by Borderstan.com May 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Yes, the Preakness is on Saturday, but luckily it’s only like 3 minutes long, so you’ll have plenty of time for other things this weekend…including craft beers, free museums, and (truly!) guilt-free milkshakes.

Friday, May 17

  • Perfectly named local band Lindsay Buckingham Palace plays an early show at Black Whiskey (1410 14th Street NW) at 6 pm. Tickets are $10.
  • Slightly more fun than watching 12-year-olds pee their pants with nervousness, the Rock & Roll Hotel (1353 H Street NE) hosts its weekly Rock & Roll Spelling Buzz adult spelling bee tonight at 8 pm (admission is free).
  • Admit it, you’re kinda curious to find out what the hell a “Comedy Prom Under the Sea” is. Swing by The Dunes (1402 Meridian Place NW) tonight at 8 pm to find out (admission is free).

Saturday, May 18

  • Come for brunch mimosas and stay for the beers at Scion (2100 P Street NW), which is featuring at least three craft beer drafts at 1/2-price all day, as well as other specials, in honor of American Craft Beer Week.
  • No more excuses not to be cultured! Several of DC’s museums that usually charge admission (including the fantastic Phillips Collection) are waiving their entry fees today for Art Museum Day.

Sunday, May 19

  • The 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW) hosts its annual Sound Bites fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen today at 1 pm. For a $40 donation, you’ll get food from over 25 local restaurants and food trucks, music from 7 local bands and cocktails.
  • Swing by Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral (2815 36th Street NW) which is throwing its annual Spring Festival today from 12 pm to 7 pm, with tons of delicious food, drinks, live music and more.
  • Have a milkshake for dinner (because, why not?) at Shake Shack (1216 18th Street NW), which is running its Great American Shake Sale during the month of May. Donate $2 to Share Our Strength during your visit, and you’ll get a voucher for a free shake ($5 value) on your next visit. It’s a win-win.

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by Borderstan.com May 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm 1,928 0

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Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Hemingway-inspired boozing, The Boss, air guitar, and celebrating moms…what more could you ask for this weekend?

Friday, May 10

  • Drink like Hemingway (well, hopefully not exactly like Hemingway if you want to make it home in one piece) at the Kennedy Center’s (2700 F St) Passport to Paris, Pamplona and Beyond reception tonight from 9 to 11:30 pm, featuring 1920’s cocktails, music and snacks. Tickets are $55 in advance, or $60 at the door. And, if you hit up the new Washington Ballet performance of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises beforehand, the event is only $35 with your ticket stub.
  • Get your art, music, and dance on for social change at Danceportation tonight at one of Borderstan’s newest haunts, Black Whiskey (1410 14th St). Things kick off at 7:30 pm and tickets are $20, with proceeds benefiting Provisions Library.
  • See The Boss (kinda) for a fraction of the price when Springsteen cover band Bruce in the USA takes the stage tonight at The Hamilton (600 14th St).  The show kicks off at 8:30 pm, and tickets are $27.50.

Saturday, May 11

  • Jet-set like Kanye (but without carbon footprint) when the EU Embassies host their annual open house today from 10 to 4 pm.
  • Sample some homemade beer at Meridian Pint (3400 11th St) today during the DC Homebrewers & Sam Adams Homebrew Competition, where the winner will have their beer produced by the Boston-based brewery. The event starts at 1 pm, and brews are free with a $15 donation to Brainfood, a local charity.
  • The not-as-easy-as-it-looks hobby of air guitar is on display tonight at Solly’s (1942 11th Street) which is playing host to the US Air Guitar Qualifiers at 7 pm (free).

Sunday, May 12

  • Just call your mom, okay? Or, if she’s in town, take her out to brunch at one of Borderstan’s finest eateries. Lots of them, including DGS Delicatessen (1317 Connecticut Avenue), Mari Vanna (1141 Connecticut Avenue), and 1905 (1905 9th Street) are rolling out special menus for the occasion.
  • Moms overwhelmingly enjoy wine and art (often at the same time). Treat yours to a Bold Strokes painting class at Tel’veh wine bar (401 Mass. Avenue) tonight at 5 pm, and she’ll get in for 50% off the $50 per person entry fee.
  • Lots of moms also like birds and other nature-y things. If your mom is one of them, be sure to take her to “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution” exhibition, which is closing today at the National Geographic Museum (1145 17th Street). Tickets are $9 to $11.

