by February 27, 2012 at 6:00 am 1,211 0

"Borderstan" "President Madison Apartments" "Jen Morrissey"

“President Madison Apartments” is by Jen Morrissey in the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “President Madison Apartments” was taken by Jen Morrissey on February 24 at 1908 Florida Avenue NW.

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by February 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm 1,278 0

"Borderstan""Borderstan Map" covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected]

Renew Shaw has the artist renderings of the CAS Riegler plans for 9th and N Streets NW, and I agree with their assessment.

It looks pretty good! It will be a mixed-use development, including ground-floor retail and 50-plus residential units. The space will take the place of OLD CITY green, which will be missed by many local residents.

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by February 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm 1,977 0

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Modern, Classics, scooters, Ross, PTA, Auction

Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2012 Genuine Buddy 125 scooter. (Image courtesy Modern Classics)

Tired of finding parking for your car on your trips around town? Looking for a fun way to see the city? One of the top items at the 2012 Ross School PTA Auction is a 2012 Genuine Buddy 125 scooter from Modern Classics.

If you want a chance to win the scooter, buy a $20 raffle ticket (or as many as you want). Raffle tickets for the scooter are not available at the auction’s online bidding site, but you can buy tickets at Modern Classics, at the March 10 auction or by emailing Auction Co-chair Jennifer Touchette. The drawing for the scooter is held toward the end of the auction.

The 4th Annual Ross Elementary School PTA Auction is coming up in two weeks. The event is open to everyone and online bidding is underway. The live auction is Saturday, March 10, at the German Marshall Fund, 1744 R Street NW, from 5 to 8 pm.

Ross Elementary is a public neighborhood school at 1730 R Street NW. The school, like many others in the city and beyond, needs to raise cash to buy tablets and laptops for students and staff. The funds raised at the annual auctions also help support professional development for teachers, as well as student scholarships for their after-school enrichment programs. To learn more about Ross School and how the auction proceeds are used, read Ross School PTA Auction: Let the Bidding Begin!

Borderstan is proud to be among this year’s sponsors of the Ross School PTA Auction, along with Level One restaurant, Modern Classics and VIDA Fitness.

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Featured photo: 2012 Auction Co-Chair Jennifer Touchette is shown with the scooter from Modern Classics that was raffled off at last year’s Ross PTA Auction.

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by February 25, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,085 2 Comments

Mary Burgan, Borderstan Movie FanFrom Mary Burgan. Email her at mary[AT]

Seeing the nominated films seems not to matter so much this year. A handful of films seem to have caught the eye, or fancy, or whatever, of the Academy members, and gotten the nominations and hype.

The Artist proves my point. It was a pleasant experiment in retro film-making. It plot was hackneyed, its actors attractive but hardly called upon to engage the audience in deep emotion, and its musical numbers brief and never breath-taking. Nevertheless, it has gained nominees for best picture, actor, supporting actress, director and screenplay.  It’s as if the Academy is trying to prove that it loves the French when they pretend to be American?

The Help–a weak rendition of a weak novel–will compete with The Artist. It did command extraordinary acting performances by its almost unknown black actresses, but it added one for a rising white actress as if to balance the racial mix. The film also got a nod for best picture, of course.

And then there are nominations for other films that I found deeply flawed last year:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was so reserved that its plot was almost unintelligible, making the whole, long film boring.

Hugo was interesting but boring–a self-contradiction that often fits experimental films. This one is made by Martin Scorsese, and so pulls in nominations for best film and best director.

Rooney Mara (Rooney?) got a nomination for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which seems a nomination, really, to fill out the Best Actress category and to show that the Americans can do a better job on a Swedish thriller novel than the Swedish can. Take that,  Noomi Rapace.

Mary’s Choices

Well, enough kvetching. Here are my grudging choices in a year when I was never swept away by any movie.

Best Actor: George Clooney in The Descendants is the sentimental favorite, and my own as well. I think he acted even better in Syriana (2005), but his body of work (and very intelligent contributions in a number of spheres) make strong claims on an award this year. The same might be said of Brad Pitt. His work in Moneyball showed his capacity, though I would have nominated him for his acting in The Tree of Life. Actually, I really liked his work in Burn After Reading (2008).

