by January 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm 2,253 0

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Come to the party! says chef and owner Raynold Mendizabal of the opening of Black & Orange at 14th and U Streets NW on Tuesday night. (Luis Gomez Photos).

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

Ven a la fiesta! (come to the party) says chef and owner Raynold Mendizabal when he invited us to the opening of his second burger shop in DC on Tuesday night: Black & Orange at 1931 14th Street NW. We spoke to him as his staff was getting ready for the opening at 6:30 pm, when they will be offering samplers of their burgers — freshly made and seasoned on site, as he showed us into the kitchen. Mendizabal, well known in the area because of Lima and Rogue Burgers, will bring late-night food in a city with famously early closing hours. Black and Orange will be open from 11 am to 5 am daily.

Black & Orange’s selection of burgers is, as they say, “Burger flavors range from an Asian-inspired Now and Zen, flavored with soy sauce and ginger, to the popular No Burger No Cry, which sets palettes on fire with a blend of Jamaican habanero peppers. Additionally, the restaurant champions seasonal ingredients.”


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Black & Orange on 14th Street NW, just south of U Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)


by January 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm 2,118 0

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

Close to 200 people attended the third Wig Night Out Fundraiser on Saturday, January 28, at Level One restaurant. The event at 17th and R Streets NW raised almost $5,200 for the Point Foundation. All proceeds from the event benefited the foundation, which  provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

“We had the pleasure of raising our wigs, our wallets and even our glasses for an amazing organization, we hope to updo ourselves next year in another hair raiser of a fundraiser,” said Dito Sevilla, one of the Wig Night Out organizers.

The fundraiser has a simple requirement for attendees: Wear a wig and donate at least $10 to the Point Foundation. The event was held last year at Dito’s Bar (which raised more than $1,000), but was moved to the larger venue at Level One this year. The event is sponsored by a local group, The Supreme Wig Council.

The organizers said that based on the unexpectedly large and enthusiastic turnout and the enormous positive feedback, they are looking at ways to expand the event in 2013.

by January 31, 2012 at 11:00 am 4,243 0


Kim Weeks at Boundless Yoga, 13th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mary El Pearce.  Follow her on Twitter@CupcakesDC and email her at [email protected]

On a recent chilly Saturday morning, I found myself in an unusually awkward position. Somehow I’d managed to drag myself out of my lovely, warm bed and get over to one of Kim Weeks’ classes at Boundless Yoga, and I happened to be the most inflexible and inexperienced student in the studio that day. Bent over with one leg straight up and thighs trembling, all I could think was, “I’m not cut out for this. Everyone is looking at me. I should just get out of here.”

“Does this feel scary?” Weeks suddenly said, and for a moment I thought she was talking directly to me. “Honor that. Go into child’s pose if you need to.”

At least a third of the students dropped to their mats, me included. It was the first time since I began practicing yoga that I truly felt unashamed to be “that person” — you know what I’m talking about, the one who, along with the 75-year-old and guy with a back injury, just can’t do it, which is infuriating since I can do just about anything else I set my mind to.

As a former Wall Street executive, Weeks understands the stubborn mentality of the DC professional and is passionate about teaching people to listen to their bodies. After 10 years of running Boundless Yoga (and having two children in the process), she’s more than a professional yoga instructor – she’s a professional DC small business owner.

Borderstan: Why did you decide to open up a yoga studio?

Weeks: I was a recovering corporate executive — on Wall Street for most of my 20s and traveling a lot. I found that yoga was a portable practice I could do anywhere. I moved to DC to expand my horizons, and I was burned out from having this ungrounded lifestyle. DC is full of people who are stressed out, so I decided to open a studio and try it for a year. Ten years later, here we are.

Borderstan: What’s your philosophy on yoga?

Weeks: My philosophy on yoga comes from Shavasana (corpse pose). When I began yoga, I was a girl in my 20s doing marathon training, and I couldn’t believe we were given permission to lie there. It was a profound moment in time where I felt like everything could be okay. Relaxation should be an inalienable right. Yoga is not about perfecting the pose — there’s no such thing as a perfect pose. It’s about experiencing your own definition of yoga. Flexibility is a subjective term. I would love for people to let go of any preconceived notion of what yoga is.

