Friday, August 30, 2019

To Do in the Neighborhood this Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend is almost here! For everyone sticking around town for the long weekend, here's a couple of events happening around in the neighborhood.

Friday, August 30

Amaro Tasting & "The Great Beauty" Screening at Suns Cinema
Mount Pleasant

Suns Cinema is teaming up with the DC amaro distillery, Don Ciccio & Figli, to host a happy hour tasting followed by a showing of the Oscar-winning film, The Great Beauty, directed by the acclaimed Italian director, Paolo Sorrentino. The selection of Italian digestifs will provide the perfect complement to the foreign-language film that follows the journey of an aging journalist who has spent his life living in the lavish nightlife of Rome, but after turning 65 is suddenly forced to examine his life and rediscover the beauty and eccentricities of Rome.
Tasting begins at 6:30 pm, and the film begins at 8:00 pm. Tickets range from $10 - $25. Purchase tickets here

Annual Park View Outdoor Movie Night
Park View, Georgia Ave

District Bridges’ Lower Georgia Ave Main Street will be hosting its fourth annual Park View Outdoor Community Movie Night this Friday, August 30th, at Hook Hall Beer Garden. This year they will be screening Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, family and friends for this great community event. Adult beverages will be available for those 21+ with valid Photo ID.
Seating begins at 7:00 pm and the show will start at 8:00 pm. Free to attend. Find out more information here.

Saturday, August 31st

Neighborhood Volunteer Event to Help Low-Income Seniors

WeAreFamily is looking for volunteers to help deliver groceries to low-income seniors in the North Capitol and Shaw neighborhoods. This is a truly rewarding opportunity to meet your neighbors and give back to our community. Bring yourself, your family, and your friends! Volunteers will meet up at the Metropolitan Community Church located at 474 Ridge St NW.
9:30 am - 1:00 pm. Sign up to volunteer here

Milk Relics Exhibit at the Lost Origins Gallery
Mount Pleasant

The Lost Origins gallery is opening a new exhibit by local artist Tom Kim. This solo exhibition reflects Kim's career as an illustrator and animator, as well as his upbringing as a Korean American. Milk Relics is a profound and playful narrative series that tells the post-apocalyptic story of a society on the brink of environmental crisis. As the artist says, "The apocalypse is best served with cookies." More than 20 local artists including musicians, poets, and writers, will perform alongside the art through the run of the show.
Show runs from Aug 31 - Sept 29. Free to attend. 

Sunday, September 1st
Jam Sesh for All Ages and Levels
Meridian Hill Park 

Join your neighbors for a unique Jam Out in the Park series. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Bring your instrument to jam out or bring a blanket to watch the show. Musicians interested in playing should register and download the song book on the Meridian Hill Park Jam page.
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Free, but donations are encouraged. 

CAMP at The Line 
Adams Morgan

James Beard Award-winning Chef Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka of A Rake's Progress present CAMP at the LINE, a rooftop event series designed as an escape from the city. The series features a lineup of community and cultural organizations hosted on the Line rooftop with stunning panoramic views of the DC skyline. The bar will be cold, the snacks will be endless, and CAMP is now in session!
Series runs from Aug 25 - Oct 20. $5 donation plus individual costs of food and drinks.

Monday, September 2nd

BBQ Cookout at The Midlands Beer Garden
Park View, Petworth

Stop by the Midlands for their Labor Day BBQ Party to officially celebrate the end of summer. The beer garden is partnering up with Smoke and Ember for a menu of ribs, pork, brisket, chicken salad and more! They will also be featuring draft cocktails from Cotton & Reed Distillery and $4 pints of Mermaid Pilsner to cool you off. All ages welcome so bring your kids, friends, and pups for a relaxing Labor Day cookout.
Noon - Midnight. Free to attend. 

And for those feeling extra ambitious, swing by the Midlands early for a 10 am yoga class that includes a post-workout beer and social hour. 
Every Saturday at 10:00 am. $15 for a Class & Pint. Get your tickets here

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For more events happening around the city check out this guide - Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area over Labor Day weekend"

Volunteers Needed This Saturday (Aug 31) - We Are Family Grocery Delivery for Low-Income Seniors

From our friends at We Are Family
"We Are Family REALLY needs help Saturday (TOMORROW) 9:30am-1pm delivering groceries to low income seniors in the Shaw neighborhood--PLEASE join us if you can, spread the word!"
We Are Family delivers groceries to low-income seniors in the North Capitol / Shaw neighborhood once a week on Saturdays. This is a great event for individuals, groups, and families to have a chance to give back to their community and get to know their neighbors! 
Sign up to volunteer here and visit WeAreFamily for more information about the great work their team is doing for our senior neighbors.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

4th Annual Park View Outdoor Movie Night is This Friday, Aug 30th

District Bridges’ Lower Georgia Ave Main Street will be hosting its annual Park View Outdoor Community Movie Night this Friday, August 30th, at Hook Hall. The event is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome! Adult beverages will be available for those 21+ with valid Photo ID. 

