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Fourth of July festivities may be over, but there’s no shortage of events and specials to follow up on last week’s celebration.

You may not find fireworks or red, white, and blue-themed menus. And, yes, we are no longer fighting for a chance in the World Cup, but check out these places to keep your summer spirits up.

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Singer-songwriter Daley will perform at the 9:30 Club on Monday. Photo used under the Creative Commons license.

Monday

Daley acoustic show at 9:30 Club: The British singer-songwriter is bringing his mohawk and a special acoustic set to the 9:30 Club. Tickets are only $20.

Muggle Mondays at Black Cat: Starting this week, Black Cat will host “Muggle Mondays,” a Harry Potter-themed evening full of butter beer and wizardry. Every week will include a showing of one of the films, starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Tuesday

World Cup Semi-Finals: Brazil vs. Germany 
Whoever you’re rooting for now, odds are there’s at least one viewing party waiting for you. Biergarten Haus hosted parties for the previous Germany games, so count on another for the semi-final. The Grill from Ipanema is home to all things Brazilian and draws crowds supporting the host team. World Cup happy hour specials are also abundant at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Fainting Goat and Town Tavern.

Glass Animals at U Street Music Hall: Glass Animals brings its trippy, indie-rock sound all the way from Oxford to U Street Music Hall’s intimate basement stage.

DC Dutch hosts Netherlands World Cup viewing party at Elephant & Castle. Photo courtesy of the Elephant & Castle Facebook page.

D.C. Dutch hosts a Netherlands World Cup viewing party at Elephant and Castle. Photo courtesy of the Elephant and Castle Facebook page.

Wednesday

World Cup Semi-Finals: Netherlands vs. Argentina 
The second semi-final game will be just as intense as the first, and for both casual watchers and die-hard fans, watch parties are the best way to experience the action. Elephant and Castle will be home to fans of the Netherlands, while Del Campo is hosting specials for Argentina followers.

NoMa Summer Screen: Come see free movies in the fast-growing neighborhood Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. This week’s film is “The Muppets.”

Thursday

Capital Fringe Festival: This annual performance festival, featuring comedy sketches, drama and dance, kicks off Thursday and runs through July 27. There are different performances and productions at venues across the city every day of the week, so check out the full schedule.

Kitten at Rock & Roll Hotel: The West Coast pop-punk band, carried by 19-year-old frontwoman Chloe Chaidez, embarks on its first headlining tour to promote the release of the group’s first full-length album.

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Everyone will pour onto to the National Mall tonight for the fireworks, scheduled to start at 9 p.m.

But you don’t have to push your way through throngs of sweaty tourists to get a good view of the show. Some distance from the Reflecting Pool, where the fireworks are shot off, will give you a great view and room to stretch out.

1. The Ellipse

This circular area in front of the photogenic back side of the White House is a great spot to lay your blanket down and stay away from the crowds on the Mall. It will still get pretty crowded here, especially since it’s so close to Constitution Avenue, so plan to set up your space earlier in the day.

The Jefferson Memorial. Photo used under the Creative Commons license.

The Jefferson Memorial. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

2. The Jefferson Memorial

Head across the Tidal Basin and sit on the steps to watch the pyrotechnics over the water. Like most monuments, this spot will fill up as well, but anywhere besides the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial will afford you some breathing room.

3. Rooftop bars

Plenty of restaurants across the city have Fourth of July specials. Scope them out and find a place to hang out, eat some burgers, drink beer and enjoy the skyline view. The Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adams Morgan will hand out beer snow cones and the Beacon Sky Bar in Dupont offers a nice lounging space to see the fireworks over the city.

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Rusty the Red Panda, who escaped from the National Zoo last year, became a father last week. Photo via the National Zoo's Twitter

The National Zoo tweeted a photo of Rusty last year after the red panda escaped.

The red panda that escaped from the National Zoo a year ago became a father to three cubs last week.

The cubs are the first for Rusty, who made headlines last summer after he ran away to Adams Morgan.

His mate, Shama, gave birth at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on June 26. The cubs appear healthy, NBC Washington reported.

Shama and Rusty moved to Front Royal, Va. in January to escape the flood of zoo visitors that came to see Bao Bao – the giant panda cub born this winter – and start a family.

