by Borderstan.com — October 13, 2015 at 3:50 pm 1,444 0


(Updated at 5:02 p.m.) ALERT: Guy Fieri is coming to town. REPEAT: We are at level five Fieri.

The prince of pulled pork will cruise his red “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” convertible up and down several D.C. streets — including the block of M Street between 18th and 19th streets NW — on Friday, according an earlier notice on the District’s Office of Cable Television, Music, and Entertainment website. Fieri will also possibly make an appearance on H Street NE. [Update: The city office removed the notice’s filming locations as of 3:45 p.m., but the show’s production company confirmed that he’d be there when we called earlier.]

Where will Fieri be when he visits M Street? The answer to that question is … complicated. As it turns out, Fieri is kind of a hard guy to track. But that didn’t stop us from spending the whole day looking for him.

Here’s what we know: Fieri and crew will park along the 1800 block of M Street NW some time between the hours of 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. There are a handful of eateries along that block that appear to be logical destinations for a mucho-grande food fan, such as Bub and Pop’s (1815 M St. NW) or Sign of the Whale (1825 M St. NW).

So, we paid them both a visit. Employees behind the counter at Bub and Pop’s said they hadn’t heard a peep. A reader pointed out this afternoon that Bub and Pop’s is closed for a “special event” on Friday and Saturday, but Arlene Wagner, a partner at Bub and Pop’s, said, “we don’t know anything about it.” Wagner continued: “We’ve had that event booked weeks in advance. We would love it if he came here, though.”

Likewise, Sign of the Whale marketing manager Kelly Harwood said she hadn’t heard anything about a potential visit from the baron of roast-beefy.

Alright, so maybe he wants … soup? There’s a Soupergirl (1829 M St. NW) on that block. Maybe he’s trying to get healthy? But a visit to Soupergirl revealed nothing, though an employee behind the counter said he could “neither confirm nor deny a visit.” What about OKI Bowl and Sake Bar (1817 M St NW)? Nada. The employees there said they didn’t even know he was coming to town.

What else is on the block? Chipotle, Capriotti’s, Qdoba are all chain restaurants, so they’re out. Could it be the new-ish steampunk bar 1831? We checked, and nope. MPire and Camelot, given their business models, seem unlikely. The employees at House of Kabob (1829 M St. NW) said they hadn’t heard anything. Could it be Parlay (1827 M St. NW) or Ozio (1813 M St. NW)? It’s possible, but likely a dead end like the rest — though we will admit both bars did not return our request for comment.

Citizen Pictures, the company that produces and films the show, declined to say exactly where Fieri would be. Production Manager Michael Clayton said trips like this are kept secretive for a “myriad of reasons.”

“We keep things on a need-to-know basis prior to filming,” he said. “You’ll probably hear about this from the establishments involved after the fact, but until then no information has been released.”

It could also be that someone is lying to us. We just don’t know. So, the hunt for Fieri’s red convertible continues. Let us know if you’ve seen or heard where he might be on Friday. If you do, there’s a box of microwave jalapeno poppers in it for you. We mean that.

Photo courtesy of Guy Fieri.com

by Tim Regan — October 13, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Number Nine crowd at GOP debate on August 6.

The Democratic presidential debates are finally upon us, which means it’s also time for our obligatory “here’s where to see those dang debates” post.

But who’s debating, anyway? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, of course, but also Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and some guy named Lincoln Chafee.

Here are some options of where you can go to eat/drink during the debates:

U Street or Nearby

  • DC Young Democrats will host a watch party at Local 16 (1602 U St. NW).
  • Martin O’Malley’s team will watch the debate in the blue sky room at Stetson’s (1610 U St. NW)
  • Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW) will “invite folks to yell at each other tonight” with drink specials until close.
  • The bartenders at Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) will sling a “debate special” tonight: 16 ounces of Angry Orchard cider and a Fireball shot for $8.

Dupont Circle

  • Mad Hatter (1319 Connecticut Ave. NW) will host debate bingo.

Logan Circle/Shaw

  • Number Nine (1435 P St. NW) will host its own watch party. Hecklers, here’s your spot.
  • Does Bernie strike you as a Veranda (1100 P St. NW) guy? That’s where his watch party will be.

