by Borderstan.com September 24, 2009 at 5:00 am 1,664 1 Comment

Here are my picks for things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city… restaurants, galleries and theater.

U-Topia, 1418 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

U-Topia, 1418 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th St. NW.(Photos: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

U-topia at 1418 U Street NW is a great spot on the U street corridor. Jazz and art come together to help you celebrate an excellent meal… Brazilian jazz on Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

La Carbonara at 1926 9th Street NW is in Shaw’s Little Ethiopia. This recently opened Italian restaurant has received mix reviews, from excellent to bland, perhaps depending on the day of the week. If you are feeling adventuresome, give it a try and let us know.

Local 16, at 1602 U Street NW is a nice place to go during the week. The weekend is totally different and it can get crowded and uncomfortable. The menu is American food with an Italian influence. Local 16 has a beautiful roof top deck.

Ink Storm at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. (Image:www.transformergallery.org)

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW. (Image: transformergallery.org)

"Mirage Series" by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW.(Image:www.touchstonegallery.com)

“Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image: touchstonegallery.com)

"Color, Texture and Mood" by Michele Cormier at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW. (Image:www.touchstonegallery.com)

“Color, Texture and Mood” by Michele Cormier, Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image: touchstonegallery.com)

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW: “This exhibition highlights how artists CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu, and Paula TSAI, three emerging Beijing based artists who re-interpret and re-invent traditional Chinese uses of ink through video, drawing, and mixed-media installation, incorporate ink into their work, ink, and how each individual exploration offers compelling contributions to contemporary art discourse.”

Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW: “The series includes portraits, cityscapes, still-lifes, and landscapes. One landscape includes what appears to be two farm structures viewed from across a field; the hot, shimmering light of a summer’s day has had its effects. Another painting shows a cityscape, with a mass of loosely rendered buildings. In both works, the atmosphere has seemingly blurred many of the specifics–but there is enough information in the watery images to transfix and invite one in. The artist’s technique successfully conveys the essence of his message, but also effectively leaves room for personal interpretation. The result is strong and engaging.” (more…)

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2009 at 7:37 am 0

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The Ganymede Arts Festival runs through Sunday, September 27, at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace, 1626 14th Street NW. (Image: Ganymede Festival website.)

The week-long, third annual GLBT Ganymede Arts Festival continues this week, running through Sunday–right in the heart of Borderstan. All festival performances are at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace (in the rear of the retail store) at 1626 14th Street NW (west side of 14th between Corcoran and R Streets NW). Ticket information is at the Ganymede website.

The mission of the Ganymede Festival is to “provide high-quality, professional theatre and art that fosters social and cultural awareness of and for the glbt [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] community.”

  • Wednesday at 7 p.m. – “GLBT Stand Up Comedy Night” (Pay what you can donation)
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – “American Premeier Reading” by Australian GLBT playwright. (Pay what you can donation)
  • Friday at 7 p.m. – “Rockin’ Women’s Night” with Hope Leigh Rollins and and Esmirelda. (Pay what you can donation)
  • Saturday and Sunday – Featured theatrical event, “After the Garden – Edie Beale LIVE at Reno Sweeney.” Saturday show at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
  • There is also a post-festival event on Saturday, October 10, at Miss Pixies: “Catie Curtis Lives with Tom Goss.” Tickets are $25.

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2009 at 5:10 am 1,144 4 Comments

Got this Police Alert last night. There was a robbery-with-gun at 8:51 p.m. at 14th and W Streets NW… a strip with an awfully lot of new condos and restaurants.

It is the number of guns being used in robberies lately that alarms me. Sure, any robbery can result in someone being badly hurt (or killed), but guns add another level of danger. Then there is the time this robbery occurred. This was not the middle of the night. In our area, 8:51 p.m. is prime time for people coming and going to restaurants, grocery stores, the gym, etc.

Would visible foot patrols on 14th and U Streets help… especially in the evening hours? I don’t know, but I have to ask. If you live in that area, what do you think?

Robbery Gun at 14Th W St. NW. 2051hrs. LOF-S1. B/M. 6′. WHITE SHIRT. ARMED WITH DARK HAND GUN, S2. B/M. 5’8″. DREADS. UNKNOWN CLOTHING , S3. WHT HAT. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090529409

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2009 at 5:10 am 2,236 2 Comments

El Avila Mountain separates the Venezuelan capital of Caracas from the Caribbean, just 17 miles on the other side.

El Avila Mountain separates the Venezuelan capital of Caracas from the Caribbean Sea, just 8 miles away by car on the other side.

This view of Caracas, and the lush green of the hillsides, is one of those things you have to experience in person. It is impossible to understand how magnificent a view it is through a photo.

