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.
The Bike Rack: The Bike Rack is a full service independent bike shop. We’re a community of people who care about cycling, and we strive to improve the cycling experience of every customer. We pride ourselves on building a strong cycling community with weekend rides, clinics, local partnerships, clubs, teams, and active involvement in local cycling advocacy.” At 1412 Q Street NW.
Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Reality. Only better. Try our new Mobile App.”
Caramel: “Unique clothing and accessories for women and men featuring international, national and local designers.” At 1603 U Street NW.
Matthew Frumin for DC Council: “Matthew Frumin brings to DC leadership a significant record of community achievement, solution-based workmanship, and coalition-building skills honed in public service here and around the world. His campaign to join the DC Council builds on 16 years of activism in schools that includes the unique success of Wilson High School’s modernization. That project created a path for parents to challenge and engage the government to think creatively, enhance outcomes and save tax dollars.”
Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash: “Our mission is to provide the highest quality pet care services by treating our clients’ pets as if they were our own. Check out the company’s complete list of services, including training, boarding and dog walking. Located at 1722 Florida Avenue NW.
goDCgo.com: “Your Number One resource for transportation information and options to make getting into and around the District easier than ever. The goDCgo program focuses on the reduction of single-occupant vehicle travel and promotes the use of more sustainable modes of transportation. goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).”
Hemphill Fine Arts: ” ‘Julie Wolff: Rewilding’ opens March 23 with a 6 pm reception.’ The exhibition schedule features contemporary art ranging in media from emerging to mid-career and established artists. In addition to these shows the gallery mounts exhibitions of historically significant artwork and socially relevant subjects.” At 1515 14th Street NW, #300, just north of P Street.
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.
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.
Patrick Mara 2013: “Politics as usual in DC is not working. I will help to break up the culture of cronyism that permeates the DC Council. I am your ethical and fiscal watchdog who champions education reform that puts our children first. I have been fighting for budget autonomy along with voting rights on the Hill for several years. I am asking for your support in the special election for DC Council on April 23.”
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.”
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.
Elissa Silverman 2013: “She is now seeking the at-large seat on the D.C. Council in the April 23 special election. Her campaign is focused on integrity, accountability, and strategic investment in the District. As a budget analyst and former reporter for both The Washington Post and the Washington City Paper, Elissa knows how to unpack complicated issues and ask the tough questions.”
Simon Vintage: “We offer Vintage Furnishings, Housewares, Toys and other Artifacts. Our cozy used furniture shop packs in a wide range from Art Deco Furniture to Mid Century Modern Furniture as well as lightly Used Contemporary Furniture.” At 1911 9th Street NW, just south of U Street.
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.
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.”
From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com.
The Internet is a big place and you can’t be expected to see everything. Don’t worry: Borderstan Missing Links are here to help. We’ve collected some highlights from the past week that you might have missed. Enjoy!
- If you took a DC Police cruiser for a joy ride earlier this week, they’d like to have a word with you. (WTOP)
- DC man who tried to use voodoo to kill his wife sentenced to four years in prison. (The Washington Post)
- The District was named one of the best metro areas for young adults … (BizJournals)
- … but, DC was also recognized as the least affordable city in America. (Huffington Post)
- Love is in the air. It’s Panda breeding season at the National Zoo. (WTOP)
- Faulty emergency intercoms on some Metro cars leave riders in a lurch. (NBC 4)
- Residents and businesses affected by the proposed Purple Line express concerns. (WAMU)
- Speaking of our efficient Metro system, Metro chief’s contract is extended. (Washington Post)
- How much does it cost to build a bus stop in Arlington? One million dollars apparently. (The Washington Post)
- Use all that French you learned in college at the 2013 Francophonie Cultural Festival. (Examiner)
- Mt. Pleasant solar cooperative has placed panels on 10% of neighborhood homes. (Grist)
- Along with being the least affordable city, DC also has the least affordable real estate market. (BizJournals)
- Is the Washington DC housing market heading for another bubble? (The Washington Post)
Food and Drink
- Panera Bread is experimenting with a name-your-price menu item. (Business Week)
- Not just a seasonal candy anymore, Peeps also make a great infused vodka. (Baking Bites)
- With Stephen Strasburg on the cover, Sports Illustrated picks the Nationals to win the World Series. (NBC 4, Sports Illustrated)
- More Nationals love. CBS sports places the Nationals on the top of their MLB power rankings. (CBS Sports)
- Alexander Ovechkin takes a puck to the face during practice. Tweets about it. (USA Today)
- Professional tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska with the shot of the year. (YouTube)
Random Picks of the Week
DC Police reported a robbery with the use of force and violence at 1:39 pm, Friday, March 29, at 14th and W Streets NW. The lookout is for four black females, according to the DC Police Twitter feed and Police Alert.
According to information from Police posted on the MPD Third District listserv, “A citizen was walking in the 1300 block of W Street NW when she was approached from behind by four suspects that assaulted her and took her cellphone. Two of the suspects were described as black females, between 13-14 years old. Both suspects were wearing khaki pants and one of the suspects was wearing a peacoat. All four suspects ran away on foot.”
From DC Police Alerts: “BT1 CONFIRMED A Robbery F&V_1339 hours_2100 blk 14th St NW_LOF 4 B/F’s DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130140986, Sent on: 03/29 13:54.”
From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery F&V_1339 hours_2100 blk 14th St NW_LOF 4 B/F’s / 6365.”
Police Alerts, More Information
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 follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.
Enjoy the season openings with the new exhibits at the galleries in the neighborhood.
Openings and Closings
- Curator’s Office: “Let’s Not Ever Be Strangers Again” opens this Saturday, March 30.
- Hamiltonian Gallery: “Gathering Space” opens Saturday, March 30.
- Gallery plan b: “A Collection, 100 Years In The Making” runs through Sunday, March 31.
- Hemphill: “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding” opened last Saturday and runs through May 18 .
Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW
- Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” March 23 through May 31.
- 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
- Dalya Luttwak, “Sukkat Shalom/Tabernacle of Peace.”
- Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW
- “Mumbo Sauce,” a survey of artists who have, or once had, deep roots in Washington, DC. “The exhibition will be an exploration and commentary on how the environment of Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art has influenced their work.” Exhibit at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.
- Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.
Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW
- Kathryn Cornelius: “Let’s Not Ever Be Strangers Again” opens March 30.
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
doris-mae at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor
- “John James Anderson and Rachel England” opened March 16.
- 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
- Marilee Shapiro: “A Collection, 100 Years In The Making” runs through Sunday, March 31.
- Recent Works by Kevin H. Adams, opens April 3 through May 12.
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.
Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW
- “Gathering Space” opens March 30: “Abandoning his usual sculptural materials such as iron and wood for hand-sewn nylon fabric and fiberglass rods, Thompson creates sculptures that act as both conduits through the gallery and formidable monumental barriers.” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
- Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW
- “Julie Wolfe: Rewilding” opened March 23 and runs through May 18.
- Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.
Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW
- “Works by Narciso Maisterra, Jungmin Park and Garth Fry.”
- 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
- “Be/Longing” runs through April 13.
- 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
- “Gian Garofalo – Ain’t That America…” opens May 2 and runs through June 2.
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.
Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW
- “Thomas Muller, Nothing Rhymes With Orange,” opened March 23 and runs through April 27.
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.
Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, then look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan March 29, 30 and 31.
Friday, March 29
- Punk Rock Karaoke: You know you like karaoke. And you definitely like punk. On Friday night at the Black Cat, you can combine the two, while benefiting DC Books to Prisons. Tickets are $8; doors open at 9 pm.
- The Good Thing at Tropicalia: It’s time to get funky. From 8 to 10 pm, The Good Thing will play, complete with a three piece horn section. Tickets are $10; doors open at 7 pm.
- Cherry Blossom Lantern Walk: In case you didn’t know (insert sarcasm), it’s cherry blossom time in D.C. Why not skip the crowds and experience the blossoms and monuments by moonlight? National Park Service is offering a Lantern Walk on March 29 from 8 to 10 pm. Call 202-426-6841 for more information.
Saturday, March 30
- Blossom Kite Festival: The weather is supposed to be sunny and in the 60s on Saturday, so take a kite and some friends down to the National Mall for the city’s annual kite festival. If you don’t have a kite (or don’t want a kite), it’s a great place to people watch and catch some fresh, spring air. The festival runs from 10 am until 4:30 pm.
- New York City Ballet at the Kennedy Center: Accompanied by the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Ballet’s DC performance includes two signature mixed repertory programs.
Sunday, March 31
- Drumming Classes at BloomBars: Learn some skills so you can finally join that drum circle you’ve been watching in the park. Join Kristen Arant and Kweku Owusu for lessons at 1 pm at BloomBars (3222 11th Street NW).
- Gospel Brunch at the Howard Theatre: This week’s soulful brunch features Ayana McDonald. There is an 11 am brunch and a 2 pm brunch this weekend.
A few years ago, my good friend invited me to tag along with her and some coworkers for a day of picnicking downtown. I am not one to turn down a baguette, some early spring sunshine and some good company. So I went.
What I expected from the day was some hummus, some cheese, some light day drinking and some small talk. But what I ended up doing completely surprised me. I flew a kite.
Yes, you heard me correctly. I know. I am such a rebel. But I must admit, growing up, I didn’t exactly pack my schedule with kite flying. (Mostly it was packed with singing along to Mary Poppins and her tune on flying kites.) So there I was, full of hummus and flying a kite on the National Mall with hundreds of children. And it was a blast.
The Annual Blossom Kite Festival is upon us. The day-long celebration — which is part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival — takes place this Saturday, March 30, on the National Mall. The free event runs from 10 am until 4:30 pm.
So pack a picnic, a kite and some extra string. I’ll see you on the mall, kite fans.
Easter is right around the corner and the bunny is hopping right into town and onto your plate. (Sorry, kids.)
Firefly (1310 New Hampshire Avenue NW) is offering a rabbit tasting menu during dinner now through Monday, April 1. The $65 per person four-course menu includes:
- Rabbit terrine, whole grain mustard, cornichon and grilled baguette
- Frisée and spring onion salad, rabbit confit, bacon lardons and poached egg
- Crispy rabbit leg, spring carrots and peas, red eye gravy and potato purée
- Carrot sorbet
- House made rabbit marshmallows
For more information, visit Firefly’s website.
Looking for advice on how to accomplish your goals and make changes in 2013? Email Chelsea at askchelsea[AT]borderstan.com.
Spring, finally upon us, means the opening of many farmers markets in the area–a great pit stop after work or destination for a Sunday morning stroll (or date!). The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the summer harvest is just around the corner.
Farmers markets connect consumers to the food they eat and the people that grow it. They also bring neighbors together to admire and appreciate fresh produce and homemade products. Hint: It’s also the best spot in town for people-watching.
The few that seem to forget these romantic sentiments can really bring down the whole communal vibe. While tolerance is key for any sales position, acting like a conscientious customer helps everyone else enjoy themselves more, too. Here are some etiquette tips that go a long way with farmers, patrons and salespeople alike!
Tips for the Market
- DO try out the samples. That’s what they are there for. Ask questions–tell your salesperson flavors you like and they will probably let you try before you buy.
- DON’T sample the entire table as you pass by and then walk away. You can’t hide. Farmers are not in the business of making money and every apple used for samples is one less apple sold for profit.
- DO save change during the week and use your coins! Exact change makes the math easier and gets you out of the checkout line quicker.
- DON’T use a $100 bill for a purchase under $10. The cash register is not an ATM machine. Singles and tens can be hard to come by, so try to break your twenties before coming to the market if you can.
- DO bring your own bags. Reusable (cloth) bags cut down on the cost of plastic on our environment as well as costs to farmers who make and purchase bags. If you need a plastic bag, reuse it for bagging your produce the following weeks or to line a waste bin at home.
