It was 50 years ago today


Before playing the Washington Coliseum, the Beatles had never before performed in the round. (AP)

Perhaps the most famous event in D.C. musical history took place on Feb. 11, 1964, when the Beatles played the Washington Coliseum — their first-ever concert in the United States. Since then, the Washington Coliseum — better known as the Uline Arena — has done time as a trash-transfer station and a parking garage. Now slated for redevelopment, tonight it comes alive for an anniversary show. But to relive that magical moment without a trip to NoMa, you can do no better than read Josh du Lac’s oral history. There’s the snow, the screaming, the jelly beans, the “polite pandemonium,” and, well, this: “[A]fter the concert was over and everybody had left, you know what the smell was in the Coliseum? It was pee from all these girls who got over-excited.”

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Tommy Wells moves away from “livable, walkable” and tries to connect with a new set of voters (PostPostTV)

In latest blow to New Communities, city cancels deal with developers (PostCapital BusinessPark View)

The problem with old plans to solve homelessness: “It’s that everything in the city has changed” (Post column)

Vincent Gray expounds on his homelessness strategy (Post)

Irv Nathan rules that Cathy Lanier may ignore civilian police reviews (WaTimes)

Nathan also throws cold water on latest elected-AG bill (Post)

Arne Duncan visits Stanton Elementary to honor City Year, with Hizzoner in tow (PostWRC-TV)

Vince Gray nabs SEIU endorsement (DofD, Loose LipsDCist)

The new Supercans and recycling bins are here (@mayorvincegray)

Deeper into the proposed MLK Library designs (GGW)

Deborah Simmons is impressed by Reta Jo Lewis (WaTimes)

D.C. Health Link enrollments jump as deadline approaches (WBJ)

After departing D.C. Chamber, Barbara Lang will hang shingle as consultant (WBJ)

Unlike the rest of the country, District residents’ economic confidence is positive (WaTimes)

Flyer opposing new zoning rules on corner stores sure looks like a flyer in favor of them (GGW)

Arrest made in January shooting death in Barry Farm (Post)

Metrobus passenger pepper-sprays driver, runs off (Post)

No, you’re not actually supposed to take a mattress on a Metrobus (DCist)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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