Inauguration Entertainment Roundup
By mid-afternoon, a rep for party organizer Asal Masomi was insisting that Gossett back on board. "All disagreements ... are bygone," said Ilene Proctor. Really? A rep for Gossett, Colette Philipps, remained coy, saying both sides were back in discussions but that Gossett will release a statement Monday.
And if those two crazy kids can make it work, maybe there's hope for ... the Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow. That's the seemingly mismatched lineup announced today for a Jan. 19 show at the 9:30 Club, a Rock the Vote-hosted bash called the America Feels Kinda' Cool Again Inaugural Gala. Presumably this means America last felt cool in 1998, or possibly 2002.
Finally, the Going Out Gurus' Fritz Hahn reports that, while the City Council scaled back its plans for extended bar and nightclub hours, it wasn't far enough for the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Residents hated the idea of late-late-night revelry, while the bars saw it as a great opportunity.
[Neighborhood commissioner Bryan] Weaver and the elected advisory neighborhood commissioners have now brokered a compromise that will likely satisfy no one: Bars will close at the usual time of 2 a.m. for the nights of Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th. On Sunday and Monday, they'll be allowed to stay open an extra hour and close at 3 a.m. And on Tuesday, inauguration day, they'll keep partying until 4 a.m. instead of the usual 2 a.m.
There are exceptions. Six businesses -- primarily restaurants -- have no voluntary agreements, and therefore can stay open as long as they want and serve alcohol until 4. They are: Jyoti Indian Cuisine, Rumba Cafe, Perry's, Cashion's Eat Place, the Grill From Ipanema and the Hilton Washington Hotel.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
January 9, 2009; 5:30 PM ET
Food & Dining
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