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The Lincoln Memorial at Dusk


The Lincoln Memorial at dusk, August 6. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The Lincoln Memorial at dusk, August 6. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Seven members of my family visited from Illinois last week, the first trip for several of them. It’s easy to forget how beautiful our city can be when you look at Luis’ photo of The Lincoln Memorial at One Photograph A Day.

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August 11, 2009 Posted by | D.C. museums, on the blogs | , | 1 Comment

Borderstan Weekend August 8/9


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Hank's Oyster Bar at 1624 Q St. NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Hank's Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Annie's Paramount Steak House at 1609 17th St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Annie's Paramount Steak House, 1609 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Hank’s Oyster Bar, located at 1624 Q Street NW, is one of the relatively recent openings in the area…. with delicious food and great atmosphere. If you really want to enjoy your meal, avoid weekends when it is crowed and a bit loud. Prices are toward the slightly higher end.

Annie’s Paramount Steak House at 1609 17th Street NW has been a fixture of 17th Street for decades, with good food, great friendly atmosphere and good prices. However, after going through a total renovation, the menu has changed to more upscale plates. The prices have gone up as well and Annie’s doesn’t feel as informal as before. The flavor of a good neighborhood restaurant seems to have been lost during the renovation.

Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers, 1900-1945 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. (Image: Olga Mate NMWA website)

Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers, 1900-1945 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. (Image: Olga Mate NMWA website)

Hank's Oyster Bar at 1624 Q St. NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

"Paint Made Flesh" at The Phillips Collection. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers, 1900-1945,” is at The National Museum of Women in the Arts  at 1250 New York Avenue NW: “The exhibition is a part of Extremely Hungary, a yearlong festival of performances and exhibitions in New York City and Washington, D.C. , throughout 2009.”

Paint Made Flesh” is at The Phillips Collection at 1600 21st Street NW. The show “examines the ways in which European and American painters have used oil paint and the human body to convey enduring human vulnerabilities, among them anxieties about desire, appearance, illness, aging, war, and death. In the tradition of great figure painting stretching back to Rembrandt and Titian, the 34 artists in the exhibition, working in the years since World War II, exploit oil paint’s visual and tactile properties to mirror those of the body, while exploring the body’s capacity to reflect the soul.”

"Washington Improv Theater’s" at the Source Theater located at 1835 14th St NW.  (Photo:Luis Gomez)

"Washington Improv Theater" is at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

"The Oresteia" at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street, NW.(Image: website)

"The Oresteia" plays at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street NW.(Image: Church Street Theater Web site.)

Washington Improv Theater is at the Source Theater at 1835 14th Street NW: “A special second summer run featuring the Neutrino Video Project—a 30-minute film shot in the time it takes you to watch it—and guest artists from New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and more as part of the first-ever improv comedy festival in DC.”

The Oresteia” plays at the Church Street Theater at 1742 Church Street NW. It is “a tale of blood, guts and vengeance, this is Aeschylusʼ Oresteia, re-charged. Rowdy, raucous, loud and literate.”

B52 at Wolf Trap, Saturday, August 8. (Image: Wolf Trap)

The B52s are at Wolf Trap, Sat., Aug., 8. (Image: Wolf Trap Web site.)

Olivia Mancini and The Mates at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street, NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Olivia Mancini and The Mates are at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

The B-52s” play at Wolf Trap on Saturday, August 8, at 8 p.m. at the Filene Center. Put on your wig and have tons of fun.

Olivia Mancini And The Mates” are at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW: “This year’s ‘You Can See The Mountains From Here’ follows up on the exuberant melodies and twangy rock of the band’s Chatterbox EP, showing that Mancini’s musical prowess can outlast even her previous successes.”

Ricardo Arjona, Saturday 8, at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr.  Fairfax

Ricardo Arjona plays Sat., Aug. 8, at the Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. (Image: Patriot Center Web site.)

Cafe Saint-Ex Restaurant Bar, located at 1847 14th Street, NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez.)

Cafe Saint-Ex Restaurant Bar, 1847 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Ricardo Arjona plays Saturday, August 8, at the George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, at 8 p.m. The Guatemalan-born singer is considered a storyteller with beautiful lyrics about everyday life and people from all walks of life.

