by June 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm 0

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Borderstan thanks this week’s 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.”

Hemphill Fine Arts: ‘Artist Citizen, Washington DC’ runs through July 27. “There are persistent romantic notions that the artist is a tortured soul, standing apart from social conventions and ordinary concerns. Popular media frequently depicts the artist as possessed by reckless freedom and lacking accountability. These generalizations are narrow and misguided. The contemporary artist is just as likely to be a good citizen as anyone else.” At 1515 14th Street NW, Suite 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.

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.”

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.

Urban Igloo: “Over 65,000 renters use Urban Igloo each year to take the stress out of DC apartment hunting. We connect them with hundreds of condo owners and large building landlords… Rent out your DC area condo, house, townhome or basement apartment. Fast… Property manager? Apartment building owner? Let us help you find tenants.”

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.”

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by June 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm 25 Comments


The eyes of Borderstan: Our great contributors, past and present.

It’s time for us at Borderstan to say thank you and goodbye for now. This is our last planned post on, although the site will remain live for several months.

This was a difficult decision to make. We have enjoyed covering one of Washington’s great neighborhoods: the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. When we first went live in August 2008, we had no idea that Borderstan would grow to where it is today.

We were thrilled to have met so many of the great people in this neighborhood and to write about the changes occurring in our city.

From everyone involved with we want to say thank you to our readers and advertisers. We will always remember the support we received from the community and locally owned businesses.

To our volunteer contributors, we cannot begin to thank you enough — and this includes the wonderful photographers who shared their photographs in our Flickr group. Even though some of you moved on before today’s final post and may not be listed on our contributor’s page, your hard work and dedication are remembered. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Luis Gomez and Matt Rhoades, co-founders

It has been a pleasure to bring you the neighborhood news.

by June 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm 0


Your weekend in Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Booze with the pros, a fro-yo-themed scavenger hunt, painting with your pet, and a vinyl extravaganza…consider your weekend sorted.

Friday, June 28

  • Chances are you were unaware that Suburbia has begun to dole out delicious frozen drinks, Tecate tallboys and more from an old-fashioned Airstream trailer parked right outside Union Market (1309 Fifth Street NE). Swing by The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide happy hour there tonight from 5 to 9 pm for discounted beverages and a quality hang.
  • Speak softly and carry a big drink at the gorgeous new Dupont restaurant Teddy & the Bully Bar (1200 19th Street NW), brought to you by the minds behind the popular downtown joint Lincoln. Did I mention they have a bar menu that includes a gin Rickey on tap?

Saturday, June 29

  • The feeling you get from giving back should be enough to motivate you, but it doesn’t hurt when it comes with the promise of free ice cream, either. Head to the The Farm at Walker Jones (131 L Street NW) at 1 pm to work in the community garden, then sample free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from 4 to 6 pm at the community party immediately following. Just make sure to register in advance to save your spot.
  • Booze and frozen yogurt only taste better when you have to work for them, which is why Mr. Yogato’s (1515 17th Street NW) 5th birthday scavenger hunt is so intriguing. Registration for the hunt, which will be at locations around Dupont, starts at 6:30 pm, with drink specials at area bars afterwards.

Sunday, June 30

  • Follow in the footsteps of George W. Bush (hear me out) and paint a portrait of your dog today at the ArtJamz (1728 Connecticut Avenue NW) “Paint Your Pooch” event from noon to 2 pm. A $35 ticket gets you two hours of instruction, painting supplies, and a glass of wine, beer or tea. Best of all, furry friends are welcome.
  • Get your hands on a copy of this (or, you know, something else) today at the DC Record Fair – Summer Edition at Penn Social (801 E Street NW). Early bird admission between 11 am and noon is $5, and regular admission between noon and 5 pm is $2.

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by June 28, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]


Some healthy tips for your summer cooking. (Chelsea Rinnig)

Healthy meal tips to keep you on track this summer

Barbecues, picnics, beach and beer — all a recipe for fun activities this summer. But frankly, I begin to feel it after a weekend of drinking beer all day; all of a sudden, a beach weekend becomes a looming fear where you wished you’d toned up a little more and drank a little less.

So, here are a few tips and past articles that may allow you to indulge a little in the outdoor events while staying healthy and looking good!