Borderstan: How has your life changed since you became a small business owner?

Weeks: The fundamental change is the acknowledgement that by running my own business I have to make critical decisions on a daily basis that are my decisions only. I had to learn how to do everything while managing people well and maintaining my own yoga practice. I can’t hide. You have to be real in ways that you don’t have to when you’re sitting at a desk.

Borderstan: What’s the biggest challenge of being a small business owner in DC?

Weeks: The hardest thing about doing business in DC is getting through the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). It’s myopic, byzantine and filled with people who are saddled with a system that is not digital enough. It’s unintentionally set up to obstruct a business owner from making simple decisions. It took us three business days to get a permit to put an awning on our building. For a small business, that is a huge opportunity cost in terms of what else we could be doing.

Borderstan: What advice do you have to anyone wanting to start a business?

Weeks: Be clear about how much working capital you need. Know your competition, how you are bringing value to people’s lives and your mission. And let go of any idea that you have days off. Running a business is like having a child in that you are totally responsible for its survival and health in the beginning, and ideally you send it away to college and let others take care of it in the far future.

Boundless Yoga is at 2001 13th Street NW, just north of U Street. Follow them on Twitter at @boundlessyogadc.

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Kim Weeks and students at Boundless Yoga. (Luis Gomez Photos)



by January 31, 2012 at 9:01 am 2,241 2 Comments

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The Occupy DC Tent of Dreams on Monday evening, January 30, at McPherson Square. (Borderstan)

Occupy DC was still in place at McPherson Square Monday evening (and this morning) following the January 30 deadline to leave. For now it appears that the National Park Service (NPS) will allow the protesters to stay, but they will not be allowed to “camp” there — meaning they cannot sleep in their tents at night. There are regulations against camping in the park. It remains to be seen whether the group will be evicted from the park, which is the domain of the NPS, not the DC government.

WTOP has an update from this morning: “The protesters spent the night awake, in what one protester calls the “tent of dreams” draped over the statue of General McPherson. It’s what the protester tells WTOP’s Neal Augenstein is a final act of defiance.”

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by January 31, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,471 5 Comments

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Yes, dear reader, there is smoking etiquette for outdoor spaces, too. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Have an urban etiquette wrong that needs to be righted? Drop Mike a line at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Here’s a (admittedly slightly overdramatic) letter I composed in my head as I was heading down 17th Street NW the other day:

Dear guy with the pipe who decided to blow smoke in my face as I walked by,

Did you know that that’s incredibly irritating? If you’re going to smoke on the street, pay slightly closer attention to where you blow it out so you can avoid pissing people off. I realize that it would’ve been difficult to either hold it for one extra second or turn your head, but it would’ve been nicer for me and the couple walking just a few feet behind me. Thanks for keeping that in mind.


Vomiting on the sidewalk

Now, smoking isn’t my cup of tea, but I really don’t have a problem with it. There are plenty of considerate smokers out there who do it just fine. But then there’s the few crappy ones who really just ruin it for everyone.

  • Don’t blow smoke in other people’s faces. Okay, if that was new or a surprise to you, you really should just not be allowed to buy cigarettes. Seriously.
  • Along the same lines, consider where your smoke is going. Are you hanging with other people? Maybe position yourself so it goes downwind.
  • Avoid smoking in overly crowded public areas. So I’ve seen people smoking at the dog park on 17th Street NW, outside the playground of Ross Elementary on R Street NW and on the escalator going down to the metro. It’s just a courtesy to put it out when there are lots of other people (and cute puppies and kids!) in a densely packed area. Just something to consider.
  • Put it out in an ashtray. No, that doesn’t mean the street. I like seeing a clean sidewalk… which does not include stepping in tobacco from the cigarette that was split open.


by January 31, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,295 0


“Winter Garden” is by Jen Morrissey from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Winter Garden” was taken by Jen Morrissey on January 22. “Taken at a house garden in Shaw – right by Rhode Island and R Street”

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 January 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm 2,029 2 Comments

U Street NW, PSA 305From Cody Telep. Telep is working on his PhD in criminology at George Mason University and lives in the U Street area. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at [email protected].

