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by Borderstan.com February 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm 0

Recent crimes in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

The following is a list of robberies, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, stolen autos and burglaries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area over the past week.

Crimes are from police reports for Police Service Areas (PSA) 208 (Dupont-Kalorama), 305 (includes U Street area) and 307 (Logan Circle).

In addition, the three accompanying maps from the MPD Crime Database show the location of thefts from autos (“smash-and-grabs) for the February 20-27 period. Click on the image to enlarge.

Robbery

  • Wednesday, February 23, 11:42 pm, 1900 block of 13th Street NW.
  • Saturday, February 26, 1:33 am, 19th and R Streets NW: “The victim reported that while walking in the listed area he was approached by several subjects who started to punch him causing him to fall to the ground. The suspects then searched through his backpack and took his laptop computer. All four suspects were last seen running eastbound in the 1700 block of R Street NW.”
MPD, PSA 208

Click to enlarge: Thefts from autos, Dupont area, February 20-27, 2011. (MPD Crime Database)

  • Saturday, February 26, 9:50 pm, 900 block of Westminster Street NW (alley).
  • Saturday, February 26, 9:24 pm, 1500 block of Church Street NW.
  • Sunday, February 27, 6:40 pm, 1600 block of 20th Street NW (restaurant).

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by Borderstan.com February 28, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

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Renovations are well underway at the Shaw Skate Park on 11th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

The Shaw Skate Park at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW is making progress after it was closed last year in November for renovations. Construction equipment is in the park and ramps are in the process of being installed. The park is operated by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

The renovation will include all concrete skate park equipment with steel enclosures, a new concrete surface pad and new fencing. There is also a new design planned for the facility. The original completion date was February.

The Shaw Skate Park is next to the soccer field and Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW. It is normally open every day, all year long, from dawn to dusk. Skateboarders skate unsupervised, but the city recommends that adults supervise children and that all skaters use standard safety equipment.

by Borderstan.com February 28, 2011 at 5:30 am 1 Comment

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“Car Fire Response.” (Photo credit: thisisbossi from the Borderstan reader pool in Flickr)

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter (@LuisGomezPhotos) and at One Photograph A Day.

Borderstan has a new feature, Photo of the Day. Photos will be pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr. If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group!

About today’s photo: “A car fire in the alley on the block bounded by O and N Street as well as 10th and 11th Streets NW.” – thisisbossi, taken on February 24

You can submit up to five photos per day. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com February 28, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,281 0

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Saturday in Dupont Circle: The “Rally to Save the American Dream” was held to support public sector workers in Wisconsin. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Labor Rally in Dupont Circle

Several hundred people from labor and allied organizations turned out at noon Saturday in Dupont Circle to support public sector workers in Wisconsin. Check out Luis’ photos.

Another White House A-Lister in the Hood?

The Washington Post reported last week that Jeremy Bernard will be the new White House social secretary– the first openly gay person to serve in that job. The former L.A. resident and fundraiser for the Democratic Party will be returning from a diplomatic post in Paris. But the question we have: Will Bernard return to Logan Circle? The Post article said that Bernard and his former partner, Rufus Gifford (they recently split) had lived in the hood when they moved here from California two years ago: “The couple settled into a trendy “green” building on Logan Circle with their beagle, Lucas.”

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by Borderstan.com February 27, 2011 at 10:07 am 1,129 1 Comment

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Saturday in Dupont Circle: Rally to Save the American Dream in support of Wisconsin public sector unions. Click on the collage for photos from the rally. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and on Flickr at luisgomezphotos.

Several hundred people turned out at noon Saturday in Dupont Circle for a rally in support of  Wisconsin state public workers. It was part of the solidarity rallies held across the country yesterday, Rally to Save the American Dream. The rallies were sponsored by labor groups and allied organizations.

See photos from yesterday’s labor rally in Dupont Circle.

The standoff in Wisconsin continues between Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature and public employee unions. Walker is attempting to end collective bargaining rights for public employees.

 

by Borderstan.com February 25, 2011 at 7:20 am 0

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News from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area (mostly).

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

Sulaimon Brown Escorted From Office

Formerly best known as a minor candidate in the mayoral race who asked if Fenty loved his parents, Sulaimon Brown was escorted from his office by police Thursday. As TBD notes, Brown held a cushy $110k a year job in an administrative position. You have to read the whole story — it’s a twisted tale of who knew what when and what motivated his firing — which includes a press conference with Mayor Vincent Gray. Washington City Paper first broke the story of the drama yesterday at City Hall.

