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Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 10:07 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This weekend is one for outdoor festivals — from live music showcases to film. You can also check out early Oktoberfest parties, Mitski and Meek Mill.


Oktoberfest parking lot party
It’s still a while until October begins, but you can get started early on the fall beer-drinking spirit this Friday. Port City Brewing company will host its Oktoberfest beers on tap a full six weeks before the real celebrations begin.

Port City Brewing. 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Va. 2 to 10 p.m. Free admission.


This up-and-coming indie rock singer released one of the best albums of the year this summer with “Puberty 2.” See her perform for free by attending a live studio audience recording that will broadcast later on WMUC.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Dr., College Park, Md. 8 p.m. Free admission.

Break the Internet Festival
Get ready for Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, OT Genesis and Kent Jones, hosted by Cultural Atige ‘s Karen Civil. The Break the Internet Festival will showcase millennial music and talent, including a philanthropic component in which they challenge Generation Y to “break the internet” with their innovations on social media.

The winner of the contest will win $50,000 in scholarships.

Gateway D.C. at St. Elizabeth’s East Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. 3 p.m. $50.


D.C. Adventure Film Festival
Join D.C. filmmakers at the final day of the Adventure Film Festival, sponsored by sports brand REI. The festival is meant to educate through film, encourage outdoor activities and inspire others to document their adventures.

Hiking, swimming, rappelling, rock climbing – all are encouraged, and all are welcome. Lectures and speakers from experienced filmmakers are also included on the schedule.

U.S. Navy Memorial Burke’s Theatre, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 5 p.m. $20.

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Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 11:41 a.m.

This week in music

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

The music gods are smiling on students as the fun of syllabus week comes to a close and classes really begin. With a number of releases from multiple genres — big name and independent artists alike — August was arguably the most significant month for music yet this year. Here are some favorites to soften the blow of going back to class:

Angel Olsen – “Sister”

This indie folk singer’s unique, feminine sound is likely to attract more than just folk fans. In the first three singles off her recently released album “MY WOMAN,” Olsen shows off her range in style with the dreamy “Intern” and the intense, powerful, romantic “Shut Up Kiss Me.” In “Sister,” we hear a more reflective, at times delicate, side of the artist and hear her yearning for the identity she has yet to fully form: I want to know you//I want to show you// I want to be there//I want to see her//Piece us together//Know it’s forever//Show me the future//Tell me you’ll be there.

The nearly nine-minute ballad and video is, in a way, a coming-of-age story for Olsen, whose voice may be relatively new to the music world but is already capturing the sentiments of many of the powerful female artists who have come before her — Stevie Nicks, Deanna Carter and Joni Mitchell come to mind.

“MY WOMAN” was released September 2. Olsen will perform at The 9:30 Club on September 15.

Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]”

Since the surprise success of “Bon Iver, Bon Iver,” winning the Alternative Album of the Year and taking home an additional two awards for “Holocene” at the 2012 Grammy Awards, not too much has been heard from this new project, headed by Justin Vernon. But that’s not to say the artist hasn’t been busy. In the interim, Vernon has collaborated with a diverse group of artists, including Jay-Z, Kanye West and James Blake.

His new song “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” has a sleepy, somber sound that’s similar to much of Bon Iver’s other work, but it’s clear the artist is taking a more experimental turn. His new material utilizes synthesizers, more ominous lyrics – “It might be over soon” is repeated throughout the length of the three-and-a-half minute track – and multilayered vocals, shedding the woodsy feel of his earlier work.

“22, A Million” is set to be released Sept. 30. A tour is expected to be announced shortly after.

American Football – “I’ve Been So Lost for So Long”

“I’ve Been So Lost For So Long” is the first release from American Football since their hit 1999 eponymous album. Many remember the album as the pinnacle of late 1990’s, early 2000’s emo, so this new release had a lot to live up to. Although the overall sound of the track is markedly clearer – a trait some could argue detracts from its quality – and lacks some of the band’s signature instrumental features, like the melancholy trumpet the group made so recognizable, “I’ve Been Lost For So Long” is an exciting release for lovers of the genre.

