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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

What’s the point of celebrating the Fourth of July without the perfect social media snap? Here are the best places to get your perfect Instagram post Monday:

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. NW

Every GW student knows that the Kennedy Center has one of the best views of the city, and they have the selfies with the Washington monument in the background prove it. Not only will you get the perfect Fourth of July shot here, but the crowds there will be tame compared to ones on the National Mall. It’s the perfect place to get the timeless Fourth of July shot with backs faced to the camera and fireworks in the sky.

Hains Point on East Potomac Park
14th St. SW

Hains Point is a little gem on the tip of the same peninsula as the Jefferson Memorial that will offer incredible views of the fireworks. It’s a grassy area that would be an ideal study spot during the school year, but on the Fourth it’s transformed into the perfect photo shoot location.

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW

The Washington National Cathedral is one of the highest points in D.C., and the hill it sits on will give you a bird’s eye view of the fireworks. It’s also a terrific place to bring a picnic to get a shot of everyone enjoying watermelon while admiring the fireworks above.

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Foggy Bottom was ranked 14th on a list of best D.C. neighborhoods. Hatchet file photo.

Foggy Bottom was ranked 14th on a list of best D.C. neighborhoods. Hatchet file photo.

Raleigh Warner, the co-founder of Jumpshell, is helping people decide which D.C. neighborhood they should live in with his comprehensive ranking of neighborhoods in the District.

Georgetown was ranked first on the list of best neighborhoods. Foggy Bottom made the list, but it came in last at 14th place.

The guide includes a list of every neighborhood in the District and pinpoints the age range, vibe and attractions of each neighborhood in two or three quick bullet points. If that isn’t succinct enough, headers on the site describe each area with a few adjectives that match neighborhoods’ moods.

To make it easier for prospective District denizens to visualize the city, Warner included both Google Maps street and map views of the neighborhood to supplement the written description.

Warner pooled information from sites like Zillow, and Zumper and considered perspectives from personal interviews with new renters when creating the list.

The guide can be found on Jumpshell, a website designed for apartment hunting.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016 3:08 p.m.

‘Ghostbusters’ to take over Lyft

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Crystel Sylvester.

Even if the “Ghostbusters” reboot is the most disliked movie trailer on YouTube, residents of select cities, including D.C., can still catch a ride in the movie’s spirit-busting vehicle this weekend.

Lyft is offering a “Ghost Mode” promotion Friday and Saturday as a promotion for the franchise’s latest movie’s release July 15. Riders in D.C., New York, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles can ride for free in an Ecto-1 or a replica from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. both days, Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday.

The Ecto-1 in the reboot is a repurposed 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood hearse with Ghostbusters logos on the doors. If the originals and replicas are in use, riders can take Toyota Highlanders wrapped to look like the original.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:36 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Ring in the first official weekend of summer with a comedy festival, a giant barbecue and fist-pumping rock music.


Choctaw Nation Arts and Music Festival

Celebrate the tribal history and heritage of the Oklahoma Choctaw Nation at the Smithsonian American Indian Museum. Choctaw Nation princesses will have a meet and greet backed up by the powerful vocals of Choctaw singer Samantha Crain, who will perform her folk music starting at 3 p.m.

4th St. and Independence Ave. SW. All day. Free admission.

District of Comedy Stand-up Showcase

Laugh your worries away with a joke-filled night at the Kennedy Center. Headliners from the 2016 District of Comedy Festival are slated to be New York comedians Anthony DeVito from “Comedy Central,” Greg Stone from “America’s Got Talent” and Jared Freid from “Comedy Cellar.” Up to two free general admission tickets per person will be distributed in the Capital One Atrium Lounge at 5 p.m. before the show.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. 6 p.m. Free admission.


24th Annual National Capital Barbecue Battle

The competition will be sizzling hot at this outdoor barbecue competition in the heart of the District. The annual barbecue has received numerous accolades, and CNN has listed it as one of the “Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country.” No good on the grill? Don’t worry, the battle will also offer cooking demonstrations and live music for casual observers. Endless food samples will keep you full while you watch the masters flip burgers.

9th to 14th streets on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 11 a.m. $12.


