by Andrew Ramonas October 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

Dog in costume, photo courtesy of Shaw Dog Park

Kids in cow costumes, dogs dressed as construction workers and masked grown-ups might all find their way to the Borderstan coverage area this weekend.

Local businesses and groups are getting into the Halloween spirit early with events for children, adults and pets Saturday and Sunday.

For those of you heading outdoors Saturday, the temperature is expected to reach as high as the mid-60s, under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature likely will fall to the low 50s during the evening.

On Sunday, clouds are expected to increase, and there’s a 50 percent chance it will rain. The temperature likely will rise to the mid-60s before dropping to upper 40s in the evening.

Here’s your guide for the weekend:


  • The 5th Annual Little Goblins Parade for children will start at Logan Circle NW at 1 p.m. Saturday.
  • Porches and stoops throughout Adams Morgan will play host to street musicians as part of PorchFest from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
  • Locals can taste apples and see who comes out on top in a apple pie baking competition during the Adams Morgan Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the SunTrust Plaza (18th Street and Columbia Road NW).
  • Shaw Dog Park’s “Howl-O-Ween” event for canines is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Ten Shaw bars — including Ivy and Coney, Dino’s Grotto and Shaw’s Tavern — will host drink specials and special events all day long as part of the “Shawlloween” Bar Crawl, starting at 1 p.m.
  • Billed as the “ultimate food lover’s weekend,” the two-day MetroCooking DC Show is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Stuff you should know (according to Metro):

  • Red Line trains will run every 18 minutes Saturday, with single tracking between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness Metro stations.
  • Blue, Orange and Silver line trains will run every 26 minutes Saturday.
  • Green Line trains will run every 16 minutes Saturday.
  • Metro stations will open at 5 a.m. Sunday for the Marine Corps Marathon.

Photo courtesy of Shaw Dog Park

by Tim Regan October 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm 0

Gourds 'n' pumpkins, photo via 14th and U Farmers Market

Guy Fieri was here. Did you catch a glimpse of him before he rode his chili cheese jalapeno jet back to Flavortown? If you didn’t, don’t worry. There’s still plenty to do and know about:


Stuff you should know:

  • Shake Shack’s newest limited-run burger is still available, but only until Sunday.
  • Be sure to visit Simon Vintage in Shaw before it leaves for New Jersey next week.
  • Red, Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will run every 24 minutes. Green Line trains will run on a normal weekend schedule. Blue, Silver and Orange line trains will be single-tracking between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory for repairs.
  • A big ole horse show will close some roads near the Verizon Center on Sunday.

Photo via 14th and U Farmers Market

by Jennifer Currier September 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

The Art All Night overnight party is back. Got a game plan?

The citywide festival kicks off for the fifth time this Saturday night and lasts from 7 p.m to 3 a.m. The event promises to merge local painters, performers and mixed-media masters in exhibits spanning five D.C. neighborhoods including Dupont Circle and Shaw.

This year’s festival will maintain its “mashup vibe” with exhibits that reflect the spirit of each neighborhood, said Art All Night founder and creative director Ariana Austin.

“This year, we’ve really hit our stride and worked to highlight some featured installations in each neighborhood,” Austin said. “I was very connected to all of them and am especially excited to see how they turn out.”

In keeping with the exuberant theme, Carnegie Library will be made into a giant screen and will serve as host to a two-hour aerial acrobatic show and other live performances.

How does one tackle viewing such a gargantuan art display? Austin had some guidance.

“My advice would be to saunter around and just make a go of it,” she said. “Don’t be destination-oriented. Choose some exhibits that excite you most, but also walk around to take everything in. Go into it hoping for an incredible night.”

Still don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about how to tackle the Dupont Circle and Shaw sides of Art All Night:


801 K St. NW, Mt. Vernon St. Entrance
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Carnegie Library will serve as the focal point for art exhibits across all five neighborhoods welcoming Art All Night. Interior and exterior art displays will utilize all parts of the building to engage visitors with the artwork.


HUB: 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Embassy Row Hotel has taken on the role of the hub of Dupont’s exhibition. Expect a rooftop black light party, live art painting and motion picture screenings by DJ Ausar and Tim McLoraine.

2120 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Five major displays will light in locations across the city to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Art All Night. Dupont Circle’s is called “Sit Stand Lie, Bayonne” and is a large-scale projection piece by Tim McLoriane broken into three panels. First, the panels come together to share a color scheme or image before separating to each take on a scheme of their own.

