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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 2:04 a.m.

Video: GW Bhangra steals the show

“Represent: Dance Competition,” hosted by GW Class Council, featured six student dance groups, including XOLA: Afro-Caribbean Dance Team, GW Ballroom, GW Bhangra, GW Balance, GW Chamak and GW Raas.

Each organization did a group performance followed by a solo or duet in a competition to be the crowd favorite. Based on the cheers from the audience, the Class Council determined that GW Bhangra was this year’s winner.

Bhangra is a folk style of dance that originated in the Punjab region.

Video by Blair Guild.

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The sidewalks may resemble ice rinks, but spring is still scheduled to happen this year and in D.C., that means one thing: Cherry blossoms.

Hatchet File Photo

Hatchet File Photo

The trees will reach peak bloom between April 11 and 14, according to the National Park Service. The prediction was announced this morning during a press conference at the Newseum. Cherry blossoms typically bloom about a week earlier, but this winter’s frigid temperatures pushed the NPS forecast to mid-April.

Nearly 2 million visitors pour into the District to marvel at the Yoshino cherry trees every year. Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kenichiro Sasae, said the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is symbolic of the nations’ relationship, the Washington Post reported. In 1912, Japan presented the United States with 3,000 cherry trees as a gift.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015 4:21 p.m.

West End Cinema to close at the end of March

West End Cinema is located at 23rd and M streets. File Photo by Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

West End Cinema is located at 23rd and M streets. File Photo by Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The only movie theater that accepts GWorld will end regular programming on March 26.

West End Cinema, a mecca for indie film lovers that opened in 2010, is known for its small screening rooms and diverse film selection. The theater features a full bar and has won acclaim for its popcorn. Washington City Paper has named it D.C.’s Best Independent Movie Theater.

Owner Josh Levin told the Washington Post that the theater had been “treading water financially” the last few months. He cited growing competition in the District as the driving force behind his decision to close.

The theater is currently showing “Whiplash,” “CitizenFour,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Girlhood,” among others.

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Updated: March 3, 2015 at 2:32 p.m.

Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, The Pixies, The Weekend, Charli XCX and Billy idol will headline Sweetlife this year.


Phantogram, Marina & the Diamonds, Bleachers, Holychild and Vance Joy – best known for their hit, “Riptide” – will also play.

The festival will take place May 30 and 31 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Users of the Sweetgreen rewards app will have access to tickets on Wednesday, and Sweetgreen will post a pre-sale code to its Instagram on Thursday. For those who aren’t as salad-savvy, tickets will be available Friday starting at 10 a.m. on

Sweetlife has modest roots: It began in 2007 when a few local bands were asked to play at the opening of Sweetgreen’s second store in Dupont Circle. By 2010, the festival moved to the Merriweather Post Pavilion.

As a nod to its humble beginnings in the District, local restaurants – including at least one run by José Andrés – and D.C. food trucks will provide grub for the two-day festival.

Last year, the lineup included Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz, Bastille and Foster the People.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
Maybe we need a weekend. The Hatchet incorrectly spelled the name of Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd as The Weekend. We regret this error.

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Monday, March 2, 2015 6:08 p.m.

Your Week: Slow down before spring break

Start spring break early with themed happy hours and live music from a Baltic alternative rock band and Canadian singer. There’s also a comedy show with a local lineup and a discussion with author Michio Kaku as part of Sixth & I Synagogue’s Genius Festival.


Reading Room Comedy Show: Chris Brandt will host D.C. comedians for a second night of comedy in the ornate, library-like Reading Room adjacent to a bar. Petworth Citizen’s website states that even if the comedy isn’t up to par, there’s a breadth of Tom Clancy novels to leaf through.
Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. 7:30 p.m. Free.

“Mappy Hour” Drink Specials: It may still be too chilly to sip drinks outside, but the folks at Outdoor Fest are inviting nature enthusiasts to a happy hour for the second time. Last year, about 120 people showed up to discuss the great outdoors – and drink. Attendees should bring a map.
Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW. 7 p.m.


