Planting the Seeds of Change written by Christina Flagg Stepping off the Metro escalator in Columbia Heights, your eyes are drawn to the big-box retailers’ mega signs glowing in the moonlight. But the Target/Best Buy shopping oasis is not what you came for, so you spin on your heels and head due east on Irving… read more »

New, Notable, No Longer

As always, On Tap scouts out the restaurants, bars and clubs that are new to the scene, shaking things up or throwing in the towel. Compiled and written by Julie Soukup (JS), Kristina Hernandez (KH), Katie DaRin (KD), Lindsay Fry (LF) and Ashley Estill (AE) New Birch & Barley/ChurchKey The eighth restaurant for the successful… read more »

Jesse Tittsworth

Giving back big to the DC dance scene written by Mary Ishimoto Morris Fresh off a seven–city Scion tour, slam-dunking, globetrotting club and festival deejay, respected multi-genre producer and ace promoter Jesse Tittsworth is ready for his new role: co-owner, with Blisspop’s Will Eastman, of U Street Music Hall (U-Hall, for short)—Washington’s new home for… read more »

The Washington Area Music Association

Making a Difference in Musicians Lives written by Mary Morris “Wammie? Wowie,” thought Marco Delmar learning of DC’s rendition of the Grammy Awards while producing the band Hearsay, who’d been nominated for a few awards. It was 1991, and Delmar, who owns Recording Arts Studio in Fairfax, shared in Hearsay’s win that year for Best… read more »

New, Notable, No Longer

A peek at restaurants who are new to the area, shaking things up, or throwing in the towel written by Assorted Each month, On Tap scouts out new places, new faces and new looks at our area restaurants. We pass along kudos on awards, and keep you posted on new developments at your favorite haunts…. read more »

From Bar Talk to Realty: The Story Behind Columbia Heights Day

written by Allison Basker On any given weeknight at the Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights, you’ll find the usual cast of neighborhood regulars hunkered around the bar engaged in assorted  chatter and drinking a variety of microbrews, imports and the ubiquitous Miller High Life and PBR. As Sergio Herrera and roommate Alan Petner, your typical… read more »

Nadastrom: Dynamic DJ Duo

written by Mary Morris Nadastrom — the irresistibly funky electro-house duo of Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom — are tearing it up worldwide. The secret of their super successful synthesis might be their mad-yet-grounded energy which was on display at Clyde’s in Alexandria on a hot day just before DJ Will Eastman’s second annual Summer… read more »

Pick Your Poison

Bret Michaels: Rocker, Lover, Author written by Robert Fulton Bret Michaels. The name means different things to different people. Those of an older age, or who just like in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll, know Michaels as the lead singer of ageless glam metal band Poison. Those a little younger may primarily identify the 46-year-old Michaels as… read more »

What’s Hoppening: NoVa BrewFest

The annual BrewFest and beer events written by Robert Fulton Beer fans rejoice: The Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest is back once again, returning to Morven Park in Leesburg June 27-28. For the uninitiated, the NOVA BrewFest is a two-day smorgasbord of beer, food, beer, music and, well beer. More than 40 participating breweries, a number… read more »

On the Vine: A Look at Wine

Tarara Winery celebrates 20 years written by Kristina Hernandez Northern Virginia is quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier wine destinations. There are several wineries just a short drive from the District, all eager to share their knowledge and, of course, their wines with the public. The largest winery in Northern Virginia, award-winning Tarara Winery,… read more »