Capital Buzz: Encore for the nightclub Bayou

January 6, 2013

The Bayou, a longtime Washington nightclub that hosted its last gig on New Year’s Eve 1999, is getting an encore.

A locally-produced, 90-minute documentary of the club debuts at an exclusive (that means invitation-only) premiere Jan. 31 at the AMC Loews Georgetown, about a block from where the Bayou once stood.

The public can see the film at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25, when it airs on Maryland Public Television.

The film, titled “The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint,” was directed and produced by Dave Lilling, who started filming shows at the club in late 1998, well over a year before the wrecking ball hit.

Locals Bill Scanlan, former Washington Post sports reporter Vinnie Perrone and Dave Nuttycombe helped write and co-produce the film. Bill Parks of the Dominion Post and Adam Bonsib did the editing. Dick Bangham of Silver Spring-based Rip Bang Productions did the graphics and Skip SoRelle mixed the sound.

Lilling said his team is still $30,000 in the hole from making the movie.

Case closed

John Simpson, top litigator with D.C.’s Fulbright & Jaworski, is riding high.

Simpson won a $9.3 million settlement for his client, Vienna-based Feld Entertainment (owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus) from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that ends a 12-year litigation case that began with an ASPCA complaint against the circus’s alleged treatment of its elephants.

“We were pleased with the outcome,” said Simpson, referring to the settlement, which came out of U.S. District Court in D.C. Simpson is the lead litigation partner for Fulbright & Jaworski’s Washington office.

Feld won the ASPCA case at trial in December 2009, after a judge ruled it was based on untruthful testimony by someone who cared for elephants at Ringling. Feld has spent more than $20 million defending itself against animal abuse charges, and the $9.3 million settlement covers some of that.

No safety net here

Chris Villar climbs mountains to keep sharp in business. He’s been in South America since Dec. 19 (and is due back Thursday), climbing Aconcagua, the continent’s highest peak at just under 23,000 feet.

“What I love about climbing is that it pushes you to find your limits and prove you can exceed them,” Villar told us before he left. “It fosters amazing teamwork and communication, and it helps you hone your skills on understanding risk, making prudent decisions, and accepting challenges. All things that are key for leadership and business.”

McLean-based FrontPoint, which sells do-it-yourself wireless alarm systems, was started by Villar and fellow Georgetown University credit union alumnus Aaron Shumaker.

The Buzz hears:

Venga, Winston Lord’s District-based data firm that helps restaurants monitor their customers’ habits, recently received an undisclosed investment from a student venture capital fund at Cornell University. The Cornell fund is known as BR Venture Fund. BR — as in Big Red — typically invests up to $250,000. Venga recently moved into new office space at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Morgan Stanley financial adviser Marvin McIntyre, whose local clients include sports agent Donald Dell, and authors Kitty Kelley and David Baldacci, has a second mystery novel hitting the stores Jan. 15.

The Wall Street/political thriller, called “Inside Out,” includes a “crack” reporter named Tom Hessell.

Hmmmm. Now who could that be?

McIntyre, who heads a team that works out of Washington, assured me that “in any novel, all characters are fictional and not based on anyone.”

Bob Daly, who owned the California Tortilla near the Verizon Center, on Dec. 4 purchased a Fro.Zen.Yo franchise that is likely to open in Washington’s central business district this spring. The self-serve frozen yogurt shop, started by longtime D.C. retail entrepreneur Chuck Rendelman, has plans for up to eight new franchises this spring.

Democratic political maven Joe Trippi zipped to Greece last month where he delivered a keynote address Dec. 15 at the Greece 2.0 conference sponsored by the European Commission. Trippi, who runs District-based Trippi & Associates, said he talked about how young people can use social media and the Internet to effect political change. “Greece has to reinvent itself,” Trippi said. “That’s a huge opportunity for youth, entrepreneurs and innovators.”

Factoid of the week

18 %That’s how much shares of District-based Carlyle Group, the private equity giant, were up for the year of 2012. The company went public in May on the Nasdaq.

Thomas Heath is a local business reporter and columnist, writing about entrepreneurs and various companies big and small in the Washington Metropolitan area. Previously, he wrote about the business of sports for The Post’s sports section for most of a decade.
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January 6, 2013

The Bayou, a longtime Washington nightclub that hosted its last gig on New Year’s Eve 1999, is getting an encore.

