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Looking for that post-happy hour chow? Popular DIY pizza chain &pizza opens its sixth location on K St. today.

Pizza chain &pizza serves up custom, made-to-order slices and pies. Photo by Flicker user "Jing" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Pizza chain &pizza serves up custom, made-to-order slices and pies. Photo by Flicker user “Jing” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The pizza joint, which opened its first location in D.C. on H St. in 2012, lets foodies  customize personal, baked-to-order pizzas in a conveyor belt setup.

The new location at 1400 K St. NW will reveal a new, all-white decor, inspired by the location’s close neighbor, The White House. The new look also features a mural of John F. Kennedy clad in Ray-Bans.

The K St. location is the beginning of a major expansion for &pizza, which plans to open up to nine additional locations throughout D.C., Maryland and Virginia over the next year.

Plus, like &pizza’s other locations, the K St. joint will stay open until 2 a.m. on Thursdays and 3:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday.

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Stand-up comic and actor Chris D’Elia isn’t slowing down. He’s got a lead role in the new NBC sitcom “Undateable,” which aired in May, a new stand-up tour, and even has a film in the works.

The New Jersey-born, L.A.-bred comic will stop at Lisner Auditorium Saturday night as part of his “Under No Influence” tour.

We spoke to D’Elia about his latest material, the relationship between stand-up and acting and his weirdest onstage moments. The interview was edited for length.

Hatchet: You’ve said that you see yourself more as a stand-up comedian than an actor. What is it about stand-up comedy that you’re drawn to?

D’Elia: I just like doing it, you know, myself. When it comes to acting, you’re relying on other people for cues, and when you’re on TV, people shoot it and edit and write it, and, you know, it’s not really you. Stand-up is the only thing that’s purely you.

Hatchet: Do you ever get nervous?

D’Elia: I used to get nervous, I mean, when I first started. But now I feel like there’s no reason to. I know what I’m doing and I’ve worked the material. And even if it doesn’t work, who cares, you know?

Hatchet: How much of your stand-up is scripted?

D’Elia: I just kinda go up knowing what I’m going to talk about. I don’t really write anything down, I just kind of have ideas and I go up and work them out.

Hatchet: What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you onstage?

D’Elia: I was making fun of somebody and they attacked me.

Hatchet: Like, physically?

D’Elia: Yeah. A woman. She was talking [during the show] and I told her to be quiet. She was crazy.

Hatchet: Tell me a little bit about your role as “Danny” on the new NBC sitcom, “Undateable.”

D’Elia: Basically, he’s a ladies’ man that girls don’t want a relationship with, they just kind of like, like him for a night or two. And he’s trying to give himself to help these other guys. Then they become friends, and it’s mostly about like, you know, just friendship. But I have fun doing it. There’s a lot of other comedians in the show, and we all know each other, so it’s pretty fun.

Hatchet: Do you identify with your character?

D’Elia: Not really. I mean, I don’t know, I’m not in a relationship myself. But he’s kind of a ladies’ man. I don’t know if I would say that about myself. But, yeah, I’m trying.

Hatchet: How does stand-up influence your acting, and vice versa? 

D’Elia: I think that stand-up kind of teaches you to just kind of be free and not worry about failing, which can help as an actor too. I think it’s harder to get there as an actor and it’s like, a little bit easier as a comedian because you just kind of throw yourself to the world. You learn how to just kinda say, fuck it. So it helps as an actor.

Hatchet: What can people look forward to at “Under No Influence” this Saturday? You recently tweeted that it will include all new material.

D’Elia: You know, it’s still my same style and everything, it’s just new material. A little bit more opinionated stuff. I talk about sports, I talk about guys and girls, but it’s all new stuff and it’s just kind of my opinions on things.

Hatchet: How do you feel about performing at a college venue?

D’Elia: College venues can be a little wilder, just because they’re kids. You know, it should be fun. But funny is funny. Once you get into a rhythm and people fall into listening to you, it just kind of works. I guess funny is funny.

Hatchet: On your Vine account (@chrisdelia) you’re known make fun of strangers on in public, but they never seem to notice. Have you ever gotten caught? 

