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by Tim Regan — December 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Paradiso

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.

Tuesday

6th Annual Red Theme Toy Drive Party
Eighteenth Street Lounge (1212 18th St. NW)
6-10 p.m.

Attendees can bring toys for “selected vulnerable and underserved children and families in our community.” The event includes an open bar and food.

Wednesday

Christmas Caroling
Dupont Circle Metro North Entrance
6-7:30 p.m.

Carolers from the nearby St. Thomas Episcopal and St. Margaret’s Episcopal churches and will sing Christmas songs outside of the Metro stop.

Give a Can, Get a Can
Pizzeria Paradiso (2003 P St. NW)
11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Patrons can trade in a can of soup for a canned beer during this event. All canned goods will be donated to local nonprofit Martha’s Table.

Friday

Special Holiday Drag Brunch
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St. NW)
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

These two drag brunch shows will include musical entertainment, an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and a mimosa or bloody mary on the house.

Beyoncé Listening / Watch Party
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477-2475 18th St. NW)
6:30-8 p.m.

The music-focused cafe is set to screen Beyoncé’s 2016 audio-visual album, “Lemonade.”

Saturday

Matzoball
Decades (1219 Connecticut Ave. NW)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

The “hottest holiday party in D.C.” is scheduled to kick off on Christmas Eve. The event will have three levels of music and more than a thousand people are expected to attend.

Photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Paradiso

by Andrew Ramonas — December 16, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Logan Circle statue in winter

An ice scraper and an umbrella might come in handy this weekend.

A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday with sleet and freezing rain expected to come into the area, creating icy roads, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature Saturday eventually is expected to rise from the 20s to the 40s, turning the precipitation into rain.

On Sunday, the high temperature could reach the upper 50s. But showers are in the forecast.

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

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by Tim Regan — December 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Facebook Monologues - Host, photo via Dee Ahmed

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.

Tuesday

“Divine Intervention” Storytelling Show
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Storytellers will share tales of times something or someone saved the day or turned the tide for the better. 

Wednesday

D.C. Bike Party Glow Ride
Dupont Circle
7:30 p.m.

Cyclists are set to ride bikes tricked out in funky lights during this month’s outing. Riders depart the circle at 8 p.m. sharp and will pedal to Old Glory in Georgetown.

Thursday

The Facebook Monologues
Drafthouse Comedy (1100 13th St. NW)
9:15 p.m.

This show revolves around some of the funny and ridiculous arguments that tend to spring up on Facebook. “Epic fights, random comments, and regrettable statuses from your past,” organizers said. “If it’s embarrassing, and/or unintentionally hilarious, we’re taking it to the stage.”

Friday

Gingerbread House Building Contest
Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW)
7 p.m.

Patrons who sign up for the competition will have everything they need to build a gingerbread house, including candies, sprinkles, cookies and frosting, the bar said. The person or group who builds the best house wins a prize.

An Evening of Humorous Readings
DC9 (1940 9th St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Local humorists will read their best work live on stage during this monthly event. This month’s show is hosted by Jon Wolper and will include readings by Eric Hague, Megan Downey, Graham Starr and Eena Ruffini.

Saturday

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

This will be the venue’s 7th annual 1980s-themed dance party. Expect a “holiday dance extravaganza” from DJs Steve EP, Killa K, Missguided and Krasty McNasty.

Sunday

Holiday Photo Booth
Metro Mutts (508 H St. NE)
3-5 p.m.

Attendees are instructed to bring their pets and cameras to this free holiday photo booth event.

Monday

Leonard Cohen Listening Party
Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe (2477-2475 18th St. NW)
6:30-8 p.m.

Staffers will play selections from Leonard Cohen’s final album, “You Want It Darker.” Cohen died last month at the age of 82.

Facebook Monologues photo courtesy of Dee Ahmed

by Andrew Ramonas — December 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

ZoolLights at the National Zoo

Cold weather that is moving across the country will stick around in D.C. for Saturday and Sunday.

