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by Tim Regan — June 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

D.C. Police are seeking two persons of interest related to a theft that occurred March 30 on the 2400 block of 20th Street NW.

In a video released by police today, two men can be seen entering a residential building and walking out with several FedEx packages.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the text tip line by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — June 12, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Naked Girls Reading at DCAC, photo via Two weeks ago, local nerds dressed up for Awesome Con. This weekend at DC Arts Center, they’ll be taking the costumes off.

Naked Girls Reading’s D.C. chapter will perform its monthly nude reading tonight at 10 p.m. The theme: All things nerd.

Performers Gigi Holliday, Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and special guest Lucy Flawless will dress, then undress, as mutants, superheroes, and probably at least one character from Doctor Who. Along the way, they’ll read excerpts of nerdy literature in the nude.

Attendees are highly encouraged to show up dressed in their favorite nerd-themed costume and compete in the Nerdette costume contest.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $25.

by Jared Holt — June 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm 139 0

The proprietors behind Adams Morgan ice pop eatery Pleasant Pops opened their second store today.

The shop is located downtown at 733 15th Street NW and sells an assortment of frozen juice pops in flavors such as strawberry, ginger lemonade, cookies and cream, and orange chai.

The new location also serves coffee drinks and pastries.

“I think on the weekend we’ll have a lot of tourist traffic, fingers crossed,” said Hannah Smith, general manager of the 15th Street location. “I think we’ve been well-received and anticipated by our neighbors.”

by Tim Regan — June 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Washington Improv Theater will perform the first show in its “Summer Love” series tonight at the DC Center for Arts in Adams Morgan.

Each weekend this month, one of the theater’s five improv ensembles will perform two shows per night on Friday and Saturday. The first show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the second show starts at 10 p.m.

The shows will be driven by audience prompts and improv games, says WIT artistic director Mark Chalfant. But don’t worry about being snatched from your seat and taken onstage, he adds.

“We’re not looking to embarrass anybody,” says Chalfant.

There will also be guest performances by an all-gay improv team, Ugh, as well as one of D.C.’s longest-running improv teams, The Lodge.

by Bryan Doyle — June 5, 2015 at 9:00 am 189 0

Harris Teeter at 1631 Kalorama Road  NW

(Update 12:00 p.m.) The Harris Teeter at 1631 Kalorama Road NW temporarily closed after a reported fire this morning at about 8:50 a.m.

The store reopened today around 11:45 a.m.

At 9 a.m. this morning, D.C. Fire and EMS said the reported fire was extinguished, but that the nature of the damage was not yet known.

A visit by Borderstan to the site of the reported fire revealed no exterior damage.

by Tim Regan — June 4, 2015 at 1:50 pm 430 0

Bourbon upstairs space

Bourbon, the whiskey-soaked Adams Morgan hangout, wants patrons to bring their kids along for happy hour.

Each Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., the bar opens its upstairs space to grown-ups and kids alike during “kiddy happy hours.” The idea is simple: Drinks for the adults, cartoons, music and coloring for the kids.

Jessica Dallesasse, Bourbon’s general manager, says the bar started its kid-friendly happy hours about six months ago when a patron complained they had nowhere to take her kids during happy hour.

Now, Dallesasse says the event attracts up to 20 parents each week, and even more during the school year.

“Parents don’t often get to go out to eat or drink with their friends,” says Dallesasse. “So they just all bring their kids to a bar. The kids don’t get bored and the parents don’t get bored.”

While parents buy drinks and food at happy hour prices, kids can munch on chicken nuggets, french fries and mac and cheese from the bar’s kitchen.

And even though kids can roam the upstairs bar freely, they’re always within view of their parents, Dallesasse says. “It’s not like they just drop them off and walk away,” she adds.

Are the kids well-behaved? Dallesasse says, mostly. “There’s never been any temper tantrums or anything,” she says. “The only thing that can get loud is all the kids running around.”

Photo courtesy of Bourbon

by Tim Regan — June 2, 2015 at 5:15 pm 0

Adams Morgan Movie Nights poster

Tonight’s Adams Morgan Movie Nights showing of “The Bicycle Thief” has been cancelled due to wet conditions on Marie Reed School’s field at 18th and California streets, NW.

The film, along with a planned bike ride to the showing, has been rescheduled for June 23.

The next two Adams Morgan Movie Night showings are “Rich Hill” and “Whiplash,” which will occur on June 9 and June 16, respectively.

Photo via Adams Morgan Movie Nights

by Borderstan.com — February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

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

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A rendering of the Citadel apartments. (Photo by Capital Pixel’s Lori Steenhoek.)

What’s on your list of must haves when looking for a new apartment in DC?

Well, the new Citadel Apartments in Adams Morgan (1631 Kalorama Road NW) might have everything you desire.

Modern design? Check. Within walking distance of Mt. Pleasant and U Street? Check. Close proximity to a supermarket? Double check. Windows? Well, about that …

Urban Turf reports that Washington DC based developer Douglas Development plans to build 39 apartments in the space above Harris Teeter that once held the old Kalorama skating rink and bowling alley.

In order to maximize space in the unique domed, circular layout of the old skating rink, architects designed an outside ring of 31 apartments and an inside block of eight apartments.

An unusual quirk of those eight center apartments – no windows. Without access to the perimeter windows of the dome, the architects decided to incorporate skylights into the layout to allow for natural light.

Having lived in a few basement apartments in the District, I know how important natural light can be for the human psyche. Windows provide a connection to the outside world, a fresh breeze on a sunny day, and most importantly, an emergency exit in case of a fire.

And maybe it’s just me, but DC needs fewer windowless apartments and more roller skating rinks.

The apartments will be delivered sometime this spring.

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by Borderstan.com — February 8, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

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18th Street NW in Adams Morgan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

DC will celebrate Mardi Gras this Tuesday, February 12, with a celebration in Adams Morgan. From 6:30 until 10 pm, there will be marching bands, dancing and other festivities throughout the neighborhood.

Three live bands — including LaRue Horns,  ZeZe Brasil Samba School and Alafia Dancers & Drummers — will perform at five different venues along 18th Street and Columbia Road. If the weather holds, music will also be performed on the street to highlight the neighborhood’s new streetscape design.

The five hosts for the Mardi Gras celebration are:

  • Bossa DC, 2463 18th Street NW
  • Chief Ikes Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road NW
  • The Grill From Ipanema, 1858 Columbia Road NW
  • Rumba Café, 2443 18th Street NW
  • Jack Rose, 2007 18th Street NW

For more information or for details on the event and the schedule of the performances, follow Adams Morgan Main Street on Twitter @adamsmorganms; find them on Facebook.

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by Borderstan.com — February 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

From Kim Vu. He also has his own food blog, DC Wrapped Dates. Follow him at@dcwrappeddates or email him at kim[AT]borderstan.com.

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Try it at Tann Noodles. (Kim Vu)

By now, it’s a common dinner conversation amongst Washingtonians, well worn by any of us who call ourselves food lovers in this city: your personal breathless recounting of “that time I went to Toki Underground, and just how long it took me to get the seat, but how cool the interior design was, and the drinks were awesome, and the ramen was absolutely to die for, and ZOMG let me tell you about it one more time.”

Much like Dupont’s Little Serow, Toki’s ubiquitous hype (see: newly acquired spot on Washingtonian Top 100, recent visits by celebrities as varied as Ferran Adria and Neil Patrick Harris) mixed with its no-reservation policy and small seat count results in wait times that are in enumerated in the hours, not minutes.

And still we all, desperate to have some of that magical broth and noodles that taste like they’re spun out of angel hair, will trek out to H Street for this pilgrimage.

Could I Interest You in Taan?

But what if I told you that there was a noodle bar, within walking distance of Borderstan, that not only rivals the venerable Toki with its ramen bowls, but also features more seats and includes an upstairs space where you can sit and wait for your table? Could I interest you in Taan Noodles?

What’s curious about Taan is that the restaurant’s 18th and Columbia sits (1817 Columbia Road NW) within a city block of another recent noodle bar opening: Sakuramen. Unlike this traditional Japanese neighbor, Taan fits in decor-wise with current restaurant trends, namely rustic and refurbished farmhouse. To wit, all of the restaurant’s decorations from the antique cash register and red doors on the wall behind the bar to the mason jars and crates on wooden shelves hammered into the exposed brick come from an estate in West Virginia.

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Tann Noodles inside. (Kim Vu)

Seating consists of an eight-seat bar to the left of the restaurant with a series of two-top and four-top high tables in the front and right side of the restaurant. In the rear of the restaurant is a set of stairs to a second floor landing, the aforementioned overflow space where you can wait. It looks like a nice casual lounge, like the upstairs of a cozy independent bookstore.

On this trip, our group varies our options: my vegetarian girlfriend obviously goes for the vegetarian ramen, while I go with the Maze-Men, which can best be described as “throw everything in the bowl” soup. The former is a beet-based soup, with tomato, charred corn, purple potato, baby carrots, shichimi, basil oil, beet pickles, and a yuzu creme fraiche. The beet flavor is forward on this dish, so non-beet lovers should beware. Still, I don’t want to sell it short: the vegetables were solid, the tomato and corn particularly surprising and refreshing, and the whole bowl a very flavorful veggie option for a dish traditionally based on meat.

