by Tim Regan October 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Espita Mezcaleria mural

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.


Muerte y Misterio
Espita Mezcaleria (1250 9th St. NW)
5 p.m.

The Shaw restaurant will celebrate the Day of the Dead with complimentary mezcal tastings, special cocktails and face-painting at the bar.

Hannibal Buress
Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW)
6 p.m.

The Emmy-nominated comedian and actor will perform at the historic Howard Theatre. Tickets start at $27.50.


Perfect Liars Club
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
7:30-9 p.m.

Four performers will tell tales, but only three of them are telling the truth. Can members of the audience spot the liar in the group?


BROWNfxck: How To Touch a Trans* Booty
HIPS 906 H St. NE
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Workshop attendees will learn how to navigate dating, relationships and sex with trans people. The session will touch on common questions, such as: How do I like trans people without fetishizing them? Does liking trans people change your sexuality?


“Awkward Sex … and the City”
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
9-10:30 p.m.

Performers will share their most awkward and imitate sex stories in front of a live audience. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.


Dance Yourself Clean
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Patrons can shimmy to indie dance music from bands such as LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells, Haim and Cut Copy.


Israel Story Live
The Goldman Theater at the Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 16th St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

The team behind the Israel Story podcast will visit the District and perform a live version of their storytelling show.

by Andrew Ramonas October 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm 1 Comment

1600 block of 7th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A cyclist dodged gunfire, but took a bullet to his bicycle, in a bout of road rage in Shaw over the weekend, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1600 block of 7th Street NW about 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

The cyclist and a passenger in a car were arguing over the use of a lane near Dacha Beer Garden when the person in the vehicle pulled out a handgun, according to authorities. The individual with the gun then fired it at the cyclist, hitting the man’s rear bicycle tire.


by Tim Regan October 31, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Kramerbooks and the former Willie T's Lobster Shack space next door

A popular bookstore near Dupont Circle may have plans to expand into the space next door.

Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW) earlier this month applied for a building permit for the former Willie T’s Lobster Shack space at 1511 Connecticut Ave. NW.

According to the permits, the bookstore seeks to demolish at least part of a wall between the two spaces and start construction that would include “structural framing to support door location.”

But Kramerbooks isn’t ready to share its plans just yet. A public relations representative for the shop declined to comment on the possible expansion when reached earlier this afternoon.

Additionally, when a Borderstan reporter visited the store and asked a cashier about the permits, the employee replied: “We’re just doing some renovation is all I’m supposed to say.”

h/t to Borderstan reader Jonathan Padget for the tip

by October 31, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Our latest Pet of the Week is Paddington, a dapper dog with an Instagram account. Paddington is also the proud winner of the Borderstan/The Cheeky Puppy Halloween photo contest.

Here’s a little more about Paddington from his owner:

Paddington Kattan — better known to friends, neighbors and legions of Instagram fans as Paddy the Fatty — is one of the most dapper dogs around. Perennially dressed in a bow tie or bandana, Paddy displays a certain sartorial swagger whether he is surveying his domain from his Kalorama balcony or charging down Connecticut Avenue to stock up on cow ears and bully sticks at The Cheeky Puppy. Constantly at odds with his human, Ilana, over the lack of crispy bacon in his daily diet (Paddy is unswayed by kosher dietary laws), he is nevertheless a doting pup who rewards his mom for her love and care by jumping on (almost) everyone who comes to their house. 

Want your pet to be considered for the Borderstan Pet of the Week? Email us at [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet.

by Andrew Ramonas October 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

800 block of Connecticut Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man trying to stop a downtown brawl ended up with a stab wound instead this past weekend, police said.

The stabbing occurred on the 800 block of Connecticut Avenue NW about 4 a.m. Sunday.

Two groups of people were fighting between Franklin and Lafayette squares when the victim attempted to break up the brawlers. But two people launched an attack on the victim, with one of them stabbing him.


by Tim Regan October 31, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

henrys-soul-cafe-new-bannerIt’s official: Henry’s Soul Cafe says it will reopen its U Street location in time to bake pies for the upcoming holiday season.

