by November 19, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,543 0

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


No trash collection or parking enforcement on Tursday, November 22. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Just like the rest of us, DC’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 22. Trash and recycling will not be collected, and parking enforcement is suspended for the day. However, leaves will be collected, as scheduled, from Area B neighborhoods.

Here are the details on the city’s services:

  • Trash and Recycling Collections: Collections will “slide” to the next day. Thursday’s collections will be made Friday, and Friday’s collections will be made Saturday. This applies to both once-a-week and twice-a-week collection neighborhoods. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day.
  • Parking Enforcement: Parking meter regulations will not be in enforced. Residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions will not be enforced. Also, DPW will not tow abandoned vehicles. Parking enforcement will resume Friday, Nov. 23.
  • Leaf Collections: Leaf collections will be made from “Area B” neighborhoods between Monday, November 19, and Saturday, December 1 (including Thanksgiving Day). DPW is following the collection schedule published in the leaf collection brochure mailed to households that receive DPW trash/recycling collections. Area B residents should rake their leaves into their treebox by Sunday, Nov. 18 to ensure their leaves are ready when the crews come to collect between November 19 and December 1.

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by November 9, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,478 0

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


No trash collection or parking enforcement on Monday, November 12. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 12. Trash and recycling collections will be suspended for the day, and will resume on Tuesday, November 13. To make up for the missed day, DPW will work on a “sliding” schedule for the week — trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week.

Here is how it will work:

  • Monday’s trash and recycling collections will be made on Tuesday and Tuesday’s collections will be made on Wednesday and so on in once-a-week collection neighborhoods.
  • In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday. Collections normally made on Tuesday and Friday, will be made Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Leaves will be collected as scheduled.
On Monday, DPW will not enforce parking meters, residential parking and rush hour lane violations. DPW also will not tow abandoned vehicles. Parking enforcement will resume Tuesday, November 13.

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by November 14, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,514 0

9:30 Club, specimenlife, Borderstan flickr pool

“Beach House” was taken February 27 at the 9:30 Club. Photo is from specimenlife in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Find him on Twitter @mike_kohn or drop him a line at [email protected].

9:30 Club Brings Home the Bacon

The 9:30 Club picked up the Top Club award at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards. As MetroWeekly says, the award is entirely based on attendance, which shows just how popular the venue is for concerts. The amazing (though entirely believable) part is that these awards cover the globe before handing out these awards — which means that the Borderstan hot spot is the top attended club in the world. Congrats, 9:30!

Mova Moves to U Street

U Street Girl gave us a heads up about the opening of Mova, the gay bar formerly located on P Street NW and moved to 14th and W Streets NW. Apparently it did actually open its doors on Friday. I heard the grand opening was only alright and that they weren’t quite ready — but at least the drinks were free. Did anyone go? We want to hear more about it.

From Drinking to Working Out

After you check out Mova, there’s a new workout place opening soon on the U Street corridor. Also from U Street Girl, CrossFit Praxis is scheduled to open a 6,400-square foot facility at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW. If you sign up on the website by November 15 (yes, tomorrow), you can get a discounted membership. Mark your calendar for the open house next Saturday, November 19, featuring a BBQ and a workout (though the website makes it a little confusing and says that the offer for the discounted membership will still be good through then as well).

Condiments for Charity

Veterans Day was last Friday, and Heinz Ketchup, in conjunction with the Wounded Warriors Project and the USO, put together an interesting way of supporting the troops that is pretty easy to do: just reach for the ketchup. No, not just any bottle, but one of the special ones (like this one shown on WTOP) that has a QR code on it that you scan. You can send a thank you note or like the Heinz Ketchup Facebook page, and Heinz will donate 57 cents to Wounded Warriors for every one.

Got Something to Say?

There’s news to be shared around the city. We’ve posted about looking for contributors (and yes, we’re still looking!). And in case you’re looking for a more full-time commitment, DCist is in need of a new editor-in-chief as Aaron Morrissey steps down.

by November 10, 2010 at 6:53 am 2,260 1 Comment

Mary Burgan Borderstan Movie Fan

Mary Burgan is the Borderstan Movie Fan.

Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan’s column on movies runs every two weeks. Mary Burgan is a retired professor of English and association executive. Her previous reviews are listed at the end of this post.

Veterans Day is tomorrow, Nov. 11. So when thinking about war movies for this week’s review, I decided to watch All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). I have to admit that I had heard about this classic anti-war film for many years, but I had never actually seen it.

All Quiet on the Western Front is a long movie — almost two hours. I almost stopped watching along towards the middle. There were endless shots of dirt flying from endless bombs dropping. There were shots of hordes of young German recruits marching, or trudging, from one battle to another. And the battles almost never stopped.

All the clichés from a hundred war movies were there. The young soldier who goes nuts during a bombardment, the grizzled old veteran who calms them down,  the young soldier who is unaware that his leg has been cut off, the soldiers who long for a woman, or a farm, or a piece of bread. And then I realized that I was watching the film that was the source for all these familiar images. All Quiet on the Western Front set up the most dire and unrelenting rendition of the deprivations of war that had ever been portrayed in a film — before or since. Spielberg admitted that when he made Saving Private Ryan.

I am glad I continued to watch the film to the end, for its repetition of battle and wounding and death is finally gripping because of its suggestion that war is never-ending. It deserved one of the earliest Academy Awards for best picture not only because it was anti-war, but because its effort to make the battles real are still startling in their detail. And the acting by a very young Lew Ayres (who later became a conscientious objector in World War II) was superb.

A silent version of All Quiet on the Western Front was issued for theaters that didn’t yet have sound in 1930, and that fact indicates how early the film was. The marks of a silent film are on it as well — the concentration on facial expression to convey emotion, the staging of scenes as tableaus, and the shifting from one episode to the next with no transition except for a black screen. But all these add to the raw, emotional impact of the film.

And there is the final scene when the young Ayres, reaches out from his foxhole to touch a  butterfly that has settled just beyond his reach, only to be shot by a French sniper at that very moment. I knew it was coming. I waited for it. And I was overwhelmed. And so now I can report that All Quiet on the Western Front is still a terrific film, and this may be just the season to download it or order it from Netflix.

There are a number of other more recent films about soldiers in war, but I will mention only one that really affected me — that I thought avoided the clichés by making them fresh again.

The film I have in mind is last year’s The Messenger starring Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster. Harrelson and Foster play army veterans who are employed as members of the Casualty Notification Service in the early days of the Iraq War. They serve as the first contacts between families and the news that their son, brother, or husband has been killed in the Middle East (though the service has now changed to become far less stark than it is portrayed in the film).

As the flinty but vulnerable old vet of the first Iraq War, Harrelson was nominated for an Academy Award, and he deserved the honor. But I found Foster equally impressive. His quietness builds to a devastating monologue in which he recounts his own battle in Iraq in a way that matches the intensity of All Quiet on the Western Front.

The clichés are there — the camaraderie of the soldiers, the longing for home, the intensity of fear and noise and confusion in battle, the raw surprise of bloody death. It is true that soldiers escape dying in our modern wars, far more than they did in 1918, but the death continues on, and only a few of those who survive find the peace they need at home.

That is what we need to remember on this Veterans Day.

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