by Borderstan.com January 3, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

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What’s in store for the Weekend Warrior? (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different (yet, anyway). But I think 2013 is going to bring the awesome. The signs are all around. So let’s resolve to be even more warrior-like (warrior-ier?) in the New Year, and get to what we’re all here for: this weekend’s happenings.

Thursday 

Tonight at DC9, Monument Music & Arts is hosting an evening of music to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary featuring local headliner Justin Jones. Tickets for the 9 pm show are $10 and all proceeds go to the Connecticut PTA, which is helping to coordinate donations for the Newtown community. If you feel like gettin’ crafty for a good cause, organizers are also encouraging folks to make paper snowflakes, which they will collect at the show and ship to Newtown where they will be used to decorate the new school when students resume classes in mid-January.

Friday

Was one of your resolutions to have more 98° in your life in 2013? If so, I’m a bit concerned for you, but the 9:30 Club has got you covered tonight with its Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. Boy Bands dance party. Things kick off at 8 pm and tickets are $15.

Saturday

Get inspired by painting at the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, which is in its final weeks, then get frustrated by painting and transition to drinking at Fun+Art+Wine’s class Inspired Pairings: Henri Matisse & Viognier.” The workshop, which is held at their studio in Penn Quarter (RSVP to get location details) runs from 2 to 4 pm and costs $85, which includes painting instruction, supplies to make your own masterpiece, and most importantly, lots of wine and snacks.

Sunday 

Resolve to expand your foodie horizons in 2013 and check out one of my favorite after-work spots Boqueria in Dupont Circle, which also serves a killer brunch. The menu features both authentic Spanish dishes like Tortilla Española and twists on American brunch standbys like eggs benedict, which they serve with either Serrano ham, Piquillo peppers or smoked Scottish salmon (all of which are preferable to Canadian bacon, which should be outlawed). And, best of all, they offer a $35 all you can eat and drink option, if you’re into that kind of thing (you are).

Monday Bonus: Pig Party!

If there’s one thing I like better than puns, it’s pork products. Borderstan’s very own house of hog The Pig offers both with its Oinkupy DC beer dinner tonight, which they’re hosting with Flying Dog brewery. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7 pm, are $70 without tax and tip, but that’s a small price to pay for a five-course meal with beer pairings (dishes include beer soup and pig head mole) and the chance to be among the first to try Flying Dog’s limited edition Chipotle Dark Ale.

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by Borderstan.com September 6, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,327 0

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

Here at “Borderstan People,” we like to profile local movers and shakers who are spicing up the neighborhood in a variety of ways… And Shea Van Horn is doing just that.

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So… you wanna be D.J.? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From entertaining crowds as a D.J. in Seattle during his undergraduate days, to building one of the District’s premiere pop-up dance parties through MIXTAPE (which he co-hosts with Matt Bailer), Mr. Van Horn has worked hard over the years to help Washingtonians cut loose and relax.

This Saturday, MIXTAPE will celebrate its fourth anniversary at the Howard Theatre. Luckily for us, we had a chance to catch up with Van Horn before the bash to discuss the history of MIXTAPE and how it’s grown over the years throughout the community.

Borderstan:  You started MIXTAPE in 2008. Can you tell us a little bit about this? How did you get into D.J.-ing? Why did you start MIXTAPE? 

Van Horn: My first D.J. gigs were back in 1995, when I was in undergraduate school in Seattle, but that only lasted a of couple years. I picked it back up as a novelty in 2007 as a way to promote my seasonal variety show (CRACK), which I host as my drag persona, Summer Camp. Back in 2007, there was an alternative dance party called Taint that was held at DC9. Since CRACK was also held at DC9 (and drew a similar audience), I would guest D.J. as Summer Camp. Eventually, I started D.J.-ing more and more as myself (leaving the wig and heels for the stage).

