by Tim Regan June 26, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

8 PosterLocal theater company The District Arts Collaborative is staging a play to celebrate today’s monumental marriage equality ruling.

Tonight and tomorrow night at 8 p.m., the company will perform “8,” a staged reading that chronicles the trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8.

The play will be performed by a cast of 21 actors on the third floor of Cobalt, located at 1639 R Street NW.

Though opening night coincides with the most important marriage equality ruling ever, director Amy Tolbert Harris says she’s been working on the performance since April.

“It was kind of fate,” says Harris. “When I heard the news, I was in my office, and I just started tearing up.”

“I’m hopeful that people will come based on the ruling,” Harris adds.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

by Borderstan.com June 28, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"CTRL"

The boys of CTRL. (Courtesy CTRL)

Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Vodka and Red Bull. Tequila and… well, anything. Two great tastes that taste even better together.

That’s what you’re gonna get this Saturday, June 29, at Cobalt, when the boys of CTRL, DC’s premiere electro, indie dance party, join forces with BreakfastClub, DC’s retro night that features the greatest hits, one-hit wonders, and remixes from the greatest decade evah!

The party starts at 10 and ends when Molly Ringwold makes out with Judd Nelson. For more info, check out the Facebook invite.

And for a little taste of what we’re going to play:

  • Adam’s preview mix.
  • Jeff’s preview mix.
  • Khelan’s preview mixes, here and here.

See you all at Cobalt this Saturday!

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by Borderstan.com June 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm 0

"Supreme"

Cobalt Manager Mark Rutstein raised the LGBT flag after this morning’s Supreme Court decisions were announced. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced decisions that push forward rights for gay Americans: DOMA the federal Defense of Marriage Act, that denies legally married gay Americans a series of health, pension and tax benefits otherwise available to married couples was found unconstitutional; and California Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage, was not reviewed (which is good news in this case).

From Metroweekly: “In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as between a man and a woman as a violation of the Fifth Amendment. In another 5-4 decision, the high court dismissed the Proposition 8 case on standing, meaning same-sex marriages will resume in California.”

Last March supporters and opponents packed the steps of the Supreme Court when the justices heard oral arguments.

In the neighborhood, Cobalt (17th and R NW) opened at noon in anticipation of early revelers. It should be interesting to see 17th Street, and the neighborhood in general, is a merrier place tonight.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

"CTRL"

Celebrate CTRL’s birthday this Saturday at Cobalt. (Courtesy CTRL)

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

Greetings, Borderstanis! A few months back, I gave y’all the scoop on CTRL, a queer underground party, making its move to Cobalt the last Saturday of each month. If you’ve gone to their last three events, then you know it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys playing Twister on nitrous oxide. IF you haven’t gone (and really why haven’t you????) then their very first anniversary this coming Saturday is the perfect reason to pop your cherry. Check the invite.

All four of CTRL’s DJ’s, Jeff Prior, Adam Koussari-Amin, Devon Trotter and Brett Andriesen (the latter two affectionately known as the “Pocket Gays), are uniquely talented guys. And they’ve completely taken over all of Cobalt this time, including Level One, which will feature the mad beatz of the one and only DJ Della Volla.

The music is slightly off-the-beaten-path… songs you may not normally hear at your regular night at Town, or even Cobalt, (though there will be a few familiar tracks). But the boys of CTRL have their collective finger on the pulse of the audience and have never failed to get the house moving at a pace of about 130 beats per minute.

The cover’s only $5 (believe me, you’ve spent a lot more on things you’ve liked a lot less), plus drink specials including $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 rail drinks, and $4 Jameson shots. Look for me in the middle of the dance floor. Hope to see you all there.

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by Borderstan.com April 5, 2013 at 8:30 am 0

"Pillow"

Bring your pillow out to Dupont Circle. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This Saturday you don’t have to wake up early but you cannot afford to miss the Annual Dupont Circle pillow fight at 4 pm.

But, if you are really into Pillow Fighting, International Pillow Fight Day in Washington will take place at 3 pm at the Washington Monument.

