by Borderstan.com April 20, 2011 at 6:00 am 1,304 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

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

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

Dog Park Meeting

The Shaw Dog Park’s monthly meeting ,of the dog park committee is this Wednesday, April 20, 7 pm, at the Hotel Helix. All are welcome to attend. Shaw Dog Park located at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW (just south of R Street) and operated by Shaw Dogs, a volunteer group. Our newest contributor, Tori Tyree, has some tips for the dog park.

Dupont Group Fundraising on eBay

Interested in bargains and want to help a local organization? Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets is holding an eBay fundraising auction. HDCMS’s mission “is to make Dupont Circle’s commercial corridors economically healthy, improve our quality of life, and reflect our community’s pride and history.” As of this writing they still have lots of cool vintage cufflinks, collectibles and artwork available to the highest bidder.

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by Borderstan.com April 20, 2011 at 4:45 am 1,054 0

Borderstan, Connecticut Ave. Man resting.

D.C. Streets: “Laziest Sunday Afternoon” was taken by pnzr242 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, “Laziest Sunday Afternoon” was taken by pnzr242 on April 18. It was shot in the small triangle park bounded by Connecticut Avenue, Q Street and 20th Street 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, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 19, 2011 at 11:00 am 4,286 3 Comments

Gary Fisher, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos, Logan Circle

Gary Fisher in his Logan Circle studio on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste of danceDC. You can follow her on Twitter @dance_DC.

Local artist Gary Fisher knows firsthand that life can change in an instant. After stopping by the Corcoran Gallery for lunch one day many years ago, he picked up a brochure for adult art classes.

According to Fisher, what looked like a fun way to spend an evening or two ended up changing his life. He discovered a passion for art, entered into early retirement from the U.S. Department of Justice and started a second career as a professional artist.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,145 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 11, 8:20 pm, 800 block of T Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 pm, 1800 block of 7th Street NW (bus stop).
  • Wednesday, April 13, 10:39 pm, 1400 block of 9th Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Wednesday, April 13, 10:38 pm, 1300 block of 10th Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Thursday, April 14, 5:08 am, 900 block of N Street NW (alley).
  • Sunday, April 17, 11:14 am, 1300 block of U Street NW (alley).
  • Sunday, April 17, 7:15 pm, 1600 block of Connecticut Avenue NW (restaurant).

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Borderstan, Corcoran Street,

Chained to the tree box: Today’s photo “Sidewalk Stroller” is from LuisGomezPhotos 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, “Sidewalk Stroller,” was taken by LuisGomezPhotos on April 18. It shows a baby stroller that is chained to the tree box on the 1600 block Corcoran Street NW. Left on the sidewalk due to a lack of space inside the house?

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 18, 2011 at 6:00 am 1,023 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

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

From Mike Kohn

D.C. is Smokin’!

Mayor Gray unveiled his plan for governing the dispensing and growing of marijuana in the District, says the Washington Examiner. We’ll have to wait 90 days to get the approval and the final word, but unless it all goes to pot, the Mayor will assemble a panel to review and approve applications for 10 growing centers and five dispensaries. Before you get your hopes up, the marijuana will only be open to patients with HIV, AIDS, cancer, glaucoma or multiple sclerosis.

Ante Up

If pot wasn’t enough for you, add another sin to the list of things D.C. is making easier for you to do — this time, it’s internet gambling, says the Washington Times. The District is going to be the first place in the nation to allow Internet gambling. Government officials figure if people are going to waste their money make big bucks on the likes of Texas Hold ‘Em and Five Card Stud, they would cash in and generate some revenue to hopefully “help social services programs.” Let’s say the ends justify the means on that one.

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by Borderstan.com April 18, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Buffalo Statue, DC Dumbarton Bridge, dita6500, Flickr, Borderstan

Today’s photo of one of the buffalo statues on the Dumbarton Bridge is from dita6500 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, “Beast Statue,” was taken by dita6500 on February 6. It shows one of the four buffalo statues on the Dumbarton Bridge, which is also known as the Q Street Bridge.  The bridge spans Rock Creek Park and links the Dupont Circle and Georgetown neighborhoods.

According to Wikipedia, the unusual curved bridge “is a historic masonry arch bridge” and was constructed 1914-1915. Dumbarton Bridge is known for the buffalo statutes by Alexander Phimister Proctor.

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 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm 3,264 0

Martin Moulton, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Martin Moulton, #39. He was one of 41 D.C. residents arrested April 11 during a sit-in demonstration near the U.S. Capitol. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

What does an American Freedom Fighter look like in 2011? Meet Martin Moulton: a tall, handsome man sporting a sky blue bike shirt, and donning a Tiffany-like black choker strand with a thick red charm fitted front and center, marked #39.

