by Borderstan.com February 23, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,031 0

Dupont, Logan, U Street, Borderstan

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

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

Rollin’ with Kwame

What do you need in order to do your job as DC City Council Chairman, as the city faces severe budget shortfalls and turmoil over a contentious primary? Why, order a fully loaded Lincoln Navigator, of course! The Washington Post used FOIA to nab emails that indicate his office insisted that it be black, inside and out, with a moonroof, DVD system and polished aluminum wheels. His defense? “We just asked for an SUV.” *****UPDATE: As of writing, Brown has returned the vehicle, according to the Post. Who says nothing happens quickly in DC politics?!***** Also, check out the take on the whole rolling-mess (we can’t help ourselves) over at 14th & You: “Navigating” DC’s budget: What does $90,000 get you?

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,052 0

Dupont Circle, PSA 208, January 2011 burglaries

Click to enlarge: There were 26 burglaries in PSA 208 January 2011 compared to 10 the year before.

The number of crimes in Police Service Area (PSA) 208 in January rose 23% when compared to January 2010 due to a large increase in the number of thefts from autos (smash-and-grabs) and burglaries. The numbers are on a year-over-year (YOY) basis with last month’s numbers compared to January 2010. PSA 208 covers the Dupont-Kalorama area.

There were 173 crimes last month in 208, compared to 143 the previous January. The increase was due entirely to rising property crime, not violent crime — there were 18 violent crimes in the PSA last month compared to 19 in January 2010.

But, the number of smash-and-grabs in January 2011 was double from last January: 58 last month compared to 29 in January 2010. In addition, burglaries were up almost three times from last year — there were 26 burglaries in PSA 208 last month compared to 10 in January 2010.

3-Year Trend

What does the trend line show? In January 2008, there were 188 crimes in PSA 208 (18 of them violent crimes) and in January 2009 there were 185 crimes (19 of them violent crimes). Over the past three years, property crimes have dropped noticeably in January 2010, but last month were back at levels comparable to 2008 and 2009. However, the number of violent crimes for the month has remained almost exactly the same each year.

Dupont Circle, PSA 208, violent crimes

There were 18 violent crimes in January 2011 in PSA 208; eight robberies (two with guns) and 10 assaults. (MPD Crime Database)

Specific Crimes in PSA 208

  • Robberies were down. There were eight robberies in PSA 208 in January (two with guns) compared to 13 in January 2010 (two with guns).
  • Assaults were up. There were 10 assaults last month, compared to six in January 2010 (when one was with a gun).
  • Gun crimes were down. Gun crimes are all crimes committed with guns. There were two last month compared to three in January 2010.
  • Burglaries were up significantly in PSA 208. There were 26 burglaries last compared to 10 in January 2010.
  • Thefts were down. Thefts decreased from 76 in January 2010 to 67 last month.
  • Thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) doubled in PSA 208. There were 58 last month compared to 29 in January 2010.
  • Fewer cars were stolen. The number of stolen autos declined from nine in January 2010 to four last month.

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2011 at 6:40 am 1,010 0

 El Centro D.F. tacqueria at 1819 14th Street NW

Construction is stepping up at the planned El Centro D.F. tacqueria at 1819 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens and Luis Gomez

Out and about in the neighborhood this weekend we saw that El Centro D.F. on 14th Street NW — the taqueria brainchild of chefs Richard Sandoval and Kaz Okochi of Masa 14 — is coming along quite nicely. Metrocurean reported recently that they’d like to be open by Cinco de Mayo. Think they’ll beat the ticking clock?

In other news, still completely baffled by wine pairing? Neighborhood (and my) favorite, Ansonia Wines launched a new service this weekend. Add AnsoniaWines [at] Gmail [dot] com to your Google Contacts and you can Gchat your last-minute, dinner party-freak out questions about what to pair your fish dish with! Genius.

What say you eaters? Want to share a tip with us? Got the scoop on some food or restaurant news in the ‘hood? Email us borderstan [at] gmail [dot] com!

