From Jana Petersen
Hanging in D.C. for Memorial Day Weekend? It’s the best of both worlds: empty sidewalks and plenty of activity within the gallery scene – a great prospect, especially if the weather is as unpredictable as it’s been.
Let’s start with the exhibit “Supernatural,” now at the Curator’s Office. Artist Ann Tarantino successfully delivers “airy” – not to be confused with simple or whimsical – pieces through the finely-tuned technique of using her breath to direct ink through a straw.
Tarantino’s art references systems, “from the delicate patterning of nervous tissue revealed through Golgi’s method of staining brain cells, to the emotional ties revealed through contemporary social networks, to the intricate web of parasitic and symbiotic relationships required to maintain healthy ecosystems and the labyrinthine streets of ancient cities” (Tarantino).
This weekend is also the second to last to see exhibits at Hemphill Fine Arts, Irvine Contemporary, Project 4, and Transformer Gallery. Understanding how overwhelming and paralyzing options can be, I’ve attempted to light-heartedly categorize each exhibit below — accompanied by a less-biased and more serious synopsis. Continue to scroll down to get the hours for each gallery.
For those who might be caught hiking in the Shenandoah any other weekend:
- “Anne Rowland” at Hemphill: “Anne Rowland’s complex photographic engagement with the farmland around her home in rural Virginia springs from an instinctual feeling for nature and the inherent melancholy of our intrusion upon it. In her collection and mending together of visual data, Rowland points to a place in the human brain that desires to commune with and care for the wilderness” (Hemphill).
For those who know what a “borg” is and can talk extensively about said topic:
- “Dataklysmos” at Irvine: “Dataklysmos” 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.
For those who otherwise might be sitting in a coffee shop pondering the boundaries of reality:
- “Liminal Light” at Project 4: “The show Liminal Light at Project 4 Gallery 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” (Project 4).
For those with attachment to Hawaii, white/black sand beaches, identity – any or all of the above:
- “This Is Hawaii’i” at Transformer: Indulge yourself remotely! This IS Hawai’i artists Solomon Enos, Puni Kukahiko, Carl F. K. Pao and Maika’i Tubbs explore — through site-specific installation, artistic actions and public programs — what it means to be “Hawaiian” in the 21st century.
Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.
From Jana Petersen
Can you spell F.I.N.A.L.L.Y.? Starting June 4 (for a limited five-week season), the Keegan Theater at Church Street will be running the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a six-time nominated Tony Award winning musical.
Directed by Keegan’s Cristina Coakley, Elisa Rosman and Melissa Douglas Bustamante, the musical is the story of five Putnam County kids vying for 1st place, bragging rights, and ultimately a trip to the National Spelling Bee competition. (Overalls, braces, frizzy hair, and tattoo chokers are not part of the admission fee.)
Venus in Fur opened at the the Studio Theater on May 25 and is a David Ives adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870s novella. The play is the story of a seemingly eager-to-please woman who is able to manipulate her casting director to take her audition though she is late, and ultimately batter that casting director into submission.
Venus in Fur not only inverts the stereotypical gender roles and dispositions in a relationship, man versus woman, but also, beyond gender, flips the roles of two character types, director versus actress — an outcome that Ives says, “would delight any actor.” Buy your tickets here.
Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold: (more…)
From Matty Rhoades
The information was released by email Wednesday evening from the office of Councilmember Michael A. Brown (I-At Large).
Yes, Ward 2 residents, Shaw does go to Ward 6 on the proposed map. In the Borderstan area, the eastern boundary of Ward 2 is now essentially 9th Street and 7th Street NW.
This map shows what territory was moved between Wards 2 and 6. The thick gray line is the current boundary between the two wards. The area being moved from Ward 6 to 7 is also visible on this map.
Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
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It’s springtime-almost-summer — and that can mean an uptick in street crime, especially robberies and assaults. So beware and be safe.
Following are crimes of note from the past week — robberies, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, stolen autos and burglaries in the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and U Streetneighborhoods. Crimes are from police reports for Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 (Dupont-Kalorama), 305 (includes U Street area) and 307 (Logan Circle).
- Tuesday, May 17, noon, 1600 block of U Street NW (restaurant).
- Wednesday, May 18, 12:23 pm, 9th and P Streets NW (alley).
- Thursday, May 19, 5:20 pm, 1200 block of 12th Street NW (sidewalk).
- Friday, May 20, 8:20 pm, 9th and T Streets NW (alley).
- Friday, May 20, 9:33 pm, 1900 block of 14th Street NW (street).
- Saturday, May 21, 2:30 am, 16th and U Streets NW (sidewalk).
- Saturday, May 21, 2:30 am, 1200 block of 10th Street NW (residence).
- Saturday, May 21, noon, 1300 block of T Street NW (sidewalk).
