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Some bad news for the DC music community this week. DC Mini Gallery, a music/art/multimedia space located at 4702 14th St., has been forced to close its doors due to a phony complaint regarding alcohol.
“On July 22nd 2009, a private show at the DC Mini Gallery was visited by policemen and officers from the DCRA & ABC due to a false complaint that I was serving liquor to underage minors,” writes owner Michael Andrew Harris in a statement recently uploaded to the gallery’s website. “We had no alcohol on the premises so no arrests or fines were issued, however we were forced to end the night and told to get a permit in order to hold future shows.”
Hopefully, this won’t keep the DC Mini Gallery down forever. Harris is already working on securing the correct permits and renovating the space. There are, however, a few hiccups. “Compliance with current DC structural and fire codes require several expensive renovations to the space,” Harris writes. “Because we have been asked to cease business activity and have lost a full month of income due to the cancellation of all August events, we now must reach out to our community to help keep the gallery open.”
So if you have a few extra bucks kicking around and you’re a supporter of live music in DC, feel free to donate here.