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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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Birdy

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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Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:37 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madelyne Ashworth.

Enjoy the first weekend of June with live music, festivals and nerd celebration.

Friday

Kaytranada

The up-and-coming Canadian-Haitian producer and DJ – who recently debuted his first LP “99.9%” – is bringing his original technicolor beats to the 9:30 Club with remixes of songs from artists including Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. His unique music bridges the gap between R&B, hip hop and dance styles. Doors open at 10 p.m.

815 V St. NW, $20.

Awesome Con

This Comic-Con-like event will bring out your inner comic nook nerd, hobbit or Trekkie. Guests like Adam West, Bill Nye and Jenna Coleman will appear on guest panels throughout the weekend. Awesome Con participants will also have access to board game rooms, a cosplay contest and exposés on the creation of comic books.

This huge all-weekend event will last from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl. NW, $15.

Saturday

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance at the Kennedy Center

Pick up your feet and join the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for a free step class followed by a performance. No experience is necessary.

The dance lesson will begin at 5 p.m. and the performance at 6 p.m.

2700 F St NW.

90’s Bar Crawl

Kick off a week of D.C. pride before the huge event next weekend by donning your favorite 90’s outfit and joining the LGBT community for a night of 90’s music and bar hopping. In addition to some 90’s swag and drink specials, you’ll be spending the day at bars like Recessions, Public Bar and Rumors.

The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Multiple Locations. $35.

Sunday

Fiesta Asia Street Fair

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month by indulging in the music, dance, food and drink of over 20 different Asian cultures in the Annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair. You can enjoy more than 1,000 performers on five stages, including vocalists, dancers and martial artists.

Stop by and enjoy parades, Pan-Asian cuisine and traditional Asian art from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 3rd and 6th streets, free admission.

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Updated: June 2, 2016 at 1:52 p.m.

If you’ve never made the trip out to Southeast D.C. to try District Doughnut, you’re in luck: The popular donut shop opened a pop-up store in Georgetown Thursday.

The famed D.C. donut shop is holding a “soft opening” at the new location at 3327 Cady’s Alley NW, according to a release. The shop will be open Thursday until the donuts run out.

Stop by to try their unique donut flavors, including Salted Dulce de Leche, Snickerdoodle and Mocha Crunch. For your caffeine fix, the shop serves Compass Coffee and espresso.

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Renwick Gallery visitors can enjoy a new exhibit of more than 80 pieces from its permanent collection that highlights contemporary American craft starting on July 1.

“Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery” is designed to emphasize the interconnectivity of the artworks rather than on chronology or material, according to a release from the gallery.

Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, was the mastermind behind both the assemblage and the innovative arrangement. She wanted “Connections” to represent the natural associations humans make from one object to another, as if every work is “hyperlinked” to the rest of the collection.

“Each artwork tells many stories, and each is made even more interesting through relationships to other objects and ideas,” Atkinson said in the release.

As a contemporary collection, only art from the 1930’s to present is on display. Regulars can enjoy both new debuts, including Judith Schaechter’s “The Birth of Eve,” and the return of familiar faces like Wendell Castle’s “Ghost Clock,” Albert Paley’s “Portal Gates” and Lenore Tawney’s “Box of Fallen Stars.”

The release did not include an end date for the exhibit.

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The National Gallery of Art announced the addition of 28 pieces from the closed Corcoran Gallery to its permanent collection, the fourth and smallest round of acquisitions yet, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The acquisitions will be part of a new exhibit, “Intersections: Photographs and Videos From the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art,” the Post reported.

Currently, the National Gallery of Art has acquired a total of 8,329 works from the Corcoran’s collection, according to the Post. About 2,100 are photographs and videos.

After the Corcoran closed in 2014, the National Gallery of Art took custody of its 17,000 pieces of artwork when GW absorbed the Corcoran’s arts school.

Although the National Gallery of Art has first pick of the Corcoran’s collection, the gallery also has the right of first refusal, and unchosen works will be distributed to other galleries.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:15 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madelyne Ashworth.

It’s the unofficial start of summer this weekend – enjoy it with these events around D.C.

