by June 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm 1,004 5 Comments

The 14th & U Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The 14th and U Farmers Market is promising the sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes at the Garner table tomorrow… plus “Baby Artichokes (young, tender), French filet beans (haricots verts for the francophones), French shallots, red and black currants, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, sweet and pie cherries, thai basil…”

Remember that there are vendors with great baked goods, too. The market has a great Facebook Page with lots of updates.

by June 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm 0

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The DC Board of Elections & Ethics has purged almost 94,000 “inactive” voters the rolls. Is your name on the list? This list is in a PDF document at the BOEE site (use the search function, there are 1,737 pages).

“None of these voters has cast a ballot in the District in at least eight years, nor responded to repeated notices from our office,” said Board spokesperson Alysoun McLaughlin. “In addition, our mail to each one of these individuals has been returned undeliverable from the U.S. Postal Service, suggesting that they no longer live at the address where they originally registered.”

What’s the next step if you were removed from the voter rolls or if you are simply not registered to vote? DCBOEE says:

District residents are encouraged to register to vote or update their registration using the Board’s online tool at and to submit their completed voter registration application by mail by August 16, 2010. Between August 17 and August 30, residents can only register in person at the Board’s office. Once early voting begins on August 30 and at the polls on Election Day, residents can only register and cast a ballot if they bring with them a current photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, or government document listing their current address. Those individuals will be required to cast a special ballot, which will only be counted if the Board verifies that the voter meets all qualifications and has provided proper proof of residence.

by June 25, 2010 at 8:31 am 0

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Saturday grand opening: Fur-Get Me Not is the new owner of the self-service dog wash at 1722 Florida Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The do-it-yourself dog washing salon at 1722 Florida Avenue NW has a new owner, with a grand opening scheduled for tomorrow, June 26. PetMac LaundroMutt has been purchased by Fur-Get Me Not, a family owned business with a location in Arlington that offers a wide range of dog care services. You can also find them on Facebook.

Current hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 am to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 6 pm.

According to the owners, renovations are underway at the store. At do-it-yourself dog washing facilities, you bring your dog and everything is provided for you–but you wash your dog, not an employee of the store. Of course, do-it-yourself dog washes are cheaper than paying a groomer.

Benefit for Homeward Trails

Tomorrow’s grand opening of Fur-Get Me Not will also include a charity dog wash, which will benefit Homeward Trails. From 9 am to noon, all proceed benefit Homeward Trails, and from noon to 6 pm 50% of proceeds go to the animal charity. In addition, Homeward Trails will hold a pet adoption event at Fur-Get Me Not from 10 am to noon tomorrow.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that provides pet adoption in VA, DC, and Maryland.  They find homes for dogs and cats rescued from high-kill animal shelters or whose owners could no longer care for them.

In addition, Pigment Art Studio hosts an art play station for kids at Fur-Get Me Not from 10 am to 4 pm tomorrow. Pigment Art Studio is an Adams Morgan based business focused on providing a platform for communication, collaboration and motivation among young artists in the local comm unity by offering accessible high-quality art instruction. They offer kids, family, and adult art programs among their many services.

by June 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm 2 Comments

New exhibits at gallery plan b and Joan Hisaoka Gallery, plus a closing at the Curator’s Office. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Catch two new exhibits in the neighborhood this weekend. At gallery plan b on 14th Street, see Steed Taylor’s “Portrait of a Road Tattoo.” At the Joan Hisaoka Gallery on U Street, there is a Friday reception for “Through Their Eyes: Haitian Artists’ Visions of Home” plus photos from National Geographic’s Maggie Steberith.

At Transformer Gallery on P Street, a new exhibit opens Friday evening with an artist reception from 7 to 9 pm: E7: Tetrad. Transformer says, “Featuring new works by Reuben Breslar, Jennifer DePalma, Adam Dwight, and Treva Elwood, this year’s Exercises for Emerging Artists program, guest-curated by artist and professor Page Carr, highlights various incarnations of drawing, painting, and animation that explore themes of artistic process, personal history, character study, and the struggle for perfection.”

Saturday is the last day to see Kathryn Cornelius: “The Feelings of What Happens” at the Curator’s Office on 14th Street.

See what else is on exhibit at Dupont-Logan-U Street galleries–below the fold.


by June 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm 0

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See what’s playing at the five theaters in the Borderstan area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

You have a lot of last chances this weekend with three shows closing. The final performances of Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Naked Boys Singing (Ganymede Arts) are all on Sunday, June 27. One new show opens Saturday night, at the JCC’s Goldman Theater: New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656.

