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This week’s cover story: Artisphere couldn’t survive without public funding, so Arlington County is shutting it down. But isn’t art worth the money?


  • The Ward 8 special election goes into overtime. [Loose Lips]
  • Why local governments in the D.C. area are partnering with a tech incubator [Housing Complex]
  • Big plates are the new small plates. [Young & Hungry]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s plan to keep body camera footage from the public has drawn a backlash. [Post]


Gear Prudence: I’m going to do a 100-mile ride, but I’m also lazy. Do I really have to train?

Small Step, Giant Leap: Whitman-Walker is only moving two blocks, but the change feels momentous.

Self-Defense: This PAC plans to attack members of Congress who meddle in D.C.’s local issues.

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

  • Firefighter dies after fighting blaze. [TimesPost]
  • PAC takes aim at meddling congressmen. [LL]
  • Feds: why can’t we blaze? [WAMU]
  • Activists fundraise for Baltimore groups. [Post]
  • More flipping nightmares. [WAMU]
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms prove a tough regulatory sell for Whitman Walker. [Housing Complex]
  • Replacing Marion Barry in Ward 8. [Blade]
  • More on ex-Wilson High principal Peter Cahall‘s move to Montgomery County schools. [Blade]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Edens expands its Union Market empire. [WBJ]
  • How to take 100,000 cars off D.C.’s streets. [GGW]
  • Firefighter dies in Shaw apartment fire. [Post]
  • A new PAC challenges politicians who challenge D.C. [LL]
  • The proposed parking tax is basically a commuter tax. [GGW]
  • The story of the not-yet-extant Anacostia streetcar. [GGW]
  • Today on the market: House in Deanwood—-$330,000

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

  • Even looking at these photos of Sufjan Stevens at DAR Constitution Hall might make you weepy. [Arts Desk]
  • A conversation with local author Michelle Brafman on suppressing her feminist voice in a novel about Orthodox Jews [Arts Desk]
  • Ten Dismemberment Plan songs Taylor Swift should cover… [Gawker]
  • …and, in response, 10 Swift songs the D-Plan should cover [DCist]
  • Watch Kali Uchis‘ new video for “Rush” and read about her fans’ creepy ideas of what she might smell like. [Bandwidth]
  • How the first season of Ari Roth‘s new theater company, Mosaic, stacks up against Theater J’s [Post]

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

  • The best vegetarian dishes for carnivores in D.C. [DCist]
  • Is Nepali food too subtle to compete with Indian? [Post]
  • Pinkberry in Clarendon plans to reopen. [ARLnow]
  • What to drink at ABV, an outdoor “libation festival” happening next weekend. [Express]
  • First look at Spinfire Custom Pizza [BYT]
  • Try the beef brain tacos at Jarochita #2 in Arlington. [NoVa Mag]
  • MASO Life + Flavor opening in Dupont next week. [PoPville]