by Borderstan.com September 25, 2010 at 9:48 am 0

Greater Dupont Mini-Walk Charlie's Place

The Greater Dupont Mini-Walk is for Charlie’s Place, a facility for the homeless.

What: Greater Dupont Mini-Walk for Charlie’s Place, a facility for the homeless located at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW.

When: Sunday, September 26 at 1 pm.

Where: Dupont Circle. Register at the Dupont Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm… or on the west side of Dupont Circle from 11 am to 1 pm.

Who: You! Registration fee is $25… $15 if you are under age 25… or you can be paired with a sponsor. This event is part of Fannie Mae’s efforts to help the homeless.

Why: This event is designed for those who are unable to do the 5K Fannie Mae Walkathon on November 20. Walkers will go around Dupont Circle, starting from the west side of the Circle then up Connecticut Avenue to Charlie’s Place (St. Margaret’s Church), where there will be refreshments and a presentation about the current work of Charlie’s Place. The facility now includes case management and efforts to secure jobs and housing, in addition to nutritious meals and links to social, legal, and health services for the homeless.

by Borderstan.com September 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm 1,484 0

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Figs with Bleu Cheese and Honey. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

The weekly update from FreshFarm Markets tells us that figs will be making a strong showing at the market this weekend. These strange little fruits happen to be a childhood favorite (they remind me of my grandmother), but they’re a mysterious fruit that not many know about.

I love this post at The Kitchn on how to select and store figs. Main take aways? Make sure to use your figs within a couple days of purchasing them–they go bad quickly. Choose soft, but not mushy figs with a stem that is firmly planted in the fruit–wiggly wobbly stems mean mushy figs. Finally, store figs in the fridge but in a shallow bowl or on a plate so they don’t bruise!

Fall fruit is here, folks! Time to stop mourning tomato season and move on! Here’s some recipes to get you started:

And that’s just a few ideas! Do you have any figgy recipes to share?

by Borderstan.com September 24, 2010 at 12:05 am 1,316 0

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Works from the four artists on display at Vastu, clockwise from top left: Maryanne Pollock, Joel Traylor, Gennara Moore and Campbell Maloney. (Vastu)

From Cecile Oreste at danceDC

If you missed Vastu’s first $500 or Less Art Exhibition, don’t worry: The DC furniture retailer and art gallery on 14th Street NW is bringing affordable art back with their second exhibition. All exhibited works are available for $500 or less

This show features a variety of paintings, digital designs and mixed-media pieces from four area artists: Maryanne Pollock, Gennara Moore, Joel Traylor and Campbell Maloney.

The exhibition is on display through October 24. For more information, visit the Vastu website and their blog, Design Clique.

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm 1,339 0

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle

The Festival will include 56 artists, an auction tent, beer garden, The Pet Zone and lots of kids’ activities. (17th Street Festival logo)

17th Street Festival organizers have added two more performances to the live music stage planned for 17th and Church: Singer and songwriter Eric Himan… and Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka, Jessica Spaulding-Deverreoux and the X-Faction Dancers from Town.

They join Djesben, Double Life and Tom Goss. Full details below. The stage will be near JR’s Beer Garden.

The festival–from P Street to Riggs Place NW–will feature 56 local artists (10 more have signed up) who will have vendor stalls along 17th Street–a great opportunity to support local artists.

The Festival will also include restaurants, The Pet Zone, kid’s activities and an auction tent.

