by Courtney Brown June 28, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

Jack Rose Fourth of July party (Photo courtesy of Jack Rose)

Who says the Fourth of July needs to revolve around fireworks?

Several bars, restaurants and other places around town plan to throw patriotic parties to celebrate the birth of the United States of America this weekend.

Here are more than a dozen ways to wish America a happy birthday:

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by Alyse Mier June 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

Die Die Die, photo by Ben Johnson

An “improvised slasher movie” is on its way to a 14th Street theater.

The Washington Improv Theater will resurrect its horror flick parody “Die! Die! Die!” at Source (1835 14th St. NW) as part of its upcoming “Summer Camp” series of shows.

The show follows a group of teens spending their summer in the isolated Camp Crystal Lake. Naturally, the campers make typical horror movie mistakes like having sex and experimenting with drugs and are picked off one-by-one by a costumed killer. By the show’s end, only one camper lives to see the true identity of the murderer — or not, said Dan Miller, WIT’s external relations director. This is improv, after all.

“Sometimes we decide to flip the script and the sole survivor ends up dying,” Miller said. “There’s really no guaranteed happy ending.”

But this is not a graphic slasher flick, Miller added. “There’s never any blood or gore,” he explained. “We will tell you there is somebody whose guts are spilling out, but all you see is them making strange faces.”

The show is often just as much of a surprise for the actors as it is for the audience, Miller added.

“You step on stage and don’t know if you’re the killer or the first person to die,” said Miller, “We figure it out with the audience. Once we do, we own it.”

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by Andrew Ramonas June 28, 2016 at 2:05 pm 5 Comments

Cyclist struck on June 28, 2016 on 19th Street NW

A cyclist is in critical condition after a crash with someone driving a car downtown this afternoon, according to authorities.

The collision happened on the 1100 block of 19th Street NW near Nooshi about 1:15 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman Oscar Mendez told Borderstan.

The cyclist, who was riding a Capital Bikeshare bicycle, was rushed to a local hospital after the crash.

by Andrew Ramonas June 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm 4 Comments

1300 block of Kenyon Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A robber with a gun beat a man in Columbia Heights yesterday morning, police said.

The violent armed robbery happened just outside The Heights on the 1300 block of Kenyon Street NW about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The victim was sitting in the area when a man came up to him, according to authorities. The new arrival grabbed the victim by his shirt soon after and punched him in the face, knocking the man to the ground. The attacker then revealed a handgun that was tucked into his pants.

“Gimme the money,” the man with the gun said, according to police.

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by Alyse Mier June 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

4th and M streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)Drivers soon will have to do a better job at pumping their brakes at a Shaw stop sign if they want to avoid a ticket.

A new stop sign camera is “coming soon” to the corner of 4th and M streets NW, ANC 6E commissioner Rachelle Nigro wrote in a post on her Facebook page last night. But it wasn’t immediately clear when.

Police went out to survey the site and found that most drivers rolled the stop before making a right turn.

The corner, about three blocks east of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, frequently is used by drivers and pedestrians. The camera is meant to catch drivers who do not make a full stop when approaching the intersection.

After the cameras are installed, police will issue warning tickets for drivers’ first violation.

According to Nigro’s Facebook post:

FYI–The Stop Sign Camera will be coming soon to the corner of 4th and M St.! The camera will catch the drivers who do not stop at the sign and a ticket will be issued. MPD came to the site and it did not take long to notice that most drivers did not stop when a right turn was made. After the camera is installed warning tickets will be issued first. MPD will also put out a press release. So remember –always stop at the white line and do not roll through.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan June 28, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Dupont Chillers update signTwo stations on Metro’s Red Line will be hotter for longer than previously anticipated.

Repairs of the “chillers” that help cool the air in the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations have been delayed thanks to newly discovered “additional leaks,” according to Metro.

“Pressure testing indicated additional leaks in the chilled water lines to Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations,” a representative for Metro wrote in an updated statement. “We continue working to repair these lines and expect to have repairs complete by July 16.”

The chillers stopped working last summer due to leaks in the 40-year-old pipe that feeds water into the system, officials said.

Metro originally estimated it would repair those leaks by July 1. In an unscientific poll we conducted in May, 95 percent of you thought that wouldn’t happen (and it looks as though you were right).

by Tim Regan June 28, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Farragut Statue BRIEF 1

Alfie’s to Leave Home in Park View Next Month — Chef Alex McCoy will end his time in the former Mothership space at 3301 Georgia Ave. NW by the end of July. But the bar won’t move to Petworth as originally planned, McCoy reportedly said. Instead, the bar is headed for a “yet-to-be-finalized location.” [Washington City Paper]

N Street Gets New Bike Lanes — Bike rides just north of Thomas Circle might now be easier thanks to new bike contraflow bike lanes. The new bike lanes reportedly allow better access to M Street protected bikeway and help connect the 14th Street corridor and the NoMa metro. [Greater Greater Washington]

Music Lovers Get Engaged at 9:30 Club — A photographer captured the moment when two people got engaged inside the nearly empty music venue. [Washingtonian]

Local Murals Collected for Coffee Table Book — The founding director of DC Murals plans to publish a coffee table book that includes some of D.C.’s past and present murals, but she needs help raising money. [Washington City Paper]

Fundraiser Planned for West Virginia Flood Victims — Smoke and Barrel, a bar in Adams Morgan, will host a fundraiser for the victims of the recent flooding in West Virginia. The fundraiser is being organized by two West Virginia natives and D.C. locals. [Barred in DC]

by Alyse Mier June 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm 0

Jokes at JR's

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.

