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by Andrew Ramonas — August 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Goat (Photo courtesy of D.C. State Fair)

D.C isn’t a state (yet). But that isn’t stopping locals from holding a state fair in NoMa Sunday.

If you go to check out the fair’s animals, mumbo sauce cook-off and “best bud” pot growing contest, you might want sunscreen and sunglasses. Sunny skies are expected to prevail throughout the weekend, with high temperatures in the upper 80s or lower 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

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

Photo courtesy of D.C. State Fair

by Tim Regan — August 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Crowds braved the wet weather to attend

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.


The Lookout Presents: Live a Little
The Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW)
7 p.m.

Attendees can watch four locally made movies from members of District film collective The Lookout D.C.

Outdoor Movie Night
NoMa Junction at Storey Park (1005 First St. NE)
7 p.m.

Exhibitors will screen films from the 2015 D.C. Adventure Film Festival. The event is free, and attendees can bring along chairs, blankets and coolers.

A People’s Choir Sing-Along: Questions and Commands
DC9 (1940 9th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

A crowd of total strangers will meet to sing pop sings and drown their sorrows. Each month, the group belts out tunes related to a particular theme. This month’s theme is “questions and commands,” meaning the songs must have a question or a command in the title.

Kung Fu + Hip Hop: Can I Kick It?
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477-2475 18th St. NW)
6 p.m.

DJ 2-Tone Jones will spin music to score a screening of the martial arts classic “Method Man.” 


Louisiana Flood Relief Fundraiser
The Front Page (1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
6 p.m.

The bar will host a happy hour from the Louisiana State Society of Washington, D.C. to raise money for the victims of the recent flooding disaster in south Louisiana.

Icebergs Late Night: Teacher Appreciation
National Building Museum (401 F St. NW)
6 p.m.

Teachers at K-12 schools will be able to explore the museum’s newest exhibit, “Icebergs,” for free.

Dupont Circle Quizzo
Shake Shack (1216 18th St. NW)
7 p.m.

Locals will gather for a rousing session of Quizzo, a trivia game popularized in Philly and D.C. bars in the ’90s.

Cult Classic Wednesday: The Big Lebowski
Atlas Arcade (1236 H St. NE)
8:30 p.m.

The H Street bar will host a screening of The Big Lebowski and sell The Dude’s favorite drink, white russians, at a discount.

Food Preservation Recipes and Demonstrations
Raymond Recreation Center (3725 10th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

The executive director of national nonprofit Food Recovery Network will lead attendees through basic food preservation and canning techniques. The event is free and hosted by D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation.


RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2 Viewing Party
Number Nine (1435 P St. NW)
8 p.m.

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race are slated to gather around glowing televisions at this Logan Circle gay bar and cheer on their favorite queens from seasons past.

Beyond Bernie: Creating a Party of the 99%
Shaw Library (1630 7th St NW)
7 p.m.

District socialists will meet to talk about the future of the left after the end of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

Learn How to Make Kombucha
Pansaari (1603 17th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Learn how to make the fermented beverage in a variety of flavors. All attendees will leave with a starter to make their own kombucha at home.


Silent Dance Party
Washington Monument
7:30 p.m.

With Love DC, the organization known for organizing the silent disco in Dupont Circle, is hosting yet another quiet dance party.

Hot in Herre: 2000s Dance Party
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
9 p.m.

The party will have music from Ludacris, Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z, Outkast and Shakira, courtesy of DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion.

BloominGays: Movie Night
Crispus Attucks Park (Crispus Attucks Court NW)
8 p.m.

Locals can bring food, beverages, blankets and chairs to this free screening of “Coming to America” in Bloomingdale’s Crispus Attucks Park.


17th Street Festival
17th Street Corridor

The annual 17th Street festival will include a “few new things this year,” like a costumed dog parade, a mariachi band and a Chinese dragon dancer, said Bill McLeod, executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, the organization putting on this year’s event.

Shaw Community Portrait
Wonderbread Building (641 S St. NW)
1 p.m.