Eventually I was asked to D.J. a Taint party and Matt Bailer was the opener. That’s where Matt and I met, and we realized that we had a lot in common when it came to musical tastes. When we looked at the large crowd that came out on a Saturday night to dance to alternative music, we decided to think about creating a new dance party in DC. We met often to discuss what kind of party we wanted to throw, what to call it and where to host it.

We threw around a bunch of potential names, and eventually landed on MIXTAPE because we didn’t want to be too limited in the kind of music we could play. The toughest part of creating MIXTAPE was finding the right venue. We looked at a number of options, and eventually we landed at Dahlak, an Eritrean restaurant on the corner of 18th and U Streets NW. Daniel, the owner, is a great guy, and was very willing to give us a chance. It worked — and after four months of throwing our parties there, we were faced with the need to find a bigger venue.

Our initial plan for MIXTAPE was simply to throw a fun dance party for our friends. There wasn’t a grand scheme to grow it into a popular monthly party that could play at the Howard Theater, but I’m so happy and proud that we were able to grow it into that.

Borderstan: How has MIXTAPE evolved over the past four years? 

Van Horn: Over the past four years, MIXTAPE has grown from a party with about 50 guests to upwards of 1,000. We’ve hosted MIXTAPE at numerous venues around DC including the Warehouse Theater, EFN Lounge, DC9, the Rock & Roll Hotel, Black Cat main stage, Town and now the Howard Theater. Despite growing in size, we try to stay true to the original intent of the party: play fun music that makes people dance. There are very few bells and whistles (we sometimes throw in a fog machine and a couple lasers), but ultimately, it’s just about dancing. We definitely welcome everyone to come and have a good time. Our hope is that the party continues for years and that people keep coming and having a good time.

Borderstan: How long does it typically take you to build a playlist for a party? And what goes into the process of building the playlist? 

Van Horn: When I first began D.J.-ing and throwing MIXTAPE, I’d spend hours listening to every song and practice the transitions. Now, I play it more by ear. Since the party is monthly, I usually create a bucket of songs that I want to play. I throw them onto my iPod and listen to them while walking to work or working out at the gym.

If it’s a song that adds a little pep to my step or makes me work out a little harder, I usually add that to the “should-play” list. But when I get into the venue for the night, it’s more of a “figure it out as I go” kind-of-approach. Also, I’ve got Matt Bailer right there by my side. Every MIXTAPE is the two of us working together to create a night. Sometimes a song he plays jogs my memory, and I’ll pull out a track that I’d forgotten about. We usually split the night up with 45 minute sets; playing in shifts. This allows us each to act as “host” while we’re not spinning. And we always finish each party with a 45 minute set where we play together.

Borderstan: Do you have a favorite venue for MIXTAPE? 

Van Horn: That’s a tough question because each party is a lot of fun and takes on a different feel based on the venue. I have a nostalgic soft spot for the early parties at Dahlak. I also loved the few that we threw at the old Warehouse Theater in early 2009 because that was completely DIY; down to the fact that we had to bring in our own sound system. There was something pretty cool about dancing in a blackbox theater. I loved playing at the Rock & Roll Hotel with its awesome sound system. We’ve sort of settled into a nice rhythm of throwing it at the Black Cat and Town. Hopefully, after this Saturday, we’ll be able to add the Howard Theater into our regular rotation.

Borderstan: How do you balance being a D.J. and a full-time job? (I imagine D.J.-ing keeps you out pretty late.) 

Van Horn: It’s tricky. About two years ago, I cut back on my full-time job, so I only work about 80%. In addition to D.J.-ing MIXTAPE, At the time of this decision, I was also creating and D.J.-ing other parties like RAW [at COBALT], Maison, and recently I added GUIL-TEA to the list (in addition to my seasonal variety show). So in order to not die of exhaustion, I cut back on my day job to allow a little time to create, promote and manage my D.J. gigs and other events… not to mention, building in some time to hang with friends and go to others’ parties and events (where I get inspiration).

