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Theater: Three New Shows at Neighborhood Theaters


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New at the Source Theatre: "The Ramayana." (Luis Gomez Gomez)

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.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 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

This Weekend: “The Graduate” Opens at Church Street


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Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Ladies" is playing the Arena Stage at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 Comment

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.

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Borderstan: Ganymede Arts Festival Runs Through Sunday


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The Ganymede Arts Festival runs through Sunday, September 27, at Miss Pixies Backroom Palace, 1626 14th Street NW. (Image: Ganymede Festival website.)

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.

September 23, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, local business, Logan Circle, on events | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Borderstan Weekend September 5/6


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

1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Fox & Hounds, 1537 17th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Fox & Hounds, 1537 17th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

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.

Fox & Hounds, at 1537 17th Street NW, is where you can drink and eat slowly. It is a great spot to sit and enjoy a drink with friends. The patio is superb and the bar is always good for a game on TV.

"Neutrino Video Project" at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street, NW. (Image: www.theatermania.com)

"Neutrino Video Project" at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW. (Image: http://www.theatermania.com)

"Eclipsed" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street, NW.(Image: www.woollymammoth.net)

"Eclipsed" at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street NW. (Image: http://www.woollymammoth.net)

Neutrino Video Project” is at the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW, on Saturday, September 5, at 8:00 pm: “A 30-minute film shot in the time it takes you to watch it.”

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.”

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"Constructed Color: Amish Quilts" at The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW. (Image: Textile Museum)

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"Duo Show: Brian Kirk & Carol Zilliacus" at the Studio Gallery, 2108 R Street NW. (Image: Studio Gallery)

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.”

Duo Show: Brian Kirk & Carol Zilliacus” is playing at the Studio Gallery, 2108 R Street NW. New works by both artists.

"Counting Crows" Sat. Sept. 5 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion.(Image:www.countingcrows.com)

"Counting Crows" on Sat., Sept. 5 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Image:www.countingcrows.com)

"Prince Vs Michael Jackson Dance Party" at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street, NW.(photo: Luis Gomez)

"Prince vs Michael Jackson Dance Party" on Sun., Sept. 6, at 10 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Counting Crows” is this Saturday, September 5 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, MD. Sounds like a good weekend concert.

Prince Vs Michael Jackson Dance Party” is Sunday, September 6 at 10 p.m. at The Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW. It sounds like a fun party for a three-day weekend.

"Marlins vs Nationals" at the Nationals Park, Sept. 4-6. (Image:Nationals website)

The Marlins plays the Nationals at Nationals Park, Sept. 4, 5 & 6. (Image: Nationals website)

"National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert" Sun. Sept. 6 at 8:30 pm. US Capitol (west lawn)

The National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert is Sun., Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. US Capitol, west lawn. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Catch baseball game… Marlins vs Nationals, September 4, 5 & 6 at the Nationals Park,1500 South Capitol Street SE. Great weekend for a baseball game.

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.

September 3, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, music | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Borderstan Weekend August 29/30


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

Dupont Italian Kitchen at 1637 17th Street, NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Dupont Italian Kitchen, 1637 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

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Creme Cafe, 1322 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

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.

Horned Man by Fernando Amorin at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Image: International Visions Website)

"Horned Man" by Fernando Amorin at International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Image: International Visions Website.)

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"My Space on 7th," Group Exhibition at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image: Touchstone Gallery Website.)

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 at the Nissan Pavillion. (Image: Kenney Chesney)

Kenney Chesney performs Saturday, August 29 at Nissan Pavillion. (Image: Kenney Chesney.)

B.B. King Sunday 30th, at Wolf Trap. (Image: B.B. King Website)

B.B. King plays Sunday, August 30, at Wolf Trap. (Image: B.B. King Website.)

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).

B.B. King plays on Sunday, August 30, at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap… a great way to end the weekend.

"Acts of Love" at The Church Street Theater,  1742 Church St. NW. (Image: Keegan Theater Website)

"Acts of Love" at The Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street NW. (Image: Keegan Theater Website.)

Paco Diez, Sunday, August 30th at the Millenium Stage at The Kennedy Center.

Paco Diez performs Sunday, August 30, at Millenium Stage at The Kennedy Center. (Image: Kennedy Center Website.)

Acts of Love” is a series at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church Street NW. A show that is part of the series and closing this weekend is “False Romance: An Intergalactic Farce” by Joe Baker.

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.”

August 28, 2009 Posted by | art, arts, Borderstan, D.C. museums, DC restaurants, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community | , , , , , | 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