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by Borderstan.com April 30, 2010 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

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The 1200 block of U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you need a reminder on why you live in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, then here you are. Be sure to check out the galleries, music and theater listings–links are at the bottom of this page.

Friday, April 30

Open Mike Night. The LGBT DC Center is hosting Open Mic Night at the Center, 1810 14th Street NW, at 8 pm: “Join us at the DC Center on Friday April 30th at 8:00 PM for a night of queer poetry and spoken word.  This open mic night is hosted by Mike Brazell.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come prepared to share your work.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mike Brazell.”

American Sign Language Open Mic Poetry. Busboys & Poets has ASL open mic poetry tonight at 11 pm. At 14th and V NW location; $5 cover.

Saturday, May 1

Farmers Market Opens for Season. The 14th and U Farmers Market opens for the 2010 season this Saturday. The time is 9 am to 1 pm (Saturdays only) on the northwest corner by the Reeves Municipal Center. Kids and dogs are welcome. Check out the market’s page on Facebook to find out what types of produce are expected.

Embassy Tours. Cultural Tourism DC is kicking off its Passport DC series with free embassy tours: “Embassies from A to Z–Australia to Zambia and many in between–will treat guests to a rare opportunity to enjoy the cultures of their countries all in one day during the Around the World Embassy Tour.” A total of 35 embassies are participating in the tour. Remember that many embassies are located in Dupont Circle or close by.

Register, Vaccinate Your Pet. The District’s Department of Health will hold a vaccination and registration clinic from 1 to 4 pm for dogs and cats at the Shaw Dog Park. Dogs must be on leash, and cats must secured in a carrier box. The vaccinations are free, but there are registration fees. Here’s more information.

Pop-Up Gala. The Cultural Development Corporation hosts the Pop-Up Gala at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW; tickets required.

Sunday, May 2

Rami Kleinstein Concert. The DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q NW, is having a one-hour Rami Kleinstein concert in its parking lot (Q Street side) from 6 to 7 pm. DCJCC’s blogger says Kleinstein is an “Israel rock god.”

You and Your Dog. The Adams Morgan Main Street Group is hosting BowWow PowWow at Marie Reed School (18th and Wyoming NW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is “a day of fun and festivities for you and your dog.” There will be a dog agility demonstration, 11 contests, information about adoption from WARL and more. (Rescheduled from April 25.)

2010 Police and Fire Field Day. The annual Police and Fire Field Day is 11 am to 6 pm at Fort McNair. The annual event features competitive events between the DC police and fire departments plus family-oriented activities. Tickets are $10 per family. Fort McNair is by Buzzard Point in SW DC and is Metro accessible via the Waterfront/SEU stop and Metrobus 70 and 71 lines.

All Weekend: Galleries, Music, Theater

by Borderstan.com April 30, 2010 at 7:01 am 1,080 0

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By Cecile Oreste

Cultural Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that makes space for art. But what exactly does that mean?

This year Cultural Development Corporation will tell the story of what they do every day through a series of pop-up art spaces, two of which are located in the U Street area. The various projects have resided in the city for the last two weeks and will come together on Saturday at their annual gala at Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW.

Cultural Development Corporation created teams of artists, architects and developers to make space for art. Each team responded to a key word–live, work, play and create, which could be interpreted as literally or figuratively as each team wanted. According to Morgan Greenhouse of Team Work, their team took the key word ‘work’ quite literally.

Team Work is comprised of representatives from Lakritz Adler, Sorg Architects and artist Edgar Endress. They collaborated with residents of the Shaw and U Street neighborhoods to create their pop-up project, which plays with the idea of value. They asked residents to provide objects that represent how they make a living in exchange for a Shaw Buck, redeemable for discounts at local outlets like Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant.

The mementos were organized in a wooden crate at an empty retail space below Moderno at 12th and U Streets. After the gala, the team intends to ship the crate with a letter of explanation to a local institution, essentially elevating the value of the mementos.

Pop-Up Living Luis Gomez Photos Cultural Development Corporation

When asked about how they came up with the concept, Greenhouse said it was a collective team effort. “There were varied levels of physical and intellectual contribution, but it was a constant collaborative effort,” she said. “We thought about the context of the space and what the vacant retail space meant. We came up with the idea of adding value which became central to the project.”