Borderstan: Who are you currently listening to? 

Van Horn: Some of my favorite artists right now are Azealia Banks, Bright Light Bright Light, Charli XCX, Niki and the Dove, Die Antwoord, Ellie Goulding, Gossip, SSION and Grimes. Plus I always have a major soft spot for Kylie Minogue and Robyn.

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by Borderstan.com May 3, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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

Featured image by Khelan Bhatia.

Hi there, Borderstanis. Yes, it’s me, Khelan, the resident contributor to the BorderStyle column for Borderstan. No, you don’t need to adjust your screens or smart phones. I’m just pinch hitting for the music column till we get a regular. Don’t worry though, you’re in good hands. I’m probably slightly more passionate about music than I am about fashion/style.

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AVAN LAVA was at DC9 last Friday for Liberation Dance Party. (Khelan Bhatia)

So, the other day, I invited you, and your friends, to come to an intimate concert at DC9’s Liberation Dance Party. The group: AVAN LAVA. The sound: Prince meets MGMT. The look: Early 90’s, only Ironic.

If you blew it off, no worries. They’ll be back soon. In the meantime, let me tell exactly how awesome the show was…and I go to a lot of concerts. In fact, my homes away from home are the 930 Club, U Street Music Hall, Rock & Roll Hotel, and, of course, DC9.

AVAN LAVA began their set with an infectious beat that was reminiscent of 1991’s “Get Off” by Prince and the New Power Generation (this is a good thing btw). What followed wasn’t so much a concert as it was one of the best parties I’ve been to in ages.

Their 45-minute show was pretty-damn-close-to-flawless. Their stage presence and energy matched the music and you really can’t say that about many mainstream acts (Rihanna, I’m looking at you).

The two highlights from the show were “Slow Motion,” a wonderful little slow jam in the style of D’Angelo’s “How Does it Feel” (Check it out here on SoundCloud and “It’s Never Over” which was the perfect capstone to their show. A friend of mine who showed up to DC9 right after AVAN LAVA got of stage said he could feel the manic energy lingering in the room, which is exceedingly rare. He wasn’t wrong.

So next time, promise to come?

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,147 0

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

Into pop music with a sly, sardonic wink yet an earnest sensibility? Yearning for the audible love child of the Black Kids and the Backstreet Boys… without even realizing it?

Well, have I got a treat for you this Friday.

Rather than going to the same bar to see the same people you see every week, come join me at AVAN LAVA at DC9’s Liberation Dance Party (thanks to fine folks at Kick Kick Snare for bringing them down). Tickets are only $8, which, frankly, is less than you paid for that watered down vodka soda/tonic/cran/hemlock/whatever at (Insert-name-of-generic) bar. And I have it on good authority that the band throws. One. Hell. of. A. Party.

Still not convinced? Ok, well, let’s if moving pictures and music can succeed where my words have failed:

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So I guess I’ll see you at DC9 tomorrow. Location is 1940 9th Street NW, just south of U. Doors open at 9 pm, show at 11 pm.

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by Borderstan.com December 23, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

elephant ears, Alocasia, Logan Circle

How warm is it in DC?  It was 60 degrees F on Thursday and these Alocasia (“Elephant Ears”) are still quite happy in a Logan Circle garden. (mattyillni in the Borderstan flickr pool)

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

Christmas Forecast

While it has seemed more like summer than the winter solstice around DC lately, that should be corrected (sort of) today. Expect more like 50’s and 40’s through the week, says ABC 7. And no, that storm system you heard about is not likely to bring snow for Christmas. Anyone whining about the warm temps can remind themselves they appreciate nothing when they complain of cold winds in two weeks. Bah Humbug!

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

We’ve given you some ideas, but if you are still stumped, the Washington Blade has a good, eclectic list. These are all nearby, ready to go and don’t require batteries. Of course, you could have a very procrastinator’s holiday and stop by the Safeway or 7-11 for gift cards to nearly every chain store in America.

