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Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:58 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This weekend is all about the music. Celebrate the arts with National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center and a Billy Joel concert. Venture outside the District for more performances.

Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to lie on a blanket underneath the stars while watching a classic film, now is your chance. The Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival is showing “Top Gun” for free, but bring some cash if you want to get snacks from the nearby barbecue and tapas food trucks. You can either take the Metro one stop west of the Foggy Bottom station or walk across Key Bridge to the park.

Gateway Park. 1300 Lee Hwy., Rosslyn, Va. Dusk. Free.

Cirque du Soleil

Marvel at Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.” Become mystified and entangled in the story of an inventor who distorts perspectives and turns the world upside down. A 25-minute bus ride from campus will get you close to the venue.

The Grand Chapiteau. 8025 Galleria Dr., Tysons, Va. 4 p.m. $39.


National Dance Day

So you think you can dance? Try out your moves to live music and interactive dance lessons at The Kennedy Center. Get your feet ready for a free afternoon and evening celebration of National Dance Day with outdoor performances, including a special demonstration by one-legged tap dancer Evan Ruggiero.

The Kennedy Center. 2700 F St. 1 p.m. Free.

Billy Joel

Sing along to Billy Joel’s hits from the 70’s and 80’s at this weekend’s performance. The “Piano Man” returns to Nationals Park as the first artist to play at the venue three times. Refresh your memory with the lyrics to his famous soft rock songs like “Uptown Girl” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

Nationals Park. 500 S. Capitol St. SE. 8 p.m. $54.50.


DJ Diaspora

Participate in the last day of the celebration of avant garde art at the Capital Fringe Festival. This Sunday, listen to the eclectic sound of DJ Diaspora who mixes together Afrobeat, house, techno, jazz and dancehall styles.

Fringe Arts Bar. 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 1 p.m. Free.

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Sen. Cory Booker. D-N.J., receives his honorary degree at Commencement in May. He gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention with similar themes to his address at GW. Dan Rich | Photo Editor

Sen. Cory Booker. D-N.J., receives his honorary degree at Commencement in May. He gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention with similar themes to his address at GW. Dan Rich | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Callan Tansill-Suddath. 

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together,” Sen. Cory Booker, D–N.J. said quoting an African proverb at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday. But he said it at GW’s Commencement ceremony first.

Booker delivered an impassioned plea to convention attendees to join together in the fight for justice and equality for all Americans after voicing his support for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. In his speech, he echoed many of the sentiments that captivated the Class of 2016 on the National Mall in May.

Here are some of the speeches’ similarities:

1. Focusing on young Americans

Booker began his speech Monday with examples of progress in the U.S. to inspire young voters and inspire hope. He made a point of noting that many of the foundations the country was built on are damaged, but each generation has the chance to repair those damages.

The message paralleled that from his Commencement address, in which he told graduates that their “nation is calling” them to make a difference.

2. Resist complacency

On Monday, Booker also encouraged Americans to take a more active role in fighting against injustice. He emphasized the need to respect all Americans, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity. People who benefit from the systems in place in the country should use their voices to fight for those who are oppressed, he said.

In May, Booker similarly told graduates to change the world, not reflect it.

“Will we be people who react to the world or will we be individual lights who say, ‘No matter how tough it gets, no matter how dark it gets, I am going to ignite myself and show my truth blossoming where I am?’,” he asked graduates.  

3. A nation of love

The most striking similarity between the two speeches was Booker’s emphasis on the importance of love and how U.S. citizens should strive to create a nation of love, rather than one of tolerance.

“Tolerance says, ‘I’m just going to stomach your right to be different. That if you disappear from the face of the earth, I’m no better or worse off. But love, love knows that every American has worth and value,’” Booker said at the DNC.

At Commencement, Booker said the U.S. isn’t “linked by love,” and encouraged graduates to show compassion.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:53 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Fill your weekend with a variety of music, an exhibit on three comedians and a festival celebrating independent publishing.


Laughing Matters

An exhibit celebrating three legendary comedians opens Friday at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Two costumes and a puppet will be a part of the showcase to honor the careers of Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett and Miss Piggy, who was voiced by Jim Henson. The exhibit will be open until the end of October.

14th St. and Constitution Ave. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free admission.


D.C. Zinefest

Head out to the sixth annual celebration of independent publishing at the D.C. Zinefest. Here’s your chance to check out work by zine makers and self-published authors. The event is free, but make sure to bring cash if you plan on buying baked goods or zines, which are usually between $2 and $15.

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Super Furry Animals and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Enjoy a night of dancing to the indie rock of two unique bands. The Welsh psychedelic rock band Super Furry Animals debuted a new single “Bing Bong” in May. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band performed a set of guitar rock songs for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series last week – they released their newest album “The Rarity of Experience” in March.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 8 p.m. $25.


