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Sunday, April 24, 2016 4:21 p.m.

GoT Drinks? A Game of Thrones drinking game

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Brandon Lee.

“It’s not easy being drunk all the time,” Tyrion Lannister once said.

The sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones returns tonight at 9 p.m. For a show with so much drama, so much death and so much sorrow, no viewing experience is complete without some alcohol to dull the pain.

Here’s The Hatchet’s drinking game guide for the season. Beware – spoilers abound:

Sip your beer:
For every poor soul that gets mauled by Ghost.
For every poor soul that gets killed by a White Walker.
For every poor soul’s body part that gets dismembered.

Sip your wine:

Along with every character that drinks wine as well (prepare yourselves for whenever Cersei or Tyrion show up).
Every time Melisandre utters, “The night is dark and full of terrors.“
Every time Hodor utters, “Hodor.”

Shoot something stronger:

For every shot that shows Jorah’s greyscale getting worse (alternatively, every time Jorah mopes about something).
When you start rooting for a character you used to hate (e.g. Jaime and Cersei)
Every time bona fide creeps Ramsay and Petyr make you uncomfortable.

Shoot specifically Fireball:

For every poor soul that gets roasted to death by a dragon.

Finish your drink and party all night:
If Jon is resurrected.

Finish your drink and sob into the empty cup:
If Jon stays dead.

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Harrison Jones, a freshman, will be this year’s student speaker at TEDx Foggy Bottom. Jones, a photographer, took a photo of the “super blood moon” over the Washington Monument that got millions of views online.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:43 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

With the final days of classes and exams approaching, treat yourself to a weekend filled with upbeat music, innovative thinking and pantless magic.


Snoop Dogg

De-stress with some smooth, simple rap by 17-time Grammy-nominated artist Snoop Dogg this Friday at Echostage. Be sure to check out his single “California Roll” featuring Stevie Wonder from his 2015 album “Bush” to prepare.

Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, 9 p.m. $48.

Laura Kightlinger

Straight from SNL and HBO’s “Lucky Louie,” Laura Kightlinger brings her comedic talents to D.C. The multi-talented actor, comedian, author and director will perform three nights in a row starting Thursday.

Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th St. NW, 7 p.m., $25 ticket.


TEDx Foggy Bottom: Think Next

It’s not too late to snag tickets to the all-day annual TEDx conference that will bring in more than 20 speakers and performers to talk about innovation. A chamber music group, a former professional athlete, an aerialist, a nuclear anthropologist and many more will discuss ideas to shape the future.

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., 9 a.m. $20 ticket.

Tori Kelly

Nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy’s, Tori Kelly is coming to D.C. on her “Unbreakable” tour. Listen to the pop and R&B singer’s single “Hollow” from her 2015 debut album “Unbreakable Smile” to gear up for her performance.

DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW, 8 p.m. $30 ticket.


The Naked Magic Show

Hot Aussie alert! The title says it all: Two naked magicians from Australia will be performing magic without any clothes. After performing sold out shows around the world, the duo is now premiering in the U.S. See what they can do without any sleeves to put their tricks up.

Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, 7:30 p.m. $20 ticket.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:53 p.m.

A Day in Music

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Callan Tansill-Suddath.

This past weekend marked the beginning of one of the most iconic music festivals, Coachella. The four-day event in Indio, California spans two weekends and is known for attracting a mix of facepaint-wearing teenagers and A-list celebrities. If you can’t jam at Coachella yourself, listen to these tracks by artists who have performed or are set to perform at the festival. Hopefully they’ll bring a little bit of California sunshine to those of us stuck on the East Coast.

“No Love Like Yours”
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

This track on the group’s recently released third album gives listeners a taste of the charm that initially made them fall in love with the group. Lead vocalist Alex Ebert’s high-pitched, quivery voice conveys a sense of comforting vulnerability. Paired with simple piano, acoustic guitar, bass, drums and a chorus of harmonizing voices in the background, the track is sure to ease any fan who was worried about the state of the band after the departure of co-vocalist, Jade Castrinos.

“Take Us Back”
Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples has been making earth-shattering soul and Americana music for nearly fifty years, and her newest album, “Livin’ On A High Note,” does not disappoint. Though the vocalist may not fit the classic Coachella mold, audiences are sure to be entranced by her poetic lyrics (Chicago wasn’t always easy / But love made the windy city breezy) and sheer power as a singer. “Take Us Back,” the first song from the artist’s fourteenth album, is jazzy and fun. It gives the singer a space to express being an artist who has spanned multiple generations and fulfillment with where she is in life now.


“Breaker” screams summer. It’s the kind of song you want to listen to while you lay on a beach blanket at dusk and watch the tide roll out. The mellow vocals and tongue-in-cheek lyrics complement the catchy, psychedelic guitar, simple bassline and brush-played drums. The song picks up when the chorus begins and returns to its initial slow-paced tune as the chorus ends. The track ends with brief sounds of a synthesizer similar to what you would hear while playing an 8-bit video game from the 1980s. Though Deerhunter has managed to stay under the radar since their debut in 2001, “Breaker” may be what brings them to the forefront of the indie-rock music scene.


