by August 19, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,872 0

Laura Herman, U Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Sunday is the Hip Hop Bar Crawl with six participating U Street bars, from Tabaq to Queen Makeda. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected]

Happy weekend, Borderstan! Here are my top picks for what to do in and around the neighborhood this weekend.

Friday, August 19

  • Head over to Black Cat for the inaugural Friday Night Frights of the season, featuring two episodes of Tales From the Crypt and drink specials every Friday from 7 pm to 8:30. Spooky scary.
  • Beer Week is also still in full swing. Check out Alejandra’s local guide for more info on where to drink this weekend.

by August 18, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,877 0

POP!, Studio Theatre, Scott Suchman

Tom Story in POP! The show has been extended through August 28. (Scott Suchman)

From Jana Petersen. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.

The change happened almost instantly after Laura and I handed over our tickets to see POP! — the murder-mystery musical around the shooting of Andy Warhol — at the Studio Theatre last week.

“Welcome to the Factory,” the ticket lady uttered. “Factory” — okay, I get it — but we’re still in the Studio Theatre – right? I was having déjà vu to Rocky Horror screenings on Halloween night…

As we walked upstairs to the smaller theater, the smell of tobacco wafted through the staircase and people stood scattered in scantily clad ’60s clothing (read: tight pants, unbuttoned shirts) throughout: why were the actors not behind stage? As we walked up the staircase, one of the “greeters / actors” came running to us, “Hey, girls! When are we going out? How you ladies doing? Welcome to the Factory.”

The Studio Theater just extended its run of “Pop!” through August 28. It is at 1501 14th Street NW, corner of 14th and P Streets. POP! was written by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs; directed by Keith Alan Baker, with Hunter Styles and Jennifer Harris.


by August 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,653 0

From Cecile Oreste of danceDC

Helanius J. Wilkins, Tim Coburn)

Helanius J. Wilkins. (Tim Coburn)

According to Studio Theatre, POP! is “a musical murder-mystery extravaganza that peeks inside the tumultuous artistic revelry of Andy Warhol’s infamous Factory.” Currently playing at the 14th Street NW theater until August 14, this Helen Hayes Awards Recommended production is directed by Keith Alan Baker, Hunter Styles and Jennifer Harris with choreography from Helanius J. Wilkins.

We caught up with Wilkins, Founder and Artistic Director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, to learn more about his role in POP!

Borderstan: How did you get involved with POP!?

Wilkins: This production marks my sophomore effort in musical theatre. I was invited to be the choreographer for POP! following my wildly successful and critically-acclaimed choreography for the Studio Theatre’s 2010 summer musical, Passing Strange.

Borderstan: Why did you want to be part of this production?


by July 14, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,917 0

DC theaters, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

What’s playing at Borderstan area theaters? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen

This past Wednesday evening POP! opened at The Studio Theater. A musical murder-mystery extravaganza, POP! takes a peek inside the artistic revelry of Andy Warhol’s infamous Factory. More specifically, its function outside of the artistic whims and manifestations of post-modernism (odds and ends collected from the street, interior covered entirely in silver paint): in other words, the Factory’s alternate role as home to orgies, parties and excessive drug use.

Tickets for POP! average about $40, and the show will run through August 7. Have you seen POP! Are you planning on it? Tell us what you think!

What else to look forward to?

  • At the Keegan Theatre on Church Street, Steel Magnolias opens July 23 and runs through August 21.
  • Theatre J is taking a breather, but the 2011-2012 season begins with Imagining Madoff on August 31.

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold:



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