Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival Starts Thursday

Cheick Hamala will perform at INTERSECTIONS March 10th. Image courtesy of Cheick Hamala

The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival kicks off Thursday with a great selection of performances. Most shows require tickets, but some (including the café concert series) are free. You can purchase individual tickets, or buy a subscription package if you plan to see more than one performance. You'll find plays, spoken word, improv, dance performances, concerts, films, and workshops among listings. INTERSECTIONS 2018 includes Family Fun Days on Saturday, February 24 and March 3 and the Youth Summit, which features performances by youth groups on Saturday, March 10. The festival runs through March 10th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stabbing Last Night at 19th & L Street NE

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There was a stabbing last night at the intersection of 19th and L Street NE. I don't have any information on the status of the victim, but the alert appears below.

Alert: Confirmed Stabbing at 2027 hrs at the Intersection of 19th Street NE & L Street, NE. Lookout for (S1) B/M, 200 lbs., Medium Build, Dark Complexion and wearing Acid Wash Jeans.(S2) B/F.
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC
Sent by MPD CAD # 10525

Old City Market & Oven Now Delivers


That is they are now partnering with various delivery services. It's a bit of an experiment to to see which arrangement(s) work(s) best for customers. As Old City Market and Oven (522 K Street NE) put it in a blog post "[s]ome may have higher delivery fees (fees that are charged both to you and to us), and others may have less responsive drivers." One of those delivery companies is Chow Now, which charges a higher fee than some others, but also allows you to order beer and wine with your food. The other two companies currently listed on OCMAO's website are Postmates and Door Dash, but they are apparently also working with GrubHub and UberEats. Because the market is still shopping around, they are asking customers who test drive the delivery to let them know what did or didn't work well.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Local Briefing: The Pug Turns 11, Trader Joe's Update, & Toasted Bingo Tonight at Rock & Roll Hotel

Ryan Gordon of the Queen Vic & Granville Moore's tending bar at the Pug back in 2010

The Pug (1234 H Street NE) celebrated its 11th birthday yesterday. I'm not going to say it's hard to believe it's been more than a decade since they opened, because at this point it sort of seems like the Pug's been open forever.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Local Briefing: Ledo Pizza Headed to H, Former Touché Space for Rent, & Fat Tues at the Big Board

814 H Street NE, briefly home to Halal Guys, will become a Ledo Pizza

In all the pre-Valentine's Day chatter you may have forgotten that today is Fat Tuesday. The good folks at the Big Board (421 H Street NE) did not forget. Swing by for $2 Cajun shrimp tacos (when you order three or more), $5 Abita Drafts, and $6 Rum Punch.

Looking for last minute Valentine's Day plans? Cusbah (1128 H Street NE) has a tempting prix fixe menu at $40 (alcohol not included).

W.S. Jenks Hardware to Offer Free Class on Home Pest Control 2/17

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 The crowd at last month's historic masonry class. Image courtesy of W.S. Jenks

W.S. Jenks Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road NE) will hold a free class this Saturday (11am–12pm) on what to do if pests like mice, rats, or roaches invade your home, and what you can do to avoid an infestation in the first place. Gary Balogh of PF Harris, America's oldest EPA-registered company, will teach the class. “Customers come to our store every day looking for answers on how to deal with ongoing pest problems,” said Jenks owner Jerry Siegel. “Hosting a rep from one of the top names in pest control will give local residents a chance to speak with an expert on what tools and information they need to defeat their unwanted house guests.” This is the second class Jenks has hosted this year. Last month's event, which focused on historic masonry, drew a crowd of more than 90 attendees. Register to reserve your spot.

Cocktails with Cultivate the City at Fare Well 2/15 + Upcoming Events


Cultivate the City is hosting their first event of the year this Thursday at Fare Well (406 H Street NE). The post-Valentine's Day edition of Drinks and Dirt runs from 7 to 9pm.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Righteous Cheese Leaves Ooey Gooey Crispy Grilled Cheese in its Place at Union Market


A visit to Righteous Cheese will now require a bit more a trek than a simple visit to Union Market (1309 Fifth Street NE). The owners announced that the cheese counter/restaurant, which has been at Union Market since the early days, has closed up shop as the owners prepare to open "a traveling cheese bar based in Charlottesville, VA." This isn't exactly goodbye. You'll still be able to find them at regional events, and be able to book them for events and parties. The owners are also launching a new concept at Union Market called ooey gooey crispy. It's a nod to the popularity of the grilled cheese sandwiches sold by Righteous Cheese. Ooey gooey crispy "offer[s] a menu with 8 cheeses, 3 butters and 9 toppings" for excellent sandwiches. You can also order "the best tomato soup you’ve ever had," and enjoy it with beer or wine at the counter seating.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Local Briefing: Fight Childhood Cancer at Star & Shamrock, Valentine's Plans, & Local Spots Hiring

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Get buzzed for a great cause at Star & Shamrock

Head down to the Star & Shamrock (1341 H Street NE) on March 11th (1pm) for a Shave Off for Kids with Cancer event to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research on childhood cancers.

Got Valentine's Day Plans?

A few neighborhood spots are doing something special to mark the occasion. These solid options should have you covered whether you plan to spend the evening with your significant other, or just fly solo. DC Harvest (517 H Street NE) offers a "sensuous dining experience featuring our locally sourced winter menu along with opulent specials" and a new reserve wine list and romantic cocktails. You can make reservations through Tock. There's a $5 per person deposit, but it's refunded when you dine with DC Harvest on the 14th. Church & State (2nd floor 1236 H Street NE) is running a couples cocktail special where $20 gets you truffles and two cocktails 7:30pm–midnight. Downstairs on the 1st floor of 1234 you'll find the Anti-Valentine's Day Party (and plenty of old school video games) at Atlas Arcade.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Agenda Released for ANC 5D Meeting 2/13

Screenshot of video shot by Edward Milton of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D 1/22/2018 special meeting to elect officers. Commissioners Kathy Henderson, James Butler, and Peta-Gay Lewis vote in favor of electing Kathy Henderson as Chair. 
Still from a video of an ANC 5D meeting filmed by Edward Milton

In an exciting turn of events I received an email today with a draft agenda for the upcoming Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D public meeting coming up on Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7pm
Metropolitan Police Fifth District Headquarters
1805 Bladensburg Road NE

Welcome & Unity Prayer

1. Call to order......................................Commissioner Lee
2. Roll Call...........................................Commissioner Buggs
3. Adoption of the Agenda...................Commissioner Lee
4. Adoption of Minutes (January)........Commissioner Buggs
5. Chairperson’s Report.......................Commissioner Lee
6. Treasurer’s Report...........................Commissioner Shropshire