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The Netflix-era trend of instant and easy access has taken over the way we watch movies, play music, and even buy alcohol. Now, Whole Foods is hopping on the bandwagon too.

Whole Foods will soon offer grocery delivery through Instacart. Photo by Flickr user Chris Martin under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Whole Foods will soon offer a grocery delivery service through Instacart. Photo by Flickr user Chris Martin under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license

The health food grocery chain announced Monday that they will partner with grocery delivery service Instacart this year to bring nutritious eats to 15 cities across America, including D.C., in as little as an hour.

And who needs instant movie streaming when you can have instant chia seeds?

Customers will be able to scroll through and select grocery options on Instacart’s website or mobile app, choose a convenient timeframe for delivery, and have their groceries delivered by a “Personal Shopper.” Instacart will also offer an in-store pickup option, so you can skip those lunchtime lines and get your soy milk, stat.

The new service promises a free delivery for first-time customers, after which the service will cost $3.99 for two-hour delivery or a $5.99 surcharge for one-hour delivery.

Unfortunately, D.C. won’t be among the first cities to gain access to the service as Whole Foods begins to get the delivery service off the ground in Boston and Austin, Tx.

D.C. will get its taste of organic delivery later this year, when Whole Foods expands the service to 15 cities.

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Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 1:19 p.m.

What We’re Watching: ‘The Congress’

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Eric Robinson.

“The Congress”

2.5/5 stars

Promotional poster for "The Congress."

Promotional poster for “The Congress.”

“The Congress” looks at pressing social issues through a fantastical lens, crafting a cautionary tale of a semi-animated dystopia in which individuals become products.

Written and directed by Ari Folman, the futuristic film centers on the fickle actress Robin Wright, who actually plays a version of herself.

Desperately seeking money for her chronically ill son, Wright reluctantly agrees to sell a digitally scanned version of her body to a film enterprise, allowing the company to place her image in any future film and rendering her immortal.

As the movie progresses, the viewer learns about Wright’s Hollywood-hungry world through subtle cues, like the judging eyes of passersby or Wright’s own body language as she confronts an executive or even a fellow celebrity.

For most of the film’s runtime, though, the viewer is randomly dropped into a surreally animated world, and information is parcelled out through brief and cryptic exchanges of dialogue. And while this unconventional approach gives life to Folman’s imaginative universe, it comes at a hefty price.

Incoherence plagues the majority of the film, overshadowing moments that should lend themselves to feelings of wonder. Folman ambitiously sets up a host of storylines and relationships at the start the movie, but none are ever fully developed.

A passionate sex scene between an animated Wright and her animator Dylan (Jon Hamm) is unintentionally hilarious, simply because their relationship was never really explained.

Similarly, the relationship between Wright and her son Aaron is supposed to be an emotional through line for the narrative, but the relationship is so thinly conceived that the thread often snaps.

The film attempts to tackle identity, loss and existentialism, but it fails to convey the complexities of those issues. Ultimately, “The Congress” tries to say so much that it ends up saying very little at all.

Still, the film isn’t a complete disaster. Though the finished product falls a bit short, Folman has all the right instincts and ambitions for a film of this genre.

In an era when science fiction films are dominated by generic YA adaptations and superheroes, it’s refreshing to see more artistic and unconventional works come out of the woodwork.

Yet even sci-fi blockbusters like “Catching Fire” and “The Winter Soldier” didn’t sacrifice coherency for ambition.

Released: July 24
Director: Ari Folman (“Waltz with Bashir”)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Cast: Robin Wright (“Forrest Gump,” “House of Cards”), Harvey Keitel (“Reservoir Dogs”), Jon Hamm (“Madmen”)

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Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks

To make Mondays a little more bearable, The Hatchet presents Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks. We have a soundtrack to beat the back-to-school blues and a curated list of the latest and greatest in music, film and literature. Check back with us every week for new top picks.

Monday Mix

Miss summer already? Let this mini mix remind you of simpler, warmer times.

Editors’ Picks

Film | Emily Holland, Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”
This film, which has stayed within festival circuits since its debut in 2013, is finally being released in small art theaters across the country Sept. 19. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star in this double-sided love story, visually portraying this representation of the classic idiom, “There are two sides to every story.”

