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Moxie's, a recently opened fast-casual eatery near campus, serves made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Moxie’s, a recently opened fast-casual eatery near campus, serves made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

If you’re tired of the standard eateries around Foggy Bottom, try out newly opened Moxie’s’ creative menu of standard lunch food with unique twists.

This fast-casual joint may soon become a go-to for students: Owner Mark Barnett said the restaurant’s “fun” menu is aimed at students and young professionals. Future plans include staying open on Saturdays and accepting GWorld cards for students to use dining cash, he said.

Located at 1020 19th St., it’s only about a 10-minute walk from campus and three blocks from the Farragut West Metro station.

Dark patio tables and chairs with red pillows and cushions seat about 16 people outside the restaurant. Inside, a sign with the pronunciation and definition of the word moxie — “a force of character, determination or nerve” — gives off a purple glow. There is ample seating inside for about 18 people at tables and counters.

For lunch, I took advantage of the all-day breakfast menu and ordered an egg and cheese breakfast burrito with a heap of hashbrowns on the side ($4.99), tangy freshly squeezed orange juice ($4.25) and a rocky road cookie and peanut butter-flavored ice cream sandwich ($4.99). I ordered at a kiosk and the food was brought to where I was sitting.

The food was all satisfying, but the dessert stood out: The ice cream flavors and soft, gooey cookies — including a gluten free chocolate chip option — are a dollar more than Captain Cookie’s and just as great. Other tempting items on the menu include the strawberry spinach salad ($7.99) and the Vietnamese sub ($7.99).

Barnett said in an email that Moxie’s, which opened July 1, stands apart from its competitors because the menu is inspired by “a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.”

“We wanted to do something different — from custom warm ice cream sandwiches to a healthy strawberry spinach salad,” he said “We have a very unique, eclectic and bold menu.”

Moxie’s will host a back-to-school event for GW students Sept. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. with free ice cream sandwiches for students with GWorld cards, he added.

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Alternative rock band The Mowglis and Afro-European superstars Nico & Vinz will perform as the first dual headliners in Fall Fest history, the Program Board announced Monday.

The two artists cover genres untouched by previous Fall Fest headliners: rock and electronic pop with African-inspired undertones.

Nico & Vinz’s 2013 breakthrough hit “Am I Wrong” brought fame to the Scandinavian pop duo, winning the NRJ Award for “Song of the Year” and peaking as fourth on Billboard’s Top 100. Known for their ability to mish-mash genres as diverse as reggae and pop, the duo has been featured in tracks with David Guetta, Alesso and Bebe Rexha.

In comparison to Nico & Vinz’s international approach, L.A.-based group The Mowgli’s played activist concerts around L.A. until they released “San Francisco,” which later became the 2012 theme for the San Francisco Giants’ World Series-winning run.

Student band Bencoolen returns as veteran openers for this year’s Fall Fest – the indie-rock group opened for the Cold War Kids during 2014’s Fall Fest.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3, with Bencoolen and the festival kicking off at 5 p.m.

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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 11:18 a.m.

Inside D.C.’s white hot party

Hundreds gathered near the National Mall Saturday night for the Dîner en Blanc. Victoria Sheridan | Hatchet staff photographer

Hundreds gathered near the National Mall Saturday night for the Dîner en Blanc. Victoria Sheridan | Hatchet staff photographer

This post was written by Hatchet senior staff writer Victoria Sheridan.

At around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, hundreds of people clad in white tuxedos, mardi gras masks and royal wedding-worthy headdresses shuffled through campus.

They were headed to the Dîner en Blanc — French for “dinner in white”— an annual pop-up picnic that originated in Paris in the 1980s, and has since spread to more than 70 cities, including the District. The location of the secret event is revealed only a few hours before the event and guests are required to don all-white clothing.

Tourists turned their phone cameras away from the monuments and onto the crowd as it marched toward Henry Bacon park, just across from the Lincoln Memorial. This is the third Dîner en Blanc in the District — the first two gatherings, which hosted about 2,500 guests, took place at Yards Park in 2014 and Carnegie Library in 2015.

Tickets to the Dîner en Blanc might be just as hard to lock down as seats at “Hamilton.” Anyone who hasn’t previously attended the event may be able to get in if they are invited. Anyone who isn’t invited can add their name to a ticket waitlist. The tickets themselves cost $37, in addition to an $8 membership fee.

The process of buying tickets only ensures entry. Other than that, guests must provide everything – except alcohol, which they can only purchase onsite themselves — including food, chairs, tables, settings and centerpieces.

After settling in, more than 3,500 guests waved their napkins in the air, signifying the official start of the meal. Though the Dîner en Blanc is technically a picnic, the fare included more sushi, champagne and charcuterie plates than sandwiches and potato salad.

The jazz music blaring from the speakers, which created the vibe of a lawn party from “The Great Gatsby,” drew many spectators from outside — or maybe it was the fact that the communal dining tables were set up right beside a D.C. tour bus stop.

But diners seemed gleefully unaware of amused passersby, or of the entire city surrounding them, for that matter. The French concept of a relaxing, two-hour meal provided an escape from often fast-paced District life. It seemed like a fitting way to bid farewell to summer.

And though the spectacle was ripe for an Instagram opportunity, for the most part, participants appeared more interested in their friends and food than their screens.

At 8 p.m., guests lit sparklers to signal the end of the meal and the beginning of the dance party, during which Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” appropriately played from the speakers. After about two hours, everyone packed up their belongings and hauled them away from the grounds without a trace.

Au revoir until next year,  Dîner en Blanc.

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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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

Woofstock

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.

Sunday

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.

Friday
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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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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