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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jeanine Marie.

Oct. 3 may be the unofficial holiday celebrating the pervasiveness of “Mean Girls,” but this week, another lady-led pop culture marvel will upstage Tina Fey’s “plastics.”

Promotional poster for "Gilmore Girls."

Promotional poster for “Gilmore Girls.”

“Gilmore Girls” premieres Wednesday on Netflix.

The show first debuted in 2000 on the WB and ran until 2007. In its pilot episode, producer Amy Sherman-Palladino introduced a cult-ish audience to the Gilmore girls: Lorelai, a quick-witted 32-year-old who runs The Independence Inn and her 16-year-old daughter Rory, a bookworm with the same blue eyes and keen, sarcastic sense of humor as her single mother.

The duo frequent Luke’s Diner in Stars Hollow, a fictional small town where they know every quirky resident.

Kirk, who has held 15,000 odd jobs, and Lane, Rory’s best friend and the owner of a rock n’ roll CD collection that would infuriate her strict Korean mother if she ever found it, are just two members of a dynamic cast that make the show worth indulging in whether it be for the first time or the fourth.

Here’s what to expect from the mother-daughter duo and their wacky friends.

Season 1

Essential episode: “Cinnamon’s Wake” packs everything funny, sweet and real about “Gilmore Girls” into 45 minutes. There’s a cat funeral for a neighborhood feline, two Lorelais dancing around each other’s feelings, a lot of pie and a Nazi joke told by the typically demure Emily Gilmore.

Season 2

Essential episode: “Red Light on the Wedding Night” will tug at your heart strings a thousand times as the logistics of Lorelai’s impending marriage are called into question. The episode also features Luke in all his grumpy, affectionate, plaid-wearing glory.

Season 3

Essential episode(s): “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” followed by “Let the Games Begin” are 90 minutes that drastically change the course of “Gilmore Girls.” Lorelai is a staunch hater of Yale University and Jess, a local bad boy, but Rory has a change of heart about both. Stars Hollow holds the 24-hour dance marathon we all wish our hometowns had and the Gilmore grandparents appear in their most pretentiously fun form.

Season 4

Essential episode: “Raincoats and Recipes” is chock-full of typical Gilmore behavior: Lorelai locks Rory in her room when she catches her doing laundry in the middle of the night, Lane hides food under the floorboards from her roommates and the whole town shows up for the The Dragonfly Inn test-run weekend.

Season 5

Essential episode: In “Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant!” Rory dishes some harsh advice to her estranged father and does some investigative work for the Yale newspaper. The episode involves a pizza pie, a gorilla mask and an excessive amount of iced tea drunk by author Norman Mailer, and serves as an excellent setup for the rest of the season.

Season 6

Essential episode: “The Prodigal Daughter Returns,” for which you will need Kleenex and your phone to call your mom as soon as the credits roll.

Season 7

Essential episode: Despite the awkwardness of the last two seasons without creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, “Bon Voyage” meaningfully wraps up the whole series as Lorelai finally realizes what’s most important in the man she marries, and Rory gets a job covering the political campaign of a senator from Illinois named Barack Obama.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ryan Lasker.

Kiesza gave her all at a U Street Music Hall concert on Monday night, doing handstands in between songs and encouraging the crowd to let loose at the start of the workweek.

The breakout singer of “Hideaway” performed a short seven-song set that included high-energy tracks with fast beats and ballad-like, slower songs. But the transitions flowed seamlessly, making for a balanced and satisfying performance.

Young fans in their twenties crowded into U Street Music Hall, a relatively small, underground space with low ceilings and dim lighting. When Kiesza strutted onstage donning a stylish mohawk and black jumpsuit, the crowd roared, and the singer responded by going right into her first song.

Singer-songwriter Kiesza. Photo by Flickr user Christopher William Adach under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Singer-songwriter Kiesza. Photo by Flickr user Christopher William Adach under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Running along the small, 20-foot-wide stage, Kiesza pumped up the crowd with her powerful voice and interacted with her audience, responding to people’s “I love you!” screams in between her lyrics.

The performance opened with Kiesza’s original “No Ememiesz,” a fast beat that riled up the crowd within the first few bars. Accompanied by two baseball jersey-clad dancers, a drummer, and a powerhouse DJ, Kiesza showed off some impressive riffs and even more impressive stage presence.

Later on, Kiesza lowered her tone of voice and spoke directly to the audience, calming down the vibe as she segued into a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

With this piece, the singer showed off not only her vocal talent but also her piano skills, playing beautiful chords to match an equally splendid voice, sharply contrasting her first song of the night.

Cell phones swayed to the mellow beat high in the air.

Kiesza continued by showing off two gems from her new album “Sound of a Woman,” which debuts October 21, leading into the final and most anticipated song of the night: “Hideaway.”

As she performed what is undoubtedly her most popular track, concertgoers’ hands flew into the air as their bodies shimmied down low, dancers on stage echoing the crowd’s energy.

Kiesza didn’t perform an encore despite the audience’s desperate cries for “One more song!” after she had gone backstage.

Though her performance lasted less than an hour, Kiesza gave the crowd an eclectic mix of sounds from her diverse repertoire, transitioning from upbeat, electronic tracks to relaxing, acoustic music with no shortage of energy and emotion.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Jarrod Carman.

Concerts, comedy shows, panels and celebrity speakers. In other words, it’s just your average week in D.C. Check out this week’s top picks, from live Afro-Brazilian tunes to a comedy festival that will ease your midterm-month woes.

Monday

SambaDá at the Kennedy Center: Add a spicy mixture of salsa, cumbia, funk and reggae to your Monday with this free show at the Kennedy Center. Afro-Brazilian band SambaDá aims to spread knowledge and love of Brazilian music through their performances, which offer a circus of rich tradition and entertainment.
Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC. 6 p.m. Free.

Kiesza at U Street Music Hall: The Canadian-born, London-based singer famous for her single “Hideaway” will stop by D.C. on Tuesday for a show at U Street Music Hall. Kiesza is a self-proclaimed pioneer of her own genre of music: SteamPop, an electro-pop combination that has critics and audiences alike buzzing.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. $20.

Tuesday

Tim Gunn, fashion expert and host of Lifetime's "Project Runway." Photo by Flickr user Josh Hallett under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Tim Gunn, fashion expert and host of Lifetime’s “Project Runway.” Photo by Flickr user Josh Hallett under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

“First Ladies’ Fashions” panel with host Tim Gunn: D.C. fashion week may be over, but America’s first ladies are always in style. Whether you’re fascinated by Jackie Kennedy’s acute fashion sense or prefer Michelle Obama’s classy look, head over to the National Archives for the program “Style and Influence: First Ladies’ Fashions,” hosted by Tim Gunn of “Project Runway.”

William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. Free.

Book talk with author Mitchell G. Bard: Mitchell Bard, a foreign policy analyst and Executive Director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, will host a talk about his new book “Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam’s War Against the Jews,” which charts the growth of radical Islam in the Middle East.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, MD. 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday

Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival: If you’re looking for a good laugh before the tears that announce midterm season, then it’s time to check out the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival. Hosted by D.C.’s online magazine Brightest Young Things, the festival will host a variety of famous comics from Tig Notaro (“The Sarah Silverman Progam”) to Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) starting Wednesday night at the Lincoln Theatre.
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. $30.

Book talk with author Walter Mischel: If you’re looking to curb your sweet tooth, resist study distractions and quit other temptations, Walter Mischel is the man with the plan in the pages of “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.” Mischel, a Columbia University psychology professor, is renowned for his contribution to personality theory and his work on self-control.

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. $12.

Thursday

Emerge Art Fair Preview Party: Head over to the Capitol Skyline hotel for a sneak preview of the annual Emerge Art Fair, which will take place Oct. 2 through 5. The preview party will include a poolside concert with Furniteur, Pleasure Curses, and DJ Chris Burns, along with peeks of work by some of the 85 exhibitors that will participate in the fair.
Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. $45.

The Airborne Toxic Event performs in San Francisco early September 2014. Photo by Flickr user Jessica S. under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Airborne Toxic Event performs in San Francisco late September 2014. Photo by Flickr user Jessica S. under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Airborne Toxic Event at the Lincoln Theatre: L.A.-based rock group The Airborne Toxic Event earned acclaim for singles like “All I Ever Wanted” and “Sometime Around Midnight,” which blend gritty, emotive lyrics with moody, dramatic interludes. The group pushes the boundaries of rock, going as far as to include full symphonies in some of their songs.
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, Washington, DC. 8 p.m. $35.

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Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 12:28 p.m.

Getting off campus this fall

Video by Hatchet videographer Yulin Lou and Hatchet multimedia editor Diana Marinaccio.

Tired of the city? Want to get off campus this fall?

GW students went apple picking Sunday in an outing organized by GW Trails. Students got a chance to pick apples and pumpkins as well as buy other fresh products at Hartland Orchards, a family working farm and orchard in Markham, Va.

GW Trails has another apple picking trip planned for Sunday Oct., 12. The cost is $20 per student.

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Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 12:16 p.m.

Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks

Monday Mix

Ease into the week with these stripped versions of hit tracks, like Sam Smith’s “Latch” and Ellie Goulding’s “I Need Your Love.”