Music | Morgan Baskin, Assistant Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Radiohead’s music app, PolyFauna
Radiohead dropped some new tracks via their music app Sept. 1, so download PolyFauna for fresh artwork and a possible taste of what the band’s new album will sound like.

Lit | Tatiana Cirisano, Contributing Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate
If you (tragically) couldn’t make it to former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins’ talk at the National Book Festival, tune into the event’s podcast to hear what you missed. With a combination of dry wit, sudden artistic depth and unexpected twists, Collins’ poems range from funny to sarcastic to touching. Check out “Forgetfulness” and “Budapest”.

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From a tribute concert to a meet-the-author event and even a free kickboxing class, we’ve got after-class activities to keep your stress at bay this week.


DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist’s Renegades of Rhythm Tour: DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will team up for a tribute to Afrika Bambaataa, founder of the hip-hop awareness group Zulu Nation and proclaimed “Godfather” of hip-hop culture. The duo will add their personal twist to Bambaataa’s original vinyls in a show consisting of six turntables, two mixers and vintage 70’s-era DJing equipment.

The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md. 9 p.m. General Admission tickets: $43.

Sir Sly and Wolf Gang, Secret Someones: Hip hop not your style? Stop by U Street Music Hall instead to hear indie pop beats by Sir Sly and London-based alternative rock band Wolf Gang, which will release its debut album Sept. 16. The groups will perform with Secret Someones, a band of folk singer-songwriters known for raw, emotive lyrics and smooth harmonies. They recently released their debut EP, “I Won’t Follow.”

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15.


Meet author Joshua Wolf Shenk: Author of “Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs,” Joshua Wolf Shenk is a firm believer that two minds are better than one. Shenk will lead a talk on the power of creative duos, exploring examples of pairs like John Lennon and Paul McCartney to argue that the greatest results come from collaboration. Get tickets for $12, or purchase the book for $28 and receive two free tickets.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Doors open at 6 p.m., event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $12.

Fruition at The Hamilton: Known for their vagabond lifestyle and love for travel, the quintet behind Fruition brings together a sound that encapsulates their adventurous leanings and bohemian way of life. The band released the 11-track album “Just One of Them Nights” in June, which features bluesy harmonies and bluegrass vibes. Still on the fence about the group? Plug in to “Mountain Annie” or “Blue Light,” two popular tracks off the band’s new album.

The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $18.

Hazed: Stories about Initiations and Rites of Passage: SpeakeasyDC will host its monthly storytelling series Tuesday, when eight to 10 locals will share stories related to this month’s theme: initiations and rites of passage. The show begins at 8 p.m., but be sure to get there early to save your seat at this first-come, first-serve event. Have your own story to tell? Pitch it online for the chance to take it to the stage.

Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. This is a 21+ event.


Die Antwoord performs in Vancouver, BC. Photo by Flickr user "kris krüg" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Die Antwoord performs in Vancouver. Photo by Flickr user “kris krüg” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Die Antwoord at Echostage: This South African group blends rave with rap, producing an eclectic sound with singles that vary in style from club bangers to ambient beats to spoken word tracks and more. The concert will feature sounds from the group’s third album, “Donker Mag,” released in June.

Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $40.

Pop: Everlasting at BlackRock Center for the Arts: Be the first to see the summer-inspired paintings of local artist Cory Oberndorfer, whose exhibit opens Wednesday. The paintings, which portray colorful, dripping popsicles, aim to reflect a nostalgia for summer, the feelings of youth and vacation vibes. If you can’t make it this week, not to worry – the exhibit will remain open until Oct. 3.

BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr. Germantown, Md. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.


Turbo Kickboxing at the Georgetown Public Library: Kick your training into high-gear (literally) at this free class, hosted by the Georgetown Public Library. Professional fitness instructor Stanli Montgomery will lead you through a cardio kickboxing workout that’s sure to whip you into shape after a lazy summer. The class will take the first 30 who register, then guests will be placed on a waitlist, so make sure to RSVP.

Georgetown Public Library, 3260 R St. NW. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.

