The World Series comes to D.C. tomorrow night. If you plan to be at Nats Park for Game 3, celebrate our team’s 2-0 lead with this artist, who plans to perform outside the center field gate ahead of the game. And to the newly initiated members of Nats Nation, welcome.  

THE NEWS: 

“Absolute nightmare.”

“Disaster.” 

“Highway robbery.”

This is how various attendees described recent food festivals in the D.C. area. City Paper’s Laura Hayes has been tracking the success, or lack thereof, of these festivals for the past eight months. She’s spoken to a lot of a cranky attendees and ambitious organizers.   

Aviva Copaken, for example, tried to attend three different mac and cheese festival, but couldn’t; they were all cancelled. “It’s the new Fyre Festival,” she says.  

“Should you spring for a ticket next time you see food porn topping an advertisement for an all-you-can-munch taco fest in a parking lot? Consider the three following case studies, chosen from a larger selection of troubled 2019 festivals, followed by explainers from festival organizers who have been at this for decades and perspectives from truth-telling food vendors,” Hayes cautions in this week’s cover story, available now in print or online.   Amanda Michelle Gomez(tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • In emails to city, NoMa residents call for underpass encampments to be cleared. [WCP]

  • Civil rights groups sue D.C. on behalf of St. Elizabeths’ patients whose rights were violated during the 27-day water outage. [WCP]

  • ICYMI: She had a stillborn baby. She faults an ambulance delay. [WCP]

  • Council slams U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for skipping hate crimes hearing. [Post]

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser loses twice in latest arts commission scuffle. [WCP]

  • D.C. Council to hold a hearing today on street safety. [Post, Council]

  • Park Police are reviewing their use-of-force policy years after an officer fatally shot Bijan Ghaisar. [WTOP]

  • A homeless man is suing Metro, claiming its police officers illegally arrested him for panhandling near Metro stations. [NBC]

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

  • Where to indulge in churros around D.C. [Eater]

  • Next up in the plant-based craze: chicken nuggets. [Post]

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

  • Local poet Kim Roberts leads a literary tour of U Street NW. [WCP]

  • Actors’ rotating roles in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Everybodycreate the potential for 120 different performances. [DCist]

  • Check out updated vintage furniture and home accessories at the new Nicole Crowder Upholstery Van Ness pop-up. [Washingtonian]

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

  • The Nats can’t stop dancing. For the second night in a row, the Nats beat the heavily favored Astros. They’ll bring a 2-0 World Series lead back to Nats Park on Friday. [Cut4]

  • Bradley Beal got ejected and the Wizards lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 108-100, in their season opener. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins has a good chance to build his MVP credentials in tonight’s game against his old team. [The Ringer]

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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