by Borderstan.com September 16, 2008 at 9:54 pm 1,069 0

From Logan Circle News:

Musicians Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Ray Barreto share fond memories of the scene while paying tribute to Machito. Warm and “simpatico,” Machito laughs, reminisces, and plays some of the hottest Latin Jazz on film anywhere.

In a career that spanned half a century, Cuban bandleader Frank “Machito” Grillo embodied Latin Jazz and influenced several generations of musicians, contributing to a cultural explosion on the international music scene. Machito weaves together vintage film clips and recordings, Hollywood production numbers, and one-of-a-kind street performances from 1920s Cuba to contemporary New York. Sensational shows at such hot spots as the Cotton Club highlight the golden era of Latin Jazz in the 40s and 50s.

“Hugely informative, with astonishing archival footage.”–John Pareles, “New York Times”

by Borderstan.com September 15, 2008 at 10:48 am 0

The September issue of The InTowner newspaper is now available online. From the Dupont Forum:

Included are the lead stories, community news items and crime reports, editorials (including prior months’ archived), restaurant reviews (prior months’ also archived), and the text from the ever-popular “Scenes from the Past” feature (the accompanying images can be seen in the archived PDF version).

The complete issue (along with prior issues back to January 2002) also is available in PDF file format directly from our home page at no charge simply by clicking the link in the Current & Back Issues Archive. Here you will be able to view the entire issue as it appears in print, including all photos and advertisements.

The next issue will publish on October 10th (the 2nd Friday of the month, as always). The complete PDF version will be posted by the preceding night or early that Friday morning at the latest, following which the text of the lead stories, community news, and selected features will be uploaded shortly thereafter.

To read this month’s lead stories, simply click the link on the home page to the following headlines: (1) “Shaw and Mt. Vernon Neighborhoods Finally to See Actual Ground-breaking for Long-Awaited, New Watha T. Daniel Branch Library Building”; (2) “Two of Kalorama Park’s Oldest Oak Trees Cut Down by DC–Neighbors Agitated”; (3) “Adams Morgan Day Festival Set for Sunday, Sept. 14.”

by Borderstan.com September 12, 2008 at 4:42 am 0

From dcist, “Arts Agenda: Season Kick-Off, Part Two” —

This weekend, you shouldn’t even need to leave your own neighborhood to find some new art just waiting to be admired. Fourteenth Street NW has the big coordinated openings, but a number of places from H Street to Alexandria will be having gallery openings and festivals (which, hopefully, won’t be rained on).

Read full post.

by Borderstan.com September 11, 2008 at 11:22 pm 0

I received the following message from a Borderstan neighbor this morning:

The basement unit at 1516 R Street was entered on Tuesday, September 9th, around 2:00 PM, by kicking in a front window.  A flat screen TV and personal computer were taken.  Someone was observed entering one of the apartment buildings on the south side of the 1400 block of R Street carrying the stolen PC.

I forwarded the message on to our Borderstan contacts in the 2nd and 3rd Police districts asking for follow up and just received the following from Lt. Erich Miller:

Breaking News,Ofc. John Hansohn just made an arrest of a suspect in possession of a stolen laptop computer taken during a burglary today in the 1700 block of R Street.  This subject matches the description of another recent burglary in the Borderstan area.  We are proceeding carefully with this case because there are indications that he might be responsible for numerous burglaries in the community.  Detective Bovino will be contacting previous burglary victims to examine photo spreads.  The suspect in custody has a lengthy history of burglary.  I will provide further information tomorrow after we present the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  I think this case will have a significant impact in the Borderstan community.  It was also fantastic police work by Ofc. Hansohn.

Lt. Erich Miller
Second District
PSA 208

Congratulations to our Borderstan officers – particularly Officer Hansohn. We in Borderstan appreciate your efforts.   Keep up the good work!

by Borderstan.com September 11, 2008 at 10:33 pm 1,126 0

If you’re looking for something new to do in town, check out the latest addition to the Washington DC museum scene–the National Museum of Crime & Punishment (NMCP). Fun for the whole family, the NMCP takes you through interactive environments highlighting the history of crime, methods of punishment, and law enforcement. Other specialized exhibits include crime scene investigation and the America’s Most Wanted studio.

Beginning with the Middle Ages and moving on through the present day, “A Notorious History of Crime” showcases the evolution of crime spanning centuries in America. Discover the stories of famous outlaws and mobsters that drove the police crazy, and learn about some of the most distinguished criminal events on record. Don’t forget to get your picture taken with your head and hands locked in the pillory, a rare example of punishment nostalgia.

