by Borderstan.com June 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm 1 Comment

There is a nice herb garden on the 20th Street NW side of the RWDC house. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

There is a nice herb garden on the 20th Street NW side of the RWDC house. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Oh, hell, I don’t know if there is going to be a chef-wanna-be in the cast of The Real World:DC. But, Luis and I did notice this rather extensive herb garden planted on the 20th Street NW side of the RWDC house. It has mint, rosemary, basil and parsley. There’s a fair number of the plants, too… and they are conveniently located near that BBQ grille that was delivered a couple of weeks ago.

by Borderstan.com June 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm 0

Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Rice Restaurant, 1608 14th Street, NW Borderstan

Rice Restaurant, 1608 14th Street NW, in the heart of Borderstan.

Eatonville, 2121 14th Street, NW Borderstan

Eatonville, 2121 14th Street NW.

Rice at 1608 14th Street, NW is always a favorite in the neighborhood. The food is delicious, a combination of classic Thai dishes and other Asian offering. (A favorite of ours; it’s always very good.)

Eatonville, at 2121 14th Street, NW. A newcomer to the neighborhood… from the owner of Busboys and Poets. They have a menu inspired by New Orleans. Perfect for a late a lunch outdoors and very reasonable priced. (We ate lunch there earlier this week; the Po-Boys and cole slaw are excellent.)

The Source Festival 2009 at 1835 14th Street NW runs through July 12.

The “Source Festival 2009” at 1835 14th Street NW runs to July 12.

"Fever Dream" at Woolly Mammoth, 641 D Street NW.

“Fever Dream” at Woolly Mammoth, 641 D Street NW.

Source Festival 2009 at 1835 14th Street, NW. This weekend… 18 short plays selected from 500 submissions; directed by DC’s top freelance directors. (See earlier posting.) The festival runs through July 12.

Fever Dream” is presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW. Based on Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, the show “becomes a very intelligent reflection giving us a lot to laugh about.”

The Black Cat at 1811 14th Street NW.

The Black Cat at 1811 14th Street NW continues to attract new generations of young hipster-wanna-bes.

Viento de Agua performs at The Smithsonian Folk Festival on the National Mall.

Viento de Agua performs at The Smithsonian Folk Festival on The National Mall.

At the Black Cat at 1811 14th Street, NW on Saturday June 27: Don’t miss the BLISS Dance Party. Bliss usually happens on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on The National Mall. On Sunday at 11 a.m.,  catch Viento de Agua, an Afro-Puerto Rican ensemble that fuses Bomba and Plena with other Caribbean genres and jazz.

No Soul For Sale at Transformer Gallery

“No Soul For Sale” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW, in Borderstan.

William Eggleston's "Democratic Camera" is at The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

William Eggleston’s “Democratic Camera” at The Corcoran Gallery of Art.

No Soul For Sale at The Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW. “The exhibition brings together the most exciting, creative and respected not-for-profit centers, alternative institutions, artists’ collectives and independent enterprises from around the world that contribute to the international art scene by inventing new strategies for the distribution of information and by supporting a diverse cultural program.”

William Eggleston’s “Democratic Camera” at The Corcoran Gallery of Art at 500 17th Street, NW, shows photographs and video. A retrospective work by a pioneer in color photography of everyday objects.

by Borderstan.com June 24, 2009 at 4:00 am 1,791 0

Megabus from DC to NY

The double-decker Megabus to New York leaves DC from H Street NW. (Photo: Megabus Web site.)

So, the weekend approaches and you are ready to go… to get out of Borderstan (lovely though our little autonomous region may be). New York City awaits. The trip to Gotham takes about four to five hours, depending on traffic. We’ve haven’t taken Megabus (pictured) yet, but the double decker is appealing; we hope to check it out soon. Anyone have Megabus experiences to share?

But once in New York, it’s just as important to know what NOT to do as is what not to miss. So, we bring this write up from MSNBC.com of “Ten things not to do in New York City” (with alternative recommendations), so you can make the best of that weekend in New York City. Reader feedback is greatly appreciated: Do you like the warnings? Have more things to NOT do in NYC you’d like to add?

by Borderstan.com June 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm 0

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). (Image: HCWDC Web site.)

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). (Image: HCWDC Web site.)

