by April 25, 2013 at 10:13 am 2 Comments

"Men's Parties"

The Men’s Parties club was on the second floor of 1618 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

After receiving numerous emails with photos from readers alerting us to the news, we took a look ourselves: There is, indeed, a notice at 1618 14th Street that the owners have filed an application for a permit to raze the building.

The building at Corcoran and 14th rose to “fame” three-and-a-half years ago as the site of “Men’s Parties/Wrestling Club” after a patron died after apparently falling down a flight of stairs on October 4, 2009.

A spokesperson for the DC Historic Preservation Office said they have not yet received the application to raze the property. However, they are aware that it is coming as the property is located within the 14th Street Historic District.

As we noted in our original 2009 story, “The location of the death is the upstairs unit of 1618 14th Street, at the northwest corner of 14th and Corcoran Streets NW. According to published reports (MetroWeekly) and numerous online reviews, the building houses a sex club for gay and bisexual men. The club last made news when it experienced a fire in June of 2005.”

"Men's Parties"

The raze permit application at 1618 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

After the DC Police spoke to Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F and said they were looking for ways to shut down the club, it was obvious that Men’s Parties days were numbered. After reopening for a while, Men’s Parties was shut down by the city in January 2010.

For relative newcomers to the neighborhood, it’s important to remember that the redevelopment of the 14th Street corridor had not come as far as it has today. There was still a spot for a business such as Men’s Parties — where patrons could come and go without attracting notice from crowds on the sidewalk.

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by April 25, 2013 at 9:30 am 0

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

"Ross School"

Ross Elementary School at 1730 R Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Ross Elementary School‘s annual Mother’s and Father’s Day “Buy-a-Book-for-Kids” event will take place April 26-29 at two locations: The Safeway on 17th Street NW and the Dupont Farmers Market.

The fundraiser — which is the third largest for the school– helps Ross buy appropriate and updated books for its classrooms and library.

However, this book sale isn’t like most. Here’s how it works:

  1. Participants donate $25 to buy a book for the Ross library in honor of a loved one. 
  2. The Ross PTA sends the honoree a letter informing them of the gift in their name. Letters are timed to arrive on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, depending on the request of the buyer. 
  3. Then, the PTA inserts a book-plate inscribed with the donor and honoree’s names in the book purchased.
  4. Ross students enjoy quality literature for years to come, and loved ones are honored!

Here’s when you can take part in “Buy-a-Book-for-Kids.”

Dates and Places

  • Friday, April 26: 8 am to 9 am in front of Ross Elementary; 3 to 4 pm in front of Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street NW.
  • Saturday, April 27: 9 am to 4 pm in front of the 17th Street Safeway, Church and 17th Street NW.
  • Sunday, April 28: 9 am to 1 pm at Dupont Farmers Market, Massachusetts Avenue and 20th Street NW.
  • Monday, April 29: 8 am to 9 am in front of Ross Elementary; 3 to 4 pm in front of Ross Elementary.

Can’t make it to one of the sales? Donations are also welcome online or by mail.

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by April 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 2 Comments


Last touches are being put on Ghibellina at 1610 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Ari Gejdenson is getting ready to open Ghibellina, a Tuscan trattoria and gastro pub. After almost a year of work on the restaurant space, it will soon be ready at 1610 14th Street. The place has gone through a long process of remodeling and restoration to bring back something special. The last touches seem to be going on right now as the front sign went up this week.


Gejdenson excited to be a part of the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Gejdenson is the owner of AquaAl2 as well as Ghibellina, and he hopes to open the doors at the beginning of May. We spoke to Gejdenson to get an update on the progress.

The first level of Ghibellina, where the trattoria and pizzeria are located, will be open at the beginning of May. There’s still with no exact date, but you can watch Gejdenson helping with the wood details of the place .

The restaurant will have a seating capacity for a little under a 100 customers. Wood and stone create a warm space inside as the light from the windows facing 14th Street floods the room. Gejdenson is putting his effort on getting this first stage of Ghibellina ready before finishing the second level and basement.

