by Borderstan.com May 24, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,834 0

DC Grey Market at Local 16, Laura Herman photos, Borderstan

Jana and Laura attended the Grey Market DC on Saturday at Local 16. Click on the collage to see their slide show. (Photos by Laura Herman)

From Jana Petersen and Laura Herman. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things; you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs.

Crowds flocked to Local 16 on U Street this past Saturday for “Grey DC,” a day-long event featuring the delicious and homemade treats of 25 local vendors. Crunkcakes anyone? How about sweet potato butter or pickled vegetables?

What, you may ask, is a grey market as opposed to a black market?

Appropriately characterized as an “underground” market, a grey market can be defined as the trade of a commodity through distribution channels which, while legal, are unofficial. What does unofficial mean? For vendors, it means the ability to sell their local goods without wading through much of the unnecessary red tape and bureaucracy that often slows or prohibits entry into “official” farmers markets. For patrons, it means a simple signature on a waiver that acknowledges the rules of a grey market.

Well, sign.us.up. (again and again and again). Vendors packed the space across the top floor of Local 16 — some inside, the luckier ones out — selling and sampling products ranging from Cuban Sandwiches and homemade pastries to vegan cupcakes, macarons (cancel your flight to Paris!), cakeballs, barbeque, grilled cheese, seafood gumbo, pickles and yogurt. We spent the afternoon taking in the sights, smells, samples, and crowds.

Here’s what we saw (and sampled!):

  • Crunkcakes, alcohol-flavored and infused cupcakes (the booze is added after baking so it doesn’t evaporate), were a big hit. (We picked up a yummy sampler filled with Kahlua, Tequila, and Bailey’s flavored treats to bring to a party that evening!)
  • Hand pies from Betsy’s Bites.

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by Borderstan.com February 13, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

"Valentine"

Never underestimate the power of flowers on Valentine’s Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Some content from this article was originally posted by Jana Petersen in February 2012. 

One thing is for sure: never underestimate the power of flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Sure, there are chocolates and jewelry and stuffed animals galore, but fresh flowers make the heart grow fonder.

There are plenty of shops in the neighborhood to pick-up flowers for your Valentine. Here are just some of the options:

And if you need to pick-up a little gift to go with those flowers, consider visiting some of the neighborhood’s local gift shops, such as:

And a homemade valentine from Brand Dave is always a good choice.

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by Borderstan.com February 13, 2012 at 9:50 am 1,440 0

Borderstan.com covers DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

The Borderstan team of contributors have a number of ideas for Valentine’s Day. Check back for some more updates between now and Tuesday morning!

by Borderstan.com February 9, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,398 0

"Borderstan""Flowers", Luis Gomez Photos

Flowers are always a good choice for Valentine’s Day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

By Jana Petersen. You can email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.

Ladies (and gents) — it’s here again. Valentine’s Day. Red hearts, candy hearts, ‘I love you’ cards, and fuzzy white bears line CVS and Rite Aid walls and shelves all over the District.

Every year, as I anticipate the plans and questions and material items (What to do? Whom with? What to get and where?), I’m flooded by fond memories of years past: You know, the days when the big questions were “Which cartoon card should I tell my mom to mass order for my classmates? What color should my Valentine’s Day mailbox be?”

All of that said, just because mailboxes and candy hearts don’t necessarily characterize my days leading up to the holiday and the holiday itself, that doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day – as a twenty-something year-old — can’t be equally as lovely.

While Valentine’s Day activities may vary — Bachelor marathon turned champagne drinking game, anyone? (yes, I have friends doing this), or a night out with a significant other — there’s one thing I believe friends, lovers and acquaintances (okay, maybe not acquaintances — that could be creepy) overlook:

The power of flowers.

