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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm 1 Comment

"Borderstan""Logan Circle""Kids Halloween Parade", Moms in Logan Circle

The Little Gobblins Halloween Parade started at Stead Park and ended at Logan Circle. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Luis Gomez.  Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Sunday was a great example of the diversity of the Dupont-Logan neighborhood: a kids Halloween Parade down P Street that followed Tuesday night’s 17th Street High Heel Race. Of course, there were a fair number of neighborhood kids at Tuesday’s race festivities, too!

There was a strong, enthusiastic turnout for Sunday’s Halloween Parade: an estimated 250-plus kids and parents (and a smattering of family dogs) turned out yesterday for the first “Little Gobblins Parade” on P Street NW. The kids in costume, along with families and friends, met at Stead Park at 3 pm and then made their way to Logan Circle for games and treats. Along the way they trick-or-treated their way through Whole Foods.

The event was organized by a group, Moms in Logan Circle, and was open to all kids in the area. For more information about the group, contact [email protected]

by Borderstan.com October 31, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

"Borderstan""Keegan Theatre""The Crucible", Cameron Whitman Photography

“The Crucible” at The Keegan Theatre at Church Street through November 19. (Cameron Whitman Photography)

From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at [email protected]

Nothing feels more unjust than a wrongful accusation. And there’s nothing worse than seeing someone pay for something they haven’t done.

At The Keegan Theatre right now, you can have a front row seat to squirm through just that sort of thing. In The Crucible, love-struck troublemaker Abigail Williams is out to win her man (John Proctor), whatever it takes. One little problem; John is married, and is trying to patch things up with his wife, the pure and righteous Elizabeth.

Add Tituba, a maid from Barbados with a penchant for voodoo; Reverend Parris, Abigail’s holier-than-thou preacher uncle who wants to know what his daughter and niece were doing dancing (naked?!) in the forest; some finger pointing; and the setting — Massachusetts, 1692 — and you’ve got the makings of a true nail-biter.

The Crucible is not an easy play, and the Keegan cast does a lovely job; notable standouts were the stalwart Giles Corey (played by Timothy Hayes Lynch), the edgy and nervy Mary Warren (Emily Riehl-Bedford), the powerful and misguided Deputy Governor Danforth (Kevin Adams) and the love-to-hate-him then hate-to-love-him Reverend John Hale (Kevin Hasser), as well as the group of accusing girls in the second act.

And in spite of the tense subject matter, the cast even elicited giggles from the audience. Maybe this sort of thing — absurd accusations, too unbelievable to be true — is funny at the start. But by the second act, the impulse to intervene on behalf of the imperfect, but innocent characters is overwhelming.

It’s no accident that we as audience members feel the urge to jump up and yell, “STOP!” Arthur Miller wrote the Crucible in the late 1950s, in the McCarthy-era, as an allegory to the veritable anti-communist witch hunt; he, himself, was a target. But there’s just something about a witch hunt that always rings true, no? I found myself thinking about Troy Davis, recently put to death in Georgia for crimes he claimed he did not commit. We may never know if he did it or not, but it doesn’t feel good to wonder.

If you haven’t dropped by to see a show at Keegan, this would be a wonderful opportunity. Tucked in a residential block (on Church Street NW between 17th and 18th Streets NW), it’s a lovely theatre, and if witch hunts aren’t your thing, they’ve got a full season ahead.

The Crucible runs through November 19. Next up at Keegan is An Irish Carol, December 3 through 31. Check out their website for dates, tickets and the rest of the 2011-2012 season.

by Borderstan.com October 31, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

Logan Circle 14th Street NW Borderstan

The nail salon at 1410 P Street NW is now open. It was the former site of a tailor shop and the building also houses a barbershop and drycleaners. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Find him on Twitter @mike_kohn or drop him a line at [email protected].

They’re Here to Stay… for Now

DCist (snarkily) confirms that the good folks at Occupy DC are not planning on seceding from the District or the Union at this point. Yes, they have a “declaration of grievances,” but they have not yet written up a constitution, as the Daily Caller portrayed it.

