by Borderstan.com April 27, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

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

"crime"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

A man was robbed and beaten early Thursday morning near the intersection of 14th and N Streets NW, according to a post from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). According to police, three men approached the victim at about 1 am and began punching him.

During the attack, one of the suspects stole the victim’s iPad. Two of the three suspects were later apprehended and charged with robbery. A third suspect fled the area on foot. The victim’s iPad was not recovered.

NBC Washington spoke with the victim in the case, who says the suspects shouted homophobic slurs in Spanish at him. The incident occurred on the sidewalk near 1321 14th Street NW, the location of Crew Club, which according to its website, is a fitness and lounge facility that caters to gay men.

Police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime and are still seeking the third suspect. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

"Jazz"

“Music of the Angels” at the Church of the Holy City. (Luis Gomez Photos).

The Church of the Holy City will host an event in its ongoing series, “Music with Angels,” on Sunday, April 28.

The duo Instinctive Belief, Zulfugar Baghirov, saxophone, and Chris Galvan, guitar, will be offering an afternoon of experimental jazz techniques, free improvisation and avant-garde style.

The free concert begins at 3:30 pm. Church of the Holy City is at 1611 16th Street NW. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From John Shannon, who writes about green energy, sustainable development and economics. Email him at john[AT]borderstan.com.

"Power"

WGES is introducing new offers for residential customers. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Borderstan’s John Shannon interviews Harry Warren, the president of Washington Gas and Energy Services to find out more about the future of renewable energy in DC. Part I of the interview ran Wednesday.

Borderstan: Thank you for sharing your thoughts with Borderstan readers. Do you see WGES opportunities for renewable energy other than wind power?

Warren: Our parent company, WGL Holdings, is making very large investments in solar power, not only in the greater Washington, D.C. area, but around the country as well. Through affiliated companies like Washington Gas Energy Systems the corporation has invested more than $150 million. We own two large solar projects in D.C., a set of systems at Catholic University and another set at American University.

Borderstan: What WGES projects or plans are in the near future?

Warren: In the weeks ahead we are introducing some new offers for residential customers to allow them to buy renewable energy and carbon offsets in a packages suited to their needs.

We are offering new residential customers in Washington, D.C. a special WGES Green Energy Bundle, which includes both 100% WGES CleanSteps® WindPower and 100% WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets. Customers that sign up not only help to improve air and water quality in their region, but they also receive a $75 VISA® Debit Card. DC residents can take advantage of this offer by going to www.wges.com/greenmeup and using the code: BUNDLEDC.

We are also offering a new product we call WGES Blanket Bill™ Plus. The Blanket Bill™ is a natural gas supply offer where each household receives a customized fixed monthly price for its entire gas bill including WGES natural gas supply charges, utility charges, taxes and all other fees. Unlike utility budget bills, there is never any true up or extra payment no matter what the weather. WGES Blanket Bill™ Plus customers also get 100% of their natural gas use matched with WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets. To get a WGES Blanket Bill Plus quote, DC residents can request a quote for WGES Blanket Bill™ Plus by sending an email to blanketbill[AT]wgesinfo.com.

Read Part III of this interview this Monday, April 29.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

"weekend"

Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.

So, this weekend is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, aka the only time you could potentially wait in line for the bathroom with Jaime Lannister, or fight for a cab with Olivia Pope, so try to be on your best behavior (and tweet any celeb sightings to me at @kandriulli so I can live vicariously).

Friday, April 26

  • Drinking a beer next to a sword swallower: as awkward, or more awkward than it sounds? Find out tonight at the Bier Baron, when they play host to Philly’s Olde City Side Show at 9 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
  • Since 90s clothes are back in style for some unfathomable reason, it won’t be hard to pick out an outfit for tonight’s No Scrubs dance party at the 9:30 Club. Tickets are $20 and things kick off at 9 pm.

Saturday, April 27

  • It’s not even Mayo yet, let alone Cinco de, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink margaritas anyway. Enjoy eight different kinds at venues across Borderstan at the Margarita March which begins at noon today at Alero on U Street. Tickets range from $20 to $50, and a hangover is included.
  • Completely terrify yourself about the onset of spring and the impending birdocalypse at a free screening of Hitchcock’s The Birds at the National Gallery of Art at 2 pm.
  • Artist Kreg Kelley will have an opening reception for his spring art exhibition, “Memento Vivere,” from 6-10pm at MOVA Lounge. He will be displaying many new works, and donating a percentage of sales to City Dogs Rescue and the Trevor Project.
  • Rooftops, drinks and interactive art abound at the soft-opening of Art Soiree’s Saturday Night Rooftop Fusion party tonight at 7 pm the Beacon Hotel. Entry is free with RSVP. More info here.

Sunday, April 28

  • Learn how to make a Betty Draper-approved Mai Tai at Hank’s Oyster Bar’s cocktail class today at 4 pm. Tickets are $45 and space is limited, so call them at 202-462-4265 to reserve your spot.
  • Indulge in some guilt-free shopping at Cause Philanthropub’s first ever Marketplace, which will feature food, drinks and local vendors. It’s free and runs from 2 to 5 pm.

Bonus! Monday, April 29:

  • One of the best bars in Borderstan, Dodge City, celebrates its 3rd birthday tonight at 8 pm with $4 DC Braus, drink specials, DJ sets and delicious grilled meats all night long.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Cara Scharf. Email her at cara[AT]borderstan.com.

"karaoke"

Karaoke on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Policy on 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you like the idea of social sports but are more inclined to belt out some tunes in the shower, check out District Karaoke league. Now in its second year, District Karaoke is “D.C.’s only social, team-based karaoke league,” according to the website.

Over the course of eight weeks, teams of up to eight people perform solo and group karaoke numbers, which are then scored by fellow competitors. This season there will be five divisions, taking place on different weeknights around the area, including Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Policy, 1904 14th Street NW.

The highest scoring teams from each division go on to semifinals and finals. The season culminates in a citywide final round at Penn Social (801 E Street, NW). Some weeks are themed, for instance there’s a “Disney & Showtunes” night and a “90s Mixtape” night.

Registration is open now for teams and individuals. Don’t miss your chance to claim karaoke dominance — and a T-shirt, which is included in the registration price ($55.00 per person).

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

"CTRL"

Celebrate CTRL’s birthday this Saturday at Cobalt. (Courtesy CTRL)

From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB or email him at khelan[AT]borderstan.com.

Greetings, Borderstanis! A few months back, I gave y’all the scoop on CTRL, a queer underground party, making its move to Cobalt the last Saturday of each month. If you’ve gone to their last three events, then you know it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys playing Twister on nitrous oxide. IF you haven’t gone (and really why haven’t you????) then their very first anniversary this coming Saturday is the perfect reason to pop your cherry. Check the invite.

All four of CTRL’s DJ’s, Jeff Prior, Adam Koussari-Amin, Devon Trotter and Brett Andriesen (the latter two affectionately known as the “Pocket Gays), are uniquely talented guys. And they’ve completely taken over all of Cobalt this time, including Level One, which will feature the mad beatz of the one and only DJ Della Volla.

The music is slightly off-the-beaten-path… songs you may not normally hear at your regular night at Town, or even Cobalt, (though there will be a few familiar tracks). But the boys of CTRL have their collective finger on the pulse of the audience and have never failed to get the house moving at a pace of about 130 beats per minute.

The cover’s 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.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

"Missing"

What did you miss during the past week on the great big Internet? (Luis Gomez Photos)

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!

The District

  • First DC clinic receives license to distribute medically prescribed marijuana. (DCist)
  • Virginia transportation board to consider new highway west of Dulles. (WAMU)
  • DC Government seizes almost $2.5 million from tax returns to offset unpaid parking tickets. (Examiner)
  • Share the road. Illinois Avenue NW in Petworth to get new bike lanes. (CityPaper)
  • Have you noticed less traffic in the District recently? You can thank sequestration. (DCist)
  • Proposed design for Donald Trump’s luxury hotel in DC gets initial approval. (The Washington Post)
  • Only two Metro board members report using public transportation every day. (Examiner)
  • Twenty-seven area high schools rank in the top 500 in America. Two in the District. (WTOP)
  • Development proposal for plot of land on Florida Avenue NW includes 200 micro units. (UrbanTurf)

