Dupont – Logan – U Street

Reader Poll: Are You an Immigrant?

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May 1: About 35 people were arrested in front of The White House as they protested the recently passed Arizona immigration law. (Luis Gomez Photos)

We thought it would be interesting to see what percentage of Borderstan readers are immigrants. Immigration is back in the news cycle after Arizona passed a law related to illegal immigrants in late April, which led to protests near The White House on Saturday. Moreover, Congress may address immigration reform this year, and yesterday the DC Council weighed in on the Arizona law.

Our neighborhood is a diverse section of a diverse city that is part of a diverse metro area in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. In addition, part of the region’s diversity lies in its large immigrant population with the DC metro area being a preferred U.S. destination for immigrants.

A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.

The poll is below the fold.

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | 1 Comment

Salon Rouge’s Salim: From Casablanca to 17th Street

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Salim Elalami in front of Salon Rouge, 1636 17th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

For Borderstan’s ongoing series on local entrepreneurs and retail businesses, we sat down with Salim Elalami, owner of Salon Rouge and former partner in the Subairi salon on R Street.

Elalami came to the United States from Casablanca, Morocco, as a teenager and attended the University of Maryland on a soccer scholarship. Unable to meet the additional costs of college life, Elalami went to work, starting as a busboy in Georgetown, working his way up to a bartender and eventually becoming part of restaurant management.

Next, Elalami enrolled in hair styling classes at a local academy, with the encouragement of a hairdresser friend. According to Elalami, he knew itt would be better hours than the long nights of bartending, which kept him working until 4 am.

After attending hair styling classes, he eventually worked for a salon on Connecticut Avenue and later opened Subairi with a business parnter in 2000. Almost a decade later, he opened Salon Rouge at 1636 17th Street NW.

Borderstan: What other jobs did you have before becoming a hair stylist?
Elalami: Not only did I work as a busboy and bartender in Georgetown, but I also taught tennis lessons while I was living in San Diego.

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May 5, 2010 Posted by | marketplace | , , , | 1 Comment

Stuff You Might Have Missed (But Shouldn’t Have)

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Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue NW: There were protests in front of The White House against the recently passed Arizona law regarding illegal immigrants. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Arrest made in Brian Betts murder case. Two men have been arrested and one more is in custody in the slaying of Shaw Middle School Principal Brian Betts. In addition, the mother of one of the suspects has been arrested for using Betts’ credit cards after his death. Betts was found murdered in his Silver Spring home on April 15. The Washington Post has details.

Colbert King column on Candidate Clark Ray. Washington Post columnist Colbert King has a column on DC Council candidate Clark Ray: “Ray’s an energetic action figure, not a ditherer; a welcome change. But on the issues? Face-to-face debates with the incumbent will tell.” Ray is running for an At-Large Council seat in the September 14 Democratic Primary against incumbent Phil Mendelson.

Robert Wone trial starts next week. No, there is not a murder trail next week in the death of Robert Wone. There is a trial of three defendants for obstruction of justice in the August 2, 2006, murder of Robert Wone on the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. The guys at the Who Murdered Robert Wone? website can give all the details—and then some. The three defendants in the case were residents of the house where Wone was murdered and were there at the time of his death. Check out the profile of the editors at Mediaite.

Studio Theatre has new artistic director. Washington City Paper’s Arts Desk has the story: “David Muse to Succeed Joy Zinoman as Studio Theatre’s Artistic Director.”

Interactive map shows new tree plantings. A very cool interactive map at The Washington Post allows you to see where and what type of new trees have been planted in DC—right down to your block. We seem to have made out pretty well in this area.

The Washington Blade is back. After bankrupty and several months of operating as the DC Agenda, it is once again the Washington Blade, DC’s weekly LGBT newswpaper. Congratulations! You can Like them on Facebook.

Thaitanic on 14th wants to expand. 14th & You has the story… Thaitanic wants to expand to the second floor and stay open until 2 am on weekends. Not surprisingly, not everyone is pleased and the restaurant’s plans will be on the agenda of ANC 2F this Wednesday evening.

May 4, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

NYT Profiles the White House 20-Somethings in Our Midst

In case you missed it, there was another¹ New York Times article on DC hipsterness last week, which comes closely on the heels of the Out magazine article on gay hipsterness in DC. The title of the April 26 piece is “All the Obama 20-Somethings” and it profiles some of the young White House staffers and their DC lives.

Worth noting is where many apparently live, which is here:

The young White House staff members have formed an unofficial enclave in an area north of the White House, where many live within a 15-minute walk from one another, settling in group houses and apartments in Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, U Street and Columbia Heights. The tiny but distinct neighborhoods bleed into one another, with nightlife emanating out from the U Street corridor. The area, part of which was ravaged during the 1968 riots, is gentrifying but still has a gritty feel.

Personally, I think gritty might be a bit hyperbolic; I suspect my neighbors who moved here in 1985 or so could explain gritty to the reporter. But as they say, it’s all relative. (Perhaps they were willing to take a chance on grittiness after Kal Penn led the way?)

Be sure to take a look at the map showing the favorite hangouts of our White House-connected neighbors: “A guide to bars, restaurants, cafes and a basketball court frequented by the 20-somethings working in the Obama White House.”

Included on the list are three favorites in this domicile: Java House (great lox, a nice patio and they roast beans), Rice (always very good) and Stoney’s (try the pizza). I point out these three establishments simply because we regularly patronize them. Perhaps we can attain White House-level hipsterness by osmosis or transference?

Also, don’t miss the reader comments on the article—they run the gamut from adulation to bitterness at the good fortune of the staffers profiled in the piece.

There is something of a breathless quality—the Vanity Fair- style staged photos are a hint—to the article and it is fairly lengthy. Overall, though, it is a well-written and interesting read, especially if you live in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

¹ Stimulus Programs That Roll at Night

May 4, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , , | 3 Comments

Cork & Fork Opening Saturday in Logan Circle

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Color and art abound at Cork & Fork's new Logan Circle store. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens, One Bite At A Time

Your friends in Bethesda and *shudder* Virginia may already know this little, family-owned chain (three makes a chain, right?), but Cork & Fork is new to us. Located at 14th and Church NW (just above P Street), the store is a vibrant, happy addition to the ‘hood. Tonight was a preview with the grand opening this Saturday, May 8.

A little background on the owners: Anna, matriarch of the group and the chef of the crew, will be providing fresh, original recipes for the store. Dominique, an internationally recognized award winning wine maker, can tell you everything you want to know about a wine, a region, even the hill it grew on. Antoinette rounds out the crew with her passion for wine, food and the family business.

Holy American Craft Beer, Batman! (Alejandra Owens)

An impressive offering of wines, organized by region, take you on a tour of the world at Cork & Fork. Dominque offered us a few obscure finds and was full of information and descriptions for each, a far cry from the usual intimidating wine connoisseur.

Not in the mood for wine? It’s okay, they’ve got beer, too. I’m not a big beer drinker but I was offered a sip of Floris Apple, a lambic beer, and I was hooked.

Cork & Fork will offer free tastings and wine classes throughout May, and paid courses thereafter. Antoinette and I chatted about the wine tastings, which consist of eight wines paired with some of Anna’s delicious treats. I’ll update later when I get a list of upcoming events from her. These are tasting events you won’t want to miss, since you can nab bottles of what you loved for 20% off.

Stop by this weekend, say hi and tell them Alejandra sent you!

Wall 'o Wine. (Alejandra Owens)

May 3, 2010 Posted by | food & drink | , , , | 7 Comments

Saturday: Patron at Town Collapses, Later Dies

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Saturday night: MPD cars in front of Town Danceboutique following reports that a patron collapsed on the dancefloor. Town is at 2009 8th Street NW. (Christopher Wiggins, Washington, DC)

UPDATE: Washington Blade has more information.

A patron at Town Danceboutique died after suffering a heart attack at the popular dance club on Saturday night. A source has told Borderstan that he believes the response time from emergency personnel may have been unusually long.

The following message was sent to the club’s email list:

On Saturday night, May 1st, a 58 year old patron had a heart attack and collapsed at Town Danceboutique.  The club contacted emergency personnel who responded and worked extensively trying to revive him.  He was transported to the hospital where he later passed away.  We closed the club early due to this horrible event.  Our thoughts are with him and his

We hope to have more details later. Town is located at 2009 8th Street NW, just north of  U Street.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | 3 Comments

Sunday’s BowWow PowWow: Did Your Dog Go?

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Click on image to go to flickr slideshow: BowWow PowWow was yesterday in Adams Morgan, an event of the Adams Morgan MainStreets project. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the slideshow on flickr of the fourth annual BowWow PowWow in Adams Morgan yesterday. The event was sponsored by the Adams Morgan MainStreet Group.

BowWow PowWow on flickr.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | 4 Comments

14th & U Farmers’ Market Open for Summer

The 14th and U Farmers' Market opened for the summer on Saturday. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens, One Bite At A Time

It was a big weekend for the corner of 14th and U NW. The corner’s first farmers’ market of the summer was  Saturday, and with s tremendous turnout at that!

Each Saturday from now through November, th market will be open from 9 am to 1 pm. For more info about DC’s farmers markets you can check out my post at One Bite At A Time.

Here’s the inaugural market in photos, but if you’re looking for weekly updates on what to expect each Saturday, sign up for their email newsletter at or check out their Facebook Page.

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | food & drink | , , , | 2 Comments

SUNDAY: BowWow PowWow Festival for Dogs

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Today in Adams Morgan: BowWow PowWow runs from 11 am to 5 pm, at 18th and Wyoming NW. Lots of activities and contests for dogs. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Adams Morgan MainStreet Group is sponsoring the fourth BowWow PowWow festival for dogs today, 11 am to 5 pm. Location is Marie Reed School at 18th and Wyoming NW (2 blocks north of Florida Avenue).

The organizers are promising demonstrations, presentations, contests, prizes, vendors and more.You can also enter your dog in BWPW contests to win great prizes:

  • Dog w/Character (better for radio, cutest limp, unusual…)
  • Cutest Puppy (Aw! Wook at ‘da wittle ears!)
  • Most Obedient (Sit! Stay! Win!)
  • Best Costume (It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a dog in a costume!)
  • Most Affectionate (And they call it “puppy love”!)
  • Best Trick (How’d he do that?!)
  • Dog/Owner Look-Alike (Twins are in!)
  • Biggest Dog (They don’t call him a “Great Dane” for nuthin’!)
  • Smallest Dog (Yo quiero Taco Bell!)
  • Most Handsome/Most Glamorous (Mr and Mrs. Adams Morgan)

May 2, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | Leave a comment

Open Mics, Dogs, Embassies, Produce, Israeli Rock Star and More

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The 1200 block of U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you need a reminder on why you live in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, then here you are. Be sure to check out the galleries, music and theater listings—links are at the bottom of this page.

Friday, April 30

Open Mike Night. The LGBT DC Center is hosting Open Mic Night at the Center, 1810 14th Street NW, at 8 pm: “Join us at the DC Center on Friday April 30th at 8:00 PM for a night of queer poetry and spoken word.  This open mic night is hosted by Mike Brazell.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come prepared to share your work.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mike Brazell.”

American Sign Language Open Mic Poetry. Busboys & Poets has ASL open mic poetry tonight at 11 pm. At 14th and V NW location; $5 cover.

Saturday, May 1

Farmers Market Opens for Season. The 14th and U Farmers Market opens for the 2010 season this Saturday. The time is 9 am to 1 pm (Saturdays only) on the northwest corner by the Reeves Municipal Center. Kids and dogs are welcome. Check out the market’s page on Facebook to find out what types of produce are expected.

Embassy Tours. Cultural Tourism DC is kicking off its Passport DC series with free embassy tours: “Embassies from A to Z—Australia to Zambia and many in between—will treat guests to a rare opportunity to enjoy the cultures of their countries all in one day during the Around the World Embassy Tour.” A total of 35 embassies are participating in the tour. Remember that many embassies are located in Dupont Circle or close by.

Register, Vaccinate Your Pet. The District’s Department of Health will hold a vaccination and registration clinic from 1 to 4 pm for dogs and cats at the Shaw Dog Park. Dogs must be on leash, and cats must secured in a carrier box. The vaccinations are free, but there are registration fees. Here’s more information.

Pop-Up Gala. The Cultural Development Corporation hosts the Pop-Up Gala at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW; tickets required.

Sunday, May 2

Rami Kleinstein Concert. The DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q NW, is having a one-hour Rami Kleinstein concert in its parking lot (Q Street side) from 6 to 7 pm. DCJCC’s blogger says Kleinstein is an “Israel rock god.”

You and Your Dog. The Adams Morgan Main Street Group is hosting BowWow PowWow at Marie Reed School (18th and Wyoming NW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is “a day of fun and festivities for you and your dog.” There will be a dog agility demonstration, 11 contests, information about adoption from WARL and more. (Rescheduled from April 25.)

2010 Police and Fire Field Day. The annual Police and Fire Field Day is 11 am to 6 pm at Fort McNair. The annual event features competitive events between the DC police and fire departments plus family-oriented activities. Tickets are $10 per family. Fort McNair is by Buzzard Point in SW DC and is Metro accessible via the Waterfront/SEU stop and Metrobus 70 and 71 lines.

All Weekend: Galleries, Music, Theater

April 30, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 Comment