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Your favorite part of the day: Every time you bite into a Chipotle burrito.

Your favorite part of the week: Every time you bite into a Chipotle burrito.

Since arriving at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. last year, Chipotle has been a student paradise.

But eating all those burritos can take a toll – on your health and your bank account. The Hatchet talked to two dietitians to find out how to craft both a healthy and delicious Chipotle order.

Dana Magee, a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates, said college students often come to her office and ask how to plan a nutritious and balanced diet. When juggling classes, student organizations and jobs, it’s almost impossible to avoid eating out. And when dining out, the cheapest options are typically the least healthy.

Magee said there’s a way to make smart decisions to ensure a more balanced meal.

“It’s really about the amount,” Magee said. “[Having beans] can be a good addition, but it can also be a lot of volume of food. You may pick and chose between either getting the cheese or getting the meat or you might just decide you’re going to have half the bowl for lunch and half the bowl for dinner.”

At Chipotle, Magee said to pick either the burrito bowl or salad. The lettuce and salsas are great choices, but for the dairy-lovers, students should choose a ping-pong-ball-sized portion of either cheese or sour cream.

“The brown rice has higher fiber, which helps us to to feel fuller and helps to control blood sugar and helps to decrease cholesterol,” she added.

Magee said guacamole is a heart-healthy fat, so adding that to the top is a nice treat. But, again, portions are key, and Chipotle is known for its heaping spoonfuls of guac.

Ashley Koff, a registered dietitian who’s appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America,” advocates for making better quality choices to become healthier, or as she says, being a “qualitarian.” She says the best choices are balanced ones.

“What’s unhealthy is to not get nutrient balance, to skip carbohydrates entirely. Sometimes people will do that,” she said. “They’ll say, ‘Let me get a bowl of lettuce.’ They won’t get the grains. They won’t get the beans. They won’t get the rice.”

Koff also said students should opt for a bowl or a salad, but mix in fist-sized portions of rice or beans so they have the energy from the carbohydrates. When people don’t have enough carbohydrates, that afternoon nap will call their names.

“Fast forward three hours, that’s when they’re sitting in class and they’re dying and they either need two Red Bulls, a large latte, a coke or something that’s either sugar or caffeine or both to keep them awake,” Koff said.

Still, too many carbohydrates cause nutrient imbalance. If you must, have half of a burrito now and another after class to make sure you don’t overload on the carbs.

Koff, who frequents Chipotle at airports during her travels, usually gets the salad with either beans or sofritas, guacamole or a small amount of cheese and hot sauce.

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It’s the last week of July, and D.C. is offering concerts, free yoga and the chance to catch a movie outdoors.

And make sure you check out our suggestions for Thursday. You’ll find a little throwback flavor.


Mates of State at U Street Music Hall: The veteran indie-pop duo, started in 1997, hits U Street Music Hall Monday night. The husband and wife musical combo of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardener has toured with countless artists over the years, including Jimmy Eat World and The Postal Service. Tickets are $20.

Reignwolf at Rock & Roll Hotel: For more of a hard-rock vibe, head out to Rock & Roll Hotel to see Reignwolf. The rock band is known for its high-energy live performances.


Sunset Yoga and Pilates at the Georgetown Waterfront: Sore after a long day at the intern desk? Relax with a free yoga session by the Georgetown Waterfront. Fuel Pilates will teach this Tuesday’s class.

Stand-Up Variety Show at Nick’s Riverside Grill: Stick around the Waterfront to catch some stand-up comedy, singing and games at Nick’s Riverside Grill starting at 6 p.m.. This free event is 18+, unlike most comedy shows in the area that are usually only open to the 21-and-up crowd.


Rustie at U Street Music Hall: Like hip-hop? Like the sound of lasers? Then you’ll probably love Scottish musician Rustie, known for producing tracks that blend the sounds of dubstep, hip-hop and bass music. Catch him at U Street Music Hall for $10.

“Pitch Perfect” at the NoMa Summer Screen: As long as one of D.C.’s trademark thunderstorms doesn’t roll through, you can go see “Pitch Perfect” in NoMa. The hit movie with a sequel in the works is sure to draw crowds, so bring your blankets and chairs a little early to get a prime spot and still have time to grab some popcorn.


Smash Mouth at The State Theatre: It’s throwback time. Tickets are still available to see Smash Mouth at The State Theatre, and the best part is they’re only $25. Come on, you know you want to see a live performance of “Walkin’ On The Sun.”

Big Maze Late Night at the National Building Museum: The museum will have extended hours, giving you time to explore all the exhibitions and try your hand at navigating through the big maze. Tickets are $16.

