Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! Some Tips to Help You Keep it Spooky, Fun, & Safe


I hope everyone one out there has a fun and spooky Halloween. Remember to watch for kids if you are driving (or riding a bike) as some may wear dark colors and masks that make it hard for them to see their surroundings and move freely, and some might cross the street when and where they should not. Below are some Halloween tips that I've published versions of in previous years. I decided to post them again with updates after seeing that people had posted questions on some local email lists and Nextdoor. Here's a tweaked version of my list from 2011.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Today: Pick up &Pizza & Support the Atlas Performing Arts Center


Pick up lunch or dinner today at the &Pizza on H Street (1118 H Street NE) between 12pm and 8pm and &Pizza will donate $2 to the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE) or every pizza you purchase when you show the cashier the above image. You can print off the image, or just show it to the cashier on your phone or tablet.

Halloween Costume Showcase at Joe Cole Basketball Court Tomorrow

A past Halloween event at Joe Cole

Head over to the outdoor basketball court at Joe Cole Rec (1299 Neal Street) tomorrow for a pre-trick or treating Halloween costume showcase. It starts at 6pm, and there will be a dj. Participants are encouraged to bring a treat to share.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Even More Local Halloween Events


We've a ton of local Halloween events coming up in the next several days. Here are some you might want to check out that I don't believe I've mentioned yet.



It's a Nightmare on Okie Street at Ivy City Smokehouse (1356 Okie Street NE). Food and drink specials, plus a costume contest with cash reward. 21+

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Local Briefing: Last Days of Liberty Tree, Bar Elena Opening Soon, Shop for SOME Today


The Last Days of Liberty Tree
If you want to make it to Liberty Tree (1016 H Street NE) before they close for good you don't have much time left. Their final dinner service will be on Friday from 5–10 pm.

It's the Spookiest Time of the Year


Halloween is almost here and there is not shortage of fun local events to help you get into the spirit. Hat tip to Ward 6 Councilmember who sent around an email about Halloween in Ward 6 that mentioned the last three events.

Thriller on H Street Workshop & After Party From Joy of Motion
Kick your Halloween celebration into high gear by throwing on a costume and heading down to Joy of Motion at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE) this Friday for a Thriller inspired dance workshop. Christie Horan (Joy of Motion hip hop faculty and Washington Wizards dancer) will help you get the moves you need. Celebrate and show off your moves afterwards with with a party. All skill levels are welcome.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Halloween Takes Over NoMa: Pumpkinpalooza, Scary Movies, & a Queen of the Damned Party


NoMa appears to be trying to corner the market on Halloween fun. Pumpkinpalooza is tomorrow (Wednesday, October 25th) from 4–7 pm at 1150 First Street NE. The free event features a limited supply of free pumpkins for carving, as well as face painting, live music from King Street Bluegrass, a petting zoo, free snacks, and beer, wine, cider, and more substantial fare for purchase. Dogs are invited, but must be leashed and well-behaved. This event is organized by NoMa BID.

Shooting (Non-Fatal) at Corcoran & West Virginia Early this Morning

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There was a shooting about 1 am this morning near the intersection of Corcoran Street and West Virginia Avenue NE, on the western edge of Trinidad where it borders Gallaudet. The police alert below gives an ominous description of the suspect. A later email from an MPD representative to a local email group classifies this as an assault with a dangerous weapon and says the "victim received injuries to the back, conscious, breathing and was transported to a local hospital." It also shifts the age range of the suspect to the 25–35 years.

Man Versus Machine in a Race Against the Streetcar this Saturday

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It's time again for the running of the streetcar. It's a battle of man versus machine as runners race against the metal Goliath from its eastern terminus to 3rd & H Street NE. Runners (and their adoring fans) should meet at Driftwood Kitchen (401 H Street) in time for a 3 pm sharp check-in (with courtesy bag check). Following check-in and announcements the runners (and fans) will board the streetcar and ride to the end of the line. The total course is 1.92 miles from the Oklahoma Avenue stop by back to 3rd. Spectators can watch the race's progress from on board the streetcar.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Movie Night & Candy Hunt at Kingman Park Rosedale Garden 10/28


Take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to sneak in another outdoor movie while you still can.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Local Briefing: Atlas Dog House + a Gymnastics Strength Training Gym for H St. & T.J.Maxx Opens in Ivy City


The Washington Business Journal has details on Atlas Dog House a canine day care and boarding facility coming to 1375 H Street NE, and mentions the PhysicalityGST (gymnastics centered gym) set to open at 1371 H Street NE.