Tuesday

Choose Your Nuit Du Champagne Experience
Sofitel Washington, D.C. (806 15th St. NW)
7:00-10:00 p.m.

An evening with chocolate, cheese and champagne pairings. DJ Super Jaimie will spin tunes and a caviar and champagne workshop will be held in the VIP Lounge.

Eat Well DC’s Stand With Orlando & Fight Back for Sanity Fundraiser
Commissary (1443 P St. NW)
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Open bar, hors d’oeuvres and food from Eatwell Restaurants Logan Tavern, Grillfish, The Pig and Commissary. All of the proceeds will go to victims and families of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando.

Happy Hour at Shaw’s Tavern
Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave. NW)
5:30-8:00 p.m.

This happy hour supports local nonprofit New Endeavors by Women. Guest speakers will share their experiences about the organization. Happy hour specials include half-priced pizza and burgers.

Movie Trivia with Joey Showbiz
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8:00-11:00 p.m.

Suns Cinema will host a trivia night “in honor of Kathy Bates’s 68th birthday.” Prizes include $15 or $30 off your tab. Trivia begins at 8 p.m., but attendees should get there earlier for seats and drinks.

Wednesday

New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends
Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St. NW)
5:00 p.m.

New Belgium celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of five collaboration beers reimagining its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale. Fat Tire, alongside 4 of the 5 collaboration drafts will be available for $5 each.

Yoga in the Park Fundraiser for Orlando’s GLBT Center
Meridian Hill Park (2330 15th St. NW)
7:00-8:00 p.m.

The community yoga class will support Orlando’s GLBT Center. A $5 donation is recommended and all proceeds will support Stonewall Sport’s national fundraising initiative for the GLBT Center in central Orlando.

The Poverty Industry: The Exploration of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Daniel L. Hatcher, law professor at the University of Baltimore, will talk about how “consultants and entrepreneurs of for-profit agencies themselves benefit from government programs.”

Dave Holmes for Party of One
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Former MTV VJ Dave Holmes will talk with Linda Holmes, host and editor of NPR’s Monkey see blog. They’ll discuss his new memoir “Party of One,” the story of an “outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance.”

Jokes at JR’s
JR’s Bar (1519 17th St. NW)
9:00-10:30 p.m.

Comics Brock Snyder, Ross Benoit, Kasha Patel, Pete Musto, Wes Martens, Jenn Tisdale and Sampson McCormickso will entertain crowds and make them say “ha ha ha,” the noises generally associated with human laughter

Thursday

Queer Brown Voices Author Talk
Mt. Pleasant Public Library (3160 16th St. NW)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Latina/o LGBT activists will talk during this special Queer Brown Voices Author Talk. This event is part of part of D.C. Public Library’s Pride month programming.

Fabio’s Whole Foods Market DC Takeover
Whole Foods (1440 P St. NW)
12 noon-2:oo p.m.

Former “Top Chef” contestant and Italian chef Fabio Viviani will hold tasting of  his new wine collection.

Friday

Farragut Fridays: Japanese Games in the Park
Farragut Park (17th and I streets NW)
Noon-2:00 p.m.

The Japan Information and Culture Center will host origami sessions along with kendama, a traditional Japanese game that tests your hand eye coordination.

You, Me, Them, Everybody Live
The Wonderland Ballroom (1101 Kenyon St. NW)
7:30-9:30 p.m.

You, Me, Them, Everybody is a podcast, created by Brandon Wetherbee, regularly recorded in front of an audience.

Saturday

Music to Celebrate the Second of July
Anderson House (2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
6:00-7:00 p.m.

David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute will perform 18th-century songs in costume with period instruments.

Photo via Facebook/Jokes at JR’s

by Alyse Mier June 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

A sea of white, blue and yellow T-shirts has filled the lawn of a Logan Circle church as a tribute to people shot and killed in the D.C. area last year.

Like tombstones, hundreds of shirts at 15th Street Presbyterian Church (1701 15th St. NW) stand tall for each gun-related death in 2015. Each shirt has the name, age and date of death of a victim.

Of the 202 shirts on display, 120 white shirts are for the District, 68 blue shirts are for Maryland and 14 yellow shirts are for Northern Virginia.