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by Borderstan.com May 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Hold onto your hats and livers kids…this weekend is the Kentucky Derby AND Cinco de Mayo, and Borderstan has more than enough fun things on tap for even the most discerning partier.

Friday, May 3

  • Hill Country BBQ kicks off its Texas pop up picnic series on the lawn of the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW) tonight from 4 pm to 11 pm. Live music from the Kalob Griffin Band starts at 5:30 pm and there’s no cover.
  • Comedian Moshe Kasher, who opened for Aziz Ansari on his recent tour, returns to the District tonight at the DC Improv (1140 Connecticut Avenue NW) with shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $20.
  • Don your favorite Buffy or Avengers costume (you know you have one) for a chance to win prizes at tonight’s Whedonism II burlesque show at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and the show starts at 11 pm.

Saturday, May 4

It’s Derby day! Luckily, the race isn’t until 6:24 pm (and lasts all of 5 seconds) which leaves you with plenty of time to guzzle some mint juleps. Here are just a few places where you can watch the ponies:

  • Bayou (2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) hosts a Derby party from 3 to 7 pm benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ticketsare $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
  • Bourbon’s (2312 18th Street NW) 8th annual free bash from 11 am to 7 pm features drink specials and complimentary Kentucky-inspired bites.
  • Class it up at the Willard Intercontinental’s (1401 Pennsylvania Ave, NW) annual Bonnets and Bowties party from 4 to 8 pm at the Round Robin bar. Tickets are $75 and include 2 cocktails, food, prizes, live music and more.

Sunday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo: a day when you don’t need an excuse to gorge yourself on guacamole. Here are some festivities happening around the neighborhood (and beyond):

  • The Brixton (901 U Street NW) hosts a free “Circus de Mayo” bash from 12 to 8 pm, featuring funnel cakes, a dunk tank, $4 Coronas and boozy sno cones.
  • Richard Sandoval’s staples El Centro D.F. (1819 14th Street NW) and Masa 14 (1825 14th Street NW) are both featuring brunch and cocktail specials today, including $5 specialty margaritas, DJs and more.
  • Borderstan fave Commissary (1443 P Street NW) will be offering Mexican-themed food and drink specials all weekend, including chilaquiles, and hibiscus margaritas, and their sister restaurant The Heights (3115 14th Street NW) will be holding their annual patio pig roast from 11 am to close.
  • Take your pup along for the festivities at the 2nd annual Running of the Chihuahuas at Kastles Stadium (800 Water Street SW). The event, which kicks off at 11 am, is free, but its $20 to enter a dog in the race (all breeds may apply!) All proceeds benefit efforts to build a dog park at the Southwest Waterfront.
  • The Howard Theater (620 T Street NW) hosts a Cinco de Mayo themed variety and burlesque show at 8 pm featuring Cherie Sweetbottom and Cherokee Rose. Tickets are $7.50 in advance.

And just in case you need a bit more:

  • Take in some family-friendly music and carnival games (and a Moonbunce!) at Stead Park (1625 P Street NW) from 11 am to 3 pm.
  • Break out your finest casual wear for Wonderland’s (1101 Kenyon Street NW) annual Sundress Fest starting at noon. All proceeds go to the local charity Ayuda, which works with low-income immigrants in the DC area.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

So, this weekend is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, aka the only time you could potentially wait in line for the bathroom with Jaime Lannister, or fight for a cab with Olivia Pope, so try to be on your best behavior (and tweet any celeb sightings to me at @kandriulli so I can live vicariously).

Friday, April 26

  • Drinking a beer next to a sword swallower: as awkward, or more awkward than it sounds? Find out tonight at the Bier Baron, when they play host to Philly’s Olde City Side Show at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
  • Since 90s clothes are back in style for some unfathomable reason, it won’t be hard to pick out an outfit for tonight’s No Scrubs dance party at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $20 and things kick off at 9 pm.