If you head out to see ZooLights at the National Zoo or a 16th Street home’s dazzling light display, you might want to bundle up.

Daytime temperatures only are expected to reach the upper 30s, with lows in the upper 20s Saturday and upper 30s Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Although Saturday will be dry, rain likely will fall Sunday night.

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

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by Tim Regan — December 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Super Art Fight

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.

Tuesday

Colonial Spirits: A Toast to Our Drunken History
The Columbia Room (124 Blagden Alley NW)
5:30-7:30 p.m.

Columbia Room owner Derek Brown and author Steven Grasse will serve cocktails and snacks while discussing Grasse’s new book about old-timey drinking. Admission to the event, which costs $105 per person, includes a copy of the book.

Wednesday

No Pulp Comedy Featuring Matty Litwack *
Black Squirrel (2427 18th St. NW)
8-9:30 p.m.

Comedian Matty Litwack headlines this monthly comedy show at the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan. The other comedians slated to perform are Dylan Meyer, Katherine Jessup, Martin Amini and Chelsea Shorte.

Trade’s One-Year Birthday Party
Trade (1410 14th St. NW)
5 p.m.-1:45 a.m.

The 14th Street gay bar will celebrate its first birthday with $1 beer specials, free food, live music and cake.

Cheese Tasting
Glen’s Garden Market Dupont (2001 S St. NW)
7-8 p.m.

Glen’s Garden Market’s “cheesemonger,” Kurt Schewe, is scheduled to host a class on several cheeses of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. During the class, attendees will sample cheese alongside local beer, wine and cider pairings.

Thursday

Mural Lighting and Signing
The Midlands Beer Garden (3333 Georgia Ave. NW)
6:30-11 p.m.

National beer brewer PBR is hosting an event marking the lighting and signing of the Park View beer garden’s new mural, “The Garden of Beeden.” The event costs $20 and includes all-you-can-drink PBR and a free glass.

Playbackthetape: Island of Misfit Tapes
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
7-11 p.m.

This nostalgic event will screen five Christmas specials on VHS. The screening will include classics like Rudolph, the “Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the apparently ultra-rare “A Muppet Family Christmas.”

Friday

Super Art Fight’s Non-Denominational Holiday Spectacular
Black Cat DC (1811 14th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

The self-described “Pictionary meets pro wrestling” show will host its annual holiday show this Friday.

Saturday

Annual Ugly Sweater Party at Town Tavern
The Town Tavern (2323 18th St. NW)
8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Attendees can don an ugly sweater and spend $10 for an open bar between 8 and 10 p.m. The open bar costs $15 for people not wearing sweaters.

Sunday

Anniversary Party
Gallagher and Graham Fine Spirits (1939 12th St. NW)
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The liquor store is set to raise a glass with the U Street neighborhood and celebrate its two-year anniversary.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
2:30-6 p.m.

Burlesque performer Cherie Sweetbottom will become the “perfect muse” during this “anti-art” drawing class. Attendees must be 18 or older to draw and 21 or older to drink.

Monday

Ugly Sweater Party and Toy Drive
El Tamarindo (1785 Florida Ave. NW)
6-10 p.m.

Toy donations get attendees happy hour specials the entire night. Patrons are encouraged to wear their “craziest” holiday sweaters.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) listing

Photo courtesy of Super Art Fight

by Andrew Ramonas — December 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment

#AdMoThanksObama (Photo courtesy of Nathan Ackerman)

Looking to express gratitude for President Barack Obama as he prepares to leave the White House?

The kiosk near 18th Street and Columbia Road NW now has a “#AdMoThanksObama” chalkboard for well-wishers to leave messages for Obama.

If you head outside in Adams Morgan or other neighborhoods around D.C., partly sunny skies will prevail Saturday, with the temperature getting up to the upper 40s, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature also is expected to reach the upper 40s Sunday, but under cloudy skies.

