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It’s Monday in the city that the electricity forgot. If you kept the lights on over the weekend, I hope you enjoyed the sense of noblesse oblige that comes from sharing your air conditioning with the powerless.


  • Today in unappetizing Post headlines: “Sweaty Washington returns to work.” [Post]
  • Blue Line riders not happy about Rush Plus. [Examiner]
  • Everybody’s mad at Pepco. [Post]


Meatfalls: Penn Quarter’s Meatballs has closed down. The restaurant’s ownership was always a mystery—-Citronelle’s Michel Richard was supposed to be behind it, but BGR’s Mark Bucher was on the business documents. Now that the restaurant has closed, a representative for Richards says he was “only ever minimally involved.”

Brownout: With allegations of theft surrounding his former campaign treasurer, will Michael Brown face any problems beating at-large rivals Leon Swain and David Grosso? Probably not. But empty campaign coffers could make it harder for Brown to dominate the race and scare off future challengers.

Act Up: Comedy club Riot Act’s co-founder John Xereas is suing his partners, saying he was ousted from the club even though Riot Act was doing well financially. Xereas’s former partners respond that the club “was quickly losing money.”

Twitbeef: Rapper Shy Glizzy was banned from a show last weekend after fighting on Twitter with two other performers, Fat Trel and the delightfully named Chief Keef.


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by LL columnist Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Someone handed Colby King more emails showing that people in a meeting thought Jim Graham was playing contract swap between the D.C. Lotto and Metro. [Post]
  • Hey Irv Nathan, your FOIA-restricting proposals are bunk! [Post]
  • District tax dollars going to shady for-profit colleges [Times]
  • Mary Cheh: There’s no way in hell I could have endorsed Vincent Orange in 2010 [Examiner]
  • Sen. Rand Paul mucks up a local government’s chance to get out from under the boot of the federal government for probably  another year [WAMU]
  • Jeff Thompson gets a few more months to sell Chartered [WBJ]
  • Gay libertarian takes on EHN [Metro Weekly]

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

  • Wale and Miguel won a BET Award for best collaboration. [L.A. Times]
  • Tyler Green chats with “Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series” curator Sarah Bancroft. [Modern Art Notes]
  • Arts Desk contributor Andrew Noz connects the legacy of go-go talker Fat Rodney to Fat Trel. [Red Bull Music Academy]
  • Arts Desk contributor Lindsay Zoladz decodes the pleasures of “library music”—and talks to D.C. electronic artist Bev Stanton. [Believer]
  • According to this very important list, local duo Protect-U makes “hipster house.” [Guardian]
  • The story behind the Joan of Arc statue in Malcolm X Park [District of Sculpture]
  • In which outdoor opera does not quite concede defeat to derecho [Post]
  • Prince of Petworth can’t remember Piet Mondrian‘s name. [Prince of Petworth]

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

  • Casting is open for a new dating/food show called Chef Wants a Wife. [NYPost]
  • Where to drink in all kinds of weather [Eater]
  • Sowntown’s Recess Tapas Lounge opened Friday. [PoP]
  • How to make Little Serow‘s northern Thai pork salad [WSJ]
  • A history of foie gras bans [HuffPost]
  • Important thing to know for July 4th: How to infuse vodka into melons [Washingtonian]
  • Why Jaleo is a good first date spot [Dining in DC]