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SYMHM: Small Black, Recycling Police, Saint-Ex BBQ and More

by Borderstan.com — August 3, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Borderstan, 17th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

17th and R Streets NW: Is it a wedding dress? (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

What NOT to Miss: Small Black Benefit Show at DC9 Thursday Night

Bands Small Black, Outputmessage and Cigarette come together for a benefit show held by Monument Arts and Music Festival. Proceeds go to Grassroots Reconciliation Group, an association that aids former child soldiers and their communities in Uganda. Tickets are $13 and available here, more info here.

What NOT to Miss: Phillips After 5 — Every Thursday in August

The Washington Post reports the welcome news that the Phillips Collection is running their “Phillips After 5” events in August.  The programming focuses on Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Stella, artists whose work is currently on exhibit. This year, you can enjoy one of D.C.’s finest collections of modern art while chowing down on food truck fare, chair yoga and performances by Step Afrika! Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. The full schedule can be found at the Phillips Collection.

What NOT to Miss: MidCity’s Dog Days Sidewalk Sale

The Dog Days Sidewalk Sale is this weekend around 14th  and U Streets. The 12th annual sidewalk sale is sponsored by the MidCity Business Association. For the fashion-forward, pick up deep discounts at boutiques. If you favor food trends over the latest ‘must have’, establishments like Policy and CakeLove will have food and specials. Not sure what you’re looking for, but want to check it out? I recommend the Studio Theater costume and prop sale for quirky items, early Halloween shopping and just cool stuff. Check out out out our preview and the intro at NBC Washington.

National Park Police Quashing Dupont Festival?

Did you take part in the USA vs. England soccer watch party in the Circle last year? What about FotoWeek or Youth Pride Day? If so, you enjoyed the benefits of Dupont Festival’s hard work, a community group with the desire to bring the area together in the open space of Dupont Circle. Enter the National Park Police who, according to Greater Greater Washington, have been at best obstructive and at worst hostile towards the group. The article chronicles some of the most absurd red tape I’ve seen in awhile, a bold claim from a former government employee living in D.C.

Saint-Ex Kitchen Closed, BBQ Instead

I know the kitchen renovations at Cafe Saint-Ex were necessary, but I still miss my fried green tomato BLT! For those of you also pining for a taste of the food while the work is being done, take heart. U Street Girl let us know that Saint-Ex will be doing a pop-up BBQ stand in the meantime. While they had me at “pulled pork flights”, the beer cocktail idea didn’t hurt either. Pork is so delicious… love the BBQ trend!

Recycling Police Strike Dupont and Logan Circle

We hate to say I told you so, but… we did. Early warnings of stepped up recycling enforcement popped up early this summer in Dupont Circle and apparently, they’re baaack. Washington Examiner reports that certain ‘wealthier’ areas of D.C. (like Logan and Dupont Circles) have been hit hard by ‘failure to recycle’ tickets. What’s worse than a ticket that sounds like a Matthew McConaughey movie? How about a $200 ticket for failing to recycle a single can left in an outside trash bin? Or a $1,000 ticket for not having trash in the right receptacle. D.C. is still saying this is not extra enforcement to close the budget gap, just so you know.

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