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Ginger Root Closing Boutique to Focus on Design, Tailoring


From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

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Ginger Root Design at 1530 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Ginger Root Design announced last week that they will be closing their lower level boutique at 1530 U Street NW in the middle of May.

Erin Derge and Kristin Swenson, owners of the GingerRoot Design, are ready to take upon another step in their carers: They plan to focus on their clothing designs and tailoring shop.

Focus on Design

“Our hearts are telling us that we want to be clothing designers,” said Kristen Swenson. “We want to make a difference in DC through our locally-sewn designs, and show the public what modern tailoring can be.”

Ginger Root opened in September 2010 and has been a key business for fashion in the area. They expanded the shop and started offering sewing classes last year. The store has attracted a clientele of customers and friends.

Derge and Swenson have been working on their new collection and plan to release a new and complete collection for summer 2013. The line, will be eco-friendly, and available for purchase in the tailoring shop, in their online store and at various markets and pop-ups throughout the summer

The new tailoring shop is by appointment only and is open Monday and Thursday through Saturday from noon to 7 pm.

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Saturday’s Dupont Circle Pillow Fight; Only Pillows Got Hurt


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The Dupont Circle Pillow Fight on Saturday, April 6. Click the collage for the photo gallery. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from Saturday’s pillow fight at Dupont Circle.

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon the warriors were showing up, little by little — some coming from a previous battle at the Washington Monument, others for their first bout. Discretely (as much as possible while carrying a pillow) and silently (as much as you can with a bunch of friends walking with you), they approached the site of the battle: the Dupont Circle fountain. It was already full with people and the Circle itself had a number of people enjoying the Saturday afternoon.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, the war-scream “Pillow Fight!” filled the air. Then at least 100 fighters brought out their pillows and started wacking each other in celebration of annual International Pillow Fight Day. The fight started around 4:15 pm and lasted more than an hour. People kept on coming to the Circle in search of a second pillow fight, after their first one at the Washington Monument.

It was a great battle, entertaining and fun, with no major casualties — except for the insides of pillows.

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Tortino: An Italian Secret on 11th Street


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Tortino at 1228 11th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Out of the flare of the 14th Street restaurants but just a few blocks from Logan Circle on 11th Street NW, Tortino Restaurant is a little Italian secret.

Located on the lower level of 1228 on 11th Street, you could walk by and even miss it if you are not looking for the Tortino sign. We spoke to owner and Chef Noé Canales, whose Italian-inspired cuisine comes after working at Tosca, Al Tiramisu and Cafe Milano, among others.

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Tortino’s Grilled Pork Chops. (Courtesy Tortino)

Chef NoĂ© opened Tortino in November 2012 with the idea of a good flavorful meal. He had in mind the beauty and taste of grandma’s cooking.

Chef Noe’s big secret: “Salt and pepper in the right amount.”

Tortino has a nice setting inside, with low ceilings that make the place feel cozy.

The restaurant seats 60 with a small bar where you can enjoy the Tortino Martini (Godiva Coffee flavored). Hopefully the restaurant will have the small patio open this spring.

You can see Tortino’s menu here, but make sure to ask for the specials.

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Supreme Court: Pics from Tuesday; DOMA Arguments Today


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A Mount Pleasant supporter of same-sex marriage in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Click above for more photos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from Tuesday taken in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos, email him at luis[AT]bordersan.

This week  the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on two cases related to marriage equality in the United States. California’s Proposition 8 (officially Hollingsworth v. Perry) came before the Court yesterday.

Today justices will hear arguments on the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (the case is officially United States v. Windsor). The law officially established marriage as between one man one woman for federal legal purposes; each state sets its own marriage laws.

United for Marriage has invited supporters to rally outside of the Supreme Court again today at 8:30 am.

Details and Wrap-ups

  • What happened Tuesday regarding Proposition 8? Two local LGBT publications are covering the Court proceedings this week. MetroWeekly also has a good review of what happened yesterday, and the Washington Blade has several stories on the cases.
  • Another great place to get details and summaries is at SCOTUSblog, sponsored by Bloomberg Law. You can also follow their reporters on Twitter. Here’s an end-of-day recap from one of SCOTUSblog’s reporters.
  • The New York Times’ Nate Silver has a piece on his FiveThirtyEight blog about the changing attitudes in America toward same-sex marriage (support has and is growing rapidly), and how rulings by the Supreme Court might affect future activism and support on the issue.
  • A June ruling by the justices in both cases is thought likely.

