Beyond the Books

Your Guide to student life

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 9:53 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Dana Pilotti.

Enjoy your last weekend before finals with some dance music and yoga in a beer garden.



Up for a challenge? DC9 Nightclub invites you to put your phone down for an hour or two (scary, I know) and reconnect with good music. DJ Sean Morris is hosting the event, where attendees can buy $2 drinks from 10:30-11:30 p.m. on the second floor. The event is 21+.

DC9, 1940 9th St. NW, 10 p.m.

Dark & Stormy

If you’re not too intimidated, check out an alternative dance party that features the darker side of electro music. But be warned: This party will not feature any pop music. DJ Shea Van Horn will be playing new-wave, electroclash music that might make you feel – you guessed it – dark and stormy.

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, 9:30 p.m., Tickets $5.


Georgetown French Market

The 13th annual Georgetown French Market marks the return of the spring season with live music, French fare and sidewalk sales. Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood transforms for this three-day open-air festival and market, where local restaurants, galleries and merchants display unique finds and offer discounted prices.

April 29 & 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 1: Noon – 5 p.m.

Broccoli Festival

Environmental awareness and hip-hop and indie music combine at the Broccoli City Festival, which teaches millennials about healthy eating and environmental sustainability. This year’s headliners include Future, Jhene Aiko and BJ the Chicago Kid.

St. Elizabeth East Gateway Pavillion, 1100 Alabama Ave. SE, 12 p.m., Tickets $59.


Sun, Salutations, and Suds

Experience what organizers of this event are calling a “detox-retox” and get your yoga mat ready for a yoga series in a beer garden. Denizens Brewing Company and Stephanie Roche of Gingerbean Health & Wellness welcome all levels of yogis for a one hour class in the sunshine. The event is 21+, and tickets include one hour of yoga and your first pint of beer.

Denizens Brewing Company, 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 10:30 a.m., Tickets $15.

  • Permalink
  • Comments
Monday, April 25, 2016 2:44 p.m.

This summer’s hottest restaurant: Bonfire

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Dana Pilotti.

Guests can experience campfire-coziness without leaving the District at Bonfire on 1132 19th St. NW starting May 4, the Washingtonian reported Monday.

The restaurant, formerly known as Famous Luigi’s, sticks close to its fiery theme with its charred-wood designs on the walls, bartenders who carry blowtorches and even a rooftop bar with fire pits in the summer.

Bonfire has a glass-enclosed fireplace, lounge area and an enclosed patio along with upstairs and downstairs bars. The brick walls are decorated with repurposed fire extinguishers that act as light fixtures, a fire escape mural leading to the second floor and oil canister decorations wrapped in flannel.

But the hottest part of Bonfire is undoubtedly their menu of “cocktails from the hearth” – aged spirits in cocktails that bartenders set on fire and smoke out before serving. This way, the distinct flavor of the wood will be more developed in the drink.

Smoky highlights from the menu include wild mushroom pierogies made with smoked onion and cheddar ($11) and the duck waffle, a spin on chicken and waffles made with duck fat butter and served with maple hot sauce ($20).

For dessert, try a campfire skillet ($8) made with dark chocolate, fruit or any variety of  s’mores dishes. With flavors like peanut butter and banana, blueberry lemon and toasted coconut, the s’mores menu offers enough unique flavors that appeal to a variety of taste buds.

If you like your s’mores drinkable, Bonfire also offers a special dessert called the “You’re Killing Me Smalls” – a $12 liquid tequila s’more made with cocoa shells and toasted marshmallow.

Co-owner Mike Bramson was inspired to create a restaurant around fire after the celebratory beach bonfire at his Jamaican wedding, he told the Washingtonian.

Bonfire. 1132 19th St., NW. Open daily 11 am to midnight.

  • Permalink
  • Comments
Sunday, April 24, 2016 4:21 p.m.

GoT Drinks? A Game of Thrones drinking game

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Brandon Lee.

“It’s not easy being drunk all the time,” Tyrion Lannister once said.

The sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones returns tonight at 9 p.m. For a show with so much drama, so much death and so much sorrow, no viewing experience is complete without some alcohol to dull the pain.

Here’s The Hatchet’s drinking game guide for the season. Beware – spoilers abound:

Sip your beer:
For every poor soul that gets mauled by Ghost.
For every poor soul that gets killed by a White Walker.
For every poor soul’s body part that gets dismembered.

Sip your wine:

Along with every character that drinks wine as well (prepare yourselves for whenever Cersei or Tyrion show up).
Every time Melisandre utters, “The night is dark and full of terrors.“
Every time Hodor utters, “Hodor.”

Shoot something stronger:

For every shot that shows Jorah’s greyscale getting worse (alternatively, every time Jorah mopes about something).
When you start rooting for a character you used to hate (e.g. Jaime and Cersei)
Every time bona fide creeps Ramsay and Petyr make you uncomfortable.

Shoot specifically Fireball:

For every poor soul that gets roasted to death by a dragon.

Finish your drink and party all night:
If Jon is resurrected.

Finish your drink and sob into the empty cup:
If Jon stays dead.

  • Permalink
  • Comments

Harrison Jones, a freshman, will be this year’s student speaker at TEDx Foggy Bottom. Jones, a photographer, took a photo of the “super blood moon” over the Washington Monument that got millions of views online.

  • Permalink
  • Comments
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:43 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

With the final days of classes and exams approaching, treat yourself to a weekend filled with upbeat music, innovative thinking and pantless magic.


Snoop Dogg

De-stress with some smooth, simple rap by 17-time Grammy-nominated artist Snoop Dogg this Friday at Echostage. Be sure to check out his single “California Roll” featuring Stevie Wonder from his 2015 album “Bush” to prepare.

Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, 9 p.m. $48.

Laura Kightlinger

Straight from SNL and HBO’s “Lucky Louie,” Laura Kightlinger brings her comedic talents to D.C. The multi-talented actor, comedian, author and director will perform three nights in a row starting Thursday.

Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th St. NW, 7 p.m., $25 ticket.


TEDx Foggy Bottom: Think Next

It’s not too late to snag tickets to the all-day annual TEDx conference that will bring in more than 20 speakers and performers to talk about innovation. A chamber music group, a former professional athlete, an aerialist, a nuclear anthropologist and many more will discuss ideas to shape the future.

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., 9 a.m. $20 ticket.

Tori Kelly

Nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy’s, Tori Kelly is coming to D.C. on her “Unbreakable” tour. Listen to the pop and R&B singer’s single “Hollow” from her 2015 debut album “Unbreakable Smile” to gear up for her performance.

DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW, 8 p.m. $30 ticket.


The Naked Magic Show

Hot Aussie alert! The title says it all: Two naked magicians from Australia will be performing magic without any clothes. After performing sold out shows around the world, the duo is now premiering in the U.S. See what they can do without any sleeves to put their tricks up.

Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, 7:30 p.m. $20 ticket.

  • Permalink
  • Comments
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:53 p.m.

A Day in Music

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Callan Tansill-Suddath.

This past weekend marked the beginning of one of the most iconic music festivals, Coachella. The four-day event in Indio, California spans two weekends and is known for attracting a mix of facepaint-wearing teenagers and A-list celebrities. If you can’t jam at Coachella yourself, listen to these tracks by artists who have performed or are set to perform at the festival. Hopefully they’ll bring a little bit of California sunshine to those of us stuck on the East Coast.

“No Love Like Yours”
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

This track on the group’s recently released third album gives listeners a taste of the charm that initially made them fall in love with the group. Lead vocalist Alex Ebert’s high-pitched, quivery voice conveys a sense of comforting vulnerability. Paired with simple piano, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and a chorus of harmonizing voices in the background, the track is sure to ease any fan who was worried about the state of the band after the departure of co-vocalist, Jade Castrinos.

