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How Did D.C.’s DIY Venues Get Their Weird (and Awesome) Names?

The couch is pushed aside. The lights are strung up. The cat’s locked upstairs. The ottoman becomes a merch table...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Arts Desk

The Little-Known Election That’s About to Cost the District $300,000

Are you pumped for election day this Tuesday? LL’s not talking about the mayoral primary—that was in April. Or the...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Loose Lips

The Needle: Derecho on The Sly

DerWhatNow?:  Although it's not official, there is evidence to suggest that a derecho—you know, a "derecho is “a widespread, long-lived, convectively-generated...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  City Desk

Report: Defense Lawyers Swap Places in Attorney General Race

Even after earning its spot on the ballot, the District's first attorney general race is having trouble hanging on to candidates. Attorney...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Loose Lips

Photo: Taking a Pole

1300 Block of G Street NW, July 8...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  City Desk

Hey Rand Paul, D.C. Would Only Have the Nation’s Highest Murder Rate If It Were a State

The unrepresented people of D.C. have a new member of Congress who's interested in running our local government: Republican Sen. Rand...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  City Desk

Shadow Campaign Beneficiary Kelvin Robinson Out at D.C. Health Exchange

Admitted Jeff Thompson shadow campaign beneficiary Kelvin Robinson will have more time now to think about his impending August sentencing. Robinson no longer works as the...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Loose Lips

A New 14th Street Sinkhole Swallows Downtown D.C.

The 14th Street NW sinkhole is alive and well. No, not the one from 2013. This one's brand new. City officials closed...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  City Desk

Peaceoholics Co-Founder and “Community Hero” Ron Moten Crowdsources His Legal Fees

A week after fellow Peaceoholics co-founder Jauhar Abraham and their non-violence group were slapped with a $638,389 judgment in court, activist and Adrian...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Loose Lips

Bike Activists to Protest Anti-Bike Post Columnist, on Bikes

If the point of Post columnist Courtland Milloy's anti-"bike terrorist" diatribe was just trolling, then call it a success. A D.C. resident started...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  City Desk

ToDo ToDay: Carrie the Musical, Avers, and Chaplin-Themed Cocktails

You’ve probably heard of Carrie, Stephen King’s heroine immortalized on screen by Sissy Spacek. But have you heard her sing?...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Arts Desk

Listen to the First Song From Ex Hex’s New Album Rips

Since late last year, the Mary Timony-led Ex Hex has given fans an excellent single, a charming food-fight music video, and a...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Arts Desk

Adams Morgan Liquor License Moratorium Lifted for Restaurants

D.C. alcohol regulators have lifted a moratorium restricting new liquor licenses for restaurants in Adams Morgan while extending for three...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  City Desk

Kenyan McDuffie Endorses Robert White in At-Large Race

The size of the D.C. Council at-large field hasn't stopped Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie from making his pick. McDuffie tells LL...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Loose Lips

District Line Daily: D.C.’s Biking Twits

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  City Desk

Arts Roundup: Paint-Over Edition

Watch Kelly Towles paint over reproductions of well-known works by Edward Hopper and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. [Experiment Station] The inaugural...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Arts Desk

Morning Links

Police radio goes down for five minutes after power outage. [Times, Post] D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson appoints his live-in partner to panel...
Washington City Paper  |  07-09-2014  |  Loose Lips

The Needle: Let Them Eat Cake!

Cupcake Apocalypse: Crumbs Bake Shop announced it will close all of its stores nationwide, including three in D.C., signaling a potential end to the...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  City Desk

Not Even Ward 4 Gets a Break From Bowser’s “No Debates” Rule

Three months after winning the Democratic nomination, mayoral hopeful Muriel Bowser isn't budging on her commitment not to debate her opponents until...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Loose Lips

The Inaugural In It Together Fest’s DIY Lineup

"Do It Yourself" is a time-tested ethos that has borne much principled, underground art and activism, but sometimes, it takes a...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Arts Desk

16th Street Heights Corner Store Owner Killed in Robbery

The owner of a 16th Street Heights corner store has died after being beaten in a July 4 robbery at...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  City Desk

At Spa World, Questions of “Abduction” and “Willful Refusal to Pay Wages”

The people giving you massages and fresh towels in between your bubble teas at Spa World, court records show, might not be...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  City Desk

The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra Holds Its Own With Wycliffe Gordon

There's been some attrition lately in the once routinely sold-out audience for the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra. But news travels...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Arts Desk

