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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm 0

From Jana Petersen

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Friday, April 29 at 7 pm: What began as a group of 365,000 kids from over 2,000 schools across the nation competing in poetry recitation is now down to a handful. Join these finalists of Poetry Out Loud: National  Recitation Contest, the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition at the Lincoln Theater Friday night at 7 pm.

Guest judges for the final competition include poets Valerie Martinez, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Brian Turner, actress and author Amber Tamblyn, playwright/actress/director Aditi Brennan Kapil, and Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Michael Kahn.

Admission to “Poetry Out Loud” is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 2 at 7:30 pm: Join the actors of the Studio Theater in a free reading of Doldrum Bay by Hilary Fannin, a “crackling and frequently hilarious examination of the intersections of sex, religion, ambition, death, and advertising.”

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

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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2011 at 11:33 am 1 Comment

Borderstan, DC art galleries, Logan Circle art galleries

Three exhibitions are closing weekend while two more are opening. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen

Irvine Contemporary and Project 4 Gallery have opening receptions this Saturday night. Challenge reality — and the realm of possibility — with a visit to each.

“Dataklysmos,” opening this Saturday at Irvine Contemporary, is an exhibition of new multimedia sculptures that show the world of data and the materiality of digital technology in new ways. The implication of the Brooklyn artist’s name [dNASAb] — “Disney-NASA-Borg” — is only the tip of the ice berg.

“Liminal Light” at Project 4 features artists who “explore various means of representing reality and the boundaries beyond, bringing the viewer to the visual realm of the sublime. Using graphite, India ink, smoke, and photo collage the artists exploit the duality between black and white to reveal the spectrum of infinite shades of gray.”

Also, it’s closing weekend for exhibitions at three local galleries:

Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2011 at 6:32 am 0

Robert Wone, Swann Street NW, Borderstan

Recognize this Swann Street house? It can be yours for $1.599 million.

I’m back from Italy… hope I didn’t miss too much. Tell me about it @MichLancaster.

Another Infamous House for Sale

While Bob Woodward’s source was named Deep Throat, that was about as tawdry as it got for Woodward and his apartment (up for sale and in Wednesday’s SYMHM). Not so for the house where Robert Wone was murdered, which is up for sale again (not by the owner at the time of Wone’s murder). The list price is $1.599 million and we’ heard there’s an open house this Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm. Washingtonian.com has more info on the house.

If you are a new resident not yet familiar with the tangled story, check out the comprehensive site Who Murdered Robert Wone, which is run by four editors who also live in the Borderstan area. Wone was murdered in the house at 1509 Swann Street NW on August 2, 2006. To date no one has been charged in his murder.

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by Borderstan.com April 29, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Borderstan, Hula, Paul Frederiksen, Flickr

“Hula” was taken by Paul Frederiksen.

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

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Hula,” was taken by Paul Frederiksen on April  20. Frederiksen says: “From an ongoing series of portraits of the interesting people I run into in Dupont Circle. The plan is to try to get one up at least three times a week, so keep looking for updates!”

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! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm 0

PSA 208, Dupont Circle, thefts from autos, Bordestan

Click to enlarge: There were 96 thefts from autos in March 2011, up from 39 in March 2010. (MPD Crime Database)

From Matty Rhoades

While violent crime declined, the number of property crimes in Police Service Area (PSA) 208 in March soared 69% over March  2010. Burglaries and thefts were up, but it it was the huge increase in thefts from autos (smash-and-grabs) that drove the increase in March’s crime stats.

PSA 208 covers the Dupont-Kalorama area. We compare crime statistics on a year-over-year basis by month; this helps account for seasonal differences in crime. All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.

Property Crime Up from March 2010

There were 208 property crimes last month in PSA 208, compared to 123 in March 2010. For example, the number of smash-and-grabs in March 2011 was more than double from last March: 96 last month compared to 39 in March 2010.

In addition, burglaries were up almost three times from last year — there were 20 burglaries in PSA 208 last month compared to seven in March 2010. Thefts increased from 69 in March 2010 to 84 last month.

However, the 16 violent crimes last month in PSA 208 was a decline from March 2010 when there 21 such crimes. But, the huge rise in property crimes drove total crime (violent and property combined) up 56% in March 2011 when compared to March 2010.

The Trendline

What does the trendline show for PSA 208?

