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by Borderstan.com September 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

A man was stabbed in the chest just before 5 am Saturday, September 29, in the 900 block of N Street NW according to a tweet from the Metropolitan Police Department. The victim’s injuries were not life threatening, and he was conscious and breathing at the scene. No information on the suspect was available from police.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or text at 50411.

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com September 29, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Aura Spa: “Aura Spa at VIDA Fitness is DC’s most unique urban boutique neighborhood oasis — a chic Washington, DC, neighborhood day spa for men & women.” At the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW and the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Jack Jacobson for State Board of Education: “I look forward to serving Ward 2 on the State Board of Education in January 2013! A main goal of mine will be to work with parents and the community at large to improve our neighborhood schools in Ward 2 and to ensure that parents have confidence in the ability of our public schools to provide their children a high-quality education.”

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival: “The Washington DCJCC presents the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, October 14-24. The Festival includes 15 events, with celebrated authors and scholars including Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon speaking on his latest book, Telegraph Avenue: A Novel and Nobel Prize-winner Eric Kandel in conversation with The New York Times columnist David Brooks.” At 16th and Q 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.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

MOVA Lounge: Enjoy MOVA’s new rooftop terrace and bar and be sure to check MOVA’s list of daily specials as well as their live entertainment. At the northwest corner of 14th and W Streets NW on the 14th Street corridor.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Lindsay Reishman Real Estate: “In the service industry, who you work with makes all the difference. We hire top notch talent, provide tools for success and room to grow, then deliver results. Our business structure is unique in that every member of our team specializes in a different part of the real estate process.”

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.

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

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by Borderstan.com September 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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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 weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan September 28th, 29th and 30th.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • The Second LivingSocial Craft Beer & Food Truck FestivalThe Second LivingSocial Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival is this weekend (September 29-30) from noon until 5 pm at the Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street SE). The event will feature beers from more than 50 craft breweries and food from DC’s favorite food trucks. Tickets are $59; more information is available on the event’s website.
  • The Eighth Annual DC Green Festival: This weekend is DC’s eighth annual Green Festival, featuring cooking demonstrations, a Kid’s Zone, yoga, DIY workshops and more. The festival runs from 10 am until 7 pm on Saturday, September 29, and from 11 am until 6 pm on Sunday, September 30. The Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. For more information on the Green Festival, visit the event’s website.
  • Story League’s Story Contest: Story League’s next Story Contest, My Hometown, will take place at Busboys and Poets (4251 South Campbell Avenue, Arlington) on Sunday, September 30 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.
  • The Geometry of DC Guided Walking Tours: George Kassouf will lead two historical walking tours throughout the city. The tours will take place on Friday, September 28 from 6 until 9 pm and on Sunday, September 30 from 8:30 until 11:30 am. Both historical tours are outdoors and are dog and stroller-friendly. The tour group will meet on the steps of the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW) and end at Logan Circle (at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue NW, Vermont Avenue NW, 13th Street NW and P Street NW). For more information and registration, visit the event’s page on the Cultural Tourism website.
  • Museum Day Live! (otherwise known as free admission to area museums): Saturday, September 29 is Museum Day Live!, an annual event where museums across the country open their doors (for free!) to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket (available for download on the website). Participating DC museums include the Newseum and the National Museum of Crime & Punishment. 
  • BreakfastClub: An ’80s Remix Dance Party: This Friday, September 28, D.J.s Khelan Bhatia (Borderstan’s very own) and Adam Koussari-Amin will pay homage to one of the 1980s’ most classic high school films while reliving the music of the decade with “BreakfastClub: An ’80s Remix Dance Party.” The party starts at 9 pm; for more information on BreakfastClub, visit the event’s Facebook page.
  • Shaw Dog Park Fall Clean-Up: Sunday, September 30, bring your shovel or rake to the Shaw Dog Park (1673 11th Street NW)  and join your neighbors for a morning of clean-up from 10 until 11 am.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Friday, September 28: Liberation Dance Party, 9 pm
  • Saturday, September 29: Mice Parade Acoustic Trio, 7:30 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Saturday, September 29: Stephie Coplan and the Pedestrians, The Tryads, 9 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, September 28: The Afghan Whigs, School of Seven Bells, 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 29: Crystal Castles, Health, 8 pm
  • Sunday, September 30: Crystal Castles, Health, 7 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, September 28: Ra Ra Rasputin, 9 pm
  • Sunday, September 30: Crocodiles, Punks on Mars, 9 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Friday, September 28: Eric Johnson Electric Band, 8 pm
  • Saturday, September 29: Kix, 8 pm
  • Sunday, September 30: Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, 8 pm