Live Performances

  • 2 pm: Djseben. The band’s name (pronounced JESS-ben) comes from a 1920s word meaning “jazz band.” The band says their music style has been described “Rock and roll for little kids,” “Iconojazz,” “subtle, like honey mustard sourdough pretzels” and “Massage table music.” You can check out Djseben’s music on YouTube.
  • 2:30 pm: Singer and songwriter Eric Himan was added to the Festival lineup this week. He is also in town Saturday night to perform at Z Lounge to benefit The Trevor Project, the leading national organization for suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
  • 2:45 pm: Shi-Queeta-Lee, Ba’Naka, Jessica Spaulding-Deverreoux and the X-Faction Dancers from Town.
  • 3 pm: Double Life. This six-member group covers songs ranging from Maroon 5 to Natasha Bedingfield to Queen and George Michael, and utilizes innovative vocals and intense instrumentation–“two couples, a twist of B-school and shake with a few degrees of separation, and you’ve got Double Life.”
  • 5:20 pm: Tom Goss. The young Wisconsin native “offers up dynamic acoustic rock featuring muscular guitar, hooky melodies and a uniquely powerful voice.” Goss has releases The Politics of Love, which he describes as “ore than an EP or music video, more than one person. The Politics of Love is a broad curriculum that gives you the tools you need to teach marriage equality where you are. Perfect for college clubs, church congregations, high-school classrooms and even your home….” Goss has cuts on his website… check out his Facebook Page.
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Tom Goss will perform at 5:20 pm. (Tom Goss)

56 Artists

The number of local artists will have vendor tables and displays at the 17th Street Festival is now up to 56 (10 more since Monday). Check out the list at the Festival page.

Kids’ Activities

Festival organizers (Ross School PTA is the lead organizer) are promising a kid-friendly event this Saturday with a “Kids Zone” on the grounds of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. They promise games, arts and crafts, food and other activities for current Ross students and parents as well as prospective students/parents and children. There will be a meet-and-greet at 2 pm at Ross School with the principal.

Sponsorships and Beneficiaries

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2010 at 10:55 pm 0

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From Alejandra Owens

Sunday Clothing Swap for Martha’s Outfitters

Martha’s Outfitters at 2114 14th Street is a community thrift store where all the proceeds go toward supporting Martha’s Table, which serves meals to those in need as well as running youth programs. On Sunday the Proper Topper (a favorite boutique) is holding a clothing swap from noon to 4 pm in their Georgetown sister store. Whatever items are left will be donated to Martha’s Outfitters. Those who clean out their closets will be rewarded with discounted Winter accessories!

Readers Say Rhee Won’t Stay

Our Borderstan poll of the week asked, Will Michelle Rhee remain as DC Schools Chancellor? Voters said she won’t be around under a new mayor: 78% said she will leave. More specifically, 66% want Rhee to stay but think she will leave… 12% said that Rhee will be leave and that’s just fine with them… 21% think Rhee will stay and that will be make them happy… while 1% want Rhee gone but think she will end up staying on as DC Schools Chancellor.

Find Us at the 17th Street Festival

This is going to be a fun weekend! Yes, we’re facing another heatwave (hopefully the last), but don’t stay inside. Borderstan will be at the 17th Street Festival partying it up with bands, our favorite shop owners and of course, our pets. Look for our table.

Battle Between Food Truck and Restaurants

Be sure to read Washington City Paper’s Inside D.C.’s Food-Truck Wars, which examines what’s going on in DC between the proprietors of food trucks and traditional “brick and mortar” food establishments. The new trucks popping up in town are great for consumers, but tough on the owners of certain types of eateries.

More Milloy

The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy serves up more opinions that make many Washingtonians… crazy? He ponders why so many think Vincent Vincent Gray would fail? (Read the comments if you dare.) See Borderstan post on his first column on the subject of Fenty’s defeat: Courtland Milloy: “Get Off My Lawn.”

DC Central Kitchen’s Vans Are Vandalized

TBD.com reported that several of DC Central Kitchen’s vans were spray painted with red paint X-ing out their logos and a number of them suffered smashed mirrors and windows. A gathering of devoted Twitterati raised the fundraising bat-signal and by close of business several were calling for matches to donations and a few even doubled their money. DC Central Kitchen reported via Twitter Thursday morning that 24 hours had yielded $2,400 in donations. Another great showing by residents to bolster the community!

Hispanic Business Ownership Surges in DC

Washington Business Journal reports a 54% surge in Hispanic business ownership in the district.

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2010 at 12:27 am 1,225 0

14th Street Streetscape U Street NW

State of the Sidewalks: 14th Street NW and U Street NW. DDOT holds its first public meeting on the the 14th Streetscape Project on Sept. 29 at the Reeves Municipal Center. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a community meeting on the 14th Street Streetscape project on Wednesday, September 29. Time is 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the 2nd Floor Community Room of the Reeves Center at 14th and U NW.