D.C. Residents, Congratulations are in Order on Tax Day

Few things make tax day easy for anyone, but for D.C. residents that day is a bit easier. Greater Greater Washington reports that DC residents have among the lowest tax burdens in the region. That distinction seems to be true regardless of whether one rents or owns, or tends only houseplants or has children.

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by Borderstan.com February 25, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @TomOnSwann.

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Voting closes March 15 in the Washington City Paper’s reader poll. (Image courtesy of City Paper)

The Grammys and the Oscars aren’t the only awards on people’s minds this month. The Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. 2011 reader poll is in full swing; final day to vote is Tuesday, March 15.

City Paper’s annual online reader poll seeks to find the Best of D.C. in dozens of categories from best lounge to best yoga studio. Last year, 225,000 votes were cast and businesses in the Borderstan coverage area raked in the honors — 30 businesses in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area were winners and another 33 were runners up.

When you go to vote, we hope you will for Borderstan in the Best Local Blog/Blogger category. While you are at it, please throw your support to Luis Gomez Photos in the Best Photography Services category. Luis is co-editor of Borderstan and provides most of the photos you see on the site. He also has his own photo blog, One Photograph A Day and chronicles the life of Lupe.

New Twitter Category

The poll has also added Best of D.C. Twitter categories for #bestfoodtruckontwitter, #bestdctwitter and #bestfaketwitter. We’re having a blast tweeting the latest and greatest news happening in Borderstan so, if you’re on twitter would you consider voting us for BestDCTwitter? Be sure to mention @borderstan, @wcp, and the hashtags #bestdctwitter and #bestofdc.

Here’s a sample tweet because we know you guys are busy: I vote @borderstan for #bestdctwitter in @wcp’s #bestofdc contest. They’re keeping us up to date on all the latest news!

by Borderstan.com February 25, 2011 at 6:00 am 1,731 0

From left: Andres in a tux by Gucci, shirt by Theory and tie from Zara; Khelan is wearing a Hugo Boss tux, shirt from Club Monaco and tie by Kenneth Cole New York; and John is wearing a tux by Joseph Abboud, shirt by John Varvatos and tie from Club Monaco.

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter (@KhelanB).

Hi there, Borderstanis. So, this coming Sunday marks one of my favorite days of the year. Of course, I’m referring to Oscar Night.

Some may be tuning in to find out whether The Social Network or The King’s Speech wins Best Picture… or what Natalie Portman’s gonna say when she takes home the statue for Best Actress… but I’ll be paying attention to what the glitterati will be wearing on the red carpet. I’m sure you’re absolutely shocked by that piece of knowledge.

However inspired or tragic the gowns worn by the ladies of Hollywood may be and have been in the past, I always end up paying a little bit more attention to the tuxedos the gentlemen are sporting. Sure, tuxes aren’t as flashy as the dresses, but it’s fascinating to see how a guy’s personality comes through in an outfit that is inherently more limiting than a gown. And everyone can look good in a tux. It just has to be the right tux, natch.

The Tux Jacket, Shirt, Tie and Accessories: Khelan lays it all out for you in this week’s column. All with photos and recommendations on where you can purchase each item, natch.

I’m pretty sure you’ve just figured out what I’ll be focusing on this week.

At some point in his life (preferably sooner rather than later), a gentleman, especially one who lives and/or works in the District, absolutely must add a tuxedo to his closet. Leave the renting to the awkward teenager who’s about to go to prom.

Listen, I realize that buying a tux is a daunting task. As much as I love clothes, buying my first tux was a stressful situation. But there are a few easy-to-follow rules that should help you out.

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by Borderstan.com February 25, 2011 at 5:15 am 1 Comment

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1700 block of P Street NW. (Photo credit: awkward.media from Borderstan reader pool on Flickr)

From Luis Gomez

Borderstan has a new feature, Photo of the Day. Photos are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr. If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group!

Today’s photo was shot on the 1700 block of P Street NW, looking toward Dupont Circle – awkward.media, December 10, 2010

You can submit up to five photos per day. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com February 24, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

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At gallery plan b through March 6: “Paintings by Paula Amt and Sculpture by Rod Glover” (Luis Gomez Photos)

What’s on exhibit at local galleries? There are no openings (and receptions) this weekend. But, here’s a tip: You have two more weekends to see these two exhibitions.

“Bound”

At Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW: “Bound: Selin Balci & Katherine Mann” is showing through Saturday, March 5: “Whether in Balci’s laboratory approach or Mann’s painterly exploration, both artists create vivid abstractions, ripe with notions of growth, wonder and subjugation. Within the context of aestheticism, both examine the limits of their medium, as well as notions of humanity within an expanded ecologic understanding of the living world.”

“Paintings by Paula Amt and Sculpture by Rod Glover”

At gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW: “Paintings by Paula Amt and Sculpture by Rod Glover” runs through Sunday, March 6: “Paula Amt’s paintings are about things that catch her eye — insignificant items or images are brought to significance as the looming, silhouetted subjects of her paintings. Rod Glover offers a very personal body of work with challenges to himself regarding materials and location.  He incorporates scorched wood and found items in a collection of assembled sculptures.” Amt is the gallery owner and Rod Glover is a partner in Home Rule, the 14th Street home goods store.

Find out what’s showing at 11 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com February 24, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

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What’s playing at five area theaters? (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Studio Theatre’s New Ireland: The Enda Walsh Festival explores the works of Irish playwright Enda Walsh with the production of three of his plays: Penelope, The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. The first play in the series, Penelope, opens Tuesday, March 15.

In addition, Studio Theatre is offering a number of free events including a conversation with the playwright and Druid Ireland’s Artistic Director Garry Hynes; readings of contemporary Irish plays; an in-depth seminar on Walsh’s work and influences; a day-long symposium on New Irish Arts, and more. Join us for this celebration of Enda Walsh’s brash, exciting, and endlessly inventive work.

Studio’s synopsis of Penelope: “At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, four jealous suitors dressed in Speedos and terrycloth robes woo a beautiful young woman. In Enda Walsh’s extraordinary riff on Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope’s surviving admirers tangle with prophecy and mortality as they contemplate the return of her husband… and the end of their lives.” The show runs through April 3.

Also showing at theaters in the Dupont-Logan area:

  • The Weir and Basra Boy run for three more weekends at the Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW (one street north of P).
  • On the Razzle from the Constellation Theatre Company runs through March 6 at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com February 24, 2011 at 5:30 am 0

Mary Burgan Borderstan Movie Fan

Mary Burgan is the Borderstan Movie Fan.

From Mary Burgan

The King’s Speech may sweep the Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. I think that would be a big shame, and all my may go-to’s reflect that possibility. Please note that I make a conscious distinction below among may, could and should following each of my predictions.

  • Picture: The King’s Speech (should go to The Fighter)
  • Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan (could go to Annette  Benning for The Kids Are All Right)
  • Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for The Fighter (may go to Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech)
  • Actor: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech (should tie with Javier Bardem for Biutiful)
  • Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for The Fighter (may go to Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech )
  • Director: David Fincher for The Social Network (may go to Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech)
  • Documentary Feature: Restropo (one of the best films of the year!)
  • Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
  • Foreign Language Film: Biutiful
  • Cinematography: True Grit
  • Visual Effects: Inception
  • Costume Design: I Am Love

Pre-Oscar Movie Reviews from Mary

 

by Borderstan.com February 24, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,381 4 Comments

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“Europe in Dupont Circle.” (Photo credit: zanzabar03 from the Borderstan reader pool on Flickr)

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter (@LuisGomezPhotos) and at One Photograph A Day.

Borderstan has a new feature, Photo of the Day. Photos will be pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr. If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group!

About today’s photo: This photo was taken at Connecticut Avenue and Q Street NW. The row of houses are on 20th Street NW. “The architecture of this row of buildings is very European.” – zanzabar03, January 15

You can submit up to five photos per day. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com February 23, 2011 at 5:50 am 0

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Recent crimes in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

The warm weather of late last week brought a noticeable uptick in the number of robberies and assaults on the street — more people on the street means, unfortunately, more targets. Last week’s crime report had eight robberies and one assault; this week there were 10 robberies and five assaults.

Remember that MPD (DC Police) posts crime reports and news on the Second District Yahoo! listserv and on the Third District Yahoo! listserv. PSA 208 is in 2D while PSA 305 and PSA 307 are in 3D.

The following is a list of robberies, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, stolen autos and burglaries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area over the past week. Crimes are from police reports for Police Service Areas (PSA) 208, 305 and 307.

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by Borderstan.com February 23, 2011 at 5:30 am 0

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“Red-tailed Hawk in Dupont Circle.” (Photo credit: ok-oyot from the Borderstan reader pool on Flickr)

From Luis Gomez

Borderstan has a new feature, Photo of the Day. Photos will be pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr. If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group!

About today’s photo: “We stumbled upon this Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) enjoying a meal of freshly caught pigeon in Dupont Circle, and he was happy to let us snap photos for over 15 minutes. He was undisturbed by the traffic, honking horns, and our presence right beneath his tree. This bird was clearly well-adjusted to life in the city.” ok-oyot, February 5.

You can submit up to five photos per day. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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