by Tim Regan December 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm 0

Photo via Flickr / The Ugly Sweater ShopThree neighborhood running clubs are planning to don ugly holiday sweaters and along H Street later this evening.

The H Street Runners, Argonaut Running Club and the Big Board Runners are joining forces for the “H Street Ugly Holiday Sweater Run and Party” Tuesday, Dec. 20, according to a Facebook announcement. Neighborhood blog PoPville also posted about the event.

Tonight’s run is open to all community members and is scheduled to take participants about two miles down H Street. The event will begin at Driftwood (400 H St.  NE) at 7 p.m.

“Let’s make this a great tradition for the whole H Street community,” an organizer wrote on Facebook. “It will be a fun, festive run up and down the H Street corridor and afterwards we have the upstairs bar at Driftwood Kitchen.”

Participants are also encouraged to bring along a medal to donate to Medals4Angels, a nonprofit “that collects medals from marathon and triathalon runners and donate them to those fighting their own battle with serious illness.”

Photo via Flickr / The Ugly Sweater Shop

by Tim Regan November 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

Photo via Little Miss Whiskey'sA bar on H Street plans to go whole hog during a charity feast and party this weekend.

Little Miss Whiskey’s (1104 H St. NE) is scheduled to host its second annual “Movemberfest Pig Roast” Saturday at 3 p.m. The event is set to feature an all-you-can-eat feast from Queen Vic chef Ryan Gordon and bottomless booze from local brewer DC Brau.

Attendees can fill their plates with roasted pork, slow-cooked ribs, pimento mac and cheese and jalapeno cheesy grits, then participate in a cash raffle “with hundreds of dollars in prizes.”

Tickets cost $60 per person. A portion of all proceeds go toward the Movember Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at aiding men with physical and mental health issues.

Photo courtesy of Little Miss Whiskey’s

by Tim Regan October 10, 2016 at 3:50 pm 0

The nationally touring roadshow that has people thrusting and gyrating alone onstage is returning to H Street next week.

The latest installment of the “Air Sex Championships” will take place at Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St. NE) next Thursday, Oct. 20.

During the event, performers in colorful costumes compete to see who can have fake sex better than their peers. A usual air sex routine involves lots of solitary stroking, thrusting, licking and kissing. It’s like air guitar, but, well, it’s sex, said host Chris Trew.

“They’re so brave and they … act out these routines that we’re taught are super taboo,” he said. “It’s very exciting to have all that contained within a comedy show.”

Not sure if you’re into that kind of thing?

“If you enjoy live sporting events, if you like laughing and if you think sex is fun, then this is definitely the show for you,” Trew added. “Even if you’re two of those three things.”

And you don’t have to just watch, either. Anyone in the audience can sign up to try their hand at faux-fornication, Trew explained.

“I really just want people to know they can sign up the night of the show. Oftentimes, people don’t realize that,” he said. “We want people from D.C. who have never done the show before to come and try it out.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

More about the Air Sex Championships from a press release:


by Tim Regan September 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

1600-block-of-5th-st-nw-photo-via-google-street-viewA robber pulled out a gun and yanked a woman’s bag away from her in Shaw yesterday afternoon, according to D.C. Police.

The robbery happened on the 1600 block of 5th St. NW around noon yesterday.

A woman was walking south on 5th Street when someone ran up behind her and pulled out a gun, authorities said. The thief then grabbed the woman’s bag and darted into an alley before she had time to react. The bag contained an iPhone, some cash and several credit cards, among other personal items.

The woman sustained a scratch on her arm during the robbery but declined medical treatment, according to the report.

Police said they’re on the lookout for:

B/M, dreads, wearing a mask; S2: B/M, medium complexion, 20’s, 6’0, wearing a black hoody with a gray strip at bottom armed with a black gun, both L/S running into south alley between New Jersey and O streets NW


by Tim Regan September 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm 0

1118 H St. NE, photo via Google Street ViewA masked man with a gun robbed a fast casual pizza restaurant on H Street late last night, according to D.C. Police.

The armed robbery happened inside of the &pizza eatery at 1118 H St. NE just before 11 p.m. yesterday.

A man wearing a mask entered the pizzeria through the front door, walked up to a cashier and pressed a handgun to her side, according to a police report. The man then told the cashier to “pop that drawer” and she complied by opening the register. The armed robber grabbed about $300 in cash and left through the pizza restaurant’s back door.

A witness was able to flag down a police officer on patrol near the intersection of 12th and H streets NE some time after the crime occurred.

Police described the suspected robber as a black man wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, a grey and white camouflage printed mask, blue sweatpants and white Chuck Taylor shoes.