Attendees will be shown the intermediary design followed by a public input session. The long-awaited project covers the stretch of 14th Street NW from Thomas Circle north to Florida Avenue. The streetscape project got its start back in 2007 with presentations by DDOT at a series of public meetings. The final report was released in 2008.

Plan Objectives

Some of the objectives of the 14th Streetscape plan are:

  • To reinforce and define a sense of place and uniqueness of the 14th Street corridor.
  • Establish a flexible, demand-management parking strategy.
  • Encourage the use of public transit.
  • Create a safe, inviting and interesting neighborhood that supports diverse uses and activities.

“Streetscape” is a broad term to include all the physical elements that we encounter when moving around the city by foot, bike, car or public transit. Elements of the project include bus shelters, crosswalks, trees, curbs and gutters, bike lanes, public art and signage.

Streetcars? U Street?

What is not on the agenda is any discussion of DDOT’s ambitious streetcar plan, which would include this portion of 14th Street as well as a U Street line. When you click on the DDOT streetcar map, be sure to click on Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the master plan.

Also not included in this streetscape project are the blocks of U Street just off 14th Street. If you’ve walked the U Street between 9th and 18th Streets, you know they are in desperate need of refurbishment. The sidewalks are extremely narrow in some places in addition to being in bad shape and simply dirty.

Projects on 17th and P Streets

In Dupont Circle we have recently seen two DDOT Streetscape projects. The 17th Street NW project, which started last year and just finished up (be sure to check out our story on the 17th Street Festival to celebrate the completion). A few years ago the blocks of P Street west of Dupont Circle also underwent renovation in what turned out to be a costly interruption for many of the local merchants.

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm 0

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Find out what’s on exhibit at nine local galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A number of new exhibits have opened in the past two weeks at galleries in the area… 9th Street, 14th Street and U Street NW.  Get the details about all the galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com September 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm 0

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Get the listing of shows at local theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

You have four choices this weekend at theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area:

  • Entering its second weekend at the Source Theater on 14th Street is a production by The In Series. The theater group is billing the show as “a double bill of American ‘pocket’ opera: Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble In Tahiti and William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein’s Casino Paradise.” The double production begins at 8 pm and runs through October 2.
  • Something You Did at Theater J offers one performance this weekend: Sunday at 8 pm. Of the show, Theater J says, “A stellar student from a good family, Alison Moulton is serving her 30th year behind bars for an anti-war bombing that resulted in the death of a police officer. Now petitioning for parole…” Theater J is at 16th and Q NW in the DC Jewish Community Center.
  • Circle Mirror Transformation is at the Studio Theatre, 14th and P NW: “This charming new play invites the audience into an amateur theatre class in rural Vermont. Theatre games and acting exercises mirror the real drama taking place between the students.”
  • You can catch Falsettos on Friday, Saturday or Sunday night at Noi’s Nook at go mama go! on 14th Street NW. It is a production of Ganymede Arts, DC’s LGCT theater company: “Falsettos is a universal story of the modern day family. It focuses on a man named Marvin who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man yet ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s Bar Mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.”

Get full details below the fold for these shows plus info about new shows opening this fall at Church Street Theater and the Lincoln Theatre.

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by Borderstan.com September 22, 2010 at 2:42 am 0

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Get information and listings for live music at 10 venues in the Logan Circle and U Street neighorhoods. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Fall is here. Did you go the entire summer without taking in some live music close to home? The weather is pefrect and the choices are many at local clubs. Check out the live music listings below for Thursday, September 23, through Sunday, September 26.

The listing is below the fold.

Also… be sure to read Danny’s Journey Through Three Unforgettable Concerts–contributor Danny Shapiro shares three great concerts from the past week, two at the 9:30 Club and one at the Black Cat.