The new Ivy City T.J.Maxx (1417 New York Avenue NE) store had its grand opening yesterday. Their hours are:
Sun: 11 am–8 pm
Mon-Sat: 9:30 am–9:30 pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Spooky Double Scare with New Musical Accompaniment at the Atlas

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Caligari's Cesare awakens from his sleep

In the mood for a classic scare this time of year? The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE) offers up something a little different. It's double feature of silent films accompanied by a live performance by pianist Andrew Earle Simpson who has composed new works to go with the on screen events. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) is considered by many to be the first horror film, and its influence has spread far and wide in the nearly 100 years since its original release. It tells the tale of a mad hypnotist, the somnambulist under his thrall, and a strange rash of murders. The Atlas will screen the legendary film along with The Devil's Assistant (1917).  The second feature is lesser known, but sounds intriguing. It's the story of a vengeful doctor who seeks to destroy the woman who jilted him. According to a Kickstarter Simpson ran earlier this year the film includes a scene with "fantastic red-tinted images of hell, complete with condemned souls writhing in an infernal lake and a winged demon stirring a huge cauldron of morphine."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tonight: CHRS Presents a Free Preservation Café Talk on Wiring & Safety in Older Homes


The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will hold a session of their Preservation Café series that you might want to check out. My apologies for the last minute notice, but it does sounds like an interesting and useful talk. The topic is electrical wiring and how to keep (or make) it safe in an old home. This event is free an open to the public.

Here's what's on the agenda:

Joe Bellosi, Master Engineer and President of J and G Electric Co., will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, October 18th at 6:30 pm at the Northeast Library (downstairs meeting room).

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Get a Great Sandwich & Help Kids with the Champ for Children


For a limited time Taylor Gourmet (1116 H Street NE) is offering the Champ for Children, a special sandwich they teamed up with Maketto (1351 H Street NE) to present. Order the Champ now through October 22nd and all proceeds will go to Fight for Children, a District based non-profit focused on early childhood education.

The Champ is $10.99, and comes with beef ribeye, Maggi aioli, quick-pickled cukes, charred onion and jalapeno, herb-watercress salad, roma tomato, sherry vinegar, and olive oil. Get it at Taylor Gourmet.

5D to Host Safe Haven Halloween Bash 10/31

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Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of simple pumpkins? 
Fear not, a Safe Haven lies ahead.

MPD's 5th District is getting spooky for Halloween, complete with a visit from the Headless Horseman. Stop by their Safe Haven Halloween Bash 6–9 pm on October 31st for hot dogs, candy, and games. 1805 Bladensburg Road NE.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scotch Tasting at Little Miss Whiskey's 10/18

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Photo by Makia Minich. Used under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0)

Little Miss Whiskey's (1104 H Street NE) will host a scotch tasting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7. Brand ambassador Christopher Houck will lead the tasting and tell you a bit about the scotches. Here's what's on the menu:

Glenmorangie 10 Year
Gledmorangie Lasanta
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Ardbeg 10 Year
Ardbeg An Oa

Friday, October 13, 2017

CitiPizza for Sale for $95K on Craigslist

Photo from the Craigslist ad

An anonymous tipster altered me that CitPizza is listed for sale on Craigslist. The ad, which was posted yesterday, reads:

"Pizza store for sale in Washington DC H St, NE. Close to Union Station. I am asking $95K but I can accept reasonable offer. Must see. Interested, email me immediately won't last long. Owner has other interest, willing to sell immediately."

CitiPizza is located at 504 H Street NE.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bánh Hỏi Night at Đôi Đũa

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Đôi Đũa will release tickets tomorrow at 11 am for their upcoming Bánh Hỏi Night (Oct. 27th). Bánh hỏi is "thin vermicelli noodles all woven into pillowy sheets." The event will feature an à la carte menu to include the noodles for which the evening is named, a variety of charcoal grilled skewers (charred octopus, stuffed chicken wing, beef short rib, pork belly, shrimp cakes, BBQ tofu), pickled vegetables. It sounds awesome.

MPD Seeks to ID Suspect in Daylight Armed Robbery on Wylie

 Police are seeking the public's help to identify a vehicle and person of interest in an armed robbery on Wylie Street NE on just before 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 24th. About 30 seconds into the video you can see a kid move into view from the bottom of the screen as a man advances in the direction of the kid from the other side of the screen. The child pauses and appears to wait for an adult who's following him. As that adult appears the man from before swoops in and apparently robs the second adult as the child looks on. The suspect trots off bags in hand in the direction of the car.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ivy City Smokehouse Added to Michelin's Bib Gourmand List for 2018

Ivy City Smokehouse serves delicious food in the tavern, and is also home to this wonderful fish market downstairs

Ivy City Smokehouse (1356 Okie Street NE) joins Maketto (1351 H Street NE) and Bidwell (inside Union Market at 1309 Fifth Street NE) on Michelin's 2018 Bib Gourmand list. The 22 restaurants on the list are places serving high qualify food at a relatively affordable price level. The rule is that you must be able to order two courses and either a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less before tax and tip. You can see the full list over at DCist along with a bit more context. The list of restaurants receiving Michelin stars will be announced next week.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Local Briefing: Crash Victim ID'd, Cultivate the City Fall Classes, & Two Local Stabbings

