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Epsilon Sigma Alpha, GW’s only community service sorority, held its annual Gobblefest philanthropy event in the Marvin Center on Thursday.

Twenty teams of five competed against each other and against the clock to gobble down their Thanksgiving-themed dishes.

The sorority has raised over $1,400 this semester for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which treats children with cancer who may not have been able to receive top-notch care otherwise, the sorority’s philanthropy chair Megan Gillis said.

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This weekend, you can become an expert in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” a Flip Cup World Series champion and a National Gallery of Art-certified artist.

Well, you better get started.

Thursday

Brews & Banter at Folger Theatre: What motivated Shakespeare to write “Julius Caesar?” Why is it important? And what in the world is the “Ides of March?” Find out at Folger Theatre’s new series, “Brews & Banter,” a pre-show discussion where patrons get a behind-the-scenes look at current plays on the Folger stage. Thursday’s discussion will center on the theater’s production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” over beer and snacks (goblet not included). Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Louis Butelli, who plays the role of Cassius, will lead the discussion, so have your questions about the famous political tragedy ready.
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 6:30 p.m. $15

Wayward Broads: Art Show and Opening Night Party: “Wayward Broads” presents 18 art screen prints based on literary, historical and mythological depictions of women, which will be displayed at the Adams Morgan coffeehouse Tryst for one month beginning Nov. 4. The works are by local artist Heidi Phelps, who uses evocative, intricate prints to highlight the ways women like Joan of Arc have been both praised and condemned for acting against the status quo. Stop by the reception Thursday for drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres while you contemplate Phelp’s newest creations.
Tryst, 2459 18th St. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

Friday

An exhibit at FotoWeek 2012. Photo by Flickr user Elvert Barnes under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

An exhibit at FotoWeek 2012. Photo by Flickr user Elvert Barnes under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

FOTOWEEKDC Opening Party: The seventh annual FOTOWEEKDC kicks off Friday with an opening party featuring everything you ever really wanted in an art show: Live entertainment by Haerts and Pleasure Curses, an open bar, photobooths, bites from Farmers Fishers Bakers and GRK and the latest and greatest in photography, from the White House News Photographers Association’s “The Eyes of History” to this year’s FotoWeek contest winners. Oh, and you’ll also be donating to the nonprofit FotoWeekDC.
FotoWeekCentral at The Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, 2801 16th St. NW. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets $55 week of, $65 day of. This is a 21+ event.

Guerrilla Queer Bar: Once a month, The Welcoming Committee brings together hundreds of members of the LGBT community to take over a traditionally straight bar for one night, and aptly calls the event “Guerrilla Queer Bar.” Their mission? To support the LGBT community in the area and use “takeovers” to experience the entire city, and not feel restricted to gay bars.
Venue will be announced the day before the event. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5. This is a 21+ event.

Saturday

Drawing Salon at the National Gallery of Art: Perfect your sketching skills at the National Gallery of Art’s monthly workshop, where practicing artists and museum educators lead a discussion and sketching session based on works from the museum’s collection. This month’s topic is Venetian painter Titian, known for his portraits. The session is free, and all art materials are provided. Make sure to complete the required registration online.
National Gallery of Art, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free, registration required.

McFadden's will host the World Series of Flip Cup. Photo by Flickr user J R under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

McFadden’s will host the World Series of Flip Cup. Photo by Flickr user J R under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

World Series of Flip Cup: It might not come as a surprise that the ninth annual World Series of Flip Cup tournament will be held at Foggy Bottom bar McFadden’s. But did you know players get unlimited beer with registration? Register your team of six to eight players ($40 per player) online and face off against other self-proclaimed champs of America’s favorite drinking game. If you want to join a team but skip the alcohol, don’t worry – participants are encouraged to use water during the game.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 1 to 5 p.m. $40 per player. This is a 21+ event.

Sunday

Mansions on the Moon at The Hamilton: Emerging songwriting trio Mansions on the Moon fuses electronic, indie pop and ambient rock sounds, creating a unique blend of influences. Since forming three years ago, the group has toured with artists like Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa, released a mixtape with Diplo and produced Mac Miller’s chart-topping track “PA Nights.” Catch the group, which released a self-titled album just last month, at The Hamilton. The Walking Sticks will open.
The Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW. 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets $14 to $17.

Rusko at U Street Music Hall: Ambient rock not your style? Head to U Street Music Hall to hear dubstep artist Rusko’s upbeat, raunchy sounds. The English artist, known for tracks with bass-heavy beats and stabs of synth like “Cockney Thug” and “Woo Boost,” recently released his latest EP, “!” Smalltown DJs and Mathias will open.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10:15 p.m. $20.

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Surprise, surprise.

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Inside an apartment at The Avenue in Foggy Bottom. File Photo by Hannah White | Hatchet Photographer

As if it weren’t already apparent enough to D.C. residents, Apartments.com listed Foggy Bottom/GWU/West End as the 12th-most expensive neighborhood in the country, behind Queens, N.Y. and San Diego, Calif.

