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Belle and Sebastian! Kurt Vile! The D.C. Jazz Festival! There’s all that and more in the Summer Entertainment Guide, out today in this week’s print Washington City Paper.


  • Remembering Godfather of Go-Go Chuck Brown, a year after his death. [Post]
  • Marion Barry and Tommy Wells are working to decriminalize some amounts of pot. [Post]
  • Captain America filming shuts down streets. [WTOP]
  • Loose part blamed for Metro fire. [NBC 4]
  • D.C. Boy Scouts need to take a stand on gays, says Robert McCartney. [Post]
  • DCPS looks to reduce number of special ed students. [Examiner]
  • Dulles hopes ads will convince passengers to make trek for their flights. [Examiner]


Buzz, Feed: The beehive on the roof of National Public Radio’s new headquarters has put the network at the forefront of unorthodox gardening.

Trial Runs: National restaurant chains are using D.C. as a testing ground.

Fringe’s Future: The Capital Fringe Festival is facing some choices.

Big Changes for Ivy City: A new development, billed by the District’s answer to the Meatpacking District, could have a huge impact on Ivy City—-if anyone will use it.

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

  • Don’t forget to bike to work tomorrow. [Bike to Work Day]
  • If you’re feeling ambitious, take the Tour de Tommy. [Facebook]
  • Burying power lines would eventually add $3.25 to your monthly Pepco bill. [Examiner]
  • M Street bike lane presentation gets, um, heated. [WashCycle]
  • Homes are selling fastest in Capitol Hill and Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant. [UrbanTurf]
  • Status update on the Cardozo High School renovations. [New Columbia Heights]
  • Ninety-five-unit residential building going up at 15th and V streets NW. [Borderstan]
  • Duponters: Watch out for Captain America! [WTOP]
  • Journo geography bee: Washington City Paper 1, New York Times 0. [City Desk]
  • The big Tenant Town Hall is this Saturday. [CNHED, LEDC]
  • Today on the market: U with a view

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • When he died one year ago today, Chuck Brown owed more than $75,000 to creditors—mostly John Hopkins Hospital. [Post]
  • ABC Board says Fur nightclub must improve its security. [WJLA]
  • The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will no longer be for women only. [Post]
  • Is the District really becoming more friendly to go-go? [Post]
  • Thanks, sequestration, for slashing hours at the National Arboretum. [Post]
  • Securing a DIY space for this year’s Forward electronic music festival was tough stuff, says organizer David Fogel. [D.C. Music Download]
  • Save the Fillmore Arts Center! [DCist]
  • You know you wanna buy this LivingSocial deal for a Biz Markie DJing class. [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • Crusty metal band Ilsa is the guest on the latest edition of Mike Paarlberg‘s Dissonance radio program. [Dissonance]
  • Three new D.C.-set TV shows to watch or not watch [Washingtonian]
  • Hey, you! Washington City Paper‘s Summer Entertainment Guide is here! [Washington City Paper]

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

  • Seven Bloody Marys to try [DCist]
  • Why open two restaurants under one roof? [WBJ]
  • The Rye Bar‘s $22 barrel-aged Manhattan is back. [Washingtonian]
  • Unsliced pizza? What to do! [Post]
  • The secrets to getting a table at Inn at Little Washington [Eater]
  • The butterscotch revival is here. [NPR]
  • The Wydown Coffee Bar opens on U Street NW. [Borderstan]
  • Inside Piola pizzeria, opening Monday [PoPville]
  • Red Parrot Bistro opens in Ballston. [ARLnow]