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by Borderstan.com September 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Fall beer celebrations aplenty. (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.

With the change in seasons comes seasonal beer, and four upcoming DC events are giving you the opportunity to celebrate both. Be sure to check out these great beer festivals in and around the neighborhood.

The Second LivingSocial Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival

LivingSocial is bringing back its Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival this weekend (September 29-30) from noon until 5 pm at the Half Street Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street SE). The event will feature beers from more than 50 craft breweries and food from DC’s favorite food trucks. The festival will also feature live music and interactive art installations.

A $59 ticket gets you a five-ounce sampling stein to taste your pick from each of the breweries. Food trucks will be selling food separately throughout the duration of the event. Tickets and information are available on the event’s website.

City Dogs Rescue’s Barktoberfest 

City Dogs Rescue is hopping in on the seasonal beer action (yes, that was a beer pun) with a fundraiser at the Biergarten Haus (1355 H Street NE) on Wednesday, October 17 from 7 until 9 pm. A ticket ($25 in advance and $30 at the door) includes unlimited .5 liters of select draught beers and the chance to win prizes in a raffle. All of the evening’s proceeds go towards City Dogs Rescue. Tickets are available online; additional information is available on the Facebook page.

Capitol City Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Celebration 

On Saturday, October 6, Capitol City Brewing Company will host its 13th annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest Festival at The Village at Shirlington (Arlington) from noon until 7 pm. The day will feature traditional German food and beer and live music. Tickets are $25 and include a wristband, official tasting glass and ten drink tickets. The event is free for non-drinkers and children. For more information, visit the Capital City’s website.

Oktoberfest at Bar Dupont Keeps On 

Last weekend was the first of many Oktoberfest celebrations at Bar Dupont (1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW), and this weekend, the party continues. The local bar will host an Oktoberfest party on its patio (turned Biergarten) September 28-30  with live polka music, Oktoberfest-style draft brews and hearty German food. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com September 28, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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The 2011 DC Green Festival. (Courtesy of Green Festival)

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

Organic food, healthy lifestyle demonstrations and all-things sustainable will take over the Washington Convention Center this weekend for DC’s eighth annual Green Festival.

Festival Highlights

Here are some highlights of the Green Festival:

  • Bike Valet: Arrive in style (on two wheels), park with the valet and receive free admission to the event.
  • Good Food Stage: Be sure to stop by the Good Food Stage at the festival for some hands-on cooking demonstrations and workshops by local DC chefs.
  • Yoga Pavilion: Feeling a little tense? Stop by the Yoga Pavilion for a few classes and demonstrations. Namaste.
  • Speakers and Panels: Check the weekend’s schedule for panels, speakers and other demonstrations.
  • DIY Workshops: Local experts that teach participants a variety of skills to take home.
  • Green Kids Zone: The family-friendly festival includes a kids zone for the little ones that includes everything from eco-crafts to yoga, story time, trivia and more.
  • Green Pet Stage: Experts offer training tips and care methods for our pets.
  • Eco-Fashion Show: The fashion showcase will highlight the latest and greatest in sustainable clothing.

The festival runs from 10 am until 7 pm on Saturday, September 29, and from 11 am until 6 pm on Sunday, September 30. The Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

For more information on the Green Festival, visit the event’s website.

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by Borderstan.com September 28, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,623 7 Comments

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

The deadline for filing to run for a seat on DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission 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.