Saturday, April 27

  • It’s not even Mayo yet, let alone Cinco de, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink margaritas anyway. Enjoy eight different kinds at venues across Borderstan at the Margarita March which begins at noon today at Alero on U Street. Tickets range from $20 to $50, and a hangover is included.
  • Completely terrify yourself about the onset of spring and the impending birdocalypse at a free screening of Hitchcock’s The Birds at the National Gallery of Art at 2 pm.
  • Artist Kreg Kelley will have an opening reception for his spring art exhibition, “Memento Vivere,” from 6-10pm at MOVA Lounge. He will be displaying many new works, and donating a percentage of sales to City Dogs Rescue and the Trevor Project.
  • Rooftops, drinks and interactive art abound at the soft-opening of Art Soiree’s Saturday Night Rooftop Fusion party tonight at 7 pm the Beacon Hotel. Entry is free with RSVP. More info here.

Sunday, April 28

  • Learn how to make a Betty Draper-approved Mai Tai at Hank’s Oyster Bar’s cocktail class today at 4 pm. Tickets are $45 and space is limited, so call them at 202-462-4265 to reserve your spot.
  • Indulge in some guilt-free shopping at Cause Philanthropub’s first ever Marketplace, which will feature food, drinks and local vendors. It’s free and runs from 2 to 5 pm.

Bonus! Monday, April 29:

  • One of the best bars in Borderstan, Dodge City, celebrates its 3rd birthday tonight at 8 pm with $4 DC Braus, drink specials, DJ sets and delicious grilled meats all night long.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

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Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

It’s officially springtime in DC, which means that the cherry blossoms fanny-packed tourist hoards have descended upon us. Escape from them this weekend at one of these happenings, hand-picked with love, just for you, by me:

Friday, April 19

  • Cult of personality: 80s staple Living Colour headlines tonight’s early show at 6 pm at the 9:30 Club (815 V Street NW). Tickets are $25.
  • Strippers and raffles and contortionists, oh my: Get a little bit cray at Titled Torche’s burlesque and variety show tonight at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW). Tickets are $15 and doors open at 9 pm.

Saturday, April 20

  • Compete for a cause: Join in the charity bocce tournament (at Wallenberg Park near the National Mall) benefiting the nonprofit Move for Hunger. It’s $35 to register and things kick off at 11 am.
  • Nerd alert: DC finally got its very own comic and pop culture festival, Awesome Con, which makes its debut at the DC Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place NW) today and tomorrow. Tickets range from $15 to $75.
  • Show off your subtitle reading skills: Check out some of the best international films around at Filmfest DC, which closes tomorrow.
  • And, since it’s 4/20: Get your fill of pizza and beer tonight at Comet Ping Pong (5037 Connecticut Ave NW) which is hosting WONK N’ ROLL, an American University battle of the bands benefiting the local nonprofit the Free Minds Book Club. The show kicks off at 10 pm, and tickets are $10.

Sunday, April 21

  • Celebrate Earth Day: Hit up the grand opening of Glen’s Garden Market (2001 S Street NW), which will feature free snacks, coffee and more throughout the day
  • Greek out: Buy some delicious honey, olives and more at Zaytinya’s Agorá outdoor Greek bazaar, running from 11 am to 4 pm today (701 9th Street NW).
  • Brunch hard: Fight for a table outside at Borderstan’s epic new French bistro Le Diplomate (1601 14th Street NW).

Also…

If you’ve already given blood, you can help support the families most impacted by the tragedy in Boston by donating to charities like the One Fund Bostonthe fund set up by Boston-based company Technology Underwriting Greater Good (TUGG), and the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services fund. Or consider giving to the Boston Children’s Hospital, which has set up a special marathon giving fund.

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by Borderstan.com March 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan March 29, 30 and 31.

Friday, March 29

  • Punk Rock Karaoke: You know you like karaoke. And you definitely like punk. On Friday night at the Black Cat, you can combine the two, while benefiting DC Books to Prisons. Tickets are $8; doors open at 9 pm.
  • The Good Thing at Tropicalia: It’s time to get funky. From 8 to 10 pm, The Good Thing will play, complete with a three piece horn section. Tickets are $10; doors open at 7 pm.
  • Cherry Blossom Lantern Walk: In case you didn’t know (insert sarcasm), it’s cherry blossom time in D.C. Why not skip the crowds and experience the blossoms and monuments by moonlight? National Park Service is offering a Lantern Walk on March 29 from 8 to 10 pm. Call 202-426-6841 for more information.