This should be interesting. Tomorrow night (Wednesday), the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, is sponsoring a forum on the transformation of Washington over the past 30 years.

The forum panel consists of four DC mayors: Barry, Pratt, Williams and Fenty. The forum title is “Conversations on Great Streets with the 4 Living Mayor’s of Washington.”

Time is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Washington at 801 K Street NW. Please RSVP.

by Borderstan.com June 23, 2009 at 4:00 am 1 Comment

The Community Development Committee of ANC 2F/Logan Circle meets tomorrow night (June 24) at 7 p.m. at The Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Remember that East Borderstan (east of 15th) is in ANC 2F. Get more information about ANC 2F and the Community Development committee online.

  1. Meeting Agenda
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. 942 P Street, NW–driveway and parking spot
  4. Public space permit renewal for The Park on Fourteenth

by Borderstan.com June 22, 2009 at 10:34 am 1,324 3 Comments

The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

What happened in Dupont Circle yesterday? Was there a bomb threat that caused the U.S. Park Police to clear the park? According to a participant of the 16th Annual Pride of Pets dog show, the park was cleared for about 30 minutes during the event.

Another eyewitness reported that around 4:30 p.m., the Park Police suddenly blocked off streets leading to Dupont Circle and then forced everyone to leave:

“Moments ago, US Park Police cleared Dupont Circle of all persons, announcing the move was ‘for everyone’s safety.’ Meanwhile, DCMPD and Fire/EMS had a heavy presence in front of the CVS, including no passage for pedestrians or vehicles. I don’t see anything on the news or blogs yet.”

Anyone know anything?

by Borderstan.com June 21, 2009 at 8:35 am 1,160 1 Comment

Three crime alerts from last night/early this morning, all from eastern Logan or western Shaw… between the Convention Center and Logan Circle. You can sign up for different types of alerts at Alert DC.

  • Robbery Hold-Up Gun_0125 hours_1000 Block of N  Street NW_ L/O for 1  B/M 6’1″ white tee shirt blue jeans bald head S-2 B/M 5’8″ 150 lbs. dark tee shirt blue jeans armed with a gun DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #120090331273
  • Robbery Fear_2330 hours_1300 10th Street NW_LOF 3 B/M juveniles and 1 B/F juvenile DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090330987
  • Robbery Knife_2357_1200 11th Street NW_LOF H/M White Shirt with knife in hand subject outside bar across from a super market DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20090330914

by Borderstan.com June 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm 1,056 0

Editor’s Note: After posting the crime stats for the January through May period for Police Service Area (PSA) 208 (DupontKalorama), I thought it would be interesting to look at just May.

Why? I wanted to see if the increases in crime for the area took place mostly in the first four months of the year–and to see whether the stats were looking better for May. More specifically, I wanted to see if the trend that is evident in the stats for the first five months of the year were true for the most recent month.

Here is what I found. (more…)

by Borderstan.com June 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm 1,377 2 Comments

psa208

PSA 208 covers the Dupont Circle neighborhood and part of Kalorama Circle. West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is in PSA 208. (Image: MPD Web site.)

The violent crime rate for the first five months of the year in the Dupont-Kalorama area of DC is up 24.7% since 2007, according to statistics from the MPD’s crime database for Police Service Area (PSA) 208.

The most disturbing statistics relate to the rise in robberies and gun crimes. Robberies (with and without a gun) are up 42.8% in two years for the January-May period. Gun crimes (assaults and robberies with a gun) have increased 50% in two years–85% since last year alone.

Property crime is up 6.6% for the January-May reporting period since 2007. Overall, total crime is up 8.5% for the first five months of the year since 2007 in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood.

PSA 208 encompasses the Dupont Circle neighborhood and part of the Kalorama Circle area. West Borderstan (west of 15th Street) is in PSA 208.

A more detailed analysis and chart are below the fold. (more…)

by Borderstan.com June 19, 2009 at 8:54 pm 1,157 0

Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

D.C. Noodles 1410 U St. NW Borderstan.(Photo: D.C. Noodles)

D.C. Noodles, 1410 U St. NW. (Photo: D.C. Noodles.)

Veritas Wine Bar, 2031 Florida Ave. NW. (Photo: Veritas Wine Bar)

Veritas Wine Bar, 2031 Florida Avenue NW. (Photo: Veritas Wine Bar.)

