Dupont – Logan – U Street

At the Hamiltonian Gallery: 3 Artists, 3 Mediums, 1 Synergy

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Click to view the slide show of highlighting the works of the three artists in the current exhibit at the Hamiltonian Artists Gallery, 1353 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cecile Oreste

View Luis Gomez’s slide show of the three artist’s works on flickr; shots are captioned.

The Hamiltonian Artists Gallery promotes new emerging artists through its So Hamiltonian Fellows Program—a two-year fellowship awarded through an annual competition. Currently, you can view the work of three of their fellows Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Hoz at the gallery located on the north side of U Street just east of 14th.The gallery hosted an opening reception last Saturday for the exhibition of paintings and installations, which runs until June 9.

Although each artist uses a unique medium, the three works collectively present physically binary relationships and investigate an exchange of energies. “It was an intuitive feeling to group these women,” said Hamiltonian Artists Gallery Director Jacqueline Ionita when asked about the decision to exhibit the three fellows together. “There is something poetic about their work and I hope people will realize the common theme.”

The first exhibit you experience as you enter the gallery includes paintings and installations by Magnolia Laurie. Her work explores the idea of construction/deconstruction through environments created upon masses of broken lines. According to Laurie, she plays off the idea of architecture, building and the cyclical nature of destruction, as well as nest like accumulations like those of birds.

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May 11, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , | Leave a comment

Mystery City #7: What Southern California City is This?

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Mystery City #7: Where is this beach in southern California? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Here is Mystery City #7 from Luis’ photo collection. Where is this beach-front location in southern California? Is it in Los Angels or Orange County? Choose from one of five choices in our weekly reader poll of mystery cities; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first six mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney, Bratislava, La Paz and Santiago.

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May 11, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

All Hands on Deck: Safety Check at 15th & R NW

Saturday, 15th and R NW: Officers from MPD units were checking every third car for registration and driver seatbelt use. It was part of the weekend's All Hands on Deck operation. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MPD ran its first All Hands on Deck operation of the summer this past weekend. AHODs typically run from 6 am on Friday to 6 am on Sunday.

MPD says, “During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel will be on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This will include increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up with victims, and recruits passing out specific crime related information.” There were 10 AHODs in 2009.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 1 Comment

This Week in Borderstan

Saturday: Cork & Fork owners Anne and Dominique Landragin at the opening of their newest store, 1522 14th Street NW. Store hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm; Monday-Friday, 2pm to 10 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)


The Middle East Festival begins at Theater J (DC Jewish Community Center) with the Voice of the Woman as the focus. Address: 16th and Q Streets NW. (From Free in DC)


ANC 2B-Dupont meets at 7 pm at the Brookings Institution, 1772 Massachusetts Avenue NW. With Mike Silverstein stepping down as chair, the commission will elect a new head from among the nine commissioners. Also on the agenda are a resolution to propose honorary naming of a street after Dr Franklin Kameny… and a resolution for Mayor Adrian Fenty to rescind a Certificate of Appreciation to Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays. Regarding that mistaken certificate to the Ex-Gays group: there is a group on Facebook, “Un-Invite Mayor Fenty from Capital Pride Unless he Meets These 3 Demands.”

Voting ends at midnight on Wednesday for the Washington City Paper’s 2010 RAMMYS with results announced June 6. You can vote for your favorite restaurants in four categories:

  1. Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Two 14th Street establishments, Cork and Bar Pilar, are among the five nominees.
  2. Power Spot of the Year
  3. Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year: Birch & Barley – Church Key and Masa 14 are the local spots on the nominee list.
  4. Your Favorite Restaurant: Write in your pick.

The monthly Logan Circle Community Association membership meeting is from 7 to 9 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, N.W. Tentative agenda items include discussion of upcoming projects, including branding and marketing the Mid City Arts District and planning and implementing the Logan Circle Heritage Trail. We anticipate success in funding these projects with external financial support.


Greater Goods at 1626 U Street NW hosts a free talk about energy efficiency. (From Free in DC)

Ganymede Arts has produced a local version of Naked Boys Singing and it’s at 1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street NW. Times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 6 and 8 pm, and Sundays at 5 and 7 pm. Naked opened Friday and runs through June 13.


The 4th Annual “Blessing of the Dogs” at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle, 10 to 10:20 am. From National City: “All dogs – big, small, young, and old – and their companions are encouraged to attend the blessing. During the twenty-minute service, staff from Dogs by Day, a doggie daycare and boarding facility located on 14th Street NW, will be on hand to make sure all dogs and their owners are well-behaved, comfortable, and content. Each dog in attendance will receive a special certificate commemorating the occasion, and a photographer from National City Christian Church will be on hand to capture the event.”

May 10, 2010 Posted by | marketplace, news, politics and government | , , , | 1 Comment

Happy Mother’s Day

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A collection of flowers from the Borderstan gardens to all the mothers in the neighborhood. Have a wonderful day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

May 9, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

Mystery City #6: What City is This? (Voting closes at 10 pm)

Mystery City # 6. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Here is Mystery City #6 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. Make your best guess—or educated selection—on the city’s identify and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first five mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney, Bratislava and La Paz.

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May 4, 2010 Posted by | news | 3 Comments

Sunday’s BowWow PowWow: Did Your Dog Go?

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Click on image to go to flickr slideshow: BowWow PowWow was yesterday in Adams Morgan, an event of the Adams Morgan MainStreets project. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the slideshow on flickr of the fourth annual BowWow PowWow in Adams Morgan yesterday. The event was sponsored by the Adams Morgan MainStreet Group.

BowWow PowWow on flickr.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | 4 Comments

Deals for Deeds Buying Website Launches

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Deals For Deeds held a kickoff event at 14th Streets's ACKC Cocoa Bar on Tuesday night. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Deals for Deeds founders Josh Hoffman and Harrison Miller at Tuesday night's kickoff. The site went live this morning. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Deals for Deeds is now up and running following a launch party last night at ACKC Cocoa Bar—the first deal is already posted this morning. The group buying website is similar to LivingSocial and Groupon, but supports community nonprofits in the process.

Deals for Deeds will offer “one huge daily deal on the best things to do, see or eat around the city… and a portion (at least 5%) of every deal is donated to one of three local non-profits that rotate on a regular basis.”

On the business side, they have already partnered with ACKC, Arganica Farm Club, Tango Mercurio and Carafe Wine Makers. On the nonprofit side, Deals for Deeds has lined up Washington Animal Rescue League, Food & Friends, and Habitat for Humanity of DC.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | news | 2 Comments

June Opening for Room & Board; Arts Overlay Update

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14th and T NW: The lights were on last night as Room & Board prepares for a June opening. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Room and Board

According to DCmud, Room & Board is set to open in June. Construction has been underway for months at the southwest corner of 14t and T Streets NW in the old Taylor Motor Building. DCmud has a great description of the planned interior with photos of work underway.

Arts Overlay Cap Upped

In other 14th Street news, the DC Zoning Commission voted to increase the available linear frontage for restaurants and bars inside the arts overlay district on the 14th and U corridors. The action increases the available frontage to 30% from the current 25%. There are plans to increase the linear frontage to 50%, a process that will take several more months. The immediate 5% increase should allow several projects already underway to proceed. Check out the Washington Business Journal for more information. (Hat tip to dcist.)

April 28, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery City #5: What City is This?

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Mystery City #5: What Latin American city is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you Mystery City #5 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. Make your best guess—or educated selection—on the city’s identify and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first four mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney and Bratislava.

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April 27, 2010 Posted by | news | , | 2 Comments