- DON’T hold up the line by talking on your cell phone during checkout–interact with the person behind the counter! Be considerate of those behind you–hang up the phone and organize your bags, money, tissues, receipts, change, gum wrappers, trash, etc. before you get in line.
The Dupont Freshfarm Market‘s spring hours begin Sunday, April 7: 8:30 am to 1 pm. The Penn Quarter Farmers Market runs every Thursday from 3 to 7 pm. Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market opens April 6 and the 14 and U Farmers’ Market opens May 5 (Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm).
Get ready for CTRL. The party is back. CTRL is a self-described Queer Underground party with off-the-beaten-path dance music, inflatable props and, oh yeah, popsicles.
Celebrate during your Easter holiday weekend: There will be eggs filled with prizes, hidden on both floors. Get there early to put your hunting skills to the test. The guys will have a photo booth set up, along with other surprises. Plus, Birdie LaCage will be performing upstairs at 12:30 am.
The cover is only $5 (believe me, you’ve spent a lot more on things you’ve liked a lot less), plus drink specials including $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 rail drinks and $4 Jameson shots. Look for me in the middle of the dance floor. Hope to see you all there.
Check out the CTRL Facebook page for new music, event updates and all the great photos from past events.
A little sample of what you will be listening to from:
In case you hadn’t heard, the makers of Monopoly decided to spice things up by asking the world to vote to save one of the tokens. Thank goodness that I’m a fan of a popular piece and my racecar was saved. The iron wasn’t so lucky.
To be honest, I was outraged (and don’t get me started on adding a cat when there’s already a beloved animal piece present…but I digress) — I’m a Monopoly purist, and it seems blasphemous. But in thinking about it more, maybe the world was making a statement.
Nick, one of my style partners in crime, talked about how important he thinks ironing his shirts is. And it shows — I spend enough time with him to know that his shirts look impeccable, all the time. I’m not here to advocate for NOT ironing; however, I am going to go say that there are ways around it, so you can get away with not doing it if you’re not feeling too inclined (and I never am).
The thought of getting out the ironing board and setting up the iron just makes me bored, let alone actually spending the time to do it. I’m
lazy practical, so this is my solution to dealing with wrinkled shirts.
Let’s explore some options, shall we?
- Hide behind something. I’m a huge fan of the vest, shirt, tie combination (obviously a jacket is great in more formal circumstances, too). The vest is a lot easier to keep looking sharp, and it’ll hide some of those more wrinkly shirts, particularly around the buttons where, if you’re anything like me, broader shoulders may stretch the fabric. If vests aren’t your thing, sweaters go nicely over a shirt in the wintertime. That’s less viable as you get into summer, but it can certainly buy you some time between irons.
- Steam it. Haven’t you ever heard that old trick about leaving things in the bathroom and letting the steam from the shower act work its magic? It’s not perfect, but it’ll be better than nothing.
- Air it out. Not all shirts are meant to be machine washed (even on permanent press), but if you have ones that are, rather than putting them in the dryer, hang them and let them dry out. They come out looking much better than when you put them in.
- Do it as a last resort. I’ll admit, sometimes I have to actually iron my shirts because it’s necessary. I do sometimes further my laziness by getting them dry cleaned, killing two birds with one stone, but every few months I actually get out the old ironing board to do it. It’s rare, but hell freezes over every now and then.
So, there you go. At least you’ve got some choices to deal with the minor (or major) wrinkles in your life. (Element of style: Be sure you look presentable – but know yourself well enough to do what you have to do to look good. There’s room to be practicable and not spend more time than you have to.)
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Incumbent Jim Graham has another challenger in the 2014 Ward 1 Council race: Bryan Weaver, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, March 26. In addition to Graham, Weaver is up against Brianne Nadeau, who announced her candidacy for the position back in December.
The three will face off in the Democratic Primary next year (probably April 1).
Weaver, a self-proclaimed activist who has been a Ward 1 resident for more than 20 years, says the city needs more authentic leadership.
“Our leadership must live up to what our city’s residents deserve” Weaver said in his announcement.
