by Borderstan.com October 26, 2010 at 6:25 am 1,045 1 Comment

Annie Stela

Annie Stela peforms Thursday at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K St. NW. (Photo courtesty Social Media Club DC)

From Mike Kohn

Come out for a night of music with Social Media Club-DC when Annie Stela comes to town to perform on Thursday, October 28! She’ll be doing a one-night performance at Busboys and Poets at 5th and K St. NW at 9 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of Annie’s work and get a chance to win a signed copy of her CDs.

There is a $5 suggested donation (less than a lot of phone apps!), which will go to support education for HIV-affected youth in Rwanda as part of a Citizen Effect project. You can purchase tickets online.

The Annie Stela Story

After a childhood spent writing poems and songs in quiet suburban Michigan, Annie Stela moved to Los Angeles at the age of 22. She got a hard-core case of mono and some serious culture shock but, once she recovered, she was signed to Capitol Records. She recorded her debut full-length record, Fool, with producer Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne) and, after fear over her label’s stability, released it independently on iTunes in early 2008.

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2010 at 5:00 am 2,728 2 Comments

Kate McMahon ANC 2F06

Kate McMahon is challenging incumbent Mike Benardo in ANC 2F06. (Photo courtesy Kate McMahon)

From Michelle Lancaster

Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2. Today’s interview is with Kate McMahon, the challenger to Michael Benardo in ANC 2F06 (see Borderstan interview).

ANC 2F06 is the area at the east side of ANC 2F, roughly between 9th and 11th Streets south of Logan Circle to I Street NW, and between 11th and 13th Streets north of the Logan Circle to R Street NW (see the map below the fold). You can learn more about the district at the DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 2F has six commissioners and includes Logan Circle, Thomas Circle and areas to the east.

ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)

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by Borderstan.com October 25, 2010 at 5:30 am 2,891 3 Comments

Ramon Estrada ANC 2B09

Ramon Estrada is running for a fifth term term in ANC 2B09. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster

Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2. Today’s interview is with Ramon Estrada, the four-term incumbent in ANC 2B09. He is being challenged by Sunit Talapatra (see interview).

After serving almost eight years as an ANC commissioner, Estrada is a known figure in the area for his efforts related to nightlife venues and establishments with liquor licenses. He has been elected four times (terms are two years) by voters in his district; in 2008 Doug Rogers ran against Estrada and got 40% of the vote. This is the only district in 2B that borders on 14th Street, and it straddles the Dupont-U Street-Logan Circle neighborhoods.

In April he was one of two ANC commissioners who asked the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to enforce the limitations on bars and restaurants in the Arts Overlay District along the 14th and U Street corridor. Several residents along with Peter Raia, ANC 1B-02 and Estrada asked the commission to enforce the 25% limit on storefront frontage for bars and restaurants; this limitation has since been raised to 50%.

ANC 2B09 is the northeastern panhandle district of ANC 2B, running from New Hampshire Ave. NW eastward to 14th St. along U St. with the southern boundary being S St. for most of the way (see map below the fold). You can learn more about the district at DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 2B covers most of the Dupont Circle neighborhood and has nine commissioners.

ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)

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by Borderstan.com October 25, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,513 0

Mary Burgan Borderstan Movie Fan

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.

I can’t stand scary movies, especially the ones that are full of slash and gore. And even when there’s not much slash and gore, I become nauseated when there is long drawn-out suspense — like when the babysitter goes down to the cellar to see what’s going on there.

When I saw the first Halloween in the late ’70s, I wanted to scream out to Jamie Lee Curtis, “Get outta there, Stupid! Call the police!”

I’m such a coward that I can’t provide a list of scary movies that includes classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), even though my teenage son assured me that it was so phony that you could just enjoy the effects as effects. I wanted to watch TCM as a duty to this blog, but Netflix doesn’t offer it as a download. I was relieved.

Lists of great horror films are available on line, but what I can give you is a list of those movies that scared the daylights out of me when I first saw them. I invite you to expand it by adding your own favorites at the end of this review. Please, help me here!elp me!helph

My first memory of being scared at the movies involves a film about a black panther and a woman who falls in love with it under the influence of moonlight. I remember crunching down in my seat as the monster/cat made its way into the moonlit bedroom of the beautiful young woman, who had screamed and then fainted, before she was carried across a landscape of wild grass and hanging moss. I was both entranced and scared.

