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Filmfest DC is here, offering 75 flicks from 45 different countries at theaters including Landmark’s E Street Cinema and AMC Mazza Gallerie this year. City Paper has reviewed 25 of those films to help you decide how to celebrate its 30th anniversary.


  • Federal prosecutors may have dropped the investigation of ex-Mayor Vince Gray based on the credibility of key witness Jeffrey Thompson, the architect of the 2010 shadow campaign to elect him. [Post, Loose Lips]
  • Lawmakers won’t vote on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s homeless shelter plan this month. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Metro has put the kibosh on installing “near field communication technology” for fares. [Post, WAMU]
  • President Barack Obama will deliver Howard University’s commencement address next month. [DCist]
  • Following audits that exposed equipment problems, the D.C. Circulator won’t expand anytime soon. [Post]
  • What will Mayor Bowser’s $15-an-hour minimum-wage proposal ultimately contain? [City Desk, DCist]
  • The District Celebrates D.C. Emancipation Day today and tomorrow. But it’s still not the 51st state. [Post]


  • Past Tense: Will Jeff Thompson’s June sentencing affect Vince Gray’s D.C. Council reelection chances?
  • Thai Time: Thai chefs in the District are starting to put more “sour, pungent, spicy” flavors on their menus.
  • Bryce Harper: “If you don’t like” him, “you are a joyless wet blanket,” sports columnist Matt Terl writes.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Prosecutors’ case against Vince Gray reportedly derailed by rumors about Jeff Thompson‘s sex predilections. [Post, LL]
  • New court revelations loom in Gray’s Ward 7 race. [LL]
  • No shelter plan vote this month. [City Desk, WAMU]
  • Adams Morgan ANC commissioner mad about union’s hotel campaign. [Borderstan]
  • The District preps for potential budget showdown. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser talks more $15 minimum wage. [Times]
  • Veteran ANC commissioner dies. [Borderstan]
  • Metro funding talk looms on The Politics Hour. [WAMU]
  • How the Metro shutdown affected Bikeshare. [GGW]

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

  • Listen to Big Hush turn a noisy Nirvana song into something beautiful and heartbreaking. [All Songs Considered]
  • Flasher and the current D.C. punk family tree. [Bandcamp]
  • D.C. native Owen Danoff is doing really well on The Voice, apparently. [DCist]
  • For the next five weeks, Story Corps‘ mobile recording trailer will be in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Watch a new music video from Fellow Creatures. [Bandwidth]
  • Seventeen hours of opera coming to the Kennedy Center with Wagner‘s “Ring” Cycle. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Capitol may be ready for a terrorist attack. But is your favorite D.C. bar? [Post]
  • Five must-try dishes at Tail Up Goat [Zagat]
  • Dinner Lab shuts down. [Washingtonian]
  • Jinya Ramen targets late spring for its Mosaic District opening. [Eater]
  • Restaurants lie about being farm-to-table. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Ottoman Taverna will open May 2 in Mount Vernon Triangle. [WBJ]