  • March 2011: 224 crimes (16 of them violent crimes)
  • March 2010: 144 crimes (21 of them violent crimes)
  • March 2009: 170 crimes (22 of them violent crimes)
  • March 2008: 175 crimes (21 of them violent crimes)

Over the past three years, the number of property crimes in March has risen 35% while the number of violent crimes has declined by 24%. On a year-over-year basis, the total number of crimes in PSA 208 was 28% higher in March 2011 than in March 2008, all due to more property crimes.

Below the fold: Specific crimes in March in PSA 208 and a look at March numbers for 2008 through 2011.

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by Borderstan.com April 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm 0

Borderstan, Miss Pixie's Furnishings and Whatnot, 14th Street NW

1626 14th Street NW: “DANCE, DANCE, DANCE” this Friday at Miss Pixie’s from 6:30 to 8 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman. Follow her on Twitter @lmhhabs.

Spring is in the air. Whether you’re caught up in the Royal Wedding craze, trying to stake out a prime outdoor drinking location, or staying inside until the pollen disappears, get excited because the weekennnnnd is almost here. And per usual, no need to even leave the neighborhood!  Here are my picks to keep you nice and busy this weekend in and around Borderstan.

Friday

Well, wake up early to watch the Royal Wedding, if you’re into that. (Can you tell I couldn’t care less?) Then spend the morning at work checking out some excellent Wedding-related interwebs items.

DANCE at Miss Pixie’s! Fast forward to the evening…by now you’ve realized that I have a little thing for dance parties, so why not extend that to a dance performance? Go check out “DANCE, DANCE, DANCE” this Friday at Miss Pixie’s from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Local artists have planned a unique performance piece, set inside Miss Pixies, looping around the furniture and window display. The event is free, though the dancers request a door donation of $5 to $10. Something a little different? Totally. Check out Uprooted Dance and pro ekoh dance for more information.

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by Borderstan.com April 28, 2011 at 9:51 am 0

Borderstan, View 14, 14th Street NW

View 14 at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW. (Photo courtesy of Level 2 Development)

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

After a three-year lull, condo and apartment development along 14th Street — from Logan Circle to the blocks north of U Street — has blossomed at a frantic pace. (See list of related stories at bottom.)

Work is well underway at several sites and many and others are slated for groundbreaking soon. Most properties will be considered mixed-use, usually in the form of ground floor retail and residential units above.

Proof of the return of the market on 14th Street is a mixed-use project by Level 2 Development, a local real estate developer specializing in high-end residential and retail projects. It has announced two tenants for the retail spaces at the View 14 complex at 2303 14th Street NW. The building is on the northeast corner of 14th and Florida Avenue.

YWCA National Capital Area (Young Women’s Christian Association) and Beta Academy will occupy the spaces after build-out is complete. YWCA agreed to a 15-year lease and hopes to open in January 2012. Beta Academy will have a 10-year lease and has a target opening of third quarter 2011.

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by Borderstan.com April 28, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

"Law & Order," Luis Gomez Photos, Logan Circle, 14th Street NW, Borderstan

Today’s photo from the Borderstan Flickr pool is from luisgomezphotos.

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

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Law & Order,” was taken by luisgomezphotos on January 17 at the corner of 14th and P Streets NW. Gomez is a devoted fan of the “Law & Order” series, especially Law & Order: SVU.”

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! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 27, 2011 at 2:44 pm 0

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

Robbery

  • Monday, April 18, 3:10 pm, 2100 block of P Street NW (restaurant).
  • Monday, April 18, 1:45 pm, 1300 block of 14th Street NW (alley).
  • Saturday, April 23, 3:30 am, 1800 block of Florida Avenue NW (sidewalk).
  • Monday, April 25, 10:50 pm, 900 block of Florida Avenue NW (service station).

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by Borderstan.com April 27, 2011 at 11:51 am 0

raw diet for pets, Borderstan,

You can buy chunks of frozen raw meat by the bag at many pet food stores. These beef medallions are from Nature’s Variety and can be fed to cats or dogs. A 3-pound bag of 48 medallions at a local store cost $20.99. 

From Tori Tyree. Question? Leave a comment or send her an email at [email protected]

Last week, I talked about what to leave out of the dog bowl; this week, I want to talk about what to leave in.

I’ve spent years debating the best meal for your dog – a task that has proved overwhelming and cumbersome;  the “correct” formula is ever-changing and evolving, and unless you have an unlimited amount of time to dedicate to research, it’s easy to get lost in the information.

That said, I’m happy to say that there is one truism that has crossed all of my research and experience:  variety is key.