Shaw business owners, workers and residents can join this neighborhood group photo of up to 150 people. The photo will then be printed as a building-sized banner and displayed publicly in Shaw during an upcoming arts festival, organizers said.

National Dog Day
Shinola (1631 14th St. NW)
3-8 p.m.

The retailer on 14th Street will host a dog-treat bar with “a variety of treats to all four-legged friends.” All who visit the store that day will also receive complimentary red, white and blue dog bandanas.

District Arcade Expo
Bravo! Bravo! (1001 Connecticut Ave. NW)

Locals are set to have the chance to rescue space animals, fight zombies and go on other quests for free during a gathering of D.C. video game developers and players downtown this month.


D.C. State Fair
NoMa Junction at Storey Park (1005 First St. NE)
11 a.m.

This year’s fair will bring with it all the usual attractions of a state fair: heaviest vegetable contests, food and music, live animals. But the fair will also have a mumbo sauce cook-off, eating contests and a “best bud” marijuana growing contest.


Writing Workshop
The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Road NW)
6 p.m.

This writing workshop will give attendees the opportunity to talk about who they’d like to see as the next president and what they’d like that person to accomplish in office.

Photo courtesy of Luis Gomez

by Andrew Ramonas — August 19, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Bei Bei (Photo via Instagram/Smithsonian's National Zoo)

The National Zoo’s newest giant panda is having a first birthday party this weekend, complete with “panda-friendly frozen cakes.”

Birthday boy Bei Bei, along with the zoo’s other pandas, are scheduled to chow down on the treats Saturday afternoon.

If you visit the bears, you might have to dodge a thunderstorm or shower Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. But otherwise, the day should be mostly sunny, with the temperature rising to the lower 90s. On Sunday, showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area, where the temperature likely will get up to the upper 80s.

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


by Tim Regan — August 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm 0


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For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


Free Burgers at Shake Shack
Multiple D.C. Shake Shacks
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Shake Shack will dole out a free ShackBurger or sandwich of equal or lesser value to the first 100 people through the door at three of its locations in the District.

Salon D.C.: U.S. Financial Regulation and Breaking Up the Banks
WeWork Dupont Circle (1875 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Corey Frayer, a House Financial Services Committee employee who was a Congressional staffer during the 2008 financial crisis, will give a talk on regulating the U.S. financial services sector.


Parental Guidance: Olympics Edition
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Three local comedians will gather to riff on a film and say funny things about the Olympics.

Source (1835 14th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Washington Improv Theater will kick off its tenth annual experimental improv festival with a night of short performances. The festival lasts each night until Aug. 21.

Trivia Under the Stars: Part 3
Union Market (1309 5th St. NE)
7 p.m.

Attendees will test their trivia knowledge during the third and final installment of this outdoor series. Participants can buy dinner and drinks from some of the market’s vendors during the event.

Jeff Cioletti Talks “The Year of Drinking Adventurously”
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Author Jeff Cioletti will talk about his new book, “The Year of Drinking Adventurously,” a guide to “getting out of your beverage comfort zone once a week for a year.”


Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
7 p.m.

Members of the D.C. Anti-Violence Project will sing, perform, dance and express themselves in other ways during a night of healing and expression. 

From Farm to Shaker
Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Bartenders are slated to pour cocktails made with ingredients sourced within 50 miles of D.C. Tickets will get patrons four cocktails created with local whiskey, rye or vermouth.

Sing For Your Life
D.C. Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

This improv show places attendees in the audience of “Karaoke Krown,” a show that crowns the next karaoke king or queen. But when someone dies during the show, it’s up to the audience to find the murderer.


Free Yoga in the Garden
Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave)
6-7 p.m.

Dahlia Shaaban, an instructor from Yoga District, is scheduled to lead a free yoga class for practitioners of all levels. Attendees should bring their own mat, a water bottle and love for nature.

Truckeroo #5
Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half St. SE)
11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Truckeroo, the self-described “biggest food truck gathering in D.C.,” is scheduled for the Bullpen at Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sweet Cakes Launch Party
Cloak & Dagger (1359 U St. NW)
6-10 p.m.

