by May 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm 1,398 0

Borderstan, DC art galleries, Logan Circle art galleries

Take advantage of the three-day weekend and the decreased number of people in town to visit galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.


by May 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm 1,068 0

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opens June 4 at Keegan Theatre at Church Street. (Image courtesy of Keegan Theatre)

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…)

by May 26, 2011 at 7:25 am 3,775 4 Comments

Proposed Ward 2 map, DC redistricting, Shaw, Borderstan

Click on image for the map at Scribd: The DC Council subcommittee on redistricting has released a proposed redistricting map for DC’s wards based on 2010 Census results.

From Matty Rhoades

Over at Scribd, you can get a look at the proposed new D.C. Ward maps based on the 2010 Census results. In addition, the DC Council subcommittee’s report on redistricting is also available.

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.


by May 26, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, pnzr242, 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan

“Hosin’ it Down” was taken by pnzr242 on 18th Street NW.

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, “Hosin’ It Down,” was taken by pnzr242 on May 20, on 18th Street NW in front of Bourbon.

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 May 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,027 1 Comment


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 CircleLogan 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).


by May 25, 2011 at 11:43 am 1,407 0

District Condos, 14th Street, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

The west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann will become 125 condos with ground-floor retail. Digging at the site has been temporarily halted due to underground fumes affecting the residential building in the background at right. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

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:


by May 25, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,640 0

Cafe Saint-Ex, Memorial Day Chili Cook Off, Garrison Elementary School, Borderstan

Monday, May 30 from 11 am to 5 pm at 14th and T NW.  Proceeds benefit Garrison Elementary School. (Image courtesy Cafe Saint-Ex)

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! and Luis Gomez Photos are among the cosponsors of the event, and I’ll be there judging the best chilis that chefs from local restaurants have to offer.

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!).

All proceeds from the 2011 Chili Smackdown-Cook Off go to Garrison Elementary School at 1200 S Street NW; you can also find the school on Facebook.

Now to the most important part: the chili.


by May 25, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,035 0

Borderstan, Scottish Rite Temple, 16th Street NW

Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on 16th Street NW: Franco works on one of the limestone sphinx.

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.


by May 25, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, P Street NW, Logan Circle

“Logan Circle Evening” is from tedeytan 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, “Logan Circle Evening,” is from tedeytan and was taken on May 14. It’s springtime in Borderstan on the 1400 block fo P Street NW… patrons enjoy the excellent weather eating outdoors.

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

by May 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm 1,699 1 Comment

Borderstan, Rehoboth Beach, Alejandra Owens

Headed to Rehoboth or another East Coast beach this weekend? (Photo from Alejandra Owens)

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB. He lives in the U Street area and writes about style for Borderstan.

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.

Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan

Khelan Bhatia writes about style for Borderstan. He is wearing a plaid shirt by Life/After/Denim and a pair of Ray-Ban Clubmasters.

  • 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.

by May 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm 0

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”

by May 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

Borderstan, MidCity Artists Spring 2011 Open Studios, Luis Gomez Photos

Click above for the slide show. Mid City Artists held their spring Open Studios May 21-22 in the Dupont-Logan area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.

by May 24, 2011 at 11:00 am 2,080 0

Borderstan, Memorial Day Weekend BBQ,, Flickr

You can already find heirloom tomatoes in the farmers’ markets and some stores thanks to greenhouses and California. (Photo from in Borderstan Flickr pool)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time. Follow her on Twitter @frijolita.

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!


by May 24, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,617 0

DC Grey Market at Local 16, Laura Herman photos, Borderstan

Jana and Laura attended the Grey Market DC on Saturday at Local 16. Click on the collage to see their slide show. (Photos by Laura Herman)

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?

What, you may ask, is a grey market as opposed to a black market?

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, (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.


by May 24, 2011 at 6:35 am 0

Borderstan,, flickr

“Downtown Lock” was taken by

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. took today’s photo, “Downtown Lock.” Location is 1324 14th Street NW, south of Rhode Island Avenue.

Do you want to see your photographs on this page? If you have a Flickr account, you’re near finished the process. Join Borderstan Reader Photos and submit away! (five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool); if you don’t have a Flickr account, sign up for one and follow the steps above.  Remember, 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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