Entries by Monica Alford

Behind the Bar: June 2016

Sean Simmons,  Senior Bartender at Dacha Beer Garden On Tap: Dacha offers a range of Belgian, German and U.S. brews. What are your top picks from the current lineup? Sean Simmons: I’ve been enjoying Bayerische Bahnhof’s Porticus. It’s a Baltic porter with brett that expertly balances roasty and sweet malt flavors with funky bugs. Visiting drafts aside, […]

Politics & Pups Meet ABC7’s Scott Thuman

Scott Thuman isn’t just ABC7’s Emmy Award-winning Chief Political Correspondent, or a regular participant in animal and women’s rights fundraisers around town. He’s also the owner of an eight-year-old Chihuahua named Olive, a quirky little pup that he’s “semi-inseparable” from. On Tap caught up with Thuman to chat about his impressive career in broadcast journalism, […]

Local Actress Sarah Lasko Stars in The Wizard of Oz

At four years old, Sarah Lasko knew she was destined to act. The DC area native was in awe of the stunning dresses and parasols donned by actresses in Hello, Dolly! at Howard County Summer Theatre. In her young mind, “that was just the epitome of living.” Fast forward several decades later, and Lasko is […]

Behind the Bar: May 2016

Jesus Boada Vargas Bar Manager at MXDC  The 31-year-old hails from Lanham, Md. and has 10 years of experience behind the bar. On Tap: What makes MXDC’s margarita list unique? Do you have a few favorites? Jesus Boada Vargas: We make our own lime juice, and also our own MXDC cordial with a cinnamon flavor. My […]

Tips from the Grill Master: Catching up with Bobby Flay

This spring, On Tap sat down with Chef Bobby Flay during a visit to the K Street location of his Bobby’s Burger Palace franchise. We chatted about his tips for grilling enthusiasts, top picks for what to grill this summer and what’s new on the menu at BBP. On Tap: What’s one of your top […]

Covet’s Autumn Clayton

Autumn Clayton is the impossibly stylish and creative entrepreneur behind Arlington boutique Covet, where she sells the cutest and quirkiest items – from home décor to jewelry. She’s also an avid animal lover who frequently fosters pups through local non-profit Mutts Matter Rescue, most of whom get to hang out with her at the shop […]

Live at 9:30 Hits National Airwaves

The 9:30 Club isn’t just DC’s favorite concert venue. It’s the cornerstone of our local music scene. For 36 years, 9:30 has been incubating local and national talent, and bringing an eclectic range of world-famous and emerging acts to the club. And it’s not just local recognition that the club has been garnering for decades, […]

110 in the Shade Brings Girl Power to Ford’s Theatre

When DC theater darling Tracy Lynn Olivera mentioned that 110 in the Shade’s lead, Lizzie Curry, was a dream role for her, Ford’s Theatre Director, Paul Tetreault, immediately took notice. The pair teamed up with director and choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge to bring the classic musical to life on Ford’s stage through May 14. 110 […]

Capitol Riverfront’s Burgeoning Hospitality

The number of hip food and drink options in Capitol Riverfront is rapidly expanding, with new restaurants, bars and breweries continuously popping up around the neighborhood. Part of the area’s charm is that it has universal appeal, drawing the game day crowd and locals as much as DC area foodies and hop heads looking to […]

Big Brother Is Watching: 1984 Comes to the Nation’s Capital

Enter the dystopian world of George Orwell’s 1984 this spring, on Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre stage from March 11 to April 10. This progressive stage adaptation of the author’s famous science fiction novel is making its debut in the U.S. with the District as its third stop, after several runs in the United Kingdom […]