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by Borderstan.com October 24, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,811 2 Comments

William Girardo ANC 1B04

William Girardo is running for U Street area ANC district: 1B04. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster

Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2. Today’s interview is with William Girardo, who is challenging five-term incumbent Deborah Thomas in ANC 1B04 (see Borderstan interview).

1B04 is on the northwest side of the U Street neighborhood and covers a swath from 12th St. to New Hampshire Ave. south of Florida Ave., running along U Street from 14th to 15th St. NW. You can learn more about the district at the DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 1B has 11 commissioners and covers a large geographic area to the north.

ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)

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by Borderstan.com October 23, 2010 at 10:52 am 1,101 0

17th Street High Heel Race Luis Gomez Photos

The 2009 High Heel Race on 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The only thing really wrong with this Tuesday’s annual 17th Street High Heel Race and accompanying festivities is that they won’t happen for another year. How about quarterly? Contestants would have the opportunity to show a full range of seasonal frocks, finery and high heels — and it would be good for local businesses.

This annual event has become one of D.C.’s must-attend Halloween events during the past decade with crowds hitting 17th Street hours before the race to get good viewing spots on the sidewalk and at outdoor cafes. The first High Heel Race was organized in 1986 by JR’s Bar & Grill and the event has grown tremendously in the past decade. Adding to the fun are the people who show up every year in a new costume or persona: Behind the High-Heeled Glamour: A Quick Chat with “Anna Wintour.”

Photos: Borderstan will have photos from the 2010 High Heel Race on Wednesday morning, Oct. 27.

Details

The 25th Annual High Heel Race is Tuesday, Oct. 26, with the “parade” of costumes — runners and non-runners alike — starting at 7 pm. The race is at 9 pm. A stretch of 17th between P and S Streets NW will be closed to traffic for several hours. The event is sponsored by the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets program and JR’s Bar and Grill.

A heads up for newcomers: If you are newcomer to the neighborhood and haven’t attended a race before… and are thinking of bringing small children and dogs… please know that the sidewalks get very congested for this event.

Marshals and Volunteers

This year’s race is again from north to south, starting at Cobalt (17th and R) and finish at JR’s (Church Street). Grand Marshals are Mayor Adrian Fenty and Lena Lett. If you want to be a race marshal, send an email to [email protected] — you will get a free T-shirt and a good view of the race.

Rules for Runners

If you would like to run in the event please register at Cobalt before the race; you will need to sign a waiver. And remember: You must wear heels to run: No flats! The course is 0.2 miles — 1/5 of a mile–in case you are thinking of donning a pair of heels and finding out just how fast you can run.

VIP Passes Help Cover Costs

A VIP tented standing area is being reserved for 50 ticket holders at the Church Street finish line. Get more details and tickets at Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) website. HDCMS is a sponsor of the event, sharing costs and providing a clean up crew after the event. Your $40 ticket cost helps defray the cost associated with the High Heel Race.

by Borderstan.com October 23, 2010 at 5:30 am 1,629 1 Comment

La Villa 14th Street NW Logan Circle

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

Earlier this week I asked our Twitter followers what restaurant they would like me to check out next. Answering our call was from “Phil” who requested La Villa on 14th Street NW. Seems he lives nearby, but hadn’t been there… somewhat new in the area, a transplant from Adams Morgan and a loyal customer of El Tamarindo.

I’ll admit it: I groaned a little. I was skeptical. I can’t help it – I’m half Mexican-American and I’m from southern Arizona, for goodness sake!

But was I wrong! I should have known when I showed up and the place looked exactly like the little hole in the wall places I frequent at home. But when I knew… when I really knew that La Villa was legit was when I snacked on chips and salsa at the bar while I waiting for my veritable shmorgashborg (as you can see from the photo below) of food: the salsa was so good. My evening of food just got better and better.

Have you guys been? What do you think of the Salvadoran selections?

La Villa 14th Street NW Logan Circle

I had to try everything for you guys! (Alejandra Owens)

La Villa

Where Am I Going: 1317 14th St. NW (14th & N).

When Am I Going: Open every day for lunch and dinner.

Paycheck Pain: What pain? There’s no pain. I ordered two entrees, three appetizers, a beer and an horchata for about $40. (This is great late night food. Read into that what you will.)

Say What?: I think most folks get La Villa food to-go because when I went (around 6-ish) there were plenty of open tables (read: all of them were open). Maybe the place fills up later at night or on the weekends.

