by July 22, 2011 at 7:00 am 1 Comment

“Nationals’ Fan” 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, “Nationals’ Fan “ 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 D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.


by July 15, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,041 0

“Taylor Made” 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, “Taylor Made,” was taken by Luis Gomez Photos on June 24. “Mr. Taylor is a photographer. I ran into him on U Street NW as he was heading to an event and I was walking Lupe. As always with my camera at hand, I grabbed a couple of shots as he was approaching and when he saw me he brought his camera up and smiled for today’s image. Mr. Taylor or Bob is a very kind man. Originally from Brooklyn, he has lived in DC for more than 40 years. His photography business is called “Taylor Made Photography”.

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 July 8, 2011 at 10:20 am 1,703 1 Comment

Meridian Hill Park, Borderstan,

Click on the collage for more photos: Sunday in Meridian Hill Park. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz (think Twitter for pics) or at One Photograph A Day.

Were you here? See the photos on Flickr.

On Sundays, the regularity of workday life takes a backseat and Meridian Hill Park turns into a wonderful community park that is full of life. Filled with people and activities, a Sunday afternoon stroll on the large common area will liven up your senses and connect you with creativity. The normal takes a rest and the offbeat thrives.

Sundays are a totally different experience from weekdays, or even Saturdays. Guitar players strum away, groups of people practice yoga and jugglers do their routines. Other people simply sit and read the newspaper, listen to music or eat a picnic lunch. Many people simply rest.


by June 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm 1,337 0

Capital Pride 2011, Heroes Gala, Embassy of Sweden, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for the slide show from the Heroes Gala. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez and Matt Rhoades

See photos from the June 7 Heroes Gala at the House of Sweden.

The Capital Pride 2011 Heroes Gala & Silent Auction on Tuesday night honored 13 members of the LGBT community for their work as trailblazers and pioneers. The event at the House of Sweden on the Georgetown waterfront raised funds for Capital Pride.

Capital Pride 2011, Heroes Gala, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

2011 Engendered Spirit Award winners, from left: Gibby Thomas, Joe Izzo, Ruby Corado, Dr. Christine Wiley, Dr. Dennis Wiley and Terra Moore. Not present: Mara Keisling. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The stunning contemporary building (home to Swedish and Icelandic Embassies) made for a beautiful backdrop as Capital Pride recognized this year’s group of heroes for their work promoting LGBT rights and causes.

This year’s winners includes a doctor, pastors, a therapist, an environmental activist, transgender activists, a writer and reporter, youth advocates, and HIV/AIDs prevention and healthcare workers. Awards were made in two categories, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit Awards.

The list of winners and their stories illustrate what it takes to be an award winner: years of hard work in the trenches and an unyielding commitment to LGBT rights. (The list of winners with information about their work is below.)

Among the special guests at the June 7 gala was Birgitta Ohlsson, Minister of European Union Affairs for the Country of Sweden. Ohlsson spoke to the guests about the state of LGBT rights around the world.

Capital Pride 2011, Heroes Gala, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

2011 Capital Pride Heroes, from left: The Rev. Jill McCrory, Rebecca Roose, June Crenshaw, Caeb Colravy (accepting for winner Tyrone Hanley), Bill Browning and Dr. Theo Hodge. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Another guest was Mary Amons, perhaps best known as one of the stars of The Real Housewives of D.C. However, she is involved with a number of charitable and philanthropic activities in the metro area. Among Amons’ endeavors is Labels for Love, “whose mission is to raise critical funds and awareness in support of women’s and children’s charitable organizations by producing unique fashion, art and design inspired events.”

2011 Capital Pride Heroes

  • Bill Browning: The longtime LGBT activist and writer who founded the Bilerico Project, runs the largest group blog reporting on news, politics and culture from an LGBT perspective.
  • June Crenshaw: One of the leading African-American lesbian activists in the District, she has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Whitman-Walker Health and continues to serve on the Board.


by May 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

Borderstan, MidCity Artists Spring 2011 Open Studios, Luis Gomez Photos

Click above for the slide show. Mid City Artists held their spring Open Studios May 21-22 in the Dupont-Logan area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

See the slide show of photos from Open Studios on May 21-22.

