Boundary Road is going to put an egg on Black Friday.
If you’re looking for a watering hole on Thanksgiving night or a place to re-engage your taste buds the day after Turkey Day, the H Street bistro is opening up the bar at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving and open for its Black Friday FRANKENLunch.
Along with booze, wine and beers on Thursday, some sort of sandwich-like endeavors will be available for purchase, just in case you didn’t get enough turkey, dressing, yams, cranberries, green beans, etc., in the hours before. It won’t be the regular late-night bar menu, staff says, but something of the moment.
Then on Friday, the full lunch menu is available, with the option of putting an egg on everything for one dollar. Make sense? Lunch, plus an egg, mixed up … maybe. It does, though, remind us of the timeless Portlandia skit, “Put a Bird On It.”
Anyone looking for a cheaper ride back and forth to Baltimore on the weekends cheered earlier this year, when Maryland announced it was extending MARC service on Saturdays and Sundays come December. And to sweeten the pot even further, Kimpton Hotels is offering up a deal that scores weekend MARC riders a discount at one of the their hotels at either end of the terminus, as well as some free vino.
The “MARC a Night of It” deal involves 15 percent off the room rate at the Hotel George in D.C. and the Hotel Monaco in Baltimore. It also comes with a free bottle of wine. All you have to do is wait for Dec. 7, book for Thursdays through Sundays and show your Penn Line MARC ticket when you check in. You can book online (rate code “MARC”) or call 1-800-Kimpton.
For some reason, it brings to mind the Destination DC “Get a Room” ad campaign from earlier this year.
It’s a long weekend, but there’s plenty to do around Capitol Hill, starting tonight with the Roll Call Book Club and continuing through the weekend, when visitors to the Library of Congress can see a copy of the Gettysburg Address.
Winston Groom’s ‘Aviators’
“Forrest Gump” author Winston Groom’s latest book, “The Aviators,” came out Nov. 5, and the author himself is dropping by the Roll Call Book Club on Friday to discuss it and sign his books at CQ Roll Call, 77 K St. NE at 6 p.m. For this nonfiction book, he tells the story of the early years of aviation, focusing on how Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle and Charles Lindbergh helped shape things. The event is sold out, but keep checking Eventbrite’s listing, as some folks have had to beg off, leaving a couple spots here and there for the taking.
Mothers, Lock Up Your Sons
The Union Market Drive-In wraps up its fall Encore Series season Friday night with a screening of “Bridesmaids,” which was chosen by patrons via social media. And what does that say that the popular choice is rated R? That we love comedies about Gen X slackers who are afraid of commitment and drink too much! As Union Market says on its website, the film is “not recommended for children.” Hey, they might as well know what life has in store, no? Free. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Four Score and …
The Nicolay copy of the Gettysburg Address, which many historians presume to be the first draft, will be displayed at the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building’s Great Hall, starting Friday through Nov. 19, the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the address in Gettysburg, Pa. On Nov. 20, the Nicolay copy will head to the LOC’s Civil War in America exhibit on the second floor of the Jefferson Building. First Street and Independence Avenue SE. Free.
Jury Notice for an Art Show
The first annual EMULSION: East City Art regional juried show opens on Nov. 9 at Gallery O on H, at 1354 H St. NE. The opening reception is at the gallery from 7 to 10 p.m. the same day. The exhibition runs through Jan. 18. With so many neighborhoods opening up for artists in the eastern part of the District, this could be a landmark event.
Tortilla Coast might have been destined to become an icon on Capitol Hill.
Bartender Mike Cumming serving lunch and drinks back in 2002. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Twenty-five years before Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, assembled conservative House firebrands in its basement to discuss shutdown strategies, Tortilla Coast opened to diners on the Senate side of the Capitol, at the location that now houses Union Pub at 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. The reaction to the then-exotic idea of Mexican food played out in our own pages, under Thomas Head’s “Head Table column” on Nov. 6, 1988.
“Tortilla Coast, Capitol Hill’s newest Mexican restaurant, is located on the culinary map equidistant from Houston, Acapulco, and Walt Disney World,” Head wrote. His reaction to the name and decor suggested a mixed review might be coming. Full story
Union Market continues to proceed with what can only be regarded as a plan to take over the world. Need evidence? How about its plans to be open six days a week and having The Walkmen play at the buzzy food and food-stuffs market.
(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Starting Nov. 12, the market will expand from being open five days a week to six. Currently, the market is open Wednesday through Sunday with current hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Nov. 12, the market will open on Tuesdays from here on out.
But the new hours are just the latest expansion into the D.C. consciousness. They pick people up for lunch with their Roadie shuttle, host a pop-up Toki Underground stall, project drive-in movies, provide a landing zone for Crafty Bastards and are even clearing some space for The Walkmen to help inaugurate the new second-floor performance space, Dock 5, on Nov. 30.