At the Studio Theatre, American Buffalo has been extended through July 11. A Man of No Importance at the Church Street Theatre also runs through July 11. The Source Festival completes Week 2 on Saturday and Week 3 begins Sunday.

Full details for these shows and theaters as well as the Church Street Theatre are below the fold.


by June 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm 1,345 3 Comments

Results of last week’s Borderstan reader poll.

What are your top three issues/concerns for the DC? Take the Borderstan reader poll in the right navigation bar on the landing page and add your comments here.

It is less than three months until the September 14 primary elections in DC. While the general election follows on November 2, primary day is the Big Day in DC elections.

The reason? DC is a one-party town and winners for mayor and council seats (with two exceptions for council seats) have always been decided in the Democratic Primary. The general election is an afterthought–the exception being the 1994 mayoral election between Marion Barry and Carol Schwartz. (See Reader Poll: The Race for DC Mayor.) On September 14, there are also Republican and Statehood Green primaries.

Contested Races

In 2010, we have an intense campaign for DC mayor between incumbent Adrian Fenty and challenger Vincent Gray and a contested race for DC Council Chairman between Vincent Orange and Kwame Brown; both of these contests are in the Democratic Party. Two of the four At-Large seats on the Council are up this year.

Phil Mendelson is getting a serious challenge from Clark Ray in the Democratic Party, and Independent David Catania is up for re-election. Catainia holds one of the two seats reserved for the non-majority party on the DC Council.

In addition, four of the eight ward seats are up this year. Facing re-election are Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Almost all of the Dupont-Logan area is in Ward 2, which is represented by Democrat Jack Evans. The northern part of Logan Circle and the U Street are are represented by Graham.

A Very Different City

DC is a different city than it was 20 years ago or even 8 or 12 years ago. The population has actually increased, for the first time since 1950, to around 600,000. Since 2000 there has been a tremendous amount of residential and commercial development, and housing prices and rents have soared.

DC has become a magnet city for the young, educated and creative. An issue that seems to constantly produce political shockwaves–below the surface if not always openly–is the changing demographics of DC. The population is becoming less African-American and more white, Asian and Latino–and younger would also be a good guess. Not surprisingly, this sometimes leads to tensions between long-time residents and newcomers.

What Are Your Issues?

So, what are your top issues for the city, your neighborhood? What issues–and the candidates’ positions on those issues–will be most important when your cast your votes in September and November for mayor, DC Council chair and members of the City Council?

Leave a comment and take the reader poll on the landing page in the right-hand navigation bar.

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by June 24, 2010 at 10:35 am 0

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Get live music listings at eight venues in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the live music listings for Thursday, June 24 through Sunday, June 24… always plenty of to hear at clubs in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Music in Dupont-Logan-U Street


June 24

June 25

June 26

June 27

Black Cat

1811 14th St. NW

Gifts for the Homeless Presents Banding Together 2010: The Battle of the Law Firm Bands
Time: 7pm
Price: $10
Billy Woodward and The Senders, Nunchucks, The Chariots
Time: 9pm
Price: $10DCRe:MIXtape: An All DJ Night w/ DJ Sets by Hugh McElroy, Gideon Forman, Aaron Leitko, True Womanhood, Hume, Noon:30, Buildings, Laughing Man, Shock Diamond and more!
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $5
3rd Annual Bike Prom
Time: 9pm
Price: $10Peppermint: Indie Dance Pop from Scandinavia, the UK, and Beyond w/ DJ Milk
Time: 9:30pm
Price: $5
XMC, Joey Wyoming
Time: 8:30pm
Price: $8

Bohemian Caverns

2011 11th St. NW

Michael Thomas Quintet
Time: 8:30pm, 10:30pm
Price: $20 Adv/$25 Door
Michael Thomas Quintet
Time: 8:30pm, 10:30pm
Price: $20 Adv/$25 Door


1940 9th St. NW

The Hundred In The Hand presented by: Liberation Dance Party
Time: 9pm
Price: $8
Two Sisters
Time: 9pm
Price: Free before 11pm, $5 after
Walter Schreiffels, John Bustine
Doors: 8:30pm
Price: $10 Adv/$12 Day of


Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues
1610 14th St. NW

Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 830pm – midnight
Price: $8
Antonio Parker Quartet, Saltman Knowles
Time: 9pm-1am
Price: $12
Jimmy Jackson Quartet
Time: 9pm-1am
Price: $12
Jazz Jam Sessions
Time: 7pm-11pm
Price: $8

9:30 Club

815 V St. NW

Bettye LaVette
Doors: 7pm
Price: $25
Tinariwen w/ Miles Seaton (Akron/Family), Geologist (Animal Collective) – DJ Set
Doors: 8pm
Price: $30
Who’s Bad: The World’s #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Band
Doors: 7pm
Price: $15Matt Pond PA w/ Wintersleep
Doors: 11pm
Price: $15
Hole w/ Foxy Shazam
Doors: 7pm
Price: $45

Twins Jazz

1344 U St. NW

Pascal Niggenkemper Trio
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10
The Full Ascent
Time: 9pm, 11pm
Price: $10
The Full Ascent
Time: 9pm, 11pm
Price: $10
Love Deluxe
Time: 8pm, 10pm
Price: $10

U Street Music Hall

1115 U St. NW

Steez Promo Presents: Dub Nation DC (Dieselboy, Smash Gordon, Marmoset, Encryption)
Time: 10pm
Price: $10
Michael Jackson Is Still Alive (DJ Bis, James Nasty, D Painter, Harry Hotter, Chris Nitti)
Time: 5pm
Price: FreeRed Fridays: Marques Whatt, Joe L. & Arsam
Time: 10pm
Price: $10, Free before 11pm
Bliss: Will Eastman, Stereo Faith, Vanniety Kills
Time: 10pm
Price: $10
Title Tracks, The Points, DJ Kim (Kicks!), Chad America
Time: 9pm
Price: $8

Velvet Lounge

915 U St. NW

Hip Hop Showcase
Doors: 7:30pm
Price: $8
Mindpower: Freestyle Workshop
Time: 2pm-5pm
Price: $5Spectral Vision, The Deaf Scene, Black Dog Prowl
Doors: 7:30pm
Price: $8

by June 24, 2010 at 9:26 am 2,826 0

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Mary Burgan is the Borderstan Movie Fan.

Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan’s column on movies runs every two weeks. Mary Burgan is a retired professor of English and association executive. Her previous reviews are listed at the end of this post.

Father’s Day was over on Sunday, but the pleasure of the phone calls lingers on at our house. I have my own day, and it brings not only phone calls but flowers and even chocolates, but the phone calls for my husband seem different. They tend to carry the kind of restrained enthusiasm that goes by another name–respect.

That same restraint seems to me to underlie many films about good fathers. I exclude the respect in the portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather; despite the loyalty of his sons, the Don is, after all, a monster. I am thinking here of decent male models for children, especially boy children.

I decided to test my thesis about a special respect for such fathers by going to see the latest version of The Karate Kid. The son in that film has lost his biological father, but he finds another father in China; his mother has had to move him there because of her job. The new father appears in the person of a handyman named Mr. Han.

Eventually it turns out that Han is actually a Kung Fu master who has turned away from his martial art because of personal tragedy. (Note: The American version of the film keeps the title, Karate Kid, to play off the original 1984 film. In Asia, where they know that karate is a Japanese, not Chinese martial art, the film is called The Kung Fu Kid.)

Box-office evidence suggests that boys love this father-son movie. I did not love it. I liked it. What there is to like is Jaden Smith, the actor son of Will Smith, who stole my grandmother’s heart with his lonely bravado in coping with a strange culture and the sweetness of his slow learning from the master. The master, Jackie Chan, is a heart-stealer as well. He plays the role of the taciturn father figure with a twinkle in his eye and evident sympathy for the boy. There was too much bashing in the final Kung Fu tournament for my taste, but the action was exciting and the moral satisfying.

What I didn’t like was the length at 2 hours and 20 minutes. This is a warning: Do not indulge in one of the massive cokes for sale in the lobby if you want to sit through the film without interruption. If you fail to heed this warning, there is enough dead time in the middle to allow for a quick trip to the bathroom. The film was co-sponsored by the China Film Group, and so a swatch of its middle turns into a tour of China, beautifully filmed but kind of slow.

There are other less padded and more revelatory movies about respect for fathers available, and you can find lists of the more current ones on the internet. My own list is more selective.

First, of course, is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). That film just aired on TCM, and I watched Gregory Peck’s dignified lope once again with affection. He’s a good dad, but the best thing about the film may be the adventures of the kids–peering in at a forbidden window, going downtown when they shouldn’t, accepting a new kid in a summer friendship. These have survived the almost 50 years since the movie was made, and they remain as fresh as “sweat and sweet talcum.”