With its melancholy sound and crestfallen lyrics (“Maybe I’m asleep // This is all a dream // I can’t believe my life is happening to me”) it echoes many of the sentiments that made American Football’s earlier music so relatable. Since many of us were in preschool at the time of their debut, American Football’s new album is sure to draw an entirely new generation of fans.

American Football’s second album is scheduled for release Oct. 21.

Frank Ocean – “Nikes”

In spring 2015, Ocean posted a photo on his website holding a magazine titled “Boys Don’t Cry” with the caption “I got two versions. I got twoooo versions.” More than a year later, the artist delivered in the form of two distinct albums, dropped 24 hours apart.

To say the release of Frank Ocean’s sophomore album was highly anticipated would be an understatement. Between the release of “Channel Orange” and “Blonde,” Ocean collaborated with Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Kanye West while fans waited tirelessly for more solo material. On Aug. 19, Ocean released his 18-track visual album “Endless,” through Apple music, and the following day dropped “Blonde” – the record originally titled “Boys Don’t Cry.”

“Nikes,” the first single off the album, immediately captivated new and old fans alike through it’s visually stunning, racy and trippy video and lyrics that touch on topics as varied as sex, family, loss and police brutality. Frank Ocean’s style is prolific — an icon in modern hip hop, he takes the genre where few have traversed. With the release of “Blonde,” Ocean shed his “one-hit-wonder” status and cemented himself as one of the biggest musical game-changers of the era. It may have taken thirteen more months than originally anticipated to get the two versions, but it was worth the wait.

“Blonde” and “Endless” are both available on Apple Music.

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Niko & Vinz performed hits like "Am I Wrong" for a full crowd in University Yard at Fall Fest Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Niko & Vinz performed hits like “Am I Wrong” for a full crowd in University Yard at Fall Fest Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isabel Pellegrino.

With high energy music from a trio of acts blaring across campus in the high winds of a far-off hurricane, Fall Fest Saturday proved to be a success.

Both the sun and the students came out to enjoy the three acts: Bencoolen, the Mowgli’s and Nico & Vinz. The Mowgli’s and Niko & Vinz dual headlined the performance for the first time in Fall Fest history.

As Nico & Vinz put it at the top of their set, “We is here to party.”

The success of the event is certainly relative to the turnout of this year’s Spring Fling, where few students attended in the wake of Action Bronson suddenly being cut from the lineup.

The rows of students dancing in front of the stage, hanging out in the grass and waiting in line for crepes from Crepeaway marked a difference from the spring’s low turnout.

Bencoolen – a band made of four GW students and one Georgetown University student – performed a unique and exciting set. Fraternity brothers, friends and fans came out in large numbers wearing the band’s shirts.

While some of their followers stuck around after their set, many left University Yard as soon as Bencoolen finished its performance with an impressive alternative rendition of Drake’s “Hold on, We’re Going Home.”

The crowd strengthened in numbers with the appearance of the Mowgli’s, a Los Angeles-bred band with high energy and electric vocals. Hits like “I’m Good” and “San Francisco” had the crowd waving their hands in the air. Katie Earl, the female lead singer of the group, enthusiastically reminded listeners to enjoy the school year.

Students lined up close to the stage and danced along to headliners the Mowgli's and Niko & Vinz. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Students lined up close to the stage and danced along to headliners the Mowgli’s and Niko & Vinz. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Before headliner Nico & Vinz took on the stage, their DJ individually called “black and proud,” Latinos, Asians, Caucasians and other groups of people to raise their hands and celebrate who they are.

Students rose to their feet and gravitated toward the stage to dance along with the Norwegian duo. Their energy and stage presence was strong enough to draw people away from the Crepeaway line. Hits like “Am I Wrong” and “In Your Arms” could be heard blocks away from the blaring speakers.

Even a giant Washington Nationals mascot couldn’t help but dance among the students, despite the weight of its large and wobbly head.

Along with the Nationals booth, other businesses in U-Yard included the 9:30 Club – offering a chance to win free tickets to upcoming shows like Grouplove on Nov. 9 – Crepeaway, Soul Cycle, Powerade and Domino’s Pizza.

Megan Stupi noted the crowd was seemingly dominated by freshmen.