Rusty, who is about the size of a raccoon, arrived at the National Zoo in April 2013. He escaped his enclosure a few weeks later, but was found when a woman about a mile away from the zoo tweeted photos of him in a bush.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:47 p.m.

Hall & Oates to perform at Alumni Weekend

Hall & Oates will headline GW's annual Alumni Weekend in September. Photo used under the Creative Commons license.

Hall & Oates will headline GW’s annual Alumni Weekend in September. Photo by Flickr user Gary Harris used under a CC BY-SA 2.0.

Rock and roll duo Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform at the Smith Center during Alumni Weekend, according to a University release.

Hall and Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and are the No. 1 selling duo in music history with 11 top-10 singles.

They are best known for songs like “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams” and “Kiss on My List.” They also received an Icon Award in 2008 during BMI’s annual Pop Awards.

The pair will take the stage Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., a year after pop star Cyndi Lauper performed for the same event.

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Celebrating this Fourth of July away from home?

Sure, you can start your morning with a parade along the National Mall and then return at night to watch fireworks light up the monuments, but there’s plenty more to do in the District.

If your apartment balcony is too small for grilling, here are a few suggestions to fill your day with red, white and blue.

1. Visit the National Archives

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It can be easy to forget the Fourth isn’t all burgers and booze and there’s a sobering document in D.C. that can remind you what it’s all about. Stop by the National Archives to take a look at the Declaration of Independence – the original.

Early riser? At 10 a.m. you can attend a ceremony commemorating the founding document’s signing and hear the words read aloud.

2. Explore the Mansion on O Street

If you’re yearning for adventure in the same spirit that helped found the United States, there are countless treasures to discover at the Mansion on O Street. Full of secret passageways and an array of eclectic antiques, head to the Mansion for an Independence Day party. For just $10, you’re sure to stay entertained until the fireworks start.

3) Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem

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“U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.” chants have taken D.C. bars by storm during the World Cup. Still, take a moment to remember the actual national anthem.

Stop by the National Museum of American History to take a look at the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” written in 1814. And until July 6, you can see the original manuscript of the lyrics.

4. Post-fireworks party at Rock & Roll Hotel

If you’re 21 or older and haven’t yet passed out on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rock & Roll Hotel has the rest of your night planned for you.

The venue is hosting a USA Birthday Dance Party starting at 10 p.m., giving you time to head over after the fireworks show on the Mall.

5) Eat (and drink) at Town Tavern DC’s “Red, White, & Booze” party

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What Fourth of July would be complete without some good ole American food and drink?

Head to Town Tavern D.C., located on 18th Street NW, for food and happy hour specials to celebrate Independence Day.

All-American food like hamburgers, chili dogs and pretzels are $5 to $6 until 11 p.m., and the tavern has a $10 open bar from 9 to 10 p.m.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 2:43 p.m.

D.C. cuts off alcohol delivery service

Hatchet File Photo

Hatchet File Photo

If you planned to order booze tonight from alcohol delivery service Ultra, you might find yourself walking to the package store instead.

D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company Wednesday for selling alcohol without a license, the Washington Post reported. It was only running for about a month.

The web-based service had partnered with a liquor store in Dupont Circle, a model that allowed Ultra to promise delivery within 30 to 60 minutes. It also meant Ultra was considered a third-party vendor of alcohol, and those vendors aren’t allowed to directly collect money from its customers in D.C.

By processing customers’ credit card information for its brick-and-mortar partner, Ultra acted as the seller of wine, beer and spirits, the board found.

The company’s founder, Aniket Shah, told the Washington Times that he will meet with members of the District’s board to “understand how we can operate within the existing model.”

In the meantime, Ultra will continue to serve the Silver Spring area.

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Segway tour leaders guide patrons through D.C. Photo used under the Wikimedia Commons License

Segway tour leaders guide patrons through D.C. Photo used under the Wikimedia Commons License

Getting paid to be a tour guide in D.C. just got easier.

A federal appeals court struck down almost 110-year-old regulations Friday that required any paid tour leader to pay $200 for a license and pass a 100-question multiple-choice test.

While those rules were meant to ensure that tour guides knew what they were talking about, the court ruled that the regulations imposed too much of a burden on free speech and were unconstitutional.

Unlicensed tour guides had faced a $300 fine or 90 days in jail before the decision.

