City The Vogue
posted by December 1 at 16:25 PMon
Last night, after a tequila tasting at Liberty, I headed to the Vogue to see my favorite goth-rock British punk band of the 1980s, New Model Army. (My search for MP3s was, as an erstwhile colleague put it, “flawed in its execution,” so you’ll have to take my word for it: They rule. People even danced.)
Anyway, while I was waiting for the show to start, I struck up a conversation with the club’s owner, who told me they’ll be moving out of their current space on 11th Avenue between Pike and Pine at the end of the year because their landlord just raised the rent a whopping $3,000 a month - nearly double what it is now. Given that the space next door is about to be taken over by brand-new condos (developed by the same company that’s buying up the Linda’s block) the rent hike seems like a not-too-subtle message to the current tenants: The Vogue isn’t the kind of place wealthy singles fresh from suburbia are going to want right outside their bedroom windows. The club may reopen as part of Capitol Hill Arts Center early next year; the person who answered the phone at CHAC said the group would announce details as soon as they’d figured out specific arrangements.