by November 23, 2010 at 7:55 am 1,115 3 Comments

Steve Oatmeyer

Steve Oatmeyer and his dog, Hawkeye. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Dear Readers:

We want to thank everyone who took the first Borderstan reader survey last week. We will be sifting through the information in the coming days and weeks, and it is already apparent that it will be extremely helpful. — Luis, Matty, Mary, Alejandra, Cecile, Tom, Danny, Michelle L., Mike, Michelle B.,  Berrak and Lupe

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The Borderstan survey taker who won the $250 in groceries from Safeway is Steve Oatmeyer, a resident of Logan Circle. He is a freelance art director who moved to DC in 2002 from Buffalo, New York.

“I moved here to escape the winters in Buffalo. I lived on Capitol Hill before moving to Logan six years ago,” Oatmeyer said.

Oatmeyer loves the walkability of his south Logan location, which gives him easy access to downtown as well as Logan, Shaw and U St.: “I can walk out my front door and end up in a number of different neighborhoods in minutes.”

One of the neighborhood locations he sometimes frequents is the Shaw Dog Park on 11th St. NW. In fact, we recognized Oatmeyer through his dog, Hawkeye. If you’re a dog owner, you’ll understand.

by November 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm 1,087 0

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ANC 2B Holding Nov. 30 Meeting on Hank’s Oyster Bar

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B is holding a special meeting next Tuesday, Nov. 30, on Hank’s Oyster Bar. Location is the Hotel Dupont (Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Ave. NW) at 7 pm.

The meeting will deal with the ANC’s recent letter of protest sent to the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board on Hank’s recently terminated V.A., it’s request to expand next door and it’s outdoor dining hours.

After the letter was sent, ANC 2B reached an agreement with Hank’s on the patio hours, with the current hours to be maintained and, apparently, written into the restaurant’s liquor license. See Tom Hay’s story from Wednesday: ANC 2B and Hank’s Reach Agreement on Patio Hours.

MPD’s Groomes Placed on Administrative Leave

Assistant Chief Diane Groomes has been placed on administrative leave by MPD Chief Cathy Lanier. The action was taken due to alleged issues around police exams. The Washington Post had a story on Friday: “A high-ranking D.C. police official has been placed on administrative leave over allegations that she was involved in “compromising” a test given to fellow members of the department’s command staff, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced Friday.”

Groomes is well known, liked and respected by many residents in the Dupont-Logan area — she was formerly head of a local Police Service Area (PSA) in the neighborhood. Based on Groomes’ record, let’s hope this turns out well all the way around.

HR-57 Headed to H St. NE

Washington City Paper’s Michael J. West reported Sunday that HR-57 is loading up the wagons and moving to 9th and H Street NE. The HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues has been at 14th and Corcoran since 1993. Owner Tony Puesan confirmed the move to City Paper.

Decrease in Metro Benefits for Federal Employees

Will you lose SmartBenefits® when a new federal law goes into effect on Jan. 1? The new maximum monthly benefit for federal government employees drops to $120 from $230.

by November 22, 2010 at 10:43 am 5,860 3 Comments

9:30 Club Danny Shaprio

This week Danny takes you through the process of attending a concert at DC’s 9:30 Club. (Danny Shapiro)

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. A list of his previous reviews is at the bottom of this column. Comments or questions? Send Danny an email.

And now, for something different.

Attending dozens and dozens (and dozens) of concerts over the past year, I’ve acquired a sharp perception of what makes a good show: where to find tickets, when to arrive, where to stand inside and how to have a supreme gig experience. I’d like to take this opportunity to pay it forward.

A story in three acts, ‘Anatomy of a Concert’ dissects the world of my three favorite venues in DC — 9:30 Club, Black Cat, Rock & Roll Hotel — and exposes the ultimate and best methods for enjoying the show, according to Danny, the resident Borderstan expert. (This is also a live forum for debate; if you disagree with me, leave a comment below and/or send me an email!)

Staying in DC for Thanksgiving? Danny’s picks for this week: Tuesday, Nov. 23 @ Black Cat (JUNIP – Jose Gonzalez, Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn) ($15)… Wednesday, Nov. 24 @ 9:30 Club: Carbon Leaf ($25)… Saturday, Nov. 27 @ 9:30 Club: KT Tunstall, Hurricane Bells ($25)… and Monday, Nov. 29 @ 9:30 Club: Brandon Flowers ($30). Check out Danny’s additional recs for shows through the year’s end.

Of the 1,200-capacity crowd at my favorite venue in DC (and perhaps the world), I want you to be the most well-informed, advantageously positioned, and most highly entertained patron inside the 9:30 Club. Here is my simple tripartite surgical-like procedure to follow.

Step 1, Betadine: Tickets

Finding tickets for the best shows begins the process, and this requires a certain sense of agility. All 9:30 Club shows are sold via Ticketfly, and you can also navigate the 9:30 Club’s website to purchase tickets. (I prefer the Ticketfly site).

New shows are announced on Ticketfly every Thursday (mark your calendars!). Not every show will go on sale at that time, so pay attention to ‘on-sale’ dates for hot tickets (for example, My Chemical Romance’s presale was announced on Thursday of last week, with an on-sale date for Saturday, 11/19. Within minutes on Saturday morning, the show sold out).

“But I don’t know any of the upcoming bands” — If I hear that irresponsible statement one more time, I’m going to buy a one-way ticket on the newly-minted ‘Hipster Highway’ bus from H Street NE to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where at least those kids have the initiative to discover new music! Jump onto MySpace, YouTube, Grooveshark, etc., and scroll through the discography of some upcoming artists. If the 9:30 Club deemed them worthy of their venue, I’d say there is some talent worth seeing.

Fees (!) Whenever possible, I prefer to buy tickets at the box office in order to avoid service fee ($4.75 per ticket) and order processing ($4.00 per order). The 9:30 Club box office is open every day a show takes place, as well as during the day on the weekends. Always call ahead to double-check before you make the trek over (202-265-0930). If you can’t make it to the box office, here’s a hint: purchase multiple tickets online at once, so you pay only one processing fee. At the Ticketfly checkout page, click on the link for another gig and keep adding to your order.

Step 2, Scalpel: Arrival and Entry

Finally, the sold-out concert day has arrived. When the pre-gaming and primping ends, a true 9:30 Club connoisseur should have an arrival and entry strategy.

First, check the 9:30 Club website for the ‘doors open’ time. For sold out shows, a long line of die-hard fans will begin to accrue far prior to this time. Fear not, fellow music lovers. That long line — sometimes stretching way down V Street and around the corner–only fills about the first 1/3 of the 9:30 Club floor space. To illustrate, that initial eager crowd to fill the front 1/3 of the floor is always the most sardine-like grouping and will only detract from the night’s enjoyment. And, the quality of sound and spatial surrounding is superior starting behind this front 1/3.

For those with Will Call tickets, take note of two separate lines: (1) will call line next to the window along the brick wall (where you want to be) and (2) main entry line (where you don’t want to be), so make sure you don’t join that latter keen queue. Once collected, I sincerely recommend frequenting a nearby establishment for a pre-concert beverage or snack until the initial wave wanes.

Following this first tranche, make your move and go inside. Once past the security and ticket check, the time is ripe to stake out the best spot in the house. From my experience, the 9:30 Club floor offers best concert experience this side of the Mississippi. The balcony offers a great bird’s eye view — and may be better suited for those who fear the Tallest Man On Earth standing directly in front of him/her — but nothing compares to the floor.

Tips to make your way to the ‘sweet spot’ right in the middle of the floor: Upon getting your 8:15 or 9:30 stamp, walk past the first entrance on the right and meander down the narrow corridor ahead of you, past the bathrooms until you reach the far side of the floor (stage right). The crowd is usually thinner on this side (away from the merch table), and will allow you to meander your way to the ‘sweet spot’ of the floor, center stage 2/3 back.

Rule of thumb: always stand behind someone who is slightly shorter than you.

Step 3, Needle & Thread: Showtime & Departure

Here are a few tips once you’ve staked your claim on the floor:

Earplugs! Earplugs! Earplugs! — We concert fiends don’t want to let the experience of incredible live music leaving us audibly impaired. Therefore, earplugs are essential. The merch table sells earplugs for a buck, grab a napkin from the bar and bunch it into each ear, or buy professionally fitted earplugs. Your future self will thank you.