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Dan Wittels. (Courtesy of Wittels)

So now it is time to meet your candidates. Here at Borderstan.com, we will introduce you to your neighbors, 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.

Dan Wittels 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 Erling Bailey, Zahra Jilani and John Green.

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 and Wallach residential building and the JBG hotel-turned-apartment project on the Rite-Aid site at 13th and U Streets NW.

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

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?

Wittels: I decided to run for ANC because I felt the constituents in my ANC were not being well represented. I haven’t ever run for, or served in an ANC position before.

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

Wittels: I’ve lived in DC for little over 22 years and I’ve lived in my current neighborhood for over 15 years.

Borderstan: How are you currently involved in your community?

Wittels: I’ve been a member of the U Street Neighborhood Association in the past and was a block captain one year back when they used to do the big spring clean ups and replant the tree boxes. Currently, I serve on the board of the Shaw DuPont Citizens Alliance and regularly attend neighborhood meetings concerning various development projects and other issues in the area.

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

Wittels: I plan to make my main focus constituent concerns and making sure the constituents’ views are accurately represented to the ANC and, when appropriate, the city council. Also, I hope to improve the transparency of the ANC 1B as a whole.

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

Wittels: My goal is to do the job well, which includes helping neighbors with issues they are concerned about and making sure their views are accurately represented to the ANC as a whole.

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

Wittels: I’ve lived in the neighborhood a long time, I’ve been actively involved with many issues in the neighborhood and I have many friends here. I also enjoy getting to know my neighbors and discussing the issues with them.

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

Wittels: I do intellectual property work and I work from home mostly, which allows me a good deal of flexibility to be able to attend meetings during the day if necessary.

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by Borderstan.com September 28, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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W 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, “W” was taken by Jen Morrisey. The photo was taken on September 10.

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 September 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

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Get the info on Borderstan art galleries. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Enjoy the beginning of Fall by visiting art galleries in the Borderstan area. Get listings and details for all 13 galleries below.

Openings

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Karen Knorr: “India Song” runs through October 27.
  • 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

  • Sukkat Shalom/Tabernacle of Peace,” by sculptor Dalya Luttwak, opens Thursday, September 27, at 6 pm.
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • “Beyond The Frame” Spatial Composition After Lucio Fontana.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “Jiha Moon”  runs through October 13.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • First exhibition of the season featuring new paintings by Pat Goslee, Becca Kallem, Paul Pietsch and William Whitaker. The project space features video installation by Will Copps.
  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • “Paintings by Sheep Jones” runs through October 14.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • 2012 Hamiltonian Fellows” includes works by Milana Braslavsky, Annette Isham, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Billy Friebele, Timothy Thompson and Jerry Truong.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • “William Christenberry: Assembled Memory” runs through October 27.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • “Lo Studio dei Nipoti” is perhaps the first organization of its kind, a consortium of eighteen visual artists who are either Southern Italian American or American citizens of Southern Italian birth.
  • “Valeria Caflisch: Evidences” “Dialogues between Kitchen Tools and the Changing Process of Matter.” (Hillyer Art Space)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “PORTFOLIO: Selections from the Art Advisory” runs through October 27.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • “Cheryl Wassenaar – Syntax” opens with a reception on Thursday, September 27, 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “JILL TOWNSLEY: TOIL” runs through October 13.
    Gallery Hours:
     Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • “My Barbarian Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater” series of exhibitions includes “Flat Busted Wig Beauty Window Fatale,” an installation designed for Transformer. Runs through November 10.
  • Gallery Hours: Check the website for upcoming events.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm 0

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

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Logan Circle, one of DC’s historic neighborhoods. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If DC’s historical facts and secrets fascinate you, then be sure to attend one of George Kassouf’s free walking tours, “The Geometry of DC: Walking the Historical Circles, Squares and Triangles of Downtown DC.” They are part of Cultural Tourism DC’s WalkingTown/BikingTown tours.

Kassouf will lead a group on a four-mile, leisurely walk through the District and highlight a myriad of the District’s well-kept secrets, like which square once provided fresh spring water to the White House and nearby government buildings,where Andrew Jackson planted an American Elm tree and where Alexander Graham Bell once lived.

