Three of the five theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area have new shows this weekend. One new show opens this weekend: Mikveh at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater. In addition, The Ramayana opened this week at the Source Theatre and The Graduate opened last weekend at Church Street Theatre.
The complete listing is below the fold.
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
Three of the five theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area have shows this weekend. One new show opens Friday night: The Graduate begins a run on Friday at The Church Street Theatre.
The listing is below the fold.
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.
- There was a gun robbery t 11:40 p.m. last night on the 1500-block of U Street NW. Here is the Police Alert: “Robbery (Gun)_2340 hours_1500 Block U Street, NW_No lookout given DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #i20090562310. Sent on: 10/08 23:56″
- The Humane Society Walk for the Animals is tomorrow (Saturday the 10th)… 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall.
- The National Equality March events are this weekend, ending with a rally at the U.S. Capitol around 2 p.m. on Sunday.
- On Monday I will have some Crimes of Note for the past couple of weeks… along with a look at crime stats for September for the Borderstan area.
- Cast members of the Real World DC (which is packing up and leaving town after finishing filming) had some of their individual works displayed last night at gallery plan b on 14th Street NW. I wanted to go to last night’s one-night exhibition, but work called (you know, the stuff that pays bills).
- If you missed the second Delhi Dispatch, it’s an interesting read: “Delhi Dispatches: Commuting with Cobras, Deities and Dust.” The contributor is an ex-Borderstanian and a friend and neighbor.
- NBC Channel 4 picked up the story of the “Men’s Parties” death at 14th and Corcoran NW. The Sexist at Washington City Paper summarizes the police crime report for you. 14th & You has a good posting, too: Is the city trying to shut down the club?
- Don’t forget Luis’ picks for stuff to do this weekend in Borderstan and around town, including some restaurant recommendations: “Borderstan Weekend October 10/11.”
- 14th & You has some very good postings on businesses coming and going on the 14th Street corridor: “Update: “Green Pets” Relocation Moving Forward” and “Latest on Birch & Barley; Diamond District Seafood coming soon.”
- If you’re going to see what’s in your Netflix movie queue, plan to watch something on-demand or are head to the video store (if you can still find one!)… check in with Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan: “Borderstan Movie Fan: Health Care Options at the Movies” or check out some of her other recommendations for food movies or sexy movies.
The week-long, third annual GLBT Ganymede Arts Festival continues this week, running through Sunday—right in the heart of Borderstan. All festival performances are at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace (in the rear of the retail store) at 1626 14th Street NW (west side of 14th between Corcoran and R Streets NW). Ticket information is at the Ganymede website.
The mission of the Ganymede Festival is to “provide high-quality, professional theatre and art that fosters social and cultural awareness of and for the glbt [gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender] community.”
- Wednesday at 7 p.m. – “GLBT Stand Up Comedy Night” (Pay what you can donation)
- Thursday at 7 p.m. – “American Premeier Reading” by Australian GLBT playwright. (Pay what you can donation)
- Friday at 7 p.m. – “Rockin’ Women’s Night” with Hope Leigh Rollins and and Esmirelda. (Pay what you can donation)
- Saturday and Sunday – Featured theatrical event, “After the Garden – Edie Beale LIVE at Reno Sweeney.” Saturday show at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
- There is also a post-festival event on Saturday, October 10, at Miss Pixies: “Catie Curtis Lives with Tom Goss.” Tickets are $25.
1409 Playbill Cafe, at 1409 14th Street NW is a favorite hangout for locals. It is also a good cheap spot for before or after the theater: basic diner food and a neighborhood bar and laid-back atmosphere… always amusing.
“Eclipsed” is playing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW: “Eclipsed exposes how much an individual sacrifices to survive wartime atrocities. The ways these characters respond to trauma and empower themselves can be seen in conflict zones around the world.”
“Constructed Color: Amish Quilts” is at The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW: “Amish quilts are among the most striking and famous of all American quilt types. Renowned for their play of color and strong geometric patterns, their similarities to modern art have been noted ever since the 1971 exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York entitled Abstract Design in American Quilts. The parallels are perhaps most striking with regard to color field paintings and art that explores the manipulation of visual effect.”
The Annual Labor Day Concert in Washington is on Sunday, September 6, at the U.S. Capitol (west lawn). The National Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. The concert is free and tickets are not required. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Dupont Italian Kitchen at 1637 17th Street NW is a ” classic” in the neighborhood. Always a good bet for fast, affordable food with good, basic Italian dishes. Just do not expect more. It is a great place to sit on the patio and watch people go by on 17th Street.
Creme Cafe at 1322 U Street NW has now been open for four years with its wonderful offer of “home-cooked” meals. We ate there once and the food was delicious… sort of a mix of southern flavors. If you are feeling like soul food, you should give it a try.
Fernando Amorin‘s work is at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Avenue NW: “You will find that Amorin’s tapestries, which take several months to create, are infused with energy and passion. This young man’s ability to create such detail and dimension proves that he is well on his way to establishing himself as a master of his craft.”
“My Space on 7th” is a group exhibition featuring 90 local artists: “Touchstone Gallery has been an artist-owned gallery for more then 30 years. The gallery moved in 1996 to its current spacious location at 7th and D Streets NW, in downtown Washington. This 3,000-plus square-foot location is based in the center of the art scene, and is a short walk from the recently renovated and reopened National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The National Gallery of Art.”
Kenney Chesney performs on Saturday, August 29, at Nissan Pavillion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive in Bristow, VA. Don’t miss a concert that promises to be fun with great songs (I like him).
Paco Diez performs Sunday, August 30, at the Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center: “Guitarist Paco Díez, one of the most important musicians in Judeo-Spanish music, has been decorated by the Sephardic authorities (ANL) for his work in spreading Sephardic music and culture.”
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.
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: “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.