Mayor Vincent Gray has a private conversation with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton during the opening of the newly renovated Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 9, 2012. Names like Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross used to play the club, which many residents remember cutting school to go to as well. The theater will now offer a full-scale kitchen, bar and of course, live acts. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Photo by: BARBARA L. SALISBURY

Mayor Vincent Gray has a private conversation with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton during the opening of the newly renovated Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., on Monday, April 9, 2012. Names like Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross used to play the club, which many residents remember cutting school to go to as well. The theater will now offer a full-scale kitchen, bar and of course, live acts. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)