Best Actress:  This is a tough one, even though Hollywood is reported as already giving the Oscar to Viola Davis for The Help. My choice is Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, an astonishing feat of impersonation — though Margaret Thatcher was probably never as human as Streep’s performance makes her. It is a very strong category this year, and I wouldn’t be outraged if any of the other nominees got the award. Except Rooney Mara.

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer will probably win for her fine work in The Help, though I would give the Oscar to Janet McTeer of Albert Nobbs. She made a remarkable contribution to the remarkable ensemble work of the whole cast, led by Glenn Close.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer’s turn in Beginners as the octogenarian father who finally comes out after his wife’s death, wins hands down. Plummer fully deserves a statuette, and I say this despite my prejudice against the man who rejected his own success portraying a repressed father in the beloved Sound of Music (1965). I haven’t seen Nolte in Warrior Or von Sydow in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Still, my second choice would be Jonah Hill of Moneyball.

Best Picture: I haven’t seen enough of the leading contenders to have an opinion. I liked the ambition of A Tree of Life. Midnight in Paris will perhaps win for Woody Allen’s life’s work. Other nominees belong to “we had tos, because we nominated one of its actors for a best.”  Or a sense that the category belongs to big, sweeping, weeping, films. That’s why I kept putting off War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

by February 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm 0

"Borderstan""Borderstan Map" covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

Okay, not exactly.

But one of these prizes (including some other great choices) could be yours if you spend 3 minutes of your afternoon’ away from Pinterest and Suri’s Burn book to fill out a quick reader survey for us here at Borderstan.

You get the opportunity to win some coo free stuff, we get info that helps deliver more content that you want — what could be wrong with that?



by February 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"Borderstan" "Farmer Market"

Spring is in the air. Should you start your home garden? (Stephanie Willis).

From Stephanie Willis. Email her at stephanie[AT], follow her on Twitter @shaw_girl.

Much to this snow lover’s chagrin, we have had a pretty mild Winter here in Borderstan. So much so, I didn’t get to use my cute new texting gloves. But I appear to be in the minority when it comes to my disappointment in Old Man Winter this year.

Everyone is buzzing about the hints of spring in the air. And I must admit, the mild weather has me thinking about trying my hand at gardening again this year. But starting a garden, even a small balcony one, requires a little bit of planning and research. Since spring is already making cameo appearances, why not head down to Dupont Circle Farmers Market for some inspiration?

There are several flower and plant vendors at the market who can help you decide how your garden will grow. Or, if you’re like me, help you pick a pretty arrangement that will get you in the mood for Spring. Without leading to the tragic death of innocent plants.

  • Located in Brookeville, Maryland, Farmhouse Flowers and Plants boasts an expansive array of flowers, annuals, perennials and herbs for your home and garden. Even the most inexperienced gardeners can find something they won’t kill among their vast selection. On Sundays during the spring and summer, I love nothing more than picking up a beautiful bouquet of flowers for our table. And spring and summer brides take note: you can pick your own flowers straight from their farm for your bridal and bridal party bouquets!
  • The bright yellow sunflowers at Four Seasons Nursery are like a siren call to me during the summer. Four Seasons Nursery is five acres of annuals, perennials, herbs and house plants in Charlestown, West Virginia. I love looking through their selection of house plants and cuttings but I fear my lack of experience will mean their demise. But don’t let inexperience scare you away from finding just the right plant for you. They are always happy to answer any questions you have about their plants and flowers.
  • Bob Wollam is the force behind Wollam Gardens, 11 acres of beautiful bushes, perennials and annuals. Bob’s love of gardening is obvious to anyone who talks with him for more than five minutes. He is always delighted to talk about the best methods for growing a specific variety, even during the bustling market days of Summer. Although they primarily sell cut flowers at Dupont Circle Farmers Market, make sure to ask for some gardening advice while you pick out an arrangement.
  • If you love orchids, Floradise Orchids is your paradise. Their Gordonsvillie, Virginia farm is home to a dizzying array of orchids, from the common to the exotic. Stopping by their booth at Dupont Circle is like stepping into a tropical dream. Their arrangements are sought out by businesses and prominent private citizens throughout the DC area. But we’re lucky enough to have them right at our own market!  Pick up some tips for growing orchids while you pick out a beautiful display for your home.
  • Anchor Nursery has a little bit of everything – seasonal vegetables, flowers and plants! Their farm in Galena, Maryland boasts 150 acres of vegetables, plants, trees, herbs and perennials. Talk about one stop farming! While you’re getting your umpteenth Winter squash this Sunday, find out more about the different variety of plants they offer.