D.C.-based Lexi’s Sweet Cakes will celebrate the launch of its new cupcakes with drink specials and free sweets.


August Community Clean-up and Cookout
Columbia Heights Initiative (3400 11th St. NW, Suite 200)
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Locals meet at the office of the Columbia Heights Initiative then head out to help beautify the surrounding streets. The cleanup will be followed by a cookout where neighbors can socialize and eat together.

Vintage USA Party
Sauf Haus Bier Hall and Garden (1216 18th St. NW)
10 p.m.-1 a.m.

District residents are encouraged to “throw on your stars and stripes and prepare your best Bruce Springsteen voice” for this throwback event at this Dupont Circle beer house. The party will include covers of 90s and 2000s songs by Broken Ground.

Photo via Georgetown Events

by Andrew Ramonas — August 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Meridian Hill Park

The water is flowing now at Meridian Hill Park, just in time for the weekend.

On Saturday, the area, also known as Malcom X Park, is set to host a “Block Party for Community Dialogue,” which will include a panel discussion, performers, games and food from Oohh’s & Aahh’s on the U Street corridor, according to a Facebook event post.

The heat wave should continue into Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the upper 90s, according to the National Weather Service. There’s a slight possibility that a thunderstorm or shower might come Saturday. But otherwise, the sun is expected to be out in full force.

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

by Tim Regan — August 8, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Cafe Saint-Ex

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Drag Bingo
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St. NW)
7 p.m.

Drag queens will lead a spirited game of bingo during this weekly event. The U Street bar will also donate a dollar for every Nellie’s beer sold to D.C. Shockers Softball.

Ward 2, 8 Day at National Building Museum
National Building Museum (401 F St. NW)
9 a.m.

Residents of two wards will be able to explore the museum’s newest exhibit, “Icebergs,” for free. The new exhibit has been dubbed “a fantastical glacial sea designed by landscape architects.”


Adams Morgan Day Benefit Concert
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (2477-2475 18th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Four bands will play music in an effort to raise money for next month’s Adams Morgan Day celebration

D.C. Bike Party: Bikes on the Beach
Dupont Circle
7:30 p.m.

Cyclists clad in goggles, floaties and swimsuits will ride from Dupont Circle to Cantina Marina in Southwest while blasting music and tossing water balloons.

Cover Crops for Gardens
Raymond Recreation Center (3725 10th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn how to grow cover crops during this free informational session from the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. What are cover crops? “Cover crops slow erosion, improve soil health, smother weeds, enhance nutrient and moisture availability, help control pests, and bring a host of other benefits to your garden,” according to the event’s organizers.


1460 Wallmountables Happy Hour
DC Arts Center
6 p.m.

Local artists who participated in this year’s “Wallmountables” exhibition will be on hand to mingle with attendees and sell their artwork.

Whiskey Tasting
Rebellion (1836 18th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

The bar and restaurant will host a whiskey tasting that includes a flight of Bulleit whiskey, appetizers and “whiskey wisdom” from an expert.

Summer BBQ
DGS Delicatessen (1317 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Pitmaster Rob Sonderman, formerly of DCity Smokehouse, is slated to help prepare a menu of smoked brisket, chicken and ribs, plus pastrami baked beans, slow braised greens, sweet corn and other summer barbecue mainstays.

Back to School Beat the Streets
14th Street and Clifton Terrace NW

Attendees can jump on a moon bounce, listen to music, try rock climbing and eat free food during this annual event put on by D.C. Police.

Schlafly Tap Takeover
Pizzeria Paradiso (2003 P St. NW)
5 p.m.

The St. Louis brewery is scheduled to showcase some of its most popular brews — including Schlafly Pumpkin Ale — during this tap takeover event.


Church Night
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Count your blessings during this faux-religious live comedy show.

Bear Happy Hour
Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H St NE)
5 p.m.

