Friday, April 21, 2017

Lemonade social for southern Petworth/northern Columbia Heights folks on Apr 26, with free popcorn tasting

This sounds neat. If you live nearby, worth stopping by to meet your neighbors! Local residents Russ & Anita Breckenridge organized the event.
Now that the weather is warming up, the neighborhood Lemonade Social is back starting next week!   
I'm also happy to announce that Stella's Popkern, a locally owned and operated business, will be hosting a popcorn tasting for all attendees. 
The Social will take place next Wednesday, April 26 from 6:30pm to dark at the grassy triangle located at the intersection of Kansas Ave & Quincy St/13th St.   
If you haven't been before, this is a great way to meet your neighbors and learn about happenings in the neighborhood in a casual, relaxed setting.  It's very family friendly -- kids, elderly and pets welcome. Please help spread the word!  
Each week a different neighbor sponsors purchasing the lemonade, ice and cups.  If you're interested in helping out, please let us know. 
If you can't make it this time, the social will continue on the fourth Wednesday of every month. Same time, same place. 
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fundraiser for environmental nonprofit Earthjustice on Fri. Apr. 28 at the Midlands; live music, make signs for the Climate March, volunteers needed too.

It's a busy month for marches in town: there was recently the Tax March demanding Donald Trump release his taxes, this Saturday is the March for Science, and on the Saturday after it's the People's Climate March.

The environmental law nonprofit Earthjustice is holding a pre-Climate March event at the Midlands beer garden on Friday, with live music, sign-making, raffles from local businesses and a lot more. Come check it out, or if you'd like, help volunteer! 

The event is called the HotHotHot Fundraiser for Climate Action, and if you're interested in volunteering, contact Rachel at They need help recruiting or donating raffle and silent auction items, with event set-up, tabling and clean-up.

Here's more about the event, which sounds pretty rad.

Come join your neighbors and fellow Earth lovers for local brews, live music, rally sign-making for the next day's Climate Change March, and tons of great raffle items from local businesses and artisans! No cover charge, but bring your ID---This is a 21+ only event. And skip the line by registering in advance online

Come hang out with fellow friends of the environment for drinks and activities in honor of Earthjustice the night before the People's Climate March! 

Local brews, live music, rally sign-making, and tons of great raffle items from local businesses and artisans will help you prep for Saturday's activities!

Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law organization that uses the power of the law to fight for the earth and its inhabitants. They represent a diverse array of clients and coalition partners, from grassroots and community groups to large national organizations. Donations to Earthjustice allow them to represent their clients free of charge, so they can choose cases strategically rather than based on the client's ability to pay. Earthjustice pursues three key goals: protecting our earth's natural spaces and wildlife; fighting for healthy communities where children can breathe clean air, no matter where they live; and strengthening the rise of clean energy. If you can't make the event, be sure to stop by their website to make a donation.

The Midlands Beer Garden is Petworth's [ed: Park View's] new beer garden with a large indoor and outdoor space. They serve a wide selection of draft beers, host regular live shows, and have an adorable bar dog, AndyPants. For this event, Midlands is graciously donating the proceeds from select drinks directly to Earthjustice.

Be sure to join us all at the People's Climate March in Downtown DC on April 29th. For more information about this historic event please visit:

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
--Yes, this will be a 21+ event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
--Midlands is a short walk from the Columbia Heights or Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro stations. There are also Bikeshare stations at Columbia Road & Georgia Ave and New Hampshire Ave & Georgia Ave. There is street parking outside of of the beer garden for those who choose to drive. Midlands is wheelchair accessible.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
---Please shoot us an email at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
---No, but you so need to register on the Eventbrite! If a line forms at the bar, your name on the list will allow you to come right on in.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning "In the Heights" opens Thursday at GALA Hispanic Theatre

If you're a fan of Grammy-winning musical Hamilton, or just want to see some theatre, get yourself to the GALA Hispanic Theatre sometime soon -- Miranda's first Broadway show, the Tony and Grammy winning In the Heights, about life in Washington Heights in Manhattan.

DCist reviewed it recently and said it might as well be called "In Columbia Heights" -- there are a lot of similarities with the Hispanic neighborhood north of Harlem. The play was also nominated for a Pulitzer.

The play is staged mostly in Spanish with English surtitles (and also Spanish surtitles), for the first time in the US.

