by January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


DC will suspend sanitation, but not all parking this holiday weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21.

Sanitation services (including trash and recycling collections and street and alley cleaning) will be suspended for the day. However, parking enforcement for safety and “Emergency No Parking” restrictions will occur due to inauguration activities. All services will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, January 22.

Trash/recycling collections:

  • Trash and recycling collections in once-a-week collection neighborhoods will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week.
  • In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.

Parking Enforcement:  

  • DPW will suspend enforcement of expired meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions.
  • Booting and abandoned vehicle removal will be suspended.
  • Ticketing and towing will take place for all safety restrictions, e.g., bus stops, driveways, hydrants, and crosswalks, and emergency no parking areas.
  • Throughout the District, vehicles parked where “Emergency No Parking” signs are posted will be towed.
  • Full enforcement resumes Tuesday, January 22.

For more information, visit the DC DPW website.

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by January 17, 2013 at 10:00 am 0


Weekend Warrior: Four More Years! (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Okay, so here’s the deal. This weekend is that Inauguration thing. It’s gonna be crowded, cold, and lots of people from [insert midwestern state here] are going to stand on the left side of the metro escalators. You’ve been warned.

If you DO decide to leave the confines of your abode, you can find a massive list of unofficial inaugural balls here, bars staying open ’til ungodly hours here, and food specials around town here, but really you should just do the things listed below because they are going to be fun, probably!


  • Although his mom jeans belie his coolness, we all know that Obama enjoys a good beer from time to time. In honor of POTUS and his hometown of Chicago, Jack Rose Dining Saloon is hosting a Goose Island Tap Takeover starting at 5 pm, featuring $3.12 cans of the 312 Urban Wheat, $7 drafts and a rare bottle tasting from 6 to 10 pm in their new basement bar.
  • Do you like Reggae? Because it is one of the things in this world that I do not like. But if you do, that’s cool. To each his own! Also, you should probably check out the official Thievery Corporation After-Party tonight at The Brixton which will feature a reggae DJ. It’s free and things will kick off around 10 pm when the Thievery show at the 9:30 Club winds down.


  • My colleague, Rachel, said it best: Inauguration weekend calls for doughnuts. Snag some of the Obama-themed variety from DC’s own Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, who will be holding another pop-up shop today at Chinatown Coffee Co. starting at 10 am.
  • I will admit that I am not entirely sure what takes place at an improv comedy inaugural ball, but if you want to satisfy your morbid curiosity, head over to the DC Arts Center for the Aboulia! Inaugural Ball featuring a packed lineup of DC’s best improv troupes. The shows start at 7:30 and 10 pm, and tickets are $10.


  • Preemptively counteract any licentious deeds you’ll be engaging in the rest of the weekend by volunteering as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. There are a ton of events going on across the city, including one at DC Armory, where volunteers will be putting together care packages for the troops. Get all the info you need and sign up or a shift here.
  • Remember when Moby dated Natalie Portman? That was pretty weird! Be sure to ask him about it tonight when you see him headlining the Blisspop Inauguration Party at U Street Music Hall, starting at 10 pm. The show is currently sold out, but it’s definitely worth scouring Craigslist for tickets.


  • If you’re starting to feel yourself descending into an alcohol and tourist-induced fugue state by this point in the weekend, then the Nevermind the Inauguration Counter Inaugural Ball and Festival of Resistance might be just what the doctor ordered. The event, which starts at noon at the Warehouse Theater, features free workshops and films on global resistance, and caps things off with a good old fashioned punk rock benefit concert at 6 pm.


  • True story: In 2009 I watched the Inauguration on TV at a bar in Columbia Heights with an endless supply of mimosas and bloody marys, and it was the best decision I have ever made. If you’re smart enough to follow suit (did I mention it’s going to be COLD OUT today?) plant yourself at one of the many establishments that will be serving up their usual weekend fare and specials today, including Firefly, Tabaq and Red Rocks.

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by January 16, 2013 at 11:00 am 1 Comment


DC’s “Taxation Without Representation” plates will go on the president’s limo. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

On Monday, Borderstan’s own Kathryn Ciano presented her best arguments for why President Obama should ride around (in DC, mind you) on Inauguration Day with a DC license plate that reads, “Taxation Without Representation.”

Even the DC Council pushed for the plates – Chairman Phil Mendelson and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) paid a special trip to the White House last week to speak with administration officials on the matter.

Well now Ciano’s wish, and the wish of others, will come true. The White House announced Tuesday that Obama’s official vehicles will begin using the “Taxation Without Representation” license plates during the inauguration this weekend.

In an article by the Associated Press, the White House says that Obama has lived in the District for four years and has seen “how patently unfair it is for families in DC to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress.”

The same article reports the symbolic license plates were created in 2000.

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