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Oktoberfest gets a little furrier when the Washington Animal Rescue League is organizing.

D.C. residents and their pups gathered Saturday for Barktoberfest, an event with no shortage of fun activities for man’s best friend and their human companions.

The event featured a costume contest for dogs and beer for the humans, while the Washington Animal Rescue League showcased dogs up for adoption.

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Video by Hatchet staff videographer Brittany Gellerman.

D.C. area Girl Scouts joined up with female GW students for a series of confidence-building workshops through performance art.

Senior Corinne Zmoos, project manager at Girls Rock D.C., put the program together after getting a $1,000 grant from the Confidence Coalition.

The Girl Scouts rotate through various singing, dancing, songwriting and acting workshops run by GW student groups.

“Knowing myself, music is what makes me confident,” Zmoos said. “I wanted to be able to give that to the girls in the surrounding area.”

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Tim Palmieri.

Foggy Bottom eatery Founding Farmers recently debuted their fall menu. Photo by Flickr user Steel Wool under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Founding Farmers. Photo by Flickr user Steel Wool under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Fall food specialties beyond the infamous PSL and your standard fare of pumpkin-spiced treats are popping up at eateries across the District.

Check out our guide to this year’s fall-themed menu items for a holiday twist on everything from a pumpkin-infused cocktail to apple cider donuts and a sandwich that packs Thanksgiving into every bite.

Foggy Bottom

Autumn eats at Founding Farmers
Hopping on the fall flavor bandwagon is Founding Farmers, which recently debuted an exclusive fall menu. Try the Farmer’s Autumn Chili, Butternut Squash-Mascarpone Ravioli or the fried green tomato burger, just a few of the many enticing seasonal additions. Tip: The restaurant also offers a pre-set $35 Thanksgiving menu, offering the quintessential three-course holiday feast including skillet cornbread, traditional roasted turkey, and an array of pie slices for dessert.

Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Fall entrees range $12-$16. Thanksgiving pre-set menu $35.

Thanksgiving to-go with “The Bobbie” at Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
If you’re looking to get an early start on the Thanksgiving festivities (and by this, we mean the food, of course), order “The Bobbie” at Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop. This hoagie is stuffed with turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo, evoking Thanksgiving in every bite. Did we mention this is Joe Biden’s favorite hoagie? (He always adds hot peppers on the side.)

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, 1800 M St. NW. Order: “The Bobbie,” $7.99 for a 9”

Adams Morgan

Sip the “Jack Skellington” cocktail at Jack Rose Dining Saloon
If you’re a fan of the character Jack Skellington of the holiday classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” make sure to get a sip of this cocktail that lives up to the pumpkin king’s name. Jack Rose’s “Jack Skellington” is a pumpkin lover’s paradise in boozy form, combining actual pumpkin, gin, spices, Absolut Elyx, fresh lemon, apple bitters, syrup and Jerry Thomas Decanter bitters. Whether the numerous ingredients justify the $13 price tag is for you to decide.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. Order: The Jack Skellington, $13

Nosh on pumpkin mac & cheese at The Black Squirrel
If you’re sick of swarming Capmac and shoving your plate full of comfort food at the Whole Foods hot bar, add a twist to your cheese addiction with pumpkin macaroni and cheese. Enter the Black Squirrel, a bar and restaurant currently serving a skillet loaded with macaroni, béchamel sauce, five cheeses, oven-roasted pumpkin, sweet potato puree and pumpkin spice. The dish is available for a limited time only, so make sure to go back for seconds – or thirds.

The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. Order: Pumpkin Mac & Cheese, $15

Eastern Market and NE Washington

Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spice flavors at District Donut
As if we needed another reason to crave the donut delicacies of D.C.’s new District Donut, the dessert heaven has now added fall flavors to their rotating lineup of sweets. Be sure to stock up on the Apple Cider or Pumpkin Spice seasonal donuts before they’re gone for good.

District Doughnut, 749 8th St. SE. Order: Apple Cider, Pumpkin Spice donuts, $3 each

Fall in affogato form at Dolci Gelati
While gelato is a treat on its own, when added to espresso to make an affogato, the dessert takes on a whole new flavor. Couple your usual midday espresso with fall-themed gelato flavors like sweet potato pie, gingerbread cookie and caramel apple. You’ll need the caffeine anyway, so you might as well add ice cream, right?

Dolci Gelati, 5766 2nd St NE. Order: Affogato with fall-flavored ice cream, $5


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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Madison Pontz.

