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Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 9:46 a.m.

How to bake election cake

Celebrate Election Day Nov. 8 by baking an Election Cake – a naturally leavened fruit cake that contains fruit, rum and spices.

The recipe dates back to the U.S.’s early years. Women would bake the cakes and use them to entice men to vote.

Video by Halley Rogers

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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:29 a.m.

Allied in Pride hosts tie-dyeing event

Students joined members of the Allied in Pride executive board in Kogan Plaza to tie-dye t-shirts to fundraise for the organization.

At a price of $6 per shirt, students could tie-dye shirts with the Allied in Pride logo while spending time with members of the campus queer community.

Video by Jake Amorelli

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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Leah Potter.

After a spooky and event-packed Halloweekend, take a break from the parties with comedy, shopping and a concert.

Friday

Ricky Velez

If you missed this comic’s appearances on the recently canceled “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” now’s your chance to catch his edgy, laid-back humor in stand-up form.

Drafthouse Comedy D.C. 1100 13th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $25.

Saturday

Slovak Christmas Market

Get in the Christmas spirit a little early and pick up some unique gifts at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic’s Christmas market. Shoppers can browse handmade glass ornaments from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, listen to a children’s choir perform Christmas carols and taste traditional Christmas soup and mulled wine.

3523 International Ct. NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday

The Boxer Rebellion

This London-based indie rock band released their fifth studio album “Ocean by Ocean” in the spring. Listen to their single “Big Ideas,” which features the band’s signature echoing guitars and moody vocals.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW, 7 p.m., $20.

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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:23 a.m.

This week in music

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Callan Tansill-Suddath.

Head into November with these indie rock tracks.

Ricky Eat Acid – “Hey”
Sam Ray, the mind behind electronic project Ricky Eat Acid, has already proved his artistic versatility. At 25, he has accomplished more than most will throughout their entire careers, releasing more than ten albums with various groups, including Baltimore’s Teen Suicide.

Ricky Eat Acid is where Ray shines. “Hey” the opening track off his album “Talk To You Soon,” dropped unexpectedly last month, captivating listeners with its entrancing melody dotted by distorted high-pitched moans. A third of the way into the track, the tempo picks up and fast-paced violins lead to a climax at the three-minute mark, with a glittery explosion of air horns and static leading seamlessly back into the sleepiness with which the song began. “Hey” sets the tone for the whole album, which is some of Ray’s best work yet.

“Talk To You Soon” was released Oct. 28.

Jeff Rosenstock – “Wave Goodnight to Me”
At first glance, Jeff Rosenstock may not look like your typical “punk rocker.” He sports a suit and floral tie as he strolls down Connecticut Avenue in his latest video for “Wave Goodnight To Me,” ending up in the back venue of Comet Ping Pong. Rosenstock has been making music for nearly twenty years and has been involved in more than thirty releases.

His most recent song, “Wave Goodnight to Me,” is a funny – bordering on cheesy – track with a music video that pokes fun at his own role in the music scene, as he is repeatedly told to get out and eventually is kicked out of a pizza joint by a mob of people after crashing a band’s set. The sound bears a resemblance to some of his earlier work with band Bomb The Music Industry! and has a melodic basis and gravely, exasperated vocals, like much of the work that made “punk” a household name decades ago.

Jeff Rosenstock will perform at DC9 Nov. 17. “Worry” was released Oct. 14.

Conor Oberst – “Tachycardia”

Last month, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature for, as the committee put it, “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Few – if any – folk artists have exhibited talent anywhere near as strong as Dylan, but Conor Oberst comes close. Oberst’s resume is lengthy, with his most notable work being his involvement in Bright Eyes, but in the past few years his focus has shifted to releasing as a solo artist.

“Tachycardia,” the opening track off of his latest album, “Ruminations,” is a beautiful spin on an arguably overdone topic. Listeners hear the narrative of a nameless man and woman, both struggling to deal with life’s characteristic mundanity. A bleary voice aches for relief (She spills the coffee grounds / and the same thought hits her like cinder block) but has lost the energy to seek an alternative way to act (Life’s an odd job that she don’t got the nerve to quit). The song could be interpreted as a metaphor for depression, or perhaps it is not that clinical. Oberst could be expressing the most uncomfortable of sentiments that are inherently human and hit us all from time to time.

“Ruminations” was released Oct. 14.

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Taste of GW hosted alumni-owned and managed restaurants for a food and beverage tasting during the University’s annual Alumni Weekend.

