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Thursday, July 7, 2016 3:41 p.m.

Weekend Outlook


The weekend following a long weekend may feel like a let-down, but you can change that with more fireworks and live performances.


Capital Fringe Festival

This annual festival – which emphasizes daring and unique work – features more than 100 performances in locations around the District, including burlesque dancing, music, stand-up comedy and theatre.

Various locations. $7.


Emily King

This R&B singer is releasing the deluxe version of her critically acclaimed second album “The Switch” Friday.

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

Alexandria Birthday Celebration

Didn’t get enough fireworks on the Fourth of July? You can catch another show at the celebration of Alexandria’s 267th birthday. The event will also feature cannons, live music and birthday cake.

Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Va. 5 p.m. Free admission.


Doug Benson

You may have seen this stand-up comedian – known for his stoner jokes – on “Last Comic Standing” or “@midnight.”

D.C. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 3:15 p.m. $20.

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When Yeezus called, the whole District answered.

Kanye West, the rapper behind album “Life of Pablo,” tweeted four locations in D.C. where he would screen his infamous “Famous” Sunday night and early Monday morning. One of those addresses was the corner of 22 and G streets at Funger Hall.


— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 3, 2016

Despite the short notice and lack of detail, about 200 people flocked to Funger on foot, by car or in Ubers by 12:30 a.m. Some had clearly just come from bars and others had just rolled of bed, but the milling crowd was united by electric excitement as they waited for Yeezus.

A black van pulled up G Street 10 minutes before the viewing was scheduled to start, and a rudimentary projector was set up to show the video on the side of Funger Hall to screen the music video.

The cheer of fans was deafening, despite some controversy over the video, and every time a new face appeared on the screen the crowd would respond with a cheer or a boo.

The music video has drawn criticism and outrage for showing the naked bodies of various other celebrities, including Rihanna, Donald Trump and Taylor Swift. It has since been revealed that most of the bodies depicted in the video are not real, but are actually realistic wax figures.

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The Nation’s Capital is a prime location celebrate the anniversary of U.S. independence, but that means many locations will be packed with people. If you’re into viewing fireworks surrounded by people, these locations will be perfect. Otherwise, avoid them at all costs:

The National Mall

Anywhere along this stretch will be full of people wanting to get the best view in the city of fireworks exploding behind the Lincoln Memorial. While you’ll definitely get some of the best photos here, come early to stake out a location for your picnic blanket because every inch of grass will be covered for the main event.

Georgetown Waterfront

If you’re thinking of grabbing a meal at a restaurant while you catch the explosions, you are not alone. The restaurants along the water – including Sequoia and Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place – might be more convenient than packing a picnic but will be just as crowded as the National Mall.(

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

This extra-patriotic location in Arlington will give you a nice view from across the river with a photogenic statue in the foreground to boot. But many people will have the same idea to go across the water to this striking memorial so your view – and more importantly, that perfect photo with the statue – may be obscured.

Arlington Memorial Bridge

This picturesque bridge with a view of the water fills up fast and gets very crowded. If you get there early and get a good spot, it may be worth it. Otherwise, the crowd of people will block your view in the limited space.

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Saturday, July 2, 2016 4:22 p.m.

Independence Day parties, darties

If you want to celebrate the Fourth with more than just fireworks, check out these patriotic parties for an Independence Day you’ll never forget:

Silent Disco & Fireworks

Malmaison, 3401 Water St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $20.

This party kicks off at the popular Malmaison, scenically located near the banks of the Potomac. Headphones will be handed out near the door – powered by the Silent Disco Society’s collaboration with Malmaison – and guests can choose between three live DJs to listen to throughout the night.

If you’re in the mood for some throwback tunes, DJ Moosic’s old school reggae, hip hop and disco will be up your alley. DJ Sabeel Chohan will be spinning EDM, and Sunny will be covering world groove and house.

Not festive enough? Malmaison will also host a hula dance performances all night.

This is a themed party, so don’t forget your red, white and blue attire.

Rooftop pool party

The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. 8 a.m. $50.

The Liaison hotel is hosting a special rooftop pool party in honor of the Fourth, and everyone’s invited.

Although there’s a $50 admission fee, once you pay for the ticket you have poolside access from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. all day – which means you have front row seats for the fireworks that night.

If you feel like spending some more green that day, poolside cabanas go for $300–$400, which include rooftop access for your guests.

Red White Blue July 4th Pool Party

Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20.

Spend your Fourth in your best bikini at the Embassy Row Hotel, where the party starts at noon and DJs are always spinning. Grab a few summer-themed cocktails and relax on the day beds, or in the pool, as you take in the panoramic view of the city.

Best of all, the admission fee is only $20 for an all-day pass, which is a steal for a pool party on Independence Day.

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Friday, July 1, 2016 5:42 p.m.

Places to view fireworks far from crowds

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

You want to see fireworks, but not be cramped with thousands of other people? Although it sounds impossible on a patriotic holiday in the nation’s capital, it’s not. These more secluded spots will provide a peaceful viewing experience:

Holy Rood Cemetery
2126 Wisconsin Ave.

Atop one of the highest hills in D.C., this cemetery offers grassy spots and a great view for the fireworks just north of Georgetown University in Glover Park. A cemetery might seem spooky, but watching fireworks light up behind the silhouettes of gravestones is a sight you’ll never forget.

Long Bridge Park
475 Long Bridge Dr., Arlington, Va.

If you want to avoid the District crowds all together, head out to Virginia. You’ll easily find a place to lay out a picnic blanket or some beach chairs on the more than 30 acres of open land. If you’re driving, you’ll find more parking here than at the more crowded Gravelly Point Park in Arlington.


300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, Va.

The spinning Skydome atop the DoubleTree in Crystal City offers a 360 degree view of the District and will stay open until 10 p.m. for viewing fireworks.

1905 Bistro & Bar
1905 9th St. NW

For $20, you can chow down on grilled portobellos and sausages at this rooftop barbecue.

The Cambria Hotels and Suites
899 O St. NW

This Logan Circle rooftop will hold a fireworks viewing party with music frm DJ Yez for $20.

The Rock and Roll Hotel
1353 H St. NE

You can enjoy this free rooftop with two DJs for entertainment until 12:30 a.m.

The Brixton
901 U St. NW.

For a different locale and vibe, this rooftop party will feature a hot dog eating contest at 5 p.m. and $4 beers until 2 a.m. with no cover charge.

Cardozo High School
1200 Clifton St. NW

Going back to high school – even one you did not attend – may not seem like the most appealing location, but you won’t regret it once you see the view from the top of the hill where the school is perched. You definitely won’t run into many families at this secluded spot.

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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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