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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Borderstan"

Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in Borderstan for the long holiday weekend.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • 14th and U Street NW Farmers Market: If you are grilling out this weekend, chances are, the farmers market at 14th and U Streets NW has what you need! To add to the weekend excitement, Chef Harper McClure of the Federalist is conducting a cooking demo at 11 am. The market is open rain or shine from 9 am until 1 pm. For more information, visit the market’s Facebook page.
  • A Night of Art, Music and Fashion with Allure at MOVA Lounge: Friday, August 31 from 9 pm until 2 am. Visual artists Giuliano Basualdo Tague and Note to Self will showcase works, Whitney Abstrakt will provide the music. For more information, see MOVA’s online newsletter. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of Finlandia Vodka for the first 3 groups of 8 people to confirm by email to cliff[AT]movalounge.com.
    RSVP BY NOON DAY OF EVENT!
  • AT&T Nation’s Football Classic: Saturday, September 1, the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers will take on the Howard University Bisons at RFK Stadium at 3:30 pm. For information and tickets, visit the website.
  • Drawing Residency at 87Florida: An opening reception for the work Eames Armstrong conducted during his residency at the Pink Line Project; 6 to 9 pm at 87 Florida Avenue NW.
  • Tedd Baker joins DC Jazz Jam as Monthly Master: Sunday, September 2, DC Jazz Jam welcomes Tedd Baker, lead saxophonist for the Air Force’s “Airmen of Note.” The show is from 6:30 until 9:30 pm at Dahlak Restaurant (1771 U Street NW).
  • “Desert Air” at the National Geographic Museum: “Desert Air: Photographs by George Steinmetz,” opens this weekend at the National Geographic Museum. The exhibit features Steinmetz’s photographs from his 15 year expedition documenting the world’s deserts. National Geographic Museum (1145 17th Street NW) is open every day from 10 am until 6 pm.
  • Blue Moon on the Blue Moon to Benefit Shaw Middle School Art: On Friday, August 31, come test Blue Moon’s new brew, Caramel Apple Spiced Ale, at Local 16 (1602 U Street NW). All proceeds for the “Blue Moon” event benefit the art program at Shaw Middle School; there is a $5 suggested donation.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 1: Red Light District/House Dance Party/DJ Bill Spieler, 10:00 pm.
  • Monday, September 3: Pop.1280, Iron Galaxy, Shat Shorts, 8:30 pm.

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Sunday, September 2: Go Crazy, The Family Lumber, The Sea Life, 7:30 pm.

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 1: Levi Stephens & The Dreamscapes Project w/ Ted Hovis and the Stolen Camaros, 5:30 pm.
  • Sunday, September 2: Based on a T.R.U. Story Tour 2 Chainz w/ Cap 1, 7 pm.

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, August 31: Modern World, Mod, Garage, Soul, Power Pop w/ DJs Jake Starr, Dianamatic, Mad Squirrel, Andi Supreme, 9:30 pm.

The Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)

  • Friday, August 31: Saul Williams presents CHORUS – A Spoken Word Tour w/Holly Bass, 8 pm.

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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"Farmers Market"

The 14 & U Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you’re grilling out or picnicking this last weekend of summer, chances are, the farmers market at 14th and U Streets NW has just what you need for your menu. The market is open on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.

Weekend Finds

  • Truck Patch has barbecued ribs, chops, shoulder and sausages; Pecan Meadow has grass fed and finished beef brigade, as well as goat, duck and rabbit.
  • For fruit, expect peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, strawberries, blackberries and grapes and figs. And what’s a summer cookout without a watermelon? There are plenty of those to go around, too.
  • Whisked is ready with six-and-nine-inch pies, savory and sweet.
  • For the veggie lovers, carts are overflowing with mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, squash, zucchini and eggplant.

And for those who need a little inspiration or entertainment, Chef Harper McClure of the Federalist will conduct a cooking demo at 11 am. The market is open on Saturday, September 1 from 9 am until 1 pm. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

"labor day"

No trash collection or parking enforcement Labor Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The DC Department of Public Works is observing the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 3 As a result, there will be no trash and recycling collections. Parking regulations will not be enforced either.

In once-a-week collection neighborhoods, collections will “slide” to the next day. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.

Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on collection day.

Sanitation services will be suspended for the holiday and will resume Tuesday, September 4.

