May we present this week’s dead-tree edition of Washington City Paper, hands-down the most appropriate reading for the unpleasant weather!
- On the Cover: “The Other City,” wherein Darrow Montgomery’s photographs show us how deep D.C.’s alleys can run. Online bonus! What we couldn’t fit in the print edition is in an fancy digital slideshow.
- Loose Lips: "Vive L’Orange," wherein Alan Suderman takes a look at what’ll happen now that the politician that won’t go away has been elected to the D.C. council—where he’s got more than a few foes.
- Cheap Seats: "St. Albans, Pitching Factory," wherein Dave McKenna illuminates St. Albans’ ability to generate not just big names in politics—but big names in college baseball.
- Housing Complex: “Congress to Feds: Drive to Work,” wherein Lydia DePillis parses out the problems behind the Feds’ Base Realignment and Closure project—which is the terror of all smart growth advocates.
- Young & Hungry: “Yesterday’s Love,” wherein Chris Shott examines the chasm between cupcake shops old and new—and whether the temperature of Warren Brown’s confections really matters.
- Arts Desk: “Boxing on D.C. Stages: A Critical and Pugilistic Inquiry,” wherein boxing instructor and theater critic Chris Klimek explores the recent surfeit of pugilism on D.C. stages.
- Reviewed!: A triple dose of really bad movies (The Princess of Montpensier, The Bang Bang Club, and Le Quattro Volte); the collaboration of two low-fi-loving West Coast songwriters (Thao & Mirah’s eponymous); a bullshit-free folk album (Vandaveer’s Dig Down Deep); a play about second-rate critics (The Real Inspector Hound).
- And!: A chat with The Sweater Set about their new release; which D.C. chain eateries should follow Sweetgreen’s lead in the festival circuit.
- City Lights Picks: Tyler Jon Tyler’s jangle-pop revival; the Wilson Center’s 30th anniversary; Springsteen runs deep; Amon Amarth’s Thor metal; a tribute to Manning Marable; big empty spaces at Civilian Art Projects; Bomba Estereo’s (ahem) explosive electro-cumbia.