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by Borderstan.com September 22, 2010 at 2:33 am 1,058 1 Comment

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News from Dupont-Logan-U Street NW, and perhaps a bit beyond. (Borderstan)

Welcome to a roundup of news you might have missed from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area–and sometimes slightly beyond. We used to call this “Stuff You Might Have Missed (But Shouldn’t Have).

Justice Sotomayor at Annie’s

A friend of Borderstan says he ate dinner at a table next to U.S. Supreme Court Jusitce Sonia Sotomayor last Sunday night at Annie’s Steakhouse on 17th Street NW. Anyone else see her?

Eva Longoria at Hank’s

Finally, some news about Hank’s Oyster Bar that doesn’t have to do with their efforts to expand. The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reported that Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, and her husband Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, had dinner at the popular Q street NW restaurant last Wednesday night.

ChiDogO at 14th & U: What About Utopia Project?

According to U Street Girl, the fast food chain ChiDogO (ChiCaGo… ChiDogO… get it?) plans to have their 1934 14th Street NW store open by mid-October. The banner for the store says they serve “loaded Chicago style hotdogs.” Interesting, this store is part of the block slated for demotion for the new Utopia project on the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. Perhaps the term of the lease would tell us something about the project and when it will start? See June 30 post, DC Metrocentric: “Utopia is Happening” at 14th & U.

CB2 Coming… to Georgetown

The word is out that CB2, the offshoot of home furnishings retailer Crate & Barrel, has signed a deal to take 13,000 square feet at 3307 M Street NW in Georgetown. The Washington Post story has more details on the deal. For some time there was hope and speculation that CB2 would take space along the 14th Street corridor; a likely space was the Central Union Mission at 14th and R.

Adams Morgan Festival Dog Shooting

The gay cop who shot an aggressive dog at the annual Adams Morgan Day festival says the shooting was necessary. The gay caretaker of the Sharpei-Pit Bull mix had previously told the Washington Post that the dog was subdued and the shooting was not justified. According to the Washington Blade story, both sides have witnesses to support their claims. Read the story to learn more about the officer involved–he’s a dog lover.

Turning Metro Stop Names into Sentences

Southeast DC blogger JDLand reported on the efforts by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District to add “Capitol Riverfront / Ballpark” to the Navy Yard Metrorail station name. ANC 6D supported the proposal, and then voted to support adding “Arena Stage” to the Waterfront/SEU station name. DCist has a short overview of the history behind station names and mentions our own U Street / Cardozo / African- American Civil War Memorial Green line station.

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2010 at 2:21 am 1,246 0

17th Street Festival

The 17th Street Festival kicks off Saturday at 2 pm with a ribbon cutting. (17th Street Festival logo)

Anyone with a dog knows that 17th Street is a great place to walk your dog, especially at night when you want the added security of people around. Moreover, in an area where dogs and cats are pseudo children to many residents (you know it’s true), there had to be something for pets at Saturday’s 17th Street Festival: The Pet Zone, between R Street and Riggs Place NW.

The festival runs from 2 to 6 pm this Saturday, September 25, between P Street and Riggs Place NW on 17th Street. And for people, there will be live music and a beer garden at 17th and Church Streets.

Pet Zone Activities

The Pet Zone will offer up four activities from 2:30 to 5 pm. Sponsored by The Coldwell Banker Group and other local businesses, there will also be a doggy buffet all afternoon in front of the Coldwell office (west side between Q and Corcoran Streets).

Festival-goers can also find out about the pet services, supplies and care that are available from merchants and providers in the neighborhood.

  • 2:30 pm: Dog Ice Cream Eating Contest by Doggie Style Bakery. The first dog to the bottom of the bowl wins a prize from Doggie Style Bakery.
  • 3 pm: Discussion and tips about pets and kids’ safety by the Fur-Get-Me-Not trainer.
  • 3:45 pm: Agility demonstration and a few basic tips for your dog with Anytime K9.
  • 5 pm: Another Dog Ice Cream Eating Contest by Doggie Style Bakery. The first dog to the bottom of the bowl wins a prize from Doggie Style Bakery.