The local spot hailed as the “home of the sweet potato pie” is slated to open its doors at 1704 U St. NW on the morning of Nov. 15, according to a recent Facebook post.

“ARE YOU READY? Henry’s U Street will reopen on November 15th @ 11 a.m.,” the enthusiastic message reads. “Tell your momma, cousin, friend… everybody! See you there!”

Locals can start picking up their Thanksgiving orders five days later on Sunday, Nov. 20, a sign posted on the front door of the restaurant says.

Though Henry’s Soul Cafe is best known for its pies, the eatery also slings heaping helpings of fried chicken and fish, mac and cheese, ribs and cornbread.

by Tim Regan October 31, 2016 at 9:10 am 0


Death of Former Putin Aide at Dupont Hotel Ruled Accidental — Mikhail Y. Lesin, the Russian ad executive who was found dead at Dupont Circle Hotel last November, died of a fall after days of “excessive” drinking, according to D.C. Police and the District’s chief medical examiner. [Washington Post]

Shaw Bijou Opens Tomorrow — The hotly anticipated restaurant from “Top Chef” finalist Kwame Onwuachi will start slinging $185 tasting menus tomorrow. [Washingtonian]

Metro’s Biggest SafeTrack Phase Began Today — Thousands of commuters had their first taste of Metro’s newest and largest SafeTrack repair project this morning. For the next 25 days, no trains will run between Metro’s Fort Totten and NoMa stations. [Washington Post]

D.C. Fire and EMS Battles Blazes — Four fires broke out across the Northwestern part of D.C. over the weekend. The fires — located in Shaw, Columbia Heights, Bloomingdale and Logan Circle — were quickly extinguished. Nobody was injured in the fires, authorities said.

Half-Smoke Symbolism — The ubiquitous D.C. sausage represents a city in flux, according to one CityLab writer. [CityLab]

Photo via NoMa BID

by Andrew Ramonas October 31, 2016 at 8:15 am 0

Police car light(Updated at 8:25 a.m.) Thieves wearing turtle and skeleton costumes attacked and robbed a woman in LeDroit Park over the weekend, police said.

The violent robbery happened on the 300 block of U Street NW about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was getting out of an Uber about a block south of the Park at LeDroit when she came into contact with two men and a woman, according to authorities. One of them bumped the victim and another one punched her in the head.

The trio then grabbed the victim’s purse and fled.

Police said they’re looking for:

 B/F, 20-25 years of age, 120lbs., dark complexion, cornrows, wearing a black and white skeleton costume, B/M, 20-25 years of age, 5’8″, dark complexion, wearing a green and yellow turtle costume, and B/M, 20-25 years of age, 5’10”, 150lbs., wearing a black and white skeleton costume.

by Andrew Ramonas October 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

High Heel Race 2017 (Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez Photography)

Looking to get into the Halloween spirit this weekend?

Oct. 31 festivities come early on Saturday and Sunday with a Halloween pet photo shoot in Dupont Circle, the “Nightmare on M Street” bar crawl and a pirate party at a Shaw watering hole, among other events.

If you head out, Saturday and Sunday should have clear skies, with highs in the lower to mid 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

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


by Tim Regan October 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

New kinetic tiles may soon generate extra electricity on the sidewalk just south of Dupont Circle.

Construction crews appear to be putting the finishing touches on a row of special “kinetic paver” tiles that generate electricity as people walk on them. The panels sit along a busy sidewalk where Connecticut Avenue meets Dupont Circle NW, steps away from the Dupont Metro station’s south entrance.

As reported by the Washington Business Journal, the panels, which are made by green energy company Pavegen, generate electricity via kinetic energy, then send that power to batteries for storage and later use.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the pavers would start generating power. A representative for DDOT didn’t give a timeline for the completion of the project.

by Tim Regan October 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Halloween Trick or Treat in Dupont

Halloween is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for ghouls and goblins and witches and warlocks and Donald Trump costumes.