And remember to check out these posts from Borderstan writers on last-minute gift ideas:

Heritage India Serves Booze Again

OK, I am a little baffled. Heritage India violates their own security policy and a man dies, with several other injured and they are serving cocktails again less than a month later? That’s what Washington City Paper is reporting, anyways. For those of you playing the consistency game at home, DC9 was ordered closed for 30 days after a man died outside the club, allegedly (at first, anyways) at the hands of employees. Draw your own conclusions.

Best of the Internets

Some of us poor bastards are at work. Here’s what you can do with your day as you fake it until you make it.

NPR brings word of the most awesome useless phone service ever: Callin’ Oates. Yes, it is an ’emergency’ phone line where you can call if you really, really need to hear “Rich Girl” (press 2) and don’t have any other way of listening to it. And if you want to celebrate the end of a despotic reign of the Dear Leader for your holiday, Kim Jong Il Looking at Things can be a half-day diversion. Last but not least, “Shit Girls Say” has a new episode up on their YouTube channel. That poor dog does need water!

by Borderstan.com October 24, 2011 at 3:45 am 0

Common Good City Farm benefit, DC9, Suckers band

Support the LeDroit Park-based Common Good City Farm at the October 27 benefit concert at DC9. (Image courtesy 

Who: New York bands Suckers and Rewards. Tickets are $15.

What: Benefit concert for Common Good City FarmCommon Good City Farm is an urban farm and education center, located in LeDroit park, growing food for low-income residents in DC and providing educational opportunities for all people that help increase food security, improve health, and contribute to environmental sustainability.

When: Thursday, October 27. Doors open at 8:30 pm.

Where: DC9, 1940 9th Street NW.

More info and tickets: Here is more information and a linkfor purchasing tickets.

More Info on Common Good City Farm

Common Good City Farm has a simple but powerful mission: grow food, educate, and help low-income DC community members meet their food needs. It effectuates this mission by providing hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and environmental sustainability. The Farm — located in the heart of the LeDroit Park community — provides a safe outdoor setting to learn, grow, and nourish.

Through on-site demonstrations and outreach, Common Good City Farm integrates people of all ages, classes, and races to create vibrant and safe communities. Since 2007, the non-profit has taught over 1000 DC residents in workshops, engaged over 1500 DC school children, and hosted over 2000 volunteers. One volunteer came all the way from England: just this summer, Prince Charles got his hands dirty at the Farm. For press inquiries: [email protected]

by Borderstan.com October 14, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

Frank Kameny, Frank Kameny Way, 17th Street NW

Frank Kameny spoke at the 2010 17th Street Festival. The 1700 block of the street from Q to R is co-named Frank Kameny Way. He passed away Wednesday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

LGBT Rights Leader Frank Kameny Passes

Frank Kameny was an inspirational leader and a force for human rights, who we sadly lost on Wednesday, October 12. His initial protest of his firing from the US Army Map Service due to his sexual orientation sparked a lawsuit that made it all the way to the Supreme Court. He became the first openly gay candidate for Congress in 1971 and made history as the first openly gay member of the DC Human Rights Commission.

Kameny also led the protests against the American Psychiatric Association’s classification of homosexuality as a mental illness. For more on his inspirational life, check out this piece in Care2.com or this memorial in the Washington Blade. In June 2010 1700 block of 17th Street NW here in the neighborhood (from Q to R Streets) was co-named Frank Kameny Way.

DC9 to be Sued by Mohammed’s Family

As expected, the family of Ali Mohammed will file a civil suit against nightclub/bar DC9, the site of Mohammed’s death last year. Washington City Paper reports that family and friends will gather outside the venue to announce the multiple claims in the suit. You may recall that while ruled a homicide, the DC Medical Examiner did not determine the cause of death was due to the alleged beating by employees but from ‘excited delirium’. We’ll keep you posted on the suit, the vigil and all other information related to this ongoing story.