Dupont Circle Fountain
7 – 8 p.m.
This multimedia performance from the mind of artist Monica Bose will use water, video projections alongside a 216-foot sari to make a statement about climate change.

2010 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Local pop artist Paulie B. will be in attendance at Fantom Comics for two meet-and-greet sessions, one at 7 p.m. and the other at midnight.

1520 20th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
A mix of traditional Colombian art and dance will be on display at the Ambassador’s Residence. Artist Beatriz Echeverri will be showing an exhibition called “Figurations.” Then, Colombian dance troupe El Tayrona will perform two shows to live music at 8 and 9 p.m.

1603 17th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Artists Yasmine Iskander, Karen Currie, Paula Plaza and Nicholas Umpleby will have exhibitions up throughout the night to complement three musical performances.

9 Hillyer Court NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Deemed a “must-see” stop by Austin, the Hillyer Art Space will be have several new media installations, visual art displays and the chance for visitors to make their own jewelry.

2008 R St. NW
7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
The Rappaport Collection is focusing on live art with live painting demonstrations by Timeto Murphy and Anne Chandra. Another performance will follow from soul singer Edy Blu.

2106 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The film “The 20th Century on Trial: Gunter Grass and Norman Mailer at the NY Public Library” will be shown starting at 8 p.m. Artist Gunter Grass work will be on display at the Alex Gallery alongside sculptures by Otto Scherer.

2106 R St. NW – Lower Level
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Gallery A will exhibit miniature sculptures from Peruvian-American artist Nancy Angulo and elaborate cartography from Michael Francis Reagan. Local group Musica Andina will play traditional music from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru every half hour.

2108 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Live music, poetry and artist talks start every half hour from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

1717 Connecticut Ave. NW
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mixed-media landscape artist and photographer Amelia Shachov will hold sessions to discuss her work starting every hour.

2129 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Freely usable drawing supplies, costumed models and music by DJ Brian Kelley fill the space here.

2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Attendees will be able to taste, hear and see the Ivory Coast. The country’s embassy will open its doors for traditional music performances, food samples and wood carvings.


HUB: 1630 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Shaw Library will serve as the neighborhood’s hub for the festival with a sampling of activities and displays for guests. Face and body painting will be performed by artist Anike Robinson Nathan Scott and DJ Stylus will perform inside the venue starting at 9 p.m. A mixed media installation by Alicia Dolabaille and “Art Dances With Music” by Jessica Yirenkyi will also be displayed.

1940 9th St. NW
9 p.m. & 12 a.m.

Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will kick off the evening at DC9 at 9 p.m., Entry costs $14. A People’s Choir DC will host an interactive singalong at midnight.

1911 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Master re-upholsterer Sarah Carrier Stough will demonstrate some of her techniques.

625 T St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Howard Triangle will relive past Art All Night DC festivals with projected footage.

600 Florida Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Photographer Julie Guyot-Dianone will display portraits of former child soldiers from Sierra Leone.

1851 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Abstract acrylic on canvas painting exhibit, “Dances with Line” by artist John Parker and music from DJ NuffSaid will meld here.

1847 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Portraits of contemporary and historic African-American figures done with oil and pencil will be on display in “Heroes and Sheroes” by Labarron Person.

641 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Wonder Bread Factory will host a breakdance competition while celebrating the breakdance crew Lionz of Zion’s 19th anniversary. Later in the night, local brass band Brass Connection Band will be perform.

520 Florida Ave. NW
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

DJ Gio will entertain crowds at Shaw’s Tavern.

1713 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Shaw’s installment of the fifth anniversary light display is called “Shaw Shadows.” Produced by Jim Webb, the interactive lighting project invites visitors to show off their best dance in front of spotlights. Their shadows will be projected onto a five-story building. Then, at 9:30 p.m., Step Afrika! will perform.

925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will have a variety of entertainers, from D.C. comedians and musical theater to a fire baton twirler.

1604 7th St. NW
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The first 100 visitors at Taylor & York will receive canvasses, brushes and paint to let their inner artist out at this DIY art party.

1535 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Starting off the night, twin New York jazz saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson will perform at Compass Coffee. The following act, the Howard “KingFish” Franklin Quartet, starts at 10 p.m.