The list, which MarketWatch published Monday, weeded out America’s 14 costliest neighborhoods by locating the 20 urban areas with the highest cost of living and comparing the least affordable neighborhoods of each.

Foggy Bottom’s culprit? MarketWatch cites “historic homes” and “midrise apartment buildings,” with the average one-bedroom apartment renting for a whopping $2,662.

It also mentions GW’s campus along with the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State headquarters as notable sites in the area. Apartments.com partly blames high costs on the “desirable locations” and “bustling urban areas” of the places that made the cut.

So there’s that, at least.

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Break out the Thanksgiving recipes and stock up on extra scarves – November is here.

Kick off the month with a National Novel Writing Month write-in session and speaker events with eco-friendly artist Asher Jay or music industry entrepreneur Panos Panay.

Monday

National Novel Writing Month challenges writers to complete an original novel in 30 days. Photo by Flickr user dotmatchbox under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

November is National Novel Writing Month. Photo by Flickr user dotmatchbox under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

National Novel Writing Month Write-In: The D.C. Public Library will celebrate National Novel Writing month, which challenges writers to complete the first draft of an original novel in 30 days, with a series of free write-in sessions. Grab your laptop or notebook, or opt to use one of the library’s public computers, and meet with other aspiring authors to work on your masterpiece and enjoy some friendly competition.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 5 p.m. Free.

Leslie Nolan’s “Beyond the Edge:” Don’t miss the last day of local artist and GW alumna Leslie Nolan’s exhibit, “Beyond the Edge,” a series of portraits that aims to express personality with strong gestures and vibrant colors. The exhibit, which will finish its month-long stretch at The Art League on Monday, puts human emotion – for better or for worse – on display.
The Art League, 105 North Union St., Alexandria, Va. Open Monday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

Tuesday

The Brixton. Photo by Flickr user geek2chic under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Brixton. Photo by Flickr user geek2chic under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The DMV Roast of Mayoral Candidates: The Capital City showcase is back with its latest DMV Roast, a monthly event at U Street pub The Brixton. This month’s topic? The District’s mayoral candidates. Local comedians will play the parts of candidates Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz, while comics like D.C.’s Dylan Meyer and Reggie Melbrough will take on the roasting.
The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. Free.

The Art Of The Matter with Asher Jay: Eco-friendly artist and fashion designer Asher Jay, this year’s National Geographic Emerging Explorer, will share her latest creation: A multimedia project on African wildlife called “Beyond the Frame in Focus.” The artist is formerly known for her work condemning the illegal trade of ivory, which included an animated billboard in Times Square among other initiatives focused on protecting the planet.
Grosvenor Auditorium at National Geographic Live, 1600 M St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $24

Wednesday

“Music, Technology and the Entrepreneur” panel: Aspiring entrepreneurs, head over to the Library of Congress for a chat with Panos Panay, founder of SonicBids, a site that connects bands with gigs, who will speak about breaking into the music industry as an entrepreneur. Panay will be joined by panelists like David Dufresne, founder of musician website platform “Bandzoogle,” and recent Berklee graduates Ethan Schiff and Nathan Susi. Don’t forget your business card, as the event promises time for networking.
Madison Building at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Winter Glow 2014 Opening Reception: For a mid-week treat, head over to this free indoor art festival hosted by the Art League of Germantown, a nonprofit organization promoting emerging artists. Score some dorm decor and chat with local artists at the festival’s opening reception, which will feature artwork from drawing and photography to wood-carving and jewelry, all available for purchase, plus artist demonstrations and meet-and-greets. If you can’t make it to the reception, don’t stress – the festival will run through Nov. 9.
Main Gallery at the BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, Md. 3 to 8 p.m. Free.

Thursday

Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe: Still not over Halloween? We’ve got your post-holiday blues covered. Thursday is opening night for the Molotov Theatre Group production of “Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe,” a play centered on the horror author’s four best-known works: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”
D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $25

Chris Malinchak at U Street Music Hall: Best known for his debut single “So Good to Me,” New York-based singer Chris Malinchak will perform at U Street Music Hall this Thursday. Drop by to hear more of the singer’s bubbly, sunny tunes, like “Stranger” and “Happiness.” The show encompasses only the best of combinations: A cheap price for a rich performance. DJ Ozker will open.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. $10

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Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Monday Mix and Editors’ Picks

Monday Mix

Daylight saving time gave us an extra hour to party over Halloweekend. But now that the festivities are over, it may be best to use that time for some much-needed rest.

Close the shades and turn up our latest playlist, with 12 dreamy tunes to fall asleep to.

Editors’ Picks

Film | Emily Holland, Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “Nightcrawler”

Jake Gyllenhaal is back on screen in this crime drama that opened Oct. 31. He’s lost all the baby fat from his face, completely transforming and molding himself for the role. I, for one, can’t wait to see what he can do.