Saturday, March 30

  • Blossom Kite Festival: The weather is supposed to be sunny and in the 60s on Saturday, so take a kite and some friends down to the National Mall for the city’s annual kite festival. If you don’t have a kite (or don’t want a kite), it’s a great place to people watch and catch some fresh, spring air. The festival runs from 10 am until 4:30 pm.
  • New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center: Accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Ballet’s DC performance includes two signature mixed repertory programs.

Sunday, March 31

  • Drumming Classes at BloomBars: Learn some skills so you can finally join that drum circle you’ve been watching in the park. Join Kristen Arant and Kweku Owusu for lessons at 1 pm at BloomBars (3222 11th Street NW).
  • Gospel Brunch at the Howard Theatre: This week’s soulful brunch features Ayana McDonald. There is an 11 am brunch and a 2 pm brunch this weekend. 

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by Borderstan.com March 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan March 22, 23 and 24.

Friday, March 22

  • Disclosure at U Street Music Hall: Fresh off South by Southwest, Disclosure is coming to DC on Friday with a concert at U Street Music Hall. The dance-pop duo plays at 10 pm.
  • Fresh Fridays at MOVA Lounge: Start the weekend off right with drink specials ($4 vodkas) until midnight and music at MOVA (2204 14th Street NW). For more information, visit the lounge’s website.

Saturday, March 23

  • Thomas Circle Singers’ Annual Charity Pops Concert and Gala: This year’s event promises jazzy songs, plus music from “A Little Night Music,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Simpsons.” After the music there will be a silent auction and refreshments. For more information, visit the website.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival: It’s officially spring, which means only one thing in DC — cherry blossoms! The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this weekend with the festival’s opening ceremony. The free event takes place from  5 until 6:30 pm at the Warner Theatre (513 13th Street NW).
  • DC Beer Fest: This weekend is the inaugural DC Beer Festival at Nationals Stadium (1500 South Capitol Street SE). The two-day event (Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24) will feature craft beer from local and national breweries, live music, games, DJs and some “surprises.”
  • Demetri Martin at the 9:30 Club: Check out the hilarious comedians’ charts in person when Demetri comes to the District on Saturday night. The show starts at 6 pm; a late show will begin at 10 pm.

Sunday, March 24

  • Grab some brunch: Get your friends and start your day off with some eggs and a mimosa or two. Here are some favorite places the Borderstan contributors like to brunch.
  • Howard Gospel Brunch with Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music: Doors to this weekend’s Howard Gospel brunch open at 11:30 am; the show starts at 1 pm. Visit the website for details.
  • DJ Keenan and DJ Smudge on the Marvin Rooftop: From 3 pm until 8 pm, check out this free show on Marvin’s rooftop (2007 14th Street NW).

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by Borderstan.com March 15, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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A 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]borderstan.com.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan March 15, 16 and 17.

Friday, March 15

  • “Life of Pi” at the Women’s National Democratic Club: If you haven’t seen the movie that created major Oscar buzz, now’s your chance. The Women’s National Democratic Club will screen “Life of Pi” Friday night at 6 pm. Pay $5 to just watch the film or $15 to watch the film and nosh on a light supper. The Women’s National Democratic Club is located at 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW.
  • Wine Tasting at Alliance Française Dupont: Tom Natan and Cy Behroozi of First Vine will pour French wines at Alliance Française (2142 Wyoming Avenue NW) on Friday night. The fee is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. For more information, visit the website.
  • TEDxDeExtinction at the National Geographic Museum: On Friday, March 15, National Geographic is hosting the first-ever public exploration on the subject of reviving extinct species. (This is so “Jurassic Park,” people!) The conference goes all day, but there is a reception from 5 until 6 pm, if you want the Cliff Notes version of the event. For more information, visit the event’s website.
  • Tunes and Toons at BreakfastClub: The 6th BreakfastClub event is this Friday, March 15, and the theme is ’80s cartoons for “BreakfastClub Presents: Cartoon Express.” There is no cover and drink specials include $3 champagne cocktails and $7 orange squeezes — much better than slurping the milk from your sugary Ghost Busters cereal. The party starts at 9 pm at Duplex Diner, 18th and U streets NW.

