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Today’s Friday, but there’s still a ton of news to get to:


  • MPD cop admits faking speeding camera logs that resulted in refunds on tickets. [Times]
  • Metro won’t release “secret shopper” surveys of system. [Examiner]
  • Audit into Office of Tax and Revenue property assessments was never completed. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Man Reading Bible.

Eggscitement: Is raising chickens only for “the poors?” Some D.C. Urban Moms and Dads think so.

Beer Debuts: Takoma’s 3 Star Brewing Company debuted its first three beers last night at Churchkey. If you’re a beerophile and you missed it, you’ve got another chance: Dupont Circle’s Big Hunt is throwing a release party for the beer tonight.

Not So Quiet Riot: Starting at 5:15 tonight, D.C. and Baltimore bands will play a free concert in front of the Russian Embassy to protest the imprisonment of members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot.

ARTS LINKS, by Jonathan L. Fischer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Can Discovery’s Shark Week appeal to conservationists? [Post]
  • Remember that time a glossy art fair came D.C. and spawned all those counterexhibitions? This year, the New York-based FIGMENT Festival will land in D.C., and it too has a bone to pick with (e)merge art fair—based, more or less, on the principals of Burning Man. [Pink Line Project]
  • “I don’t have any songs that are like, ‘Kill the 35-year-old'”: Travis Morrison discusses The Dismemberment Plan‘s reunions in Baltimore and Fredericksburg this weekend. [Paste]
  • The tao of D.C. rapper/producer Oddisee [Post]
  • This season’s adaptation of Ralph Ellison‘s classic novel Invisible Man is the largest play Studio Theatre has produced. [The Root D.C.]
  • Street artist Cita “CHELOVE” Sideli explains the poster she designed for this weekend’s Trillectro Festival. [Scoutmob]
  • Toward a theory of pop-up art shows in D.C. [Washington Project for the Arts]
  • An amazing history of “90′s teenage avant garde in north Baltimore County, Maryland” [Towson Glen-Arm Freakouts, via Baltimore City Paper]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Battles between food trucks and restaurants around the country [WSJ]
  • Trademark skirmish between Sweetgreen and Virginia-based cafe chain Sweetleaf resolved. [Post]
  • Pound the Hill struggles to stay in business. [Eater]
  • Peek inside the latest Hilton brothers eatery: Satellite Room [PoP]
  • A-Town Bar & Grill opens in Arlington today. [Thrillist]
  • Renderings on TNT bar and Eamonn’s, coming to Columbia Pike [ARLnow]
  • Bethesda’s BGR: The Burger Joint names “Gold Standard” fries “Katie Gold Standard” fries after local Olympian Katie Ledecky. [Patch]
  • 1789 Restaurant has served 542,359 people in the past 10 years. [The Plate]