Adams Morgan

  • Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW) will show the debates on 40 screens.
  • Mellow Mushroom (2436 18th St. NW) will screen the debates with sound via an HD projector.


  • Hillary For America will cheer on the candidate at Blackfinn (1620 I St. NW).
  • Claudia’s Steakhouse (1501 K St. NW) will “smell like freedom” during its watch party tonight.

Park View and Petworth

  • Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave. NW) will screen the debates after its normal trivia night.

Know of another place showing the debates? Let us know and we’ll add it to this post.

by Sean Meehan — October 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle

We may not be taking our hover-boards to see Jaws 19 in theaters, but later this month, Fantom Comics will hold a party to celebrate the day that Marty McFly landed in the future in the 1989 movie “Back to the Future Part II.”

The Dupont Circle comic store will hold a party on the night of Oct. 21 featuring Back to the Future costume, impression and trivia contests in celebration of Marty McFly’s arrival on Oct. 21, 2015.

Fantom owner Matthew Klokel has planned to hold a Back to the Future day party for years.

“I’ve personally been planning for this party for 12 or 13 years,” he said. “At the time I didn’t own a comic store, but I can’t think of a better venue.”

There will be a $5 cover charge for the party to help Fantom pay for its temporary liquor license so it can serve movie-themed drinks. Klokel said he plans to collaborate with a local bartender to formulate special themed drinks with names like “Biff Brew.”

One thing that won’t be at the party is a replica of the movie’s famous DeLorean time machine.

“Getting a DeLorean for Back to the Future day was going to cost five figures. I looked it up,” said Klokel. “It would be cheaper to get a Lamborghini and paint it like a DeLorean.”

Still, Klokel said he’s ready for the “hardcore committed geeks” that he hopes the party attracts, with plans to show clips of the movie and hold trivia, costume and impression contests to win gift cards to the comic store.

“Christmas comes every year but this is the only Back to the Future day,” Klokel said. “I missed the day he goes to in 1885 by almost a century, so this is really my last chance.”

by Tim Regan — October 5, 2015 at 11:15 am 787 0

Photo via Facebook.com/AtlanticPlumbingCinemaIt will soon be possible to catch a film without straying too far from U Street.

Landmark Theatres — which also operates the E Street and Bethesda Row cinemas here in D.C. — announced today its anticipated new Atlantic Plumbing Cinema (807 V St. NW) will open next Thursday, Oct. 15.

The new cinema’s theaters will be decked out with plush leather seats, large screens, digital projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. Like at the theater chain’s other locations, patrons will be able to order food, cocktails, wine and craft beers to enjoy during the show.

On its first day open, all six of the theater’s screens will show Steve Jobs starting at 8 p.m. Showtimes and ticket prices will be available on the Atlantic Plumbing Cinema website.

Photo via Facebook.com/AtlanticPlumbingCinema

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm 118 0

Apples, photo courtesy of 14th and U Farmers Market

Hurricane? What hurricane? With wet — but probably not dangerous — weather on the way, this weekend might not be a total wash after all. Wait. I mean. It might be a wash, but you uh, you get it.

Anyway. Here’s a roundup of what to expect this weekend in and around the Borderstan coverage area:


  • Adams Morgan PorchFest has been rescheduled.
  • 14th and U Farmers Market will be open and selling 20 varieties of apples, eight kinds of eggplants, seasonal squash and apple cider.
  • Meridian Pint Oktoberfest is still on, but it’s been moved indoors. Sorry, moon bounce aficionados.
  • Bentzen Ball continues with events across the city tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.
  • Like the Walking Dead? Well guess what: Actress Emily Kinney performs at U Street Music Hall on Sunday.
  • Funny people will read funny stuff at DC9 tonight.
  • Black Squirrel moved its pumpkin beer festival to next week.

Stuff you should know:

  • If you live in LeDroit Park or Bloomingdale, here’s where to get sandbags.
  • We are under a flood watch.
  • Howard University’s homecoming parade will shut down several roads near the university.
  • Metro’s Red Line will run every 20 minutes. Yellow will run every 24 minutes.

