Borderstan

Dupont – Logan – U Street

Borderstan Weekend Oct 31/Nov 01


Birch&Barley

Birch & Bailey and ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Masa14

Asian-Latin fusion: Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Teaism

Teaism, 2009 R St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

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.

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October 29, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did You Visit Any Mid City Artists?


Local artist Brian Petro in his studio on Sunday. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Artist Brian Petro in his studio on Sunday. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Once again I managed to miss the Mid City Artists Open Studios this past weekend. Luis made it, though, and has some nice pics of four local artists.

October 26, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events, on the blogs | , , , | Leave a comment

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Open Studios with Mid City Artists


The Mid City Artists are having open studios this weekend, Oct. 24 & 25. Here is a great map with artists, locations and studio hours this weekend. This is a great walking tour in the Dupont-Logan-U Street-Borderstan hood.

October 23, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend Oct. 24/25


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.

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October 22, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Borderstan Weekend October 17/18


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.

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October 15, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, local business, music, on community, on events, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekend Reminder: Dance, Borderstan, Dance!


Ron K. Brown & Evidence are part of the Velocity DC Dance Festival. (Photo: velociydc.org)

Ron K. Brown & Evidence are part of the Velocity DC Dance Festival. (Photo: velocitydc.org)

From Suzanne Callahan

October 2-3: Velocity DC Dance Festival

If you’ve always wanted to try a dance performance, but not sure what to see and on a budget, your time has come with Velocity DC. On Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3, for only $15, come sample six of the best dance companies from DC (and beyond) at the beautiful Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F Street NW.

Featured are short pieces from Ron K. Brown and Evidence, The Washington Ballet, CityDance Ensemble, Helanius Wilkins, from Edgeworks, Gesel Mason, Nejla Yatkin, Edwin Aparicio, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Willi Dorner. You’ll see modern, African, ballet, hip hop and many forms in between. Continue reading

September 30, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, on events | , | Leave a comment

U Street: “The Afro-Colombian Mural: Currulao y Desplazamiento”


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Joel Bergner and one of his murals, "The Afro-Colombian Mural: Currulao y Desplazamiento," just off the 1300-block of U Street NW (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Luis took this photo of the artist with his mural while out walking along U Street. This mural, “The Afro-Colombian Mural: Currulao y Desplazamiento,” by Joel Bergner is in an alley just off the south side of the 1300-block of U Street NW. You can see it from the sidewalk the next time you walk by there. Luis has seen other murals around town that Bergner has done.

Bergner is a native Illinoisan, who lived in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, which helped to inspire his work. More photos after the jump.

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September 27, 2009 Posted by | art, Borderstan, on community, U Street NW, Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Borderstan Weekend September 26/27


Here are my picks for things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city… restaurants, galleries and theater.

U-Topia, 1418 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

U-Topia, 1418 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th St. NW.(Photos: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

U-topia at 1418 U Street NW is a great spot on the U street corridor. Jazz and art come together to help you celebrate an excellent meal… Brazilian jazz on Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

La Carbonara at 1926 9th Street NW is in Shaw’s Little Ethiopia. This recently opened Italian restaurant has received mix reviews, from excellent to bland, perhaps depending on the day of the week. If you are feeling adventuresome, give it a try and let us know.

Local 16, at 1602 U Street NW is a nice place to go during the week. The weekend is totally different and it can get crowded and uncomfortable. The menu is American food with an Italian influence. Local 16 has a beautiful roof top deck.

Ink Storm at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. (Image:www.transformergallery.org)

"Ink Storm" at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW. (Image: transformergallery.org)

"Mirage Series" by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW.(Image:www.touchstonegallery.com)

"Mirage Series" by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image: touchstonegallery.com)

"Color, Texture and Mood" by Michele Cormier at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW. (Image:www.touchstonegallery.com)

"Color, Texture and Mood" by Michele Cormier, Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image: touchstonegallery.com)

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW: “This exhibition highlights how artists CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu, and Paula TSAI, three emerging Beijing based artists who re-interpret and re-invent traditional Chinese uses of ink through video, drawing, and mixed-media installation, incorporate ink into their work, ink, and how each individual exploration offers compelling contributions to contemporary art discourse.”

Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW: “The series includes portraits, cityscapes, still-lifes, and landscapes. One landscape includes what appears to be two farm structures viewed from across a field; the hot, shimmering light of a summer’s day has had its effects. Another painting shows a cityscape, with a mass of loosely rendered buildings. In both works, the atmosphere has seemingly blurred many of the specifics—but there is enough information in the watery images to transfix and invite one in. The artist’s technique successfully conveys the essence of his message, but also effectively leaves room for personal interpretation. The result is strong and engaging.” Continue reading

September 24, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, bars/clubs/lounges, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, on events, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Borderstan: Ganymede Arts Festival Runs Through Sunday


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The Ganymede Arts Festival runs through Sunday, September 27, at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace, 1626 14th Street NW. (Image: Ganymede Festival website.)

The week-long, third annual GLBT Ganymede Arts Festival continues this week, running through Sunday—right in the heart of Borderstan. All festival performances are at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace (in the rear of the retail store) at 1626 14th Street NW (west side of 14th between Corcoran and R Streets NW). Ticket information is at the Ganymede website.

The mission of the Ganymede Festival is to “provide high-quality, professional theatre and art that fosters social and cultural awareness of and for the glbt [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] community.”

  • Wednesday at 7 p.m. – “GLBT Stand Up Comedy Night” (Pay what you can donation)
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – “American Premeier Reading” by Australian GLBT playwright. (Pay what you can donation)
  • Friday at 7 p.m. – “Rockin’ Women’s Night” with Hope Leigh Rollins and and Esmirelda. (Pay what you can donation)
  • Saturday and Sunday – Featured theatrical event, “After the Garden – Edie Beale LIVE at Reno Sweeney.” Saturday show at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
  • There is also a post-festival event on Saturday, October 10, at Miss Pixies: “Catie Curtis Lives with Tom Goss.” Tickets are $25.

September 23, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, local business, Logan Circle, on events | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend September 12/13


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city. Remember that Arts on Foot is this Saturday in Penn Quarter (7th & F NW) and that it is Adams Morgan Day on Sunday.

Commissary DC, at 1443 P Street NW (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Commissary DC at 1443 P Street NW (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Frontera Cantina, at 1633 17 Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Frontera Cantina at 1633 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Cafe Salsa at 1712 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Cafe Salsa at 1712 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Commissary, located at 1443 P Street NW, has become a great neighborhood restaurant with excellent prices. Inside it has a wonderful casual atmosphere and is a perfect place for any occasion. Commissary offers an incredible brunch during the weekends. The outdoor patio facing P Street NW is always a good spot to watch people during the summertime.

La Frontera Cantina at 1633 17th Street NW is your basic Tex-Mex restaurant with all your favorites. It will never disappoint you unless you are looking for a real Mexican flavor. It has had very mixed reviews; some people consider it wonderful, others quite poor.

Cafe Salsa Grill at 1712 14th Street NW is a new addition to the neighborhood and is always a good bet. Their food is inventive and keeps its Latin roots. We have eaten there twice: once for dinner and it was great; and recently for breakfast with an even better.

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September 10, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment