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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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Fourth of July celebrations dominated last week, but the red, white and blue won’t be here to yank you out of bed and pry you away from Netflix this weekend.

Made it through another week of your internship and looking for something to do? Here are a few options to make your mid-July weekend more than just some R&R.

Photo courtesy of the official Morrison Brothers Band Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of the official Morrison Brothers Band Facebook page.


The Morrison Brothers Band at 9:30 Club: The L.A.-based country band, known for touring with Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Tim McGraw, will perform at the 9:30 Club with Amy Wilcox. Tickets are $20.


Once you’ve watched the Netherlands and Brazil fight for a third-place finish in the World Cup, the 9:30 Club has the grooves to celebrate a win or forget defeat.

Wild Beasts at 9:30 Club: Wild Beasts are bringing their 80s-inspired sound on Saturday night. One-man band Mutual Benefit will open for the group. Tickets are $20.


World Cup watch parties: The World Cup has captivated the nation, even a town that is hyper-focused on politics. And now the final match is here: Germany vs. Argentina. It’s going to be intense, so pick a side and grab some friends (and a beer).

Cheering on Lionel Messi and Argentina? Head out to Del Campo.

Have a preference for the well-organized team play of Germany? Then Biergarten Haus is the place for you.

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Photo by Hatchet photographer Christie Carpenter.

Photo by Hatchet photographer Christie Carpenter.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Christie Carpenter.

A shattered mirror sits on the floor in the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Between the fragmented glass it reads, “The words in my head are a reflection of my environment whether good or bad,” in black handwriting.

The striking piece is part of the Corcoran’s newest exhibit, “The Gray Area: Living in Transition,” which explores the adjustment from military to civilian life and the way the line between the two worlds can blur.

“The Gray Area,” presented by a group of veterans within the Corcoran community, opened this month in Gallery 31. Though they come from different branches and backgrounds, the veterans joined to express their personal narratives for the showcase featuring mediums such as photography, film, paint and animation.

Veteran and artist Heather Muniz described her work as “a manifestation of the emotional places I have been – the confusion, sadness and anger of the experience.”

The works convey the doubts the artists have experienced as they leave the regimented life of service and war and reenter their homes. Whether through tattoos, like Robert Lliteras, or by examining small details in everyday life, like Jonathan Fields, the veterans all channel the struggles of re-assimilation into civilian life.

Field's prints for "The Gray Area" exhibition. Photo by Hatchet photographer Christie Carpenter.

Fields’ prints for “The Gray Area” exhibition. Photo by Hatchet photographer Christie Carpenter.

With “Therapy in Blood and Ink,” Lliteras shows how he experienced depression not from the horrors of war, but from the lack of it. He began to deal with withdrawal by getting tattoos.

Meanwhile, Fields said his piece, a collection of three silver gelatin prints, is meant to remind him to pay attention to small details that help him stay grounded in his surroundings outside of the military community.

These works, among others, will be on display until July 20. Admission is free, and the Corcoran’s hours of operation are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is located on 1500 17th St. NW.

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Monday, July 7, 2014 10:12 p.m.

Free outdoor movies return to NoMa

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The NoMa Business Improvement District hosts outdoor film screenings every Wednesday night in Northeast D.C. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Christie Carpenter.

What: Free outdoor movies
Where: The field on L Street between 2nd and 3rd streets NE
When: Every Wednesday night. You can arrive starting at 7 p.m., but the movie doesn’t begin until dark.

Summer in D.C. can be expensive, but the city does have options for those who maybe have already spent more than they had budgeted for two months ago. While many festivals are winding down, the NoMa Summer Screen still has six more movies scheduled for the coming weeks.

The NoMa Business Improvement District, which hosts the 13-week outdoor film series in the North of Massachusetts Avenue neighborhood, chose “unlikely friendships” as this year’s theme

Arrive early and have a picnic with your friends, or bring a lawn chair and enjoy some White House White Cheddar popcorn from the Popped! Republic food truck. Either way, you’ll spend less money than you would on that 100th Sweetgreen salad this summer, and you’ll get to see a movie for free.

Here is the line up for the remaining weeks of Summer Screen:

July 9: “The Muppets”
July 16: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
July 23: “The Dark Knight”
July 30: “Pitch Perfect”
August 6: “Top Gun”
August 13: “The Sandlot”

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Fourth of July festivities may be over, but there’s no shortage of events and specials to follow up on last week’s celebration.

You may not find fireworks or red, white, and blue-themed menus. And, yes, we are no longer fighting for a chance in the World Cup, but check out these places to keep your summer spirits up.

Photo used under the Creative Commons license.

Singer-songwriter Daley will perform at the 9:30 Club on Monday. Photo used under the Creative Commons license.