Carol Schwartz, Now an Independent, Courts Republicans

After four mayoral bids as a Republican, Carol Schwartz ditched the party this time around to run as an independent, even rejecting the...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Loose Lips

Blogger Hired By Washington Football Team To Defend Team Name Resigns

The liberal blogger hired by the Washington football team to defend its controversial team name didn't last a month on...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  City Desk

ToDo ToDay: Hudson K, Black Masala, and Belgian Beer Tastings

On its 2013 release Ouroboros and the Black Dove, Knoxville, Tenn.–based Hudson K doesn’t stick to any one mode. From danceable...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Arts Desk

Meet Dub Thompson, A Punk Group With A Whole Lot of Soul

Attention, music critics: The jig is up. Dub Thompson reads your reviews and think you're full of shit. They believe...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Arts Desk

District Line Daily: Zebras Go Extinct

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  City Desk

Arts Roundup: Last Bustin’ Loose Edition

Chuck Brown's last album of new music, recorded in the year before his death, drops next month. [Arts Desk] Fort...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Arts Desk

Morning Links

Marijuana group turns in 58,000 petitions to put legalization on the ballot. [Post, Washingtonian, DCist] Ex-FCC attorney Edward "Smitty" Smith will run for attorney...
Washington City Paper  |  07-08-2014  |  Loose Lips

The Needle: Winning Streak

Sunny Sundays: The District has had "spectacular" weekend weather for 14 straight weeks, with an average high temperature of 78...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  City Desk

Ex-FCC Lawyer Enters the Attorney General Race

The race to be the District's first elected attorney general got a new candidate Thursday with the entry of former Federal Communications Commission special...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  Loose Lips

America’s Worst Politicians, as Chosen by Its Alt-Weeklies

In honor of the Fourth of July, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies compiled a list of America's worst politicians, edited...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  Loose Lips

Chuck Brown’s Last Album of New Music Drops in August

It's been more than two years since D.C. lost Chuck Brown, but his legacy here is as tangible—and audible—as ever. Heightened policing and unfriendly...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  Arts Desk

Chatter: Paid in China

What you said about what we said in our June 27 issue In a rare moment of agreement, Washington City Paper readers have...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  City Desk

Mayoral, At-Large Hopefuls Hustle at Palisades Parade

The District's officeseekers turned out for the July 4 Palisades Parade Friday, helped out by beautiful weather and the absence of...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  Loose Lips

ToDo ToDay: Turkish for Beginners and the Return of Fort Reno

When it comes to romantic comedy meet-cutes, getting stranded on an Indian Ocean island after a plane crash with a...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  Arts Desk

District Line Daily: On A Roll

A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from Washington City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  City Desk

Arts Roundup: Summer Playlist Edition

Summer playlists of homegrown music from some local music lovers (including yours truly) [D.C. Music Download] In and out of...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  Arts Desk

Morning Links

Muriel Bowser lands the Tony Williams endorsement. [Post, WAMU] Schools chancellor Kaya Henderson says haphazard charter planning could lead to schools cannibalizing each other. [Post] Insurance...
Washington City Paper  |  07-07-2014  |  Loose Lips

Hundred Waters on Life After Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” Tag

Hundred Waters makes the kind of music that sticks with you. The Gainesville, Fla., band itself doesn't stick out, but its...
Washington City Paper  |  07-03-2014  |  Arts Desk

The Graffiti Hunters

Urban explorers risk trespassing violations, injury, and even death to photograph a hidden world of aerosol art for all the world to see.
East Bay Express  |  April Kilcrease  |  06-18-2014  |  Art

In the Skin: Houston Musicians Share the Stories of their Tattoos

There’s no rule that says if you make music you have to have a tattoo, but the reality is that a lot of people who play music have ink on their bodies. We sat down with four local musicians and a couple of tattoo artists to talk about their relationship with their ink. They come from different backgrounds and play different types of music, but they’ll share a common bond, one that will stick with them a lifetime.
Houston Press  |  Angelica Leicht  |  07-09-2014  |  Music

Crossed Thumbs: Steve James’s Flawed Roger Ebert Documentary

Documentarian Steve James — the filmmaker responsible for “Hoop Dreams,” one of the 20th century’s most significant additions to the genre — arrived at his lauded film-critic subject both too early and late to properly tell the story of a man whose prickly personality remains guarded.
Cityview  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-06-2014  |  Movies