Saturday, March 2

  • The Cinderella No One Knows and More from the Grimm Brothers: Ever wonder what it’s like inside the world of the Grimm brothers? On Saturday, March 16, Margaret R. Yocom, associate professor of English and founder and co-director of the Folklore Studies program at George Mason University, will take attendees on a journey through imagination of the Brothers Grimm at the Goethe-Institut (812 7th Street NW). The program starts at 10 am and ends at 3:30 pm. For information and tickets, visit the website.
  • DC Metro Food Tours – Little Ethiopia: This weekend’s food tour will take a trip through the heart the Ethiopian enclave in the U Street and Shaw areas. On Saturday, March 16 from 10:30 am – 2 pm, the tour will stop to sample foods from a variety of restaurants. More information is available online.
  • Eighties Mayhem at Black Cat: The Black Cat will host a “Mega 80s” dance party on Saturday night with DJs Steve EP, Missguided, Killa K and Krasty McNasty. Doors open at 9:30 pm, there is a $10 cover charge.

Sunday, March 3

  • Shaw’s Saint Patrick’s Day Street Festival: 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 Street and will include an extended beer garden, including green beer and traditional Irish fare.

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by Borderstan.com February 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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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]borderstan.com.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan February 15, 16 and 17.

Friday, February 15

  • Sip on the most expensive cocktail at Heist: On Friday and Saturday, Heist is celebrating the largest diamond heist on record this weekend. And what better way to celebrate than with three $1,500 cocktails mixed by Kristopher Carr? Each drink will contain a genuine loose diamond and a portion of the weekend’s proceeds will benefit Wake Up And Dream
  • BreakfastClub: Join DJs Adam Koussari-Amin and Khelan Bhatia on Friday, February 15, at Duplex Diner for an 80s Remix Dance Party. Just like they’ve done in the past, the duo will spin new wave, synthpop, one-hit wonders and 80s hits (and remixes). The party starts at 9 pm. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
  • DRGN KING at 9th and Beats: Go witness the musical marriage of Philly-based singer/songwriter and hip hop producer duo at Shaw’s new 9th and Beats Friday night. Tickets are $7, doors open at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, February 16

  • Spend the afternoon in the Age of Enlightenment at the Corcoran: McLean High School students are turning the gallery into a time capsule. Travel back in time and enjoy the music and conversation of a salon from the Age of Enlightenment. The event runs from 1-4 pm and is free with museum admission.
  • The Loving Market: The Loving Market will take place this Saturday, February 16, from 10 am until 8 pm at Epic Yoga (1323 Connecticut Avenue NW) and will feature a daytime pop-up shop, silent auction, art exhibit, panel discussion, craft-making activity and evening cocktail reception.
  • Music at Velvet Lounge: If you’re in the mood for some live music, check-out the line-up at Velvet Lounge for Saturday night, including Lindsey Buckingham Palace, The Treading Lemmings and The Remaindermen.

Sunday, February 17

  • Grab some brunch: Get you and start your day off with some eggs and a mimosa or two. Here are some favorite places the Borderstan contributors like to brunch.
  • Burlesque at the Howard Theatre: Spice up your typical Sunday with this sexy evening at the Howard Theatre, featuring GiGi Holliday. Tickets are $15 and the show starts at 8 pm.

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by Borderstan.com February 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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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]borderstan.com.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan February 8, 9 and 10. Also, we’re testing out a new (more organized) list — so here goes!

Friday, February 8

  • Learn about wolves at National Geographic: The National Geographic Museum will host a discussion on the “The Hidden Life of Wolves,” where participants will get an “intimate look at a long-misunderstood creature.” The presentation starts at 7:30 pm.
  • Latin Rock and Reggae dance party: “Good Vibes” takes over Tropicalia on Friday night, with live music from Anexo Social, Kickoman and DJ Rockactivo. Doors open at 7 pm; tickets are $5.
  • A Mardi Gras and Carnaval Festival at the Black Cat: The Mardi Gras and Carnaval show at the Black Cat will feature the music of Johnny Grave and The Tombstones, Black Masala and Norman Rockwell. The show will also have sideshow performances by Muloch’s Midway and burlesque performances from Palace Productions. Tickets are $12; doors open at 9 pm.
  • Try the late-night menu at TakEATEasy: The new restaurant spot at 1990 M Street NW opens this Friday, February 8 from the same brothers who brought you neighborhood favorite, Fast Gourmet, at 14th and W Streets NW. TakeEATEasy will be open from 11 am until 5 am, and the late night menu will serve gourmet sandwiches. 