I can’t speak for every person out there. But, I will say nothing makes me feel happier or more fulfilled than a few flowers in my apartment, or some on my desk at work.  Some may argue “Why flowers? They die, and aren’t edible!” Well, for one – I don’t risk eating all of them (or any) in one fell swoop (or at all). Two, they’re pretty for the time they’re alive.  And finally, when they do die,  dried flowers make AWESOME wall-hangings.

All of this to say, friends and lovers, get out there and buy some flowers. Give some flowers. Or one flower (but not from a neighbor’s garden).

Where to Buy Flowers in the Neighborhood

by Borderstan.com December 30, 2011 at 10:55 am 0

Temple Garden Open House, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

The community Temple Garden on the 1700 block of 15th Street NW closed after this year’s harvest. (Luis Gomez Photos)

What made news in Borderstan in 2011? Reader favorites included the following stories:

  • closing of the community Temple Garden
  • formation of a new community group, Urban Neighborhood Alliance
  • snowball fight in Dupont Circle (featured image from photo set on Flickr)
  • opposition to a new apartment building, 17th and O Streets NW
  • protest over a paved embassy front yard (Embassy of Congo)
  • lost dog (found!)
  • annual LGBT parade through the neighborhood

Those were the subjects of 6 of the year’s 12 most-read stories in the News section at Borderstan. Other hot topics for the year (see the list of reader favorites by month) included:

  • more parades (UHOP Memorial Day Parade, kids’ Halloween Parade)
  • local public schools (Garrison, Ross)
  • changing neighborhoods (gay to straight, poor to rich)
  • journalists who live in the neighborhood (Mason, DeBonis, Jaffe, Mathis)
  • local parks (French Street, Shaw Skate Park)
  • festivals (17th Street)
  • how much you pay in rent
Dupont Circle snowball fight, January 2011, Luis Gomez Photos

January 26: First snowball fight of the season in Dupont Circle. Click for more photos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Top Dozen News Stories of 2011 on Borderstan

  1. Temple Garden to Close After 2011 Harvest (Tom Hay)
  2. Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor (Michelle Lancaster)
  3. Photos: Season’s First Snowball Fight in Dupont Circle (Luis Gomez)
  4. New Kid on the Block: Urban Neighborhood Alliance (Tom Hay)
  5. Best of D.C. 2011: Borderstan Area Winners
  6. Change We Can Believe In: Not on 17th Street (Guest post from Stephen Rutgers)
  7. SYMHM: Happy Hump Day March 30 (Michelle Lancaster)
  8. Poll: Where’s the D.C. Gay Neighborhood in 2011? (Matty Rhoades)
  9. Embassies, Trees, B&Bs: Be Careful What You Protest? (Michelle Lancaster)
  10. Rally in Dupont Circle For Wisconsin Workers (Luis Gomez)
  11. OWNERS FOUND! Beagle-Mix Found at 9th & V NW (Matty Rhoades)
  12. June 1-12: Capital Pride Events in Borderstan Area (Matty Rhoades)

January

  1. Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. New Kid on the Block: Urban Neighborhood Alliance (Tom Hay)
  3. Photos: Season’s First Snowball Fight in Dupont Circle (Luis Gomez)

February

  1. Garrison Elementary Partners With ANC 2F, LCCA (Tom Hay)
  2. Rally in Dupont Circle For Wisconsin Workers (Luis Gomez)
  3. OWNERS FOUND! Beagle-Mix Found at 9th & V NW (Matty Rhoades)

March

  1. Best of D.C. 2011: Borderstan Area Winners (Borderstan)
  2. SYMHM: Happy Hump Day March 30 (Michelle Lancaster)
  3. One for the Dudes: Shaw Skate Park Reopens (Luis Gomez)

April

  1. Temple Garden to Close After 2011 Harvest (Tom Hay)
  2. Garrison Elementary Wins Library Makeover (Tom Hay)
  3. Saturday: Ross School Auction (Lunch with Chuck Todd, Michelle Rhee?) (Jana Petersen)

