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If you need a midterm week pick-me-up (or eight), look no further. This week you can catch a secret free concert, run away from zombies, and downward dog into bliss.


Lykke Li will perform a free concert at Urban Outfitters.

Lykke Li will perform a free concert at Urban Outfitters.

Lykke Li performs at Urban Outfitters: If you couldn’t snag tickets to Lykke Li’s sold-out performance at 9:30 Club Monday night, don’t despair. The Swedish singer will play a smaller, free set at Georgetown’s Urban Outfitters just hours before her main performance. Don’t forget to bring along a sharpie and your copy of “I Never Learn” for the post-show autograph session.
Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. NW. 2 p.m. Free.

B.J. Novak “The Book With No Pictures” Book Signing: Don’t miss the chance to meet B.J. Novak of “The Office,” who will stop by the Maret School Auditorium near the Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan metro station on Monday night. He’ll be signing copies of his latest best-seller, “The Book With No Pictures,” a text-only children’s storybook packed with humor for kindergarteners and college kids alike.
Maret School Auditorium, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW. 6:30 p.m. Free.


Allen Stone at 9:30 Club: A self-described “hippie with soul,” Allen Stone and his signature oversized glasses and curly blonde locks have shown up on “Ellen,” “Conan” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” This R&B singer, whose third album “The Radius” is set to release late 2014, is known for his soulful tunes and quirky persona.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $25.

Capital City Showcase DMV Roast: For this month’s installment of their DMV Roast, comedians from the Capital City Showcase will host a roast of The Washington Capitals, just in time for the start of hockey season. Comedian David Carter will play the part of The Caps at this free show, and guests can enjoy happy hour specials from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 8 p.m. Free.


De-stress with free yoga at Yoga NoMa. Photo by Flickr user Eli Christman under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

De-stress with free yoga at Yoga NoMa. Photo by Flickr user Eli Christman under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Lunch-Hour Yoga Recharge: Erase away your mid-week midterm stress by taking a quick metro ride to NoMa, where you can indulge in some free yoga relaxation. Yoga NoMa, a new yoga spot, is hosting free sessions to attract yogis of all levels. Don’t forget your mat and a water bottle, and be sure to reserve a spot online.
Yoga NoMa, 1st St. NE and M Street NE. 12 p.m. Free.

Esperanza Spalding at The Birchmere: Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is celebrating her birthday month with a two-week tour, “Thank You October,” which will make a stop in Alexandria Wednesday night. She was the first of her genre to win the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011, so don’t miss your chance to groove to the neo-soul sounds of this emerging artist.

3701 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Va. 7:30 p.m. $65.


Opening Night of DC DEAD: Rush over to this Capital Fringe event prepared for a zombie chase. This interactive performance comes just in time for Halloween, grouping people into teams to fight zombies in a haunted house. Live the thrill of a zombie apocalypse, minus the whole death thing.
Capital Fringe’s Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 7 p.m. $35.

Pages D. Matam Poetry Reading and Conversation: Join the D.C. poetry community at Split This Rock to celebrate local poet and activist Pages D. Maham, who will lead a reading and discussion of his latest book, “The Heart of a Comet.” Maham’s new book is a selection of poems and short stories chronicling the story of a comet on a quest to find his purpose in life.
Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600. 5:30 p.m. Free.


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Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 1:27 a.m.

What We’re Watching: ‘Gone Girl’

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Jack Alber.

“Gone Girl”


A mesmerizing tale of marriage, manipulation and the thirst of the media, David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is a strong contender for movie of the year.

Promotional poster for "Gone Girl."

Promotional poster for “Gone Girl.”

The film is an adaption of the wildly popular 2012 novel of the same title by Gillian Flynn. In a rare occasion of the film world, Flynn herself was given control over the screenplay, which she absolutely nailed.

In “Gone Girl,” the plot doesn’t thicken, it congeals.

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is a seemingly perfect husband to his seemingly perfect wife, the witty, intelligent Amy (Rosamund Pike). When Amy suddenly goes missing on the couple’s fifth anniversary, the ensuing manhunt grips the country and begins to expose the cracks in the facade of Nick and Amy’s “perfect marriage,” posing the question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Tyler Perry plays celebrity lawyer Tanner Bolt, who specializes in defending husbands, little-known actress Carrie Coon (“The Leftovers”) takes the part of Nick’s loyal sister Margo and Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) is Amy’s long-ago and insanely creepy ex boyfriend, Desi Collings.