GALA describes it as:
This spirited musical by the creator of Hamilton tells a story of the love, hopes and heartbreaks of a tightly knit multicultural community on the brink of change in New York’s Washington Heights. Teeming with vivid neighborhood characters such as the romantically skittish bodega owner, attractive beautician, wise grandmother, and a young student and her culturally different boyfriend, the stage will sizzle with the urban energy of hip hop, salsa, and merengue.
The play is directed and choreographed by Luis Salgado. It runs from Thursday until May 21.

GALA Theatre is at the corner of 14th and Park Rd NW. Here's their site with more info and tickets.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Columbia Heights Farmers Market opens this Saturday, April 22!

The weather is nice, and to me that means a few things: more patio hanging, more outdoor activities, and the Columbia Heights Farmers Market.

The market reopens this Saturday from 9am-1pm, and then on May 31st the weekday market opens, running from 4-7pm each Wednesday. The market is on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, the triangle bounded by 14th, Park and Kenyon Streets NW.

The market has a lot of great stuff: farmers and food makers from around the area, crafts, art, music, and ready to eat food. I'm especially a fan of the various butchers and bakers there.

There's a lot of new vendors this year too, and some familiar faces: ice cream, root beer, pickles, dog snacks, coffee, honey, dosas, empanadas, tacos and more. Looks awesome.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Colony Club celebrates 2nd birthday with party on Saturday: DJ, Right Proper beer, Timber Pizza, boba tea, crafts and more

Colony Club, the cool coffee shop/chill bar combo at 3118 Georgia, is celebrating their second birthday on Saturday the 15th with a lot of cool events. It's free, here's all that's going on from their Facebook invite. It starts at 5 pm.
Woah! We can hardly believe this will be Colony Club's second rotation around the sun. We've gotten to know so many of our neighbors and brought in new friends for coffee, parties, events, live music, crafting, the list goes on and on. As a thank you to everyone who has show up to support us and help us grow, we're throwing a party! 
Here's the line up: 
Stay tuned for updates, we can't wait to celebrate with you on the 15th!
If you haven't been, it's a good spot for coffee and hanging out or working during the day, then around 5 pm it shifts to being a bar with ping pong upstairs. There's also a nice back patio and they have a few sandwiches and other pastries and snacks too, plus a nice beer selection.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio on Upshur adds reservations, shortens hours, drops lunch and brunch (which will return in a few months)

Taqueria del Barrio, the new taco spot in the old Domku space at 821 Upshur Street NW, is making a few tweaks -- dropping lunch and brunch, closing a bit earlier and also adding reservations.

The spot, which I've heard good things about, is currently at 3 stars on Yelp, so maybe they're shortening the hours to focus on the fundamentals.

Here's a bit more from them. The place is run by the folks behind the DC Empanadas food truck.

Have you been? How did you like it?
After celebrating its first two weeks welcoming in guests, Taqueria del Barrio will be adding reservations and updating its hours. Guests can now call Taqueria del Barrio at 202-723-0200 or email General Manager Mikey Torres at to reserve a table. 
Taqueria del Barrio will be open from 4pm to 12am on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 4pm to 10pm on Sundays; a lunch and brunch menu are expected to roll out in the coming months.

Community Easter Egg hunt this Saturday at 11th and Monroe Trolley Park

Easter is this Sunday, and a few community groups have gotten together to organize an Easter Egg hunt for kids. Check it out, sounds neat.

The park, if you're not familiar, is a former trolley turnaround from when the city had a thriving streetcar network. Now it has some neat trolley-themed playsets for kids. Kent Boese has more of the area's history.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Upshur Street Books Apr. 29: snacks, prizes, discounts, kids events, lots more!


Independent Bookstore Day, an annual a celebration of local, independent bookshops, is coming up on April 29, and Upshur Street Books is all in, with lots of events, discounts and more. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Here's more about the event, which is running 10am-10pm.
The goal is to celebrate everything that is wonderful about independent bookstores: quirky, diverse, personalized, kinda nerdy, and of course connected to the community and to the literary world. 
Here are some of the activities planned:
  • Kids games: an activity area set up for kids to do puzzles and draw their favorite characters
  • Bookish prizes: Upshur Books swag and books as prizes for social media posts tagged @bookstoreday & @UpshurStBooks
  • Blind Date with a Book: at the register, we'll have wrapped books with brief descriptions on them. With a purchase, you can take a look and bring one home for a free literary surprise
  • Indie Get Lit: next door at Petworth Citizen's Reading Room we have an ongoing series of cocktails-inspired-by-literature, and this Saturday, all the books will be from our favorite indie presses
  • Surprise discounts: each hour of the day, we will discount a different genre
  • Special displays: some of our favorite authors are sending us a list of the three books that most influenced them, and these will be on display. Our staff will each have shelves of their must-reads
  • IBD banner: in the front of the store, we'll have a banner with markers for customers to write a story about Upshur Street Books or share their favorite thing about indie bookstores
Finally, the store will be decked out with balloons and stocked with tasty treats (pastries, literary themed snacks, and coffee). It will be a great time from 10am to 10pm.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Patrick's Pet Care and volunteers planning to clean up 11th and Park Dog Park on Earth Day

