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Posted at 1:47 PM ET, 03/14/2005

Phoenixes Rising


The aftermath of a fire is never easy to deal with, so it's nice when the local community comes together to help.

Kingpin, which caught fire on Christmas Day, remains closed while its owners deal with insurance issues. In the meantime, members of the Kingpin staff are taking over the top floor of Wonderland in Columbia Heights on Sunday nights and resurrecting a bit of the old Kingpin vibe. From 9 to close, Kingpin's bartending owner Joel Didriksen slings drinks, and regular DJs Seth B and Big Nick spin tunes. This started two weeks ago, and even if you weren't a Kingpin regular, it's worth a visit.

More recently, the Spy Lounge caught fire on March 2, and will be closed for a couple of months. None of the residents of the apartments above the bar was injured; their personal property sustained smoke and water damage. One of those affected is Asylum bartender Boo, who got out of the building but lost clothes and possessions. Boo's friends and Asylum regulars are encouraging everyone to come by the bar this Wednesday during his regular shift (beginning at 6), purchase a drink, say hello and tip well. It's not an "official" charity event by any means, but it's a wonderful gesture for a very nice guy.

And finally, you can also help fire victims by heading to one of the local Rock Bottom Breweries and purchasing a pint of Fire Chief Ale. Every spring, each of the chain's restaurants creates its own special beer, dubs it "Fire Chief Ale," and donates a portion of the sales to firefighter-chosen charities. In Bethesda, Geoff Lively brewed an Irish Red to benefit the Burn Foundation of Montgomery County; Ballston's Gary Winn came up with an English-style Extra Special Bitter for the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children campaign. (You can read more about the beers in the March 10 edition of our This Week in Nightlife column.) The fundraising lasts through April 3.

-- Fritz

By  | March 14, 2005; 1:47 PM ET
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Losing a bar to a fire sucks. Glad no one was hurt. But I, for one, sure don't miss Kingpin. The bartenders there all had this grating indier-than-thou attitude. If you weren't wearing clothing purchased at a thrift store, they'd be openly hostile to you. Good riddance.

Posted by: dc guy | March 14, 2005 2:34 PM | Report abuse

it's affected... "One of those affected...."

Posted by: stickler | March 14, 2005 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Can you guys start posting more frequently? There's only been one post since the start of the week. I know it's only Tuesday mid-day, but is crushing you guys right now with their coverage. I need more to read.

Posted by: More Please | March 15, 2005 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If the blog isn't enough, there's always all the articles in each arts & living section, the email newsletter, the chats, the database, etc.

Posted by: avid reader | March 15, 2005 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the recommendations, avid reader. I usually check out a lot of those things, but I'd still like to see more happening here each day on the blog. The Post's blog on the Nationals has been updated several times a day lately:
That's what I'd like to see out of this entertainment blog as well.

Posted by: More Please | March 15, 2005 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"I know it's only Tuesday mid-day, but is crushing you guys right now with their coverage."

Ha. Priceless.

Posted by: DCeiver | March 15, 2005 3:36 PM | Report abuse

A loyal British national was poisoned by a Twix Bar that he bought from Tesco, the case was hushed up as it was discovered by Tesco that they were victims of a complex racist attack and the attackers were seeking publicity.

This case revealed the sheer power of the media to corrupt popular opinion and to hide the fascist racist facts from the British public of the horrific poisoning of our loved one's food by mean nasty racist scumballs.

As the public become more and more aware of this humongous dangers that are continually covered up they will slowly return to their safe trustworthy stores if they have not already been driven out of business into poverty by these corporate giants like Tesco that hide the facts from YOU!

Investigations were rapidly closed under suspicious circumstances.

Posted by: Gerald | April 11, 2005 6:55 AM | Report abuse

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