by May 24, 2011 at 6:35 am 0

The U Street Movie Series is back with a second season, which gets underway on May 24 with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Gates open at 7 pm at the field of the Harrison Recreation Center on the 1300 block of V Street NW.

Admission is free, and all films, with the exception of October’s Waiting for Superman, will be shown outdoors at the field at Harrison Recreation Center on the 1300 block of V Street NW. Attendees are encouraged to come early, starting at 7 pm, to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs. Free popcorn will be provided to the first 100 attendees beginning at 7 pm by Ventnor Sports Cafe.

All shows will begin at sundown, so the exact times will vary. Several local food truck vendors will be on site serving food. On the June and August “family” nights, children can play in a moonbounce from 7 to 8:30 pm before the films.

Donations and sponsorships towards the event are accepted online and benefit Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, a nonprofit formed in 2009 that works directly with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. The movie series is organized by Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, the U Street Neighborhood Association and the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association. (See Summertime: U Street Movie Series Starts May 24.)

by May 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm 0

From Washington Improv Theater: “Do you deep down suspect you might have a bit of fun in an improv class? Washington Improv Theater’s free, low-stress workshops focus on creativity, communications and teamwork. Our enthusiastic and professional instructors quickly establish a fun and trusting atmosphere.”

  • What: Free improv workshops with Washington Improv Theater (WIT).
  • When: Wednesday May 25, 7-9 pm,; Thursday May 26, 7-9 pm; Friday, May 27, 7-9 pm; Saturday May 28, 3-5 pm; Sunday May 29, 3-5 pm; Monday May 30, 7-9 pm; Tuesday May 31, 7-9 pm.
  • Where: The Children’s Studio School at 1301 V Street NW.
  • More information: Visit the WIT website or email [email protected] with questions.

Check out our story on WIT by Keri Douglas, Improv: One Word, One Instant and Original Act of Theater.

by May 23, 2011 at 11:03 am 1 Comment

Borderstan, DC Craft Mafia Spring Thing, 15th and P Streets NW, Luis Gomez Photos

Click for the slide show! The DC Craft Mafia were at 15th and P Streets NW on Saturday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

See the slide show of photos from Saturday’s Spring Thing craft show.

The DC Craft Mafia held their first Spring Thing Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday in Logan Circle. The set up booths and tents in the parking lot of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 15th and P Streets NW. In addition to 40-plus crafters and artists there was live music and even the Fojol Bros. food truck. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue was also there with adoptable dogs.

by May 23, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

MPD Crime Database, DC violent crime, PSA 305, Borderstan, U Street NW

There were 19 violent crimes in April in Police Service Area 305, which includes most of the U Street corridor. There were 10 robberies and nine assaults; three of the 19 crimes involved a gun. (MPD Crime Database)

From Matty Rhoades

Last month, violent crime rose slightly and property-related crime climbed 16% in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, as compared to April  2010. On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, the total number of crimes in April ncreased by 17% from 2010 to 2011 — from 77 to 90.

YOY increases were seen in assaults, burglaries and thefts from autos. However, the number of robberies and stolen autos declined. PSA 305 includes the U Street NW corridor.

A similar trend of rising property crime was evident in PSA 208 (Dupont) across both March and April. As in PSA 305, there were more assaults but fewer robberies.

Borderstan compares crime statistics on a year-over-year basis by month; this helps account for seasonal differences in crime. All numbers are from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Crime Database.

Specific Crimes in PSA 305

  • Robberies were down. There were 10 robberies in PSA 305 in April (two with guns) compared to 14 in April 2010 (four with guns).
  • Assaults were up dramatically. There were nine assaults last month (one with a gun), compared to one in April 2010.
  • Gun crimes were down. Gun crimes are all crimes committed with guns. There were three last month compared to four in April 2010.
  • There were no reported sex abuse crimes last month compared to one in April 2010.
  • Burglaries were up in PSA 305. There were five burglaries last month compared to one in April 2010.
  • Thefts were unchanged: 19 last month, same as April 2010.
  • Thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) were up in PSA 305. There were 44 last month compared to 34 in April 2010.
  • The number of stolen autos was down. There were three last month, compared to seven in April 2010.