Affleck gives Nick’s every movement and thought a subtle but striking touch, creating a character that is at times charming and at other times despicable. Perry adds refreshing moments of humor to the dark film, and Harris fits perfectly into a Fincher film with his ability to bottle up his natural charm, appearing simultaneously genuine and strange.

But it is Pike’s performance that truly makes the film.

Granted, she has the most dimensions of a character to work with, and nearly every revolution of the plot gives her a moment to shine. But Pike knocks her role as manipulative, complex Amy out of the park with every word, look and breath.

She is perfectly composed, yet perfect at letting her composure fall apart.

The dark, moody cinematography is nothing too spectacular, but the soundtrack is the true lifeblood of the film, with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross turning in a throbbing and tense score guaranteed to make viewers all the more thrilled as the events unfold – not that you’ll need any help.

As the characters wriggle around in their deceptions, the meaning of the movie itself seems as difficult to pin down as the truth about Amy’s disappearance.

On the one hand, “Gone Girl” presents a sober and pessimistic – albeit highly exaggerated – depiction of the dangers of love. But the film could also represent a satire, or indictment, of the gossip peddlers that dominate news media today, or a warning of the dishonesty and distortion that can come from living a charade.

Maybe none, maybe all three. But whatever you walk away with, “Gone Girl” is guaranteed to make you think long after the credits start rolling.

Surprisingly humorous at parts, poisonously dark, intensely gripping, “Gone Girl” is a film that will be talked about for generations to come.

Released: Oct. 3
Director: David Fincher
Screenplay: Gillian Flynn
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Ben Affleck (“Argo,” “Good Will Hunting”), Rosamund Pike (“Pride & Prejudice”), Tyler Perry (“Diary of a Mad Black Woman”), Carrie Coon (“The Leftovers”), Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”)

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Video by Hatchet videographer Eric Osman and Hatchet multimedia editor Diana Marinaccio

St. Paul’s Parish held its third annual blessing of the animals Saturday in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. Parishioners and community members gathered at the church with their pets as priests blessed them with holy water.

Among the pets blessed were dogs, cats, fish and a guinea pig.

“I just really value the opportunity to name, in a space with a big gathering, the fact that animals are important in people’s lives,” Rev. Kyle Oliver said.

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Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 2:38 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Capitol Hill Books

Video by Hatchet videographer Yara Bishara.

This is the first installment in our new series, “Hidden Gems.” Every other week, we’ll profile an interesting place in D.C. that you probably haven’t heard of.

Capitol Hill Books is a used bookstore located just two blocks from the Eastern Market Metro station. The cozy store’s walls are packed with first editions and rare books.

“It’s a kinetic experience, especially in used bookstores when they already have some character,” said employee Haley Simpkiss.

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Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace perform in Ford's Theatre's production of "Driving Miss Daisy." Photo by Scott Suchman courtesy Ford's Theatre.

Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace perform in Ford’s Theatre’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy.” Photo by Scott Suchman courtesy Ford’s Theatre.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Hanna Cunningham.

Daisy Werthan was sitting at the kitchen table in her house without power in Atlanta, Ga. when Hoke Colburn walked into the room carrying her coffee.

The audience watched this scene, hopeful, as an unlikely friendship developed between an elderly white woman and her black chauffeur in Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy.”

This play is the Pulitzer Prize-winning first in a series of three plays that follows the lives of different characters who encounter racism in the mid-20th century. Daisy (Nancy Robinette) comes to accept her chauffeur, Hoke Colburn (Craig Wallace), after Daisy’s son hires Hoke.

Both actors delivered heartfelt and passionate performances at a preview Tuesday at Ford’s Theatre, making the audience laugh throughout the show – like when Daisy’s frustration reaches a peak as Hoke drives the wrong way to the market.

The set included a car on a moving platform, which served as a centerpiece as Hoke drove Daisy from place to place. Other scenes were centered around a large desk that was part of the office of Daisy’s son, Boolie.

At one point in the play, Daisy teaches the illiterate Hoke how to say “Bower” – the name of a deceased friend – by slowly and shakily working through each syllable. The affectionate nature of the scene showcases the start of their friendship.