May

  1. Photos: Saturday’s United House of Prayer Annual Parade (Luis Gomez)
  2. Monarch Butterflies Welcome at French Street Park (Tom Hay)
  3. SYMHM: May 20 TGIF Edition (Michelle Lancaster)

June

  1. Poll: Where’s the D.C. Gay Neighborhood in 2011? (Matty Rhoades)
  2. June 1-12: Capital Pride Events in Borderstan Area (Matty Rhoades)
  3. Harry Jaffe Unfiltered (Isn’t He Usually?) (Michelle Lancaster)

July

  1. SYMHM: July 13 Hump Day Edition (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. SYMHM: Offices-Not-Condos Edition (Tom Hay)
  3. SYMHM: TGIF July 15 Edition (Michelle Lancaster)

August

  1. SYMHM: Parking App, Fully Loaded, Booze, Wonder Bread, MLK (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. SYMHM: August 31 Hump Day Edition (Michelle Lancaster)
  3. Mike DeBonis on Life at The Post and His Must-Read List (Michelle Lancaster)

September

  1. Change We Can Believe In: Not on 17th Street (Guest post from Stephen Rutgers)
  2. 17th Street Festival Announces Lineup of Bands, Performers, DJs (Matty Rhoades)
  3. 2011 17th Street Festival Photos: Did We See You There? (Luis Gomez)

October

  1. Rent: What’s Your Pain? (Matty Rhoades)
  2. Sommer Mathis: Telling DC’s Story (Michelle Lancaster)
  3. Kids Halloween Parade Draws Several Hundred for First-Time Event (Luis Gomez)

November

  1. Embassies, Trees, B&Bs: Be Careful What You Protest? (Michelle Lancaster)
  2. Central Union Mission Prepares for Last Thanksgiving on 14th Street (Maggie Barron)
  3. Reader Poll: 17th Street Safeway Bag Check (Matty Rhoades)

December

  1. No More Concrete at The Embassy of Congo (Luis Gomez)
  2. Heritage India: PR 101 Course, Perhaps? (Michelle Lancaster)
  3. The Other Side on the B&B that Became a Cement Embassy (Michelle Lancaster)

 

by Borderstan.com December 29, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,350 0

go mama go! Borderstan, 14th Street,

Click for the slide show. The year’s most read arts and entertainment story was about the March farewell party at the closing of go mama go! (Luis Gomez Photos)

Following are the top arts and entertainment stories each month on Borderstan in 2011. The top story each month was the one that was read by the most readers. The writer’s name is next to each story.

Top food story for the year in terms of reader views? The winner was Photos: Sunday’s Farewell Party at go mama go! by Luis Gomez, followed closely by  Danny’s Top 10: D.C.’s Best 2010 Concerts from Danny Shapiro.

Of note: While one gallery closed on 14th Street NW in 2011, another gallery opened. See the August stories below: Irvine Contemporary closed in September and [email protected] opened in November.

by Borderstan.com November 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm 1,943 0

"Borderstan""Coat", Gifts for the Homeless Inc.

Gift for the Homeless, Inc. collects clothing for the homeless. You can also make a donation to purchase clothing. (Luis Gomez Photos).

By Jana Petersen. You can email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.

Do you really need another tweed coat? Or another pair of REI thermals for that “not yet on the calendar” but most likely to occur blow-out ski weekend with your friends? Didn’t think so.

Donate clothing or make a contribution of any size. Example: $100 buys 1 dozen fleece blankets. Clothes can be dropped off through December 4.

Start your holiday season off right this year — give to those who are really in need: put that $25 or $100 where it will so some real good. Gifts for the Homeless, Inc (GCFH) is running its annual clothing drive this year through December 4. GFTH is a non-profit and volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping the homeless through fundraisers and clothing drives for  winter “must haves” — long underwear, hats, blankets and gloves, to name a few.

