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As director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Melissa Chiu has baffled art lovers for her apparent coolness towards the District. What makes her tick? Also in this week’s issue: Our annual Fall Arts Guide is here!


  • A crime hearing held by the D.C. Council Wednesday lasted ten hours, during which officials and members of the public from around D.C. voiced their concerns over the 2015 homicide spike. [Loose Lips, Fox5DC]
  • While the hearing was happening, a man was fatally shot. [WJLA, Post, WUSA9]
  • Mayor Muriel Bowser called the deal her office struck with local basketball teams a “BFD.” [Loose Lips]
  • Come November, rideshare companies will have designated waiting areas at D.C.’s airports. [City Desk]
  • Fig & Olive reopened last night, even though ten diagnoses of salmonella have been tied to it. [City Desk]


  • Nuclear Fallout: The fight over power company Pepco’s takeover by Chicago-based Exelon isn’t over yet.
  • Sleep Tight, Doc Night: City Paper remembers local saxophone virtuoso John Andre Williams. R.I.P.
  • Think Before You Vape: The National Park Service has banned e-cigarettes on some areas of its property.

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

  • Muriel BowserTed Leonsis tout new Wizards practice facility deal. [LLWBJ, WNEW, Fox5]
  • Metro buses have financial troubles, too. [GGW]
  • Say goodbye to some parking spots… for a day. [WBJ]
  • Gas smell reported at Alice Deal Middle. [Post]
  • Despite previous woes, DCFEMS supposedly ready for the pope. [Fox5]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • DMV area is ranked as the 40th most affordable metropolitan area for families. [Curbed]
  • Opening date of D.C.’s 11th Street Bridge Park set for mid-2019. [UrbanTurf]
  • District residents will get one last chance to weigh in on D.C.’s new zoning code. [GGW]
  • A petition for Donald Trump to replace the nearly 500 trees he had cut down to construct a Virginia golf course has gained more than 5,000 signatures. No word from Trump. [DCist]

ARTS LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • Photos from the Kennedy Center’s Finding a Line festival, which showcases music and skateboarding. [BYT]
  • Events to hit at this year’s Art All Night: Nuit Blanche. [Washingtonian]
  • Remembering Doc Night, the D.C. saxophone player who died at 52 last week. [Arts Desk]
  • Jazz happenings this week. [DCist]
  • An interview with the duo behind D.C.’s newest music and art zine, Strawberry Dreams. [DC Music Download]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Tatiana Cirisano

  • CityCenter’s Fig & Olive to re-open after salmonella scare. [NBC4]
  • Where to grab a breakfast sandwich at any hour. [Express]
  • Asian eatery and lounge Oya will be replaced by new concept BOE come winter. [Eater]
  • The best (and worst) of the District’s guac scene. [BYT]
  • Wolfgang Puck’s D.C. restaurant The Source is back after a month-long hiatus with a new menu and a revamped look. [Washingtonian]