The Scene Outside

The front steps and grounds of the Supreme Court building were packed on Tuesday with supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage. Numerous people carried signs and chanted for or against what has become a historical moment for same-sex marriage.

Current State Laws

The District of Columbia is one of 10 U.S. states or jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry; the others are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Iowa and Washington. Rhode Island and New Mexico recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Illinois and Minnesota may pass marriage equality laws in the near future.

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Marriage Equality: Today and Tomorrow at The Supreme Court


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The Supreme Court will hear arguments on two cases related to marriage equality. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Today and tomorrow, March 26 and 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on two cases related to marriage equality. California’s Proposition 8 goes before the court on Tuesday; the Defense of Marriage Act will be heard on Wednesday. Both cases will shape the future of gay equality marriage in the United States.

There are a series of events and rallies organized to gather support. The front entrance of the Supreme Court is at 1 First Street NE.

The District of Columbia is one of 10 U.S. states or jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry; the others are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Iowa and Washington. Rhode Island and New Mexico recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Illinois and Minnesota may pass marriage equality laws in the near future.

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Vintage Finds at Simon Vintage on 9th Street NW


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Simon Vintage at 1911 9th Street NW, just south of U Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Borderstan is a neighborhood full of vintage shops and quirky boutiques. GoodWood, Ginger Root Design and Miss Pixie’s are just a few in the 14th and U Street area — but wander east towards 9th Street NW and you’ll find even more hidden treasure.

Simon Vintage opened last year at  1911 9th Street (the former location of Toucan Boutique). The two-story shop, owned by Sean Reidy and Steven Cruse, offers a variety of furniture, home goods, toys and hardware with pieces ranging from Art Deco to mid-century style and even lightly used contemporary furniture.

The shop schedule is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1 to 7 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 pm.

Let us know what you find!

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Piola on 14th: Get Ready for More Pizza


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Piola is getting ready to open on 14th Street NW, north of W Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Piola is bringing pizza to 14th Street. Borderstan spoke to owner Nabil Ashi, about the 2208 14th Street NW location.

“It has been a work in progress,” Ashi says. “(We’re) still waiting to have gas into the building. We have finally got water and power which took us a really long time.”

The location has been through renovation since last year. The new Piola location, according to Ashi, is going through the final touches while waiting for gas. Its facade was recently painted. There is no specific opening date yet, but Piola should be open by the end of February.

The menu will be very similar to the ones found in their other locations: authentic Italian cuisine, pastas and an extensive list of pizzas served in a casual space. Piola will also serve wine and beer.

Piola is one of the numerous new Italian restaurants coming to 14th Street. The chain has locations not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Honduras, Chile and Turkey. Some of you might have already been to a Piola, since they have a location just right across the Key Street Bridge in Arlington on Wilson Boulevard.

 

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Thursday: The Universal Party at Tropicalia With DJ Kostas


From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

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The fun is back at Tropicalia’s DJ Kostas  monthly parties. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tropicalia and DJ Kostas are ready to kick off 2013 by launching their monthly global gay and gay friendly monthly night, “Universal.” Be ready to dance at Tropicalia this Thursday, January 3, from 10 pm to 2 am.

Doors open at 7 pm and the Invitational Open Bar is from 8:30 to 9:30 pm — request an invitation via Tropicalia DC on Facebook. Tropical says they are going all out for the event, with treats, surprises, a flashing rainbow bar and decorations. And, “yes,” says Tropicalia, men may remove their shirts while dancing.

Tropicalia, at the northeast corner of 14th and U Street NW, has one of the best sound systems in the city — perfect for Kostas who is remembered from the days of the Lizard Lounge Sunday parties — and a great place to dance. (See Tropicalia: A Psychedelic Buena Vista Social Club at 14th and U.)

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Borderstan’s Most Popular Arts and Entertainment Stories of 2012


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A profile of artist Miguel Perez Lem by Eliza French made the Top in A&E in 2012. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s that time again… a look back before we start 2013. Like last December, we’re listing the most-read stories on Borderstan by category. Today are the Top 10 from the Arts and Entertainment section.

