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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 — January 21, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

"Martin"

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, taken by Luis Gomez Photos.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Martin Luther King Memorial was taken by Luis Gomez Photos.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com — December 31, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"fireworks"

Wishing all a great 2013!  (Luis Gomez Photos)

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Fireworks was taken by Luis Gomez Photos. The photo was taken on December 18.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com — September 24, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"17th Street Festival"

Click for the photo album of Saturday’s 17th Street Festival 2012. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos

See the photos from Saturday’s 17th Street Festival: You can watch the slide show or look at the set and pick and choose.

The third annual 17th Street Festival was Saturday afternoon and this year’s festival has something for everyone: from local art, to live entertainment, and even activities for kids and pets. The free community event celebrates the 17th Street corridor from Riggs Place to P Street NW.

The weather was perfect and the six-hour event drew a steady stream of neighbors along with visitors from other DC neighborhoods and the suburbs.

“We are so proud of the our amazing staff and volunteers who selflessly planned for months and put on an event that celebrates a great neighborhood, businesses, residents and organizations. We look forward to continuing to grow the support and partnerships with our community to enhance the festival,” said Lee Granados, one of two co-chairs of the festival.

Unpaid Staff and Volunteers

Unlike many other festivals, the event’s co-chairs, Lee Granados and Stephen Rutgers are unpaid (along with all volunteers) and consider this event one of passion for the community. They bring in committed individuals to chair the zones. This year, City Dogs Rescue volunteers, Lee Stevens and Laura Pedro chaired the Pets zone. Tena Howell (Ross PTA) and Phil Liebson (Washington DC JCC) chaired the Kids Zone. Mark Rutstein, general manager of Level One/Cobalt, chaired the entertainment. Wes Mosser of Century 21 and Mandy Mills chaired the Arts Show.

Other chairs were brought in based on their previous experience and/or areas of expertise. Aaron Fischbach chaired the Green Initiative, Chris Patton was liaison and chaired city services and Nycole Klein chaired the volunteers.

Sponsorships, Donations, Proceeds

The 17th Street Festival is planned by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA), which brings businesses and residents together to develop innovative solutions to community challenges. Additional details are available on the organization’s website. All sponsorship proceeds from the festival cover costs for permits, staging, MPD and other event costs. You can still make a donation toward this year’s festival costs or toward the 2013 festival. You can donate online.

2012 Festival Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors 

  • DC Department of Small and Local Business
  • Washington Blade
  • Coldwell Banker Residential
  • DC Jewish Community Center
  • Ross Elementary School

Silver Level Sponsors

  • Borderstan.com and Luis Gomez Photos
  • Cobalt
  • Level One
  • Dupont Circle Business Incubator

Bronze Level Sponsors

  • City Dogs Rescue
  • Comcast
  • Dupont Circle Citizens Association
  • Councilmember Jack Evans, Ward 2
  • Grubbs NW Specialty Pharmacy
  • MarriageDC
  • Pacers
  • Pepco
  • Safeway
  • Stonewall Kickball
  • TD Bank
  • VIDA Fitness
  • Whitman-Walker Health

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by Borderstan.com — September 10, 2012 at 10:00 am 143 0

"Union Market"

Click for the slideshow: Union Market is finally open. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See more photos from Sunday’s celebration at Union Market. Photos by 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.

The buzz around Union Market has been building for a while, and finally, DC’s new hub for culinary artisans is open. True, it’s a few miles beyond Borderstan, but I have a feeling the market will rapidly become a regular go-to-spot for a lot of people in the neighborhood.

The year-round, indoor market (which is beautiful, by the way!) runs along Neal Place NE between 5th and 6th Streets and plays host to 40 local vendors that offer everything from fresh vegetables to cheeses, oysters, meats, tacos and home decor. Some of Union Market’s vendors include Rappahannock Oysters Co., Buffalo & Bergen, Amanda McClements’ lifestyle boutique, Righteous Cheese, Peregrine Espresso, Lyon Bakery, Trickling Springs Creamery, Harvey’s Market, Oh! Pickles, Almaala Farms, DC Empanadas and TaKorean.