Make sure to ask around at these vendors for advice about your spring garden this Sunday. A little bit of knowledge and a lot of finger crossing is the key to a successful garden. I hope.

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by February 24, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Borderstan""14th Street NW" "People Walking"

The 14th Street NW corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]

The app Popularise, when it came out, was touted as one of the best real estate apps ever. A year later, it seems the app is indeed complying with its projection.

The Millers, the developers, stopped by the local ANC meeting to say that they have big things planned for the 14th Street corridor. Both Ben and Dan Miller are residents of the 14th Street Corridor (hi, neighbors!) and may be doing some cool stuff with all the real estate developments around that strip.

A tool that allows residents to help plan the future of their neighborhoods via input on what is needed, what it should look like — coming to one of the fastest growing areas of town, with lots of NIMBY controversy?

Sounds like one heck of a good idea to us. Thanks to Washingtonian for the tip!

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by February 24, 2012 at 9:00 am 0


Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

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VIDA Fitness: “A FREE 3-Day Membership to DC’s hottest fitness clubs! Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 4 downtown urban chic fitness clubs.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

StemClothing, jewelry and accessories for men and men. “Fashion accessories for both men and women. Nannapat Pollert collaborates with Thai designers presenting all handmade and exclusive collections that are simply beautiful.” At 1412 U Street NW.

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Level One: “Level One is casual chic. The perfect place for the first date or friends meeting for dinner. Large parties are no problem, the music’s great and the atmosphere is pure energy. The venue has a large outdoor seating area and is located below Cobalt.” At 17th and R Streets NW.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Jack Evans 2012: “Jack Evans: Leading DC’s economic recovery.” Campaign office at 1402 14th Street NW.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: “Hank’s Oyster Bar and Lounge now has two happy hour events a day.” At 1624 Q Street NW, just off 17th Street.

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by February 24, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"Borderstan" "Oscar Party"

You don’t have to be in Los Angeles or Manhanttan to find a good place to watch Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast. (Photo by Cesar Perez, New York)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]

The Grammys were just a few weeks ago, but it’s already time for another round of endless applause. Even if flashy evening gowns, long-winded acceptance speeches, and Brad Pitt don’t pique your interest, you can still make Sunday night an excuse to celebrate. There’s nothing like a good atmosphere, a great crowd, and some well-priced drink specials to ramp up your enthusiasm.

If you’re willing to venture outside of Borderstan territory, there’s still time to catch up on the year in cinema and pick a favorite to root for in the “Best Picture” category. AMC Theaters in Georgetown has shown all nine nominated films. You can see five of them this Saturday for $40.

Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. Make your dreams of getting backstage at the Black Cat finally come true. There is no cover Sunday night for the “Stars in Bars: Oscars Viewing Party on the Backstage.” Doors open at 7 pm, and Food for Thought Café will be open during its usual Sunday hours (8 pm to 1 am.).

The Heights, 3115 14th Street NW. Starting at 5 pm., The Heights will host its Second Annual Oscar Watch Party. Check out the Best-Picture-nominee-themed food and drink specials here. Everything is under $10, except for the “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” a pitcher of St. Germain, Jose Cuervo, lime, cucumber, and simple syrup — surely the recipe for a winning night.

Helix Lounge, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Helix Lounge, at the Helix Hotel, has also formulated some cinematic cocktail specialties. From 5:00 to 11:00 p.m., you can sip on a “Red Carpet Cosmo” for $8.00 while enjoying a “Spiel-Burger” with fries for only $6.50.

