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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 7:01 p.m.

A tour of D.C.’s Tiny Houses

by hrogers

Rhode Island Avenue’s tiny house community hosted tours yesterday.

The Matchbox house was on display, which is described as D.C.’s smallest and most self-sustaining home on the event’s Facebook page.

“I wanted something that would be fully off-grid and self-sustaining that I could move around. … Just something that would be simple,” said Jay Austin, who built and owns the Matchbox house.

Tiny houses require less material to construct the home and require less energy to heat and cool it, making tiny houses conducive to environmentally-friendly living, according to the owners.

Some cities are even looking at tiny houses as a type of affordable housing, said Lee Perra, a tiny house owner.

Video by Sara Bugaighis and Luca Silveira.

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Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 7:24 p.m.

‘Drug war’ vigil held on the National Mall

“Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing the Drug War” was held on the National Mall this weekend, culminating in the burning of a structure on Saturday night in front of the Washington Monument.

The structure, known as the “Temple of Essence,” was designed to be a “peace-building structure that offers a space for healing personal and collective trauma, engaging community, and allowing the release of negative energy,” according to a press release about the event.

“It’s about expressing our frustration with the war on drugs and the societal trauma it causes,” John Christian Menocal, an organizer for the event, said.

Video by Luca Silveira

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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 10:21 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Righteous Cheese

Righteous Cheese, located in Union Market, features more than 80 different artisan cheeses from more than 20 local and overseas vendors. The shop is well-known for their unique cheeses as well as their wine and cheese pairing classes.

Founder and Owner Carolyn Stromberg discovered her love for the food industry after working at a restaurant during her time as a student at GW. Since then, she has become a cheese expert.

“The biggest thing that we try to give to the people who come to our shop is a way to figure out what they’re really looking for and make it easy to like,” Stromberg said.

Video by Blair Guild.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isobel Mohyeddin.

This weekend, don’t miss your opportunity to sample new food, get out of the District and hear some unique tunes.


Sinatra at 100 Exhibit
Start off your weekend with some jazz. In honor of the legend’s 100th birthday, the American History Museum is opening an exhibit of Frank Sinatra’s life and career entitled “Frank Sinatra at 100.” The display pays tribute to Sinatra’s contribution to the American music industry by showcasing iconic items and portrait photography highlighting the iconic singer’s achievements in jazz, pop, as well as his film career.

14th St and Constitution Ave, NW 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public.


Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Get excited for Thanksgiving early with the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade this Saturday. Travel out to Silver Spring, Md. this weekend to catch a parade full of massive balloons, floats and other marching groups (including the Washington Redskins Marching Band) in support of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District.

Begins in downtown Silver Spring, Md. at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place at 10 a.m.


U Street & Shaw Neighborhood Food Tour
Finish off the weekend with a trip around some of D.C.’s coolest areas. This culinary tour will take you through the neighborhood of U Street and Shaw. Along the way, you’ll learn about the culture and the history of the area all while sampling some of the local food.

Tour begins at 11:30 a.m. across from U Street Metro Station, exact address given at time of ticket purchase. Tickets range from $68 to $89.

Macy Gray
The five-time Grammy nominee is known for her raspy vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday. On hits like “I Try,” Gray mixes R&B, soul and pop. Her latest album “The Way” features uplifting tracks about female independence and overcoming drug addiction.

The Howard Theater. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $35.

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Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 6:10 p.m.

Spirits: photography and pointillism

Kohei Urakami, a senior majoring in fine arts, released his photography and pointillist sketches in the new student-run Griffin Gallery at the Corcoran School of Art + Design’s 17th Street building. The pieces of the gallery were inspired by the Japanese religion Shintoism and emphasize man’s relationship with nature.

“A lot of times my art talks about how one aspect of nature has to maintain balance with another,” he said.

Video by Jake Amorelli and Blair Guild

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Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 9:30 p.m.

VCU Ricochet Raas wins Raas Chaos

VCU Ricochet Raas took home the first place trophy at Raas Chaos XV on Saturday night in Lisner auditorium.

Raas Chaos, an annual dance competition hosted by GW’s South Asian Society, showcases a number of competitive collegiate Raas teams. Eight teams participated in this year’s competition.

The competition also raised funds for Gulabi Gang, a women’s group founded in Northern India to combat domestic violence.

Video by Keren Carrion

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GW students performed at an open mic night on Thursday to raise money and awareness for genocide prevention in Sudan and the Congo.

Funds benefited Jewish World Watch (JWW), an organization that combats genocide, and Usumain Baraka, a Darfur genocide survivor seeking financial assistance for his education.

“I think music is a really powerful tool to bring people together, ” sophomore and event organizer, Abri Bernstein said.

Bernstein also worked with fellow sophomore Ally Harris, to put on the event, which was held at Bourbon Coffee on L Street.

Video by Luca Silveira

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Rapper K Camp returns to D.C. Nov. 13 to perform at Echostage with EDM group GTA. Photo courtesy of Diwang Valdez for Motion Family.