Photo via 14th and U Farmers Market Facebook page

by Sean Meehan — October 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm 430 0

A documentary by professors at American University and George Washington University examines gentrification in the U Street area, Columbia Heights and Petworth.

The documentary, called Dog Parks and Coffee Shops, aims to make locals aware of how income inequality and buying decisions can hurt integration.

“Back in the day, Washington D.C. was America’s first city with a Black majority population, and many neighborhoods were predominantly Black,” says a narrator in the film’s trailer. “Today, many of those same neighborhoods have experienced significant demographic shifts.”

Sonya Grier, a marketing professor at AU and a co-producer of the documentary, said that consumption habits are one of the largest source of headaches in rapidly changing neighborhoods.

As the notion goes, gentrifiers move in to traditionally low-rent neighborhoods, open middle class destinations such as dog parks and coffee shops, and in the process cause tension among longtime residents by way of rising rent and a higher cost of goods.

“If you have people living in separate consumption worlds, that doesn’t support harmony, integration and unity within communities,” Grier said. “It supports what we observed, what we call faux diversity.”

Grier, who lives north of Petworth in Brightwood, said the idea for the documentary came from a trip she and co-producer Vanessa Perry, a marketing professor at GWU, took to U Street. The two professors noticed that, despite the racial diversity of the neighborhood, people of different ethnicities weren’t actually mixing.

Instead, groups of similar people tended to go to the same destinations. On the outside, Grier said, neighborhoods like U Street and Columbia Heights might look diverse. But walk inside businesses and restaurants and the crowds tend to be more homogenous. And that, she said, can lead to problems.

“One of the issues we identify in the film is that there’s not a lot of interracial discussions in these areas and that can lead to mistrust,” Grier said. “In the Shaw neighborhood, they have a campaign to get people to say hi to their neighbors. The fact that they need that campaign actually says a lot.”

The documentary will be part of the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza at the Angelika Pop-up Theater at Union Market next weekend. The filmmakers will also hold a free screening and discussion of the film at the Northeast Neighborhood Library at 330 7th St. NE at 2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Grier said she and the other filmmakers behind the documentary hope to use it as a tool to spur discussions between old and new residents and across racial lines.

“Something is going on where people aren’t interacting,” she said, “and we hope the film can act as a stimulus to get people talking about these issues.”

by Jennifer Currier — September 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Doug Stevenson & The Spades via FacebookAdams Morgan Porch Fest

Ready or not, it’s almost time to say goodbye to September. While you still have some of the month left, here’s how to make the most of it:


Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
Bohemian Caverns (2001 11th St. NW)
8 & 10 p.m.

A 17-piece big band will fill the venue with a mix of classic tunes by jazz greats as well as feature some originals by band members. General admission tickets are $10.


U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW)
10 p.m.

The brass band duo will be having a live performance with a slew of guest musicians. Tickets start at $10.


Jimmy Tatro: The Memoirs of a College Dropout
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
8 p.m.

The actor and comedian whose claim to fame is YouTube channel “Life According to Jimmy” is bringing his standup routine to D.C. The show is 18+ and general admission tickets are $20.


Pink and Drink Bar Crawl
El Ray (919 U St. NW)
2-9 p.m.

This kickoff event for Breast Cancer Awareness Month will take over U Street. A $20 ticket purchased in advance gets each guest a refillable mug, pink and white beads, entry to bars and a raffle entry. Participating bars will have drink and food specials as well.

3rd Annual Adams Morgan PorchFest
18th Street & Columbia Road NW
3-7 p.m.

Porches and patios throughout Adams Morgan will transform into music venues. The neighborhood-wide event will give residents an opportunity to get up close and personal with an eclectic range of music and the performers behind it. The event is free, and maps with locations and performers will be available at 18th and Columbia streets NW.


No Scrubs ’90s Dance Party
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
9 p.m.

DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion will revive the days of Nirvana, Spice Girls, Boyz II Men and TLC. Guests can plan on a judgment-free jam session. Tickets are $16 and available online.


Elisabeth Egan: A Window Opens and Laura Dave: Eight Hundred Grapes
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6:30 p.m.

