by March 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm 0

"St. Patrick's Day"

Dancers at the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (tedeytan in the Borderstan flickr pool)

There are street closings on Sunday, March 17, for the Shaw’s Tavern St. Patrick’s Day Neighborhood Festival and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Festival: According to DC Alerts, the 1800 block of 6th Street NW (6th Street between Florida Avenue and S Street) will be closed from 8 am to 4 pm for the Shaw’s Tavern Festival.

Parade: For the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the parade will form on the National Mall and proceed westbound on Constitution Avenue NW from 7th Street to 17th Street NW, where it will disband. 7th Street will be closed between Constitution Avenue NW and Independence Avenue SW from approximately 9 am to 3 pm. Streets leading to Constitution Avenue NW will be closed during this time period.

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by March 14, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


Weekend Warrior: St. Patrick’s and Pi(e) Edition in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The manifestation this week of the DC sinkhole and the uncomfortable fluctuations in the weather can only mean one thing: the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is in town again.

So if you see a lost young lad on the Metro wearing this, just point him in the direction of Reaganpalooza and consider this your absolution for the many obscenities you hurled at the TV when Paul Ryan spoke during the GOP convention. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at what us 47% have on tap this weekend.


  • Today is National Nerd Coming Out Day, aka 3.14, aka “Pi(e) Day.” Celebrate all things mathematical and delicious tonight at The Dunes, where they’ll be hosting a pie bonanza from 6 to 8:30 pm, with all proceeds going to Common Good City Farm. A suggested donation of $7 includes unlimited pie tastings… just don’t forget to bring your own plates and utensils.
  • And since you’ll be pie-drunk and pretty close by, hop in a cab afterwards and head up the street to the Blue Banana, which is hosting a special guest bartender night from 6 to 10 pm, with 20% of proceeds benefiting the incredible local organization Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.


  • If you really do want to avoid the CPAC crowd, plan on attending some screenings tonight during the Environmental Film Festival, which coincidentally kicks into high gear this weekend. There are almost 200 films being shown around town, and most events are free, but all you really need to be concerned about is this movie about an orphaned baby otter. An ORPHANED.BABY.OTTER.


  • I was going to suggest that you get in touch with your inner Carol Channing tonight and head over to Ford’s Theater to take in their incarnation of Hello, Dolly!, but since it just opened, it appears to be sold out. If you can find some tickets on the black market, then by all means make it happen. Otherwise, you can check out some “rock n’ roll music” tonight instead when Jukebox the Ghost headlines at the 9:30 Club, with openers Matt Pond and The Spring StandardsTickets are $15 and doors open at 8 pm.


  • Much like New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day is for amateurs, which means you’re likely to encounter green vomit on the sidewalk before the sun goes down. In my opinion, you’re much better off partaking in an early brunch and then heading home to watch several installments of the Leprechaun franchise.
  • But if Jennifer Aniston’s real nose is too scary for you, you could instead make an appearance at the Shaw’s Community St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival, sponsored by Shaw’s Tavern, which runs from 11 am – 5 pm (on 6th Street NW between Florida Ave. and S Streets), and features a beer garden, live music, and Irish step dancing.

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by March 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]

"St. Patrick's Day"

Shaw’s Tavern at Florida and 6th NW is ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Looking for a good place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the neighborhood? This Sunday, check out the first annual Shaw’s Community St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival.

The festival, sponsored by Shaw’s Tavern, will take place on March 17 from 11 am to 5 pm on 6th Street NW between Florida Avenue and S Streets.

The festival will include an extended beer garden, including green beer and traditional Irish fare.

Entertainment will include live music by local bluegrass, Irish and jazz combos King Street Bluegrass, DC Swing! and Superior Cling, as well as Irish Step dancers from the Boyle School of Irish dancing. Check back for a schedule of events.

Bring the kids and let them explore a fun house and a rock climbing wall. A face painter, airbrush tattoo artist and balloon artist will also be on hand to amuse the little ones.

Local groups will have information booths lining the street, including Artspace DC, DC Public Library, MPD Neighborhood Watch, Howard University Hospital, Car2Go, Red Bull and local politicians.

The festival is free of charge and will be held rain or shine!

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by May 2, 2012 at 5:40 am 1,464 0

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"Ambulance Reds" is by Jen Morrissey from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Ambulance Reds” was taken at Shaw’s Tavern by Jen Morrissey on April 25.

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by February 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm 1,991 0

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Shaw’s Tavern at Florida Avenue and 6th Street NW is open again, serving light fare (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Alejandra also writes for City Eats DC, a Food Network site, where you can book dinner reservations. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @frijolita.

Shaw’s Tavern has officially announced they will open their doors for service while they await word on their liquor license. They will serve “a light breakfast and lunch menu for weekdays from 7 am to 6 pm and a brunch menu on weekends from 9 am to 4pm.

If you’ll recall, Shaw’s Tavern has seen its fair share of drama. Last year the owners served liquor at an event a wee bit prematurely and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has deemed the owner “unfit for licensure.” Then there was some back and forth, ultimately ending in Shaw’s Tavern being shut down because their liquor license was denied.