Friday

Jazz in the Garden

Jazz up your Friday by attending Jazz in the Garden in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. This Friday kicks off a 16 year tradition of summer jazz concerts which continue until September. Food, beverages and alcohol are available at the Pavilion Café but everyone is encouraged to bring their own picnics.

7th Street & Constitution Ave. 5 p.m. Free admission

‘Washed Ashore’ at the National Zoo

Save the ocean just by viewing a museum exhibit, which opens Friday at the Smithsonian National Zoo. “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” features life-size sculptures of marine animals made entirely out of ocean pollution and trash. The exhibit’s 17 sculptures will remain until September.

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission

Saturday

Silent Disco

Dance like nobody is watching – or listening, rather. The silent disco experience returns to the Shaw neighborhood this Saturday on the rooftop of Cambria Hotels and Suites. The event will feature three DJs, and dancers can decide which of the three to listen to throughout the event with their own headphones. The event is for ages 21 and over.

899 O Street NW, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. $20.

Sunday

Taste of Peru

Broaden your gastronomic horizons at the Peruvian food festival, an all-day food and drink festival featuring local Peruvian restaurants, chefs and vendors. A series of cooking demonstrations and musical performances, including salsa dancing will be featured throughout the day.

University of District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:46 p.m.

This week in music

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

Spring 2016 has been phenomenal for music with exceptional releases from big name artists like Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and even independent artists. Now that school is over and concert season is upon us, it’s the perfect time to make playlists filled with new music. Here are a few of the tracks we have enjoyed this season:

“Just Another Face”
Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball was born in Brunswick, Md. out of two high school friends’ desire to make music in their basement. What began as a creative outlet for the jaded suburban kids to cope with their disdain for school, trouble with girls and the overall mundanity of daily life, has blossomed into an influential punk band. Though much of their music echoes themes the genre has built itself on, Modern Baseball tackles issues affecting people who largely don’t have voices.

Founding member Brendan Lukens discussed his mental health struggles after his diagnosis with bipolar disorder in an online documentary released by the band’s label.

“Just Another Face,” the final track off the group’s recently released third album “Holy Ghost,” captures the internal struggle of someone trying to control his declining mental health while attempting to not burden those around him. Reflective lyrics (I’m a waste of time and space / meandering unwanted days / I don’t know how I got here) paired with cacophonous drums and catchy riffs make the song an anthem for those who have known someone dealing with mental illness or who have dealt with it themselves.

Modern Baseball will perform at Baltimore Soundstage on June 28.


“Three Packs A Day”
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is a powerhouse of creative energy and arguably one of the most refreshing artists making and producing her own music. She has built an image on being unapologetically herself and challenging the arbitrary standards of who women in music should be. With its raw instrumentals and deadpan lyrics, her sound rivals some of indie rock’s female greats like Carrie Brownstein and Patti Smith.

“Three Packs A Day” is Barnett’s most recent release following her debut LP “Sometimes I sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” last May. While one may assume the track is about cigarettes, it’s an ode to another vice – ramen noodles. With an air of 90’s pop rock in its sound and tongue in cheek lyrics (That MSG tastes good to me / I disagree with all your warnings / It can’t be true / That they use glue to keep the noodles stuck together), Barnett has solidified her role in a new age of indie-rock goddesses.

Courtney Barnett is currently touring the U.S. and is set to begin the European leg in late June.

“The Colour in Anything”
James Blake

In late April, James Blake arranged four murals by Sir Quentin Blake to be displayed in Brooklyn and London. The artwork, it turned out, was the album artwork of Blake’s third, highly anticipated album, “The Colour in Anything.” At midnight on May 6, Blake dropped the album fewer than 24 hours after he announced the release date.

The 76 minute LP features collaborations with Bon Iver and Frank Ocean and proves Blake’s dexterity as an artist. The album’s 17 songs revisit Blake’s characteristic and familiar rawness – each song sounding different from the last with a clear overarching theme of love lost.

In “The Colour in Anything,” the album’s namesake track, Blake uses a minimalistic approach by pairing only melancholic piano with his deep, velvety vocals. The song demonstrates his exceptional vulnerability, and its soft and slow sound may lull you to sleep, unlike the upbeat “Retrograde” from his last album.

James Blake is currently touring around the United Kingdom, and he is expected to announce an international tour soon.

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