Author Archive for Christopher Heller

Have You Seen Michael Horsley’s Photos of a Blighted D.C.? Probably.

Michael Horsley is sitting on the corner of 14th and T streets NW, across from the building where he says gangs used to sell women for sex.
“I had a knife pulled out on me one day when I was just sitting out on my stoop,” he says. “This guy came chasing a prostitute around the [...]

Riot Act Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses Some (But Not All) Claims Made by John Xereas

Last week, a D.C. District Court judge made the first significant decision in former Riot Act co-owner John Xereas' lawsuit against his one-time business partners, Geoffrey Dawson and Marjorie Heiss: He didn't dismiss the case.
According to court documents filed March 27, Judge Richard Roberts permitted Xereas' claims of "breach of the implied duty of good [...]

D.C. Shorts, Showcase 8: The Dramatic Possibilities of Laundromats

Short reviews of films from this year's DC Shorts Film Festival
An eclectic selection broadly concerned with family, intimacy, and companionship, this showcase of foreign and domestic shorts ranges from works of wry humor to stone-faced violence. While there are few absolute missteps, Laundry Day and Water are the strongest of the bunch.
Score: A French couple fights [...]

Killing Joke: How the Curtain Fell on Riot Act Comedy Theater

What do you get when a businessman, a lawyer, and a self-described “Greek guy with a big nose” try to open a comedy club together?
A lawsuit.
When Riot Act Comedy Theater opened last August, it was supposed to shake up the established rhythms of D.C.’s comedy circuit: It boasted bookings like Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney, suggesting [...]

Riot Act Comedy Theater Co-Founder Sues Partners, Says He Was Forced Out

Something funny is going on at the soon-to-be-former Riot Act Comedy Theater, but it’s not a laughing matter.
When news broke last week that the Chinatown comedy club would be shutting its doors this weekend, General Manager Peter Bayne told Arts Desk it was a matter of finances. “The business model just hasn’t worked out financially [...]

Memoryhouse Replacing Gear After Theft Near D.C. Last Week

After playing their first concert in D.C. last Wednesday—a sold-out show with Washed Out at the Black Cat—buzzy Canadian dream-pop band Memoryhouse had thousands of dollars worth of equipment stolen from their van.
"The total cost is about $4,500 [to] $5,000," Denise Nouvion, Memoryhouse's vocalist, writes in an email. "We're doing our best to replace it as [...]

Handicapping Jeopardy! in D.C.

This Saturday, Jeopardy! will be in town to tape episodes for "Power Players" week. What's a power player, you ask? Judging by the slate of contestants selected to play, it's someone with smarts and critical recognition among their peers — or an absolutely unstoppable sky hook and some Rec Specs.
This year’s Power Players feature some [...]

D.C. Extras: Get Ready for Your House Of Cards Close-Up

Ever dream of seeing your name in lights? How about the soft blue light of a laptop instead?
There’s a D.C. casting call out for House of Cards, the David Fincher-led political drama based on a BBC series of the same name that’s due to premiere on Netflix later this year. It’s “the largest Hollywood project [...]

In the Details: The Many Lives of Crime Novelist David Swinson

David Swinson wasn’t supposed to be a cop. Not for 15 years, anyway.
When Swinson joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1994, it wasn’t for the paycheck, and it wasn’t out of civic duty. It was supposed to be more of a boho diversion, the latest stop in an eccentric life. He wanted to be a writer.
“At [...]

Our City Film Festival, Reviewed: One Punch at a Time and Porchfest

This weekend, local nonprofit Yachad hosts the fifth annual Our City Film Festival, part of the organization's hefty mission to "break down racial, economic, and religious barriers, and encourage understanding between communities that are often disconnected.”
If One Punch at a Time and Porchfest are any indication, the fest is two steps closer to achieving its goal.
The [...]