Although the play examines serious issues like racism and segregation, the actors were able to bring a lighthearted quality to the performance without cutting out the historical tension of its setting. Both actors have starred in other prominent D.C. shows, including performances at Ford’s Theatre: Wallace in “Our Town” and “The Laramie Project,” and Robinette in “The Carpetbagger’s Children.”

During one scene, Daisy attends a dinner to honor Martin Luther King Jr., and the audio technicians played clips from the orator’s “I Have A Dream” speech that added to the play’s sense of hope and anticipation for times of justice.

The actors were able to show the connections and emotions that developed as Daisy comes to know and respect Hoke. Though Daisy appears hesitant at the beginning of the play, by its end she begins to regard Hoke with the warmth of a friend.

“Driving Miss Daisy,” Ford’s Theatre, 511 10 St. NW. Tickets: $20-40 via Ticketmaster. Performances run until Oct. 26.

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The Emerge Art Fair will exhibit some of Professor Evan Hume's art. He draws his inspiration for his work from public archives. Erica Christian | Photo Editor

The Emerge Art Fair will exhibit some of professorial lecturer Evan Hume’s art. He draws his inspiration for his work from public archives. Erica Christian | Photo Editor

When he isn’t teaching digital photography to GW students, professorial lecturer and artist Evan Hume is sifting through the National Archives for stolen art listings and UFO sightings.

Hume, who graduated from GW with a master’s degree in fine arts in 2011, draws inspiration for his art from public archives. He said he is interested in “open secrets” – what’s available to people only if they look for it.

The Emerge Art Fair, which is holding its fourth annual festival at D.C.’s Capitol Skyline Hotel, will start exhibiting a four-part series of Hume’s prints Thursday. The festival selects its exhibitors from a pool of applicants who are not affiliated with galleries, aiming to give exposure to up-and-coming artists.

One of the photos Hume found in the FBI’s National Stolen Art File, available online, inspired the main piece of his collection, “Yosemite Valley.”

Scrolling through decades of stolen work, Hume came across a listing for the piece “Yosemite Valley,” which still has not been recovered. Attached to the listing, Hume found a pixelated photo of the missing painting hanging in its former gallery.

But roughly a third of the painting is blocked by the silhouettes of three onlookers, who the original archivist neatly cut out of the photo, creating a blank white space in the shape of a three-headed creature.

Evan Hume's "Yosemite Valley" will be on display at the Emerge Art Fair Oct. 2 through 5. Photo courtesy of Evan Hume.

Evan Hume’s “Yosemite Valley” will be on display at the Emerge Art Fair from Oct. 2 to 5. Photo courtesy of Evan Hume.

“There’s all these layers of removal from the original work of art, these inadequate placeholders for what I assume are very valuable works of art that will never be recovered,” he said.

Hume painstakingly blew up the tiny image and restored it in every detail. Then he printed the photo on canvas in an extra twist of irony, creating a photo of a photo, presented like a painting.

Through prints like “Yosemite Valley,” Hume aims to uniquely present images that anyone can see, pushing them to think of the “obvious” as extraordinary.

“If you want to make a photograph that can stand out among the thousands and thousands of photographs on Instagram and Flickr that are loaded up every minute, that’s what you really need to be thinking about and striving toward,” he said.

And it’s the theme Hume has pursued in his work since attending GW, where he presented his senior thesis project in a solo exhibition at the University’s Gallery 102.

For the project, “I’LL BELIEVE IN ANYTHING,” Hume digitally reproduced photos of reported UFO sightings from the National Archives to illustrate a parallel between art theory and conspiracy theories.

“The average person, unfortunately, doesn’t really take art terribly seriously, or it’s not really an important part of their lives, or they think it’s too elitist and academic. And then, of course, people don’t take conspiracy theories seriously, either,” he said. “But the general public can’t just dismiss both.”

The dark, celestial images Hume found reminded him of abstract paintings from the mid-20th century, and he wondered what it would be like to blow the UFO photographs up to their scale.

“I’ve always been really interested in abstraction and the history of abstraction in modern art, but didn’t really know how to approach that from a photography standpoint,” he said. “All my interests seemed to kind of collide together through that process.”

Hume said he found an interest in manual photography when he was 15 and took a high school photography class. Hume began teaching at the University in 2011, moving from black-and-white film to digital photography.

He said he hopes to continue teaching and instill in students his passion for illuminating hidden meanings behind often ignored objects.

