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Happy City Paper publishing day. Expect a cloudy Thursday with temperatures peaking in the mid-80s.   

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • It’s 2019, and City Paper‘s annual Pride Issue is as necessary as ever. This collection of six articles is meant to offer a window into the state of D.C.’s LGBTQ community today: Start by partaking in D.C.’s mobile queer party scene. Finish with a Q&A with one of the first Hill staffers to “come out of the closet.” “The reality for a lot of LGBTQ people is it ain’t easy if you’re an LGBTQ person of color, if you’re a woman, a trans person, a kid, an elder,” the staffer says.

  • Activist Adam Eidinger is focusing his signature-gathering expertise on the effort to recall Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who is caught in an ethics scandal. With enough funds, he’s “guaranteeing” the recall will get on the ballot.

  • When the District’s human services department published the results of its annual Point In Time count last month—the survey of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people living in D.C.—Mayor Muriel Bowser noted that the data indicated “tremendous progress” in the effort to combat homelessness across D.C. But there is good reason to believe that the PIT count underrepresents the scope of homelessness in the District.

  • The Mystics won their second game of the season at their new home, despite playing in front of only 2,347 fans. Guard Kristi Toliver calls it a “shooter’s gym.”

  • Three recreational fields made of artificial turf, adjacent to RFK Stadium, will open on June 8.

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

  • Former U.S. Attorney Ron Machen joins AG Karl Racine in support of Kamala Harris. [WCP]

  • D.C. will begin collecting taxes next month for its new paid leave program. [WAMU]

  • Trump will speak during D.C.’s Fourth of July celebration. [DCist]

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

  • Burmese restaurant Thamee introduces an intriguing brunch this Saturday. [WCP]

  • Drafting Table is becoming a wine bar founded in New York. [Bisnow]

  • There’s a Miley Cyrus cake controversy involving a local baker. [Washingtonian]

  • Laos in Town gets two stars from critic Tom Sietsema. [Post]

  • A Malaysian restaurant is taking over the Meridian Pint space in Columbia Heights. [Twitter]

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

  • As D.C. experiences a cultural reckoning, could a law in other cities that protects live music venues from consequential noise complaints be a good fit here? [WCP]

  • Celebrate the moon landing at Nats Park, where you can check out a replica of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. [WCP]

  • Check out everything you’ll see at the National Museum of Natural History’s newly renovated Hall of Fossils. [Washingtonian]

  • A D.C. Council bill seeks to make go-go the official music of the District. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Take a peek at the plans for Union Market’s sister building. [Urban Turf]

  • Changes to portions of I-270 in Maryland receive initial approval. [WBJ]

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

  • Local sports broadcaster Pete Medhurst never stopped chasing his dream. Last week, the 49-year-old Maryland native had the opportunity of a lifetime when he filled in as the Nationals’ radio play-by-play voice. [WCP]

  • The XFL’s Summer Showcase is coming to the D.C. area on June 15th. [XFL News Hub]

  • The Nats’ bullpen nearly lost the game once again, but Trea Turner hit a walkoff home run to keep Washington undefeated in June. [Federal Baseball]

  • You’re going to hear the name Mallory Pugha lot leading up to the women’s World Cup in France. [ESPN, Bleacher Report]

HAPPENING TODAY, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Funky Brown Chick presents The Power of the Arts to Create Social Change, in which CEO Twanna Hines moderates a discussion about how the arts can improve gender equality with panelists, including Gabrielle Ewing of National Geographic and Briana Green of Mamatoto Village, at Busboys and Poets Anacostia. 6:30 p.m. at 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Free.

  • Elizabeth Gilbert, the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, comes to The Lincoln Theatre for a chat about her new book, City of Girls, a love story set in the theater world of the 1940s. 7 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $38–$55.

  • Rapper-actor Machine Gun Kelly performs at Echostage. 7 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $30.

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