We Just Call It “Seeing”

The Japanese tradition of Otsukimi, or moon viewing, happens on the night of the autumn full moon. Typically, it also includes food offerings to give thanks for the harvest. This year, the Japanese-America society of Washington, DC, put on an event to showcase this custom at The Textile Museum in Dupont earlier this week, drawing a crowd of around 125 people. We Love DC has the full coverage.

Hemp Be Gone!

It’s been a bad week if you were planning on trick-or-treating at stores that sell drug paraphernalia. Earlier in the week, DCist reported that Capitol Hemp’s two locations, in Adams Morgan and in Chinatown, were simultaneously raided by MPD. They later came back and let us know that two more Adams Morgan shops were raided in what police are calling an “ongoing investigation.” Time to put the pipes and bongs away…

Whatever You Do, Save the Books!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library currently resides at 9th and G Streets NW in a building that is apparently quite expensive to maintain, in part because the original design called for hard-to-find windows. The The Washington Post gives a little bit of background on other ideas about what to do about the library — where to move it to, for instance — but nothing has been decided yet. I’m not giving up the hope that they’ll move it a little north and into Borderstan!

Culture or Condo?

In an ongoing trend, another historic building is in danger of being turned into — what else — a condo building. Greater Greater Washington gives a great back story on the Ontario Theatre at 17th Street NW and Columbia Road NW, discussing its heyday and its decline. Should the building be restored? Torn down so something else can brighten the neighborhood? The Historic Preservation Board will have its say when they discuss potential landmark status in November.

by Borderstan.com October 31, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

"Borderstan""Dolcezza"

“Careful Study” is by pnzr242 from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Careful Study” was taken by pnzr242 on October 25 at Dolcezza north of Dupont Circle on Connecticut Avenue 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! 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 October 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm 0

DC snow

NO, this photo was not taken October 29, 2011. It was taken during the February 2010 Snowpocalypse. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades

Borderstan got the following press release Friday from the DC Department of Public Works, “Today’s Dry Run for DC Snow Team Prepares Staff for Saturday’s Possible Snow Event.”

Admittedly we are getting something this Saturday afternoon that is might be classified as is definitely a “wintry mix.” However, the limit of my panic is to stay home. Remember: A great place to get updates on weather-related closings is WTOP.com.

I know DPW is doing their job (kudos to them), but I refuse to play along — I will not rush to the grocery store to buy gallons of milk, 12-packs of toilet paper or 10 frozen pizzas. Now, repeat that phrase to yourself, and refuse to follow the time-honored DC tradition of freak-out during winter weather.

Here is the Friday release from DPW. (You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.) Decide for yourself what panic-striken actions are necessary.

From DPW:

Washington, DC) The DC Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) conducted its “Dry Run” today, giving heavy and light plow truck drivers and other equipment operators the opportunity to practice their skills before the first snowfall, which might be tomorrow, October 29. The Dry Run showcased about 250 pieces of equipment, including front end loaders that fill the plows with salt, tow trucks used to remove vehicles parked illegally during a snow emergency, and tanker trucks used to pre-treat the major roadways. In addition to drivers, team members include IT, quality control, safety and salt dome staff.

Saturday’s forecast calls for rain mixed with snow in the afternoon, ending around 7 pm to 8 pm. Any snow mixed with rain is expected to melt on the roadways, and pavement and air temperatures are expected to remain above freezing.

“The District will deploy several plows during the day to monitor bridges and other elevated structures and apply salt if necessary,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “If the snow doesn’t materialize, we will stand down.” He added, “It is a coincidence that the Dry Run occurred the day before the first flakes are predicted for the District. Tomorrow’s forecast of rain mixed with snow kept us focused, and we will be ready if Saturday’s forecast becomes more severe and we have to deploy more plows.”

