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SYMHM: The Weekend Roundup

by Borderstan.com February 14, 2011 at 5:00 am 0

Secret Pleasures, Borderstan, U Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

Secret Pleasures, 1510 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sure everyone is fully prepared for the most holiest of Hallmark holidays, but in case you’re still looking for those last-minute plans, check out our post from earlier this week with some alternative ideas for this evening. And once you’ve got that squared away, don’t forget to consider what to wear before heading out tonight.

Be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day logo at the top of the Bordestan page. Our logos (including the usual one) are designed by Neil MacLean of Six Five Design Group.

Won’t you be my handcuffed Valentine?

Speaking of alternative ideas, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is continuing its “Crimes of Passion” exhibit for the third year, inviting couples to go through the museum handcuffed together for $30 per person. The handcuffs are souvenirs and can be taken home (and for $1, you can even upgrade them to the furry kind to give them that something extra!). But as WTOP reports, this year, it’s taking some flack. Chai Shenoy, co-founder of Holla Back DC, claims that the exhibit “is mocking the lives of people who have died due to domestic violence.” The Museum doesn’t consider this to be a problem and will not be making changes to its exhibit.

It’s Electric!

Tesla Motors, the California-based company that’s been touting the power of electric cars, has made its way into the District. It opened up a showroom at 1050 K Street NW and held an open house over the weekend. Dr. Gridlick at the The Washington Post online has the full scoop. Think you’ll be taking one of these new cars for a free test drive?

Bored in D.C.? Get on some D.C. Boards!

Apparently there are some key openings that Mayor Gray is going to have fill in the near future. Greater Greater Washington gives the full run down on the five slots that are soon to be available on the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board, the two that are up and coming at the Zoning Commission and two for the Board of Zoning Adjustment. You may be the best candidate for the job — so go ahead and apply!

New Leadership for LGBT Anti-Violence Task Force

MetroWeekly reports that Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), D.C.’s LGBT anti-violence task force, picked up new leadership this week. In an unanimous decision, A.J. Singletary and Hassan Naveed were named chair and co-chair, respectively. The primary mission of GLOV is to work to reduce violence against LGBT individuals through community outreach, education and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. Want to get involved? Visit the GLOV website.

Redskins Punt Returner Stabbed

TBD gives us the report on this weird story. Brandon Banks, the punt returned for the Redskins, was out at the Park at Fourteenth with a friend. Banks supposedly made a comment in jest about the suspect’s decision to wear an all-white outfit, which was not taken particularly kindly. After a scuffle and security’s involvement, there was a brief pause before the suspect allegedly started stabbing Banks and his friend. Banks is recovering in a Washington hospital and is expected to be released within 24 hours. The friend who was with him is in critical condition from his wounds.

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