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It’s the last weekend of July. We can’t believe it either.

But don’t mope around. We’ve found plenty to do this weekend.

The National Building Museum. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia user AgnosticPreachersKid under the Creative Commons License

The National Building Museum. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.


Mixtape at the 9:30 ClubThis monthly dance party blasts anything you can dance to, from house and electric to alt-pop and indie rock. Tickets are $12, and doors open at 11 p.m.

Ghost Tours at the National Building MuseumNot in the mood to party? Spend your Friday night on a ghost tour of the National Building Museum. You never know what spooky stuff is hidden around the museum after-hours. Non-member tickets are $25.


Bliss at U Street Music HallU Street Music Hall co-owner Will Eastman will host this monthly dance party Saturday night. Remember to buy the $10 tickets ahead of time if you’re under 21, and make sure you grab a pair of limited-edition U Street shades. Free until 11 p.m. for 21+.

Capital Fringe Festival: Still don’t want to party? That’s OK. The Capital Fringe Festival is winding down, but you can still catch some performances Saturday night. You need to buy a $7 Fringe button and a $17 ticket to attend a show, but it’s worth it.


Chain & the Gang at Black CatThe D.C.-based band is back to rock the Black Cat on Sunday. Tickets are $12, and doors open at 8 p.m.

Capital Fringe Festival: Once again, we urge you to check out this festival. This is the last day, so if you missed all the fun comedy, dance and drama, you have one last chance. Don’t spend the last Sunday of July at home.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 11:46 a.m.

What We’re Watching: ‘Boyhood’



The concept behind Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” is one-of-a-kind: a movie that follows a boy from age six to 18, filmed with the same actors over 12 years.

The word “nostalgic” doesn’t come close to encompassing this movie. Still, viewers don’t necessarily walk away from the film thinking they’ve just seen a masterpiece of a project. It feels more like a great home movie, the kind you secretly love to watch with your family on rainy days.

In the theater, the audience genuinely laughed at cutesy kids jokes and often whispered to each other when scenes between parents reminded them of their own.

The movie follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as he watches anime, attends the book release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” rides a bicycle with a friend on a RipStik and spends class time traveling the Oregon Trail on a PC. As audience members watch the kids get braces, play the new Game Boy Advance and eventually grow facial hair, they are immersed in the movie’s realistic quality. Shooting in short bursts from 2002 to 2013, the filmmakers didn’t need to set the scene or buy the right items from eBay to fit the time. The costume directors didn’t have to go to Goodwill to buy clothes from 2003.

“Boyhood” not only enthralls viewers with a convincing story, but also makes them remember their childhoods, the time their parents fought, the time they had to go to a new school. Linklater shows all of these common experiences without making the film too self-aware of the feat it is accomplishing.

In the early years, Mason is a quiet, shy boy who is overshadowed by his loud, attention-seeking sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). Living with their mother, the children are overjoyed when their somewhat irresponsible and immature father (Ethan Hawke) comes back from Alaska in his black, 1968 Pontiac GTO with a pile of presents inside.

The audience really gets to know Mason a few years later when he and his father go camping. Mason starts to develop into a more independent and unique character. As the story progresses, he deals with multiple moves within Texas, alcoholic stepfathers, girl problems, bullies and deciding what to do after high school. His dad changes, his mom changes, his sister changes, he changes and we watch it all on the screen.

Linklater is known for his attention to detail, and this talent is ever-present in “Boyhood.” He is one of those directors who you swear must keep a running list of ordinary things people say so he can include them in every movie. But rather than the usual philosophical and theoretical banter in his “Before” films or “Slacker,” Linklater’s dialogue is centered on everyday life and follows the actual experiences of growing up.

The sentimental soundtrack fits the scenes of the movie nicely, with songs playing during the years they were actually released: “Yellow” starts the movie off and goodies like “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” and “Somebody That I Used to Know” are sprinkled in. Those details remind viewers that they are watching a movie that spanned years of filming.

A lot happens in the almost three-hour movie, but “Boyhood” never feels overwhelming. Transitions move the audience seamlessly from one glimpse of each year in Mason’s life to the next. His boyhood ends in the final scene: a hike with new friends. It’s a start to another chapter beyond the camera lens.

Released: July 18
Director: Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused” and “Before Midnight”)
Genre: Coming of Age/Drama
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, Patricia Arquette (“Medium”), Ethan Hawke (“Reality Bites” and “The Purge”)

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Photo by Robert Redfield, courtesy of Elastic Artists.