Borderstan’s first homicide of 2012 occurred Thursday night (January 26) after a stabbing at about 7 pm in the 1500 block of 7th Street NW. The victim, 19-year-old Dalontray Williams of Northwest Washington, was found in the lobby of the Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street NW in Shaw. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital (see the Metropolitan Police Department press release).

Police Service Area 308 (Convention Center area) Lieutenant Linda Wingate said that police will be paying special attention to the area where the homicide occurred and to the Kennedy Recreation Center. No information on a suspect has been released and homicide detectives continue to investigate. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

Homicides within Borderstan’s coverage area are rare, especially in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. Only one occurred in 2011 (although a second occurred adjacent to Borderstan’s boundaries) and five homicides were recorded in Borderstan in 2010.

See What’s Behind DC’s Declining Homicide Rate? from January 26.

by January 30, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,582 0

From Ashley Lusk. Check out her blog, Metropoetrylis. Find her on Twitter @arlusk or email her.

If you’re in the need of a sweet treat head to Hello Cupcake to pick up a new variety. Starting today, you can indulge in a sweet partnership between Hello Cupcake and Chocolate City Brewery — the DC Love Child. I got a taste of the Child at a preview Thursday night at Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street NW.

DC Love Child cupcake, Ashley Lusk

The DC Love Child is a creation of Hello Cupcake and Chocolate City Beer. (Ashley Lusk)

This specialty cupcake is infused with Cerveza Nacional dark Vienna lager, covered in bourbon buttercream and topped with a chocolate-covered potato chip. Let’s be real, this is a silky, sugary dessert–and it is rich, but the malty hints make this the beer drinkers’ cupcake.

Hello Cupcake owner Penny Karas and Don Parker of Chocolate City Beer met at a Think Local First event and determined that their cupcakes and beer belonged together — thus DC Lovechild was born. Karas said she expects the alcohol-infused cupcake to do well, considering their Irish Carbomb flavor is already their best-selling specialty cupcake.

Hello Cupcake locations can be found in Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill. Chocolate City Beer is on tap at several locations in Borderstan, including Churchkey, Bar Pilar and the Boundary Stone among others.

by January 30, 2012 at 8:00 am 2,216 2 Comments

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Saturday, January 28: Beautiful weather resulted in a dude-jam at the Shaw Skatepark on 11th Street NW. (Matty Rhoades)

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at [email protected] and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

Meat Week Arrives in District

The Washington Post reports that yesterday was the beginning of DC’s Meat Week, a seven-day smoked meat festival taking place at area barbeque joints, including tonight at Chinatown’s Hill Country. The festival happens in more than 20 cities worldwide and events see anywhere from 50 to 100 participants, a testament to the communal nature of the cuisine: as the Post reminds us, you don’t make barbeque for one, you make it for 20. Even so, the popular portmanteau “carnivorgy” is probably doing the festival more harm than good. Get the complete schedule of DC Meat Week.

Gray Proposes Uniform Taxi Colors

Mayor Vincent Gray proposed Friday for DC taxicabs to adopt a uniform color scheme. According to the Washington Examiner, Gray intends for the city’s taxis to match its Circulator and Metro buses.

The proposal is part of a larger push for taxi reform currently pending before the City Council. In a recent survey, DC residents chose yellow as their cab color of choice, but ultimately the scheme will be decided by the Taxi Cab Commission. District pols including Gray, Kwame Brown and Mary Cheh openly favor a scheme of red and white, the colors of the DC flag.

DC Homeless Count Underway

District housing advocates are conducting a count of the city’s homeless residents this week, reports WAMU. Volunteers will scour the city’s back alleys and park benches in an effort to quantify and learn more about the city’s homeless population.

