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 then concludes that Wilkinson should have called his show something else.
Riot Act is in an office building at Ninth and E streets NW. The foyer and bar, with their plain white walls, large plate-glass windows, industrial-design office carpet and metal-tube furniture, have all the charm of a car dealership crossed with a suburban business hotel. The main performance space resembles a hotel conference room with a 20-foot ceiling. The generic tables and chairs that run in neat rows across the room and along the walls do nothing to lessen the fear that you’re about to attend a time-share presentation.
Riot Act’s schedule is loaded with national comics working the club circuit, including Dick Gregory and Paul Mooney, meaning Riot Act is an instant rival to the city’s venerable D.C. Improv and theArlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse, which have cornered the market on alt-comics who draw younger crowds, from TJ Miller to Janeane Garofalo to “Flight of the Conchords'” infatuated fangirl Kristen Schaal.
Next Time: Here’s a new Meredith Bragg video.
Today on Arts Desk: Comedy picks! Probably something else about Wale!