Vic Mensa and Joey Purp

Party Sunday night to hip hop by Chicago rappers Vic Mensa and Joey Purp. Mensa – who was nominated for a songwriting Grammy for Kanye West’s song “All Day” – recently released his debut EP “There’s Alot Going On” in June. Purp dropped his second mixtape in May and came out with the single “Girls @” featuring Chance the Rapper last week.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 7 p.m. $27.50.

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How do you make sense of this roller coaster of an election year? One alumnus tried with “Hillary – A Music Video.”

Chris Cafero, who graduated from GW with a bachelor’s degree in 2010, and his New York-based sketch comedy group, Uncle Function, released the video last week.

Since the video was released, it has accumulated 21,000 views on Youtube and was featured by the Huffington Post.

The alumnus had been singing “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse in the shower when he realized how well “Hillary” fit into the song. Cafero then called on his fellow comedians to write and produce the video.

Cafero said he wanted to use his neutral position as a comedian to tease both political parties, underlining the gaffes of presumptive presidential nominees, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“I knew immediately that I wanted to rewrite the song, and that I wanted it to be a backhanded endorsement of Mrs. Clinton,” Cafero said in an interview. “The challenge was making the darker side of politics funny and engaging.”

In the video, Cafero takes on the guise of the only Republican at a party, spouting cross-party lines, like “I’m all out of options” and “Now I have to vote for Hillary.”

He said he wanted to remedy what he described as a tendency for people to take “black and white” positions.

“There should always be shades of gray. Ambivalence is not always a sign of weakness or stupidity,” Cafero said.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:01 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

“Pokemon Go” has taken over our lives and our Twitter timelines. Whether or not you’re spending your weekend catching ’em all, here are events to check out around the city – Pokemon not guaranteed.


Capital Fringe Festival

The Capital Fringe Festival continues this weekend with a mix of independent musicians, artists and playwrights showcasing their art in various locations around the District. This Friday, catch some of the unique plays and musicals, including “The Human Algorithm,” “Once Upon a Bedtime” and “Adolescence 2.0.” Check out the Fringe Arts Bar and food trucks while you’re there.

Go to for information on performance locations. $24.


Art in the Park (ing Lot)

Every Saturday in July, become a part of community art projects through “Art in the Park (ing Lot).” This weekend you can participate in a mural project with artists who are beautifying a parking lot in Brentwood.

1301 Rhode Island Ave. NE. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free admission.

Petworth Park Summer Jam: Part Two

The Petworth Jazz Project is hosting this free, music-filled event, which includes artists like Sam Burns, Sol Power All-Stars/Sol Power Sound, Juan Zapata and Chris Nitti.

Petworth Recreation Center, 801 Taylor St. NW. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free admission.


Georgetown Flea Market

Looking for the perfect accent for your dorm room or apartment? The Georgetown Flea Market is filled with art, rugs, furniture, pottery, jewelry and books. Everyone is bound to find something they can’t live without at this free event. Enjoy food from local vendors while you shop till you drop.

1819 35th St. NW. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016 3:41 p.m.

Weekend Outlook


The weekend following a long weekend may feel like a let-down, but you can change that with more fireworks and live performances.


Capital Fringe Festival

This annual festival – which emphasizes daring and unique work – features more than 100 performances in locations around the District, including burlesque dancing, music, stand-up comedy and theatre.

Various locations. $7.


Emily King

This R&B singer is releasing the deluxe version of her critically acclaimed second album “The Switch” Friday.

9:30 Club, 815 V St NW, 7 p.m., $25.

Alexandria Birthday Celebration

Didn’t get enough fireworks on the Fourth of July? You can catch another show at the celebration of Alexandria’s 267th birthday. The event will also feature cannons, live music and birthday cake.

Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Va. 5 p.m. Free admission.


Doug Benson

You may have seen this stand-up comedian – known for his stoner jokes – on “Last Comic Standing” or “@midnight.”

D.C. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 3:15 p.m. $20.

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When Yeezus called, the whole District answered.

Kanye West, the rapper behind album “Life of Pablo,” tweeted four locations in D.C. where he would screen his infamous “Famous” Sunday night and early Monday morning. One of those addresses was the corner of 22 and G streets at Funger Hall.


— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 3, 2016

Despite the short notice and lack of detail, about 200 people flocked to Funger on foot, by car or in Ubers by 12:30 a.m. Some had clearly just come from bars and others had just rolled of bed, but the milling crowd was united by electric excitement as they waited for Yeezus.

A black van pulled up G Street 10 minutes before the viewing was scheduled to start, and a rudimentary projector was set up to show the video on the side of Funger Hall to screen the music video.

The cheer of fans was deafening, despite some controversy over the video, and every time a new face appeared on the screen the crowd would respond with a cheer or a boo.

The music video has drawn criticism and outrage for showing the naked bodies of various other celebrities, including Rihanna, Donald Trump and Taylor Swift. It has since been revealed that most of the bodies depicted in the video are not real, but are actually realistic wax figures.

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The Nation’s Capital is a prime location celebrate the anniversary of U.S. independence, but that means many locations will be packed with people. If you’re into viewing fireworks surrounded by people, these locations will be perfect. Otherwise, avoid them at all costs:

The National Mall

Anywhere along this stretch will be full of people wanting to get the best view in the city of fireworks exploding behind the Lincoln Memorial. While you’ll definitely get some of the best photos here, come early to stake out a location for your picnic blanket because every inch of grass will be covered for the main event.

Georgetown Waterfront

If you’re thinking of grabbing a meal at a restaurant while you catch the explosions, you are not alone. The restaurants along the water – including Sequoia and Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place – might be more convenient than packing a picnic but will be just as crowded as the National Mall.(

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

This extra-patriotic location in Arlington will give you a nice view from across the river with a photogenic statue in the foreground to boot. But many people will have the same idea to go across the water to this striking memorial so your view – and more importantly, that perfect photo with the statue – may be obscured.

Arlington Memorial Bridge

This picturesque bridge with a view of the water fills up fast and gets very crowded. If you get there early and get a good spot, it may be worth it. Otherwise, the crowd of people will block your view in the limited space.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016 4:22 p.m.

Independence Day parties, darties

If you want to celebrate the Fourth with more than just fireworks, check out these patriotic parties for an Independence Day you’ll never forget:

Silent Disco & Fireworks

Malmaison, 3401 Water St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $20.

This party kicks off at the popular Malmaison, scenically located near the banks of the Potomac. Headphones will be handed out near the door – powered by the Silent Disco Society’s collaboration with Malmaison – and guests can choose between three live DJs to listen to throughout the night.

If you’re in the mood for some throwback tunes, DJ Moosic’s old school reggae, hip hop and disco will be up your alley. DJ Sabeel Chohan will be spinning EDM, and Sunny will be covering world groove and house.

Not festive enough? Malmaison will also host a hula dance performances all night.

This is a themed party, so don’t forget your red, white and blue attire.

Rooftop pool party

The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. 8 a.m. $50.

The Liaison hotel is hosting a special rooftop pool party in honor of the Fourth, and everyone’s invited.

Although there’s a $50 admission fee, once you pay for the ticket you have poolside access from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. all day – which means you have front row seats for the fireworks that night.

If you feel like spending some more green that day, poolside cabanas go for $300–$400, which include rooftop access for your guests.

Red White Blue July 4th Pool Party

Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20.

Spend your Fourth in your best bikini at the Embassy Row Hotel, where the party starts at noon and DJs are always spinning. Grab a few summer-themed cocktails and relax on the day beds, or in the pool, as you take in the panoramic view of the city.

Best of all, the admission fee is only $20 for an all-day pass, which is a steal for a pool party on Independence Day.

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Friday, July 1, 2016 5:42 p.m.

Places to view fireworks far from crowds

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

You want to see fireworks, but not be cramped with thousands of other people? Although it sounds impossible on a patriotic holiday in the nation’s capital, it’s not. These more secluded spots will provide a peaceful viewing experience:

Holy Rood Cemetery
2126 Wisconsin Ave.

Atop one of the highest hills in D.C., this cemetery offers grassy spots and a great view for the fireworks just north of Georgetown University in Glover Park. A cemetery might seem spooky, but watching fireworks light up behind the silhouettes of gravestones is a sight you’ll never forget.

Long Bridge Park
475 Long Bridge Dr., Arlington, Va.

If you want to avoid the District crowds all together, head out to Virginia. You’ll easily find a place to lay out a picnic blanket or some beach chairs on the more than 30 acres of open land. If you’re driving, you’ll find more parking here than at the more crowded Gravelly Point Park in Arlington.


300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, Va.

The spinning Skydome atop the DoubleTree in Crystal City offers a 360 degree view of the District and will stay open until 10 p.m. for viewing fireworks.

1905 Bistro & Bar
1905 9th St. NW

For $20, you can chow down on grilled portobellos and sausages at this rooftop barbecue.

The Cambria Hotels and Suites
899 O St. NW

This Logan Circle rooftop will hold a fireworks viewing party with music frm DJ Yez for $20.

The Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H St. NE

You can enjoy this free rooftop with two DJs for entertainment until 12:30 a.m.

The Brixton
901 U St. NW.

For a different locale and vibe, this rooftop party will feature a hot dog eating contest at 5 p.m. and $4 beers until 2 a.m. with no cover charge.

Cardozo High School
1200 Clifton St. NW

Going back to high school – even one you did not attend – may not seem like the most appealing location, but you won’t regret it once you see the view from the top of the hill where the school is perched. You definitely won’t run into many families at this secluded spot.

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