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by Andrew Ramonas — May 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Movie Nights in the Heights (Image via Facebook/Columbia Heights Initiative)“Finding Nemo,” “Inside Out” and other family-friendly films are slated to get outdoor screenings in Columbia Heights this summer.

The Columbia Heights Initiative is scheduled to hold “Movie Nights in the Heights” at the Tubman Elementary School Field (3101 13th St. NW) on four Fridays in June, starting next week.

The free screenings begin at sundown. But organizers will have games for children from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The movies include:

Interested moviegoers are encouraged to RSVP through the links above.

Image via Facebook/Columbia Heights Initiative

by Andrew Ramonas — May 24, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Ghostbusters (Image via Wikimedia/Columbia Pictures)“Ghostbusters,” “Back to the Future” and other flicks are scheduled to get alfresco showings in Mount Vernon Square this summer.

Washington City Paper and Events DC are set to host an outdoor movie series with four films on the Carnegie Library grounds (801 K St. NW) from July 19 to Aug. 9, according to a representative for the organizers. The free screenings will begin at dusk.

The movies include:

  • “Ghostbusters” on July 19.
  • “Bridesmaids” on July 30.
  • “Back to the Future” on Aug. 2.
  • “The Princess Bride” on Aug. 9.

Image via Wikimedia/Columbia Pictures

by Andrew Ramonas — May 19, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

Espita Mezcaleria mural

Fans of the art in Shaw’s Espita Mezcaleria are set to have the opportunity to buy works from the artists behind it later this month and help a charity in Mexico.

The Mexican restaurant, which opened at 1250 9th St. NW in March, is hosting an art show fundraiser to bring in money for the charity student committee of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College of Ayotzinapa, where 43 of its students went missing in 2014.

At the May 30 show, Oaxacan artists Yescka and César Chávez are slated to sell 35 of their signed prints, ranging from $80 to $500.

Shaw design firm Swatchroom, which is co-hosting the event, is scheduled to hold the show at its space at 1527 9th St. NW from 6 to 9 p.m.

Espita is planning to have complimentary food and drinks at the free show.

No registration is required to attend. But prospective buyers of “The Last Supper a la Mexicana,” “Punk Frida” and the artists’ other prints should RSVP at [email protected].

by Octavia Silva — May 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Dee Ahmed

Dee and I go way back, 13 years to be exact. That’s because we went to the same high school in Arlington, VA. Back then, I saw him as very outgoing, an enviable quality during my cripplingly shy high school years. Not long ago, I saw him at a Wednesday night show at The Big Hunt in Dupont Circle.

I never really knew him in high school, so I was interested in catching up and learning what got him started on comedy.

Borderstan: So, how did you get started with stand-up comedy?

Dee Ahmed: I, at one point, was going to an open mic, just as an audience member with friends or by myself all the time at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. It’s by far my favorite room in all of the D.C., Virginia, Maryland area.

I absolutely love that room for a couple of reasons. They keep giving me opportunities to go up and do my thing. But I was going there and I was watching a lot of comics that a lot of people see on a regular basis around here. You watch them long enough and you’re going to want to try it. Simple as that. And I had a friend that did stand-up twice and he’s someone I very much look up to.

He’s a very funny person and comedian, but he doesn’t do stand-up that often. He told me, if you do it, I’ll do it. I said okay. I found an opportunity to sign up to a mic, went to the mic. He backed out. I went up. And boom. I could not stop coming back.

When was that?

Second or third week of February 2014 at this place called Touchdown, but it’s not called Touchdown anymore. Now it’s called the Handsome Cock. Now, it’s not even an open mic anymore.

So your first open mic was at Touchdown, not Arlington Drafthouse?

No, I was super intimidated by the Drafthouse when I first got there. You’d watch the guys that would go up and you’d just be in awe of what they bring to the table, some of them you’ve interviewed, Haywood Turnipseed loud boisterous laugh.

You can identify it a mile away.

And not just him, Tim Miller has a hysterical laugh. He only brings it out every once in a while, but you can notice it on the spot.


by Tim Regan — May 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

At least four drag queens are set to battle one another in simulated song in Adams Morgan tomorrow.

Duplex Diner (2004 18th St. NW) is set to host the “Queens for a Cure Lip Sync Battle” tomorrow night at 9 p.m. During the event, Jalah Nicole, Shaunda Leer, Desiree dik and Goldie DuCraix will perform two songs each as they battle for lip sync supremacy.

“Which queen will reign supreme?” reads a Facebook post for the competition. “Come and witness for yourselves. Your Friday evening will ‘rule!'”

The event will also feature drink specials and music until midnight.

Though there’s a $10 donation at the door, all proceeds from this event go toward The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, according to organzier Vanessa McDonald.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Golden Cinema (Photo via Golden Triangle Business Improvement District)

“American President,” “Mars Attacks!” and other movies with a presidential theme are slated to get a screening in Farragut Square during the next few months.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District’s annual “Golden Cinema” outdoor film series is back this month as part of the organization’s free Farragut Fridays festivities.