This is neat. The folks at Patrick's Pet Care on 11th are planning a clean-up of the dog park at 11th and Park, scheduled for Earth Day, April 22. The dog park, which is owned by Metro, is popular but has seen better days. If you'd like to help, here's more info about the event. You'll get lunch from Red Rocks if you help out too!
Columbia Heights Dog Park Clean Up Project Planned COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, NW, DC— This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM the staff of Patrick’s Pet Care alongside considerate neighborhood volunteers plans to clean up the Columbia Heights dog park.  Located at the corner of 11th St and Park Road in Northwest, the popular park has fallen into disrepair in recent years. 
 Patrick’s Pet Care owner, Patrick Flynn, says the project aims to draw attention to the need for improvements and the importance of the dog park to its community. He hopes this clean-up will provide modest improvements while signaling that a permanent solution is needed to raise the Columbia Heights dog park up to DC standards.  
“As a resident of Columbia Heights, I know the dog park serves as a place where neighbors gather to socialize and relax while their dogs romp.  
It needs to accommodate the dogs and their people,” continues Flynn.  “It’s part of my company’s mission to partner with the communities we serve. Projects like this enable us to honor that goal.”  
The clean-up project will include removing garbage and old toys from the park, installing a drainage channel, and repairing the protective fencing that prevents smaller dogs from slipping under the gate. A rain basin will also be installed to provide a sustainable source of water for the dogs.  
Support from neighborhood organizations makes this project possible. Representatives from the Columbia Heights Initiative and Neighborly Lawns will be attending the event, and Neighborly Lawns is also donating materials. RedRocks will provide lunch for the volunteers. 
To help fund the event, Patrick’s Pet Care has applied for a grant from Columbia Heights ANC 1A. Volunteers are welcome and can contact Jane Garfinkel with any questions at
 Patrick’s Pet Care is a five year old community-oriented pet services company specializing in dog walking, pet sitting, day care, training, transport and boarding for dogs, cats and other pets in Northwest and the Southwest DC.  For more information, please visit 
Jane GarfinkelMarketing and Events Manager

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Petworth Citizen, G by Mike Isabella up for RAMMY restaurant awards: vote for them!

This is neat, the RAMMYs, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's yearly restaurant awards, have four fan-voted categories this year, and two local spots are up for them: Petworth Citizen on Upshur for "favorite gathering place" and G by Mike Isabella, the sandwich spot next to his Kapnos, for "best fast bites."

I'm not sure how the options were chosen (Lauriol Plaza for "favorite gathering place"?) and personally I'd think Petworth Citizen would be on the best brunch category too, but you can vote here. Always nice for local spots to win some plaudits.

You can vote once until May 31, but who knows how stickly they are if you try to vote more than once (hint.)

The Small Chop coffee and pastry pop-up at the Hilltop has ended, next venue TBA

Too bad! Small Chop, the awesome coffee and pastry pop-up that took over the Hilltop restaurant on Sherman Avenue during the day, has ended their run. The spot, which served coffee from Petworth's Lost Sock Roasters, and delicious pastries from various local chefs, will be doing another pop-up somewhere else. I heard it might be at the Gibson at 14th and U but I can't confirm.

If you haven't been, it's worth seeing where they go next, it was great stuff with nice folks and a good vice. I was a big fan of the Republic Kolaches, a type of Texas/Czech bread with filling -- the sour cherry and king cake ones were great, as were the chorizo and egg. They also had things from Paisley Fig and other local pastry chefs. The coffee was awesome too.

Good luck Small Chop, hope to see you soon!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Wonderland's 13th annual Sundress Fest is May 7th! Benefits DC Central Kitchen

One of our neighborhood's most fun traditions is back, with Wonderland's 13th Annual Sundress Fest. The fest, now taking up all of 11th Street and part of Kenyon, features BYO sundresses, or you can wear one of their own, and anyone wearing a sundress gets deals.

The event also benefits the DC Central Kitchen, so it's a good time for a good cause. There's often bands, events, and food vendors too parked along the street.