Right after the pillow fight at the Washington Monument, which will only last 20 minutes, participants are invited to walk or Metro to the next fight at Dupont Circle.

Please make sure to read the rules as this is an event for all ages:

  • No down pillows
  • No glasses
  • Don’t hit people with cameras
  • Hit lightly
  • Help clean up

And the fun doesn’t end after the pillow fight. Head over to Cobalt (17th and R Streets NW) for the Pillow Fight After Party — who knows where your pillow will end up.

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by Borderstan.com April 1, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

"17th"

Tuesday: 17th Street Festival Kick Off & Fundraiser. (Courtesy of Festival)

September might sound very far away but Tuesday, April 2, the 17th Street Festival will have its Kick Off & Fundraiser event at Cobalt from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Come out and get involved with the 4th Annual 17th Street Festival while enjoying $1 Rail Drinks during the event, at 17th and R Streets NW. The tentative date for the 2013 festival is Saturday, September 21.

The 17th Street Festival is planned by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA), which brings businesses and residents together to develop innovative solutions to community challenges.

Additional details — including information on becoming a vendor and sponsor — will soon be available on the organization’s website.

  • What: 17th Street Festival Kickoff and Fundraiser
  • When: Tuesday, April 2. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: Cobalt, 1639 R Street NW

We hope to see you there!

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by Borderstan.com March 29, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day, follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos, email him at luis[AT]bordersan.

"CTRL"

The boys of CTRL, clockwise from top left: Brett Andriesen, Devon Trotter, Adam Koussari-Amin and Je. (Courtesy of CTRL)

Get ready for CTRL. The party is back. CTRL is a self-described Queer Underground party with off-the-beaten-path dance music, inflatable props and, oh yeah, popsicles.

Celebrate during your Easter holiday weekend: There will be eggs filled with prizes, hidden on both floors. Get there early to put your hunting skills to the test. The guys will have a photo booth set up, along with other surprises. Plus, Birdie LaCage will be performing upstairs at 12:30 am.

The cover is only $5 (believe me, you’ve spent a lot more on things you’ve liked a lot less), plus drink specials including $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 rail drinks and $4 Jameson shots. Look for me in the middle of the dance floor. Hope to see you all there.

Check out the CTRL Facebook page for new music, event updates and all the great photos from past events.

A little sample of what you will be listening to from:

Adam, Brett, Devon and Jeff

 

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by Borderstan.com January 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm 2 Comments

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

"queer"

The boys of CTRL Clockwise: Brett Andriesen, Devon Trotter, Adam Koussari-Amin and Jeff Prior. (Courtsey of CTRL)

Greetings, Borderstanis. It’s been a while since we’ve chatted about music… yeah yeah, I missed you, too. Let’s blame it on that pesky election and the holidays, shall we?

Normally, I offer my perspectives on recent concerts in this space but I’d like to digress to chat about an exciting development in our little “burrough.” Many of you are familiar and/or have attended a wonderful party called CTRL which used to be at Dahlak, the Eritrean restaurant on the corner of 18th and Florida NW.

“Used to” are the operative words here, of course. For those not familiar with CTRL, it’s a self-described Queer Underground party with off-the-beaten-path dance music, inflatable props, and, oh yeah, popsicles. Yep, you read that correctly, I said popsicles.

Well, the exciting news is that Queer Underground is moving from the proverbial basement up to second floor… in a manner of speaking. CTRL is making the sojourn from Dahlak (don’t get me wrong… it’s a great venue) to a much larger space: DC’s quintessential gay club, Cobalt, at 17th and R NW.

The event’s first night at Cobalt is Saturday, January 26. And oh, yeah, CTRL is taking over both floors at Cobalt. In fact, you can RSVP here.

Bee-Tee-Dubs, all four of CTRL’s DJ’s, Jeff Prior, Adam Koussari-Amin, Devon Trotter and Brett Andriesen (the latter two affectionately known as the “Pocket Gays), are uniquely talented guys.