  • Instead of butter, use extra virgin olive oil and just a drizzle. Roast vegetables on the grill for a side instead of the potato chips and go for the ground turkey or chicken breasts when making your burgers.
  • Instead of bringing that baguette and cheese to the picnic, try these collard wraps.
  • Try out zucchini hummus instead of chickpeas for a backyard bash: roast a large zucchini, whole, at 425 for 30-40 minutes (until tender). Cool, slice, and blend with a ¼ cup olive oil, juice from half a lemon, and 3 tablespoons of Tahini. Serve with carrot sticks — it’s delicious. Add spinach for a boost of iron and extra green! The color is beautiful.
  • Swap a juicy, fresh watermelon for dessert — they will be in season soon! Or roast some peaches and serve with plain vanilla ice cream or vanilla yogurt.

So have a beer for being good all week and enjoy the best your local markets have to offer this summer!

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by June 28, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


Plenty of outdoor options to enjoy the summer nights. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Nothing can be better than enjoying the rooftops in the city. DC has great views that need to be discovered. You can definitely do that at the many bars and restaurants in the city while you enjoy a glass of wine, a drink, a beer or a meal.

Looking for a rooftop bar in the DC area? The Rock The RoofDC guys have a great list of all the rooftop bars and restaurants, with descriptions and calendar of events.

We have covered, reviewed and enjoyed many of our local ones.  But then again here is a list for you to find them all together at once while you are enjoying this Summer.

  • 1905 Bistro, 1905 9th Street NW. This new roof deck is exactly what the restaurant’s name implies; it’s garden-themed. The space makes use of reclaimed wood and old metal sheets, while sporting views of the neighborhood and monuments.
  • Above DC @ Donovan House Hotel, 1155 14th Street NW. Because nothing is better than a rooftop pool and bar. This one is located right in Thomas Circle and comes with great views. Pack your suit!
  • Brixton, 901 U Street NW. This brand new British pub-style bar boasts more than just bangers and mash. Check out the expansive rooftop terrace for terrific views of the Washington Monument.
  • DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. Perfect place to enjoy the music as you sip on that refreshing drink.
  • El Centro DF, 1819 14th Street NW. While it technically opened last summer, the modern taqueria’s rooftop bar is still somewhat new to local residents. A cool breeze up top and an agave cocktail are sure to subdue the heat of the salsas.
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th Street NW. If you thought nothing could top barbeque and bourbon, then you were wrong, literally.
  • Lauriol Plaza, 1835 18th Street NW. This 18th and T spot has a large shaded rooftop dining area (great for hot sunny days when you need some shade). You’re right on the cusp of the Dupont, U Street and Adams Morgan hoods.
  • Local 16, 1602 U Street NW. Although it may be too hot to even think about being outside, Local 16 has you covered. The roof deck has water spritzers and fans going constantly to make sure you and your beverage stay at the perfect temperature.
  • Lost Society, 2001 14th Street NW. The chandeliers and décor make it hard to believe that you are outside. Thankfully, the cool breeze, neighborhood views and U Street noise remind you that you are sipping cocktails on a DC roof, and not in a palace!
  • Marvin, 2007 14th Street NW. This is also a great roof spot, perfect for enjoying one of the many beers on tap and some of the best chicken and waffles in town.
  • Masa 14, 1825 14th Street NW. The neighborhood hotspot expanded its space to include a roof deck. Mojitos taste better when sipped in the open, summer air.
  • Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW. Great and breezy rooftop. It has an ample bar covered with a tent and also a nice corner area for smokers. You can always enjoy their popular buckets of beers.
  • Tabaq Bistro, 1336 U Street. Snag one of the best views of the city while getting your workout in! Yes, you will have to climb up several flights of stairs, but the views on a clear night will quickly make you forget your burning thighs.
  • Zabb, 1836 18th Street NW. Modern Asian inspired food and a generous terrace to enjoy the night.

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by June 28, 2013 at 10:00 am 0


The boys of CTRL. (Courtesy CTRL)

Chocolate and Peanut Butter. Vodka and Red Bull. Tequila and… well, anything. Two great tastes that taste even better together.

That’s what you’re gonna get this Saturday, June 29, at Cobalt, when the boys of CTRL, DC’s premiere electro, indie dance party, join forces with BreakfastClub, DC’s retro night that features the greatest hits, one-hit wonders, and remixes from the greatest decade evah!