A total of 28 artists in the Dupont-Logan area opened their studios last Saturday and Sunday to the public. All are members of Mid City Artists, which holds spring and fall Open Studios. If you missed last weekend, there will be another Open Studios this fall.

Check out the 13 profiles of Mid City artists by Borderstan’s Cecile Oreste.

by April 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm 1,205 2 Comments

Good Friday Procession, Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church, Mount Pleasant, Luis Gomez Photos

Today’s photo is from luisgomezphotos in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Matty Rhoades

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr, and we rarely run photos in this feature that do not feature the Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods. Today we make an exception for an annual event held by the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Mount Pleasant at 16th Street and Park Road NW: the Good Friday procession. Congregants from the church re-enact the events of Jesus’ crucifixion with the procession led by a man portraying Jesus carrying his own cross. Other congregants dress as Roman soldiers and other characters from the day of the crucifixion.

Such processions are not uncommon, of course, and are particularly prevalent in Spanish speaking countries where the Catholic Church predominates. The Church of the Sacred Heart’s congregation is mostly Latino with many members either immigrants or children of immigrants from Central America. Central American immigrants began settling in Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights in large numbers beginning in the 1980s when civil wars raged in El Salvador and Guatemala.

Last night’s procession began at 8:30 pm at the church on what turned out to be a rainy and very chilly night. It went west on Park Road to 17th Street NW… south on 17th to Irving Street… east on Irving to 14th Street… north up 14th in Columbia Heights… and then west on Park Road back to the church. Hundreds of people (probably more) were part of the procession, followed it on the sidewalks and watched along 17th Street in Mount Pleasant.

Borderstan’s co-editor, Luis Gomez, covered the procession last evening. Growing up in Venezuela, he saw many such processions in Valencia and Caracas. In a rapidly changing — yes, gentrifying — city, we both wonder if this festival will still be held in another one or two decades.

Today’s photo, “Good Friday Procession: Jesus with the Cross,” was taken by luisgomezphotos on April 22.

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 March 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm 2,397 0

Shaw Skate Park, skateboarding, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for photos of the renovated skate park at 11th and Rhode Island NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

Attention, skaters. The renovation of the Shaw Skate Park at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW finished last week. DC Parks and Recreation had originally scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for this past Thursday, but after vandals cut open the fence and covered parts of the new park with graffiti, the city pushed back the official opening to do some last-minute repair work. Instead, the Skate Park had a soft opening on Friday.

The skate park is next to the soccer field and Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW. It is normally open every day throughout the year, from dawn to dusk. Skateboarders skate unsupervised, but the city recommends that adults supervise children and that all skaters use standard safety equipment.

by February 27, 2011 at 10:07 am 1,678 1 Comment

Dupont Circle Rally for Workers Rights, Luis Gomez Photos, Borderstan

Saturday in Dupont Circle: Rally to Save the American Dream in support of Wisconsin public sector unions. Click on the collage for photos from the rally. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and on Flickr at luisgomezphotos.

Several hundred people turned out at noon Saturday in Dupont Circle for a rally in support of  Wisconsin state public workers. It was part of the solidarity rallies held across the country yesterday, Rally to Save the American Dream. The rallies were sponsored by labor groups and allied organizations.

See photos from yesterday’s labor rally in Dupont Circle.

The standoff in Wisconsin continues between Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature and public employee unions. Walker is attempting to end collective bargaining rights for public employees.


by February 25, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,045 0

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @TomOnSwann.

Washington City Paper, Best of D.C. 2011 reader poll

Voting closes March 15 in the Washington City Paper’s reader poll. (Image courtesy of City Paper)

The Grammys and the Oscars aren’t the only awards on people’s minds this month. The Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. 2011 reader poll is in full swing; final day to vote is Tuesday, March 15.