Roger (Not His Real Name) at the D.C. Arts Center: Created and performed by Matthew Vaky, this “quintessentially Washington play” is a humorous take on conspiracy, claiming to “expose” the true stories behind the Hubble Telescope, George Washington’s wooden teeth and the reason Dan Snyder refuses to change the name of the Redskins. Head to the D.C. Arts Center Thursday night for the first showing of this six-performance play.

D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $18.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Cailley LaPara.

Bushnell explored the theme of time in Shakespearean works at her seminar Friday. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Bushnell explored the theme of time in Shakespearean works at her seminar Friday. Andrew Goodman | Hatchet Staff Photographer

For Rebecca Bushnell, timing is everything. And according to her research, Shakespeare would agree.

Bushnell, president of the Shakespeare Association of America, studied this summer the relationship between time, tragedy and comedy in Shakespeare’s plays, focusing on how the playwright speeds up or slows time to alter the audience’s perception.

Bushnell shared her findings in the Mount Vernon campus’s Post Hall Friday afternoon in her seminar, “What Is’t O’Clock: Comic and Tragic Temporality in Shakespeare.”

Check out the top five takeaways from her speech.

1. Time: tragedy’s enemy, comedy’s friend

Time seems to be out of the audience’s and characters’ control in Shakespearean tragedies, Bushnell explained, while the opposite is true for the famed playwright’s comedies.

Classic comedies, like The Comedy of Errors, offer a satisfying conclusion.

In tragedies, like the famous demise of Romeo and Juliet, the end can be frustrating for the audience, who are left wondering if disaster could have been averted if only there had been more time.

2. Medium matters.

But the viewing experience, like a live theater experience versus a film, can also affect a viewer’s perception of time.

While watching a play in a theater, time seems to always move forward, which Bushnell said is what Shakespeare originally intended.

But watching a movie version can change the experience, because viewers have more control over time, with the ability to pause, fast-forward and rewind footage.

3. Time is an invention.

While clocks are a part of daily life today, Bushnell explained that mechanical clocks were a relatively new phenomenon in Shakespeare’s time.

This invention, Bushnell said, changed the way people saw themselves and positioned themselves in their surroundings. As clock towers chimed in every hour in town centers, people’s lives became newly ruled by time, contributing to the idea that people were moving towards some end.

4. Shakespeare’s plays are timeless.

And though Shakespeare crafted his plays during the Elizebethan era,  Bushnell insisted that the themes and concepts of Shakespeare’s plays can be applied to any time period.

Modern movies like “10 Things I Hate About You” and “Kiss Me Kate,” Bushnell said, are modern adaptions of Shakespearian works.

“Shakespeare was already somewhere else,” Bushnell said.

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Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 7:51 p.m.

Puppies take a plunge

Video by Surya Greer and Assistant Multimedia Editor Blair Guild

With public pools closing for the season, the city invited dog-owners to bring their pooches for one last plunge.

The Department of Parks and Recreation organized the 6th annual Doggie Day Swim to bring together dog-lovers from across D.C. and let their furry friends cool off.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Tim Palmieri.

Whether you’re craving an Instagram-worthy waffle sandwich or a hearty bowl of bibimbap, stop by PoppaBox, an eclectic restaurant and cafe now accepting GWorld.

The neighborhood eatery at the corner of 19th and I Streets offers Asian-fusion flavors like bibimbap and “Poppa Boxes,” which include rice, salad, a sushi roll and mixed tempura. Plus, you can also snag waffle sandwiches and wraps.

PoppaBox employee and GW Senior Zach Shinske said the move to GWorld was a simple process and took just about a week.

“We have to be accessible to the GW community and we figured this was the best way to do it,” Shinske said. “Whenever my friends come stop by, they ask do you take GWorld, and now we can say yes.”

Signature bento boxes come in chicken, pork, beef, shrimp and vegetable varieties, averaging $10 each.

The waffle sandwich can be filled with the savory or the sweet, with sweet-tooth favorites like nutella, banana and whipped cream ($4.55) to a savory egg white, avocado and provolone blend ($6.25). The cafe also features a to-go window, where visitors can also order gourmet ice cream.