D.C. Noodles at 1410 U Street NW . A combination of Asian flavors, fresh ingredients, in different and surprising recipes, with a moderate price.

Veritas Wine Bar at 2031 Florida Ave, NW. Not only a wine bar but also a restaurant with a delicate menu.

Mummy in the Closet: The Return of Evita Peron. (Photo: Gala Theater)

“Mummy in the Closet: The Return of Evita Peron.” (Photo: Gala Theater)

Five Flights at The H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE

“Five Flights” at The H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street NE

Gala Theater at 3333 14th Street NW is showing “Mummy in the Closet: The Return of Eva Peron.” It is a musical that brings Evita back from death.

H street Play House at 1365 H Street NE shows “Five Flights” by Adam Bock, portraying the relationships of siblings and their search of happiness.

Hamilton de Holanda at the Ibero-American Guitar Festival.

Hamilton de Holanda is at the Ibero American Guitar Festival.

Venezuelan band Los Amigos Invisibles at the 9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW.

Los Amigos Invisibles: 9:30 Club at 815 V Street NW

Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Rasmuson Theater in The National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street & Independence Avenue SW. A tribute to Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian composer regarded as one of the most influential figures in Brazilian music who has become one of the most well known composers in Latin America.

Los Amigos Invisibles at the 9:30 Club. A Venezuelan band that plays a mix of Latin rhythms.

"Street/Studio" at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street NW.

Street/Studio at Irvine Contemporary.

In Borderstan: Glenn Fry at gallery plan b.

In Borderstan: Glenn Fry at gallery plan b.

Irvine Contemporay at 1412 14th Street NW has a wonderful exhibition called “Street/Studio,” showing how artists manage to create urban pieces in and out of their studios.

Gallery Plan B at 1530 14th Street NW, Borderstan, is showing works of local artist Glenn Fry with his unique silk-screening technique.

Saturday: The 16th Annual Pride of Pets on Dupont Circle.

Saturday: 16th Annual Pride of Pets on Dupont Circle.

Nationals Park on the waterfront: Blue Jays vs. Nationals this weekend.

Blue Jays vs. Nationals this weekend.

16th Annual Pride of Pets on Dupont Circle. Saturday, June 20th from 3 to 6 p.m. Get your pet and have some fun enjoying the afternoon.

Nationals Weekend… take your dad to the ballgame. See the local team play the Toronoto Blue Jays at the Nationals Park. Saturday, June 20th at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday, June 21st at 1:35 p.m.

by Borderstan.com June 19, 2009 at 9:00 am 0

Good morning, Borderstan. A few things from other blogs and online that caught my eye… as I sat around drinking coffee at my mom’s house.

by Borderstan.com June 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm 1,362 4 Comments

Corner of R & 15 Streets, NW Borderstan.(Photo: Luis Gomez)

Corner of R & 15th Streets NW in Borderstan.(Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Truck parked on the east side of 15th Street, NW Borderstan. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Truck parked on the east side of 15th Street NW Borderstan. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

There have been trucks and cranes and “No Parking” signs all over this part of the city today. Yesterday the signs appeared in Borderstan and today there were orange cones on 15th Street between R and Corcoran Streets NW.

Tonight we finally know why: a movie production company is filming in Borderstan. Trucks and crews are all around… setting up lighting or just putting down equipment. We don’t really know much about the movie yet, but a good guess is that it’s the Reese Witherspoon-Paul Rudd-Owen Wilson movie that was doing production in Adams Morgan today.

by Borderstan.com June 18, 2009 at 4:00 am 1,653 0

Source Festival 2009 Producers, Sarah Coleman, Merry Alderman, Jessie Gallogly, and Jeremy Skidmore. (Photo: Source Theater Web site.)

Source Festival 2009 Producers, from left: Sarah Coleman, Merry Alderman, Jessie Gallogly, and Jeremy Skidmore. (Photo: Source Theater Web site.)

The Source Festival 2009 starts this Saturday, June 20, at the Source Theater at 1835 14th Street NW and runs through July 12. Tickets and Schedule available online and all tickets are $18. Opening Night on Saturday includes a reception at 8 p.m. and the following performances: (more…)

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