The Mystery Lights + Teen Liver

Dance your heart out to head-banging garage rock by The Mystery Lights and punk rock by Teen Liver. Get ready for the night by listening to The Mystery Light’s single “Follow Me Home” from their debut album, which drops Friday.

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $10.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 10:40 a.m.

Wahlburgers to open in Dupont Circle

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Crystel Sylvester.

Fans of the A&E reality show “Wahlburgers” will soon be able to enjoy the celebrity burgers in D.C

Wahlburgers, led by executive chef Paul Wahlburg, brother of film star Mark Wahlburg, will open its first D.C. location in Dupont Circle this year, Patch reported.

The Wahlbergs plan to eventually open restaurants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, according to Patch. The restaurant is Boston-based with locations already in Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto.

“We look forward to serving D.C.’s diverse community and welcoming everyone from foreign ambassadors and elected officials to students and visitors,” Rick Vanzura, the chief executive officer of Wahlburgers, said in a statement.

The location will occupy 6,500 square feet in Dupont Circle. The restaurant will feature both a fast-casual counter and a full-service dining room, as well as a bar and an outdoor patio. A retail section will exhibit branded Wahlburgers shirts, hats and drinkware, according to Patch.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Crystel Sylvester.

No matter how D.C. residents feel about this year’s potential commander in chief, they can all get behind the ABC drama.

A new map – sponsored by CenturyLink and comprised using data from Google Trends – shows each state’s favorite politically-charged shows. D.C. residents said they love “Commander in Chief,” an ABC drama about the first female president.

D.C. isn’t the only Washington to favor “Commander in Chief” – the show also topped the chart in Washington state.

Other trends on the map show that viewers in the South favor alumna Kerry Washington’s drama “Scandal,” while the West still favors Fox’s “24.” Although “1600 Penn” only aired 13 episodes, the show clearly still has a strong fanbase, with the NBC show topping the charts in eight states.

D.C.’s top five showed that its residents seem to enjoy shows based in their own city, because it was the only place where “The West Wing” appeared in the top five.

Here are D.C.’s top five favorite political shows:

1. “Commander in Chief”
2. “The Americans”
3. “The West Wing”
4. “Veep”
5. “House of Cards”

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 8:49 p.m.

This week in music

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Callan Tansill-Suddath.

With summer break in full swing, and new freshmen on campus for Colonial Inauguration this week, many students still in D.C. are becoming aware of just how hot summers in the city actually get. Here is a playlist to help you forget how much you’re sweating – the average high temperature in D.C. in June is 84 degrees – or to listen to while you sit by the Vern pool.

The mix is upbeat, featuring pop, hip hop and EDM, with artists featured in past columns including Chvrches, Kanye West and Spring Fling 2016 opener Manila Killa. Treat it like your Spotify discover weekly playlist, but compiled by someone who has actually spent a summer in the District.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 3:47 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

D.C. Jazz Festival will be at Yards Park on the Southeast waterfront this weekend. Hatchet file photo by Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

D.C. Jazz Festival will be at Yards Park on the Southeast waterfront this weekend. Hatchet file photo by Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Updated: June 17, 2016 at 10:04 a.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Madelyne Ashworth.

Enjoy the official start of summer this weekend with barbecue, jazz and a little history.


Beer, Bourbon and BBQ

Indulge in pulled pork and slow-cooked brisket at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival Friday. A wide selection of pork and chicken barbecue will be served up, and guests can taste over 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap. The festival will feature seminars from expert distillers, brewmasters and pitmasters. Live rock, blues and bluegrass will also be featured on the main stage.

National Harbor, Md., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., free admission.


Pulse Benefit Concert

Stand in solidarity with the LGBT community with local bands, including Foster Carrots and Dope Francis. All donations will go to the Central Florida LGBT Center’s Pulse Tragedy Community Fund, created to support shooting victims’ families and friends.

1822 Lamont St. NW, 7 p.m. to midnight, free admission.

We the Party People

Join the National Museum of American History after hours as they open their doors to educate D.C. locals about the 19th century. Enjoy food from venues like Founding Farmers and a wide drink selection. Several lightning round TED Talk-style speakers will dish out their knowledge, while DJ Biz Markie will entertain on the terrace.