This annual event is organized entirely by Park View community organizations. This year the LGA Main St partnered with Georgia Ave Thrive, Park View UNC, and Encounter Church to put on the event. Find out details here... 

Fourth Annual Park View Outdoor Community Movie Night
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Friday, August 30th, 2019 
*Rain or Shine* 
Seating Starts @ 7pm & Movie Starts @8pm 

3400 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington DC 20010 

Bring a Chair or Blanket 
Adult Beverages Available for 21+ with Valid Photo ID 

*In the event of rain, the screening will be moved indoors; please still bring your chair and blanket 

Visit the LGA Main St Facebook page for more information or to sign up to volunteer for set-up and take-down! You can also help keep these community events free by donating to their GoFundMe.

Check out pictures from last year’s Move Night @ 3400 Georgia Ave, the site of the new Hook Hall Beer Garden…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

New Georgian restaurant from Supra folks coming to Park View

The owners of the popular Supra in Logan Circle are planning to open a sister location, Tabla, in Park View later this year. Tabla will be a pared-down version of Supra’s menu, featuring Georgian specialties like soup dumplings (khinkali) and boat-shaped cheese breads (khachapuri) and will continue to highlight an all-Georgian wine list and Georgian inspired cocktail program.

From the press release: 

The 75-seat space will be airy, relaxed, and friendly, with garage-style doors opening up to 25 patio seats. The interior will feature a 14-seat bar, a 16-person communal table, and a khinkali bar with an open view of the chef hand-rolling each Georgian soup dumpling. 2Scale Interiors, who designed Supra, are designing the 2,000 sq. foot space. Artwork will include the work of LAMB, one of Tbilisi’s top street artists, known for depictions of his eponymous lamb character, often shown eating khinkali.”
Tabla will be located in the new The Lamont building, at the corner of Lamont and Georgia Ave, across the street from Call Your Mother. It will be open seven days a week, serving late breakfast, lunch/brunch, and dinner. The new spot plans to open in late 2019 and is sure to be a neighborhood hit.

Tabla, 3227 Georgia Ave. NW

Friday, August 23, 2019

Taste of the World food festival coming to Adams Morgan on Aug 24

On Saturday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Bowser Administration, led by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), celebrates the 4th Annual Taste of the World Festival to highlight the diversity of international communities living and thriving in the District. The festival is free and open to the public. 

The festival will showcase Colombia, Zambia, Peru, Greece, Korea and several Caribbean countries. Featured activities include an alpaca petting zoo, Korean calligraphy display, traditional dance between Peruvian Paso horse and rider, a children’s zone, a Caribbean game station, Caribbean bingo, and more. Residents can also shop for handmade and customary items.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Guy Mason Recreation Center
3600 Calvert St., NW, Washington DC 20011

La Colombopercutiva – Immigrant Collective (Music)
Zed Trio – Zambia (Dance)
Marinera a Caballo - Peru (Dance with horse)
Karouzi Trio– Greece (Music)
La Marvela – Colombia (Music/Dance)
Grupo Miel – Tropical Music

DPR encourages guests to come wearing traditional dress or tropical attire. For more information or to RSVP, click HERE. Follow the hashtag #TastetheWorldDC

Fourth Annual Park View Outdoor Move Night

District Bridges' Lower Georgia Ave Main Street will be hosting its annual Park View Outdoor Community Movie Night on Friday, August 30th at Hook Hall. All ages are welcome and drinks will be available for purchase for those 21+. Check out the details below:

Fourth Annual Park View Outdoor Community Movie Night

       Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
       Hook Hall, 3400 Georgia Ave NW
       Friday, August 30, 2019
       Seating starts at 7pm
       Movie starts at 8pm
       Bring your own chair and blanket
       Bring Photo ID if you would like to enjoy adult beverages at the bar
       *If it rains, the movie will be moved indoors but you'll still need your chair/blanket

This annual event is organized entirely by Park View community organizations. This year the LGA Main St has partnered with Georgia Ave Thrive, Park View UNC, and Encounter Church to put on the event.