“Everything has probably been photographed,” he said. “If you’re going to add to this insane amount of images, you need to figure out why you’re doing that and why the end product is worth it to somebody else.”

“Yosemite Valley” will be displayed in the main lobby at Capitol Skyline Hotel at the Emerge Art Fair Friday through Sunday.

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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 11:15 p.m.

Weekend Outlook: Oktoberfest edition

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Jarrod Carman.

From sneak previews of Oscar contenders to every Oktoberfest in the area, it’s time to put down the textbooks and pull out your Metro SmarTrip card. Relax after a long week and enjoy a few beer-filled nights with friends. Here are your top picks of the week: Oktoberfest edition.


Promotional poster for "Gone Girl."

Promotional poster for “Gone Girl.”

“Gone Girl” preview screening, Q&A with author: Based on the book The New York Times calls “populated by characters so well imagined that they’re hard to part with,” “Gone Girl” is here to kick off October with a spine-chilling thriller. When Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, her family and the media try to piece together the clues. Could her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) himself have been behind Amy’s disappearance? Stay after the screening for a Q&A with the book’s author (and the movie’s screenwriter) Gillian Flynn, hosted by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers.
West End Cinema, 2301 M St. NW. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15

Second Annual Oktoberfest at Doner Bistro: One (German) word and one word only: Oktoberfest. It’s one of the few times each year you can skip your 8 a.m. class the next morning with a good excuse: you were learning about another culture, right? Doner Bistro in Adams Morgan will serve tasty schnitzel alongside foaming pitchers of beer. If you make it to Happy Hour, you’ll only need to shell out $3 a bottle. G’suffa.
Doner Bistro Adams Morgan, 1654 Columbia Road NW. Open Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., happy hour 3 to 7 p.m. Free entry.


Capitol City’s 15th Annual Oktoberfest: With over 50 breweries and 100 beers, Capitol City is holding the biggest Oktoberfest in Northern Virginia. The fest will include live music from Germany’s Liab’ und Schneid and tastings of authentic drinks like Oktoberfest Lager and Pumpkinator Ale. Admission is free for designated drivers and children. That’s right: Bring the family.
Capital City Brew, 4001 Campbell Ave., Arlington, Va. Noon. $25

We Are Scientists and Surfer Blood: It’s concert night in D.C. as three bands take the stage at U Street Music Hall. We Are Scientists is a California indie rock band that’s been around for over a decade and released a double A-side, “Something About You/Let Me Win” in July. They’ll be joined by Surfer Blood, an alternative rock band from Florida whose members met at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and Eternal Summers, a rock band from Roanoke, Va.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 6 p.m. $20


Celebrate Oktoberfest at Town Tavern. Photo by Flickr user Simon Cocks under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Town Tavern. Photo by Flickr user Simon Cocks under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Town Tavern Oktoberfest: Grab $3 beers and $6 burger baskets at the Town Tavern, a bar celebrating Oktoberfest with half-off prices. Soak in the German spirit as you grab an overflowing pint or two and kick back with some college football. Pro tip: Reserve a spot now to enjoy the $10 open bar.
Town Tavern, 2323 18th St. NW. Open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Free entry.

Maryland Renaissance Festival: At the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, this year’s plot is as follows: The town gets ready for King Henry VIII’s arrival with his new wife (a marriage that will surely last). It’s also romance weekend at the Festival, so make sure to rent some costumes and take advantage of a unique date opportunity with your crush.
Maryland Renaissance Festival, 1821 Crownsville Road. Annapolis, Md. 10 a.m. $12.


“From Here to Eternity:” Based on the 1951 novel, “From Here to Eternity” is a musical about the G Company, a fictional World War II military unit. When two soldiers become embroiled in scandalous affairs with women, they are not prepared for the dangerous consequences. The film is coming to screens for a limited time only, so grab tickets while you can.
Regal Bowie Stadium 14, 15200 Major Lansdale Blvd., Bowie, Md. 8:55 p.m. $18.

Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest: There’s more to Oktoberfest than just beer. Actually, the holiday is a Bavarian festival originally held to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Head to Fairfax to catch the last day of Fort Belvoir’s Oktoberfest, where there will be a 10k walk, a gondola wheel, authentic German food, raffles and prizes in addition to beer.
Fremont Field, 9910 Tracy Loop, Fort Belvoir, Va. Noon. Free entry.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jeanine Marie.