D’Elia: No. Never. But then people try to shoot me and I see them all the time. It’s so annoying. I just want them to be better at it. Like, I never got caught, ever. Just, you know, just do it slyer.

Hatchet: What’s next on your agenda career-wise?

D’Elia: I did a movie called “Flock of Dudes,” I don’t know when it comes out, but it’s got a great cast, and I’m doing this tour and then I’m shooting my special in December. So there’s that. And then the second season of “Undateable” starts. Well, we’ve got to shoot it, but that’ll come out sometime next year.

Hatchet: What’s the last thing that made you laugh? 

D’Elia: I was at a diner last night with my friends. The thing that makes me laugh the most is just hanging out with friends. And we do that after shows, we’ll just go to a diner and eat, and just kind of bullshit, mess around, and that always makes me laugh really hard.

Hatchet: What’s the funniest Twitter handle you know of?

D’Elia: @coffee_dad. He just tweets about coffee. Like, a father. It’s really funny.

Chris D’Elia will perform at Lisner Auditorium Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29 regular / $23 student

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The National Museum of the American Indian will open an exhibit featuring treaties between Native Americans and the U.S. to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The National Museum of the American Indian will open an exhibit featuring treaties between Native Americans and the U.S. to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Kathleen Baltazar.

Curators at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian are hoping to highlight a different side of American history in what will be the largest collection of treaties ever available to museum-goers.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the museum will open an exhibit Sept. 21 called “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nation.” It aims to outline overarching domestic issues of the 18th century – largely, ignorance of the customs and practices of Native Americans.

When the museum first opened in 2004, the exhibits focused on the lives of native peoples, said David Penney, associate director for museum scholarship. But this exhibit is different, he said.

It includes eight treaties from the National Archives and is divided into sections that guide observers through history, from the early republic to times of both peace and bitter conflict. The exhibit will remain open until fall 2018.

“Many tribes have been asking to do an exhibit like this for a long time,” Penney said. “This is everybody’s history, even world history.”

Every six months, the museum will feature a new treaty from the National Archives, located just blocks away, as well as artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of these include a wampum belt with a depiction of the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794 and an intricately adorned beaded pipe bags from the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851.

The tribal leaders of the Haudenosaunee – that is, the Iroquois Confederacy – visited the museum earlier this month to see the display for the Treaty of Canandaigua, a document that represents lasting peace and friendship between native communities and the U.S.

Suzan Harjo, a guest curator and co-founder of the museum, said native communities were interested in the exhibit because, to many members, it resonates with them on a personal level.

“These are their ancestors, in addition to being their nation’s,” Harjo said. The founders of the National Museum of the American Indian initially envisioned it as a cultural center.

Harjo helped negotiate the museum’s location with the Smithsonian and Congress. The museum, situated east between the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum and the Botanical Gardens, faces the Capitol Building.

“[It’s] so that people who were making policy about us would have to look us in the face,” Harjo said. “We want to be a part of the government, to be at the table, to have a say, to be a participant.”

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Weekend Outlook: Bacon, beer and banned books

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sucharita Mukherjee.

Kick start your weekend with festivals celebrating everything from banned books to beer to bacon.

Thursday

Promotional poster for "Some Like It Hot."

Promotional poster for “Some Like It Hot.”

“Some Like it Hot” Film Screening: Hillwood Estate’s Divas Outdoors film series will screen the classic 1959 “Some Like it Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film, dubbed the “greatest comedy of all time” by the American Film Institute, follows two men who, fearing for their lives, dress in drag as a disguise. Stop by early for a picnic on the estate, tour of the mansion and viewing of the special exhibition “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems.”

Lunar Lawn at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Picnic begins at 6:30 p.m. and film screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 under 18, $15 regular. Call (202) 686-5807 for tickets.

Shakespeare’s “King Lear”: Don’t miss the Folger Theatre’s rendition of this classic Shakespeare tale of betrayal that closes this weekend. Playing the title role is renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell – more commonly recognized as Geoffrey, the English butler from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

The Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50 to $85

Friday

DC9 host a free late-night dance party every Friday. Photo by Flickr user "IntangibleArts" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

DC9 hosts a free late-night dance party every Friday. Photo by Flickr user “IntangibleArts” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Coal BXX at DC9: DC9 will host a free late-night dance party featuring indie rock DJs Stevie Bxx and Billy Bxx. Rock to live tracks and score drinks for just $2 from 10 to 11 p.m. at this weekly free concert event.

DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St. NW. Doors open at 10 p.m. Free.

Uncensored: The Preview Party: To kick off Banned Books week, The D.C. Public Library Foundation will throw a preview party with provocative art centering on the theme of censorship along with live music. Mixologists from Mockingbird Hill, Bourbon Steak and the Museum of the American Cocktail will serve exclusive cocktails inspired by their favorite banned books.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Tickets: $50. RSVP required.

Saturday

Visitors watch a performance  at the 2011 H St. Festival. Photo by Flickr user "Walid'sPics" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Visitors watch a performance at the H Street Festival. Photo by Flickr user “Walid’sPics” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

H Street Festival: This year’s annual H Street Festival will be the largest yet, spanning 10 blocks and featuring more than 200 businesses, restaurants, organizations and merchants. Fourteen stages will host more than 500 performances, ranging from dance troupes to the Nationals Racing Presidents to musicians. The full festival is topped off by food, drinks, games and competitions for all ages.

Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. along 4th to 14th streets NE. Free.

Capitol Bacon Festival: From the team that brought you America Loves Bacon, this bacon-themed block party delivers a full festival experience. Stop by for bacon samples, cooking lessons, bacon-eating contests, cooking competitions, live music from some of the area’s top bands, a full-service bar and other vendors offering non-bacon-themed paraphernalia.

Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. Tickets: $25 general admission, $2 per additional bacon sampling station.

International Beer and Wine Festival: The festival will offer unlimited pours of over 125 hand-selected brews and more than 20 wines and ciders along with live music and a dozen food vendors.

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Ave, NW. Tickets: $50 general admission, $70 VIP. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Sunday

Artsfest ‘14: Take a break from D.C. and unwind at ArtsFest ‘14. Featuring about 30 musicians on three stages, tents by local vendors and crafters, food and drink trucks and family activities, this event celebrates all forms of arts.

Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center at 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomans, Md. Tickets: $6.

Culture Shock, Washington DC: Volume II: With performances from all four of D.C.’s Culture Shock hip-hop dance troupes – Afta Shock, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mini Shock and Mighty Shock – this event gives locals an opportunity to see groundbreaking choreography. After touring the globe, D.C. Culture Shock remains at the forefront of innovative dance.

Dance Place at 3225 8th Street, NE. First performance at 2 p.m., second performance at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $25

DC Legendary Musicians Band: The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will hold a free performance featuring D.C. musicians. Boasting more than 50 years of musical experience, the musicians have toured both nationally and internationally with their own bands as well as with music icons like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Ray Charles and The Manhattans.

The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Performance begins at 6 p.m. Free.

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Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 6:50 p.m.

What We’re Watching: ‘Wetlands’

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Eric Robinson.

“Wetlands”

★★★★✰

Sex comedies are always problematic.

Most indulge exclusively in sexist male fantasies. Yet with his latest film, German director David Wnendt defies this trend, presenting an unflinchingly honest depiction of sex from the perspective of a teenage girl.

Promotional poster for "Wetlands."

Promotional poster for “Wetlands.”

“Wetlands” follows the exploits of sex-obsessed Helen Memel (Carla Juri), who embarks on various sexual escapades while scheming to reunite her separated parents.

After a reckless shaving accident, Helen ends up in the hospital, where she reflects on her lifestyle choices and attempts to charm a young male nurse.

The film presents imagery that is, to put it mildly, revolting. Whether it’s four guys masturbating into a pizza or Helen swapping bloody tampons with a good friend, “Wetlands” is not for the squeamish.

Though the scenes in “Wetlands” are absurd, Wnendt’s presentation of grotesque bodily functions is at least true to life. Whereas other films would avoid even showing nudity, Wnendt does the audience the courtesy of revealing every dirty detail.

In one memorable shot during the opening minutes, the camera actually zooms in on a toilet seat teeming with microorganisms.

