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

Photo via Facebook / Pizzeria Paradiso

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

Facebook Monologues - Host, photo via Dee Ahmed

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

Super Art Fight

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

Khachapuri

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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 21, 2016 at 4:55 pm 0

Shakespeare in the Pub, photo by Kevin Hollenbeck

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

Photo via Pretty Boi Drag

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

Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle

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

Espita Mezcaleria mural

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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.

by Tim Regan — October 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm 0

High Heel Race 2015

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Tuesday

30th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race
17th St. NW between Riggs Place NW to P St. NW
7 p.m.

Scores of people are expected to line up along a portion of 17th Street NW tomorrow night to watch runners in high heels and larger-than-life costumes sprint down the block.

Wine Tasting at the Slovenian Embassy
Slovenian Embassy (2410 California St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Attendees can sample wines crafted by two Slovenian women vintners during this tasting event. Proceeds from the event help support local nonprofit Dupont Circle Village. Tickets are $50.

Spooky Quiz Trivia Night
Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th St. NW)
8:30-10:30 p.m.

This “spooktacular” trivia night tests players’ knowledge on topics such as horror movies, ghost stories and phobias. The event will also include freebies and beer from Elysium Brewing.

Wednesday

PumpkinPalooza
Storey Park (1005 1st St. NE)
5 p.m.

A lot in NoMa will be transformed into a festive pumpkin patch next week as part of an annual fall celebration. The event will include food trucks, a bluegrass band, pumpkin carving and a chance to pet some animals. Additionally, NoMa BID will provide pumpkins and carving tools for the first 200 people who show up for the party.

Scary-Oke
Rendezvous Lounge (2226 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

People in spooky costumes are scheduled to sing equally spooky songs during this free event. Though costumes aren’t required to attend, songs must be scary.

Thursday

Adams Morgan Fright Night
Kalorama Park (1875 Columbia Road NW)
6-9 p.m.

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District is scheduled to have a movie screening during its family-friendly “Adams Morgan Fright Night.” The event also is slated to include a costume contest.

Deon Cole at DC Improv
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

Comedian and actor Deon Cole will take the stage at this Dupont comedy venue for four nights. Tickets cost $25-$27.

Friday

Slash n’ Bash Costume Party
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8 p.m.-3 a.m.

This Mount Pleasant indie cinema will host its first-ever Halloween party. The festive event will include costumes, a free horror movie screening and “spooky tunes.”

“M” Film Screening
Heurich House (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
6-9 p.m.

Attendees can watch a screening of “M,” a classic Fritz Lang film about a child predator on the loose in Berlin. Following the film, guests can tour all three floors of the Brewmaster’s Castle, from the basement boiler room to the doll collection in the second floor bedrooms.

Saturday

HA!lloween: Part Theme Party, Part Comedy Show, All Hallows’ Eve
Bier Baron Tavern (1523 22nd St. NW)
4-7:30 p.m.

Bier Baron Tavern’s Halloween-themed standup comedy show and theme party returns to the venue for its third year. The event will include local comics, costume parade, mummy wrap and “other macabre merriment.”

Spice vs. Street: Backstreet Boys vs. Spice Girls
Rock And Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE)
9 p.m.-2 a.m.

The H Street bar and music venue hopes to settle the age-old feud between Backstreet Boys enthusiasts and Spice Girls fanatics. DJs will spin throwback songs from both groups.

Sunday

Weird Al “UHF” Screening and Commentary
The Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St. NW)
8 p.m.

Yankovic, also known for “My Bologna,” “Amish Paradise” and other music parodies, is set to provide live commentary while the film. The show also is slated to include insights from New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, comedian Dave Hill and other yet-to-be-announced guests.

by Tim Regan — October 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

Photo via Instagram / Service Bar

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Tuesday

HallowZine
1811 14th St. NW
7:30 p.m.

Local storytellers will gather to tell spooky tales during this festive event that benefits the annual DC Zinefest.

