by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 11:25 am 118 0

Dupont Underground and Beach ball

Dupont Underground is seeking at least 325 volunteers to help move hundreds of thousands of plastic balls from the National Building Museum to its underground art space in Dupont Circle next week.

The arts space announced last week it planned to take possession of the 650,000 plastic balls that made up part of the National Building Museum’s popular “The Beach” exhibit and repurpose them in an upcoming art competition.

Volunteers will gather at the Building Museum (401 F St. NW) next Monday at 4:30 p.m. to spend the evening packing the plastic balls into boxes and loading them into a moving vehicle. Another team of volunteers will be on hand at Dupont Underground’s entrance near Dupont Circle to form a human conveyor belt and unload and store the balls. Other teams of volunteers will then repeat the process all day on Tuesday.

“We have 48 hours until close of business on Wednesday to move the balls,” said Dupont Underground director Braulio Agnese.

How quickly will the move go? That depends on the volunteers, said Agnese. Though the boxes of balls don’t weigh much, there are a lot of them to move; 1,400 to be exact.

“The more people who help, the faster things will go,” he said. “At the building museum, it’ll be constant motion. At the Dupont Underground, it’ll be waiting for the trucks to arrive and then getting them into the space.”

“Fingers crossed, no rain,” Agnese said. “But the move will still happen even if it rains. It’ll get done one way or another,” added Agnese.

Agnese’s goal is to accomplish the entire move by Tuesday night, if possible. “But we still have Wednesday,” he noted. “It’ll all get moved.”

Image via Facebook / Dupont Underground

by Tim Regan — September 1, 2015 at 10:35 am 149 0

Banneker Pool, photo via flickr/awisemanHere’s your last chance to cannonball into a local pool at night before next summer.

Banneker Pool (2500 Georgia Ave. NW) will host its last late-night pool party of the season this Saturday from 7-11:30 p.m. The pool previously hosted a late night pool party in July.

Like last time, attendees of all ages are free to splash around in the pool while bobbing their heads to music from a live DJ.

A photo ID is required to attend, and D.C. Parks and Recreation has requested that guests RSVP online beforehand.

Photo via Flickr/awiseman

by Jennifer Currier — August 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

2015 National Book Festival

The Borderstan Blueprint is a smattering of interesting events around the area to help you plan for the upcoming week.

If you’d like to see your event featured, drop us a line at [email protected].


Anthony Cervino: Ejecta
Flashpoint Gallery (916 G St. NW)
12-6 p.m.

A multi-part installation featuring various works by Cervino made over the past 15 years displayed in a single, 25-foot sculpture. The exhibition is free.

Garrison Elementary Back-to-School Night and Cookout
Garrison Elementary School (1200 S St. NW)
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Parents and students from all grades are welcome at the event. A PTO-funded cookout will immediately follow. Garrison spirit T-shirts will also be for sale.


Orquesta el Macabeo de Puerto Rico with Peace and Rhythm DJ Crew
Tropicalia (2001 14th St. NW)
9 p.m.

Old-school salsa and punk rock intensity meld during performances by a band from Puerto Rico. Tickets available online.


PHAZEFEST: DC’s Queer Music Festival
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
8 p.m.

D.C.’s queer music festival celebrates its ninth year with a new home in 9:30 Club. Several bands will play followed by a dance party. Tickets available online.


National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW)
10 a.m.-10 p.m.

This year’s festival theme, ‘I Cannot Live Without Books,’ celebrates the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson donating his own books to rebuild the Library of Congress. The event is free.

Awkward Sex… and the City
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
9 p.m.

A group of New York City storytellers relive their most embarrassing sexual experiences onstage. This event is 21 and over. Tickets available online.

Photo via Facebook / National Book Festival.

by Tim Regan — August 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm 147 0

BloomBars, photo via Facebook / BloomBarsMore than two dozen D.C. residents have offered support and donations following a break-in that left Columbia Heights art nonprofit BloomBars with a broken window and missing hundreds of dollars earlier this month.

BloomBars founder John Chambers launched a GoFundMe campaign last Thursday to help recoup some of his organization’s losses. So far, residents have raised more than $1,220.

“There’s been an outpouring of support,” Chambers said. “The things that people have written have really pulled at your heart.”

Chambers added that 26 people have contributed to the fundraiser since it started. Sweet Honey in the Rock co-founder Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell is among the people who have donated so far.

“Some have lost the art of discernment while some have used art to discern essential truths of what we have lost, what we have gained and who we truly are,” Barnwell wrote. “Thank you BloomBars. I regret what happened, but am glad that I can help art to conquer.”

“I want to frame that quote,” said Chambers.

Chambers hopes to use the raised money to replace the broken window and donation boxes and invest in a new security system.