A judge also said the general exam failed to accurately test the knowledge needed for specific tours like Segway, ghost and the increasingly popular food tours.

So, read up on your D.C. facts and maybe you could start your own tour guide business.

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Researchers

Researchers named the District the most walkable city in the country based on the number and spread of office buildings and retail spaces. Hatchet File Photo

D.C. is the most walkable urban area in the country, but maybe not for long.

The District claimed the top spot among 30 major U.S. cities in a report published Tuesday by the GW School of Business and a group of real estate investors. Researchers gave the city the title based on commercial development and transportation options in metropolitan area neighborhoods.

D.C. earned recognition for its high number and nearly even distribution of offices and stores in both suburban and urban areas. The large percentage of college students and graduates also factored into the city’s score.

But Christopher Leinberger and Patrick Lynch, both researchers at the business school’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, predict that the city will slip to the No. 2 spot behind Boston as D.C. runs out of space for development.

Leinberger is chair of the center and president of LOCUS, a network of advocates for walkable metropolitan areas. Lynch works, the center’s research and development manager, is the research director for the umbrella advocacy organization Smart Growth America.

The report also found a link between walkability and standard of living, pointing out that “the GDP per capita of the three highest-ranked walkable urban metros ($60,500) is 52 percent higher than the GDP per capita of the lowest three walkable urban metros ($39,700).”

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi. 

Standing in the dark lower room off the the Black Cat’s bar, 40 devoted fans waited for folk-punk band Saintseneca to finally take the small stage.

As the group started to set up its collection of obscure instruments, the crowd doubled and the audience forgot about personal space.

Zach Little of Saintseneca. Photo courtesy of the band's official Facebook page

Zac Little of Saintseneca. Photo courtesy of the band’s official Facebook page

The band started out as a few childhood friends from the Appalachian foothills in Ohio. Zac Little, the founder and today the only original member of the band, studied sculpture at Ohio State University while going to DIY shows and meeting an entire community of Columbus musicians.

Saintseneca soon became part of this circuit.

“There are a lot of really good bands [in Columbus], so there’s a lot to be inspired by,” Little said. “I guess it was also being part of the music scene here that gave us the opportunity to book tours and things like that on our own terms because we were always doing DIY shows, like punk tours and things like that.”

Anti Records released the group’s second album, “Dark Arc,” in April, which quickly became an alternative folk and post-punk favorite. As the band started strumming, a wave of calm flowed over the crowd. All five band members sang in unison, a collective voice heard on many folk tracks.

They played a couple of songs then switched instruments, a three-string dulcimer and a traditional bass changing hands.

Gripped by the multi-instrument cast, the audience started swaying with the band’s most popular track, “Happy Alone,” which the band played third in its set instead of during the usual encore exit.

Their latest album was inspired by post-punk bands like the experimental Xiu Xiu and classics like The Cure. Themes of life cycles and fate started to form the record, Little said. With abstract lyrics that are open to interpretation, this album is darker but deeper than their first album, “Last.”

“It [came at] a time when the lineup of the band was changing so dramatically and a lot of other things in my life were, too,” Little said. “And I think that all of these changes and transitions were things that helped inspire a lot of the overarching themes in the record – just in terms of how there is a similar narrative arch that plays out in a lot of things.”

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 7:39 p.m.

First D.C. food truck week to start Friday

Food Trucks, CapMac, Cap Mac

CapMac frequents Foggy Bottom during the academic year. Hatchet File Photo

From the gooey masterpieces of CapMac to the sugar rush that Captain Cookie promises to deliver every customer, food trucks have become an H Street staple for students.

But the popularity of food trucks extends well beyond Foggy Bottom. Friday marks the beginning of the first-ever food truck week, a celebration in D.C., Maryland and Virginia that lasts until June 14.

The festival will feature some less familiar options, like Borinquen Lunch Box, DC Slices, Curbside Cupcakes, Doug the Food Dude, PhoWheels, Red Hook Lobster Pound DC and Sinplicity Ice Cream. Alexandria will also host a food truck rodeo Friday, and other events will take place in locations across the D.C. area every day for the next week.

Trucks will head to local breweries for Saturday’s festivities, while happenings later in the week include a social and Father’s Day celebration.

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