1527 and 1529-31 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Shaw Salon at Swatchroom will show off the work of co-founder Maggie O’Neill alongside live painting demonstrations, live music and video installations.

1501 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Chaplin’s will have live painting and a DJ.

1400 Block of 8th St. NW
7 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

City Market at O will take over the entire street and host dancers, clowns, jugglers, henna tattoos and a photo booth.

1410 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Artwork by Brian Mishoe and Sarah Britt will shine at Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness, with a DJ providing music in the basement.

1334 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Piassa EthioCuisine will serve crepes all night to the tune of music by DJ Jahsonic.

1316 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

An abstract mixed media piece by Matt Hlubny will be on display at Thally.

711 N St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Center City Public Charter School Shaw Campus Auditorium planned a full lineup of live dance and music performances, culminating in a dance party at 1:30 a.m.

1250 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

A window art display by Sandy Phillips called “Meet Our Rabbits!” and a found object installation by Reid and Taylor Studio will take the spotlight here.

1240 9th St., 2nd Floor
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Beyond Collective will put on a nighttime audio-visual display during “Nocturnal.”

Windows on 9th Street
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Look up, Shaw. Four different buildings along 9th Street will display window art installments throughout the night. Locations and artists are:

  • 1251 9th St. NW by Nooni Reatig
  • 1549 9th St. NW by Alexander M. Padro
  • 1239 9th St. NW by Rosina Teri Memolo
  • 1207 9th St. NW by Chris Kidboy

Photo via Art All Night/Citelum

by June 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Booze with the pros, a fro-yo-themed scavenger hunt, painting with your pet, and a vinyl extravaganza…consider your weekend sorted.

Friday, June 28

  • Chances are you were unaware that Suburbia has begun to dole out delicious frozen drinks, Tecate tallboys and more from an old-fashioned Airstream trailer parked right outside Union Market (1309 Fifth Street NE). Swing by The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide happy hour there tonight from 5 to 9 pm for discounted beverages and a quality hang.
  • Speak softly and carry a big drink at the gorgeous new Dupont restaurant Teddy & the Bully Bar (1200 19th Street NW), brought to you by the minds behind the popular downtown joint Lincoln. Did I mention they have a bar menu that includes a gin Rickey on tap?

Saturday, June 29

  • The feeling you get from giving back should be enough to motivate you, but it doesn’t hurt when it comes with the promise of free ice cream, either. Head to the The Farm at Walker Jones (131 L Street NW) at 1 pm to work in the community garden, then sample free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from 4 to 6 pm at the community party immediately following. Just make sure to register in advance to save your spot.
  • Booze and frozen yogurt only taste better when you have to work for them, which is why Mr. Yogato’s (1515 17th Street NW) 5th birthday scavenger hunt is so intriguing. Registration for the hunt, which will be at locations around Dupont, starts at 6:30 pm, with drink specials at area bars afterwards.

Sunday, June 30

  • Follow in the footsteps of George W. Bush (hear me out) and paint a portrait of your dog today at the ArtJamz (1728 Connecticut Avenue NW) “Paint Your Pooch” event from noon to 2 pm. A $35 ticket gets you two hours of instruction, painting supplies, and a glass of wine, beer or tea. Best of all, furry friends are welcome.
  • Get your hands on a copy of this (or, you know, something else) today at the DC Record Fair – Summer Edition at Penn Social (801 E Street NW). Early bird admission between 11 am and noon is $5, and regular admission between noon and 5 pm is $2.

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by June 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


A Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Well, we made it another week is ending and we are ready to take upon the weekend.

Friday, June 21

  • Will today be the best day of your life? Possibly, if you’re able to plant yourself at The Standard (1801 14th Street NW) early enough to partake in free beer courtesy of Thrillist. They’ll be footing the bill tonight as part of their “Greatest Day of Your Life” promotion.
  • Bike around under the full moon then eat some (free!) ice cream at the BicycleSPACE Summer Solstice Firefly Ride and Ice Cream Social, which kicks off at 8 pm at the shop (1019 7th Street NW). Be sure to RSVP in advance so they know how much delicious ice cream to buy.
  • Dress up in your best Stefon costume and go check out Seth Meyers (of SNL Weekend Update fame) live tonight at the Warner Theater (513 13th Street NW) at 8 pm. Tickets are $35.