Advocates commend DC for its recent strides in the fight against homelessness, but remind us that the economic environment could undo much of that progress. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development uses data collected from the count to appropriate funds for DC homeless programs. Last year’s total was 6,546 homeless people living in the District; new numbers will be available this spring.

by January 30, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,811 0

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“DC Streets: Coffee Shop Afternoon” 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, “DC Streets: Coffee Shop Afternoon” was taken by pnzr242 on January 22 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 January 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm 3,966 20 Comments

Nick Barron, ANC 2F02 Commissioner. (Courtesy Barron)

The following guest column is from Nick Barron, which originally appeared on his site on January 28. Barron represents the single-member district for Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F02, a densely populated three-block area in DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood. Borderstan welcomes guest columns on variety of subjects with differing viewpoints.

Tomorrow, January 30, Occupy DC will be told by the National Park Service (NPS) to vacate McPherson Square, where the movement has been camped since October. (Note: McPherson Square falls within the boundaries of ANC 2F.)

I request that Occupy DC honor NPS’ wishes out of respect for the residents and businesses who have demonstrated a flexible attitude of empathy and support toward Occupy DC’s nearly four-month long occupation of the square, and because Occupy DC’s point on income inequality has successfully been made.

In early fall 2011, McPherson Square sparkled, just having had the wrapping taken off after an estimated $437,000 renovation that brought new grass, sidewalks, lights, trash cans and more.

Then Occupy DC arrived in October, and today you’d be hard pressed to find a single remaining blade of grass. We won’t know until McPherson Square is vacated if other damage has been done to the park, but it’s not outlandish to imagine additional negative impacts to the park because of its having been occupied. It’s estimated that replacing the grass alone could cost $200,000 to replace.

It’s also not a guarantee the grass gets replaced. As many DC residents understand, getting the federal government to spend money inside the District on improving things like parks can be a challenge. Our circles and squares don’t exactly benefit from an overabundance of federal funding.

But many residents and businesses, even those in close proximity to McPherson Square, supported, or at least did not oppose, Occupy DC setting up in the park initially. There was a general understanding of what the Occupiers were doing, an appreciation that they were doing something.

If sacrificing our small park, which many of us honestly didn’t use as often as we probably should have, brought awareness to the haves and have-nots issue facing our nation, then it would be a worthy sacrifice to make.

I myself never quite understood how the action taken (occupying a public park) would make a difference on income inequality, but I can’t argue with their success. While I do not condone Occupy DC’s tactics, I do condone their cause. And I believe many of us in ANC 2F, businesses and residents, felt that way.

And what an impact Occupy DC has had, with President Barack Obama calling income inequality “the defining issue of our time” in this week’s State of the Union address, and income inequality being the greatest source of tension in the United States. People, including the President of the United States, are talking about an issue barely on our radar this time last year. For that, you have to overwhelmingly credit the Occupy movement.

I’ve been proud of how DC and NPS has handled these months of being occupied. We’ve been patient, understanding and, in many cases, standing in solidarity with their cause. And I’ve been proud of how the leaders of Occupy DC have handled themselves and their protest action. I may not agree with them on everything, including tactics, but I find little fault in how they have conducted themselves as they’ve attempted to minimize the negative impacts of their actions on the local community.

But it’s a cause that now needs to move onto its next phase, a phase which does not involve occupying public space in ANC 2F.

I don’t know where Occupy DC goes next, both physically and philosophically, but that’s not my job. What is my job is to represent my community in the best way I know how, and today that means thanking Occupy DC, and respectfully asking them to vacate McPherson Square peaceably on, or before, Monday morning.

Let us have our park back, and please don’t tarnish, by refusing to leave and inciting arrest, what really has, all in all, been a positive experience sharing our community with you these past few months.

by January 29, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,350 0


Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

When: Sunday, January 29, 3:30 pm.

Where: Church of the Holy City – National Swedenborgian Church, 1611 16th Street NW (at Corcoran).

