by February 24, 2010 at 11:30 am 1,997 2 Comments

Borderstan Movie Fan movie reviews Mary Burganby Mary Burgan

Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan looks at the media from the perspective of Black History Month. Normally, her column runs every two weeks and previous reviews are listed at the end.

Although we are already in the last week of Black History Month, there is still time to catch up on offerings in the media and at the movies.

A friend has mentioned that there will be a new and exhaustive history of African Americans in the military coming out on WETA on February 21. It’s called For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots. If the title sounds overly didactic, the series seems to follow suit, but the information is, like much Black History, startling in showing how tragic and yet how courageous has been the progress of African Americans in helping our country’s to reach any semblance of justice on race.

WETA’s web page has a list of all its offerings, and especially of walking tours in and around Washington where aspects of Black History can be made more tangible.


by February 24, 2010 at 8:50 am 1,732 5 Comments

Shaw Dogs meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Helix at 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Meetings are open to the public. Shaw Dogs is the volunteer group responsible for operating the Shaw Dog Park on the 1600 block of 11th Street NW. You can join the Dog Owners of Greater Shaw listerv at Yahoo! groups.

Shaw Dog Park rules are likely to be the main topic of discussion tonight’s meeting. There have been alleged violations of the rule that limits the number of dogs any one person can bring to the park at one time (three dogs). In fact, Shaw Dogs placed a poster at the park with a photo and information about the alleged violator who was reported to have been brining 10 to 20 dogs to the park at one time.

In DC, the dog parks are operated and maintained by volunteer organizations that are formed specifically for each park. This is done in conjunction with the city. In other words, some official policing capacities in the hands of  citizens and not government staff, i.e., DC Urban Park Rangers. There is a separate organization for the the 17th Street dog park, Circle Dogs.

by February 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm 1,183 0

Following are crimes of note–robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos–that occurred February 18-22 in the DupontLoganU Street area.


  • Thursday, February 18, 4:43 p.m., Robbery, 18th and New Hampshire NW.
  • Thursday, February 18, 7:07 p.m., Robbery, 1600 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • Friday, February 19, 9:31 p.m., Robbery with Force and Violence, 16th and P Streets NW.
  • Friday, February 19, 9:46 p.m., Robbery, 1500 block of P Street NW.
  • Sunday, February 21, 1:10 a.m., Robbery with Force and Violence, 14th and Rhode Island NW.
  • Monday, February 22, 9:03 p.m., Robbery with Knife, 1841 14th Street NW. 1 man wearing ski mask.


Tuesday, February 16, Burglary, 1400 block of N Street NW.

Stolen Auto

  • Thursday, February 18, Stolen Auto, 1400 block of U Street NW.
  • Friday, February 19, Stolen Auto, 1300 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Sexual Assault

  • Thursday, February 18, 10:58 p.m., 14th and N Streets NW – Sidewalk.

by February 23, 2010 at 11:59 am 1,617 2 Comments

Good news on the post-Snowpoalypse. The DC Department of Public Works has resume collection of recyclables as well as trash pick up from alleys. From DPW:

The DC Department of Public Works announced today that it is resuming alley collections for trash and recycling.  Last week, residents were asked to put their trash at the curb through today because the alleys were impassable.  However, the high temperatures over the weekend produced some melting, which will allow the collections to be made from the alleys once again. Collections are being made from both the curb and alley Mon., Feb. 22.

Normal collection schedule resumes this week. Residents are asked to put their trash and recycling containers at their point of collection between 6:30 pm the day before their collection and 6 am the day of their collection.

by February 20, 2010 at 9:30 am 1,884 0

No Kings Artist Collective Activation 2719 dc art galleries

No Kings Collective opened on February 6 and “Activation 2719” runs through Saturday at 2719 13th Street NW. (

“Activation 2719” opens this Saturday, February 20 at No Kings Collective, a new artist collective and gallery at 2719 13th Street NW. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. with live entertainment.

Get ongoing dates and times for the gallery at their Web site.

From No Kings: “Activation 2719 is a rare opportunity for the artist to curate themselves, with themes that reflect their own personal style and background. Artists were asked to produce ‘site specific’ small collections of work to best be reflective of what makes their work both current and cutting edge.

“The range of works, genres, and mediums within Activation 2719 are as diverse as the artist themselves. These artists are contemporary in their niche while also pushing boundaries in art, both local and nationally. The common thread of these artists is their instantly recognizable use of intense color and topics within in their works, from the dynamic clean duct tape works and installations of artist Bryan Rojsuontikul to the graphic pen style and social commentary seen within the work of Aniekan Udofia. Activation 2719 promises to be unforgettable merger of style and character. “

by February 19, 2010 at 5:00 am 3,979 5 Comments

sweetgreen Luis Gomez Photos Logan Circle Borderstan

Final preparations are being made today for the Saturday opening of sweetgreen at 1471 P Street NW. The store will open at 11 a.m. and Sweetgreen promises a “salad blaster” to the first 50 people through the door. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Local chain sweetgreen is opening its fourth store this Saturday in Logan Circle at 1471 P Street NW in the Metropole building. Sweetgreen specializes in locally grown organic food, including salads and yogurt.