Here's more from Wonderland:

So You Want to Be a Philanthropist?
Wonderland’s 12th annual Sundress Fest is calling.
So you say you want to be a Philanthropist?
Well, have we got a party for you, and all you need is a sundress and a sense of humor. If special occasions call for putting on your best dress, then the 13th annual Sundress Fest at The Wonderland Ballroom is certainly one of them!  As we celebrate over a decade in the neighborhood, Wonderland invites both the young and old to come out on the first Sunday in May to support a local charity by putting on a sundress and celebrating life. We’ll have an all-day happy hour for ANYONE in a sundress.   You can bring your own sundress, or get one at Wonderland. There will be racks of sundresses, and everyone will find a one that fits. This year we are raising funds for DC Central Kitchen, so c’mon, show a little leg.
Situated on the corner of 11th and Kenyon St, NW, Wonderland became part of the neighborhood in 2004, back when the Columbia Height’s Metro stop was across from an empty lot. Now we’re on the southern goalpost of the neighborhood’s 11th Street strip, and a fine place for locals to find outdoor seating and familiar faces.
But what’s so special about this place? We like to think it’s special because we have the nicest collection of Buddha’s and old signs anywhere in Columbia Heights. Or maybe it’s the dance parties upstairs. The 12 tap lines are cold, and the prices are right, so it could be that as well. But really we know it’s all the folks, the neighbors, the staff who hang out and get to know each other at Wonderland.
Wonderland also prides itself on supporting local artists and community groups. The stage fills with trivia on Mondays, karaoke singers and DC Bocce players on Tuesdays, and live bands, comedy, and variety shows the rest of the week. DJ’s spin dance music way past midnight on the weekends.
Please join us the first Sunday in May to help make our 13th Annual Sundress Fest a big one!  Whether you wear your own dress or get one at Wonderland, attend this charity in style. (But remember: don’t wear the same dress two years in a row!).
Come along with us, follow the White Rabbit, and raise your glass in a toast:
“Cheers! Here’s to being a Philanthropist!”

Hope you enjoyed our April Fools' posts: Nude Columbia Heights

April Fools' Day was this past Saturday, and as always New Columbia Heights had some joke posts. In this case, the blog became Nude Columbia Heights, devoted to the naturism community in our neighborhood, of which I was an active member (fictitiously.) I updated the blog's banner and various social media portfolios too.

If you missed it, here are the two posts:

I was excited about the 14th annual Naked Saturday at Meridian Hill Park, sponsored by this blog, complete with deep fryers, touch football and slip 'n' slides, and there was a nude happy hour at Bad Saint with free seat covers and the exciting benefit that us nudists got to skip the line.

I recommend you don't go to either place naked. Unless you are into that kind of thing.

Previously we've done many April Fools' posts, like that I moved to Gaithersburg and reviewed all the Chili's there, that Wonderland was being replaced by a Taco Bell, celebrity chef took over The House strip club and renamed it the Champagne Room, and many DCUSA related posts: Canadians bought it so a Tim Horton's was coming, the neighborhood was getting renamed to Tivoli Heights, the city was opening a curling rink in the disused parking garage, and so on. You can check out the rest on our archives on the right side (then scroll down.) Also "hey, check out this door."

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Nude happy hour tonight at Bad Saint

This should be fun! Bad Saint, the esteemed Filipino restaurant on 11th Street, is hosting Nude Happy Hour tonight from 9-midnight. There are a lot of great deals, such as spicy oysters, all manner of cocktails, and lots of other good stuff.

Anyone with a ticket from today's 14th Annual Naked Saturday will get to skip the line, which is awesome, and the restaurant will provide complimentary seat covers.

Bon Appetit recently named Bad Saint the 2nd best new restaurant in America, and Nude & Naturism magazine called them a must-see in their recent issue. If you haven't been, it's an awesome place, and even cooler that they support our lifestyle.

I hear there is an after-party at Wonderland too, with free shooters and dancing upstairs. More details when I get them.

Who's excited for Naked Saturday today at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park

If you're a naturist like me, you know that today's Naked Saturday at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park is a lot of fun. The event, in it's 14th year, is an eyeful of outdoor nudity and good times.

The event features lots of food (lots of deep fryers), vendors, fun and games. A favorite among attendees are the slip n' slides (bring your own baby oil) and touch football, plus there's free sunscreen for all. There are also a lot of fun contests, like jalapeño-eating, a three-legged race, and pin the tail on whoever.

Vendors include Bic razors, Johnson & Johnson, Uncle Randy's Mirrored Shades and Nair. They often have a lot of freebies as well as face and body painting.