Wednesday

Marie Reed PTA Fundraiser
Panera (3100 14th St. NW)
4-8 p.m.

Panera bread in Columbia Heights will donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to the Marie Reed PTA. To participate in the deal, patrons must show this flyer to their cashier. 

D.C. for Hillary Debate Watch Party
Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Hillary Clinton supporters are scheduled to cheer on their candidate during the third annual presidential debate at this Dupont beer hall.

Presidential Debate Watch Party
Ben’s Next Door (1211 U St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

The restaurant next door to Ben’s Chili Bowl will host a debate watch party with food, drinks and discussion.

Cult Classic Wednesday: FernGully
Atlas Arcade (1236 H St NE
8-11 p.m.

Locals can visit this H Street bar and arcade for a ’90s cartoon about fairies who live in the rainforest.

Thursday

Service Bar Grand Opening
Service Bar (928 U St. NW)
5 p.m.

U Street’s newest neighborhood bar is set to start serving seasonal cocktails and fried chicken sandwiches when it opens its doors this week.

Meeps Mystical Halloween Party
Meeps (2104 18th S.t NW)
6-9 p.m.

The Halloween event will include a tarot card reader, refreshments, specials and giveaways.

Blaguard’s 6th Anniversary Bash
The Blaguard (2003 18th St. NW)
5 p.m.

The Adams Morgan bar is celebrating its 6th birthday with food, a longer happy hour and free hats.

Friday

REI Flagship Store Opening
REI (201 M St. NE)
10 a.m.

Outdoor retailer REI has plans to throw a weekend-long block party with free food, performances and activities to celebrate the opening of its new 51,000 square foot flagship store in NoMa.

An Evening of Humorous Readings
DC9 Nightclub (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 Garrett Schlichte, Chris Scott, Tara Campbell and Jane Garfinkel.

Saturday

Miss Adams Morgan
Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave. NW)
6-11:30 p.m.

The drag pageant returns for it 29th year with a theme of “Lights, Camera, Action!” As always, attendees will vote for the Queen of Miss Adams Morgan.

Sunday

Pie Fest
Bourbon (2321 18th St. NW)
1-4 p.m.

Local bakers will supply the pies during this all-you- can-eat tasting. Attendees can vote for their favorite pies in the following categories: apple, fruit, nuts, chocolate, savory, “piepourri.” All proceeds will be donated to the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation.

Photo via Instagram / Service Bar

by Tim Regan — October 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm 0

Photo via Facebook / Old City Farm and Guild

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Tuesday

Scattered Orchestra
Blagden Alley
6-6:30 p.m.

Jazz musicians will simultaneously play the same tune throughout Blagden Alley. “Pedestrians experience the music differently depending on which street they walk past, the speed at which they walk, and by which direction they are headed,” organizers said.

National Coming Out Day Mixer
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
6 p.m.

One of the District’s largest gay bars is partnering with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs to host a celebration for National Coming Out Day next week. The mixer will include free light refreshments, a speech from the director of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Affairs, Sheila Alexander-Reid, and a cash bar.

This Is My Brave: The Show
Keegan Theatre (1742 Church St. NW)
6-8 p.m.; showtimes on Monday and Tuesday

The show features 15 individuals whose lives have been touched by mental illness. Performers share their stories through poetry, original music and personal essays. Proceeds from this show benefit Our Door Community Wellness Center.

Wednesday

DC Bike Party: Angels and Demons Ride
Dupont Circle Fountain
7:30-11 p.m

The DC Bike Party will gather for a spooky Halloween-themed ride across the District. After the ride, cyclists will gather at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club for a beer.

Thursday

October Tiny House Tour
Old City Farm & Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
6-7:30 p.m.

Attendees can tour the 145-square-foot Matchbox house located at Old City Farm & Guild. Photography, kids and animals are welcome.

