by January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,236 0

Ernesto Santalla’s “Symmetries” is at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW. Click on the collage for the slide show from the opening-night reception on January 20. The exhibition runs through February 13. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

The 2011 gallery season at Long View Gallery starts with a beautiful collection of images created by D.C. photographer Ernesto Santalla. “Symmetries” captures Washington’s heavy snow storms of February 2010 and Santalla’s images are turned into a kaleidoscope of views of the city creating unique pieces, almost like snowflakes.

From Long View:

“Ernesto Santalla’s photographs from his collage series uniquely document Washington’s record-breaking snows of 2010. With camera in hand, he trudged through the inhibited landscape and captured monotonous images from the storm. His shots were not wholly unlike the thousands of photographs many amateurs captured on their camera phones, but, according to Santalla, his otherwise ‘uneventful, uninspired and often mundane images evolve into fascinating kaleidoscopic photographs.’ Santalla’s process of repeating and mirroring images results in a view of our city, under the blanket of a blizzard, unlike anything you’ve seen before. The images that emerge from the process are images that speak to the viewer on an individual level, from the prurient to the metaphysical, similar to inkblots.”

by January 24, 2011 at 5:30 am 1,674 0

Saturday Night Sips Alejandra Owens

Saturday Nights Sips benefited DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table. (Photos by Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

We often gather over food to talk. But rarely do we talk about the food itself — where it came from, how it got to our tables and how it was prepared. An even more rarely is the conversation centered on the fact that we even have the food to eat while there are many who have none.

At first glance, Saturday Night Sips could seem like another chic, D.C. fundraiser for a couple of organizations that do good things in the city. But when Greg Nelson, aka @SocialEpicurean, opened his home (all three floors and all the bedrooms, to the shock of many of us) to a sizable crowd of D.C. foodies, chefs, mixologists, movers and shakers he took fundraising and awareness for DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table to a whole new level.

Speeches by Chef José Andrés, Alice Waters and Robert Egger powerfully reminded the crowd just why we were there (no, not just to eat and drink): to celebrate real, good food and combat hunger in our city.


by January 24, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,101 0

Level One Cobalt 17th Street NW Luis Gomez Photos

How cold was it Saturday night? Entrance to Level One Restaurant and Colbalt, 17th and R Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got a tip? Send Mike an email.

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry

I’ll tell you why: Walmart is coming to town. Washington City Paper reports that the department store giant received the highest endorsement when Michelle Obama gave her stamp of approval. Apparently the White House and its advisors think that Walmart will “step…up as leaders to take this country to a healthier place.” Do you agree? Think it’s a good move for the District?


by January 22, 2011 at 10:15 am 1,373 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. You can contact Mary by email.

The Fighter begins with camera shots of the deserted streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, and then moves quickly to the sweaty practice fight at a gym, and then the locals gathered at a bar — all this life floating on a stream of poetic obscenity, the likes of which I haven’t heard at a movie since The Last Detail (1973) — one of the really great movies that Jack Nicholson made before he began to parody himself in movies like The Bucket List (2007).

The heroic profanity in The Fighter may be even more telling than it is in the Nicholson movie because much of it comes from the mouths of the powerful women involved in the life of “the fighter” of the film’s title. He is a welterweight professional fighter named “Irish” Mickey Ward. He is portrayed in all his working-class quiet desperation by Mark Wahlberg, who should never again be discounted as an actor after this film. Mickey idolizes his crack-head “coulda been a contender” brother, brilliantly played by Christian Bale, who helps to train him and to work with their mother to manage his career.


by January 21, 2011 at 6:00 am 2,446 14 Comments

Khelan Bhatia Borderstan

Khelan Bhatia: corduroy jacket from Uniqlo, plaid shirt from J.Crew, scarf from Club Monaco, Levi’s 511’s, shoes by Tretorn.

Borderstan welcomes Khelan Bhatia as a new contributor. He will be writing weekly columns on style, so pay attention male readers!

Greetings, Borderstanis. Welcome to the debut of my musings on style, fashion and all things fabulous.

Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed a renaissance of cuisine, art and music in the District. Similarly, Washingtonians have kicked it up a notch on the style front, especially in Borderstan.

Week after week, I’ll be focusing on new trends, essentials for the season and cute outfits worn by fellow Borderstanis while offering style advice to all those that ask.

What you won’t see from me is excessive bitchiness and negativity, such as Can you believe she wore those shoes from three seasons ago? or Did he look in the mirror before leaving the house?