Oct. 3 may be the unofficial holiday celebrating the pervasiveness of “Mean Girls,” but this week, another lady-led pop culture marvel will upstage Tina Fey’s “plastics.”

Promotional poster for "Gilmore Girls."

Promotional poster for “Gilmore Girls.”

“Gilmore Girls” premieres Wednesday on Netflix.

The show first debuted in 2000 on the WB and ran until 2007. In its pilot episode, producer Amy Sherman-Palladino introduced a cult-ish audience to the Gilmore girls: Lorelai, a quick-witted 32-year-old who runs The Independence Inn and her 16-year-old daughter Rory, a bookworm with the same blue eyes and keen, sarcastic sense of humor as her single mother.

The duo frequent Luke’s Diner in Stars Hollow, a fictional small town where they know every quirky resident.

Kirk, who has held 15,000 odd jobs, and Lane, Rory’s best friend and the owner of a rock n’ roll CD collection that would infuriate her strict Korean mother if she ever found it, are just two members of a dynamic cast that make the show worth indulging in whether it be for the first time or the fourth.

Here’s what to expect from the mother-daughter duo and their wacky friends.

Season 1

Essential episode: “Cinnamon’s Wake” packs everything funny, sweet and real about “Gilmore Girls” into 45 minutes. There’s a cat funeral for a neighborhood feline, two Lorelais dancing around each other’s feelings, a lot of pie and a Nazi joke told by the typically demure Emily Gilmore.

Season 2

Essential episode: “Red Light on the Wedding Night” will tug at your heart strings a thousand times as the logistics of Lorelai’s impending marriage are called into question. The episode also features Luke in all his grumpy, affectionate, plaid-wearing glory.

Season 3

Essential episode(s): “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” followed by “Let the Games Begin” are 90 minutes that drastically change the course of “Gilmore Girls.” Lorelai is a staunch hater of Yale University and Jess, a local bad boy, but Rory has a change of heart about both. Stars Hollow holds the 24-hour dance marathon we all wish our hometowns had and the Gilmore grandparents appear in their most pretentiously fun form.

Season 4

Essential episode: “Raincoats and Recipes” is chock-full of typical Gilmore behavior: Lorelai locks Rory in her room when she catches her doing laundry in the middle of the night, Lane hides food under the floorboards from her roommates and the whole town shows up for the The Dragonfly Inn test-run weekend.

Season 5

Essential episode: In “Norman Mailer, I’m Pregnant!” Rory dishes some harsh advice to her estranged father and does some investigative work for the Yale newspaper. The episode involves a pizza pie, a gorilla mask and an excessive amount of iced tea drunk by author Norman Mailer, and serves as an excellent setup for the rest of the season.

Season 6

Essential episode: “The Prodigal Daughter Returns,” for which you will need Kleenex and your phone to call your mom as soon as the credits roll.

Season 7

Essential episode: Despite the awkwardness of the last two seasons without creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, “Bon Voyage” meaningfully wraps up the whole series as Lorelai finally realizes what’s most important in the man she marries, and Rory gets a job covering the political campaign of a senator from Illinois named Barack Obama.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ryan Lasker.

Kiesza gave her all at a U Street Music Hall concert on Monday night, doing handstands in between songs and encouraging the crowd to let loose at the start of the workweek.

The breakout singer of “Hideaway” performed a short seven-song set that included high-energy tracks with fast beats and ballad-like, slower songs. But the transitions flowed seamlessly, making for a balanced and satisfying performance.

Young fans in their twenties crowded into U Street Music Hall, a relatively small, underground space with low ceilings and dim lighting. When Kiesza strutted onstage donning a stylish mohawk and black jumpsuit, the crowd roared, and the singer responded by going right into her first song.

Singer-songwriter Kiesza. Photo by Flickr user Christopher William Adach under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Singer-songwriter Kiesza. Photo by Flickr user Christopher William Adach under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Running along the small, 20-foot-wide stage, Kiesza pumped up the crowd with her powerful voice and interacted with her audience, responding to people’s “I love you!” screams in between her lyrics.

The performance opened with Kiesza’s original “No Ememiesz,” a fast beat that riled up the crowd within the first few bars. Accompanied by two baseball jersey-clad dancers, a drummer, and a powerhouse DJ, Kiesza showed off some impressive riffs and even more impressive stage presence.