At the “Punishment: The Consequence of Crime” display, find out firsthand what it’s like to become a criminal as you tour a replica police station. From being booked and getting your mug shot taken to life inside a cold concrete jail cell, you’ll get an understanding of our country’s prison system and why it’s a place no one in their right mind would want to be for any length of time. How cool are you under pressure? Get hooked up to the lie detector and test yourself.

Are you a fan of the hit television shows CSI: New York or CSI: Miami? If so, the “CSI Experience” will not disappoint you. Smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, see if you have what it takes to uncover the clues at the crime scene and analyze them back at the lab using common forensic science techniques.Next, move on to the morgue to learn the ins and outs of an autopsy, or browse through files from some of the most notable cold cases.

Whether you are young or old, the National Museum of Crime & Punishment has something interesting for all ages, and is located in the heart of the city at 575 7th Street NW, directly across from the Verizon Center.  For more about the museum go to www.crimemuseum.org.

by Borderstan.com September 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm 0

Found this posting at Ms. Cavanaugh Goes to Washington:

William Christenberry, one of my favorite artists, will have a new show at Hemphill Fine Arts this month. Christenberry’s show runs September 13 through October 25. The opening reception is Saturday from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at 1515 14th St., NW.

Hemphill is on the west side of 14th Street between P and Q Streets NW

by Borderstan.com September 11, 2008 at 1:44 pm 0

In Tuesday’s two hotly contested D.C. primary races, Jack Evans defeated Cary Silverman and Patrick Mara beat Carol Schwartz:

  • Incumbent Evans defeated Silverman for the Ward 2 Democratic nomination for the city council. The margin was 64% to 35%. Evans will face Republican Christina Erland Culver in the general election on November 4.
  • Patrick Mara defeated incumbent Carol Schwartz for the Republican nomination for an At-Large seat on the city council by a 60% to 40% margin. Mara now faces independent Michael A. Brown in the general election.

Details from Precinct 16 (Borderstan and surrounding area):

  • Evans received 258 votes (58%) to 182 for Silverman (41%).
  • Mara received 22 votes (59%) to 15 (41%) for Schwartz.
  • Complete Precinct 16 results by party are online at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.

by Borderstan.com September 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm 0

We have the good fortune to live in one of the most tolerant, open and diverse neighborhoods in a tolerant and diverse city. But, if you are gay, you KNOW that gay bashing still exists, still happens and is very real — even in a place like Borderstan.

So, be aware, be careful and remember: not everyone is as tolerant (or mentally balanced) as the huge majority of Borderstanians.

The following story about an incident in Adams Morgan is from the Washington City Paper: “Little Progress in Gay-Bashing Case; Beating victim discovers key evidence, arrests don’t follow.”

Early on July 13, Todd Metrokin and two of his friends figured they’d wind up a night at Town, the dance club, with a jumbo slice in Adams Morgan. At a joint around the corner from their friends’ apartment, Metrokin bought two slices and then quickly realized he’d gone overboard. He offered his second slice to a man standing nearby and, after taking it, the man said loudly into his cell phone: “Some faggot just gave me a slice of pizza.”

Read entire story at Washington City Paper.

by Borderstan.com September 9, 2008 at 3:00 pm 1,196 0

Jack Evans

Jack Evans

Cary Silverman

Cary Silverman

Today is primary election day in D.C.; polls close at 8 p.m. Borderstanians vote in Precinct 16 at the 15th Street Presbyterian Church at northeast corner of 15th and R Streets NW. Two hot races. On the Democratic side, Ward 2 Council incumbent Jack Evans is being challenged by Cary Silverman. On the Republican side, incumbent Carol Schwartz is being challenged in the primary by Patrick Mara for an At-Large D.C. Council seat. Remember that you must be a registered Democrat to vote in the Democratic Primary, or a registered Republican to vote in the Republican Primary.

Photographs: One Photograph A Day

by Borderstan.com September 8, 2008 at 7:59 pm 0

Tuesday, September 9, is primary day in D.C. If you live in Borderstan, you vote at Precinct 16. More information follows.

