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“Some stuff happens, life finds a way, and the movie ends.”

Leading City Paper’s issue this week: Our guide to Filmfest DC, the 32-year-old film festival bringing 80 movies to screens across the city. As our arts editor Matt Cohenwrites: “It is often said that art imitates life. But considering how much of our current reality resembles a smoldering garbage fire, it’s a good thing the films playing at this year’s Filmfest DC don’t much reflect life. Instead, Filmfest DC presents 80 films from 45 countries that are touching, thoughtful, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking escapes from reality.”

Other City Paper stories in print this week:


  • A look at the controversial restaurant wage law up for referendum in June. [Kojo]

  • The Virginia House blocks a proposal to boost taxes to pay for its Metro commitment. [WTOP]

  • The substitute teacher charged with sexual abuse of a minor in Montgomery County taught at 43 schools in the last two years. [WTOP]

  • MPD Chief Peter Newsham acknowledges that the city has seen a rise in hate crimes. [WTOP]

  • D.C.’s 911 call center gets a new line for less urgent emergencies. [Post]

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

  • Residency fraud—and the lack of enforcement against it—ails DC Public Schools. [Kojo]

  • Advocates criticize Bowser’s proposed funding for low-income residents. [Street Sense]

  • Government ethics officials have interviewed the ex-DCPS chancellor in review. [Twitter]

  • A Ward 8 ANC commissioner has sued the District for a police brutality incident. [Twitter]

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

  • Howard University alumni Chadwick Boseman is returning to his alma mater to give this year’s commencement address. [Post]

  • “I always have a little notepad for lines, phrases, bars, wordplay—anything I’m going to put into the music.” Maryland rapper Awthentik talks about his process. [Post]

  • Kennedy Center announces their 2018/2019 dance season. [DC Theatre Scene]

  • Listen to Bacchae’s ripping new EP. [Stereogum]

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

  • Cops and drunks in Clarendon. [WCP]

  • Copycat Co. owner to openAstoria in Dupont serving cocktails and dumplings. [WBJ]

  • Don’t fall for fake Starbucks coupons. [Post]

  • Drink Company’s next pop-up bar will have a royal wedding theme. [Washingtonian]

  • Where to dine at all hours of the night in D.C. [Eater]

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

  • A staffer in the Office of the Budget Director believes six of the seven homeless shelters in the pipeline to replace D.C. General are “behind schedule.” [WCP]

  • ANC 5E votes against Bloomingdale designation as a historic district. [PoPville]

  • Residents of “greater Washington” oppose tax hikes to fund the city’s Amazon HQ2 incentives package. [WBJ]

  • Streets Market will open in Brookland. [PoPville]

  • Opinion: Help turn this Arlington building into affordable housing. [GGW]


  • ANC 7B meets at 7:00 p.m. 3200 S St. SE.

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