Emotionally Charged… Medians?

Apparently, Connecticut Avenue NW and its medians are a hot topic these days. The block between K and L Streets NW is home to the first phase of median beautification, and now TBD has a piece on the most ’emotionally charged median’ on Connecticut Ave. between R and S Streets NW. What makes it so charged? The lack of ability for stores to hang Christmas lights, the magnolia trees, the state of the masonry — the list is seemingly endless. That long median inspires some emotions in this pedestrian, as well, namely that is is a pain to have to go up and over or around. Yep, I’m that lazy, deal with it.

More on the Lincoln Theatre

It’s not news, but Robert Bettmann, chair of DC Advocates for the Arts, took to Huffington Post to make the case for keeping the Lincoln open. Its financial woes have not been helped by city funds drying up, hence Bettmann’s call for additional funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The ‘trickle up effect’ he describes comes from less funds given to smaller arts organizations that would rent the theatre, so they lose rental revenue as well as their original funding source. It’s a heated issue, and there is much history at stake. That said, the money has to come from somewhere, and there are not a lot of areas in the city budget that are fat enough to borrow from these days.

How to Handle Lines at Estadio

I guess the prize bit of wisdom in the piece is ‘deal with it.’ That, or ‘get a buzz at the bar while you wait’, which is really just good common sense. At any rate, Eater DC has a long sit down with GM Justin Guthrie, the manager at Estadio, to assess his take on the lines. Don’t offer him money, woo him with George Brett and Royals trivia and don’t ask if Dolly Parton actually ate there are some salient points. Or head out to Two Amy’s or 75 in Arlington, Guthrie’s go-to’s, if you get tired of waiting.

Feminist Ryan Gosling

Damn, this was a depressing SYMHM for a Friday. So here’s the most important thing you may have missed this week — an effing hilarious and delicious looking collection of photos of Ryan Gosling discussing feminist scholars. Why? I have no idea, but I do know it will be an enjoyable expenditure of your 4:30 to 5 pm time at work on a Friday, or hungover morning reading. You are WELCOME.

by Borderstan.com September 16, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,314 0

Peregrine Coffee, 14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

Peregrine on 14th Street NW now offers a delivery service. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancasterEmail her at [email protected].

Hot to Trot

Part of the reason we love Counter Culture coffee is the fact that you can’t just buy this sustainably harvested fair trade bean anywhere. Luckily, Peregrine now has a new Pedaler by Peregrine coffee delivery program that brings Counter Culture to you. On Thursdays between noon and 4 pm, Peregrine staff members will bring your whole bean coffee right to your door if you live between Columbia Road and H Street NW, as far east as 7th Street NW and as far west as Rock Creek Parkway. In true Peregrine style, you’ll also receive a bean bio of your roast and a discount on coffee brewing equipment. Visit the Pedaler by Peregrine website to start your coffee subscription using a 10% coupon.

Street Fair Fare at H Street

For a view of a different neighborhood (without a liquor license moratorium, for now), make the trek to H Street NE for their 2011 Festival. It runs noon to 7 pm and includes street parades, a pie eating contest, drum lines and marching bands — essentially, all the things that make street fairs awesome. There will also be food from the local restaurants, a fleet of food trucks, local artists and vendors.

DC Huffington Post Launches

Do we need a California-based identity with a national base of contributors to launch a blog to cover ‘real’ DC from a hyperlocal perspective? We’re not scared of the competition! It will be interesting to see how the venture works with the HuffPo logo and brand with a decidedly local to DC focus. If it succeeds, it may be due to their pick of an editor — Michael Grass, the co-founder of DCist. Check out his explanation of the HuffPostDC venture here.

Senate Version of DC Spending Bill Does Not Include Abortion Ban

In the ongoing battle of DC’s rights and the GOP agenda, DC scored a point or two for autonomy in the budget battle. While federal funds are still blocked from paying for abortion, the city tax revenue can continue to fund abortion in the city limits. The Washington Post reports on the Senate draft bill which will now go to the full appropriations committee for a vote. It remains to be seen what the House of Representatives will do with the city funding provision, though.

