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SYMHM: November 9 Hump Day Edition


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Bananas and a gorilla: 1600 block of 15th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at michellel@borderstan.com.

Metro’s ‘Aggressive’ Stance on the Red Line

Red Line single tracking is set to begin EVERY WEEKNIGHT at 8 pm between Dupont Circle and Van Ness, reports the Washington Examiner. The rational commuter in me understands that track work is necessary to improve safety and efficiency. The rider in me is pretty ticked off that this ‘improvement’ will take “until the spring” and is on top of other planned single tracking on weekends. But since I would like to stay alive on my travels, and track work is to replace the circuits that failed in the Fort Totten crash, I will just grumble into my crossword puzzle. Plan accordingly, people!

So Bike and Park at a Pretty Rack Instead

Have you noticed the new and improved bike racks around the city? I am partial to the one on M Street NW by the National Geographic building. But as DCist notes, artistic bike racks are popping up all over the district. The racks often tend to be reflective of their neighborhoods (see the dragon in Chinatown) and overall provide some interesting aesthetics for pedestrians and cyclists alike. What’s your favorite?

High Pressure Gas Leak Near Cosmos Club

Insert your own off-color joke here ( ). There, now that we are past that bit of humor, this was pretty serious stuff on Monday. A HazMat unit was deployed and Washington Gas turned off the leak, but it still closed down parts of Massachusetts Avenue, Florida Avenue, 21st, R and Q Streets NW. We Love DC has the recap, but no one seems to know why this happened. Sort of scary!

Reel Fest DC, CapitolBop Partner Up on 11/13

CapitalBop’s Jazz Lofts are unique events, which feature well-known artists performing sets followed by an all-out jam session at the end. This month, the event is paired with radical film festival, Reel Fest DC, with the event serving as the festival’s after-party. Jazz, film and jams — what’s not to like on a Sunday night?

Who Wrote Here?

New blog, DCwriters.org, is here to provide a guide to DC writers’ homes. Washington City Paper tipped me off to the story, and we can claim Sinclar Lewis as a Borderstan resident from his time on Logan Circle. There are many others — John Dos Passos, Langston Hughes and Julia Child to name a few. It’s worth checking out the variety of names and the pictures of their residences, as used in present day.

Little Serow Opens By Komi

Little Serow is not only by Komi, as in near to, but is also literally by Johnny Monis, the owner of Komi. And now it is open (shh, don’t tell)! Washingtonian gives a peek into the space, its vision and the menu. The reservations may be tough to come by, but they’ll text you while you down some drinks around the corner.

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SYMHM: TGIF October 21


Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at michellel@borderstan.com.

Kwame Brown Gets Fully Blasted

Chuck Thies minces no words when it comes to his feelings regarding the work performance of DC Council Chair Kwame Brown in this article, found in Georgetown Dish. The short story is this: Brown tweeted a picture about real change occurring when politicians were making minimum wage; Thies takes issue with this tweet and Brown’s $190,000 a year salary. But the short story barely covers the list Thies assembled of items that have yet to be answered or delivered by Brown on his more-than-minimum-wage salary.

Riding and Running

As someone who was once a college student, I’m familiar with the ‘dine and dash.’ As someone who worked tables while in college, I curse this ‘prank.’ Turns out I’m not the only one — taxi drivers lambasted the number of passengers that get a ride, then ditch the fare. In DCist’s coverage of the hearing at the DC Taxicab Commission, a number of drivers said the problem was widespread and had gotten worse since meters were installed. We all know that the zone system allowed some abuses in the amount charged, but if this is widespread, then yes, the city should be acting. That’s apparently the plan, as the Commissioner has asked for cabbies to submit testimony documenting the occasions.

Contemporary Wing Announces 14th Street Addy

The gallery Contemporary Wing has secured a sought-after 14th Street NW location, at 1412 14th Street. The location was announced ahead of the planned November 1 announcement on their website (we got an email note). The space is leased from Lori Graham Design and Contemporary Wing will have the front exhibition area. They plan to open in mid-November and we’ll let you know when you can go check it out.

Reeves Center: Unfitting Memorial to Civil Rights Great?

It is hard to imagine that a man who fought for school desegregation, worked with JFK on minority affairs and broke color barriers in DC politics would be pleased with his namesake building, the Frank D. Reeves Center on U Street NW. While it’s a fine building from an aesthetic perspective, the pictures say a million words in this Washington City Paper exploration of the building. The accompanying text is plenty powerful, though, and documents a building that is in need of repair and some oversight. Councilman Jim Graham can’t be pleased at the investigation Loose Lips took into an area called his constituent service area, which is being used by the All Faith Consortium instead of Graham.

Lincoln Theatre Counterpoint

Eli Lehrer has graced this page before due to his Huffington Post blog on why DC isn’t a great food city (and several readers agreed). Now he’s back, to take on an equally contentious topic involving whether the city should let the Lincoln Theatre wither. His take? The Lincoln is a “white elephant” that may “hurt the ability of the area to emerge as a stronger arts destination.” The stance may be unpopular, but it is guided by a sentiment shared by many owners and patrons of the arts. Government restrictions on noise combined with rent make U Street a tough place to preserve and grow a robust jazz scene. I still am not sure I agree with the idea that Crystal City has more jazz on Saturday than U Street, though. Someone, do the math!

Puppy Halloween Pictures

Sorry for a bummer of a Stuff for the second Friday in a row. After you’ve read Laura’s column and decided where to get real boozy with it this weekend, shake off that Friday malaise/hangover with some really cute dogs in some cute and some questionable Halloween costumes from the Washingtonian. If you can do better, send me your pics and we’ll figure out some puppy power prizes.