Saturday, February 9

  • Discuss Tacos at the National Museum of American History: If you’re a fan of the taco, the National Museum of American History will hold a discussion on Saturday from 1:30 until 4 pm called Taco Nation/Planet Taco: How Mexican-American Food Conquered the World. Historian Jeffrey Pilcher, syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano and Smithsonian curator Rayna Green will lead the panel.
  • Grab your mask and head to the Mardi Gras Masquerade: Art Soiree productions and Alliance Francaise are throwing a Mardi Gras Masquerade at the Washington Club (15 Dupont Circle NW). The event — which includes an open wine and beer bar, French pastries and a five-piece brass band — is $60 and begins at 9 pm. Attire is black-tie optional and masks are highly encouraged.
  • Two events at the 9:30 Club: If you’re feeling ambitious on Friday night, the 9:30 Club is holding an early show at 7 pm (Crash Boom Bang is headlining) and then a dance party with DJs Bob Mould and Richard Morel, starting at 11:30 pm. Head over to Satellite Room during the break in sets for a “heavenly” boozy shake or some comfort food.

Sunday, February 10

  • Grab some brunch: Get you and start your day off with some eggs and a mimosa or two. Here are some favorite places the Borderstan contributors like to brunch.
  • Music at DC9: Willy Mason and Nina Violet take the stage at DC9 on Sunday evening. The show starts at 8:30 pm, doors open at 8 pm.

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by Borderstan.com February 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

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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]borderstan.com.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan February 1, 2 and 3.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Groundhog Day at Dupont Circle: Potomac Phil will decide, in front of a crowd, whether we will have six more weeks of winter or an early spring. The annual event will take place at the Dupont Circle Fountain starting at 7:30 am on Saturday, February 2.
  • Super Bowl Sunday: Don’t forget about the big game this weekend. Borderstan’s Kent Barnes has the details on where to watch the game (and the specials) in the neighborhood and Borderstan’s Laetitia Brock prefers cheese over football.
  • Washington Auto Show: This year’s auto show begins this weekend and it runs through February 10 at the Washington Convention Center (801 Mount Vernon Place). Borderstan readers get a discount.
  • First Friday in the Art World: Friday, February 1 is First Friday for many local galleries. ArtSee recommends three local shows to attend, including ones at Hillyer Art Space, Studio Gallery and Hemphill Fine Art.
  • LIVE! from Busboys: Open Mic & Talent Showcase: All performers (not just poets) can take the mic on Friday, February 1 from 11 pm until 1 am at the 14th and V NW location.
  • Special “Inner Core” Event at Off Road Indoor Cycling: On Saturday, February 2, cyclers will have the option of getting off the bike and getting on the mat for a 90 minute yoga and pilates session. The time is from noon until 1:30 pm and the cost is $25. Sign-up is available online at www.offroaddc.com.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Friday, February 1: Brett, MISUN, People In Cars, Djs OMG+Shamwell, 9 pm
  • Saturday, February 2: Buke and Gase, Ahleuchatistas, Oh So Peligroso, 9 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, February 1: The Charlie Bucket Project, The Asylees, The Nice Trys, 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 2: Price, FootWerk, Danny Ocean, 3Strikes, 9:30 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, February 1: The Vaccines, San Cisco, 8 pm
  • Saturday, February 2: Corey Smith, Connor Christian and Southern Gothic, 8 pm
  • Sunday, February 3: Kishi Bashi, Plume Giant, 7 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, February 1: Zou Zou Revue Burlesque, 8:30 pm and 11 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Friday, February 1: Midnite, The Archives, Proverbs, 8 pm
  • Saturday, February 2: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live!, 8 pm
  • Sunday, February 3: Sunday Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW)
  • Friday, February 1: Jade Empire, 8 pm
  • Saturday, February 2: Fort Knox Five, 7 pm

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by Borderstan.com January 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

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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]borderstan.com.