Saturday, June 22

  • Here’s yet another reason to day-drink today: ticket sales from today’s DC Bourbon Bash bar crawl will benefit the Lead the Way Fund, an organization that supports Army Rangers, veterans and their families. Tickets are $55, which will get you eight bourbon pours at bars in Dupont, check-in is at 12 pm at either James Hoban’s (1 Dupont Circle NW) or Buffalo Billiards(1330 19th Stree NW).
  • Get your square-dance on (no, seriously) at The Great American Square Dance Revival tonight from 8:30 to 11:30 pm at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church (1525 Newton Street NW). Tickets are $5 at the door and you’re encouraged to bring your own drinks and snacks.

Sunday, June 23

  • It’s going to be a beautiful day today (probably… I’m writing this on a Thursday, so, you know, meteorological predictions and all that) which means it’s patio time. Check out Borderstan’s own guide to patios in the neighborhood, and the always-solid Bitches Who Brunch ratings of patio brunches to steer you in the right direction.
  • Be one of the first to check out The Sunshine District (2010 9th Street NW), a brand new live music/food/booze venue soft-opening on Saturday near the 9:30 Club.

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by June 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Friday, June 14:

  • If you haven’t seen Rear Window, you need to seriously re-think your life choices. Luckily, The Heurich House Museum (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW) is holding free movie screenings in their courtyard on select Fridays this summer, and the Hitchcock classic is on this week’s roster. Gates open at 8 pm.
  • The folks at Brightest Young Things are throwing an after-hours bash at the National Geographic Society (1600 M St. NW) from 8 pm – 1 am. A $25 ticket will net you entry to exhibits, samples of punches from around the world, magic shows and more. It’ll be just like Night at the Museum, except, mercifully, with less Ben Stiller.

Saturday, June 15:

  • Grab a gin and tonic (on tap!) and ogle the cured meats at Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St. NW), the homey new bar in Shaw from The Passenger’s Derek Brown.
  • Catch dance-y, new-wave rocker Twin Shadow at the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) tonight or you’re gonna regret it. Tickets are $20 and doors are at 9 pm.

Sunday, June 16:

  • There is a myriad of Father’s Day brunch options out there, but perhaps none more enticing than Italian stalwart Dino (3435 Connecticut Ave. NW) meat-tacular special menu, which features sirloin and eggs, along with their normal repertoire of eggs “san benedetto” (their twist on the classic benedict) and Nutella stuffed french toast.
  • Generally speaking, dads love competitive sporting events that will allow them claim they let you win when they inevitably lose. Ergo, mini-golf is the perfect Father’s Day activity. The National Building Museum’s (401 F St. NW) course is open today from 11 am – 5 pm, and it’s only $3 to play when you purchase museum admission (and $5 without), but ticket sales end at 3 pm, so get there early.
  • Or, if your dad is more of the strong and silent type, take him to see Superman in IMAX, then treat him to a beer or two (seriously, it’s the least you can do).

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by June 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan . (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Superheroes, spandex, and speakeasies – sounds like a nice little weekend to me.

Friday, June 7

  • There are literally a bajillion things going on this weekend around town in honor of the annual Capital Pride celebration, so be sure to check their website for the full list of events. Here are two good ones to help you get things started:
  • Night Out for Trevor, a fundraiser for The Trevor Project at the Palomar Hotel (2121 P Street NW) is being held tonight at 7 pm. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door, and include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and more.
  • The SPANDEX superhero party sponsored by BYT is being thrown in the old Wonder Bread Factory (which is apparently a thing that exists at 641 S Street NW), and features a very special performance by Sharon Needles. The party starts at 9 pm, and tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

Saturday, June 8

  • If you’re looking for a no-duh, always fun thing to do this afternoon, be sure to check out the Capital Pride Parade (with grand marshal Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter), which starts at 4:30 pm at 22nd & P Streets NW, and then travels through Dupont and up 14th Street NW, from P to R streets.
  • Nucky Thompson would approve of the Shaw Main Streets Roaring 20’s Bar Crawl, featuring stops at Bar7, The Passenger and other area watering holes. Check their website for full details and to get your tickets, which are $15.
  • If Friday’s spandex party left you wanting another excuse to wear neon, look no further than Policy (1904 14th St NW) which is hosting an “Electric Brunch” from noon to 4 pm today. The $50 entry fee includes bottomless drinks, delish food, BOOZE GELATO and a rye whiskey tasting, and all proceeds benefit local nonprofit DC Greens.

