by Borderstan.com October 9, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,096 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

"Satellite Room"

Satellite Room is behind the 9:30 Club.(Luis Gomez Photos)

Satellite Room, the latest dining addition to the U Street area, is now up and running, giving concert go-ers a reason to show up before the 9:30 Club’s doors open.

The new restaurant (located directly behind the 9:30 Club) has a menu bursting with diner-style food (think burgers, tacos, meatloaf and pancakes) and even serves booze-laden milkshakes. The decor also sticks with the diner theme, only a bit more rock-and-roll than ’50s prep. Some pictures from Urban Daddy give us a peak at the red booths and the exposed brick.

Satellite Room is at 2047 9th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com July 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm 1,279 0

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]borderstan.com.

"Scissor Sisters"

Scissor Sisters at the 9:30 Club. (Khelan Bathia)

Happy Heat Wave, Borderstanis. It’s been a while since I’ve written a music review…mostly because I haven’t been to a concert in over six weeks. (Yes, Borderstan still doesn’t have a regular concert contributor. Yes, the editors are still looking for one. Interested?)

My self-imposed melodic drought came to an end on July 3, when a friend asked me if I’d like to accompany him and a few others to see the Scissor Sisters, part two of their back-to-back concerts at the 9:30 Club. Ok, before I go any further, it’s full disclosure time. I’m not the biggest fan of the Scissor Sisters. Don’t get me wrong, I dig some of their songs, but they’d never crack my top 20 bands/artists list of all time. Not to mention, I’ve already seen them once when they opened for Lady Gaga early last year at the Verizon Center (a non-ideal music venue in my humble opinion). So really, I never intended to see them again.

But I do love the idea of spontaneously going to see live music. (Living in Austin for 10 years will do that to you.) And it was technically a “weekend” night considering that I, like a good portion of the District, had the 4th off from work. So why the hell not. Right?

You know, sometimes, it takes seeing a band in the right place at the right time with the right attitude to become a lifelong fan. At approximately 11:01 pm on Tuesday, July 3rd, I became that lifelong fan. It certainly didn’t hurt that Jake Shears, Ana Matronic and the rest of the gang kicked off the set with one of my favorites, “Any Which Way,” a tribute to its disco forefathers. The rest of the evening felt like an unbelievably fun party scored by a medley of tracks–old and new–including “Comfortably Numb” (yep, the remake of the Pink Floyd song), “Take Your Mama,” “Only the Horses,” “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’,” (ironic, that the whole place erupted in a dance party), and “Let’s Have a Kiki,” a recent club hit reminiscent of early 90s house tracks by Deee-Lite and Crystal Waters.

Speaking of Kikis (slang of a get-together where the participants dish a little gossip and dirt), the highlight of the evening for yours truly was when Matronic brutally took-down an audience member in the front row for texting or tweeting during the band’s performance. Listen, I’m a social media nut, but sometimes you gotta put down the iPhone and experience life, especially during an amazing concert. Plus, there’s nothing more frustrating than seeing someone elbow their way to the front, then stand there like a mannequin (or, in this case, not pay attention). This is a gift; don’t squander it.

All-in-all, “this kiki was marvelous.” Even though they didn’t play “Filthy/Gorgeous.”

That’s it for me this time, kids. Stay cool!

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by Borderstan.com June 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,453 0

"Soundbites DC"

Soundbites DC was the perfect mix. (Chelsea Rinnig)

Borderstan welcomes new contributor From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com

9:30 Club and DC Central Kitchen teamed up recently to host another successful Soundbites DC.  Under the groovy guise of a sixties tie-dye, outdoor music festival, DC music lovers and foodies reveled in tastings from the city’s best restaurants.  I had the good fortune to be one of them.  Tents lined V Street NW outside the 9:30 Club with vendors hawking tasting plates ranging from Shake Shack’s Oatmeal Pie frozen custard, to Indique’s chicken tikka masala, to Pepe the Food Truck’s Spanish ham and cheese. And with all food donated by the local restaurants themselves, ticket sales directly benefited DC Central Kitchen.