Streetscaping Back On the Ledger for Georgia Avenue

Score one for Ward One and their attempt at beautifying Georgia Avenue NW. After a protracting battle with the Mayor, Councilmember Jim Graham emerged with $1.44 million in restored funds for the project, Washington Examiner reports. Of course, while we are all for trees, it leaves a budget shortfall for renovating an old warehouse for DC police. What do you think of the budget shifting?

Venue Openings in DC Gay Nightlife

Expect Phase 1 to take over the former Apex space and Mova to reopen on the busy 14th Street NW strip shortly, says the Washington Blade. Also expect (or hope, or protest, depending on your inclination towards bars on 17th Street NW) a new inhabitant in the old Club Chaos space. Uproar Lounge and Restaurant has launched a Facebook page and hopes to open this summer. However, no one has come forward to try to claim the existing liquor license for Chaos, which would be necessary to open given the area’s liquor license moratorium. Expect more uproar over Uproar before it’s all said and done.

New Chef at DC9

The rock and roll bar has seen quite a few changes in the past year, but this is one of the more welcomed ones. They’ve hired Amber Bursik, who has worked with top DC names like Frank Ruta (Palena) and Barton Seaver (formerly of Hook). There are some seriously delicious sounding Southern-inspired dishes on the menu (anyone that doesn’t like fried green tomatoes may not like puppies and the flag) and some vegetarian dishes as well, such as her take on Red Beans & Rice.

by Borderstan.com August 3, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,024 0

Borderstan, 17th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

17th and R Streets NW: Is it a wedding dress? (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and  tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.

What NOT to Miss: Small Black Benefit Show at DC9 Thursday Night

Bands Small Black, Outputmessage and Cigarette come together for a benefit show held by Monument Arts and Music Festival. Proceeds go to Grassroots Reconciliation Group, an association that aids former child soldiers and their communities in Uganda. Tickets are $13 and available here, more info here.

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by Borderstan.com June 3, 2011 at 9:34 am 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Michelle Lancaster. Tell me what I missed on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Taylor Gourmet to Open in Logan Circle

Washingtonian has the scoop on the tasty sandwich chain Taylor Gourmet‘s latest location in Logan Circle at 1908 14th Street NW (west side, north of T). This is the current location of Ruff & Ready Furnishings, which is moving. Don’t get too excited for your delicious sandwich, though. Due to a need for extensive renovations, they don’t plan to open until mid to late fall. The good news? They will have a delivery and take-out option with service up to Columbia Heights. Nom nom, indeed.

Summer in DC: No Power, No Escalators?

I swear Metro is in a silent partnership with The Biggest Loser to encourage city residents to take the stairs by having so many escalators out of service. The alternative — that our system cannot keep up with the escalator demand — is not an easy issue to resolve, so I will follow the D.C. maxim of ignoring it until it inconveinces me. Oh wait, as the Washington Examiner reports, it already is. More than one-fifth of Metro’s escalators are out of service on Wednesday in our 90-degree heat. At least you went home to a residence with power, unlike the unfortunate folks left at the mercy of Pepco in NE (check out WUSA’s story and thermometer. It’s bad. I feel bad for our NE friends).

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by Borderstan.com June 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm 1,085 0

WJLA Channel 7 reports, “No one involved in the incident outside the DC9 nightclub will face criminal charges and authorities have closed the investigation into the 2010 death.” Read the story at WJLA.com.

Washington City Paper also has the story: “Five DC9 nightclub employees once arrested for the murder of Ali Ahmed Mohammed won’t be facing any charges at all.”