Moulton, a Shaw resident and entrepreneur, when asked what it felt like to be arrested on Monday, April 11, 2011, smiled and responded instinctively while holding the police issue #39 tag, “Fun.”

It began as an impromptu street protest of Congress for imposing its will on D.C. residents regarding spending restrictions and obligations. City leaders finally had enough and decided to stage a sit-in. Provoking arrest, detention and risking a police record for a lifetime, Moulton, too, sat down. The location as the middle of Constitution Avenue at 1st Street NE. According to dcist, they were chanting, “don’t tread on D.C., we demand democracy.”

Along with 40 other leaders of Washington, D.C. — including Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chair Kwame Brown and several members of the D.C. Council — Moulton, president of the Convention Center Community Association (CCCA), was arrested.

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by Borderstan.com April 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm 1,715 6 Comments

Cooper's Hawk, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Borderstan, Logan Circle

This hawk, or one of his friends, has been spotted several times recently in the vicinity of 15th and Q Streets NW.

From Matty Rhoades

It was a quiet Saturday morning at home. The window shades were up with the back garden in full view. I have some transitional spring flowers in hanging baskets and my summer red geraniums are already in the boxes on the fence. It’s a nice view.

Suddenly my spouse said, “Something horrible is happening back there!”

“What!?” says me. I went to the window, thinking there was probably a dead rat on the patio. Instead, I saw a grayish-brown hawk dining on a dead pigeon — the small downy feathers of the unfortunate bird scattered on the bricks.

Hawks, which are raptors, are sometimes spotted in urban areas. Mice, rats, pigeons and small birds are all good meals for them.

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by Borderstan.com April 16, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Mary Burgan, Borderstan Movie Fan, borderstan.comFrom Mary Burgan

From the popular success of The King’s Speech, it seems that everyone wants to see a feel-good movie in these days of wrath and doom. It’s not that we members of the Borderstan community are threatened with government shutdowns, although we are. It’s more that the threat of shutdown arises from a radical distrust of how institutions work.

That distrust arises from our current experience of failure everywhere — in the environment, in culture, and especially in the relationships among generations. The old have money enough to begin to die on. The young are largely mute about the anxieties they suffer either from over-protective parents or from parents who don’t care at all. And those in the middle, that bridge generation between the two, worry about their responsibilities on either side.

That’s why Win Win (the American movie, not the Dutch Win/Win on view this weekend at the DC Filmfest) attracts a large and happy-to-be-there audience. It is about an ordinary man beset with the problems of supporting a family in contemporary America. He is essentially a good man, trying to run a small law practice, pay the health insurance, and do as well as he can for his clients — who seem mainly to be the elderly who have been left behind. He also coaches high school wrestling on the side.

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by Borderstan.com April 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,052 0

gallery plan b, Andrew Wapinski, Mars Tokyo, Greg Minah, Borderstan

The works of Greg Minah, Mars Tokyo and Andrew Wapinski are now on display at gallery plan b. Opening reception is Saturday, April 16. (Image courtesy gallery plan b)

From Jana Petersen

What happens when art form becomes the end, instead of the “means to an end”? Visit Gallery plan b this weekend to find out. On Saturday, April 16 at 6 pm, gallery plan b on 14th Street NW will host its opening reception featuring the works of Greg Minah, Mars Tokyo and Andrew Wapinski.

Minah’s and Wapinski’s works in particular challenge the viewer to understand art as the art development process, rather than the byproduct of certain artistic techniques.

Confusing? Allow me to an offer an example. Imagine a blank canvas in front of you. You have a bottle of red acrylic paint. You pour some paint in the center of the canvas, but find yourself at a critical decision point: do you tilt the canvas left or right? A tilt to the left guides and shifts the paint in a way that a tilt to the right would not, ultimately dictating the final product and the way the viewer understands or interacts with the art piece.

Minah describes his art as a “collaboration between the spontaneity of liquid paint and the control that I have over its behavior. The result is a lyrical moment, suspended in time, that evolves with closer readings. The significance of the painting, its purpose, is always fluid, as it relies entirely on the encounter with the viewer” (Minah).

For a different spin on “textured” art, consider rounding out the weekend with a visit to the Hamiltonian Gallery. This Saturday at 7 pm, the Hamiltonian Gallery will host an opening reception for its exhibit, “Call + Response: Textures.” Playing “matchmaker between writers and artists,” this exhibit pairs four writers with four artists, each writer contributing one call — a short piece of fiction or poetry — and each artist creating a new installation piece in response to that call. At 5:30 pm on Saturday (before the reception), each writer/artist pair will lead a discussion around their work.