Eat, drink (water) and be merry! — The 9:30 Club has its own made-to-order easy access cuisine, ‘Food Food’, located stage right on the floor next to the bar. The selection of wraps, sandwiches, and snacks–with great vegetarian options–is affordable and quite tasty. If you’ve arrived to the gig on an empty stomach, make your way over to the lighted yellow & red sign. (Note: ‘Food Food’ closes about halfway through the show).

In addition to the high quality ample selection of 9:30 Club beers, every bar in the house offers free pitchers of ice water. A concertgoer must stay hydrated throughout the night, so don’t feel embarrassed to pass on the beer and just stick to the H2O. It’s a great way to save money, too!

Head-Start Out! As a New Yorker, a major pet peeve of mine is waiting in line behind slow people. Therefore, I find it prudent to make a beeline for the exit as soon as (and even get a head start towards the rear slightly before) the artist says goodnight after the final encore. You’ll save some time (and frustration) by not inching slowly outside behind the other 1,199 folks.

Don’t Leave Empty-Handed! — The 9:30 Club plasters its walls with concert posters for upcoming gigs. Patrons are not prohibited from pulling the posters off the wall and bringing them home as a souvenir. If you see your favorite band in poster form, feel free to bring it home as a free gift. It makes great room decorations; anyone who has seen my bedroom wall can attest.

Most of All: Have Fun!

My favorite memories of the past year center around 9:30 Club concerts. So many bands express gratitude for playing at the iconic venue, so wise up and take heed to my advice, readers. The greatest concerts await you.

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by November 22, 2010 at 10:22 am 1,972 1 Comment

Ross Elementary School Ross School PTA 17th Street NW

Click to view the slide show: Students from Ross Elementary School planted tulip bulbs Friday afternoon in the tree boxes on 17th Street between P and S Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

View photos from Friday’s tree box gardening on 17th Street NW.

The renovated tree boxes on 17th Street NW will have spring flowers thanks to some fall planting last Friday by about 50 students from Ross Elementary School. The students, from grades 3 to 5, were accompanied by parents and teachers. They were assisted by Frank Asher, owner of OLD CITY green at 9th and N Streets NW. The event was organized by the Ross School PTA. The elementary school serves grades 1 through 5 and is located on the 1700 block of R Street NW.

The students planted tulip bulbs and then mulched the tree boxes. The new boxes were part of the 17th Streetscape project, which was completed earlier this fall. The 17th Street Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 25 to celebrate the project, which also included new sidewalks and lamp posts (see Sunshine, Crowds For First 17th Street Festival).

Ross School PTA will hold its annual Holiday Tree Sale on the school playground during the first three weekends of December. You can pre-order your tree online.

by November 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm 2,659 2 Comments

Georgetown MPD Crime Dataase

Wisconsin and M NW: This area has a low crime rate, except for thefts: 331 thefts were recorded during the past year. (MPD Crime Database)

How does crime in three major commercial corridors of the Dupont-Logan-U Street area compare with some similar areas in DC?

Are you safer at 12th and U NW than at at Eastern Market at 7th and E SE? How does 17th and Q NW compare to Wisconsin and M NW in the heart of Georgetown? Is there more crime in Adams Morgan at 18th and Columbia Road NW than at 14th and Q NW? How does Columbia Heights compare to all the rest?

The crime statistics for each of the seven areas are from the MPD Crime Database. Each one covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from the address. See the list below that summarizes the number of crimes in each of the seven areas; complete crime states for each of the seven areas are below the fold.

Each month Borderstan runs stories on crime statistics for three areas in the neighborhood: 12th and U NW, 14th and Q NW and 17th and Q NW. Along with these three areas, four additional intersections were selected and then all seven were compared for both violent and property crime for the past year, Nov. 18, 2009, to Nov. 18, 2010.

Columbia Heights MPD Crime Database

14th and Irving NW: Of the 101 violent crimes reported in the past year, 55 were robberies and 41 were assualts. Of these, 14 were committed with a gun. (MPD Crime Database)

Of the seven intersection-areas, the safest is Pennsylvania and 7th SE. Coming in at Number 7 (last place) is 14th and Irving NW. Results are the same for both violent and property crime: the Capitol Hill intersection has the least of each and the Columbia Heights intersection the most.