As I mentioned previously, the dance music is slightly off-the-beaten-path… songs you may not normally hear at your regular night at Town or even Cobalt (though there will be a few familiar tracks). But the boys of CTRL have their collective finger on the pulse of the audience and have never failed to get the house moving at a pace of about 130 beats per minute.

The cover’s only $5 (believe me, you’ve spent a lot more on things you’ve liked a lot less), plus drink specials including $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 rail drinks, and $4 Jameson shots. Look for me in the middle of the dance floor. Hope to see you all there.

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by Borderstan.com January 12, 2013 at 10:55 am 0

"pants"

Who needs pants anyway? (Photo taken from the Borderstan Flickr pool by thisisbossi)

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

It’s a good thing warm weather is coming to the District this weekend, because many commuters will be without their pants. Yes, you heard correctly. People are going pants-less.

Sunday is the annual No Pants Subway Ride, a tradition that was originally started by Improv Everywhere.

For those interested in showing a little leg, the DC group (organized by Capitol Improv) will meet at Hancock Park, right outside the L’Enfant Metro station, at 2 pm on January 13. The nearest intersection is 7th and C Street SW.

After an exciting Metro ride, an after party will take place in the neighborhood at Cobalt (1639 R Street NW) for a 21+ crowd.

Show what you got, Borderstan. And please – make sure you wear some underwear (layering pairs is a safe bet).

by Borderstan.com June 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,455 0

"Drag Kickball"

Sunday's 2012 Stonewall Drag Kickball at Stead park. Click above to see the photo album. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

View the photo album of Sunday’s Drag Kickball at Stead Park.

With a crowd of 500-plus people cheering the action, Stonewall Kickball held its second annual Drag Kickball festivities on Sunday at Stead Park Field on P Street NW. The winner was the Cobalt Division, beating the division from JR’s Bar & Grill by a score of 4-0. The event benefited The DC Center for the LGBT community and Capital Pride.

Sadly, the tug-of-war between competing teams of Stonewall Kickers was not part of this year’s festivities as it was in 2011.

The event was presented by JR’s and Cobalt. Sponsors of Sunday’s event included Bar Number Nine, Pizza No. 17, Town Dance Boutique, VIDA Fitness, Washington Hilton, Jimmy Kickit, Looks by Dorothy, Bukkicke, 21st Amendments, Sit On My Base, Whornets, Oprah’s Ball Club, Hotmess Kickers, Public Enemy and Harder, Faster.

Learn more about the DC Stonewall Kickball on their Facebook page and website. Their spring season is about to wrap up with the summer season getting underway shortly; Stonewall Kickball also has a fall season. For more information, email info[AT]stonewallkickball.org.

Borderstan.com is proud to be among the sponsors of Capital Pride 2012. Find an entire list of this year’s events, as well as details on each event, on Capital Pride’s website calendar.

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by Borderstan.com March 21, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,672 1 Comment

"LGTB March Against Hate Crimes" "Borderstan"

The Tuesday night march started at IHOP in Columbia Heights and made its way to Cobalt in Dupont. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez and Matt Rhoades

A group estimated at more than 500 people walked from Columbia Heights to Dupont last night to recognize the victims of recent hate crimes against members of the LGBT community in DC, and to call attention to the problem still face gay and transgendered people in DC. The event was organized on Facebook by friends of one of the victims , Daniel, who was shot March 11 at the IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights after an incident which involved anti-gay slurs. Police have listed the incident as a hate-related assault with intent to kill.

Starting off at the IHOP at 14th and Irving Streets NW, the group walked to Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW for a second brief ceremony at the site where another gay man was beaten and robbed on March 12; he suffered a broken jaw. According to Kyan Brady, one of the March organizers, both of the men were released from the hospital yesterday, March 20.

What is a hate or bias crime? Wikipedia says: “In crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group, usually defined by racial group, religion, sexual orientation,disability, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, sex, gender identity, social status or political affiliation.” What does the term mean under DC law? Check out the DC Police definition of a hate crime.

Patrick Pressman, one of the March organizers said he believed that DC Police had estimated the crowd at 520 people. Pressman said the turnout was definitely in the 50o to 600 range. More than 700 people had said they would attend on the Facebook event page.