Sunday, June 9

  • Sample rare Israeli beer and wine and authentic Jewish cuisine today from 12 pm – 5 pm at Union Market (1309 5th St NE) during the [email protected] festival sponsored by the The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Admission is free and there will be live music and other family-friendly events happening throughout the day.
  • Edward Cullen Ruined My Mother’s Love Life is just one of the 6 original 10-minute plays featured tonight in “Afterwards,” part of the annual Source Festival, which kicks off this weekend and runs throughout the month of June at the Source Theater (1835 14 St NW). Tickets for the 8 pm show are $20 or $15 for students and seniors.

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by May 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Congratulations! You made it through one of the longest short weeks of the year. Reward yourself with booze on wheels, free museums, and fried chicken.

Friday, May 31

  • You haven’t lived until you’ve sipped champagne out of a trailer. Veuve Clicquot’s airstream will help you cross this off your bucket list tonight when it’s parked outside the W Hotel (515 15th Street NW) from 5 to 10 pm.
  • It’s going to be HOT so if you prefer to stay inside tonight, I won’t blame you. Just make sure you have some delicious beverages on hand. The Post has a good run-down of not-so-difficult to make cocktail recipes from local bars in case you want to give Sam Adams the night off.

Saturday, June 1

  • Score free admission to Dupont and Kalorama’s best museums and hidden gems, including the Phillips Gallery, Dumbarton House, Heurich House and the Textile Museum, from 10 am to 4 pm today (and 1 to 5 pm Sunday) during the Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend.
  • Get all the bikes, beer, and bands you can handle at The Yards Park (355 Water Street SE), which plays host to New Belgium brewing company’s traveling Tour de Fat from 11 am to 5 pm.

Sunday, June 2

  • Dupont’s GBD (1325 Connecticut Avenue NW) has been satiating the masses with their donuts and fried chicken for the past few months, and now they’re winning the brunch scene with their newly launched menu, featuring breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, bottomless mimosas and rotating brunch punches.
  • Eat dogs and help dogs at Vinoteca (1940 11th St NW), which is hosting a special hot dog BBQ today from 3 to 8 pm benefiting City Dogs rescue.

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by May 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

I know I’m not alone in saying HELLO, THREE-DAY WEEKEND. If you happen to be stickin’ around, you’re in luck, because there is a surplus of fun things going on.

Friday, May 24

  • Jazz! The free Jazz in the Garden series at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden (7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW) marks the unofficial beginning of summer tonight from 5 pm – 8:30 pm
  • New food! Since the city (in theory) should be emptying out, try your luck at one of Borderstan’s bajillion new restaurants, like Ghibellina (1610 14th Street NW), Piola (2208 14th Street NW), or B Too (1324 14th Street NW).

Saturday, May 25

  • Bar Crawl! For charity, at a numer of Borderstan bars, kicking off at 4 pm at Tabaq (1336 U Street NW). Tickets are $15.
  • Nerd comedy! Chris Hardwick of NerdiSt fame hits the 9:30 Club (915 V Street NW) tonight at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $25.
  • Burlesque! NYC review “Burlesque-a-pades” comes to the Howard Theater (620 T Street NW) at 8 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Sunday, May 26

  • Crustaceans! Snag unlimited crabs and fixin’s from 12 pm – 5 pm at Policy (1904 14th Street NW). Tickets are $35.
  • Swimming! Adult Swim hosts its first party of the summer today starting at 11 am at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I Street SW). RSVP and more info here.
  • Bar Games! Hinge sponsors an all-American BBQ at Jack Rose Tavern (2007 18th Street NW) from 6 pm – 10 pm, with BBQ, an open bar, matchmaking and more. Tickets are $48 in advance and $60 at the door.
  • Live music! Grab a picnic and head to the West Lawn of the Capitol for the free annual National Memorial Day Concert, from 8 pm – 9:30 pm. More info here.

Monday, May 27

  • Giving! Don’t forget what today’s all about. Consider giving back by volunteering, or donate to one of the many awesome organizations that serve our troops, veterans and their families, like the USO, Fisher House, Honor Flight and Companions for Heroes. 

