Borderstan Weekend Oct 31/Nov 01
Birch & Barley and ChurchKey at 1337 14th Street NW are two new additions to the 14th Street corridor of restaurants and bars. Birch & Barley offers what sounds like as a delicious menu in the high-priced range. Both of these places offer an extensive list of beers. We are still waiting to go. Let us know what you think.
Masa 14 is at 1825 14th Street NW and is another new addition to the neighborhood, offering Latin-Asian inspired cuisine in small plate offerings. Ever since its soft opening last week the place has been full every night (I walk by regularly). It is beautiful inside and I was able to photograph it last Sunday. Reservations are recommended. Again, we are still waiting to go; let us know what you think if you have already been.
Teaism at 2009 R Street NW is a favorite around the neighborhood with a nice selection of teas and wonderful food. Perfect for a weekend brunch with a great and fast service—I had a very good meal last Sunday.
Beverly Ryan & Eleanor Kotlarik Wang Paintings, at Gallery Plan b, 1530 14th Street NW: “Beverly Ryan began painting in search of a more direct and spontaneous expression of her ideas. She has worked in acrylic on paper and canvas and more recently in oil on canvas and wooden panels. Her interest in creating rich surfaces has also led her to paint with encaustic. Ryan creates expressionistic figurative work and complex abstracted forms in her paintings. Her work is known for its imaginative subject matter and colorful, painterly surfaces. Eleanor Kotlarik Wang spent her early childhood in her father’s homeland near Trencin, Slovakia. At age 5, the family relocated to Chicago. Her interests in art, folklore, dance and teaching developed during her years in the city and continue to influence her current life and works. Wang believes that ‘everything in the universe is endowed with a spirit or energy. As an artist, I try to capture the essence of this spirit in my images.’ ”
James Rieck has an exhibit at the Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW: “In ‘This Land is Your Land,’ James Rieck confronts the grand genre of history painting in his seven works, all comprised of two cropped female figures dressed in alluring costumes of American icons, who frame a poignant history painting, which becomes the backdrop behind them. As highfalutin’ as a 4th of July parade, this linear series is assembled in seven acts, each painting depicting periods in American history in which lands were conquered and a subsequent shift in power occurred.”
William T. Wiley: “Trust us for just us” is at the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, 2012 R Street NW: “William T. Wiley’s watercolors have always been among his most intimate works. They are thought provoking and full of layered meanings with messages contained in both visual and verbal puns. His broad ranging comments on the human condition are communicated typically by posing questions to the viewer. Serious political, social, cultural and environmental issues are conveyed with humor, parody, and a sensibility not unlike Mark Twain’s (a writer who Wiley frequently quotes). William T. Wiley’s use of humor is often misunderstood. He uses it to initially engage the viewer in a dialogue addressing difficult, troubling issues.”
“Tuna Does Vegas” is playing at the Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW:” ‘Tuna Does Vegas’ balances as both an affectionate comment on small-town life and attitudes as well a hilarious satire of the same. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only Mr. Sears and Mr. Williams, making this send-up on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna—men, women, as well as Vegas showgirls, Elvis impersonators and more!” Note: Matty loves the Tuna series.
“NSO Family Concert: Spooky Sounds and Scary Tales,” is at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW: “On this day, they’re hiding behind their instruments on the Concert Hall stage. Keep the Halloween costume party going and come dressed in your spookiest get-up for this “spirited” Sunday afternoon concert event. Conductor Brad Lubman and the NSO will be wearing their own trick-or-treat outfits as they perform Steven Reineke’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with narrator Lynda Carter and music from other scary tales. It’s guaranteed to be a ghoulish good time! For age 5 and up.”
“Full Circle” is playing at the Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW: “The ancient Chinese myth of the chalk circle re-emerges at the fall of the Berlin Wall: as the crotchety East German Chancellor watches a play, students suddenly riot and the profiteers swoop in. Amid the chaos, two women launch a madcap chase to save an abandoned baby and outrun the vultures of both communism and capitalism. Their journey through Woolly’s entire building comes full circle back to the stage—but can a disgraced artistic director help them reset the nation’s moral compass?”
“Wende Flicks: Last Films from East Germany” is at the Goethe-Institut, 812 7th Street NW: “20th Anniversary Fall of the Wall. The film series ‘Wende Flicks’ showcases six feature and two documentary films made by East German filmmakers from 1988-1994.”
“Zarzuela on the Avenue” is at the GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street NW: “Featuring two gems of the Spanish lyric stage: the perennial favorite La Gran Vía by Chueca & Valverde (1886) and El dúo de La Africana, a hilarious spoof on grand opera by Fernández Caballero (1893). Zarzuela on the Avenue combines both into a tale of urban character and romance, with DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood as the real life backdrop for a charming show that poses questions of gentrification and cultural identity. English supertitles for the Spanish songs.”
“An Evening with Chris Botti” is at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW: “A master artist and performer, American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti joins Marvin Hamlisch and the NSO Pops for a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, and classical music. Now in his Kennedy Center debut conducted by Marvin Hamlisch, Botti and the NSO Pops look to blow the house down.”
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