Alejandra also writes about food at her site, One Bite At A Time; you can follow her on Flickr (@frijolita). You can follow Luis on Twitter (@Luis Gomez Photos) and at his daily photo blog, One Photograph A Day.

by Borderstan.com February 22, 2011 at 5:45 am 1,564 2 Comments

Mary Burgan Borderstan Movie Fan

Mary Burgan is the Borderstan Movie Fan.

From Mary Burgan

Biutiful is one of the best films I’ve seen all year. Moreover, Javier Bardem as its main character deserves his Oscar nomination, and perhaps the statue itself, for his performance. The film is nominated for best foreign language film, and I would vote for it in that category, even though I’ve not had the chance to review the other nominees.

Alejandro González Iñárritu, its director, has created a mysterious and compelling world in Biutiful, one that bears comparison to the imagined worlds created by the three other master international filmmakers in my personal pantheon — Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa.

Earlier pre-Oscar 2011 reviews from Mary: The Town, Animal Kingdom: Crime Runs in the Family; Why You Should See Blue Valentine and Rabbit Hole; Grit and Bone: Oscar Nominates Strong Teen-Aged GirlsThe King’s Speech an Oscar Picture for Colin Firth; Chasing the Oscar Buzz: Part 2 (The Fighter); and Chasing the Oscar Buzz: Part 1 (Toy Story and The Kids Are Alright).

Which is not to say that the film will please everyone. This is a “global” film, like Iñárritu’s Babel (2006), though it does not travel, as that film did, from Morocco to Mexico to Japan. Everything happens in Barcelona, but the inhabitants of that city’s poor neighborhoods come from around the world. The hero of Biutiful is a fundamentally decent man who makes a living by hustling odd jobs and drugs and making deals to exploit illegal workers from places like China, Africa, and Thailand — that host of “guest” workers who live on the margins of every great city.

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by Borderstan.com February 22, 2011 at 5:00 am 0

Dupont Metro Station, theqspeaks, Borderstan

“Going to the Light” at the Dupont Circle Metro Station. (Photo credit: theqspeaks 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. Here’s how it works. 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!

Guidelines

  • We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods. Please add a brief location/description in the caption.
  • In addition to Photo of the Day, we may want to use reader photos from time to time to illustrate a story on Borderstan.com.
  • When we use your photo, you will receive a photo credit based on your Flickr account name unless you specify differently. We will also link directly back to your photo on Flickr.
  • You may add up to five photos per day to the Borderstan Reader Photo Pool.
  • No gratuitous obscenity or profanity, please!

by Borderstan.com February 21, 2011 at 6:00 am 2,712 7 Comments

Vida Fitness, 1612 U Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

VIDA Fitness work is already underway on the empty lot between Stetson’s and 1612 U Street NW. Results Gym at the location closes February 28 after 15 years. The entire building will be vacated on March 17 for renovations. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The landmark Results Gym at 1612 U Street NW will be closing its doors at the end of the month after 15 years at the location. The tale behind the closing has been aired in many regional publications including the City Paper, Washington Post and Washington Business Journal. (See Gym Wars: VIDA Fitness Gets Zoning Approval for U Street.)

In a nutshell, the building where Results is located is owned by David von Storch, a local entrepreneur with his own health club chain, VIDA Fitness. With Results’s lease on the space ending, it was the opportunity for VIDA to take over. Bang Salon, also part of von Storch’s business empire, already occupies part of the ground floor retail space. (He got his start in 1992 with Capitol City Brewing Company, which has three locations.)

What are your gym options in the area? Check out the list at the bottom of this story.

Once Results closes, the building will undergo an impressive $13 million renovation and expansion, and reopen as a VIDA Fitness. In addition to the gym and Bang Salon, an Aura Spa and restaurant will also be part of the complex. All entities are segments of von Storch’s Urban Adventures Companies, Inc. The renovation will also add a 60-foot rooftop pool complex that will be heated by re-captured heat from the HVAC systems.

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by Borderstan.com February 21, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,136 0

Obama Street Art, FrenchTwistDC, Borderstan

Happy President’s Day. (Photo credit: FrenchTwistDC from the Borderstan Reader Pool on Flickr)

From Mike Kohn. Got a news tip for Mike? Shoot him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Happy Presidents’ Day (or Washington’s Birthday, as Wikipedia refers to it)! Hopefully you’re reading The Weekend Roundup from the comfort of your own home as the federal government has declared this to be a holiday. Be nice to the Borderstanis who were not fortunate enough to get a day off to celebrate our country’s leaders.