Want to celebrate? Here’s where to find the Halloween scene through Monday:


  • Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) is hosting a “Halloween circus” with burlesque performers and musicians. Doors open at 8 p.m.
  • Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW) is hosting a film screening of the classic Fritz Lang film, “M,” at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20.
  • Dupont bar Dirty Martini (1223 Connecticut Ave. NW) will hold a costume contest and Halloween-themed event during its usual “dirty Fridays” time slot. The event kicks off at 10 p.m.
  • Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW) is set to host “pirate weekend” tonight through Sunday. All patrons in pirate costumes get 15 percent off their bill.
  • Barcode’s “Nightmare in the Capital” is back from the dead. The bar at 1101 17th St. NW will have live DJs starting at 10 p.m.
  • Indie theater Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW) will host its first-ever Halloween party. The festive event will include costumes, a free horror movie screening and “spooky tunes.”


  • Duffy’s Irish Pub (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) plans to throw a Halloween bash starting at 9 p.m. The party will include an open bar, free appetizers and a costume contest. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Annual bar crawl Nightmare on M Street returns to bars across Dupont starting at noon.
  • Bier Baron Tavern’s (1523 22nd St. NW) Halloween-themed standup comedy show and theme party returns to the venue for its third year in a row. The event will include local comics, costume parade, mummy wrap and “other macabre merriment.”
  • Dupont Circle’s Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW) will have a “Stranger Things” theme party with drinks, ’80s costumes and a scream contest. Admission into the event is $10.
  • Another ’80s-themed party will take place at Black Cat at 9:30 p.m.
  • “Zombies, police officers, superheroes, nurses and everything in between” will flock to U Street rooftop hangout Hawthorne (1336 U St. NW) at 9:30 p.m. for a party featuring drink specials and a costume contest.
  • Town Tavern at 2323 18th St. NW is scheduled to host a “Monster Mash” party to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.
  • “Suggestive pumpkin spice lattes” are encouraged to head to Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) for the restaurant and bar’s Halloween party.
  • The Saloon (1205 U St. NW) will hold this year’s Heart’s Collective bash, an event that promises DJs, artwork and festive lighting. Tickets cost $10.
  • Uproar, the rooftop bear bar at 639 Florida Ave. NW, will become a “house of horror” where patrons are encouraged to “haunt it” if they’ve got it.
  • Tropicalia (2001 14th St. NW) will host a Thriller-themed party starting at 9 p.m. The person wearing the best costume will receive $250.
  • Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) hopes to “make you scream” during a “Scream Queens” event with DJs spinning tunes from pop queens.
  • Nellie’s (900 U St. NW) will have a costume contest where patrons compete to win $250.
  • Dupont bar McClellan’s Retreat (2031 Florida Ave. NW) will be haunted by cocktail specials and ’80s music.
  • This year’s Little Goblins Parade will begin at Logan Circle on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 12:45 p.m. This is the sixth year that costumed little ones have paraded through the neighborhood.


  • A Halloween-themed morning rave and yoga session comes to  U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW) at 11 a.m.
  • The Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW) will host a storytelling show with “true stories about ghosts, devils, and things that go bump in the night” as part of the Bentzen Ball at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 or more.
  • A Russian Halloween costume party kicks off at Mari Vanna (1141 Connecticut Ave. NW) at 10 p.m.
  • Costumes are allowed (and even encouraged) at this event at The Brixton at 6:30 p.m. The house band will judge patrons’ costumes and award gift certificates to the bar.
  • Flaming drinks, pineapples and zombie cocktails come together to form Archipelago’s (1201 U St. NW) Halloween party. The tropical bar will also host a Magnum P.I. costume contest during the event.