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

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by Tim Regan — November 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Khachapuri

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.

Tuesday

Georgian Table Cooking Class
Anthony Bowen YMCA (1325 W St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

The recreation center will host a cooking class put on by The Georgian Table, a local blog dedicated to sharing the cuisine and culture of the country.

A People’s Choir Sing-Along: Cravings
DC9 (1940 9th St. NW)
7:30-9:45 p.m.

A crowd of total strangers will meet to sing pop songs related to a particular theme. This month’s theme is “cravings,” or songs about longing and desire.

Wednesday

Queer Girl Movie Night: November Edition
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8 p.m.

This month’s “Queer Girl Movie Night” at Mount Pleasant indie theater Suns Cinema will serve as a post-election “space to heal,” according to organizers. The movie night regularly highlights films that elevate queer women.

Thursday

One Year Anniversary
CRISP Kitchen + Bar (1837 1st St. NW)
5 p.m.

The Bloomingdale chicken restaurant and bar will celebrate its first birthday with $1 specials and shots and (presumably free) high fives.

Friday

Christkindlmarkt
Heurich House Museum (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
4 p.m.

The historic Dupont Circle mansion and museum is scheduled to hold a three-day holiday market beginning Friday afternoon. More than 40 local artisans and vendors will set up shop at the mansion to sell their wares.

Saturday

The History and Politics of Gentrification in Mt. Pleasant
D.C. Public Library, Mt. Pleasant (3160 16th St. NW)
1-3 p.m.

How did the neighborhood get its start? How did racial housing policy shape the neighborhood’s development? How is the neighborhood now being “sold” to the public? Scholars will help answer questions like these and more during this discussion.

Columbia Heights Tree Lighting Extravaganza
Civic Plaza
6:30-8:30 p.m.

This year’s annual tree-lighting party will include complimentary cocoa, candy canes, carol and maybe even a visit from Santa.

Sunday

TamalFest
Bell Multicultural High School (3101 16th St. NW)
1-5 p.m.

During the festival, “a stellar group of local tamal makers” will dole out samples and compete to see who steams the best tamale.

Monday

Songbyrd Music Trivia
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477-2475 18th St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Songbyrd’s music experts are writing questions in anticipation of this music trivia event. “Stay tuned for more info, and in the meantime, brush up on your music knowledge,” the bar said on its Facebook page. “Wikipedia is a good resource.”

Photo via Facebook / The Georgian Table

by Tim Regan — November 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

Thanksgiving dinner (Photo via Flickr/icoNYCa)

Thanksgiving is nearly here and D.C. is a ghost town. Hopefully, all your holiday preparations are done and you’re already relaxing.

If you’re here in D.C. this week, you’ll get some standard fall weather with a high temperatures in the low-to-upper 50s through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Thanksgiving could be rainy, but it’s expected to be sunny and clear this weekend, forecasters said.

As a reminder, we’re taking the holiday off. We’ll be back with local news on Monday, Nov. 28.

Here’s what else you need to know to make the most of your Thanksgiving holiday and the rest of your week:

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by Tim Regan — November 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm 0

Shakespeare in the Pub, photo by Kevin Hollenbeck

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.

Tuesday

Black Lives Matter Benefit
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe (2477-2475 18th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Comedians and musicians will help raise money for the local Black Lives Matter chapter.

Wednesday

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

The indie go-go band from Reston is scheduled to perform at the U Street music venue.

Thanksgiving Eve Party
Service Bar (928 U St. NW)
9 p.m.-3 a.m.

The newly opened U Street bar will celebrate “Black Wednesday” with whiskey and DJs spinning tunes. The following day, on Thanksgiving, the bar will host a coat drive.

Do You Need a Hug?
Rendezvous Lounge (2226 18th St. NW)
8-10 p.m.

Comedians in need of a hug are slated to try out their best “sad sack bummertown cry on a bus” jokes during this Adams Morgan show.