“Our Snow Team is a year-round operation. From the moment it stops snowing to the moment it starts, we are preparing our plan, our people and our plows for the snow season,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “The Dry Run brings it all together and allows us to fine tune everything before the real work begins. This is also a good time for the public to look ahead and develop a personal plan for their families and their commutes in bad weather.”

by Borderstan.com October 29, 2011 at 10:59 am 0

"The Arrogant Years," Lucette Lagnado, DC Jewish Community Center, Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Wednesday night’s closing session is with Lucette Lagnado, author of “The Arrogant Years.” (Image courtesy DCJCC)

The 13th Annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival closes Wednesday, November 2. The festival has been at the D.C. Jewish Community Center‘s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, 16th and Q Streets NW.

The works selected for this year’s Festival included an array of emerging and established authors with roots as near as DC and New York City, and as far as Germany and Egypt. Themes covered during the Festival are equally diverse, and include books on politics, sports, history, fiction and much more.

Missed some the earlier events? Book trailers, podcasts and videos are available online as are Festival images.

You can purchase tickets online or by calling 202-777-3251. Same-day tickets, based on availability may be purchased 30 minutes before the event.

Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 pm

Closing Night with Reception: Lucette Lagnado, The Arrogant Years (tickets $20, discounted $15): “The author of the award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit–hailed by the New York Times book review as a “crushing, brilliant book”–returns with an extraordinary follow-up memoir that focuses on her mother Edith’s experiences in Cairo and America and the author’s relationship with her mother. Adding new layers to her Egyptian-Jewish family’s story, Lagnado offers an inverted look at the “American Dream.” Reception to follow.

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm 0

Haiti earthquake relief, Roots of Development

Monday night fundraiser at Studio Theatre will raise funds for community-based economic initiatives in Haiti. (Photo courtesy Roots of Development)

Roots of Development is holding a Halloween night fundraising event, Under the Same Sky: An Event for Haiti, to celebrate the conclusion of its graphic design competition, Designs for Development. All proceeds from the event will go towards creating sustainable projects such as water facilities and economic initiatives in post-earthquake Haiti.

The event is at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW, from 7 to 9 pm on Monday, October 31. Admission is $20, which includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Veronneau, a DC jazz group, will entertain guests before the award announcement. The event is sponsored by three Logan Circle businesses: Rice Restaurant, Whole Foods Market and Studio Theatre.

Roots of Development is a non-profit organization that helps impoverished communities on the island of La Gonave, Haiti, obtain the resources they need to manage their own development. The organization uses an alternative approach to rural development by facilitating a process in which they listen to diverse community voices, build on the inherent strength of each, and complete community-driven projects that lead to a more sustainable future.

Haitian Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph will be on hand with other judges, including DC United’s Ben Olsen, to announce the winners. Guests will participate in the design competition by voting for the award winners in the “Pep La” (“The People”) category.

You can purchase tickets online at the Roots of Development website. You can also contact Brian Averill at [email protected] for more information.

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm 0

Halloween, kids, costumes

Kids’ Halloween Parade is Sunday, October 30, from Stead Park to Logan Circle. (Jennifer Touchette)

“Moms in Logan Circle,” are organizing a Halloween kids parade, the “Little Gobblins” Parade on Sunday, October 30. The event is open to everyone in the community, according to Joelle Myers, one of the organizers. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the event was moved to Sunday due to the likelihood of rain (or snow?) on Saturday.

  • Date: Sunday, October 30
  • Assembly Time and Location: Be at the Stead Park Stead Recreation Center, 1625 P Street NW, by 2:45 pm
  • Parade Time: 3 to 4 pm
  • Parade Route: East on P Street from Stead Park/Playground to Logan Circle.

“We’ll end at the circle, where the kids can have ample room to run around and play in their costumes and us bigger folks can chit-chat!”  Official parade greeters are Councilmember Jack Evans and the staff of Whole Foods — and residents who come out to watch.

The participating trick-or-treaters will actually make their way through the P Street Whole Foods store, getting treats in various sections.

If you’re a local mom and interested in joining “Moms in Logan Circle,” send an email to [email protected]

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm 0

BorderstanBorderstan.com thanks this weeks advertisers for their support.

