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Living in the District, we are lucky to be surrounded by so much beauty.

We have Nora Naranjo-Morse’s“Always Becoming,” a tipi-like clay sculpture outside the National Museum of the American Indian. And Martin Puryear’s “Bearing Witness,” a hammer-formed bronze sculpture outside the Federal Triangle Metro Station. 

“World-class collections line the Mall and dot the city, and historic public artworks grace everyday places. Informal masterpieces, too. Free museums make it easy,” writes City Paper’s Kriston Capps for today’s cover story, available in print or online. “Yet art is hard to access, meaningfully, anywhere, no matter what, for people who don’t know where to start. Maybe especially so when the world is framed by uncertainty.”

Let Capps be your guide to the shelter and fire that art can provide. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • Life is still rough for The Vistas and Forest Ridge tenants after a legal battle with their landlord, so some tenants went on rent strike. [WCP

  • DCPS moves forward on plan to close the Washington Met, an alternative middle and high school. [Twitter]

  • D.C. counts the number of people experiencing homelessness for annual Point In Time census. [WAMU, Twitter]

  • The streetcar to Georgetown is dead. [WTOP]

  • Donald Trump becomes the first president to speak in-person at anti-abortion “March for Life” rally. [Post]

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

  • Georgetown grad students look to help with D.C. home inspections. [WAMU]

  • The contracts are late, and Chairman Phil Mendelson is not happy about it. [Washington Times

  • The feds are investigating D.C.’s forensic firearms lab. [Post]

  • D.C. officials tout the two Starbucks opening east of the Anacostia River as an indicator of progress. [WBJ, Twitter]

  • Former Maryland delegate Cheryl Glenn pleaded guilty to taking bribes. [Post, CBS]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • What are six D.C. bars really like at last call? [WCP]

  • With Baan Siam opening in early spring, Chef P’Boom will finally have the kitchen her cooking deserves. [WCP]

  • Modern Korean newcomer Anjunamed the best restaurant in the D.C. area. [Washingtonian]

  • What’s the deal with the Senate and milk? [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. will be home to a first-of-its-kind museum dedicated to diplomacy. [WCP]

  • Liz At Large: “Different” [WCP]

  • The D.C. Armory will host a taping of the chaos that is American Ninja Warrior this April. [DCist]

  • How the Gaithersburg Book Festival got involved in the American Dirt drama. [Post]

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

  • It’s not just Katie Ledecky. The D.C. area consistently produces Olympic caliber swimmers, including the next generation of U.S. stars. [WCP

  • The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association both have a duty to help Delonte West after disturbing videos of him being attacked recently surfaced, writes City Paper contributor Troy Haliburton. [WCP]

  • Longtime sports writer Leonard Shapiro reflects on his time with the late Morgan Wootten and Herman Boone, two local coaching giants. [WCP]

  • Rui Hachimura has been reportedly cleared for “all activities,” and Wizards coach Scott Brooks hopes to have him back before the All-Star break. [NBC Sports Washington]

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

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