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What does the word primitive mean, and who is saying it, and about whom? That word, in general, is … oy. What is American music?’”

You can’t talk about American Primitive without talking about John Fahey. And you can’t talk about John Fahey without talking about his hometown of Takoma Park. On the weekend of April 13, the city of Takoma Park will celebrate Fahey, who died in 2001, and his music legacy with a three-day festival—the first of its kind to celebrate that niche genre of guitar music that Fahey pioneered. In this week’s City Paper cover, we talk to nine musicians about the genre and Fahey’s legacy.


  • On life support, the Funk Parade makes a last-ditch effort to keep going. [WCP]

  • Howard University’s president acknowledged Wednesday that six officials were fired last year after misappropriating financial aid funds to employees. [NBC4]

  • Your tap water might smell and taste like chlorine for a while. (That’s because D.C. is using chlorine to disinfect the city’s water supply.) [WUSA9]

  • The Washington Postpublishes an immersive multimedia look at the 1968 riots that reshaped D.C. [Post]

  • A federal judge ruled Wednesday that prosecutors in Maryland and D.C. can proceed with their lawsuit that charges Donald Trump with violating the emoluments clause. [WTOP]

  • The First Lady, a bald eagle at the National Arboretum, laid her second egg of the season on Wednesday. [WTOP]

  • Get a free gyro [pr: yee-row] from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the new GRK in Penn Quarter. [PoPville]

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

  • LL and Tom Sherwood will co-moderate a Ward 1 candidate forum tonight. [Facebook]

  • Federal judge gives the District and Maryland the green light in Trump suit. [Post, CNN]

  • Civil rights and racial justice groups float suing D.C. over stop-and-frisk data. [WUSA9]

  • Metro takes one-tenth of its bus fleet off the road, citing enigmatic engine issues. [Post]

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

  • Meet the women front and center of D.C.’s hip-hop scene: Kelow LaTesha, Odd Mojo, Rico Nasty, Simpson, Sugg Savage. [DC Music Download]

  • A musical version of Beetlejuice is set to premiere at the National Theatre. [Post]

  • The Hirshhorn is putting up ’80s-inspired street art posters by local artists all around Southwest. [Washingtonian]

  • Good news! No passes needed to get into the African American Museum on four Wednesday in April. [Smithsonian]

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

  • Taste-testing tacos at five restaurants that opened in the past couple of months. [WCP]

  • A real estate website pens oddly timed praise about Mike Isabella’s abode. [WCP]

  • A local restaurateur sues, calls Virginia’s happy hour laws unconstitutional. [WBJ]

  • Is it lame to ask for a fork instead of chopsticks at Asian restaurants? [Post]

  • Here’s some Easter brunch inspiration. [DC Refined]

  • Fill your bookshelves with spring’s best cookbooks. [Eater]

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

  • Tenants in a Brookland apartment complex are suing the property manager and developer after years of coping with “deplorable” property conditions. [WCP]

  • D.C. residents living in Northwest Washington lost an appeals claim against the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday over noise complaints. [Post]

  • Plywood you do this? [WCP]

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