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Former Councilmember Jim Graham is now organizing strip shows at the Georgia Avenue NW club, the House. “In addition to being edgy and erotic, it’d be nice to have something that has real merit to it in terms of dance,” Graham told Loose Lips. The ex-Ward 1 rep hopes to convince the male dancers to wear one of his signature bow ties.


  • Two juveniles shot, wounded in Benning Ridge. [NBC4]
  • Full cellphone coverage in Metrorail stations and tunnels still three to four years away. [WAMU]
  • Class-action lawsuit claims fines and fees from Interstate 495 toll lanes are “unfair, illegal, and unconscionable.” [Post]
  • Former Mayor Vince Gray endorsed Ward 4 candidate Dwayne Toliver. [LL]
  • Kesha is playing the Black Cat Tuesday, and the $25 tickets are already being re-sold online for much more. [ArtsDesk, Post]


Cinema Roll: Our guide to this year’s Filmfest DC.

A Lot to Lose: Can a parking lot be an historic landmark?

Caffeine Dream: All-in-one coffee shop, bar, and ping pong hangout coming to Park View.

Debate Date: The Loose Lips Ward 8 debate is this Monday at Uniontown.

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

  • The Loose Lips debate for Ward 8 is this Monday! [LL]
  • Jim Graham gets into the strip club business. [LLBladeMetro WeeklyNBC4]
  • Emancipation Day gets a Marion Barry balloon. [LL]
  • Somehow, this parking lot may be a historic landmark. [Housing Complex]
  • Vince Gray backs a candidate in Ward 4 and includes a little dig at Muriel Bowser‘s pick. [LL]
  • Sulaimon Brown is unhappy with Bowser. [LL]
  • Not everyone “gets” Emancipation Day. [Post]
  • Congresswoman wants to axe District LGBT law. [Blade]

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

  • Artisphere never had a chance. [Post]
  • H Street NE library development moves forward, with a simplified design. [UrbanTurf]
  • Recreating D.C.’s defunct train lines, in map form. [Curbed]
  • Why the Green Line bridge collapse affected riders on the other end of the system. [GGW]
  • DEA carries out a big raid at Greenleaf Gardens public housing complex. [Hill Rag]

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

  • Can go-go find its place in the digital age? [Arts Desk]
  • The world’s largest collection of handcrafted harmonica cases is in Mount Pleasant. [Arts Desk]
  • The Filmfest DC that nearly wasn’t promises to be one of the best—-and we’ve reviewed half the slate to help you make your picks. [Washington City Paper]
  • Kesha‘s playing a set at the Black Cat on Tuesday… [Arts Desk]
  • …but tickets sold out in less than a minute, and now they’re selling for $350 on Craigslist. [Post]
  • Photos of Victory Road, a contemporary dance–rock music collaboration between Arlington’s Bowen McCauley Dance and Nashville’s Jason & the Scorchers [BYT]
  • A Boston chef parodied a Bad Brains album cover on T-shirts encouraging people to “Eat Brains.” [Washingtonian]

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

  • D.C.’s eight best Thai restaurants [Thrillist]
  • Will Umami Burger ever come to D.C.? [Eater]
  • Order the 10,000th khachapuri at Compass Rose, and you’ll get a prize. [Post]
  • Bar Civita opening in Woodley Park in a week or two. [PoPville]
  • Chef Nora Pouillon dishes about her new book, My Organic Life. [Express]
  • New food and drinks specials this week [Washingtonian]