In addition to the three intersections in Dupont-Logan-U Street area, the four additional intersections are:

U Street NW MPD Crime Database

The area around 12th and U NW recorded 152 thefts from autos in the past year, the highest number of the seven areas compared. (MPD Crime Database)

Total Crime: The Best and the Worst

Of the seven intersection-areas we compared, the safest is Pennsylvania and 7th SE on Capitol Hill. Coming in at Number 7 is 14th and Irving NW in Columbia Heights. Looking at only violent crime or  property crime, the results are the same: the Capitol Hill intersection has the least of each and the Columbia Heights intersection has the most of each.

The Dupont intersection of 17th and Q NW comes in at Number 2 in both violent and property crime, making it the second most safest area of the seven compared. Number 3 is 18th and Columbia NW; it is Number 5 for violent crime and Number 3 for property crime. Right in the middle at the Number 4 spot is 14th and Q NW; it is Number 4 for both violent and property crime.

17th and Q NW comes in at Number 2 in both violent and property crime… 14th and Q NW comes in at Number 4 for both violent and property crime… 12th and U NW is Number 5, but comes in at Number 6 for Violent Crime and had the most gun crimes.

At Number 5 is 12th and U NW; this U Street intersection is Number 6 for violent crime and Number 5 for property crime. Coming in at Number 6 is the intersection of Wisconsin and M NW. This Georgetown intersection is actually Number 2for violent crime (second safest to the Capitol Hill intersection), but it has a huge number of thefts in the property crime category, which drives its overall ranking down. Number 7, last on the list, is the Columbia Heights intersection of 14th and Irving NW; it is in last place for both violent and property crime.

Crime in Past Year

  1. Pennsylvania & 7th SE: 158 crimes (18 violent, 140 property); 0 gun crimes.
  2. 17th & Q NW: 186 crimes (35 violent, 151 property); 4 gun crimes.
  3. 18th & Columbia NW: 287 crimes (62 violent, 225 property); 8 gun crimes.
  4. 14th & Q NW: 307 crimes (43 violent, 264 property); 15 gun crimes.
  5. 12th & U NW: 355 crimes (73 violent, 282 property); 21 gun crimes.
  6. Wisconsin & M NW: 404 crimes (38 violent, 366 property); 2 gun crimes. Note: The huge number of thefts (331) at this intersection-area skews the results.
  7. 14th & Irving NW: 504 crimes (101 violent, 403 property); 14 gun crimes.

Violent Crime

Robberies. Robberies are categorized as with and without a gun. The fewest robberies were at Pennsylvania and 7th SE (11) while the most occurred at 14th and Irving NW (55). The intersection of 12th and U came in at Number 3 (49), but actually had the most robberies with a gun (16).

Assaults. Assaults with a Deadly Weapon are categorized as with and without a gun. The fewest number of assaults occurred at 14th and Q NW (five) while the Pennsylvania & 7th SE came in at Number 2 (seven) and 17th and Q NW was Number 3 (eight). The most assaults took place at 14th and Columbia NW (41) while the second highest number was recorded at 12th & U NW (22).

Gun Crime. Gun crimes are homicides, robberies and assaults committed with a gun. The fewest gun crimes in the past year were at Pennsylvania and 7th SE, which recorded zero gun crimes. At Number 2 was Wisconsin and M NW with two gun crimes. While 14th and Irving NW had the most robberies and assaults of the seven areas compared, it did not have the most gun crimes in the past year (it has 14).

The most gun crimes were at 12th and U NW (21) followed by 14th and Q NW (15). The one homicide recorded in the past year for all seven areas was the Sept. 28, 2010, shooting death of Jamal Coates at 11th and U NW.

Property Crime

Auto Crimes. Auto crimes are major quality-of-life crimes in the city. The area with the most stolen autos in the past year was 12th and U NW (30) followed by 14th and Irving NW (27) and 14th and Q NW (23). The fewest? There were only six stolen autos at Wisconsin and M NW. Much more common are thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”). The hands-down leader was again 12th and U NW (152) followed by 14th and Irving NW (104) and 14th and Q NW (88). The fewest smash and grabs were at Wisconsin and M NW (18) followed by Pennsylvania and 7th SE (32). The complete list is below the fold.

