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Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller is the features editor of The GW Hatchet. A senior from New York City, Lisa joined The Hatchet as a copy editor during her sophomore year. Lisa is a city kid with a caffeine addiction and a love of all things Italian. · @lisapaige731
Monday, March 25, 2013 12:27 p.m.

It’s Monday

Photo courtesy of the New York City Ballet

Is there a better way to begin the first full week of spring than with an unexpected snow storm? The rest of the week will be sunny but cold, so take advantage of the cooler weather and check out some things to do indoors.

-The New York City Ballet comes to the The Kennedy Center this week. Go catch a showing of “Swan Lake” or “Allegro” at a steal – tickets start at $25.

-For those 21 and up, 9:30 Club will host “Festival De Cans” Thursday night. Part beer fest, part concert, the festival features D.C. breweries, film screenings and Brooklyn-based funk band Escort.

-If you’re a March Madness fan, check out Washingtonian Magazine’s guide to watching the games in the District.

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Friday, March 1, 2013 10:11 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

Chances are you’re swamped with work this weekend, gearing up for a pre-spring break week of midterms and not getting enough sleep. Make sure to take breaks and de-stress. 

-Saturday, the men’s basketball team takes on St. Louis. The game marks the yearly Greek game.

-Channel your inner child at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Family Day, Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The free event features music, graffiti-tagging lessons and more.

-Old Town Fairfax will host the Chocolate Lovers Festival all day Saturday and Sunday. Chocolate samples are promised and shuttles will take visitors to various locations around Fairfax.

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Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 6:21 p.m.

It’s Monday…

National Gallery of Art | Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

With two weeks left until spring break and midterms on the horizon, make sure to take some time to relax and detox from the daily stresses of student life. 

– Take a break from studying to hear professor Thomas Mallon, director of the creative writing program, discuss his acclaimed novel “Watergate” at the Arts Club of Washington on Tuesday.

– Need a vacation ASAP? Transport yourself to Europe by checking out Michelangelo’s David-Apollo, on display at the National Gallery of Art. The famous statue is on loan from the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence, Italy, until March 3.

– And if you’re itching for a theatrical fill, make sure to check out Washingtonian’s February guide to plays, musicals and other stagings to see before the month ends.

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Correction appended

An in depth, long-awaited exposé centered on the Church of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, a former GW student, will be released Thursday.

The book, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief, by Lawrence Wright, explores Hubbard’s unconventional nature and the early development of the church, according to Gawker.

With a strong focus on the founder himself, Wright’s book chronicles Hubbard’s “secrecy, his paranoia, his fear of the government, and how they shaped the development of the church” and offers and an inside look at a much-discussed man, Gawker reported.

The book includes more than 200 interviews with members of the church and seeks to explore the highly secretive organization’s inner workings.

Hubbard attended GW from 1930 to 1932 and majored in engineering. According to the University’s Historical Encyclopedia, Hubbard found early inspiration in GW classrooms, particularly from professor of English and dean William Allen Wilbur.

This post was updated Jan. 14, 2013 to reflect the following:

The Hatchet incorrectly referred to L. Ron Hubbard as an alumnus. He was a former student but did not earn a degree at GW.

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Tickets went on sale Thursday for the student-organized Foggy Bottom Music Festival, which will arrive on campus Aug. 25 in University Yard.

Maps & Atlases will headline the first-ever Foggy Bottom Music Festival. Tickets went on sale Thursday. Photo from the Maps & Atlases Facebook page

Maps & Atlases, a Chicago-based band that has earned acclaim from indie rock fans, will headline the inaugural festival set for move-in weekend. More than 20 local bands, including the indie pop group Silver Liners and rapper Andru Ayoub, will also take the stage.

Colin O’Brien, a junior, is organizing the event with hopes of bringing a a unique concert experience to GW and Foggy Bottom, generating buzz for local bands that don’t often play large venues. While the University hosts annual concerts like Fall Fest and Spring Fling, O’Brien set up the festival independently of the student organization Program Board.

“The idea is that the event will be a stage for these up-and-coming bands to be spotlighted on, so that more people on campus and in the area will discover some great talent,” O’Brien said in an email.

The concert will begin at 11 a.m. and run until 10 p.m. Food and drink vendors have not yet been announced. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here, for $10, and will be available for $15 at the door.

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