Here's a video (from 2009) that I'm sure Ms. Hall would enjoy 

  Pedestrian Killed on H Street NE Saturday Identified

Many of you already know that a driver in a minivan struck and killed a pedestrian at 10th and H Street NE on Saturday. According to a Washington Post article the driver did remain on the scene. The victim was 62 year old Jewel Lewis Hall. As this post from the Hill is Home reminds us, Ms. Hall might be familiar event to those who did not know her first hand, as she was the force behind the Michael Jackson house. Rest in peace Ms. Hall.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Local Briefing: No Leaf Blowers on the X2, Monday Brunch, & Sally's Middle Name Welcomes Fall


Reader Pat Bahn sent in an NBC4 piece on yet another X2 bus incident. The article details how the things turned ugly after a bus driver informed a group of three men that they could not bring a leaf blower aboard and X2 bus. One of the men allegedly pulled on the plastic shield that protects the driver, and another threw an empty sterno can against that same shield, after which all three individuals ran away.  Two of the three were later arrested.

Friday, October 06, 2017

A Fan of Liberty Tree? Go Visit Before the End of October

The ever-popular lobster roll at Liberty Tree

Liberty Tree (1016 H Street NE) announced via its social media accounts yesterday a change in ownership to take place at the end of October. The post characterized the sale as the result of the type of offer "that you just can’t turn down." Liberty Tree will cease operations at the end of October.  The restaurant's Twitter account indicated in a tweet to me that they are "planning to bring lots of the fan favorites over to" Hamilton's Bar & Grill (233 2nd Street NW), a long-time holding of current Liberty Tree owner Scott Hamilton.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Tonight: Community Collective Happy Hour at Sospeso


Head over to the Community Collective Happy Hour at Sospeso (1344 H Street NE) tonight 6–8 pm and unwind while you view works from local photographers. Each photo in the exhibit will be priced at $50.00 and 10% of the proceeds for each sale will go to Small Projects Istanbul. You can find the Community Collective on Instagram at CommunityCollectiveDC.

Yoga on the Roof for Puerto Rico 10/8 at Jenks Hardware [POSTPONED]



W.S. Jenks & Son Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road NE), yoga instructor Stephanie Legarda, and Cultivate the City are teaming up for a special rooftop yoga session to benefit the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need. The class is $20 and all proceeds will be donated to United for Puerto Rico.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

MPD Seeks to Identifies Persons of Interest in Gunpoint Robberies of Contractors

MPD is asking for the public's assistance to identify two persons of interest in two gunpoint robberies that occurred in the 1800 block of H Street, NE, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at approximately 12:55 PM and in the 1000 block of 10th Street, NE, on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at approximately 11:32 AM. The subjects were captured by nearby  surveillance cameras.

Local Transit: Knife Wielding Man Threatens X2 Driver, Streetcar May Get Benning Extension

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Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents WMATA operators and other employees, says a passenger on an X2 bus pulled a knife and threatened to kill the driver yesterday morning near 8th & H Street NE. The report posted to the union's website indicates that the suspect, Davon Abney, brandished a knife while he reached around the protective barrier meant to shield bus drivers from aggressive passengers. According to the post Abney is a repeat fare evader who has previously spit on multiple bus drivers, and even produced a gun in the past. Abney sure sounds like a stand-up guy.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

It's Hitchcocktober at the Angelika Pop Up

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Still from the trailer for Psycho

It's officially October, and to celebrate this spookiest of months the Angelika pop up (550 Penn Street NE) is once again screening some Alfred Hitchcock classics. Tickets to each Hitchcocktober show are $10, and this year's films include North by Northwest, Notorious, Vertigo, Rebecca, and Psycho. Catch a different suspenseful movie each Thursday night, plus a special Halloween showing of Psycho. The Angelika offers reserve seating.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Fundraiser for Puerto Rico Thursday at RedRocks


Americans for Self Rule, DC Vote, and Neighbors United for Statehood are teaming up for a fundraiser to benefit Puerto Rico this Thursday from 6–8 pm at RedRocks (1348 H Street NE). The suggested contribution is $20, all of which will be donated to United for Puerto Rico. RedRocks will also donate 10% of bar sales during the event.

Multiple Shooting Incidents Over the Weekend

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We had three shootings (I think) over the weekend. I don't have information about the status of any the victims. The first shooting happened at 11:42 pm on Friday, but the alert did not go out until early Saturday morning. The alert gives the location as the 1900 block of Bennett Place NE (Carver-Langston area). Here's that alert:

Shooting at 2341hrs in the 1900 block of Bennett PL NE. No Lookout
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC
Sent by MPD CAD # 11205