by September 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1,381 0

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"DC Shorts Borderstan"

The 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival runs September 6-16. (Courtesy of DC Shorts)

The ninth annual DC Shorts Film Festival is taking place Thursday, September 6 through Sunday, September 16 at locations all across the city.

This year’s festival will showcase 140 films from 27 nations throughout the 11-day event that covers a plethora of genres, styles and subjects in less than 20 minutes.

Hungry for more? Well good, because DC Shorts will also pair chefs from across the DC region with food-themed films — attendees at these screenings will enjoy a delicious treat matched to the film and prepared by local chefs from Birch and Barley, Hank’s on the Hill and more!

The films’ writers and actors will also be on-hand at the festival to participate in the annual Screenwriting Competition. And plenty of parties are planned for the week, as well!

For more information on the films being showcased, and for tickets and times, visit the website at

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by September 9, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,927 0

Redeem, Borderstan, 14th Street NW, Fashion Night

Fashions Night Out at Redeem, 1734 14th Street NW. Most of Thursday night’s events were at Georgetown stores, but several 14th Street shops participated as well. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancasterEmail her at [email protected]

Rain, Rain, Go Away

As if the earthquake and hurricane were not enough, DC’s first responders are now conducting water rescues around DC due to flooding. WJLA has a list of them and the astounding report that we have had more than SEVEN inches of rain this week. It’s enough rain to cancel the swim portion of The Nation’s triathlon in DC, scheduled for Sunday. Stay dry and don’t bother straightening your hair!

Recap of Fashion’s Night Out

While the rain kept some people away, Fashion’s Night Out soldiered through with some unfashionable ponchos or stylish wellies. Patch has a good recap of the event, which brought people down from Baltimore and beyond. I’ll admit I may be partial to the article, since it features the DC Roller Girls, skates and all. If you have yet to attend FNO or see the roller derby, make a plan to do both soon!

Are Objections to Development Hurting DC’s Economy?

You probably already read the guest post from Stephen Rutgers on the 17th Street and O Street NW development. If he didn’t convince you that Dupont needs more mixed-use developments, consider this piece from Washington City Paper. Lydia DePillis features the argument made by an Arlington-based economist and his recently published piece in the New York Times. Failing to build more developments in opportunity-rich areas, he argues, is chocking economic growth. Good stuff to consider as you review the finer points of the President’s jobs speech from last night.

Connecticut Avenue Median Dedication

Speaking of development projects, the one that created the Connecticut Avenue is celebrating its first major milestone. The stretch between K Street and L Street has been completed, according to the Golden Triangle website. While work will continue up to Dupont Circle, the dedication ceremony is planned for September 15 at 10:30 am Officials attending the ribbon cutting ceremony include Mayor Vincent Gray, Council Chairman Kwame Brown and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans.

DC Shorts Film Festival Underway

So you missed the first film since the festival officially opened on Thursday. However, you still have a lot of great stuff to see and attend! Consider tonight’s Celebrity Party (not sure who the celebrities will be, but they are going to have food from Matchbox and Cowgirl Creamery, which is reason enough to go even if you hate movies) at Madame Tussaud’s or tomorrow’s Brazilian Carnival. More info about the parties is here. The full list of films can be found here.

Dupont Escalators Out of Service for Up to a Year

I wish that we had all missed this news and it wasn’t happening, but it’s true. The 19th Street entrance (on the south side of Dupont Circle) will be closed for up to a year as Metro works on the escalators servicing that particular access point. As the Washington Examiner points out, the Empire State Building was constructed in less time than this particular repair. Hopefully, this repair will ensure smooth escalator trips with no additional service. A girl can dream!

Arts District Blossoms

The Washington Blade has an interesting piece on the evolution of Logan Circle in contrast to Dupont Circle. Unsurprisingly, they credit Logan’s blossoming with the more ‘friendly’ ANC, which listened to residents who desired more restaurants and retail. Whether you care for the changes or not, it is certainly true that the 14th Street Corridor is remarkably changed from a decade (or even five years) ago. What say you, Borderstan, about the changes?

by August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,562 2 Comments

Republic of Congo, 16th Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Work is underway on the Toutorsky Mansion at 16th and Riggs NW. The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) is converting it into an embassy. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and  tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected].

Back to Life, Back to Reality

School is back in session for area children. While it brings back (to me, anyways) memories of Soul II Soul, this year brings a new reality to D.C. public schools. Harry Jaffe is back in the Washington Examiner with the surprising news that schools that have been predominantly African-American are seeing many more Caucasian classmates this year. DCPS reports that the 2011 enrollment percentage of white kids may have broken double digits. Credit population changes, credit Michelle Rhee or are the two related? Talk away in the comments.

Salute Your Shorts!

The D.C. Shorts Festival is nearly here again, and this year they have a blog! The Film Festival features 145 short movies from 23 countries and begins September 8 – 18. The Festival is in its eighth year in the District. When you think of D.C. and movies, maybe all you think of is Bumblebee hitting a car while Transformers was shooting here awhile ago. It’s time to change your perspective — the festival has been ranked in the top 20 festivals worth the entry fee. If you are still being a stick in the mud and hate movies, maybe you can still support them by boozing and partying at one of their ‘epic events.’

Wanna Go to the Coffee Shop?

Filter in Dupont Circle was rated “DC’s Best Coffeehouse” by Washington City Paper this year. Now, NBC Washington reports they are opening a second location in Foggy Bottom. It seems those flat whites and lattes will be shared with non-Borderstanis in about four to six months.

Speaking of Coffee Shops…

The Guardian features a gorgeous piece by George Pelecanos, creator of The Wire and D.C. native. He describes his formative years working in his father’s diner, the Jefferson Coffee Shop on 19th Street. You may have known about his local roots as he lovingly chronicled and derided Baltimore in his TV show, but now you can feel his love for his dad and a greasy spoon in Dupont. Anyone know what the current incarnation is on 19th? I’m going to go stalk, I mean wait for, Pelecanos to come wandering back home.

Amnesty for Egg Stealers

Eater and other blogs have talked to restaurant owners to find out “shit people steal” with often hilarious results before, but this installment involves a Dupont eatery styled after Grandma’s cooking. And people are still stealing! The hot commodity are fake eggs in a display at Casa Nonna. So they are offering amnesty for anyone that returns an egg and rewarding their change of heart with a free scoop of gelato. I am dying to hear an update on how many are being returned, how many fake “return eggs” have been gifted and if the DMV will add ice cream to the ticket amnesty program.

Attack of the Tomato

It’s a little out of the Borderstan area (or a lot depending on if you are planning on walking) but it’s worth checking out Ripple’s ‘Tomatina’ Festival if today’s morning chill made you mourn the end of summer. Get your tomato fix at their interpretation of Spain’s tomato throwing festival. It’s in Cleveland Park, tickets are $65 for five courses of tomatoes, performance artists and a showing of the cult favorite (?) “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”. Check out Metrocurean for more details, as I am unclear if this also includes tomato tossing.


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