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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 12:13 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Smoked and Stacked

“Top Chef” finalist Marjorie Meek-Bradley opened Smoked and Stacked – a gourmet pastrami sandwich restaurant – in the Shaw neighborhood last month.

Bradley serves as executive chef for other D.C. restaurants, including Ripple and Roofers Union.

Video by Sara Bugaighis

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 5:05 p.m.

Dish of the week: Momofuku’s shiitake buns


Momofuku's shiitake sticky buns are filled with crispy mushrooms. The dish costs $11 at the D.C. location. Kevin Chen | Hatchet Photographer

Momofuku’s shiitake sticky buns are filled with crispy mushrooms. The dish costs $11 at the D.C. location. Kevin Chen | Hatchet Photographer

Updated: Oct. 7, 2016 at 12:10 a.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

Everyone’s heard of Momofuku, whether they have actually dined there or just seen the elusive dining room through the windows of the Milk Bar – both located on I Street.

Momofuku is famous for its varieties of ramen, which incorporate many different flavors and inspire many an Instagram post. But Momofuku has some lesser-known but equally delicious dishes – especially the shiitake buns ($11).

The buns themselves in this underrated dish are warm and fluffy, and taking a bite feels like you’re chomping into a cloud. You could easily eat these airy buns bun without any filling, but you’d miss out on the savory shiitake mushrooms that provide the perfect filling.

The mushrooms are lightly fried, which gives them a bit of a crunch. It doesn’t hurt that the mushrooms are sautéed in Momofuku’s signature sweet and savory hoisin sauce. The mushrooms are also combined with scallions and cucumbers to add even more crunch and a dash of freshness to the dish. The buns and mushrooms come together perfectly to create a bite full of unique sensations and flavors.

Now you must be wondering, how do I try this tasty dish if Momofuku is constantly packed to capacity? Momofuku takes reservations, so be sure to book one in advance. Sometimes planning ahead is hard when you’re a busy college student, though. Luckily you can try a similar dish at other Asian restaurants around D.C., including Ping Pong Dim Sum and Sakuramen.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 5:04 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Paige Childs.

It’s the first weekend in the District that really feels like fall. Enjoy the crisper weather with art, live music and, of course, good food.


First Friday Dupont

At this longstanding Dupont Circle tradition on the first Friday of every month, you can wander into various modern and contemporary art galleries along Connecticut Avenue and P Street. Grab some comfort food while you’re in the area at Politics & Prose’s cafe, The Den.

Dupont Circle. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free.


All Things Go Fall Classic

Savor one last outdoor music festival before the weather gets too cold. The third annual All Things Go Fall Classic is happening at Yards Park this Saturday. Catch headliners Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun and Sylvan Esso, as well as some up-and-comers like Ace Cosgrove.

355 Water St. SE. 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $75 – prices increase day-of.


Taste of D.C.

Last weekend you got a little taste of Georgetown, but now you can get a taste of the entire District. Taste of D.C. is the city’s largest food, beer and wine festival. Choose from more than 60 restaurants, taking a bite here and there for only $1-$3 per sample. Select menu favorites will be available for $8 or less. Wash everything down by stopping at one of the many beverage stations, which offer nonalcoholic drinks, or take a stroll through the Bier Garten and Wine Walk. Live performances will accompany the cuisine all day long. If you’re lucky, you might catch the D.C. Bhangra Crew – a group formed by GW students in 2008.

7th St. NW and Pennsylvania Av. NW. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $20-$80.

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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 8:29 p.m.

Adams Morgan hosts annual Porchfest

Updated: Oct. 3, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.

Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District and Cultural Tourism DC hosted Adams Morgan’s annual PorchFest Saturday as a celebration of the neighborhood’s music traditions.

Dozens of front porches and local businesses became performance venues for more than 30 bands and musicians, representing a wide array of musical genres from ska punk to indie rock.

Video by Racquel Nassor and Kellie Bancalari.

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 5:47 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Kick off the weekend with delicious outdoor food tastings, free American art and rousing dance music.


National Gallery of Art

Spend a day discovering the treasures in the reopened National Gallery of Art East Building. A rooftop sculpture garden featuring an electric blue rooster and four new exhibitions will indulge your artsy side. Be sure to check out “In the Tower: Barbara Kruger,” an exhibit featuring startling profiles by Barbara Kruger.

Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

IAMX + Cellars

Dance the night away to catchy, edgy synthpop. Known for visually stimulating and theatrical performances, IAMX is on a national tour with the new Los Angeles-based band, Cellars. Listen to IAMX’s addicting and haunting 2016 single “North Star” from the album “Metanoia.”

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 7 p.m. $25.


Taste of Georgetown

Sample delectable dishes from more than 30 Georgetown restaurants, including cupcake rivals Baked and Wired and Georgetown Cupcake. Find out which dishes the judges – local food experts – will award “Best Way to Satiate a Sweet Tooth” and “Best use of Seasonal Ingredients,” along with other prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit homeless outreach at the Georgetown Ministry Center.

K Street between Wisconsin Ave. and Thomas Jefferson Street. 11 a.m. $5 per tasting or $20 for five tastings.


D.C. Design House Tour

Step inside a D.C. home transformed by some of the best-known local designers. This year’s ninth annual D.C. Design House is a white five-story, 11,000 square-foot home with 21 redesigned spaces. The money raised from the house tours will go toward the Children’s National Health System.

2509 Foxhall Rd. Noon. $35.

Kula Shaker + The Beginner’s Mynd

Finish the weekend with psychedelic rock and pop by Kula Shaker and The Beginner’s Mynd. Get ready by listening to Kula Shaker’s “Love B (with U)” from their 2016 album “K 2.0,” which was released in February.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 7 p.m. $22.

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 5:38 p.m.

This week in music

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

Now that the weather has started to feel like fall, it’s time to curl up with some new music from indie musicians.

Devandra Banhart – “Saturday Night”

Devandra Banhart rose to prominence with his unique style of freak-folk and gained widespread attention with his collaborations with indie pioneers like The Strokes, Joanna Newsom and MGMT. The luminous video for “Saturday Night,” the second single from his most recent album “Ape in Pink Marble,” pairs with the trippy yet calming vibe of the track. The tone could easily be compared to a lullaby, and the video is fittingly filled with babies and puppies. As we approach the beginning of autumn, this is the kind of song that’s easy to picture listening to around a bonfire as the last few days of warmer weather slip away.

Best lyrics: Can’t keep your eyes from closing/
You’re a blue sky decomposing as we all embrace what we’ve become/
And love always is merging into one

“Ape in Pink Marble” was released Sept. 23.

Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple – “Left Handed Kisses”

With successful careers spanning four decades between the two of them, Fiona Apple and Andrew Bird are both household names for indie-rock fans. Earlier this year, Bird took advantage of a relatively new music phenomenon, Facebook Live, to release new material. Many artists opt for a bar or small venue for an intimate set – like Green Day’s upcoming surprise show at the 9:30 Club next Friday – but Bird chooses to keep it even simpler, broadcasting straight from his living room. The 37-minute broadcast was a spectacle, and the song is a soulful and heartbreaking ballad in which both Bird and Apple are at their rawest and most vulnerable. The lyrics read like a classical love poem and tug at the heartstrings of even those as tough and concrete as the image Apple has created throughout her years as an artist.

Best lyrics: Drifting gently through the gyre/
Of the great Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean

Andrew Bird’s “Are You Serious” was released in April. He will perform Oct. 9 at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore.

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Acapellapalooza, a performance at Lisner Auditorium showcasing GW’s student a capella groups, is headlining this year’s Colonials Weekend, according to a University release last week.

The weekend has traditionally included sold-out performances by guest celebrities. Bands like The Fray and Train and comedians including Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers and Bill Maher have headlined recent Colonials Weekend shows.

Acapellapalooza is a Colonials Weekend mainstay but previously had taken a backseat to the other acts.

Tracy Arwari, the director of the office of student support and family engagement, said in the release that this year’s family weekend – which will take place Oct. 14 to 16 – will highlight students’ talents.

“We are so excited that this year’s Colonials Weekend will showcase the student experience,” Arwari said.

The GW Band will also perform a concert in Lisner Auditorium Oct. 15, according to the release.

Students and families can attend traditional Colonials Weekend events, like the neighborhood block party, a jazz brunch and Colonials Invasion, according to a calendar for the weekend.