What You’ll Be Eating: You’ll be eating really, really well! Smooth, creamy refried beans, fried plantains, cheesy pupusas, well-seasoned steak taquitos, red sauce-slathered enchiladas.

by Borderstan.com October 23, 2010 at 5:00 am 3,224 1 Comment

ANC 2F06 Mike Benardo Logan Circle

Elected in 2008, Mike Benardo represents ANC 2F06, on the east side of the Logan Circle. (Courtesy Mike Benardo)

Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2. Today’s interview is with Michael Benardo, a one-term incumbent in ANC 2F06. He is being by Kate McMahon; her interview will run Wednesday.

ANC 2F06 is the area at the east side of ANC 2F, roughly between 9th and 11th Streets south of Logan Circle to I Street NW, and between 11th and 13th Streets north of the Logan Circle to R Street NW (see the map below the fold). You can learn more about the district at the DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 2F has six commissioners and includes Logan Circle, Thomas Circle and areas to the east.

ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)

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by Borderstan.com October 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm 1,594 2 Comments

14th & U Farmers Market Luis Gomez Photos

The 14th & U Farmers’ Market is located next to the Reeves Municipal Center. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

Folks. If you’re not thinking about Thanksgiving yet, I implore you to at least consider ordering your turkey this weekend from Truck Patch Farms at the 14th & U Farmers Market.

This week, Truck Patch Farms will be taking orders for their pastured, free range, broad breasted whites for delivery on at the market on Saturday, Nov. 20.

For regular shoppers at the market, you’ll know that flower vendor Elaine Faucher, retired last week (*sad face*). Robin Shuster (director of the market along with the one in Bloomingdale) tells me that they’ll be trying out a few new vendors in coming weeks, but this week’s guest flower grower is Leon of Plantmasters.

A bit on Leon from Robin:

Leon and his wife Carole have been growing flowers and plants on their two-acre flower meadow (and in the backyards of seven neighbors!) for 30 years. They also have a greenhouse to extend their growing season. Saturday they will have Mexican Sage, Butterfly weed, lots of dahlias, lots of zinnias, lilacs, ornamental pepper plants, Monkeyballs, limelight hydrangeas and many other flowers and bouquets.

How great does that sound? I’m a big fan of hydrangeas so I’ll be picking up some of those. Plus, I want to see a Monkeyball before decided to buy some.

Pumpkins for carving will also available tomorrow. Copper Pot seems to be concentrating all their efforts into putting fall into little pockets of pasta with selections such as confit duck ravioli, maple roasted pumpkin tortellini, braised rabbit ravioli, grass fed beef tortellini, coq au vin tortellini, red beet and goat cheese ravioli, sweet and regular potato gnocchi, cavatelli, and grilled pumpkin pappardelle.

The 14th & U Farmers Market will offer everything from varieties of squash to chestnuts… nine varieties of apples… fresh herbs… and leafy greens such as bok choy, Nappa cabbage and kale.!

This will be a good weekend at the market. Anyone else planning on stopping by? Check me out on Twitter — I might be there, in which case we should definitely say “hi.”

PS – The market has a great Facebook page with lots of updates.

by Borderstan.com October 22, 2010 at 5:10 am 3,477 3 Comments

Peter Raia ANC 1B02 U Street NW

Peter Raia is running for a second term in ANC 1B02. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster

Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2.

Today’s interview is with Peter Raiai, the one-term incumbent in ANC 1B02. He is being challenged by Tucker Gallagher (see Borderstan interview) and Aaron Spencer (interview will run next week).

ANC 1B02 is in the heart of the U St. neighborhood and this district runs along U St. from 14th St. east to 9th St., and from S St. on the south to as far north as Florida Ave. in some places. You can learn more about 1B02 at the DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 1B has 11 commissioners and covers a large geographic area.

In an unexpected twist, Raia told Borderstan that he may be moving from ANC 1B02 in the near future. See the final question below the fold — and Raia’s answer.

ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)

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by Borderstan.com October 22, 2010 at 5:00 am 3,115 0

Dupont Circle Dupont Underground Luis Gomez Photos

19th St. and Dupont Circle NW: A closed-off entrance to the old underground trolley car facility. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

Architect Julian Hunt has grand plans for the former trolley tunnels that run under Connecticut Avenue and Dupont Circle NW.

Hunt, who lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, presented the vision of the non-profit Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground (ACDU) to the public on Wednesday night. ACDU was one of two respondents to a request for proposal issued by the Office the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) in March 2010.

The other submission, a winery, was deemed unresponsive to the specifications of the RFP, although ACDU may include space for them in the concessions area of their plans.