Wnendt approaches this imagery with both humor and a surprising amount of heart. When Helen and a friend use their own period blood as warpaint, what would normally register as just ridiculous and disgusting becomes hilarious and weirdly touching.

But the film’s writers, Wnendt and Claus Falkenberg, enter dark territory as well. Suicide and divorce serve as a backdrop to the film’s examination of modern teenage sex culture.

Juri gives an outstanding performance as the mischievous and snarky Helen, while also adding a shade of mournfulness to her character that works in the film’s darker moments.

For all its honesty, the movie falters with a generic rom-com-style ending. This moment of insincerity is not enough to topple the entire piece, but seems out of place compared to the rest of the film.

Ultimately, Wnendt’s effort is a welcome change for sex comedies. Profane, nauseating and somber at times, yet sweet, funny and touching, “Wetlands” succeeds because of its willingness to engage with the topic at hand – sex – in a way that’s both frank and entertaining.

Released: Sept. 5
Director: David Wnendt
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski, Marlen Cruse

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Cailley LaPara.

Whether you’re into Latin-American rock, ’80s-era U.K. tunes, indie pop or the sound of a violin, we’ve got your music fix in the District this week.

Monday

Ty Segall at the 9:30 Club: California-based musician and songwriter Ty Segall blends genres of rock – like psychedelic, glam, garage and punk – to create an eclectic sound. His most recent album, “Manipulator,” was released in August.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $18.

Madchester Monday at U Street Music Hall: The focus of this “listening party” will be ‘80s and ‘90s tunes from the famous Hacienda Nightclub in Mancester, England. Jam to entire vinyl albums by artists like The Stone Roses, New Order Technique and Primal Scream Screamadelica, and finish off the night with a set by DJ Steven Faith.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. Admission is free for attendees over 21, $5 for those over 18.

Tuesday

Free concert at Black Squirrel: Black Squirrel, a pub in Adams Morgan, will host three musicians for a night of burgers, brews and good tunes. Rock d’Madera will kick off the night with Latin-American rock at 8 p.m., followed by bluesy-rock group Butterface Effect at 9 p.m. and Music Bones at 10 p.m.

Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Free.

OK Go at the 9:30 Club: The band, still famous for their 2005 track, “Here It Goes Again” (and its treadmill-inspired music video) will perform in D.C. on Tuesday. You’ll hopefully get to hear some songs off the group’s upcoming album, “Hungry Ghosts,” to be released in October.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25

Wednesday

Legal Seafoods Sixth Annual Oyster Festival: Wednesday marks the start of Legal Seafoods’ sixth annual Oyster Festival, which will last until Oct. 14. The festival will come to three Legal Seafoods locations in the D.C. area. Special items, like oyster stew and bacon wrapped oysters, will appear on the menu during the festival, and happy hour specials will run Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Legal Seafoods, 704 7th St. NW. Sept. 17 to Oct. 14 at participating locations.

Story League Story Contest at Busboys and Poets: Busboys and Poets will partner with Story League to host the third annual story contest Wednesday night. Pre-decided storytellers have seven minutes to tell a true, personal story on the theme of “Testy, Testy!” for the chance to win $150 and the title of Story League champion.

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12 presale, $15 at door.

Thursday

Clean Bandit and Lizzo at the 9:30 Club: Clean Bandit, known for the popular summer hit “Rather Be,” will perform at the 9:30 Club alongside hip-hop artist Lizzo, whose debut album, “Lizzobangers,” was released last year.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $18

Nistha Raj at the Kennedy Center: Violinist Nistha Raj’s musical background began in Indian classical music, but she has since added other, modern sounds like jazz and beatboxing to her performances. See it live for free at the Kennedy Center on Thursday.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW., 6 p.m. Free.

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Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 4:34 p.m.

Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks

Monday Mix

After you’ve switched that summertime iced coffee for a steaming hot mug, keep channelling fall vibes with this week’s playlist.

Editors’ Picks

Film | Emily Holland, Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “Serena”

I’ve been waiting to see a trailer for “Serena” since filming started in 2012. Reuniting Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, the film tracks a newlywed couple’s tumultuous relationship as they struggle to run a logging empire in North Carolina during the Great Depression.