14th St and Constitution Ave. NW, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 21+, $25.


D.C. Jazz Festival

The annual D.C. Jazz Festival concludes this weekend on the newly renovated Southeast Waterfront Yards Park. A full lineup of musicians, including Kamasi Washington and Revive Big Band will perform throughout the day. Enjoy the smooth tunes and the beautiful views into the night.

355 Water St. NW, $45, Doors at 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Atlas Brew Works Bluegrass Jam

Take your dad out for a fun day of beer and bluegrass at Atlas Brew Works this Father’s Day. All are encouraged to bring their instruments and play along to some bluegrass beats. Bonus: You’ll get 10 percent off your drink tab. Patrons are also welcome to bring food, dogs and children.

2052 W Virginia Ave. NE, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., free admission.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 5:33 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Celebrate the weekend with three different festivals, live music and a parade.


Cherokee Days Festival

Spend the day learning about the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes as they celebrate their common heritage. During the festival’s third year, enjoy traditional flute music, dance showcases, the Cherokee National Youth Choir, artists and storytellers and language and genealogy presentations.

Smithsonian American Indian Museum, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW, 10 a.m., Free.

Jazz in the Garden

Spend a relaxing Friday evening listening to jazz vocalist George V. Johnson Jr. while lounging on a blanket in the shade surrounded by sleek postmodern sculptures at the sculpture garden.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Constitution Ave. and 7th St., 5 p.m., Free.


Pride Parade

The 1.5 mile parade starts at 4:30 p.m. from 22nd and P streets NW and ends at 14th and R streets NW. From drag queens to dressed up dogs, the colorful and energetic parade surely won’t disappoint.

Emmy-winning actor Leslie Jordan will serve as the grand marshal with over 180 floats, vehicles, walkers and entertainers.

22nd and P streets, 4:30 p.m., Free.


Capital Pride Festival

Continue your pride celebration at the Capitol with festivities, food and music. Make sure to snag $35 pit tickets to the Capital Pride Concert to see performances by headliners Meghan Trainor and Charlie Puth. The concert starts at 1 p.m. in front of the U.S. Capitol on Pennsylvania Ave. and 3rd St.

Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets, 12 p.m., Free festival entry, Concert tickets $35.


The English indie folk singer, whose songs have been featured in films like “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Brave” and “The Hunger Games,” is touring her angelic vocals. The Grammy-nominated 20-year-old singer shot to fame after her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” at 14.

Get ready for the English indie folk singer’s The Beautiful Lies Tour by listening to her single “Wild Horse” from her 2016 album “Beautiful Lies.”

9:30 Club, 815 V. St., 7 p.m., $25.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Crystel Sylvester.

The National Register of Historic Places added the home of “The Furies” – a separatist, feminist-lesbian collective that produced a monthly newsletter – to its list last month. It’s the first lesbian landmark in the country to receive such a designation, the Washington City reported Monday.

Founded in the fall of 1971, the Furies lived and worked out of an 11th St. SE townhouse. For about two years, the townhouse served as the center of operation for the Furies’ political work.

The 12 founding Furies fought against sexism, capitalism, and the patriarchy. They operated somewhat separately from the general cultural revolution in D.C. at the time, which included thriving gay bars in Dupont Circle.

Founding member Ginny Berson told the Washington City Paper that being part of the Furies was like “taking blinders off.”

“Once you see the whole world, it is in fact an enormously liberating experience. And it resulted in a huge bout of creative energy and creativity,” she said.

While living together, the Furies not only shared a mission and a space – but also money. The gender wage gap motivated them to share that women who earned more gave more to the group.

Berson told the Washington City Paper that while she’s not “attached to physical monuments” and wasn’t initially excited about the National Parks Service’s announcement, the landmark status has grown on her.

“I think that lesbian history and lesbian contributions to society continue to be overlooked,” Berson said. “Now everything is LGBTQ. In LGBTQ, ‘L’ is frequently the forgotten letter…It’s important [to know that] lesbians own something–to have some physical space to say, ‘lesbians did important things here.’”

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