Check out the LGA Main St Facebook page for more info or to sign up to volunteer for set-up and take-down! You can also help keep these community events free by donating to their GoFundMe.

Take a look at the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer:

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Happening This Weekend - Sixth Annual Back to School Block Party

Monday, August 26th marks the official start of the new school year for DC. Join the Ward 1 community for one last summer hooray at the Sixth Annual Parkwood Place Back 2 School Block Party this Saturday from Noon to 8 PM. 

Check out the fb event or the flyer below for details ... 

Barack and Michelle Obama visit The Coupe again to talk about their new movie

You may remember that President Obama visited the Coupe on 11th Street NW a few years ago, as part of an event about small businesses — and the restaurant has a photo of the visit when you come in. And a few days ago they came back, talking with the directors of their new Netflix movie American Factory about a Chinese businessman buying a factory in Ohio.

I’m not sure when it was filmed, but it’s neat to see the Obamas sitting in our neighborhood again. They’ve actually visited multiple times, including local schools and restaurants. Michelle, for example, ate at Maydan on Florida Avenue not long ago.

Welcome back, Obamas! Here's the full interview.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

NBA star Stephen Curry sponsors Howard University's new golf program

This is pretty neat: NBA superstar Stephen Curry is donating money to start a men's and women's golf team at Howard University. Curry played golf in high school and visited Howard in January, where he met some students, including senior Otis Ferguson IV, who organized a golf club and was hoping to create varsity golf program. The school previously had a golf team until the 1970s.

ESPN and USA Today have full stories. Curry will sponsor the program for 6 years.

Howard plays Division I sports and I've been to a couple football and basketball games and really enjoyed it -- the men's hoops team had one of the highest scorers in the country and the football team has Cam Newton's younger brother Caylin as the quarterback. The marching band is also a highlight.

Photo by Andrew Harvik/AP Photo

Friday, August 16, 2019

Georgia Avenue Day, new neighborhood festival, is Saturday August 17

There's a new neighborhood festival coming this weekend: Georgia Avenue Day, which is this Saturday, August 17. I've seen a few posters around the Georgia Avenue Metro for it, it's organized by a group called Art Rave. It's at Bruce Monroe Park at Georgia & Irving and goes from 11am to 7pm.

The website says there will be artists, makers, food, music and more, and it looks like they are still accepting vendors and volunteers, so if you're interested in helping out or selling your wares, take a look.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tequila y Mezcal, new restaurant from Taqueria Habanero folks, now open at 14th and Otis

Muy bien! There's a new option for Mexican in our area, as Tequila y Mezcal is now open at 3475 14th Street NW. It's from the folks behind the awesome Taqueria Habanero at 14th and Spring.

The bar has a variety of cocktails such as a hibiscus mezcal margarita which Eater says is "rimmed with citrusy chile de arbol tajin and sal de gusano (worm salt)", as well as menu items like mole from Oaxaca and the  seafood options from the Yucatan Peninsula. There are four groups of menu items: salads, shareable, chef's specials such as entrees, and tacos. eater highlights molotes, which are balls of sweet plantains filled with black beans and cheese, then friend and placed on poblano pepper mole. Sounds awesome. 

There's also a tile-covered bar, which looks pretty awesome. Just looking at it, it seems more of a bar than Taqueria Habanero. So far it has excellent reviews on Yelp.

This location was previously El Atardecer, a Central American restaurant, as well as DC Fish Carryout, which was busted in 2012 as a drug market. I'm certainly happy to see another spot from the Habanero folks open here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UPDATE: Columbia Heights Day is delayed due to construction & other issues

UPDATE: I just heard from District Bridges, who are organizing Columbia Heights Day. It looks like it will be postponed, as their original preferred location of the field at Bell School is under construction. Also it is quite expensive to close a street, so 11th may not be an option. They are working on new locations and are aiming at the end of October. I'll write a new post when I hear more information.


Get ready, Columbia Heights Day, our big neighborhood festival, is back. More details are forthcoming, but it will be Saturday, September 7th from 11am-5pm. Like previous years there will be events for kids and adults, music, food, drink, vendors, local politicians, and a lot more. It's always a lot of fun. In the past it's been on 11th Street NW from Kenyon to Park, and I expect that will be the case again. Stay tuned for more info as it gets announced!

The event is volunteer runs and District Bridges, the organizers, would love your help. It's also pretty fun to volunteer. To sign up, go here.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Follow us on Instagram! @newcolumbiaheights

If you'd like to find another way to get Columbia Heights news, events, food and drink recommendations and more, we're now on Instagram! You'll see posts there, as well as photos from around the area.

