A very happy pre-Memorial Day holiday weekend to you, D.C.: Drive safely and mind the traffic if you’re leaving the city, bring umbrellas with you if you’re not, and watch out for copperhead snakes. Here’s where to party in the DMV this weekend if you don’t want to stay indoors.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • TenSquare is one of the city’s most well-connected—and lucrative—charter consulting companies. School leaders say they’re under pressure to hire the firm, but a City Paper investigation found that its results are thin, and an exemption in the law makes it impossible to know how it spends millions of dollars.

  • Metro quietly voted this week to continue its schedule of reduced late-night hours. It’s been two years since the network closed at midnight during the week and 3 a.m. on weekends.

  • Will those fancy scooters be on D.C.’s streets in a year? Probably.

  • You’re invited: City Paper is hosting a free panel on Initiative 77 on May 29 at Black Cat. Initiative 77 would do away with the tipped minimum wage, and the battle over the vote is both high stakes and highly emotional. Voters decide June 19.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C.’s deaf community is seeking a seat at the table in this year’s elections. [WCP]

  • Uber, Lyft say D.C. goes overboard with proposal to gather more data on them. [WAMU]

  • Post editorial board says Bowser’s adoption of a baby is a good sign of the times. [Post]

  • Legislators redirect taxpayer donations after a charity goes bankrupt. [Post]

  • Smart-growth group endorses Jeremiah Lowery for at-large. D.C. Council seat. [GGW]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • At the Anacostia Community Museum, a history of neighborhood organizing and activism. [WCP]

  • Transformer’s latest exhibition suggests replacing EPA officials with actual weeds. [WCP]

  • Local playwright Bob Bartlett talks about the personal aspects in his latest, Swimming With Whales. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Hemphill Fine Arts’ latest survey is a look at the past, present, and future of Abstraction in the D.C. arts scene. [WCP]

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

  • This dish is a must-order at vegan restaurant Fancy Radish. [WCP]

  • Start planning your World Cup viewing festivities. [Washingtonian]

  • Bryan Voltaggio may have closed his last D.C. restaurant. [Eater]

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

  • Residents of Historic Anacostia say they’ve been consistently shut out of discussions with the city when it comes to rehabilitating the Big K site. [WCP]

  • D.C. is breaking ground today on an affordable housing complex for homeless veterans at Walter Reed. [Twitter]

  • Take a look at the nearly $63 million home of one of AOL’s founders, considered the most expensive ever listed in the DMV. [Urban Turf]

HAPPENING TODAY

OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING

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