Burglaries and Thefts. The most burglaries in the past year were at 14th and Q NW (34) followed by 12th and U NW (21). The remaining five areas all had between 10 and 15 burglaries each. The number of thefts for the Georgetown intersection of Wisconsin and M NW skewed this areas crime stats: it had 331 thefts in the past year. (It would be interesting to know how many were purse and cell phone snatches on the street.) This is substantially more than the 270 for 14th and Irving NW. The fewest thefts were reported for 17th and Q NW (67).

Complete crime states for each of the seven areas are below the fold.


by November 19, 2010 at 9:38 am 1,471 0

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Editor’s note: Be sure to take the 5-minute Borderstan Reader Survey for a chance to win $250 in groceries from Safeway. We’re closing the survey this Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11:59 pm. The winner will be notified Monday morning — just in time for Thanksgiving food shopping. Thanks!

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From Michelle Lancaster

DC9 Stays Closed

TBD’s Sommer Mathis, as well as our own Tom Hay, reported Wednesday that the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board voted unanimously to deny a motion to reconsider the suspension of the nightclub’s liquor license. Regular readers know the ongoing investigation into Ali Ahmed Mohammed’s death outside the club is far from being resolved, and the ruling reflected that lack of finality. The next hearing will be on Dec. 1.

But Hank’s May Soon Be Even More Open

We’re deep into ‘R’ months, known as the best time to slurp down bivalves. After an agreement with ANC 2B and Hank’s, you may be able to do so for a bit longer on the patio. Check out the details in our piece here. Also… while you’re at it, see what 14th & You has to say on the matter.

The Sky is Falling!

Or just a metro ceiling. WTOP has the full story on how jackhammering on Connecticut Ave. near Farragut North compromised the ceiling at the metro. While we’re on the subject, here’s We Love DC’s story on how a task force has just recommended Metro governance changes. No one was harmed from the ceiling debris, by the way.

Your Friday Good Deed

If you saw a cyclist struck by a car at 17thSt. and New Hampshire Ave. on Oct. 21, please help him out and visit StruckDC.

14th & V: Progress on La Fonda

U Street Girl reports progress on the interior of the former AM/PM carryout store at 14th and V NW. A new restaurant, La Fonda, is going into the space.

by November 19, 2010 at 6:43 am 1,088 0

DC State Fair 14th & U Farmers Market

DC Food Bloggers are having a bake sale Saturday to benefit the DC State Fair. (Courtesy DC State Fair)

Editor’s note: Be sure to take the 5-minute Borderstan Reader Survey for a chance to win $250 in groceries from Safeway. We’re closing the survey this Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11:59 pm. The winner will be notified Monday morning — just in time for Thanksgiving food shopping! Thanks!

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From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

*tear* It’s a sad weekend, guys. Last market of the season for the 14th & U Farmers Market. After this Saturday, the market will close until spring. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm.

Silver lining: those of us who ordered our turkeys (I told you!) get to pick them up on Saturday. Personally, I’ll be rocking the granny cart to lug my 15-pound birdy of love home.

Silver lining part II: the DC State Fair will be holding a bake sale in an effort to raise funds so they can become an official non-profit.

The DC Food Bloggers will be selling:

Bakalava, Cookies, Pumpkin Cupcakes with a Pumpkin Pie Spice Buttercream Frosting, Apple Spice Cupcakes filled and topped with a Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Pie Bars, Pumpkin Spice Balls Covered in White Chocolate, Double Decker Pumpkin Bread (Pumpkin bread stuffed with cream cheese filling), Pumpkin Bread with Streusel Topping, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, mini pumpkin pies, holiday cookies–oatmeal coconut-cranberry, brownies, Rice Krispy Treats, Ginger Snap Cookies, Apple Pies, and more.

Oh. That sounds terrrrrrible! So, if you don’t want to worry about dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, you can pick up some good stuff this weekend!

Also, I have it on good authority there will be hot apple cider for free tomorrow! Bring the kiddos! Bring the pups! It’s going to be a beautiful Saturday.

Other Thanksgiving items you can grab: bread cubes for stuffing, cheeses and jams for hors d’evours, brussel sprouts, lettuce mixes and plenty of eggs for all your baking needs.

Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? Need some help, got questions? Shoot me a tweet or post your question in the comments here! I’ll help as much as I can!

