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

Borderstan Movie Fan Reviews High School Musicals


Cameraby Mary Burgan

This week Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan makes some recommendations about high school musicals. Mary’s column runs every two weeks. Links to her earlier columns are at the bottom of this posting.

I’ve always loved movie musicals, and in flight from current Cineplex offerings about vampires and apocalyptic invasions from outer or inner space, I live in hope that they will return. That’s why I went to see the remake of Fame a couple of weeks ago. Walking into the theater with my reluctant spouse, whose idea of an exciting movie is My Dinner with Andre, I repressed the thought that my own longing for an old-fashioned song and dance flick is, basically, adolescent.

My love of musicals does link me and my granddaughters, as a matter of fact. We were the ones who forced the whole family to see Hairspray in the summer of 2007, and we watched large swatches of the first High School Musical on the Disney Channel last year while the boys groaned. I concluded then that if movie musicals ever returned, they would come set in some high school because of girls like us.

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October 23, 2009 Posted by | arts, Media, movies | , , , | 13 Comments

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

“Perspectives DC” on Thursday Night ONLY at Gallery plan b


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Gallery plan b is at 1530 14th Street NW between Church and Q Streets. (Image: Gallery plan b)

Gallery plan b in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW is hosting a one-night exhibition that will benefit three area non-profit groups. “Perspectives DC” is an exhibition in brush, lens, and words… a one-night exhibition to benefit Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Dupont Circle Village and the Logan Circle Community Association.

October 7, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Borderstan Weekend October 3/4


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

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 2020 Florida Ave. NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 2020 Florida Ave. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Azi's Cafe, 1336 9th St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Azi's Cafe, 1336 9th St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Tomate, Italian Bistro, 1701 Connecticut Ave NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

La Tomate Italian Bistro, 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar, at 2020 Florida Ave. NW. We have eaten there a couple of times and the food has always been wonderful and fresh, with a good variety of Chinese, Japanese and Thai. It is a good bet and reasonably priced. But, they have a somehow sketchy and confusing web page to order online. Take a close look at the menu online before calling for a delivery.

Azi’s Cafe, at 1336 9th Street NW. This is one of the pioneer business in the Shaw area. Their coffee is great and the service superb. They have a selection of sandwiches, soups and salads for the rest of the day. If you feel like a light meal, always a good spot.

La Tomate, Italian Bistro, 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW. Italian food, relatively pricey. It has a great location on the Dupont Circle area with nice outdoor seating. Make reservations. The reviews are mixed, but the place is always crowded.

Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Jane Krakowski, at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW.(Image:www.kennedy-center.org)

Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Jane Krakowski, at The Kennedy Center. (Image: http://www.kennedy-center.org)

Donnell Rawlings  "Ashy Larry" from Comedy Central's "The Chappelle Show" at the DC IMPROV, 1140 Connecticut Ave NW.(Image:www.dcimprov.com)

Donnell Rawlings' "Ashy Larry" from Comedy Central's "The Chappelle Show" at the DC IMPROV, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Image: http://www.dcimprov.com)

David Sedaris, Wed. Oct 7, at the Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St NW.(Image: website)

David Sedaris, Wed. Oct 7, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. (Image: Lisner website)

Barbara Cook’s Spotlight: Jane Krakowski” is Oct. 3 at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street  NW. A theater cabaret performance.

Donnell Rawlings’ Ashy Larry” from Comedy Central’s “The Chappelle Show,” at the DC IMPROV, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. Shoujld be good.

David Sedaris, Wed. Oct 7, at the Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st Street, NW: “With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.” Sedairs is a favorite of many friends. Continue reading

October 1, 2009 Posted by | arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on community, on events, Shaw | , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

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September 26, 2009 Posted by | arts, bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. crime, D.C. Government, D.C. museums, DC politics, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, Metro, MPD, on community, on events, on the blogs, U Street NW | , , , , , | Leave a comment