Posts Tagged ‘Vince Gray’

CityCenterDC’s Newest Addition: A Permanent Video Art Installation

Local video artists may soon have a prominent new place to show their work: CityCenterDC, the glamorous, soon-to-be completed residential/hotel/shopping complex downtown. Today, Mayor Vince Gray visited the site to unveil a 25-foot high, 50-foot wide digital video screen, dubbed "The Gateway at CityCenter," that arches over the pedestrian entrance to a central plaza. The screen [...]

Vince Gray Wants to Renovate the Historic (and Derelict) Strand Theater

D.C. has gotten pretty good at bringing old theaters back to life. The Lincoln's restoration in the 1990s gave "the Jewel on U" new sheen, and the recently renovated Howard's crowds overflow onto the street most weekends.
With the budget proposal he released this morning, outgoing Mayor Vince Gray has opened the door for another theater renewal project: a $1 [...]

Arts Roundup: Slicknosity Edition

The recent documentary Chinatown looks at a D.C. neighborhood with an increasingly meaningless name. [WAMU]
Senior Historian David Ward talks history and controversy at the National Portrait Gallery. [Post]
Mayor Vince Gray to launch his re-election campaign at THEARC. [WTOP]
In advance of his New Year's Eve concert at the Hamilton, Dr. John drops science and some creative lingo [...]

Crystal Palmer Out at Film Office, Replaced by Herbert Niles

Crystal Palmer is out of her longtime job at the D.C. Film Office. Palmer has taken a position in the office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins, where she will serve as senior adviser for special projects. Palmer will be succeeded, at least temporarily, by film office staffer Herbert Niles. Hoskins' office announced the [...]

Phil Adé Talks R.O.S.E. and Being Maryland’s Next Great Rapper

Rapper Phil Adé had an unlikely brush with politics at the Broccoli City Festival last spring when D.C. Mayor Vince Gray introduced him at the show.
It was a weird moment for the audience and Adé himself. The mayor looks more like a smooth-jazz kind of guy. "The first song I performed was 'Paper Over Pussy' as the [...]

Remembering Chuck Brown, One Year After His Death

Chuck Brown died one year ago today, on May 16, 2012.
We have no way of knowing how many block parties, go-gos, and barbecues have been held in Brown’s honor since then. But at least a few major tributes to Brown have emerged in the last year, some of them with more staying power than others.
Among [...]

Watch: Videos From the Broccoli City Festival

The Broccoli City Festival wasn't just about broccoli. Sure, the atmosphere was noticeably hippyish and the raw veggies were a nice touch, but it was also a local showcase of sorts. There were plenty of performances—at earsplitting volume—from the likes of Phil Adé, Kingpen Slim , and Black Alley, along with national acts like Detroit grunge rocker JMSN [...]

Arts Roundup: Overblown Toilet Edition

"It's basically a completely overblown toilet," says architect Bjarke Ingels on the Smithsonian Castle. [Post]
DC Advocates for the Arts protest Mayor Vince Gray's proposed arts budget. [DC Advocates for the Arts]
Smithsonian also wants a budget increase, to the tune of $59 million. [AP via WJLA]
Textile Museum hires a new director. [Washington Business Journal]
The Washington Post's [...]

Arts Roundup: More Public Art Edition

In his 2014-2019 Capital Improvement Plan, Mayor Vince Gray proposes a $2.3 million annual increase to public art budget. [dc.gov]
At the Hay-Adams, wannabe Corcoran chairman Wayne Reynolds makes his $10,000 pitch—and says the institution has a hush-hush deal with the University of Maryland. [Post]
Gold Leaf Studios' Mike Abrams opens his newest space, Union Arts. [D.C. [...]

Arts Roundup: RIP All Roads Film Festival Edition

In his proposed 2014 budget, Mayor Vince Gray requests more than $140 million for library construction. [Loose Lips]
National Geographic kills the annual All Roads Film Festival. [Washingtonian]
Bette Midler has a soft spot for 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, the PBS documentary based on Ward 1 high school DC Met. [Curbed]
Worn magazine [...]

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