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Don’t expect the streetcar to start running anytime soon: The nonprofit American Public Transportation Association will perform a top-to-bottom peer review of D.C.’s streetcar program, as requested by the District Department of Transportation. Passenger service is unlikely before May.


  • Quaker center on Capitol Hill could close after losing tax-exempt status. [NBC4]
  • Today in meaningless rankings: Condé Nast Traveler says D.C. is the No. 1 city for music lovers. [WTOP]
  • Second measles case confirmed in D.C. [Post]


Play in a Day: Twenty-four hours, six theater companies, one play: “It’s like going to the gym for theater.”

Noodle Takeover: Yona, the forthcoming noodle bar and small plates restaurant from chefs Jonah Kim and Mike Isabella, will take over the kitchen at Isabella’s G next month.

Protect and Preserve: How MPD kept the peace among its own after a racially charged shooting.

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

  • Muriel Bowser administration held back on deploying snow emergency after snowstorm. [Post]
  • Bowser gets more criticism for pulling Franklin Square art project. [WAMU]
  • Park Southern housing scandal figure will fundraise for Ward 8 candidate LaRuby May. [Times]
  • No sledding on Capitol grounds, says Capitol Police. [Times]
  • D.C. Health Link adds more enrollment time. [WBJ]
  • Bike lanes left filled with snow after plowing. [Post]

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

  • An indie movie theater is coming to Mount Pleasant. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser‘s patented “top-down review” will apply to the streetcar, too. [@Patrick_Madden]
  • The Washington Monument isn’t quite as monumental as we thought. [WAMU]
  • More on the Shaw halfway house that’s going condo. [Post]
  • Meet D.C.’s newest rail trail. [WashCycle]
  • With a little luck, D.C. can someday catch up to Flint, Mich., ca. 1980. [CityLab]
  • Today on the market: Four-unit Congress Heights building—-$329,000

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

  • Listen to JD Samson‘s remix of Coup Sauvage & The Snips‘ “(Don’t Touch My) Hair.” [Arts Desk]
  • Play In A Day: “like going to the gym for theater” [Arts Desk]
  • A new indie movie theater is opening in Mount Pleasant. [Express]
  • Watch local electro-pop act Young Summer‘s new music video for “Severing Ties.” [D.C. Music Download]
  • An interview with Kate Eastwood Norris and Holly Twyford, who play the two rival queens of Mary Stuart [DC Theatre Scene]
  • Catholic University students sing songs familiar to any ’90s kid in a Stephen Schwartz revue. [Post]

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

  • 12 pasta dishes to try around D.C. [Zagat]
  • Bombay Club‘s new happy hour features free appetizers. [Eater]
  • The week in food events [Washingtonian]
  • Ratsie’s in College Park is closing, and a slice of life is slipping away. [Post]
  • Where to find po’ boys, beignets, and seafood gumbo in D.C. [Express]
  • Zombie Coffee and Donuts now open in Columbia Heights. [PoPville]