Just two months after the groundbreaking of the District Condos project at 14th and S Streets NW in Logan Circle, developer JBG/Grosvenor has ceased site excavation work along the western edge of the project.
The action was in response to an incident on May 8 in which fumes penetrated the two ground floor units of a neighboring residential condominium in the 1400 block of Swann Street NW. The project is on the west side of the block that runs from S Street north to Swann Street.
In a May 21 email to neighbors of the project, James Nozar, Development Manager for JBG Companies, said:
From Alejandra Owens. Check out her food and cooking blog, One Bite At A Time, and follow her on Twitter @frijolita.
What are your plans for the weekend, Borderstanis? If you’re coming up short, I have something for you! The Memorial Day Cafe Saint-Ex Annual Chili Cook Off!
The annual event is hosted and sponsored by Cafe Saint-Ex and will be held on the 1300 block of T Street NW next to the neighborhood eatery. The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm Monday, May 30.
There will be local bands playing music all day, a Peroni beer truck and a kids’ area for some family fun (because beer trucks and family fun definitely go together!).
Now to the most important part: the chili.
From Michelle Lancaster. Tell me what I missed on Twitter @MichLancaster.
DC Architecture: The Cairo Background
If you’ve lived around Borderstan for long, you’ve seen the Cairo Building flouting height restrictions. If you’re a big architecture nerd like me, you’ve probably wondered about the past of the building. Let this DCist article pique your interest a bit more, and then go read up on the pool gin parties on your own. It’s worth it.
Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
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Bonjour, Borderstanis. Glad to see the whole Rapture thing was a false alarm… especially ’cause I just bought a few new articles of clothing. And I doubt any of them would work with a halo (or more accurately, in my case, horns and a pitchfork).
More importantly, I’m excited that we’re still here in the material world since summer is almost upon us. I’m sure many of you are heading to the beach this weekend. Fellow Borderstan contributor, Alejandra Owens, and I have some suggestions for the ladies and gents on what to take for your trip to the coast.
For the Ladies
- Rock a big floppy hat! Not only does a big hat scream confidence and chicness, it also protects your face and shoulders from the searing sun. I am currently in love with these floppy hats from BHLDN. It’s an investment piece, yes, but this is a hat you can wear for summers to come.
Big sunglasses are a must. Not all of us can be Nicole Richie but a pair of Ray-Bans (or knock offs, I’m not judging!) protect that delicate skin around your eyes from harmful rays. Also, no one will see the dark circles incurred from a night of dancing and drinking on the beach.
- Easy-to-wear dresses are a must at the beach, and one that can take you from day to night is a bonus piece in your wardrobe. I suggest packing three types of dresses for the beach: a beach cover up that you can also putz around the house in, a colorful short dress and a maxi dress. These three dresses can take you from the beach, to the boardwalk and to a dance party all weekend long.
- In case you couldn’t tell already, nautical stripes are all the rage this summer. A word of caution here ladies. Not everyone can wear a shapeless tshirt dress and belt it and look great — be aware of your body shape and go with classic fits that flatter you. Also, pay attention to the width of the stripe — smaller stripes versus larger stripes might do different things to your hips and bust… and not always good things.
- The dreaded swim suit. Every woman is different. But, I have to say that after discovering this little number this year that I am completely sold on bottoms that tie on the side. I think for most women the hardest part about bathing suits is the inevitable pinching the bottoms do. Hello muffin top I didn’t even know I had. Tie-side bottoms mitigate the damage and put you in control. And as you can see from the Victorias Secret option I mentioned — a tie-side bottom does not always mean string bikini!
- On to more fun things: shoes! A couple pairs of sandals like these and maybe these will do you just fine. Some sexy but comfy espadrilles for dinner and evenings out are also essential.
- Sunscreen is a must! My favorite for years now is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock. True to the name it goes on light, dries quickly and is never oily. I am always weary of putting new lotions and potions on my face, but I’ve never broken out or had any problems with this sunscreen!
For the Gents
- A couple of pairs of swim trunks. Personally, I love t. christopher’s swimwear. In fact, I have this great pair I purchased last season (last season? the horror!) that fit somewhere between board shorts and a square cut suit. Unless you’re on a swim team or vacationing on the French Riviera, I’d avoid a bikini cut.
- A pair of shorts for when you can pull yourself away from the beach. I recommend the Maldives Chino Short from Life/After/Denim.
- A pair of chinos for the evening (if you don’t feel like wearing shorts). I’d go with the Levi’s 511 poplin trouser.
- A couple of polos (at least one white and one primary color: red, blue, or yellow); I prefer Lacoste.
- A chambray shirt; blue, if you’re feeling more traditional, or red, if you’re feeling more adventurous. J.Crew’s chambray utility shirts are fantastic.
- A white oxford shirt. Again, can’t go wrong with J.Crew. However, if you’ve got the money to spend, I highly, highly recommend the Naked and Famous Oxford.