Remember that the web is forever, so they say. Posted stories continue to get hits long after originally going up on the site. As a result, some of the most-read stories for the year were sometimes published the year before — especially if they were published late the year before.

Top 10 Borderstan A&E Stories of 2012

These Arts and Entertainment stories were Top 10 most read in 2012 on Borderstan.com. Assistant Editor Rachel Nania and Editor Luis Gomez each had three of the Top 10 stories while Bordertan Movie Fan Mary Burgan had two, and arts writer Eliza French rounded out the list.

  1. Margin Call a Great Explanation of Financial Crisis, Great Recession  (Mary Burgan)
  2. Tropicalia: A Psychedelic Buena Vista Social Club at 14th and U Luis Gomez)
  3. Illuminate Connecticut Avenue: DCCAH Calls For Public Art Entries (Rachel Nania)
  4. A Bastille Day Salute: 10 French Films to See (Mary Burgan)
  5. Ibero-America Film Showcase 2012 Starts Jan. 19 (Luis Gomez)
  6. Adams Morgan Picked as One of “Prettiest Painted Places” in U.S. (Rachel Nania)
  7. Pics from 17th Street Festival: Did We See You There? (Luis Gomez)
  8. Tuesday at Stead Park Field: Watch “Grease” Under the Stars (Borderstan)
  9. Tonight! It’s the Annual 17th Street High Heel Race (Rachel Nania)
  10. Miguel Perez Lem: An International Artist with an Eclectic Approach (Eliza French)

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Borderstan Hotels: Family in Town? Here’s Where to Put Them Up


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Family in town? Plenty of options around the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

If you have family coming into town this week or next for the holidays, but can’t spare a square foot (of the 600 you have) for Uncle Buzz and his creepy cat, don’t fret. The Borderstan area is full of options for hotels, inns and B&Bs, at all different price points.

Below are just a few choices, all within a stones throw away, so that you can keep your family close – but just not too close – this holiday season.

Borderstan hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts: 

  • The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW. This luxury hotel is located right in the circle, making it super convenient for all of your fun-filled family activities. There is also a good bar at the hotel for when you just need to escape your family.
  • Beacon Hotel, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW. This boutique hotel, right near both Thomas and Logan circles, offers luxurious rooms at a boutique price. The Beacon also has a rooftop bar.
  • Hotel Palomar, 2121 P Street NW. Located on P Street, just west of Dupont Circle, this hotel is in a great location for walks to Georgetown, downtown or the Borderstan area.
  • Helix Hotel, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Located a block from 14th Street and all the restaurants and galleries of the area. It is a perfect boutique hotel.
  • Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW. Famous for hosting presidential events, this large hotel north of Dupont is perfect for families.
  • Hotel Madera, 1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Another boutique hotel, Madera offers 82 rooms. Plus, Firefly Restaurant is right next door.
  • Tabbard Inn, 1739 N Street NW. Great location. Walking distance to the White House and to all the fun of Dupont, Logan and U Street area.
  • Topaz Hotel, 1733 N Street NW. With just a short walk to both Dupont and Logan Circles, the Topaz offers a great location.
  • Windsor Inn, 1842 16th Street NW. For family and friends looking to stay near the U Street area, the Windsor offers a great option.
  • Embassy Inn, 1627 16th Street NW. Smack-dab in the heart of Borderstan, Embassy Inn is in a central location.
  • Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th Street NW. Hotel Rouge is a newly renovated downtown Washington, DC Kimpton hotel
  • Holiday Inn, 1501 Rhode Island Avenue NW. This Logan Circle hotel is another great options for families.
  • Swann House, 1808 New Hampshire Avenue NW. The Swann house is a historic and charming inn in Dupont Circle.
  • Inn at Dupont North, 1620 T Street NW. The Inn at Dupont North offers an intimate option for those wanting to stay near U Street.
  • Inn at Dupont South, 1312 19th Street. NW. The Inn at Dupont Circle South is a charming option, next to Levante’s.
  • Donovan House, 1155 14th Street NW. A super chic and sleek boutique hotel in Thomas Circle.

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