Nellie’s, 900 U Street NW. If you’re looking for an alternative to the red carpet atmosphere, stop by Nellie’s after 7:00 p.m. to watch the Oscars. You can toast to the winners — or drink for the losers — with $4 Mimosas, Nellie draft beer, rail drinks and Bloody Marys or $15 pitchers of select beer.

by February 24, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Borderstan""Swan Auto Sale""14th Street NW" "Jen Morrissey"

“Swan Auto Sale” is by Jen Morrissey in the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Swan Auto Sale” was taken by Jen Morrissey on February 9 on 14th and Swann Streets NW.

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by February 23, 2012 at 10:30 pm 1,454 0

"Borderstan" "DC 9"

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of “Portlanida” at  DC’s 9:30 Club.  (Laura Herman)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at laura[AT]

A packed crowd of bespeckeled yuppies clapped eagerly as Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, of the IFC hit show, Portlandia, took the stage this past Tuesday night at the 9:30 Club for two sold out performances.

Their “Portlandia Live” tour takes a variety show format, combining clips of not-yet-aired footage from Season Two, musical numbers from the show, other guest appearances (this varies by city — but this week’s DC shows featured Eleanor Friedberger, who ROCKED OUT (but more on that later), with stand up comedy vignettes, a Q&A period, and other general musings shared by Brownstein and Armisen.

It’s immediately clear that Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are close friends, witty comedians, and talented musicians. Brownstein is well known for her work with indie girl rock band Sleater-Kinney and Armisen is a regular on Saturday Night Live, also with a musical background. But despite all this — and the genius of their cult hit sketch comedy show, as evidenced by the two back-to-back sold out shows– much of the evening fell a bit flat. The variety hour and a half  felt meandering, unrehearsed, and even awkward at times.

Sure, that slightly off-kilter and awkwardly self-aware appeal is what hooked many of us on Portlandia‘s particular brand of humor to begin with, but Brownstein and Armisen seemed either bored or nervous to be confronted by a live audience.

They began the night trying to chat up the crowd, asking questions like “What’s DC’s coolest coffee shop” (I CRINGED when someone yelled out a café in Virginia — NO.) and tried making ironic jokes about Georgetown being a hip, Portlandia-esque neighborhood, but the sincerity was missing. Maybe DC’s just not cool enough for them?

Or, more likely, I think, the 9:30 Club venue was just not conducive for the way the evening was designed; it would have been much better-suited to a smaller venue that allowed for more audience interaction, almost like a book tour, not a concert.

Certain bits of the show, like live vocals of “Dream of the 90s” and “She’s Making Jewelry Now,” as well as clips from future episodes (get excited for “Canoe Dance” — it’s Armisen’s physical comedy at its best) were great, and elicited serious applause and laughter from the crowd. Still, Brownstein and Armisen maneuvered clunkily through the different vignettes–video clips, monologues, banter, songs — onstantly marching on and off the stage without looking like they were having a lot of fun.

Brownstein and Armisen at DC’s 9:30 Club. (Laura Herman)

To this devoted fangirl, their nerdy awkwardness made them even more loveable and endearing. But critically, the whole evening felt haphazard and lacked much enthusiasm. This was strange, because the crowd was simply crazy about Fred and Carrie, applauding loudly, and yelling out already canonized cult lines like “Put a bird on it!;” “We can pickle that!;” and “A-O-RIVER!” Truth be told, I was impressed at how many other diehards were out there. Cacao.

After an uninspired Q&A, where Brownstein and Armisen fielded questions ranging from their favorite characters within the show to whether they are having sex (they decidedly sidestepped this one — lame), Eleanor Friedberger appeared out of nowhere–literally–materializing on stage to perform two of her own songs, including indie hit “Heaven.”

Friedberger’s size and sound dwarfed both Brownstein and Armisen, who slipped into the background to join the rest of the band and play supporting guitar as Friedberger sang. Unexpected, but not unpleasant altogether.

The evening ended abruptly as local artist, Mary Timony, joined the group on stage and strummed away during a cover of Patti Smith’s “Because the Night.” Friedberger clutched papers with the song lyrics, and Brownstein apologetically shared that this was their first time performing the song live. It was weird, but endearing.