With my hand finally stamped and my mouth hanging open, I realized fairly quickly after cleareing the gates that I couldn’t simply eat my way from station to station; a Mac Rib slider from Sixth Engine, shrimp polenta from Policy, and a focaccia sandwich from Cork later, my strategy had to change.  The sheer volume of samplings gathered in one place imposed a degree of selectivity.  My passion for food and appetite to give each dish a chance drove me to literally overstuff myself.  Even so, it was physically impossible to taste every single dish.  Within the first 45 minutes, I was packed to the gills.

Nevertheless, I managed to sample a few of the dishes I knew I wouldn’t forgive myself for missing. One highlight included the ceviche from Pearl Dive Oyster Palace that otherwise would have required a two-hour wait on a Saturday night. A salty, crunchy tortilla chip was the vehicle for a tender and acidic octopus topped with red onion and cilantro. Mandu represented both East Asian flavors and upper Dupont’s 18th Street with a spicy kimchi and pork taco.

Herbivores, however, flocked to the Mediterranean dish at Room 11, offering one of the few vegetarian dishes at the event, tahini dressing and cayenne complimented the smoky, garlic roasted cauliflower well.  Meat eaters rejoiced over the range of sliders offered, but unfortunately those with more classic interpretations often went overlooked in favor of the more exotic renditions.  Harry’s Smokehouse provided a favorite, and practically a whole meal–the tasting plates (let alone my stomach) could hardly fit the juicy barbecued pulled pork slider, collard greens and cornbread.

Soundbites DC was the perfect marriage of philanthropy, music, and food, entirely designed and targeted for the active Washingtonian and highly representative of some of Borderstan’s very best. I keep my own bucket list of restaurants I have been meaning to visit, and this event allowed me to cross many of them off (and in quite the cost effective way). Knowing that the proceeds of ticket sales directly benefited DC Central Kitchen made the $40 deal even more delicious.

So what’s your strategy?  How do you survive the enormity of DC’s food festivals?  Let me know and I’ll try it out at DC’s next food event!

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by Borderstan.com May 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,423 0

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9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at [email protected]

If you’re looking for an excuse to listen to some local music, sip cocktails from the city’s most highly-regarded mixologists and sample bites from the District’s hottest restaurants and food trucks, then look no further.

This weekend, the 9:30 Club and DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) will host the 3rd Annual Sound Bites charity concert to benefit DCCK and the individuals it serves.

Music at this year’s event is curated by Eric Hilton of the Thievery Corporation, and includes Bone, Fur Feathers, The Archives, and Nappy Riddem, with a DJ Set by Eric Hilton.

Cocktails will be mixed by libation-enlightened employees from Oyamel, The Passenger, Fujimar and The Gibson. Food will be provided by local favorites, including BONMI, Borinquen, Cork, Harry’s Smokehouse, Indique, Policy, Taylor Gourmet and more!

The event starts at 5 pm at the 9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW – tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.

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by Borderstan.com May 14, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,529 0

"Borderstan""Mike Snow"

Miike Snow is back. (Khelan Bhatia)

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]borderstan.com. You can find him at the 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, Blackbird, American Ice Company, or dj’ing every other Thursday or so at the Duplex Diner.”

Hi there, Borderstanis. Yep, still pinch hitting for the music column. Nope, they still haven’t found a regular. BTW, what do we all think of the column name “BorderSound?” Too on-the-nose? Too gauche? Well, it’s a work in progress.

As I mentioned last week, I’m a nut for music (there’s an argument to be made that I’m a nut. Full stop. But that’s neither here nor there). There are few things more elating than listening to a truly magnificent debut album from an up-and-coming artist. Especially when you can feel the raw talent traveling from the speakers (or earbuds) directly to your eardrums. It’s euphoric, really. Conversely, there’s nothing more disappointing than a mediocre (or truly terrible) second album by same artist.

You ask yourself, “This is not my beautiful band? This is not my beautiful sound? How did I get here?” (BTW, if you caught that reference, you’re my soul mate.) You can call it a sophomore-slump. You can call it sequel-itis. I’ll never call it back (or rather, I’ll pass by each track when I have my iPod on shuffle). Don’t get me wrong. There’s a tremendous amount of pressure the second time you come out of the gate. Make it too similar to the first and everyone calls you a one-trick pony. Make it too different and you risk alienating your audience.