Between midterms and the chaotic fun of celebrating Halloween, take it easy this weekend with some stress-free (and sometimes, just free) events.

Jam to live music, meet a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and maybe even get a jump on the Halloween festivities at the National Zoo – Bao Bao included.


Mary Lambert at U Street Music Hall: Best known as the female vocalist on Macklemore’s hit “Same Love,” singer-songwriter Mary Lambert will perform at U Street Music Hall on Thursday. Lambert’s emotionally charged, soulful songs lend themselves to a moving live show, comparable to those of artists like Adele and Tori Amos. Jillette Johnson will open.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. $18.

K.Flay at Rock & Roll Hotel: K.Flay is a fresh face in the indie hip-hop scene who just released her debut album, “Life As a Dog,” earlier this year. But don’t let the artist’s rookie appearance fool you. She’s already toured extensively with popular acts like Icona Pop and Passion Pit, and her breathy voice and mesmerizing, emotive lyrics have made hits out of tracks like “Thicker Than Dust” and “The Cops.” Minneapolis-based band Step Rockets will open the show.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of the show.


Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes. Photo by Flickr user Corey Butler under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes. Photo by Flickr user Corey Butler under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Take Cover at Acre 121: No, you’re not going to hear any original songs. But the covers-only band Take Cover is bound to amp up your Friday night with a new take on everything from today’s pop hits to 70s-era R&B. The only cover that’s missing from this event is the one you pay to get inside. Head over to Columbia Heights bar and restaurant Acre 121 for this free event for anyone 21 and older.
Acre 121, 1400 Irving St. NW. 10 p.m. Free. This is a 21+ event.

Dave Barnes at The Hamilton: Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, an acoustic-pop and R&B artist originally from Nashville, makes a stop at The Hamilton this weekend. Barnes, whose hit “God Gave Me You” was nominated for a Grammy in 2012, has kept busy over his 12-year musical career with eight albums, including his most recent, “Golden Days,” which dropped earlier this year. Marc Scibilia will open the show.
The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. $17 to $23.


First Aid Kit at the 9:30 Club: Stop by the 9:30 Club to hear Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit, a rad set of sisters famous for their 2008 cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song.” Since the cover put them on the map, First Aid Kit has made a name of their own with folksy, pop and country-inspired tunes like “Emmylou” and “My Silver Lining.”
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $35.

Bao Bao, a one-year-old baby panda at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user Sharon Sipple under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Bao Bao, a 1-year-old baby panda at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user Sharon Sipple under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Boo at the Zoo: Sure, this trick-or-treating event might be designed for kids, but that doesn’t mean celebrating Halloween early at the National Zoo will be any less fun for those who still enjoy candy, costumes, spirited Halloween decorations and quality time with Bao Bao, the Zoo’s famous baby panda. Throw on a costume and take this opportunity to hang out with the animals and gorge yourself on candy. Make sure to snag tickets online ahead of time.
National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 5:30 p.m. $30.


Slam poetry: At “Slam Up!,” slam poetry duo Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger will present their touching and hilarious work. The poets’ writing deals with all types of love – LGBTQ and straight, requited and not – and takes the form of music, spoken word and even rap. The event will also feature the work of Julia Jordan, a D.C.-based poet.
D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 3 p.m. $5 for DCAC members, $10 for non-members.

Marilynne Robinson “Lila” Book Talk: Marilynne Robinson, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, will talk about her new novel, “Lila,” at Politics & Prose on Sunday. The final book of the “Gilead” trilogy, “Lila” tells the story of a woman’s grueling life and work in Iowa in the early 20th century.
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 5 p.m. Free.

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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 11:53 p.m.

A music festival from your front porch

Video by Hatchet videographer Haley Lloyd

Porchfest in Adams Morgan is a mini-music festival where residents and local businesses perform right on their front steps.

A variety of folk, jazz, alternative and world music groups came out this year.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Madison Pontz.

If you’re still trying to work off the midterm stress, take a much-needed break this week with a free Halloween movie screening, a pumpkin carving party and live entertainment across the District.


Promotional poster for "Teen Witch."

Promotional poster for “Teen Witch.”

Halloween Movie Mondays: Halloween fanatics looking for a stiff drink and a good scare to kick off the week can check out Halloween Movie Mondays at Dodge City D.C. Scary and/or funny Halloween movies about teenagers will roll this Monday night starting at 8 p.m. This event for those 21 and older has no cover fee and includes discount drinks, free candy, vegan options and popcorn. “Teen Witch,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Scream” will entertain bar-goers.
Dodge City D.C., 917 U St. NW. Movies start at 8 p.m. Free.