Monday (Halloween):

  • The Downtown BID is organizing a three-minute flash mob that will be performed downtown. Here’s how to join in on the fun.
  • Kids will be able to trick-or-treat in Columbia Heights during an event put on by the North Columbia Heights Civic Association, 11th and Bark and the 11th Street D.C. organization. The fun begins at Trolley Park (the corner of 11th and Monroe streets NW) at 9 p.m. and will include games, treats and a costume contest for children.
  • Typecase Industries (2122 8th St. NW) hopes to start a Halloween tradition with its first-ever “Nightmare on 8th Street” party. The event will have drinks, snacks and a costume contest.
  • The Angelika Pop-Up At Union Market will host a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.”
  • Have a scary long beard? Show it off during the “Beers and Beerds” event at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe in Adams Morgan.
  • S Street Dog Park will host its annual dog costume contest in the park at at 17th and S St. NW starting at 6 p.m.
  • Trick-or-treaters will find candy and comics at Fantom Comics between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • D.C. Police will host Halloween parties in all seven of its police district Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

by Andrew Ramonas October 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Police car lightA man sought in a gas station hold-up in Shaw and another man wanted in a violent break-in in Mount Pleasant this month have appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The armed robbery happened in the Valero at 420 Rhode Island Ave. NW Tuesday morning. The burglary occurred in a house on the 1600 block of Irving Street NW the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Video police distributed today in connection with the robbery shows a man in a green hooded sweatshirt pulling a gun on a gas station attendant and eventually leaving the scene with cash in his pocket.


by Tim Regan October 28, 2016 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

(Updated at 10:43 a.m.) A local developer has plans to demolish an eight-story office building in Dupont and build something new in its place.

JBG has applied for a permit to raze its property at 1920 N St. NW, according to the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The 114,000-square-foot office building was built in 1981 and sits roughly one block from the Dupont Circle Metro station.

The newly filed permit application is part of the developer’s plan for a new mixed-use building at the site. As reported by the Washington Business Journal in 2014, JBG seeks to construct a new building and combine it with the “existing, 155,000-square-foot office property at 1233 20th St. to form a single building.”

The planned development would span 11 stories and feature “floor-to-ceiling glass,” a top-floor conference center, a fitness center for tenants and underground parking, among other amenities, according to JBG.

It’s unclear exactly when the demolition would take place, and a representative for JBG said there isn’t yet a definitive timeline for construction.

by Andrew Ramonas October 28, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

All Souls Church at 16th and Harvard streets NW

D.C. Gay Bars Boycott Yuengling Over Trump — JR.’s Bar and Grill in Dupont Circle, Number Nine in Logan Circle and other D.C. gay bars have stopped serving Yuengling after D.G. Yuengling & Son owner Dick Yuengling told Eric Trump that Yuengling’s “guys are behind your father.” [Washington Blade]

Chef Leaves The Shaw Bijou Before Opening — Michael Ellish has stepped down as The Shaw Bijou’s executive sous chef to become the executive chef at Barrel on Capitol Hill. The Shaw Bijou is set to open Nov. 1. [Washington City Paper]

Whole Foods Stocks Booze from Truxton Circle Cidery — Four ciders from Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar in Truxton Circle are now for sale at D.C. Whole Foods Market locations. [Washingtonian]

H Street’s Rock & Roll Hotel Gives Some the Creeps — Workers at the Rock & Roll Hotel have reported paranormal activity at the music venue, which was once a funeral parlor. [Washington City Paper]

by Tim Regan October 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

Bike riders in old-timey tweed outfits are scheduled to once again cruise down District streets next weekend as part of the annual “D.C. Tweed Ride.”

The “vintage-inspired” ride will launch from  a “secret location” next Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1-4 p.m., according to its organizers.

D.C. Tweed Ride usually takes cyclists through some of the District’s scenic parks and thoroughfares. Along the way, riders will stop for breaks, snacks and probably also to pose daintily.

After the ride, the group will end up at Roofers Union (2446 18th St. NW) for a “jazz-age jam” party.

“The party will be going strong from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and will feature the legendary Dandy Wellington and His Band, the Fidgety Feet Dancers, food, drinks, and the most stylish dandies and dames on this side of the Atlantic,” an Eventbrite page for the ride reads.

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