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Today’s the day! The 2015 Best Of D.C. issue is here! Staff picks! Reader picks! Best restaurant! Best new homegrown music genre! Best ward! Best villain! Read ’em all.


  • So, to reiterate: The Best of D.C. 2015 winners are here!! [WCP]
  • Metro may scale back plan for all eight-car trains during rush hour. [WAMU]
  • D.C.’s attorney general targets sellers of synthetic drugs. [WTOP]
  • Peak bloom is coming this weekend. [NBC4]


Once More, With Feeling: Read the 2015 Best of D.C. issue!

Ramping Up: Here’s when D.C.’s farmers markets open.

Dropouts Unite: Two candidates in Ward 8 left the race to form an anti-Bowser coalition.

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

  • The streetcar hasn’t had any passengers, but its tracks are already so old they need repairs. [WAMU]
  • Ward 8 candidates unite to oppose frontrunner LaRuby May. [LLInformer]
  • Muriel Bowser talks economics. [WBJ]
  • More shades of Adrian Fenty from Bowser, says Jonetta Rose Barras. [JRB]
  • Marion Barry‘s kidney donor will fight lawsuit from his widow. [LL]
  • Karl Racine backs marijuana legalization, but is no fan of synthetic marijuana. [NBC4]
  • District cuts a course-sharing deal with Howard. [Post]
  • McMillan trouble at the D.C. Council. [Hill Rag]
  • Traffic cameras sit on the shelf. [Times]

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

  • The very best of D.C. [WCP]
  • Rent or buy? The calculus is skewing more toward rent these days. [UrbanTurf]
  • Tech companies try to save Artisphere. [WBJ]
  • Condos and retail planned for site of Shaw church. [UrbanTurf]
  • Streetcar and rails are undergoing repairs, before a single passenger has ridden them. [WAMU]
  • Free bikes for people in need (who can make a compelling case). [WashCycle]
  • Mark your calendar: Your neighborhood farmers market is opening soon. [Y&H]
  • Today on the market: Manor Park cottage with four-unit carriage house—-$750,000

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

  • Gigi, the Vanessa Hudgens-starring production that premiered at the Kennedy Center, stumbles on Broadway. [Post]
  • Photos of Big UpsWitch Coast, and the Black Sparks at Comet Ping Pong [D.C. Music Download]
  • Listen to “Strategic Mass Delirium,” a new thrasher from D.C. hardcore act Red Death [NPR]
  • The Washington Ballet’s next season will forefront diversity of genre and geography. [Post]
  • An interview with Baltimore electro-weirdo Dan Deacon [DCist]
  • Photos of WaxahatcheeNox, and the Goodbye Party at the Black Cat [D.C. Music Download]
  • Five standouts from the National Museum of African Art’s “Divine Comedy” exhibition [Washingtonian]

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

  • A guide to all things burgers [BYT]
  • Rasika West End launches Sunday brunch this weekend. [Washingtonian]
  • An alternative dining scene is thriving outside the restaurant world. [DCist]
  • Philos restaurant and wine bar opens at 4th and Massachusetts Ave. NW. [PoPville]
  • A sneak peek at Maketto [Post]
  • Mastro’s Steakhouse will open in Penn Quarter in early May. [Eater]
  • How to pronounce Sriracha correctly [BuzzFeed]