The tours will take place on Friday, September 28 from 6 until 9 pm and on Sunday, September 30 from 8:30 until 11:30 am. Both historical tours are outdoors and are dog and stroller-friendly. The tour group will meet on the steps of the National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW) and end at Logan Circle (at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue NW, Vermont Avenue NW, 13th Street NW and P Street NW).

To register for the tours, visit the event’s page on the Cultural Tourism website; for more information, contact George Kassouf at [email protected]

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2,526 1 Comment

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Furniture  and home decor stores along the 14th and U Streets corridor. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Rachel Nania and Luis Gomez. 

We all know that Borderstan is home to some of the city’s best art galleries, restaurants, bars and music venues, but furniture is often left off the “best of” list. In reality, the 14th and U corridor, especially 14th Street, is becoming known as a go-to-place for furniture and home decor items. After all, surely you have noticed those very nice cars with Maryland and Virginia tags on weekends parked in front of the corridor’s furniture stores.

If you need to add some personality (and functionality) to your apartment, hold off on renting a truck (or begging a friend who owns a truck) until you explore all of your local options. After all, the 14th Street corridor is home to a number of great places to find a comfortable and stylish couch and the perfect throw pillow.

  • Vastu, 1829 14th Street NW. This 14th Street staple is home to contemporary, high-end furniture and accessories. The locally-owned spot also works as an art gallery and displays art from local District artists. Even if you’re not in the market for a new piece of furniture, Vastu has a unique collection of home accessories (check out their glasses and vases) that are sure to catch your attention.
  • Miss Pixie’s, 1626 14th Street NW. Best known for its vintage finds, Miss Pixie’s is sure to have something for even the pickiest of shoppers!
  • Good Wood, 1428 U Street NW. Dubbed as an “American mercantile and dry goods store,” Good Wood sells everything from rustic furniture to whimsical accessories and clothing.
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, 1526 14th Street NW. Classic, yet contemporary, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams offers furnishings, upholstery, rugs, lighting, art and even dog pillows.
  • Foundry, 1522 U Street NW. Brightly colored upholstered wing chairs, animal-print rugs and Roman-esque busts. All of this (and more, much more) is available at Foundry on U Street.
  • Millennium Decorative Arts, 1528 U Street NW. This store sells, buys and consigns vintage mid-centry modern (yes, that is possible) furniture and home accessories.
  • Room and Board, 1840 14th Street NW. With a store large enough to take up an entire block of 14th Street, it’s no wonder that Room and Board offers everything (and yes, I mean everything), including a patio to show off the store’s outdoor collections.
  • Urban Essentials, 1401 14th Street NW. The locally-owned furniture store specializes in small-scale furnishings specific to urban lifestyles. According to David Schaefer, founder and owner of Urban Essentials, the recent boom in apartment and condo developments along the 14th Street corridor continues to create a demand for smarter, sleeker and smaller-scale living ideas.
  • Muléh, 1831 14th Street NW. Muléh offers fashion, lighting and furniture. What could be more “14th Street” than that?
  • Capital Carpet, 1832 14th Street NW. Renovating your place? Capital Carpet is your neighborhood stop for carpet, hardwood flooring, laminate and granite.
  • Timothy Paul, 1404 14th Street NW. A showroom that features innovative handmade carpets, textiles and home accessories with an experienced and knowledgeable staff.
  • Target, 3100 14th Street NW. Say it with a French accent, and you’ll never know the difference. (Repeat after me: tar-ZHAY.) That’s because the less expensive pieces found in the aisles of Target can easily be mistaken for their expensive counterparts. And Target is definitely a place to load up on the accessories (throw pillows, curtains, lamps, you name it)! Now that is très chic!

