Author Archive for Mike Riggs

Our Morning Roundup: No Prison for Child Porn

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to the running-like-a-scalded-dog edition of Freedom Friday! Last night, yours truly cabbed his sweaty, sushi-filled gut to Source for the initial performance of the Capital Fringe Festival's Bare Breasted Women Sword Fighting. What a show! It may have changed my perspective on a lot of things, porn included. [...]

Tonight in City Lights: Elizabeth and the Catapult

Here's what our dear, dear Jule Banville–just gimme a sec to dry my eyes–had to say about tonight's musical offering at the Rock & Roll Hotel:
If Elizabeth and the Catapult hit its debut a touch sooner—and landed an iPod commercial, of course—it’d be Elizabeth Ziman, and not Leslie Fiest, singing with Tweedy on the new [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Shrimp and White Wine

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to a somewhat hungover Fringe Friday! Your intrepid blogger, after much good-natured cajoling, ended up at last night's Fringe kick-off in Chinatown. Boy oh boy, did I have fun! I met Wrath, Gluttony, and Greed from The Sin Show, and according to all the cards I found in [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Let The Michael Jackson Idolatry Begin

Good morning, City Desk readers. Did you miss me? Dave didn't–dude told me to "bring it hard" this week, and I will. I'll start by saying all this love for Michael Jackson seems pretty fucking bizarre. Last time this guy was in the limelight, 2/3 of the country was outraged that he got away with [...]

Our Morning Roundup: It’s Intern Season

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another installment of Freedom Friday! It's 72 degree right now with a projected high of 84. It's still sweatshirt weather in some parts of the country, or so I've heard, but not here. After three nice (some would say "so-so") weekends, D.C. moved immediately into butt-sweat season. [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Domestic Terrorism

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to another edition of the morning roundup before Freedom Friday's morning roundup. Jule Banville is researching how flamingos can bear to stand on one leg for so long, and yours truly is attempting to fill her tiny shoes.
Silverdocs, white supremacists and more, after the jump.

Our Morning Roundup: The Bulletin Bites the Dust

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to an especially morose edition of Freedom Friday. The Bulletin in Philadelphia, the first real paper I wrote for, has closed. It was an odd place, what with the publisher's preference for syndicating only the brightest intellectual stars of conservatism: "Chuck Norris, Oliver North and Patrick J. Buchanan." [...]

Stoner Art at Civilian Art Projects

There's nothing in Louis Jacobson's pick about "All Night Flight" at the Civilian Art Projects to suggest that artist Erick Jackson is a stoner. And yet, and yet:
"In making “All Night Flight,” a series of several dozen pencil-on-paper drawings, Erick Jackson plumbed the imagery of his childhood, from cheesy TV tableaux to a basket of [...]

Arena Stage Loses Carla Harting to Bike Accident

Carla Harting, the leading lady in Arena Stage's Legacy of Light, will be sitting out the production's remaining performances due to a broken leg. Woolly Mammoth's Jennifer Mendenhall will fill in for Harting through June 14, when the show ends.
Full press release after the jump. Bob Mondello's review of the Legacy of Light here.

Tonight: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Bubbling with twice-distilled resentment that borders on the absurd, Edward Albee's 1962 play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? got the ball rolling on familial voyeurism in the decades immediately following World War II. We can thank Albee (among others) for desensitizing us to reality television, American Idol, and Yo Momma.
In my pick for today, [...]

Our Morning Roundup: D.C. Gets Not Just Real Housewives, But Real Worlders

Good morning City Desk readers, and welcome to an especially vapid installment of Freedom Friday. A few weeks back, yours truly ran into a friend of a friend while picking up some necessities at the CVS on 14th St. in Columbia Heights. Said friend was printing out headshots for his Real World tryout. Yet at [...]

Smithsonian Changes Movie Prices

We interrupt your regularly scheduled newsfeed of culinary drama, steroid allegations, and frog talk to bring you some cinema news. As part of its new budget plan, The Smithsonian raised prices last week for individual movie tickets by 25 cents while lowering the "add a show" price by $2.
Jule Banville, Washington City Paper's assistant managing [...]

Real Housewives Franchise Comes to D.C.

Stop me if you already read this at DCist, but Reality Blurred's Andy Dehnart reports that
Bravo is spinning off yet another series from its Real Housewives franchise: The Real Housewives of D.C., which will be the fifth in the series....
The series will be produced by [D.C.'s] Half Yard Productions, which produced Discovery’s American Loggers. Different [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Don’t Ask About Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Good morning, City Desk readers, and welcome to a balmy addition of Freedom Friday. Last week I wrote that police in Mississippi arrested Pete Eyre, Adam Mueller, and Jason Talley of the Motorhome Diaries for filming a traffic stop. Thanks to the support of many liberty-minded folks the country over, the boys received $2,580 in [...]

Studio Theatre Extends Stoppard’s Rock n Roll Yet Again

We could've told you that Stoppardmania would require Studio Theatre to extend Rock n Roll–but twice? My, my! The show is now running through June 14, which means an additional two weeks of performances (or one–if you count the original extension from May 31 to June 7). More information at the Studio Theatre site.
And here's [...]