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by May 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Yes, the Preakness is on Saturday, but luckily it’s only like 3 minutes long, so you’ll have plenty of time for other things this weekend…including craft beers, free museums, and (truly!) guilt-free milkshakes.

Friday, May 17

  • Perfectly named local band Lindsay Buckingham Palace plays an early show at Black Whiskey (1410 14th Street NW) at 6 pm. Tickets are $10.
  • Slightly more fun than watching 12-year-olds pee their pants with nervousness, the Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H Street NE) hosts its weekly Rock & Roll Spelling Buzz adult spelling bee tonight at 8 pm (admission is free).
  • Admit it, you’re kinda curious to find out what the hell a “Comedy Prom Under the Sea” is. Swing by The Dunes (1402 Meridian Place NW) tonight at 8 pm to find out (admission is free).

Saturday, May 18

  • Come for brunch mimosas and stay for the beers at Scion (2100 P Street NW), which is featuring at least three craft beer drafts at 1/2-price all day, as well as other specials, in honor of American Craft Beer Week.
  • No more excuses not to be cultured! Several of DC’s museums that usually charge admission (including the fantastic Phillips Collection) are waiving their entry fees today for Art Museum Day.

Sunday, May 19

  • The 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW) hosts its annual Sound Bites fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen today at 1 pm. For a $40 donation, you’ll get food from over 25 local restaurants and food trucks, music from 7 local bands and cocktails.
  • Swing by Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (2815 36th Street NW) which is throwing its annual Spring Festival today from 12 pm to 7 pm, with tons of delicious food, drinks, live music and more.
  • Have a milkshake for dinner (because, why not?) at Shake Shack (1216 18th Street NW), which is running its Great American Shake Sale during the month of May. Donate $2 to Share Our Strength during your visit, and you’ll get a voucher for a free shake ($5 value) on your next visit. It’s a win-win.

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by May 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm 1,928 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Hemingway-inspired boozing, The Boss, air guitar, and celebrating moms…what more could you ask for this weekend?

Friday, May 10

  • Drink like Hemingway (well, hopefully not exactly like Hemingway if you want to make it home in one piece) at the Kennedy Center’s (2700 F St) Passport to Paris, Pamplona and Beyond reception tonight from 9 to 11:30 pm, featuring 1920’s cocktails, music and snacks. Tickets are $55 in advance, or $60 at the door. And, if you hit up the new Washington Ballet performance of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises beforehand, the event is only $35 with your ticket stub.
  • Get your art, music, and dance on for social change at Danceportation tonight at one of Borderstan’s newest haunts, Black Whiskey (1410 14th St). Things kick off at 7:30 pm and tickets are $20, with proceeds benefiting Provisions Library.
  • See The Boss (kinda) for a fraction of the price when Springsteen cover band Bruce in the USA takes the stage tonight at The Hamilton (600 14th St).  The show kicks off at 8:30 pm, and tickets are $27.50.

Saturday, May 11

  • Jet-set like Kanye (but without carbon footprint) when the EU Embassies host their annual open house today from 10 to 4 pm.
  • Sample some homemade beer at Meridian Pint (3400 11th St) today during the DC Homebrewers & Sam Adams Homebrew Competition, where the winner will have their beer produced by the Boston-based brewery. The event starts at 1 pm, and brews are free with a $15 donation to Brainfood, a local charity.
  • The not-as-easy-as-it-looks hobby of air guitar is on display tonight at Solly’s (1942 11th Street) which is playing host to the US Air Guitar Qualifiers at 7 pm (free).

Sunday, May 12

  • Just call your mom, okay? Or, if she’s in town, take her out to brunch at one of Borderstan’s finest eateries. Lots of them, including DGS Delicatessen (1317 Connecticut Avenue), Mari Vanna (1141 Connecticut Avenue), and 1905 (1905 9th Street) are rolling out special menus for the occasion.
  • Moms overwhelmingly enjoy wine and art (often at the same time). Treat yours to a Bold Strokes painting class at Tel’veh wine bar (401 Mass. Avenue) tonight at 5 pm, and she’ll get in for 50% off the $50 per person entry fee.
  • Lots of moms also like birds and other nature-y things. If your mom is one of them, be sure to take her to “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” exhibition, which is closing today at the National Geographic Museum (1145 17th Street). Tickets are $9 to $11.

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by May 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

Hold onto your hats and livers kids…this weekend is the Kentucky Derby AND Cinco de Mayo, and Borderstan has more than enough fun things on tap for even the most discerning partier.