“We come for the free pizza,” she said just barely audible over the sound of the Mowgli’s.

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Moxie's, a recently opened fast-casual eatery near campus, serves made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Moxie’s, a recently opened fast-casual eatery near campus, serves made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

If you’re tired of the standard eateries around Foggy Bottom, try out newly opened Moxie’s’ creative menu of standard lunch food with unique twists.

This fast-casual joint may soon become a go-to for students: Owner Mark Barnett said the restaurant’s “fun” menu is aimed at students and young professionals. Future plans include staying open on Saturdays and accepting GWorld cards for students to use dining cash, he said.

Located at 1020 19th St., it’s only about a 10-minute walk from campus and three blocks from the Farragut West Metro station.

Dark patio tables and chairs with red pillows and cushions seat about 16 people outside the restaurant. Inside, a sign with the pronunciation and definition of the word moxie — “a force of character, determination or nerve” — gives off a purple glow. There is ample seating inside for about 18 people at tables and counters.

For lunch, I took advantage of the all-day breakfast menu and ordered an egg and cheese breakfast burrito with a heap of hashbrowns on the side ($4.99), tangy freshly squeezed orange juice ($4.25) and a rocky road cookie and peanut butter-flavored ice cream sandwich ($4.99). I ordered at a kiosk and the food was brought to where I was sitting.

The food was all satisfying, but the dessert stood out: The ice cream flavors and soft, gooey cookies — including a gluten free chocolate chip option — are a dollar more than Captain Cookie’s and just as great. Other tempting items on the menu include the strawberry spinach salad ($7.99) and the Vietnamese sub ($7.99).

Barnett said in an email that Moxie’s, which opened July 1, stands apart from its competitors because the menu is inspired by “a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.”

“We wanted to do something different — from custom warm ice cream sandwiches to a healthy strawberry spinach salad,” he said “We have a very unique, eclectic and bold menu.”

Moxie’s will host a back-to-school event for GW students Sept. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. with free ice cream sandwiches for students with GWorld cards, he added.

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Alternative rock band The Mowglis and Afro-European superstars Nico & Vinz will perform as the first dual headliners in Fall Fest history, the Program Board announced Monday.

The two artists cover genres untouched by previous Fall Fest headliners: rock and electronic pop with African-inspired undertones.

Nico & Vinz’s 2013 breakthrough hit “Am I Wrong” brought fame to the Scandinavian pop duo, winning the NRJ Award for “Song of the Year” and peaking as fourth on Billboard’s Top 100. Known for their ability to mish-mash genres as diverse as reggae and pop, the duo has been featured in tracks with David Guetta, Alesso and Bebe Rexha.

In comparison to Nico & Vinz’s international approach, L.A.-based group The Mowgli’s played activist concerts around L.A. until they released “San Francisco,” which later became the 2012 theme for the San Francisco Giants’ World Series-winning run.

Student band Bencoolen returns as veteran openers for this year’s Fall Fest – the indie-rock group opened for the Cold War Kids during 2014’s Fall Fest.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3, with Bencoolen and the festival kicking off at 5 p.m.

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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 11:18 a.m.

Inside D.C.’s white hot party

Hundreds gathered near the National Mall Saturday night for the Dîner en Blanc. Victoria Sheridan | Hatchet staff photographer

Hundreds gathered near the National Mall Saturday night for the Dîner en Blanc. Victoria Sheridan | Hatchet staff photographer

This post was written by Hatchet senior staff writer Victoria Sheridan.

At around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, hundreds of people clad in white tuxedos, mardi gras masks and royal wedding-worthy headdresses shuffled through campus.

They were headed to the Dîner en Blanc — French for “dinner in white”— an annual pop-up picnic that originated in Paris in the 1980s, and has since spread to more than 70 cities, including the District. The location of the secret event is revealed only a few hours before the event and guests are required to don all-white clothing.

Tourists turned their phone cameras away from the monuments and onto the crowd as it marched toward Henry Bacon park, just across from the Lincoln Memorial. This is the third Dîner en Blanc in the District — the first two gatherings, which hosted about 2,500 guests, took place at Yards Park in 2014 and Carnegie Library in 2015.