Pop Culture

  • Drugs and stun gun found on Justin Bieber’s tour bus. Monkey remains captive in Germany. (Yahoo)
  • Fresh off her selection as most hated celebrity, Gwyneth Paltrow named most beautiful. (CNN)
  • Catholic church in Brooklyn gets with the times. Proclaims Jesus to be the “original hipster”. (Gawker)
  • TLC, Marky Mark, and Kriss Kross all together on Oprah. Can you handle the awesomeness? (BuzzFeed)
  • The now infamous University of Maryland sorority email writer resigns. (Gawker)
  • A collection of trashy lingerie catalogues from the 1980s. Butts, bosoms and big hair. (RetroSpace)

Sports

  • ESPN the Magazine rates the Redskins as the fifth worst drafting NFL team. (The Washington Post)
  • Davey Johnson does push ups in the dugout. I hope to be as spry when I’m 70. (DCist)
  • The Capitals rebound from a slow start to clinch Southeast division title, playoff spot. (ESPN)
  • New college football playoff is officially named, College Football Playoff. (USAToday)

Random Picks of the Week

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Cara Scharf. Email her at cara[AT]borderstan.com.

"The Pig"

Chef Michael Bonk at The Pig. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Just shy of its first anniversary, The Pig (1320 14th Street NW), is welcoming a new head chef: Michael Bonk.

The Pig offers dinner, brunch and lunch, with locally sourced menu items such as crispy pig ears, Carolina smoked BBQ, cured meats, fresh salads and boar spoonbread. The restaurant also started offering online ordering this past March.

Bonk’s cooking career is only five-years-old, but he has a wealth of experience from popular DC eateries such as the Queen Vic Pub, Vidalia, and Mio. Most recently, he served as executive chef at the Capitol Hill restaurant and wine bar, Sonoma, which, like The Pig, focuses on locally sourced cuisine.

Bonk has plans to continue and expand The Pig’s tradition of serving hand-crafted, pork-centric cuisine with ingredients drummed up from the restaurant’s La Plata, Maryland, farm and other local sources.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

"Parcel 42"

Parcel 42 is at the corner of 7th and R / 7th and Rhode Island NW. (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.

The deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development (PED) has selected the developer for Parcel 42 — a plot of land in Shaw at 7th Street NW and Rhode Island Avenue NW, and a rectangular lot at 7th and R Streets.

Several bidders met the qualifications of the previously solicited Request for Expressions of Interest, but PED selected Shaw 42 Developers, LLC, a joint venture between TenSquare and the Chapman Development Group.

The planned development includes a 105-unit residential building with ground floor retail, according to a previous profile from Urban Turf. The development will consist of studio, one-and-two-bedroom units, with room for retail.

ANC 6E-02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple says the proposal from Shaw 42 Developers was most attractive to the city because the group offers the city a 99-year ground lease. This means that after 99 years, the land and the building on Parcel 42 will revert back to the ownership and control of the city government, unless otherwise negotiated.

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by Borderstan.com April 26, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

"Dog"

Woman Riding with Dog is by Joe in DC from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, Woman Riding with Dog is by Joe in DC. The photo was taken April11.

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 April 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

"Galleries"

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 season openings with the new exhibits at galleries in the neighborhood.

Openings and Closings

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Gordon Parks, “An American Lens,” runs through May 31.   
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • Teo Gonzalez: Solo Exhibit opens May 31 and runs through June 29.
  • 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” runs through May 11.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

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

  • Work by Sean Smith and Dafna Steinberg runs through May 19.
  • 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

  • Recent Works by Kevin H. Adams runs 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” runs through May 4: “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” 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

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • Alchemical Vessels” opens April 26 and runs through June 7.
  • 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

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From ArtSee. Email contact[AT]artseedc.com and follow ArtSee @ArtSeeinDC on Twitter.

"Art"

Frank Barbara. (Courtesy of Smith Center)

Perhaps no other DC enterprise knows this supreme truth better than Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, which opens its new exhibition, “Alchemical Vessels,” this Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

An inspiring collection of ceramic vessels by 125 artists were hand-selected by a team of 16 guest curators. Each unique bowl has the capacity to hold more than additional objects.

Chosen for their symbolic ability to create space where healing can take place, these bowls represent the therapeutic work performed within the greater space between the Smith Center’s walls.

Alchemical Vessels” encourages gallery visitors to engage in an important dialogue about healing and transformation through the arts, by displaying bowls made in the visage of each artist’s personal aesthetic and medium. Collectively, the bowls draw inspiration from ideas about holding, open communities, circles of care, sacred spaces, nourishment, and alchemical vessels.

The Details

  • What: “Alchemical Vessels” opening reception
  • When: Friday, April 26,  7 to 9 pm
  •  Where: Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U Street NW

Bringing the Art in DC to You – Roxanne Goldberg

"Artsee"

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm 2,179 7 Comments

From Dito Sevilla. Email him at dito[AT]borderstan.com, follow him on Twitter @DitoDC.

"Le Diplomate"

Le Diplomate at 14th and Q NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Earlier today I took a rare moment to visit Yelp to take a peek at what the irrelevant set were saying about a restaurant that opened just two weeks ago — and only officially opened April 15.

Surprisingly, by their accounts, Le Diplomate is off to a great start here in DC. The users of Yelp, or “Yelpers,” as they’re known, have treated the restaurant with the restraint, patience and the respect an adopted French newborn deserves.

Le Diplomate can feel very proud of an average rating of just over 4 stars — a dream rating for anything found on Yelp. As time passes the restaurant will enter its stride, find it’s niche, and those 4 stars will surely hold strong.

DC’s picky diners will come to understand what those in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and Florida long ago embraced — that Stephen Starr is a force, that his restaurants succeed, and that he may know just what he is doing a little better than we do.

The Unhappy and Never Satisfied

Then again, tucked among the restrained praise of 4 and 5 star reviews, are the grenades lobbed by the unhappy and the never satisfied — which do a better job illustrating the reviewer’s awkward life experiences than the restaurant, dry cleaner or CVS in question. Here are some choice excerpts:

“Bob” from Baltimore, 2 stars for Le Diplomate brunch:

“Pros: Great job on the interior decor. Cons: Went for morning brunch on 4/21 and arrived 9:50 am and waited inline to get in. The atmosphere was chaotic (arranging tables, no wait staff to sit customers etc). A group of about 15 customers just milling at the entrance after giving their names waiting to be seated. Eventually around 10:15 waitstaff{sic}show up and start seating people. Although I requested a table in the atrium area I was not seated there and was taken to the back.”

Let’s see, the restaurant doesn’t even open until 10 am, and you were there at 9:50 am. You “waited inline{sic} to get in…”  So, you were early, and there were already other people waiting ahead of you. Perhaps next you should blame them because you had trouble parking — or because there was traffic on the drive down from Baltimore.

Chaotic atmosphere, a group of 15 milling around, giving names, arranging tables. How dare they! Really, on their first ever brunch, where they are bombarded by people who arrived early, asked to seat an entire sidewalk of diners at once? They were arranging tables? You mean they didn’t know where each and every person should be seated? I can’t imagine. Total fail.

And then, after the 15-minute wait, which must have felt like an eternity, you were seated in “the back!” Unable to sit in the section you self labeled as “the atrium,” and relegated to an area with available seating?  The horror.

But that’s not all. Life has bigger problems for this Charm City Yelper,  he was none too happy with the oldest takeout scam in the book:   Missing Shrimp.

“Tom” from Baltimore, 1 star for a Chinese restaurant:

“Such a scam! 12 bucks for shrimp with garlic, 5 tiny shrimp with tons of onion peppers and fillers. Stay away”

Heavens, what is the restaurant up to? TWELVE DOLLARS for five tiny shrimp? “Tons of onions, peppers, and fillers!” Oh no, my readers! Expect at least a pound of thumb sized, hand-cleaned, wild-caught, organic gulf shrimp for $12!  Did it come with rice? I bet the owner even went so far to add FIVE CENTS for the takeout bag.  The thief! Over on W Street NW, things just weren’t going “Dick’s way either…

“Dick” from Baltimore, 2 stars for an upscale fast food restaurant:

“Went here last night and ordered a wrap with shrimp to go. Got home and there was not a single shrimp. Very disapointed.” (sic)

Not a single shrimp. It must have at least lived up to it’s name, and been fast and gourmet (minus the lack of shrimp).

