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    A woman and man work at the bar underneath a picture of James Brown at the newly renovated Howard Theatre on T Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 9, 2012. The space is filled with photographs of the many famous acts that used to play here. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)


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    James Patterson, who has run a home improvement business next door to the Howard Theatre for 44 years and worked for the theatre from 1961 until it closed its doors, points to a photograph of musical legend James Brown when he visited his office while playing at the Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 5, 2012. The redesigned historic Howard Theatre is set to reopens with a ribbon cutting Monday and an opening night gala on Thursday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Posters of James Brown and B.B. King hang above the bar on the main level of the redesigned historic Howard Theatre which is set to reopen with a ribbon cutting Monday and an opening night gala on Thursday, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 5, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)


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    Party: James Brown Death-Mas Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? It's not like ours was the calendar in use at the birth of common era, or that there is any scholarly evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was born in the dead of winter. There is quite a bit of scholarly evidence, however, that James Brown, godfather of soul, has an ironclad claim to Dec. 25: It is his death day. Brown was admitted to a hospital on Christmas Eve in 2006, and died the next day of complications from pneumonia. In honor of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Black Cat is throwing a James Brown Death-Mas Bash. DJ Soul Call Paul and the James Brown Revue promise to "RESURRECT the man and his music in a Christmas dance party for the ages." Dec. 25 at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Phone: (202) 667-7960. Web: http://www.blackcatdc.com/



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