  • In once-a-week trash and recycling collection neighborhoods collections will “slide” to the next day, so Monday’s collections will be made Tuesday, Tuesday’s collections will be made Wednesday and so on.
  • In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday/Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday and Tuesday/Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Street sweeping will be suspended Monday, September 3, so motorists will not need to move their cars that day.

However, the Washington Nationals will play home games at Nationals Park beginning August 31, through September 9, and parking regulations in that neighborhood will be enforced daily, including on September 3.  Vehicles violating these restrictions will be ticketed and towed. Other parking regulations, including expired meters, residential parking and street sweeping, will be suspended for the holiday.

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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,108 0

"Dupont Underground"

Margot MacDonald is one of several artists scheduled to perform at Dupont Underground’s Aboveground fundraising party. (Photo courtesy of Dupont Underground)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

On Friday, September 7, the Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground (ACDU) will throw a party at Eastern Market’s north hall… aboveground.

The duly noted “Aboveground” party, which starts at 8 pm, is intended to generate buzz (and dough) for ACDU, an artist, designer and community-led nonprofit working to transform the unused Dupont Circle trolley station into a culturally-enhanced space for the community.

Throughout the evening, there will be musical performances from Alex Minoff, Margot MacDonald and the Justin Jones Band, as well as the world premiere of Robin Bell’s music videos for these artists (shot in the Underground). Guests can also look forward to a silent auction (with goodies from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Pink Line Project, Our City Film Festival and KIND Snacks), signature cocktails and information on upcoming plans for the organization and its mission.

Tickets range from $20 to $150, and can be purchased online. For more information, visit ACDU’s event website.

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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"Blue Moon Local 16" "Shaw Middle School"

Sample Blue Moon’s latest brew at Local 16 this Friday and help support the arts programs at Shaw Middle School.

On Friday, August 31, join neighbors at Local 16 (1602 U Street NW) to sample Blue Moon’s new brew, Caramel Apple Spiced Ale. And the best part? Proceeds will benefit arts programs at Shaw Middle School at 10th and U Streets NW.

Due to drastic budget cuts, many of the arts programs schools once had are now gone, and friends of Shaw Middle School are working to bring them back. The event runs from 6 until 9 pm; there is a $5 suggested donation.

What is a “Blue Moon,” you ask? It’s the second appearance of a full month in a calendar month — and tomorrow night is the last Blue Moon until 2015.

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by Borderstan.com August 31, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Nellie's"

“Nellie’s” is by anokarina from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Nellie’s” was taken by anokarina. The photo of Nellie’s Sports Bar was taken at 9th and U Streets NW from The Brixton.

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 DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm 2 Comments

"Trump"

Old Post Office. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

These days, Donald Trump is after more than reality TV ratings and tea party zealots. America’s best-known real estate mogul is moving in on DC. With potential political aspirations and three recent real estate investments under his belt, I can’t help but ask: Could “The Donald” be our new neighbor?

In 2009, Trump redirected his luxury golf empire investments (already in New York, Florida and California) to the DC area, with the purchase of a Northern Virginia country club (Trump National Golf Club) that sits on the Potomac River.

Last summer, news broke that Trump purchased the infamous 1,000 plus acre Kluge estate and winery near Charlottesville. Currently, Trump’s son Eric is running the vineyard. And while the land is not in DC, like other Virginia wineries, it is considered a playground for District residents on the weekends.

And the latest on his list of DC purchases? A Pennsylvania Avenue address. (No, not that one…) This past year, Trump purchased the Old Post Office Building, with plans to turn the historic landmark into a luxury hotel with his daughter, Ivanka.

I can’t help but wonder what’s next… Will Trump be the one to swoop in and rescue the Lincoln Theatre? Maybe he will join the long list of luxury apartment and restaurant developers along the U and 14th Street NW Corridors?

Perhaps I am being too quick to react, but I can’t help myself from cringing at the thought of more Trump acquisitions in the District. Really, Donald Trump is no different from other real estate investors who want to capitalize on the up-swing of our nation’s capital, but each purchase in DC gives him more power and more ability to commercially exploit the city that I love so much. The last thing I want is for the District to be just another shiny souvenir the Trumps add to their shelf of conquests and collection of properties and brands.

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Borderstan""Theaters"

Borderstan Theaters (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Check the listings below for full details about performances at six neighborhood theaters.