Photo by Robert Redfield, courtesy of Elastic Artists.

D.C. has waited a long time for up-and-coming Canadian singer Mac DeMarco.

DeMarco, with his new indie-pop album “Salad Days,” played the last show of his U.S. tour Saturday night at the 9:30 Club.

The line of teenagers, dressed much like DeMarco in white shirts and baseball caps, flowed off the sidewalk hours before doors even opened for the show that sold out almost immediately after tickets went on sale in April.

The crowd could not control its excitement for the Canadian idol. Even as Mac DeMarco and his touring band watched the opening acts from the balcony, fans pointed him out to their friends and took pictures of him with their phones.

DeMarco finally stepped on stage. His songs are often described as “jizz jazz,” with the swing and flow of the rhythm complementing a giddy chorus.

“This song’s called Martha Stewart’s pussy,” DeMarco joked before playing the comforting song “Blue Boy.”

From the moment the band started playing its first song, “Salad Days,” the entire crowd sang along with DeMarco until the end of the set. DeMarco fed off the crowd, staring into fans’ eyes to “find a vibe” and thanking them for paper notes they handed him.

Everything that could happen at a concert did. Someone requested “Free Bird” – and the band delivered. About 30 people crowd-surfed, including band members and DeMarco. “Rock and Roll Night Club,” one of DeMarco’s most well-known hits, made it on the setlist with bassist Pierce McGarry’s usual high-pitched ending.

In his “Simpsons” tee, DeMarco belted out the lyrics to “Cooking Up Something Good,” with maniacal screams.

Mosh pits don’t usually come with bands as easygoing as this one, but DeMarco’s psychedelic, jazz-inspired rock had kids pushing and jumping around all night.

The band’s jokes broke up the setlist and sent the show on entertaining tangents.

“I’d like to preface this next song with some medical knowledge,” said McGarry.

The bassist informed the crowd that if you’re depressed, you should try using leeches to cheer up. Then he sang Coldplay’s “Yellow” in his now-famous whinny hollering. Hundreds in the audience took out their lighters and sang along.

The night ended with an encore of two covers,“Enter Sandman” and “Smoke on the Water,” leaving all happily basking in the rock vibes.

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Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Keep your week alive with some concerts, comedy and films.


Ceremony at Rock & Roll Hotel: All the way from California, the punk-rock band Ceremony is coming to the Rock & Roll Hotel. The group has toured with rock bands like AFI, and its pre-hardcore, punk-inspired songs are sure to get you in a rocking mood.

La Bomba! Stand Up Comedy at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar: Punk rock not your thing? Head out to this weekly stand-up comedy show instead. Free and 21+.


Us the Duo at 9:30 Club: A love story for the ages: Michael and Carissa Alvarado fell in love and started writing music together before becoming Us the Duo. Their soft pop-folk songs and covers skyrocketed them to internet fame. Their beatbox-infused duets made them stars on Vine, and now you can catch them at the 9:30 Club for $20.

The Clientele at Black Cat: Experience a little more of the pop-rock genre with The Clientele at Black Cat. Catch the British band for just $15.


“Moonrise Kingdom” at the Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series: Head out to Bethesda to catch this Wes Anderson favorite outside. The movie will start when the sun goes down at about 9 p.m. A limited number of seats are available, but you can bring your own chair or blanket. Maybe it’s time to crack out that GW towel you got at Colonial Inauguration.

Coen Brothers Double Feature at Washington Jewish Community Center: For just $12, you can see “A Serious Man” and “The Big Lebowski” back to back. The first showing is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the second at 8:30 p.m. Don’t want to spend the whole evening watching movies? Your ticket is good for two movies that week, so you can always catch the next one on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.


Official Flume Afterparty at U Street Music Hall: Couldn’t get tickets to the sold-out Flume show? Tickets to this 18+ event are $10. If you are going to the Flume show, you get in for free with your ticket stub or 9:30 Club stamp.

Hospitality and Ex Hex at Rock & Roll Hotel: Catch these female-fronted rock bands at the Rock & Roll Hotel. Hospitality is touring to promote its latest album, “Trouble,” which earned a 7.5 rating on Pitchfork. Tickets are only $13.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 3:56 p.m.

GW ‘making history’ with custom coin

The GW challenge coin. Photo courtesy of GW Impact.

The GW challenge coin. Photo courtesy of GW Impact.

If you’re trying to raise $1 billion, just mint a few coins.

At least that seems to be part of GW’s strategy for its “Making History” fundraising campaign that publicly launched this June.