The official opening of Union Market took place on Saturday, September 8 and, in celebration of the opening, Union Market hosted the Second Annual DC Scoops (an annual artisan ice cream tasting event and competition) on Sunday, September 9.

Looking to grab something for lunch at the new food hotspot? Unfortunately, Union Market is only open Friday through Sunday for now. However, in November, the Market will expand its operating hours and open six days a week.

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by Borderstan.com — June 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"Liz Kibble"

Some of Liz Kibble’s shots of musicians. (Courtesy of Liz Kibble)

Borderstan recently sat with with local resident, live music photographer and DC enthusiast, Liz Kibble, who took time out of her schedule to dish on everything from her childhood, to her career in the arts and her family life in the neighborhood. 

Borderstan: Tell us a bit about you and your background, family.

Kibble: My childhood was awesome. I was born in Takoma Park, Maryland and spent my early childhood there with my grandparents. My grandmother was a teacher and my grandfather was an accountant. I moved to Virginia at age 7, and was back-and-forth between DC and Maryland as a young girl. My maternal grandmother is Puerto Rican, my maternal grandfather is Italian and my father’s side of the family is all Dominican. Yet despite the mix of all of these ethnicities, I’ve yet to learn another language other than English — and I’m still trying to perfect that!

As an only child, I was spoiled with love. I enjoyed playing outside, participating in church activities, having my Grandmother drop me off at school, etc. We did not have a TV in our home; my Grandparents preferred reading and listening to programs like NPR. And our home was usually filled with visitors and families who needed a place to stay for a while.

My grandparents are still a huge part of my life and of my two daughters’ lives. They are extremely influential, always providing a stable environment, assistance with education and support and love for the family. I’ve been really fortunate.

"Liz Kibble"

Liz Kibble. (Courtesy Liz Kibble)

Borderstan: How did you end up being a resident of Borderstan?

I actually lived in this same area (and other neighboring areas) when I was younger, so this is home to me. I remember when this neighborhood was quite different; but I’ve always loved the area and have always been proud to live here. I welcome diversity, change and growth, as long as respect is shown to the original neighborhood families and businesses.

Living in The Ellington is awesome. It’s right in the center of shops, cafes, restaurants, music venues, lounges, parks, churches, independent businesses, art studios/galleries/schools, museums, etc. I can take the metro or walk to so many places. I love the sparkle of the city and its neighbors. It’s a smart, beautiful, livable city with a huge purpose and a soft side.

Borderstan: How did you get involved with photography? What inspired you to get into the kind of photography that you do? 

Kibble: I used to work as an artist/tour merchandiser, and one of the musicians for whom I worked was hosting a jazz cruise in 2007. I met painter/photographer Catherine Pierce on that cruise and we became instant friends. I was impressed with her incredible paintings and photos of her dear friend Roy Hargrove, who was also on the cruise. I had no experience with a professional camera but she was kind enough to allow me to shoot with hers that night and on another jazz cruise in 2009. It was through her encouragement that I took a strong interest in live music photography and fell totally and completely in love with it.

Of course I realized that I was coming into the game way late, but I always enjoyed the jabs I received from those really old photographers that shook their elderly fingers at me and told me long stories about how they started out before film was even invented. I cherish these guys so much! I love listening to them, learning from them and respecting their art.

I find it really enjoyable to develop friendships with those old school guys and have been incredibly blessed by them, as well as the youngsters out there who are just realizing their passion for the craft. We all have a place and a time to shine, and the more we work together and respect one another, the better we will be, artistically and professionally.

Borderstan: How does Borderstan inspire your work? Is Borderstan reflected in your work?

Kibble: I remember meeting Luis [Editor Luis Gomez] from Borderstan through my neighbor and friend, Isabelle Spicer. Isa is an artist with Mid City Artists and is also a supporter of my work. She even hired me a few times! She had awesome things to say about Luis, and I had the chance to meet him at one of her open house showings. I added him to Facebook and quickly became addicted to his style of photography. The way he captures DC and beyond is something truly special.