Music | Morgan Baskin, Assistant Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Sir Sly’s debut album “You Haunt Me”

They’re moody, seductive and effortlessly cool. California’s rock trio Sir Sly will release their first full album, “You Haunt Me,” on Tuesday.

Lit | Tatiana Cirisano, Contributing Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Brando Skyhorse, GW writer-in-residence

After attending Brando Skyhorse’s first reading at Gelman Library on Thursday, I immediately Amazon-primed the book. Skyhorse read excepts from his part-haunting, part-hilarious bestseller “Take This Man: A Memoir” – which recounts the web of lies that defined the author’s childhood.

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Video by Hatchet Videographers Liz Zorn and Deepa Shivaram.

Festival attendees enjoyed live music and dishes from more than 35 Georgetown restaurants at the 21st annual Taste of Georgetown.

Several people took their participation a step further, participating in a 5-pound cupcake eating contests hosted by Baked and Wired.

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Updated: Sept. 13, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.

After co-founding the music blog All Things Go and months of planning, alumnus Zack Friendly is helping to bring an indie pop festival to the District this weekend.

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

Tove Lo and Future Islands will headline the All Things Go Fall Classic on Saturday at Union Market, where HAERTS, Bear Hands and Young Summer will also take the stage. Attendees can also grab some personalized eats by Toki Underground, Takorean and Dolcezza, among others.

The presale and Early Bird tickets have been sold out for weeks, and 5,000 to 7,000 people are expected to flock to the space, a goal Friendly and his co-founders set after their first meeting.

“It’s been sort of like playing fantasy football. You get to pick all these performers that you love, and then you get to see them. But you have to pay them, which isn’t fun,” Friendly said.

The Fall Classic has been a dream for Friendly since 2006, when All Things Go first took off as a Blogspot page where the four long-time friends posted concert reviews and track recommendations.

Friendly, who transferred to GW as a junior in 2009, remembers writing album reviews for the blog between term papers at the Mount Vernon Campus’ Eckles Library, a “quadruple shot” of espresso in hand.

“When I transferred to GW, [All Things Go] really kick-started,” Friendly said. “I would say that GW does a really, really awesome job of opening doors in the city. The open campus feel, the fact that we’re downtown, you go out and explore D.C. and you see new venues.”

And the festival’s D.C.-area lineup is partly a nod to the District origins of All Things Go, and All Things Go’s Will Suter said Union Market is a perfect “microcosm” for the emerging cultural vibrance of the city.

Jen Nolan, Union Market’s marketing manager, said she hopes the festival will help the venue break into and expand D.C.’s music scene.

Traditionally known as a marketplace, Union Market recently branched out to music, hosting its first concert last November.

“I think the concert will bring a new crowd of people, not only from D.C. but from other places as well,” Nolan said. “I have tons of friends coming down from New York for the weekend, so it’s not just a local event. I think it has a really high-quality national appeal.”

With the festival just a day away, the All Things Go team has been busy finalizing every detail, from perfecting graphics to crafting a signature cocktail. But then, it’s onto the next event.

“We’ll probably start thinking about ideas for [next year’s] headliner or another artist the next day after we get through this one,” Suter said.

The All Things Go Fall Classic will be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE) from noon to 12 p.m. Tickets: $50 in advance, $60 at the door.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly spelled the name of one of the bands that will play in the Fall Classic. It is HAERTS, not HEARTS. We regret this error.

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Cupcakes and coffee at Georgetown’s Baked & Wired have long been a staple for D.C. foodies. But soon the company will branch out to both a new location and a new bakery item.

Cupakes for sale at Baked & Wired's M St. location. Photo by Flickr user Nakeva Corothers under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Cupakes for sale at Baked & Wired’s M Street location. Photo by Flickr user Nakeva Corothers under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The owners of the cupcakery, which is known for its innovative sweets, recently signed a lease for a sister location in Mt. Vernon Triangle at 4th and K streets NW., the DCist reported.

Slated to open in 2015, the shop will focus on artisanal bread, with plans to feature a “toast bar,” a rotating assortment of homemade spreads and a daily selection of freshly baked loaves.

The 4,200-square-foot location, which is yet to be named, will also offer a few signature Baked & Wired options, like coffee, pastries and of course, cupcakes.

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