Another other great film about fatherhood has been aired in this Father’s Day season on HBO. In the Name of the Father (1993) stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postelthwaite as a Northern Irish father and son who are falsely imprisoned for a pub bombing in Britain in the early 1970s. It is difficult to say who presides in this story of fatherly loyalty, for both actors are marvelous. Day-Lewis manages to convey the flighty and drug-ridden rebellion of the son’s generation that gradually undergoes a change of heart as he realizes his stoical father’s loyalty to him in gaol.

Not all the fathers in the films I can mention are so patient with their sons. Some are exasperatingly stubborn or foolish. The very conflict their sons feel in loving them becomes the focus of the drama.

Since I have disallowed Don Corleone from my pantheon of fathers of respect in beginning this essay, I’ll turn back to Italian fathers in ending it. The most memorable Italian fathers of all are depicted in Italian films about flawed men. The first is the tragic father in Vittorio De Sica’s classic, The Bicycle Thief, from post-war Italy (1948). And then there is the brutal father in the first masterpiece by the Taviani Brothers, Padre Padrone (1977).

My favorite Italian father, though, is Aurelio, the father in Fellini’s Amarcord (1973). The film shows him as a noble man despite his noisy exasperation with his children, his neighbors, and the politics of his country. He plays the Internationale from the church steeple when a Fascist festival is held in his village, and his humiliation by the local police makes him all the more deserving of respect.

Other Reviews by The Borderstan Movie Fan

by June 24, 2010 at 1:05 am 1,154 0

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At gallery plan b: Steed Taylor with a photo of one of his Road Tattoos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Gallery plan b has a new exhibit, “Portrait of a Road Tattoo,” and you can meet artist Steed Taylor tonight from 6 to 8 pm at the gallery, 1530 14th Street NW. His Road Tattoos are expansive painted designs on streets or highways that commemorate the struggles of individuals and communities. Over the past decade, Taylor has been commissioned to create numerous Road Tattoos across the country and in China, each addressing its own theme or issue.

Taylor’s exhibition at gallery plan b runs through July 25 and includes installations of several completed Road Tattoos. Each display includes text from the prayers used in the blessing, sketches of the design, and photos of the project. The installations are accompanied with other works in various media on the same theme.

by June 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm 0

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The 1500-block of Swann Street NW where Robert Wone was murdered on the night of August 2, 2006. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The end is, apparently, near in the conspiracy trial of the Swann Street Three. The website Who Murdered Robert Wone reports that the defense rests and that closing statements are Thursday. As all three defendants waived their right to trial by jury, the presiding judge will decide their fate.

Robert Wone was found murdered on August 2, 2006, in a row house at 1509 Swann Street NW. No one has been charged in his murder. The three men on trial lived at the Swann Street house where Wone was visiting and was murdered. The three defendants–Joseph Price, Dylan Ward and Victor Zaborsky–are accused of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and tampering with evidence.

by June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm 0

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Thursday, June 24 at the Black Cat.

“Chicago-style voting” is on tap Thursday night at the Black Cat for the annual fundraiser to benefit Gifts for the Homeless. You can “vote early and often” in support of your favorite band as 12 bands battle it out for best band.

The organizers are promising a dozen local bands who will compete to raise the most money from the crowd. Admission is $10 and doors open at 7 pm and the event runs to 12:30 am.

Just after the stroke of midnight, one band will be crowned champion for having raised the most money from the crowd through “Chicago-style” voting, where each dollar equals one vote. (Vote early and often!)

Last year’s concert raised more than $100,000 and used 100% of it to buy blankets and essential clothing items for DC’s homeless, which was delivered to more than 30 local shelters. The down economy this year is making everything harder on the homeless so it is more important than ever for everyone to come out, have a fun night at a great nightclub, and donate/vote for a wonderful cause!

In addition to the group’s website, Gifts for the Homeless has a great Facebook Page where you can get more information.

by June 23, 2010 at 10:57 am 0

The DC Department of Public Works is picking up trash and recyclables an hour early, at 6 am, on days when the temperature is forecast for at least 90° F and air quality is bad. This policy was in effect yesterday and today and will continue Thursday, June 24, and Friday, June 25.

You can get more information at the DPW website or on its Facebook Page. DPW says:

Residents may put their trash and recyclables out for pick-up starting at 6 pm the night before collections so they do not have to change their morning schedules to make sure these materials are collected. Throughout the summer, when the temperature is predicted to be 90˚ or higher or the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announces unhealthy air quality (Code Orange or Code Red days), DPW collection crews will begin their work at 6 am to avoid health or environmental issues.

by June 23, 2010 at 10:42 am 0

Among the crimes of note in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area in the past week is an unusual one: the arrest of five people for solicitation for prostitution. The arrest occurred early Saturday morning just past 2 am on the 2100 block of P Street NW; details are below. If you are not familiar with the area, this is an area with a hotels, clubs and bars straight west of Dupont Circle.

