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Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 10:43 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Giuliana Centofanti.

If your parents are in town this weekend, we have a whole guide for that. But if you’re on your own for the weekend, get ready to enjoy some poetry and food.

Friday

Dante’s Inferno

Head over to the Synetic Theater for a performance of the well-known epic, “Dante’s Inferno.” This isn’t just any performance: It hinges on visual effects because it has no dialogue. It’s a departure from the original poem but enticing in its own right.

1800 S Bell Street, Arlington, VA. 8 p.m. $15 to $55.

Saturday

Curbside Cookoff

Visit the Northeast neighborhood this weekend for a chance to sample some of the best-known food trucks of the District. With a general admission ticket, you can try four trucks and a beverage. The festival also includes games, music and dancing.

NoMa Junction at Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $39.

Sunday

Sunday Kind of Love with Heather Derr-Smith and Jee Leong Koh

Join the poetic urbanites at Busboys and Poets for a night of poetry and an open mic segment. Poets Heather Derr-Smith and Jee Leong Koh are featured this weekend, and both bring different beautiful elements to their performances. It’s sure to be the perfect way to unwind on a Sunday night.

Busboys and Poets, 14th and V St., 5 to 7 p.m., $5.

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Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 10:41 p.m.

This week in music: October concerts

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Bridie O’Connell.

Celebrate the end of midterms with the some of the District’s best concerts of the year. Rock, pop and electronic dance music superstars grace the 9:30 Club and Echostage stages throughout this week and weekend.

Oct. 12: Flight Facilities
Flight Facilities started when duo Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell began remixing an assortment of popular songs like “Heart Attack ft. Owl Eyes (Snakehips Remix)” in Sydney, Australia in 2009. Their first original song, “Crave You,” helped the duo rise on the charts.

In October 2014, Australian band Flight Facilities released their first album “Down to Earth.”
To hear some of their work, check out “Crave You,” “Clair De Lune” and “Stand Still ft. Micky Green.”

Flight Facilities is on an extensive tour of the U.S. and Canada, so check them out when they fly into the District.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. 7 p.m. $25.

Oct. 14: Teenage Fanclub
Teenage Fanclub, a Scottish alternative band, alternates between three writers who each sing their own pieces. The five-member band has released 10 studio albums and two compilation albums.

With a similar sound to the Beach Boys and the Byrds, their acoustics range from guitar thrashes to laid back tunes.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. 8p.m. $25.

Oct. 15: Tritonal
When you combine DJs and Austin-natives Chad Cisneros and David Reed, you get an electric sensation in the form of the album “Piercing the Quiet Remixed,” which made its way to the iTunes’s dance music chart.

Tritonal has recently played at music festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo Festival. This year alone they have released two albums, two singles and two remixes, including a remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Army.”

Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. 9 p.m. $30.

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Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016 9:29 p.m.

GW Bhangra introduces new team members

GW Bhangra introduced its  2016-2017 competitive dance team last week.

The celebration included Indian food and performances by other multicultural dance groups.

“We get to show the GW community who we are in a really fun way,” Victoria Lewis, the president of GW Bhangra, said.

Video by Jeffrey Peterson and Hana Kim

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Passion Pit preforms at the All Things Go Music festival Saturday. Anne McBride | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Passion Pit preforms at the All Things Go Music festival Saturday. Anne McBride | Hatchet Staff Photographer

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isabel Pellegrino.

In most cases, pouring rain is the worst nightmare for any festival-goer. But Saturday’s downpour did not stop All Thing’s Go Fall Classic from being a hit.

Anything went at this festival – from multicolored ponchos to rain boots to a mud-covered white van. People danced and sang with wet hair in Yards Park from noon to night at the third annual event planned by alumnus Zack Friendly.

The acts of the day included Maryland’s Ace Cosgrove, Sofi Tukker, Bishop Briggs, Pop Etc., Sylvan Esso, Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun.

Local D.C. restaurants Takorean, Beefsteak, Compass, Milk Cult, Shake Shack, Timber Pizza and DGS offered food throughout the day.

In the spirit of celebrating DMV natives, Ace Cosgrove was the first act to go on at noon when few people had arrived at the venue. The smaller audience increased interaction between the artist and the audience, who were really interested in his music.

The Sofi Tukker duo took the stage next. Sofi, dressed in white, and Tukker, dressed in black, had immediate stage presence and offered strong visuals.

“I thought there was going to be no one here because of the rain. This is tight. I love you all,” Tukker said to the audience before they started their artful performance.

With their synchronized dancing and instrument book tree, the duo’s creativity was obvious. Their natural, raw talent came through with their dancing in the rain to songs like “Drinkee” and “Matadora.”

