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The Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design is expected to essentially dissolve itself this spring. In our latest cover story, Kriston Capps poses 22 questions (and answers them) that the institution should address before it hands over the art collection and some museum space to the National Gallery of Art and the college and building to George Washington University.


  • Could a spiffier waterway help Georgetown attract retail? [Housing Complex]
  • Ousted Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham is mulling a D.C. education board run. [Post]
  • D.C. farmers’ markets are now more heavily regulated and face more government oversight than ever before. [Young & Hungry]
  • After this week’s shooting outside the National Zoo, Woodley Park residents want answers—-and a possible end to the Easter Monday event. Police still haven’t made an arrest in the shooting that injured two teenagers. [Post]


News’ News: Washingtonian‘s top editor, Garrett Graff, is out after he and the publisher decided now is the right time for him to step down.

The People’s Place: Young & Hungry found the elusive place along the 14th Street NW corridor that sells beer for $1.75.

Posh Playground: CityCenterDC is shaping up to be an exclusive shopping center for the 1 percent, with stores like Salvatore Ferragamo, Dior, and Burberry signing leases there.

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

  • Not quite yet: Outgoing Ward 1 councilmember Jim Graham mulls a State Board of Education bid. [Post]
  • Meanwhile, Marion Barry rivals mull a Ward 8 ed board bid…except Nate Bennett-Fleming, who declares, then drops out. [LL]
  • Marijuana activist get their legalization petitions. [LL]
  • “If you want to make a statement, come to Georgetown.” [Housing Complex]
  • Post ed board says good riddance to bad rubbish after inspector general’s retirement. [Post]
  • Zoo neighbors not thrilled after shooting. [Post]
  • Vince Gray touts sustainability improvements. [City Desk]
  • Pro-budget autonomy advocates not happy with attorney general Irv Nathan opposing referendum! [Post]
  • Feel the not-so-freshness: Chris Brown trial delayed. [Times]
  • Washingtonian editor out after publisher agrees it’s time for him to go. (!) [City Desk]
  • Is $250 too expensive for shoes? A WCP commenter debate. [Housing Complex]

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

  • For people in a certain demographic, it’s nearly impossible not to contribute to gentrification. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Maryland attorney general pushes D.C.-Baltimore high-speed rail line. [AP]
  • New farmers’ market regulations breed confusion. [Y&H]
  • Embassy Row mansion price drops by $11 million. [UrbanTurf]
  • Neighbors want limited, mixed-use development at the Grimke School. [SALM]
  • Bike lanes may even have a positive effect on car traffic. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • Questions and answers about the Corcoran’s split. [WCP]
  • Weigh in on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation tonight. [DCPL]
  • Or learn about the past, present, and future of a changing Mount Pleasant. [Humanities Council]
  • New on Google Street View: time traveling. [Atlantic Cities]
  • Today on the market: Shepherd Park colonial—$625,000

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

  • Local Muslims danced to Pharrell‘s “Happy” for a video shoot in McPherson Square. [Post]
  • Did you get a free book last night? Because you could have. [Arts Desk]
  • More info on Upshur Books, a new indie bookstore opening in Petworth this summer [Publishers Weekly]
  • The cast of the Keegan Theatre’s Hair sang the national anthem at a Nats game—with a little less Aquarian flair than usual. [YouTube]
  • There’s a new, freaky EDM label in town, and it dropped a debut single. [Arts Desk]
  • The members of the Lamont Street Collective are fundraising to buy their house, via Indiegogo and an amped up programming slate. [DC Music Download]
  • Dance tips for Jews, in anticipation of Sixth & I’s upcoming end-of-winter bash [Gather the Jews]

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

  • 16 restaurants that are great for vegetarians in the D.C. area [DCist]
  • President Barack Obama dines at restaurant from Jiro Dreams of Sushi in Japan. [NPR]
  • Fraud allegations before closing of Barracks Row Kraze Burger. [Capitol Hill Corner]
  • Luke’s Lobster coming to Union Station with breakfast. [Eater]
  • Why don’t more local breweries sell Nationals T-shirts? [Post]
  • Nellie’s Sports Bar is getting a retractable roof. [PoPville]
  • Cheat sheet to Sona Creamery and Wine Bar on Capitol Hill. [Zagat]
  • What’s in the fridge of the owners of Gordy’s Pickle Jar? [BYT]