A woman and man chat at the bar in front of a picture of James Brown at the newly renovated Howard Theatre in Northwest at its grand opening Monday. The space is filled with photographs of famous acts that once played there, including Ella Fitzgerald, D.C.'s own Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye, Lionel Hampton and, later, Redd Foxx. Photo galley, washingtontimes.com/multimedia. (Barbara L. Sallisbury/The Washington Times)

A woman and man chat at the bar in front of a picture of James Brown at the newly renovated Howard Theatre in Northwest at its grand opening Monday. The space is filled with photographs of famous acts that once played there, including Ella Fitzgerald, D.C.'s own Duke Ellington and Marvin Gaye, Lionel Hampton and, later, Redd Foxx. Photo galley, washingtontimes.com/multimedia. (Barbara L. Sallisbury/The Washington Times)