According to a spokesperson for sweetgreen, the store’s market will be the most unique part of the store: “We are adding 3 ‘sides’ to our daily menu, all of them chock full of local, sustainable food. They will rotate based on what is available in season, but will always consist of a grain/legume side, a roasted veg side, and a protein side (like local Virginia-grown and produced tofu, or EcoFriendly Foods sausage.”

Inside, the Logan Circle sweetgreen’s decor will feature works by local artist Tang, whose work has recently been featured at Transformer Gallery (across the street from the store).

by February 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm 1,278 0

Tonight is Third Thursday for the members of the MidCity Business Association in the 14th and U Street corridors. Every third Thursday of the month, several dozen shops and galleries are open until 9 p.m. with sales and special offerings. A full listing is below the fold. You can find tonight’s specials and events online at MidCity Life as well as their Facebook Page.

by February 18, 2010 at 11:00 am 2,155 0

Borderstan Movie Fan movie reviews Mary Burganby Mary Burgan

Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan is back with some new movie reviews for the snowbound residents of Borderstan. Her normally column runs every two weeks and previous reviews are listed at the end.

Like most of us in the neighborhood, I have been pinned down by the snow and the cold. I did manage to get away the week before the big snow, going to Memphis on business and deciding to stop over on the weekend for a night in Chicago to see some grandchildren (and their parents).

That stopover turned into three nights, and although I saw a great movie while waiting for the kids to come home from school on Friday, I did find myself taking the boys to Avatar on Saturday afternoon when it became clear that all the airports in Washington were closed indefinitely. My second viewing of Avatar, with a second set of grandchildren did not incline me to take back the praise I gave it before.

The new film was one I viewed alone in my son’s living room, and it caused me to gasp out loud and then to weep. My daughter-in-law was startled when she came home and found me all choked up. The film was United 93, an award-winning film made in 2006.


by February 18, 2010 at 8:30 am 1,329 0

Go mama go! hosts a reception for painter Michele Cormier, Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. (Michele Cormier)


At The Keegan Theatre… “Gdirl from Gdansk” opens Thursday, February 18 at 8 p.m. It runs through March 7. The Keegan Threatre is located at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street NW.


Go mama go! has a reception for painter Michele Cormier from 6 to 8 p.m. Her paintings her being displayed through February.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center presents “Inside/Outside,” curated by Mia Choumenkovith of the Lorton Art Program, Inc. Opening reception is Friday, February 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at 1632 U Street NW. The exhibit runs through February 27 and features works by Choumenkovith’s students at the DC Department of Corrections facilities.


There is an opening reception for a new exhibit at gallery plan b on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. It features paintings by Ted Milligan and photography by Charlie Gaynor, Juditha, and David Young; the exhibit runs until March 7. Location is 1530 14th Street NW, between Church and Q Streets.


At The Keegan Theatre… “The Atheist” opens Sunday, February 21 at 8 p.m. and runs through March 9.

by February 17, 2010 at 11:54 am 3,558 6 Comments

Thursday Update: The Wall Street Journal has an article today on its Law Blog about the Wone murder case. Glad to know we live in a “tony” part of town. From WSJ:

It’s been a few months since we told you about the Robert Wone murder case, and recent filings by federal prosecutors in Washington D.C. have, to put it mildly, raised eyebrows. Wone, pictured, was murdered in 2006 while visiting friends in a tony section of Washington. At the time, he was the general counsel at Radio Free Asia. He was 32.

Even better, if you want a quick synopsis of the toys found at the house on Swann Street and  quick rundown of the three residents of the house who are being charged with obstruction in the murder case of Robert Wone… be sure to read this post at Gawker: The Weird Weirdos Accused of Murdering Robert Wone.


More news on the Robert Wone murder case. You will recall that Wone was murdered on the 1500 block of Swann Street on August 2, 2006. According to one of the editors at the Web site, Who Murdered Robert Wone?, there was “quite a splash” with yesterday’s government filing of Uncharged Conduct I in the Wone case and trial. The Washington Post and Legal Times also have reports.

Co-Editor Craig Brownstein said, “A lot of lurid and unsettling details were included. Very lurid indeed. This is getting red hot. For the most part, the government showed their blueprint on how they will prosecute the case.”


by February 17, 2010 at 9:30 am 4,398 1 Comment

Paula Amt gallery plan b Luis Gomez Photos Logan Circle Borderstan

Paula Amt crosses 14th Street on her way to her frame shop from her gallery. Her two business are less than a block apart on the 14th Street corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

by Luis Gomez

Paula Amt is a true Borderstan entrepreneur: she lives in eastern Dupont and owns two businesses in western Logan Circle. Her first business was Framesmith DC, which opened in April 1999 in the carriage house at 1352 Q Street NW; the second was gallery plan b, which opened in March 2005 at 1530 14th Street NW.

The frame shop and the gallery are among a number of galleries that have come to the 14th Street corridor. Gallery plan b exhibits include photography, drawings, prints and sculpture. Amt features established artists as well as emerging local talent.

Borderstan: Why did you decide to go into business for yourself?

Amt: After having worked for a small business and commuting to Kensington, Maryland by Metro, I decided I wanted those three hours of my life back every day. I did not start these businesses because I am a “business person,” I started them because I wanted a little more independence–some might say “control”–and no commute, and to be working in the community in which I live.



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