Friday, May 3

  • Hill Country BBQ kicks off its Texas pop up picnic series on the lawn of the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW) tonight from 4 pm to 11 pm. Live music from the Kalob Griffin Band starts at 5:30 pm and there’s no cover.
  • Comedian Moshe Kasher, who opened for Aziz Ansari on his recent tour, returns to the District tonight at the DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Avenue NW) with shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20.
  • Don your favorite Buffy or Avengers costume (you know you have one) for a chance to win prizes at tonight’s Whedonism II burlesque show at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and the show starts at 11 pm.

Saturday, May 4

It’s Derby day! Luckily, the race isn’t until 6:24 pm (and lasts all of 5 seconds) which leaves you with plenty of time to guzzle some mint juleps. Here are just a few places where you can watch the ponies:

  • Bayou (2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) hosts a Derby party from 3 to 7 pm benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ticketsare $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
  • Bourbon’s (2312 18th Street NW) 8th annual free bash from 11 am to 7 pm features drink specials and complimentary Kentucky-inspired bites.
  • Class it up at the Willard Intercontinental’s (1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW) annual Bonnets and Bowties party from 4 to 8 pm at the Round Robin bar. Tickets are $75 and include 2 cocktails, food, prizes, live music and more.

Sunday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo: a day when you don’t need an excuse to gorge yourself on guacamole. Here are some festivities happening around the neighborhood (and beyond):

  • The Brixton (901 U Street NW) hosts a free “Circus de Mayo” bash from 12 to 8 pm, featuring funnel cakes, a dunk tank, $4 Coronas and boozy sno cones.
  • Richard Sandoval’s staples El Centro D.F. (1819 14th Street NW) and Masa 14 (1825 14th Street NW) are both featuring brunch and cocktail specials today, including $5 specialty margaritas, DJs and more.
  • Borderstan fave Commissary (1443 P Street NW) will be offering Mexican-themed food and drink specials all weekend, including chilaquiles, and hibiscus margaritas, and their sister restaurant The Heights (3115 14th Street NW) will be holding their annual patio pig roast from 11 am to close.
  • Take your pup along for the festivities at the 2nd annual Running of the Chihuahuas at Kastles Stadium (800 Water Street SW). The event, which kicks off at 11 am, is free, but its $20 to enter a dog in the race (all breeds may apply!) All proceeds benefit efforts to build a dog park at the Southwest Waterfront.
  • The Howard Theater (620 T Street NW) hosts a Cinco de Mayo themed variety and burlesque show at 8 pm featuring Cherie Sweetbottom and Cherokee Rose. Tickets are $7.50 in advance.

And just in case you need a bit more:

  • Take in some family-friendly music and carnival games (and a Moonbunce!) at Stead Park (1625 P Street NW) from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Break out your finest casual wear for Wonderland’s (1101 Kenyon Street NW) annual Sundress Fest starting at noon. All proceeds go to the local charity Ayuda, which works with low-income immigrants in the DC area.

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by April 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT] and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

So, this weekend is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, aka the only time you could potentially wait in line for the bathroom with Jaime Lannister, or fight for a cab with Olivia Pope, so try to be on your best behavior (and tweet any celeb sightings to me at @kandriulli so I can live vicariously).

Friday, April 26

  • Drinking a beer next to a sword swallower: as awkward, or more awkward than it sounds? Find out tonight at the Bier Baron, when they play host to Philly’s Olde City Side Show at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
  • Since 90s clothes are back in style for some unfathomable reason, it won’t be hard to pick out an outfit for tonight’s No Scrubs dance party at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $20 and things kick off at 9 pm.

Saturday, April 27

  • It’s not even Mayo yet, let alone Cinco de, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink margaritas anyway. Enjoy eight different kinds at venues across Borderstan at the Margarita March which begins at noon today at Alero on U Street. Tickets range from $20 to $50, and a hangover is included.
  • Completely terrify yourself about the onset of spring and the impending birdocalypse at a free screening of Hitchcock’s The Birds at the National Gallery of Art at 2 pm.
  • Artist Kreg Kelley will have an opening reception for his spring art exhibition, “Memento Vivere,” from 6-10pm at MOVA Lounge. He will be displaying many new works, and donating a percentage of sales to City Dogs Rescue and the Trevor Project.
  • Rooftops, drinks and interactive art abound at the soft-opening of Art Soiree’s Saturday Night Rooftop Fusion party tonight at 7 pm the Beacon Hotel. Entry is free with RSVP. More info here.