One of Luis’ friends in Caracas took this photo from her office window. The mountain in the background is El Avila, which has an almost magical quality for Caraquenos, the term of Caracas residents. On the other side of El Avila–and about 8 miles from downtown Caracas–is the Caribbean Sea and of great beaches.

The city sprawls for miles through the Caracas Valley and onto the hillsides. There are wealthy neighborhoods, large middle-class enclaves and poor neighborhoods–in close proximity. The city’s development, whether private or public, is fueled by Venezuela’s immense oil revenues.

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by Borderstan.com September 22, 2009 at 1:00 am 0

The District Alliance for Safe Housing holds its annual fundraiser Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.: “No one should have to choose between living with abuse or living without a home. Please join the supporters of DASH, District Alliance for Safe Housing, the fastest growing provider of housing for domestic violence survivors and their children, at our annual fundraiser which will take place at Ulah Bistro, 1214 U Street, NW, on Wed, September 23 from 6:00 to 9:23 pm. Call 462-3274 for more information.”

The Community Development Committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F-Logan Circle meets Wednesday at 7 p.m., The Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

by Borderstan.com September 21, 2009 at 7:58 am 1,277 0

Corcoran St., New Brick Sidewalks. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

The north side of the 1400-block of Corcoran Street NW on Sunday morning. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Corcoran St. Bricks   (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Looking west down the 1500-block of Corcoran Street NW on Sunday morning. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

The work on the new brick sidewalks on 1400 to 1600 Corcoran Street NW is moving along rapidly. But, it will still be interesting to see if the DDoT meets its promised October 4 deadline (which is a Sunday, by the way).

Bricks are already going down on the north side of the 1400 block. And, yes, the bricks are being laid down over a foundation of new concrete. I can’t tell, though, whether the bricks are being set down or will have mortar to seal them down on the concrete.

This may seem picky, but it matters. All too often new brick sidewalks were put down on nothing more than a layer of sand with no mortar. The result, after a few months, is sometimes pretty bad.

by Borderstan.com September 20, 2009 at 11:50 pm 5,468 38 Comments

Nellie's Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW.(Photo: Luis Gomez)

Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

The victim of a Saturday-night mugging on the 900 block of U Street NW fought back with the help of two friends and caught the mugger, according to a friend who saw the incident. What ensued for the mugger was not pretty.

It also appears that the police might not have been involved at all. Since this occurred in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, I am asking MPD Third District if they have any additional information.

According to my source,  the incident took place around 11:45 p.m. last night (Saturday the 19th). Three guys were walking along U Street between 9th and 10th Streets NW. Then the mugger appears and apparently accosted and grabbed something from one of the three guys. The three guys chased the mugger eastward on U Street and caught him in front of of Nellie’s Sports Bar at 900 U Street NW.

Here is my friend’s report:

I was a witness as this happened in front of us, along with a friend. Were were standing in line to get into Nellie’s, probably about 100 people. It could have been a little earlier than midnight, 11:45ish? It started approximately half a block west of Nellie’s, ending at the curb directly in front of Nellie’s.

Following the mugging, he and his friends were completely fearless in chasing the mugger on U Street, dodging cars. They knocked the thug to the curb in front of Nellie’s and started some serious punching, then kicking the thug as he cowered in the gutter. Serious beat down.

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by Borderstan.com September 18, 2009 at 5:00 am 1,030 0

at the north entrance of The National Portrait Gallery. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

I love the cowboy at the north entrance of The National Portrait Gallery. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Get off your computer. Go outside and enjoy the early fall weather. For example, The National Portrait Gallery is open every day except Christmas Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is at 8th and F Street NW, by the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop (Green, Red and Yellow lines).

Here are some more ideas for theater, galleries, restaurants, concerts. The earlier weekend listings, below, contain many events that are still running/current.

See you Monday.

by Borderstan.com September 17, 2009 at 8:00 am 1,341 15 Comments

The Corcroan Street sidewalk project got underway Wednesday morning. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

15th & Corcoran Sts. NW: The Corcroan Street sidewalk project got underway Wednesday morning. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) began the Corcoran Street NW sidewalk replacement project on Wednesday morning. Brick sidewalks will replace the concrete on the 1400 to 1600 stretch of the street.

The pace of work was quick on the first day. I left for an assignment early this morning and when I returned mid-morning huge chunks of sidewalk had been ripped out. Oh… a note to any neighbors who may not be thrilled with the project: No one at Bordertan had anything to do with this project. However, we’re sure it is going to look very nice!