“It was interesting talking directly to the residents when we knocked on doors to collect the objects,” said Endress, who is part of the Floating Lab Collective and also the artist collaborator for Team Work. “The project started as questioning the nature of art in the context of development, but has become more about community and culture–how do you define yourself, what stays and what is memorable.”

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by Borderstan.com April 30, 2010 at 5:00 am 6 Comments

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La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is La Paz, which was the top choice of readers with 44% of votes cast. La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. The second choice was Maracaibo in the northwestern Venezuelan state of Zulia with 21% while Boa Vista, Roraima, in Brazil was in third place with voters with 15%.

We will have next Mystery City #6 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities were Caracas, Valaparaiso,  Sydney and Bratislava.

by Borderstan.com April 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm 0

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The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW. (Healing Arts Gallery)

If you are in the mood to take in an exhibit, remember that there are 10 galleries here in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

This weekend there are two new exhibits opening and three closing. New exhibits are at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street and Transformer on P Street. Exhibits closing are at the Bronfman Gallery at the DC Jewish Community Center… the Curator’s Office and the Hamiltonian Gallery.

The complete list is below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm 0

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This Friday and Saturday: Chuchito Valdes performs at HR-57, located at 1610 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Thursday through Sunday: Here is your listing of live music at venues in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. If you want to head out your door at the last minute to take in some music close to home, here are the places to go–the list is below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2010 at 7:15 am 1 Comment

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Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Ladies" is playing the Arena Stage at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Three of the five theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area have shows this weekend. One new show opens Friday night: The Graduate begins a run on Friday at The Church Street Theatre.

The listing is below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm 1,671 4 Comments

Note: This is a firsthand account.

At approximately 10 pm a Maryland couple was driving their 1995 Isuzu SUV north on 15th Street NW when they noticed flames coming ouf the truck on the driver’s side. They stopped the truck at the northeast corner of 15th and Corcoran and got out before the truck went up in flames. No one was injured and the fire did not spread to surrounding vehicles or buildings.

DC police officers on the scene verified the details of the incident.

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Click to enlarge: Photos of the truck fire tonight at 15th and Corcoran NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The fire and sounds of melting plastic and glass caused loud popping explosions that could be heard for several blocks. Police arrived on the scene and blocked off 15th Street NW. However, it was an estimated 8 minutes (the estimated time is confirmed by reports from several people on hand) before the DC Fire Department arrived.

The vehicle was burning out of control when the fire trucks arrived, but the fire was easily extinguished. The couple driving the SUV were able to move safely away from the vehicle and were giving a report to DC police.

by Borderstan.com April 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm 2,404 0

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Three Advisory Neighborhood Commissions serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area: ANC 2B, ANC 2F and ANC 1B. (Image: ANC 2B website)

Last week we looked at the function and role of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in DC government (“What Exactly Do ANCs Do?”).

This week is a Q&A with four ANC commissioners from the three ANCs that serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area; we asked each commissioner the same four questions.

The Q&A with these four commissioners is below the fold:

  • Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B04, which is the single-member district (SMD) on the east side of ANC 2B-Dupont, running from 15th to 17th Streets.
  • Peter Raia, ANC 1B02, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 1B, which serves the U Street area and encompassing parts of both U and 14th Streets.
  • Charles Reed, ANC 2F01, which is an SMD on the west side of ANC 2F-Logan, including part of the 14th Street corridor. Reed is also the chairman of ANC 2F.
  • Mike Silverstein, ANC 2B06, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 2B-Dupont, south of the Circle. He is also the chairman of ANC 2B.

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by Borderstan.com April 28, 2010 at 11:15 am 1 Comment

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Deals For Deeds held a kickoff event at 14th Streets’s ACKC Cocoa Bar on Tuesday night. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Deals for Deeds founders Josh Hoffman and Harrison Miller at Tuesday night’s kickoff. The site went live this morning. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Deals for Deeds is now up and running following a launch party last night at ACKC Cocoa Bar–the first deal is already posted this morning. The group buying website is similar to LivingSocial and Groupon, but supports community nonprofits in the process.