Film Night at Cafe Saint Ex at 1847 14th Street NW is Sunday, August 9, at 9 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Gate 54 will be previewing films from the next DC Short Film Festival. “The chefs at Saint Ex have created special pizzas for the evening starting at $7. The Pizzas will be really tasty with a $4 Peroni Beer. ”

Legg Mason Tennis Classic, August 1 - 9, William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park

Legg Mason Tennis Classic, August 1-9, William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. (Photo: Legg Mason Web site.)

The Legg Mason Tennis Classic concludes this weekend at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. It’s a great opportunity to watch great men’s tennis in the city.

August 7, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend August 1st/2nd


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Florida Avenue Grill, at 11th Street and Florida Ave. NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Florida Avenue Grill at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Lauriol Plaza, located at 1835 18th Street NW. (Photo: Lauriol Plaza Web)

Lauriol Plaza at 1835 18th Street NW. (Photo: Lauriol Plaza Web site.)

Florida Avenue Grill is perfect for a weekend breakfast with wonderful home-style food at a very good price. At the corner of 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW, it has been a fixture in the area for years.

Lauriol Plaza at 1835 18th Street NW is probably one of the best places in town to enjoy Latin American food. Get there early for brunch, lunch or dinner; good prices for the food and service, but it is usually crowded.

fuckingA at the Studio Theatre at 1501 14th Street, NW

"fuckingA" is at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW. (Image: Studio Theater Web site.)

Bohemian Caverns, Tribute to Nina Simone

Bohemian Caverns: "Tribute to Nina Simon." (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

“FuckingA” is playing at the Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW. “A bloody, modern riff on The Scarlet Letter, as only Suzan-Lori Parks could do it—with wicked poetry, biting comic songs and unforgettable style. In ‘Fucking A,’ Parks takes a wild, theatrical carnival ride through a post-apocalyptic future, where an outcast abortionist will do anything to reclaim her lost son.”

See “Tribute To Nina Simone” on Friday, July 3t, at the Bohemian Caverns at 2001 11 Street NW. “Blessed with a beautiful voice and a marvelous craft, Akua Kyerematin’s musical roots run deeply through the blues, jazz and R&B, her style, thus, is a fluid and constantly evolving neo-soul conglomeration that stresses jazz and the blues. Look closely at Akua Kyerematin today, for you will surely be hearing huge things about her tomorrow.”

"Good People, Bad Behavior" at G Fine Art, 1515 14th Street, NW

"Good People, Bad Behavior" at G Fine Art, 1515 14th Street NW. (Image: G Fine Art Gallery Web site.)

"Line Forms Here" is the new exhibit at gallery plan b in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW. It runs through Sunday, August 23. (Image: gallery plan b.)

"Line Forms Here" is the new exhibit at gallery plan b in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW. It runs through Sunday, August 23. (Image: gallery plan b.)

Good People, Bad Behavior” is at G Fine Art Gallery, 1515 14th Street NW with works by Tim Bearse, Christiana Caro, Nicholas des Cognets, Benjamin Jurgensen, Ian McMahon, Nataliya Slinko, Hannah Walsh.

Line Forms Here” is showing at plan b gallery in Borderstan, 1530 14th Street NW. This is a new show: “Line Forms Here – Works in various media with a linear focus,” by Chad Andrews… Amy Davis… Karen Hubacher… Juditha… Arpi Sahr… Melissa Widerkehr… Brian Petro… Greg Minah and Gordon Binder. It opened July 23 and runs through August 23.

Broadway ROCKS! Saturday 1st at Filene Center. (Image: WolfTrap)

"Broadway ROCKS! is Saturday at Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. (Image: Wolf Trap Web site.)

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Paul McCartney plays at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, on Saturday. (Image: Beatlepool.com.)

Broadway Rocks!” is Saturday August 1 at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA: “The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Hairspray, Jekyll and Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Wicked, Tommy and more! Fusion is what it is all about.”

Paul McCartney is at FedEx Field on Saturday August 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Landover, Maryland.