As I learned more about Luis and Borderstan, I learned about the hard sacrifice, work and rewards of spending countless hours dedicated to something that improves our lives and gives others a chance to connect. I highly respect the positivity, reliable journalism, connection to the heartbeat of the city we share, love and that is all represented in Borderstan and its owners/contributors.

Borderstan: Do you experiment with other types of art?

Kibble: I have the hidden talent of a comedian… It’s so hidden, you may not actually ever notice it. And that’s alright.

Borderstan: What else do you enjoy doing? What are your other interests, hobbies?

Kibble: I work as a payroll accountant for a local television network. I love television. I leave mine on all night. Not recommended, but it’s probably a side effect from not watching TV as a child. I enjoy being a mother to my children and a wife to my husband. I enjoy vegetarian cuisine and flying anywhere in an airplane.

I’m interested in learning more about studio lighting as it relates to photography. Since I specialize in live music photography, I don’t use flash, so I’d like to learn more about that and expand my business to include that. My photography also includes occasional party, wedding and social photography — and I usually request the assistance of my daughters, since they are excellent in that genre. My husband’s daughter is also an amazing artist, and his son is very talented as well… just had to brag about the kids! I also recently signed singer Loide Jorge to Red Carpet Media Group, and am booking her locally and globally, so please look out for her!

Borderstan: Favorite places to go in the Borderstan area?

Kibble: Everywhere! Especially all the local restaurants. I love them so much that I never use my kitchen. I also love the local music scene in DC. There are so many talented hard working musicians who play all over the city. DC is pure energy and life when it comes to its music scene. Shooting each year for DC Jazz Festival gives me an opportunity to capture this life.

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by Borderstan.com — May 14, 2012 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

"Borderstan""Dupont Circle""Dance in The Circle"

Sunday's "Dance in the Circle" event in Dupont Circle: Click for the slide show. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

We got pics! You watch them as a slide show or pick and choose from the set of photos from Sunday’s Dance in the Circle.

This time the weather cooperated. Dance in the Circle, rescheduled from April 21, was blessed with clear skies and cool spring weather yesterday. Ten dance companies performed between 3 and 9 pm — with help from the crowd, of course, especially during the open dancing hour at 8 pm.

The companies participating Sunday were DancEthos, Dance Dimensions, Calico Cloggers, Urban Impact, DEVIATED THEATRE, YaLa Fitness, darlingdance company, Urban Artistry, Hoop Dance DC, Urban Artistry, – 9 pm: Open dancing

The event was organized by co-producers Daniel Kramer and Michael Lipin and featured nine local dance companies.

Sponsors

Dance in the Circle was made possible with support from the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, as well as local sponsors Attache Property Management, LaKritz/Adler Real Estate Investments, the office of DC Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Axis Salon, BGR, Diego’s Hair Salon, Mr. Yogato and Books-A-Million and Borderstan.com). You can still make a donation by visiting the Dance in the Circle website.

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by Borderstan.com — October 10, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

"Borderstan" "17th Street NW"

“DC to NY” is by luisgomezphotos in the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “DC to NY” was taken by luisgomezphotos on September 24 during the 17th Street Festival. Where are you spending this long weekend? You can see photos at 2011 17th Street Festival Photos: Did We See You There?

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com — October 7, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Photographed” is by luisgomezphotos from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Photographed” was taken by Luis Gomez on September 24 during the 17th Street Festival. You can see photos at 2011 17th Street Festival Photos: Did We See You There?

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com — September 23, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

"Borderstan" "Batala" "U Street NW"

“Batala” is by Luis Gomez from the Borderstan flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Batala,” was taken by Luis Gomez on September 9. “Batala is an all-women percussion band and they were playing at the corner of 14th and U Streets NW. If you haven’t heard them you should. They are fun and really full of energy. They have groups all over the world, I was told.”