This book talk will bring together a Glamour book editor and a novelist. The event is presented with The Women’s National Book Association to celebration National Reading Group Month.

If you’d like to see your event featured, let us know at [email protected].

by Sean Meehan — September 28, 2015 at 3:50 pm 198 0

Red Beans and Rice (Photo courtesy of Brendan Polmer/ Tereu Tereu

Crock ‘n’ roll: Roughly 20 local bands will trade instruments for ladles in a new chili cookbook.

The forthcoming DC Rock ‘N’ Roll Chili Cookbook will feature chili and chili-esque recipes from local musicians. All proceeds from its sale will go toward benefiting Bread for the City, a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, medical care and social services to at-need District residents.

The cookbook is the brainchild of Jack on Fire member Jason Mogavero, who is known more for stirring the pot of local politics and nightlife than stirring actual pots of chili.

Mogavero said the idea for the cookbook arose during a conversation with Sam Sherwood of indie rock band Mittenfields.

“The idea started, as many wonderful things do, over whiskey and beers at Showtime,” Mogavero said. “I was talking with Sam Sherwood about the Jack White guacamole recipe and that evolved into a conversation about our guacamole recipes and eventually our chili recipes.”

Mogavero said it wasn’t hard to get other bands and musicians to contribute recipes. To date, he’s already gathered submissions from Booby Trap, BRNDA, Granny & The Boys, Head-Roc, Hemlines, Incredible Change, journalist Kriston Capps, Mittenfields, Miyazaki, Nice Breeze, Not Bored, Pat Walsh, Plums, Polyon, Puff Pieces, Sara Curtin, Technicians and Tereu Tereu.

Though many groups contributed classic meat-and-beans chili recipes, Mogavero said there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan recipes as well as some recipes for things to eat with your chili. Feminist punk band Hemlines named its recipe “Dana-Friendly Veggie Chili” after its vegetarian bassist Dana Liebelson. Folk-pop musician Sara Curtin contributed a recipe for beet soup and semi-anonymous Fort Reno Rumors will also contribute to the list, Mogavero added.

Isn’t chili mostly the same no matter how it’s made? Not really, Mogavero said.

“Incredible Change has a recipe that sounds pretty promising involving McClure’s Pickles and black beans, so I’m eager to try that,” he said. “I haven’t tried Granny and The Boys’ recipe because I feared that it would give me a heart attack; it has like 80 different kinds of meat in it.”

The cookbook, which is available for pre-order and due out in November, will come with a download code for a compilation album featuring all the musicians whose recipes are in the book. Jack on Fire and BRNDA have recorded new songs for the release, and Sara Curtin’s song “Summer” will also be on the list.

Many of the bands also added some non-tangible ingredients into the recipes themselves. Jack on Fire’s chili recipe, for example, calls for a Stooges album to be playing while you cook and stir.

“A lot of the recipes are over-the-top and silly,” Mogavero said.

Music fans will get a chance to taste some of the recipes before they buy the book at a kickoff event Nov. 8 at 4-7 p.m. at Showtime Lounge in Bloomingdale (113 Rhode Island Ave. NW). Mogavero is still hammering out the details for the event, but says he expects some intense competition between the bands to crop up.

“I imagine that everyone is saving their trash talk for Showtime and that a full-on Animal House-style food fight will go on,” he joked. “Probably a few people will be hospitalized with chili-related injuries.”

Photo courtesy of Brendan Polmer/ Tereu Tereu

by Tim Regan — September 28, 2015 at 1:40 pm 0

Capital Pride Outdoor Film, photo via Facebook/CapitalPrideDCHumidity, warm temperatures, a Nationals gaffe in the headlines. Is it summer again? Well, no. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pretend.

Capital Pride will take a page from the summer playbook by screening Disney’s “Maleficent” tonight at Stead Park (1625 P St. NW) at 7:30 p.m.

Though an outdoor film screening may feel July-esque, the film, which stars Angelina Jolie as the infamous Sleeping Beauty antagonist, isn’t. In fact, Capital Pride says tonight’s screening is meant to usher in that time of the year when winds howl, people wear cardigans and ghoulish skeletons drink pumpkin spice lattes.

