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A professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health co-authored a new study that pinpoints another adversary in the obesity epidemic: pizza.

William Dietz, the director of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness, found that 23 percent of U.S. adolescents consume the salty, cheesy food every day.

“Pizza is everywhere,” he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The average slice of pizza has 285 calories, 10 grams of fat, 4 grams of sugar and a whopping 640 milligrams of sodium.

A margherita slice from Whole Foods has a significantly different makeup from a New York slice, with 325 calories, 15 grams of fat, 1 gram of sugar and only 290 milligrams of sodium.

Dietz, an expert on the topics of obesity, nutrition and physical fitness, recommended that pizza lovers improve the composition of their slices and lessen the frequency of consumption. Thin crust options with veggies are, of course, a healthier choice than pepperoni and extra cheese.

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Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 6:24 p.m.

Your Week: Odds and ends

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Samuel Pfister. 

Take this week to check out the oddities of living in D.C., from diverse art exhibits to a classical symphony at the Kennedy Center to an Orwellian book reading sponsored by the D.C. Public Library. If you desperately need to dance, bookend your busy week with The Last Year at the Black Cat and Dr. Dog at the 9:30 Club.


The Last Year at Black Cat: Niki Barr and Scott Ensign made their debut as a duo in Baltimore last year after the release of the angry, yet sweet, “Sugar.” They have a similar sound to the more well-known Bear Hands, but be sure to catch them before they blow up on the indie circuit.
The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $10.

Dominican Modern Art: This gallery is often host to some of the most diverse collections in D.C., one of which ends at the end of the month. The “Modern and Contemporary Art in the Dominican Republic” exhibition offers pieces from the Customs Office Collection. The 30-piece collection details recent artwork from some of today’s best Dominican artists.
Organization of American States’ Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Hours vary.


Lunch Talk at NMWA: The National Museum of Women in the Arts offers weekly Wednesday gallery talks, and this short, lunchtime exhibit looks at the life of Mary in relation to her family, explores the ideas of womanhood, and details what social and sacred functions Mary has served throughout history. “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea” is part of a series in which the NMWA showcases humanist elements in loaned exhibits. No reservation is required.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Noon to 12:30 p.m.

Orwellian America by D.C. Public Library: The Martin Luther King Jr.  Memorial Library is hosting a marathon reading of George Orwell’s “1984.” Special guest readers will be on hand for 11 hours. Don’t feel like traveling? You can live stream the reading on Youtube.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Fantasy & Fate at The Kennedy Center: The National Symphony Orchestra is performing “Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks,” conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. The pieces performed will include “Sérénade Mélancolique” and “Valse-Scherzo,” led by concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef. Tickets are still available online but won’t be at the door.
The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Hours vary. $10 to $85.

Dr. Dog at the 9:30 Club: These self-proclaimed oddballs will play two nights at the 9:30 Club. Dr. Dog, with Philadelphia roots and at least a decade of experience on stage, has an electric chemistry fueled by casual confidence and a knack for mixing it up live. The six-man band is touring until May, when it will play Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta alongside The Strokes and Tame Impala.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $30.

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Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 12:37 a.m.

Chipotle nixes carnitas in hundreds of stores

Three words posted on the door of the fledgling Chipotle on campus left pork lovers disappointed this week: “Sorry, no carnitas.”

The restaurant’s website states that Chipotle only purchases pigs that “are raised outside or in deeply bedded pens, are never given antibiotics and are fed a vegetarian diet.” The company discovered in a routine audit earlier this month that these “responsibly raised” principles were violated by a pork supplier.

About one-third of Chipotle’s 1,700 restaurants across the country have taken carnitas off the menu until further notice.

“Conventionally raised pigs generally do not have access to the outdoors, spend their lives in densely crowded buildings, live on hard, slatted floors with no ability to root and are given antibiotics to keep them from getting sick,” Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the chain, told Bloomberg. “We would rather not serve pork at all than serve pork from animals raised in that way.”

Arnold declined to give Bloomberg the name of the pork supplier.

A restaurant that voluntarily discloses the GMO content of its ingredients, Chipotle claims it is looking to set the standard for humane treatment of livestock and incorporate the farm-to-table movement into a multimillion-dollar corporation.

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Comedian and “The Daily Show” correspondent Jordan Klepper did his homework before his stand-up performance Saturday.

He poked fun at the University from its students to its sports. Klepper wondered aloud what the color buff actually looks like, and he took a few good-natured stabs at notable alumni like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and several politicians.

“GW is really good with preppy people who get screwed by the president,” he joked.

receSs, a student improv group, hosted the event in the nearly sold-out Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. Five student comedy groups from neighboring schools – including Georgetown University, the University of Delaware and the University of Maryland – as well as GW’s organizations performed before Klepper.

The event, called Slate: The World College Comedy Festival, is a chance for improv groups to mingle on and off stage, show off their comedy chops and take notes from well-known acts like Klepper. Amy Poehler performed at the first festival during the 1998-1999 school year.

On Saturday, Klepper talked about his Michigan roots: A native of Kalamazoo, he attended Central Michigan University before he moved to New York and auditioned for “The Daily Show.”