Pop Etc., an indie pop group, followed Sofi Tukker. The instruments and graphics on the banner behind them elevated their act and engaged the audience.

At one point, Chris Chu, the lead singer, played “I Wanted to Change the World But the World Changed Me” and pointed out that it is an especially relevant song in D.C.

Bishop Briggs was next to the stage, creeping onto the platform with a giant, yet timid, smile on her face. Before she began singing songs like “River,” “Be Your Love” and “Wild Horses” she looked down, squinted her eyes and then exploded with sound and passion. The astrological sign for female waved on the banner behind her, a testament to woman empowerment.

As Bishop Briggs exited the stage, the crowd was informed that Christine and the Queens had cancelled, due to the inclement weather. To fill the hour, Sofi Tukker returned to DJ, dance and invite members of the crowd on stage. Both Sophie and Tukker went for a crowd surf, and the audience went wild.

As the rain finally faded, Sylvan Esso took the stage with their pop indie electronic sound. The audience danced away to hits like “Hey Mami,” “Coffee,” “Radio” and “Dress” alongside lead singer Amelia Meath.

The crowd grew as the time approached for headline performers Passion Pit and Empire of the Sun to take the stage.

Empire of the Sun preforms at All Things Go. Anne McBride | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Empire of the Sun preforms at All Things Go. Anne McBride | Hatchet Staff Photographer

When Passion Pit came on, lead singer Michael Angelakos sang out, “Rain or shine mother f——,” and jumped into playing “Take a Walk.”

With the bright lights, electropop sound and high energy, the mud beneath the crowd’s feet was nearly forgotten as they danced to Passion Pit’s hits.

Finally, Empire of the Sun brought the last round of light to the fall classic in their futuristic costumes. The flashing lights and enthralling performance to songs like “Walking on a Dream” and “We are the People” were the perfect end to a dream-like day centered on D.C.’s music scene.

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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 12:13 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Smoked and Stacked

“Top Chef” finalist Marjorie Meek-Bradley opened Smoked and Stacked – a gourmet pastrami sandwich restaurant – in the Shaw neighborhood last month.

Bradley serves as executive chef for other D.C. restaurants, including Ripple and Roofers Union.

Video by Sara Bugaighis

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 5:05 p.m.

Dish of the week: Momofuku’s shiitake buns

 

Momofuku's shiitake sticky buns are filled with crispy mushrooms. The dish costs $11 at the D.C. location. Kevin Chen | Hatchet Photographer

Momofuku’s shiitake sticky buns are filled with crispy mushrooms. The dish costs $11 at the D.C. location. Kevin Chen | Hatchet Photographer

Updated: Oct. 7, 2016 at 12:10 a.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

Everyone’s heard of Momofuku, whether they have actually dined there or just seen the elusive dining room through the windows of the Milk Bar – both located on I Street.

Momofuku is famous for its varieties of ramen, which incorporate many different flavors and inspire many an Instagram post. But Momofuku has some lesser-known but equally delicious dishes – especially the shiitake buns ($11).

The buns themselves in this underrated dish are warm and fluffy, and taking a bite feels like you’re chomping into a cloud. You could easily eat these airy buns bun without any filling, but you’d miss out on the savory shiitake mushrooms that provide the perfect filling.

The mushrooms are lightly fried, which gives them a bit of a crunch. It doesn’t hurt that the mushrooms are sautéed in Momofuku’s signature sweet and savory hoisin sauce. The mushrooms are also combined with scallions and cucumbers to add even more crunch and a dash of freshness to the dish. The buns and mushrooms come together perfectly to create a bite full of unique sensations and flavors.

Now you must be wondering, how do I try this tasty dish if Momofuku is constantly packed to capacity? Momofuku takes reservations, so be sure to book one in advance. Sometimes planning ahead is hard when you’re a busy college student, though. Luckily you can try a similar dish at other Asian restaurants around D.C., including Ping Pong Dim Sum and Sakuramen.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 5:04 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Paige Childs.

It’s the first weekend in the District that really feels like fall. Enjoy the crisper weather with art, live music and, of course, good food.

Friday

First Friday Dupont

At this longstanding Dupont Circle tradition on the first Friday of every month, you can wander into various modern and contemporary art galleries along Connecticut Avenue and P Street. Grab some comfort food while you’re in the area at Politics & Prose’s cafe, The Den.

Dupont Circle. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free.

Saturday

All Things Go Fall Classic

Savor one last outdoor music festival before the weather gets too cold. The third annual All Things Go Fall Classic is happening at Yards Park this Saturday. Catch headliners Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun and Sylvan Esso, as well as some up-and-comers like Ace Cosgrove.

355 Water St. SE. 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $75 – prices increase day-of.

Sunday

Taste of D.C.