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

by Borderstan.com April 15, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,011 0

From Jana Petersen

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

On April 16 finalists of F.I.S.T. go head-to-head at The Source to determine who will take home the 2011 crown (and bragging rights) in the Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament.

Start your night at 8 pm with a reunion show featuring the 2010 champs, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, with Jackie as a special guest. The competition heats up at 9 PM with the bronze level contenders (candidates pending this week’s round-up) with special guest onesixtyone. The final match is set to occur at 11 pm with highly revered guest Commonwealth .

Each show is $10. If you’ve yet to attend a F.I.S.T. “smackdown,” I would not pass up one of the final chances to see old talent and/or have a stake in determining 2011’s funniest improv troupe — nevermind laugh hard along the way.

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

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by Borderstan.com April 15, 2011 at 6:30 am 1,289 0

African American Civil War Memorial, DC Emancipation Day, Luis Gomez Photos, U Street NW

There is a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 am Saturday at the African American Civil War Memorial, 10th and U Streets NW. The statue honors African Americans who fought in the Civil War. (Luis Gomez Photos)

I’m going to miss a lot as I traipse around Italy, but I’ll miss you the very most of all. Tell me about it @MichLancaster.

Happy Emancipation Day, D.C.!

I love that most DC workers have today off for D.C. Emancipation Day (officially the day is tomorrow), yet we are still filing our taxes without representation today. Alert Alanis Morissette, we have actual irony for your comeback song, Irony (I mean it this time). Oh well, at least your taxes aren’t due until April 18!

Why do we celebrate April 16 in D.C.? In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln freed about 3,100 slaves in the District. Lincoln’s more famous Emancipation Proclamation — which freed slaves in the Confederate States — was signed January 1, 1863.

Emancipation Day Ceremonies on U Street

Each year there are Emancipation Day ceremonies at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum at 10th and U Streets NW. The museum just moved to 1925 Vermont Avenue NW, directly across from the memorial (the grand opening of the new location is Monday). Celebrations begin today at the museum at noon and then move to the memorial. There is a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday at 10 am at the memorial. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.

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by Borderstan.com April 15, 2011 at 4:45 am 1,061 0

Borderstan reader photos, specimenlife, Flickr

Today's photo from the Borderstan Flickr pool was shot by specimenlife.

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, “Master of Puppets,” was taken by specimenlife on April 10. Location was inside Dupont Circle at the SOA Watch protest.

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 14, 2011 at 5:43 am 3,595 1 Comment

Borderstan, Joshua Lopez, Luis Gomez Photos

At age 27, Joshua Lopez is running for the DC Council. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Editor’s note: Joshua Lopez has held a number of positions within D.C. city government, including constituent services specialist, legislative research analyst, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, and was a ward-level campaign director for former Mayor, Adrian Fenty. Lopez also spearheaded the write-in campaign to re-elect Fenty last November after Fenty lost the September primary to Vincent Gray.

Lopez is now running for an At-Large Council seat in the April 26 special election. The seat opened up when Kwame Brown was elected Council Chairman; Sekou Biddle was temporarily appointed to the seat and is running for a full term. A number of Borderstan residents live in Ward 1, which is why we featured current candidates (and residents) Patrick Mara and Bryan Weaver. Since Lopez grew up in Ward 1 (Mount Pleasant) and Ward 2 (Shaw), we made an editorial decision to include him in the ‘softer side’ profile series as well even though he now lives in Ward 4.

Be sure to check out Borderstan’s profiles of candidates Bryan Weaver and Patrick Mara.

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From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Borderstan: How long and where have you lived in D.C.?

Lopez: I am a native Washingtonian. I was born in Providence Hospital and spent my childhood in Mount Pleasant and Shaw. I moved to the Brightwood neighborhood 11 years ago.

Borderstan: Favorite thing about living in the neighborhood (both where you grew up and where you live now)?

Lopez: Mount Pleasant has an amazingly diverse population. I loved Shaw because of its close proximity to downtown. Brightwood has a rich history with outgoing neighbors.

 

Borderstan: Least favorite?

Lopez: Mount Pleasant has slowly lost its affordable housing threatening the diversity of the neighborhood. Shaw has had an ongoing problem with crime. They could use a better public safety plan. Brightwood should have better public transportation.

Borderstan: Tell us about yourself. What do you do, how’d you end up doing that and why do you love what you do?

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