A locally-produced, 90-minute documentary of the club debuts at an exclusive (that means invitation-only) premiere Jan. 31 at the AMC Loews Georgetown, about a block from where the Bayou once stood.

The public can see the film at 9 p.m. on Feb. 25, when it airs on Maryland Public Television.

The film, titled “The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint,” was directed and produced by Dave Lilling, who started filming shows at the club in late 1998, well over a year before the wrecking ball hit.

Locals Bill Scanlan, former Washington Post sports reporter Vinnie Perrone and Dave Nuttycombe helped write and co-produce the film. Bill Parks of the Dominion Post and Adam Bonsib did the editing. Dick Bangham of Silver Spring-based Rip Bang Productions did the graphics and Skip SoRelle mixed the sound.

Lilling said his team is still $30,000 in the hole from making the movie.

Case closed

John Simpson, top litigator with D.C.’s Fulbright & Jaworski, is riding high.

Simpson won a $9.3 million settlement for his client, Vienna-based Feld Entertainment (owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus) from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that ends a 12-year litigation case that began with an ASPCA complaint against the circus’s alleged treatment of its elephants.

“We were pleased with the outcome,” said Simpson, referring to the settlement, which came out of U.S. District Court in D.C. Simpson is the lead litigation partner for Fulbright & Jaworski’s Washington office.

Feld won the ASPCA case at trial in December 2009, after a judge ruled it was based on untruthful testimony by someone who cared for elephants at Ringling. Feld has spent more than $20 million defending itself against animal abuse charges, and the $9.3 million settlement covers some of that.

No safety net here

Chris Villar climbs mountains to keep sharp in business. He’s been in South America since Dec. 19 (and is due back Thursday), climbing Aconcagua, the continent’s highest peak at just under 23,000 feet.

“What I love about climbing is that it pushes you to find your limits and prove you can exceed them,” Villar told us before he left. “It fosters amazing teamwork and communication, and it helps you hone your skills on understanding risk, making prudent decisions, and accepting challenges. All things that are key for leadership and business.”

McLean-based FrontPoint, which sells do-it-yourself wireless alarm systems, was started by Villar and fellow Georgetown University credit union alumnus Aaron Shumaker.

The Buzz hears:

Venga, Winston Lord’s District-based data firm that helps restaurants monitor their customers’ habits, recently received an undisclosed investment from a student venture capital fund at Cornell University. The Cornell fund is known as BR Venture Fund. BR — as in Big Red — typically invests up to $250,000. Venga recently moved into new office space at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Morgan Stanley financial adviser Marvin McIntyre, whose local clients include sports agent Donald Dell, and authors Kitty Kelley and David Baldacci, has a second mystery novel hitting the stores Jan. 15.

The Wall Street/political thriller, called “Inside Out,” includes a “crack” reporter named Tom Hessell.

Hmmmm. Now who could that be?

McIntyre, who heads a team that works out of Washington, assured me that “in any novel, all characters are fictional and not based on anyone.”

Bob Daly, who owned the California Tortilla near the Verizon Center, on Dec. 4 purchased a Fro.Zen.Yo franchise that is likely to open in Washington’s central business district this spring. The self-serve frozen yogurt shop, started by longtime D.C. retail entrepreneur Chuck Rendelman, has plans for up to eight new franchises this spring.

Democratic political maven Joe Trippi zipped to Greece last month where he delivered a keynote address Dec. 15 at the Greece 2.0 conference sponsored by the European Commission. Trippi, who runs District-based Trippi & Associates, said he talked about how young people can use social media and the Internet to effect political change. “Greece has to reinvent itself,” Trippi said. “That’s a huge opportunity for youth, entrepreneurs and innovators.”

Factoid of the week

18 %That’s how much shares of District-based Carlyle Group, the private equity giant, were up for the year of 2012. The company went public in May on the Nasdaq.

Thomas Heath is a local business reporter and columnist, writing about entrepreneurs and various companies big and small in the Washington Metropolitan area. Previously, he wrote about the business of sports for The Post’s sports section for most of a decade.
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