This year’s “Hail to the Chief” flicks include:

  • “American President” on May 20.
  • “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” on May 27.
  • “Mars Attacks!” on June 3.
  • “Dave” on June 10.
  • “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” on June 17.
  • “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” on June 24.
  • “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” on July 1.
  • “Clear and Present Danger” on July 8.
  • “Manchurian Candidate” on July 15.
  • “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” on July 22.

The Golden Triangle BID has set aside July 29 and Aug. 5 as rain dates.

Photo via Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

by Tim Regan — May 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Photo via Twitter : DavidLiebeHartA musician best known for oddball original songs and masterful puppetry will ply his trade in Adams Morgan next week.

“Tim and Eric” notable David Liebe Hart is scheduled to play at Songbyrd Music House (2475 18th St. NW) next Thursday. Liebe Hart, singer of such songs as “Salame” and this love ballad for vegetables, will sing alongside D.C. bands Jack On Fire and Cartoon Weapons at 8:30 p.m.

“Known for his roles on ‘Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!’ and extensive tours throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, David Liebe Hart is an outsider musician, actor and painter,” reads a Facebook event listing. “A true original, he has communicated with extra-terrestrials, owns a large collection of puppets, and is obsessed with trains.”

Though fans who attend the show may or may not have the opportunity to actually shake Liebe Hart’s puppet-moving hand, they will most likely be able to yell slogans of admiration within earshot of the artist.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Photo via Twitter / David Liebe Hart

by Tim Regan — May 11, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via Twitter : Shaw YogaLocals interested in learning some new yoga poses might be wise to take advantage of a coming citywide event.

45 D.C. area yoga studios are slated to offer discounted or free classes between May 16 and 22 during D.C. Yoga Week, an “annual gathering of yoga and meditation practitioners and enthusiasts,” according to its website.

Participating venues include Corepower Yoga, VIDA Fitness, Yoga Heights Yoga District and Shaw Yoga.

The week will conclude with a free yoga gathering on the National Mall next Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Classes during the gathering include children’s yoga, an all-levels class and a primer on meditation.

Photo via Twitter / Shaw Yoga

by Tim Regan — May 10, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Surfside fish taco photo via FacebookLocals will have the opportunity to learn how to fish while eating fish tacos on 14th Street this weekend.

Clothing and accessory store Filson (1534 14th St. NW) will host a “fishing + fish tacos” event at its store this Saturday at 1 p.m., according to its website.

“Celebrate the beginning of the fishing season with an afternoon of tips and advice from local pros, the event listing reads. “FlyTimesDC’s Remick Smothers, Kevin Huntington and Conor Donovan will be in the store providing insider information.”

Organizers will serve local beer and fish tacos from Surfside during the event.

Photo via Facebook / Surfside

by Tim Regan — May 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Esther KimFans of Marvel’s “Civil War” will be able to “join the fray” during a planned gathering in Dupont Circle this weekend.

Fantom Comics will hold a “Civil War flash mob” in Dupont Circle park just after 1:45 p.m. Saturday, the comic book shop at 2010 P St. NW first announced on Facebook. The event is planned as part of Fantom’s Free Comic Book Day festivities.


by Tim Regan — April 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

Yoga in the Park, photo via Golden Triangle BIDOne of the Golden Triangle BID’s most popular annual events will make its triumphant return next month.

Fitness instructors will hold yoga and pilates classes in Farragut Park and barre sessions in the plaza at 2100 M St. NW every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening starting May 17, the BID announced this week.


by Tim Regan — April 25, 2016 at 11:40 am 0

Chinese Dragon, photo via Wikimedia Commons(Update: This event was rescheduled to May 8 due to the weather forecast.)

A Chinese dragon and lion dancers will parade up 14th Street next weekend.

Constellation Theatre Company will host the “magical celebration” on the sidewalk in front of Source (1835 14th St. NW) May 8 at 12:30 p.m. to promote its newest play, “Journey to the West.”

The theater company in January hosted a “pony pop-up” to promote its production of “Equus,” the infamous play involving horses, ritualized violence and sex.


by Tim Regan — April 25, 2016 at 11:10 am 0

Herbie Hancock coming to Dupont Circle, photo via UNESCONotable jazz musicians Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater will visit Dupont Circle this weekend to help usher in a day of jazz music and educational events across the city.

Hancock and Bridgewater are slated to speak and perform at the opening ceremony of D.C.’s International Jazz Day in Dupont Circle park at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. They’ll be joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser, United National Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova (pictured on the left) and students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (2501 11th St. NW).

Other jazz musicians will jam in the park between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. that day. The full schedule is as follows:


by Octavia Silva — April 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of Paris Sashay

When you see Paris on stage performing stand-up, she’s so effortlessly comfortable, it seems like she’s been doing it forever. Or maybe it’s just a confidence that she has about her regardless of what she’s doing. It’s just her.

I saw Paris perform a couple of weeks ago at Shenanigan’s and was immediately drawn to her charisma. The next time I saw her was when she hosted a show at Amsterdam Lounge. It was after this show that we sat around and chatted about how she got started with comedy and what balls had to with it.

(Side note: Sashay made headlines last October when she told the harrowing tale of being harassed, then attacked by a group of men downtown.)



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