Below the fold: A look at April numbers for 2008 through 2011.


by May 23, 2011 at 9:00 am 0

Borderstan, Current Boutique, Logan Circle, 14th Street NW

Current Boutique  has opened at 1809 14th Street NW in the space formerly occupied by go mama go! They also have stores in Old Town Alexandria and Clarendon Arlington. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

No, the Rapture Did Not Happen

No one on the Borderstan team has been reported missing so far. Despite lots of anticipation, the Rapture did not happen on May 21, 2011 at 6pm as some predicted. So yes, you do have to go back to work to pay for all the drinking you did Friday night. About the only cataclysmic event that happened over the weekend was the eruption of a volcano in Iceland. So far this one doesn’t look like it will interrupt air travel over Europe to the extent the eruption last year did.

More Retail on 14th Street in Logan Circle

It didn’t take long for D.C. fashionistas to find Current Boutique’s newest location at 1809 14th Street, NW — during a visit Saturday afternoon the store was crowded with shoppers. The new store joins two other locations in Old Town and Clarendon in offering name brand clothing and accessories sold on consignment as well as new clothing and accessories. Current Boutique took over the space occupied by Go Mama Go which closed at end of March. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Metro Closures Memorial Day Weekend

If you are not beach-bound for the Memorial Day weekend and have any plans to take Metro you better check the WMATA website for details on station closures and single-tracking scheduled over the three days. The closures will affect service on Blue and Orange line trains between Federal Center SW to Minnesota Ave/Benning Road and the four stations between — Capitol South, Eastern Market, Potomac Ave and Stadium-Armory Metrorail stations — will be closed. In addition, there will be some single-tracking of Red line trains at various points in the system.

by May 23, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Borderstan, ok-oyot,

“Orange Glow, Blue Sky” 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, “Orange Glow, Blue Sky,” was taken by ok-oyot on January 0 in Dupont Circle. It was shot “at the Dupont Metro Q Street exit with just enough light to shoot,” says ok-oyot.

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 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm 0

The Annual Memorial Day Chili Cook Off at Cafe Saint-Ex needs volunteers to help with a variety of activities including set ups, the kids’ zone, the lemonade stand and ticket sales. This year’s Cook Off benefits Garrison Elementary School at 1200 S Street NW (you can also find the school on Facebook). You can sign up online to volunteer and a coordinator with the Garrison School PTA will contact you.

The annual event is 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. In addition to chili, there will be grilled hamburgers, a hot dog eating competition, live music, a kids area and a Peroni Beer Truck. We will have more details later this week. and Luis Gomez Photos are proud to be among this year’s sponsors. One of the chili judges will be Alejandra Owens. She writes about food and restaurants for and at her own site, One Bite At A Time.

Related Links at Borderstan

by May 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm 0

Brandon Hill, "ChickenVille," Lamont Bishop Gallery

Brandon Hill’s “ChickenVille” opens May 21 at Lamont Bishop Gallery on 9th Street NW. Pictured is “Deck Chair.” (Photo courtesy Brandon Hill)

From Jana Petersen

ChickenVille opens this weekend — but don’t come to Lamont Bishop expecting a “baby chicken.” ChickenVille is the name of the newest art exhibition at Lamont Bishop featuring the work of D.C.-based artist Brandon Hill. The opening reception begins at 7 pm on May 21.

ChickenVille, as described by the artist, is a ” jubilant mixture of Americana, technical proficiency of craft and ideas of pop-culture, sci-fi, lore and legend, all meeting on the same plateau” (Lamont Bishop); each piece reflects his unique perspective of both the serious and trivial nature of commonplace objects and concepts.

What does this mean for the viewer? A robust collection of deck art, two-dimensional works, sculpture and light installation, featuring subjects ranging from boxer Max Schmeling to the all-too-familiar Robocop.

This Saturday is also the opening of “This IS Hawai’i” at the Transformer Gallery. 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. Artists Maika’i Tubbs and Puni Kukahiko will be at Transformer from 2  to 3:30 pm this Saturday to discuss their art; the full opening event runs from 1 to 7 pm on Saturday.