- If you’re heading to a locale that gets cool in the evening, you should probably think of grabbing a light, cotton cardigan. You could get a relatively inexpensive one at Urban Outfitters or Club Monaco. Or if you’re feeling a little Francais, this nautical t-shirt is fantastic and will keep you warm during those cool beach evenings.
- A pair of sunglasses. I love the retro style of these Ray-Ban’s Clubmasters (just bought a pair this past weekend)
- Like Alejandra hinted at earlier, lobsters aren’t sexy. Be sure to take sunblock and moisturizer with SPF 15 (at least). I recommend Anthony for Men’s Facial Moisturizer.
- Flip-flops. Can’t go wrong with Havianas.
- Boat shoes. Can’t go wrong with Sperry Top-Sider.
That’s it for us this week, folks. A huge thanks to my friend and collaborator, Alejandra. She’s as fashionable as she is beautiful.
Have fun and be safe this weekend.
There was a robbery around 6 pm Tuesday at 14th and R Streets NW. If you have information, call 911 with Event #i20110259754.
From DC Police Alerts: “Police Alert-Robbery. Robbery at 14th and R St. NW. LOF 2 B/M’s, 12-14 YEARS OLD, CLOSE CUT HAIR, GREEN SHIRT, BLUE JEANS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20110259754”
From Luis Gomez
See the slide show of photos from Open Studios on May 21-22.
A total of 28 artists in the Dupont-Logan area opened their studios last Saturday and Sunday to the public. All are members of Mid City Artists, which holds spring and fall Open Studios. If you missed last weekend, there will be another Open Studios this fall.
Check out the 13 profiles of Mid City artists by Borderstan’s Cecile Oreste.
- Gary Fisher: Art Changed My Life
- Mark Parascandola: Abandoned Architecture
- Shaw Artist Chuck Baxter: Trash to Treasure
- The Inspiration of Dupont’s Ryan Epp
- French Artist Isabelle Spicer Finds Color in DC
- Robert Wiener: From Accounting to Art Glass
- Mid City Artist Mike Weber is California Dreamin’
- Thomas Drymon: Showing the Hand in His Paintings
- Joren Lindholm: “Between Abstract and Representation”
- Dave Peterson’s Brand Mixes Graphics, Captions, Materials
- Glenn Fry’s Silkscreens: From the Fed to the Real World House
- No Regrets: Betsy Karasik’s Transition from Lawyer to Painter
- Cole’s Metal Sculptures Part of Dupont-Logan Landscape
It’s almost summertime and Memorial Day is next Monday. Hosting a BBQ this weekend? Don’t want to settle for boring hot dogs and regular old burgers? GOOD! I’ve got just the post for you!
In fact, the recipes I am sharing were so popular last year with Borderstan readers that I am running the post again today in time for Memorial Day 2011 (it originally last year before Memorial Day).
With six days to go, you have plenty of time to pick a few recipes from the ones I’ve collected below–all from your very own DC Food Bloggers–and then get to the grocery store.
There are eight main dishes, 12 sides and salads and eight deserts — plenty of options for you and your guests.
Don’t be afraid. None of us are so gourmet that you can’t make these recipes easily or quickly. Plus, we’ll give you the low-down on any given recipe and throw in a few tips and tricks while we’re at it!
Making a few BBQ standards special will get everyone at your picnic, backyard or roof deck extra excited about your party. What? Don’t you want to be the envy of all your friends?
Have fun grillin’ it up this weekend folks! Share your favorite grill recipes with us in the comments.
Recipes below the fold!
From Jana Petersen and Laura Herman. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.
Crowds flocked to Local 16 on U Street this past Saturday for “Grey DC,” a day-long event featuring the delicious and homemade treats of 25 local vendors. Crunkcakes anyone? How about sweet potato butter or pickled vegetables?
Appropriately characterized as an “underground” market, a grey market can be defined as the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial. What does unofficial mean? For vendors, it means the ability to sell their local goods without wading through much of the unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy that often slows or prohibits entry into “official” farmers markets. For patrons, it means a simple signature on a waiver that acknowledges the rules of a grey market.
Well, sign.us.up. (again and again and again). Vendors packed the space across the top floor of Local 16 — some inside, the luckier ones out — selling and sampling products ranging from Cuban Sandwiches and homemade pastries to vegan cupcakes, macarons (cancel your flight to Paris!), cakeballs, barbeque, grilled cheese, seafood gumbo, pickles and yogurt. We spent the afternoon taking in the sights, smells, samples, and crowds.
Here’s what we saw (and sampled!):
- Crunkcakes, alcohol-flavored and infused cupcakes (the booze is added after baking so it doesn’t evaporate), were a big hit. (We picked up a yummy sampler filled with Kahlua, Tequila, and Bailey’s flavored treats to bring to a party that evening!)
- Hand pies from Betsy’s Bites.
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