I've been going for years, letting it all metaphorically and literally hang out with all my fellow members of the naturism community. As a long-time sponsor of the event, we at Nude Columbia Heights hope you can join us, sans clothes. I'm tired of the tyranny of clothes and I bet you are too. Let's end it once and for all. Or at least today.

(Also don't be creepy.)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Finally! WMATA to run express 14th Street buses, the 59!

Great news! The 14th Street buses, which are often very slow and stop almost every block, are getting some help -- the city has proposed an express bus similar to the S9 on 16th Street and the 79 on Georgia Avenue, which will only make a few stops on the way downtown.

The route runs from Takoma Metro to 10th and Constitution NW, stopping at Upshur, Spring, Park, Irving, Chapin/Belmont and U Street in our area. It's in the city's budget, so that's a great sign they're serious about it. Park and Irving are a bit close for my interest, but still a good sign.

Here's a note about it from ANC commissioner Zach Teutsch. He has more on Greater Greater Washington, including other bus routes in other part of the city. I've talked about this issue many times before ("I hate the 14th Street bus"), so I'm glad they're working on it. It sometimes takes 45 minutes to get downtown on the regular 14th Street buses.
Dear Neighbors,
I am sure many of you have heard by now but for those who haven't, I wanted to share some great news: Mayor Bowser has officially proposed funding for a new 59 bus. The 59 would run on 14th street but with many fewer stops, like the S9 does on 16th street. 
In a city rapidly attracting affluent new residents and with a growing tax base, it's essential that we use the money to invest in making all District residents' lives better. The 59 bus would shorten commutes, improve the environment, reduce congestion, improve public health, and help our city grow. These benefits will accrue to longtime residents and newer residents, young and old, and those of all races. Those are just the kind of investments DC needs. 
I want to especially thanks the local community leaders, residents, and businesses who were essential in advocating for this outcome. I also want to especially recognize the key role played by (in alphabetical order) CMs Nadeau, Silverman, and Todd in encouraging the Mayor to include it in her budget. I also want to thank Jasmin Benab, with the Mayor's Office who also played a key role. 
The Mayor including funding in her budget is a great step (perhaps the most important step) but the bus funding isn't certain yet. You can read more here: 
Image from GGW 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reliable Tavern from Joe Englert "nearly there" at Georgia and New Hampshire!

Looks like a new bar may be around the corner: Reliable Tavern from Joe Englert, who also opened a ton of other great bars and restaurants around town, is making progress.

Their Instagram and Facebook are full of photos with tags like "#nearlythere" and finishing touches like bathroom signs (gender neutral, in this case.) And in February they tweeted they're opening in spring, so could be just around the corner.

The bar at 3655 Georgia Avenue NW used to be a hardware store, hence the name. Their liquor license says it will be a tavern with emphasis on food and a variety of live entertainment, such as trivia, comedy and televised sports.

Their hours are 10am-2am on Sunday, 9am-2am Monday-Thursday, and 9am-3am Saturday, so that presumably means they'll have breakfast, brunch or at least coffee and such. I've reached out to get more info, will let you know when I hear.

Englert has been a mainstay in the city's nightlife scene for a long time, having opened the Rock and Roll Hotel, the Pug, Granville Moore's, Sticky Rice, the H Street Country Club and more on that street, as well as DC9, Trusty's, the Big Hunt, Capitol Lounge, Pour House and others around town.

A few other recent shots from their Instagram:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Explore these cool animated maps of traffic in Columbia Heights

This is pretty neat: put together a series of animated maps showing traffic in Columbia Heights during evening rush hour over the week. It's interesting to see that it's really never too good around the 14th and Irving area, then gets almost totally red towards 6 pm -- I've definitely experienced that.

The site is founded by local residents Kate and Jeff Howard, who help folks find hotels near the Metro, as the name suggests. Good idea, especially for out of towers.

Might be a good reminder to use something other than a car -- Metro, bus, bike or walk if you can.

(The videos say Columbia Heights, VA, but that's definitely us!)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Taqueria del Barrio opens Thursday on Upshur Street

Mexican time! Just got a press release that Taqueria del Barrio at 821 Upshur Street NW is opening this Thursday, March 30th.

They have "house-made regional Mexican dishes and drinks in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest DC. Diners can choose from 14 types of tacos served on tortillas made in-house, three specialty ‘torta’ sandwiches, and additional traditional Mexican foods, served in a modern, casual dining room and bar." They'll also have a kids menu.