Sunday, April 28

  • Learn how to make a Betty Draper-approved Mai Tai at Hank’s Oyster Bar’s cocktail class today at 4 pm. Tickets are $45 and space is limited, so call them at 202-462-4265 to reserve your spot.
  • Indulge in some guilt-free shopping at Cause Philanthropub’s first ever Marketplace, which will feature food, drinks and local vendors. It’s free and runs from 2 to 5 pm.

Bonus! Monday, April 29:

  • One of the best bars in Borderstan, Dodge City, celebrates its 3rd birthday tonight at 8 pm with $4 DC Braus, drink specials, DJ sets and delicious grilled meats all night long.

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by April 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0


Your Borderstan Weekend in Dupont-Logan-U Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan April 5, 6 and 7.

Friday, April 5

  • Wilmer Wilson IV: the FOREVER Aftermath: This exhibit at Artisphere focuses on the aftermath of performance art. It runs through June 30 and is free.
  • Cherry Blossom Lantern Walk: It’s still Cherry Blossom Festival time, and since the blossoms are not past their peak, it’s not too late to hit up the lantern tour. The walk runs from 8 to 10 pm. For more information, visit the website.
  • DC House Showcase at U Street Music Hall: The evening includes Sam Burns, Dimitri Max, AGFA and Smudge. The event is $10 and begins at 10 pm.

Saturday, April 6

  • Pearl Dive’s Crawfish Boil: Crawfish, cornbread and Louisiana beer — plus much, much more. Tickets are $65 and are available online.
  • The Vagina Monologues: The sixth annual community performance of ” The Vagina Monologues” will take place April 6-7 at the GALA Hispanic Theatre (3333 14th Street NW). Saturday’s performance will take place from 3 to 4:30 pm.
  • DC MEET Market: DC’s local vedor market kicks off its season this Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm at 15th and P streets NW.

Sunday, April 7

  • A new list of brunch spots: Borderstan recently re-vamped its brunch list to account for all of the great, new places in the neighborhood. Check it out and bottoms up.
  • Poetry in Bloom: Learn how to write poetry this Sunday from 5 to 6 pm with a lesson at BloomBars (3222 11th Street NW). The monthly poetry writing group facilitated by local teaching artists.

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by March 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan March 22, 23 and 24.

Friday, March 22

  • Disclosure at U Street Music Hall: Fresh off South by Southwest, Disclosure is coming to DC on Friday with a concert at U Street Music Hall. The dance-pop duo plays at 10 pm.
  • Fresh Fridays at MOVA Lounge: Start the weekend off right with drink specials ($4 vodkas) until midnight and music at MOVA (2204 14th Street NW). For more information, visit the lounge’s website.

Saturday, March 23

  • Thomas Circle Singers’ Annual Charity Pops Concert and Gala: This year’s event promises jazzy songs, plus music from “A Little Night Music,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Simpsons.” After the music there will be a silent auction and refreshments. For more information, visit the website.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival: It’s officially spring, which means only one thing in DC — cherry blossoms! The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this weekend with the festival’s opening ceremony. The free event takes place from  5 until 6:30 pm at the Warner Theatre (513 13th Street NW).
  • DC Beer Fest: This weekend is the inaugural DC Beer Festival at Nationals Stadium (1500 South Capitol Street SE). The two-day event (Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24) will feature craft beer from local and national breweries, live music, games, DJs and some “surprises.”
  • Demetri Martin at the 9:30 Club: Check out the hilarious comedians’ charts in person when Demetri comes to the District on Saturday night. The show starts at 6 pm; a late show will begin at 10 pm.

Sunday, March 24

  • Grab some brunch: Get your friends and start your day off with some eggs and a mimosa or two. Here are some favorite places the Borderstan contributors like to brunch.
  • Howard Gospel Brunch with Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music: Doors to this weekend’s Howard Gospel brunch open at 11:30 am; the show starts at 1 pm. Visit the website for details.
  • DJ Keenan and DJ Smudge on the Marvin Rooftop: From 3 pm until 8 pm, check out this free show on Marvin’s rooftop (2007 14th Street NW).

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