The party starts at 10 and ends when Molly Ringwold makes out with Judd Nelson. For more info, check out the Facebook invite.

And for a little taste of what we’re going to play:

  • Adam’s preview mix.
  • Jeff’s preview mix.
  • Khelan’s preview mixes, here and here.

See you all at Cobalt this Saturday!

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by June 28, 2013 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome. Email him at [email protected].

"Scott Leibowitz"

Scott Leibowitz. (Courtesy Scott Leibowitz)

Like all great winning streaks in sports or otherwise, everything at one time or another must come to an end. It is with this in mind that I say goodbye to Borderstan and to those of you who have enjoyed this column over the years (still not sure who that is but it must be somebody).

DC is a city full of people and ideas coming and going, making it easy to get lost in the shuffle and never really putting your feet to the ground. Borderstan allowed me to establish roots not only with my fellow local writers, but with the community at large and for that I am eternally grateful to its founders/owners/best-guys-ever, Luis and Matty. You guys have truly been my DC uncles.

Usually at the end of any season, sportscasters love to wrap up the season with a highlight reel or a montage of top plays. For my last post, I’d just like to share some minor advice with everyone on how to enjoy this city as a true sports town, both by yourself and with your fellow residents.

Without further ado, my last bit of wisdom:

Kickball: Play at Least One Season 

When I hear of people who lived in this town for years and never played, I truly think you may have been a hermit. It is one of the easiest and most social ways to meet people and drink heavily in this city, and you get to wear neon colored shirts while doing. Really not sure how much more you can ask for. Sure, it’s totally silly and sometimes competitive, but I am still good friends with the first teammates I played with, and I never enjoyed Thursdays nights more than during the season.

Jump on the Bandwagon

DC is lucky enough to have a sports team in all of the major leagues. While we all have our own deep allegiances to our hometown teams, making room for one DC team (Nats, Redskins, United, Caps, Wizards) is very doable and will add to your experience here. You will be able to flow with the highs and lows of the city and the gameday experience will be more fun. Plus I’m sure you could use one extra baseball hat anyway, so pick which design you like the most.

Don’t Ask What My job Is

When you meet someone new, don’t let the first three questions be anything about work. This isn’t sports related but one of my biggest DC pet peeves. It’s a terrible way to start a conversation.

Again, thanks for all the great times! Good luck everybody!

Last Call! Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • Barack Obama singing Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
  • The best way to eat milk and cookies.
  • If you go to a baseball game, don’t bring a book.

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by June 28, 2013 at 8:00 am 1 Comment


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]

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

  • Museum of National History scores its first full Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. (DCist)
  • Nearly 400 koi fish were stolen from a pond in an industrial park in Herndon, VA. (CBSLocal)
  • City of Alexandria passes ordinance that allows bicyclists to ride on sidewalks. (WAMU)
  • Michigan Congressman proposes bill that would eliminate all traffic cameras in the District. (DCist)
  • DC Council votes to lower the sale tax from 6% to %5.75. Lowest level since 2009. (Washington Times)
  • The Rolling Stones zing President Obama over NSA wiretaps during DC concert. (Washington Post)
  • Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk donates first skateboard to Smithsonian. (WJLA)
  • Mayor Gray prioritizes education spending with $92 million in projected local revenue. (BizJournal)

DC Housing

  • For only 2.6 million you could have this old DC engine station. Fire poll included. (Estately)
  • DC Chief Financial Officer forecasts an end to the city’s population growth. (CityPaper)
  • The Atlantic Plumbing Supply Company building next to the 9:30 Club is no more. (Price of Petworth)

Popular Culture

  • Kinda racist? No worries. Paula Dean’s cookbook jumps to #1 on Amazon best sellers list. (BuzzFeed)
  • A map of the United States that shows the most famous company brand from each state. (DesignTaxi)
  • Have you been wondering what actor Rick Moranis has been up to? Wonder no more. (HeebMag)


  • PETA ranks Nats Park as the third most vegetarian-friendly stadium in MLB. (Washington Post)
  • Joe Theismann interested in replacing Sam Huff on the Redskins radio broadcasts. (NBC Sports)
  • Not satisfied with free burritos for life, Bryce Harper scores some free Cap’n Crunch. (Washington Post)
  • With the third pick in the NBA Draft, the Wizards select Otto Porter Jr. from Georgetown. (SBNation)
  • Every single shot Lebron James made during game 7 of the NBA Finals in one GIF. (DeadSpin)
  • Don’t hate on the mullet. Rendon’s hair sparks Nationals rallying call. (Washington Post)

Random Picks of the Week

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by June 28, 2013 at 6:00 am 0


Supermoon is by Clif Burns from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, Supermoon is by Clif Burns. The photo was taken June 23.

