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by Andrew Ramonas — May 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm 0

CinnaScone (Photo via Buttercream Bakeshop)

New food and drink options have popped up around town the last few days, just in time for weekend dining.

In Shaw, Buttercream Bakeshop and Right Spot Restaurant & Bar now are open. And Jimmy John’s is serving sandwiches for the first time on the U Street corridor.

But time is running out for the general public to hit BakeHouse near the 14th Street corridor. The retail portion of the bakery is closing after this Sunday.

If you head out Saturday, you’ll probably want an umbrella and a coat. Rain likely will fall throughout the day, with the temperature only expected to reach about 60, according to the National Weather Service. Mostly cloudy skies and an occasional sprinkle are in the forecast for Sunday, which should see a high in the mid-60s.

Here’s what else to expect this weekend:

  • The farmers market at 14th and U streets is happening rain or shine Saturday, with apples, asparagus and other food, according to its organizers.
  • The District’s annual Capital Trans Pride celebration is at the Reeves Municipal building (14th and U streets NW) Saturday.
  • The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will have a beer festival Saturday.

Photo via Buttercream Bakeshop

by Borderstan.com — May 20, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Sudhouse Hooch Room

Like discounted drinks and food? Like a free Borderstan T-shirt? Like the work of co-editors Andrew Ramonas and Tim Regan?

Borderstan has some good news.

We’ve reserved the Hooch Room on the upper floor of Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW) for a Borderstan community happy hour on Thursday, June 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Join Ramonas and Regan for $3 beers, $6 Moscow mules, $3 orders of sweet potato bacon fries and $6 veggie burgers. We’ll also have Borderstan T-shirts for the first 15 people who show up.

This is an open invite. But we’d really appreciate it if you RSVP ahead of time.

If you have any questions, let us know by emailing or tweeting at us.

Hope to see you there!

by Andrew Ramonas — May 16, 2016 at 4:55 pm 0

Adams Morgan Movie Nights poster

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

Tuesday

“Inside Out” at Adams Morgan Movie Nights
Marie Reed Elementary School soccer field (18th and California streets NW)
About 8:45 (30 minutes after sunset)

A Pixar film starring anthropomorphic emotions will kick off this year’s Adams Morgan Movie Nights series.

Wednesday

D.C. Dumps Trump
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
6:30-9 p.m.

DC Unite Against Hate will host an anti-Donald Trump event with a photo booth, trivia table and slam poet Julian David Randall.

Thursday

David Liebe Hart
Songbyrd Music House (2475 18th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

A musician best known for oddball original songs and masterful puppetry will ply his trade in Adams Morgan.

Friday

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

Seth Reiss of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and other humorists will read “their most literary humor,” according to an event organizer.

Monday, May 23

Tiny Art in a Matchbox
Shaw Library (1630 7th St. NW)
7 p.m.

The Shaw Library will host a session on small diorama making with matchboxes.

Photo via Adams Morgan Movie Nights

by Tim Regan — May 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

Dog in Logan Circle 2

Updated at 10:48 a.m. Friday: The National Park Service contacted us to clarify its rule regarding the park’s inner circle. As it turns out, some of the information originally given to us was “incorrect.” Humans and dogs alike are banned from entering the circle. The NPS initially told us that only dogs were banned from that part of the park.

We’ve updated this article to reflect the clarification.

Yesterday, we reported on a dog fight between some Logan Circle locals and the National Park Service.

The disagreement centers on whether dogs should be allowed in the small, fenced-off circle that surrounds the statue of Major General John A. Logan in Logan Circle park. (As an aside, it’s important to mention that leashed dogs are allowed to play in the surrounding park itself, just not the area around the statue.)

The NPS says dogs should not be allowed in the inner circle, citing possible damage to the statue and grass around it. But members of a group called Logan Circle Dogs are crying foul.

In the comments section of our article, one reader pointed out “there is also a dog park ‘ruffly’ 2 blocks away [from Logan Circle]. I understand using the circle for neighbors to take their dogs out for a quick potty break, but having dogs play around it when there is a good park nearby doesn’t make any sense.”

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by Tim Regan — May 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm 0

Photo via Twitter : Golden Triangle BID

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

Thursday

Happy Hour Live Video Game Performance
Spooky Action Theater (1810 16th St. NW)
7 p.m.

Audience members compete against each other in a race to solve a series of puzzles performed onstage by real actors, much like a video game come to life.

Friday

Puppies at Farragut Fridays
Farragut Square
All Day

Farragut Square will once again become an outdoor office and a picnic spot during the first event in this year’s weekly series. And this week has an added bonus: puppies!