PS – Still looking for a desert for Thursday? Try my Goat Cheese Cheesecake.

by November 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm 1,341 0

Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon

The Walkathon gets underway at 9 am on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets NW. (Courtesy Help the Homeless)

From Berrak Sarikaya

At the end of January there were more than 11,000 homeless people in the Washington metropolitan area.

This Saturday, Nov. 20, you can make a contribution to the fight against homelessness by participating in the 23rd Annual Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon.

The Pre-Walkathon program begins at 8:30 am on the National Mall, with the walk getting under way at 9 am. The 2.5 mile Walkathon starts on the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets NW.

You can select to donate to the Help the Homeless General Fund or a 2010 beneficiary of your choosing on their website. One Dupont-area organization that assists the homeless is Charlies Place at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW. You can select Charlie’s Place as your beneficiary for this Saturday’s walk.

What is Help the Homeless?

Help the Homeless Program was created in 1988 by Fannie Mae as a public awareness program working to: Raise public awareness to prevent and end homelessness in DC, help local organizations raise funds and build capacity to serve the homeless population, and educate the public about issues of homelessness and encourage volunteerism in their communities.

Help the Homeless Program has raised more than $80 million for nonprofit organizations in the metro area that serve homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Walk this Saturday

You can register to walk this Saturday! You can register as an individual, register your family or group — or search for a team. If you can’t physically make it on Saturday, you can also register as a virtual walker. You can pre-register online until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19.  You can also register on site Saturday morning. Registration information and details can be found on the Help the Homeless website.

One hundred percent of all walker registration donation fees, donations, and sponsorship contributions go directly to the Help the Homeless Beneficiary Organizations that provide services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

by November 18, 2010 at 6:00 am 0

Sheep Jones gallery plan b

Sheep Jones exhibit at gallery plan b closes Sunday. (Sheep Jones courtesy gallery plan b)

You can still view Matthew Black’s “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Identity Writ Large” at The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U Street NW through Saturday — the exhibit has been extended! Cecile Oreste has the story about Black’s first solo show.

It’s also the closing weekend for Sheep Jones’ exhibition at gallery plan b.

Listings for exhibitions at Bronfman Gallery, Curator’s Office, Hamiltonian Gallery, Hemphill Fine Arts, Irvine Contemporary, Long View Gallery, Project 4 and Transformer Gallery are below.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery
DC Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. NW
Miriam Morsel Nathan
“Memory of a time I did not know…”
Through Dec. 17
Sunday-Thursday 10 am-10 pm
Friday 10 am-4 pm
Curator’s Office
1515 14th St. NW
Victoria F. Gaitan & Cecilia Paredes
“Foto Baroque”
Through Jan. 8
Wednesday-Saturday 12 pm-6 pm
gallery plan b
1530 14th St. NW
Sheep Jones
Through Nov. 21
Wednesday-Saturday 12 pm-7 pm
Sunday 1 pm-5 pm
Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St. NW
Elena Volkova, “Proofs”
Renee Van Der Stelt, “Recordings”
Through Dec. 4
Tuesday-Saturday 12 pm-6 pm
Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th St. NW
Julie Wolfe
Through Dec. 23
Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Irvine Contemporary
1412 14th Street NW
Shepard Fairey, Jose Farla, Swoon, Romon Yang (Rostarr)
“Street/Studio 2.0”
Through Dec. 18
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St. NW
Matthew Black, “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Identity Writ Large”
Through Nov. 20 Wednesday-Friday 11 am-5 pm
Saturday 11 am-3 pm
Long View Gallery
1234 9th St. NW
Scott Brooks
“We the People”
Through Nov. 28 Wednesday-Saturday 11 am-6 pm
Sunday 12 pm-5 pm
Project 4 Gallery
1353 U St. NW
Thomas Muller
“Neither Here Nor There”
Through Nov. 27 Wednesday-Saturday 12 pm-6 pm
Transformer Gallery
1404 P St. NW
“Freedom & Its Owner”
Through Dec. 4
Wednesday-Saturday 1 pm-7 pm

by November 18, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

John Robert Keena plays Joe Bonaparte in “Golden Boy.” (Cameron Whitman courtesy Keegan Theatre)

Golden Boy opens this Saturday at The Church Street-Keegan Theatre… and you only until Nov. 28 to catch The Odd Couple at Theater J.