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0

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

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Khelan Bhatia. (David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

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Adam Koussari-Amin. (David Claypool/Kalorama Photography)

This Friday, September 28, D.J.s Khelan Bhatia (Borderstan’s very own) and Adam Koussari-Amin will pay homage to one of the 1980s’ most classic high school films while reliving the music of the decade with “BreakfastClub: An ’80s Remix Dance Party.” And unlike the film’s stars, you don’t have to sit through morning detention to experience the party.

The duo will be playing new wave, synthpop, one-hit wonders and ’80s hits (and remixes) at the Duplex Diner (2004 18th Street NW) starting at 9 pm. Drink specials include $3 champagne drinks and $7 Orange Squeezes; there is no cover for the evening.

Parachute pants and leg warmers are encouraged.

For more information on BreakfastClub, visit the event’s Facebook page.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

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The Dupont Market: a great  go-to-place. (Sarah Lipman)

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

If I can’t decide what I feel like eating, or it’s Sunday and I’m in need of some vino, I seem to always find myself at Dupont Market at 1807 18th Street NW. Not only can you pick up one of their sandwiches–including breakfast–but you can also find a decent selection of red and white wine, six packs of beer, kitchen staples, and a whole lot of random sh*t.

Sure, you’ll find a few basics like peanuts, milk, and flour, but you’ll also find:

  • Okra chips
  • Cashews glazed with pomegranate and vanilla
  • Hawaiian Bamboo Jade sea salt
  • Ballymaloe country relish
  • Sweet mango chutney
  • Jamaican style ginger ale
  • Dandelion and Burdock cola
  • Hollandaise sauce

The best sandwiches I’ve tried are the borracho (marinated artichokes, grilled chicken, swiss), the salad sandwiches (egg, tuna, or chicken), the cubano, and my personal favorite, the humberto (smoked turkey, swiss, lemon, sprouts, avocado).

Dupont Market: The Details

  • Where Am I Going: 1807 18th Street NW, between Swann and S Streets.
  • When Am I Going: Monday to Friday, 7 am to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm.
  • Paycheck Pain: Sandwiches are pretty cheap, but the extras can seem more expensive than they’re worth.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Sandwiches to go or to eat out on the patio, wine and beer, and random food products.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 10:00 am 3,079 0

"Small-Newton"

Jay Newton-Small. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

The streets of Borderstan are rich with journalistic talent. Previous Borderstan People profiles include Julie Mason of Sirius-XM radio fame (Politico and newspapers prior to that), Harry Jaffe of the Washington Examiner and Washingtonian, Sommer Mathis of The Atlantic Cities (and former Dcist.com editor) and Mike DeBonis with the Washington Post (by way of the Washington City Paper).

Today’s interview is with Jay Newton-Small, currently a foreign affairs reporter for Time magazine and a resident of the Dupont-Logan area. She has also covered general politics as well as the White House and the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns.

Borderstan: We are interested in your residence history, especially as it shapes your view of Borderstan. Tell us a bit about where you were born, and where you grew up. Where was the most memorable, or the most challenging, or enjoyable? How does Borderstan compare? What do you miss about the latter, and what do you love (or hate — be honest!) about the former?

Newton-Small: My parents were both United Nations professionals. My mother was Chinese-Malay and an international lawyer working mostly for the UN Conference on Trade and Development out of Geneva. My father’s Australian and spent most of his career crunching budgets for the UN Development Programme.

They met in Zambia, married in Malawi and had me in New York. We lived all over — spending time in 10 countries across five continents. What was my favorite place is a common question. Bumping around that much is hard for a kid: you just are getting to know a language and culture and make some friends when it’s already time to go. But in retrospect, I realize I’m lucky to have had these life experiences.

The better question would be: What was my favorite time and place? The world, especially the developing one, changes so quickly. Everything you once knew can be replaced in a matter of months. My favorite time and place was Malaysia when I was 17. That Kuala Lumpur lives as a bubble in my heart. All my friends have since scattered and virtually nothing remains of our favorite haunts — indeed the entire city center has since been moved. For lack of being able to revisit it physically, I rely on photos, certain recipes (smell is a powerful reminder!) and reminiscing with friends. So, that’s my very long answer to your simple question! Can you tell I’m a magazine writer?