What: “Music with the Angels Concert Series” featuring Natalie Spehar, cello’ Francis Liu, violin; Jessica Stitt, piano.

Admission is free with donations are welcome and go to the Tower Restoration Fund. The performance is followed by a reception.

by January 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,302 0

From Mary Burgan. Email her at [email protected].Mary Burgan, Borderstan Movie Fan

I wrote my last post about  the 2011 movies on November 29, and although I am sure that Borderstan readers have already seen their share of award-ready movies, I  should explain my silence.

Without indulging in too many details about the bodily conditions that put me  out of commission this winter, let me say that a mid-October surgery on my lumbar spine led to a late December surgery on my thoracic spine.  I now have a totally reworked total spine, with so much titanium holding my back together that I feel like a figure in an action movie.  The only difference between me and a reworked Angelina Jolie is that everything hurts… and that my lips are not that full nor my glances that sultry.

So it’s back to the movies.  I worry that I’ve been left out of the movie award scene since last October. They have been advertised and exalted while I was in the hospital, and I’ve actually managed to see a lot of them between my bouts with the surgeon, and I’ve been trying to catch up.  Even so, the excitement of the awards season is not there.  Is it me or them?

This Year’s Oscar Contenders

I’ve seen Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Artist, and  The Descendants, but although each is an intelligent film, none left me with the excitement that I expect to feel for Oscar contenders. I hoped to get some of this excitement from Hugo, remembering how charmed I was with Up several years ago. I have a special weakness for children’s movies, and I was excited about the prospect of a Martin Scorsese  film for children. I was relieved that there would be no gory Good Fella bodies suddenly appearing–that the population of actors in Hugo would be benevolent with one another.

But I found that Hugo was, well, boring.  The figure played by Ben Kingsley slightly was menacing and never very cuddly;  there needs to be one cuddly figure in a children’s movie, right?  And I don’t need the endless wake-up spectral figures of a Harry Potter film to be entertained.  But Scorsese seems to be wearing kid gloves in Hugo because the film really is an adult homage to films past.  It reveres them too much, perhaps?

The same holds true for The Artist. It features two very attractive human actors and a scene-stealing dog. But there is no color and no sound, and the final result, for me at least, is the realization that modern movies in sound and color are wonderful. Film styles of the past were delightful, but I’m not convinced that they can carry a whole movie, especially one that adopts the familiar plot of a silent start losing his hold when sound comes in with a newcomer girl getting all the stardom.

And so the Oscar nominees have not earned much excitement from me. I like actors’ movies, so in what seems a lean year, I’d put my money for the final prize on ensemble films like The Descendants. It amazes me that a wonderfully intense film like Margin Call  has just one nomination on the score board (for best original screenplay). I thought that was one of the best of the year.

The race is on. I haven’t yet constructed my list of personal winners. If you’ve done yours, how about sharing it with Borderstan readers? Just add it as a comment, below. Or wait until later and send it in. Anticipation is half the fun in the Awards Season.

by January 28, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,888 0

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“Mike Weber Live” at Longview Gallery on 9th Sreet NW runs through February 19. (Courtesy Weber and Long View)

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

There are some great exhibitions to start tohe winter season at Borderstan-area galleries. (Editor’s pick: Don’t miss Mike Weber’s “Homestead” exhibition, which  runs until February 19 at Long View Gallery. Featured image is also from “Homestead” collection.)

There are three exhitions closing soon, two this weekend, and one next weekend. There are also three new shows opening in the next 10 days, so plan accordingly!

Closing Soon

Opening Soon
  • At Lamont Bishop Gallery on 9th Street NW, “Aniekan Udofia, The Village B-boy,” opens with a reception February 4.
  • [email protected], 1830 14th Street NW,  has a solo exhibition opening February 7 with photographer Al Wildey.

Get more details on the 13 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Check back for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW

  • “Walking Tel Aviv: Photographs by David Bergholz” opened January 19 and runs through April 6.
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.