Vendors included restaurants like District Taco and Tonic.

“You might walk by one of these businesses and have no idea there was a GW connection,” Fiona Conroy, the Alumni Association’s vice president of programs, said. “It’s really important we engage all our alumni.”

Video by Guy Ginsberg

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Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 10:03 p.m.

Drag queens race down 17th Street

Drags queens from across D.C. convened at DuPont Circle to compete in the city’s 30th annual High Heel Race.

Thousands gathered to watch as hundreds of colorfully costumed queens raced each other down 17th Street to raise money for the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, an organization to preserve the culture of the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

“It’s like a fun costume show that everyone can be a part of,” Sailor Jupiter, one of the drag queens who participated in the race, said.

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Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 2:37 p.m.

Dish of the week: Oyamel’s guacamole

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

Everyone on campus is familiar with Beefsteak and its creator, alumnus and 2014 Commencement speaker José Andrés. Students may have taken their parents out for a fancy dinner at Andrés’ more upscale restaurants, Jaleo and Zaytinya.

Although all of Andrés’ restaurants are delicious, Oyamel, a Mexican tapas restaurant, stands apart. Mexican food often doesn’t get the treatment it deserves in the District, but Oyamel puts a gourmet twist on the cuisine. This tapas joint serves up an array of perfectly cooked small dishes like chile en nogada ($12) – poblano pepper stuffed with pork, pine nuts and apples topped with fresh goat cheese – and pollo a la parrilla con aguacate ($4) – a taco filled with tender chicken and green onion. But the real star of Oyamel is the dish that starts any delicious Mexican meal: guacamole.

Oyamel’s guacamole ($14) is simply beautiful. And Oyamel knows it too, as they put it right at the top of their menu and prepare it table-side. The waiters bring out the ingredients: fresh avocados, a juicy green tomatillo, a spicy serrano chile and creamy, crumbled queso fresco, along with the traditional mortar and pestle to mix it all together. The speed at which the waiters assemble the guacamole is astonishing: One minute you’re watching them cut the avocado and the next they’re asking you if you want fresh queso fresco on top. And trust me, you do.

The first bite of the guacamole is nothing short of heavenly – you’re going to want to devote your entire life to learning how to make it like the Oyamel staff. The guacamole is deliciously smooth, with bites of the spicy green tomatillos and crunchy serrano chiles mixed in. The spice is not overwhelming and is easily quelled by Oyamel’s fresh limonada ($3.50). The queso fresco sprinkled on top adds a rich, creamy flavor, too. If you don’t want to just eat it with a spoon, the warm house-made corn tortillas add the perfect salty crunch.

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Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 2:28 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Pansaari

Pansaari, located in DuPont Circle, serves up authentic Indian food.

Unique for its chai bar, Pansaari uses natural ingredients to make chai – something you won’t find at your everyday coffee shop.

Owner, Rano Singh, said Pansaari “began with an effort to support sustainable agriculture [in D.C.]”

Video by Iliana Hagenah

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Bao Bao will leave the Smithsonian National Zoo for China at the beginning of 2017. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons user Andrew NZP using CC BY SA-4.0.

Bao Bao will leave the Smithsonian National Zoo for China at the beginning of 2017. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons user Andrew NZP using CC BY SA-4.0.

The Smithsonian National Zoo’s star giant panda Bao Bao will leave D.C. at the start of next calendar year, the zoo announced Thursday.

As one of the four pandas whose frolicking is broadcast 24/7 to a national audience, Bao Bao has become a National Zoo staple.

The move is part of the zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association. Once a panda cub turns four-years-old, the zoo is obligated to return the pandas to China where they take part in a breeding program.

“We are sad to see her go, but excited for the contributions she is going to continue to make to the global giant panda population,” Brandie Smith, the associate director of animal care sciences, said in the release.

Bao Bao will join her brother Tian Shen. Cub Bei Bei will be at the zoo until 2019.

The zoo is currently planning special goodbye events for Bao Bao’s fans, according to the release.

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Local artists gathered at the White House to participate in a “I Want a President” reading – a public art project to challenge the expectations society holds for politicians.

The text participants read was developed in writing workshops in New York and D.C.

“I Want a President” is the culminating event of the Creative Time Summit D.C. held in partnership with the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design this weekend.

“All of us have a right to be respected and our representatives should represent the full breadth of we the people,” Saisha Grayson, I Want a President Co-Organizer, said. “That’s what this project is about.”

Video by Kellie Bancalari

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