During the glamorous launch event at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Va. earlier this summer, alumni and donors rubbed shoulders with top University administrators. And as a bonus, GW unveiled freshly minted “challenge coins.”

The coins, featuring a profile of the first president, are meant to give owners a sense of pride in Washington’s vision for a college in the nation’s capital. And because everyone loves a good challenge, the coin also acts as a reminder to work toward the massive fundraising goal.

It’s unclear how effective the novelty will be in pulling in multi-million dollar donations. But, hey, at least it looks cool.

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We’d rather not discuss how many weekends are left until classes begin, and we’re sure you don’t either.

Keep summer alive with these weekend events, sure to help you check a few items off your D.C. bucket list.

Paramore performs on the Parahoy! cruise earlier this year. Photo by Flickr user Laurence Dion, used under cc-by-2.0

Paramore performs on the Parahoy! cruise earlier this year. Photo by Flickr user Laurence Dion, used under cc-by-2.0


Charles Feelgood at U Street Music Hall: If you’re interested in blowing off steam from a long week, U Street Music Hall has the performer for you. D.C. area-based DJ Charles Feelgood brings his electronic dance jams to the basement at U Street. Tickets are $10 in advance for ages 18 and up and the event is free before 12 a.m. for anyone 21 and older.

#HIPSTERHEIGHTS 90s Party at Liv Nightclub: Tonight is full of throwbacks, and this one will take you all the way back to the 90s. The party features old school 90s rap, a 90s dress competition and live performances. Entrance is free before 10 p.m. for anyone 21 and older.


Guys & Dolls Vintage Party at Penn Social: As if the world needed another hipster throwback, vintage vendors from D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Philadelphia will flock to Penn Social for a shopping soiree from noon to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Façon Magazine and Shop Love DC, guests will compete for the title of best-dressed and the first 75 guests will get “swag bags” – we can’t make this stuff up. So if you’re down to shop for new styles (or just curious to find out what’s in a “swag bag”), reserve your spot for free online.

DC BRGR Bash in Shaw: For a burger celebration just as intense as its title lets on, head over to the DC BRGR Bash for great food and drinks. Ten burger connoisseurs across the DMV area will compete for best burger (BRGR?) between noon and 6 p.m. – and you can be one of the lucky judges. After enjoying the burgers, beer and live music, guests will head to grease-stained ballot boxes to crown the victor. Day-before ticket options start at $30.

The DC Scoop at Union Market: Burgers not your style? Trade savory for sweet between 1 and 4 p.m. at this celebration of everything ice cream-related: from gelato to ice-cream sandwiches, popsicles and more. On the hit list are Shake Shack’s legendary custards, Carmen’s Italian Ice, Nice Cream and other D.C. favorites. Entrance is free. Ice cream prices will vary.

De La Soul 25th Anniversary at Howard Theatre: The hip-hop trio from Long Island, N.Y. famous for their laid-back rhythm and eclectic style will celebrate 25 years of sound this Sunday. Now working on their eighth album, De La Soul combines funky beats with soulful lyrics to form a style known as “jazz rap.” Doors for the 6 p.m. show open at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are $37.45 – and selling out fast.


Capital Fringe 2014 presents The 27 Club: As part of Capital Fringe’s summer theater festival, The 27 Club will honor the six rock legends who met their deaths at the age of 27. The performers will help the audience peer into the lives of Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain with excerpts from letters and stagings of real-life conversations and events. Tickets for the 8:45 p.m. show are $17.

Adam Lambert performs with Queen. Photo courtesy of Queen + Adam Lambert Facebook page.

Adam Lambert performs with Queen. Photo courtesy of the Queen + Adam Lambert Facebook page.

Queen + Adam Lambert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Confused? Excited? A combination of both? After this duo performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last September, Lambert and Queen decided to join forces again for a 19-date tour that ends with a showing this Sunday. Hear timeless classics like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” at this (truly) one-of-a-kind event, beginning at 6:30 p.m. While general admissions is sold out, you can still snag lawn tickets starting at $45.

Free Hitchcock film screening in Alexandria: As part of their “Hitchcock in July” event, the Beatley Central Library will offer a free matinee screening of the 1959 Hitchcock classic “North By Northwest” this Sunday at 2 p.m. In this thriller, the innocent New York advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is mistaken for a government agent, and must figure out how to escape from the mysterious foreign spies who pursue him. Also, it’s Hitchcock and free.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

Lead singer Jordan Lee of Mutual Benefit. Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency.

Singer-songwriter Jordan Lee of Mutual Benefit. Photo courtesy of the Windish Agency.

