Friday, August 28, 2020

Physical distancing enforced for Clarendon bar lines

Police are starting to enforce the county's physical distancing rules for public spaces tonight, Friday August 28. People in lines outside of the Lot, Spider Kelly's, Don Tito, Whitlow's and Wilson Hardware must stay 6 feet from others and no more than 3 people per group. Arlington county has added traffic cones and pavement markings to encourage bar goers staying a safe distance from each other.

Since all restaurants are operating at 50% indoor capacity, long lines often form down the block outside as people wait to drink inside. These late night bar goers often don't voluntarily follow rules such as wearing a mask in public or staying away from others on the sidewalk. The Arlington County emergency ordinance is a response to this behavior that went into effect last week, but ACPD delayed enforcing it to give the public and venues a chance to find their feet meeting the new rules.

Most Clarendon restaurants are doing everything possible to meet CDC guidelines and keep their patrons safe. The Lot even dedicated two of their own staff to policing their line on 10th Street to make sure customers are staying away from each other.

Stay safe out there Clarendon!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Safe music benefit for Papillon Cycles

The back parking lot of Acme Pie Co is turning into a socially distant live music stage this Friday July 31 starting at 6:30pm. This outdoor is held to benefit Papillon Cycles, Arlington's oldest bicycle shop. Masks and social distancing is required to see some awesome local bands live, including one of my favorites Jumpin Jupiter! Bring a folding camping chair to check these these four acts:

Jumpin Jupiter
X-Motorcycle Couriers

"COVID-19 has been hard on small business and although there is a demand for bikes, Papillon can't get stock or parts, putting them in a tight spot - so let's help them out while having a great time with music, friends and neighbors and plenty of space between you.

Join us on July 31st, from 6:30pm to 11pm for music from Jumpin' Jupiter, Grumbler, The Delarcos and X-Motorcycle Couriers. Pizza from Sicilian Pizza, pie from Acme Pie Co.
and soft drinks will be available. Entry donation is only $10.00, available at the event or in advance via Venmo (@sol-schott).

All proceeds benefit an awesome local business, that's been part of the community for over 35 years.
In order to keep everyone safe, strict social distancing guidelines will be followed and MASKS ARE A MUST! BYO lawn or camping chair. or advance purchase or to make a donation to the cause even if you can't attend, Venmo - @sol-schott. "

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The North Country streaming Youtube

The North Country, a DC based experimental pop band, is doing a special livestream on YouTube this Sunday, July 12 at 8pm. The group is promoting their new LP America and Afterwards, which was originally going to be performed at SXSW before everything got cancelled.

The group’s music is eclectic, and each track contains a story that transports fans into a different point of view. America and Afterwards is an honest look at the present and a hopeful look to the future.

The North Country's music is very appropriate to modern times as they are "responding like future humans, also the name of the album’s first single, which dropped shortly before the pandemic struck. While there are dark themes throughout the album and criticisms of our society, there is also an earnest belief of what society can become when we rid ourselves of the forces that got Trump elected like racism, misogyny, and unchecked capitalism."

RSVP here on Facebook for the free livestream on YouTube!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Attack Of The Comics at Drafthouse Zoom

This Friday at 8pm Arlington Cinema Drafthouse is hosting its recurring comedy standup Attack Of The Comics for free on Zoom.

The show is raising money for local charities:
DC Coalition for Homeless
One DC

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 968 1195 8203
RSVP here for free tickets

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Drive in movie night at Ballston

BallstonConnect Club is doing a retro drive-in movie night showcasing "The Princess Bride" this Saturday, June 13 8pm. You can place orders for &pizza before the movie begins. Drive into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Ballston and safely watch the 1987 classic from your own car. Cost is $40 per vehicle.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Partial restaurant openings with Phase 2

Arlington will join the rest of Virginia in entering "Phase 2" restrictions this Friday, June 12 that will allow limited indoor restaurant seating again. Outdoor patio seating at 50% capacity has been allowed since Phase 1, with many local restaurants like O'Sullivans, Whitlows, TTT and Bar Bao already having very limited seating outside.

