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By now, you may have heard that Dupont Underground’s days may be numbered. 

For those not in the know, Dupont Underground is one of the most interesting things in Ward 2. Stairs in Dupont Circle lead to an underground former streetcar station that hosts music and art shows at a fairly reasonable price. Its next event is an “Art Rave.”

But what you may not have known is that it’s always been a struggle to keep Dupont Underground above ground, so to speak. In fact, it took nearly 10 years to get the lease in the first place. Now that lease is set to expire in May, effectively kneecapping them as they try to schedule future shows. 

“The hectic tone of the last few months isn’t uncommon for the group,” writes City Paper’s Emma Sarappo for this week’s cover story, available in print and online. “In the last five years, DU has struggled to realize their vision for the notoriously hard to activate space, and their accomplishments have been accompanied by stumbles. Now, despite ongoing negotiations and renewed optimism from the team, nothing’s guaranteed for Dupont Underground’s future.”

Let Sarappo explain the drama that is D.C.’s nonprofit art scene. She even filed public records requests to get the inside scoop. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

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LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

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SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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