It’s way too cold out there. I suggest you hunker down and stay inside. But, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan January 25, 26 and 27.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Bend it Like… A Spoon?: If you’ve ever wondered how to bend a spoon, there’s actually a class for that. No, really. On Saturday, January 26, the  Center for Spiritual Enlightenment of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches’ will host a metal/spoon bending class from 1 until 4 pm. The cost is $40 for CSE members and $55 for non-members. While outside the neighborhood (the class will be held at CSE at 222 N. Washington Street in Falls Church, Va.), it’s a party trick you won’t want to miss.
  • Sips (of Sips & Suppers): Sips will take over the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) on Saturday, January 26. Drink cocktails and sample food; all proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table.
  • Long May You Run: To promote the safety of runners, Long May You Run will take place this Saturday at 12:30 pm at the Hamilton Theater (600 14th Street NW) and feature live performances by Ana Egge, Anne McCue, Mary Battiata & Little Pink, Eric Brace, Doughboys, The Candles (members of Norah Jones’ band) and Derek Evry. General entry is $75, but students and young professionals receive a discounted price of $25 and $35, respectively; kids attend free. Purchase of a ticket includes not only admittance to the concert and a cash bar, but also includes lunch courtesy of the Hamilton.
  • Art Talks – Steven Cushner in Conversation: On Saturday, January 26, artist Steven Cushner will speak at Hemphill Fine Arts (1515 14th Street NW) on his current exhibit The Shaped Paintings. The discussion begins at 10 am.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Friday, January 25: Miyazaki, Motion Lines, Golden Looks (new line-up of members previously in Hiding Places/ Teenage Aviation), 9 pm
  • Saturday, January 26: Onuinu, Black Hills, PLOY, 9 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, January 25: DJ NAINAS (no time listed)
  • Saturday, January 26: Bullmoose, The Naked Bakers, The Outlet Divide, 9 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, January 25: Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, 8 pm
  • Saturday, January 26: Cowboy Mouth, All Mighty Senators, 8 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, January 25: The New York Variety All-Stars Sideshow, 9 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Friday, January 25: Big Daddy Kane with Live Band, 8 pm
  • Saturday, January 26: Sister Hazel, 8 pm
  • Sunday, January 27: Sunday Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW)
  • Saturday, January 26: Fort Knox Five, 7 pm

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by Borderstan.com January 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0

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Jan. 20, 2009 – View of the inaugural ceremony from the statue of President Grant. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Folks around town won’t be short on plans this weekend. From bar specials to balls, shows and inaugural ceremonies, there is plenty to do in the District this holiday weekend.

Top Picks for the Weekend and Inauguration Day

  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Avenue) will be serving brunch on Monday from 9 am to 3 pm. The brunch will include lunch and dinner specials throughout the long weekend.
  • Inauguration ceremonies: If you have the guts to brave the crowd on the Mall, we recommend you download this handy bit of information from The Washington Post. The inaugural guide includes schedules for the day, food truck locations and commuting options. Oh, and it’s a pdf in case the day is so crazy you are without service.
  • Story League Sings at the Black Cat: Host Dana Rossi has some big plans for the musical Story League event on Friday night (January 18). When asked if anything in the show is inauguration-themed, she said, “If the big guy shows up and wants to tell a story and then sing some Hall & Oates, I mean, we’re not gonna stop him. Oh wow, how great would that be if Obama AND Biden showed up to duet on “Private Eyes?” Okay. Now it needs to happen.” The show starts at 9:30 pm. And who knows, maybe the big guy will show.
  • The Fallout at Tropicalia: Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW) will host one heck of a funky inauguration event on Monday, January 21. The event features two DJs and a special guests. Doors open at 9 pm; the event is free.
  • Inaugural Dance at the 9:30 Club: Can’t make it to a ball this year? Head to the 9:30 Club on Sunday, January 20 for an Inaugural Eve Dance Party. Tickets are $15; the party starts at 9 pm.
  • Sunday Kind of Love: Busboys and Poets will host its monthly poetry reading and open mic on Sunday, January 20 from 5 until 7 pm at 2021 14th Street NW. Tickets are $5.  

