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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Monday! If you spent the weekend grilling (we don’t blame you) and didn’t file your taxes, it is okay! You have one more day, thanks to Emancipation Day here in the District.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: Maryland has $50 million worth of unclaimed property. [Post] It’s Emancipation Day. [WAMU] Longer distance Metro riders will pay the most. [Examiner] It is going to be hot today. [WTOP]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Friday, City Paper‘s Needle fell three points. The bad news: D.C. Health Care Finance human resources director never disclosed that the man making a “meteoric rise” through the agency was her son. The good news: Mandatory ethics pledge is actually mandatory. Take a look here.


It’s Official: Vincent Orange Will Continue To Be Your At-Large Councilmember: “With all the votes counted, Orange cruised to an easy 1,746 vote margin over his closest challenger, Sekou Biddle.”

Why You Should Pay Attention to Lumen8 Anacostia: Jonathan L. Fischer makes the case that Lumen8 Anacostia matters in a big way: “In several ways, Lumen8 is an interesting hybrid. For starters, it combines the concept of temporary retail and art spaces with, well, the all-night/all-purpose party spot. More importantly, it’s a cultural mashup. On Tuesday night, I met a handful of the artists who are exhibiting in the spaces on MLK and Good Hope, and they (mostly) live east of the Anacostia, (mostly) work in representational styles, and are (mostly) black. The Pink Line-curated occupants of the Lightbox space are (mostly) cultural-class mainstays (see familiar names like Bluebrain and Busboys & Poets), the art is (mostly) conceptual, and the people making it are (mostly) white. On Tuesday, Palermo described the whole thing as a meeting of west of the river and east of the river.”

The Howard Theatre District?: Lydia DePillis notices a real estate ad referring to the blocks around the newly renovated Howard Theatre. “That immediate area, with restaurants popping up all along Florida and 7th Street, is only going to become more desirable as the need to walk to U Street for food and entertainment diminishes. Nobody has tried to officially call it the Howard Theatre District—like some other artificial branding campaigns I could name—but the pretensions of a creative realtor are as good a way to get the ball rolling as any.”

The Washington Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland): Worth the Obligatory Standing Ovation: “You could say the standing ovation has lost some of its meaning. After all, just about any Kennedy Center show that’s pretty decent or better can be relied on to bring folks to their feet. But last night, the one the audience gave The Washington Ballet for its production of ALICE (in wonderland) felt utterly well-deserved. Crackling with energy and innovative movement, peopled by intriguing characters, and providing an incredible visual spectacle, the show was another feather in the cap for Artistic Director Septime Webre, who provided the vision behind the production and choreographed its movement.”

The Future 14th Street NW: D.C.’s Really Little Italy: Chris Shott points out that three new Italian restaurants are opening within a few blocks on 14th Street NW.

When In D.C. And Kind Of  A Dick: Shani Hilton is not feeling the new When In D.C. tumblr.



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

  • LL is on vacation this week.

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex blogger Lydia DePillis (tips? housingcomplex@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • LivingSocial’s various downtown digs. [Post]
  • Hit Item Wholesale on the way out? [PoP]
  • The life, near-death, rebirth, and afterlife of the Old Post Office. [SoW]
  • Pedicabs, prepare to get regulated. [TBD]
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credits at risk? [GlobeSt]
  • Abe Pollin builds affordable housing from the grave. [WAMU]
  • “Isn’t it horrible enough that the vista west from the Capitol along the Mall has been despoiled by the hideousness of Rosslyn across the river?” [Intowner]
  • Today on the market: Ridge Street.

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

  • D.C. new-play incubator The Inkwell mounts its first full production, at Round House. [Post]
  • A tale of two emancipation statues [Post]
  • Local swampy steampunkers The Torches played their first show before the members had all practiced in the same room, and other fun facts [DCist]
  • Art rockers Silo Halo discusses the making of their new album, Night and the City [Vinyl District]
  • Avert your eyes: Photos from the Cherry Blossom Parade [HuffPo]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry columnist Chris Shott (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Mmmm…bacon beer. [We Love DC]
  • Try the Lobster Monster Roll at Zabb Modern Asian. [Girl Meets Food]
  • Mintwood Place is now serving brunch. [Washingtonian]
  • Big crowd at Meridian Pint for DC Brau‘s anniversary bash [Twitter]
  • Seven D.C. brunches that don’t suck. [Serious Eats]
  • Oyster Fest at Hank’s Oyster Bar is set for April 21. [Borderstan]
  • Filter Coffeehouse 2.0 is coming along in Foggy Bottom [PoP]
  • New York’s Marcus Samuelsson digs D.C.’s Ethiopian food scene. [Eater]
  • Yellowfin tuna linked to salmonella outbreak [AP]