Chvrches made a name for themselves with music perfect for dancing. The Glasgow-based electro-pop trio has risen to prominence since their debut album came out in 2013, and has performed at festivals like Sweetlife and Bonnaroo. Up until now, the group had released almost exclusively upbeat, synthy, poppy electronic tracks, but this vibe changed with “Afterglow” – the final track on the group’s sophomore album, “Every Open Eye.” The track is slow, with fairly isolated vocals by frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, and smooth synthesizers that gradually increase in volume as the song progresses. It begins with an optimistic tone that transitions to a more reflective and somber one at the culmination of the song – the line “I’ve given up all I can” is repeated four times before the track comes to a close. This song is unlike anything that the group has released in recent years and is perhaps best described as sounding like a sunset – if a sunset made a sound.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:40 p.m.

Where to find food deals on 4/20

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madelyne Ashworth.

Weed connoisseurs are out in full force today at protests on the National Mall, happy hours and music performances around D.C.

And if anyone – smokers and nonsmokers alike – gets the munchies, D.C. is prepared. Several restaurants and shops have geared up for the unofficial holiday and are offering special deals and new treats. Whether or not you decide to partake in any herbal activities, these dope deals are sure to get you the perfect food high.

Baked and Wired

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Baked and Wired is throwing a quinceañera today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. According to their Facebook page, the hour-long party will be complete with a live mariachi band and a piñata.

1052 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Room 11

Local restaurant and coffee shop Room 11’s in-house bakery Paisley Fig is serving a single-day pop-up menu for any hungry blazers in Columbia Heights. Marijuana inspired decorations will top $4.20 cupcakes, as well as homemade Taco Chacos and cheesecake Taco Chacos ($11), Bizones, or buttermilk sausage biscuits ($6) and stuffed pretzels ($6).

3234 11th St. NW

Ben and Jerry’s

For the second year in a row, Ben and Jerry’s is offering its “Brrr-ito” ice cream waffle cone taco as a 4/20 exclusive. Ben and Jerry encourage customers to “bring your buds” for a special buy two, get one free discount at $7.25 a piece.

3135 M St. NW


Lagunitas Brewing Company is releasing their “dankest and hoppiest beer ever brewed” for today only. Ragtime bar and restaurant in Courthouse will serve The Waldo’s Special Ale IPA alongside Lagunitas year-round brews ($3 and up).

1345 N. Courthouse Road

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Six a cappella groups performed in GW Class Council’s tenth annual Battle of the A Cappellas Sunday night. The GW Troubadours took first place this year, defeating last year’s winner, the GW Vibes.

Danny Scher, Shanna Jacobus and Amanda Cornaglia judged each group’s performances. Attendees also voted for the groups on their performances of “Latch” by Disclosure – this year’s Battle Anthem.

Video by Georgie Lawson

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Monday, April 18, 2016 1:59 p.m.

Students mix media in Corcoran thesis exhibit

Corcoran graduates' final projects are part of the NEXT exhibit on display from April 6 to May 15. Keren Carrion | Hatchet Photographer

Corcoran graduates’ final projects are part of the NEXT exhibit on display from April 6 to May 15. Keren Carrion | Hatchet Photographer

A playground complete with sand, toys, yellow stairs and banners. Freestanding pillars of old iron, firmly rooted in place by rubble. Stills of a transgender couple in transition. Glowing rocks floating in the middle of a black room.

Every theme and medium was on display at NEXT, the Corcoran School of Art and Design’s annual thesis exhibition for graduating undergraduate and graduate students.

“It’s a real process of trying to figure out who they are as artists, where they belong in an art historical context and how it is that they want to be an artist,” Muriel Hasbun, the chair of Corcoran’s photography department, said.

Each student chose a specialized field to major in, but faculty advised the graduating students to mix media for their final projects, Lynn Sures, the head of the fine arts department, said.

“We have a philosophy that integrates the arts,” Sures said.

Every student needed different amounts of space for their work: The larger fine arts exhibits required rectangular floor space equivalent to a large sandbox, the video and light shows required a dark room, pedestals in the Rotunda were essential to presenting art books and photographs and websites required flat walls or outlets.

Jillian Nakornthap, the NEXT exhibition coordinator, said students had no problem mixing media because so many Corcoran courses are hybrids between different art forms. The graduate thesis displays were grouped together by medium.

“It’s about what works better for the artwork,” said Nakornthap.

Andrew Windham, a graduate student who presented photo stills and videos of a transgender couple as part of his exhibit “Ourselves,” said this exhibition was not the end for his project. He hopes that by the upcoming June he will have enough footage to create a documentary that humanizes transgender couple DJ Kunst and Mikey Stipkovitz.

