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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Wednesday, and it may be time to take the microphone away from President Barack Obamaat least when he’s singing.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: D.C. Council agrees to stop talking shit to each other in public meetings. [Examiner]; Dulles rail project stalled because WMATA wants to give preference to union labor, contra a new Virginia law. [WTOP]; Jury deliberating over UVa LAX player homicide case. [WTOP]; D.C. Council passes bill to monitor troubled youth more closely [Times]; Youth job training contract cancelled after “pervasive failures and irregularities.” [WAMU]; Whatever happened to “resident friendly,” wonders Jonetta Rose Barras [Examiner]; It takes two years to appeal a traffic ticket. [Examiner].

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: City Paper’s needle ticks up by 5 points. The bad news: Silver Line station names are lame. The good news: A really cool women in jazz festival is heading to D.C. Take a look here.


Apparently That Tail-Kicking Was Meant For Barry: Loose Lips Alan Suderman gets a call from Rev. R. Joyce Scott who clarifies her remarks from yesterday about kicking Councilmember David Catania’s tail. She was actually talking about former mayor-for-life Marion Barry. LL: “The point Scott says she wanted to make was that it’s the job of Ward 8 residents, not Catania’s, to police Barry.”

Will D.C. Maintain the Corner On The Gay Marriage Market? Housing Complex’s Lydia DePillis wonders, now that Maryland is getting close to passing marriage equality legislation, what that means for real estate: “The District has long been more desirable for gay folks because of its tolerance and culture—which has spread beyond just the traditional gayborhood of Dupont Circle—but I’ve spoken with plenty of people for whom a jurisdiction’s willingness to recognize their equal status with straight people is a real factor when deciding where to live. If they can get that in Maryland, and living in Prince Georges or Montgomery County is cheaper anyway, why would they move here?”

Meet a Local Cartoonist: Arts Desk has an interview with Carla Speed McNeill, who’s been writing and drawing science fiction story Finders since 1996.

“Next Generation” Show Abruptly Suspended by DCRA, Quickly Restored by DCRA: Contributor Kriston Capps notes a strange little kerfuffle over new pop-up art show “Next Generation.” What happened, according to gallerist Lauren Gentile, was that “an inspector from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs was called out to the pop-up exhibit at 1250 9th St. NW after receiving a complaint that the space lacked bathroom facilities. (Who made the complaint? Gentile says she knows, but won’t identify the claimant.) Though Gentile claims that she had the proper permits—business license, special-events insurance, and certificate of occupancy—she says that the temporary C of O was no longer on file with the DCRA.” Gentile was fined and closed the show until she was able to write emails to the mayor and DCRA Director Nicholas Majett.

James Beard Awards <3 D.C.: Young & Hungry reports that D.C. restaurateurs and cocktail crafters didn’t do so bad at this year’s James Beard Award nominations. “Among the noms: Fiola and Little Serow each get a nod in the ‘Best New Restaurant’ category. Palena‘s Frank Ruta is in the running for ‘Outstanding Chef’ while the prolific Ashok Bajaj vies for ‘Outstanding Restaurateur.'” There’s more.

Year Two of Washington Women In Jazz Festival: And Michael J. West reports it’s looking pretty good. “The one-week eventis jam-packed with eight performances (not to mention a preview show next weekend), across as many venues—and one’s in Baltimore. Spread across those performances are over a dozen women of major jazz chops; six of them alone will appear at the festival’s opening night. Bormet and company are some hardcore jazz ladies, and they’ve built up a hell of a jazz festival.”



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

  • D.C. Council codifies normal, adult behavior into law. Councilmember David Catania calls out colleagues for complaining about swearing while staying silent on Harry Thomas Jr.’s stealing. [Post]
  • Catania’s bill aimed at preventing another South Capitol Street shooting passes committee. [Times]
  • Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser wants to punish deadbeat city contractors. [Examiner]
  • Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Vince Gray try and get some attention to proposed bans on District abortions. [Post]
  • See pictures of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry’s campaign kickoff. [City Paper, TBD]
  • Firefighter put on leave for wearing DCFD jacket. [Fox5]
  • Former parks director Clark Ray trying to figure out the complicated world of high school athletics. [Post]

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

  • Mosaic pieces coming together. [Curbed]
  • Lots of Ward 3 people don’t have cars. [GGW]
  • Reitig revising Shaw alley architecture. [Urbanturf]
  • You can buy a piece of Jaleo. [PoP]
  • What to name the Silver Line station names? [TBD]
  • This is awesome: From pay phones to libraries. [AtlanticCities]
  • This 14th and U groundbreaking seems more and more ridiculous. [DCMud]
  • There’s bandwidth everywhere. Share it! [GOOD]
  • New H Street Murry’s owner lands Storage site as well. [HStGreatSt]
  • Pictures of the latest addition to the Mall, breaking ground today. [DCMetrocentric]
  • Today on the market: Living large in Phillips Park.

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

  • Seth Hurwitz and Co. might be interested in running a music venue at The Wharf in Southwest [Washington Business Journal]
  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture breaks ground today [Post]
  • Red is Arena Stage’s highest-grossing nonmusical production [Post]
  • In a 2005 interview, Henry Rollins dishes on his USO tour, Ian Mackaye, and his anger at George W. Bush; he also lives up to his reputation as an intimidating interview subject [This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Any of Us]

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

  • Komi ranks among America’s hardest reservations. [Fox News]
  • Acqua al 2 wants to expand. [Prince of Petworth]
  • Top Chef alum Emily Sprissler is opening a seafood place called Mayfield & Pine in Glover Park. [Dining Bisnow]
  • Kith & Kin Pizza Kitchen aims for spring opening. [H Street Great Street]
  • Check out 901‘s revamped offerings. [HuffPo]
  • Check out the goodies at Blind Dog Cafe. [BYT]
  • What’s the deal with king cakes, anyway? [WaPo]