City Paper’s annual online reader poll seeks to find the Best of D.C. in dozens of categories from best lounge to best yoga studio. Last year, 225,000 votes were cast and businesses in the Borderstan coverage area raked in the honors — 30 businesses in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area were winners and another 33 were runners up.

When you go to vote, we hope you will for Borderstan in the Best Local Blog/Blogger category. While you are at it, please throw your support to Luis Gomez Photos in the Best Photography Services category. Luis is co-editor of Borderstan and provides most of the photos you see on the site. He also has his own photo blog, One Photograph A Day and chronicles the life of Lupe.

New Twitter Category

The poll has also added Best of D.C. Twitter categories for #bestfoodtruckontwitter, #bestdctwitter and #bestfaketwitter. We’re having a blast tweeting the latest and greatest news happening in Borderstan so, if you’re on twitter would you consider voting us for BestDCTwitter? Be sure to mention @borderstan, @wcp, and the hashtags #bestdctwitter and #bestofdc.

Here’s a sample tweet because we know you guys are busy: I vote @borderstan for #bestdctwitter in @wcp’s #bestofdc contest. They’re keeping us up to date on all the latest news!

by January 26, 2011 at 5:30 am 3,040 2 Comments

Nellie's Sports Bar Shi-Queeta Lee Luis Gomez Photos

Sunday at Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street NW: Shi-Queeta Lee is ready to perform at Drag Brunch. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster

Two weeks ago we talked with Borderstani Julie Mason, White House correspondent, dog owner and neighbor — and she gave us some interesting insights into Logan Circle. For the second in our series on Interesting Bordertanis, we talked with Miss Shi-Queeta Lee. We will continue to profile some of the unique, inspiring and downright interesting folks that are all around you in the place you call home.

Meet Shi-Queeta Lee !

If you have yet to encounter the fabulous Miss Lee, you need to adjust your social calendar! You may have been entertained at TOWN Dance Boutique every Friday and Saturday (show starts at 10:30 pm). Perhaps your glimpse of her was at Nellie’s Sports Bar for Drag Bingo on Tuesdays at 8 pm or Drag Brunch on Sunday at 11 am.

Check out Shi-Queeta’s slide show at the bottom of the story.

She’s about to take the world by storm with her two shows for 2011 — “Spill Da Tea with Shi-Queeta-Lee”, a variety talk show on BlogTalkRadio, and Drag City DC: Hair and Paint Make a Man What He Ain’t, a reality show based on the Real Housewives series, but with six drag queens.

The diva, in her own words:


by January 24, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,290 0

Ernesto Santalla’s “Symmetries” is at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW. Click on the collage for the slide show from the opening-night reception on January 20. The exhibition runs through February 13. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

The 2011 gallery season at Long View Gallery starts with a beautiful collection of images created by D.C. photographer Ernesto Santalla. “Symmetries” captures Washington’s heavy snow storms of February 2010 and Santalla’s images are turned into a kaleidoscope of views of the city creating unique pieces, almost like snowflakes.

From Long View:

“Ernesto Santalla’s photographs from his collage series uniquely document Washington’s record-breaking snows of 2010. With camera in hand, he trudged through the inhibited landscape and captured monotonous images from the storm. His shots were not wholly unlike the thousands of photographs many amateurs captured on their camera phones, but, according to Santalla, his otherwise ‘uneventful, uninspired and often mundane images evolve into fascinating kaleidoscopic photographs.’ Santalla’s process of repeating and mirroring images results in a view of our city, under the blanket of a blizzard, unlike anything you’ve seen before. The images that emerge from the process are images that speak to the viewer on an individual level, from the prurient to the metaphysical, similar to inkblots.”

by January 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm 1,170 0

Logan Circle’s Adamson Gallery opened “New Editions 2011” on January 15. Click above for images. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

Tucked away out of street view at 1515 14th Street NW are three galleries: Adamson, Curator’s Office and Hemphill Fine Arts. Since they are not visible from the street, many locals may not know they exist.