“Take Us Back”
Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples has been making earth-shattering soul and Americana music for nearly fifty years, and her newest album, “Livin’ On A High Note,” does not disappoint. Though the vocalist may not fit the classic Coachella mold, audiences are sure to be entranced by her poetic lyrics (Chicago wasn’t always easy / But love made the windy city breezy) and sheer power as a singer. “Take Us Back,” the first song from the artist’s fourteenth album, is jazzy and fun. It gives the singer a space to express being an artist who has spanned multiple generations and fulfillment with where she is in life now.


“Breaker” screams summer. It’s the kind of song you want to listen to while you lay on a beach blanket at dusk and watch the tide roll out. The mellow vocals and tongue-in-cheek lyrics complement the catchy, psychedelic guitar, simple bassline and brush-played drums. The song picks up when the chorus begins and returns to its initial slow-paced tune as the chorus ends. The track ends with brief sounds of a synthesizer similar to what you would hear while playing an 8-bit video game from the 1980s. Though Deerhunter has managed to stay under the radar since their debut in 2001, “Breaker” may be what brings them to the forefront of the indie-rock music scene.


Chvrches made a name for themselves with music perfect for dancing. The Glasgow-based electro-pop trio has risen to prominence since their debut album came out in 2013, and has performed at festivals like Sweetlife and Bonnaroo. Up until now, the group had released almost exclusively upbeat, synthy, poppy electronic tracks, but this vibe changed with “Afterglow” – the final track on the group’s sophomore album, “Every Open Eye.” The track is slow, with fairly isolated vocals by frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, and smooth synthesizers that gradually increase in volume as the song progresses. It begins with an optimistic tone that transitions to a more reflective and somber one at the culmination of the song – the line “I’ve given up all I can” is repeated four times before the track comes to a close. This song is unlike anything that the group has released in recent years and is perhaps best described as sounding like a sunset – if a sunset made a sound.

  • Permalink
  • Comments
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:40 p.m.

Where to find food deals on 4/20

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madelyne Ashworth.

Weed connoisseurs are out in full force today at protests on the National Mall, happy hours and music performances around D.C.

And if anyone – smokers and nonsmokers alike – gets the munchies, D.C. is prepared. Several restaurants and shops have geared up for the unofficial holiday and are offering special deals and new treats. Whether or not you decide to partake in any herbal activities, these dope deals are sure to get you the perfect food high.

Baked and Wired

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Baked and Wired is throwing a quinceañera today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. According to their Facebook page, the hour-long party will be complete with a live mariachi band and a piñata.

1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Room 11

Local restaurant and coffee shop Room 11’s in-house bakery Paisley Fig is serving a single-day pop-up menu for any hungry blazers in Columbia Heights. Marijuana inspired decorations will top $4.20 cupcakes, as well as homemade Taco Chacos and cheesecake Taco Chacos ($11), Bizones, or buttermilk sausage biscuits ($6) and stuffed pretzels ($6).

3234 11th St. NW

Ben and Jerry’s

For the second year in a row, Ben and Jerry’s is offering its “Brrr-ito” ice cream waffle cone taco as a 4/20 exclusive. Ben and Jerry encourage customers to “bring your buds” for a special buy two, get one free discount at $7.25 a piece.

3135 M St. NW


Lagunitas Brewing Company is releasing their “dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed” for today only. Ragtime bar and restaurant in Courthouse will serve The Waldo’s Special Ale IPA alongside Lagunitas year-round brews ($3 and up).

1345 N. Courthouse Road

  • Permalink
  • Comments

Six a cappella groups performed in GW Class Council’s tenth annual Battle of the A Cappellas Sunday night. The GW Troubadours took first place this year, defeating last year’s winner, the GW Vibes.

Danny Scher, Shanna Jacobus and Amanda Cornaglia judged each group’s performances. Attendees also voted for the groups on their performances of “Latch” by Disclosure – this year’s Battle Anthem.

Video by Georgie Lawson

  • Permalink
  • Comments
Monday, April 18, 2016 1:59 p.m.