Ewert and Two Dragons Concert: These musicians hail from Estonia, where they’ve gained recognition since their 2011 hit “Good Man Down.” Their twangy alt-rock sound is nothing unusual, but this is a much cheaper way to get your mellow, European foursome fix.
DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. Doors at 7:30 p.m. $10.

Michio Kaku Talk: Catch the author of “Future of the Mind,” in which he writes about the research that goes into the study of the human brain. One day, Kaku has said, people will be able to take a pill to enhance their cognition and the contents of one’s brain could be uploaded to computers neuron by neuron.
Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 7 p.m. $17.


Purim Party Draft Takeover: This Irish-Jewish establishment considers Purim to be the “Jewish St. Patrick’s Day,” and to celebrate the first evening of the holiday, Star and Shamrock will have drink specials and live music by local klezmer band Klezcentricity.
Star and Shamrock Tavern & Deli, 1341 H St. NW. 6 p.m.

PartyNextDoor Concert: Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, or PartyNextDoor, is an electric music artist with an R&B twist. He’s signed to Drake’s label and is best known for his four-track EP, “PNDCOLOURS.”
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 10 p.m. $30.


Desert Noises Concert: This indie band has come a long way since its underproduced “Oak Tree” in 2011. More recent releases, like “I Won’t See You,” are a more sophisticated take on sweet lyrics with catchy melodies.
DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. $10.

French Horn Rebellion Concert: When David Perlick-Molinari quit the Chicago Civic Orchestra in 2007, he asked his brother, Robert, to join him on a quest to blend dance music with traditional instruments, like the French horn. Their project became French Horn Rebellion, and the brothers refer to themselves as “band geeks gone wild.”
U Street Music Hall, 1115 St. NW. 7 p.m. $15.

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The Turkish Student Association hosted its seventh annual Turkish Night on Friday in the Marvin Center.

The event brought Turkish culture to GW through food, dance performances and guest speakers, including University President Steven Knapp and Ismail Çobanoğlu, a Turkish diplomat.

“It’s sort of like creating a space for home away from home,” said Beril Akman, a senior from Turkey who joined the Turkish Student Association her freshman year.

Video by Sara Amrozowicz.

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SPEAK GW, a student organization that tries to raise awareness of eating disorders, hosted “Trash the Scale” on Friday.

In the event, students graffitied scales with positive messages about body image, aiming to show that people are “most than a number.”

“Trash the Scale” capped off SPEAK’s campaign, “More than a Body: Celebrate You,” which coincided with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

Video by Haley Lloyd.

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Maybe there’s something in the air, but it seems like the best up-and-coming artists are flocking to D.C. this weekend.

On Friday, start slow with Wolf Alice or take it up a notch with Sharam. Saturday, see sisters 2:54 or a snarky comedy show, and on the first day of March, check out Suuns or try interactive smartphone poetry.


Wolf Alice Concert: The “Best Breakthrough Artist” at the U.K. Festival Awards is fronted by Ellie Rowsell, who croons her way through powerful songs while wearing little dresses, bomber jackets and a distinctly focused pout. Wolf Alice defines its sound as “rocky pop,” but sweet songs like the recent release “Heavenly Creatures” are not so easily defined.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $15.

Sharam Concert: This 45-year-old DJ was born in Tehran, Iran and only hit the music scene in a meaningful way in 2009: He collaborated with Kid Cudi on “She Came Along,” which stayed in Bulgaria’s Top 40 for nearly four months. Since then, he’s won a Grammy and played a 10-hour set in Brazil.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10:30 p.m. $12.