Right Team at Right Time

Hunt opened the presentation by saying he believes that the ACDU proposal has “cut the Gordian knot” on bringing the underground back to life. Indeed the Coalition has assembled an impressive team of developers, architects and contractors. Each group spoke of their credentials and dedication to the project. Among the notable projects on their resumes are The Phillips Collection, The Spy Museum and GALA Hispanic Theatre.

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by Borderstan.com October 22, 2010 at 4:50 am 0

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From Michelle Lancaster

Empty Buildings, Empty Promises

A number of buildings owned by Shiloh Baptist Church on 9th St. have been vacant for years. So Council Member Jack Evans’ proposal to give the buildings a tax exempt status if they are redeveloped by the Church is a popular idea, right? Wrong. He pulled the bill on Thursday after vehement neighborhood protest. The buildings have remained vacant, despite promises and plans and were incorrectly classified, costing the city a cool $100,000 in a tight budget cycle. DCist has the recap and prior coverage.

Speaking of Redevelopment

I try to refrain from editorializing (too much) in these recaps, but I can’t help but tell you that this piece on gentrification in Greater Greater Washington is simply great. It’s one thing to take on Megan McArdle at the Atlantic, it’s another to start to outline ideas and policies to handle a very real DC/Borderstan issue.

Streetcar Plans Move Forward

Washington Business Journal has the story and full PDFof the plans as the H St. NE and Anacostia trolley project moves forward. There are a number of questions about the project, notably the price tag and how to pay for it. The $194 million dollar project must be fully vetted before the FY 2011 DC budget will allocate funds for the H St. NE line.

Creepy Crawlies: The Guide

Yes it’s Halloween and Jersey Shore ended last night but we’re not talking about either of those things. No, it is a fate far worse than GTL for life: bedbugs. DC has found them in a number of very public places and private residences lately, but not to fear — TBD has compiled your guide to identifying, eliminating and preventing the scourge at your place.

by Borderstan.com October 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm 1,183 0

"SPLEEN" Sarah Allison Oreen Cohen Jacqueline Allison Luis Gomez Photos

Morgan Greenhouse brought together three artists for “SPLEEN”: Jacqueline Levine, Oreen Cohen and Sarah Allison. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste at danceDC

Morgan Greenhouse continues with her work to promote local artists and make art accessible to the public. In April, Greenhouse was part of Team Work, which created a project for Cultural Development Corporation’s pop-up gala in the empty retail space of the Moderno building– just south of U Street on 12th St. NW.

Greenhouse’s latest effort utilized the space owned by investment firm LaKrtiz Adler to produce, “SPLEEN, a show featuring three D.C. area artists. Inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s poem by the same name, “SPLEEN” is the product of a month-long installation process combining the talents of ART CARGO (Jacqueline Levine), sculptor Oreen Cohen and ceramist Sarah Allison.

In “SPLEEN,” each artist visually represented her unique interpretation of the poem while taking into consideration how the elements would interact.

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by Borderstan.com October 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm 0

Luis Gomez Photos U Street NW Logan Circle art galleries

Get galleries listings for the 14th and U corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Saturday is the last day to catch “Eric Hibit: Picture Cohesion” at Curator’s Office, 1515 14th St. NW. It’s also your last chance to see “Michael Benson: Images from… Beyond: Visions of Our Solar System” at Long View Gallery on 9th St. NW. Hours are in the listing below the fold.

Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, presents “neither here nor there” featuring work from Thomas Müller. The exhibition starts Saturday and runs until Nov. 27.

Below the fold: listings for these galleries plus Irvine Contemporary, Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery (DC Jewish Community Center), Transformer Gallery, Hamiltonian Gallery, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and gallery plan b.
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by Borderstan.com October 21, 2010 at 6:00 am 0

Luis Gomez Photos Borderstan dc theaters

Get the listing of shows at local theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U St. area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

 

Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker at the Studio Theatre has been extended until Sunday, Oct. 31. Don’t miss the production The Washington Post calls, “Wryly funny, crisply designed, confidently acted.”

Two new shows open this weekend:

  • At the Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 21: Sanctified by Javon Johnson tells the comedic musical tale of Pastor Harold P Jones and his vision for his church. It runs through Nov. 14.
  • Opening at Theater J (DC Jewish Community Center) on Saturday, Oct. 23, is Neil Simon’s Tony-award winning comic masterpiece, The Odd Couple.

Get full details below the fold for these shows plus info about other shows in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

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