Maryland Moving Toward Same-Sex Marriage

Yes, it’s relatively far away from Borderstan, but we felt like it was newsworthy enough to bring out. State Senator James C. Rosapepe said that he would support legislation in favor of same-sex marriage when a vote comes to the Maryland Senate next week. Gov. Martin O’Malley has said he would sign off on the bill, if approved. Opponents could then petition for a referendum to overturn it, which would give voters the final say. The Baltimore Sun has the full story.

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by Borderstan.com February 20, 2011 at 11:02 am 1,035 2 Comments

Borderstan Reader Photos on Flickr, specimenlife, Brewermaster's Castle

The Brewmaster’s Castle at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. (Photo credit: specimenlife from Borderstan Reader Pool on Flickr.) 

From Luis Gomez. In addition to being the co-editor of Borderstan, Luis is a photographer and photo editor. You can find more examples of his work at his daily photo blog, One Photograph A Day or at If She Only Had Thumbs. You can follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Borderstan is starting a new feature, Photo of the Day. Photos will be pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr. In fact, you may have noticed that we’ve already used reader photos for several stories.

Today’s photo from specimenlife: The Brewmaster’s Castle is now the Christian Heurich House Museum at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Here’s how it works. 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!

Guidelines

  • We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods. Please add a brief location/description in the caption.
  • In addition to Photo of the Day, we may want to use reader photos from time to time to illustrate a story on Borderstan.com.
  • When we use your photo, you will receive a photo credit based on your Flickr account name unless you specify differently. We will also link directly back to your photo on Flickr.
  • You may add up to five photos per day to the Borderstan Reader Photo Pool.
  • No gratuitous obscenity or profanity, please!
Questions? Shoot me an email.

by Borderstan.com February 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm 1,439 3 Comments

Lost Dog, 9th and V Streets NW, DC

Lost dog’s rescuer needs boarding help.

Update: “Lucy” has gone home. Michael took her on a walk and the owners were out looking for her at the same time.

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A dog that appears to be a beagle mix was found at 11:20 am Saturday morning at 9th and V Streets NW. She has a collar but no tags and is currently residing with Michael, whom you can contact by email.

Michael says the lost dog is not getting along well with his own dog. If you are able to temporarily board her, please contact Michael ASAP.

by Borderstan.com February 18, 2011 at 8:56 am 1,918 0

From Khelan Bhatia. Got some style questions or comments for Khelan? Send him an email or catch him on TwitterKhelan lives in the U Street area and recently started writing about style for Borderstan.

Welcome back, Borderstanis. Today, I’m going to focus on one of the most important fashion accessories for those with 20/20 vision and those who can’t tell the difference between Lacoste’s Alligator and Burberry’s Equestrian Knight without corrective lenses. Of course, I’m referring to eyewear.

Even if you don’t need to correct your eyesight, the right pair of glasses can help frame your face and add an extra oomph to your outfit. The wrong pair, however, can distort your features and ruin your otherwise impeccable look.

For those who are budget-conscious (and frankly, who isn’t these days), I highly, highly recommend checking out Warby Parker. You can get a stylish pair of glasses for under $100 (frames and lenses). They’ll even send you five pairs of frames to try out at home at no cost.

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by Borderstan.com February 18, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,079 0

Coffee Beans at Counter Culture Coffee, DC, FrenchTwistDC, Flickr

A Counter Culture Coffee cupping at Mid City Caffe on 14th Street NW. (Photo credit: FrenchTwistDC from the Flickr Borderstan Reader Pool)

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

Happy Hour Outdoors Last Night

Seriously, with this weather you should have been sipping drinks al fresco last night. Because it’s Friday and Mother Nature is feeling really lovey, she’s giving you a do-over with the weather this evening. It’s 70 degrees in February — why don’t you just start your happy hour now?

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by Borderstan.com February 17, 2011 at 10:45 am 1,790 0

Mary Burgan Borderstan Movie Fan

Mary Burgan is the Borderstan Movie Fan.

From Mary Burgan.

There are two unexpected nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories in this year’s list of Oscar-nominated actors.

One is for the role of a hothead foster brother to the hero in The Town — Ben Affleck’s film about a crime family in Boston’s Charlestown. The other is for the role of the sentimental matriarch in Animal Kingdom, a film by the new Australian film-maker, David Michôd, about a crime family in Melbourne.

Each offers some ripe roles for actors, but although both make occasional stabs at probing the sources of familial pathology, neither seems very interested in getting beneath the violence of the crime movie genre.

I don’t want to deny any hard-working actor his or her due, and the supporting actors nominated from each film do their jobs very well. However, I am not sure why  Jeremy Renner of The Town or Jacki Weaver of Animal Kingdom should be singled out just for doing their bits in two movies that are so seriously flawed.

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by Borderstan.com February 17, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,213 1 Comment

Dupont Circle Fountain, theqspeaks, Borderstan

Dupont Circle last April: Great spring-like weather is predicted for this weekend. (Photo credit: theqspeaks from Flickr Borderstan Reader Pool)

From Laura Herman. You can follow Laura on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

First and foremost: Spend time outside this weekend! If possible, take the day off on Friday to enjoy the delightful spring-like weather that we have in store. With a high of 70 degrees, I know that I’ll be making a beeline for an outdoor happy hour spot right after work. My favorite outdoor happy hour in the neighborhood? We’ll save a full roundup for when it’s actually spring, but Mandu’s front patio and Local 16’s rooftop make my late-winter cut.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, Thursday night calls for grabbing someone special (perhaps you botched Valentine’s Day? This is your opportunity to redeem yourself) and heading over to the Corcoran Gallery for their Thursday Date Night promo, which runs every Thursday throughout the month of February. You’ll be able to snag two-for-one admission (it’s usually $10 per person) and you can also check out the “Champagne & Kisses” special available at the Corcoran Café, which includes two glasses of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries or a cheese and fruit plate ($15).

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by Borderstan.com February 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm 1,033 0

Nicholas & Sheila Pye, The Departure, 2010, archival digital print mounted onto aluminum, 48in x 48in, ed. 2/5

Nicholas & Sheila Pye, “The Departure,” 2010, archival digital print mounted onto aluminum, 48in x 48in, ed. 2/5. (Courtesy of The Curator’s Office)

This week at galleries in the area are two openings and one closing. Find out what’s showing at 11 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.

Openings

  • Opening Thursday, February 17 at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW: “This month we choose to celebrate the works of several standout new artists showing with Long View Gallery including Ryan McCoy, Shaun Richards, Jordan Bruns, Zach Sherif, Thomas Burkett, Amy Genser, Shawna Moore, Michelle Peterson-Albandoz and Clyde Fowler.” Reception is 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
  • Opening Saturday, February 19 at Curator’s Office, 1515 14th Street NW: “Curator’s Office is pleased to present its third exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed Canadian collaborative team Nicholas & Sheila Pye. Entitled Amend, the exhibition features 6 photographs from their latest body of work together. This exhibition coincides with the presentation of their dramatic three-channel video installation, “The Coronation,” at The Phillips Collection.” The reception is 6:30 to 8 pm at Curator’s Office.

Closings

  • Closing Sunday, February 20, at Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th Street NW“New Editions 2011: Chuck Close, Robert Longo, Iona Rozeal Brown.” Gallery hours are in the listings below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com February 16, 2011 at 7:02 am 1,583 0

Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Luis Gomez Photos, Borderstan, U Street

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste of danceDC. You can reach Cecile by email and follow her on Twitter (@dance_DC).

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm on U Street NW has been under construction since last fall. Despite being in transition, the gallery has continued to present art through its “IN-FLUX window peek-show.”

Click on the collage below for photos from the gallery and last night’s interactive performance.

Local artist John M. Adams’ “Efflux” drawing installation and accompanying video documenting the process has been on display at the storefront as part of this series since January 14. Last night, he concluded the exhibition with an interactive street art performance in which he placed the work on the sidewalk for pedestrians to walk on. In addition, Adams stood behind the storefront window drawing on the glass with a black dry erase marker.

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