Students mix media in Corcoran thesis exhibit

Corcoran graduates' final projects are part of the NEXT exhibit on display from April 6 to May 15. Keren Carrion | Hatchet Photographer

Corcoran graduates’ final projects are part of the NEXT exhibit on display from April 6 to May 15. Keren Carrion | Hatchet Photographer

A playground complete with sand, toys, yellow stairs and banners. Freestanding pillars of old iron, firmly rooted in place by rubble. Stills of a transgender couple in transition. Glowing rocks floating in the middle of a black room.

Every theme and medium was on display at NEXT, the Corcoran School of Art and Design’s annual thesis exhibition for graduating undergraduate and graduate students.

“It’s a real process of trying to figure out who they are as artists, where they belong in an art historical context and how it is that they want to be an artist,” Muriel Hasbun, the chair of Corcoran’s photography department, said.

Each student chose a specialized field to major in, but faculty advised the graduating students to mix media for their final projects, Lynn Sures, the head of the fine arts department, said.

“We have a philosophy that integrates the arts,” Sures said.

Every student needed different amounts of space for their work: The larger fine arts exhibits required rectangular floor space equivalent to a large sandbox, the video and light shows required a dark room, pedestals in the Rotunda were essential to presenting art books and photographs and websites required flat walls or outlets.

Jillian Nakornthap, the NEXT exhibition coordinator, said students had no problem mixing media because so many Corcoran courses are hybrids between different art forms. The graduate thesis displays were grouped together by medium.

“It’s about what works better for the artwork,” said Nakornthap.

Andrew Windham, a graduate student who presented photo stills and videos of a transgender couple as part of his exhibit “Ourselves,” said this exhibition was not the end for his project. He hopes that by the upcoming June he will have enough footage to create a documentary that humanizes transgender couple DJ Kunst and Mikey Stipkovitz.

Windham said his goal is to make the struggles of transition for Kunst and Stipkovitz relatable to the general public.

“It would be a disservice to the project to stop now,” Windham said.

The NEXT gallery is on display at the Corcoran’s Flagg Building until May 15.

  • Permalink
  • Comments

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Crystel Sylvester.

The Philippine Cultural Society celebrated its 30th birthday with grandeur at the Omni Shoreham Hotel this Saturday.

Guests were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Empire Patio of the hotel, surrounded by a garden of colorful tulips and cherry blossoms. Alumni, current students and employees from the Philippine Embassy mingled and held photoshoots with the garden as a backdrop.

Maya Cruz, an employee of the Public Diplomacy Section of the Philippine Embassy, said she was invited to the event because the PCS has strong ties with the embassy.

“They often borrow traditional cultural costumes for their dances, and we invite dancers from GW to perform at events,” Cruz said.

In between each course, different speakers including Jude Tungul, the president of PCS, Michael Tapscott, the director of the Multicultural Student Services Center, and Jonathan Melegrito, the founder and first advisor to PCS, delivered speeches.

In his speech, Tapscott commended PCS on its continued collaboration with the MSSC and encouraged attendees to “embrace the notion of social justice.”

“Ideologies seem to be running into conflict and the resolutions seem to be ‘Overheard at GW’ or Facebook posts or attacking one another anonymously,” Tapscott said.

Tapscott added that the PCS had a history of using activism for education.

“One of the things that I treasure about PCS is that its approach to social justice is educating others,” he said.

Melegrito said PCS has been successful through its 30 years of active participation on GW’s campus.

“I hope that you will all remember this celebration for the rest of your lives, and I hope to see you all 20 years from now at our 50th celebration,” Melegrito said.

The event concluded with dance performances by current PCS members and alumni. Alumni opted for a traditional dance called bendian, which celebrates the sampaguita – the national flower of the Philippines.

Tungul said the event was not just a culmination of his work as president, but rather a culmination of 30 years of PCS’s members’ hard work.

“This organization is one that our members give so much to and receive so much from, and it’s reflected in the turnout of this event,” he said.

Tungul added that he hopes PCS continues its momentum into the future.

“I hope that when I come back for more momentous anniversaries, I see that PCS has retained its heart-to-heart spirit,” he said.

  • Permalink
  • Comments