Editors’ Picks

Film | Emily Holland, Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Annabelle (Oct. 3)

I’ve been waiting for a follow-up to “The Conjuring” since I first saw it in theaters over summer 2013, and even though this is more of a prequel spin-off, it’s the best we’re going to get for now. Long live scary movie season.

Music | Morgan Baskin, Assistant Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Above & Beyond Group Therapy #98

A&B’s weekly 2-hour podcast is consistently incredible, but this week’s mix gave listeners a taste of trance that spans a decade. The group included remixes of Zhu’s summer anthem “Faded,” a throwback to A&B’s early days with “Love Is Not Enough” and deadmau5′s mesmerizing “Pets.”

Lit | Tatiana Cirisano, Contributing Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Q&A with author Gillian Flynn (Oct. 2)

Author Gillian Flynn kicks off October with a Q&A at West End Cinema about her thriller “Gone Girl” following a sneak peak screening of the upcoming film based on her book. Built around diary entries, the novel follows the toxic relationship between Nick and Amy Dunne, urging readers to answer the question: Did Nick kill his wife?

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Raima Roy.

Most stage performances begin with an announcement prohibiting photos. But comedian Aziz Ansari, who performed Saturday at the Verizon Center, had a different method in mind.

He kicked off the night posing in front of various backdrops from photos of baby giraffes to dachshund puppies so his audience wouldn’t be tempted to snap photos during the show.

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari. Photo by Flickr user "The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari performed at the Verizon Center on Saturday. Photo by Flickr user “The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

This was just the beginning of the “Modern Romance” stand-up show where half the humor came from Ansari’s interactions with the audience.

Photo shoot out of the way, the 31-year-old comic rattled off jokes about modern relationships, picking on everything from cat-calling to flaky friends as the audience exploded in laughter.
But the highlight of Ansari’s interactive performance came when the comedian invited single audience members onstage to evaluate their flirtatious text messages.

One audience member started out a text conversation with the word “So?” before sending another saying “It’s Liam.”

“That’s how you start out a conversation with a girl you like? Shouldn’t you have said, ‘It’s Liam’ first? This conversation is so out of order!” Ansari said, laughing.

Between the laughs, Ansari weaved in moments of truth with pointed critiques of communication in modern society.

While modern technology makes it easier to get in touch with people, it also makes it easier to ignore them, Ansari said.

“It’s much easier to ignore a person than to say, I would love your offer to get free food but without your presence,” he quipped.

Although many of Ansari’s jokes borrowed from the same topics of love and romance as his previous comedy tours, the show ended with an encore based on his current relationship with his girlfriend, professional chef Courtney McBroom.

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Video by Hatchet videographers Melissa Mogollon, Diana Marinaccio and Blair Guild.

GW’s Program Board teamed up with the Residence Hall Association this September for an events series called “Breaking the Silence,” aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues.

The events series comes after three students committed suicide last academic year and the groups teamed up to raise awareness about suicide prevention and other mental health resources available on campus.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ruby Lee.

This Banned Books Week, celebrate your right to reading with a guide to the District’s literary clubs. Whether your interests lie in short stories, creative writing or even graphic novels, these unique clubs make it easy to find time for literary endeavors.

Baked Lit Short Story Book Club: If you simply don’t have time to tack an extra novel onto your to-do list, check out Baked & Wired’s short story club. Baked Lit hosts weekly meetings in the company of cupcakes and, of course, complimentary coffee. Past stories include classics like “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce and “Shooting an Elephant” by George Orwell, as well as more recent picks like Roger Angell’s “This Old Man,” published in the New York Times in February. Make sure to check out the group’s Tumblr for links to the latest stories on the list. Did we mention there will be cupcakes?

Baked and Wired, 1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Graphic Novel Book Club: If the term “graphic novel” brings to mind images of super heroes in tights, think again. A new addition to the numerous book clubs offered by coffee shop and bookstore Politics & Prose, the Graphic Novels Book Club aims to expand the understanding of the genre as more than just comics. Every fourth Wednesday, the group meets to discuss a graphic novel in its entirety, including the content of the story, the art and how the two are connected. This month’s reading: “Seconds” by Bryan Lee O’Malley, writer of the popular Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series.

Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Meets every fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Split This Rock Writing Workshop: Hone your writing skills or simply try out a new creative endeavor at Split This Rock, a writing workshop that held its first-ever session Sept. 3. The bi-monthly writing event, co-hosted by the Beltway Poetry Slam, invites writers to work on projects and share ideas. At each session, writers will receive a new prompt and have the opportunity to hear feedback. Workshops are $5 each and hosted at the Split This Rock headquarters.