This isn’t the first time someone robbed the &pizza on H Street at gunpoint. A robber also used a gun to hold up the fast casual restaurant earlier this year in January.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan September 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

D.C. Police are on the lookout for three people connected to an armed robbery that occurred near the H Street corridor earlier this summer.

Two thieves armed with handguns approached two people who were sitting on a bench on the 800 block of 12th Street NE on June 15 around 3:30 a.m., according to an MPD press release. The robbers then stole a debit card, Metro card, driver’s license and some cash from the victims.

The thieves were last seen heading west on Atlas Street NE.

Police tweeted about the crime shortly after it occurred:

A new video today shows three people using a victim’s stolen Metro card, police said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about those people to contact them by calling 202-727-9099 or texting tips to 50411.

by Tim Regan August 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm 3 Comments

1300 H Street NE 1Someone in a group of kids threatened a man with a box cutter after he called the cops on them for “tampering” with bikes on the H Street corridor yesterday evening, according to D.C. Police.

The crime occurred on the 1300 block of H Street NE around 6:45 p.m. yesterday.

The incident started when after a man saw a group of kids “tampering” with bikes on the sidewalk, a police report said. When the man approached the kids and told them he wasn’t leaving until the police arrived, one of the kids produced a box cutter, prompting the man to pull out a pocket knife. The man was able to flag down several passing police officers before a fight broke out, however.

The officers arrested the kid with the box cutter and nobody was injured during the standoff, police said.


by Tim Regan June 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm 0

Ben’s Chili Bowl is expanding again.

Borderstan’s sister site, Hill Now, reported earlier today that the landmark U Street eatery famous for its chili and half smokes will open a new location on H Street NE in just two weeks.

The store, located at 1001 H St. NE, is slated to open July 8 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and some “special guests,” said Vida Ali, whose family owns the Ben’s Chili Bowl restaurants across D.C.

Local politicians and comedian Bill Cosby have previously attended Ben’s Chili Bowl openings in the past.

Founded in 1958 by Ben and Virginia Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl locations can be found on U Street NW and in Arlington, as well as at Reagan National Airport, Nationals Park and FedExField.

Photo of Ben’s Chili Bowl interior via Ben’s Chili Bowl

by September 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,826 0


Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan September 14th, 15th and 16th.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Opening of doris-mae Art Gallery: This weekend, doris-mae (1716 14th Street NW) will host its inaugural exhibition featuring the work of four painters (Pat Goslee, Becca Kallem, Paul Pietsch and William Whitaker) and a video project by Will Copps. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 15 from 6 until 9 pm, and the show runs through October 14, 2012.
  • H Street Festival: Yes, it’s a bit out of the way, but the annual street festival serves up plenty of food, art and live entertainment to make up for the journey. This year, the Festival celebrates H Street’s new Heritage Trail. The H Street Festival is Saturday, September 15 from noon until 6 pm on H Street NE.
  • MOVA Weekends: MOVA Lounge (2204 14th Street NW) has a series of events lined up for the weekend. Check out Fresh Fridays (with a special guest D.J. every week) and Scorching Saturdays on September 15 from 9 pm until 2 am.
  • DC Jazz Jam: Sundays mean jazz days at Dahlak (1771 U Street NW), and this Sunday features Howie Jung (keys), Duff Davis (guitar), Phil Ravita (bass) and Anders Eliasson (drums). The show is from 6:30 until 9:0 pm.
  • Lots of Local Music at Area Venues: It’s a good weekend to see some of DC’s local bands at the city’s music hotspots. Junior League is at the Black Cat on Friday, September 14 at 9 pm and The Silent Critics are playing at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, September 15 at 7 pm (and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I went to college with them). So here’s to local music! And Virginia liberal arts schools!

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 15: Peach Pit, Resident DJ Matt Bailer / 90’s dance party, 10:30 pm.
  • Sunday, September 16: The Bottom Dollars, The Hollows, 8:30 pm.

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, September 14: Miau Miau, Think Fast Jak, In Your Memory, 9 pm.
  • Saturday, September 15: Born Loose, Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness, 9 pm.

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, September 14: The Feelies, 8 pm.
  • Saturday, September 15: The Silent Critics, Aaron Crawford and the Badcards, Practically Einstein, 7 pm.
  • Sunday, September 16: Bloc Party with Ceremony, 7 pm.

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, September 14: Junior League Band, The Torches, Luray, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, September 16: Heavy Times, Thee Lolitas, 8 pm.

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by June 13, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,507 0

"Dusk on H Street" Smith Commons, Gaia 2

"Dusk on H Street" Smith Commons, Gaia 2 is by MichaelWalkerPhotos from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Dusk on H Street” Smith Commons, Gaia 2 was taken by MichaelWalkerPhotos on H Street NE on June 7.

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by September 16, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,205 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.


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