Posts Tagged ‘Vincent Gray’

Arts Roundup: The Mayor Does Austin Edition

Mayor Vincent Gray goes to SXSW... [Post]
...and DCist has some ideas for his itinerary. [DCist]
Pitchfork hands Deathfix's debut a respectable 6.4 rating. [Pitchfork]
Signature Theatre cans Crimes of the Heart, swaps in The Last Five Years. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
From the archives: Washington City Paper's coverage of go-go in the 1980s [Unveiled]
Gettysburg Address to be displayed at [...]

Gray Proposes Popcorn Tax Along With Major Overhaul to Film Incentive Program

Earlier this afternoon the Washington Business Journal reported that Mayor Vincent Gray is proposing a new vehicle to help finance the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development's longterm goal of enticing a movie theater chain to build a multiplex east of the Anacostia River. In legislation introduced in the D.C. Council by Chairman Kwame [...]

Gray’s Hollywood Junket Lands Grisham Series

Looks like Mayor Vincent Gray's trip to Hollywood in July is paying off. The Office of Motion Picture and Television Development announced yesterday that the cast and crew of The Firm, a serial adaptation of the John Grisham novel of the same name, are shooting in Washington today and tomorrow. The new show, which is [...]

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 [...]

Celebrating Raheem DeVaughn Day? You’d Better Have Stamina.

We all know how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: You eat your weight in Mexican food and drink cases of Corona until you can't see straight. But how would you celebrate "Raheem DeVaughn Day," the newfound "holiday" instituted by D.C. Mayor Vince Gray? My guess is that it includes lots of sex, slow jams...and, uh, [...]

Close Listen: Big Wax (and Ron Moten) on Vince Gray’s “Power”

As expected, MC Big Wax is quite displeased with the first three months of Vincent Gray's mayoralty. The Lincoln Heights rapper, whose last-minute YouTube salvo "Don't Leave Us Fenty" last August couldn't quite shore up the then-mayor's re-election campaign, released a video yesterday for his song critiquing the nascent Gray administration.
"Don't Leave Us Fenty" lambasted [...]

Gray Budget Suggests Taxing D.C. Theaters

Buried on page 86 of Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget, released today, is a suggestion that "live theater" be subject to a sales tax.
According the budget's revenue projections, the mayor anticipates that a 6 percent tax on ticket sales would bring the city just less than $2.3 million a year.
Not surprisingly, administrators at D.C. theaters aren't thrilled.
"Oh, [...]

Film Office and SnagFilms Announce Contest

Among other developments at his two-hour press conference this morning, Mayor Vince Gray announced a filmmaking contest sponsored by the District's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development and SnagFilms, the documentary website owned by Wizards and Capitals boss Ted Leonsis.
The contest, according to an MPTD press release, aims to award the best narrative and [...]

Second Run: Why Local Filmmakers Are Miffed by Crystal Palmer’s Return to the D.C. Film Office

Crystal Palmer is a difficult woman to reach—it’s “pilot season,” after all. As the director of the District’s Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, she’s been booked solid all month: The city’s budgeting process hasn’t begun; aspiring TV productions are in town shooting their debut episodes in hopes of winning a prime time slot [...]

Arts Roundup: Freezing Rain for Us, Blizzaster for Everyone Else Edition

At least that's what people in Chicago are calling the transnational snowstorm currently wreaking havoc across two dozen states, Kriston Capps noted last night, proving that there are in fact more creative blizzard nicknames than the stupid Snowpocalypse crap that us East Coasters keep recycling. Seriously, check a New York-based friend's Facebook page; they've got [...]