2:54 and Honeyblood Concert: Sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow were born in Ireland, raised in Bristol and formed their first band together in 2007. They’ve toured with big names like The Big Pink and The xx, and 2:54 has gained a slow but steady following across the pond. Their latest, “Orion,” is a sweeping song reminiscent of the Irish coast: rocky, rebellious and oddly beautiful.
DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Humor Me: The Betches of Comedy: The ladies in charge of the snarkiest blog online organized a stand-up night in the District featuring comedians Liza Treyer, Megan Gailey, Sara Armour and Jared Freid. If the evening is anything like “Betches Love This,” it will be full of topical digs at celebrities, political humor and Spring Break diet tips. The blog declared its love for GW back in 2012, citing betchy alumni like Rachel Zoe and Jackie Kennedy.
Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 8 p.m. $20.


Suuns Concert: The band is signed to a label called Secretly Canadian and they do, in fact, hail from Montreal. Their latest singles, “2020″ and “Edie’s Dream,” are a blend of their rock core, psychedelic sound … and womping. Their simple lyrics and pleasant, if not redundant, beats should melt away your midterm worries.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $14.

“Txt” Poetry Project: The D.C. premiere of experimental artist Brian Feldman’s latest endeavor is an interactive poetry experience that examines technological communication through the lens of prose. Attendees are encouraged to bring fully-charged smartphones.
American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought, 716 Monroe St. NE. 6:45 p.m. $20.

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Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 at 12:25 p.m.

The post was written by Hatchet reporter Grace Gannon.

The year-long wait to catch up with the District’s twisted (fictional) power couple is finally over: Season 3 of “House of Cards” will stream on Netflix starting Feb. 27 at midnight… Pacific Time.

When the last episode of Season 2 ended, Frank Underwood became president after he manipulated Garrett Walker into resigning, Claire Underwood experienced a rare moment of guilt after her military sexual assault awareness campaign turned sour and Doug Stamper was lying in the woods with his head bashed in.

Season 3 will undoubtedly present plot twists, but some things never change in the nation’s capital. Play our “House of Cards” drinking game as you binge watch – just be careful not to spiral downward the same way our dearly departed Peter Russo did.

Drink if…

The Underwoods go on a midnight couples run.

Frank taps his prized class ring on the table.

Frank breaks the fourth wall.

The Underwoods share a smoke in the window.

Claire uses the rowing machine.

David Fincher’s signature dimly-lit set forces you to turn your laptop brightness up all the way.

A real-life newscaster makes a cameo.

Frank retreats to play video games.

Take a shot if…

The Underwoods have switched to e-cigarettes for their late-night toke.

There’s a motorcade (take another if the Vex is stuck behind it).

GWireless goes down in the middle of an episode.

You make it back to bed with another snack before the absurdly long theme song ends.

Claire is told she needs to “soften her image” as First Lady.

Frank finds another grimy barbecue joint to satisfy his ribs craving.

Down your whole drink if…

Another handsome member of the Secret Service is seduced into an Underwood threesome.

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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 11:38 a.m.

So that’s a thing…

Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 at 2:20 p.m.

Our daily-ish rundown of GW, D.C. and Internet culture:

Nando’s is serving free flame-grilled chicken at 4:20 p.m. Thursday because… well, you know. The 1210 18th St. NW location is closest to campus.

Be sure to thank the 2015 Commencement speaker for your favorite 12th birthday present: The iPod nano.

Photo attributed to Flickr user FHKE.

Photo attributed to Flickr user FHKE.

Two members of the House of Representatives threatened D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser with prison time in this letter about Initiative 71. On Wednesday afternoon, Bowser took to television to respond: “I have a lot of things to do in the District of Columbia. Me being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.”

GW Deli got a shoutout for its crispy, salty “baconeggandcheese.”

You may be #ReadyForHillary, but the presumed presidential nominee is under scrutiny after officials revealed that foreign governments donated millions of dollars to The Clinton Foundation when she was Secretary of State.

If you were going to pick up a CD at Gelbucks, you soon won’t be able to anymore.

Bencoolen is playing the Black Cat on Thursday. Tickets cost $10 and doors open at 8 p.m.

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