Benjamin Booker at U Street Music Hall: Singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker, originally from New Orleans, will rock out at U Street Music Hall on Monday night. Booker combines blues, soul and hard garage rock to create the unique sound on his debut self-titled album, released in 2013. Blank Range, a rock band from Nashville, will open the show.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. $15.


“designPOP” Talk and Book Signing: Lisa Roberts will speak about her latest book, “designPOP,” which explores influential, creative products developed since 2000, like the many Apple products introduced over the past 14 years. Along with the opportunity to hear Roberts’ talk and have their books signed, event attendees will also get to watch an episode of “My Design Life,” Roberts’ television series, which looks at much of the same design-centric information as her new book. Online RSVP is required.
National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 12:30 p.m. Free.

Bookshop and coffeehouse Busboys and Poets. Photo by Flickr user Daniel Lobo under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Bookshop and coffeehouse Busboys and Poets. Photo by Flickr user Daniel Lobo under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Open Mike Night hosted by Droopy: Busboys and Poets, a hipster haven for literary lovers and foodies alike, will host an open mike night at its 14th and V streets location Tuesday night. Audience members can expect two hours of live entertainment from spoken word performers, musicians and more. Wristbands are required to enter the event, which will charge a $5 cover fee.
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 9 p.m. $5. 


District of Change: LGBTQ Life in D.C. Then and Now: If the history of the LGBT movement is of interest, head over to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday for a discussion about the state of equal rights in D.C., moderated by Slate’s LGBT issues writer, Mark Joseph Stern. Stern and the event panel will talk about the past, present and future of LGBT issues and rights in the city. The event is free, but attendees must RSVP online.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

Bloodshot Bill at DC9: For music-lovers looking for something a bit more than the usual acts at large venues, check out Bloodshot Bill at DC9. The show is sure to be an adventure, with the artist playing guitar, using a small foot-controlled drum set and singing to create a form of greaser punk rock. JJ Damage and the Bandits, a three-piece band based in the District, will open.
DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St. NW. Show begins at 9 p.m. $12. This event is for those 21 and older.


NoMa Pumpkin Carving Party: If you are one of the handful who have yet to catch autumn fever, head over to NoMa for the neighborhood’s pumpkin carving party and fall extravaganza. Free pumpkins and carving utensils are available for the first 300 event attendees. It will also include a petting zoo, live music from the Page County Ramblers, face painting, a candy scavenger hunt and seasonal food and drinks.
1100 First St. NE. 4 p.m. Free.

RDGLDGRN at the 9:30 Club: For a new take on the classic D.C. Go Go music style, check out RDGLDGRN at the 9:30 Club. The trio combines elements of hip-hop, punk rock and indie rock for diverse tunes. While the band is on the rise, working with artists like Pharrell Williams, take this chance to see them in the District. Mista Selecta and Redline Graffiti will open the show.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $15.

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Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 11:21 p.m.

Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks

Monday Mix

The best cure to the mid-semester blues is a change of pace, and we’ve got your antidote.

Check out these mashups of songs new and old, like remixes that combine Modest Mouse with Smash Mouth or Kanye West with the XX.


Editors’ Picks

Film | Emily Holland, Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “The Tale of Princess Kaguya”

Studio Ghibli does what Studio Ghibli does best: make beautifully animated films. This one seems to be no exception.

Music | Morgan Baskin, Assistant Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Above & Beyond Group Therapy, live from Madison Square Garden

Lit | Tatiana Cirisano, Contributing Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Paper Darts

I recently discovered this online literary mag that posts a selection of poems, short stories and other prose by undiscovered writers every day.

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Video by Hatchet videographer Deepa Shivaram.

GW held its annual Acappellapalooza charity concert Saturday with the GW Troubadours, the Vibes, the Pitches, the Sons of Pitch, the Voice Gospel Choir and the MotherFunkers.

Acappellapalooza, sponsored by the GW Troubadours, asked attendees to make a minimum donation of $5. All proceeds went to Miriam’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen in Foggy Bottom.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Abigail Eddy.

Not long after taking the stage at the 9:30 Club Friday night, singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas struggled to untangle the microphone from its stand. In true Casablancas fashion, he turned away from the crowd, deciding to leave the mic stand slightly off-base.

The audience roared.

At the concert, the lead singer of The Strokes showed off his most recent project, Julian Casablancas+The Voidz, a band formed by Casablancas, guitarists Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai, bassist Jake Bercovici, drummer Alex Carapetis and Jeff Kite on the keyboard.