Before other musicians joined Jordan Lee on stage, Mutual Benefit started as a solo project with a second-hand karaoke machine.

But last Saturday, the collaborative project, known for its heavy use of string instruments like violins and guitars, opened for indie-rockers Wild Beasts and played for a full house at the 9:30 Club.

The band’s performance struck the same melodic outline as the album tracks, but with several recording group members skipping the tour, improvisation from the artists on stage filled the gaps.

After collaborating with many musicians, Mutual Benefit has a consistent lineup for this tour that performs well together.

Lee, whose first breakout success came last fall, started Mutual Benefit in 2009 with the eerie “Figure in Black” EP.

“At first, it was just a solo recording project,” Lee said. “I was playing in a rock band in Texas and I wanted to have an outlet for other kinds of music, and I went to the thrift store and I bought a broken karaoke machine that recorded right on to a cassette player.”

He said the musicians he works with now “occupy some position in between” touring members and bandmates. A couple of members on tour contributed to “Love’s Crushing Diamond,” but Lee said he doesn’t know who he wants to have on the next record.

“I guess for better or for worse, it’s a flexible thing. But I’ve really, really been enjoying playing with this lineup,” he said.

After headlining a sold-out show at the Black Cat in February, Mutual Benefit played for a mixed crowd during its opening performance at the 9:30 Club. As they set up, the bandmates joked that they had convinced the U.K.-based Wild Beasts that they were a big deal in the U.S.

Tours with big crowds are a new experience for the band. Lee, who spent the last two years playing house shows, said he was nervous before his performance at the 1,200-capacity 9:30 Club, even after he recently had higher-profile exposure on popular radio shows.

“Even being on KEXP or even playing a venue like the Independent in San Francisco that I’ve always wanted to play, but then seeing what it’s like on the back end and talking to the hospitality guys and stuff like that, it just kind of makes everything less magical than how you hoped it would be,” Lee said.

As the heavy drum ending of “Advanced Falconry” gave new life to a normally softer sound, the crowd pulsed with the rhythm. Even the Wild Beast fans, who did not seem to jive with the opener, swayed a little.

Lee has only written a couple of songs since the album, but hopes to record his next project in the Columbus Theatre recording studio in Rhode Island.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sandra Loyola.

The weekend is winding down, and Monday’s forecast for both weather and places to go out doesn’t look promising. After getting past that hurdle, here’s what to look forward to later in the week.


Sunset Yoga & Pilates at the Georgetown Waterfront Park: Stressed from your internship or job and need a way to relax? The Georgetown Business Improvement District, in partnership with Georgetown yoga and pilates studios, will host free one-hour sunset sessions at the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Come to the park near the intersection of Water Street and Potomac Street any week this summer. Corepower Yoga will run this week’s session at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so make sure you RSVP.

Free Comedy at Vendetta: Catch a free comedy show every Tuesday at 8 p.m. The shows include D.C.’s best stand-up comics along with up-and-coming comedians. Ages 21+.


The Avalon Theater is at 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC used under a CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.

The Avalon Theater is at 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC used under a CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.

French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre: The Embassy of France and the Avalon Theatre have teamed up to show contemporary French films during the month of July. Don’t worry if your French is rusty – English subtitles are provided. Tickets are $9 for students.

Summer Happy Hour Chocolate Tastings at Cocova: Cocova hosts a themed chocolate tasting every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. This week’s tasting will feature white and milk chocolate bars.


Stand-up Comedy at the Topaz Hotel Bar: Don’t feel like repeating another night of bar hopping at Dupont Circle? Topaz Hotel Bar hosts a live stand-up show every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. with veteran comedians as well as “non-coms,” who are invited to get up on stage and try to win a $25 cash prize for the best joke.

Queens of the Stone Age featuring St. Vincent at Merriweather Post Pavilion: With tickets starting at $40, this summer concert will be filled with rock, sprinkled with some indie tunes from St. Vincent.


Take the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian. Photo by flickr user m01229 under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

Take the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian. Photo by flickr user m01229 under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

A Garden of Wonders at the Smithsonian Castle: Time to party like Alice and enter wonderland in this madcap party that transforms the Smithsonian Castle’s garden into a landscape of magic. With outdoor games, craft activities and a DJ, you don’t want to be late to this party. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ages 21+.

Sasha Lord and Chris Rudy present 80’s Karaoke Performance Art Competition at Comet Ping Pong: Gather a group of friends and head to Comet Ping Pong to enjoy pizza and celebrate the start of weekend by watching an 80’s Karaoke showdown backed by the HariKaraoke Band. Admission is $12, and all ages are welcomed.

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