PoppaBox, 1928 I St. NW. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Sunday.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jeanine Marie.

Be all ears this weekend by checking out performances by rappers, local folk artists, DJs and U.K, boy bands. If concerts aren’t on your ideal agenda (but let’s be honest, they probably are), try a different type of rom-com Friday or take in some free art at D.C.’s finest exhibitions.


Schoolboy Q and Rae Sremmurd at Echostage: If you’ve heard the infectious beats of “Collard Greens” by West Coast rapper Schoolboy Q, you’ll understand why he was nominated for both MTV’s Artist to Watch and BET’s Best New Artist awards for 2014. The new-age artist’s latest album, “Oxymoron,” includes collaborations with rappers like Tyler, The Creator and 2 Chainz. But for his Echostage performance, Schoolboy Q will join up with Mississippi-born duo Rae Sremmurd, brothers behind the track “No Flex Zone.

Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $46.40.

Select DC Presents: Summer Showcase: Kick off the weekend with beats by four techno, sonic-sound-packed performers for just $10. This showcase, featuring DJs Profligate, Nick Klein, Saran Man and Shane English, will require an acute set of ears to decipher the layers of electronic sounds. For those up to the challenge, beats like Klein’s radioactive “Secret Promise” and English’s hypnotic “Buy Things” are sure to please techno lovers of every taste.

Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets: $10.

Watch “The One I Love” first: Be the first of your friends to see “The One I Love,” a new independent film premiering at West End Cinema on Friday. The film, directed by Charlie McDowell, follows a couple on the brink of divorce who travel to California to revive their love in a hallucinatory state of mind. The film stars Mark Duplass and “Mad Men”‘s Elizabeth Moss, who won the Newport Beach Film Festival’s “Outstanding Achievement in Acting” award for her role in “The One I Love.” Snag student tickets for $9, and don’t forget that the cinema now takes GWorld.

West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. Showtimes 3 p.m., 5:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m. Tickets: $9 for students.


The Corcoran Art Gallery. Hatchet File Photo

The Corcoran Art Gallery. Hatchet File Photo

Visit the Corcoran before it’s too late: Before the gallery closes for renovations in October and the National Gallery of Art absorbs many of its collections, take in some of the Corcoran’s gems like Albert Paley’s renowned metalworks. And if large-scale metal sculptures are a little over your head, there’s also the “Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945” exhibit, featuring artists from Andy Warhol to Jessica Stockholder. Admission to the gallery is free for the rest of the month.

Corcoran College of Art and Design, 500 17th St. NW. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Ed Sheeran at the Merriweather Post Pavilion: When Ed Sheeran hit it big in 2011 with his hit “The A-Team,” he was mostly known as Taylor Swift’s redheaded best friend. Now, Sheeran has developed a cult following, and his newly-released album “X” is full of the mellow tunes his most loyal listeners have come to expect. Rudimental, who mix dubstep and R&B to create soulful dance tracks, will open for Sheeran.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $45.

+End-of-weekend Bonus: If Ed Sheeran’s sentimental acoustics aren’t quite your style, end the weekend with a Rudimental DJ Set for $15 at U Street Music Hall at 10 p.m. on Sunday.


Takoma Park Folk Fest: Get out of the District for a few hours with this free, seven-stage music festival in Takoma Park, Md. Local artists will jam all day, but be sure to arrive by lunchtime for Hoffman’s barbeque, Sherri’s crabcakes and bites from That Chicken That Smells Good. You can catch the free shuttle from the Takoma Metro station for an easy ride.

Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, Md. 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free.

Get a new “Perspective” with artist Chiharu Shiota: Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota will blow your mind with his emotive, immersive body of work that visualizes loss. Shiota’s current installation, on view now at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, is an intricate display of 300 lost shoes and personal notes, all collected over time by the artist.

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave SW. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free.

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Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 6:55 p.m.

Alcohol delivery app gets a handle on D.C.

Alcohol can be fun. Making that last-minute run to the liquor store? Not so much.

But now, D.C. drinkers can get their booze delivered to their doorsteps with an app called Drizly.