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW

  • Osage County has been extended through September 8: “Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major new play that unflinchingly — and uproariously — exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.” (Keegan Theatre)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming events.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • Invisible Man opens September 5: “This savage, hypnotic, and impassioned adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s 1952 masterpiece explores bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators.” (Studio Theater)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • Body Awareness runs through September 23; “A touching comedy from the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation.  It’s Body Awareness Week at Shirley College, and the non-traditional Vermont family members Phyllis, Joyce and their possibly autistic son Jared are rocked by a visiting photographer and his ‘male gaze.’  As sexuality, identity, role modeling and political-correctness get stirred up, the results are both touching and hilarious.” (Theater J)

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

From Sarah Lipman. Follow her on Twitter @LipmanSarah or email her at sarah[AT]borderstan.com.

Black Restaurant Group chefs/owners Jeff and Barbara Black are throwing a fundraising bash in honor of the first anniversary of their dual 14th Street restaurants, Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack. The party is Thursday, September 20, from 7 pm to 1:30 am.

"Pearl Dive Oyster Palace"

Pearl Dive  Oyster Palace and Black Jack at 1612 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Pre-sale tickets are priced at $150 and include unlimited fresh seafood (including oysters, of course!) with signature dishes from Pearl Dive’s menu, live music, and an open bar. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Food & Friends on behalf of the Black’s Family Foundation.

Guests will also have their first opportunity to taste two new exclusive Black Restaurant Group oysters, “Old Black Salts” and “Black Pearls”, which are making their public debut that evening. The oysters were created as part of the partnership between the Blacks and Rappahannock River Oyster Company in Chincoteague, Virginia along with Toby Island Oysters in Topping, Virginia.

Get more information about purchasing tickets for the event. Pearl Dive and Black Jack are located at 1612 14th Street NW, between Q and Corcoran Streets.

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Flea Market"

Check out the DC Flea Market at Blackbyrd Lounge this Sunday, September 2. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The upstairs lounge at Blackbyrd, 2005 14th Street NW, will become a flea market this Sunday, September 2. The pop-up vintage fashion event, DC Flea: Labor Day Weekend Edition, organized by Philissa Williams and Dafna Steinberg is bringing a little bit more than just the browsing to the shopping. Williams and Steinberg said music and drinks will be available at the bar. Hours are noon to 6 pm.

“DC Flea Market has been happening since March with great success,” says Steinberg.

Men’s and women’s vintage clothes and accessories (plus some other goodies) will be on display. There will be a number of different sellers there, so stop by for some great fashion finds!

Vendors include Thelma’s VintageI Found That Vintage and Thembe Fashions and crafty, creative jewelry from the N Street Village’s Community Craft Colle.

For more information, contact ILoveDCFlea[AT]gmail.com.

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 9:24 am 0

"Georgia Lost Dog"

Her name is Georgia and she was last seen around Meridian Hill Park.

Please help us find Georgia. She got out of her collar in Meridian Hill Park. Georgia has been spotted at the Florida Avenue end of the park in the last 24 hours. She is scared and may try to run, so if you spot her, call Planet Pet at 202-986-6301 or 202-705-4791. Her owners have offered a reward for her safe return!

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"Green"

Green Real State at Busboys & Poets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

On Thursday, August 30, the DC Net Impact Professional Chapter will host a panel discussion on sustainable real estate options in the DC metro area. The discussion will be held at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street NW) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Geared towards renters, homeowners and those in the market to purchase a home, the conversation will include tips on how to save money on energy and and how to make your home healthier and more sustainable. DC and Maryland property managers will be on-hand to share their experiences in green real estate.

Panelists for the night include:

  • Michael Kiefer, Green DC Realty (moderator)
  • Wayne Gleason, building manager at the Argyle (Mt. Pleasant)
  • David Borchardt, Tower Properties (including the Blairs, Silver Spring)
  • Greg Abbe, audit program manager at Elysian Energy
  • Andy Corral, green building manager at Elysian Energy

Tickets for Thursday’s panel are $10 for DC Net Impact members and students, and $20 for guests. Online registration is required through Eventbrite. Can’t make it out on Thursday? Follow the panel discussion on Twitter @DC_Net_Impact with hashtags #DCNI and #NetImpact.

DC Net Impact is an organization with a mission to inspire, educate and equip the Washington DC metro community to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. For more information, visit the Eventbrite registration page.

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by Borderstan.com August 30, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Black Cat"

Black Cat 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, “Black Cat” was taken by Jen Morrissey. The photo was taken at the Black Cat on 14th Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com August 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,004 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

"ANC Bailey"

Erling Bailey is one of four candidates running for the ANC 1B-12 seat. (Courtesy of Erling Bailey)

The deadline for filing to run for a seat on DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is past, and election time is right around the corner.

In the Borderstan area, there are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor.

So now it is time to meet your candidates. Here at Borderstan.com, we will introduce you to your neighbors who are campaigning to represent you on the local ANCs. Closer to the election, we will provide follow-up interviews with the candidates on specific issues related to their areas.

Erling Bailey is running for ANC commissioner in 1B-12, a new seat that was carved out of SMD 1B-02, due to rapid population growth in the area in the last decade. A total of four candidates are running for this seat, including John Carlos Green, Zahra Jilani, Dan Wittels and Bailey.

This seat is currently held by Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling who won a special election late in 2011 after Aaron Spencer resigned. Lewin-Zwerdling is not seeking a full term. The SMD includes the much discussed 14th  Street and Wallach Place NW residential building and the JBG hotel-turned-apartment project on the Rite-Aid site at 13th and U Streets.

Borderstan: Why did you decide to run in your neighborhood’s ANC race this year? Also, have you run before and/or been an ANC commissioner before? 

Bailey: I am participating in Election 2012 because I feel that with my knowledge and abilities, I can make a positive difference in my neighborhood’s growth and development. I possess the vision, capabilities, life experiences and time required to drive growth in compliance with the neighborhood’s desired path for the future. As a longtime resident, I have a considerable interest in the impact of government policies, public programs and urban development as they relate to economic growth and residents’ quality of life.

Our neighborhood is fortunate to be in the midst of powerful growth and development, as evidenced by increasing property values, vigorous development activity and an influx of new businesses. While this situation is good for businesses and developers, I stand with my neighbors in being concerned that these changes may have a long term negative impact on the community that compromises the quality of life our current residents appreciate. I aspire to ensure that current and future change initiatives are aligned with the desires of, and seen as beneficial to, our community. Realizing this aspiration of community growth aligned with neighborhood desire will require transforming residents into a unified entity that will collaboratively steer and manage neighborhood growth. I have never run for nor held an ANC position or any public office.

Borderstan: How many years have you lived in your [ANC] neighborhood? How long have you been in DC?

Bailey:  This month I celebrate my 20th year of owning and living in my T Street neighborhood home. I moved to DC from Norfolk, VA in 1989, which makes me a DC resident for 23 years.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Bailey: I believe that a safe and clean community is fundamental to having residents feel comfortable in their homes and demonstrate a sense of pride in their property. Therefore, throughout 20 years of residing in the 1B-12 neighborhood, I have consistently focused on enhancing the neighborhood’s safety and cleanliness. During multiple daily dog walks, I take note of Department of Public Works related safety issues in order to notify the agency of problems to address. My daily walks and long time residency have resulted in a keen sense of awareness; I know what is normal and quickly notice irregularities. I report and track concerns such as malfunctioning street lights, pot holes, buckling sidewalks, bulk trash and fallen trees. My lengthy DC residency has resulted in a wealth of knowledge concerning DC bureaucracy and related processes, procedures and points of contacts.

"ANC 1B"

Click for a larger map: ANC 1B includes most of the U Street corridor. (ANC 1B website, with boundaries in effect for 2012 election)

Borderstan: If elected to the ANC, what will be your main areas of focus/concern – and why?

Bailey: As commissioner, my main focus will be to facilitate growth. I will work with all sectors of the community to maintain a high quality of life and facilitate sustainable growth for a vibrant, greener, and safe neighborhood. Facilitating growth is my primary area of focus because the rapid pace of neighborhood growth is drastically impacting our resident’s quality of life. We need to increase our involvement to ensure our interests are heard, addressed and incorporated into community change.

Borderstan: What do you hope to contribute to your community while on the ANC?

