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Essay Contest: Win a Date to Lady Gaga with Jim Graham!*

Readers of The Washington Post learned this morning that Ward One D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham will be attending tomorrow night's Lady Gaga show at the Verizon Center. But unlike many of the other fans who will trek down to the arena, Graham will be attending gratis, thanks to the controversial tradition of awarding free luxury-box seats to the city's elected officials.

Though pols last year proposed auctioning off their free tickets, which would presumably help close the city's budget gap, the sales never came to pass. Indeed, according to Tim Craig's story, councilmembers have been getting downright cranky of late about not getting their allotted tickets to basketball and hockey games and other Verizon Center events. The issue apparently came up at last week's D.C. Council retreat, an event presumably designed to focus on pressing municipal issues.

Apparently, all that griping worked: Graham has received his allotment of two tickets to the big show.

There's just one problem: The councilmember tells the Post he plans to attend solo and give the other ticket away. The paper offers no details on just who the lucky guest will be. But we imagine that a man of the people like Graham would never just give the spare box seat to some well-connected political insider. Instead, he surely hopes to award the pass to some deserving member of the community.

In the spirit of helpfulness, we at Washington City Paper propose that Graham take along the constituent who makes the best case for coming. Have at it, folks: Use the comments section below to explain why you, among all Washingtonians, should accompany Jim Graham to tomorrow night's concert. Graham may not actually use this contest to select the recipient of his largesse, but we promise to choose a winner of our own.

Unfortunately, as non-elected officials, we have no free concert tickets to offer that lucky person.

*Note: We can not guarantee that winner will actually be invited to Lady Gaga show by Jim Graham, or by anyone else. Sorry.

Photo of Lady Gaga by Stephen Carlile via Wikimedia Commons

Photo of Jim Graham by Darrow Montgomery


  1. #1

    I want to join Jim Graham, because I want to be the mustard to the councilman's certain to wear outfit made out of Ben's Chili Bowl half smokes ala GaGa's meat dress.

  2. #2

    Dearest Jim:

    It has been a while since we've talked. In fact, the last time I got you on the phone, you hung up on me. I believe you were still upset about our coverage of your beloved former chief of staff Ted Loza. Last week, Loza pleaded guilty to accepting gratuities (you've never done that) and making false statements (ditto). Don't you think it's time you put this controversy behind you? Why don't we make amends at the Lady Gaga show. Dancing. Side by side. I promise to not complain when you belt out "Born This Way."


    Jason Cherkis

  3. #3

    As an arts & culture writer who is applying for your Arts & Entertainment Editor position, I could write a review of the concert with special attention paid to all of Lady Gaga’s little “monsters” from Ward One, interviewing them on which neighborhood (Adam's Morgan, U Street, etc.) has the most die hard Gaga fans. I would also ask them where to find the neighborhood's emerging Gaga talent - and OF COURSE encourage Councilman Jim Graham to rock his most monstrous outfit as well.

  4. #4

    Dear CM Jim,

    I want your ugly. I want your disease. I want your everything as long as it's free.

    [So we have that in common.]

    Baby, I was born this way.

    You shoulda made some plans with me, you knew that I was free. And now you won't stop calling me, I'm kinda busy.

    Don't call my name, don't call my name, Alejandro.


  5. #5

    Goo-goo Ga-ga.

  6. #6

    Lady Gaga's trip to DC demonstrates her new-found fervor for ecology. See http://bit.ly/gODlII

  7. #7

    The legislation to auction off the tickets was introduced in 2009, not last year. And it was about the Nats stadium tickets, not the tickets at the Verizon Center.

  8. #8

    Dear Jim--I wouldn't walk across the street to see Lady Gaga but if I win I'd be happy to put it up for sale on Craigslist!

  9. #9

    Jim Graham acts out his sense of entitlement to free Lady Gaga tickets? He has become the caricature of the hissy queen. Shouldn't his ex-aide's guilty plea be an overdue wake up-call that he should worry more about his day job and less about his night life?

  10. #10

    I actually would pay Jim Graham to go to a go-go show.

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