We’re trying to get the “official” completion date for you from DDoT.
See note below: The completion date has been given as October 4. Ummm…. okay, never mind.

by Borderstan.com September 17, 2009 at 5:00 am 2,040 1 Comment

Here are my picks for things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city… restaurants, galleries and theater.

Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Nellie's Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW.(Photo: Luis Gomez)

Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Ulah Bistro, located at 1214 U Street NW, has become a destination place in the U street corridor… delicious food and great prices. If you go once, you are sure to return.

Vinoteca, Wine Bar & Bistro, 1940 11th St. NW. Jose Manuel (my wine expert) says it is the perfect place to learn about wines. Has a great menu with a nice selection of charcuterie and cheeses.

Nellie’s Sport Bar, 900 U Street NW. This is a mix of gay bar, sports bar and neighborhood restaurant. Nellie’s has TV screens everywhere so you can follow your favorite teams. During the weekends the rooftop terrace is the place to be: crowed, noisy and fun.

"Zero Hour" at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW. (Image:www.washingtondcjcc.org)

“Zero Hour” at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. (Image: washingtondcjcc.org)

"Phèdre" at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW. (Image:www.shakespearetheatre.org)

“Phèdre” at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. (Image: shakespearetheatre.org)

"Dublin Carol" at the H Street Playhouse , 1365 H St. NE.(Image:scenatheater.org)

“Dublin Carol” at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. (Image: scenatheater.org)

Zero Hour” at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW: “Channeling Zero Mostel’s wild moods, crazy humor and righteous anger, Jim Brochu reintroduces us to this funny, fantastically contrary man whose penchant for truth-telling has been sorely missed.”

Phèdre” is at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW. Helen Mirren stars in Phèdre, an adaptation of Racine’s tragedy.

Dublin Carol” at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE: “Set in present-day Dublin on Christmas Eve, Dublin Carol relates the story of John Plunkett, a funeral parlor worker. John recounts memories of the drinking and womanizing of his youth with his younger assistant Mark. However, when his estranged daughter Mary arrives with sobering news, he is forced to face the more disastrous side of his past. Dublin Carol is a dark Irish comedy that follows John as he takes stock of his choices and their consequences–leaving us all more aware of our own lives and mortality.” – H Street Playhouse

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by Borderstan.com September 16, 2009 at 6:12 am 1,813 3 Comments

MPD's 2008 crime stats say crime went down in the city. (Image: MPD website.)

MPD says crime was down in 2008 in DC. (Image: MPD website.)

The FBI's Uniform Crime Statistics say crime went up in 2008 in the city. (Image: FBI website)

The FBI says DC crime was up in 2008. (Image: FBI website)

Did the crime rate in DC go up or down in 2008 compared to 2007? If you use the DC MPD’s crime stats, the answer is “down.” If you use the numbers compiled by the FBI–based on information submitted to them by MPD–then the answer is “up.”

I have read about the issues around these two types of numbers before. Yesterday, I saw the following blurb in the WCP’s Loose Lips Daily column: (more…)

by Borderstan.com September 16, 2009 at 5:00 am 1,919 8 Comments

We welcome a new weekly contributor to Borderstan. Mary Burgan is the Borderstan Movie Fan and she will offer up her “totally subjective advice” about what movies you should rent. Burgan is a retired association executive and professor of English. She and her husband live in Borderstan.mattyillini

By Mary Burgan

Stumped at Blockbuster? At the end of your queue on Netflix? Not sure which classics to watch on cable?

As a movie reviewer for Borderstan, I’ll make some totally subjective suggestions for you about movies that are not playing in the theater–classics and movies that have already left the theaters.

You can find plenty of reviews of new releases, so you don’t need help there. Not that I don’t have opinions, but I wanted to offer something a little different to Borderstan readers. (more…)

by Borderstan.com September 15, 2009 at 6:32 pm 1,302 4 Comments

Three robberies this afternoon… two in Borderstan and one in Adams Morgan. Both robberies in Borderstan were with a gun and in the same area as a number of other armed robberies the past two weeks. The times were around 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

“Yeesh” is about all I can say.

  • Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Gun/1705hrs/1420 Swann St NW/B/M 35 YEARS OLD 5’6 5’7 WEARING BLACK SHIRT AND BLACK PANTS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090514366. Sent on: 09/15 17:16
  • Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Force in the 2200blk of 18Th St. NW. 1607hrs. LOF a B/M, DARK BLUE OR GREY SWEAT HOODY,  30s, DARK COMPLEXTION, BLUE JEANS, 5’8 TO 5’9, 160LBS TO 180LBS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090514248
  • Police Alert-Robbery… Robbery Gun in the 1300blk of S St. NW. 1352hrs. LOF 2 B/M WHITE SHIRT BLUE JEANS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20090514043
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