Video and Photos of March: More Borderstan photos on our Facebook Page. The march drew a great deal of local media coverage, including The Washington Post, as well as local TV stations. Video of the march is available at ABC-7NBC-4CBS-9 and Fox-5. The Washington Blade has posted a photo gallery from last night’s march as has The DC Center on flickr. (A hat tip to Chris Wiggins for organizing media coverage.)

The march ended at Cobalt lounge at 17th and R NW, where  a fundraiser was held for Daniel, the shooting victim at IHOP –proceeds are going to help cover his medical costs. In addition to a donations bucket at Cobalt, Cobalt General Manager Mark Rutstein said the business was donating a portion of bar receipts to Daniel’s medical fund and that the DJs and the evening’s drag show performers were also donating the cost of their time on Tuesday night for the fundraiser. There is also a Facebook Page, Benefit for Daniel, where you can make a donation through PayPal.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier was at the kickoff at IHOP, along with Councilmembers Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), and Council Chairman Kwame Brown. The marchers were also joined by some members of Occupy DC who came to show support.

Donations

The organizers have also recommended two organizers where you can make donations in addition to the Benefit for Daniel Fund:

"LGBT Marcrh Against Hate Crimes" "Borderstan"

Click above for more images on Facebook from the March 21 march against ant-LGBT violence in DC.  (Luis Gomez Photos)

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by Borderstan.com March 20, 2012 at 7:45 am 1,034 0

A silent march has been organized for 7 pm this evening, March 20, to recognize the victims of recent hate crimes against members of the LGBT community in DC.  The event is being organized on Facebook by friends of one of the victims who was shot March 11 at the IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights. The Washington Blade has full details on the recent attacks.

"Borderstan""Columbia Heights"

14th Street NW in Columbia Heights. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Following the March from IHOP in Columbia Heights (14th and Irving Streets NW) to 17th and R Streets NW, there will be a fundraiser at Cobalt lounge. The fundraiser at Cobalt is to help cover the medical expenses of the man shot at IHOP.

According to news reports, a 31-year-old gay man was shot at 6 am on March 11 at the IHOP on Irving Street NW, just west of 14th Street NW in Columbia Heights after an incident which involved anti-gay slurs; he is still hospitalized. According to the Blade, ‘Police have listed the incident as a hate-related assault with intent to kill.’

A Washington Post story adds more details: “The march also supports the victim of a severe beating and robbery of a gay man March 12 at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street. The beating left the man with a broken jaw. It was classified as an anti-gay hate crime. A day later, a transgender woman was assaulted and knocked unconscious in northeast Washington.”

March Details

Details from the organizers on the event’s Facebook page:

  1. Gather in front of the IHOP located 3100 14th Street NW in observance of the gunshot victim who was attacked on March 11.
  2. The silent march then continues east on Irving Street to Georgia Avenue.
  3. The march will stop for a brief statement recalling the details of the second attack, which happened at that location on March 12.
  4. March then continues to Florida Avenue and goes west on U Street. At 14th Street, the march goes south to R Street and continues eastward to Cobalt lounge at 17th and R Streets NW.
  5. Wear a solid colored T-shirt of your choice in recognition of the Rainbow flag. If you wish to carry a sign or write on your T-shirt, we ask that you simply put one word such as Sister, Brother, Son, Daughter, Neighbor, Husband, Wife, Boyfriend, Girlfriend , etc. to let everyone know exactly who is being attacked.

Donations

The organizers have also recommended two organizers where you can make donations:

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by Borderstan.com June 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm 0

June 8: Here’s an event in the neighborhood this evening for Captial Pride… head to Cobalt at 17th and R NW for the finals of Pride Idol. Show starts at 9:15 pm sharp. Winner gets to drive a new Saab for the summer.

The four Idol finalists are Lisa Ehrenspeck, Katy Ray, Aditi Hardikar and Carissa Marsh.

The Men’s Underwear Fashion Show and Auction (!) start at 9:45pm.

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