Drink specials, disco music and “nonsense” abound at this weekly happy hour on H Street.

#FirstWorldProblems: Power of Positive Drinking
Right Proper Brewing Company Brookland Production House (920 Girard St. NE)
5 p.m.

“Maybe the cell reception in your new villa is only two bars. Or maybe the roll of extra cushy, four-ply toilet paper you just bought won’t fit in your bathroom dispenser. Sometimes it feels like even though everything is stacked in your favor, the world is still out to get you. And we now we’re also gathering D.C.’s finest comedians to offer some advice for you on how to cope with being pretty, privileged and yet still ultimately besieged by thousands of life’s little inconveniences.”


Hey Frase Podcast Taping
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
Multiple times

Local media personality Sarah Fraser will host two live tapings of her podcast, “Hey Frase,” in Dupont this weekend. Audiences should expect funny anecdotes and pop culture opinions that can get a little outrageous.

Belly Dance Carnival
Source Theatre (1835 14th St. NW)
5 p.m.

Sahara Dance is scheduled to “present a magical evening of revelry, music and dance” on 14th Street. Attendees can redeem their program after the show for a free intro to belly dancing session.

Beekeeping II: Production Mode
Common Good City Farm (415 V St. NW)
10 a.m.

This informational session is aimed at teaching attendees all about bee colonies in full swing. The class will include honey samples and information about the honeybee’s life cycle. 


14th Street Burger Battle Royale
Cafe Saint-Ex (1847 14th St. NW)
4 p.m.

Only one restaurant in the 14th Street corridor makes the best burgers. The voting public can decide which one it is during the inaugural 14th Street Burger Battle Royale.

Photo courtesy Cafe Saint-Ex

by Andrew Ramonas — August 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

MidCity Dog Days (Photo via Facebook/MidCity Dog Days)

Logan Circle is set to celebrate dogs and local businesses as part of an annual sidewalk sale and festival this weekend.

If you head out to MidCity Dog Days, you might want to have an umbrella Saturday to fend off a possible shower or storm. The temperature is set to hit the low 90s that day, according to the National Weather Service. On Sunday, no rain is in the forecast, with the temperature expected to rise to the upper 80s.

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


by Courtney Brown — August 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0


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Ward 1 National Night Out
Bruce Monroe Park (3000 Georgia Ave. NW) for the Third District
6-8 p.m.

Residents in each of the seven districts can join the police tomorrow for some free food and activities, including a moon bounce, self-defense classes and basketball.

Sweet Summer Series
Pleasant Pops (1781 Florida Ave. NW)
5:30-7 p.m.

Kids can enjoy frozen treats, crafts and PJ Library stories during this free event. Changes to the outdoor gathering will be posted on the event’s Facebook page if it gets canceled due to the weather.

Detox2Retox Yoga and Happy Hour
Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave. NW)
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Locals can pay $25 to join this happy hour event that includes an hour of power yoga followed by a glass of wine or beer at Colony Club’s bar.


Ward 1 Pool Party at Banneker

Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Ave. NW)
1-4 p.m.

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will host a pool party for Ward 1 residents Wednesday. The councilmember will also be free to chat about local issues during the event, according to a press release.

Meryl Streep Stories
Rendezvous Lounge (2226 18th St. NW)
8-10 p.m.

This free comedic show is set to feature various comedians, all of whom will share purportedly true stories of actress Meryl Streep.

The Trump Effect
WeWork K Street (1875 K St. NW)
6-8 p.m.

How has Donald Trump changed the political landscape in the U.S.? This panel discussion on Trump’s leadership style will attempt to figure that out.


Libertarianism v.s. Conservatism
The Cato Institute (1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
6:30-8 p.m.

This election year debate is set to have interns from the Cato Institute hash out whether libertarianism or conservatism is the best political philosophy. Seats are sure to fill up quickly, so be sure to register if interested.

National IPA Day
ChurchKey (1337 14th St. NW)
4 p.m.