Some venues like Pamplona have remained closed completely despite having outdoor space, while in contrast The Lot became very popular when it reopened. Despite The Lot following CDC guidelines with 6 feet between tables and no more than 50% capacity, it still can hold over 350 patrons at once.
It also appears The Lot attracts those who care the least about spreading the virus, as virtually none of the customers wear masks (all Lot employees do though) and none of them respect social distancing in line to get in.

Live streaming music will continue as before with Phase 1, as large gathering entertainment isn't allowed yet either. The Renegade continues to host local bands like Kara and Matty D, Uncle Jesse and KeetonBand tonight at 9pm. The Pop Rocks DC played on Renegade's stage last week and even donated all their tips from the virtual show to Black Lives Matter.

Be sure to check out Justin Trawick and Laura LeMunyan, Derek Evry, CathyD, and DJ Neekola streams on their Instagram Live and Facebook Live accounts. WERA also has daily live music on their app, website and 96.7 FM.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Pitch A Friend Facebook Live

Another fun quarantine activity is the weekly Pitch A Friend series, where one or more friends does a PowerPoint presentation on why you should date their friend. You have 3 minutes to tell everyone in the audience on Facebook Live about your single friend and sell them to potential suitors. It's a fun and light hearted Friday night even that starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 on Eventbrite, or $2 off with PITCH25 promo code. You can just watch other people's pitches, and at then end there is time for spontaneous pitches if you get inspired. Beth In The City does a great job keeping the event moving and entertaining.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Screwtop Zoom Wine Tasting

Screwtop Wine Bar is throwing their first Zoom wine tasting on Friday May 22 7pm. Their theme is "I Love Paris in the Springtime" with a new Wino Survival Pack. For $95 this pack includes:
Magic Door Champagne
Lot 33 Languedoc Rose
Cotes Du Rhone
D'Affnois Brie
Fresh Baguette

Screwtop also offers food, wines and 12oz glass pours to go in a solo cup for carryout!

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 829 6473 9302
Password: 910788

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Nine Songwriter Series on Facebook Live

The Nine Songwriter Series continues during quarantine! This not-to-be-missed traveling group was the idea of local musician Justin Trawick in 2008. For this Facebook Live edition on Friday May 15, we have another nine talented musicians each playing each hour starting 1pm.

1pm - CaSh & Earle
2pm - Roemer
3pm - Andrew Rohlk
4pm - Farragut West
5pm - Lora Kelley
6pm - Gordon Daniels
7pm - Gina Sobel
8pm - Cecilia Grace
9pm - Mark Farmer

Thursday, April 2, 2020

GoFundMe to save Clarendon bar staff

If you want to help out your favorite Clarendon venue but need to stay at home to help the fight against COVID-19, there are plenty of fundraisers and gift card options. Below are all the ones I know about in the immediate area.

There are still a number of restaurants offering carryout and sometimes delivery now.

ArlingtonCanDo is a huge list of direct links to purchase gift cards for local businesses

Ambar - gift cards towards employee fund, $130 value for $100 purchase. Their GoFundMe is ongoing for $20,000

Arlington Cinema Drafthouse has a GoFundMe for employees of $10,000

Casal's - gift cards, get $125 value for $100 gift card

Galaxy Hut - closed with gofundme for staff $26,000 goal

There is a separate gofundme for Galaxy Hut and Spacebar business for $10,000

The GOAT and Don Tito - purchase gift card and 50% value goes to employees

Liberty Tavern - gofundme with $30,000 goal

Lyon Hall - gofundme with $30,000 goal

Northside Social - gofundme with $100,000 goal for both of its locations

O'Sullivans - gofundme for staff with $5,000 goal

Pamplona - gofundme for staff with $15,000 goal

Quarterdeck - gofundme with $15,000 goal

Rhodeside Grill - gofundme for employees with $5,000 goal

South Block Smoothies is matching donations to its Fruit Relief Fund up to $5,000 to donate 9,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to local families

Screwtop Wine Bar has a virtual tips jar for its servers

Spider Kelly's - gofundme for 30 person staff with $20,000 goal

Whitlows - gofundme with $10,000 goal for its people

Union Stage and Jammin Java - surpassed its $20,000 goal for its employees!