Borderstan: Living abroad with Foreign Service parents, I can understand how you came to your current profession, and to DC. But what brought you to Borderstan in particular, and what kept you here?

Newton-Small:  This is the first home I’ve ever owned and, really, the first time I ever lived alone. I travel so much that it doesn’t really feel like I live here full time — or it hasn’t until recently. It took me seven years to finally unpack the last of my boxes and paint the house! Nesting is a process, but I’m getting there in fits and starts. I love Borderstan because a) my office is a 10 minute walk and b) every time I come home there’s five new places on 14th Street to discover. It has the perfect mix of static and motion.

Borderstan: Being a Congressional correspondent, one might assume you would have chosen to live on Capitol Hill — any particular reason  you didn’t?

Newton-Small: Since January I’ve covered foreign affairs for Time and before that I covered politics in general. A lot of that was the Hill but it was also campaigns — I covered the Kerry and Obama campaigns in 2004 and 2008 — and the White House. So, I bounced all over from the Hill to the White House to Iowa and New Hampshire. These days it’s the State Department. I just got back from a trip to Iran. In that sense, Borderstan is very centrally located between everything!

Borderstan: While we know you are incredibly busy, what are some of your favorite Borderstan spots for drinks, coffee, dinner, to get a good book or have a meeting?

Newton-Small: We moved offices a couple of years ago but we used to be located just above Tosca on G between 11th and 12th. I got to know the chef — Massimo Fabbri — pretty well. So when Massimo opened Posto on 14th, I immediately became a barfly. I meet a lot of sources there and half the time bump into colleagues from the New York Times or Politico. Seems like it’s a popular destination for political journos.

Borderstan: In your years here, what are a few of your favorite ‘only in DC’ experiences?

Newton-Small: I lived in NYC before moving to DC and all my New York friends can never understand why I’m not dying to go back. New York was full of lawyers and bankers all trying to make enough money to go off and follow their real dreams — becoming artists, musicians, actors, journalists, etc. DC is full of people pursuing their dreams. You may not agree with their goals or, often, their methods. But whether they’re environmental bleeding hearts, Wall Street lobbyists or World Bank economists, you can’t say they’re not interesting and passionate to engage. That’s what I love about DC.

Borderstan: Anything else you would like to share with the readers of Borderstan about your life or work?

Newton-Small: As someone who grew up without really knowing where “home” was, I like that my block is so close. We had a block yard sale this summer — unfortunately on the hottest day of the year — and we have wonderful leaders who’ve pushed the city to be better about policing the neighborhood and tending to the trees and streets. I’ve learned a lot about community from them and I feel lucky to be blessed with such civic-minded and engaged neighbors. I’ve covered government at its highest levels but seeing the grassroots from the ground up has been a powerful lesson on how much one person — or a block of people — can change things.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,431 0

"Adams Morgan"

The 18th Street corridor in Adams Morgan. (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.

We’ve known it for years, but now the rest of the nation knows it: Adams Morgan is one of the “Prettiest Painted Places in America.”

The DC neighborhood was recently nominated, along with 200 other colorful communities, in the Prettiest Painted Places competition, which is sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute.

So, then –what is the purpose of this competition? Well, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, the purpose is to show what a can of paint can do for a neighborhood, aesthetically speaking.

“The purpose of our competition is to identify and recognize those towns and neighborhoods that best demonstrate how exterior paint can enhance the appearance of an entire community,” said Zimmer in a press release statement. “By honoring the most aesthetically-pleasing places, we believe our competition will give everyone an appreciation for the role that exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building.”

The finalist cities will be selected in late September. A panel of judges will select 60 places as finalists, 10 from each of six geographic regions of the U.S. Then, after further research, a panel of judges from major media outlets will select two places from each region as the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America.

Our bets are on Adams Morgan.

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by Borderstan.com September 27, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"I Shot The Shooter"

I Shot The Shooter is by TheRobbStory from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “I Shot The Shooter” was taken by TheRobbStory. The photo was on September 15.

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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