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You’ve got two chances to learn more about this great city in the coming days. Join City Paper at Public Bar Live tomorrow, Oct. 18th, as experts talk about D.C.’s history through go-go music. And be part of the conversation again on Monday, Oct. 21st at the Outrage, as experts unpack the city’s high rates of maternal mortality and morbidity.

Before you attend tomorrow’s go-go event, I’d recommend reading today’s cover story, available in print and online. 


After the historic statehood hearing last month, something magical happened: Backyard Band played on the National Mall. 

For the first time in the band’s 28-year history, Backyard leader Anwan “Big G” Gloverand vocalist Leroy “Weensey” Brandon Jr. performed on the Mall before roughly 2,000 people. The Long Live GoGo event was about marching for statehood while rallying against gun violence—and the group taking go-go to the world was present and accounted for. 

“I knew this could happen, but you never think that it will because how they try to mute us and put us in one little box in the corner,” Big G said when he took the stage. “Just to have this happen and all these people come out and really enjoy the music. Like I tell people all the time, just give us a chance.”

This week’s cover story is about the politicization of go-go music. Readers likely remember the battle between the Shaw Metro PCS store and the luxury high-rise residents—but that’s not the end of the story. Two distinct movements have since started. 

“But with the advent of DontMuteDC, something has irrevocably changed. Now and moving forward, go-go represents cultural pride—and a defiant pushback against the forces of gentrification,” writes City Paper’s Alona Wartofsky

Go-go is this city’s sound, so it’s important to know about it. Thankfully, Wartofsky has you covered.Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • RIP Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. [Sun

  • A woman was fatally shot in Southeast Wednesday morning. There have been 137 homicides this year, an 8% increase compared to this time last year. [Post, MPD]

  • D.C. drug kingpin Rayful Edmond apologized in court yesterday as he seeks a sentencing reduction. [WTOP]

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

  • LL is away from his desk. He’ll return next week. 

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

  • Can restaurateurs remain hospitable in the Trump era? [Post

  • Where to eat after you work out. [Eater]

  • The Pinch calls it quits in Columbia Heights. [DCist]

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

  • Go behind the scenes of the creation of “RACECAR”—a ballet choreographed in just 14 days. [WCP]

  • Eight downtown call boxes are now mini-museums dedicated to history-making women. [WAMU]

  • What it’s like to be a local drag king. [Washingtonian]

  • Remembering the Washington Evening Star. [Post]

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

  • WNBA players often play overseas during the league’s off-season in order to make an adequate living. Because of that, the Mystics haven’t held a championship parade yet. [WCP]

  • The Caps got their first home victory of the season. [Japers’ Rink]

  • Wizards waive former UVA star Justin Anderson. [SLAM]

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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