About the Festival

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

by Borderstan.com September 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm 3,043 6 Comments

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September 14 at the 9:30 Club: Janelle Monae. (Danny Shapiro)

From Danny Shapiro

Attention music lovers: It’s time to rehash what has been an unforgettable week in the life that is “Danny’s Endless Quest for the Next Best Gig.”

Over the last seven days, I’ve seen three incredible shows, two at the 9:30 Club and one at the Black Cat, and I was blown away by the artists’ true talent and ability to deeply connect with their audience. But the artists once again re-instilled my belief that great live music is the source of my well being… and the foundation of my soul.

It’s also gratifying and relieving to know that there is such amazing music to discover out there, as compared to the omnipresent uninspiring drivel that so aptly manages to permeate the pores of corporate radio America.

9:30 Club Jamie Lidell Danny Shapiro

September 20 at the 9:30 Club: Jamie Lidell. (Danny Shapiro)

Ok, then… here we go:

Tuesday, September 14

A Diva Returns From The Future; Nothing Will Ever Be The Same: Janelle Monae @ the 9:30 Club.

I must admit that I attended this show solely to see Janelle (the show’s opener), rather than the main act Of Montreal. I also must admit that it seems like most of the audience was in agreement with me. (Apologies to all of you OM fans out there; I enjoyed them a lot, but Janelle was the true star of the night).

Put bluntly, Janelle Monae is the Lauryn Hill for the 21st century–or rather, for the 28th Century since her futuristic-themed alter ego Cindi Mayweather has teleported Janelle from the year 2719 to grace us with her presence today (Are you following?). The result is the nonstop opus that is her 2009 album, “The ArchAndroid”–a full-on hip hop/dance party/soul reinvention.

On top of the exciting robotic/futuristic shtick upon which she builds a unique and visually-alluring video-enhanced set, you can’t take your eyes off Janelle. Her beauty is mesmerizing–she dares you to look anywhere but at her.

The girl can SANG–ranging from operatic soprano heights to bombastic bellows, her energy is comparable to the anthemic bounce of Outkast (a la the irresistible “Tightrope” Featuring Big Boi), her rhyming flow puts her among hip hop’s women elite (the album’s opener “Dance or Die” will put your doubts to rest), and her voice is as graceful and emotional as Roberta Flak (was there a dry eye in the crowd when she belted out the Charlie Chaplin’s hauntingly beautiful “Smile”?).

Reminiscent of Lauryn Hill’s standout title track (#14) “Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” from that breakthrough 1997 record, Janelle embodies the same controlled yet acrobatic vocal melisma that Lauryn gave us way back when, leaving the audience hanging onto each soaring note.

Needless to say, I haven’t felt a crowd so enthusiastically in awe of an opening artist… ever. Assuming she sticks around before returning back to the future, be sure to pick up the album (in addition to her 2007 debut EP, “Metropolis: The Chase Suite”) and catch her when she’s back in town!

Thursday, September 16

A Match Made in Indie Rock Heaven: Jenny & Johnny @ the Black Cat.

I saw this same show a few weeks’ back on vacation in Portland, Oregon at the Doug Fir, (a GREAT small indie venue), so I was interested in adding a bit of perspective on what two weeks of touring could do to enhance a newly-outfitted recording and touring duo: Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley/half of Postal Service/Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins fame) and (singer-songwriter/moody heartthrob) Johnathan Rice.

The results were stellar: it was like seeing a brand new show–the two were musically tighter and stronger sounding, appearing relaxed and comfortable with the crowd, as if realizing this juncture in their respective respected careers is, more than anything, a gift.

Jenny Lewis is the kind of girl you want to hang out with at a party: the sweet-natured, gorgeous-locked beauty whose country-tinged somber crooning vocals are crisp and usually carry high above Johnathan Rice’s gruff-toned moody blues vocals. Together, the pair (along with a well-fitted electric guitarist and drummer) delighted the crowd with a slew of tracks from their 2010 album “I’m Having Fun Now,” in addition to reaching into Jenny’s back catalog, including the crowd favorite “Acid Tongue.”

Bringing four lucky fans on stage to support Johnny as the backing choir to Jenny’s lead on another one of her singles, the Black Cat was the site of yet another rare live music moment where everything seemed almost too good to be true: the audience followed in tune (well, almost in tune), singing along as if alone in their shower, and Jenny & Johnny gratefully recognized that such a moment of solidarity is not a nightly occurrence.

The show’s closing encore, a somber cover of the 1975 Nazareth-recorded anthem “Love Hurts” left everyone hoping that this duo’s musical journey is anything but a short-lived affair.

For those who missed it, the lovely duo will be back in the area at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, on October 25.

Monday, September 20

The Epitome of Versatility: Groovy Musical Genius, Personified – Jamie Lidell @ the 9:30 Club.

Throughout the show last night, I was trying to ascribe a suitable label for Jamie Lidell for those who missed this pinnacle-reaching end of the concert week. I failed, but he does embody the conglomeration of the following comparable artists: Beck, Sam Cooke, Arrested Development, The Commodores, Justin Timberlake.

A soul-baring, beat-boxing, musician grandmaster MC, Jamie Lidell is a hip-hop/funk/soul/get-your-body moving vocal impresario. Drop everything now and get your hands on the 2005 album “Multiply,” as well as his recent 2010 record “Compass.”

A jack-of-all-trades, Jamie can belt out ballads that make you feel like the souls of Otis and Sam have entered the room. Jamie can stand on stage alone and create a beat-box-infused loop that feels like the entire Tribe Called Quest is behind him, and together with his band, can create an early 90s-era “Everyday People” feel-good jam, forcing you to bounce to the rhythm. Moreover, the band is of equal caliber, being able to follow Jamie’s unique vision and improvised direction throughout the 90- minute set requires a certain perfection.

I wish more people were there last night (the place was barely a third-full), but those who were in attendance were soaking up every minute–and every spacious square footage of dance space–of the melodies, the energy, and the rare-form vibes of positivity flowing throughout the room.

Highlights for me were the set’s opener (and new album title track) “Compass,” the upbeat dance jam, “I Wanna Be Your Telephone,” and the brilliant strings-tugging-at-your-heart, Chilly Gonzales/Jamie Lidell-penned, “What Is It This Time”

Jamie, thank you for taking us on a Monday-night journey, far away from the lurking and impending woes that grace us on this Tuesday workday.

Be back next week… thanks for reading.

Danny Shapiro is an avid music lover who has the good fortune to live very close the music scene on the 14th and U corridor.

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by Borderstan.com September 21, 2010 at 2:33 am 1,180 0

At 14th and P NW is the Mid City Deli, which is also called the Mid City Fish Market on the P Street sign. The MidCity Caffe opened more recently on 14th between Corcoran and R Streets NW. But there’s more! (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

The recent branding meetings for the Arts District centered around 14th and U NW includes discussion on a name for the district. The boundaries of the proposed Arts District stretch from 16th to 7th Street NW and from Florida to Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Among the potential names that have been tossed around is “Mid City” or “MidCity.”  The Mid City name is familiar to many in the Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods, since it is used frequently to identify with the 14th and U Street corridors.

So, we thought is would be a good time to give you a “Guide to all the Mid Cities” or perhaps it’s “MidCities.” Here is some background on the organizations, businesses, and even a blog, who have adopted the Mid City/MidCity name.

We would love to hear your thoughts on what the name means to you, how it should be written–and please let us know if we have left anyone out.

Mid City Artists – Nearly 40 artists who call Dupont and Logan Circle their home formed this group to promote their artwork and the neighborhood where they live. Mid City Artists sponsors a twice yearly “Open Studios,” which give visitors an opportunity to see the unique studio spaces in the area. The next one is November 6-7.

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by Borderstan.com September 21, 2010 at 2:00 am 1,090 0

U Street NW violent crimes MPD crime statistics

There were nine violent crimes in August in the U Street NW area: 5 robberies, 3 assaults and 1 sex crime. The long gun crime was a robbery on the 900 block of T Street NW. (MPD Crime Database)

Violent crime was up last month in the U Street area on a year-over-year (YOY) basis, but a large drop in property crimes brought down the overall number of crimes. There were 37 total crimes in August 2010 compared to 32 in August 2009 and 29 in August 2008.

