08/12/14 12:30pm


“Dear PoPville,

Searching for info about the folklife festival, found this interesting marketing slideshow. Their targets are “The Hipster” and “The Grandma” Lol”

Ed. Note: Hahaha that’s an impressive range!


“This plan was created by a student at George Mason University in the Arts Management Certificate program, as part of class she was taking. The student is not affiliated with the Festival in any way. The Smithsonian did not participate in the plan’s creation and we offered no input for the presentation. The plan is not endorsed by the Smithsonian, nor have we adopted it or implemented it.”


08/05/14 4:45pm

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From a press release:

“Presented by Art Whino, the Petworth Jazz Project, the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation and Capital Bop, the New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival is back for another year on Saturday, August 9 fom 2:00 – 10:00pm.

Following the success of last year’s event, New Vintage Jazz & Wine Festival returns again this year to the Fairgrounds for its second edition. Come relax at at this beautiful outdoor venue across the street from Nationals Park, sample over a dozen world-class wines, experience the latest sounds in modern and classic jazz, and enjoy food from eight of DC’s well loved food trucks. This year’s lineup includes Warren Wolf and Wolf Pack, the R&B and soul sounds of Soul Understated featuring Mavis ‘Swan’ and returning for a second year Funk Ark. Also performing is Allyn Johnson and Sonic Sanctuary, Lenny Robinson’s Wayne Contingency, and Elijah Jamal Balbed Quintet. Renowned wine producer Bobby Kacher presents a selection of 15 world class wines curated specifically for the New Vintage Festival. Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event with a wine inspired art exhibit and live painting by artists participating in the show. Throughout the day, these pieces will evolve into finished works contributing to the sensory experience of the festival and fostering the innate relationship between art and music.

Art Whino will add visual vibrancy and complexity to the event with two live painting stations where artists will create large scale pieces for silent auction. Throughout the day, these pieces will evolve into finished works contributing to the sensory experience of the festival and fostering the innate relationship between art and music.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for colon cancer treatment and prevention.

Saturday August 9, 2014. 2:00 – 10:00 PM

DC Fairgrounds (Directly in front of National Stadium)
1299 Half Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Super convenient 50 feet from the Greenline Navy Yard Nationals Ballpark Metro Stop

This is a ticketed event. Admission prices vary.
Purchase tickets here

07/17/14 4:45pm

945 Florida Ave, NW formerly home to District Flea

Following last year’s wildly successful BRGR Battle in Ballston, the newly rebranded D.C. BRGR Bash will take place in the heart of Shaw at 945 Florida Ave, NW— just steps away from the U Street/Cardozo Metro stop. The event, which brings together 10 of the DMV’s best burger chefs for a friendly competition amidst live music, games, and a craft beer garden, will happen rain or shine on JULY 19 from 1 to 6 pm.


Willow Restaurant – Arlington
Burger Tap & Shake – Foggy Bottom
Cafe Saint-Ex – 14th Street
GUGS – Georgetown
Big Buns – Arlington
Granville Moore’s – H Street
Boundary Stone – Bloomingdale
1905 – Shaw
Old Ebbitt Grill – Downtown
Fainting Goat – U Street


D.C. BRGR Bash has partnered with DC Brau and Atlas Brew Works — two of D.C.’s top craft breweries — to offer a selection of 16 oz. drafts on sale for $5 at the event. On tap will be three beers from each brewery — DC Brau’s The Public, The Corruption, and The Tradition. Atlas Brew Works will pour District Common, Rowdy Rye and Home Rule.

D.C. BRGR Bash will feature live music for the entirety of the event from the following local acts: DJ John Bowen, house-infused funk group House of Soul, and the nine-piece soul and R&B powerhouse The Original Moonlighters.

TICKETS (more…)

07/10/14 4:50pm


From an email:

“Come to OLD CITY Farm and Guild on July 12th for a night of fire breathing, belly dancing, sword-swallowing, and other fantastical and dangerous acts!

This team of awesome performers is bound to present you with a highlight of your summer–you don’t want to miss out!

Tickets are $7 at the door
Doors open at 6:30 pm this Saturday July 12th [925 Rhode Island Ave, NW]

You’re encouraged to pack a picnic and bring a beverage or two.
We will call in a couple food trucks as well.

Performers include: Amanda Footen, Sara Brink, Tracy Lambert, Laura Steepleton, and last but not least Alan Risinger

See you there!”

07/08/14 4:45pm

L'Enfant Cafe Bar Bastille Street Party
Photo courtesy L’Enfant Cafe Bar

From a press release:

“To celebrate Bastille Day, L’Enfant Café Bar is throwing their 10th annual Bastille Day Block Party from 3-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Entry to D.C.’s ever-revolutionary summer party is $10.

A Washington, DC favorite, the European-style restaurant hosts the largest Bastille Day party in the nation’s capital. The event features a French maid race, a cavalcade of can-can dancers, a raffle for round-trip travel for two from Washington (DCA) to Paris (CDG), courtesy of American Airlines, and a wild masquerade ball. Guests are gifted with masks and encouraged to dance under the stars.

Says co-owner Christopher Lynch, “What started in 2004 as a Champagne toast on our patio with a kooky French maid race for our friends and staff has become a neighborhood tradition. We’ve added new elements, but ultimately, we’re sticklers for tradition. We have ordered more French maid costumes and masks than ever before, and will stamp Bastille Day 2014 with our usual je ne sais quoi, even as we celebrate two days early.”

