Posts Tagged ‘Riot Act’

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 [...]

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 [...]

Riot Act Comedy Theater’s Second Act: A Bar (With Some Comedy)

Riot Act Comedy Theater is about to shed its comedic side, at least partly. The E Street NW club, which opened last August, will become a bar, but the club’s management wants to preserve as much comedy as possible in addition to featuring other kinds of entertainment.
Penn Social, the new bar, will open on July [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Cello Rock!

For more than a decade, Amy Domingues has served as the No. 1 cellist-for-hire in D.C.’s indie-rock scene. She’s played strings on more than a few huge local albums, including Fugazi’s The Argument, two Dead Meadow records, a handful of Bob Mould releases, and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists’ Tyranny of Distance. But all the while, she’s [...]

This Could Be Funny: Hannibal is Coming!

Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, September 2: Michael Brooks at Riot Act
Hometown comic Michael Brooks returns for a couple nights at D.C.’s newest comedy space. Brooks is mainstream enough to please the fair-weather comedy fan, but far from boring. If you haven't checked out Riot, Brooks is a [...]

Arts Roundup: Oops Edition

Color Bind: Hang out in the restaurant Domku on Upshur St. NW, and you'll see an exhibit called "Faces of Petworth"—a collection of portraits of people who are mostly white, even though the neighborhood is mostly black. Oops, photographer Michael Wilkinson more or less tells The Washington Post, which today ponders Petworth's changing demographics, and [...]

Arts Roundup: Overattended Media Preview Edition

Fall Awakening: The Keegan Theatre is going heavy on recent Broadway faves in its upcoming season: Its staging Spring Awakening and '08 Pulitzer winner August: Osage County. The season opens Oct. 22 with The Crucible; the company's Steel Magnolias is still going, though (here's our review!), and runs to Aug. 21. Arts Post has more.
Ha Ha Sound: [...]

Shouts, Murmurs, and Nitpicks From Riot Act’s Opening Night

The name is misleading. The Riot Act Comedy Theater is not a place for riotous, risky stand-ups and definitely not the type of theater that will ever be a registered landmark. It hosts comedic acts, so at least it got the middle part right.
The new haunt's debut to the media last night was kind of—but [...]

Arts Roundup: Laugh at Themselves or at Someone Else Edition

Culture War Council: A symposium on art and censorship took place at the Corcoran on Saturday, with lots of art-worlders weighing in on L'Affaire Wojnarowicz. Although there were plenty of protests last fall and lots of media coverage following the Smithsonian's removal of a work of video art by the late David Wojnarowicz from its [...]