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 June 27, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


Find out what is playing at theaters in the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

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

Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW

Keegan Theatre at Church Street, 1742 Church Street NW

  • The Rabbit Hole” “A story of loss, heartbreak, and forgiveness–told through daily moments and emotional hurdles–as a family moves on after the accidental death of their four-year-old.  David Lindsay Abaire’s critically acclaimed winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Rabbit Hole explores the human fallout that comes after tragedy.” (Keegan Theater)

Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street NW

Source at 1835 14th Street NW

  • 2013 Source Festival: Closing this weekend 6th Annual Source Festival, The Festival line-up includes three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. This year’s 10-Minute Plays themes: In the Midst, On the Cusp and Afterward.” (Source)
  • Harold Night! every Tuesday night at 10 pm.

Spooky Action Theater at 1810 16th Street NW

  • No events listed.

Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street NW

  • The Real Thing extended until July 7. “Full of wit and heart, ‘The Real Thing’ explores the tensions between marriage and writing, emotional fidelity and intellectual integrity, high art and pop culture.” (Studio Theater)
  • Baby Universe opened June 26. “Baby Universe, Wakka Wakka’s magnetically whimsical puppet odyssey, was developed in association with Nordland Visual Theatre. Located in the arctic fishing community of Stamsund, the company is the leading developer of visual theatre in Norway, facilitating the creation of traditional puppet theatre, as well as works that draw from the visual arts, theatre, mime, dance and multimedia. “(Studio Theatre)

Theater J at 1529 16th Street NW

  • “The Hampton Years” closing this weekend. “It explores the development of great African-American artists, John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator, Viktor Lowenfeld. Focusing on the pivotal years at Hampton Institute, Virginia during WWII, this richly researched tapestry of African American luminaries like Elizabeth Catlett reveals the dreams and travails of young artists in a still segregated society while examining the impact of World War II on a Jewish immigrant and his wife finding shelter in the US and his controversial influence in shaping the careers of African American students.” (Theater J)

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by June 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm 0

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


The world economy is the country’s economy. (Courtesy)

As the world economy improves, national economies are being carried aloft by a rising tide of success in other countries.

Now that we are living in an ever-more globalized world, nations are no longer entities unto themselves. While they were once insulated from the economic successes or failures of other nations, that is profoundly no longer the case.

A recent example is the United States financial crisis of 2008 which was at first confined within the U.S., but later spread to Europe, Japan and China, with those countries experiencing varying degrees of economic malaise directly attributable to the original fall of the U.S. sub-prime mortgage segment.

Adding to the entire long chain of negative events in the U.S. were the hapless attempts by ‘some individuals and corporations’ to obfuscate the primary reasons for those failures, namely, a weak American banking sector regulatory environment and personal judgment lapses by some senior banking and other corporate executives.

This timeline of regulatory insufficiency and judgment lapses:

  1. Caused the initial crisis
  2. Allowed widespread economic damage
  3. Ensured a longer U.S. recession
  4. Delayed economic recovery

Had a financial crisis of this sort taken place within the 1950-1980 timeframe, it would have been seen as an ‘America only’ affair as the (then) economic islands of Europe and Asia had little interest in the internal workings of the American economy.

How the world has changed in the 21st century

Recently, ‘America sneezed’ — and most of Europe along with Canada ‘caught the cold’ – and whilst Asia felt unwell, it didn’t need a doctor, nor did it miss a day’s work.

Globalization is a process. Every year, countries are harmonizing their diplomatic relations, international trade and laws, walking through the remaining issues towards true interdependence between nation-states.

Along the way, we have seen dramatically lower prices for consumers within the participating nations and a strong downward pull on inflation within the globalization community. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows toward nations with lower land, factory and labour costs, while competition ensures that prices reflect those newfound cost savings.