Friday

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

Count your blessings, take your shots and eat your tots during this faux-religious live comedy show.

German Board Game Night
Goethe-Institut Washington (1990 K St. NW)
5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Play German board games like Settlers of Catan, Alhambra and Tigris and Euphrates with a drink in hand. This event is held in conjunction with Labyrinth Games and Puzzles.

Saturday

Patio Party
Colony Club (3118 Georgia Ave. NW)
5 p.m.-1 a.m.

Beer specials, food trucks, ping pong, “party vibes” abound at this party in Park View.

Photo via Facebook / Old City Farm and Guild

by Tim Regan — October 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Nellie's on U Street

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Tuesday

Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
JR’s Bar (1519 17th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Latino Victory Project and Environmental Defense Action Fund will host a watch party for the Kaine-Pence debate. The free event will include games of Loteria. Those interested in attending must RSVP.

D.C. For Hillary Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party
Sauf Haus (1216 18th St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Clinton supporters are slated to cheer on Tim Kaine during this free event at the Dupont beer hall.

National Taco Day
El Tamarindo (1785 Florida Ave. NW)
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Adams Morgan Mexican restaurant celebrates National Taco Day with $2 tacos and $3 margaritas.

Wednesday

Pig Roast and Hootenanny
Exiles Bar (1610 U St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

This party will include a pig roast, beer pairings, spiked apple cider and a family-style buffet. The event will also include games like cornhole and darts along with a chance for partygoers to make some music. Tickets are $45.

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

Zine Lab: D.C. Punk Archive Edition
Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th St. NW)
7:30 p.m.

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

Judah Friedlander
DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7:30 p.m.

That guy who wore those funny hats on “30 Rock” will perform three nights at Dupont’s DC Improv. 

Friday

Yoga in the Garden
Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Locals will have the chance to roll out a mat and work on their poses outdoors during this free event.

Saturday

“Thingamajig” Gear Swap
Wunder Garten at NoMa (1st and L streets NE)
2-6 p.m.

Locals will be able to swap, sell and purchase used outdoor gear during the event. Outdoor retailer REI will also sell “top-quality used gear” during the swap. Tickets cost $10 for non-members.

Town and Country
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Want to learn to line dance? Here’s your chance. Every other Saturday, D.C. Rawhides hosts this event of line dancing and socializing with lessons for all who want them.

Sunday

Presidential Debate Watch Party
Nellie’s Sports Bar 900 U St NW
9-11 p.m.

The U Street bar will serve $15 Bud product buckets to help patrons through the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Learn to Make Paneer
Pansaari (1603 17th St. NW)
3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Dupont event space and eatery will teach attendees how to make “real” paneer with whole milk. Tickets cost $65 per person.

Pretty Boi Brunch
Acre 121 (1400 Irving St. NW)
12-3 p.m.

Eat brunch while watching drag kings strut their stuff at this Columbia Heights bar and restaurant. Tickets cost $40 and include brunch and bottomless drinks.

Monday

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

A crowd of total strangers will meet to sing pop songs related to a particular theme. This month’s theme is “friends and family.”

by Borderstan.com — September 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm 0

St. Francis door (Photo via Facebook/Luther Place Memorial Church)

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Tuesday

Fall Flavors Cooking Class with From the Farmer
YMCA Anthony Bowen (1325 W St. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Students can learn to make fall foods such as “an all natural pumpkin spice latte” during this cooking class. Tickets are $25 for  YMCA and From the Farmer members and $35 for everyone else.

Banned Books Panel
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
8 p.m.

Deb Heard, executive director of the Hurston/Wright Foundation and a former editor of the Washington Post Style page and Dana Williams, professor of African American literature and chair of the English department at Howard University, are scheduled talk about diversity, censorship and supporting authors in need of help.

Wednesday

Underground Comedy
The Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut Ave. NW)
8-10 p.m

Comedian Carlos Anthony will bring his stand-up act to the Big Hunt. Admission is free.

