From the Funk Parade organizers:

“There will be some additions and small time changes over the next 10 days but all of those changes will be reflected on our website.


City First Bank presents the MA Winter Stage hosted by Capital Bop

1:00 – 1:50 Nag Champa

2:10 – 2:50 Jenna Camille

3:10 – 4:00 Aaron Ab Abernathy w/ Live Band Nat Turner

4:00 – 5:00Parade Break

5:10 – 6:00 Sam Prather’s Groove Orchestra

6:15 – 7:00 Trae Crudup & The Cover-Up

DCRE Performance Area at the Reeves Center

1:00 – 1:45 Crush Funk Brass

2:00 – 2:45 Street Performances by Urban Artistry and Nubian Spin

3:00 – 3:45 Spread Love Band

4:00 – 5:00 Parade Break

5:00 – 5:30 Batala Washington

5:30 – 6:30 Brass Connection

The DC Public Library Harrison Rec Family Funk Pavilion hosted by Words Beats & Life (more…)

1405 T Street, NW

Ed. Note: Seating capacity for DC will be 22.

From a press release:

“Named after the iconic Cuban-style coffee, Colada Shop is a concept that blends together the contemporary lifestyle of Washingtonians with the Cuban tradition of starting and ending the day. Paying homage to the Caribbean way of coffee, food, cocktails and social lifestyle, Colada Shop will be a casual café and eatery where guests come for the quality and stay for the company. (more…)

2118 14th Street, NW

Last month we learned that sandwiches were coming to Smucker Farms. They’re here. And lots more details including the full breakfast menu:

Smucker Breakfast Menu (PDF)

“Smucker Farms of Lancaster County was founded as a retailer and distributor in 2011 to directly connect small producers in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and consumers in Washington, DC.

Courtesy Smucker Farms

Now the business is adding another option for people to enjoy Lancaster County product with the launch of a deli and sandwich counter at the 2118 14th Street location. With a combination of DC and Pennsylvania food producers, customers can get the best of both worlds, choosing amongst freshly made Bullfrog Bagels and locally smoked salmon, with meat, eggs and fresh produce from the Mid-Atlantic’s premier farming region.

Most popular so far is the “Smucker Breakfast,” a bagel with egg frittata, bacon, lettuce, tomato, chive cream cheese and hot pepper jelly. “It’s a breakfast BLT I made up last year and, with the launch of the sandwich counter, it had to be on the menu. Paired with Compass Coffee, iced or drip, your morning is basically made,” says owner Eric Smucker. (more…)

bike crash

A reader reports just after 7am:

“This is the scene at 13th and Florida NW right now. The roads are blocked off and in the intersection there’s a twisted yellow bicycle, a backpack, and what looks like a shirt. There’s a car stopped inside the police tape, too, but I don’t know if it was involved. (I’ve seen some horrible wipe-outs from bikers losing control going down that hill.) I really the biker is okay!”

@DCPoliceTraffic tweeted:

“Update street closures remain in the 1300-1400 blk of Florida Ave NW in both direction pending the investigation”

1507 U Street, NW

A reader reports:

“I was by Best Super Market (located on U Street between 15th and 16th). They are going out of business next month and have their groceries 50% off and beer/wine 30% off.”

I stopped in yesterday too and was told they’ll be closing next month or when the groceries run out. Another big “end of an era” for U Street. Back in 2011 we spoke about what retail U Street was missing – what do you think could/should fill this square footage today?


italian pizza kitchen
1110 U Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Went Sunday (4/17) around 3am with a friend to get some slices of pizza. After I placed my order, I stepped aside to wait for my pizza to be ready. While waiting, a belligerent guy in line to order pizza assaulted another guy standing behind him in line. From what I recall, he wasn’t punched but he was pushed & shoved by the assailant. We were standing right next to them when this happened. Then, within minutes, maybe even seconds, my friend (who was standing directly in front of me) was hit in the mouth (direct hit) by the assailant. He got knocked to the ground. As I was trying to help my friend, the assailant knocked my glasses off of my face. By the time I got my glasses back from a patron and could see again, the assailant was gone.

No one in the pizzeria, neither the staff nor patrons, were at all concerned about the two assaults that had just occurred. I didn’t expect patrons to intervene, but I was greatly disappointed and upset that no one working there came over to us to ask us how we were or if we wanted them to call the police. Instead, they just ignored us and didn’t do anything. Not one person who worked there asked us if we were okay or if they could do anything.

When we got back to my apartment, my friend and I called the police and filed a police report and we included the fact that the Italian Kitchen on U staff did nothing to help us.”