The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts its Community Festival this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 14th & U NW. It is in conjunction with the MidCity Dog Days events on 14th Street NW. (Image: U Street Neighborhood Association.)

The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts its Community Festival this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 14th & U NW. (Image: U Street Neighborhood Association.)

MidCity Business' 10th annual Dog Days sidewalk sale is Aug. 1 & 2. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

MidCity Business' 10th annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale is this Saturday and Sunday. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

Come out this weekend and celebrate life in Borderstan with  two area events. Enjoy food, shopping and great people watching this weekend on 14th Street NW and U Street NW.

First is the “U Street Community Festival.”  The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts a community festival this Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U Streets NW. The event is in conjunction with the 10th Annual MidCity Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale weekend and the weekly Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays only).

The 10th Annual MidCity Business Dog Days Sidewalk Sale: Don’t miss this fun event in Logan Circle-Borderstan: tons of sales and activities along the 14th Street Corridor and U Street, NW

July 31, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events, Shaw, U Street NW | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend July 24th/25th


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

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RedRocks Pizzeria is at 1036 Park Road NW in Columbia Heights.

Thai Tanic, Located at 1326 14th Street, NW

Thai Tanic is in Borderstan at 1326 14th Street NW.

RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria at 1036 Park Road NW opened in 2007 and has some of the finest pizzas in the city (in my opinion). It has a patio and makes for a smart choice for a quick good meal.

Thai Tanic Restaurant is one of the pioneers business in the area, located at 1326 14th Street NW. It is also a favorite of ours with an extensive menu and affordable prices.

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Capital Fringe Festival: "Revolutionary! Isadora Duncan," at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. (Photo: Chelsea Bauch.)

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"Storefront Churches: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara" is at the National Building Museum. (Photo: Camilo Jose Vergara.)

Capital Fringe Festival: “Revolutionary! Isadora Duncan,” is showing at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Showtime is this Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

“Storefront Churches: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara,” is at the National Building Museum at 401 F Street NW. Vergara says, “I quickly understood churches to be crucial to my project, and a separate study of them began to develop.” The exhibit includes areas of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York.

King Lear at the Sidney Harman Hall.

"King Lear" plays downtown at the Sidney Harman Hall.

The Bannaba Project at the National Museum of the American Indian.

The Bannaba Project performs at the National Museum of the American Indian on The National Mall.

William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” is at the Sidney Harman Hall, 450 7th Street NW. A production of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, “King Lear” is both an “intimate family drama and an explosive political epic”.

The Bannaba Project is at the National Museum of the American Indian at 4th Street and Independence Avenue NW. The Bannaba Project is nine-member band from Panama that “blends pre-Columbian sounds and sensibilities with jazz, pop, calypso and other rhythms of the Caribbean.”

Vincent Written by Leonard Nimoy at the DC Arts Center

"Vincent" by Leonard Nimoy is playing at the DC Arts Center.

The Bob Dylan Show at The Ripken Stadium

The Bob Dylan Show, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson and Family are at Ripken Stadium.

“Vincent,” written by Leonard Nimoy: “The show offers an evening of laughter, tears and insight into van Gogh’s passion and suffering, while considering the meaning of art and artistry in a world where success is judged in terms of sales, by which measure van Gogh fell short during his lifetime.” It is at the DC Arts Center,  2438 18th Street NW.


Bob Dylan & His Band, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson and Family are playing at Ripken Stadium at 873 Long Drive in Aberdeen, Maryland, on Friday, July 24.

July 24, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events | , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend: July 18/19


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city. Continue reading

July 17, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music, on events | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend: July 11/12


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city.

Ristorante Posto at 1515 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Ristorante Posto, at 1515 14th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Cafe Saint-Ex Restaurant & Bar at 1847 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Cafe Saint-Ex Restaurant & Bar at 1847 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Ristorante Posto at 1515 14th Street, NW opened in December 2008 and is still a novelty in the area. They serve classic and modern Italian dishes, wood oven pizzas and focaccia. Its prices are in the upper mid range.

Cafe Saint-EX crowns the southeast side corner of 14th and T Streets NW. It is one of the pioneer businesses of its kind in Borderstan on 14th Street. They offer a delicious mix of American-Bistro style cuisine… always a good alternative in the area.

