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

Cupid's Undie Run (Photo via Cupid's Undie Run/Carol VanDyke Photography)

BREAKING: It’s cold.

And it’s going to get colder: The National Weather Service says it’s going to be frigid all weekend, with highs in the 20s Saturday and Sunday.

But Valentine’s Day might warm your frozen heart, right? And here’s a HOT piece of news: Presidents Day is Monday, meaning if you’re a federal worker or your employer is extra nice, you’ll have a three-day weekend.

Here’s what you need to know through Monday:

  • We’re off on Presidents Day this week, but we’ll be back with more neighborhood news Tuesday.
  • The Chinese New Year parade kicks off in Chinatown at 2 p.m. this weekend.
  • Escalators at the Columbia Height and Georgia Avenue stations will be shut down…for 35-45 weeks.
  • Sloppy Mama’s barbeque is taking over the kitchen at Solly’s this weekend.
  • Red Line trains will run every 6-20 minutes, shuttle buses will transport riders between some Green Line stations, says Metro.
  • Here’s where to find free coffee and roses on Valentine’s Day.
  • Cupid’s Undie Run is tomorrow.
  • A regional pinball league is currently recruiting for its spring league.

by Tim Regan — February 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm 0

HER_htsyod (1)An upcoming reception at Hemphill Fine Arts (1515 14th St. NW) is set to help raise money for a new nonprofit for women.

The reception will be held in conjunction with an exhibition from artist Colby Caldwell and will help benefit HER, a resiliency center aimed at helping women in need.

During the free event, patrons will be able to purchase a limited-run Caldwell print (pictured on the left) for $100. All proceeds from sales of the prints will be donated to HER.

When it launches later this month, the center will provide guidance, life skills and employment readiness training to young women between the ages of 18 and 25. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Philz Coffee (Photo via Facebook/Philz Coffee)San Francisco-based Philz Coffee and a Dupont nonprofit organization are planning to spread some love around town with free java and flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Philz is scheduled to have complimentary coffee at Roofers Union’s Jug & Table (2446 18th St. NW) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, according to an event post on Yelp. The coffeehouse chain is slated to open its first East Coast location at 1827 Adams Mill Road NW next month.

In the Dupont Circle park, Dupont Festival is set to offer free roses to passersby beginning at noon Sunday. The Dupont Circle Hotel has paid for 400 of the flowers for the second annual Valentine’s Day giveaway.

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

Nightmare on M StreetTwo St. Patrick’s Day bar crawls may not go forward as scheduled due to opposition from D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The board on Wednesday denied pub crawl applications for Project D.C. Events’ Shamrock Crawl in Dupont Circle and Lindy Promotions’ Leprechaun Lap planned to take place on U Street and in Chinatown and Dupont Circle.

Both pub crawls are scheduled to occur on March 12. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 12, 2016 at 10:35 am 7 Comments

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Muriel Bowser last night had tough words for critics of her plan to put homeless families in a new facility near the U Street corridor, telling locals their community has a responsibility to help the District’s poor.

Speaking before more than 100 residents crowded into a room inside the YMCA Anthony Bowen, Bowser defended her proposal to place up to 29 families in transitional housing at 2105-2107 10th St. NW by 2018 under her plan to close the D.C. General homeless shelter.

The property at 10th and V streets NW, which is about two blocks west of the 9:30 Club, currently includes an unused church and a vacant lot. But Bowser is looking to use the land for a “modern building [that] will complement the look and feel of the neighborhood,”  according to a handout from the mayor’s office. In addition to apartment-style housing, the facility is slated to have playground and recreation space, a computer lab for residents, a common dining area and ongoing support services and programming for families.