There were 12 reported robberies in the past week; four were committed with a gun and one with a knife. Geographically, four of the robberies were on Florida Avenue NW at 11th 12th, 13th and 16th Streets. An additional two robberies were on or near the U Street corridor. Rhode Island Avenue NW was the scene of a robbery and an assault.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

  • Saturday, June 19, 6:15 pm, 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.
  • Monday, June 21, 8:30 am to 3 pm, 1400 block of 17th Street NW-Residence.


  • Wednesday, June 16, 6:50 pm, 1400 block of 11th Street NW-Pocketbook Snatch.
  • Wednesday, June 16, 5:19 pm, 13th and Florida NW.
  • Thursday, June 17, 11:22 pm, 12th and Rhode Island NW.
  • Thursday, June 17, 11th and V Streets NW-with Gun.
  • Thursday, June 17, 1100 block of Florida Avenue NW-with Gun.
  • Saturday, June 19, 9 am, 1900 block of Q Street NW-Pocketbook Snatch.
  • Sunday, June 20, 10:15 am, 1700 block of Vermont Avenue NW-with Knife.
  • Sunday, June 20, 4:55 pm, 2000 block of 14th Street NW (U Street).
  • Sunday, June 20, 16th and Florida NW.
  • Tuesday, June 22, 5:28 pm, 1000 block of P Street NW-on bicycle with Gun.
  • Tuesday, June 22, 1:36 pm, 12th and Florida NW.
  • Tuesday, June 22, 1800 block of 10th Street NW-Armed Robbery.

Solicitation for Prostitution

  • Saturday, June 19, 2:10 am: “On Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 2:10 a.m. several Solicitation for Prostitution offenses occurred in the 2100 block of P Street NW (PSA 208) and were subsequently reported to the MPD. The MPDC arrested 5 individuals in the area and charged them accordingly. These are closed cases.”

Stolen Auto

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2000 block of 15th Street NW.
  • Monday, June 21, 9 pm to 8 am, 1700 block of 17th Street NW.

by June 22, 2010 at 11:51 pm 0

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Two of the 15 categories in Saturday’s Pride of Pets Dog Show are Most Glamorous and Most Original Costume. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The annual Pride of Pets Dog Show in Dupont Circle is a must-attend event if you are in town this weekend. This year’s dog show is Saturday, June 26, from 3 to 6 pm.

If you are interested in entering your dog, the registration form is online. There are 15 categories for your dog; it costs $6 per category or for $25 you can enter your dog into as many categories as you like. (Whether your dog will enjoy being entered into 15 categories is something entirely different.)

Entry fees help support PETS-DC, a nonprofit that helps care for the companion animals of people with disabling illnesses.

15 Categories

There are 15 categories and you can read the detailed descriptions at the PETS-DC website:

  1. Best Tail Wagging
  2. Most Affectionate
  3. Best Mirror Image
  4. Most Obedient
  5. Most Original Costume
  6. Least Obedient
  7. Most Mysterious Heritage
  8. Terrific Pet Tricks
  9. Best Puppy
  10. Best Senior Dog
  11. Best Pairs
  12. Most Glamorous
  13. Best Vocal Performance
  14. Most Adorable
  15. People’s Choice Best of Show


PETS-DC is dedicated to improving the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets. We provide public health education, exercise, pet food, veterinary care, grooming, foster care, and adoptions services at no cost to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington area.

by June 22, 2010 at 11:04 pm 1 Comment








Safeway’s National Capital BBQ Battle XVIII is this weekend on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Archives)


From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time.

Last weekend was the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival… and I was out. Of. Town. That’s just wrong and unfair.

After Cochon 555 I have to say that I really am hooked on these food festivals. What better place to eat than a place where the best cooks are putting out there best food and you can get your best belly-full of yum!?

Well, I can make up for missing out on last week’s fun and you can wait no more! Safeway’s National Capital BBQ Battle is here and it is this weekend.

Are you with me? Do you love BBQ? Hollar at me if you decide to go… I’ll undoubtedly be tweeting my undying love for all things pork from @frijolita.

Where?: Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 9th and 14th Streets. Closest Metro stop is Federal Triangle.

When?: Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 7:30pm.

What?: BBQ… samples… for free… what more do you want? Ok, there’s also chef demonstrations, and fun and games for all.

How much?: $10 for adults, $5 for kids and the under 5-ers get in for free.


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