place and Florida Avenue NW.

DDOT says the closures are needed to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along that stretch of Georgia Avenue. The work also includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction.

These city expects to complete the project in May of 2016.

by Daniel Levitt July 30, 2015 at 8:45 am 0

Golden Triangle

Andy Rooney’s Grandson Slashed in Knife Attack — A group of men attacked Ben Fishel, the grandson of CBS broadcaster Andy Rooney, on his front steps last night. Fishel was a slashed across the face with a box cutter. [WTOP]

Mo’ Murals  — The District has announced locations for six more murals to be completed in September. They include 2001 15th Street and 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW. [DCist]

Condo Conundrum — Plans to redevelop an historic building into condos in Shaw were called into question Tuesday during a Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing when  commissioners questioned the necessity of the building’s proposed fifth floor. [District Source]

And Shaw’s Newest Business Is … — Not a bar! It’s a new cleaners located at 910 P Street NW.  [BadWolfDC]

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