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by Tim Regan — February 12, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Cat paste

Kinetic Park in Limbo — Though a project to install kinetic pavers south of Dupont Circle has gone nowhere since it was approved in 2014, DDOT says it’s still on the to-do list. Once installed, the park’s pavers would generate electricity from pedestrians simply walking over them. [Washington Business Journal]

Wydown Team Plots H Street Opening — The owners of The Wydown on 14th Street have set their sights on H Street NE. [Eater]

Guess How Much — A three-story row house on Biltmore St. NW in the Kalorama neighborhood recently sold for $1.45 million, about 31 percent over its listing price. [WTOP]

Worst Dates Revealed — Hair bursting into flames. Patrons hitting on restaurant staff, mid-date. Political shouting matches. Read about the worst dates ever witnessed from 12 D.C. bartenders. [Express]

‘Top Chef’ Shuffle — Can Roofer’s Union chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley pull off a big victory in the latest season of “Top Chef?” Yes. Here’s how she stacks up against the competition. [Washington City Paper]

Valentine’s Day Rush — Read how Dupont-based flower delivery startup UrbanStems is preparing for its busiest day of the year. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — February 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Pizza places have the Super Bowl, supermarkets have Thanksgiving and Christmas and Dupont-based flower delivery startup UrbanStems has Valentine’s Day.

The company is stocking up on flowers and temporary staffers ahead of its busiest day of the year, said co-founder Jeff Sheely, who estimates the company will deliver thousands of bouquets this weekend alone. (more…)

by Tim Regan — February 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Convention Center hallConvention goers will soon be able to freely connect to the internet across every inch of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Events DC, the District’s “official convention and sports authority,” announced the expansion today.

“This expanded service, available this spring, will enable attendees visiting the Convention Center a level of complimentary Wi-Fi service to complete routine tasks such as checking email, utilizing social media tools and navigating online platforms and applications, hassle-free while enriching the guest experience,” the Events DC press release reads. “This enhanced Wi-Fi capability will also allow attendees the ability to get online with ease without depleting their personal mobile data.”

Though the center launched its free wi-fi service in 2011, wireless internet wasn’t freely available in areas like meeting rooms and exhibit halls, said Events DC spokeswoman Ashley Forrester.

Photo via Facebook / Events DC

by Tim Regan — February 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

Nightmare on M StreetABRA’s new emergency and proposed ruling regarding pub crawls now has the endorsement of Dupont Circle’s community leaders.

The rules, which were established on a trial basis last month, create a new event license fee for pub crawls, put a greater responsibility on organizers to clean up after events and give the board authority to veto bar-hopping events for any reason.

ANC 2B, the advisory neighborhood commission that covers Dupont Circle and the surrounding area, voted on a resolution to commend and comment on the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board’s rules during its general monthly meeting last night.

“[Some recent pub crawls] have been pretty tremendous in terms of the negative impact on the neighborhood,” said Noah Smith, 2B-09. “Litter, public safety, trash, noise issues. We’re talking about hundreds and thousands of people coming to the neighborhood. … and there is nobody responsible for cleanup and public safety while this is happening.”

Smith, who introduced the resolution, added that he “applauds the ABC board for adopting these emergency rules.”

Though Smith said he thought the rules were “pretty good” overall, he did recommend a list of changes, including asking ABRA to notify the ANC of future pub crawl applications and create a rule that would penalize businesses participating in unlicensed pub crawls. Smith also suggested that ABRA create a provision “that assures more than one pub crawl is not licensed at the same time in the same area.”

Commissioner Mike Silverstein, 2B-06 and ABC board member, said three pub crawl applications have been denied since the emergency rules were established last month.

“Pub crawls can be helpful to an area if they’re done right and if they’re small,” Silverstein said. “But if you bring in too many people for a neighborhood to handle, you’re going to discourage retail and all kind of other things. If it’s too big for the neighborhood, it’s not appropriate.”

The ANC supported the resolution by a vote of 7-0-1.