Friday

Black Friday Comedy Blackout
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
8 p.m.

Instead of shopping, these performers hope you attend their Thanksgiving-themed comedy event. 

Saturday

Shaw Holiday Tree Lighting
City Market at O (800 P St. NW)
1-5 p.m.

The tree-lighting ceremony will include live music, “electric train rides,” a moon bounce, ice sculpting and face painting. Then, at 5 p.m. sharp, local officials and business community representatives will light up the huge holiday display.

Sunday

Shakespeare in the Pub: Pericles
The Pinch (3548 14th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

An all-female cast will perform Shakespeare’s “Pericles” at The Pinch as part of a monthly series called “Shakespeare in the Pub.”

Photo by Kevin Hollenbeck

by Andrew Ramonas — November 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm 0

Gourds 'n' pumpkins (Photo via 14th and U Farmers Market)

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and D.C. is starting to empty out for the holiday.

But if you’re around this weekend, you’ll get some warm weather with a high temperature around 70 Saturday, with a chance of showers in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday the high temperature only is expected to reach the upper 40s. But it will be partly sunny.

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

(more…)

by Tim Regan — November 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Photo via Pretty Boi Drag

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.

Tuesday

HER Resiliency Center Fundraiser
Trim Salon (2700 Ontario Road NW)
6-8 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy drinks and light refreshments while learning about HER, a resiliency center aimed at helping women in need. Tickets are $40.

Wednesday

Metropolis Screening
Constellation Theatre Company (1835 14th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

The Constellation Theatre Company is scheduled to screen the famous Fritz Lang science fiction film “Metropolis” four nights this week. The screenings will be accompanied by an original score from musician and educator Tom Teasley.

Thursday

History and Hops
Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The event includes snacks and a tasting of three beers form Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company. Tickets are $30.

Friday

Trans and GenderQueer Game Night
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St. NW, suite 105)
7-9 p.m.

Locals gather to play cards and board games during this monthly game night. Those interested in going to the event can also bring their own games, organizers said.

Saturday

Plaid Ride
BicycleSPACE (440 K St. NW)
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cyclists clad in plaid are scheduled to roll down District streets this weekend. The ride departs at noon and ends up at Bardo (1200 Bladensburg Road NE).

4th Annual Double Denim Bar Crawl
Dupont Circle neighborhood
1-7 p.m.

Jean jackets, overalls and jean shorts will be fashionable during this bar crawl. Tickets cost $30.

Sunday

NaNoWriMo Comics Writing Workshop
Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW)
2-5 p.m.

Fantom comic staffers will lead budding writers through the ins and outs of penning comic books for National Novel Writing Month.

Pretty Boi Brunch Presents #PrettyBoiSundayService
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
2-5 p.m.

Eat brunch while watching drag kings strut their stuff at this Columbia Heights bar and restaurant. “Pastor Reverend Chris Jay will once again give you life during this spiritually uplifting drag king show,” organizers said. Tickets cost $20 or $25 at the door.

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Photo via Pretty Boi Drag

by Andrew Ramonas — November 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Meridian Hill Park

Any plans for the (long) weekend?

At Borderstan, we have Friday off for Veterans Day. We hope you don’t have to work, either.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be sunny, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to rise to the lower 60s Friday, around 50 Saturday and upper 50s Sunday.

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

(more…)

by Tim Regan — November 7, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle

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.

Tuesday

Fantom Comics Election Watch
Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

The comic book shop will celebrate election night with a watch party that includes free wine and a Wonder Woman costume contest. All proceeds from the event will go toward benefitting local organization Collective Action for Safe Spaces.

Never Trump Election Party
Lincoln Restaurant (1110 Vermont Ave. NW)
6:30-11:30 p.m.

Local “Never Trump” Republicans will meet to either clink their glasses in celebration or cry into their beer.

