Borderstan

Dupont – Logan – U Street

News Bits, Movie Rentals, Weekend Marches/Walks, Stuff to Do


Happy Friday morning, Borderstan. A few news items… some news bits… happenings this weekend. So, read this posting and then turn off your computer and go enjoy the fall weekend. See you Monday.

October 9, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

Food News: Good Cheap Eats Coming to 14th Street?


Are we finally going to get some good cheap food on the 14th Street NW corridor? Looks that way, hopefully. Nothing against the upscale places that have opened (or soon will) in Borderstan over the past few years, but we really can’t afford to drop $50 every time we don’t feel like cooking on a Tuesday night. (Yes, I am still waiting for a real Greek-owned diner… the type you find in Chicago or New York.)

Here’s the news from our friends at 14th & You:

“Devilish Burgers Headed to 14th Street.” Hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the forthcoming bakery and wine bar next to Marvin (“I’ll have a loaf of cinnamon bread and a glass of your 2003 Malbec please”), 14thandyou has received this nugget of info: the space down adjacent to the bake-oenology place, located at 2001 14th Street, will in fact be a “top-shelf” burger joint owned by Policy’s Omar Miskinyar and David Karim, and featuring creations from Policy chef Brian Murphy. Read posting.

“More Info on “Table 14”; “World’s Best Philly Cheese Steak” Coming to 14th Street.” Metrocurean has an update today on the forthcoming establishment on 14th Street from the Local 16 guys… In other news, a quick peak inside the former 14U coffee shop seems to show renovations moving forward for the soon-to-arrive “JJs: World’s Best Philly Cheese Steaks“. Read posting.

July 25, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC restaurants, food, local business, Logan Circle, on the blogs, U Street NW | , , , , | Leave a comment

14th & You Gives Us the Scoop on New 14th St. Restaurants


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"The guys that brought us U St. hangout Local 16 are about to make a foray onto 14th St. with Local 14, to be located at 1832 4th Street (next to the L&N Thrift Store)." (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

A big thanks to 14th & You for their posting on new restaurants headed for 14th Street NW:

New Pizza Place, American Restaurant For 14th Street; New Wine Bar Headed to U Street. “My, aren’t Logan and U Street busy these days? We’ve received a number of requests recently regarding the status of some of the new bars/restaurants that are looking to set up shop in the area.”

Read posting.

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, DC restaurants, food, local business, Logan Circle, on the blogs, U Street NW | , , , , , | Leave a comment