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com — September 20, 2011 at 9:00 am 0

"Borderstan" "Kevin H. Adams" "Luis Gomez Photos"

Click on the collage for the photos: September 10 opening reception at gallery plan b for Kevin H. Adams. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz (think Twitter for pics) or at One Photograph A Day. You can follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Painter Kevin H. Adams is on display at gallery plan, 1530 14th Street NW through October 16. Click for photos from the September 10 opening reception.

“Kevin H. Adams presents a collection of recent work in his third solo show at plan b. Kevin creates welcoming, calming images that feel familiar. His paintings are timeless, earnest, and honest, and bring to mind places in which we’d love to linger indefinitely. This body of work shows an emphasis on architecture with landscape.” (gallery plan b)

by Borderstan.com — August 29, 2011 at 11:00 am 101 0

1905 Restaurant, Chef Matthew Richardson, Luis Gomez Photos

Chef Matthew Richardson of 1905  Restaurant. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Email her at [email protected]

You know his lobster meat balls and tuna tartar with wasabi whip. He’s the man who makes steak melt in your mouth at 1905 on 9th Street NW.

Name: Matthew Richardson
Age: 36
Hometown: Mathews County, Virginia
Current Residence (neighborhood): Columbia Heights
Tattoo Count: 0

Borderstan: What brought you to DC?  How long have you been here?
Matthew Richardson: To play guitar in a band and get out of the restaurant biz.

B: Favorite dish on your menu?
MR: Toss up. Lobster Meatballs and Spanakopita

B: Favorite dish on someone you admire’s menu?
MR: I love squash blossoms at Tabard Inn. I love Chef Daniel’s Frisée aux Lardons at Bistrot La Bonne

B: First thing you cooked that made you be like, “damn, I could be a chef”?
MR: Crispy cod in Duvel batter with crispy leeks. Came up with that about 17 years ago when I first discovered Belgian beer.

B: Favorite season to cook during? What ingredient gets you fired up?
MR: Late spring : soft shell crabs and shad roe.  Summer: tomatoes.  Autumn:  oyster stews

B: Advice for home cooks or folks who are afraid to get into the kitchen?
MR: Loosen up. Have a drink and experiment after reading an inspiring recipe. Use recipes for inspiration and go on your own.

B: Worst injury-still have a scar? Pics welcome.
MR: No scar anymore but stupidly decided to dip my finger into boiling butterscotch when I was about 21.

B: Are you a yeller in the kitchen?
MR: No. That’s such a sign of weakness to me. Have to keep things in perspective. Its food, not heart surgery.

B: Favorite place to eat in Borderstan (other than your own restaurant)?
MR: Bistrot La Bonne is my regular eat spot and hangout.

B: Favorite joint to get a drink?
MR: L’Enfant.

B: You have a whole day off-what do you do?
MR: Poetry and falconry.

B: What’s your comfort food?
MR: Braised falcon.

by Borderstan.com — August 12, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“The Violinist” is from Luis Gomez Photos in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “The Violinist “ was taken by Luis Gomez Photos. The image was taken in front of Whole Foods, 1400 block of P Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com — August 2, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“The Gardener” is from Luis Gomez Photos in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “The Gardener “ was taken by Luis Gomez Photos. The image was taken on the grounds of the headquarters of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite Masons, 1500 block of S Street NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com — July 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

"Local Color", Luis Gomez Photos, gallery plan b, DC art galleries

July 28: Click on the collage for photos from the opening reception of “Local Color” at gallery plan b. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from the July 28 opening reception of “Local Color” at gallery plan b.

A horribly hot summer evening did not deter people from attending the opening reception of “Local Color” at gallery plan b last Thursday. Maybe they came for the wine or the chance to get out of the house or, hopefully, to meet the 10 artists. Whatever the reason, the gallery at 1530 14th Street NW was packed with neighbors, friends of artists and collectors. (14th & You has a nice piece on the opening and the collection.)

The exhibition runs to August 28 and features the works of 10 local artists that depict local scenes in various media including photographs, paintings and works in silk screen.

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