Churchkey will pour 11 “bold and bitter” brews during day honoring imperial pale ales. Included in the lineup is a new IPA from The Veil, Toof Ache, which is “heavily hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic, Columbus and finished with oranges,” as its Facebook page noted.

Kostume Karaoke
Solly’s (1942 11th St. NW)
8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Kostume Karaoke will bring the crazy costumes. Locals will bring the silly songs.


Basil Bonanza
Marion Street Intergenerational Garden (1521 Marion St. NW)
6-8 p.m.

City Blossom, a nonprofit on urban farming and green space, scheduled its seventh annual basil potluck in Shaw this Friday. Local judges will also decide who made the best food.

Grilled Cheese Fest
Mount Pleasant
7:30-10 p.m.

Chef Portia Hunt’s seasonal Grilled Cheese Festival is back this week with locally-sourced and organic food as well as summer cocktails. Reservations are $55.

Bear Happy Hour
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
6-11 p.m.

The first Friday this month means Town’s Bear Happy Hour, which features bear bingo and $4 drink specials until 11 p.m. The event will also include free pizza.

First Floor Open on First Friday
Heurich House Museum (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
6-8 p.m.

Locals can explore the historic Heurich House’s first floor for free during the monthly First Friday event in Dupont. Pop-up shops for pottery and designer bags are also set to be there.

Free Yoga in the Garden
Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave)
6-7 p.m.

CJ Fritts from Yoga District is scheduled to lead a free yoga class for practitioners of all levels. Attendees should bring their own mat, a water bottle and love for nature.


MidCity Dog Days
14th and U street corridors
Saturday and Sunday, times vary depending on when businesses open

Around 70 businesses are slated to bring deals to locals this weekend. The festival will start with a kick-off party at Miss Pixies (1626 14th St. NW) from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday.

DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE)
3-7 p.m.

Woofstock is set to have dogs, beer, food trucks and live music for locals Friday evening. The festival is also slated to feature an animal adoption event and giveaways.

Discover Bolivia Party
Slipstream (1333 14th St. NW)
6-10 p.m.

Slipstream will celebrate Bolivia’s Independence Day with deals on cocktails and Bolivian wine and Latin and Bolivian music for dancing.

Grand Opening Celebration
Craft Beer Cellar DC (301 H St. NE)
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Craft Beer Cellar’s grand opening on H Street is Friday. To celebrate the momentous occasion it’s giving away goody bags to the first 50 customers.


Tomato Week
The Pig (1320 14th St. NW)
Monday, 5 p.m. to Sunday, Aug. 14 at 10 p.m.

The Pig will host a week-long affair with tomatoes starting Monday next week. The restaurant’s menu is set to feature the fresh tomatoes of the season from its own EatWell Farm.

Photo via Washington Human Society-Washington Animal Rescue League

by Tim Regan — July 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Surfside at night

It was incredibly hot this week.

And now, it’s going to rain, according to the National Weather Service. Storms and showers are likely on Saturday and Sunday, the NWS predicts, with highs in the upper 80s. If you have plans to go to the pool, it might be wise to make find alternate activities ahead of time.

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

by Courtney Brown — July 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment

Space Cakes founders

Can marijuana make the world a better place? Araminta Scott and Ariel Oxner say it can.

The duo have created Space Cakes DC, a weed-laced pastry business they say is a nonprofit organization. Through home deliveries and pop-up stands, Scott and Oxner have brought cannabis-infused brownies, cupcakes and cookies to the masses in the District.

The main ingredient in their edibles is a butter-weed mixture called, “cannabutter,” Oxner said. A friend, who taught himself how to grow marijuana, gives them the pot for free to make the special sauce, Scott added.

“We want to show people that there’s other ways to get high than just smoking,” Oxner said.


by Alyse Mier — July 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Good Humor Ice Cream Man-2

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Free Good Humor Ice Cream Giveaway
Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW)
Noon-3 p.m.

The Good Humor ice cream truck will dole out free ice cream bars, cones and popsicles to all who arrive tomorrow afternoon.