And there are the few, wonderful, marvelous times, when an artist (or band you love) just outdoes his or herself. And that’s exactly how I felt when Miike Snow released their second album, “Happy to You” a couple of months ago. When I first discovered them (yes, them, it’s not just one guy, despite the misleading name), I was mesmerized by their ethereal, yet slightly sinister sound. Think of them as an electronic version of a Post-Revolver Beatles, without the Ravi Shankar influence. And then I went to their show back in February or March of 2010. It was one of those moments (well, the moment lasted about 45 minutes) that made me wish I could bottle up exactly what I experienced during their show at the 9:30 Club. It was completely superior to the already-excellent recorded album.

Fast forward a couple of years. I’ve been listening to “Happy to You” for the last few weeks, coming to the conclusion that it’s a worthy, if not slightly better, sophomore effort (IMHO, the percussion on the second album is better than the first). I’m anxiously awaiting their April 28 concert at 9:30, having bought my ticket months in advance. The day of the show arrives and in true OCD fashion, I get there right as the doors open so I can find just the right spot (and, of course, to catch Penguin Prison, the opening act — fantastic BTW). During that period between the end of the opening act’s set and before the main event begins (I affectionately refer to it as the Twilight Zone), a wave of panic passed through me. What if they’re not as good as I remember? What if the new album is a bit shit live?

And then… they come out. And there’s a spaceship on the stage.
A.
M*therF*cking.
Spaceship.

It goes without saying that the fear was replaced by a sense of… awesomeness? Is that the right word? Whatever, it was g*ddamn transcendent. Truly. Miike Snowe opened their set with “Enter the Jokers Lair,” the initial track on their second album. What followed was an hour-and-change of a back-and-forth between songs from the new album and the first album. The highlights for this reviewer were “The Wave,” a surreal pop song that begins with a military drum and “Paddling Out,” essentially their response to mid-90’s Mobyesque house music. After the concert finished, I left 9:30 with the realization that I saw lightning strike twice.

I just hope we won’t have to wait another few years before they return to the District. In a spaceship.

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by Borderstan.com March 29, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,399 0

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“Kasabian at 9:30 Club” is by specimenlife from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Kasabian at 9:30 Club” was taken by specimenlife on March 20.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com February 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm 1,967 0

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Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of “Portlanida” at  DC’s 9:30 Club.  (Laura Herman)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at laura[AT]borderstan.com.

A packed crowd of bespeckeled yuppies clapped eagerly as Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, of the IFC hit show, Portlandia, took the stage this past Tuesday night at the 9:30 Club for two sold out performances.

Their “Portlandia Live” tour takes a variety show format, combining clips of not-yet-aired footage from Season Two, musical numbers from the show, other guest appearances (this varies by city — but this week’s DC shows featured Eleanor Friedberger, who ROCKED OUT (but more on that later), with stand up comedy vignettes, a Q&A period, and other general musings shared by Brownstein and Armisen.

It’s immediately clear that Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are close friends, witty comedians, and talented musicians. Brownstein is well known for her work with indie girl rock band Sleater-Kinney and Armisen is a regular on Saturday Night Live, also with a musical background. But despite all this — and the genius of their cult hit sketch comedy show, as evidenced by the two back-to-back sold out shows– much of the evening fell a bit flat. The variety hour and a half  felt meandering, unrehearsed, and even awkward at times.

Sure, that slightly off-kilter and awkwardly self-aware appeal is what hooked many of us on Portlandia‘s particular brand of humor to begin with, but Brownstein and Armisen seemed either bored or nervous to be confronted by a live audience.

They began the night trying to chat up the crowd, asking questions like “What’s DC’s coolest coffee shop” (I CRINGED when someone yelled out a café in Virginia — NO.) and tried making ironic jokes about Georgetown being a hip, Portlandia-esque neighborhood, but the sincerity was missing. Maybe DC’s just not cool enough for them?

Or, more likely, I think, the 9:30 Club venue was just not conducive for the way the evening was designed; it would have been much better-suited to a smaller venue that allowed for more audience interaction, almost like a book tour, not a concert.