The indie-rock faves, all of whom are D.C. natives, will perform with Sunwolf and DJ Will Eastman.
Tickets start at $25 for the gig and can be purchased at Ticketfly. Doors open at 7 p.m., tunes at 8 p.m.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Washington has long been an epicenter for bluegrass and jazz. If you’re interested in checking out both proud genres on Capitol Hill, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is hosting some fine performers in its Abraham Lincoln Hall this week.
Bluegrass on Pennsylvania Avenue
First up is Jim Hurst, a performer who has been shortlisted for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitarist of the Year, who will play at Hill Center on Monday at 7 p.m. To prime the pump, Hurst will be on local station WAMU’s bluegrass program at 9 a.m. with Katy Daley (which can be found at 105.5 FM in D.C.) It’s $15 in advance and $20 at the door at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. To get tickets, go to Hill Center’s website.
Jazz Things Up
On Wednesday, bassist Eric Wheeler will perform a variety of jazz styles at Hill Center that show the range of the form — particularly how it relates to jazz musicians in the District, such as Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor and many more. Wheeler is a District native who leads the Hill Center Jazz Ensemble and is a fixture at such jazz venues at Bohemian Caverns on U Street.
Winston Groom Stops By
Winston Groom is set to helm the latest installment of the Roll Call Book Club on Friday at 6 p.m. The author of “Forrest Gump” has a new book out this week, “The Aviators,” which takes a look at the early years of aviation and three men who helped define it: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle and Charles Lindbergh. The event, at the CQ Roll Call offices at 77 K St. NE, is sold out and bulging at the seams, so if you’ve RSVP’d “yes” but know you won’t be able to make it, please let the folks at Eventbrite know so that others can come see Groom and get their book signed.
The Last Picture Show
Friday is the last show of the season for Union Market’s fall drive-in movie series. The summer series was so popular that the folks at 1309 Fifth St. NE arranged an autumn go-round, and gave us free outdoor showings of “Caddyshack,” “Julie and Julia,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Evan Almighty.” So what’s on tap for Friday? That’s up to you. Union Market is hosting a people’s choice vote for the flick — you can cast your ballot via their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the show, whichever it is, begins at 7:30 p.m.
Halloween isn’t technically until Oct. 31, but it’s always a good idea to get a head start. Lucky for us, Capitol Hill obliges a-plenty. Here are a few choice options to get ready for All Hallow’s Eve.
The Fridge, the multipurpose gallery/performance space on Barracks Row at 516 1/2 Eighth St. SE is hosting a little Halloween carnival: Alley Cats Halloween/Dia de Muertos Artists Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Fridge bills it as a place to pick up “some inexpensive, but artsy, party favors for your Halloween shindig” and a place to meet folks from “D.C.’s unique art community.”
What better place to hang out this time of year than Congressional Cemetery? Last week, the cemetery hosted its annual Dead Man’s Run 5K. This Saturday, they’ve got their Ghosts and Goblets Soiree. A general admission ticket for $60 gets you four drinks, live entertainment, a heated tent and “visits from some of the 65,000 local ‘residents.’” At 1801 E St. SE. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.
Belga Café’s Halloween plans coincide with their ninth anniversary celebration. Saturday brings their Pajama Brunch, which will provide those who dress in their jammies some free bubbly, while Sunday brings their Early Halloween Brunch. Come in a costume and the restaurant says they’ll have a surprise. Trick or treat, or moules frites? At 514 Eighth St. SE.
Tourists: They probably didn’t anticipate locked doors and barriers when they planned their trips to Washington, D.C., this week. Furloughed, nonessential feds: They’ve got some time on their hands. Perhaps they can combine forces for the greater good?
That’s the sentiment, at least, for scores of furloughed federal workers who are making themselves available on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW) for a “Shutdown Guide for DC Tourists.”
The Washington D.C. Metro Council of the AFL-CIO is helping coordinate furloughed union members to distribute copies of the union’s “Federal Worker’s Guide to Shutdown DC” a handy-dandy pamphlet about seeing sights that aren’t closed down.
The approval ratings for Congress and the White House might be down in the dumps, but if you are a federal employee, essential or non-essential, you can take hear of the following: The eateries, breweries, synagogues and non-federal museums are there for you.
The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, as we reported earlier, said it would provide a Shutdown Central for non-essentials to hang out, use some Wi-Fi and feel wanted. And, as brother blog Heard on the Hill is reporting, vendors that range from Sprinkles Cupcakes to Port City Brewing are offering specials to those hit by the shutdown.
