Dupont – Logan – U Street

Free in DC: Things to do in Borderstan

From Amy Melrose, Free in DC

Thursday, May 6 – Thursday, May 13

It’s Amy from Free in DC happy to be back with you here at Borderstan with some higlights from my site!

  • Tonight, there are two Pay-What-You Can Performances to choose from in Borderstan! Mikveh at the DCJCC Theater J at 7:30pm tonight or Constellation Theatre’s The Ramayana at Source at 8:00pm, also on Friday night.
  • Transformer Gallery is hosting a Sustainability Lab with free events now through Saturday.
  • At the edge of Borderstan, this Friday is the “First Friday in Dupont” Galleries stay open from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Hillyer stays open til 9:00pm.
  • This Saturday, May 8, EU Embassies throughout the city open their doors to the public as part of the Shortcut to Europe from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
  • On Thrusday night, May 13, Greater Goods hosts a free talk about energy efficiency. Hope you get to enjoy some of these free and low cost events in the area. If you want to see an outlined map of Borderstan, click here!

For more low cost and Free Things to do in DC and the Metro area, visit Free in DC, follow @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and become a Fan of Free in DC on facebook.


May 6, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , | Leave a comment

Gallery Action May 6-9: Two Opening Receptions

There are two new exhibits with opening receptions this weekend at galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. On Friday is the reception at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery for “How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich; time is 6 to 8 pm.  On Saturday, there is a 7 to 9 pm reception for the works of Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Ho and the Hamiltonian Gallery.

The complete list is below the fold.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 Comment

New Feature! Restaurant Profile: Cafe Salsa

Alejandra Owens Cafe Salsa Borderstan Logan Circle

Cafe Salsa's Mojitos: Recommended. (Alejandra Owens)

FRIDAY UPDATE: Cafe Salsa has closed its doors, according to the Prince of Petworth. We will have another restaurant profile from Alejandra soon.

From Alejandra Owens, One Bite At A Time

We’re starting something new here at Borderstan: restaurant profiles. Here’s  how it will work. We will throw out the basics (where, when and how much) and you help us flesh out the details with reviews and comments.

Want us to go somewhere? Leave suggestions in the comments section and we’ll give it a try! Please keep your suggested eateries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Cafe Salsa

Where Am I Going: 1712 14th Street NW (just north of R Street, west side).

When Am I Going: Sunday-Wednesday, 11:30 am-11 pm; and Thursday-Saturday, 11:30 am-midnight.

Paycheck Pain: $7-$30 for appetizers to entrees to desserts and drinks.

Say What?: Happy hour got a bit loud at the bar, but you can still hold an easy conversation.

What You’ll Be Eating: “Nuevo Latino” which is to say, a mish-mash of all types of Latino foods from all countries and regions. Mojitos are a specialty and musty-try here.

Happy Hour: Their website specifically names Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 pm for happy hours, but I have a hinting suspicion deals can be had all days of the week at the same hours.

Here’s how a recent happy hour visit went for us. It started with a Mojito and then there was a steak quesadilla or two (a friend wanted more)… and then there were spinach empanadas… finished by another Mojito (we’ll admit these were especially tasty).

Cafe Salsa Borderstan Alejandra Owens 14th Street NW

After the Mojito came steak quesadillas. (Alejandra Owens)

Spinach empanadas came after the quesadillas. (Alejandra Owens)

May 6, 2010 Posted by | food & drink, marketplace | , , , | 12 Comments

Theater: Three New Shows at Neighborhood Theaters

Luis Gomez Photos Source Theatre Logan Circle 14th Street NW Borderstan

New at the Source Theatre: "The Ramayana." (Luis Gomez Gomez)

Three of the five theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area have new shows this weekend. One new show opens this weekend: Mikveh at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater. In addition, The Ramayana opened this week at the Source Theatre and The Graduate opened last weekend at Church Street Theatre.

The complete listing is below the fold.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 Comment

U Street Area: April Crime Down from 2009, Higher than 2008

Borderstan U Street crime

Click to enlarge: There were four violent crimes in the U Street corridor area in April, down from 6 in April 2009. All four crimes were robberies, one with a gun (1300 block of U Street). (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the U Street area was down 38% in April from last year. There were 45 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 28 last month. However, the April 2010 is still noticeably higher than April 2008 when there were only 19 total crimes in the U Street area.

Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY was due primarily to the 38% in property crimes, which account for the huge bulk of all crime. The were 4 violent crimes in April of this year compared to 6 last year; there were also 4 violent crimes in April 2008.

The decrease in property crimes came primarily in the number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), stolen autos and burglaries. But, there were more thefts from autos and thefts last month than there were in April 2008.

Violent crime down. There were 4 violent crimes last month—4 robberies, one with a gun. This is down from 6 violent crimes in April 2009 and the same as the 4 violent crimes in April 2008. There were 2 gun crimes in April 2008 and 2 in April 2009. Gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.

The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW—an area that roughly runs  from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.

Total crime stats for April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | Leave a comment