Mine, like I said, was an everything-but-the-sink dish: pork belly, duck confit, chicken confit, pickled cucumber, tomato, charred corn, scallions, woodear mushrooms, mustard greens, chilies, nori and egg yolk. Curiously, the one thing it does not come with is broth; instead, it’s intentionally given a small amount that wets the whole thing, but makes it a little less than a soup.

Still, there are many brilliant things to love about this dish: the deliciously seared pork belly, the brilliant nuggets of charred corn, the mustard greens that make me want to eat just them forever. In fact, it’s these components that are the basis of the Triple Stock Ramen, the dish that our dining companions had loved so much the previous time they went that they convinced us to go. If the Triple Stock’s pork belly, corn, and greens are as delicious as the ones I had, then it’ll likely become my go-to option on future trips.

So, if you want the deliciousness of Toki without the wait, are jonesing for some takeout ramen or if you simply want a fun new place to head to on the fringes of our beautiful Borderstan, head up to Taan.

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by Borderstan.com — January 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0

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U Street and Adams Morgan are two of the top most art-centric places in the country. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Kathryn Ciano. Follow her on Twitter @katciano. Email her at  kathryn[AT]borderstan.com.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s office announced this week that Adams Morgan and U Street, together, are one of America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces in the country. ArtPlace, a community-based collaborative focused on “creative placemaking,” selected these two neighborhoods for the title, among other cities, such as Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

According to the press release, ArtPlace selected Adams Morgan/U Street and the rest of the honored neighborhood list based on a set of six indicators identified by a consulting firm that specializes in the study of metropolitan economies:

Four indicators measure the ingredients of vibrancy: the number of retail and service businesses; the percentage of independent businesses; the neighborhood’s Walk Score; and the percentage of workers in creative occupations living in the neighborhood. Two arts-related indicators were also used: the number of arts-related non-profits and the number of arts-related businesses. Finally, neighborhood scores were normalized for family income so that neighborhoods with the highest concentration of income did not skew the results.

This is the second time ArtPlace has recognized the District as a creative community. In 2011, ArtPlace granted $250,000 to fund Arts and Culture Temporiums in four emerging DC neighborhoods: Anacostia, Brookland, Deanwood, and Central 14th Street NW (Spring Road to Longfellow Street NW).

Enjoy our creative neighborhood and get to know your neighbors by checking out the upcoming exhibits at local galleries this weekend — there are almost too many to name. My short list is below, but you can always check out Borderstan’s semi-weekly gallery roundup, or this link for Borderstan’s year-end exhibition roundup for more complete lists of nearby art spots:

  • At Longview gallery, 1234 9th Street NW, Colin Winterbottom’s “Gothic Resilience” presents a series of photos of the national cathedral restoration starting January 10 (including photos of artifacts and architecture damaged in the Aug. 2011 earthquake)
  • Gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street is showing mosaics by Ted Milligan and Michael Curry, starting January 12.
  • Curator’s Office, 1515 14th Street NW, Ste. 201, “Periodically invites a curator (museum curator, critic, artist, collector, educator, promising student, gallerist) to display a tightly focused presentation of an artist or art collective’s work. The invited curator provides an explanation for the selection and defines the cultural significance of that particular artist to contemporary art practice. From time to time, artists are invited to interpret the ‘office/micro-gallery space.”
  • Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street, is a tiny space hosting an exhibition called “Cabinets of Curiosity,” starting January 19.
  • Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW, opens Here Not There on January 12: “Joshua Wade Smith began Here Nor There with a two-day long urban trek in which he walked along the train tracks from his home in Baltimore to DC. On the second leg of the trip, Smith recorded his walk through Washington, DC from the train tracks near New York Avenue to the doors of Hamiltonian Gallery. The project concludes on opening night with an in-gallery performance. Smith will send runners sprinting down a 40 foot-long racetrack toward a mirrored wall, thereby forcing his performers to undergo the same physical and perceptual challenges he experienced on his solo journey.”
  • Randall Scott Projects, 2030 8th Street NW at V Street, opening in DC in January. Randall Scott has been in and out of the Borderstan area–most recently occupying a 2,400 square foot Shaw studio until that was demolished this fall. See this space for Botticellian and schoolgirlish soul-wrenching figures.

Check the galleries’ websites for exhibition opening info. Most of these galleries are open late enough in the evening so that you can stop in and poke around for a sec on your way home from work. Openings are always the best time to come, when you can meet the artist, and sip wine while you browse. Enjoy!

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by Borderstan.com — January 4, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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

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Michael Steven Poe. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Police)

The body of 23-year-old Michael Steven Poe of Clarksburg, Maryland, was found Wednesday evening in the 1800 block of Biltmore Street NW according to a release from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Poe had been reported missing January 1 when he did not return home after spending New Year’s Eve in the District. He had left a group of friends at Shenanigan’s Pub in the 2400 block of 18th Street NW at about 12:30 am January 1 and had last used his cell phone at 2:30 am.

According to The The Washington Post, Poe’s father was handing out flyers in Adams Morgan Wednesday evening when a woman recalled seeing Poe on her building’s roof early January 1.

Poe’s body was found 50 feet down a ventilation shaft near the roof. It remains unclear how Poe ended up on the roof and if and how he fell into the shaft. MPD reports that detectives from the Homicide Branch are investigating the death, but foul play is not suspected in the case. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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by Borderstan.com — September 27, 2012 at 8:00 am 202 0

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The 18th Street corridor in Adams Morgan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

We’ve known it for years, but now the rest of the nation knows it: Adams Morgan is one of the “Prettiest Painted Places in America.”

The DC neighborhood was recently nominated, along with 200 other colorful communities, in the Prettiest Painted Places competition, which is sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute.

So, then –what is the purpose of this competition? Well, according to Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, the purpose is to show what a can of paint can do for a neighborhood, aesthetically speaking.

“The purpose of our competition is to identify and recognize those towns and neighborhoods that best demonstrate how exterior paint can enhance the appearance of an entire community,” said Zimmer in a press release statement. “By honoring the most aesthetically-pleasing places, we believe our competition will give everyone an appreciation for the role that exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building.”

The finalist cities will be selected in late September. A panel of judges will select 60 places as finalists, 10 from each of six geographic regions of the U.S. Then, after further research, a panel of judges from major media outlets will select two places from each region as the 12 Prettiest Painted Places in America.

Our bets are on Adams Morgan.

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by Borderstan.com — May 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Charlie Visconage is back every second Friday of the month. Next show is Friday, June 8. (Luis Gomez Photos)

In February Borderstan’s Kate Hays interviewed Charlie Visconage who brought the late night talk-show, the Charlie Visconage Show, to DC. Now Visconage is back after the show had a successful run of 10 weeks at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan. The show will be filmed live every second Friday of the month.

As of last Friday night, the show is back to a monthly schedule — the first Friday of the month at 10 pm. The May 4 was sold out  — so plan ahead for the next show on June 8. The show will have the same late night-talk show format focused on connecting DC-area artists  and people-of-interest.

Who’s on the Show?

The first show of the new season features on May 4 featured Philippa Hughes, Chief Creative Contrarian, The Pink Line Project; Jennifer Tress, Writer, Blogger, Storyteller, Performer/Artist; Kristina Bilonick, Head Coach of DC CHEER! and a performance by their team; and Musical Guest Indie Pop/Rock band North of Canada.

June 8 Guests

The next show is Friday, June 8, with the following guests at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW:
  • Shawn Westfall: Head DC Improv Teacher, Actor, Standup (dcimprov.com).
  • Buck Downs: Poet, Publisher, and Editor (buckdowns.com).
  • The Cornel West Theory: Eclectic mix of go-go, jazz, rock and hip-hop (thecornelwesttheory.com).

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by Borderstan.com — February 28, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

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The Charlie Visconage Show runs weekly through March 22 at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at kate[AT]borderstan.com.

DC’s newest talk show host has variety in his blood. Charlie Visconage was introduced to improv comedy by a high school teacher, has dabbled in competitive ballroom dancing, is an amateur photographer and has an affection for comic books (Batman and Watchman, mostly).

Last October, he found himself unhappy at work (sales – hated it) and quit to clear his mind and get creative. He listened to some Chris Gethard and read The War For Late Night. Soon, an idea began to brew. After a push from mentor Topher Bellavia and a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, The Charlie Visconage Show was born – for a 10-week first run.

Every week, between now and March 22, 2012, the show will highlight area artists, musicians and all-around interesting people. Upcoming guests include Amy Saidman and James Alefantis (of Comet Ping Pong fame).  On March 15, the show will host an evening dedicated to sex and romance, with a burlesque dancer and a real-life “Hitch.”

When he’s not hamming it up, Charlie does have a day job, is big into old cars and patronizes local Borderstan haunts like The Standard, Church Key and Peregrine. No matter where he is, Charlie is always plotting his next move.

“The worst thing is a person who talks about things… and never does them.”

Something tells me Charlie is in the clear.

Go check out DC’s latest Conan and learn more about our local noteworthy talent on display each week.

The Charlie Visconage Show runs January 19, 2012 through March 22, 2012; shows are Thursday night at 10pm at the DC Arts Center.

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