Each year, GFTH donates used clothing to approximately 70 shelters in the area — from transitional shelters to shelters for battered women and shelters for AIDS victims. Since GFTH is exclusively volunteer-based with no overhead or administrative costs, 100% of the donations and proceeds go to the homeless.

As in years past, GFTH cannot do it with your help. Help make this year as big of a success as last year — where the value of clothing and blankets for area homeless shelters topped $1 million!

Your contributions make a difference!

  • $25 purchases 5 dozen pairs of men’s socks
  • $33 purchases 1 dozen men’s heavy thinsulate-lined gloves
  • $50 buys 1 dozen hooded sweatshirts
  • $100 buys 1 dozen fleece blankets
  • $250 purchases five dozen sets of kid’s thermal underwear.

Extra clothes weighing you down?

GFTH is in need of shoes, winter sweaters, sleeping bags, blankets, coats, hats, gloves and toiletries — especially for men and children. Please make all contributions by Friday, December 2; you can leave your donations at the Portals III Complex at 12th and D Streets SW in DC.  The clothing drive (sorting and delivering) will take place at the same location Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 4. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please visit the volunteer page.

Donate online or by mail!

You can contribute via check or online. All donations are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to “Gifts for the Homeless, Inc.”

GFTH was created in 1986 by lawyers in the district as part of an effort to give back to the city during the holiday season. Over the years, GFTH has grown into a year-round operation that collects used clothing and monetary donations (used to purchase new clothing such as socks, sweatshirts, long underwear, blankets, hats and gloves.

by Borderstan.com October 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,002 0

Capital Bikeshare, Borderstan, Logan Circle

Capital Bikeshare station at 15and P Streets:  The Dupont-Logan-U Street area offers numerous transit options. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen. Questions or comments, email Jana at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.

What might a sustainable community look like here in DC? You could begin by counting the number of Capital Bikeshare terminuses in a given area, or looking at the number of bike owners or bike lanes. The number of bus stops or proximity to Metro lines might also be good indicators. In a recent lecture hosted by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, more than 50% of folks in the DC area want to live less than 0.5 miles to a Metro station.

Does the sustainable community I describe above sound familiar? I hope so.

For this reason, Borderstanis, bike enthusiasts and residents of our sustainable community, join Coalition for Smarter Growth and Young Rail-volutionaries on October 17 at 6 pm for the Rail-volution Film Fest, a collage of short films centered around the themes of transit and livable communities. A sell-out success from Rail-Volution 2010, the Filmfest will run for about an hour, featuring 5-minute films on sustainable communities around the country.

What have other communities done to embrace sustainable living? What does the world outside of programs like Capital Bikeshare look like? Where could/would programs like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Cycletracks find their home?

The Rail-volution Film Fest is one program of the four-day (October 16-19) Rail-volution Conference held in DC this year. Rail-volution is a national networking group based out of Portland, Oregon that is passionate about the impact of new professionals in creating livable communities and sharing a vision to create places that are more equitable, sustainable and vibrant. Interested in other transit-related events as part of Rail-volution? Click here. 

As residents of a vibrant and developing community, I encourage you to check out the Rail-volution Film Fest. Healthful and sustainable living have become more important than ever, and we should be asking ourselves a few questions:

  • First, how do we continue to “develop” communities like 17th Street NW and Dupont Circle without creating new spaces? In other words, how do we make what we have better?
  • Second, how can we contribute to areas that continue to develop, like Logan Circle and U Street NW? As businesses and apartment buildings continue to move into 14th Street NW, what’s the best way to get people from one destination to the next? Can the current bus lines meet the population influx?

Admission to the Film Festival is $25 and includes one free drink covered at the Big Hunt following the Festival. Proceeds will go to the Coalition for Smarter Growth (Follow them on Twitter @betterdcregion) for transit and sustainable communities.

