Hello D.C. Wanna learn how to be a better customer? City Paper’s Laura Hayes will be on the Kojo Nnamdi Show today at 12 p.m. teaching just that. Listen online.  


City Paper is bringing back the “So D.C.” contest, where we ask you to complete the following sentence: You are so D.C. if _______.

Two years ago we asked readers what comes to mind when they hear this, and received roughly 500 responses. In a blind vote, City Paper staff voted on ten winners. Here’s a sampling: 

  • You refuse to go to a museum that requires paid admission, but you’re more than willing to purchase an $18 cocktail.

  • You once lived in Shaw but claimed it was Logan Circle; lived in Logan but claimed it was the east side of Dupont; lived in Dupont but always mentioned you’re not gay (but are of course cool with all your LGBT neighbors); lived in Bethesda but claimed it was D.C.; or lived in Rockville but called it North Bethesda.

  • You organically walk to the beat of go-go music.

What is the mood in 2019? You can submit your thoughts a few ways: 

1.) via this form 

2.) via Instagram Stories 

3.) Tweet us at @wcp by using the hashtag #youaresodcif2019 (but read the fine print on this method). 

4.) Reply to this newsletter.

The contest begins today, Aug. 14, and runs through Tuesday, Sept. 3. City Paper staff will pick ten winners who will receive a dope prize, and their entries—along with some runners-up—will also be included in the mid-September print edition. Best of luck! —Amanda Michelle Gomez (agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)


  • Mayor Muriel Bowser has “no intention” of accepting a federal facility that houses unaccompanied migrant children. [Post]

  • A federal court says the city’s waterways violate the Clean Water Act, needs new E. Coli regulations [Dcist]

  • Unity Health Care and Sibley Memorial Hospital partner to bring cancer care clinic to Ward 7 and 8 residents [DC Line]

  • Cycling advocates to Amazon: If you are coming to Arlington, add bike lanes. [WTOP

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

  • Councilmember Brianne Nadeau fired her staffer charged (not convicted) of a gun crime. [Twitter]

  • Who’s giving money to Councilmember Brandon Todd? (feat. Adrian Fenty’s Cali address,  [Twitter]

  • Catholic priest on the witness stand in D.C. denies touching young girls. [Post, WTOP]

  • Defense attorney defends Council’s decarceration efforts. [DC Line]

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

  • Savory ice cream is trending. [Washingtonian]

  • Takoma Park’s West African restaurant earns high marks from critic Tim Carman. [Post]

  • How working in a Michelin-starred restaurant in France can break you. [Eater]

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

  • A Southeast D.C. mural honors five teens killed by gunfire. [Post]

  • Zenith Gallery’s latest exhibition explores gun violence in three ways. [Kojo Nnamdi Show

  • Enjoy free open houses at these three local theaters. [DCist]

  • Bethesda musician and BandHouse Gigs co-founder Ron Newmyer remembers Woodstock. [Post]

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

  • NFL players Josh Norman, who stars for the local NFL team, and Demario Davis helped 22-year-old Jose Bello post his $50,000 bail. ICE agents arrested Bello, a college student and farm worker, in June after he read a poem that criticized immigration practices in the U.S. [NFL.com]

  • Last year, Washington Capitals VP of communications Sergey Kocharov got his name on the Stanley Cup. This year, he won the $1 million Powerball prize from Virginia Lottery. Somebody get him to a casino. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

  • Swimming phenom Phoebe Bacon, a rising senior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, set a Pan American Games Record in the 100 backstroke as the leading leg in the women’s 4×100 medley relay. [SwimSwam]

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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