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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 11:31 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

It’s move-in weekend, and while most people will be breaking their backs moving box after box into their new residence halls, the lucky few who have moved in already will have free time to get out and about in the city.


Jazz in the Garden

The National Gallery of Art began its 16th season of “Jazz in the Garden” this summer. It’s held in the beautiful sculpture garden outside of the museum, which you can stroll through before the concert. This weekend is the penultimate performance featuring the jazz band, Moonshine Society. While you can bring a picnic along, there’s also barbecue sandwiches and salads to munch on. There’s even a gelato cart, so the sugar can ease your worries about the upcoming semester.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 6th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.


17th Street Festival

Dupont Circle is holding its seventh annual 17th Street Festival, which celebrates everything 17th street has to offer – from the beautiful shops to the mouth-watering restaurants. There will be more than 50 artists selling everything from jewelry to ceramics at the event. This is the first year that the festival will have multiple parades and bands playing throughout the day, too. Guests can buy a $10 wristband to sample all the food at the festival. This is the perfect place to take your family once you’re all moved in, because everyone is bound to find something they enjoy.

1501 17th Street NW. 12 p.m. Admission is free.


State fair

To cap off the weekend, celebrate D.C.’s culture and agriculture at the D.C. State Fair. Everything will be homegrown – from the music to the food to the art. This is the fair’s seventh year showcasing our beautiful city. What better way to celebrate the last day of summer than by sampling food, listening to music and browsing local artists’ work.

Storey Park Noma, 1005 First Street NE. 11 a.m. Admission is free.

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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 2:37 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

Enjoy one of the last weekends of summer by watching movies outside, doing yoga with kittens or celebrating women in art.


Roman Holiday

Rosslyn Cinema has created the perfect outdoor movie set-up in Gateway Park. They have all the essentials: popcorn, food – this week it’s D.C. Slices and Fava Pot Food truck – and a grassy lawn perfect for laying out picnic blankets. Movies have been playing in the park every Friday evening this summer, and this week happens to be the Audrey Hepburn classic, “Roman Holiday.” The best part? Admission is free.

Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Rosslyn, Va. 5 p.m. Free admission.


Yoga with kittens

After stuffing yourself silly with pizza and popcorn at the Rosslyn Cinema Friday, you might need to exercise by doing some Saturday afternoon yoga. Even if exercise isn’t your thing, there will be kittens roaming the room during this yoga class. All the kittens will be available for adoption if you feel you need the companionship of a furry friend to get you through the upcoming school year. All proceeds benefit the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

15 Oglethorpe St. NW. 3 p.m. $25.


National Museum of Women in the Arts

As every D.C. student knows, the city is filled with museums – some free and some not. We also know that they’re the perfect reprieve from the hot and humid weather. During the month of August, the National Museum of Women in the Arts – which usually costs $10 – is allowing visitors to visit for free on Sundays. The museum highlights women’s artwork both new and old. The museum is currently featuring the work of American sculptor and painter Alison Saar.

1250 New York Ave. NW. Open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

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Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 5:09 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Dog lovers, Harry Potter fans and music enthusiasts are in for treats this weekend full of magic, puppies and alternative concert dining.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Enjoy a magical night watching the first Harry Potter movie while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the entire soundtrack along with the movie. You’ll feel like you’re a student at Hogwarts in the Mansion at Strathmore’s enchanting wood-panelled music center. The venue is a 10-minute walk from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. 8 p.m. $35.



Dog lovers should “paws” any Saturday plans for Woofstock, a day filled with furry four-legged friends. Humans can enjoy the barbecue and dessert food trucks and music by Party Like It’s … and DJ Deviir. No pet is required, but pet photography by award-winning pooch photographer Melissa McDaniels and canine treats by Spoil Me Rotten Biscuits are available for dog owners. The D.C. Pavilion is a 15-minute walk from the Gallaudet Metro station.

1399 Fifth St. NE. 3 p.m. $5.

Good Old War

Head over to the luxurious W Hotel by the White House for a rooftop performance by indie folk band Good Old War. You can book a table in the sleek and shiny POV Lounge for the performance. Get ready by listening to their upbeat single released in April “Never Gonna See Me Cry” from their 2015 album “Broken Into Better Shape.”

515 15th St. 7 p.m. Free.


Marcus Johnson

Enjoy a jazz brunch to smooth music by contemporary jazz pianist Marcus Johnson at The Howard Theatre. The Georgetown alumnus is a triple threat as a Billboard-charting musician, entrepreneur and teacher. He has released more than a dozen albums over the past 20 years. Johnson combines jazz with rhythmic elements from rap and hip hop.

620 T St. 1:30 p.m. $20.

Better Than Ezra

Party like it’s the 1990’s with the the alternative rock trio Better Than Ezra. Known for their 1995 hit single “Good,” the New Orleans-based band has a soothing classic rock sound. Check out their most recent album “All Together Now,” and the catchy rock-meets-pop lead single “Crazy Love.”

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

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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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