Think more Tim Gunn and less Michael Kors. BTW, if that reference is lost on you, don’t worry: I’m here to help.

Before we get started, here’s a little background on me. I’ve lived in D.C. for a little more than five years. Currently, I live on U Street, which is by far my favorite neighborhood in town. When I’m not blogging, you can find me at the 9:30 Club, U Street Music Hall, Dickson, DC Noodles or, depending on my mood, my office downtown.

Regarding style, I believe that your outfit is the suit of armor you wear before going to work, out with friends, on a date, to a bar/club, etc. If you feel stylish and attractive, no slings and arrows will be able to pierce that armor.

Now that we’re all friends, let’s get down to brass tacks. Today, I’d like to focus on one essential that everyone should have for the remaining winter months. Because man (and woman) cannot live on denim alone, I strongly recommend a smart pair of corduroy slacks.

I know, I know. Cords? For winter? Ground Breaking (to paraphrase Miranda Priestly). Stay with me for a sec. Wait… what’s that you say? You already have a few pairs of cords in your wardrobe? Why do I need another pair? Well, they’re likely cut like your favorite pair of jeans which, don’t get me wrong, is great.


by January 21, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,144 0

14th Street NW Logan Circle Washington Blade Luis Gomez Photos

The Washington Blade has a new sign above the door at its location on the 1700 block of 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Got news for Michelle? Send her an email.

Why is it that the short weeks always feel the longest? But you’ve made it to the end, so take a break and catch up!

Do Not Miss – Saturday Night Sips

Our own Alejandra brings news of Saturday Night Sips at her blog, a delicious fundraiser for Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen. $100 gets you food from local stars, quality cocktails and the warm feeling of having done something good for others.

Utopia Project at 14th and U On Track; ChiDogos May Be Gone This Fall

DCMud reports that the Utopia project at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW is on track with demolition of selected buildings to begin this fall — just opened ChiDogo on 14th Street being in one of them. According to DCMud, “… also on the chopping block is the United Supreme Council building, the Domino’s location, Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken. The buildings which house Ace Check Cashing, McDonald’s and El Paraiso are historic and will remain intact.” The development will house 220 rental units and 20,000 square feet of retail space.


by January 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm 1,754 1 Comment

Silvia Miller Miss Pixie's Furnishings and Whatnots 14th Street NW

Sylvia Miller at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Keri Douglas. She is a writer, photographer and communications consultant who lives in Logan Circle.

Ooohh, la la! Turn on those Luscious Lamps!

Sylvia Miller turns on the ‘wow’ light meter with her unique eye-catching Luscious Lamps. Premiering at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot Thursday night, Luscious Lamps sparkle with creativity, design and ingenuity.

She always starts with the base. This is where her passion begins. “Be at one with the lamp,” says Miller.

The first Luscious Lamp was born over a year ago when she found a base she loved but couldn’t find an affordable colorful shade. Frustrated that most shades are expensive and come in beige, cream or black, Miller refused to give up. She decided she would make a shade thinking, “it can’t be that hard.” Plus, Miller says, “We need more color.”


by January 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm 1,074 0

Logan Circle’s Adamson Gallery opened “New Editions 2011” on January 15. Click above for images. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

Tucked away out of street view at 1515 14th Street NW are three galleries: Adamson, Curator’s Office and Hemphill Fine Arts. Since they are not visible from the street, many locals may not know they exist.

But last weekend, all three held gallery opening receptions. We made it to Hemphill and Adamson, but Curator’s Office is a very small space and was packed wall-to-wall, so we passed it up (see Hemphill’s “Viewing Rm.”, highlighting must-see pieces).

At Adamson Gallery, a new exhibition of pieces by artists Chuck Close, Robert Longo and Iona Rozeal Brown were unveiled. The exhibition will be open through February 20.

by January 20, 2011 at 10:26 am 1,062 1 Comment

Laura Herman.

Borderstan welcomes Laura Herman, who will be contributing local weekend picks and profiling different events, happy hours, and neighborhood spots each week. Laura is a healthcare consultant by day but a D.C. nightlife, food and drink enthusiast by night. Originally from New Jersey, she moved to town from Boston after graduation. Laura has lived in Borderstan (the Dupont part) since June 2009 and hangs out a lot in the Dupont, U Street and 14th Street areas. She enjoys sitting at the 17th Street dog park on weekends, wishing that she had a dog (which she admits creeps out the actual dog owners). Follow Laura on Twitter @Lmhhabs or send her an email.

