Posts Tagged ‘Vince Gray’

Tommy Wells: Shut Down Ibiza and Fur

Update: Wells now says the clubs should be permitted to stay open if they clean up their act.
In the aftermath of Monday's early-morning drive-by shooting that left 13 people injured, Ward 6 Councilmember and mayoral candidate Tommy Wells has proposed a radical idea: shut down Ibiza and Fur nightclubs.
The clubs sit only a couple of blocks away [...]

H Street Playhouse to Move East of the River

Today at a presolicitation event at the Lincoln Theatre organized by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Mayor Vince Gray dropped a whole bunch of arts news: One, the Lincoln Theatre is seeking a new operator. And two, H Street Playhouse, which started looking for a new, cheaper spot in January of [...]

A District of Ice and Fire

It’s been a month since Game of Thrones, HBO’s fantasy series based on the novels of George R. R. Martin, wrapped up its second season. And the more we rewatch episodes via OnDemand, the more Martin’s sprawling epic of dragons, ice demons, and warring dynasties feels like an allegory for our situation here in the [...]

Gray Asks Council to Designate Chuck Brown Park

Just like he said he would, Mayor Vince Gray has asked the D.C. Council to name a park in the District after Chuck Brown, who died May 16. The Chuck Brown Park Designation Act of 2012 would name the western portion of Langdon Park—between 18th and 20th Streets NE—after the Godfather of Go-Go. “It’ll be a [...]

Chuck Brown Day? Chuck Brown Park? The Go-Go Hall of Fame?

For a moment earlier today, as politicians lined up on the stage to send off the Godfather of Go-Go, what began as a festive memorial started to feel like a game of one-upmanship. Mayor Vince Gray said he would ask the D.C. Council to name a park after Chuck Brown, who died May 16. Del. [...]

Chuck Brown’s Memorial: Politicians, Go-Go Musicians, Celebrities, and the Apprentice

The final installment of the D.C.'s official celebrations of Chuck Brown takes place tomorrow in halls D and E of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Some good news: After yesterday’s long line outside the Howard Theatre in the brutal heat, this should be a cooler event.
Doors will open at 10 a.m., and ceremonies will actually [...]

Gray’s Latest Studio Pitch: The Statehood Show?

This post has been updated.
Earlier this year, Mayor Vince Gray, while in Los Angeles for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, took a side trip to meet with several Hollywood production companies in hopes of enticing them to bring more film and television shoots to D.C. Since those July meetings, the Office of [...]

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 [...]

One City: The Movie

Last month, Mayor Vince Gray and the head of D.C.’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Crystal Palmer, visited Hollywood to woo studios and production companies to the nation’s capital. Competition between D.C.’s film office and neighboring states’ has been heating up in recent months, but whereas Maryland and Virginia are able to use tax [...]

Vince Gray Goes to Hollywood

Excuse us for sounding jealous, but Southern California can really seem to have it all. Today's weather in downtown Los Angeles—if there is such a thing—is a balmy, low-humidity 75 degrees. (The weather here today is too depressing to print.) Last weekend's "Carmageddon" came and went with not a bang but a whimper, while highway [...]

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