47°Rain

by Borderstan.com July 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm 0

The monthly public safety meeting of Police Service Area (PSA) 305 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 9, at 7 pm. (It was originally scheduled for August 2.) Location is DC Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Avenue NW. Representatives of MPD and Howard University Police will be there. Meetings are open to the public. PSA 305 serves the U Street neighborhood.

by Borderstan.com July 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

"Local Color", Luis Gomez Photos, gallery plan b, DC art galleries

July 28: Click on the collage for photos from the opening reception of “Local Color” at gallery plan b. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from the July 28 opening reception of “Local Color” at gallery plan b.

A horribly hot summer evening did not deter people from attending the opening reception of “Local Color” at gallery plan b last Thursday. Maybe they came for the wine or the chance to get out of the house or, hopefully, to meet the 10 artists. Whatever the reason, the gallery at 1530 14th Street NW was packed with neighbors, friends of artists and collectors. (14th & You has a nice piece on the opening and the collection.)

The exhibition runs to August 28 and features the works of 10 local artists that depict local scenes in various media including photographs, paintings and works in silk screen.

by Borderstan.com July 31, 2011 at 10:00 am 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

In cased you missed some of them, here are the stories that ran Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29 on on Borderstan.com.

News Briefs

Photo of the Day

by Borderstan.com July 29, 2011 at 10:30 am 2 Comments

Canary Yellow Squash Blossoms, DC farmers' markets, Alejandra Owens

Canary yellow squash blossoms: Alejandra has recipe for them. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter [email protected] or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time.

I’m out of town this week on work travel and, surprisingly, the worst thing about being away from D.C. right now doesn’t have anything to do with missing my cushy bed or even the guy I’m dating (sorry, dude!). It’s missing the farmers market for two weekends in a row.

Saturdays: 14 and U Farmer’s Market from 9 am to 1 pm… Sundays: Dupont Farmer’s Marketfrom 8:30 am to 1 pm.

(more…)

by Borderstan.com July 29, 2011 at 8:58 am 0

14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Councilmember Jack Evans, Abdo

Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) will open his re-election campaign office at 14th and Rhode Island NW in the front space of Abdo Development’s showroom. Hat tip to the Housing Complex Blog at the City Paper for yesterday’s story. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Celebrate the end of July with Tequila!

And lots of it, courtesy of El Centro D.F.’s newly announced bottomless tequila brunch. For those of you that just relived every bad Sunday morning from your college years, chill out. It’s truly bottomless – food and drinks for $35. That does include their Micheladas, Bloody Maria and agua frescas, made with the aforementioned tequila. Thanks to GalTime for picking this one up for us.

(more…)

by Borderstan.com July 29, 2011 at 7:39 am 0

“Cherif” was taken by Paul Frederiksen and selected from 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, “Cherif,” was taken by Paul Frederiksen on July 27. 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 July 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm 0

Roots of Development, Rice, Sarah Von Pollaro

(Image courtesy Roots of Development)

Who: You! Please RSVP.

What: A floral arrangement class with Sarah Von Pollaro of Urban Petals— plus a wine tasting! “Each participant takes home their own floral creation and a bottle of their favorite wine!”

When: Saturday, July 30, 10 am to noon

Where: Rice, 1608 14th Street NW (between Q and Corcoran)

Why: Event benefits Roots of Development. Roots of Development is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to helping rural communities manage their own development. We currently work on the island of La Gonave, Haiti.

by Borderstan.com July 28, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,295 0

The Art of Vandalism, Busboys & Poets, Luis Gomez Photos

The Art of Vandalism forum was held at Busboys & Poets on Tuesday evening. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The Langston Room at Busboys & Poets was filled to capacity for Tuesday night’s panel discussion: “The Art of Vandalism: A Close Up Look at Graffiti in DC.” The event brought together graffiti artists, art advocates and government representatives in charge of cleaning up graffiti. The purpose of the forum was to better understand graffiti art and find solutions to unwanted graffiti.

The evening also served as a launch for the MuralsDC 2011 program. The MuralsDC programs hopes to create lasting efforts to keep frequently tagged walls free of graffiti by creating owner-approved murals.

Nancee Lyons, D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) and a panelist, noted the success of the program over the past few years. Of the 34 murals created over the life of the program only three or four have been tagged by graffiti after completion. In the Borderstan neighborhood we can see examples of MuralsDC efforts at 1344 U Street NW and 1507 9th Street NW. A map and brochure about the program shows that most of the murals created in the past are east of Rock Creek Park, with almost no mural projects in Wards 2, 3 or 4.

(more…)

by Borderstan.com July 28, 2011 at 8:30 am 0

BorderstanFrom Matty Rhoades

Have the high temperatures been keeping violent criminals at home? Was it too hot last week to grab a hipster’s cell phone out of his hands?

Seems it’s possible. The Washington Examiner had this Tuesday: “”People say,’it’s too hot to kill, or I don’t have the energy to kill,” said Ellen G. Cohn, a professor at Florida International University who has examined connections between weather and crime for nearly 30 years.” (Hat tip to TBD.com for the story link.)

Violent Crime Down in Borderstan Area

Dupont Circle. A quick check of D.C.’s crime stats shows in Police Service Area (PSA) 208 that for the two-week period ending July 26 that there have been seven robberies and five assaults — this compares to 13 robberies and four assaults in the same period of 2010. However, property crime is unchanged with the number of thefts from autos (smash and grabs) up slightly; 79 property crimes in the previous two weeks compared to 82 last year.