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Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 8:32 p.m.

Yoga on the Mall celebrates 11 years


D.C. Community Yoga Association celebrated their 11th annual Yoga on the Mall event.

Yoga on the Mall celebrates the culmination of Metro D.C. Yoga Week, which involves studios in the D.C, Virginia and Maryland area.

“Living in Washington can be stressful sometimes, so it’s a great way to destress,” attendee Luke Ventura said.

Video by Nam Tran

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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 6:45 p.m.

Q&A: Matoma talks good vibes, personal journey

Matoma, a Norwegian DJ, stormed onto the scene just three years ago but has already risen to stardom. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Matoma, a Norwegian DJ, stormed onto the scene just three years ago but has already risen to stardom. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Updated: Sept. 21, 2016 at 8:22 p.m.

Tom Lagergren, better known as Matoma, is a breakout Norwegian DJ and producer that has gone from zero to DJ fame.

Although his career officially took off in 2013 with his remix of “Old Thing Back” by the Notorious B.I.G., Matoma has had numerous hits over the past three years, like “Running Out,” “Stick Around” and “Paradise.”

Matoma has worked with the likes of Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Madeon, Astrid S. and Becky Hill during his short career — success he attributes to his record label, Atlantic Records.

We sat down with him before his show at the A.I. this past Saturday.

You started your career by remixing other songs, such as your cover of “Old Thing Back” by the Notorious B.I.G. What inspired you to start creating your own songs, and why have you moved on from remixes?
Matoma: I saw remixing as an opportunity for me to show my talent as a producer because I didn’t know any songwriters or any people in the industry. To find a cappellas on the Internet was a good way for me to display my skills. So after building a roster of remixed songs and DJing, the opportunity came for me to sign on with a big label.

Personally, I think I signed on with the best record in the world, Atlantic Records. They are really talented and they take care of their artists. They have given me so many opportunities, such as “Running Out,” “False Alarm,” “Stick Around,” “Try Me” with Jason Derulo.

Speaking of, how do you get so many high profile artists to collaborate with you?
M: People in the music industry today, they listen to songs and the talent behind the songs. I don’t think the name is as important as it was ten years ago. I was with my manager, who is a beast, and we got my name on the records – that really boosted my career.

Which collaboration is your personal favorite?
M: I have to say “Stick Around,” “Paradise” and “False Alarm.” All my songs have a journey and a history behind them, so all my songs are as important. There are a few songs that stick out though, like “Waves” with Madeon and “Everything is Nice” with Popcaan.

What do you think it is about your music that grabs people?
M: I think it’s all about the good vibes and emotions in the song that you can really hear that there’s more behind it than the regular pop record. You can really feel it. For me, when I produce a song I just want people, when they listen to it for the first time, to have a good experience and want to listen to it again — listen to it closer, hear more of the hidden elements in the song.

I want to talk a little bit more about your album, “Hakuna Matoma.” Where did the name come from?
M: The name came from where I got my artist name in the first place. It was my brother who came up with Matoma. It was off the Calvin Harris concert in Flisa, the place where we live, and my brother said to me, “Tom, you need to change your name because it’s terrible!”

So we started the discussion, and the discussion got more and more heated. So it went between me and Dan, and he said, “Can’t you take life easy? ‘Hakuna matata!’” from “The Lion King.”

And my brother he wanted to back phrase that, and he came up with Hakuna Matoma.

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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

You’ve almost made it through a month of school, so it’s time to celebrate with music and comedy this weekend.


Freedom Sounds at the Washington Monument

You can enjoy a free festival all weekend in celebration of the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s grand opening. Don’t miss out on performances from Public Enemy and the Roots, along with drum circles various spoken word and storytelling performances.

Washington Monument Grounds, 17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Noon to 5:00 p.m. Free admission.


Matt Braunger

You may recognize this comedian from his hour-long Comedy Central special “Big, Dumb Animal” that debuted last year or from his frequent appearances on “@midnight.”

Drafthouse Comedy DC, 1100 13th St. NW. 9 p.m. $25.


Princess featuring Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum

If you’re still missing Prince, catch this “Saturday Night Live” alumna and her friend cover his songs. The two have been singing together since college.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 8 p.m. $30.

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