The location was formerly Domku, and the spot will have entrees from $11-$15 and drinks from $6-$14, and will seat 92 people, or 140 for a standing reception. The owners also run the DC Empanadas food truck and Union Market stand, and food will include lots of tacos, elote (street corn), chiles rellenos, mole and more, plus lots of cocktails and margaritas.

Here's more from the press release:

Taqueria del Barrio’s menu was developed by Chef and Owner Anna Bran-Leis and General Manager Mikey Torres, and is centered around $3 tacos in classic styles like carne asada, pescado, and al pastor varieties served alongside less-familiar options like nopales – grilled cactus paddle served with melted Oaxacan cheese. Appetizers include elote with a chili-lime aioli and cotija cheese, and beef albondigas cooked in a smoky chipotle salsa. Entrées range from $12 to $15 and include traditional Mexican dishes like chile relleno –poblano peppers stuffed with barbacoa, tomatoes, onions, and queso freso; and mole con pollo with made-from-scratch mole, blended with nuts, chiles, and a subtle hint of chocolate. While Taqueria del Barrio is opening with a lunch and dinner menu, a unique brunch menu is expected to roll out in the coming months.

Taqueria del Barrio occupies a 2,200-square foot space designed to evoke the taquerias of Mexico City. Mixed textiles like reclaimed wood, rope, and materials like weathered steel reinforce the restaurant’s no-nonsense focus on quality ingredients and authentic flavors. Subtle touches evocative of Mexico City, including a full-wall mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe by local artist Matthew McMillan, are brightened with turquoise and bright yellow, warming the space to convey a sense of welcome. A central three-sided bar acts as the hub of the restaurant.
Social media:


Saturday – 11am – 12am; bar closes 1amSunday
Sunday – 11am – 9pm; bar closes 10pm
Tuesday through Thursday – 4pm – 11pm; bar closes 12am
Friday – 4pm – 12am; bar closes 1am

GALA Theatre wants your opinion -- you could win theatre tickets!

GALA Hispanic Theatre, the theatre in the Tivoli building at 14th and Park that puts on English and Spanish language plays and performances for adults and kids, wants to hear from you! They have an online survey asking your opinion and background on theatre-going and more, and everyone who responds will be entered in a drawing for $100 in tickets to any of 50 local theaters.

If you haven't been, GALA is pretty neat -- it's a nice space with a lot of interesting performances, many of which are in Spanish with English surtitles. The theater was founded in 1976 and has won a number of awards for performances, gender equality (more than 50% of plays many years are written by women) and more.

Here's the info from GALA:

Do You Love GALA? Share your Opinion to Win Free Tickets
We want to learn more about our audience at GALA. Please help us by completing this brief survey and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of $100 in TheatreWashington TixCertificates -- valid at GALA and 50 other local theaters. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Meet other Petworth residents today at Homestead for happy hour

This is a neat idea, a few Petworth residents have organized a regular happy hour to meet other neighbors. This month's will be at Homestead, the Southern/American place at 3911 Georgia. They have good food and drinks. Here's more from the Petworth list serve.
People of Petworth! 
Please join us this Friday (3/24) at 9pm for a monthly Friday evening gathering of neighbors and friends. The location will rotate, first up is Homestead on Ga Ave, head to the third floor, password is "the more the merrier".
An idea born out of a few neighbors having a few drinks and meeting a few more neighbors who were doing the same, and inspired by the Grant Circle Social, Sherman Circle Social, First Fridays, and others. 
In case there was any doubt, Petworth is social crazy, let's keep it up!
It's pretty simple really, we usually just need an excuse to get out and have some fun. Well this is that excuse. Handle your dinner and kid's bedtime duties (if you have them) and then come out and have some drinks and meet some new folks. Trade off with your partner, or get a sitter, it's worth it! 
We will try to schedule this every month, and if we really get our act together will create a fb page. There may be name tags involved. 
Oh, and we need a name for this "event". This will be our first and hopefully last agenda item. 
Join us, bring a neighbor and tell a friend!
*Where*: Homestead Roof Deck <
*When*: Friday, March 24th, 9pm to close 
Your neighborly host committee,
Romain Nkoue, Sean Griffin, Tom Pipkin

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Metro finds possible reason for Green line trains shaking nearby houses: broken rail fasteners

For a few months, local residents have been complaining that the Green line trains are shaking their houses. Neighbors were worried it may be affecting their homes' structural integrity and thought it was related to the new, larger 7000 series trains. Metro at first said it was no problem, and then pledged to investigate. And now, federal inspectors found what may be causing the issue: broken rail clips which are meant to dampen vibrations.