Election Night Watch Party
Nellie’s Sports Bar (900 U St. NW)
5 p.m.-1 a.m.

The U Street bar will hold a party with drink specials to wash away a day of anxiousness.

Yes We Canna Election Night Party
El Tamarindo (1785 Florida Ave. NW)
7-11 p.m.

The National Cannabis Festival is inviting all “Nasty Women, Deplorables and Hombres” to this election night party. The election-watching event will include a taco bar and happy hour specials.

Elect The Truth
ChurchKey (1337 14th St. NW)
5-11 p.m.

ChurchKey will serve six different versions of Flying Dog’s beer, The Truth, “including five, one-off, specialty casks.”

Wednesday

Italian Spirit Tasting
Ezra Paul Clothing (1608 17th St. NW)
6-8:30 p.m.

The Dupont Italian suit clothier will host a tasting of Don Ciccio & Figli spirits. RSVP is required for this event.

District Improv Festival
Source (1835 14th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

The 2016 District Improv Festival kicks off its four-day lineup of comedy shows with a performance from three local groups. The festival runs through Saturday.

Big Board Beer School
Big Board (421 H St. NE)
7-9 p.m.

Atlas Brew Works is slated to walk patrons through the ins and outs of brewing beer. The event costs $30 and includes six half-pours, one full pint, snacks and “brewery swag.”

Thursday

Zine Lab
Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

This monthly workshop from DC Zinefest gives locals a chance to try their hand at making small-press comics and zines.

Saturday

IcyCode Opening Party
IcyCode (2029 P St. NW)
3-6 p.m.

Dupont’s new ice cream roll shop is slated to hold a grand opening party with free samples.

Meet Up With Mendo
Sankofa Cafe (2714 Georgia Avenue NW)
10 a.m.-noon

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is scheduled to meet up with residents to talk about Ward 1.

Sunday

Chicken Crawl 5K
Glen’s Garden Market Dupont (2001 S St. NW)
11 a.m.

Tickets, which cost $10 online, include a local craft brew or a non-alcoholic local apple cider and help support Martha’s Table, which provides food to homeless locals and other people in need. Glen’s also will have food samples from its Thanksgiving menu available after the 5K.

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

Fall leaves at Meridian Hill Park

Two days of sunshine, along with an extra hour of sleep, are coming this weekend.

Clears skies are expected to prevail Saturday and Sunday, with high temperatures in the lower to mid 60s, according to the National Weather Service.

Daylight saving time also will end at 2 a.m. Sunday. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour.

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

(more…)

by Tim Regan — October 31, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Espita Mezcaleria mural

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.

Tuesday

Muerte y Misterio
Espita Mezcaleria (1250 9th St. NW)
5 p.m.

The Shaw restaurant will celebrate the Day of the Dead with complimentary mezcal tastings, special cocktails and face-painting at the bar.

Hannibal Buress
Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW)
6 p.m.

The Emmy-nominated comedian and actor will perform at the historic Howard Theatre. Tickets start at $27.50.

Wednesday

Perfect Liars Club
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
7:30-9 p.m.

Four performers will tell tales, but only three of them are telling the truth. Can members of the audience spot the liar in the group?

Thursday

BROWNfxck: How To Touch a Trans* Booty
HIPS 906 H St. NE
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Workshop attendees will learn how to navigate dating, relationships and sex with trans people. The session will touch on common questions, such as: How do I like trans people without fetishizing them? Does liking trans people change your sexuality?

Friday

“Awkward Sex … and the City”
The Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
9-10:30 p.m.

Performers will share their most awkward and imitate sex stories in front of a live audience. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show.

Saturday

Dance Yourself Clean
Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Patrons can shimmy to indie dance music from bands such as LCD Soundsystem, Sleigh Bells, Haim and Cut Copy.

Sunday

Israel Story Live
The Goldman Theater at the Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 16th St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

The team behind the Israel Story podcast will visit the District and perform a live version of their storytelling show.

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