But last weekend, all three held gallery opening receptions. We made it to Hemphill and Adamson, but Curator’s Office is a very small space and was packed wall-to-wall, so we passed it up (see Hemphill’s “Viewing Rm.”, highlighting must-see pieces).

At Adamson Gallery, a new exhibition of pieces by artists Chuck Close, Robert Longo and Iona Rozeal Brown were unveiled. The exhibition will be open through February 20.

by January 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm 1,682 0

“Saturnalia” opened Saturday evening at Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th Street NW in Logan Circle. Click on the collage for the slide show. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez

On a cold Saturday evening Irvine Contemporary opened the post-holiday gallery season with a group exhibition of new works, “Saturnalia.” The artists in the exhibition are Teo Gonzalez, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir llchi, Akemi Maegawa, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, and Nicholas Kahn & Richad Selesnick. It runs through February 12.

View the slide show of Saturday night’s opening reception.

A bit about each artist, courtesy of Irvine Contemporary:

  • Teo González‘s new paintings challenge the boundaries of organic and geometric form through a process of abstraction from the colors of skies over specific city locations.
  • Melissa Ichiuji‘s new work expands on her approach to materials, identities, domestic space and sexualities.
  • Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi presents new mixed media paintings on Mylar as provocative visual essays on Persian, Iranian and American cultural identities.
  • Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick present works from their new series, Mars: Adrift on the Hourglass Sea, an historical fictional narrative of the colonization of Mars.
  • Akemi Maegawa expands her work in ceramics and Japanese pop culture with new Jizō figures in white glazed porcelain.
  • Alexa Meade‘s new photographs extend her strategy of defining a new intersecting point for genres and techniques, merging photography, performance, painting, installation and portraiture.
  • Susana Raab presents recent work from her evolving photography series, Cholita, which were shot in Peru.

by December 31, 2010 at 12:35 am 1,849 0

Click on the collage to view the slide show of Borderstan photos from 2010. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Cecile Oreste at danceDC covers the arts for Borderstan. Question or story idea for her? Send Cecile an email.

As we approach the New Year, let’s take a look back at 2010 through the photography of Luis Gomez. We all have Luis to thank for bringing our stories to life through his images.

For all of Luis’ 2010 slide shows, click on the Photos tab at the top of the Borderstan landing page.

February: Back to back snowstorms closed the government, shut down several Metro lines and created a ‘flurry’ of portmanteaus including snowpocalypse, snowmageddon and snowzilla. Borderstan readers contributed hundreds of photos to the Flickr pool, documenting the snowstorm in the neighborhood.

May: The Rolling Thunder parade takes place each year in DC on the Sunday before Memorial Day to honor prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. While it doesn’t happen in Borderstan, it’s a great event (with great photos).


by December 20, 2010 at 5:30 am 3,143 0

Logan Circle 14th Street Well Built Ann Blackwell Luis Gomez Photos

Well Built owner Ann Blackwell. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

For Borderstan‘s continuing series on business owners and entrepreneurs I spent some time with Ann Blackwell, owner of Well Built at 1541 14th Street NW in Logan Circle. She opened the specialty furniture store in April 2010, occupying the space of the former travel bookstore, Candida’s World of Books. The common themes among the various furniture lines in the gallery-like showroom are beautiful design and sustainability.

The themes are a natural progression for Blackwell who has a degree in art, an early career in marketing, an LEED AP green building certification and several years of experience at national furniture retailer, Design Within Reach. Blackwell left the Georgetown DWR last fall and within a week had written a business plan for Well Built.

Blackwell says her customers are mostly from DC, represent all demographics and recognize that exceptional quality in design and construction are a luxury.

Borderstan: Can you tell us about a few of the manufacturers and designers you sell?
We have a Portuguese company, De La Espada, that only uses sustainable woods — we also carry Russell & Mackenna out of Jessup, Maryland, that does many classic forms in fun colors — many people also recognize the Autoban line, which is by a Turkish architectural firm.



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