Keegan Theatre
1742 Church St. NW
Washington, DC
Golden Boy
Through Dec. 19Saturday, Nov. 20- 8 pm
Sunday, Nov. 21 – 3 pm
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U St. NW
Washington, DC
Go-Go Awards and Hall of Fame Inductions
One Night Only Sunday, Nov. 21 – 7 pm
Source Theatre
1835 14th St. NW
Washington, DC
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW
Washington, DC
Superior Donuts
Through Dec. 19
Thursday, Nov. 18 – 11 am & 8 pm
Friday, Nov. 19 – 8 pm
Saturday, Nov. 20 – 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, Nov. 21 – 2pm & 7 pm
Theater J
1529 16th St. NW
Washington, DC
The Odd Couple
Through Nov. 28
Thursday, Nov. 18 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 20 – 8 pm
Sunday, Nov. 21 – 3 pm & 7:30 pm

by November 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm 1,662 2 Comments

From Tom Hay


Protesters gather outside ABRA Headquarters on U Street as hearing on DC9 nightclub gets underway. (Tom Hay)

The DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board ruled unanimously to deny a motion for reconsideration on the reopening of the DC9 nightclub.

The nightclub, located at 1940 9th St. NW, was the scene of an altercation between Ali Mohammed and DC9 staff in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. Mohammed died later that day and a medical examiner’s on the cause of death has yet to be released. The full medical examiner’s report could take up to 90 days to complete.

The hearing, before a packed room of spectators and a crowd of protestors outside, gave DC9’s representative Andrew Kline an opportunity to present to the Board more details on the club’s enhanced security.


by November 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm 3,290 1 Comment

Hank's Oyster Bar ANC 2B ABC Board

1624 Q Street NW: Hank’s Oyster Bar and ANC 2B have reached an agreement over patio dining hours. Hank’s request to expand into the adjacent space is still pending before the ABC Board. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

Borderstan has learned that an agreement on outdoor patio hours has been reached between Hank’s Oyster Bar and ANC 2B.

At last week’s November meeting, we reported that the ANC passed a resolution and filed a letter to request standing as a protestant in the effort by Hank’s owner, Jamie Leeds, to expand the restaurant into a neighboring building.

The ANC’s move was prompted by fears that the liquor license for Hank’s location would incorporate later hours for the outdoor seating area since the voluntary agreement (V.A.) had recently been vacated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board. Leeds had told Borderstan that she had no plans for later patio hours. However, the hours on the license would transfer to any new owner who may operate under the later hours.


by November 17, 2010 at 6:00 am 0

Vastu 14th Street NW Luis Gomez Photos

Saturday morning at Vastu on 14th Street NW: Trainer Jonathan Ross launches his book, “Abs Revealed.” (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Berrak Sarikaya

Here’s an event a day, starting tonight through Saturday.

Wednesday, Nov. 17: Join 1905 for a Beaujolais Nouveau Party, a night of food and festivities including a $50 prix fixe, three-course French dinner (tax or gratuity not included). There are still reservations available for two-seatings: 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. Doors open to the public at 10 pm.

Thursday, Nov. 18: Loaves and Fishes, a local meal program serving low-income and homeless individuals in the Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights communities, will be holding a fundraiser at Caramel from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and purchase the work of local artists and photographers throughout the space. No cost to attend.

Friday, Nov. 19: You’re invited to the opening reception for Bodyscapes, the Art of Bill Travis, at The DC Center for the LGBT Community from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 5, 2011.

Saturday, Nov. 20: Celebrate award-winning personal trainer, Jonathan Ross, and the launch of his new book, Abs Revealed, at Vastu. Chat with the author, enjoy a healthy bite to eat and get some great fitness tips from 9:30 to 11 am. Please RSVP to [email protected], and mention if you’d like to attend the fitness workshop.

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The Hyper-Local Edition from Michelle Lancaster

20 More Bike Stations

Even if you missed out on the Tweed Ride this weekend, no need to despair. Wash Cycle has you covered for next year, as they outline Capital Bikesharing’s plans for expansion in 2011. Look for 20 new stations to be added next year, although with Dupont Circle and the 14th and U St. stations as the busiest stations, it appears many readers are already using the service.