Drizly users choose from around 2,000 varieties of beer, wine and liquor. Photo by Flickr user Melissa O'Donohue under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Drizly users can choose from about 2,000 varieties of beer, wine and liquor. Photo by Flickr user Melissa O’Donohue under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license

The app, which can get you beer, wine and liquor for a $5 fee in less than 40 minutes, came to the District on Thursday. It first launched in 2013, and is offered in six other cities.

Available on iPhones and Android phones, the service works like other delivery apps. Customers choose from a list of about 2,000 alcoholic drinks and an array of mixers, then enter their credit card information, place the order and wait, comfortably, at home.

The only difference is Drizly checks customer’s IDs upon delivery using the company’s “Forensic ID Verification System.

It promises never to mark up the price on a product, so the only extra charge is the $5 flat delivery fee.

Drizly isn’t the first alcohol delivery system to hit the District, but it may be the first one to last.

Ultra, an alcohol delivery app that launched in May, survived only a month until D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board shut the company down for distributing alcohol without a license.

Drizly, though, claims to be a licensed alcohol provider and boasts “the blessing of state regulators” on its website.

The service has already made its first District delivery to none other than D.C.-based online news outlet, Vox Media.

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Panelists attempted to make complex issues surrounding the recent events in Furguson accessible for students by providing a framework to analyize the national conversation. Greta Simmons | Hatchet Photographer

Panelists tried to make complex issues surrounding recent events in Ferguson, Mo. accessible to students, providing a framework to analyze the national conversation. Greta Simmons | Hatchet Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jeanine Marie.

Seven years ago, 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings was shot in the head by an off-duty police officer in Southeast D.C. Rawlings’ tragic story was retold Wednesday night to a large group of mostly students, who learned that history often repeats itself.

Seven panelists joined moderator Jennifer James, associate professor of English and director of the Africana Studies Program, in the presentation called “Framing Ferguson” to discuss the racial conflict surrounding cases like Rawlings’ – and more recently, the sociopolitical unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Panelists tried to make the complex issues accessible to students by giving them a framework for analyzing the national discourse. Below, find some of the discussion’s highlights.

1. “Nobody should be shocked”

The interdisciplinary panel, coordinated by the English department, the Africana Studies Program and the Multicultural Student Services Center, balanced statistics about the racial makeup of St. Louis County with anecdotes about encounters with the police.

The room reached the consensus that no one at GW, or in the U.S., should be surprised by the events that unfolded in Ferguson.

Panelists like Dorothea Williams, director of the D.C. Africana Archives Project, pointed to the nation’s history of disrespecting black men and women. She compared the shooting of Michael Brown to the lynching of Fred Alexander, a black man accused of attacking a white woman in Kansas in 1901.

“Wherever a history of white supremacy is rooted, it can spring up again,” she said.

2. “Understand the players but know the rules of the game”

Gregory Squires, chair of the sociology department, said while the country has relatively straightforward solutions like demilitarizing provincial police departments, long-lasting remedies are riddled with complicated and often unfair legislation and historical context.

Problems with racial imbalance in small urban communities are commonplace nationwide, he said, though Ferguson is an outlier in its extremity. In the city of 20,000 people, 50 out of 53 police officers are white, though 67 percent of the population is black.

3. Be enlightened

More than one student asked panelists how they could help combat ignorance about black history and modern issues like mass incarceration. Panelists suggested writing letters to their representatives and teaming up with groups like Lawyers for Civil Justice, a national coalition of defense trial lawyer organizations that promote fairness and attempt to lessen litigation costs in civil cases.

But the best way to tackle these issues, they said, is to keep an open forum and honest conversation among friends and peers.

4. Re-frame the debate

Moderator Jennifer James opened the floor for questions and comments from the nearly 200 attendees.

At a particularly tense moment of debate, one audience member loudly told a panelist not to “narrow these young minds to a negative place.”

“We can all do something,” she said. Many audience members clapped in agreement.

One frustrated student said it was “disheartening” that discussions about these incidents tend to focus on how young black men became the victims.

“Why aren’t we talking about the mindset of the perpetrator?” he asked as several students snapped their fingers.

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