According to The Washington Post, this is Weaver’s second attempt at the Ward 1 seat and his third run for D.C. Council, overall. Weaver was a candidate in the April 2011 special election to fill an At-Large Council seat, finishing fourth behind Vincent Orange, Patrick Mara and Sekou Biddle; Weaver ran well locally, carrying several precincts.
Both Nadeau and Weaver announced their candidacies at a time when current Ward 1 Councilmember Graham is being questioned in the media for unethical behavior in relation to a development deal during his time spent on the Metro Board of Directors.
The Washington Post also reports that Nadeau has already raised more than $37,000 for her campaign.
Check out a detailed map of Ward 1 from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B, which includes the U Street corridor, as well as ANC 1C/Adams Morgan, are in Ward 1.
From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F‘s Community Development Committee previewed possible changes to local parking regulations on March 27.
The announced topic was the Enhanced Residential Parking Pilot (ERPP) program, which was implemented last year in Logan Circle. But the discussion wandered to other topics, including citizens’ personal complaints about parking, the difficulties that Logan Circle churches are have with parking (the subject of last month’s meeting) and alternate side of the street parking regulations for street cleaning.
Sherry Kimball, constituent services director for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, mentioned that plans were in the works to extend the premium demand zone for parking further up 14th Street NW, extending the hours that drivers must feed the meter. The premium demand zone currently ends at M Street NW, but will extend well into Borderstan if the proposed changes go through.
All metered parking spaces within the premium demand zone are in operation until 10 pm, as compared to 6:30 pm for the rest of the city, including (for now) Borderstan. The DC government will soon announce a 30-day comment period on this proposed change.
Joel Heisey, a Community Development Committee member, observed that resident parking permits were currently valid throughout entire wards, meaning that a resident of Logan Circle could, for example, use the resident parking permit to park as far away as Georgetown or Foggy Bottom. He asked Damon Harvey of the District Department of Transportation if there were plans to restrict the parking permits to ANC areas. Harvey said yes, but that he expected resistance to such a change.
“We are looking at it,” Harvey said. “But it is not a slam dunk.”
A member of the public from Columbia Street NW remarked on the need to personally go to police stations to get Visitor’s Parking passes.
“In an era when you can print out your boarding pass, you should be able to print out your parking pass,” he said.
Community Development Committee member Joyce Cowan endorsed this idea, but it is not clear if there are any plans to make it a reality.
The meeting was the second of three scheduled community forums on parking. The final meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at the Washington Plaza Hotel on Thomas Circle. The announced topic is visitor parking.
Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
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.
This Saturday, May 30, is the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Stead Park field on the 1600 block of P Street NW.
Last year the event drew a large turnout of kids and parents, around 200.The festivities included snacks, face painting, balloons and, naturally, a good sport who wore an Easter Bunny costume.
This year the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:45 am. The hunt will be in waves so all the kids get a chance to go — and and organizers say there are plenty of eggs. The event is sponsored by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate.
Come early to get a balloon, have your face painted and grab a snack. (Be sure to bring your own basket!)
Garth Fry pushes the limit in his solo show at Hillyer Art Space by taking his delicate technique of coiled paper to the next level with both large and small scale exhibitions. In “A deeper look inside” Fry revisits this technique with an emphasis on the viewing experience, focusing on the ethereal, delicate properties of paper coils.
The imagery he creates with paper coils are inspired by events that have occurred through Garth’s everyday life; from everyday occurrences to life changing moments. His discovery of the technique has evolved from a routine life event when he discovered a natural coil on some torn paper in his studio and immediately appreciated it’s aesthetic value.
Fry’s earlier work depicts more objective subject matter using coils, but in his exhibition, “A deeper look inside,” he abstracts the form, focusing on the impact of the medium.
The solo exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, which closes this Friday March 29, showcases Fry’s push to enhance his work by reexamining the coiled paper technique and by creating works that can be viewed independently while providing an impactful viewing experience for the viewer.
“A deeper look inside” is open until Friday, March 29, at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW in Dupont Circle. Hillyer Art Space is open noon to 6 pm Tuesday through Friday, and noon to 5 pm Monday and Saturday.
Bringing the art in DC to you – Roxanne.