Gays Against Guns D.C. Kickoff Event
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St NW)
7-8:30 p.m.

Gays Against Guns D.C. is speaking up about the and senseless murders due to gun violence. The organization “calls on lawmakers to ban on assault weapons and sensible gun regulation.”


Big Board Beer School with Hellbender Brewing Co.
The Big Board (421 H St. NE)
7-9 p.m.

Ben Evans, co founder and head brewer of Hellbender Brewery is hosting a class at The Big Board. $30 ticket gets attendees samples, a full beer and snacks.

Cooking Produce at its Peak
Common Good City Farm (415 V St. NW)
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Common Good City Farm will teach locals how to cook with some of summer’s fruits and vegetables grown at the farm.


Watch Party for Hillary’s Acceptance Speech
Songbyrd Music and Record Cafe (2477 18th St. NW)
7 p.m.

D.C. Women in Politics and Young Dems is hosting a watch party on the final night of the DNC. The watch party is set to take over the screens at Songbyrd and will feature a cash bar with a Hillary Clinton inspired cocktail.

Animezing: Mobile Suit Gundam
Japan Information & Culture Center: Embassy of Japan (1150 18th St NW. Suite 100)
6:30-9 p.m.

The Japanese Information & Culture Center will host a screening of “Mobile Suit Gundam,” the first movie in the trilogy about a boy who finds himself in command of a powerful mechanized suit of armor — and right in the middle of a war in space.

Mount Pleasant Poetry Project Release Party
Mount Pleasant Library (3160 16th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Residents of Mount Pleasant compiled a book of poems. Now, it’s time to let the world hear them. This event will celebrate the creation of the book and the neighborhood’s creativity.


Barley Legal: Duplex’s 18th Anniversary Celebration
Duplex Diner (2004 18th St. NW)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Duplex Diner is celebrating its 18th anniversary with music and a competition where guests will sample and vote on a new drink to add to the menu.


Run for Cover 2016
The Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
Doors open at 8 p.m.

Local rockers will take the stage to perform parodies of famed songs.

SoulFiesta Block Party
Luther Place (1226 Vermont Ave. NW)
4-7 p.m.

The Logan Circle community is hosting a neighborhood party filled with food, music and carnival games.


Pokemon Go! Washington DC
National Mall -Washington Monument (2 15th St. NW)
1 p.m.

Attendees can spend their Sunday catching tiny monsters at the Washington Monument.

DC Underground Movie Night
The Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW)
Doors open at 6 p.m.

Watch short films and feature films produced by D.C.’s underground film makers.

Serve and Be Social at Yoga NoMa
Yoga NoMa (1200 1st St. NE)

Yoga in NoMa is inviting all to pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with them. The sandwiches will be distributed at local nonprofit So Others Might Eat.

Sharknado 4
Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Ventnor Sports Cafe is hosting a screening of Sharknado 4, the latest film in the gripping shark/tornado movie series.


Beauty & the Beets: A Veg Only Night at Pilar
Bar Pilar (1833 14th St. NW)
5-10 p.m.

Chefs Jesse Miller and Stef Tarnowsky have teamed up to create a vegetarian and vegan friendly menu. This celebration will kick off the new “Meatless Monday” menu that will be offered weekly.

by Andrew Ramonas — July 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Sauf Haus

Borderstan bulked up its coverage this week and now has more to share with you about this weekend.

If you venture out this weekend, you might have to dodge a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening Saturday and might want some sunscreen, with the temperature expected to hit the mid 90s, according to the National Weather Service. No rain is in the forecast Sunday, and the temperature is once again likely to rise to the mid 90s.

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


by Courtney Brown — July 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm 2 Comments

Callie Harris

Borderstan periodically publishes profiles of locals — from longtime residents to newcomers, from government officials to ordinary folks. Know someone we should feature? Email us at [email protected].

U Street corridor resident Callie Harris doesn’t work in a cubicle, so you might have seen her around town during the day.