Tickets to the Dîner en Blanc might be just as hard to lock down as seats at “Hamilton.” Anyone who hasn’t previously attended the event may be able to get in if they are invited. Anyone who isn’t invited can add their name to a ticket waitlist. The tickets themselves cost $37, in addition to an $8 membership fee.

The process of buying tickets only ensures entry. Other than that, guests must provide everything – except alcohol, which they can only purchase onsite themselves — including food, chairs, tables, settings and centerpieces.

After settling in, more than 3,500 guests waved their napkins in the air, signifying the official start of the meal. Though the Dîner en Blanc is technically a picnic, the fare included more sushi, champagne and charcuterie plates than sandwiches and potato salad.

The jazz music blaring from the speakers, which created the vibe of a lawn party from “The Great Gatsby,” drew many spectators from outside — or maybe it was the fact that the communal dining tables were set up right beside a D.C. tour bus stop.

But diners seemed gleefully unaware of amused passersby, or of the entire city surrounding them, for that matter. The French concept of a relaxing, two-hour meal provided an escape from often fast-paced District life. It seemed like a fitting way to bid farewell to summer.

And though the spectacle was ripe for an Instagram opportunity, for the most part, participants appeared more interested in their friends and food than their screens.

At 8 p.m., guests lit sparklers to signal the end of the meal and the beginning of the dance party, during which Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” appropriately played from the speakers. After about two hours, everyone packed up their belongings and hauled them away from the grounds without a trace.

Au revoir until next year,  Dîner en Blanc.

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 11:31 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

It’s move-in weekend, and while most people will be breaking their backs moving box after box into their new residence halls, the lucky few who have moved in already will have free time to get out and about in the city.


Jazz in the Garden

The National Gallery of Art began its 16th season of “Jazz in the Garden” this summer. It’s held in the beautiful sculpture garden outside of the museum, which you can stroll through before the concert. This weekend is the penultimate performance featuring the jazz band, Moonshine Society. While you can bring a picnic along, there’s also barbecue sandwiches and salads to munch on. There’s even a gelato cart, so the sugar can ease your worries about the upcoming semester.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 6th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.


17th Street Festival

Dupont Circle is holding its seventh annual 17th Street Festival, which celebrates everything 17th street has to offer – from the beautiful shops to the mouth-watering restaurants. There will be more than 50 artists selling everything from jewelry to ceramics at the event. This is the first year that the festival will have multiple parades and bands playing throughout the day, too. Guests can buy a $10 wristband to sample all the food at the festival. This is the perfect place to take your family once you’re all moved in, because everyone is bound to find something they enjoy.

1501 17th Street NW. 12 p.m. Admission is free.


State fair

To cap off the weekend, celebrate D.C.’s culture and agriculture at the D.C. State Fair. Everything will be homegrown – from the music to the food to the art. This is the fair’s seventh year showcasing our beautiful city. What better way to celebrate the last day of summer than by sampling food, listening to music and browsing local artists’ work.

Storey Park Noma, 1005 First Street NE. 11 a.m. Admission is free.

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Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 2:37 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

Enjoy one of the last weekends of summer by watching movies outside, doing yoga with kittens or celebrating women in art.


Roman Holiday

Rosslyn Cinema has created the perfect outdoor movie set-up in Gateway Park. They have all the essentials: popcorn, food – this week it’s D.C. Slices and Fava Pot Food truck – and a grassy lawn perfect for laying out picnic blankets. Movies have been playing in the park every Friday evening this summer, and this week happens to be the Audrey Hepburn classic, “Roman Holiday.” The best part? Admission is free.

Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Rosslyn, Va. 5 p.m. Free admission.


Yoga with kittens

After stuffing yourself silly with pizza and popcorn at the Rosslyn Cinema Friday, you might need to exercise by doing some Saturday afternoon yoga. Even if exercise isn’t your thing, there will be kittens roaming the room during this yoga class. All the kittens will be available for adoption if you feel you need the companionship of a furry friend to get you through the upcoming school year. All proceeds benefit the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.