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14th & U: Weekend Live Music Lineup


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Get live music listings at eight venues in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the live music listings for Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20… always plenty of to hear at clubs in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Music in Dupont-Logan-U Street

Venue

Thursday
June 17

Friday
June 18

Saturday
June 19

Sunday
June 20

Black Cat

1811 14th St. NW
202-667-4490

The Max Levine Ensemble, Hot New Mexicans, Shitty Darkness
Time: 8:30pm
Price: $8
The Lemonheads, The Candles
Time: 9pmPrice: $15Close to the Edge: Vintage Hip Hop and Dance Tracks w/ DJ Dredd
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $7
Loose Lips (Record Release), Detox Retox (Record Release), The State Department
Time: 9pm
Price: $10 Adv/$12 DOSRight Round: 80s Alt-Pop Dance Night w/ DJ lil’e
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $7
Thao and Mirah with The Most of All, These United States
Time: 8pm
Price: $20

Bohemian Caverns

2011 11th St. NW
202-299-0800

George V. Johnson
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $20 Adv/$25 Door
Allyn Johnson and Divine Order
Time: 8:30pm, 10:30pm
Price: $18 Adv/$22 Door
Allyn Johnson and Divine Order
Time: 8:30pm, 10:30pm
Price: $18 Adv/$22 Door

DC9

1940 9th St. NW
202-483-5000

The Golden Filter presented by: Liberation Dance Party
Time: 9pm
Price: $8
Peter Wolf Crier, Alfonso Velez, Ugly Purple Sweater
Time: 9pm
Price: $8
The Depreciation Guild, Wild Nothing
Doors: 8:30pm
Price: $10

HR-57

Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues
1610 14th St. NW
202-667-3700

Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 830pm – midnight
Price: $8
Antonio Parker Quartet, Saltman Knowles
Time: 9pm-1am
Price: $12
Saltman Knowles
Time: 9pm-1am
Price: $12
Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: $8

9:30 Club

815 V St. NW
202-265-0930

Evelyn Evelyn featuring Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) and Jason Webley w/ Sxip Shirey
Doors: 7pm
Price: $20
Corey Smith w/ Gareth Asher
Doors: 8pm
Price: $18
techARTS Closing Party for DC Week Doors: 10pm
Price: 420
Doors: 7pm

Twins Jazz

1344 U St. NW
202-234-0072

Matt Wigler Tro
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10
Twins Jazz Hosts Latin Grammy Winners AFROBOP
Time: 9pm, 11pm
Price: $20
Twins Jazz Hosts Latin Grammy Winners AFROBOP
Time: 9pm, 11pm
Price: $20
Johnny Graham and The Groove
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St. NW
202-588-1880

Screen Vinyl Image, Ceremony & Soundpool
Time: 7pm
Price: $8Trouble & Bass DC, AC Slater, The Captain, B. Rich & Jackie O.
Time: 10pm
Price: $10, $5 before midnight, free if you wear your T&B shirt or buy one at the door
Red Fridays: Rich Medina, Sam “The Man” Burns & DJ Stylus
Time: 10pm
Price: $10; Free before 11pm
Holy Ghost! LIVE Bird Peterson, Willy Joy, Deep Sang & Reed Rothchild
Time: 7pm
Price: $10

Velvet Lounge

915 U St. NW
202-462-3213

Members of Morphine and Jeremy Lyons, Milkmachine, John Bustine + Downstairs DJ Code Orange
Doors: 7pm
Price: $15Nuh Uh! + Taxlo presents Passion Pit (DJ Sets) featuring Shuttle (Ninja Tune, Nate from Passion Pit) + Wet Bandits (Jeff + Ayad from Passion Pit)
Doors: 11pm-2am
Three Chord Comedy Happy Hour w/ Guest Brent Sullivan
Time: 7-9pm
Price: $5The Silver Liners, The Blue Line, Irresponsible
Doors: 9 pm
Price: $8
Peg Simone (Table of the Elements), Little Pink, Stella Schindler + Downstairs Big Bad City w/ Soul Call Paul
Doors: 8:30pm
Price: $10
Ol’ Scratch, Elder (Meteor City, Sludge/Doom Metal from Boston), Cough
Doors: 7:30pm
Price: $8

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Music this Weekend: Jazz, Blues and More


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Who’s playing at the Velvet Lounge on U Street? Find out below the fold. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Here is your listing of live music at venues in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. If you want to head out on foot or take a quick taxi ride for some music in the neighborhood, here are the places to go—the list is below the fold.

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This Week at the Historical Society of Washington


The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center.

Mount Vernon Square, 801 K Street NW: The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is housed in this 1902 Beaux-Arts building. It also houses the Kiplinger Research Library and National Music Center. (Photo from Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

From Logan Circle News, here is a look at events this week at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, located at Mount Vernon Square:

  • Through December 15—”Riots Are the Language of the Unheard,” photos, video artifacts from 1968.
  • Through December 15—Frank Smith—art with roots in the ’60s.
  • Through October 15—Latino Art Beat: winning artwork of aspiring high school students.
  • PRESENTE—the D.C. Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, as seen through photos, articles and memorabilia.
  • Thursday, October 9—film, “Calle 54,” featuring 90 minutes of Latin Jazz.
  • Saturday, October 11—film, “Artists of the Harlem Renaissance.”
  • Saturday, October 11—workshop, “Creating Autobiographical and Historical Plays” (registration required and $10 fee).
  • Saturday, October 11—film and discussion, “No! The Rape Documentary.”
  • Sunday, October 12—lecture, “The Making of the American Capital,” with author Fergus Bordewich.

More Information

  • All events at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, are free unless otherwise indicated.
  • The society is located at 801 K Street NW, at Mount Vernon Square.
  • For more details, visit the Historical Society Web site or call (202 383)1850.

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