Her office could reside in a Starbucks in Dupont Circle one day, and then a local start-up coffee shop in Chinatown the next day. Earlier this week, she brought her work to Shaw’s Blagden Alley.

Amid the lightly playing music and the sound of baristas whipping up frappes, she waited patiently at La Colombe Coffee Roasters for her client, occasionally taking a sip from her iced coffee and peering at her laptop as she sat on a stool.

“If you would’ve told me five years ago that I would be a matchmaker, I would have laughed,” Harris said. “But now I can’t imagine doing anything else.”


by Alyse Mier — July 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm 0

Photo via Pansaari

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Ward 1, 6 Night at National Building Museum’s “Icebergs”
National Building Museum (401 F St. NW)
9-11 a.m.

Ward 1 and 6 residents can get free access to the National Building Museum’s newest exhibit. Residents must present a valid I.D. to prove where they live.

Grand Opening of Share Space D.C.
Share Space D.C. (2121 14th St. NW)
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Share Space D.C. will open a free co-working space located inside of Mulebone. The grand opening event will include complimentary coffee and morning meditation.


REI Summer Screen: O Brother Were Art Thou
Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE)
7 p.m.

Lawn chairs and singing are encouraged for this outdoor movie.

Alternative Grain Bread Making
Raymond Recreation Center and Computer Lab (3725 10t St. NW)
6:30-8:30 p.m

This lecture aims to show attendees how to bake bread with different kinds of flour The class will be lead by Lyssa Houser, the Garden and Cooking Educator for the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation

My Little Sweet Pea
Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan (1150 18th St. NW)
6:30-9 p.m.

The Japanese Information & Culture Center will host a screening of “My Little Sweet Pea.” a Japanese film about an anime fan dealing with the death of her mother.

Introduction to Indian Cooking
Pansaari (1603 17th St. NW)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Pansaari will hold a cooking class centered around the basics of Indian cooking. The demonstration will be followed by a tasting of the dishes that were prepared during the class.


Exiles Grand Opening to Celebrate the New Sign
Exiles Bar (1610 U St.)
7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Newly opened U Street bar Exiles will celebrate the installation fo its new sign by holding a grand opening party with live music, drinks and samplers from Chef Emer’s new menu.

The Anti Watch Party
Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW)
6:30-9:39 p.m.

The Alliance For Justice Action Campaign is set to host an “anti watch party” on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

Hemingway’s 117th Birthday
5 p.m.
Bar Pilar (1833 14th St. NW)

Bar Pilar will throw a birthday party centered around a food and drink menu inspired by Ernest Hemingway on what would’ve been his 117th birthday.


Free Yoga in the Garden
Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave)
6-7 p.m.

Eric Schwartz from the Capital Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness is scheduled to lead a free yoga class for practitioners of all levels. Attendees should bring their own mat, a water bottle and love for nature.

No Scrubs: ’90s Dance Party
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
9 p.m.-12 a.m.

This ’90s inspired dance party began in 2003 by friends and DJ partners Will Eastman and Brian Billion. The friends and local DJs will gather again this week to play such ’90s artists as Salt N Pepa, Nirvana and Ace of Base.

CoHi Talent Night
The Table Church Columbia Heights (1459 Columbia Rd NW)
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Columbia Heights residents will gather to share their talents with the community. A keyboard, microphones and refreshments will be provided for all attendees.


D.C. Zinefest 2016
St. Stephen & Incarnation Episcopal Church (1525 Newton St. NW)
11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Local artists will set up shop in Columbia Heights this weekend as part of an annual exhibition celebrating small press books and zines.


Crabs and Crushes
Alfie’s (3301 Georgia Ave NW)
12 p.m.-9 p.m.

Attendees can pay a flat fee for all-you-can-eat crabs and drink specials. Alfie’s will also serve rotisserie chicken and burgers.


Lamont Street Collective SciFi Fantasy Night
439 Park Rd NW
7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Join the Lamont Street Collective for its SciFi Fantasy Night at its new location in Park View. The event will include a short story session and a screening of Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke.”

Photo via Pansaari


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