Certain bits of the show, like live vocals of “Dream of the 90s” and “She’s Making Jewelry Now,” as well as clips from future episodes (get excited for “Canoe Dance” — it’s Armisen’s physical comedy at its best) were great, and elicited serious applause and laughter from the crowd. Still, Brownstein and Armisen maneuvered clunkily through the different vignettes–video clips, monologues, banter, songs — onstantly marching on and off the stage without looking like they were having a lot of fun.

Brownstein and Armisen at DC’s 9:30 Club. (Laura Herman)

To this devoted fangirl, their nerdy awkwardness made them even more loveable and endearing. But critically, the whole evening felt haphazard and lacked much enthusiasm. This was strange, because the crowd was simply crazy about Fred and Carrie, applauding loudly, and yelling out already canonized cult lines like “Put a bird on it!;” “We can pickle that!;” and “A-O-RIVER!” Truth be told, I was impressed at how many other diehards were out there. Cacao.

After an uninspired Q&A, where Brownstein and Armisen fielded questions ranging from their favorite characters within the show to whether they are having sex (they decidedly sidestepped this one — lame), Eleanor Friedberger appeared out of nowhere–literally–materializing on stage to perform two of her own songs, including indie hit “Heaven.”

Friedberger’s size and sound dwarfed both Brownstein and Armisen, who slipped into the background to join the rest of the band and play supporting guitar as Friedberger sang. Unexpected, but not unpleasant altogether.

The evening ended abruptly as local artist, Mary Timony, joined the group on stage and strummed away during a cover of Patti Smith’s “Because the Night.” Friedberger clutched papers with the song lyrics, and Brownstein apologetically shared that this was their first time performing the song live. It was weird, but endearing.

After polite applause for the performance, Brownstein and Armisen thanked the audience and promptly fled offstage, ostensibly to go talk shit about the DC audience or slit their wrists at the idea of doing a second show that night. There was no encore.

All that said, I didn’t hate it. I laughed throughout. The performance was quirky and off, but it just made me want to be real life best friends with Fred and Carrie more than ever. They came across as real. They’re sketch comedians and writers, probably too awkward — l ike most of us — to pull off kitschy stand up.

They would have been more in their element with a coffee shop setting and format. So do I still love the TV show? Yes, of course. But was the live show worth my $40 dollars? Not really. Probably should have stayed home, re-watched Season One on Netflix, started an artisan knots collection and made some homemade pickles.

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by Borderstan.com November 22, 2011 at 8:56 pm 1,195 0

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News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Brightest Young Things announces the news that U Street Music Hall and 9:30 Club formed an alliance. The agreement on paper makes a lot of sense – U Street Music Hall will feature up and coming acts in the 9:30 Club’s Back Bar; 9:30 Club will present up and coming artists and electronic acts at U Street Music Hall.

The alliance provides some revenue and street cred for 9:30 Club and the cache of the 9:30 name for acts over at U Street Music Hall. For the fans, though, it’s a win-win kind of deal. A smaller venue at U Street provides an intimate setting for people to get up close and personal with their favorite acts.

As someone that geeked out over meeting Kim from Los Campesinos! this weekend, I can relate. What is NOT mentioned is any indication this move is to counter the influence of the newly opened Fillmore in Silver Spring (previous coverage at Washingtonian).

by Borderstan.com November 14, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,451 0

9:30 Club, specimenlife, Borderstan flickr pool

“Beach House” was taken February 27 at the 9:30 Club. Photo is from specimenlife in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Find him on Twitter @mike_kohn or drop him a line at [email protected].

9:30 Club Brings Home the Bacon

The 9:30 Club picked up the Top Club award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards. As MetroWeekly says, the award is entirely based on attendance, which shows just how popular the venue is for concerts. The amazing (though entirely believable) part is that these awards cover the globe before handing out these awards — which means that the Borderstan hot spot is the top attended club in the world. Congrats, 9:30!

Mova Moves to U Street

U Street Girl gave us a heads up about the opening of Mova, the gay bar formerly located on P Street NW and moved to 14th and W Streets NW. Apparently it did actually open its doors on Friday. I heard the grand opening was only alright and that they weren’t quite ready — but at least the drinks were free. Did anyone go? We want to hear more about it.