[email protected], 1830 14th Street NW

  • Overview: [email protected] is a new addition to the Mid City gallery lineup from artist Regine Miele. Current works on display are Miele’s paintings.
  • Next solo exhibition begins February 7 and runs to March 30 with photographer Al Wildey.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • “Works by Bernardo Siles” runs until February 26.
  • Overview: “Process is key in my work. Each final piece is a result of several studies and sketches. I delight in the process and evolution, as much as I do completing a matured work. I have worked with the human form, done portraiture and explored different conceptual abstractions.” (Siles)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Selin Balci and Ryan Hoover” runs through February 4.
  • Overview: “Although Balci and Hoover implement distinct artistic practices, both artists present new works of precisely controlled media, imbued with their ruminations on the structures of interpersonal relationships, international affairs, and geography.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

harmon art lab, 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • “Lucinda Murphy: Evolution” and “Monica Stroik: Substructure,” runs through January 27.
  • Overview: “Most recently, Murphy has focused on exploring order and chaos from both the scientific sense and in the sense of how we perceive the difference; literally and psychologically.” “On a broad universal level, Monica Stroik’s paintings reflect the fact that each of us makes daily choices, some conscious and others unconscious, which all have consequences.” (Hillyer Art Space)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 12 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, 12 am to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW

  • “Art @ Work” runs through February 18.
  • Overview: “In partnership with Albus Cavus, an arts group that transforms communities through public art, Art @ Work will use graffiti-style mural art to bring Washington DC residents together in beautifying their neighborhoods.” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Lamont Bishop Gallery at 1314 9th Street NW

  • “Aniekan Udofia, The Village B-boy,” opening reception February 4, 7 to 10 pm.
  • Overview:“The exhibition of over 20 images captures the exuberance of the United States’ most significant musical export since jazz. Exhibiting a masterful use of graphite, acrylic, spray paint and stencils, Udofia epitomizes a sophisticated understanding of the localization of exported pop culture.” (Lamont Bishop Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 7 pm; Sundays by appointment only.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • Mike Weber’s “Homestead” exhibition runs until February 19.
  • Overview: Approximately 20 new mixed media works by Los Angeles artist Mike Weber. “Since relocating his studio from D.C. to Los Angeles in 2010, Weber’s work continues to explore themes of spirituality and genealogy, inspiring a global audience to create connections between their memories and those of the artist, sculpted in a modern context.” (Long View Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Conversation Undefined” runs through January 29.
  • Overview: “Conversation Undefined is a student show featuring interactive media research conducted at The Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning [CUarch]. The work, in conjunction with CUarch’s 2013 Solar Decathlon bid, Harvest, explores the proliferation of interactive architecture and the possibility of interconnecting people and objects.” (Project 4)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • 9th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition runs through January 28.
  • Overview: “9th Annual DC Artist Solo Exhibition presents the work of Lily deSaussure in a site-specific installation of hand-embroidered images originating from snapshots of family, close friends and lovers, central to this autobiographical body of work.” (Transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check website.

by January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,606 0

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Juan and Manuel Olivera at Fast Gourmet, 14th and W Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

The owners of the best damn place to get a sandwich in a gas station announced their plans to open a second location at 1990 M Street NW. Fast Gourmet quickly became a neighborhood favorite, with the gut-busting Chivito (so bad for you but oh so tasty) and other tasty sandwiches. (Their menu is actually extensive.)

WUSA9 reports the new place will be called ‘TakEatEasy’ and may open as soon as March. Expect a ‘more than sandwiches’ menu, including homemade pastas and a dinner menu. The owner, Manuel Olivera is focused on a ‘relaxed’ atmosphere (word is used 3.5 times in his quotes). The location puts it on M Street near Vidalia, in between Rumors and Hudson.

Be sure to read Tom Hays’ A Visit With the Olivera Brothers at Fast Gourmet. Brothers Manuel and Juan Olivera, natives of Uruguay, are the owners. Full disclosure: Fast Gourmet is a big favorite of the editors here at Borderstan.


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