15 Oglethorpe St. NW. 3 p.m. $25.


National Museum of Women in the Arts

As every D.C. student knows, the city is filled with museums – some free and some not. We also know that they’re the perfect reprieve from the hot and humid weather. During the month of August, the National Museum of Women in the Arts – which usually costs $10 – is allowing visitors to visit for free on Sundays. The museum highlights women’s artwork both new and old. The museum is currently featuring the work of American sculptor and painter Alison Saar.

1250 New York Ave. NW. Open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

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Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 5:09 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Dog lovers, Harry Potter fans and music enthusiasts are in for treats this weekend full of magic, puppies and alternative concert dining.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Enjoy a magical night watching the first Harry Potter movie while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the entire soundtrack along with the movie. You’ll feel like you’re a student at Hogwarts in the Mansion at Strathmore’s enchanting wood-panelled music center. The venue is a 10-minute walk from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.

10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. 8 p.m. $35.



Dog lovers should “paws” any Saturday plans for Woofstock, a day filled with furry four-legged friends. Humans can enjoy the barbecue and dessert food trucks and music by Party Like It’s … and DJ Deviir. No pet is required, but pet photography by award-winning pooch photographer Melissa McDaniels and canine treats by Spoil Me Rotten Biscuits are available for dog owners. The D.C. Pavilion is a 15-minute walk from the Gallaudet Metro station.

1399 Fifth St. NE. 3 p.m. $5.

Good Old War

Head over to the luxurious W Hotel by the White House for a rooftop performance by indie folk band Good Old War. You can book a table in the sleek and shiny POV Lounge for the performance. Get ready by listening to their upbeat single released in April “Never Gonna See Me Cry” from their 2015 album “Broken Into Better Shape.”

515 15th St. 7 p.m. Free.


Marcus Johnson

Enjoy a jazz brunch to smooth music by contemporary jazz pianist Marcus Johnson at The Howard Theatre. The Georgetown alumnus is a triple threat as a Billboard-charting musician, entrepreneur and teacher. He has released more than a dozen albums over the past 20 years. Johnson combines jazz with rhythmic elements from rap and hip hop.

620 T St. 1:30 p.m. $20.

Better Than Ezra

Party like it’s the 1990’s with the the alternative rock trio Better Than Ezra. Known for their 1995 hit single “Good,” the New Orleans-based band has a soothing classic rock sound. Check out their most recent album “All Together Now,” and the catchy rock-meets-pop lead single “Crazy Love.”

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

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:58 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This weekend is all about the music. Celebrate the arts with National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center and a Billy Joel concert. Venture outside the District for more performances.

Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to lie on a blanket underneath the stars while watching a classic film, now is your chance. The Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival is showing “Top Gun” for free, but bring some cash if you want to get snacks from the nearby barbecue and tapas food trucks. You can either take the Metro one stop west of the Foggy Bottom station or walk across Key Bridge to the park.

Gateway Park. 1300 Lee Hwy., Rosslyn, Va. Dusk. Free.

Cirque du Soleil

Marvel at Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.” Become mystified and entangled in the story of an inventor who distorts perspectives and turns the world upside down. A 25-minute bus ride from campus will get you close to the venue.

The Grand Chapiteau. 8025 Galleria Dr., Tysons, Va. 4 p.m. $39.


National Dance Day

So you think you can dance? Try out your moves to live music and interactive dance lessons at The Kennedy Center. Get your feet ready for a free afternoon and evening celebration of National Dance Day with outdoor performances, including a special demonstration by one-legged tap dancer Evan Ruggiero.

The Kennedy Center. 2700 F St. 1 p.m. Free.

Billy Joel

Sing along to Billy Joel’s hits from the 70’s and 80’s at this weekend’s performance. The “Piano Man” returns to Nationals Park as the first artist to play at the venue three times. Refresh your memory with the lyrics to his famous soft rock songs like “Uptown Girl” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

Nationals Park. 500 S. Capitol St. SE. 8 p.m. $54.50.


DJ Diaspora

Participate in the last day of the celebration of avant garde art at the Capital Fringe Festival. This Sunday, listen to the eclectic sound of DJ Diaspora who mixes together Afrobeat, house, techno, jazz and dancehall styles.

Fringe Arts Bar. 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 1 p.m. Free.

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