After polite applause for the performance, Brownstein and Armisen thanked the audience and promptly fled offstage, ostensibly to go talk shit about the DC audience or slit their wrists at the idea of doing a second show that night. There was no encore.

All that said, I didn’t hate it. I laughed throughout. The performance was quirky and off, but it just made me want to be real life best friends with Fred and Carrie more than ever. They came across as real. They’re sketch comedians and writers, probably too awkward — l ike most of us — to pull off kitschy stand up.

They would have been more in their element with a coffee shop setting and format. So do I still love the TV show? Yes, of course. But was the live show worth my $40 dollars? Not really. Probably should have stayed home, re-watched Season One on Netflix, started an artisan knots collection and made some homemade pickles.

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by February 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,342 0

Marni, David, DC, JCC, Jews, Prohibition

Monday, February 27 at the DC JCC, 16th and Q NW: “Jews and Booze” (Image courtesy JCC)

What: Authors Out Loud presents Marni Davis, “Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition.” Davis, the author, is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University.

When: Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm.

Where: Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW.

Admission: $10;  for member, students with ID and seniors, $8. Purchase tickets online.

Overview: “At the turn of the century, American Jews and prohibitionists viewed one another with growing suspicion. Jews believed that all Americans had the right to sell and consume alcohol, while prohibitionists insisted that alcohol commerce and consumption posed a threat to the nation’s morality
and security.

“The two groups possessed incompatible visions of what it meant to be a productive and patriotic American — and in 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution made alcohol commerce illegal, Jews discovered that anti-Semitic sentiments had mixed with anti-alcohol ideology, threatening their reputation and their standing in American society.” (JCC)

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by February 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm 0


Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]

The U Street fire station of Engine No. 9 has been in the news recently. A resident, grateful that his home was saved by the firefighters, dropped off some beer as a ‘thank you’ last September at the station on the 1600 block of U Street NW.

Now, the battalion chief is facing a demotion for failing to appropriately reprimand the firefighters for accepting the gift and putting it briefly inside the refrigerator. WTOP reports that letters of reprimand were sent later and no suspensions were given out, but the Fire Chief feels strongly about the beer even being inside the station.

Is it demotion-worthy, an oversight worthy of reprimand or is this a lot of brouhaha over some brew?

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by February 23, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

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

There are some great exhibitions at Borderstan-area galleries. Editor’s pick: Don’t miss “What is your Tar Baby?” Mixed Media by Charlie Palmer, at Joan Hisaoka Gallery, 1632 U Street NW.

New Exhibitions

  • Long View Gallery: Tony Savoie’s “In Thoughts, Words and Deeds” exhibition opens February 23, runs until March 19. Opening reception February 23, 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • Joan Hisaoka Gallery: “What is your Tar Baby?” Mixed Media by Charlie Palmer, opening Friday February 24, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm.
  • Curator’s Office: “Dawn Black: Magic Foxhole” opens February 25 and runs through April 7.

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” runs through April 6.
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 p.m.

[email protected] at 1830 14th Street NW

  • Al Wildey solo exhibition runs through March 30.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; and by appointment.

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

  • “Matthew Mann and Joyce Y-J Lee” runs through March 10.
  • Overview: “Both artists, trained as painters, each lay forward new bodies of work that continue to explore the tropes of Renaissance painting applied to their own contemporary narrative. Although stylistically distinct, Lee and Mann both convey imaginary dimensions of space to metaphor the human condition.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

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

  • Rachel England and Amy Boone-McCreesh runs through March 3.
  • Overview: “England’s work juxtaposes classic and iconic imagery from much earlier times with figures that have, quite frankly, been disfigured. Amy Boone-McCreesh’s installation resembles a Chinese new year’s parade on its way to a second line or mardi gras, depending on your perspective.” (harmon art lab)
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • “Lucinda Murphy: Evolution” and “Monica Stroik: Substructure” runs through February 24.
  • 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)
  • “Elizabeth Holtry: Toile de Jouyruns through February 24.
  • Overview: Holtry’s paintings depict animals that few people appreciate, such as hyenas, insects and rats. Her work addresses our prejudicial attitudes toward these animals.” (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 at 1632 U Street NW

