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NEXT TUESDAY: Annual 17th Street High Heel Race is Oct. 27


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

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

How time flies. The annual 17th Street Halloween High Heel Race is only week away: Tuesday, October 27. Starting time is 9 p.m., but 17th Street north of P Street will begin filling up between 6 and 7 p.m.

In what appears to be an historic change (yes, I’ve attended a few), the race course is reversed this year, with the contestants running south. The race will start at R Street and end at Church Street in front of JR’s Bar & Grill. The course is 0.2 miles—1/5 of a mile—in case you are thinking of donning a pair of heels and finding out just how fast you can run.

The Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) program is the designated beneficiary this year. According to HDCMS Executive Director Paul Williams, the group has created a roped off VIP area at the finish line at Church Street “for those that wish to arrive as late as 30 minutes before the event for a secured, prime viewing area! Ticket holders will also receive a Bar Fast Pass to head directly in front of any lines at JR’s, Cobalt, and 30 Degrees following the event.”

The VIP section is limited to 50 ticket holders at $40 per person, and there are apparently some tickets left. Williams estimates a crowd of more than 15,000—an estimate I find entirely believable.

October 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

“Perspectives DC” on Thursday Night ONLY at Gallery plan b


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Gallery plan b is at 1530 14th Street NW between Church and Q Streets. (Image: Gallery plan b)

Gallery plan b in Borderstan at 1530 14th Street NW is hosting a one-night exhibition that will benefit three area non-profit groups. “Perspectives DC” is an exhibition in brush, lens, and words… a one-night exhibition to benefit Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Dupont Circle Village and the Logan Circle Community Association.

October 7, 2009 Posted by | arts, Borderstan, Dupont Circle, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on events | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wednesday: 17th Street Planning Meeting


The first of a series of public meetings on the future of the 17th Street NW corridor takes place Wednesday evening. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

The first of a series of public meetings on the future of the 17th Street NW corridor takes place Wednesday evening, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Cobalt, 1639 17th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

The first of a series of planning meetings on the 17th Street NW corridor (which I believe is roughly from P to S) is tomorrow evening, Wednesday, August 5, at Cobalt, which is located on the third floor at 1639 17th Street NW. The city’s streetscape project begins this fall, so this is a timely discussion and meeting.

Here are details from ANC 2B Commissioner Jack Jacobson:

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August 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

SUNDAY Walking Tour: “Notorious Scandals of Dupont Circle”


The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

From Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets:

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May 30, 2009 Posted by | Dupont Circle, on community | , , | Leave a comment

People Watching: Dupont Beats Georgetown


The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

No surprise to me that Dupont is better than Georgetown for people watching. From Paul at Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets:

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April 20, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, Dupont Circle, Media, on community | , , , , | Leave a comment

People Watching: Dupont or Georgetown?


The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

The fountain at Dupont Circle. (Image: Luis Gomez Photos.)

NBC Washington.com has an online opinion poll, “Best People Watching: Dupont Circle or Georgetown?” NBC Washington.com will do a story on the winner of the poll. You can vote online (for Dupont Circle, of course) until April 15. So far, Dupont Circle is beating Georgetown, three to one.

The info below the fold is at from Dupont Forum on the Yahoo! Groups listserv, from Paul Williams, executive director of the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets program.

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Dupont Circle, on community, opinion poll | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Feb. 17: Presentation of 17th St. Streetscape Plan


There will be a public meeting on February 17 at which the final plans for the 17th Street NW Streetscape will be presented. Continue reading

February 8, 2009 Posted by | D.C. Government, Dupont Circle, local business, on community, public meetings | , , , , | 1 Comment

Community Meeting on 17th Street Liquor Moratorium


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Dupont Circle ANC 2B is holding a public meeting Monday, February 2, to gain input on the 17th Street liquor license moratorium, which ends March 31. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Dupont Circle ANC 2B is hosting a community meeting to accept testimony and comments on the 17th Street “Dupont East” liquor moratorium on Monday, February 2, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church at 1500 16th Street NW.

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January 26, 2009 Posted by | Dupont Circle, on community, on local politics, public meetings | , , , , , | 1 Comment

“Taste of Dupont” is Tuesday, 6-9 p.m., Carlyle Suites Hotel


The Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets (HDCMS) will hold the the 2008 “Taste of Dupont,” a pre-even to the 17th Street High Heel Race tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 28, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Carlyle Suites Hotel. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online

Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Taste of Dupont.  Last Year, over 250 attendees dined on superb culinary treats from local restaurants.  The fare included scallops, lamb, oyster shots, beef tenderloin, salmon rolls and much, much more! Join HDCMS to celebrate our excellent restaurants and art institutions and help to name our 2008 Chef of the Year!

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October 27, 2008 Posted by | on community | , , | Leave a comment

Annual High Heel Race on 17th is Tuesday, Oct. 28


17th Street NW at the 2008 High Heel Race. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

17th Street NW: 2007 High Heel Race. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The annual Halloween High Heel Race, the original creation of JR’s Bar and Grill, is next Tuesday, October 28. I have lived in DC for almost 16 years and remember when this was mostly a neighborhood event. Not so anymore.

In fact, my partner and I sometimes don’t go because the crowds are simply too big and it is almost impossible to navigate your way through the thousands of revelers on 17th Street NW between Church and R, let alone see the costumes or the actual race. (Or perhaps I have just become a middle-aged old poop.) Still, it’s a good time and we are hoping for nice weather for next Tuesday evening.

You KNOW that what was formerly an event for the neighborhood and DC’s gay community has gone truly mainstream when the Washington Post lists the event in its City Guide of things-to-do. If you need more proof, this year’s sponsor is the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program, the beneficiary of this year’s proceeds, according to the Washington City Paper.

If the weather is bad on Tuesday evening and you don’t feel like fighting the crowds, here are some video clips from previous years on YouTube—here and here.

Here’s the Post listing for 2008:

Traditionally held on the Tuesday before Halloween, this annual neighborhood event features elaborately costumed drag queens racing down 17th Street (from Q to Church streets) and attracts a large crowd eager to cheer them on.

The race begins at 9, but the real fun takes place before the main event, as the contestants parade up and down the race course showing off their outfits.

To get a street-side seat at an on-course cafe like JR’s or the Fox & Hounds, stake out your spot by 6. (There’s plenty of space along the sidewalk, though crowds often block the view.) The informal block party continues long after the last Mary Jane (size 13 EE) crosses the finish line.

October 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments