You’re so D.C. if you come to our happy hour on Sept. 12 and get a free beer. RSVP here. And we have an idea for how you can spend your long weekend: Use it to come up with your final answers for what makes someone “So D.C.” in 2019. The contest ends at midnight on Sept. 3. Enter here.

Also, this is the last weekend to take a swim at a public pool, so get to Banneker, Francis, Langdon Park, Oxon Run, or Rosedale by Monday. 

THE NEWS: 

There’s been a long-running fight over arts funding in D.C., and Mayor Muriel Bowser upped the ante by creating a new Office of Creative Affairs. No big deal, right? Wrong—it’s the latest in the ongoing struggle for power and money in the world of D.C. arts. 

“Bowser, who has sought more control over arts funding for the executive branch, is making good on that mission by expanding the org chart. The Office of Creative Affairs launch follows a shake-up in the city’s arts bureaucracy, which administers millions of dollars in grants in support of a multi-billion-dollar creative sector,” writes City Paper’s Kriston Capps

It all started after Bowser tried to exert more control over the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and convert local grants into loans, to the ire of artists. The conflict has only intensified. In budget negotiations over the summer, the Council passed an amendment to protect the independence of the arts commission. 

Then in early August, Bowser’s spear in the battle, Terrie Rouse-Rosario, resigned. Outgoing Arts Commissioner Rouse-Rosario did appoint mayoral allies to permanent, senior positions. This week, Council Chair Phil Mendelson tried to meet with Rouse-Rosario to go over staffing moves, but she refused.

I recommend Capps’ Twitter thread for a sharp, quick analysis on all the drama this summer. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE:

  • At least 73 of the 112 murders this year happened in Wards 7 and 8, but there’s no hospital east of the Anacostia River equipped to treat gunshot or stabbing victims. [WCP

  • D.C. will not meet the mayor’s goal of cutting new HIV diagnoses in half by 2020. [Post]

  • We still know almost nothing 50 days after a car crashes and kills two people experiencing homelessness at park bench. [DCist

  • Man arrested for fatal stabbing of dog walker has a history of mental illness. [Post]

  • Attorney General Karl Racine is investigating e-cigarette maker Juul. [AP]

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

  • Public fields for private-school kids, and the 2010 deal brokered by Councilmember Jack Evans that made it happen. [Deadspin]

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with other nearby jurisdictions, increased legal aid funding for immigrants facing deportation. [Post]

  • In which a young Eastern Market cheese boy chats with Kamala Harris. [Hill Rag]

  • Virginia State Police are investigating Fairfax County board member Jeff McKay over allegations that he traded a political favor for a real estate deal. [WAMU

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

  • Erik Bruner-Yang’s Navy Yard restaurant ABC Pony will serve Italian and Asian cuisines. [Washingtonian]

  • Reliable Tavern is adding comedy into the mix. [PoPville]

  • What to eat if you’re headed to the Delaware beaches this long weekend. [Eater]

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

  • Abrams Wearable will have you looking like a punk Athena. [WCP]

  • Here’s our guide to the best discussions happening at the National Book Festival. [WCP]

  • And here’s some festival faves that you’ll have to wait a long time for at DCPL. [WCP]

  • The National Air and Space Museum puts a legendary rocket plane down for a nap during renovations. [Post]

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

  • Junior Tennis Champions Center alum Denis Kudla of Arlington has reached the U.S. Open third round for the first time in his career. His reward? A matchup against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic today. Kudla’s fellow alum, Frances Tiafoe of Hyattsville, fell in five sets to Alexander Zverev in the second round. [Twitter, ATP]

  • Long-distance swimming legend Diana Nyad is scheduled to finish her 134-mile walk from Philadelphia to D.C. this Sunday afternoon. [WPVI]

  • DeAngelo Hall tells Erin Hawksworth on their podcast, Hail to the Podcast, that there is “zero chance” Trent Williams returns to the Washington football team next week. [106.7 The Fan]

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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