One of the unfortunate effects of globalization from the Western perspective are the jobs that have fled the West to Asia. Over the span of (almost exactly) four decades, millions of manufacturing jobs have gone to the nations which feature lower-cost land, factory, and labour rates.

The transition of trillions of dollars of investment from the West to the Emerging and Frontier economies has spawned a rising economic tide in the Middle East, Asia and India. In fact, the rise of the BRICS nations are easily traced by the FDI inputs into their nations, as a welcome effect of, (but not the primary cause of) their success.

Since 1998 China and India have often been described as the two economic engines of Asia, and during recent recessionary times, were noted as the economic engines of the world. Even as some nations were falling away from their traditional economic rankings, the unprecedented demand for raw resources and high tech originating from the ‘rising tiger’ economies, slowed the fall of the Western economies and have even spurred their quicker recovery.

Historically, it was axiomatic that when the United States was doing well, Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were doing well — as the U.S. economy had the power to float those economies no matter the ‘local’ economic conditions.

America is no longer alone with this power

Now, not only can American demand float the economies of countries or entire regions — the combined demand of the BRICS nations can float national economies and regions.

The U.S. population seems ‘torn’ at this juncture, with some in that country lamenting the loss of the unipolar world which was theirs since the end of the Cold War, whilst others welcome the strengthening and broadening-out of the world economy into a truly interdependent and open economic model.

For those Americans who believe in the open economic model (which is the name given to the free enterprise system by economists) the strengthening and broadening-out of the world economy is exactly in line with their beliefs and is seen as an adjunct to American economic and political clout.

“We told you the open economic model was the way to prosperity, and now you are ‘our firm converts’ to that, and to the democracy which necessarily accompanies successful free enterprise systems.”

For those Americans who secretly or publicly wish for a closed economic model (known as the communist, or the statist economic model, by economist’s) globalization is the root cause of all American economic woes — when in fact, America’s recent economic problems were caused by a perilously-lacking regulatory environment in but one segment of the U.S. economy and poor decision-making by a handful of individuals.

All the nations advancing towards interdependence will see rising demand in their own countries from other partner nations (as at any given time certain of them will be experiencing growth) thereby helping to balance-off the occasional lack of demand.

De-facto: Interdependence between nations means facilitation of effort, FDI, and countless other forms of assistance towards whatever is the weakest link of the chain that day.

This contrasts with the decades of ruthless competition which played itself out (even between allies) for decades and ruled every diplomatic and business decision. De-facto, that became a ‘sink all the other boats — before we get sunk’ game, played in the global economy.

Wherever interdependent nations are working to improve upon an open economic model, they are in effect, working to create a rising tide for all of the participants within that interdependency, because it is simply and profoundly, in their best interests to do so.

Interdependency creates the incoming tide that will float our boats.

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by June 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

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


Sally Kauffman, “Lerici 2,” 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 inches. (Courtesy Kaufman)

Since 2010, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty has been helping local art prosper in DC. Through hanging work on its office walls, TTR Sotheby’s helps artists gain exposure, and fans. This month and through August, the world-renowned realtors will be showcasing works by abstract, local artist Sally Kauffman.

The exhibit will include works from three of Kauffman’s main collections: “Fleshy Bits,” “Bathers” and “Intimate Feasts.” Each collection describes Kauffman’s interest in the human form, food, and her own body. Kauffman works like a true abstract artist: enveloping herself in the process of painting.

Kauffman is clearly not afraid to get messy in her works, and the splashes of color and layers she creates form the images in a beautiful, expressive way. Sally’s works depict familiar images in a very unfamiliar manner, as if you are trying to remember a dream but it is just barely out of reach.

Since we have been fans of Sally Kauffman’s for a while now, we decided to dedicate this week’s Borderstan article to her new show. Sally Kauffman’s show is at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty on 1506 14th Street NW­. Come out, support a local artist, and enjoy the complexities of abstract art.

Bringing the Art in DC to You, Aleksa.


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by June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]


Chocolate, anyone? (Namita Koppa)

I don’t know what the weather gods were thinking, but apparently as soon as the summer solstice descended upon Borders tan, the temperature climbed up too. It is HOT out there, guys! While beer is flowing here and here and here, sometimes it’s nice to sit down with something slightly more G-rated.

Like an ice cream sundae.