Attendees are free to bring along picnic baskets, popcorn and blankets, but are asked to leave their pets at home.

Photo via Facebook/CapitalPrideDC

by Tim Regan — September 28, 2015 at 10:35 am 107 0

Art All Night, photo via Twitter/ArtAllNightDC

Musicians, artists, performers and crowds of onlookers filled the streets and sidewalks in five D.C. neighborhoods during this year’s Art All Night.

In Dupont Circle and Shaw, musicians played, shadows came to life, buildings changed colors and artists collaborated. Naturally, such a spectacle prompted a veritable tweetstorm of art:

Did you see anything interesting? Let us know via e-mail or Twitter and we might add it to this post.

Photo via Twitter/ArtAllNightDC

by Tim Regan — September 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm 460 0

Dupont Brass, photo via https://www.facebook.com/DPBrass

Morning commutes might be a little quieter for a while: The well-known public performers behind DuPont Brass are moving on from busking to become a “professional ensemble.”

The band shared the bittersweet news with its fans over the weekend.

“We are no longer the DuPont Brass that started out at Dupont Circle in the winter of 2011,” read an e-mail from the group. “With our brand continuing to grow and our members wrapping up their perspective degrees, we’ve decided to stray from busking and focus on developing ourselves as a performance group/service.”

DuPont Brass will play a “send-off show” for its fans tomorrow at the Marion Street Intergenerational Community Garden in Shaw at 2 p.m.

Flugelhorn and trumpet player Jared Bailey said his bandmates are looking forward to giving up early mornings and lugging heavy instruments onto the train.

“Doing it every day is very draining,” Bailey said. “As far as doing other things, we’re definitely ready for that.”

Bailey added the main reason for quitting busking was that the group — made up of mostly Howard University students — was on the verge of graduating. “We don’t want go out there and fool people that we’re raising for tuition,” he said.

Tomorrow’s show will be a blowout brass bash meant to celebrate the band’s four-year run as street performers.

“We’re trying to introduce people to our new sound,” Bailey said. “The send-off is meant to introduce them to the new sound that we’ve been working on.”

In addition to the usual brass and drums, tomorrow’s performance will pack the stage with a keyboard player, a guitarist and a second drummer. Expect the old arrangements and some new stuff, said Bailey.

“It’s probably something that you’ve heard before, but we’ve added to it to make it even better,” Bailey added.

The performance will also include other local performers, a food truck, live painting and an auction to kickstart the group’s professional career.

As for what’s next, Bailey said the band has some grand plans.

“We’re trying to raise money for a tour that we’re putting together that’s in the works, a college tour,” he said. “We’ll be going to colleges and putting on seminars.”

Bailey said he hopes his band can teach small ensembles across the country how to form their own DuPont Brass-like busking groups.

“Not just performing for them, but also showing them what we did to make it to where we are,” said Bailey. “That’s something we want to share for people, just how we did this.”

Photo via Facebook/DPBrass

by Jennifer Currier — September 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm 408 0

The Art All Night overnight party is back. Got a game plan?

The citywide festival kicks off for the fifth time this Saturday night and lasts from 7 p.m to 3 a.m. The event promises to merge local painters, performers and mixed-media masters in exhibits spanning five D.C. neighborhoods including Dupont Circle and Shaw.

This year’s festival will maintain its “mashup vibe” with exhibits that reflect the spirit of each neighborhood, said Art All Night founder and creative director Ariana Austin.

“This year, we’ve really hit our stride and worked to highlight some featured installations in each neighborhood,” Austin said. “I was very connected to all of them and am especially excited to see how they turn out.”

In keeping with the exuberant theme, Carnegie Library will be made into a giant screen and will serve as host to a two-hour aerial acrobatic show and other live performances.

How does one tackle viewing such a gargantuan art display? Austin had some guidance.

“My advice would be to saunter around and just make a go of it,” she said. “Don’t be destination-oriented. Choose some exhibits that excite you most, but also walk around to take everything in. Go into it hoping for an incredible night.”