In addition, we already have Twitter and Facebook. Hope to see you on there!

Two new plays at Dance Loft on 14th start Aug 9: Pinter's Betrayal and DC premiere of Enron

This is neat: the 4615 Theatre Company is performing two plays starting August 9th at the Dance Loft on 14th, the D.C. area premiere of Enron, about the downfall of the namesake company. It was originally run in London to lots of awards, then opened on Broadway. The other play in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, a famous play by the master playwright. Here are the details, including performance schedule.

Pinter’s Betrayal and Prebble’s Enron explore shared themes on a private and national scale
4615 Theatre’s venue-hopping third season begins​ in the Art Deco-style theatre at the Dance Loft on 14, with the Summer Scandal Repertory;​ ​a pair of wildly different plays that explore mistruth, illusion and memory on a public and private level. The rep runs August 9-September 8. 

ENRON - DC Area Premiere - By Lucy PrebbleDirected by Jordan Friend August 9-September 1, 2019
2hrs and 15 min, with one intermission
Witness the true rise and fall of America’s most infamous company in this blisteringly funny satire of modern greed. Featuring a cast of 13 playing over 60 roles Lucy Prebble’s epic dark comedy is an absurd crime saga of Shakesperean proportions, complete with poetic profanity, musical numbers, and even a few velociraptors.

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Stevie Zimmerman August 16-September 8, 2019

80 min, with no intermission
4615’s acclaimed resident director Stevie Zimmerman returns to helm Pinter’s masterpiece, in which an extramarital affair is told from all three sides, and in reverse. Beginning in 1977 and ending in 1968, BETRAYAL​ makes us question the very nature of love and honesty, constantly making us doubt what we’ve just seen.

Performed at the Dance Loft on 14
4618 14th St NW, Washington, DC

Tickets are $20, and $16.50 for patrons under 30. They can be purchased at

Please Note: ​The Dance Loft is up a flight of stairs, and not wheelchair accessible at this time.

JOIN THE CONVERSATIONTag mentions on social media with #4615theatre,​ or follow 4615​ at @4615theatre on Twitter and Instagram and at​ for updates.

Friday, August 9th: 8pm (ENRON Preview)Saturday, August 10th: 8pm Performance (ENRON Press Opening)
Sunday, August 11th: 2pm (ENRON)Friday, August 16th: 8pm (BETRAYAL Preview)Saturday, August 17th: 2pm (ENRONand 8pm (BETRAYAL Press Opening)
Sunday, August 18th: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 7:30pm (ENRON)Thursday, August 22nd: 8pm (ENRON)
Friday, August 23rd: 8pm 
(BETRAYAL)Saturday, August 24th: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 8pm (ENRON)Sunday, August 25th: 2pm (ENRON)Monday, August 26th: 8pm (ENRON Industry Night)Wednesday, August 28th: (ENRON)Thursday, August 29th: 8pm (BETRAYAL)Friday, August 30th: 8pm (ENRON)Saturday, August 31st: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 8pm (ENRON)Sunday, September 1st: 2pm (ENRON Closing) and 7:30pm (BETRAYAL)

Friday, September 6th: 8pm (BETRAYAL)Saturday, September 7th: 2pm (BETRAYAL) and 8pm (BETRAYAL)Sunday, September 8th: 2pm (BETRAYAL Closing)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen now open in former Walter's space, serving CBD cocktails

We now have a new option on Georgia Avenue, and it has an interesting twist: CBD cocktails. CBD is derived from cannabis but doesn't have the psychoactive effects of THC, the other main part of cannabis. It's more of a relaxing feeling and is federally legal.

Mr. Braxton is already open, which is nice to see after the space set empty for a while.

The spot was briefly Marrakech Moroccan restaurant, which closed after a month or two. It has also previously been Blue Banana, Park View Patio and Walter's Sports Bar. One of the problems before was that they didn't have a full kitchen, and Park View DC reports that Marrakech added one.

Washingtonian has an article about Mr. Braxton, here's how they describe it:

The newest addition to Park View, Mr. Braxton, will have a little bit of everything: Burgers. Paella. Taco Tuesdays. After it’s up and running in early June, you’ll be able to drink CBD cocktails and enjoy the occasional live music in a lounge area, or head out to the colorful, greenery-covered back patio for a local brew.
Other dishes include watermelon soup, rack of lamb, tacos, mussels and more. The name comes from owners Shannon Cunningham and Booker Parchment's son Braxton. Cunningham formerly was manager of Brick Lane in Dupont, and Parchment is a businessman.

Have you been so far? How did you like it?