“Each one is a human being, a child of God,” according to an information sheet left alongside the memorial. “Each one deserves to be remembered.”

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by Andrew Ramonas June 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Eighteenth Street Lounge signA man whacked another man in his eye with a glass beer bottle and choked him at a Dupont Circle bar over the weekend, police said.

The assault happened in the Eighteenth Street Lounge at 1212 18th St. NW about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the attack or whether the men knew each other. But the victim left the bar with a cut near his left eye, which also was swollen.

Nevon Burney, 38, was arrested in connection with the assault, according to authorities. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

An Eighteenth Street Lounge representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

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by Alyse Mier June 27, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

A Chinese restaurant with dim sum and fresh seafood is slated to open its doors on 14th Street next week.

Da Hong Pao Restaurant & Bar will arrive at 1409 14th St. NW some time next week, according to an employee with the restaurant.

“Grand opening next week,” reads a sign on the front door of the business. “Serving traditional Cantonese style dishes, fresh seafood and dim sum.”

When the new restaurant opens, it will include a large dining room and bar area alongside four fish tanks near the entrance.

The business has been in the works, off and on, for roughly two years.

by Andrew Ramonas June 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm 0

Mayor Bowser is ready for Hillary May 18Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to visit Columbia Heights tonight to sign legislation that will raise the District’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Bowser is scheduled to have the signing ceremony at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (14th Street and Park Road NW) at 6 p.m.

Other D.C. officials and locals are expected to join the mayor to celebrate the Fair Shot Minimum Wage Amendment Act, which the D.C. Council passed last week.

The attendees are slated to include home care workers, who advocated for the bill.

“When we first rallied for $15/hour, a lot of people said we didn’t stand a chance,” home care worker Fay Jack said in a statement. “Today, we’re showing what’s possible when workers stick together for good jobs.”

by Tim Regan June 27, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

Town Danceboutique 2016D.C.’s “largest gay danceclub” is ending one of its longest running holiday traditions.

Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW) plans to host its final “WTF” party this weekend, according to a Facebook event post.

WTF is a themed event series usually held around holiday weekends. Previous parties have attracted blasphemers for Good Friday, fitness fanatics for Thanksgiving and a big yellow cat for MLK Day.

“WTF is retiring at the ripe old age of 7. In party years, that’s like 107,” the Facebook post reads. “We’ve had seven solid years of late-night fried chicken, Pu$$y Noir’s milk showers, Dirrty Pony’s disappearing act, JaxKnife’s radioactive bearlesque, Salvadora Surrealness and Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 10 or 11 contestant BaNaka!”

The last hurrah before the event’s “gaycation” will revolve around a “happy ending” theme.

“Take this opportunity to wear that lewk you’ve always wanted to wear, to bring that squirrelfriend you’ve always wanted to bring or eat that hotdog you’ve always wanted to eat in front of that boy you always wanted show how well you eat a hot dog,” the Facebook post continues.

The party starts this Sunday at 10 p.m. and will include appearances and performances by Ed Bailey, Aaron Riggins, BaNaka, Pu$$y Noir and Salvadora Dali.

Read the full event listing below:

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by Tim Regan June 27, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Fire box memorial downtown, photo via DC Fire and EMS

Priceline Founder to Launch Travel Startup Downtown — A new startup is opening in the District. Upside, a company centered around enticing business travelers pick to cheaper hotels in exchange for gift cards and other rewards, will soft launch at the end of the summer. [Washington Business Journal]

Pizzeria Vetri Opens Today Near U Street –Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Vetri will open its doors at 2221 14th St. NW today, the company announced on Facebook last week. Pizzas include salsiccia pies topped with sausage and roasted fennel and the marinara, which is bedecked in oregano, crushed tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. [Facebook / Pizzeria Vetri]

Where to Satisfy Food Cravings Across D.C. — Want fried pickles? Head to Boundary Stone. Want decked-out pancakes? Go to The Riggsby. Want a “legit hoagie?” Get to Bub and Pop’s. These suggestions and 47 more are included in Washington City Paper’s most recent food issue. [Washington City Paper]

PupusaFest? Kind of Popular — Hundreds, if not thousands of people flocked to Sacred Heart Church’s “PupusaFest” over the weekend. [Reddit / Washington D.C.]

Photo via D.C. Fire and EMS

by Tim Regan June 24, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

People walking downtown BRIEF

And we’ve made it to the end of the week again. What’s on your agenda Saturday and Sunday?

It might be a good weekend for outdoor activities. The National Weather Service predicts a sunny weekend with highs in the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your weekend:

  • Shinola is scheduled to host a party “inspired by the classic American summer” in the Whitman-Walker parking lot across from 1631 14th St. NW this Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.
  • All Souls Parish will conclude its weekly summer music festival this Sunday.
  • Pupusas! Sunday! Be there!

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

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