“It’d be great to knock it out in the next week,” Chambers said. “Then we could get moving.”

Image via Facebook / BloomBars

by Sean Meehan — August 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm 236 0

Film screening at Dupont CircleAn upcoming screening of “A League of Their Own” scheduled by Dupont Festival for next Thursday may produce the biggest turnout the film series has ever seen.

More than 5,500 people have RSVPed on Facebook for the screening in Dupont Circle at 8:30 p.m.

“When we first posted it, it was by far the quickest and largest response we’ve gotten for a movie,” said Aaron DeNu, Dupont Festival’s principal organizer. “There appears to be quite a huge fan club for the movie.”

The showing was originally slated for June but had to be rescheduled because of rain. Luckily for the upcoming screening, rain isn’t yet in the long-term forecast.

DeNu encourages attendees to bring baseball mitts and play catch before the film starts.

Image via Facebook / DupontFestival

by Sean Meehan — August 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Down Dog Yoga (Photo via Twitter/ Down Dog Yoga)Down Dog Yoga, a local chain of yoga studios, held a class  in the Dupont Circle park to raise money for the Africa Yoga Project.

Participants in the 10 a.m. class were asked to donate $10 or more to the Africa Yoga Project online or at the event. The Africa Yoga Project teaches yoga to children in East Africa.

Representatives for Down Dog Yoga could not be immediately reached for comment, but a tweet about the event promised a “fun and sweaty” time.

Photo via Twitter/ Down Dog Yoga

by Sean Meehan — August 28, 2015 at 3:40 pm 336 0

Columbia Heights Day 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ Columbia Heights Initiative)

The Columbia Heights Initiative plans to make its 10th Columbia Heights Day festival the biggest street celebration yet.

The festival will take place on 11th Street NW between Park Road and Kenyon Street from noon to 6 p.m. on September 12. Organizers at Columbia Heights Initiative, a local business group that plans and hosts events around the neighborhood, are planning for nearly 12,000 people throughout the course of the festival. In addition to the usual food and music, this year’s festival will feature a beer garden sponsored by Meridian Pint, a carnival area for kids and an adult-sized obstacle course.

“This year is our 10 year anniversary, which is awesome, so we’re really trying to blow it out,” said Brianne Dornbush, a community representative for Columbia Heights Initiative.

For the first time this year, vendors at the fair will be divided into four themed areas: health and wellness, community organizations, art and transportation.

“In previous years we just kind of put vendors at tables and didn’t think much about the placement,” Dornbush said. “This year we took a different approach so that if someone is looking to better their health, for example, they’ll have 14 or so organizations in one place to help them do that.”

A carnival for kids will also be set up on the field of Harriet Tubman Elementary School, which will include games and bounce houses.

But adults won’t be left out of the inflatable fun. Columbia Heights Initiative plans to set up an inflatable obstacle course for adults along 11th Street. Teams can also sign up to compete in a Zorb soccer tournament, in which the top half of players bodies are inside giant, clear inflatable balls. The tournament will also be held at Harriet Tubman Elementary, and teams can register online.

The Columbia Heights Initiative is also planning other future events at the Harriet Tubman field, including Friday night movie screenings throughout the Fall and a Halloween party. The first movie screening will be Ghostbusters on Sept. 4.

Photo via Facebook/ Columbia Heights Initiative 

by Sean Meehan — August 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm 115 0


Activist Angela Davis, revolutionary and activist Bill Ayers and “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker will help Busboys and Poets celebrate its 10th anniversary at a party in October.

The event will take place on Oct. 2 at the local chain’s Brookland location at 625 Monroe St .NE. Tickets to the celebration are available online for $45. For an extra $30, partygoers can purchase a VIP ticket, giving them entry to a pre-party reception with Walker, Davis and Jeff Zinn, the son of historian and activist Howard Zinn. The VIP reception is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., with the main party following at 8.

The festivities will include champagne, hors d’oeuvres and music by local DJs Ayescold and Nativesun.

A spokesperson for Busboys and Poets said that more special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

by Sean Meehan — August 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm 112 0

Penthouse Pool Club (Photo via Facebook/ Penthouse Pool Club)

Vida Fitness employees and gym members will participate in a mass ice bucket challenge at the fitness club’s rooftop pool at 1612 U Street NW next Monday.

The ice bucket challenge, which went viral last August, encourages people to challenge their friends to donate to ALS research or dump a bucket of ice water on their head. Though some have criticized the challenge as a showy trend, ALS researchers say the donations it raised last year did make a difference.

The fitness club was challenged by gym member Andrea Peet, who was diagnosed with ALS at age 33.