Still don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about how to tackle the Dupont Circle and Shaw sides of Art All Night:


801 K St. NW, Mt. Vernon St. Entrance
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Carnegie Library will serve as the focal point for art exhibits across all five neighborhoods welcoming Art All Night. Interior and exterior art displays will utilize all parts of the building to engage visitors with the artwork.


HUB: 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Embassy Row Hotel has taken on the role of the hub of Dupont’s exhibition. Expect a rooftop black light party, live art painting and motion picture screenings by DJ Ausar and Tim McLoraine.

2120 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Five major displays will light in locations across the city to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Art All Night. Dupont Circle’s is called “Sit Stand Lie, Bayonne” and is a large-scale projection piece by Tim McLoriane broken into three panels. First, the panels come together to share a color scheme or image before separating to each take on a scheme of their own.

Dupont Circle Fountain
7 – 8 p.m.
This multimedia performance from the mind of artist Monica Bose will use water, video projections alongside a 216-foot sari to make a statement about climate change.

2010 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Local pop artist Paulie B. will be in attendance at Fantom Comics for two meet-and-greet sessions, one at 7 p.m. and the other at midnight.

1520 20th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
A mix of traditional Colombian art and dance will be on display at the Ambassador’s Residence. Artist Beatriz Echeverri will be showing an exhibition called “Figurations.” Then, Colombian dance troupe El Tayrona will perform two shows to live music at 8 and 9 p.m.

1603 17th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Artists Yasmine Iskander, Karen Currie, Paula Plaza and Nicholas Umpleby will have exhibitions up throughout the night to complement three musical performances.

9 Hillyer Court NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Deemed a “must-see” stop by Austin, the Hillyer Art Space will be have several new media installations, visual art displays and the chance for visitors to make their own jewelry.

2008 R St. NW
7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
The Rappaport Collection is focusing on live art with live painting demonstrations by Timeto Murphy and Anne Chandra. Another performance will follow from soul singer Edy Blu.

2106 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The film “The 20th Century on Trial: Gunter Grass and Norman Mailer at the NY Public Library” will be shown starting at 8 p.m. Artist Gunter Grass work will be on display at the Alex Gallery alongside sculptures by Otto Scherer.

2106 R St. NW – Lower Level
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Gallery A will exhibit miniature sculptures from Peruvian-American artist Nancy Angulo and elaborate cartography from Michael Francis Reagan. Local group Musica Andina will play traditional music from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru every half hour.

2108 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Live music, poetry and artist talks start every half hour from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

1717 Connecticut Ave. NW
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mixed-media landscape artist and photographer Amelia Shachov will hold sessions to discuss her work starting every hour.

2129 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Freely usable drawing supplies, costumed models and music by DJ Brian Kelley fill the space here.

2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Attendees will be able to taste, hear and see the Ivory Coast. The country’s embassy will open its doors for traditional music performances, food samples and wood carvings.


HUB: 1630 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Shaw Library will serve as the neighborhood’s hub for the festival with a sampling of activities and displays for guests. Face and body painting will be performed by artist Anike Robinson Nathan Scott and DJ Stylus will perform inside the venue starting at 9 p.m. A mixed media installation by Alicia Dolabaille and “Art Dances With Music” by Jessica Yirenkyi will also be displayed.

1940 9th St. NW
9 p.m. & 12 a.m.

Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will kick off the evening at DC9 at 9 p.m., Entry costs $14. A People’s Choir DC will host an interactive singalong at midnight.

1911 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Master re-upholsterer Sarah Carrier Stough will demonstrate some of her techniques.

625 T St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Howard Triangle will relive past Art All Night DC festivals with projected footage.

600 Florida Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Photographer Julie Guyot-Dianone will display portraits of former child soldiers from Sierra Leone.

1851 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Abstract acrylic on canvas painting exhibit, “Dances with Line” by artist John Parker and music from DJ NuffSaid will meld here.

1847 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Portraits of contemporary and historic African-American figures done with oil and pencil will be on display in “Heroes and Sheroes” by Labarron Person.

641 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Wonder Bread Factory will host a breakdance competition while celebrating the breakdance crew Lionz of Zion’s 19th anniversary. Later in the night, local brass band Brass Connection Band will be perform.

520 Florida Ave. NW
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

DJ Gio will entertain crowds at Shaw’s Tavern.

