by Borderstan.com January 24, 2009 at 6:56 pm 0

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Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” sang at Inauguration 2009 ceremonies. (Image: Joe.My.God. blog.)

Sorry, Borderstanians… I know that this has nothing to do with public safety or events in our neighborhood. But, I have had quite a few Inauguration 2009-related postings here, so that is my excuse for posting this photo: Ms. Franklin sang “My Country, Tis of Thee” (YouTube video) at the ceremony. Then, I saw this photo at the blog, Joe. My. God., and I had to post it. I have always loved Aretha Franklin. And this hat? Well, it’s worthy of passing along the photo. Apparently, the Detroit millener cannot keep up with orders for the hat.

by Borderstan.com January 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm 0

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See “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme,” at the Historical Society of Washington, DC, on January 31. (Image: The SolSource Group Web site.)

The SolSource Group and the Historical Society of Washington present Hip Hop Cinema Café (for ages 13 and up) with the 2004 movie, “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme,” on January 31 at 2 p.m.

Explosively tracing the story of a group of underground hip hop MCs and DJs from the early 1980s to the present day, “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme,” is a work-in-progress documentary film that explores the world of improvisational rap–the rarely recorded art form of rhyming spontaneously, or “off the top of the head.”

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by Borderstan.com January 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm 0

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PSA 208 covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood and part of Kalorama. (Image: MPD Web site.)

Here is a list of selected crimes that occured January 16-22 in PSA 208. West Borderstan (west of 15th Street NW) is part of PSA 208, which includes Dupont Circle and parts of Kalorama Circle.

Also: A neighbor on the 1500-block of R Street reports that there were two thefts from autos this past week on the block–one of them between noon and 2 p.m. on January 20. Remember the rules about NOT leave anything visible in your car, “Car Talk: Are Your Hookups Showing?”

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by Borderstan.com January 24, 2009 at 5:31 pm 1,067 0

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A statue of Civil War General John A. Logan graces Logan Circle NW. He was later an Illinois governor and U.S. senator.

The Logan Circle Citizens Association (LCCA) has announced a series of happy hours/ receptions at local restaurants. The first one is February 19 at Commissary at 1443 P Street NW.

From Logan Circle News (you can sign up for the listserv):

LCCA will host monthly neighborhood happy hours/receptions at neighborhood restaurants and businesses.  We are hopeful that these events will provide an informal way for residents to connect with each other, and with businesses in their neighborhood.  Here are the details:

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by Borderstan.com January 22, 2009 at 12:17 am 1,394 3 Comments

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Jan. 20, 2009 – View of the Inaugural ceremony from the statue of President Grant east of 3rd Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Borderstanians: Did you attend the Inaugural ceremony on the National Mall on Tuesday? If so, how well do you think the logistics were handled?

According to The Washington Post, the D.C. government says attendance was 1.8 million… other sources say it was less.

by Borderstan.com January 21, 2009 at 10:45 pm 1,342 0

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Jan. 20, 2009–The Obamas at the Neighborhood Ball at the D.C. Convention Center. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Happy post-Inauguration, Borderstanians. The hordes have left town and today I felt an eerie calm descend on the city. After gonig to the National Mall for the Inaugural ceremony, we had the good fortune to attend the Neighborhood Ball at the D.C. Convention Center last night. It was televised live by ABC and was an “official” ball… the first of 10 balls that President and Mrs. Obama attended.

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by Borderstan.com January 20, 2009 at 6:31 am 0

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Map from The Washington Post with instructions for ticket-holders for today’s Inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. (Image: The Washington Post.)

From The Washington Post… some entry-point changes were made for some of the types of tickets for today’s Inauguration ceremony at the Capitol. See the map in The Washington Post with instructions

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by Borderstan.com January 20, 2009 at 12:03 am 0

Keith Olberman, left, host of "Countdown" on MSNBC, on the National Mall.

Keith Olbermann, left, host of “Countdown” on MSNBC, on the National Mall. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

We managed to make our way to the National Mall this evening to the MSNBC booth on 7th Street SW, just south of Constitution Avenue. Luis got this photo of me with “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann as he emerged from the MSNBC trailer.

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by Borderstan.com January 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm 1,057 1 Comment

This photo was taken at yesterday's "We Are One" Inaugural concert on the National Mall at the Lincoln Memorial. It seems HBO believes that by posting this photograph that their corporate profits will be destroyed.

The “We Are One” Inaugural concert on the National Mall at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday.

It’s beginning to look like the American people were simply the invited guests of HBO yesterday to the “We Are One” concert at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.

I cannot say these stories are completely verified (from my online searches) and it will be interesting to see what HBO ends up saying (or doing) about the matter. It seems HBO did two things Sunday:

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by Borderstan.com January 19, 2009 at 6:44 pm 0

Plan B Gallery is in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW.

Michelle and Barack Obama are featured in the window of Gallery plan b in Borderstan.

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Paula owns Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW.

Gallery plan b on 14th Street NW was ready today for the Inauguration. From plan b’s Web site:

Gallery plan b, located in the exciting Fourteenth Street arts corridor, provides a casual, hip space for a dynamic group of both established and emerging local artists to show and sell their art. Plan b presents both group and solo shows for:

  • Paintings
  • Photography
  • Drawings
  • Prints
  • Sculpture

by Borderstan.com January 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm 0

National Guard troops at the corner of 15th and R NW on Monday afternoon.

National Guard troops at the corner of 15th and R NW on Monday afternoon.

UPDATE at 11:40 p.m.: Just back from walking the dog. I talked to two groups of the guardsman and the guys here in Borderstan are from Iowa.

I saw National Guard troops in Borderstan this afternoon. These guys were at the corner of 15th and R NW next to the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church; a few minutes later they joined a larger group at 14th and R NW. Anyone know their exact mission?

by Borderstan.com January 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm 0

It looks like R Street through Borderstan will be open only to bus traffic on Inauguration Day.

It looks like R Street through Borderstan will be open only to bus traffic on Inauguration Day.

It looks as if the section of R Street NW through Borderstan will be open only to bus traffic on Inauguration Day. I have seen two signs on R Street (the one at 14th & R was on the ground this afternoon)… one at 14th and the other one at 17th. I haven’t seen an official notice anywhere–this is all I know. Anyone know anything?

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