Spike Mendelsohn has some ’splainin to do. (AP Photo/Good Stuff Eatery, Joe Shymanski)

An innocent little interview with the blog People’s District last week landed Good Stuff burger pusher Spike Mendelsohn in bit of hot water when he offhandedly referred to his adopted home as “a second-tier city where you can be a big fish in a small pond.” Here, he said, he could also “help change the world,” teaming up with first lady Michelle Obama to prevent obesity and teach schoolkids about food (yes, while regularly serving adults the bacon-horseradish-Roquefort-slathered Prez Obama Burger).

Our readers took offense, and they let us know as much during the Gurus’ chat: “‘Big fish in a small pond’...vomit. I’d be ok if our pond had one less particular fish.” [People’s District]

Spike responded to the second-tier scandal via six tweets like this one. [@chefspike]

Arts-community Pied Piper Philippa Hughes got a roommate last week. Normally, this would not be news, but her new living arrangement was, in reality, a bubble-licious art project by artist Agnes Bolt, who moved in for one week, during which time she built a “large obtrusive structure,” all but demanded pancakes, got a pedicure, then chronicled it all on a blog. (For an artist, Bolt sure did act like every roommate we’ve ever had.)

Sadly, we missed Friday’s deadline to be the next “Philippa Collection” artist-in-residence (the project was announced and application process closed on the same day!), but we plan to start laying out our case now for dibs on that 14th Street condo with the 1,000-foot roofdeck now. [Artisfear]

One of the highlights of the City Paper’s excellent Summer Music Guide was Ryan Little’s story about 17-year-old Jonathan Slye, who aimed big while staying truly DIY in curating his own Christian rock festival at Bull Run this past weekend. Slye’s story is, appropriately, an inspirational one, with some definite parallels to the D.C. punk scene. [City Paper]

We Love DC checked out the Thursday Night Throwdown latte art competition at Big Bear Cafe and found the crowd a little more jovial than usual. What gives? Oh, that’s right, after a much-chronicled battle to add alcoholic beverages to the menu, Big Bear prevailed, and is now the proud purveyor of not only beer, but fancy cocktails (with sage and stuff). [We Love DC]

D.C.'s art scene is growing exponentially. It's perfect timing, then, to
start taxing its patrons, right? So says Mayor Vincent Gray in his 2012
budget proposal, which includes a new tax on all D.C. theater tickets (down to the high school shows). DC Theatre Scene laid out the proposed tax and what arts groups have to say about it. [DC Theatre Scene]

And finally, Brightest Young Things unveiled the pertinent details about its month-long partyzone, uncapped Live, in an announcement punctuated with words in ALL CAPS. Besides the usual DJs and art we’ve come to expect, the event will include the D.C. Record Fair, the kid-friendly Rock N Romp and an interpretive reading of the art film “Pump Up the Volume.” We’re already in line. [BYT]