During the campus event, he looked through an audience member’s Instagram feed and got a few laughs as he jested at what he called millennials’ obsession with social media. He mocked the use of the app Yik Yak and bordered on preaching to the crowd, but his material was also relatable as he made students laugh at an easy target: themselves.

Klepper also translated his real life fear of the future into a virtual metaphor. He compared growing up to playing the old “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” video game: He is the character Mikey, he said, and his friend, Donatello, leaves him to go have a kid.

“I can’t fight Shredder alone – all I know how to do is party and eat pizza,” Klepper said.

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Multicultural Student Services Center organized a walk Saturday through campus to the Lincoln Memorial and to the memorial for the Civil Rights Movement leader.

Michael Tapscott, the director of the MSSC, remembers watching King give his “I Have a Dream” speech on television in 1963, when Tapscott was growing up in Northeast D.C.

“I remember feeling and thinking as a child that my life would change, and that change in my life would be associated with that particular man and that particular movement,” he said.

Video by Haley Lloyd.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

End your first week back on campus with a quiet couple days of yoga and a book discussion. And from a smaller concert of talented local bands to icy fun with friends, there are a ton of ways to get off of Foggy Bottom.


Teen Mom DIY Show: Local band Teen Mom will play a house show at the Bathtub Republic along with Brooklyn band Honey Wild and D.C. group Big Hush. Big Hush will start the night with crisp dream pop tracks and strong guitar riffs, alluding to Teen Mom’s soft, pop-influenced tracks, while Honey Wild will take it back to surf rock days.
The Bathtub Republic, 3119 11th St. NW, 8 p.m. $5. 

Questlove DJ Set: Questlove is best known for playing drums in The Roots. But since his start with the band, Questlove has produced multiple albums, written a notable memoir and appeared on television shows and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Late this Friday night at The Howard Theatre, Questlove will put on a DJ set with his collection of over 50,000 vinyl records sure to get everyone dancing.
The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, 10 p.m. $20.


Ice Yards: A winter wonderland will be waiting for you and your friends at The Yards Park near the Navy Yard Metro station. Just like the summer favorite Splash Yards, Ice Yards will feature activities for adults including live music and DJ sets, ice bars, fire pits and even hot tubs. Spend the day at this snowy village and forget about the cold.
The Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE, 2 p.m. Free. This event is 21+.

Scott Timberg Book Discussion: Scott Timberg, a culture writer and former arts journalist, will discuss the decline of traditional media. The digitization of music, books and other mediums has led to economic challenges that Timberg believes could make our society less creative. His book focuses on the familiar Los Angeles arts scene, a collaborative environment for many creative artists.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6 p.m. Free.


Katherine Meloan Concert: New York organist Katherine Meloan will play at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday. Meloan, who was awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for musical performance, will play the Cathedral’s 10,650-pipe great organ.
Washington National Cathedral, 5:15 p.m. $10.

Bike Rack Sunday Yoga: Local sports shop The Bike Rack will host a Sunday evening vinyasa yoga class for all experience levels. End your week on a relaxing note with fellow D.C. yogis, and strengthen your focus (and patience) for the semester to come.
The Bike Rack, 1412 Q St. NW, 6 p.m. $5.

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Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Video: Q&A with Captain Cookie

Curious about the Captain Cookie signs at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave.? Kirk Francis, the owner of Captain Cookie, shared details about his upcoming shop in this Q&A.

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Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 5:23 p.m.

Spring concert preview

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Samuel Pfister. 

As the new semester begins, it’s easy to feel stressed by the prospect of another busy season. Instead of your syllabi, check out the best artists hitting the stage this spring, from a jazz legend to a “Trap Lord” to GW alumni, and give yourself a chance to expand your musical horizons.


Greensky Bluegrass will take the stage at the 9:30 Club at the end of this month. After releasing their eighth studio album in September, the band announced a huge tour from New York to Texas that includes two stops in the District on Jan. 30 and 31.

A true jam band with strong bluegrass roots, Greensky Bluegrass is known for collaborating with artists like Bill Kreutzman, formerly of the Grateful Dead, country band Railroad Earth and Bela Fleck, who recently played a show at Lisner Auditorium. This show is a chance to delve into an alternative musical genre without breaking the bank.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $20


For those looking for something a little more contemporary, A$AP Ferg is coming to D.C. to perform at The Fillmore on Jan. 18. A$AP Ferg is one of underground hip-hop’s up-and-coming artists after a successful 2013 release of his debut album, “Trap Lord.”

The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md. 8 p.m. $37.50


A pioneer of the genre, Roy Ayers stops by the District’s Blues Alley jazz club playing a show each night from Feb. 5 to 8. Ayers was one of the first jazz musicians to bring elements of hip-hop and rap into his music.

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 8 p.m. $45


One of the best indie acts visiting D.C. in the spring is singer-songwriter Damien Jurado. Known for his lo-fi folky recordings, Jurado takes the stage at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Feb. 3.

The Seattle native entered the music scene in the late ’90s, and his 2014 album, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son,” brought him into the modern era with spirited beats like “Metallic Cloud.”

Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Doors at 7 p.m. $15


Dr. Dog comes to town Jan. 22. Hailing from West Grove, Pa., the psychedelic band always puts on a performance filled with distorting sounds and fantastic light shows. Concert-goers get to experience a modern act drawing on influences like The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

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


The 9:30 Club is hosting an assortment of indie-pop acts that are must-sees for any music lover. On March 10, GW alumni band Jukebox the Ghost hits the club to promote their self-titled album.

Former students Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel and Jesse Kristin draw on piano influences and strong lyricism in their music, which scored them a contract with Yep Roc Records last year.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $18

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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 4:44 p.m.

Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks

Monday Mix

The best music in television and films is celebrated as awards season rears its glitzy head again. Here are our favorite tunes from films, like “Whip It” and even “Project X.”

Editors’ Picks

Music | Morgan Baskin, Culture Editor

This week’s pick: Cherub “Doses & Mimosas”

Starting the new year, it’s nice to have a self-empowerment anthem that’s not Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” Cherub pulls it off with spunk, sass and spirit.

Lit | Tatiana Cirisano, Assistant Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “Under the Stairs” by Angela Leighton

Listen to poet Angela Leighton read her latest piece, “Under the Stairs,” a dreamy reflection on memory, childhood and lost items published in The New Yorker last week.

Film | Jeanine Marie, Contributing Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “Selma”

The big winners at last night’s Golden Globes were “Boyhood” and “Grand Budapest Hotel,” but be sure to catch this drama in theaters, in which Martin Luther King Jr., played by the extremely talented David Oyelowo, attempts to lead a group of civil rights marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama in 1965.

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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 2:03 a.m.

Your Week: Back to the District

After a few days of classes, unwind with Tai Chi at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. Photo by flickr user Francisco Daum used under a CC-BY 2.0 licence.

After a few days of classes, unwind with Tai Chi at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. Photo by flickr user Francisco Daum used under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

Spend some quality time catching up with your friends in a week jam-packed with free events. Or ease into spring semester with laid-back options like book readings, Tai Chi and rock concerts.


Brian Quijada’s “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” Performance: Brian Quijada will perform in the large Theater Lab as part of the Millennium Stage series at the Kennedy Center. Quijada’s performance, including spoken word and music, will be centered on one of his childhood experiences: asking his third grade teacher where Latinos sat on buses at the time of the Civil Rights Movement. Get there early as general admission tickets will be handed out in the Kennedy Center States Gallery at 5:30 p.m.
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 6 p.m. Free.

An Evening of Humorous Readings at Kramerbooks: Start your semester with some much-needed laughs. Take your friends to enjoy some beers while watching some of the best in comedy writing. Brian Agler from McSweeney’s and Funny or Die will host the event with writers like Sean Carman of McSweeney’s and Sarah Schmelling of the New York Times.
Kramerbooks & Afterwards Café & Grill, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 8 p.m. Free.


Nerds in NoMa: This winter speaker series brings the nerds – or rather hipsters – together to discuss topics like street art, beekeeping and local brewing. On Tuesday, meet like-minded connoisseurs and learn about mobile businesses. This week’s speakers include Mike Lenard from TaKorean and Laura Layton from Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique. Food trucks will be on site selling refreshments. RSVP in advance.
The Lobby Project, 1200 First St. NE. 6 p.m. Free.

John McQuaid “Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat” Discussion: Pulitzer Prize-winning food author and journalist John McQuaid will be at Politics & Prose on Tuesday to talk about taste and the body and how the brain decides what we eat. Learn more about how to control what you eat and culinary events in history like the invention of the potato chip. His book, which comes out Tuesday, will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Free.


Tai Chi at the National Cathedral: After a couple days of classes, relax and get started on your fitness and health resolutions. Learn about the ancient Chinese martial art Tai Chi from one of the most well-known masters in the District, Nick Gracenin. This beginner’s class will consist of breathing and movement exercises, focusing on the themes of expansiveness, immediacy and insight.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

The Vaselines at Rock & Roll Hotel: The Glasgow-based melodic and upbeat rock band will play your favorite H Street venue Wednesday night. The group’s playful songwriting has a punk quality that attracts everyone from fellow Sub Pop band Nirvana to Belle & Sebastian. Their new album, “V for Vaselines,” is more aware of contemporary rock and features catchy tracks that will be great for dancing.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $20.


Jazz in Kogod Courtyard: Enjoy the music of famed bebop saxophone player Charlie Parker at the American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard. A band with saxophonist Antonio Parker will play a tribute to Charlie Parker as part of the American Art Museum’s “The Singing and the Silence” exhibit. There will be refreshments and board games at the Courtyard Café along with a printmaking center to make your own print to keep
American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 5 p.m. Free.

Wild Child at 9:30 Club: The members of pop-like indie folk group Wild Child will bring their many unique instruments to the 9:30 Club. A band that has been an NPR favorite and appeared at Firefly and Bonnaroo, Wild Child knows how to impress. The group is touring on its second album, “The Runaround,” produced by Ben Kweller.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, 7 p.m. $15.

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