1713 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Shaw’s installment of the fifth anniversary light display is called “Shaw Shadows.” Produced by Jim Webb, the interactive lighting project invites visitors to show off their best dance in front of spotlights. Their shadows will be projected onto a five-story building. Then, at 9:30 p.m., Step Afrika! will perform.

925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will have a variety of entertainers, from D.C. comedians and musical theater to a fire baton twirler.

1604 7th St. NW
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The first 100 visitors at Taylor & York will receive canvasses, brushes and paint to let their inner artist out at this DIY art party.

1535 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Starting off the night, twin New York jazz saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson will perform at Compass Coffee. The following act, the Howard “KingFish” Franklin Quartet, starts at 10 p.m.

1527 and 1529-31 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Shaw Salon at Swatchroom will show off the work of co-founder Maggie O’Neill alongside live painting demonstrations, live music and video installations.

1501 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Chaplin’s will have live painting and a DJ.

1400 Block of 8th St. NW
7 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

City Market at O will take over the entire street and host dancers, clowns, jugglers, henna tattoos and a photo booth.

1410 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Artwork by Brian Mishoe and Sarah Britt will shine at Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness, with a DJ providing music in the basement.

1334 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Piassa EthioCuisine will serve crepes all night to the tune of music by DJ Jahsonic.

1316 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

An abstract mixed media piece by Matt Hlubny will be on display at Thally.

711 N St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Center City Public Charter School Shaw Campus Auditorium planned a full lineup of live dance and music performances, culminating in a dance party at 1:30 a.m.

1250 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

A window art display by Sandy Phillips called “Meet Our Rabbits!” and a found object installation by Reid and Taylor Studio will take the spotlight here.

1240 9th St., 2nd Floor
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Beyond Collective will put on a nighttime audio-visual display during “Nocturnal.”

Windows on 9th Street
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Look up, Shaw. Four different buildings along 9th Street will display window art installments throughout the night. Locations and artists are:

  • 1251 9th St. NW by Nooni Reatig
  • 1549 9th St. NW by Alexander M. Padro
  • 1239 9th St. NW by Rosina Teri Memolo
  • 1207 9th St. NW by Chris Kidboy

Photo via Art All Night/Citelum

by Jennifer Currier — September 22, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

WalkingTown DC via Facebook/Cultural Tourism DC

It’s getting colder, rainier. Summer is officially over. Whether you’re mourning the loss of wearing shorts or celebrating the beginning of fall, we’ve outlined several events happening this week to help you through the coming week:


WalkingTown DC Adams Morgan Tour
Sun Trust Plaza (18th Street and Columbia Road NW)
6-8 p.m.

This 15-block tour will walk attendees through the events that led to riots and police occupation in the 1960s as well as cultural disruptions and  transformations from the 1970s to present day. Tours are free, but participants much register in advance online.


Dupont Freestyle Sessions
ArtJamz (1728 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6-10 p.m.

ArtJamz will provide a canvas, easel, smock and other art materials to facilitate creativity. All you need to bring is your painting arm, and maybe a friend. Reservations can be made online.


Cristela Alonzo Comedy Show
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
8 p.m.

Comic and television show star Cristela Alonzo will make her DC Improv headlining debut. Tickets are available online.


Columbia Heights Family Move Night
Harriet Tubman Elementary School Field (3101 13th St. NW)
8 p.m.

The fourth and final installment of this summer’s outdoor movie nights in Columbia Heights will be “Big Hero 6.” Gates open at 7:15 p.m. and the movie will start at sundown.


Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC
Dupont Circle & Shaw
7 p.m.-3 a.m.

An all-night art festival for residents to get out and explore local art in the city. The festival is free and will have include live music, painting and other performances in Shaw, Dupont Circle and elsewhere.

BLISS: Last Call with Will Eastman
U Street Music Hall (1115 U St. NW)
10:30 p.m.

Local DJ Will Eastman has decided to end the dance party, but not before throwing one final, six-hour Bliss event on its 15 year anniversary. Tickets are available online for $10.


The Parlor Mob
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

A New Jersey-based rock group with songs on television shows like “Friday Night Lights” and “Entourage” and is coming to D.C. Tickets are $12, available online.