CBS and WTOP report on the issue, where the inspectors from the Federal Transit Administration found that the fasteners could be breaking due to the heavier 7000 series trains. They found numerous clips broken in a 1,300 foot stretch of track near the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro.

Here's more from the WTOP article:
Over a stretch about 1,300 feet long, the inspector found “numerous” clips, which were supposed to hold the rails in place, broken off of the fastener bases. 
When working correctly, the fasteners that had these clips reduce the vibrations going into the tunnel and the neighborhood above. 
On one of the tracks in the area, the inspector noted that even recently replaced clips had already snapped off.
The FTA suggests that the increasing use of more new trains in the Metro system, which are heavier than older models, could be contributing to increased vibrations and pressure on the fasteners. 
This is exacerbated by the location of the stretch just outside of the Georgia Avenue station because trains put more force on the tracks when braking or accelerating. 
Metro has not yet reached any final conclusions on what may be causing the vibrations, spokesman Dan Stessel said.
Nice to hear that they found a possible cause of the issue. I've also noticed my house vibrating and I'm not too far from there, but hard to say if that's the issue or something else.

The issue also seems to be happening in North Michigan Park and Southwest Waterfront.

Photo by Elvert Barnes

Neighborhood cleanup on Apr. 1, volunteers get free coffee and donuts and 25% off at District Dogs

Georgia Avenue Thrive's latest neighborhood cleanup will be on Georgia Avenue, meeting at District Dogs, the new pet store/dog walker/doggie day care spot at 3210 Georgia. And folks who help get free coffee and donuts, plus a discount!

A good way to meet your neighbors and help make your area look nicer.
Hi neighbors — Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup Saturday April 1 at 10 a.m. outside District Dogs. (3210 Georgia Ave.) 
We’ll be partnering with District Dogs, which will provide free coffee and doughnuts and 25% off retail purchases for volunteers. 
We had a record 40+ volunteers last month. Please join us, meet some great neighbors and help us set a new record! 
Questions — Email

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Park Morton/Bruce Monroe development meeting on Thursday

If you'd like to learn more about the plans for the Park Morton housing complex and the Bruce Monroe Park site, the city is hosting a public meeting on Thursday at the Park View Rec Center, 693 Otis.

The plan is to demolish the old and troubled Park Morton and move residents to a new site at the Bruce Monroe Park as well as mixed-income and market-rate units, plus retail, and also keep some of the park land. Here's more on the plan.

Here's more from the city:
Good Morning Community Residents and Partners,This is a reminder that on this Thursday, March 23, 2017 the Park Morton Steering Committee meeting will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 
The meeting will held be at the Parkview Community Center’s community room from 6:30-8:00pm at 693 Otis Pl NW, Washington, DC 20010. Please invite your neighbors, constituents and community stakeholders. We will discuss the following: 
1. Park Morton and Bruce Monroe PUD process and status to date

2. Receive an update from the Park Morton Relocation and Re-occupancy sub-committee

3. Upcoming Bruce Monroe park planning process

If you have any question or concerns please contact Andre Gould , DCHA Development Project Manager at 202.627.9162. 
Thanks For your continued interest in this project!! See you Thursday.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ten Tigers Parlour announces $3 happy hour during the week and weekend

Deal time! Ten Tigers, the pan-Asian spot at 3813 Georgia, the old Chez Billy spot, just announced an awesome happy hour: $3 drafts, drinks and wine from 5-7pm weekdays and 2-5pm on weekends.

Sounds like a good spot for afternoon weekend drinks.

They also host events and are open during the day with coffee and pastries. I stopped by a while ago, nice interior and tasty Vietnamese coffee. I haven't eaten dinner there but have heard good things.

Friends of Petworth Library happy hour at Petworth Citizen on Tuesday: Councilmember Todd, others to read

This is neat: the Friends at the Petworth Library are hosing a fundraiser happy hour at Petworth Citizen on Tuesday, where 10% of all alcohol sales will go to the group, and they're also raffling off books. Here are the details:

Join the Friends at Petworth Library (FaPL) for Happy Hour on March 21st from 5-7pm at Petworth Citizen.  We will be celebrating authors who were born in March by raffling off copies of their books.  A few of Petworth's very own will be reading excerpts from their favorite artists throughout the evening.  Petworth Citizen will be donating 10% of all alcohol sales during the happy hour to the FaPL, so drink up (responsibly).

