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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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by Tim Regan — April 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

WorldBookDay 2015, photo via World Book DayMembers of the local Catalan community will help make Dupont Circle park a haven for book lovers this weekend.

Nonprofit Casal Català will help the District celebrate Catalan book and rose holiday of Sant Jordi, or World Book Day as it’s also known across the globe, in the park that surrounds Dupont Circle on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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by Tim Regan — April 18, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Duffys pub

There’s lots to do this week. Here’s a smattering of events happening across the area through next Monday:

Tuesday

Michael Che
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

The comedian and host of SNL’s “Weekend Update” will perform stand-up. His first comedy special aired on Comedy Central last year.

Wednesday

Wednesday Night Bluegrass and Folk Music
Duffy’s (2106 Vermont Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Neighborhood tavern Duffy’s will launch a new series of Wednesday night bluegrass and folk music events. The first band to grace the stage at Duffy’s will be Drymill Road, a “newgrass” group from Virginia.

NASA and GA Present: Space Night
1776 (1133 15th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

NASA’s Destination Station and General Assembly will bring astronauts and scientists to downtown D.C. during this free event. NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore and International Space Station scientist Dr. Camille Alleyne will talk about living 240 miles above the Earth.

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by Tim Regan — April 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

Funk Parade logo, photo via Facebook : Funk Parade(Updated at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday) Who’s ready to get funky?

Funk Parade’s organizers today announced more than 40 performers scheduled to play at 12 outdoor performance areas and 15 music venues during this year’s festival on Saturday, May 7.

In addition to local go-go legends Rare Essence, this year’s lineup includes “some of the city’s best and most promising talents,” according to Funk Parade’s organizers. The list includes local acts like Elikeh, the Malcolm X Drummers and the Hip Hop Orchestra.

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by Tim Regan — April 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Txotx Barrel Cider Stream, photo by Farrah Skeiky

(CORRECTION: We originally reported Michael Che was due to perform at the Black Cat Tuesday, April 12. He’s actually performing Tuesday, April 19. We’ve corrected this article.)

There’s lots to do this week. Want proof? Here’s a smattering of events happening across the area through next Monday:

Tuesday

Equal Pay Day
AAUW Headquarters (1111 16th St. NW)
5:30 p.m.

Celebrity and equal pay activist Particia Arquette will meet with congresswomen and D.C. government staffers to speak out about equal pay for women. The event is a collaboration between Mayor Bowser’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, AAUW and the D.C. chapter of AAUW’s Younger Women’s Task Force.

LCCA Community Meeting
National City Church (5 Thomas Circle NW)
7 p.m.

Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans will participate in an open forum with locals and business owners during this informational meeting.

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by Octavia Silva — April 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Andrew Cook

(Updated at 10:09 a.m.) I met Andrew after seeing an Underground Comedy show at The Big Hunt. He hadn’t performed that night, but he was there to support comedian friend Andrew Thimmesch and other fellow comedians. I conducted this interview after seeing him perform for the first time at the Bier Baron Tavern in Dupont Circle.

Borderstan: How are you feeling right now?

Andrew Cook: Feeling fine, feeling like I had a pretty good set.

You did! You brought the energy up.

Well, I do my very best. Yeah, that went well, it was later in the show, so getting people back into it is good.

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by Octavia Silva — April 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Haywood Turnipseed JrThe first time I heard Haywood Turnipseed Jr.’s comedy was when he hosted weekly bingo nights at Kangaroo Boxing Club in Columbia Heights, back in 2013. Since then, I’ve seen him around everywhere; performing at open mics, hosting open mics and at various non-comedy settings around town.

When I conducted this interview, I just watched him perform at an open mic produced by Last Resort Comedy at Town Tavern in Adams Morgan.

He had the crowd laughing near crying and then he busted out a story about the time he met Rosa Parks. If you ever see him around, be sure to ask him about that.

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by Tim Regan — March 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm 1 Comment

RaiseRaze, photo via Dupont UndergroundDupont Underground’s first exhibit won’t build itself. In fact, the underground art space was kind of hoping you would.

The organization has put out the call for volunteers to help construct its very first exhibit, Raze/Raise. The exhibit, described by CityLab writer Kriston Capps as a “kind of live-action ‘Minecraft installation” is composed of cubes made from plastic balls harvested from National Building Museum’s “The BEACH.”

“We need to build about 18 thousand cubes composed of 27 balls each,” reads an Eventbrite page the organization put up earlier this week. “It’s pretty simple really, we will be making an assembly line to transform balls into bricks as efficiently as possible. Our goal is to make about 1000 blocks in a day.”

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by Tim Regan — March 29, 2016 at 9:10 am 0

Photo courtesy of Funk ParadeRare Essence, the legendary local go-go outfit billed as the “wickedest band alive,” will headline this year’s Funk Parade celebration on May 7.

“Rare Essence is gearing up to release their 15th album to coincide with the performance,” Funk Parade announced in a press release earlier this morning. “Titled ‘Turn It Up,’ the album marks not only the 40th anniversary of the band’s inception in 1976, but also a turning point in their career.”

Rare Essence fans who donate $100 to Funk Parade’s Indiegogo campaign can receive a copy of the new album, a copy of Rare Essence’s “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” and a signed poster of the “Turn It Up” album cover art by artist and muralist Aniekan Udofia.

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by Tim Regan — March 22, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

It’s no joke: Drafthouse Comedy, Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse’s forthcoming D.C. comedy club, is set to open on April 1, according to manager Christina Godbout.

Though construction crews were hard at work building out the space earlier today, Godbout was confident the comedy venue would open in time for its inaugural performances by comedians Liza Treyge and Matteo Lane.

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