by Courtney Brown August 4, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Icebergs (Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum)

Residents of two wards will be able to “explore a fantastical glacial sea designed by landscape architects” for free next week.

Ward 2 and 8 Day at the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW) is scheduled for next Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 9-11 a.m., according to the museum’s website.

To get into the exhibit free of charge, residents must bring an ID card that proves they live in either Ward 2 or Ward 8.

More info on “Icebergs” from the museum’s website:

ICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling. The 20′ high “water line” allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56′, reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum.

Employees from Daikaya will also be on hand to sling snacks such as Japanese “kakigori” shaved ice.

Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum

by Tim Regan September 9, 2015 at 12:10 pm 1,708 0

Scores of volunteers gathered yesterday to help transport hundreds of thousands of plastic balls from the National Building Museum to Dupont Underground’s subterranean art space.

As helpers scooped the exhibit’s balls into buckets, they began finding loose items underneath the plastic sea. This, as reported by the Washington Post, was anticipated. What wasn’t necessarily anticipated was the condition in which some of the items were found.

From wads of dirty cash to pacifiers tangled in strands of hair, here’s what volunteers found beneath “The Beach.”

Photos courtesy of Philippa Hughes

by Jared Holt July 27, 2015 at 11:30 am 0

The Beach

Ward 2 residents can frolic in a giant ball pit for free tomorrow morning.

From 9 to 11 a.m., residents of Councilmember Jack Evans’ ward can freely enter The BEACH, a National Building Museum (401 F Street NW) exhibit with nearly one million translucent plastic balls and a “shoreline” decked with beach chairs and tables.

Visitors are welcome to dive into the massive ball pit, play beach games like paddleball and bring a book to read in the beach furniture.

Attendees must show a valid form of I.D. at the admissions desk to enter the BEACH. Visitors must use the F Street entrance between 5th and 6th streets.

The event is part of the museum’s Ward Days series.

Photo via

by March 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm 0


A model and his pup at last year’s 6th Annual Fashion for Paws Runway Show. (Courtesy of Fashion for Paws, photo by Vithaya Photography)

Ladies and gentlemen, this spring fur is back in.

April 13 is the 7th Annual Fashion for Paws runway show at the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW). And, while the event is slightly outside of the Borderstan bounds, it helps to support the Washington Humane Society — a place where so many Borderstan pups have been adopted.

Models will strut their stuff on the runway, head-to-toe in couture, while E! News Now anchor and E! News correspondent Ashlan Gorse will host the event.

Here’s the breakdown for ticket sales and availability:

  • There will be VIP seated six-person tables ($3,000 to $6,000 per table) as well as a select number of 10-person VIP tables ($10,000 per table) next to the runway. These guests will enjoy a three-course meal from sponsor Design Cuisine.
  • Guests can also choose VIP cocktail tables ($250 per ticket), where they will enjoy canapés, access the VIP table area and private premium bars and champagne.
  • The event will have 450 VIP runway show-style seats, behind the tables, which will accommodate 900 general attendees. General admission is $150.
  • Other ticket, sponsor and advertising options are available on the event’s website.

Fashion for Paws starts at 8 pm and goes until midnight. The runway show will begin at 9:15 pm.

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by February 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]


The 2013 Brewer’s Ball. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Brewer’s Ball will take place this Saturday, March 2 at the National Building Museum  (401 F Street NW).

The annual event, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will feature a variety of handcrafted microbrews from more than a dozen of the region’s microbreweries and brewpubs.

The ball will also feature food from local restaurants (including Borderstan’s Masa 14, Ulah Bistro, Shake Shack, Jack Rose and matchbox), live entertainment and a silent auction.

Tickets start at $130 and can be purchased online. The event begins at 7 pm and goes until midnight.

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by October 22, 2009 at 1:06 pm 2,783 2 Comments

Floriana Mercury Grill, 1602 17th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Floriana Mercury Grill, 1602 17th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Logan Tavern, 1423 P St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

HR57, 1610 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Floriana Mercury Grill is located at 1602 17th Street NW. It has one of the best reputations in town… as a wonderful Italian restaurant with consistent service and great prices.

Logan Tavern is located at 1423 P Street NW and is one of the pioneering restaurants in the revival of the 14th Street corridor. Always a good bet for a pleasant meal, with a diverse menu.

HR-57 is located at 1610 14th Street NW. A favorite of mine, it is not really a place to eat, but a wonderful place to fill the spirit with great live jazz  music. You can bring your own liquor or allow them to serve you. There are some finger foods available.


by October 15, 2009 at 4:00 am 2,014 0

El Sol, at 1930 9th St NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

El Sol, 1930 9th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Rice Restaurant, at 1608 14th St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Rice Restaurant, 1608 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Solly's Tavern, at 1942 11th St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Solly’s Tavern, 1942 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

El Sol is located at 1930 9th Street NW in what is known as Little Ethiopia, but the menu is Mexican-Salvadoran. The food has great reviews is has affordable prices.

Rice Restaurant, is located at 1608 14th Street NW. Always a favorite of ours. The menu is delicious with a variety of East and Southeast Asian choices… the food is beautifully presented with a very nice atmosphere. Make reservations if you are planning to go on a weekend.

Solly’s is located at 1942 11th Street NW, and it is a place to go and have a beer or three; your neighborhood bar… very laid-back atmosphere. Don’t count on getting any food there.


by September 17, 2009 at 5:00 am 3,276 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.

Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Ulah Bistro, 1214 U St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Vinoteca, 1940 11th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Nellie's Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW.(Photo: Luis Gomez)

Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Ulah Bistro, located at 1214 U Street NW, has become a destination place in the U street corridor… delicious food and great prices. If you go once, you are sure to return.

Vinoteca, Wine Bar & Bistro, 1940 11th St. NW. Jose Manuel (my wine expert) says it is the perfect place to learn about wines. Has a great menu with a nice selection of charcuterie and cheeses.

Nellie’s Sport Bar, 900 U Street NW. This is a mix of gay bar, sports bar and neighborhood restaurant. Nellie’s has TV screens everywhere so you can follow your favorite teams. During the weekends the rooftop terrace is the place to be: crowed, noisy and fun.

"Zero Hour" at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW. (

“Zero Hour” at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. (Image:

"Phèdre" at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW. (

“Phèdre” at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. (Image:

"Dublin Carol" at the H Street Playhouse , 1365 H St. NE.(

“Dublin Carol” at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. (Image:

Zero Hour” at the Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW: “Channeling Zero Mostel’s wild moods, crazy humor and righteous anger, Jim Brochu reintroduces us to this funny, fantastically contrary man whose penchant for truth-telling has been sorely missed.”

Phèdre” is at the Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW. Helen Mirren stars in Phèdre, an adaptation of Racine’s tragedy.

Dublin Carol” at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE: “Set in present-day Dublin on Christmas Eve, Dublin Carol relates the story of John Plunkett, a funeral parlor worker. John recounts memories of the drinking and womanizing of his youth with his younger assistant Mark. However, when his estranged daughter Mary arrives with sobering news, he is forced to face the more disastrous side of his past. Dublin Carol is a dark Irish comedy that follows John as he takes stock of his choices and their consequences–leaving us all more aware of our own lives and mortality.” – H Street Playhouse



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