Posts Tagged ‘Jack Evans’

Mingering Mike Captures D.C. Council in All Its Humanity

The artist known as Mingering Mike first dreamed about joining D.C.'s pantheon of soul sensations. Back in the 1960s and '70s, the D.C. native brought his fantasies to life through hand-painted cardboard records and sleeves. Lost for decades, those faux records eventually resurfaced to great acclaim. Now Mingering Mike's work can be found in the [...]

The Helen Hayes Awards Awards

Last night's untricked-out Helen Hayes Awards at the Warner Theatre began almost immediately with prize-giving, and that was mostly what we got: Few distractions, and lots of people talking about theater. Did some thank-yous go on too long? Sure. Was Robert Aubry Davis conspicuously absent even though his voice was the evening's host? Yes. Were [...]

The Helen Hayes Awards Awards

What lessons to draw from last night's Helen Hayes Awards at the Warner Theatre? There were only two ties—compare that to five in 2011. And no company dominated outright—although Synetic, with its four wins, and Signature, with its five, are the evening's clear champs. The region's most prominent theater houses—the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Shakespeare [...]

Will New Regulations Hurt Independent Event Promoters?

In the wake of last week's deadly violence during a private party at Heritage India, Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced a bill on Monday that's aiming to shake up how D.C. promoters can book events.
Under the bill, which was co-introduced by councilmembers Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), Michael A. Brown (I-At [...]

Hearing Runs Gamut on Film Office, but Popcorn Tax Is Still Unpopular

The D.C. Council's Committee on Small and Local Business Development yesterday held a top-to-bottom hearing on the operations and objectives of the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. Although the panel's chairman, Vincent Orange, D-At Large, called the proceeding a "roundtable" two issues stuck out: the financial status of the film office's incentive program [...]

Popcorn Tax Not a Hit With Theaters

A new sales tax on concessions sold at movie theaters proposed yesterday by Mayor Vince Gray and the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development is the "first step" toward the construction of a multiplex east of the Anacostia River, the film office says.
Spokeswoman Leslie Green says that in the conversations her boss, Crystal Palmer, had with [...]

Arts Organizations Tell D.C. Council to Drop Ticket Tax

More than a dozen representatives of theater and other artistic organizations attended today's D.C. Council hearing on Mayor Vincent Gray's budget for the 2012 fiscal year to oppose the proposed imposition of a 6 percent sales tax on theater, gallery, and performance tickets.
The mayor's budget proposal called for "expand[ing] the sales tax base to include [...]

No Business? No Problem: Art Pops Up in Vacant Retail Spaces

Maybe you snagged some cotton candy or an iced tea from a tuxedoed vendor outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during your lunch break today. The DC Commission on the Arts and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority brought in the free snacks as they announced the launch of the second phase of "Windows [...]

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