A happy hour celebration benefiting Capital PRIDE will take place on Wednesday, February 27, at MOVA Lounge, 2204 14th Street NW.
All proceeds from the evening will benefit Capital PRIDE and its community partner, Different Drummers.
The happy hour will take place from 6-9 pm – and there will be raffle prizes. For more information, contact apisapia[AT]capitalpride.org.
The local league that organizes LGBTQ & Ally kickball and bocce in the neighborhood is launching a new league sport… darts.
You heard us correctly — Stonewall Sports is currently accepting registrants for its winter darts league. And like all other Stonewall leagues, darts is also a charity-driven league, where players will compete on behalf of a charity of their choice.
The league will meet to play (or throw?) on Thursdays, starting January 31, at MOVA (2204 14th Street NW). Teams of four to six players will compete for glory. Registration is $30 and is available online.
For more information, email stonewalldarts[AT]gmail.com or visit the Facebook page. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Tonight, Wednesday, May9, MOVA is hosting a happy hour for the DC Queer Theatre Festival. Meet the folks who are organizing the first DC Queer Theatre Festival. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm at MOVA, 2204 14th Street NW. The event is free.
According to the organizers, “The DC Queer Theatre Festival unleashes and celebrates the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and community.”
In conjunction with CenterArts at The DC Center, the DC Queer Theatre Festival will be presenting two nights of queer plays by playwrights in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
MOVA DC Relocation; Miami Beach Location Wins “Favorite Bar in USA”
MOVA in DC was formerly located on the 1400 block of P Street before relocating to the bustling 14th Street corridor, just north of W Street NW. It’s sister bar in Miami Beach recently won an award for “Favorite Bar in the USA” from from readers of Edge Magazine.
In addition, Edge voters selected MOVA Lounge D.C.’s resident Friday night DJ Scotty Thomson as DJ of the Year. Thomson spins every third Friday night during MOVA Lounge’s weekly Co-Op Fridays party.
From Michelle Lancaster. Tell me what I missed on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Sign Goes Up for Bar Number 9
Or is it Bar Number Nine? Anyway… although it is not ready yet, Bar Number9 will go into the space formerly occupied by Halo/Mova at 1435 P Street NW. Number 9 owners Ed Bailey and John Guggenmos were part owners of Halo before it became Mova, and are also the owners of Town Danceboutique at 8th and U Streets NW. Mova owner Babak Movahedi told Borderstan during in January that he was planning to reopen somewhere in the U Street corridor. See P Street: What Replaces McCormick at 1460? Bar #9 at 1435? from March 20.
Mayor, City Council Members Arrested
Save your snarky jokes, kids. They were arrested for civil disobedience at Monday’s protest of DC’s treatment during the federal budget debate, reports the The Washington Post. Mayor Gray, along with DC Council Chair Kwame Brown and Councilmembers Tommy Wells, Muriel Bowser, Yvette Alexander, Sekou Biddle and Michael A. Brown.
From Luis Gomez
Monday morning update: Thank you to the reader who pointed us to the March 2 meeting minutes of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F-Logan. Here’s the lowdown on what’s coming to 1435 P NW: “Ed Bailey announced that he and John Guggenmos are returning to 1435 P Street, NW and will be opening a new bar named #9.” They were part owners of Halo at the same location, before it became MOVA, and are owners of Town Danceboutique at 8th and U Streets NW.
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What will replace two empty storefronts on the 1400 block of P Street? On the north side, at 1435, MOVA closed its doors a couple of months ago (though owner Babak Movahedi told Borderstan in January that he definitely plans to reopen, probably in the U Street corridor). Work is underway in the P Street space
, but there are no rumors about what is coming.
On the southwest corner of the block, at 1460, McCormick Paints shut its doors last week and will reopen up north in Mount Pleasant (at 3124 Mount Pleasant Street NW). The corner location — with large street-level windows already in place — would likely make it a candidate for another restaurant or even a clothing store. We keep wondering when one of the national retailers — think Gap or Banana Republic — will set up shop somewhere in Logan Circle or along the U Street corridor.
On ANCs, liquor licenses and voluntary agreements. Two good pieces on DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and their role in liquor licenses, voluntary agreements with businesses–and the expansion of Hank’s Oyster Bar at 17th and Q NW. The two posts: “Knee-jerk liquor license opposition undercuts credibility” by Dave Alpert of Greater Greater Washington… and read Ben’s post over at 14th & You, ““Voluntary Agreements” – Necessary or NIMBYism?” He gives a good rundown on what is happening at several different ANCs around the area with regarding to small business oversight and VAs. Try not to be exasperated when you read either article; it probably won’t be easy.
New local blog, danceDC. Check out danceDC, a new blog by Borderstan resident and contributor, Cecile Oreste. Oreste regulary contributes pieces on artists and the arts in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. Now she has her own blog dedicated to dance in DC, including info on dance classes.
DC Number 2 for job-hunting college grads. The article at the Washington Business Journal about DC being the Number 2 metro area in the country for job-hunting college grads won’t be a surprise for our are. The Dupont-Logan-U Street area was a draw for college grads even before the recession hit–but with the availability of federal government jobs in the region, it’s even more pronounced now. The list is from Businessweek magazine. Note to candidates for mayor and council: What’s your plan to keep DC an attractive place for these desirable young transplants?
Is MOVA moving? Popular P Street gay club, MOVA, was the subject a rumor in the Washington Blade last week that it was closing. The owner of the club assured Borderstan that this was not the case. But they might be moving? Maybe.
Gray leading reader poll on mayoral race. You can still vote in the Borderstan reader poll on the DC mayoral race–on the Borderstan landing page, right nav bar. Fenty led until a Gray surge on Friday.
Who owns 113 abandoned and vacant DC properties? The DC Government is a larg owner of such properties–113 in all. Read Cary Silverman’s piece, “Home Again: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly,” at his blog, the Other 35 Percent. Silverman says that one-fourth are abandoned houses while the rest are empty lots. It’s a good, detailed explanation of the situation and what these properties mean for neighbors.
More speed cameras in DC. The Washington Post reported that DC is getting nine more “mobile radar cameras” at intersections around the city. But, none are in the Borderstan area.
Approximately 150 people turned out for DC Mayor Adrian Fenty’s LGBT Pride Month celebration Wednesday night at Mova on P Street NW.
The meet-and-greet on the last night of Pride Month was to celebrate the accomplishments of the lesbian and gay community, including the passage of same sex marriage rights earlier this year in DC.
Mike DeBonis at The Washington Post has a good write up of the event, which was billed as a non-campaign event for Fenty. But, Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colorado) spoke at the event–and he endorsed Fenty for re-election. Polis is one of three openly gay members of Congress.
In his column, Debonis (he moved to the Post from the City Paper a few months ago) talks about Fenty’s tough re-election campaign against Council Chairman Vincent Gray. He gives a good overview of some of the recent criticism by some in the gay community. DeBonis’ column is a good read; check it out.
In addition, DeBonis has a story in Friday’s Post about Fenty, his campaign, his governing style–and why the polls show him in trouble in his re-election bid.
Mayor Adrian Fenty is holding a LGBT Pride Month celebration and meet-and-greet tonight from 7 to 9 pm at Mova (formerly Halo) at 1435 P Street NW. The mayor’s office says it is not a fundraiser or campaign event: “This event is not a fundraiser but an opportunity to celebrate our many accomplishments and to hear the Mayor’s vision for the future.”
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B holds its July meeting at 7 pm at the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets NW. On the agenda is a 10-minute slot for Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large).