Event details:

  • Who: Hosted by Coalition for Smarter Growth and Rail-volution
  • What: Rail-volution 2011 FilmFest
  • When: Monday, October 17, 2011 at 6 pm, followed by happy hour at the Big Hunt
  • Where: Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street NW
  • How much: Tickets are $25 and RSVPs are required

by Borderstan.com September 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm 1,405 0

"Borderstan" "Lululemon" "P Street NW"

Running (Jana Petersen)

From Jana Petersen. Questions or comments, email Jana at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.

Along with the colors, tastes, fashion and flavors of the fall season – comes the burden (and excitement) of parsing through endless lists of seasonal races in the DC metropolitan area. What to choose? Vienna Pumpkin Run or Parks Run? Veterans Run or Parks Half Marathon? Marine Corps? Run Geek Run? (This is actually the name of the run.)

In anticipation of the various races this fall season (not to mention the free shirts to add to my collection), I opened DC’s running schedule  and started to plan…

About five minutes into some browsing and (overly) ambitious planning, I realized that I probably wasn’t ready for what I was (and am) planning on signing up for. A friend, former Lululemon employee and recent transplant to the area brought to my attention a pretty cool opportunity aimed at helping people train for upcoming races and supporting a community of runners…

Every Monday night at 6:30 pm, Lululemon in Logan Circle hosts a running club, where you can opt in for either a 3 mile or 7 mile run (the latter more focused on speed, sounds like something for more experienced runners.)  All runs are led by members of the Washington Running Club, and each run is followed by group stretching, a running Q+A, and various topical discussions as it relates to running and fitness. Let me recap: free + local + fitness-oriented + professionally led?

Yes, please!

Disclaimer: I have yet to attend one of the Monday running groups, but am planning on beginning across the next couple of weeks. A full follow-up debrief soon after my first go.

Kick start your fall season off right! What races — local or otherwise — are you planning on running? Have you gone to Lululemon’s running clubs? What do you think?

What else?

If you starting reading this article in the hopes that it might address something related to yoga — and have made it this far — congratulations, your efforts do not come unrewarded:

  • Lululemon hosts other complimentary yoga sessions? Free, did I mention – free!
  • Check out yoga: Wednesdays at 6:30 in DuPont Circle / Sundays at 3:45 pm at Stroga in Adams Morgan.

by Borderstan.com September 6, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,059 3 Comments

Bikram Yoga, Connecticut Avenue NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

95+ Degrees at Bikram Yoga on Connecticut Avenue NW. (Jana Petersen)

This is the first post of Jana Petersen’s column on health and wellness. She will be drawing from topical articles, trends and deals to post about various activities and ways to keep healthy in the Borderstan area. You can email her at [email protected]

From Jana Petersen

Yoga mats and coffee cups have historically begged the question: is yoga the latest manifestation of “bobo” culture, or do people invest for the purported benefits? For a while, I had been pretty convinced of the former – and had even questioned whether people carrying yoga mats were actually going to yoga, or whether they were using the mats to roll (pun intended) with the trend.

While I can’t speak for everyone carrying around a yoga mat, I can confidently say that the benefits from Bikram yoga are worth the time, money and 95+ degree heated studio.

Bikram yoga (and yoga overall) had been on the peripheral extracurricular track for me; it was a welcomed break from running, but had never warranted the investment in a monthly membership (#iwishiwerepaidmore), Lululemon merchandise or the use of yoga pants for anything outside of post-binge Thanksgiving day. After some convincing from friends and boss (more to come on that one), I purchased a 10-week trial pass at Bikram Dupont. I could stand a break from running and could probably benefit from the stretches.

The 95+ degree studio didn’t feel like a big deal — until the morning of my first class. Between compulsive trips to refill my Nalgene and preemptive self-mockery, I had covered all of the worst-case scenarios (or so I thought) in my head: Fainting, losing my balance, uncontrollably sweating…

What I had not prepared myself for was the sight of my boss — the same man who had purported the benefits of Bikram yoga was now sitting on a mat in front of me, shirtless and in biker shorts. I was mortified and I could see he was eating his words; the months of “You have to try to Bikram!” had backfired, big time. I (and he) had (wrongly) assumed there would be more than one Bikram studio in Dupont.