Later on, Kiesza lowered her tone of voice and spoke directly to the audience, calming down the vibe as she segued into a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

With this piece, the singer showed off not only her vocal talent but also her piano skills, playing beautiful chords to match an equally splendid voice, sharply contrasting her first song of the night.

Cell phones swayed to the mellow beat high in the air.

Kiesza continued by showing off two gems from her new album “Sound of a Woman,” which debuts October 21, leading into the final and most anticipated song of the night: “Hideaway.”

As she performed what is undoubtedly her most popular track, concertgoers’ hands flew into the air as their bodies shimmied down low, dancers on stage echoing the crowd’s energy.

Kiesza didn’t perform an encore despite the audience’s desperate cries for “One more song!” after she had gone backstage.

Though her performance lasted less than an hour, Kiesza gave the crowd an eclectic mix of sounds from her diverse repertoire, transitioning from upbeat, electronic tracks to relaxing, acoustic music with no shortage of energy and emotion.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Jarrod Carman.

Concerts, comedy shows, panels and celebrity speakers. In other words, it’s just your average week in D.C. Check out this week’s top picks, from live Afro-Brazilian tunes to a comedy festival that will ease your midterm-month woes.


SambaDá at the Kennedy Center: Add a spicy mixture of salsa, cumbia, funk and reggae to your Monday with this free show at the Kennedy Center. Afro-Brazilian band SambaDá aims to spread knowledge and love of Brazilian music through their performances, which offer a circus of rich tradition and entertainment.
Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC. 6 p.m. Free.

Kiesza at U Street Music Hall: The Canadian-born, London-based singer famous for her single “Hideaway” will stop by D.C. on Tuesday for a show at U Street Music Hall. Kiesza is a self-proclaimed pioneer of her own genre of music: SteamPop, an electro-pop combination that has critics and audiences alike buzzing.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. $20.


Tim Gunn, fashion expert and host of Lifetime's "Project Runway." Photo by Flickr user Josh Hallett under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Tim Gunn, fashion expert and host of Lifetime’s “Project Runway.” Photo by Flickr user Josh Hallett under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

“First Ladies’ Fashions” panel with host Tim Gunn: D.C. fashion week may be over, but America’s first ladies are always in style. Whether you’re fascinated by Jackie Kennedy’s acute fashion sense or prefer Michelle Obama’s classy look, head over to the National Archives for the program “Style and Influence: First Ladies’ Fashions,” hosted by Tim Gunn of “Project Runway.”

William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. Free.

Book talk with author Mitchell G. Bard: Mitchell Bard, a foreign policy analyst and Executive Director of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, will host a talk about his new book “Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam’s War Against the Jews,” which charts the growth of radical Islam in the Middle East.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, MD. 7 p.m. Free.


Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival: If you’re looking for a good laugh before the tears that announce midterm season, then it’s time to check out the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival. Hosted by D.C.’s online magazine Brightest Young Things, the festival will host a variety of famous comics from Tig Notaro (“The Sarah Silverman Progam”) to Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) starting Wednesday night at the Lincoln Theatre.
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. $30.

Book talk with author Walter Mischel: If you’re looking to curb your sweet tooth, resist study distractions and quit other temptations, Walter Mischel is the man with the plan in the pages of “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.” Mischel, a Columbia University psychology professor, is renowned for his contribution to personality theory and his work on self-control.

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. $12.


Emerge Art Fair Preview Party: Head over to the Capitol Skyline hotel for a sneak preview of the annual Emerge Art Fair, which will take place Oct. 2 through 5. The preview party will include a poolside concert with Furniteur, Pleasure Curses, and DJ Chris Burns, along with peeks of work by some of the 85 exhibitors that will participate in the fair.
Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW, Washington, DC. 7 p.m. $45.

The Airborne Toxic Event performs in San Francisco early September 2014. Photo by Flickr user Jessica S. under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Airborne Toxic Event performs in San Francisco late September 2014. Photo by Flickr user Jessica S. under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Airborne Toxic Event at the Lincoln Theatre: L.A.-based rock group The Airborne Toxic Event earned acclaim for singles like “All I Ever Wanted” and “Sometime Around Midnight,” which blend gritty, emotive lyrics with moody, dramatic interludes. The group pushes the boundaries of rock, going as far as to include full symphonies in some of their songs.
Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, Washington, DC. 8 p.m. $35.

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