Electrical Car Charging Station, 14th and U

If you have yet to give up your car just yet but still want to be more ‘green,’ you may have an additional option in the district. Washington Examiner has the story of the grand opening of the first electrical car charging station, opened Tuesday at the Reeves Center. Users can pay per use or start a subscription, with the District to set the fees.

Holiday Wine Preview at Whole Foods

What’s a wine tasting without free wine poured for you? A wine tweetup, that’s what! Whole Foods Market is hosting a tweetup to preview their six Holiday Wines. Pick up your bottles, follow them @WFMWineGuys or #WFMwine to hear from the experts, trade thoughts and get additional recommendations for Thanksgiving.

The Story of Dupont’s “Dr. Shine”

WUSA 9 has a great story on one of my favorite neighborhood characters, “Dr. Shine.” I’ve had the great fortune of hearing many of his rhymes during several years of patronage of some of the bars along 18th and M St. He’s a D.C. native and lives in Shaw, so support a local establishment and skip your expensive, less entertaining shine shop.

Pennies in the Fountain

And finally, what happens to the pennies you may have tossed into the Dupont fountain? It’s possible they ended up at a non-profit foundation that needs help cleaning them. Washington City Paper has the story of how the pennies arrived and what you can do to help turn them into funds.

by November 16, 2010 at 12:49 pm 3,359 1 Comment

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Goat Cheese Cheesecake is an easy variation on a favorite desert. (Alejandra Owens)

Editor’s note: Borderstan food blogger Alejandra Owens told us that her recipe for Goat Cheese Cheesecake is the most popular thing going over at her own blog, One Bite At A Time.

With Thanksgiving coming up in just nine days, readers seem to be looking for variations on standard recipes. Let’s face it: most moms are not down with putting any sort of goat in cheesecake. So, Alejandra agreed to let Borderstan post her most fabulous recipe for our readers — just in time for Thanksgiving menu planning.

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From Alejandra Owens, One Bite At A Time

Note to readers: You’ll want to use this crust recipe for the cheesecake.

Well… without further ado… the goat cheese cheesecake! Isn’t it beautiful? It’s so light and fluffy… lemony with that goat cheese-y aftertaste. It’s beautiful. It’s beautiful because we candied some lemon peels, used the perfect cheesecake crust… and added a dash of love.

The Necessity of Goat Cheese

If you’re just catching up on the story, last week I got it in my head that goat cheese needed to be a part of my life. And it needed to be in a dessert.

As I sifted through recipes and links saved, I came across Not Derby Pie’s goat cheese cheesecake with caramel sauce. Her recipe sounded like it would hit the spot… but as my desire for goat cheese turned a wee bit obsessive, I decided the cheesecake had to be ALL goat cheese… no cream cheese at all. After about an hour of research (which I totally did not do while I was at work) and many recipes read later, I settled on an old Food and Wine recipe with some minor changes.

A Lighter Cheesecake

I like this cheesecake because it doesn’t have that heavy quality that most cream cheese cheesecakes have. It doesn’t coat your mouth in an uncomfortable, “I need a glass of water after I eat this” sorta way. Like I said, it’s light, it’s airy… you can even see the air bubble craters on the top!

As the idea came together, I decided that I had to have a garnish for the cheesecake. Story time: I have a photograph in my bedroom that I took in Barcelona at the Park Guell designed by Antoni Gaudi, famous for his mosaics. The picture I took happened to be a large circle on the ceiling of a massive covered area of the park. Ta da! That’s the inspiration for the lemon peels! See the squiggles? Okay, maybe I’m the only one who thinks this is interesting…

Back to the recipe. This is one of those painfully simple recipes to execute. Don’t worry: you won’t mess it up. I will, however, warn you that a penchant for goat cheese is going to put a dent in your wallet. 11 oz. of goat cheese cost me about $15. So… wait until payday or make sure you really want it.


Goat Cheese Cheesecake

Adapted from Food and Wine

  • 11 ounces mild fresh goat cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Prep a springform however you like to do so. I don’t prep mine, since it’s nonstick and awesome. (I got it at the grocery store… true story.)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese with the granulated sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla and beat at medium speed until smooth. Beat in the egg yolks, 2 at a time, incorporating them completely before adding the next batch. Beat in the flour at low speed.
  3. In another bowl, using clean beaters, beat the egg whites until firm but not dry. Beat one-third of the whites into the goat cheese mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

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