How things change. On September 28, 2013, the not-yet-disgraced actor Kevin Spacey held a fundraiser at Washington’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel for his eponymous foundation, part of his long campaign to win over permanent Washington. Washingtonian photographer Evy Mages was there on assignment as a freelancer and supplies some of what she captured that day. Looking back now, it’s hard to imagine any of this ever happened, except for one potential historical echo: This event took place just before Congress was unable to agree on a bill to fund the government.
Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously the news editor and lead media reporter for the Poynter Institute, arts editor for the now completely vanished TBD.com, and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.