Impacted businesses and members of the public will be able to weigh in on the new rules during a hearing at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St. NW) on March 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

by Andrew Ramonas — February 11, 2016 at 9:25 am 0

Adams Morgan

Roofers Union in Adams Morgan Reviewed — Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Roofer’s Union (2446 18th St. NW) is in the national spotlight as she competes on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” But is her restaurant’s food good? The Washington Post has a review. [Washington Post]

Columbia Heights Metro Station Escalator Repairs Update — The escalator repairs at the west entrance of the Columbia Heights Metro station are slated to wrap up in April. When that work is done, escalator repairs on the east entrance to the station will begin. That project is expected to take about nine months to complete. [Park View, D.C.]

DDOT to Host ‘Hackathon’ Near Thomas Circle — The District Department of Transportation is set to hold a “Hackathon” at the OpenGov Hub (1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 500) on Saturday as part of an effort to help the agency analyze traffic safety data. [Washington City Paper]

Organic Juice Shop Opens on U Street Today — Jinsei Juice, a shop stocked with organic juice and tonics, has opened at 1626 U St. NW this morning. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — February 10, 2016 at 3:50 pm 1 Comment

Ward 1 residents are asking questions and sharing some concerns about a new transitional housing facility slated for construction in a currently vacant lot at 10th and V streets NW.

The new housing facility near the U Street corridor was announced yesterday in D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to close DC General. When fully constructed by 2018, the new units near the U Street corridor (2105-2107 10th St. NW) will house approximately 30 families and will include playground and recreation space, a computer lab for residents, a common dining area and ongoing support services and programming for families.

But some residents — namely those that live nearby — seem to be wary of the deal. (more…)

by Andrew Ramonas — February 10, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Trouble Funk performs at the 9:30 Club in 2015 (Photo via Facebook/9:30 Club/Lisa Walker)

The Story Behind 9:30 Club’s New TV Show — “Live at 9:30,” the forthcoming PBS television series filmed at the 9:30 Club, was years in the making as owner Seth Hurwitz worked to bring a show to the music venue that would capture what he called the “special magic that happens” there between the bands and the audience. [Washington Post]

At-Large Council Candidate Garber Attacks Councilmember OrangeAt-large Council candidate David Garber, who is running against incumbent Vincent Orange, is handing out palm cards that call on voters to “turn the page on [the] out of touch priorities” of the sitting councilmember. [Washington City Paper]

How a D.C. Native Became the Chef of Mulebone on 14th Street — D.C. native Joseph Paire got the job to lead the kitchen of Eatonville reboot Mulebone after winning a cooking competition hosted by owner Andy Shallal. The restaurant at 2121 14th St. NW is slated to open Friday. [Washington City Paper]

Dupont Yarn Shop Owner Talks of Knitting Renaissance — Jessica Boudreau, a co-owner of Looped Yarnworks at 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW, told WTOP that grandmas aren’t the only fans of knitting anymore. “We get everyone from older people, like grandmothers knitting for their grandkids, to college students who buy their supplies to knit Christmas presents so their friends all get fun hats, or to de-stress when they’re doing finals,” she said. “Or there are people like me, I’m just a mid-thirties girl.” [WTOP]

Photo via Facebook/9:30 Club/Lisa Walker

by Tim Regan — February 9, 2016 at 3:40 pm 0

The Super Bowl commercial that had Mike Tyson singing the Michael and Son jingle also starred some local talent: a bartender from Madam’s Organ (2461 18th St. NW).

Sam Crossed, who works at the Adams Morgan bar and moonlights as a real-life professional boxer, is the man laid out by Iron Mike in the 30-second advertisement.

“It’s almost like I hit the lottery, honestly,” Crossed said of his big role. (more…)

by Tim Regan — February 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Post Pub reopened Feb 9

The Post Pub is once again open after a food safety and hygiene inspector reported it had an “infestation of vermin” and issues with its plumbing and refrigerators last week.

The Post Pub at 1422 L St. NW reopened today after it was closed by the D.C. Department of Health last Thursday. The restaurant passed a follow-up health department inspection, allowing it to serve customers again. (more…)

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