Split This Rock, 1112 16th St. NW., Suite 600. Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

DC Feminist Book Club: Take a step back from the traditional idea of book club reading with the DC Feminist Book Club, which analyzes works through the lens of feminism. Monthly discussions cover topics like identity and oppression, and how these ideas are manifested in literature. Past meetings have centered on the feminist theory writings of Chandra Talpade Mohanty in “Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity” as well as Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel and memoir “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.”

Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Ave. NW. Meets one Sunday per month at 5 p.m., though exact dates and times may vary.

Monkeys with Typewriters: Based in Arlington, Va., Monkeys with Typewriters gives creative minds of all ages a place to brainstorm. Members typically begin meetings by sharing their goals for the session, followed by group work in which writers and artists are free to focus on projects from blogging to poetry to drawing and more. Events vary by date and location, but members tend to meet weekly in Metro-accessible spots with free Wi-Fi. Keep up with their Meet-Up page to learn about scheduled meetings. Ready to hear feedback about your work in a more structured environment? Check out the group’s offshoot writing critique club, Monkeys with Red Pens.

Meetings vary by date and location.

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Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 6:11 p.m.

D.C. Fashion Week holds kick-off fashion show

D.C. Fashion Week held it’s kick-off reception and fashion show Wednesday evening at the National Archives. The 21st biannual fashion week will end Sunday.

Video by Hatchet videographer Sara Amrozowicz.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Tim Palmieri.

Skip pricey shows and pretentious crowds for these free, no-frills performances, from a Q&A with the devil to a banned books-themed musical showcase.

Thursday

Promotional poster for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

Promotional poster for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” Free Screening at Tenley-Friendship Library: Rounding off the banned books festivities is a free screening of a classic film inspired by a banned book. Ken Kesey’s ‘60s novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” adapted to a film in 1975, is the well-known story of free-spirited Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) contending with the wretched Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) for power amid the oppressive conditions of an insane asylum. But really, the combination of “free” and “Jack Nicholson” should be reason enough to go.
Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 6:30 p.m. Free.

“The Devil in His Own Words” at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop: A tragicomedy about the devil isn’t exactly a common performance. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Taffety Punk Theatre Company is revamping its debut show, “The Devil in His Own Words,” which covers the devil’s appearances in literary work spanning the centuries.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE, 7:30 Doors, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15

Friday

Human Rights Open Mic Night at The Lamont Collective: Say it loud and say it proud. The American University Society for Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs is hosting a Human Rights Open Mic Night to celebrate Human Rights Week at the Lamont Street Collective. All are welcome to the stage to read a favorite human rights or social justice-themed poem, short story or passage. Don’t forget the event is BYOB (bring-your-own book and bring-your-own booze).
The Lamont Street Collective, 1822 Lamont St. NW, 7 p.m. Free.

“Don’t Block the Box” Comedy Show 35 with Natalie Shure: For cheap drinks and not-so-cheap jokes, stop by the Wonderland Ballroom for a $3 comedy show Friday night. The event features a performance by Natalie Shure, rated one of the “Top 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn,” along with a stand-up show from D.C.’s own LizaBanks Campagna. Expect more than a few jokes to re-use with your friends.
Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $3. Must be 21 or older.

Saturday

Flash Banned: Freedom of Speech Showcase: Finish off Banned Books Week at the “Flash Banned: Freedom Of Speech Showcase,” which challenges local musicians to perform original songs inspired by the concepts of censorship and free speech. For only $15 at Club Heaven and Hell, you’ll hear never-before-heard tracks live from eight local censorship-themed groups like “ContraBand” and “Pas Literati.”
Club Heaven and Hell, 2327 18th St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 

“The Odd Couple” (Female Version) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library: Presented by the Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts, this show reimagines the iconic play “The Odd Couple” for a mostly female cast. The original “The Odd Couple,” written by Neil Simon in 1965, follows two friends with equally perturbing problems who find solace living together.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, 2 p.m. Free.

Sunday

The Kennedy Center. Photo by Flickr user "anokarina" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Kennedy Center. Photo by Flickr user “anokarina” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Youth Speaks “Raise Up” Contest Winners at the Kennedy Center: The Kennedy Center is teaming up with Youth Speaks to present a hip-hop and spoken-word program. The free show Sunday night will feature the winners of a nationwide competition designed to use the power of spoken word, hip-hop and the reach of social media to encourage discussion about education and ambition.
The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, 6 p.m. Free.

48-Hour Video Challenge Screening at the Thurgood Marshall Center: Celebrate the procrastinator in you at this free event, which features films created in just two days as part of the Media Rise Festival. Following the screening of the high-impact films, which were made for nonprofits, there will be an awards ceremony for the best last-minute flicks.
Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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