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Come out to our Summer Arts Guide kickoff this Wednesday! Here’s why you should see two of our favorite local acts, the El Mansouris and Kokayi, at AMP. [Arts Desk]

Nine facts about the newest Smithsonian museum: the forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture [City Lab]

Since Muriel Bowser killed plans to turn an abandoned historic building into ICE, a contemporary arts center, five more plans are on the table. Will it be fancy condos? A hotel? Fancy condos in a hotel? [Housing Complex]

A preview of the Washington Jewish Music Festival [BYT]

Anchored by CityDance, the African American Civil War Museum, Step Afrika!, and Imagination Stage, an old elementary school will become a “cultural hub” for U Street. [Post]