What better topping for an ice cream sundae than chocolate syrup?

What if I told you that the chocolate syrup you buy in the grocery store takes you 15 minutes to make in your own home?

Check this for your next summertime party:

Chocolate Syrup

(minus artificial sweeteners and preservatives)


  • ¾ Cup Water
  • 1½ Cup Sugar (adjust to taste!)
  • ¾ Cup Cocoa
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Syrup or Maple Syrup


  1. Over medium heat, whisk all of these ingredients together until well-blended, smooth, and shiny.
  2. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving over ice cream, stirred with milk, in coffee, or with a spoon of your favorite nut butter!
  3. Other variations include making the chocolate sauce with less sugar and mixing it with a bit of Sriracha. Serve over poultry or even as a simple substitute for mole sauce.


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by June 27, 2013 at 11:00 am 0


A day at the farm in Maryland. Click above to see photos.(Courtesy K-9 Divine)

What can be better than a day in the country side with a group of your friends?

Rachel Jones at K-9 Divine has just that for your dog.  K-9 Divine will not only take care of your dog while you are at work, they will also give them a day in the country, running (supervised!) through a fenced-in pasture. We spoke to Borderstan contributor Rachel Jones about her business.

Borderstan: When did K-9 Divine started?

Rachel Jones: I started K-9 Divine 10 years ago as an in-home training business. Six years ago I bought my house in Logan Circle and started boarding dogs. 1½-years ago, I rented the farm and started daycare and boarding at the farm.

Borderstan: Where are you located?

Jones: The farm is located in Harwood, Md., which is near Annapolis. Dogs can also board at my house in Logan Circle and we go to the client’s homes to do training.

Borderstan: What services do you offer?

Jones: We offer daycare at the farm Monday through Friday, boarding at both locations seven days a week and training whenever it is convenient for the client. We also offer boarding with training.

Borderstan: What is the cost of boarding and farm day?

Jones: Boarding is $65 per night or $50 per night for stays over one week. A farm day is $40 or $350 for a package of 10 days or $650 for a package of 20 days.

Borderstan: What makes K-9 Divine different from other dog care services?

Jones: Our daycare is different because it is outdoors on 13 acres. The dogs have lots of room to run and they have enough personal space so they don’t feel stressed out. We also have more people supervising the dogs than most other daycares. Our boarding is in a regular house and the dogs are not caged or kenneled. They are allowed to sleep wherever they want, even in the bed with me! So it is much less stressful than the average kennel or daycare.

Both myself and Amanda Brady, the daycare manager, are professional dog trainers, so we are very aware of dog behavior and body language and can make sure dogs are happy and getting along with each other.

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by June 27, 2013 at 10:00 am 7 Comments

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]


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

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan may vote to oppose the demolition of 1618 14th Street NW, former site of the sex club, “Men Parties.”

At last night’s meeting, ANC 2F’s Community Development Committee (CDC) voted 6-0 to recommend the full ANC not support an application to DC’s Historical Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for a raze permit for the building. The demolition requires permission from the HPRB because the building is within the boundaries of the Fourteenth Street Historic District.

There was a death at the club in 2009 which led DC to file suit to close the club.

Jeff Owens appeared before the committee to plead the case of the building’s owner, Stephen Jaffe. Reports indicate Jaffe has been the owner since before the 2009 incident.

Owens said the building had been gutted and is now exposed to the elements. He also said the building’s perimeter wall is buckling and the floor joists are gone. Neighborhood residents testified the building is neglected and some windows are open permanently.

Owens also said there is a tentative plan for a new building on the site which would have retail on the first floor and apartments above.

Neighborhood residents testified the building has been an eyesore for years and there were many unsuccessful attempts by neighbors to do something about it. One neighbor brought up the owner’s responsibility for the club and the 2009 death.

“He [Jaffe] knows nothing about that,” Owens said.

Members of the committee came out strongly in favor of preserving the building.

“This is the type of case that historic preservation laws have been designed to protect,” said one committee member.

“This is an absolute case of demolition by neglect,” said another.

“It’s a contributing building,” said committee chair Walt Cain, ANC commissioner for district 02.

The matter may be next considered at the regular monthly meeting of ANC 2F. This is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, at 7 pm, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

A notice that an application to raze the building had been filed first appeared at the property in April of this year.


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