Last weekend you got a little taste of Georgetown, but now you can get a taste of the entire District. Taste of D.C. is the city’s largest food, beer and wine festival. Choose from more than 60 restaurants, taking a bite here and there for only $1-$3 per sample. Select menu favorites will be available for $8 or less. Wash everything down by stopping at one of the many beverage stations, which offer nonalcoholic drinks, or take a stroll through the Bier Garten and Wine Walk. Live performances will accompany the cuisine all day long. If you’re lucky, you might catch the D.C. Bhangra Crew – a group formed by GW students in 2008.

7th St. NW and Pennsylvania Av. NW. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $20-$80.

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Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 8:29 p.m.

Adams Morgan hosts annual Porchfest

Updated: Oct. 3, 2016 at 12:10 p.m.

Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District and Cultural Tourism DC hosted Adams Morgan’s annual PorchFest Saturday as a celebration of the neighborhood’s music traditions.

Dozens of front porches and local businesses became performance venues for more than 30 bands and musicians, representing a wide array of musical genres from ska punk to indie rock.

Video by Racquel Nassor and Kellie Bancalari.

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 5:47 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Kick off the weekend with delicious outdoor food tastings, free American art and rousing dance music.

Friday

National Gallery of Art

Spend a day discovering the treasures in the reopened National Gallery of Art East Building. A rooftop sculpture garden featuring an electric blue rooster and four new exhibitions will indulge your artsy side. Be sure to check out “In the Tower: Barbara Kruger,” an exhibit featuring startling profiles by Barbara Kruger.

Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

IAMX + Cellars

Dance the night away to catchy, edgy synthpop. Known for visually stimulating and theatrical performances, IAMX is on a national tour with the new Los Angeles-based band, Cellars. Listen to IAMX’s addicting and haunting 2016 single “North Star” from the album “Metanoia.”

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 7 p.m. $25.

Saturday

Taste of Georgetown

Sample delectable dishes from more than 30 Georgetown restaurants, including cupcake rivals Baked and Wired and Georgetown Cupcake. Find out which dishes the judges – local food experts – will award “Best Way to Satiate a Sweet Tooth” and “Best use of Seasonal Ingredients,” along with other prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit homeless outreach at the Georgetown Ministry Center.

K Street between Wisconsin Ave. and Thomas Jefferson Street. 11 a.m. $5 per tasting or $20 for five tastings.

Sunday

D.C. Design House Tour

Step inside a D.C. home transformed by some of the best-known local designers. This year’s ninth annual D.C. Design House is a white five-story, 11,000 square-foot home with 21 redesigned spaces. The money raised from the house tours will go toward the Children’s National Health System.

2509 Foxhall Rd. Noon. $35.

Kula Shaker + The Beginner’s Mynd

Finish the weekend with psychedelic rock and pop by Kula Shaker and The Beginner’s Mynd. Get ready by listening to Kula Shaker’s “Love B (with U)” from their 2016 album “K 2.0,” which was released in February.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 7 p.m. $22.

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Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 5:38 p.m.

This week in music

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

Now that the weather has started to feel like fall, it’s time to curl up with some new music from indie musicians.

Devandra Banhart – “Saturday Night”

Devandra Banhart rose to prominence with his unique style of freak-folk and gained widespread attention with his collaborations with indie pioneers like The Strokes, Joanna Newsom and MGMT. The luminous video for “Saturday Night,” the second single from his most recent album “Ape in Pink Marble,” pairs with the trippy yet calming vibe of the track. The tone could easily be compared to a lullaby, and the video is fittingly filled with babies and puppies. As we approach the beginning of autumn, this is the kind of song that’s easy to picture listening to around a bonfire as the last few days of warmer weather slip away.

Best lyrics: Can’t keep your eyes from closing/
You’re a blue sky decomposing as we all embrace what we’ve become/
And love always is merging into one

“Ape in Pink Marble” was released Sept. 23.

Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple – “Left Handed Kisses”

With successful careers spanning four decades between the two of them, Fiona Apple and Andrew Bird are both household names for indie-rock fans. Earlier this year, Bird took advantage of a relatively new music phenomenon, Facebook Live, to release new material. Many artists opt for a bar or small venue for an intimate set – like Green Day’s upcoming surprise show at the 9:30 Club next Friday – but Bird chooses to keep it even simpler, broadcasting straight from his living room. The 37-minute broadcast was a spectacle, and the song is a soulful and heartbreaking ballad in which both Bird and Apple are at their rawest and most vulnerable. The lyrics read like a classical love poem and tug at the heartstrings of even those as tough and concrete as the image Apple has created throughout her years as an artist.

Best lyrics: Drifting gently through the gyre/
Of the great Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean


Andrew Bird’s “Are You Serious” was released in April. He will perform Oct. 9 at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore.

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