Last night, I asked my friend, fellow blogger, and DC radio legend, “Why do you like Yelp so much?”

Without pausing to think, she said, “It’s so great, I mean, it’s the fastest way to see if a restaurant is open, the hours are right there, and you can click to call the number.”

“And the reviews?” I wondered.

“Who has time for that? I just need to know what time they close.”

Hers was the first Yelp review I found useful.

By all means keep yelping, but most of us have stopped reading.

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2013 at 11:30 am 0

"Jewish"

Washington Jewish Music Festival: April 28 to May 11. (Courtesy of Washington DCJCC Literary, Music & Dance Programs)

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com. 

Experience a celebration of music and culture at the 14th Annual Washington Jewish Music Festival, which runs Sunday, April 28, through Saturday, May 11. Hosted by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW), the festival will showcase the diversity of Jewish music through a variety of live performances at venues all around the Washington DC area.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased online, by phone (202-777-3251), or in-person at the various performance venues. Full festival passes are also available.

Festival Highlights

  • Accomplished Israeli artist Noa kicks off the festival on Sunday, April 28, with a performance at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Rockville. Noa’s performance will feature songs from her newest album, “The Israeli Songbook”.
  • A double bill at the Artisphere in Arlington on May 2 will showcase Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) music from artist Sarah Aroeste and the Yiddish punk sensibilities of Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.
  • Bring the whole family to Stead Park in Dupont Circle on Sunday, May 5 for a day of FREE outdoor concerts. WJMF in the Park will feature performances by children’s entertainer Robbie Schaefer, bluegrass fusion band Margot Leverette and the Klezmer Mountain Boys, and the pop duo Stereo Sinai. Come for the music and stay for the moonbounce and face painting.
  • On the evening of May 6 at the DC Jewish Community Center, catch a screening of the documentary, “Defiant Requiem,” by director Doug Shultz. The film tells the story of a group Theresienstadt prisoners who found hope through their performance of Verdi’s Requiem in front of the Nazi high command.
  • Don’t miss a performance by the “Prince of Kosher Gospel”, Joshua Nelson, on Thursday, May 9 at the DC Jewish Community Center.

Visit the Washington Jewish Musical Festival website for see the entire festival performance schedule.

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2013 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

"Stead"

Rendering of the proposed Stead Park redesign. (Courtesy of Friends of Stead Park)

This Monday, April 29, supporters of the Stead Park upgrade will testify before the DC Council Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs in support of an advanced timeframe for park improvements.

As things stand with the current proposal, funding for these upgrades will not come until fiscal year 2015 and the earliest that any construction will begin is fall 2014.

As a member of Friends of Stead Park (FOSP) and a commissioner of ANC 2B, Kishan Putta is organizing the testimony following the securement of $1.6 million in funding for the project from the Council and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DCDPR).

This action from FOSP comes on the heels of their having spoken with Mayor Vincent Gray at the public Ward 2 Budget Town Hall. It was at this Town Hall that the mayor expressed an interest in speeding up the timeframe of the upgrades to the park after hearing of both the community’s excitement for the upgrades and the community funding that will go with city funding.

FOSP was bolstered by the mayor’s reaction and, according to Putta,”The April 29 meeting will be an opportunity for members of the community to speak before the committee about why the timeframe for the Stead Park upgrades should be advanced.

Upgrade Plans

The upgrade plans for Stead Park include shade trees and benches along the perimeter of the playing field, a jogging/walking track, a performance stage, a miniature water park for children, and maintenance of the playing field that will continue to accommodate two simultaneous games.

Members of the community agreed upon these plans after two years of discussion and consensus building, which included a series of community meetings with the FOSP Board of Directors. The new plans are designed to make the park more usable and better suited for the changing community.

Involvement

Anyone interested in supporting an advanced timeframe for park improvements may send short letters of support kishan.putta[AT]dupontcircleanc.net before this Sunday, April 28. Community members are also invited to join the hearing at 10 am on Monday, April 29, before the Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs at the Wilson Building, Room 412.

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