Windham said his goal is to make the struggles of transition for Kunst and Stipkovitz relatable to the general public.

“It would be a disservice to the project to stop now,” Windham said.

The NEXT gallery is on display at the Corcoran’s Flagg Building until May 15.

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This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Crystel Sylvester.

The Philippine Cultural Society celebrated its 30th birthday with grandeur at the Omni Shoreham Hotel this Saturday.

Guests were served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Empire Patio of the hotel, surrounded by a garden of colorful tulips and cherry blossoms. Alumni, current students and employees from the Philippine Embassy mingled and held photoshoots with the garden as a backdrop.

Maya Cruz, an employee of the Public Diplomacy Section of the Philippine Embassy, said she was invited to the event because the PCS has strong ties with the embassy.

“They often borrow traditional cultural costumes for their dances, and we invite dancers from GW to perform at events,” Cruz said.

In between each course, different speakers including Jude Tungul, the president of PCS, Michael Tapscott, the director of the Multicultural Student Services Center, and Jonathan Melegrito, the founder and first advisor to PCS, delivered speeches.

In his speech, Tapscott commended PCS on its continued collaboration with the MSSC and encouraged attendees to “embrace the notion of social justice.”

“Ideologies seem to be running into conflict and the resolutions seem to be ‘Overheard at GW’ or Facebook posts or attacking one another anonymously,” Tapscott said.

Tapscott added that the PCS had a history of using activism for education.

“One of the things that I treasure about PCS is that its approach to social justice is educating others,” he said.

Melegrito said PCS has been successful through its 30 years of active participation on GW’s campus.

“I hope that you will all remember this celebration for the rest of your lives, and I hope to see you all 20 years from now at our 50th celebration,” Melegrito said.

The event concluded with dance performances by current PCS members and alumni. Alumni opted for a traditional dance called bendian, which celebrates the sampaguita – the national flower of the Philippines.

Tungul said the event was not just a culmination of his work as president, but rather a culmination of 30 years of PCS’s members’ hard work.

“This organization is one that our members give so much to and receive so much from, and it’s reflected in the turnout of this event,” he said.

Tungul added that he hopes PCS continues its momentum into the future.

“I hope that when I come back for more momentous anniversaries, I see that PCS has retained its heart-to-heart spirit,” he said.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:21 p.m.

Spring concert preview

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Dana Pilotti.

Check out the best concerts to see in the District before finals are over.

Saturday, April 16: Coasts
U Street Music Hall, 6:30 p.m.,tickets $16.

This five-member English indie pop group formed in 2011 and has been climbing the charts internationally – especially since they released their single “Oceans” in 2014. Coasts performed at Coachella last year and released their debut album in January. Check the band out at this week’s concert while tickets to see this up-and-coming band are still cheap.

Wednesday, April 20: Good Charlotte
9:30 Club, Doors 7 p.m., Tickets $30.

Pop-punk is alive and well: Good Charlotte is set to release their sixth album this summer with the early 2000’s sound that is true to their roots. Their video for “Makeshift Love,” which was released last November and is the band’s first new material since their 2010 album “Cardiology,” captures the group’s pop/rock vibe perfectly.

Thursday, April 21: Aurora
U Street Music Hall, 7 p.m., Tickets $15.

Dreamlike and soothing, 19-year-old Aurora’s music has an indie sound that is haunting. The Norwegian singer has a strong command over emotion in her songs, despite her young age; she was only 12 when she wrote “Runaway,” a single released from her album All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. Her ballad “Murder Song” is about a girl making peace with her murderer and features Lorde-esque vocals.

Saturday, May 7: Sebastian Ingrosso
Echostage, Doors 9 p.m.

A former member of the electronic music group Swedish House Mafia, Ingrosso grew up learning how to make music in his choreographer father’s studio. Since the split of Swedish House Mafia in early 2013, Ingrosso has worked with another former member, Axwell. The pair have released six singles together, including “On My Way.”

Sunday, May 8: Frightened Rabbit
9:30 Club. Doors 6 p.m. Tickets $30

Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit formed in 2003 and just released their fifth album, “Painting of a Panic Attack” last week. Their newest album brings chill pop vibes that are sure to sound amazing live. The group recently performed “Get Out” – a song from their new album – on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:20 p.m.

Beach exhibit finds home in Dupont Underground

Artists are transforming the clear plastic balls from the National Building’s BEACH exhibit into a new installation in the Dupont Underground.

Nancy Hou and Josh de Sousa’s design won the Re-Ball! competition in March. Their design involves a reconfigurable assembly block system that visitors can alter after construction is complete, according to a press release.

“Our ultimate goal for the Dupont Underground is to take this space, which was built as public infrastructure…and to make it into a public amenity again, but as cultural infrastructure,” Craig Cook, the project manager said.

Video by Kellie Bancalari and Matt Ley

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