Laugh Index Theater Improv Wars
DC Arts Center (2438 18th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

A friendly battle between D.C. improv comedy troupes where the audiences members  choose the winner. Tickets are available online with discounts available for DCAC members and group purchases.

Photo via Facebook/Cultural Tourism DC

by Jennifer Currier — September 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm 122 0

OCULUS 2013 PARK(ing) Day Display

Some parking spots throughout D.C. won’t be occupied by cars tomorrow. Instead, they’ll be home to pop-up parks.

PARK(ing) Day is a national event that businesses, organizations and residents throughout the District every year. The city celebrates the event by turning parking spaces into these pop-up parklets.

Dupont Circle-based Rails to Trails Conservancy is participating in the event for the first time. According to Director of Communications Elizabeth Striano, they’ll set up shop near at 1400 New Hampshire NW and host bike accessory raffles, free giveaways, a bike repair station and pass out drinks and ice pops.

Bicyclists can also stop and get a Polaroid picture in front of a backdrop of a bike trail the organization helped build.

“We’re taking up two spots, so this year we’re feeling it out to see what works and what doesn’t,” Striano said. “Being able to safely bicycle in the city is critical, so we’re excited to help promote healthy places and people.”

There are 10 parks expected to go up in northwest D.C. Each will have a different theme, purpose and activities.

The locations and sponsors for the parks are:

Dupont Circle

  • 2000 M St. NW (Island Press)
  • 1400 New Hampshire Ave. NW (Rails to Trails Conservancy)

Logan Circle

  • 1440 P St. NW (OCULUS)

U Street

  • 1250 U St. NW (District Department of Parks and Recreation

Adams Morgan

  • 2424 18th St. NW (BicycleSPACE)

Columbia Heights

  • 3407 14th St. NW (Washington Area Bicyclist Assocation)

K Street

  • 2020 K St. NW (Golden Triangle BID, Gensler)
  • 1830 K St. NW (ZGF Architects)
  • 1612 K St. NW (Project for Public Spaces)
  • 1200 K St. NW (HKS Architects, Inc.)

Many of the parks will be open from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, there will be approximately 30 pop-up parks throughout D.C., more than double the amount from last year. Click here for a full list of where to find the parklets across the city.

Photo via Flickr user Aimee Curtis Photography

by Sean Meehan — September 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm 0

Heurich House, photo via heurichhouse.org

Oktoberfest — at least here in America — is a time to celebrate German culture and beer, and few places know either subject better than the Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle.

The historic D.C. home of German immigrant and brewmaster Christian Heurich, who built a beer empire in the District in the early 20th century, will host its fourth annual Oktoberfest this Saturday 1-4 p.m.

The festivities will occur in the garden of the house at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. The museum is partnering with the D.C. Brewers Guild to supply beer to partygoers. All eight local breweries in the Guild will bring their best Fall- or German-inspired beers.

Emma Stratton, the events coordinator for the museum, says this is the second year that the Brewers Guild has sponsored the festival. She added that the Heurich House tries to highlight local beer as a way of connecting the past and present of District brewing.

“Oktoberfest is a really great way to showcase the beer scene here in D.C.,” she said. “Heurich was a member of the local brewer’s guild during his time, so there’s a nice connection to the museum

For those with an interest in beer that goes beyond drinking it, representatives from the Brewers Guild will also have an informational booth, and the museum, which documents the history of Heurich, the Districts most successful brewmaster, will be open for the first half-hour of the event.

In addition to beer, guests will also find Oktoberfest staples such as bratwurst, homemade pretzels and sauerkraut and music from German trio Die Drei.

This year’s festival will also include representatives from the German Information Center, a branch of the German Embassy. While the festival will feature plenty of opportunities to learn about D.C. history and German culture, Stratton says that beer is still the main focus of the event.

“We have many things going on, but the primary focus is highlighting the D.C. Brewers Guild members since Christian Heurich was a brewmaster here,” she said. “We always like to feature local breweries whenever we can.”

Tickets for Oktoberfest at the Heurich House are $60 and available online.

Photo via heurichhouse.org


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