Bailey: I have a vision of a 1B-12 neighborhood with well  informed residences, a profitable diverse business base and a nurturing assortment of community services and facilities. I envision a “Transformational 1B-12 Resident Group,” organized and acting as a single entity, governing growth on behalf of the best interests of 1B-12 residents. This unified entity will spearhead the direction of our neighborhood growth and change.

I also hope to foster a diverse group of businesses that provide services needed within the community. These businesses will operate utilizing a Business Improvement District-type infrastructure to augment specific community requirements not provided within the city budget. And finally, sustainability.

Borderstan: What do you think gives you an edge over other candidate(s) running in your district?

Bailey: I am a long-term resident in the 1B-12 neighborhood. I know the people within the community and understand the residents’ issues and concerns. Also, as a manager within a top-tier government contracting company, I’ve lead various Department of Defense projects, have implemented corporate best practices and have been assigned various leadership roles throughout the life cycle of numerous projects (23 years). I earned a Master’s in Business Administration from George Mason University; a Masters in Science Information Systems from American University and a Certificate of Completion from Darden Executive Education Leadership. I’ve also had exposure to urban revitalization. Through my family’s business in Southern Virginia, I’ve had experience as a developer and contractor, I’ve managed several restoration projects in my personal portfolio of properties and, as a DC resident since 1989, I’ve lived in the midst of constant changes in DC’s Adams Morgan, Petworth and U Street Cardozo neighborhoods.

Borderstan: What is your day job and is there a connection to how your day job would assist you in being a commissioner?

Bailey: I am an independent management consultant and personal investment manager. In my current role, I consistently use the knowledge gained during my previous senior management position, applying 28-plus years of work experience to my current business. New flexibly in my professional schedule as a result of becoming an independent consultant will greatly contribute to my ability to fulfill what I envision will be a time consuming role with the ANC. I expect that the skills I learned, developed and fine-tuned through my quality higher education and leadership of challenging projects as a senior manager with a government contracting company will be instrumental to my success as an ANC Commissioner. I will utilize my expertise in strategic planning, customer liaison and relationship building, business development, solicitation development, proposal writing, teaming agreements, team development, contract negotiations and project management in making a valuable contribution to the ANC.

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by Borderstan.com August 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Beer"

Brian explains craft beer. (Brian Hussein Stanton)

From Rob Fink. Email him at rob[AT]borderstan.com.

Since its popularization, craft beer has been and continues to be a phenomenon which eludes precise definition. In the broadest sense, it’s a simple categorization of style; meaning a full-flavored beer utilizing both traditional brewing methods and ingredients for its production.

The Brewers Association, the largest trade group in the country representing brewers, craft or otherwise, also defines a “craft” brewery as one which produces no more than 6,000,000 barrels of beer, or around 186,000,000 million gallons. Interestingly, total beer production (including Anheuser Busch-InBev as well as SABMiller, the world’s largest “breweries” respectively) in the United States in 2010 hovered around 200 million barrels. Conversely, craft beer only accounted for about 5% of that total amount, or roughly 10 million barrels.

Although its definition may vary, craft beer has an ethos which cultivates a sharp sense of community involvement. For example, spent grain used in the brewing process typically becomes feed for local farmers. Beer itself has become an integral component of other agricultural products, as is the case with Hill Farmstead in Greensboro, Vermont which sometimes sends its wort (unfermented beer) to Jasper Hill Farms (also in Greensboro) in order to wash their cheeses. Between different breweries releasing collaboration beers to breweries that use 100% solar power (as is the case with these folks) the possibilities truly are endless, but why is craft beer important to Borderstan?

Not only can you get a great beer in Borderstan, at places like Saint-Ex or at the wonderful worn-in Stoney’s on P Street NW you can also experience places which pride themselves on the inextricable relationship between the two. Beguiling combinations abound at establishments such as Birch and Barley in Logan Circle and Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle.

Each establishment routinely hosts dinners based on anything from a certain style to a certain brewery paired with menus tailored to specific beers. Additionally, the ubiquitous presence of a brewmaster or brewery representative at these dinners reflects an adherence to the cultivation of community which pulsates throughout the entire craft beer world.

No matter how you feel about craft beer generally, you’ll do yourself a service by visiting any of the aforementioned spots. Go to a beer dinner at Birch and Barley or a meet and greet with a brewmaster at Pizzeria Paradiso or simply sit down with something like a Bell’s Two Hearted at Stoney’s – you’ll be glad you did.

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