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AFI DOCS, the acclaimed documentary festival formerly known as Silverdocs, runs through Sunday in the District and Silver Spring. Here’s our guide to this year’s films, a strong slate featuring a whole lot of grrl power. And here’s how the festival has evolved after a rocky year of transition.


  • Loose Lips reviews Marion Barry‘s new autobiography, which presents Marion Barry the way Marion Barry wants the public to see him—-with some colorful, but disjointed, anecdotes along the way. [Loose Lips]
  • The Washington football team lost its trademark yesterday. Here’s what that actually means. [City Desk]
  • A House subcommittee is scheduled to take up legislation that includes $600 million in funds for the District. Within that bill includes $20 million funding for college scholarships for District students. This is a cut from the $30 million that was originally earmarked from the program, but an increase from the $15 million the House recommended for the program last year.[News4]
  • Two more D.C. lawyers are mulling a run for attorney general. [Post]


Boundary Moan: Why do other parents care where I send my kid to school? One parent chronicles his struggles deciding where to send his kid to elementary school.

Heated Competition: Inside the world of competitive barbecue.

Pumped Up: Mayor Vince Gray says he’s “very excited” by the prospect of the District hosting the 2024 Olympics. Uh oh.

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

  • The D.C. Council looks for someone to vet the D.C. United stadium deal. [WBJ]
  • Marion Barry reveals just as much as he has to in Mayor for Life. [LL]
  • Vince GrayAdrian Fenty, and, Chris Rock (?) get dissed by Barry in his book. [LL]
  • Attorney general race could get two more lawyers. [Post]
  • Gray is “excited” about Olympic bid. [LL, Post]
  • Union contracts with DCPS head to the Council. [WAMU]
  • Gray asks religious groups to help the homeless. [Post]
  • Debt payments loom for big D.C. real estate owners. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener, is on vacation. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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

  • Jay Carney‘s final White House press briefing kicked off with a tune from his favorite band: Guided by Voices… [DCist]
  • …one of three (!) celebrities on Twitter who know who Carney is. [Post]
  • In Enter OpheliaTaffety Punk Theatre Company strips away all of Hamlet‘s characters but one—who’s played by four different people. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • A rock photography installation is up at Hill & Dale Records; see how many acts you recognize. [BYT]
  • The Kennedy Center’s 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will go to Jay Leno. [Post]
  • How Lucian Perkins, the photographer behind Hard Art, DC 1979, got into punk [INDY Week]
  • For the first time, one of the recipients of theater’s coveted Bradley Prize is a journalist: Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout. [DC Theatre Scene]
  • DJ A-Trak, who plays the 9:30 Club tonight, on freestyling half his set [BYT]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman, is on vacation. (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)