  • “What is your Tar Baby?” Mixed Media by Charlie Palmer. Opening reception is Friday February 24, 7 to 9 pm.
  • Overview:What do President Barack Obama, Adolf Hilter, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pee-wee Herman have in common? According to Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer, each has a “Tar Baby”.  In this collection of over 40 mixed media works, Palmer appropriates and reinterprets the tale of “Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby” to address contemporary issues of bigotry, racism and stereotyping.  Yet, in Palmer’s version it is no longer the archetypal trickster rabbit, but rather civil rights leaders, entertainers, politicians, scholars, and African and Native Americans who confront their tar babies.  Each metaphoric “tar baby” represents a conviction to a social cause, a sensitive situation or misguided belief that holds one back. Palmer’s imagery is poignant as it summons a deep emotional response, reaching the inner sanctum of where our “tar baby” lies.   Meet the artist and joining us in opening the new show!” (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’s “The Village B-boy” opened February 4.
  • 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

  • Tony Savoie “In Thoughts, Words and Deeds” exhibition opens February 23 runs until March 19.
  • Overview: “Savoie criticizes the pack mentality and questions the morality of acting solely on orders rather than self-evaluation. Addressing the gap between the potential for human decency and an often brutally cruel reality, he manages to balance his frustration and disgust with humor and possibility. Tony Savoie uses a wide range of media including clear acrylic, spray paint, photographs, stencils, oils & found objects to create his multi-dimensional statements.” (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

  • Georg Kuettinger runs through March 17.
  • Overview: “Georg Huettinger’s large-scale photographs are reflections on the tradition of landscape photography. At first glance, the photographs appear to be direct portrayals of reality; upon further inspection, atypical topography and unnatural perspectives reveal their customized construction.” (Project 4)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • Transformer + DANDANS, a Tokyo based Artists Collective runs through March 25. Presented at Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery 702 Eighth Street NW.
  • Overview: “This comprehensive exhibition, the first of its kind in the U.S. and one of Transformer’s most ambitious exhibitions to date, will feature works in a variety of mediums exploring emerging Japanese artists’ creative responses to the terrible catastrophe that killed thousands of people and how life has changed in Japan as a result.” (Transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check website.

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

After extensive media focus on the Republican Presidential primaries over the past few months, it is time to turn our attention to the DC primary scheduled for April 3, 2012. In addition to selecting their presidential preference based on party affiliation, DC voters will also be asked to choose their party nominee for November general election for an At-Large Council seat. The same is true for the four wards where seats are up this year, including Ward 2. DC’s primary is early this year — it’s usually held in September.

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Forum for Dem candidates in At-Large Race at the Black Cat on March 13. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Candidate Forum on March 13

Neighborhood residents are invited to attend a community forum for the candidates in the for the At-Large Democratic Primary on Tuesday, March 13 from 7 to 8 pm at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. Doors open at 6:30; ID required.

The forum will be moderated by David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington. Sponsors of the forum are The Urban Neighborhood Alliance,, Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Dupont Circle Citizens Association, Dupont Circle Merchants And Professionals Association, Dupont Circle Village, Dupont Festival, Greater Greater Washington, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Logan Circle Community Association, Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association and the U Street Neighborhood Association.

Orange and Biddle, Again

The At-Large seat up for grabs is currently held by Vincent Orange (D). Thirteen Members make up the DC Council: a representative elected from each of the eight wards; and five members, including the Chairman, elected at-large.

If it seems to you like Orange just took office, you are right. He won a special election back in April 2011 to fill the remainder of the At-Large term that became vacant when Kwame Brown was elected Chairman in November 2010.

With a crowded field of Democrats running for the seat (there was no primary), Orange defeated Republican Patrick Mara. The upcoming race will be for a full four-year term. Orange will face opposition from E. Gail Anderson Holness, Peter Shapiro and Sekou Biddle.

Biddle briefly held the seat when he was voted in by the DC Democratic State Committee to serve as interim At-Large member until a special election could be held. Anderson Holness currently is an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Ward 1. Shapiro lives in Ward 4 and had previously served on the Prince George’s County Council when he was a resident of Maryland.

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