It’s Thursday, and presumably a dog hasn’t eaten your ass yet! You should celebrate by picking up a paper.
- On the Cover: The Alligator Whisperer: On the trail of man and animal with D.C. animal control officer Ted Deppner.
- Still Here: Unlike New York, Washington did not have its physical appearance transformed by 9/11. But our sense of the city’s permanence is not quite the same. How Osama did—and didn’t—change Washington.
- Cheap Seats: The real winners of a Capitals playoff run: Restaurants!
- Housing Complex: The District’s biggest, nastiest, longest-running rent control battle isn’t in a low-income apartment complex, or even a run-of-the-mill building in some gentrifying neighborhood. It’s in a historic art deco tower tucked into the side of the National Zoo —and the fight is finally stumbling toward a close. (Note: The headline for this is “Kennedy Warrin’, which is fantastic and praise must be given where it is due.)
- Young & Hungry: The dynamic duo behind Equinox try to heighten the hotel breakfast.
- Arts Desk: Alex Baca on the state of University of Maryland student-run station WMUC—which she says ought to declare independence.
- Reviewed!: Lessons in loudness for D.C. labels (Pygmy Lush’s Old Friends, Des Ark’s Dont’ Rock the Boat, Sink the Fucker and Joe Lally’s Why Should I Get Used to It); a smart and thrilling Cyrano (nose before bros!) and tepid wife jokes from George Bernard Shaw; Ruined, a play about a refuge-cum-saloon during the Second Congo War, succeeds via its most powerful moments despite some muddled ones; Roland Joffe’s Spanish Civil War epic There Be Dragons is a snoozer; our critic has kinder words for the documentary Circo, about a struggling, family-owned circus in Mexico.
- And!: Local sound artist Richard Chartier talks about a recording made using sounds from a Grand Tonometer. (if you have to ask…) Also, D.C. memoirs we’d like to see.
- City Lights Picks: An exploration of the slut/not slut dichotomy via dance; the best way to spend Free Comic Book Day; Chaplin Fest at West End Cinema; Dirty Beaches at the Black Cat Backstage; Phosphorescent at Red Palace; Disquieting video artistry from Grazia Toderi; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly at the Hirshhorn.