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by Tim Regan — May 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Funk Parade (Photo via Funk Parade)

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

Monday-Friday

Star Wars Week
Eat the Rich (1839 7th St. NW)

Eat the Rich will resemble Mos Eisley Cantina between May 2 and 6 for “Star Wars Week.” The bar will sling sci-fi cocktails and its bartenders will dress up to celebrate the event.

Tuesday

Taste of Adams Morgan
Throughout Adams Morgan
5 p.m.

Nearby restaurants will throw open their doors for the annual Taste of Adams Morgan celebration, an event that invites the public to “stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

Friday

Farragut Fridays
Farragut Square
All Day

Farragut Square will once again become an outdoor office and a picnic spot during the first event in this year’s weekly series.

Saturday

Funk Parade
U Street and the surrounding area
10 a.m.

More than 40 performers — including headlining act and legendary go-go band Rare Essence — are scheduled to play at 12 outdoor performance areas and 15 music venues during this year’s festival.

Adams Morgan Concert Series Kick-off
BB&T Bank plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW
5 p.m.

The opportunity to pick up a Hula-Hoop and “shake your groove thang” to the beat of live music is coming back to an Adams Morgan plaza.

Around the World Embassy Tour
Northwest D.C.
3 p.m.

40 non-EU embassies located in Northwest D.C. will open their doors to all comers who want to experience those countries’ food, art, dance, fashion and music.

Free Comic Book Day
Fantom Comics in Dupont and Big Planet Comics on U Street
All Day

Dupont’s Fantom Comics and Big Planet Comics on U Street will dole out free special edition comics for this annual national holiday.

Monday

Collaboration Brewing With Port City and Schlafly
Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Alexandria’s Port City Brewing Company and Schlafly, a Saint Louis brewery, will present an “evening on collaboration brewing.” Reprensentatives from both breweries “will discuss historical styles of beer, changes in styles over the past 30 years and their effect on the industry, and the role and significance of collaborations.”

Photo via Funk Parade

by Tim Regan — April 22, 2016 at 3:25 pm 0

Espita Mezcaleria bottles 4

The weekend is almost here, but it’s raining. You take the good with the bad, right? Hope you’ve managed to stay dry so far. What do you have planned? Hopefully something fun.

The National Weather Service predicts wet weather tonight and possibly tomorrow, with warm weather and maybe even a little sun on Saturday. And if you’re looking to fire up the grill, Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high near 70.

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

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by Tim Regan — April 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

Photo via Instagram : Golden Triangle BIDIf you’re reading this post, you (very likely) live on the planet known as Earth. And since you live there, why not clean up the place every once in a while? It’s a real mess sometimes, to be honest.

If you’re interested in pitching in, you’re in luck. There are plenty of ways to participate in the festivities tomorrow and this weekend. Here are just a few of them.

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by Borderstan.com — April 8, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

D.C. Police are cracking down on the illegal dirt bike and ATV drivers that have been spotted tearing down 14th Street, U Street and Shaw, in addition to countless other parts of the city.

In a press conference held yesterday, Chief Cathy Lanier vowed to “pursue relentlessly these illegal ATVs and dirt bikes and move forward with their destruction.” Not by actual police pursuit, Lanier clarified, but by identification.

As part of its new operation to find and charge the drivers, the department yesterday released 245 photos of them in various states of fist pump and wheelie. We took a look through every single photo and noticed that flashy clothing, Macho Man goggles, biker helmets and skull masks seemed particularly popular.

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by Tim Regan — April 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Screenshot from BizBuySell.comWe often write about local businesses opening or closing. What we don’t usually cover are the transactions in between — like when a business is sold to a new owner — even though business sales are quite common.

Our sister publication ARLnow.com took a look through the Arlington listings of a major business broker marketplace and found some interesting — and mysterious — listings. And it inspired us to do some digging this afternoon.

Though the businesses often go unnamed in these listings, there are details that provide clues as to which business it may be. (Full disclosure: we can’t be 100 percent sure that all listings are up to date.)

Anyway, we thumbed through the D.C. listings earlier today and highlighted some of what we found. Here are just some of the interesting local businesses that are currently listed on the site:

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by Tim Regan — March 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

The Nuclear Security Summit will be in town Thursday and Friday, and it might bring with it a mess for commuters.

International heads of state and government officials will convene at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Thursday and Friday, meaning street closures, parking restrictions and even the temporary shuttering of the Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center Metro station.

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by Tim Regan — February 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm 2 Comments

City squirrels have hard lives. Long hours spent outdoors. Nothing to eat but acorns and tree bark. Constant harassment from urban hawks.

It’s not surprising, then, that one might want to curl up with a good read and just chill out for once.

This tree rodent was spotted lugging a large wad of newsprint up the side of a house on P Street NW yesterday afternoon. While several onlookers held their breath, the squirrel perilously tugged its prize up a black metal fire escape and out of view. (more…)

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