Rapper K Camp returns to D.C. Nov. 13 to perform at Echostage with EDM group GTA. Photo courtesy of Diwang Valdez for Motion Family.

Updated Oct. 13, 2015 at 4:43 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Joseph Konig.

K Camp, the Atlanta rapper known for hits like “Cut Her Off”, featuring 2 Chainz, and “Comfortable”, will be performing alongside EDM duo GTA at Echostage on Nov. 13.

On Thursday, 25-year-old rapper, born Kristopher Campbell, dropped his mixtape “You Welcome.” After a series of mixtapes and features last year, K Camp signed with Interscope records and, in September, he released his debut album “Only Way is Up.” The rapper has also been featured in the XXL Magazine 2015 Freshman Class as an up-and-coming artist.

We spoke with K Camp about collaborating with 50 Cent, his 2016 presidential pick and his favorite kind of tea.

Responses were edited for length and clarity.

Q: Just this year you were an XXL Freshman. You dropped a mixtape. A full blown album with a features from Snoop Dogg and T.I. Another mixtape you literally dropped just last night. Two singles in the top 100. So what’s it been like? How does the rise of K Camp feel?
A: How has the rise felt? Its felt good, you know what I’m saying? We’ve been putting out a lot more music. There’s been a lot more progress going on. And we still trying to apply a little more pressure. You know, I don’t feel accomplished yet. We still working.

Q: Last night you dropped this new mixtape, “You Welcome,” with features from 50 Cent and Akon. Tell me how that happened.
A: ‘Kon is a good friend of mine. I’ve known ‘Kon for a couple years now. Through my manager, we linked up with 50 and he wanted to get in on the remix. I ain’t gonna deny no 50 verse. He snapped, though. We made that happen ASAP. We put that together last minute on the “You Welcome” tape. That wasn’t even supposed to go on the tape.

Q: What’s next?
A: Yeah, we on tour now with GTA. The EDM tour right now with GTA and my tour at the top of the year. I’m gonna drop another “K.I.S.S. 3” project in December. Probably another project at the top of the year with my producer Bobby Kritical.

Q: You dropped your debut album in September, when’s the next one coming up?
A: Ain’t no tellin’ the date on it yet, but I know we gonna start working on it in December. We got to get back in the lab and start cooking though.

Q: You’re going on an international tour next year?
A: Yeah, that’s the plan. What we’ve got up our sleeves is, we got the EDM tour and then the international tour. My first overseas tour.

Q: Is this gonna be your first time in D.C.?
A: Nah, I’ve been in D.C. many times. The love in D.C.’s crazy. This is my first time in D.C. for an EDM show.

Q: This is a very political city. Who do you have in 2016?
A: Kanye.

Q: In the intro to “You Welcome,” you put out a number for fans to call you and let you know what they think, to thank you. Did you get some cool voicemails?
A: That thing got backed up. Somebody tried to hack it too. It got so backed up somebody tried to hack it, but I got over like 500 voicemails of people saying I’m the sh-t. So salute to them.

Q: On an interview you did with Sway in the Morning back in February, you were drinking some tea. What’s your tea of choice?
A: Green tea. I like to get my smoke on.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction: A previous version of this post misspelled Kristopher Campbell’s name. We regret this error.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Max McCrory.

Sleep is overrated. Instead, spend your weekend sampling food, ice skating and dancing at the Verizon Center.

Take your favorite form of procrastination to the next level. The Internet Cat Video Festival, a compilation of about 100 of the cutest and funniest cat clips pulled from the web, makes its way to D.C. this weekend. The festival also will also feature events with local cat rescues.

American Film Institute Silver Spring Theatre. 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $7 to $12.

Calling all foodies. The all-day, Emporiyum, is running at Union Market on Saturday and Sunday. It features more than 80 restaurants and chefs from all over the world, including the recently opened Milk Bar, Luke’s Lobster and District Doughnuts (who doesn’t love a good doughnut?).

Dock 5 at Union Market. 1309 5th St. NE from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $40.

If you want to burn off all of those calories that you just ate at the Emporiyum, then head over to the National Gallery. Their annual ice skating rink in the Sculpture Garden opens this Saturday to kick off the holiday season.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. 6th and Constitution avenues. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 with your student ID. Skate rental is $3.50.

End your weekend with some tunes. The Weeknd, who gave us the summer hit “Can’t Feel My Face” is coming to D.C. After dancing the whole night, you’ll feel refreshed to start the week again.

Verizon Center. 601 F St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46.

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The GW Jazz Orchestra partnered with the Corcoran Student Association to host their first performance of the semester in the Corcoran Atrium on Friday evening.

The group, led by co-presidents Peter Reiss and Zach Sanders, is “the first official student-organized jazz ensemble at GW,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

The purpose of the concert was to “bring together GW students and the Corcoran students,” Reiss said.

Video by Luca Silveira

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