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


by May 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm 0

From Laura’s Weekend Picks:

Saturday is a big food day for Borderstan! Stop by Local 16 (1602 U Street NW) from noon to 4 pm to peruse the pop-up Grey Market, featuring locally-produced artisanal food vendors. Sign up to attend and get more information here. I’m very excited to get my hands on some “crunkcakes” and kiwi chutney pickles.

by May 20, 2011 at 11:21 am 0

From Laura’s Weekend Picks:

Then there’s more shopping to be had at the DC Craft Mafia‘s Spring Thing Show, this Saturday from 11am to 5 pm at the corner of 15th and Church Streets NW (in the parking lot of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church), featuring a range of vendors showing off 100% handmade, funky wares. This is not your mother’s craft fair.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue will be there from 11 am to 4 pm with dogs looking for homes.

Note: Church Street is the first block north of P Street NW.

by May 20, 2011 at 11:02 am 0

What: Blessing of the Animals. Animals must be on leash, in carriers or held in arms. Water provided.

When: Saturday, May 21 from 9 to 11:30 am.

Who: Sponsored by Asbury United Methodist Church (11th and K NW) with blessing from the Rev. Dr. Louis Shockley.

Where: Triangle Park, located on New York Avenue NW between 11th and 12th Streets NW.

by May 20, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

Theater J, "Moscows of Nantucket," Borderstan

“The Moscows of Nantucket” runs through June 12 at Theater J, 16th and Q NW. (Image courtesy Theater J)

From Jana Petersen

Disclaimer: This is not your cliched love story; enter the seasonally-named title character from 500 Days of Summer. Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Boy quickly finds himself at whim of girl. Now what? Bring it to the stage.

And voila, Venus in Fur at the Studio Theater, a David Ives adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870s novella: a 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 batter that casting director into submission.

Though Ives’ production might be an exaggeration of the Deschanel / Gordon-Levitt love story, the theme at its base rings true. 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.” Venus in Fur opens May 25 at the Studio Theater.

Over at Theater J, The Moscows of Nantucket is running through June 12. Moscows is a fast-paced, new American comedy with “its heart in Chekhov country” (Theater J). Find out what happens when a weekend of unusual family bonding turns into confrontation between two brothers who have avoided each other for years.

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold: (more…)

by May 20, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,126 0

Borderstan, U Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

1300 block of U Street NW: Be ready for “Judgment Day May 21.” (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Tell me what I missed on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Shaw May Move to Ward 6

We all knew changes were in store after census results showed Ward 2 is too large. In order to maintain equal representation, the Council would have to redraw the maps. Moving Shaw is one suggestion, as we reported today. If it’s all too technical for you, we forgive you. It’s Friday, after all. Instead, play this awesome game from Greater Greater Washington and redistrict as you see fit!

Less Money, More Cars, No Problem?

Nothing gets D.C. residents all hot and bothered like parking restrictions. Those that have them should be quite pleased with the current tenor of the City Council, which is largely in opposition to graduated parking fees for a household’s second and third vehicles. They may also want to lower the price of parking meters and take them back to their old, shorter hours. Greater Greater Washington, however, is less thrilled with the tone of the debate that put car prices at a premium and other transportation issues on the backburner.


by May 20, 2011 at 7:20 am 0

Borderstan, Dupont Circle, Paul Frederiksen, flickr

“Orange” 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, “Orange,” was taken by Paul Frederiksen on April 30. 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 May 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm 3,547 1 Comment

Peregrine Espresso, 14th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

1712 14th Street NW: Peregrine Espresso did a trial run on May 19 and expects to open this week. Owner Ryan Jensen is pictured at bottom right. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens and Luis Gomez

The latest addition to 14th Street offers Borderstanis a place to caffeinate on our way to work or the farmers market. Peregrine coffee joins Borderstan after having been open on The Hill for three years, taking the popular Murky Coffee’s space in Eastern Market.

Set to open the week of May 23 at 1712 14th NW, Peregrine will offer Counter Culture Coffee, artisnal chocolates and baked snacks and pastries, according to owner Ryan Jensen. For now, seating is minimal but patio seating will soon be on its way. For you coffee shop-squaters and work-from-homers, there’s no wifi, for that  you’ll have to head to Mid City Caffe.

We’re always glad to see another small business join Borderstan… welcome, guys!

Check out Alejandra’s food and cooking blog, One Bite At A Time, and follow her on Twitter @frijolita.


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