All of this said, I’m now months into the “standing tree pose” and the benefits continue to outweigh any initial insecurities, hesitancy and humiliation. Although it’s hard to quantify and articulate exactly the benefits of Bikram — so much is dependent on how hard you push yourself and your body type — there are a few pronounced medical benefits (see below).

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram is the practice of 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed in a heated environment, named after Bikram Choudhury (who knew!). The heated environment helps to loosen muscles, eliminate toxins and improve circulation; the flow of postures within Bikram is aimed to systematically work every part of the body (veins, internal organs, ligaments and muscles).

Benefits of Bikram Yoga

  • Yoga — especially Bikram yoga — loosens the muscles, releasing lactic acid that builds up with muscle use and can cause stiffness, tension, pain and fatigue.
  • Yoga increases the range of motion in joints, resulting in sense of ease and fluidity throughout the body.
  • Yoga stretches the body’s soft tissues, including ligaments and tendons.
  • Yoga can help posture; the series of poses requires lower-abdominal and core strength, which increases likelihood of “sitting and standing tall.”
  • Yoga de-stresses; deep breathing exercises help calm the mind and focus on the “here and now.”

Bikram and Other Types of Yoga

Bikram is the only practice of “hot yoga.” There are a slew of other kinds – but the most popular are Hatha (often called the foundation of other yoga styles, focused on posture, breathing and meditation) and Vinyasa (more focused on strength, power and tone.)

Where to Practice Bikram?

  • Bikram Yoga Dupont (Connecticut Avenue and R street)
  • Hours vary; see schedule here

Borderstanis, where are your favorite Bikram (and other) studios to practice?

by Borderstan.com August 18, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,495 0

POP!, Studio Theatre, Scott Suchman

Tom Story in POP! The show has been extended through August 28. (Scott Suchman)

From Jana Petersen. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jana_petersen.

The change happened almost instantly after Laura and I handed over our tickets to see POP! — the murder-mystery musical around the shooting of Andy Warhol — at the Studio Theatre last week.

“Welcome to the Factory,” the ticket lady uttered. “Factory” — okay, I get it — but we’re still in the Studio Theatre – right? I was having déjà vu to Rocky Horror screenings on Halloween night…

As we walked upstairs to the smaller theater, the smell of tobacco wafted through the staircase and people stood scattered in scantily clad ’60s clothing (read: tight pants, unbuttoned shirts) throughout: why were the actors not behind stage? As we walked up the staircase, one of the “greeters / actors” came running to us, “Hey, girls! When are we going out? How you ladies doing? Welcome to the Factory.”

The Studio Theater just extended its run of “Pop!” through August 28. It is at 1501 14th Street NW, corner of 14th and P Streets. POP! was written by Maggie-Kate Coleman and Anna K. Jacobs; directed by Keith Alan Baker, with Hunter Styles and Jennifer Harris.

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by Borderstan.com July 21, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,688 1 Comment

Peter Krsko, Sculpture, 15th Street NW, Corcoran Street NW

15th and Corcoran Streets NW: “Pinky Swear” by artist DECOY is part of the Albus Cavus artist collective’s Give Me A Vote project. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen and Matt Rhoades

Hands up, Borderstanis! Have you seen “Pinky Swear,” the large blue hand — bright red heart at its center with the words “Give Me a Vote” scribbled at its base — on the corner of 15th Street NW and Corcoran Streets? Assuredly, if you’ve walked south on 15th street or east on Corcoran, you must not have missed it — especially since the weather’s been nice (this week aside…).

15th and Corcoran Streets NW: “Pinky Swear” is an installation by DECOY, a local artist who is active in the community about teaching young people and painting murals – check out her blog.