And the National Building Museum wants everyone to know they are not feds, so their doors (and windows and great hall and exhibits on how awesome airport architecture is) would remain open even in a shutdown.
“In the event of a government shutdown, the National Building Museum will remain open during regular hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm; Sunday, 11 am–5 pm. The Museum is private nonprofit institution and is unaffiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. As always, we welcome visitors to enjoy the Great Hall, Museum Shop, café, or a docent-led tour of our historic landmark building free of charge,” a museum release states. We assume this holds for other non-fed museums, like the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Spy Museum.
Just remember as Stuart Smalley (the once and future Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.) once said: Doggone it, people like you.
If a government shutdown happens, oh non-essential employees, don’t worry. The Sixth & I Historic Synagogue is there for you with Shutdown Central.
The idea, according to Sixth & I Communications Manager Hannah Orenstein, developed quickly, with Executive Director Esther Safran Foer coming into work Monday morning and asking “what can we do?” for the federal employees who would be affected by a shutdown. “We had a quick meeting” and went with it, Orenstein said, adding that Sixth & I wanted the people who make up their community — who come not just for Shabbat services but also for concerts, author talks, even beer tastings — needed a place to go.
Described as “a place to hang out during this period of uncertainty,” the venue foresees “Political Ping Pong (red versus blue, with photos of certain government officials on the paddles), bipartisan board games, reading materials, constant streaming of The West Wing, and an informal meeting space with all of the essentials for non-essentials — free coffee, food, and Wifi,” according to a description supplied by Orenstein. “At this point, we’re trying to do a lot with what we have,” she told Roll Call After Dark.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — President Barack Obama visits Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania on Thursday and Friday. Good choice. Still in the midst of our August vacation/Minor League Baseball odyssey here, Roll Call After Dark has some suggestions for where to hang out, eat and drink for the chief executive.
Charlie The Butcher’s Kitchen — Obama can avoid the sticky situation of choosing among Buffalo’s many chicken wing emporiums and head to Charlie’s for the sui generis sandwich Calvin Trillin once referred to as the sadly misunderstood Beef on Weck — tender, rare roast beef on a kummelweck roll with au jus and horseradish.(1065 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, N.Y.)
The Sound Garden — Very few record stores have as much cool, well-priced music, movies and books than this Syracuse institution. In an increasingly digital world, vinyl is doing great business and giving stores that held on through the darkest years, like The Sound Garden, a revitalized cultural presence. While the sister store in Baltimore was named one of the best record stores in the country a few years back by Rolling Stone, the Syracuse store is bigger and a bit grittier. It also did that rarest of things: fought city hall and won. Faced with the prospect of being subject to regulations meant for pawn shops and having to possibly leave the city, a grass-roots movement prevailed upon the Syracuse Common Council to hammer out a compromise. A small-business success story! (310 Jefferson St., Syracuse, N.Y.)
Dinosaur BBQ — This venerable barbecue and honky tonk/biker bar/family restaurant is spreading throughout the Northeast, with locations now as far away as Brooklyn, N.Y. But the original set up shop here in 1988, and its outlawish, kinky vibe makes it a great place to attack a plate of smoked, cured meat. (246 W. Willow St., Syracuse, N.Y.)
Empire Brewing Company — The president has shown his interest in brewing beer. First lady Michelle Obama has shown her intense interest in the locavore movement, getting food from nearby sustainable sources. Empire, located just a few steps from The Sound Garden, is the perfect marriage of the two — local beer and a menu largely derived from ingredients from local farms. (120 Walton St., Syracuse, N.Y.)
Syracuse Chiefs — On the day Obama is scheduled to be here, Aug. 22, the Chiefs, the Washington Nationals’ AAA affiliate, will host the Charlotte Knights at 7 p.m. Yes, it could be a busy time. The New York State Fair opens that day here. But consider Obama’s connections to both teams. The Chiefs are the top affiliate for his current D.C. home’s team. The Knights are the same for the Chicago White Sox, Obama’s favorite team from back home. (1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse, N.Y.)
Chiefs Second Baseman Danny Espinosa signs autographs for fans. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)
River Read Books — Downtown Binghamton, N.Y., can be a bit bleak. But this independent bookstore is one of the green shoots of life there. Located along the river walk, with a great selection of New York sports books. (5 Court St., Binghamton, N.Y.)
Sharkey’s Restaurant — Sharkey’s specialty dish, the spiedie, is not to be missed at this Binghamton tavern. The spiedie, grilled kabobs served in Italian bread, goes well with the cheap beer and hearty Central European fare, like stuffed cabbage and pierogies. A favorite of the Roadfood gang, Jane and Michael Stern. (56 Glenwood Ave., Binghamton, N.Y.)