The DC Jewish Community Center: Please look for their ad in the landing page banner space for the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. It opened October 23 and runs through Wednesday November 2 at the DCJCC, 16th and Q Streets NW.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: Please look for their ad in the right nav bar. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore. They are located just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com.

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,140 2 Comments

"Borderstan""Washington Blade""Best Local Blog"

Click for more photos: Borderstan wins Washington Blade’ reader poll for Best Local Blog. The awards party was Thursday evening at Hotel Helix on Rhode Island Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From the editors:

The Borderstan Team extends a huge thank you to our readers and the Washington Blade. We were honored to be voted “Best Local Blog” in the Blade’s “Best of Gay DC 2011” reader poll. The results were announced Thursday evening at a party at Hotel Helix.

As we told the Blade about our team of writers and editors who cover the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, “They are key to what we do and we are very fortunate to work with some talented, dedicated people.”

We will bring you a list next week of the numerous individuals and businesses in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area who were winners in the Blade’s annual reader poll. The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and covers not only Washington’s LGBT community, but national and regional news of importance. They are located here in the neighborhood on 14th Street NW.

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,310 0

Chinos, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan

Click for the spread: Frumpy Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter@KhelanB or email him at [email protected]

Happy (almost) Halloween, Borderstanis! Since fall is by far my favorite season, it’s only fitting that All Hallow’s Eve is the bestest holiday ever IMO.

I mean, what’s not to love? The fabulous costumes, the decadent parties, the candy corn (okay, maybe not so much), the scary movies, etc., etc.

Recently though, as I was walking through my neighborhood, I saw something much scarier than the most recent Paranormal Activity sequel:

Frumpy Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

Upper right: WTF?! How the hell are these acceptable in this day and age? Had my favorite holiday snuck up on me? That has to be the only acceptable reason. Right? On the off chance that this wasn’t an early costume or *gasp*a cruel trick (and some clueless fashion victim had decided to wear this of his own accord), it may be time for an intervention.

And rather than spending the bandwidth on an extend diatribe, I’m going to let visuals make my point. However, I must point out that the problem here is that these are baggy pants. All too often men make the assumption that if they have a few extra pounds to spare that somehow baggy pants will help hide it. Not so! In fact, I think the effect is exactly the opposite.

Same thing goes for “men of a certain age” (as my editor likes to put it). Just because you have added a few years, does not mean you have to start wearing baggy, ill-fitting pants. They only make you look older!

Chinos, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan

Click for the spread: Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

At left: These may be the best fitting chinos I’ve ever bought. Sure, they’re a tad on the pricey side (around $150) but they’re worth every penny.

Chinos, Khelan Bhatia, Borderstan

Click for the spread: Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

Ted Baker Chinos by khelan on polyvore.com

At right: I love the slightly tapered leg and the subtle detail on the cuff. And they’re as appropriate on casual Fridays in the office as they are at your favorite watering hole on 14th Street.

That’s it for me this week, kids. Have an awesome Halloween!

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,187 0

Occupy DC, Luis Gomez Photos, National Mall

Members of Occupy DC participated in a labor union rally on October 15 on the National Mall. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected]

Occupy DC: Inside the Park

The Georgetown Voice goes inside the Occupy DC encampment and uncovers some interesting info about the food situation (spoilage and waste is a bigger issue than not having enough), trash and the grass everyone cares about so much. Apparently, the protesters are moving tents and re-seeding the grass during their time in the park, so there you go. It’s worth the read (it’s a little long) if you are at all curious as to what the protesters are protesting and how they’re spending their time. Note: a lot of these people are educated and employed and wear shoes, so stop stereotyping already.

Howard U to March in Support of Occupy DC

Howard University students, faculty and alumni are planning a march today to “bring more racial diversity” to the protests. They will start at the Campus and end at the Chamber of Commerce and have coordinated with the two occupation groups encamped in DC. The Washington Post has a quick blurb recopied from the AP that outlines their plans, so look for more coverage as the event unfolds.