“Pinky Swear” is part of the Give Me A Vote campaign by Albus Cavus, an artist collective whose projects “are connected to the idea of creating public spaces that are healthy, unique and nurturing to the community,” said Peter Krsko, a founder of Albus Cavus. In an attempt to create art that connects to our community, “Give Me a Vote” aims to educate folks about D.C.’s lack of voting rights in Congress. There are currently 30 of the sculptures around the city.

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by Borderstan.com July 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,101 0

Evan Reed, Project 4 Gallery

Evan Reed’s “Detail of Burj Al Shawq,” 2009-2011 13 x 7 x 5′ wood. (Image courtesy of Project 4 Gallery)

From Jana Petersen

Understanding the often overwhelming number of distractions that come with the summer season, I thought I’d ease the burden (am I the only one who finds too many choices burdening?!) with a prioritization of gallery opportunities! So, first comes first — Project 4 and Irvine are rounding out their current exhibits this weekend.

“Evan Reed: traveling past proun” closes at Project 4 this Saturday; in his exhibit, Reed explores the convergence of wood sculpture and media with everyday objects. According to Project 4, “his work is informed by architectonic structures and driven by his penchant for the fantastical and visionary.”

“Tribute” also closes at Irvine this weekend. In a nod to its place and role in the Borderstan community, this exhibit over the last month has commemorated the contributing artists and community. That said, if you can’t make it to Irvine this weekend, not to worry; Tribute (part 2) will be opening on July 23, so be on the lookout!

Over at Transformer on P Street NW, Saturday is the last day to see the work of Oreen Cohen. She is the first of three artists in the “E8: Sculpture” series.

Now, to open the can of worms – here are the rest of your local gallery options – enjoy!

Get more details  below on the 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area.

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by Borderstan.com July 14, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,461 0

DC theaters, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

What’s playing at Borderstan area theaters? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen

This past Wednesday evening POP! opened at The Studio Theater. A musical murder-mystery extravaganza, POP! takes a peek inside the artistic revelry of Andy Warhol’s infamous Factory. More specifically, its function outside of the artistic whims and manifestations of post-modernism (odds and ends collected from the street, interior covered entirely in silver paint): in other words, the Factory’s alternate role as home to orgies, parties and excessive drug use.

Tickets for POP! average about $40, and the show will run through August 7. Have you seen POP! Are you planning on it? Tell us what you think!

What else to look forward to?

  • At the Keegan Theatre on Church Street, Steel Magnolias opens July 23 and runs through August 21.
  • Theatre J is taking a breather, but the 2011-2012 season begins with Imagining Madoff on August 31.

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold:

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by Borderstan.com June 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm 1,655 0

Borderstan, Longview Gallery, 9th Street NW

“Artist of the Washington Glass School” closes this Saturday, June 18, at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW.

From Jana Petersen

There are three galleries closing their current exhibits this weekend: Gallery plan b, Hamiltonian and Long View. See descriptions below to devise your divide and conquer plans.

Gallery plan b, “Works by Gordon Binder, Works by Tanja Bos, Works by Beverly Ryan”: Each artist in this exhibit chooses a different way to paint his/her environment. While Gordon Binder captures the world around him through natural landscapes and cityscapes, Tanja Bos uses ink and paper to create ethereal scenes “that seem to glow from within” (Gallery plan b) and Beverly Ryan’s “narrative paintings are populated with soul-searching figures amongst decorative and colorful patterns” (gallery plan b).

Hamiltonian Gallery, “Concurrent Exhibitions by Three Hamiltonian Fellows: Ryan Hoover, Jessica van Brakle, and Linda Vargas de la Hoz”: In this exhibit, each artists explores the notion of physical objects and space to paint a convergence that is not normally seen — a tent made out of a clothes jacket? What about furniture implanted with micro-controllers?

Long View Gallery: Find out how students and teachers at the Washington Glass School have taken glass sculpture outside of its traditional form.

Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.

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