Deals for Deeds will offer “one huge daily deal on the best things to do, see or eat around the city… and a portion (at least 5%) of every deal is donated to one of three local non-profits that rotate on a regular basis.”

On the business side, they have already partnered with ACKC, Arganica Farm Club, Tango Mercurio and Carafe Wine Makers. On the nonprofit side, Deals for Deeds has lined up Washington Animal Rescue League, Food & Friends, and Habitat for Humanity of DC.

by Borderstan.com April 28, 2010 at 9:00 am 0

One of the crime trends of the past 10 days in the Borderstan area is nine stolen autos: five were stolen last weekend, four on Saturday and one on Sunday. There were another four reported between April 17 and April 21. Most of the cars were stolen in the western part of Logan Circle neighborhood or near the U Street Corridor; the list is below.

In addition, there were 11 reported robberies between April 16 and April 26, two of them committed with guns (the robbery of Nellie’s Sports Bar and resident Kal Penn) and one with a knife. Three of the robberies are categorized as “snatches” or “pocketbook snatches” and they occurred between 1300 and 1500 U Street NW.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week–robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos–that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.

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by Borderstan.com April 28, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

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14th and T NW: The lights were on last night as Room & Board prepares for a June opening. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Room and Board

According to DCmud, Room & Board is set to open in June. Construction has been underway for months at the southwest corner of 14t and T Streets NW in the old Taylor Motor Building. DCmud has a great description of the planned interior with photos of work underway.

Arts Overlay Cap Upped

In other 14th Street news, the DC Zoning Commission voted to increase the available linear frontage for restaurants and bars inside the arts overlay district on the 14th and U corridors. The action increases the available frontage to 30% from the current 25%. There are plans to increase the linear frontage to 50%, a process that will take several more months. The immediate 5% increase should allow several projects already underway to proceed. Check out the Washington Business Journal for more information. (Hat tip to dcist.)

by Borderstan.com April 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm 1,971 0

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Glenn Fry with one of his silkscreen works, “Snap Out of It.” (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Glenn Fry at work in his 14th Street studio in the Logan Circle neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Cecile Oreste

Although Glenn Fry had a successful career as an advertising graphic designer and art director, he felt that his creativity was not being fully utilized.

“Advertising is very specific and business minded,” said Fry. “Companies are focused on money and often play it safe rather than doing something creative and different.”

Tired of the corporate advertising world, Glenn decided to move to the District and pursue his passion for art full time. After settling in Logan Circle, he enrolled in classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and the Torpedo Factory’s Art League. Classes helped bring Fry back into the artistic mindset and he began developing the unique style that he brings to his silkscreen works.

“The transition into the art world has been a lot of work, but has also been very fulfilling,” he said. (more…)

by Borderstan.com April 27, 2010 at 10:30 am 1,040 4 Comments

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Mystery City #5: What Latin American city is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you Mystery City #5 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. Make your best guess–or educated selection–on the city’s identify and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first four mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney and Bratislava.

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by Borderstan.com April 27, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

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“Homeless” on Connecticut Avenue north of Dupont Circle. (Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day)

Another article on DC’s rising hipster status. Out magazine has an article about DC’s place in the gay-hipsterness rankings: “When did it stop being embarrassing to say you live in D.C.?” My favorite graph: “It’s not embarrassing anymore to say you live in D.C.,” says Richard Florida, the author who rethought city coolness with his book The Rise of the Creative Class. “When we measure the gay index, D.C. is off the charts. Of course, you still have preppy dinosaurs living in the formaldehyde netherworld of Georgetown. But that’s ending.” Well, at least we live in the middle of it.

Washington Post reaches out to local bloggers. Fishbowl DC reported Washington Post’s announcement of its new local blog network, “All Opinions Are Local.” It will include original content from independent bloggers, as well as posts from the bloggers’ home sites. Sommer Mathis of DCist, Dan Malouff of BeyondDC and David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington are among the bloggers working with The Post.