All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database. The U Street Corridor crime reporting area¹ (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW–an area that roughly runs from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.

Violent crime: more robberies and assaults. Violent crime was up in the U Street area last month compared to both August 2009 and August 2008. There were nine violent crimes last month: five robberies, three assaults and one sex crime. The long gun crime was a robbery on the 900 block of T Street NW. This compares to five violent crimes in August 2008 when there were four robberies (one with a gun) and one assault. The only violent crime in August 2008 in the area was a robbery.

Declining property crime: fewer “smash and grabs.” In a trend seen all year, property crime declined in the U Street area in August on a YOY basis. There were 20 property crimes in the U Street area last month compared to 32 in August 2009 and 31 in August 2008. Last month’s number represents a 38% drop YOY from August 2009. The biggest decrease was in thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”)–there were 10 last month compared to 21 the previous August. The number of thefts declined from eight to five YOY.

Total crime stats for August 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com September 20, 2010 at 8:08 am 1,986 4 Comments

17th Street Festival Dupont Circle

The 17th Street Festival kicks off Saturday at 2 pm with a ribbon cutting. (17th Street Festival logo)

Live music is on tap at the 17th Street Festival this Saturday afternoon with four performances scheduled between 2 and 6 pm. The festival–from P Street to Riggs Place NW–will also include local artists, 17th Street restaurants, pet zone, kids’ zone, an auction tent and a Beer Garden at JR’s Bar and Grill. (Look for the Borderstan.com will have a table–we’ll be there, too.)

Three of the four bands have been scheduled for the music stage, which will be at 17th and Church Streets NW near the Beer Garden.

  • 2 pm: Djseben. The band’s name (pronounced JESS-ben) comes from a 1920s word meaning “jazz band.” The band says their music style has been described “Rock and roll for little kids,” “Iconojazz,” “subtle, like honey mustard sourdough pretzels” and “Massage table music.” You can check out Djseben’s music on YouTube.
  • 2:40 pm: To be announced.
  • 3 pm: Double Life. This six-member group covers songs ranging from Maroon 5 to Natasha Bedingfield to Queen and George Michael, and utilizes innovative vocals and intense instrumentation–“two couples, a twist of B-school and shake with a few degrees of separation, and you’ve got Double Life.”
  • 5:20 pm: Tom Goss. The young Wisconsin native “offers up dynamic acoustic rock featuring muscular guitar, hooky melodies and a uniquely powerful voice.” Goss has releases The Politics of Love, which he describes as “ore than an EP or music video, more than one person. The Politics of Love is a broad curriculum that gives you the tools you need to teach marriage equality where you are. Perfect for college clubs, church congregations, high-school classrooms and even your home….” Goss has cuts on his website… check out his Facebook Page.

Artists and Kids

  • A total of 46 local artists will have vendor tables and displays at the 17th Street Festival. Check out the list at the festival page.
  • Festival organizers (Ross School PTA is the lead organizer) are promising a kid-friendly event this Saturday with a “Kids Zone” on the grounds of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW. They promise games, arts and crafts, food and other activities for current Ross students and parents as well as prospective students/parents and children. There will be a meet-and-greet at 2 pm at Ross School with the principal.

Sponsorships and Beneficiaries

The 17th Street Festival (also on Facebook) is being organized by the Historic Dupont Main Streets project, Ross Elementary School PTA and the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). Festival organizers are selling sponsorships to individuals, businesses and organizations. Items are also being solicited for a raffle.

Proceeds from the sale of festival sponsorships will be used to purchase flowers and plants for 17th Street’s of tree boxes, as well as flags for the new light posts. The light post flags will promote local groups, organizations and upcoming events.

Additional funds from sponsorships will go toward a fund for future 17th Street projects and festivals, as well as to the Ross Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Anyone interested in making a raffle donation should contact Nina at [email protected]. Potential festival sponsors should contact Jennifer at [email protected]

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