Co-hosted by King Louis XVI (who looks strikingly similar to L’Enfant co-owner Jim Ball), L’Enfant’s Bastille Day Block Party will again take place adjacent to the restaurant (2000 18th Street NW) blocking the entire length of Vernon Street NW, between 18th and19th Sts., in lower Adams Morgan.

Guests are invited to chill to DJs and enjoy five street bars serving Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe beers, white wine and a vodka cocktail. A food truck station will offer refreshments from popular purveyors including DC Slices, Rito Loco and Crepes Parfait. 

Ever popular, the French maid relay race will start at 6 p.m. L’Enfant will provide costumes for 40 competitors (for $20 each). Racers, men and women, must each wear the extremely short black and white maid costume to participate. The winner is the first to fill a Champagne glass with soup spoons of water by running back and forth across the street. Notes Jim Ball, “It’s got all of the fun and excitement of the Grand Prix, and none of the elegance.”

Following the race, there will be numerous burlesque performances on the main stage, and a raffle for two roundtrip tickets to Paris, courtesy of American Airlines. Then Queen Marie Antoinette will gift attendees with a mask, and DJs will keep the crowds dancing under the stars until a fire dance performance at 10:55 p.m. signals the end of the evening.

L’Enfant Café Bar is a locally owned business with a history of supporting neighborhood causes. Their 2014 community partner is Sitar Arts Center. Chosen for its work in creating transformational arts education opportunities for underserved children and youth, the center has operated in the heart of Adams Morgan since 2000.

Schedule of events:
3 p.m. Bastille Day Block Party opens
3:30-3:45 p.m. Children’s performance
5 p.m. Arrival of King Louis XIV
5:05 p.m. Can-can dance performance on Stella Artois main stage
6 p.m. French Maid Race on Vernon Street
6:30-7:30 p.m. Burlesque performances
8:45 p.m. Drawing for round-trip economy class travel for two, courtesy of American Airlines, from Washington, DC to Paris, France
9 p.m. Arrival of Queen Marie Antoinette and her courtiers kick off DC’s largest outdoor masquerade ball 

10:55 p.m. Last dance and fire dancer performance

L’Enfant Café Bar, 2000 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC: 202-319-1800; www.lenfantcafe.com

Advance “Express Entry” tickets available via www.lenfantcafe.com”

2000 18th Street, NW

07/07/14 10:50am

Timelapse by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

It never ceases to amaze me what awesome photographers we have in PoPville. [Ed. Note: If you have phenomenal photos and want to contribute to the PoPville flickr pool, please remember to enable your settings to allow for downloading otherwise I can't use them. Thanks!]And the fireworks always seem to bring out the best in you – have a look:

Photo by PoPville flickr user J Sonder

Tons more phenomenal photos after the jump. (more…)

06/30/14 12:25pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user vpickering

From ABRA:

“The list provided below details ABC establishments approved to extend hours during the 2014 Independence Day weekend. Under the extended holiday hours program, registered and approved establishments can serve alcoholic beverages until 4 am on the mornings of:

Friday, July 4
Saturday, July 5
Sunday, July 6″

Bars with exteneded hours for 2014 Independence Day Weekend (PDF)

06/26/14 4:50pm

5th and Kennedy St, NW

From the organizers:

“Come out to the Kennedy Street Sidewalk Festival this Saturday, June 28th! From 10am to 2pm, the street will be alive with music, community-building activities, deals at local businesses and guest vendors – including arts and a few food trucks!

There will be volunteers stationed at the intersections at Georgia Ave, 7th, 5th and 3rd Streets handing out flyers that tell you where to find some of the day’s highlights, but here’s a few things you absolutely can’t miss:

The Kennedy Street Oral History Project will be kicking off at the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center (the old theater building), so swing by and share your memories of Kennedy Street. If you have older neighbors who have been here for decades, please encourage them to do the same!

All up and down the south side of the 400 and 500 blocks, there will be a range of fun activities for kids. From a community sidewalk chalk mural to face painting to story and craft time, this is Kennedy Street’s most family-friendly day of the year.

At the corner of 5th and Kennedy, stop in and learn more about the Playable Art DC (www.playableartdc.org) competition that Kennedy Street recently won, and give your feedback on what kind of new art installation should be put in at this site.

At the Horton’s Car Wash lot, stop by to shop from our great arts vendors and other local businesses joining us for the day!

Have a bike? The Bike House will be hosting a basic bike maintenance clinic at the corner of 7th and Kennedy. Bike on down, tune up, and you can even leave your bike locked to the nearby fence for the day while you check out the rest of the street’s activities.

Swing by the New Sewell Music Conservatory on the 700 block, and enjoy the music hub featuring some of the city’s great local jazz and rhythm & blues.

Anyone who has been following the saga of the vacant lot at 809/813 Kennedy Street for the last several years should definitely stop by and see the community action going on at that space.

And, finally, don’t miss our amazing muralist that’s putting in a great new mural on that big empty wall at the corner of Georgia & Kennedy.

Please come on out, and bring your neighbors. This should be a great day for Kennedy Street and we can’t wait to see you there!”

Kennedy Street Ad - Washington Sun

06/17/14 4:45pm


From an email:

“St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is celebrating its 147th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Food, music, strawberries, free moonbounce, field games, craft activities, face painting, scavenger hunt, and tours of the historic Rock Creek Cemetery. Admission is free. Join us for this annual family celebration! There are two entrances: one at Allison Street and the other at Rock Creek Church Road and Webster.

Special thanks to Christian Family Montessori School and the Petworth Co-op!”