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It’s hot, it’s muggy, summer is near—-and that means the 2014 Summer Entertainment Guide has arrived. Pick it up or read it online to discover all the music, theater, sports, food, books, museum, and film happenings this summer in the District.


  • Is Kenyan McDuffie the District’s next next mayor? [Loose Lips]
  • D.C.’s homeless population increased by 13 percent this year. [Housing Complex]
  • The story of Relisha Rudd‘s father and the current custody battles over her younger brothers. [Post]
  • It’s do or die for the Wizards tonight. Game six against the Pacers is in D.C., and the ‘Zards need to win in order to stay alive in the best-of-seven series. [News4]


Since U Bin Gone: How D.C.’s trashcan pickup went completely awry.

Chalk of the Town: D.C’s restaurants and bars are fueling a cottage industry of chalk artists.

No BK: One of the organizers of District Flea explains why the market closed: D.C. just doesn’t have “the endless amount of interest in local production and small business that exists in Brooklyn.”

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

  • Yvette Alexander‘s health committee diverts funds meant for Vince Gray‘s United Medical Center replacement hospital. [WBJPost]
  • Supercan pickup woes continue. [City DeskPost]
  • In Ward 5, Kenyan McDuffie bides his time. [LL]
  • Council/Gray budget autonomy lawsuit gets its day in court, with a decision to come later. [Post, LL, WAMU]
  • David Catania‘s budget proposals would delay Spingarn reopening in favor of renovations at other schools. [Post]
  • Would-be pot legalizers hire another organizer. [WAMU]
  • Glover Park gets a speed camera. [WAMU]
  • Muriel Bowser has a very big problem.” [Blade]
  • District issues unusual teen pregnancy bonds. [Housing Complex]
  • Homeless count jumps 13 percent. [Post, Housing Complex]
  • Roosevelt High School will get an international relations focus. [Housing ComplexPost]
  • Plummer Elementary principal put on leave during standardized test cheating investigation. [Post]
  • Could green roofs clean the Anacostia? [WTOP]
  • Late gay rights activist Frank Kameny‘s Mattachine Society makes its return. [Blade]

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

  • Thanks to declining federal funding, D.C.’s public housing stock is deteriorating. [Atlantic Cities]
  • A quantitative comparison of transit modes in the D.C. area. [PlanItMetro]
  • Council panel redirects money from planned Ward 8 hospital. [WBJ]
  • The heartbreaking story of Relisha Rudd‘s family. [Post]
  • More details on the bookstore coming to Petworth. [WBJ]
  • Mary Cheh‘s budget proposal would fund Ivy City rec center, Ward 3 pool, Eastern Market streetscaping. [GGW]
  • Broken elevator leaves visitors stranded atop Washington Monument. [WJLA]
  • D.C. holds ground as building owners object to new assessment method. [WBJ]
  • Competitors for 11th Street Bridge Park have grand visions. [Post]
  • WMATA receives four proposals for Brookland Metro development. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Renovated Shaw rowhouse—$929,000

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

  • A new video for Deleted Scenes‘ “Landfall” might make you cry. [A.V. Club]
  • Young Rapids played their last show, at the Rock & Roll Hotel on an all-locals bill. [D.C. Music Download]
  • New Ballet students practiced their moves underground at Metro Center before their performance at the Kennedy Center. [YouTube]
  • Serge Seiden, director of Freud’s Last Session at Theater J, did some deep religious study before he took on the project. [Post]
  • Photos from the Black Cat show featuring Tokyo Police Club, Geographer, and Said the Whale [BYT]
  • Chalk artists are getting big business from local restaurants. [Young & Hungry]

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

  • Where to find scarce soft shell crabs [Eater]
  • Red Light’s slushes are made with rocks [Express]
  • GRK Fresh Greek coming to Dupont this summer with more on the way. [PoPville]
  • Cheat sheet to TKO Burger in Rhode Island Row [Zagat]
  • Halftime Sports Bar to open on H Street NE on May 22 [Frozen Tropics]
  • Where to eat for less than $15 [Thrillist]