Daley acoustic show at 9:30 Club: The British singer-songwriter is bringing his mohawk and a special acoustic set to the 9:30 Club. Tickets are only $20.

Muggle Mondays at Black Cat: Starting this week, Black Cat will host “Muggle Mondays,” a Harry Potter-themed evening full of butter beer and wizardry. Every week will include a showing of one of the films, starting with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”


World Cup Semi-Finals: Brazil vs. Germany 
Whoever you’re rooting for now, odds are there’s at least one viewing party waiting for you. Biergarten Haus hosted parties for the previous Germany games, so count on another for the semi-final. The Grill from Ipanema is home to all things Brazilian and draws crowds supporting the host team. World Cup happy hour specials are also abundant at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, Fainting Goat and Town Tavern.

Glass Animals at U Street Music Hall: Glass Animals brings its trippy, indie-rock sound all the way from Oxford to U Street Music Hall’s intimate basement stage.

DC Dutch hosts Netherlands World Cup viewing party at Elephant & Castle. Photo courtesy of the Elephant & Castle Facebook page.

D.C. Dutch hosts a Netherlands World Cup viewing party at Elephant and Castle. Photo courtesy of the Elephant and Castle Facebook page.


World Cup Semi-Finals: Netherlands vs. Argentina 
The second semi-final game will be just as intense as the first, and for both casual watchers and die-hard fans, watch parties are the best way to experience the action. Elephant and Castle will be home to fans of the Netherlands, while Del Campo is hosting specials for Argentina followers.

NoMa Summer Screen: Come see free movies in the fast-growing neighborhood Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. This week’s film is “The Muppets.”


Capital Fringe Festival: This annual performance festival, featuring comedy sketches, drama and dance, kicks off Thursday and runs through July 27. There are different performances and productions at venues across the city every day of the week, so check out the full schedule.

Kitten at Rock & Roll Hotel: The West Coast pop-punk band, carried by 19-year-old frontwoman Chloe Chaidez, embarks on its first headlining tour to promote the release of the group’s first full-length album.

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Photo used under the Creative Commons license.

Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

Everyone will pour onto to the National Mall tonight for the fireworks, scheduled to start at 9 p.m.

But you don’t have to push your way through throngs of sweaty tourists to get a good view of the show. Some distance from the Reflecting Pool, where the fireworks are shot off, will give you a great view and room to stretch out.

1. The Ellipse

This circular area in front of the photogenic back side of the White House is a great spot to lay your blanket down and stay away from the crowds on the Mall. It will still get pretty crowded here, especially since it’s so close to Constitution Avenue, so plan to set up your space earlier in the day.

The Jefferson Memorial. Photo used under the Creative Commons license.

The Jefferson Memorial. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

2. The Jefferson Memorial

Head across the Tidal Basin and sit on the steps to watch the pyrotechnics over the water. Like most monuments, this spot will fill up as well, but anywhere besides the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial will afford you some breathing room.

3. Rooftop bars

Plenty of restaurants across the city have Fourth of July specials. Scope them out and find a place to hang out, eat some burgers, drink beer and enjoy the skyline view. The Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Adams Morgan will hand out beer snow cones and the Beacon Sky Bar in Dupont offers a nice lounging space to see the fireworks over the city.

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Rusty the Red Panda, who escaped from the National Zoo last year, became a father last week. Photo via the National Zoo's Twitter

The National Zoo tweeted a photo of Rusty last year after the red panda escaped.

The red panda that escaped from the National Zoo a year ago became a father to three cubs last week.

The cubs are the first for Rusty, who made headlines last summer after he ran away to Adams Morgan.

His mate, Shama, gave birth at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on June 26. The cubs appear healthy, NBC Washington reported.

Shama and Rusty moved to Front Royal, Va. in January to escape the flood of zoo visitors that came to see Bao Bao – the giant panda cub born this winter – and start a family.

Rusty, who is about the size of a raccoon, arrived at the National Zoo in April 2013. He escaped his enclosure a few weeks later, but was found when a woman about a mile away from the zoo tweeted photos of him in a bush.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 1:47 p.m.

Hall & Oates to perform at Alumni Weekend

Hall & Oates will headline GW's annual Alumni Weekend in September. Photo used under the Creative Commons license.

Hall & Oates will headline GW’s annual Alumni Weekend in September. Photo by Flickr user Gary Harris used under a CC BY-SA 2.0.

Rock and roll duo Daryl Hall and John Oates will perform at the Smith Center during Alumni Weekend, according to a University release.

Hall and Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and are the No. 1 selling duo in music history with 11 top-10 singles.

They are best known for songs like “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams” and “Kiss on My List.” They also received an Icon Award in 2008 during BMI’s annual Pop Awards.

The pair will take the stage Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., a year after pop star Cyndi Lauper performed for the same event.

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