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders — More Minor League Baseball! During Obama’s visit, the New York Yankees’ AAA affiliate will be taking on the Pawtucket Red Sox, the top farm club for the Boston Red Sox. Given how tense the most recent Yanks-Sox series was (playoff jockeying, A-Rod plunking, etc.), it’s a great time to head to PNC Field to take in one of the minor league system’s gleaming new parks and to check out one of its more confounding mascots, the RailRiders’ nutria-like, lightning bolt-adorned rodent. (235 Montage Mountain Rd, Moosic, Pa.)
Glider Diner — Scranton, as we’re often reminded by its native son, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., is a proud, tough town. One of the great measures of such towns is the quality of the diners. The Glider Diner is a great choice. It’s big, has all the classic diner fare, and also does right by local specialties like the porketta sandwich. (890 Providence Road, Scranton, Pa.)
Alas, another DC Beer Week is about to head into history. If you’ve spent the last week heading from tap takeovers to tastings, from beer/food pairings to growler hours, there’s one way to top off the sudsy and caloric week. We speak, of course, of the great hangover brunch.
Our friends over at Boundary Road have their “Session Sunday Hair of the Dog Brunch” starting in, oh, right now (11am EDT) and they’re bringing along their pals from Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing. Toque Brad Walker will pair his brunch specials with two of Boulevard’s low-alcohol brews, Test Nelson Grape Ale and Pop-Up IPA.
Head on down. There’s nothing like closing out a week of hard drinking with just a little more.
AUBURN, N.Y. — Sadly, a visit to Falcon Park, home turf of the Auburn Doubledays, the short-season, Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, isn’t on the itinerary of President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Central New York.
The vibe is relaxed at Falcon Park, home of the Auburn Doubledays. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call.)
The Doubldays shouldn’t feel bad, though. Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y., has been hoping for awhile that Obama would come to his district and check out the Harriet Tubman Home here, according to the Auburn Citizen newspaper, but to no avail so far.
After sending the president a letter in April asking him to check out Tubman’s historic digs, Maffei told the Citizen that, even though Obama will be visiting nearby Syracuse on Aug. 22, he likely wouldn’t have the time to swing by here, located about 25 miles to the west. “He’s got to focus on the economy. That’s what this tour is all about. We wanted to be included on the tour and that means the Tubman House will not be the primary reason for his visit,” Maffei told the paper.
One may surmise, then, that the Doubledays, or the William H. Seward House, also located here, are also not a primary reason for his visit. (They’re also on the road during Obama’s visit to the area.) Oh, well. Wait ’til next year, then? The ball club is certainly worth checking out. Although they have a losing record, the Doubledays put a real hurt on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Friday night, 6-1.
It was a perfect night for baseball. The beer was cold, and cheap! ($3 for a 16 ounce cold one), as were the tickets. Eight bucks for general admission, and not a bad seat in the house.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Few things bring baseball fans closer to the beating heart of America, and the playing field, like minor league baseball. And for followers of the Washington Nationals, the proximity of the farm league teams makes it easy to road-trip it and see not just the players the home club is developing, but an array of indescribable mascots and eccentric sponsors.
Uncle Slam, the Potomac Nationals’ mascot, is a red, white and blue creature of unknown origin. He can delight, as when he traipsed through the crowd here Tuesday afternoon at Pfitzner Stadium and high-fived kids from Camp Wow. And he can terrify, as when he leaned over the child asked to say, “Let’s play ball!” at the start of the game.
Not all fans are enthralled with Uncle Slam, the Potomac Nationals’ mascot. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)
For many of the small-town, suburban or far-flung areas that are home to minor league baseball teams, sponsors tend to be home grown. Many of the foul balls here were “brought to you by Pawn USA,” which describes itself as “Northern Virginia’s largest pawn shop.” Find yourself in possession of a foul ball and it’s good at Pawn USA for any item, “excluding Rolex watches,” the public announcer declared.
Pawn USA is a prominent sponsor of the Potomac Nationals. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)
In other parts of the stadium — “The Pfitz” is what the MASN on-air commentators like to call it — plumber F.H. Furr was well represented, particularly in the bathrooms.
The price is about right for this chance to sit in the sun and watch young professional athletes fight for a chance at the big leagues. For two adults and one child, the “two for Tuesday” special provided front-row seats between first base and home plate, with vouchers for hot dogs and sodas thrown in, for a grand total of $40.
Nice seats for a little over $13, particularly with a hot dog and soda thrown in. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)
Roll Call After Dark is about what Washington does when it's not at work.
The District of Columbia is a cultural capital where you can you get your kicks from movies projected on the National Mall, lectures on vermouth or Russian avant-garde art. There's always something to do.
Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick