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The recent Gothamist piece on reasons to “actually” visit D.C. was strangely preoccupied with one hotel in Dupont. It turns out the writer was on a paid-for media junket that the hotel hosted.


  • On budget, Muriel Bowser and Phil Mendelson can’t agree to disagree. [Loose Lips]
  • Casa Ruby is a ‘chosen family’ for trans people who need a home. [WAMU]
  • Metro’s planned purchase of rail cars is at risk. [Post]
  • Five animal cameras at the National Zoo are going offline. [NBC4]


Sit Down, Stock Up: At CityCenterDC’s newest addition, you can have an Italian meal or shop for groceries.

Ground Control: In some parts of D.C., standing on the sidewalk can get you arrested.

Imbalanced Breakfast: Why is weekday breakfast so weak in D.C.?

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

  • Muriel Bowser and Phil Mendelson prep for budget showdown today. [LLPostTimes]
  • Mendelson’s budget includes parking ticket increase. [NBC4]
  • District asks for a stay after gun ruling. [Times]
  • New Metro car purchase hits a snag. [Post]
  • Where are the big transit ideas? [Post]
  • Another overhaul ahead for Ballou. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Christina Cauterucci (tips? ccauterucci@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Photos of Chain & the Gang at the new Capital Fringe headquarters [Arts Desk] [DCist]
  • How the founder of Spooky Action Theater “got hooked” on Alfred Jarry, the father of Surrealism [DC Theatre Scene]
  • PJ Paparelli, once the associate artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, died last week in a car accident in Scotland. [Post]
  • Photos of Geographer at U Street Music Hall [D.C. Music Download]
  • An interview with Patrick Watson, who plays the 9:30 Club tonight [BYT]

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

  • Bar owner Joe Englert plans beer garden, bouldering gym, and coffee shop in Ivy City. [WBJ]
  • The truth behind 19 sushi myths [Thrillist]
  • Here’s a map of D.C.’s many rooftop bars. [Washingtonian]
  • Ivy and Coney is moving ahead with plans for a full kitchen and retractable roof. [PoPville]
  • 10 savory breakfast selections at local cafes [Eater]
  • Carluccio’s Italian market and restaurant makes U.S. debut in Alexandria on June 3. [Post]
  • Johnny Rockets closes in Shirlington. [ARLnow]