Thursday, April 27, 2017

Petworth Farmers Market opens Saturday May 6; fundraiser at Ten Tigers on May 1 with specials!

It's farmers market season! The Columbia Heights Market opened lsat Saturday and the Petworth Community Market is opening their season on Saturday May 6, and they'll be going until November 18. They're open 9am-1pm on 9th Street between Upshur and Taylor.

Pretty awesome vendor list too: coffee, produce, farms, pickles, cheese, kombucha, bagel holes (delicious stuffed bagels, basically) and more.

They're also holding a fundraiser on May 1 at Ten Tigers Parlour from 6:30-9:30 with drink specials, prizes, an auction or more. Tickets are $15 or $25 for two. Sounds like a fun event to help a great local happening.

(The market was previously open on Fridays but it looks like they shifted their days.)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Neighborhood cleanup on May 6, free coffee at Colony Club after!

Local community org Georgia Avenue Thrive has organized their next neighborhood cleanup, May 6 starting at 10am at the corner of Georgia and Irving. They'll provide bags, gloves and such and you'll get free coffee afterwards at Colony Club, 3118 Georgia.

Here's more!
Friends and neighbors -- Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup at 10am May 6 at the corner of Georgia and Irving. 
Immediately following the cleanup, volunteers will meet at Colony Club to enjoy free coffee or iced coffee (depending on the weather). It's a neighborhood get-together, a great chance to socialize, chat with neighbors and come together as a community. 
People are noticing. DPW is very graciously planning to highlight our cleanups in the next month or two with a media event. (details on that still being finalized.)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reliable Tavern on Georgia moving along, now has two pool tables

If you were craving some pool in our area, the incoming Reliable Tavern at 3655 Georgia is your ticket: they just posted a photo of two tables in the bar.

The spot, from long time bar and restauranteur Joe Englert (who was behind the Rock n Roll Hotel, DC9, Sticky Rice, the Pug, Cap Lounge and a million other places) has been making steady progress lately. They posted they plan to open in a few weeks on Facebook.

Here's their website, Twitter and Instagram, will update when I hear more.

Alfie's is back open with a few pop-ups: Al's Hot Chicken, Nok Noi noodles, crabs

Alfie's/Tcohup's Market at 3301 Georgia has been closed for some time as the owners did some traveling, hosting food events in London, Thailand and elsewhere. But now it's back open on Saturday and Sunday with a new pop-up, Al's Hot Chicken, featuring Nashville style delicacies, burgers and other brunch items. Here's more from their website:
Saturday and Sunday morning bringing some of that spicy Nashvegas flavor to DC. Hot chicken, Hot fish, sandwiches and sides will have your mouth begging you for another! Doors open at 12!

And on Friday and Saturday nights from 5-11pm they're doing Nok Noi, Thai street noodles:
Nok Noi is our weekly Thai hand-made noodle shop pop-up. Every Friday & Saturday guests can nosh out on noodle soups, khao soi & street style stir fried noodle dishes.
All of our curry pastes, egg noodles and broths are handmade each day!

Our menu changes weekly so keep up w/ social media for more info on what we have every week!


There's also an upcoming crab event, April 29th for Tasty Crabs: here's more on that:
Only 6PM seatings available on Sunday! Saturday is still open! Make your reservation soon!!! Only one week away! $35 all you can eat!!! Tasty Crabs are in your future!!! Email to make a resi!
The Alfie's Twitter also has updates.

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 jalapeƱo-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.)