The Dupont-Logan-U Street area usually receives some spillover when there is a major event in DC–a rally, a march, a presidential inauguration. Spillover means more people on our streets and in restaurants, and buses and subways more crowded than usual. In addition, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut Avenue NW are all home to large hotels, and the area has numerous bed and breakfasts for visitors.
Since no one knows how many people will show up for tomorrow’s two events–the Glenn Beck event at the Lincoln Memorial and the Rev. Al Sharpton counter-rally at Dunbar High School–it’s difficult to predict what if any effect it will have on the neighborhood.
Three Events on Saturday
The Beck event is called Restoring Honor and the Sharpton-National Action Network event is Reclaim the Dream. There is also a third event tomorrow: Celebrate the Dream. Organizers plan to erect a four-foot high sculpture with quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King on the National Mall near 13th Street NW.
Check out the TBD.com article that has details on tomorrow’s events.
Proximity to Landmarks
Ever mapped out just how close we live to landmarks in downtown DC? Take a look at the distances from a 14th and P NW, a major intersection in Logan Circle, to selected points. This is why the Dupont-Logan-U Street area is always affected, in some way, by large rallies, events and gatherings downtown.
Walking distance from 14th and P NW to:
Steam Cafe at 1701 17th Street NW has become a morning stop for many locals… to get fresh croissants–plain, chocolate and pecan (think pecan pie on a croissant). Steam has an extensive menu with salads, crepes, pasta and paninis. Service is always friendly and it’s a good place to enjoy a cup of coffee outdoors. You can never go wrong with them.
French Bistro recently opened at 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW. In a city with so many restaurants it is hard to be a good “French Bistro” and it has received mix reviews, but it is worth a try. Good prices.
“Dirty Blonde” is playing at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue in Arlington: “Half celeb-bio and half examination of America’s fascination with celebrity, ‘Dirty Blonde’ is a smart, tough and tenderhearted comedy” (The New York Times). “It reveals the individual behind Mae West’s sexy celluloid façade and examines why lost souls like Jo are so mesmerized by the provocative sex goddess.”
“The Annual Exhibition of Works by Recent Art College Graduates” is at Irvine Contemporary in Borderstan, 1412 14th Street NW. It is a selection of works by eight artists: Jonathan Dankenbring, John Hill, Jr., Christopher LaVoie, Paris Mavroidis, Matt Sartain, Wayne Toepp, Yi-Hsin Tzeng and Stacey Lee Webber.
“Strange Bodies: Figurative Works from the Hirshhorn Collection” is at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at Independence Avenue & 7 Street SW.
Arturo Sandoval plays at Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW. He is a wonderful trumpeter… comfortable playing classic and jazz music and is true magic in live concerts. If you enjoy jazz, do not miss this concert.
Hank’s Oyster Bar, located at 1624 Q Street NW, is one of the relatively recent openings in the area…. with delicious food and great atmosphere. If you really want to enjoy your meal, avoid weekends when it is crowed and a bit loud. Prices are toward the slightly higher end.
Annie’s Paramount Steak House at 1609 17th Street NW has been a fixture of 17th Street for decades, with good food, great friendly atmosphere and good prices. However, after going through a total renovation, the menu has changed to more upscale plates. The prices have gone up as well and Annie’s doesn’t feel as informal as before. The flavor of a good neighborhood restaurant seems to have been lost during the renovation.
“Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers, 1900-1945,” is at The National Museum of Women in the Arts at 1250 New York Avenue NW: “The exhibition is a part of Extremely Hungary, a yearlong festival of performances and exhibitions in New York City and Washington, D.C. , throughout 2009.”
“Paint Made Flesh” is at The Phillips Collection at 1600 21st Street NW. The show “examines the ways in which European and American painters have used oil paint and the human body to convey enduring human vulnerabilities, among them anxieties about desire, appearance, illness, aging, war, and death. In the tradition of great figure painting stretching back to Rembrandt and Titian, the 34 artists in the exhibition, working in the years since World War II, exploit oil paint’s visual and tactile properties to mirror those of the body, while exploring the body’s capacity to reflect the soul.”
Washington Improv Theater is at the Source Theater at 1835 14th Street NW: “A special second summer run featuring the Neutrino Video Project–a 30-minute film shot in the time it takes you to watch it–and guest artists from New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and more as part of the first-ever improv comedy festival in DC.”
“Olivia Mancini And The Mates” are at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW: “This year’s ‘You Can See The Mountains From Here’ follows up on the exuberant melodies and twangy rock of the band’s Chatterbox EP, showing that Mancini’s musical prowess can outlast even her previous successes.”
Ricardo Arjona plays Saturday, August 8, at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, at 8 p.m. The Guatemalan-born singer is considered a storyteller with beautiful lyrics about everyday life and people from all walks of life.
Film Night at Cafe Saint Ex at 1847 14th Street NW is Sunday, August 9, at 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Gate 54 will be previewing films from the next DC Short Film Festival. “The chefs at Saint Ex have created special pizzas for the evening starting at $7. The Pizzas will be really tasty with a $4 Peroni Beer. ”
I think this DC Police Alert from this afternoon almost leaves me speechless. An armed gunman committed a robbery this afternoon at 1:43 p.m. at 16th & K NW, which is exactly 0.4 miles north of The White House.
Questions for the DC City Council: My family visits next month from Illinois. If they ask me, “Is downtown DC safe?” what would you like me to tell them? Should I say, “Don’t go near The White House in broad daylight, you might get robbed by an armed gunman”?
ROBBERY WHILE ARMED _ 1341HRS @ 1000 B/O 16TH ST NW LOF B/M 32-33 YOA TATTOOS AROUND THE NECK LSW BLUE JEANS WHITE TEE SHIRT BLK BASEBALL CAP W/THE LETTER P OR D ON THE FRONT DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I2009042424
Sent on: 07/23 14:16
The D.C. government has announced a plan for where charter buses will park downtown on Inauguration Day, January 20; the story is in today’s Washington Post. Apparently no charter buses will be parked in front of residences on Inauguration Day, January 20–at least according to the plan. One of the charter bus parking areas begins on the southern border of Borderstan, south of P Street NW. From the WaPo story:
- Through December 15: “Riots are the Language of the Unheard,” exploring issues that led to the 1968 riots.
- Through December 15: “Frank Smith: 40 Years Since the Riots,” works from the Black Arts movement.
- Wednesday October 29 at 6:30 p.m.: “The Historic Campaign: Barack Obama in Photos,” book signing and discussion with the authors.
- Saturday November 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: “Day of the Dead Celebration.”
“Authorities have closed portions of two downtown Washington streets as they investigate the discovery of several containers carrying an unknown substance. D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter says the containers were found on a sidewalk midday Thursday at the corner of 15th and I streets. The air around the containers tested negative and there are no reports of illnesses or injuries at this time. People in the area are being asked to stay inside as a precaution, but no evacuation has been ordered.” Read more.