Under new ownership, the Tavern hopes to re-open and become a neighborhood fixture.  Will you be stopping by Shaw’s Tavern? Management seems very excited to become an integral part of the neighborhood!

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by December 16, 2011 at 7:45 am 1,371 0

black cat, Luis Gomez Photos, Borderstan

What’s in your cat litter? (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Homemade Cat Litter Earns a Fine

A Dupont Circle woman has been fined a total of $2,000 for throwing away her homemade (shredded paper) cat litter in her trash can, reports DC’s Fox 5. A Department of Public Works (DPW) inspector has dug through her trash — part of the job — and found the paper along with “other paper items” that should be recycled. And the Director of DPW has stood behind the inspector’s actions and fines, despite protests from DC Councilmember Jack Evans. Evans argues DPW has gone too far in rifling through trash of apartment and condominium owners, and as much as I love the earth… I have to say I agree with him.

Shaw’s Tavern: Back, Sort of, with New Owner

Much hand wringing ensued over the lack of liquor license and subsequent closure of Shaw’s Tavern. Neighborhood groups are concerned about an empty storefront, city officials were concerned about fake documents and visitors anguished over the lack of beer. But now, a new owner has already crossed one hurdle — Washington City Paper reports that Siya Sadeghi has an endorsement from ANC 2C. That may provide some additional support for the Tavern’s liquor license application, which must be a relief for the new owner. His background is more in “construction”, but he used to own Axis on U Street NW. We’ll see how it goes. Best of luck — I am now dying for deviled eggs with truffles!

Lincoln Theatre to Run The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Remember when we said part of the Lincoln’s problem was its programming decisions? Well, it seems like someone at the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities is attempting to correct course. The first installment of the wildly popular trilogy will open on December 21, but as DCist notes in their piece, no one has info on prices or times for the film yet.

by August 26, 2011 at 9:00 am 2,096 0

Shaw Dog Park, Luis Gomez Photos

Renovations to the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW got underway this week. Treeboxes and benches went in along with new paved entryways. The park received an $85,000 Neighborhood Improvement Fund grant last fall. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Come On, Irene…

In case you missed it, we are slated to get one heck of a storm this weekend. Hurricane Irene is flirting with an upgrade to a Category 4 storm sometime Saturday morning. Try to prepare and be safe — we’re talking bottled water, non-perishable food and flashlights. Hopefully you don’t need those, though. Washington Business Journal reports that local power companies are preparing for the onslaught to keep your lights on for the weekend.

One Little Piggy Goes to Market

If you ignore my advice and develop a bad case of cabin fever, go check out another pig roast at Local 16 on the 28th. We went to the first and man, that was some tasty pork! Need to feel better about your gluttony? We’ve got you covered. Check out Deals for Deeds to get your $10 tickets and do some good by stuffing your piehole.

Boozy Thursday Hits You Missed

While we were being paranoid survivalists (or working late and hitting the bar, that’s survival too), we and you probably missed two great booze events. Gina Chersevani of PS7 and Elli Benchimol of Chef Geoff’s held a course last night on using garden herbs and produce to make cocktails as part of a learn, sip and taste seminar (details at The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide). Also last night was a Dog Days of Summer event at the Kennedy Center featuring grilled sausages, local beers and music on the roof. Given the weather, it may have been a bit dicey, but the roof deck overlooking the river is one of our favorite things. See what you missed at Brightest Young Things.

New Developments in the Neighborhood

Urban Turf has the dirt on a new development on 14th Street. The project, called The Irwin, would be six stories and 55 units of mostly studios or one-bedrooms. The ANC directed the developers to rework their glass design and talk to more neighbors, so no clue when this will actually break ground. A project in another vacant lot has less support, however. Greater Greater Washington reports on the neighborhood opposition to the development of a condo building at 17th Street and O Street. Several other steps, such as ANC approval, approval by the Historic Preservation Review Board and a zoning variance, will need to be taken before the project can move forward, so stay tuned.

Zoning, ANC’s and Ice Water at Shaw’s Tavern

It’s hard to not be a little sad while reading the Washington City Paper’s story on Shaw’s Tavern and the trials they are enduring in an attempt to get their liquor license. It appears mistakes were made initially and they are paying the (in this writer’s opinion) excessive price for those missteps. Please, alcohol gods at the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, give them a break. This area could actually use some decent food places and really, we all deserve a cold one.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now

Not talking about evacuations, but an interesting story in the Washington Times discussing the equation that directs you to buy a condo or continue renting. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but it’s a good reminder that the changes in the market post-bubble bursting are lasting. If you are having to explain to your mother why it’s okay to rent for a long time like me, it’s a good rationalization read.

by August 23, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,293 0

“Shaw’s Tavern” is by tedeytan from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

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

Today’s photo, “Shaw’s Tavern,” is from tedeytan and was taken on August 3. Shaw’s Tavern recently opened at 520 Florida Avenue NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.


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