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16th & P NW: Street Closure Was for Scientology Building Dedication


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The front of the new Church of Scientology building at 16th & P Streets NW around noon today.

The Church of Scientology dedicated its new facility at the northwest corner of 16th & P NW today, which is why 16th Street near P was blocked off. Dcist has more on the event.

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October 31, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on community, on events, on the blogs | , , | 4 Comments

SATURDAY: 14th & Farmers’ Market Halloween Costume Contest


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The 14th & U Farmers' Market is Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

From the 14th & U Farmers’ Market… this is TOMORROW at noon. There is also a bake sale with proceeds benefiting Martha’s Table.

  • What: Halloween Party at 14th and U Streets NW
  • Where: 14th and U Streets NW, in front of the Reeves Municipal Building
  • When: Saturday, October 31 at noon

“Wondering where to wear your costume during the day on Halloween. Enter the 14& U Farmers’ Market Halloween Costume Contest with great prizes for kids and adults, kindly provided by:  Saint Ex, Cork Market, Pulp, Mid City Caffe, Biaggio, Adventures in Shaw. Judging by Amanda of Metrocurean and Diane of Cork at Noon on Saturday, October 31.  Plus, DC FoodBloggers Spooktacular Bake Sale to benefit Martha’s Table.”

October 30, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, food, local business, on community, on events, U Street NW | , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend Oct 31/Nov 01


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

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

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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

We Got Photos: 17th Street High Heel Race


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Two of the many costumed Washingtonians who turned out in drag for the 2009 17th Street High Heel Race. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Is it the event of the year on the Dupont Circle side of Borderstan?

At his blog, One Photograph A Day… Luis got some great pics of the revelers in their Halloween costumes at tonight’s 17th Street High Heel Race and created a slide show. He also provides some background on the history of the race.

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October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on community, on events, on the blogs | , , , | Leave a comment

Behind the High-Heeled Glamour: A Quick Chat with “Anna Wintour”


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Before the 17th Street High Heel Race: Madame X as "Anna Wintour" on 15th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

The annual 17th Street High Heel Race is all about the participants, the costumes, the characters. The race, while amusing, is a sideshow. The real fun is in meeting the people who show up every year in costume to one of Dupont Circle’s biggest events.

Following is an interview, “A Quick Chat with ‘Anna Wintour,’ ” that profiles one of the Washingtonians who has made the annual Race a big Halloween event, drawing thousands of spectators.

I have known “Anna Wintour,” who I shall identify as “Madame X“—but well known in his real identify to friends and fans—for 10-plus years. Each year I await his Halloween costume to see what persona he will take. This year Madame X is attending tonight’s High Heel Race as Anna Wintour, the longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine—and subject of many articles herself and even a movie or two.

We caught up with “Anna” a couple of hours before the race as she was waiting patiently for the rain to stop. A former resident of Borderstan (The Cairo, early 1990s), “Anna” recounts her favorite characters over the years for the Race and recalls the time she drove from DC to Rehoboth in full drag in her Ford Taurus. Continue reading

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, on events | , , , | 1 Comment

TUESDAY: High Heel Race Today


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17th Street NW during the 2008 High Heel Race event. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Rain or shine. Today is the annual  17th Street Halloween High Heel Race. Starting time is 9:00 p.m, but get there early if you want to enjoy the show. Prior to  the race, many of the participants (and those just in costume) parade along 17th Street.

What: High Heel Race

Where: 17th Street NW between Church & R Streets NW

Time: 9:00 p.m., but be there early!

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, on events | , , , | 1 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