Tuscan Trattoria Food

Ghibellina will feature Tuscan trattoria food — Ribollita and Bisteca a la Florentina are some of the dishes to be served, along with pizza. Jonathan Copeland will be the executive chef, coming from Palena in Cleveland Park and Franny’s in Brooklyn.

As for the bar menu Gejdenson explains, “In Italy, they don’t really do a traditional happy hour, but feature aperitivos. We’d like to stay in keeping with this style. So during happy hour, we will do aperitivos, bringing complementary small bites out from the kitchen.  Beers will be available in imperial pints, just as they are in Europe.  We’ll also feature 10 oz. pours.”

As Gejdenson gets ready to share authentic Tuscan cuisine, he is excited to be coming to the neighborhood. Fortunately for all of us, May is just a few days away.

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by April 25, 2013 at 6:00 am 0


Blossoms and Lamp is by ekelly80 from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, Blossoms and Lamp is by ekelly80. The photo was taken April 6.

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 April 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

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

"renewable energy"

Union Station is now powered completely by wind energy. (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.

Borderstan: Thank you for making time for the Borderstan community. Washington, DC’s Union Station recently decided to switch to 100 percent wind power from WGES. How much energy does Union Station use per year and how many tons of greenhouse gases will their switch to wind power save?

Warren: Union Station’s electricity use is 19,000,000 kilowatt hours annually, about the same as 1,500 homes. The switch to 100 percent WGES CleanSteps® Wind Power will avoid more than 13,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. This is comparable to avoiding the annual emissions of 2,700 cars using 1.4 million gallons of gasoline.

Borderstan: What does the future hold for renewable energy at WGES? Do you see solar, biomass, or Power Purchase Agreements with other renewable energy producers as part of that future?

Warren: The awareness about renewable energy that prestigious end-users like Union Station create is something we will look to capitalize on in communicating to other businesses and institutions throughout the region. Of course, Washington, DC, as a city, is a recognized leader when it comes to renewable energy. Currently 11.4% of the city’s energy — more than one billion kilowatt-hours annually — comes from green sources, making it the nation’s #1 EPA Green Power Community.

Beyond wind power sales, another near term focus is our WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets product, which matches locally sourced carbon offsets to a customers’ natural gas usage. WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets support independently verified emission-reduction projects in our region and also help to fund new projects, such as tree plantings along rivers and streams that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. That local focus makes WGES CleanSteps® Carbon Offsets a unique product and program.

Read Part II of this interview here on Borderstan this Friday, April 26.

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by April 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]


Kent Barnes’ eight years of YouTube sports videos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Eight years ago this week I was a junior at the University of Mary Washington, probably pretending to study for final exams.

At the same time, three former PayPal employees were putting the finishing touches on a website that would transform internet video sharing. April 23, 2005, will forever be known as the day YouTube was born and productivity died.

YouTube is an incredible resource for sports fans. Through it we do can everything from catching up on recent highlights, to reliving glorious moments from the sporting past. We can spend hours watching clips that range from amazing, to hilarious, to truly bizarre.

Top 10 YouTube Sports Clips

Without further ado, I introduce to you 10 of my favorite sports-related YouTube clips.

10. Mike Tyson Threatens to Go CannibalWe’re starting off the countdown with a double dose of Iron Mike Tyson. In case you didn’t catch that, he said “My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I’m ferocious. I want your heart! I want to eat his children!”  And somehow we remember him much more fondly a decade later.

9. Mike Tyson Actually Goes CannibalAnyone who grew up in the 90’s remembers when Tyson bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear in their June 1997 heavyweight title fight. I could think of tastier ways to lose $3 million-plus.

8. Malice at the PalaceThis, my friends, is why you can’t buy a beer after the third quarter of a Wizards game.

7. BasebrawlI like to think Izzy Alcantara spent some time watching YouTube clips of catchers tackling hitters who charge the mound and decided to give himself a better head start.

6. Minor League MeltdownBack before YouTube existed, a minor league baseball manager might have been able to get away with an outburst like this. Not anymore.

5. Gus JohnsonThe undisputed king of play-by-play announcers, Gus Johnson’s enthusiasm also provides an entertaining soundtrack to a clip of a frisky bulldog.

4. Boom Goes the DynamiteWhat happens when you have a substitute sportscaster working with an inexperienced teleprompter operator?  Boom Goes the Dynamite.

3. HeadshotTo this day, only a screaming goat has gotten me to laugh as hard as I did the first time I saw this clip.

2. Jason McElwainI’m not crying… I’ve just been cutting onions…

1. Tie – Boston Strong. Bruins Fans Sing the National Anthem and This is Our City.

These clips speak for themselves. Thoughts and prayers to the victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombing.

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by April 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Rob Fink. Follow him on Twitter @RobDFink or email him at rob[AT]


Saison Dupont. (Rob Fink)

If one were to observe the ubiquity of saison within the American craft beer landscape, he or she would observe a style whose characteristics are anchored in tradition while defying style categorization.

Originating in the French-speaking southern region of Belgium known as Wallonia, specifically the Hainaut province, Saisons on the whole offer a wide spectrum of flavor possibilities while still remaining identifiably Belgian and identifiably saison.

Literally meaning “season” in French, saisons were traditionally brewed anywhere from late autumn until early spring, and there were several practical reasons for doing so.

Before the advent of refrigeration, you could maintain fermentation temperatures more easily during the late fall and early winter when temperatures were more moderate. Additionally, it gave farmers an opportunity to continue working between harvests and allowed enough time for beer to be brewed to last the entire year.

Although variation is widespread, modern interpretations of the saison style (whether in America, Belgium or elsewhere) have a tendency to showcase extraordinary dryness, ample hop character (by European standards, so not IPA levels) and a Belgian fermentation character redolent of musty earth, phenolic spice and ester-driven fruitiness, resulting in a distinct conglomeration of appetizing flavor.

Best Beer for the Dinner Table

In other words, saisons are arguably the best beer you can have at the dinner table. In terms of food, saisons can handle just about anything. From the most nondescript salad preparation to more involved Southeast Asian cuisine, particularly Thai food, saison reigns supreme.

The wide-ranging plethora of spice flavors, not to mention the silkiness of a coconut milk based curry, provide a beguiling number of flavor hooks for saisons to rest on. The next time you order Thai carry-out, opt for a saison instead of wine (in particular, stay clear of red wine); you’ll be glad you did.

As the summer months invariably approach, two saisons (one omniscient and one local) come to mind, either of which would amplify any warm weather gathering (preferably outdoors!) you may be having.


Stateside Saison. (Brian Hussein Stanton)

Saison Dupont – Brasserie Dupont, Tourpes, Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium, 6.5% ABV: Saison Dupont is the indisputable standard-bearer of the style. Upon first whiff, your nose is infiltrated with a barrage of herbaceous grass, musky earth, stone fruit and the slightest hint of peppery spiciness. If I were to take five beers away with me to a desert island, this would be one of them. Incredibly food-friendly and ultimately quaffable, Saison Dupont re-establishes the flavor/food paradigm for beer.

Stateside Saison – Stillwater Artisanal Ales, location “unknown,” 6.8% ABV: As a “gypsy” brewer who travels around the world to brew beer with other like-minded brewers yet retains his own brand and is based in Baltimore, Brian Strumke fully embraces the cultural manifestation of defiance. Despite being steeped in the Belgian tradition, Strumke takes a distinctly American perspective in terms of his beer. His beers often exhibit the flavorfully intense bravado associated with American craft beer. Stateside Saison bursts at the seams with notes of peppery spice but with an accompaniment of American hop character, allowing flowery citric notes to permeate the Belgian fermentation character. To be sure, Stateside Saison is a veritable stunner that just screams for a lime-heavy sea bass ceviche.

Thankfully, both of these beers are plentiful in the Borderstan area. Most liquor stores with a decent beer selection will carry Saison Dupont, and Borderstan mainstays such as the P Street Whole Foods and Connecticut Avenue Wine and Liquor will undoubtedly satiate your thirst for Saison, including a variety of Stillwater beers. If you choose to enjoy an evening on your balcony or porch in the near future, consider one of the above mentioned saisons — you certainly won’t regret it.

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by April 24, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


Michael Torra at his studio. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste of danceDCYou can follower her on Twitter @dance_DC.