Vida staff and members will meet at the club’s Penthouse Pool Club at 11 a.m. for the challenge. Chretien says the club is still not sure whether they will fill the pool with ice or make several buckets. Those who can’t attend the event are encouraged to donate $10 by texting “ALS” to 80077.

Chretien says the fitness club is currently looking into who they will challenge in their video.

“We don’t want to spring it on anyone without telling them first,” she said. “We’re looking at some local businesses and public figures, but we’re in the process now of figuring that out.”

Photo via Facebook/ Penthouse Pool Club

by Sean Meehan — August 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm 200 0

The District Vocal perform at the 17th Street Festival in 2014 (Photo via Facebook/ 17th Street Festival)Local art, live music and activities for kids and pets will take over a stretch of 17th Street NW near Dupont Circle on Sept. 12 for the sixth 17th Street Festival.

The festival, which runs from noon to 6 p.m., will be similar to previous years’ festivals and will include more than 50 local artists and special zones for kids and pets.

Artists and other vendors will set up on 17th Street between P and R streets NW. Most of the vendor spots have been filled but submissions to fill the few remaining spots will be accepted until Friday.

Lee Granados, founder and co-chair of the festival, says that the festival tries to have a wide variety of art styles represented.

“We really try to push the envelope a little bit and bring in a pretty extensive variety to touch a lot of interests,” Granados said. “We have our typical traditional paintings and photography, but some of the applications I’ve seen have been for comic book graphic designers and some computer-generated work. There’s definitely a range from very contemporary to very traditional artists.”

While their parents peruse the art, children can enjoy storytelling, moon-bounces and other activities in the “kids zone” located at Stead Park on P Street. There will also be a “pet zone” sponsored by Dupont pet boutique The Cheeky Puppy.

Organizers are still finalizing entertainment for the main stage, but Granados says the festival plans to continue its annual tradition of including performances by local drag queens in the day’s entertainment. Several high-profile LGBT organizations have signed on as sponsors of the festival, including Capitol Pride and the Washington Blade newspaper.

Granados says she is also working with businesses around 17th Street to incorporate them into the celebration. The festival, which is put on by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, has a policy of excluding any vendors who might compete directly with area businesses.

“We have something for everyone and we hope that people come and enjoy a variety of entertainment and vendors and learn about some of the nonprofits in this area,” Granados said. “We also hope that people will support our local businesses while they’re here.”

Photo via Facebook/ 17th Street Festival

by Tim Regan — August 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm 104 0


It’s time again for the Borderstan Blueprint, a smattering of interesting events around the area to help you plan for the upcoming week.

If you’d like to see your event featured, drop us a line at [email protected].


Mansion on O Street Razzle Dazzle Yard Sale
The Mansion on O Street (2020 O St. NW)
10 a.m.-7 p.m.

All five floors of the mansion on O Street will be filled with donated items for sale. Shoppers in costume get a 5 percent discount.


Women’s Equality Day Mixer with Mayor Bowser
Teddy & The Bully Bar (1200 19th St. NW)
6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and local organizations dedicated to gender equality for a mixer to celebrate Women’s Equality Day. Tickets available online.

Boots Riley at Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Emcee, activist and educator Boots Riley talks about him new book “Tell Homeland Security – We Are The Bomb.”


Silent Disco Dance Party: Part Two
Dupont Circle Fountain (1900 P St. NW)
8-9:30 p.m.

With Love DC hosts its second silent dance party in Dupont Circle. Download the playlist beforehand and bring headphones and dancing shoes. 

Eighties Mayhem Dance Party
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
9:30 p.m.

Celebrate the end of summer with an eighties-themed dance party featuring DJs Steve EP, Killa K, Missguided and Krasty McNasty.


Soothing Sunday Yoga
Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library (1630 7th St. NW)
1:30 p.m.

Bring your own mat or towel to participate in a free yoga and meditation class at the Shaw library.


Comics and Cocktails
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Fantom Comics hosts its weekly night of drinks, food and fun for comic-lovers at the Bier Baron Tavern.

by Sean Meehan — August 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm 226 0

porchfestAdams Morgan residents and visitors are probably used to music emanating from the bars along 18th Street, but on October 3, they’ll be able to hear music coming from almost every street in the neighborhood.

That evening, musicians will play sets on stoops and porches throughout the neighborhood as part of the third annual Porch Fest.

Porch Fest is a free festival in which residents and businesses open their porches or patios to musicians to play for gathered crowds and passers-by. The festival is organized by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID and Cultural Tourism DC, a nonprofit organization that attempts to bring art and cultural events to public places throughout the city.

Participating porches will host three different musicians or bands at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m.

Kristen Barden, executive director of the Adams Morgan Partnership BID says that they’ve already booked all of the porches for this year’s festival but are still accepting applications for musicians, who can contact organizers through their Facebook page.