DC9 is at 1940 9th Street NW, just south of U Street.

by Borderstan.com June 1, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,157 0

Borderstan, High Heels, Luis Gomez Photos

14th and Belmont Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Tell me what I missed on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Sex Assault Perpetrator Posing as Cab Driver

Ladies, be on the lookout. Washington Examiner is reporting that at least one woman was picked up in Dupont Circle and assaulted near 18th Street NE. Take a look at the picture, report any info you have and be careful when taking a cab home after your summer fun.

Monument Fest’s First Birthday Bash to Benefit 826DC

You know by now that I’m a big fan of drinking for charity. When the charity in question is 826DC, the local affiliate of Dave Egger’s creative writing foundation, the drinks in question are Lagunitas AND there’s music, you really have no excuse not to go. 826DC is dedicated to encouraging and promoting writing among local school-aged youth and is doing great work (check out what their support has done for one Ballou student). MonumentFest is tomorrow, June 2, at DC9 and you can get your slightly cheaper tickets in advance here ($15, $17 at the door).

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by Borderstan.com April 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm 0

Borderstan, Laura's Weekend Picks, Luis Gomez Photos

See what Laura has planned for the weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman. Follow her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

Well hello there, Borderstanis. Yet another week has flown by and the weekend is nearly upon us. Lots going on locally this weekend:

Thursday. Ever since an unseasonably warm start to the week, I’ve had sundresses on my mind. If you’re also itching to put away your sweaters and break out the spring wardrobe, start your weekend off at ReadysetDC’s fashion:district Spring/Summer 2011 show this Thursday, April 14, 2011 at the Longview Gallery (1234 9th Street NW).

The event includes a full-length runway show and pop-up shops featuring local influential and innovative designers including; ARTAYA, Clockwise Clothing, Derringer Friday, Durkl, Ginger Root Design, Hugh & Crye and SAINTCHiC. Doors open at 7 pm, the show begins at 9 pm, and tickets are still available for purchase here. Proceeds from ticket sales also benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. What a tres chic way to support local business and a good cause.

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by Borderstan.com February 23, 2011 at 5:00 am 0

Dupont, Logan, U Street, Borderstan

News from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area (mostly).

From Michelle Lancaster. Got news for Michelle? Send her an email.

Rollin’ with Kwame

What do you need in order to do your job as DC City Council Chairman, as the city faces severe budget shortfalls and turmoil over a contentious primary? Why, order a fully loaded Lincoln Navigator, of course! The Washington Post used FOIA to nab emails that indicate his office insisted that it be black, inside and out, with a moonroof, DVD system and polished aluminum wheels. His defense? “We just asked for an SUV.” *****UPDATE: As of writing, Brown has returned the vehicle, according to the Post. Who says nothing happens quickly in DC politics?!***** Also, check out the take on the whole rolling-mess (we can’t help ourselves) over at 14th & You: “Navigating” DC’s budget: What does $90,000 get you?

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by Borderstan.com January 27, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,387 1 Comment

Snowy Night Logan Circle Luis Gomez Photos

Snow much to do this weekend in the neighborhood. Pictured: Wednesday night at 15th and Corcoran NW. (Luis Gomez from Flickr Borderstan Pool)

From Laura Herman. Got a weekend tip for Laura? Send her an email. You can follow Laura on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

Assuming that we’re not all snowed in for D.C. Snowpocalypse 3.0 this weekend (and here’s to hoping), there’s lots going on in and out of Borderstan this weekend.

Got pics to share from last night’s snow? How about the Dupont Circle Snowball Fight? Share them in Borderstan’s Reader Pool on Flickr.

Tonight. If you find yourself with an OPM-granted snow day on Thursday, or if you want to blow off steam/resentment after working a full day, you may want to check out Asia Nine for happy hour because What’s The Deal (or WTD, to those of you in the know — sign up for their emails!) is hosting a FREE sake happy hour. Make sure to RSVP here, and you’ll get a free small sake just for showing up between 6 and 8 pm. I hear that sake bombs go well with thundersnow…

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