Friday

Funk and Fire Fundraiser
Old City Farm & Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
8-10 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will host Kung-Fu Lion Dancers and fire performers to raise money for a dance group to put on the first-ever, first full-length flow arts show in the District. Admission is $10.

Podcast Culture Presents: #PodcastDay Happy Hour 2016
Sudhouse (1340 U St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Sudhouse will celebrate Podcast Day with music, drinks and podcast trivia. Podcast hosts Cerrome Russell from the “Bad Advice Show” and Nicaila Matthews from “SideHustlePro” will run the party. Tickets are $20, which includes one drink ticket and podcast swag.

Saturday

PorchFest
Adams Morgan (various locations)
2-6 p.m.

Stoops and porches around Adams Morgan once again will become intimate venues for jazz, rock and other music. At 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, concertgoers can pick up maps to guide them around the shows.

Witches’ Night: Octoberween Celebration
Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW)
9 p.m.-12 a.m.

The Dupont Circle comic book store will celebrate “all things spooky and scary” for “witches and magical women of all types,” according to a Facebook event post. Costumes are encouraged.

Fitness & Health Day in the Triangle
457 Massachusetts Ave. NW
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will have neighborhood fitness and health businesses, live music and food.

Sunday

Feed the Homeless at Franklin Park
Franklin Park (901 14th St. NW)
12-3 p.m.

Locals are encouraged to bring food and clothes to help the homeless at Franklin Park.

Pet Blessing
Luther Place Memorial Church (1226 Vermont Ave. NW)
2-3 p.m.

Luther Place Memorial Church will host a blessing for pets in front of the St. Francis door.

Photo via Facebook/Luther Place Memorial Church

by Tim Regan — September 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm 0

Town Danceboutique 2016

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

Cheese Tasting
Glen’s Garden Market Shaw (1924 8th St. NW)
6:30-8:39 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.

Paint like Picasso
ArtJamz (1728 Connecticut Ave. NW)
7-9 p.m.

Locals curious how Picasso became famous for painting like a “three-year-old” can learn the painter’s secrets during this class. 

Wednesday

Astronomy on Tap
DC9 Nightclub (1940 9th St. NW)
8-10 p.m.

Amateur astronomers can quaff beers while learning about the heavens above. The event includes three discussions on interstellar topics such as “Aliens: The Science Behind the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence” and “Earthlike, schmearthlike – what’s the deal with Proxima B?”

J-Film: The Birth of Sake
Japan Information and Culture Center (1150 18th St. NW, Suite 100)
6:30-9 p.m.

Learn how artisans ply their trade at a 144-year-old brewery in Japan during this film screening. Patrons can also sample the sake produced at the film’s brewery after the event.

Thursday

Queer Girl Movie Night: Back to School Edition
Suns Cinema (3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW)
8-11 p.m.

Indie theater Suns Cinema will screen “Loving Annabelle” during this event. “We want to focus on the representation of queer women in film, but this does not limit who is invited to this space,” organizers said. “People of all genders, sexualities, and presentations are welcome.”

Cook Korean Author Talk and Demonstration
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St. NW)
7-10 p.m.

Graphic novel artist and author Robin Ha will talk about her new illustrated recipe book, “Cook Korean,” and demonstrate a few cooking tips.

Friday

Mind, Body and Spirits: A Yoga Happy Hour
Busboys and Poets (2021 14th St. NW)
5-7 p.m.

Patrons can bend their bodies then imbibe some spirits during this yoga event.

Saturday

Town and Country
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW)
6:30 p.m.

Want to learn to line dance? Here’s your chance. Every other Saturday, D.C. Rawhides hosts this event of line dancing and socializing with lessons for all who want them.

Princess
9:30 Club (815 V St. NW)
Doors at 7 p.m.

Gretchen Lieberum and “Saturday Night Live” star Maya Rudolph channel Prince during this cover band performance.

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