After several false-alarm cheers from fans awaiting the band’s entrance, Julian Casablancas+The Voidz finally appeared. As soon as Casablancas stepped on stage, clad in a sporty, black track jacket, the entire audience pushed nearly four feet toward the stage, filling every available space.

Lead singer Julian Casablancas takes the stage. Photo by Flickr user Liliane Callegari under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Lead singer Julian Casablancas takes the stage. Photo by Flickr user Liliane Callegari under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Just a few songs in, bras were already landing on stage as others shouted his name and reached out to touch him.

asablancas’ deep voice led the sound, and guitar and bass riffs that seemed to echo The Strokes emerged through the distortion. The lyrical, melody-driven music of The Strokes, though, was all but forgotten, leaving room as the band experimented with other styles.

“Human Sadness,” a melancholy nearly eleven-minute track that builds atop an opening bass line, transitioned the audience to the band’s experimental sound early on in the set. The vocals blended together over the repetitive melody, creating a darker, more distorted theme.

Casablancas interrupted to comment only briefly between songs that were so stylistically consistent they often seemed to flow together.

“I’ll shut up now, sorry, I’m ruining the vibe,” Casablancas said after one such interjection.

Halfway through the show the stage was relit in a soft purple as the band shifted pace with the highly rhythmic “Father Electricity,” punctuating previous songs that were matched by flashing neon green and blue lights with a calmer hue.

The audience hung on the band’s every beat, and the band took the chance to play off the audience’s enthusiasm.

During “Crunch Punch,” the band teased the crowd by seemingly extending the abrupt pauses in the song, encouraging the crowd to cheer until the music resumed.

While Casablancas’ celebrity seemed to be the highlight of the show, guitarists Gritter and Yaghmai periodically took the lead, as Casablancas turned his back to the audience and draped the microphone over his shoulder.

Although the tunes weren’t quite sing-along friendly, fans did their best, singing to the words they did know and were enthusiastic throughout. Casablancas made one tribute to The Strokes near the end of the show, playing “Ize of the World.”

The band’s deep, distorted sound contrasted their more playful atmosphere onstage, showing a band unafraid to experiment with its sound. The group appeared less interested in creating a marketable band and more focused on simply making music.

While the tunes didn’t have the stuck-in-your-head factor characteristic of The Strokes, the band turned Casablancas fans into fans of Julian Casablancas+The Voidz.

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Updated: Oct. 20, 2014 at 1:31 a.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Raima Roy.

If anyone can put a funny spin on Ebola and ISIS, it’s Seth Meyers.

The 40-year-old comedian headlined Colonials Weekend on Saturday, kicking off his show with jokes about what most scares Americans.

“So what are we afraid of these days? That ISIS is going to kill more Americans? Or that Ebola is going to kill us all? Or that everyone in the whole world will get Ebola except ISIS?” Meyers asked as the crowd of mostly parents and students burst into laughter.

After the warm-up jokes, the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” host and former head writer at “Saturday Night Live” delved into personal anecdotes.

Comedian Seth Meyers. Photo by Flickr user David Shankbone under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Comedian Seth Meyers. Photo by Flickr user David Shankbone under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The comedian shared details of his intimate life, covering everything from the benefits of being married to a lawyer to awkward encounters with fellow celebrities.

The best thing about having a wife? According to Meyers, it’s all about the towels.

“Not only do we have different face towels and hand towels, but we have freaking decorative towels. We just have so, so, so many towels. It’s amazing,” he said.

The crowd laughed with Meyers (and often, at him) when the comedian shared memories of events that continue to embarrass him to this day, like when he met President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2011.

Trying hard to “keep it cool” when going in for a handshake with Obama, Meyers said he was so nervous that he accidentally cut off his wife from shaking the president’s hand and shook it himself instead.

“I was going to shake your wife’s hand,” Obama told Meyers.

But the wittiest response his brain could come up with was, “Uh, yeah I know,” before quickly walking away.

Meyers catered to both college students and their families, cracking jokes about studying abroad in places where marijuana is legal to having an embarrassing browser history.

With such a wide range of jokes, Meyers managed to create a space for families to share laughs over common experiences.

Meyers ended the show by offering to share jokes that never made it onto “The Weekend Update,” the news satire segment on “Saturday Night Live” that he previously co-anchored.

With anecdotal jokes, a satirical take on the news of the day and a host of controversial topics, Meyers was able to bring “Saturday Night Live” experience to campus.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly spelled Seth Meyers’ name in the headline. It is Meyers, not Myers. We regret this error.

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