From Drinking to Working Out

After you check out Mova, there’s a new workout place opening soon on the U Street corridor. Also from U Street Girl, CrossFit Praxis is scheduled to open a 6,400-square foot facility at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW. If you sign up on the website by November 15 (yes, tomorrow), you can get a discounted membership. Mark your calendar for the open house next Saturday, November 19, featuring a BBQ and a workout (though the website makes it a little confusing and says that the offer for the discounted membership will still be good through then as well).

Condiments for Charity

Veterans Day was last Friday, and Heinz Ketchup, in conjunction with the Wounded Warriors Project and the USO, put together an interesting way of supporting the troops that is pretty easy to do: just reach for the ketchup. No, not just any bottle, but one of the special ones (like this one shown on WTOP) that has a QR code on it that you scan. You can send a thank you note or like the Heinz Ketchup Facebook page, and Heinz will donate 57 cents to Wounded Warriors for every one.

Got Something to Say?

There’s news to be shared around the city. We’ve posted about looking for contributors (and yes, we’re still looking!). And in case you’re looking for a more full-time commitment, DCist is in need of a new editor-in-chief as Aaron Morrissey steps down.

by Borderstan.com September 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm 1,832 3 Comments

Black Cat, Borderstan, live music, Luis Gomez Photos

It’s a big weekend for live music in Borderstan and beyond. Laura tells you what’s on tap. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected].

Usually the word “weekend” is music to my ears, but it’s especially true this week when there’s so much music on tap over the next few days (what, did you think I was going to sing?). Here’s a roundup of local Borderstan and DC area picks for what to do, see, eat and hear this weekend.

Thursday, September 8

  • First, leave B-stan (briefly) to stop by Georgetown’s Fashion’s Night Out. More than 100 stores and restaurants will be offering specials, giveaways and other treats. Including Rue 14 (1803A 14th Street NW) in Borderstan. Swing by for outfir consultations, a DJ, finger food and champagne. Fashion’s Night Out is always a good time, so peruse the full list different participants and activities here and get ready to shop ’till you drop…
  • …Drop it like it’s hot on the dance floor, that is. Maybe I’m a little biased since I’m helping to host, but The Blaguard (2003 18th Street NW) will be the.place.to.be. on Thursday night. DJs Ben and Zach of Ridgewood Social Club will be spinning original mash-ups at this inaugural Blaguard Thursday Night fete and there will be drink specials and surprises galore. Plus, I’ll be there! 10 pm. More info and RSVP here.
  • Orrrrrr, you could go see Ghostland Observatory at 9:30 Club (7 pm doors) — one of my faves, can’t wait to see them later this weekend — or swing by U Street Music Hall for a mega dance fest featuring Titsworth and Klever (10 pm).

Friday, September 9

  • Catch a bikram yoga class after work (Jana’s review is spot on).
  • Then, swing by weekly Friday Night Frights (two eps of Tales from the Crypt and drink specials) beginning at 7 pm at Black Cat and then stick around for the Grouplove show at 9 pm. Here’s one of my faves.
  • For something slightly more chill, check out Peter Bjorn at the 9:30 Club. 8 pm doors.

Saturday, September 10

  • FreeeeeeeeeeeeFessssssst! Head out to Merriweather for Virgin Mobile FreeFest, probably the best *free* concert you’ll ever go to. The line up is seriously awesome… this is worth the trek. If you are car-less like me, BYT and some other folks are organizing a bus and spots are going fast. More info here.
  • In the evening, ChurchKey (1337 14 Street NW) is hosting a jazz benefit from 2 to 6 pm featuring North Coast Brewing Company beers and live jazz. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
  • Then head down the street to Pearl Dive Oyster Bar‘s (1612 14th Street NW) pre-opening charity cocktail party, which begins at 6 pm and benefits juvenile diabetes. $30 advance tickets include passed snacks and support the cause. Cash bar.

Sunday, September 11

  • Pause. Do something that’s meaningful to you 10 years after September 11, 2001.
  • At night, go see Toro y Moi at Black Cat. Their last DC show was crazy sold out, so I’d recommend snagging tix in advance here. 8 pm.