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by Borderstan.com January 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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The weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Happy New Year, Borderstan! If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan January 4, 5 and 6.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Story Time at the 9:30 Club: On Sunday, January 6, SpeakEasy will invade the 9:30 Club with some story time. The show starts at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6), and tickets are $20.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival: The DC Jewish Film Festival kicks off this weekend and runs through January 13. The festival will show 55 films from 15 different countries at 10 different venues throughout the city. More information is available online.
  • DC Jazz Jam: On January 6, the DC Jazz Jam will play a free show at Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant (1771 U Street NW). Howie Jung will be on the keys, Duff Davis will play guitar, Phil Ravita will be on bass and Anders Eliasson will play drums.
  • Dupont Farmers Market: The Dupont Farmers Market returns on January 6 for its winter season. The market will be open Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm through March 31.
  • Explore U Street and Shaw: This Tour with Russ explores the neighborhood of Shaw and the cultural, residential, and business center for Washington’s African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 703-501-7953.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, January 5: Neon Nights Dance Party w/DJ Bradley Portnoy and Shea Van Horn, 10 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Saturday, January 5: Seamonsters, The Shifters, Vasudeva, 9 pm
  • Sunday, January 6: Lonesome Leash, Milkmachine, Pilesar, 7:30 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Saturday, January 5: Delta Rae, Wild Feathers, Jillette Johnson, 7 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Saturday, January 5: Moon/Bounce Dancing Affair High Energy Dance Night of Hip Hop, House, 90s Pop, and Not-So Guilty Pleasures, 10 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Saturday, January 5: Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes, 8 pm
  • Sunday, January 6: Sunday Brunch featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW)
  • Friday, January 4: Shrine, with the Sol Power All Stars, 7 pm
  • Saturday, January 5: Fort Knox Five, 7 pm

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by Borderstan.com August 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Weekend"

What’s happening in Borderstan this weekend? (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

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 Borderstan August 24th, 25th and 26th.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Mojitos and Music: Friday, August 24 is $8 mojitos all night with DK Jackie O at MOVA Lounge (2204 14th Street NW). Saturday, August 25, celebrate the weekend with $5 Bellini specials and Rizzy’s birthday.I’ll Never Let Go, Jack: The National Geographic Museum announced the extension of its Titanic exhibition until September 9, due to popular demand. “Titanic: 100 Year Obsession” covers the history of the ship and its conservation efforts by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, Robert Ballard and director, James Cameron.
  • Parent’s Night Out: Friday, August 24 is a night off for parents, thanks to Jack Jacobson. Ladies are invited to to Salon Rouge (1636 17th Street NW) Friday, August 24, from 7:30 until 10 pm for a blowout, drinks and appetizers (the cost is just a $25 contribution to Jack Jacobson) and the men are  invited to Stoney’s (1433 P Street NW) from 5 until 8 pm for happy hour. More information is available on www.jackjacobsondc.com.
  • All’s Well When It’s Free: It’s time for The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Free For All event. From August 23 through September 5, the Theatre will show free performances of “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Visit the website for more information on tickets and times.
  • Calling Special Agent Galactica: This Friday, August 24 at Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Avenue NW)  from 6 until 9 pm.
  • Pool Party at the Capitol Skyline Motel: Saturday, August 25 from 11:30 am until 7 pm; join a pool party and food truck event with music, water and lounge chairs at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 25: Cheyne Record Release Party, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, August 26: Jack Grisham’s Lost Soul featuring the music of T.S.O.L. and The Joykiller, 8 pm.

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 25: Kingpin Soundsystem, no time listed.
  • Sunday, August 26: Humble Fire, Humble Fire, Machine Gun Mustache, All The Best Kids, 7:30 pm.

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 25: JunkFood, Evick, Getaway Car w/ Hot Buttered Elvis, 7 pm.
  • Sunday, August 26:  Fatback presents Hot Pants dance party, 9 pm.

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, August 24: Elikeh Album Release, 9 pm.
  • Saturday, August 25: End of Summer Eighties Dance Party, 9 pm.
  • Sunday, August 26: Coup Sauvage and the Snips, 8 pm.

The Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)

  • Saturday, August 25: Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards, 8 pm.
  • Sunday, August 26: Sunday Gospel Brunch, featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm.

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