 

  • D.C. has closed primaries: This means that you must vote in the primary of the party for which you are registered. If you are registered as an Independent, you may NOT vote Tuesday.
  • Poll Hours: Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
  • Where to vote – Precinct 16: All Borderstanians, both east and west, are part of Precinct 16 (PDF map), and vote at the 15th Street Presbyterian Church, on the northeast corner of 15th and R, NW. You enter on the R Street side and vote in the basement (Fellowship Hall).
  • If live outside Borderstan: If you are not sure where you vote, go to the Web site of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
  • General Election: Winners of Tuesday’s primary are on the general election ballot on November 4.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissions: ANC commissioners are NOT on the ballot this Tuesday; ANC races are non-partisan and we vote for ANC commissioners on November 4. Borderstan is split between two ANCs — 2F/Logan and 2B/Dupont.

by Borderstan.com September 8, 2008 at 10:38 am 0

Peaches at the Dupont Farmer's Market.

Peaches at the Dupont Farmer’s Market.

Some pretty produce photos to start your week from One Photograph A Day; click here for more produce pics. I have found great produce this summer at the Dupont Farmer’s Market and the 14th & U Farmer’s Market (Saturdays). The blackberries have been huge and sweet, the green beans outstanding and the peaches perfect for cobblers. Summer food is so nice–food that tastes like food instead of just cellulose. Full disclosure: The photo blogger at OPAD is my partner.

by Borderstan.com September 7, 2008 at 6:48 pm 1,297 1 Comment

Warning! Sidewalk Pothole on west side of 15th between Corcoran and Q Streets. Don't step in it!

Sidewalk Potholes are on the west side of 15th between Corcoran and P Streets. This one between Corcoran and Q Streets is particuarly bad.

Be careful walking on the sidewalk on the west side of 15th Street between Corcoran and P Streets. Apparently, WASAhas been replacing lead water pipes that run from the main line up to buildings/houses. As a result, there are some very nasty, poorly done asphlat fillers in the sidewalk here — I call them “Sidewalk Potholes.” Some of them have sunk several inches (and I mean SEVERAL) after the rains from “Hanna” yesterday. There are orange cones marking them, but some of them are fairly wide and deep.

There was an article in the Washington Post on Friday, “WASA Backs Off Lead Pipe Program.” It seems WASA is going to discontinue its program of replacing the lead pipes because (1) they have found other ways of getting the lead out of the water and (2) the program is too expense.

All well and good. But, when will our sidewalks get fixed?

by Borderstan.com September 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm 0

Tuesday, September 9, is local primary day in D.C. So no matter whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Green or Statehood Party member, be sure to vote.

Voting Information:

  • D.C. has closed primaries: This means that you must vote in the primary of the party for which you are registered. If you are registered as an Independent, you may NOT vote Tuesday.
  • Poll Hours: Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
  • Where to vote – Precinct 16: All Borderstanians, both east and west, are part of Precinct 16 (PDF map), and vote at the 15th Street Presbyterian Church, on the northeast corner of 15th and R, NW. You enter on the R Street side and vote in the basement (Fellowship Hall).
  • If live outside Borderstan: If you are not sure where you vote, go to the Web site of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
  • General Election: Winners of Tuesday’s primary are on the general election ballot on November 4.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commissions: ANC commissioners are NOT on the ballot this Tuesday; ANC races are non-partisan and we vote for ANC commissioners on November 4. Borderstan is split between two ANCs — 2F/Logan and 2B/Dupont.

For newcomers to the District: Yes, I know we had a presidential primary back in February — but wouldn’t it be too simple to have one primary instead of two? Of course, in D.C., almost all elections are settled in the Democratic Primary, so I suppose it makes sense to have the local primary later; this gives local candidates time to campaign in the actual year of the election.

by Borderstan.com September 6, 2008 at 2:27 pm 0

The dcist reviews arts in D.C. for the next two weekends:

Arts lovers, we hope you’ve cleared your calendar for the next two weekends. The 2008-2009 season kicks off en masse with nearly every gallery in the region opening new exhibits. Both Dupont and the 7th Street corridor are coordinating openings this weekend, so let’s see what they’ve got:

Read full post. 

by Borderstan.com September 6, 2008 at 1:49 pm 1,021 0

Sandra Bernhard is performing at the D.C. Jewish Community Center in “I’m Nothing With You,” Sept. 9-28. There is even a special meet-and-greet after the Sept. 18 show. Tickets are going fast! 

An electrifying fusion of satire, cabaret and sizzling rock ‘n’ roll, Sandra’s comic diatribe on the state of modern culture still burns bright and smart. With her band, The Rebellious Jezebels, Sandra launches this brand-new version of the show that propelled her into the stratosphere 20 years ago.

You can always check out what is happening at the JCC’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts. The 2008-2009 theater season schedule is posted at their site.

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