Next Weekend

And finally, save the date for two more fun things happening next week…

by Borderstan.com August 26, 2011 at 10:20 am 2,144 5 Comments

DC State Fair, foodnewsie.com, Columbia Heights Day

Organizers of the DC State Fair and Columbia Heights Day were forced to postpone or cancel Saturday’s events. (Photo from Bryan at foodnewsie.com)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected]

It seems like we all have two options this weekend:

  1. Give in to earthquaccaneapocalypse and plan to wait out the storm (Come on, Irene) with lots of bottled water, candles and movies, or
  2. Brave the storm, get up and go this weekend, because there are still a ton of things going on.

Of course please be safe if Hurricane Irene lives up to all the hype, but I’d encourage you to grab your slicker and get on this weekend lineup:

Friday, August 26

  • Michael Jackson Birthday Celebration for the ages Celebrate MJ at 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW) presented by DJ Dredd. Doors at 9, tickets $15. Go prepared to dance.your.face.off.
  • You could also go check out weekly Friday Night Frights at Black Cat (1811 14 Street NW) and stick around for the Modern Man show at 9 pm, with openers Harper Blynn (really good) and The Dustys.

Saturday, August 27

  • UPDATE: Organizers were forced to cancel Columbia Heights Day. The good news is that the DC State Fair has only been postponed and entries for DC State Fair have been reopened. Columbia Heights Day and the DC State Fair are on todayrain or shine. Head uphill to C-Heights to celebrate the neighborhood festival featuring live music, vendors, a petting zoo (if that’s your thing?), and lots and lots of food trucks. Last year, my friend was crowned “King of Columbia Heights” and we stole his scepter later in the night. Good times, good times. Follow @ColHeightsDay for more info. Location for both events is 11th and Kenyon Streets NW on the Harriet Tubman Elementary School Field.
  • At night , it’s a pretty fair toss up between two reliably awesome dance parties: Bliss at U Street Music Hall (1115A U Street NW), or On and On at Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW).

Sunday, August 28

  • Artjamz also wraps up its summer residency at the Corcoran this weekend, so stop by and check it out. Plus, museums are always a good rainy day activity.

There you have it. What are YOU doing this weekend, Borderstan? Let us know what we missed, and stay dry out there.

by Borderstan.com July 28, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,662 0

“Beach House” is from specimenlife in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Beach House,” was taken by specimenlife on February 27 at the 9:30 Club.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com July 14, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,329 0

“Arctic Monkeys” is from specimenlife in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Arctic Monkeys,” was taken by specimenlife on May 18 at the 9:30 Club. Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com July 7, 2011 at 6:30 am 1,495 0

specimenlife, 9.30 Club, Foster The people

“Foster The People” is from specimenlife in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Foster The People,” was taken by specimenlife on June 22 at the 9:30 Club. Foster the People is an indie pop band from L.A.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm 1,599 0

Borderstan, Miss Pixie's Furnishings and Whatnot, 14th Street NW

1626 14th Street NW: “DANCE, DANCE, DANCE” this Friday at Miss Pixie’s from 6:30 to 8 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman. Follow her on Twitter @lmhhabs.

Spring is in the air. Whether you’re caught up in the Royal Wedding craze, trying to stake out a prime outdoor drinking location, or staying inside until the pollen disappears, get excited because the weekennnnnd is almost here. And per usual, no need to even leave the neighborhood!  Here are my picks to keep you nice and busy this weekend in and around Borderstan.

Friday

Well, wake up early to watch the Royal Wedding, if you’re into that. (Can you tell I couldn’t care less?) Then spend the morning at work checking out some excellent Wedding-related interwebs items.

DANCE at Miss Pixie’s! Fast forward to the evening…by now you’ve realized that I have a little thing for dance parties, so why not extend that to a dance performance? Go check out “DANCE, DANCE, DANCE” this Friday at Miss Pixie’s from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Local artists have planned a unique performance piece, set inside Miss Pixies, looping around the furniture and window display. The event is free, though the dancers request a door donation of $5 to $10. Something a little different? Totally. Check out Uprooted Dance and pro ekoh dance for more information.

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