If you’ve read last week’s column, What’s in Your Pet’s Food?, you are one step closer to understanding what a healthy, well-rounded meal looks like.  Yet, seeking and purchasing high-quality ingredients at all-natural pet food stores is not the whole picture.

Before delving into what the best well-rounded meal looks like, it is important to realize that there are two main types of food: processed and raw.

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by Borderstan.com April 27, 2011 at 7:03 am 0

Borderstan, Elections, Luis Gomez Photos

Another campaign is just months away. The DC Primary election for local offices is scheduled for September 2012 unless it is moved up. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades

Yesterday was the big day, folks. April 26 was Special Election Day in D.C. to elect an At-Large Councilmember. Did you get out and vote? If you didn’t you were most assuredly not alone. Turnout was only about 12%.

The winner is former Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent Orange, who snagged 12,216 votes (28%). In second place was the lone Republican in the race, Patrick Mara with 11,096 votes (26%). Interim Councilmember Sekou Biddle pulled 8,842 votes (20%), Bryan Weaver got 5,665 votes (13%) and Josh Lopez had 3,079 votes (7%). Four other candidates pulled around 2,200 votes.

Orange will have to face the voters again in the 2012 primary; yesterday’s election was simply to fill the remainder of a four-year term. In other words, another campaign season is just months away. The primary for D.C.’s local offices is traditionally in September.

Both Mara and Weaver live in Ward 1, which includes the U Street area. Mara was elected to the D.C. Board of Education last November from Ward 1; Weaver ran against incumbent Councilmember Jim Graham in the Democratic Primary in Ward 1 last year.

By Precinct and Ward

In the 13 precincts in the Borderstan area, Mara won eight of them — Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21 and 129. Weaver won the other five — 22, 23, 24, 137 and 141. Moreover, Mara finished second in the five precincts won by Weaver while Weaver finished second in four of the precincts won by Mara.

Citywide, Orange carried Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8. Mara won Wards 2, 3 and 6 while Weaver won Ward 1.

In Ward 2, which contains the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, Mara got 46%. He was followed by Weaver with 18%, Biddle with 17%, Orange with 10% and Lopez with 6%.

In Ward 1, which contains the U Street area, Weaver got 35%. He was followed by Mara with 23%, Biddle with 17%, Orange with 13% and Lopez with 8%.

by Borderstan.com April 27, 2011 at 5:00 am 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

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

From Alejandra Owens. Catcher her on Twitter @frijolita.

It’s RAMMY Season – Vote With Your Gut

Remember when we told you that a bunch of Borderstan restaurants were nominated for RAMMYs? Well this year, public votes will determine the outcome of four categories — Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gathering Place, Power Spot and the Your Favorite Restaurant, a “write-in” category. So go “Eat the Vote” from April 28 to May 5. According the RAMMY website there will be, “creative events full of food and cocktail specials and energetic fun.” Yeah.

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by Borderstan.com April 27, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Borderstan, dracisk 365/365, Logan Circle

Today’s Flickr pool photo of  the Logan Circle neighborhood was shot by dracisk 365/365.

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

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Around Logan Circle,” was taken by dracisk 365/365 on November 21 on the 1500 block of Kingman Place NW.

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! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods

by Borderstan.com April 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm 1,721 2 Comments

Borderstan, Thomas Circle NW, Donovan House Hotel, Luis Gomez Photos

The view from the rooftop of the Donovan House Hotel at 14th Street and Thomas Circle NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This post was co-authored by Alejandra Owens and Laura Herman. You can follow them on Twitter at @frijolita [email protected], respectively. Also check out One Bite At A Time, Alejandra’s personal food and cooking blog.

Despite some truly schizophrenic weather lately, it’s that time again. It’s time for flip flops and dog walks and wine drinking on patios or boozy spring nights on a rooftop overlooking the city. Our food writers have put together a list of all the rooftops and patios in Borderstan — this is the first installment of a two-part series and we’re starting with rooftops.

While the list isn’t as long as the patios list, our rooftop views in Borderstan are nothing to scoff at. Sweeping city views and the twinkling lights of our great city are excellent backdrops to sipping on a refreshing cocktail on a hot summer night.

Where are you guys excited to be drinking and dining this spring and summer? We have put together our list of great rooftop spots in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, 11 total. Which places would you add?

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Borderstan, Dupont Circle 19th Street NW, ok-oyot,

“19th Street” is from ok-oyot in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “19th Street,” was taken by ok-oyot on April 7.

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! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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