"Spring Awakening" at the Kennedy Center. (Photo: www.springawakening.org.)

"Spring Awakening" at the Kennedy Center. (Photo: http://www.springawakening.org)

"Dark Play or Stories For Boys" at the Forum Theatre at 1365 H Street NE. (Photo: Forum Theatre Web site.)

"Dark Play or Stories For Boys" at the Forum Theatre at 1365 H Street, NE. (Photo: Forum Theatre Web site.)

Spring Awakening” is playing at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW. It opens in DC after receiving eight Tony Awards. Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater created the music, keeping most of the original dialogue, but creating a contemporary score.

Dark Play or Stories for Boys” by Carlos Murillo premieres at DC’s Forum Theatre at 1365 H Street NE… with a plot about teenage loneliness in today’s world.

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July 10, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, music, on community | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday, July 5: Last Day for Artomatic


Today (July 5) is the last day for Artomatic. (Photo: Luis Gomez, Luis Gomez Photos.)

Today (July 5) is the last day for Artomatic. (Photo: Luis Gomez, Luis Gomez Photos.)

The last day for Artomatic is today, July 5, at 55 M Street SE. There is a parking garage, but you may also be able to find on-street parking.

We went to Artomatic on Friday and enjoyed it—it’s a loooooot of art. We started at the top and worked our way down, but only saw four floors. But, it’s a great chance to see the work of local artists in a number of different mediums. There are also music performances and other stuff to do; here is the roundup for this final weekend of events at Artomatic.

July 5, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, D.C. museums, on events | , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend: July 4-5 Edition


Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city. (Also, check out Borderstan’s “July 4th: A Guide to the Guides, Street Closures.”)

El Paraiso Restaurant, 1916 14th Street, NW, Borderstan

El Paraiso Restaurant, 1916 14th St. NW in Borderstan south of U St. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

City Lights of China, 1731 Connecticut Ave. NW

City Lights of China, 1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, north of Dupont Circle. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

El Paraiso Restaurant at 1916 14th Street NW is always a perfect choice for a lazy weekend. Good cheap food with flavor… not fancy with okay service. If you are into Latin American soccer, this is the place to watch your team play while enjoying a beer and the company of many amigos. Mexican-Salvadoran places in DC are often good substitutes for traditional Greek-owned diners—since we seem to lack as many as other large cities.

City Lights of China at 1731 Connecticut Ave NW. Just north of Dupont Circle, it is an old favorite in the area. If Chinese food is what you are looking for this is a good place to go and have a delicious meal. The menu is divided between specialties from the regional cuisines of Szechuan and Canton.

August Wilson's Radio Golf at The Studio Theatre, 1501  14th Street, NW

"August Wilson's Radio Golf" at The Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW in Borderstan. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

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"The Color Purple" is at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. (Image: Kennedy Center Web site.)

August Wilson’s Radio Golf” at The Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW. Showing here in Borderstan… gentrification is examined, according to the Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre’s production of ‘Radio Golf’ will strongly echo the current zeitgeist in Logan Circle, Washington and around the nation.” Continue reading

July 3, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, food, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events | , , , , , | 2 Comments

DC Wednesday: Four Mayors Discuss Washington’s Transformation


The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). (Image: HCWDC Web site.)

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). (Image: HCWDC Web site.)

This should be interesting. Tomorrow night (Wednesday), the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, is sponsoring a forum on the transformation of Washington over the past 30 years.

The forum panel consists of four DC mayors: Barry, Pratt, Williams and Fenty. The forum title is “Conversations on Great Streets with the 4 Living Mayor’s of Washington.”

Time is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Historical Society of Washington at 801 K Street NW. Please RSVP.

June 23, 2009 Posted by | D.C. Government, D.C. museums, DC politics, on community, on events | , , | Leave a comment

This Weekend: Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk


The 26th annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend is this weekend, June 6-7. Details, including a map of participating museums is at the Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium Web site. You can also download and print the program/schedule of events (PDF).

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. museums, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, on community, on events, U Street NW | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment