The King of Clubs: A conversation with Marc Barnes

When Marc Barnes opened Dream in 2001, it quickly became the District's most influential nightclub. Dream was his masterpiece -- until bankruptcy forced him to sell four-story hotspot (renamed Love) last year. Barnes, now 47, says that he is ready to take on a new challenge.  |  Read more in The Washington Post Magazine

Who is Marc Barnes?

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What is your next project?

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Will you get out of the nightclub business once you start Step Forth?

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Barnes: on why he loves the nightclub business and what changed his perspective on life and work

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[In early 2010, Love nightclub was shut down temporarily after a series of violent incidents, including a stabbing.] How did violence affect your business?

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What makes a memorable celebrity party, such as Gilbert Arenas's birthday at Love in 2007?

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What has to happen behind the scenes to make the night a success?

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Barnes: on the next big celebrity party at The Park

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What is the biggest lesson you have learned from being in the nightclub business for two decades?

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CREDITS: Video by Ben de la Cruz. Photos of Love Nightclub by Kevin Clark