Borderstan Weekend October 17/18
El Sol is located at 1930 9th Street NW in what is known as Little Ethiopia, but the menu is Mexican-Salvadoran. The food has great reviews is has affordable prices.
Rice Restaurant, is located at 1608 14th Street NW. Always a favorite of ours. The menu is delicious with a variety of East and Southeast Asian choices… the food is beautifully presented with a very nice atmosphere. Make reservations if you are planning to go on a weekend.
Solly’s is located at 1942 11th Street NW, and it is a place to go and have a beer or three; your neighborhood bar… very laid-back atmosphere. Don’t count on getting any food there.
“Robert Bergman: Portraits, 1986-1995” is at the National Gallery of Art at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW: “For more than 40 years, Robert Bergman (b. 1944) has traveled the streets and back alleys of the United States, photographing the people and scenes he encounters. Beginning in the 1960s, he, like so many other so-called street photographers of that generation, used a 35mm camera to make black-and-white photographs. In the 1980s Bergman began to work in color. Using no special lighting or equipment, he made a series of monumental portraits of the people he met. The exhibition will present 33 of these compelling portraits from a recent gift to the Gallery of more than 90 photographs by Bergman, most of which have never before been exhibited.”
“Athlete: The Sports Illustrated Photography of Walter Iooss,” is at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW: “The exhibit includes more than 40 photos from Iooss’s nearly 50-year career, each accompanied by the story behind the image, told in Iooss’s own words. He describes his relationship with Michael Jordan, his favorite athlete, and recalls the emotional day he photographed his boyhood hero, Johnny Unitas, whose hand was so damaged by football that he couldn’t hold a cup of coffee.The exhibit includes Iooss’s most famous photograph, ‘The Catch,’ which captured the last-minute touchdown catch by San Francisco 49ers’ receiver Dwight Clark that ended the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl dreams in 1982.”
“Jonas Bendiksen, The Places We Live,” is at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW: “His stay in Nairobi sparked a three-year project documenting households and families in Caracas, Mumbai, and Jakarta. Bendiksen attempted to challenge some of his own assumptions about urban poverty. He discovered that it was impossible to generalize the lives and experiences of one-sixth of the world’s population. He discovered that–beyond the common perceptions of poverty, misery, destitution, insecurity, and danger–that there were more stories that needed to be expressed. In The Places We Live, Bendiksen captures the enterprise and hard-work, hope and humor, and love and compassion that occur even in the face of some of the world’s most difficult environments.The Places We Live is a collection of the voices and reflections of some of the people living in the world’s fastest-growing human habitat–slums. These are the places we live.”
“Adding Machine: A Musical” is at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW: “Elmer Rice’s expressionistic masterpiece re-imagined in a stunning new musical! After losing his job to a machine, Mr. Zero’s monotonous life swirls into chaos. With jangling, percussive music reflecting period influences – including early-20th-century modernists, Tin Pan Alley and gospel – this work conjures a vision of American life in the 1920s at odds with that decade’s popular image as a happy-go-lucky era ended only by the Depression. It is a vision that feels eerily in tune with our own unsettled economy.”
“Black Pearl Sings!” is showing at the Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW: “Susannah, a song collector for the Library of Congress, travels the country seeking little-known melodies. When she encounters Pearl in a Texas prison, she discovers dozens of musical treasures rooted in the African tradition. Pearl must decide whether to give away her ancestors’ songs for a chance at her own freedom. Music unites strangers in a powerful story that illuminates America’s racial divisions and the attempts of two women to bridge them. Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins makes her Ford’s Theatre debut in the title role with Erika Rolfsrud as Susannah. Jennifer L. Nelson returns to direct for the first time since her critically acclaimed production of Jitney.”
“The Texas Chainsaw Horns” is Sunday, October 18 at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage, 2700 F Street NW: “The Texas Chainsaw Horns came together 10 years ago in the suburbs of Northern Va. Members originate from all over the country (Texas, NYC, Puerto Rico, Canada), but now maintain a family/home base in the DC/VA/MD area. The main focus of the band is the tight, five piece horn section led by trumpeter/arranger Tony Murtha whose work has been featured on Disney, Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, Subway, Orange County Choppers, The Washington Nationals and the NFL Super Bowl Half Time Show. With almost a dozen members, the band draws on a wide variety of influences anywhere from Ray Charles and James Brown to ZZ Top and The Tower of Power.”
“Evil Dead: The Musical!” is at the DCAC, 2438 18th Street NW: “Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. The entire DCAC theatre becomes a SPLASH ZONE in this bloody camp-horror fest. You have been warned – dress accordingly!!!”
“The Alchemist” is playing at the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW: “Considered Jonson’s best comedy, The Alchemist follows the antics of three con-artists: Subtle, Face and Dol. When the gentleman Lovewit flees England to avoid the Plague, the trio set up headquarters in his home and set about exposing the social ills of their fellow Londoners.”
“Teater Patrasket” is at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F Street NW: “Formed in 1985. Thomas Danielsen, Maria Myrgård and Dirck Backer make up the permanent player troupe and artistic leadership. The players have a common theater education and have worked with different comedy forms at the Commedia School in Copenhagen. They also teach and direct plays in which children are the actors.”