“We’re about halfway there,” she said. “We need about another 15 musicians in order to have enough for all the porches.”

Barden said that the musicians already signed on play a wide range of styles and instruments. While most sets are acoustic, Barden says if the porch owner is willing to provide electricity, bands can play plugged-in sets.

“So far we have a ukelele band, an original singer-songwriter of folk music, a jazz singer, an alternative country rock band, some acoustic folk rock, a jazz pianist, a spoken-word-infused hip-hop artist and a contemporary pop vocalist who plays piano covers,” Barden said.

The Adams Morgan Partnership BID distributes free maps showing porch locations during the event from their headquarters at 1640 Columbia Rd. NW. Barden said that last year they distributed over 1,000 maps.

“Families open up their porches and we have musicians play all afternoon,” Barden said. “It’s a great way to get out and walk around the whole neighborhood.”

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest

by Sean Meehan — August 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm 156 0

marmaladeAn internationally known Swedish circus and dance troupe will bring their kid-focused program to Dupont Circle tomorrow.

The Claire Parsons Company will give two performances of “Marmalade,” a dance and circus show aimed at children aged 2-6. The performances will take place at 10 a.m. and noon in Dupont Circle.

The Swedish Embassy and Dupont Festival, a group that brings public events to the Dupont Circle area, teamed up to bring the troupe to D.C. The company is coming off of a string of performances earlier in the month at the International Contemporary Circus Festival in New York.

The performance will be the first Dupont Festival event geared specifically toward children.

“One of the things that we’ve been hearing from our Dupont Festival fans is that we have a lot of families that live in the area and we haven’t done something that 100 percent kids-oriented, and we wanted to fill that void,” Aaron DeNu, principal organizer for Dupont Festival said.

“Marmalade” incorporates music, dancing and juggling, with audience members encouraged to dance and move along with the performers. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic baskets for the performance.

“This is the type of event that produces smiles, laughs and a generally good feeling, and that’s what we try to do with our festivals,” DeNu said.

Though it’s Dupont Festival’s first event geared specifically toward kids, it’s not the first time they’ve teamed up with the Swedish Embassy. In June, they co-hosted a viewing party for the Women’s World Cup and a free concert in the park as part of the Nordic Jazz Festival. DeNu, who says it’s his personal goal to work with every embassy in D.C., says that he thinks its important to use Dupont Festival events to share other cultures.

“It’s a win-win working with international communities,” he said. “It’s great to be able to use our public parks to showcase different cultures.”

Photo courtesy of Dupont Festival

by Tim Regan — August 19, 2015 at 10:25 am 0


Residents can watch a beloved Bollywood film for free on U Street tonight.

The U Street Movie Series will screen “Monsoon Wedding” at the Harrison Recreation Center (1330 V Street NW) tonight at 7 p.m. The film starts promptly at dusk.

The film series is free and residents can bring along food and drinks. The next film in the series, The Wiz, will take place on Sept. 16.

Photo courtesy of U Street Movie Series

by Sean Meehan — August 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0


The Borderstan Blueprint is a smattering of interesting events around the area to help you plan for the upcoming week.

If you’d like to see your event featured, drop us a line at [email protected].


Summer of Freedom ExDRAGavanza
Bell & Lincoln Soccer Field (3101 16th St. NW)
7:30-10:30 p.m.

Drag kings and queens will take to the soccer field for Federal Triangles Soccer Club’s annual drag match to benefit the DC Center.

Möbius Strip, Booby Trap and Psychic Subcreatures
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Post-genre, dance punk, synth punk bands collide in a locally sourced show at Black Cat. Tickets are $10.


Erotica Slam Three
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Sexy love stories and erotic poems abound during the first annual Erotica Slam. Each piece will last less than three minutes and the audience will vote on the best story at the end of the show.


MommyCon DC
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW)
9 a.m.

The all-day convention on natural parenting will feature over two dozen sessions and workshops.

Republic of Kolache Grand Opening
American Ice Co. (917 V St. NW)
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Republic of Kolache’s first public batch of the Czech pastry popular in Texas will be served until they run out. 

The Unified Scene Theater Open House
The Unified Scene Theater (80 T St. NW)
12-6 p.m.

The opening party for the new Unified Scene Theater, a comedy theater in Bloomingdale. 

The Welcoming Committee U Street Bar Crawl
U Street Corridor
2-6 p.m.

The Welcoming Committee, an LGBT events group, organized drink and snack specials at several U Street bars, ending at Nellie’s. Tickets available online.


Storytelling 101 Student Showcase
Acre 121 (1400 Irving St. NW)
7 p.m.

Story District’s Storytelling 101 students take the stage at Acre 121 for the first time after four weeks of class. 


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