Capitol Hemp Raided

Both locations of Capitol Hemp were raided on Wednesday night, a move the owner said was politically motivated. DCist has the updates in this unfolding story, but several employees (and a customer) were arrested and thousands of dollars of merch were seized. The laws seem awfully fuzzy about what is allowed and what is illegal regarding drug paraphernalia in DC. The political motivation the owner is referring to, by the way, is not about drugs but his opposition to a boutique hotel that he says has turned neighborhood folks against him.

ChiDogO’s Closing

Bummer. The dog joint will be closing its doors on November 11. U Street Girl broke the news, and noted it was likely inevitable given all the construction around the area. Did  you ever get a hot dog there? I thought they were pretty decent, and as much as I love taquitos from 7-11 it was nice to have an alternative late-night stumble home snack.

by Borderstan.com October 28, 2011 at 6:00 am 0

“Equality” s by pnzr242 from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Equality” was taken by pnzr242 on September 24 on 17th Street NW.  You can see photos from last Saturday at 2011 17th Street Festival Photos: Did We See You There?

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 October 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm 0

BorderstanThe DC Department of Public Works will stop sweeping residential streets for the winter after October 31. “No Parking/Street Cleaning” restrictions will be lifted and motorists may park on posted, alternate-side, daytime sweeping routes without moving their cars on street-cleaning days.  Residential street sweeping will resume March 1.

Overnight sweeping along the District’s major roadways, e.g., Pennsylvania, Georgia, Constitution, and Independence avenues, will continue all winter, as weather permits. Motorists should obey the street sweeping signs posted along these streets.

By suspending the street sweeping program, DPW personnel can focus on leaf collection, which begins November 7, as well as the upcoming snow removal season. The 2011-2012 leaf collection season begins November 7, 2011 and will run through January 14, 2012. Leaves will be removed from treeboxes at least twice.  Loose leaves raked into the treeboxes or bagged leaves placed there will be collected and composted.

by Borderstan.com October 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,198 2 Comments

"Borderstan""18 Street NW""Adams Morgan", Adams Morgan Streetscape Project

Work is underway on 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road. (Luis Gomez Photos

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected]

Some news about our neighbors just to the north… beyond that Florida Avenue boundary.

A streetcape project in well-trod areas of Adams Morgan — the Adams Morgan Streetscape Project — seemed like a great idea for all involved. And then work started and things fell apart, according to Huffington Post. Local businesses were promised, and are starting to receive, no-interest loan money they were promised to help out during the construction.

These types of projects can have a serious effect on sidewalk foot traffic, and making it difficult for customers to enter businesses. Unhappy owners now have a potential legal leader in Robert Clayton, who represents Crooked Beat Records. The Adams Morgan Streetscape Project runs from Florida Avenue to Columbia Road NW. Clayton told Huffington Post that the construction has resulted in “big drops in sales due to the streetscape construction and contends that customers can’t find parking.”

Clayton is holding a meeting to gather owners and advise some legal options as well as alternatives to the current loan structure. Other residents are ticked off at old growth trees that are slated to be chopped during the project. Rather than discussing lawsuits at present, these residents have instead created ‘Treeman’, as captured here by DCist. We’ll keep you posted on what happens next (perhaps the trees could be cut, pulped and recycled into paper for the legal filings — not an endorsement, just a thought?).

Other Streetscape Projects

There are 18 streetscapes project underway or in the planning process in DC. There is one in the works for the 14th Street corridor as well, but funding is at least two to three years in the future, according to Ward 2 Councilmemer Jack Evans’ office. (With the deplorable state of the sidewalks and tree boxes on the 14th Street corridor, that project cannot come soon enough.)

One recently completed project, the 17th Streetscape project in 2010 avoided the types of problems they are having in Adams Morgan, and local businesses were not affected in terms of access. Afterward, local businesses and organizations adopted the new tree boxes on the 17th Street corridor.

An earlier project on P Street NW, west of Dupont Circle, did cause serious problems for businesses because customers had difficulty reaching or entering their stores.

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