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April 24, 2014

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March 25, 2014

Ward 6 Candidates to Throw Down at Rock N Roll Hotel

Two candidates for Capitol Hill’s seat on the D.C. Council face off Tuesday night in a venue best known for booking top-notch bands and peddling $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys.

Ward 6 Democrats Charles Allen and Darrel Thompson are headlining the 8 p.m. debate at Rock N Roll Hotel.

Billed as part of “D.C.’s most fun political debate series” and hosted by Washington City Paper, the event is sure to get rowdy. Plus, it’s probably the last chance to see Tommy Wells’ ex-chief of staff and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s former deputy throw down before the April 1 Democratic primary.

Washington City Paper’s Will Sommer, the Washington Informer’s James Wright, and DCist’s Sarah Anne Hughes will moderate. They will be taking questions from Twitter, Facebook and members of the audience, and the two candidates will get to ask one another questions for a potion of the evening.

Doors open at 1353 H St. NE at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m., leaving attendees with a full hour to take advantage of the bar’s happy hour. Entry is free, drinking is encouraged and the hosts remind you to tip your bartender.

August 12, 2013

Rock & Roll Hotel Celebrates Seven Years

In 2005, District restaurateur Joe Englert embarked on a mission to transform three blocks of H Street Northeast from a row of vacant buildings and carryout food joints into a happening bar scene. His plan included Rock & Roll Hotel, the bright blue bar and live music venue, located at 1353 H St. NE. Its downstairs stage has since drawn local bands, on-the-verge acts and droves of concert-goers to the Atlas District, and it has become a nightlife staple in the transforming neighborhood.

Rock & Roll Hotel commemorates seven years this week, with a music showcase that begins tonight. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 1:09 p.m.
Music

August 9, 2013

Seasonal Tastings Draw Beer Geeks and Noobs

A moment of silence was observed shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday in the basement of the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, but the mood was anything but somber — or sober.

Chris O’Brien, the author and blogger behind Beer Activist, paused the seasonal Beers and Berries tasting to invite the assembly of more than 100 imbibers to share in his “spiritual experience” of The Movement, an American pale ale from D.C.’s own 3 Stars Brewing Company.

The crowd was on its third of six summery brews, and tables were littered with suds-coated plastic sampling cups, grape stems and clementine peels.

Chatter died down, as requested, but not for a divine beer appreciation.

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By Hannah Hess Posted at 11:23 a.m.
Be Merry, Drink, Eat

June 24, 2013

Frager’s Hardware Crew to Get Nationals Park Attaboy

Leave your Bryce Harper jerseys at home for Tuesday’s Nats-Diamondbacks showdown. Supporters of Frager’s Hardware are encouraging attendees to sport the Capitol Hill store’s iconic blue and orange T-shirts instead.

Just weeks after smoke from the June 5 four-alarm fire engulfed Frager’s and darkened the skies above Nationals Park, a local family is treating employees to a night out at the ballpark.

fragers2 445x333 Fragers Hardware Crew to Get Nationals Park Attaboy

(Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Frager’s fans are encouraged to join the group in Section 320, where 40 seats have been reserved for employees, and perhaps raise a ballpark beer to the store’s recovery efforts.

A special recognition for the Pennsylvania Avenue landmark is scheduled for the bottom of the fourth inning.

June 12, 2013

Animal Collective Show Lets It All Hang Out

Brian Weitz, more widely known as “the Geologist” of Animal Collective, spent 2004 researching oceans, fisheries and the Coast Guard for a Senate Commerce subcommittee.

On Tuesday night, he and his three bandmates helped work a sold-out 9:30 Club crowd into a drenched, sweat-soaked mess while psychedelic fish cartoons and trippy bubble patterns floated across the inflatable tentacles and teeth surrounding the stage.

The Baltimore-formed band mesmerized the crowd with hits from its ninth studio album, “Centipede Hz,” and provoked jumping, moshing and glowstick-waving with tracks from 2009’s critically acclaimed “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (named for the Columbia, Md., venue).

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By Hannah Hess Posted at 4:31 p.m.
Music

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