Logan Circle. To the east in Logan Circle, the numbers for PSA 307 show just one assault and no robberies in the July 12-26 period of this year. In the same time frame last year there were 11 robberies and two assaults. Property crime is down: 21 such crimes in the previous two weeks of this year compared to 29 in 2010.

U Street. Meanwhile up in the U Street are, the PSA 305 numbers show the following: three robberies and no assaults for the two-week period. This compares to six robberies and two assaults for the July 12-26 period of 2010. As for property crime, there were 28 such crimes in the last two weeks of this year compared to 36 in the same period of 2010.

The 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 Street neighborhoods. Crimes are from police reports for Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 (Dupont-Kalorama), 305 (includes U Street area) and 307 (Logan Circle).

(more…)

by Borderstan.com July 28, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Beach House” is from specimenlife 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, “Beach House,” was taken by specimenlife on February 27 at the 9:30 Club.

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 July 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,042 0

Levi's 511 Commuter jeans, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan, Public brand bicycle

The Vintage model bike by Public comes in orange, blue and white. 

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

Hi there, Borderstanis. Hope you’re find ways to stay cool in this miserable heat/humidity. I’d love to say this weather is so last season, but we all know that’d be slightly inaccurate.

As much as we’d love to stay indoors ’till fall begins, we have to find ways to get from points A to B. And we’re lucky to live in a city that offers many modes of transportation, including the various bike shares littered throughout our neighborhood. Of course, if you have the funds and are looking for your own set of wheels, I highly recommend this stylish little number from Public.

It’s totally vintage yet uniquely modern at the same time. While it comes in three colors, the orange is by far the most visually striking (blue and white are the other two colors).

(more…)

by Borderstan.com July 27, 2011 at 10:43 am 1 Comment

gallery plan b, Logan Circle art galleries, Borderstan

Opening July 28 at gallery plan b, “Local Color” features the works of local artists with an emphasis on neighborhood scenes. (Image courtesy gallery plan b)

Two new exhibitions open this week, both with Thursday evening opening receptions with the artists. One is at gallery plan (6 to 8 pm) and the other reception is at Long View Gallery (6:30 to 8:30 pm).

At gallery plan b on 14th Street NW, “Local Color” will feature the works of more than 10 local artists. It runs to August 28.

“Local Color will feature many local scenes with works in various media ‘depicting scenes of local DC neighborhoods’ by Chad Andrews, Michael Crossett, Ron Donoughe, Charlie Gaynor, Isabella Spicer, David Ballinger, David Kalamar, Joey Manlapaz, Luis Gomez (Borderstan’s cofounder and deputy editor), Steven Stichter and more,” according to gallery plan b.

Over on 9th Street NW at Long View Gallery, “ReFresh” opens July 28 and runs to August 28. Long View says the exhibition features “new work by some of the gallery’s favorites. You can expect to see pieces by Mike Weber, Scott Brooks, Tony Savoie, Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, Marie Ringwald, Anne Marchand, Zach Sherif, Tom Burkett, Mary Chairamonte, Paula Crawford, Ryan McCoy, Cheryl Wassenaar and many more.”

Two exhibitions opened last week at neighborhood galleries:

  • “Thomas Canavan and Arijit Das: Paint, Canvas, Walls, People” opened last weekend at Lamont Bishop Gallery on 9th Street NW and runs to August 13.
  • “Artist Tribute 2” opened last week at Irvine Contemporary and runs to August 27. Be sure to check it out as Irvine is moving from its 14th Street location at the end of the exhibition.

Get more details  below on the 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area.

(more…)

by Borderstan.com July 27, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,033 0

14th Street, MatchBox, Ted's Bulletin, Luis Gomez Photos

MatchBox will open at the northeast corner of 14th and T Streets NW. Cafe Saint-Ex is to the south and Policy is across the street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Ted’s Bulletin and Matchbox Coming to Borderstan!

Good news for Borderstanis who love supporting local chains — the matchbox group is bringing two of their restaurants to our ‘hood.  For those in need of a chilly adult-beverage, Ted’s Bulletin will be bringing their shakes, the tasty homemade pop tarts and all the other goodies to us. Washington City Paper reports that restaurant will be one of two tenants at District Condos on 14th Street.  As things cool down, you can warm up with a woodfired pizza from Matchbox, also brought to our attention by Washington City Paper. That’s delicious news!

(more…)

by Borderstan.com July 27, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Installation” is from Illegal DC Graffiti 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, “Installation,” is from Illegal DC Graffiti and was taken on June 20 on U 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 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 Borderstan.com July 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm 1,614 3 Comments

Local 16, charcuterie, Borderstan

Chef Alex Vallcorba at Local 16. (Ashley Lusk)

From Ashley Lusk. Check out Ashley’s blog Metropoetrylis and find her on Twitter at @arlusk.

The culinary team at Local 16 is a regular boys’ club — but in this case, that’s a good thing. The U Street favorite has undergone some changes, which include a new menu that continues to highlight regionally gathered flavors, and smoked and cured meats from their own collection.

Charcuterie Prepared, Aged at Local 16

Owner Aman Ayoubi briefly thought of putting in a speakeasy in the basement of his restaurant, but instead has dedicated the next phase of Local 16 to charcuterie that is prepared and aged on-site.

Ayoubi has teamed with Seth Cooper of White House Meats to bring humanely raised meat to the restaurant directly from Highview Farm and Mount Airy Farms.

As part of their new initiative, Cooper butchers the meat on-site and then begins the six- to 12-week curing process in a humidity and temperature-controlled cooler that will age the meat under proper conditions.

(more…)

×

Subscribe to our mailing list