The weekend at the end of a four-day workweek always feels like it can’t come soon enough. Even though this week was short, I found myself dreaming about Friday night while I was walking to work on Tuesday morning.

Well, good news — the weekend’s almost here! And even though we’re now in the middle of winter, there’s no shortage of fun things going on in the Borderstan ‘hood this weekend. Here are my picks for this weekend:

Weekends can start on Thursday if you’re lucky or just… motivated. Check out a new happy hour venue this Thursday night while hoping that the forecast of possible evening snow actually comes true. If you haven’t already been, I really like Veritas for a low key drink and conversation.


by January 20, 2011 at 5:30 am 0

Borderstan Art Galleries

Get the listings for 11 galleries in the U Street-Logan-Shaw area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Two openings this week at area galleries and one next week. First, this week:

Find out what’s opening next week at Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery in the listings for 11 galleries below.


by January 20, 2011 at 5:00 am 1 Comment

Police Service Area 305

The western portion of of Police Service Area 305 is the U Street corridor while the eastern section includes the Howard University and LeDroit Park areas. (DC Citizen Atlas)

The 2010 crime numbers are in for DC. In terms of increases and decreases, how do citywide numbers compare to the Dupont-Logan-U Street areas? Overall, crime was down for both.

In PSA 305 there were 214 violent crimes in 2010 (212 in 2009) and 779 property crimes in 2010 (1,008 in 2009). Total crime was down 19% year-over-year.

Today we look at the Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which includes the U Street area as well as the Howard University campus and the LeDroit Park neighborhood. Last week we reported on Dupont Circle’s PSA 208 and Logan Circle’s PSA 307.

PSA 305 Numbers

In PSA 305, violent crime was stable in 2010 from 2009: there were 214 violent crimes compared to 212 in 2009. A huge decrease in the number of robberies committed with a gun kept the number stable despite increases in the other five types of violent crime. Property crimes — 78% of all crimes — declined 23% (rising burglaries was an exception in the property crime category). As a result, total crime was down 19% last year in PSA 305.


by January 19, 2011 at 6:30 am 0

Four of five theaters in the neighborhood have shows this weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

There are four shows in the neighborhood this weekend. The lone closing is the In Series’ “Pocket Opera” at the Source on 14th Street NW.

The two mini operas are Ernesto Lecuona’s María la O and Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci [Clowns]:

“In the Cuban zarzuela María la O, an aristocrat must choose between the mulatta he loves and a white woman. In Pagliacci, a troupe of comedians comes to a village where their show intertwines tragically with real life. The In Series sets both shows in the 1950s!”

The full list of live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area is below the fold.


by January 19, 2011 at 6:25 am 1,470 0

Logan Circle 14th Street NW Hemphill Fine Arts Luis Gomez Photos

Hemphill Fine Art’s “The Viewing Rm.” opened January 15. Click on the collage for the slide show. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

“The Viewing Rm.” exhibition opened Saturday night at Hemphill Fine Arts on 14th Street and includes paintings, mixed media, sculpture, works on paper, photography and video installation. The exhibition includes some stunning pieces, particularly those from the 1960s. While the casual gallery-goer or new-condo-buyer won’t find a cute, affordable piece to buy on a whim, the pieces are a must-see among current exhibitions in the neighborhood. It runs through March 26.


by January 19, 2011 at 6:00 am 2,076 2 Comments

9th Street NW 1905 Restaurant

1905 Restaurant on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

Sometimes you hear of a place, but for whatever reason — maybe it’s too far from home, maybe no one has told you it’s worth going — you just never make it over to try it. That would be the case for me and 1905. I’d heard about their Taco Tuesdays. I’d heard about their dark, New Orleans-inspired dining room. But no one I knew had gone lately… until Matt and Luis (co-founders of Borderstan) insisted I try the place out. Not long after that, @FloridaGirlInDC told me it was worth the trip to the far side of U Street.


by January 19, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,393 0

Lululemon Athletica Logan Circle P Street NW

Lululemon Athletica, 1461 P Street NW: “Do Ask Do Tell.” (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Got news for Michelle? Send her an email.

It’s Hump Day Already

The beauty of a three-day weekend with Monday off is that Hump Day — Wednesday — arrives so quickly. Wednesday is the hump at the top of the work week. Get it?

MPD 2nd District Has New Commander

You can see the new commander’s resume in his own words at the city’s website here. Michael Reese has replaced Matthew Klein at 2D; Klein has go to the MPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau. Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which includes Dupont-Kalorama, is in 2D.



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