Dodge City now open on U Street. BrightestYoungThings and UrbanDaddy profile the new tavern in town. The Go Go Posse 1980s release “D.C. Don’t Stand for Dodge City” inspired the name of the bar, which is owned by Velvet Lounge owner Haile Berhane. Abdul Kayoumy from Velvet and Angie Hopson from Black Cat are also partners in the venture, according to BYT.

Harry Jaffe covers Robert Wone murder case. Local columnist Harry Jaffe (Washingtonian and Examiner) has an in-depth article in the May issue of Washingtonian magazine; you can read an excerpt online. Wone was murdered on August 2, 2006, on the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. No one has been arrested for Wone’s murder, but the three residents of the house where he was killed have been charged with obstruction of justice in the case; their trail begins early next month. The editors at Who Murdered Robert Wone? will be covering the trial and have a Monday post, “The Divine Miss M.”

14th and U NW project. Is the big redevelopment project planned for the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW about to get underway? DCmud has the story.

Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio tries Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Young and Hungry blog at the Washington City Paper reposted the picture of Tom Colicchio’s half-eaten half smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Top Chef judge uploaded the picture to Twitter with the caption, “Guess where I am.” Bravo has been taping the popular series throughout the District. See the Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog for a map of their whereabouts.

More on the 14th and U corridor Arts Overlay. Two pieces of reading on the arts overlay district that encompasses swaths of both 14th and U Streets, limiting the frontage to 25%… but it will probably soon be upped to 50%. Read a follow-up piece at 14th and You as well as the great piece over at the Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex blog (comments are also a must read).

More details on the armed robbery of Nellie’s. MetroWeekly has more details on the April 19 robbery of Nellie’s Sports Bar at 9th and U NW.

Kal Penn “good” following robbery. Kal Penn speaks! About his mugging. Sort of: Kal Penn: ‘Good’ After Robbery from TMZ.com

Fenty proposes vacant property fee increase. Washington Business Journal reports on DC Mayor Adrian Fenty’s proposal to dramatically increase the annual registration fee paid by vacant property owners in DC. According to Michael Neibauer of the WBJ, property owners could pay up to 250 times what they currently pay for owning an empty residential or commercial building.

by Borderstan.com April 26, 2010 at 11:00 am 0

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Click to enlarge: There were 29 stolen autos in the 12th and U Street area in the year ended April 19. Six were on T Street and seven were on 10th Street. (MPD crime database)

Last Wednesday we had a post on violent crime trends over the past three years for three specific areas in Borderstan. Today is a look at property crime trends over the same periods of time for the same three areas.

These property crime numbers are from the MPD Crime Database and each set of numbers is for the previous one-year period, i.e., April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010. For each of the three crime reporting areas–14th Street, 17th Street and U Street–there are three sets of numbers. (We report on these specific geographic areas because they are commercial strips and centers for neighborhood life, which can also make them crime magnets.)

Unlike violent crime in the area–which is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up–property crime has declined in the past year. However, property crime rates are only back down to where there were two years ago. In terms of the overall crime rate, it is declining property crime rates that are driving the overall crime rate.

Property Crimes for All Three Areas

For the three reporting areas combined (14th Street, 17th Street and U Street), there were the following number of property crimes by year:

  • April 19, 2007 to April 19, 2008: 766 property crimes (includes 117 burglaries, 309 thefts from autos, 108 stolen autos)
  • April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009: 933 property crimes (includes 92 burglaries, 470 thefts from autos, 125 stolen autos)
  • April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010: 787 property crimes (includes 53 burglaries, 397 thefts from autos, 72 stolen autos)

Notable Trends for Three Combined Areas

  • For the three areas combined, property crimes are down 15.6% for the one-year period ended April 19 when compared to the previous year. However, the total number is still up slightly from two years ago, about 3%.
  • As of April 19, the number of burglaries in the previous year was 42% lower than in the previous one-year period, and 55% lower than two years ago.
  • The number of stolen autos has declined by 42% in the past year after increasing 16% between April 2008 and April 2009.
  • The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) declined 16% in the past year, but is still 28% higher than two years ago.
  • Other property crimes in the MPD crime stats are theft and arson.

Property crime stats for each of the three reporting areas are below the fold.

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