Local artist Michael Torra’s life is centered around the Borderstan area. His first apartment was a studio on R Street NW, and he has lived in Dupont Circle since he moved to the District more than 15 years ago. Inevitably, the shapes and colors of the neighborhood have made their way into his paintings.

Cityscapes from the Rooftop

The most obvious influence can be seen in Torra’s cityscape series, which portrays the skylines of his rooftop views. His surroundings have also had a more subtle influence in the work of his sun series.

“I knew I wanted to create some sort of abstraction of the sun as a vehicle for playing with yellows and oranges,” he said. “As I thought about how I would structure the piece, I finally figured it out one day walking past the fountain in the Circle, looking at the ground and how the slabs of the concrete under my feet were shaped. I ended up basing the geometric structure of those paintings off the shapes of those concrete slabs.”

Painting has been a passion of Torra’s since he moved to the area, but it wasn’t his first creative interest.

“At college in Los Angeles I took a lot of art classes, all in sculpture, until my senior year when it dawned on me that after I graduated, I wouldn’t be able to afford welding torches, band saws and all the other equipment I had access to as a student,” he said. He decided to take a painting class and immediately fell in love. Torra admits it took a while to develop his own style of painting, but classes at The Art League in Alexandria helped him establish his voice — creating abstract and non-representational works that balance form and color.

East Coast and West Coast

Torra has lived on both the West Coast, in Los Angeles, and the East Coast, just outside of Boston, Mass. Although he thought he would eventually return to his native California, he ended up calling the District home after moving to the Dupont Circle neighborhood in 1998. Like many DC transplants, Torra sought and eventually reached his goal of working on Capitol Hill. After a decade long career in politics, he joined a public affairs firm where he works with progressive organizations. According to Torra, his day job not only allows him to work on causes he cares about, but gives him the flexibility to work on his artistic endeavors.

Torra has previously participated in DC’s biggest creative event Artomatic, as well as ArtRomp, a curated group show at the Warehouse in Washington, DC. He will have two pieces in the upcoming group show at Art17 at Coldwell Banker (1606 17th Street NW) and will be participating in the Mid City Artists’ Open Studios May 18 and 19. For more information about Torra, please visit his website


Artist Michael Torra and his work. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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by April 24, 2013 at 10:30 am 0

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


Busboys and Poets on 14th Street NW is one of the participating local businesses. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Sustainable U has partnered with renewable energy provider Clean Currents to offer U Street residences and businesses added incentives for going green. Starting this past Monday (Earth Day) and continuing through June 21, Clean Currents will donate $250 for each U-Street business and $30 for each U-Street home that enrolls for its services. Sustainable U will use this money to purchase new tree boxes for the 14th and U Street area.

Brianne Nadeau, former ANC-1B commissioner and 2014 candidate for the Ward 1 DC Council seat, founded Sustainable U in 2012. The community organization works to promote environmentally conscious development in the 14th and U Street and encourage civic engagement around the effort. To learn more about Sustainable U, local residents can attend the next meeting, scheduled for 7 pm on Wednesday, April 24, at the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments (2001 15th Street NW).

Interested business or home owners should visit the Clean Currents website or call 301-754-0430 (x3) and note that they are participating in the Sustainable U challenge. Local businesses SweetGreen, Busboys and Poets, and The Heights are among Clean Current’s customers. Sustainable U and Clean Currents are hoping to prompt U-street residents and business owners to start using clean energy and take advantage of the automatic contribution to new tree boxes in their neighborhood.

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by April 24, 2013 at 10:00 am 0

From Jane Alonso. Her passion for food and spirits leads her on frequent excursions into Borderstan’s land of bars and restaurants. Email her at jane[AT]

As the weather heats up, the season of gin is upon us. Who doesn’t enjoy a cold, refreshing gin and tonic while lounging poolside or watching a sunset on the back porch?

The herbal nature of gin is symbiotic with hot weather. All gins have juniper as a flavor base in their distillation, which is what provides the spirit’s distinctive herbal scent and flavor. Most brands also add in citrus and spice flavorings called “botanicals” — the mix of these flavorings is often closely held by each distiller as a trade secret. Because our sense of taste is connected almost exclusively to our sense of smell, and we smell botanicals more intensely in hot weather, gin is absolutely tailor-made for the warm weather months.

Gin and Hot Climates

And then you have the spirit’s historical connection to hot climes. The army of the British East India Company created the first gin and tonic when they discovered that gin was an effective masking agent for bitter flavor of quinine — the only effective anti-malaria drug they had access to as the empire expanded into tropical climates. Quinine was typically dissolved in carbonated water to create “tonic water,” which went down better with a shot of gin. Lucky for us, we get to enjoy the modern-day gin and tonic without worrying about a malarial fever.

As good as a regular old gin and tonic is, why not branch out this spring and summer into new territory? All too often, we default to ordering what is on the menu (or the list of rail drinks we became familiar with in our early drinking days) when our local bartenders — especially the talented ones we are lucky to have in Borderstan — are ready to show us their best work, if only asked.

First Stop: Masa 14


Anthony Marlowe at Masa 14. (Jane Alonso)

So one recent night, I set out in Borderstan to issue a “gin challenge” to local our bartenders. First stop: Masa 14‘s rooftop bar, where I asked bartender Anthony Marlowe to give me his most creative signature gin concoction. Marlowe, who used to be head mixologist at Againn on New York Avenue NW, enthusiastically accepted my challenge. He quickly whipped up a drink he has had in his repertoire for years called “Little Sister” — gin, St. Germain Liqueur, simple syrup, sour mix and a splash of citrus juice.

It was light and refreshing as I expected from a gin drink, but a bit more fruity (and less bitter) than a gin and tonic. The St. Germain adds a floral note that balances the herbal gin perfectly.

I enjoyed it so much I completely forgot to ask Anthony what type of gin he used (though I am sure it was top shelf)… which means I now have a good excuse to go back and ask. Ah, the sacrifices I make in the name of research for my Borderstan column…


Collie at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace with his cocktail “Last Word.” (Jane Alonso)

“Last Word” at Pearl Dive

Over at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, bartender Collie (he only goes by one name, like Madonna or Prince) mixed Plymouth gin, green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, and lime juice in a cocktail known as the “Last Word” — a prohibition-era cocktail originally developed at the Detroit Athletic Club and making a comeback in modern-day speakeasies.

What sets this drink apart is its use of the distinctive tasting Green Chartreuse, a French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks and composed of distilled alcohol aged with 130 herbal extracts. The use of Green Chartreuse amplifies the herbal nature of the gin, creating a unique experience. The lime juice and liqueur accessorize it nicely with sweet and sour notes.

I also sampled a drink from Pearl Dive’s regular cocktail menu called the “Pearl Cup” (a play on Pimms Cup) with Plymouth gin, Pimms, Cucumber, lime juice, mint, and housemade ginger beer. The ginger beer made the drink very spicy and overwhelmed the other flavors, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Take the gin challenge with me this season!  Walk into your nearest Borderstan bar and ask your bartender to make you a creative gin cocktail. Then report back to us here at and tell us what you have found. No reason to keep these hidden neighborhood gems secret any longer…

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by April 24, 2013 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

From Joey Gavrilovich. Follow him on Twitter @joeygDC, email him at joey[AT]

Patty Stonesifer President and CEO of Martha's Table. (Courtesy Martha's Table)

Patty Stonesifer, president and CEO of Martha’s Table. (Courtesy Martha’s Table)

On April 1 Patty Stonesifer began her work as president and CEO of Martha’s Table. Her appointment, announced in January, made headlines, as Ms. Stonesifer had previously served as Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, and for close to ten years prior was the founding CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world.

Situated on the west side of 14th Street NW between W and V Streets, Martha’s Table helps more than 1,100 District residents a day through food and clothing programs and works to find sustainable solutions to poverty based in education and family support services.

Borderstan will feature a full interview with Ms. Stonesifer in May. Below are two initial questions for the nonprofit’s new CEO.

Borderstan: 14th Street NW continues to be rebuilt and redeveloped at a dizzying pace. What effect do you see all this activity having on Martha’s Table’s role in the community?

Stonesifer: Martha’s Table is as committed today to building a stronger community and breaking the cycle of poverty as we were at our founding 33 years ago. While we hold tight to that core purpose we are also organic and have always changed our programs and services to meet the changing times and changing neighborhood. We’re grateful that the newcomers to this area — retailers, restaurants and new residents — have embraced Martha’s Table, and we continue to serve many families and residents of NW with the food, clothing and quality early childcare and afterschoool and summer education programs we all want for our children.

At the same time, we are also expanding to ensure we do as much as possible to fulfill our mission and meet people where they are. We are now offering a monthly grocery distribution at four schools spread across the District and we will soon be opening a great new thrift store in Anacostia and we plan to do even more! So expect us to stay anchored in this neighborhood while addressing broader community needs in new ways.

Borderstan: Having spent more than a decade in Seattle, you’ve certainly seen your share of good food and great coffee. How do the options here in the other Washington compare?

Stonesifer: There is no easy comparison between the two Washingtons. I am very fond of both. But you know the saying “wherever you go, there you are?” In both towns I have loved my work and my colleagues even more than I loved the local restaurants. For me the best cup of coffee and by far the best late morning muffin comes from Martha’s Table’s kitchen crew. April Parker, who is an amazing cook, often slips me a bit of the best bread pudding in the city or whatever else has just come out of the oven.

When I asked her yesterday how she convinced toddlers to eat that morning’s spinach quiche she told me that they love anything shaped like a muffin. I guess that describes me too! Soon our new greenhouse will be filled with fresh produce and I look forward to joining the children who are known to pull off a ripe tomato en route to the playground. So check back with me in a few years about the local cuisine — in the meantime I will continue to love the Martha’s Table fare!

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by April 24, 2013 at 8:30 am 0

From Nick Barron. Follow him on Twitter @nbarron; email him at nick[AT]

"What's Next DC"

What’s Next DC kicks off May 5. (Courtesy What’s Next DC)

What has arguably become DC’s biggest marketing conference is coming soon, and its sights are set for neighborhoods in Borderstan.

What’s Next DC, a two-and-a-half day conference kicking off May 5, hosts speakers such as Blackboard founder Michael Chasen, Zac Moffatt, digital director of Romney for President and Pandora’s senior vice president of strategic solutions, Heidi Browning Pearson.

The first full day, May 6, will take place downtown at The Hamilton Live, while Studio Theatre on 14th Street in Logan Circle will host day two.

This marks the third year for What’s Next DC, having started in Jan. 2011 at George Washington University with about 300 attendees. This year at least 800 people are expected.

The number of people attending isn’t the only thing separating What’s Next DC 2013 from its predecessors.

“During the previous two years the conference took place over the course of one day with one venue for the conference and one venue for the party,” organizer Tod Plotkin said. “This year it takes place over three days at five venues, including some spaces that are truly unique to the DC scene, like the British and Austrian Embassies.”

Yes, there will be events at embassies, but the conference isn’t just about partying.

The conference’s programming includes keynotes, panels and case studies. The intent, according to Plotkin, is to give each attendee something they can gain by attending.

“I want attendees to stay engaged with the content all day and not get bored,” Plotkin said. “We design the conference to make sure a ton of networking and individualized strategy takes place.”

Part of this focus comes in who Plotkin recruits to speak at What’s Next DC.

“We focus on showcasing speakers who are actual marketers themselves, and not just professional speakers who tour the conference circuit around the country,” Plotkin said.

You can register here to attend What’s Next DC 2013.

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by April 24, 2013 at 7:25 am 0

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News from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

How did your precinct vote for Council? Results from 15 precincts in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below.

Councilmember Anita Bonds held on to her At-Large DC Council seat in yesterday’s special election, defeating second-place finisher Elissa Silverman by 4.64%. With absentee and provisional ballots yet to be counted, Bonds has 16,054 votes (32.19%) to Silverman’s 13,740 votes (27.55%). Both are Democrats.

Republican Patrick Mara finished third with 11,367 votes (22.79%) while Democrat Matthew Frumin picked up 5,694 votes (11.42%). Paul Zuckerberg (Democrat) and Perry Redd (Statehood Green) each picked up just under 2% of the vote.

Referendum 8: Budget Autonomy

Voters will also approved Referendum 8, which amends DC’s Home Rule Charter to give the city final authority over its own budget — the measure racked up almost 85% in favor, citywide. At present Congress must approve all DC budgets. The Washington Post explains what will probably  happen next with Congress and the president.

Ward Breakdown

Bonds won by carrying Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 — getting majorities in 5, 7 and 8. Silverman carried Wards 1 (including U Street area) and 6 while Mara won Wards 2 (including Dupont-Logan) and 3.

Turnout yesterday was lower than normal for DC special elections at just under 10%. Bonds will have to run again in 2014 in the Democratic Primary if she wants to hold her seat. She was appointed to the seat until the special election could be held.

The At-Large seat became open when Phil Mendelson won a special election in November as Chairman of the DC Council; the chairmanship spot opened up when Kwame Brown resigned.

Dupont-Logan-U Street: Silverman vs. Mara

In the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, Silverman won 12 of 15 precincts while Mara carried three precincts. Mara finished second in 10 of the 12 precincts won by Silverman and Bonds finished second in the other two precincts. Silverman finished second in the three precincts Mara won

Results for these 15 precincts below; all numbers are from the DC Board of Elections and Ethics. Final numbers will not be available for several weeks, after all absentee and provisional ballots have been counted.

April 23 DC Council At-Large Race Results

Addresses for each precinct are listed below the table.

Precinct  / Ward Anita Bonds Michael A. Brown (withdrew) Matthew Frumin Patrick Mara Perry
Elissa Silverman Paul
4 / W2 9%  1% 11%  51%  2% 24% 2%
13 / W2 6% <1% 13% 39%  1% 37% 3%
14 / W2 6% <1% 9% 36%  1% 44% 3%
15 / W2  11% 0% 10% 29%  2% 43% 3%
16 / W2  11%  1%  8% 32% 2% 46% 1%
17 / W2  14% 1% 9% 34% 2% 36% 3%
18 / W6 27% 4% 8% 15% 2% 37% 4%
21 / W6  30% 1% 6% 16%  3% 40% 0%
22 / W1 13% 1%  7% 31%  1% 45% 2%
23 / W1  17%  1% 4% 21% 5% 48% 2%
24 / W1 13% <1% 8% 20%  1% 51% 5%
25 / W1  8%  0% 11% 34% 3% 41% 3%
129 / W2 10% 9% 9% 38% 1% 38% 3%
137 / W1  23%  0%  8% 24% 6% 36% 3%
141 / W2  10% <1%  9%  21% 2% 49% 2%


Borderstan-Area Precincts with Addresses

  • 4 – West End Public Library, 1101 24th Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 13 -Our Lady of the Americas Auditorium, 2200 California Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 14 – St. Thomas Episcopal Church Parish Guild Room, 1772 Church Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 15 – Foundry United Methodist Church Community Room Lower Level, 1500 16th Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 16 – Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (lower level), 1701 15th Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 17 – Metropolitan AME Church Douglas Hall, 1518 M Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 18 – Kennedy Recreation Center Gymnasium, 1407 7th Street NW (Ward 6)
  • 21 – Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Community Library Large Meeting Room, 1630 7th Street NW (Ward 6)
  • 22 – Garnet-Patterson Jr. High School Auditorium, 2001 10th Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 23 – Rita Bright Community Center Gymnasium, 2500 14th Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 24 – Marie Reed Learning Center Living Room, 2200 Champlain Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 25 – Goodwill Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1862 Kalorama Road NW (Ward 1)
  • 129 – Martin Luther King Library, 901 G Street NW (Ward 2)
  • 137 – Garrison Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 1200 S Street NW (Ward 1)
  • 141 – Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center North Lobby, 2000 14th Street NW (Ward 2)

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by April 24, 2013 at 6:30 am 0


Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported an armed carjacking early this morning, April 24, on the 900 block of Westminster Street NW. Police reports said three men had occupied a red Geo Prism at 2:07 am and were armed with at least one knife; more details on the suspects are below. Westminister is a one-block street between S and T Streets NW.



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by April 24, 2013 at 6:00 am 0


Sidewalk Banana is by ep_jhu from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, Sidewalk Banana is by ep_jhu. The photo was taken April 10.

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