by September 24, 2009 at 5:00 am 2,270 1 Comment

Here are my picks for things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city… restaurants, galleries and theater.

U-Topia, 1418 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

U-Topia, 1418 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th St. NW.(Photos: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

U-topia at 1418 U Street NW is a great spot on the U street corridor. Jazz and art come together to help you celebrate an excellent meal… Brazilian jazz on Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

La Carbonara at 1926 9th Street NW is in Shaw’s Little Ethiopia. This recently opened Italian restaurant has received mix reviews, from excellent to bland, perhaps depending on the day of the week. If you are feeling adventuresome, give it a try and let us know.

Local 16, at 1602 U Street NW is a nice place to go during the week. The weekend is totally different and it can get crowded and uncomfortable. The menu is American food with an Italian influence. Local 16 has a beautiful roof top deck.

Ink Storm at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. (

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW. (Image:

"Mirage Series" by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW.(

“Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image:

"Color, Texture and Mood" by Michele Cormier at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW. (

“Color, Texture and Mood” by Michele Cormier, Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image:

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW: “This exhibition highlights how artists CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu, and Paula TSAI, three emerging Beijing based artists who re-interpret and re-invent traditional Chinese uses of ink through video, drawing, and mixed-media installation, incorporate ink into their work, ink, and how each individual exploration offers compelling contributions to contemporary art discourse.”

Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW: “The series includes portraits, cityscapes, still-lifes, and landscapes. One landscape includes what appears to be two farm structures viewed from across a field; the hot, shimmering light of a summer’s day has had its effects. Another painting shows a cityscape, with a mass of loosely rendered buildings. In both works, the atmosphere has seemingly blurred many of the specifics–but there is enough information in the watery images to transfix and invite one in. The artist’s technique successfully conveys the essence of his message, but also effectively leaves room for personal interpretation. The result is strong and engaging.” (more…)

by September 23, 2009 at 7:37 am 1,187 0


The Ganymede Arts Festival runs through Sunday, September 27, at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace, 1626 14th Street NW. (Image: Ganymede Festival website.)

The week-long, third annual GLBT Ganymede Arts Festival continues this week, running through Sunday–right in the heart of Borderstan. All festival performances are at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace (in the rear of the retail store) at 1626 14th Street NW (west side of 14th between Corcoran and R Streets NW). Ticket information is at the Ganymede website.

The mission of the Ganymede Festival is to “provide high-quality, professional theatre and art that fosters social and cultural awareness of and for the glbt [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] community.”

  • Wednesday at 7 p.m. – “GLBT Stand Up Comedy Night” (Pay what you can donation)
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – “American Premeier Reading” by Australian GLBT playwright. (Pay what you can donation)
  • Friday at 7 p.m. – “Rockin’ Women’s Night” with Hope Leigh Rollins and and Esmirelda. (Pay what you can donation)
  • Saturday and Sunday – Featured theatrical event, “After the Garden – Edie Beale LIVE at Reno Sweeney.” Saturday show at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
  • There is also a post-festival event on Saturday, October 10, at Miss Pixies: “Catie Curtis Lives with Tom Goss.” Tickets are $25.

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