Our Readers for the evening:

Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Council member, reading Ralph Ellison

Drew Schneider, Petworth News, reading John Updike

Jonny Grave,  Jonny Grave and the Tombstones, reading Jack Kerouac

Kristen Barden, FaPL and Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District, reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez

George Morgan, Petworth resident extraordinaire, reading John McPhee

More to follow....

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 7 for $5  Books to win include:
Ezra Jack Keats- Louie 
Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)- Green Eggs and Ham
Douglas Adams- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
John McPhee- Coming Into Country
Gabriel Garcia Marquez- El Ontono del Patriarca 
Robert frost - Various poems
Tom Wolfe - The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flaked Streamline Baby
John Updike- Rabbit, Run
Elizabeth Barrett Browning- Various poems
Ralph Ellison - Invisible man
Jack Kerouac- On the Road

For more information and updates find us on Facebook or email us at

See you at Petworth Citizen

Friday, March 17, 2017

Check out these cool old photos of the Old Soldiers' Home

I was browsing the Streets of Washington Flickr page, a collection of historical photos and postcards, and found some cool ones of the Old Soldiers' Home, now called the Armed Forces Retirement Home just east of our area.

The photos show Scott Hall, now called the Sherman Building, the old main building. It was finished in 1857. Pretty neat! Here's more about the Soldiers Home.

The one with two photos is from a stereopticon, a kind of 3D imaging tool like a Viewfinder.

And here it is in 2012, from Google Maps

March Madness is upon us: here's where to watch in the area

It's my favorite sports time of year, March Madness -- the NCAA tournament with tons of basketball. There are a lot of good options for watching in our area, and here are my suggestions. If you have your own, let everybody know in the comments!

  • Lou's City Bar, naturally. Tons of TVs and they're also doing shooter specials
  • Meridian Pint, especially downstairs. Lots of TVs plus tasty grub and American craft brew
  • The Pitch, the sports bar up at 4105 Georgia Avenue also has lots of TVs on two floors, and plenty of space
  • Walter's, the sports bar from the DC Reynolds and Looking Glass crew at 3632 Georgia
  • If you wanted less of a sporty-vibe but still a few TVs, the aforementioned DC Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge next to Walters
  • The Pinch, the dive bar at 3548 14th has a few TVs, as does Zeba at 3423 14th. Both food for more relaxed vibes.
  • Bravo Bar at 2917 Georgia has three or four TVs and lots of good happy hour deals
  • The Airedale at 14th and Spring has lots of TVs and awesome German and British food. A cool spot if you haven't been before.
Who've you got this year? Any other recommendations?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Replacement for KBC to be called The Good Silver from Ivy & Coney, KBC alums

A few months ago we heard that Kangaroo Boxing Club at 3410 11th Street NW was closing, and that former manager Carrie Dzwil would be opening something else in the space. And now we know what that something is!

In a press release, the place will be called The Good Silver, from owners of Ivy and Coney and Dzwil. It sounds like American/Southern food and drink in a relaxed vibe. They describe it as "The Good Silver will focus on simple seasonal ingredients, pickled veggies, cured meats and a certain banquet beer combo"

Read on for more details:

The Good Silver set to open Spring/Summer 2017 at 3410 11th St. in Columbia Heights

The team behind Ivy and Coney (Josh Saltzman, Chris Powers, and Adam Fry) and partner Carrie Dzwil, are excited to announce their newest bar, The Good Silver, at 3410 11th St. NW in Columbia Heights.

While we still believe hotdogs are a primary food group, The Good Silver will focus on simple seasonal ingredients, pickled veggies, cured meats and a certain banquet beer combo. Think local heirloom tomatoes in August, or strawberries in June, but when Winter arrives a BLT featuring tomato jam or rum punch spiked with a best-of-the-season strawberry shrub will be on the menu. We will also be adding some cutting-edge technology such as credit card machines, bar spoons, and level floors. What a time to be alive!

The Good Silver is all about getting the best out of life without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. Remember when you were a kid, and mom would break out the “good” plates, or grandma would take the plastic off the sofa and let you sit on the “good” part? It pays homage to a time when the everyday was elevated, simply by caring a little bit more. Don't expect the finest forks or vintage China, but instead, a focus on customer service and quality ingredients for both drink and food. No need to dress up here; we welcome anyone who’d like to have a Manhattan in their footie-jammies.

The Good Silver was designed by The Knights Who Say Ni architecture firm and features a large reclaimed oak bar, wallpaper, and two shrubberies (one slightly higher than the other, with a little path between, and not too expensive).  The space will feature 18 bar seats, a few tables, and a 16 person patio.

We look forward to welcoming everyone into our new home in the coming months.

Twitter: @goodsilverdc