Music | Morgan Baskin, Assistant Culture Editor

This week’s pick: “Sunshine” by Flight Facilities feat. Reggie Watts

Yes, you read that correctly — Reggie Watts, comedian extraordinaire, is featured on Australian producer/DJ duo Flight Facilities’ latest groovy track. The best part? It’s free on iTunes for the rest of the week.

Lit | Tatiana Cirisano, Contributing Culture Editor

This week’s pick: National Novel Writing Month

Procrastinators, beware. National Novel Writing Month, which challenges aspiring writers to complete the first draft of a novel in 30 days, started Saturday. Think you’re up for it? Register online and get writing.

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Video by senior staff videographer Yara Bishara.

Joshua Nuñez, vice president of GW’s Organization of Latin American Students, gave The Hatchet a rundown of Día de los Muertos.

Also known as Day of the Dead, this Mexican holiday is celebrated annually from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 to commemorate the memories of loved ones with music and skulls – some painted on faces and others fashioned out of sugar.

“They kind of show that death doesn’t have to be scary,” Nuñez said. “They symbolize death and rebirth.”

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rachael Paul.

Students were invited Tuesday to BYOP – bring your own pumpkin – to Kogan Plaza, where they joined professors to carve their favorite literary scenes from works from “Beowulf” to “The Divine Comedy” into pumpkins.

“I’m sitting here with my beautiful pumpkin ready to carve, but I feel like I’m having writers block, but with a pumpkin carving,” one student, Sophia Lin, said, tapping her carving knife against the front of her pumpkin.

Students and faculty from the English department participate in the Jack-O-Lit pumpkin carving contest in Kogan Plaza Tuesday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Students and English professors came to the “Jack-O-Lit” pumpkin carving contest in Kogan Plaza on Tuesday afternoon. Sam Hardgrove | Hatchet Staff Photographer

“Jack-O-Lit” was the brainchild of English professor Jeffrey Cohen and the students of his Chaucer class, part of an effort to strengthen the sense of community in the English department.

After many of his students said they felt a slight disconnect in their relationships with faculty, Cohen asked his class what the department can do to make students feel “like they belong.”

“Class twice a week for 75 minutes, you don’t get to see the personal side, you just see the professional side, so it’s fun to just be with students and do things with them,” said Cohen, who is also the director of the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Senior Magdalena Stuehrmann suggested carving pumpkins together.

“I was really happy because [pumpkin carving] is something that the anthropology department has been doing for awhile,” Stuehrmann said. “We have a party in the department, we carve pumpkins, and it’s a great way to get students and faculty involved doing something fun together.”

After Cohen posted his plans on Twitter, he was joined by Holly Dugan, the director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program, Jonathan Hsy, an associate professor of English, and Robin Delaloye, the director of communications and outreach at Gelman Library.

Students from the GW Bardians, a group devoted to exploring Shakespearean resources in D.C., also teamed up with him, and the organization’s president, Katherine Bradshaw, scribbled “#JACK-O-LIT” in chalk around campus to promote the event.

By halfway through the festivities, the crowd around the pumpkin-carvers had doubled in size, and students walked from one station to the next, carving verses from Pearl Poet’s “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” into the pumpkins.

Judges from Gelman surveyed the creations and awarded book prizes for categories like best overall, funniest, most theatrical and best literary adaptation.

Pumpkin festivities aside, Cohen said he cared most about connecting students with their classmates and faculty.

“I feel like if any student gets the message that he or she is alone here, or that there is no one else looking out for them, then something went wrong,” Cohen said. “We want them to know how much we care about them, honestly.”

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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 7:32 p.m.

Pharrell tweets support for Bowser

D.C. candidates have racked up endorsements in the final days of the mayoral election. And today, one singer also threw his oversized hat into the ring.

Rapper, N.E.R.D. frontman and recent addition to the television show, “The Voice,” Pharrell Williams tweeted out a message Thursday encouraging D.C. residents to vote for Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for mayor.

Election Day is on Tuesday, but D.C. residents were able to begin voting early 10 days ago. Bowser is facing off against independent candidates David Catania and Carol Schwartz.

Bowser defeated alumnus and current Mayor Vincent Gray in the Democratic primary in the spring, but that hasn’t stopped GW faculty and staff from throwing their support behind Bowser along with Pharrell.

Williams is best known for his hit song “Happy,” which even made its way into a graduation ceremony last spring, when Ben Vinson, dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, recited the lyrics while at the podium and encouraged the audience to join him.

“In this crazy but reflective song, what is it that Pharrell is really talking about?” Vinson said in May. “It’s a euphoria that bathes us on days like today. He’s calling us to recognize our unique passions, seize the positive and be true to our inner selves.”

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Caffeine addicts, rejoice. The Starbucks drought is over.

Photo by Flickr user m01229 under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Photo by Flickr user m01229 under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

As of Wednesday, both the H Street and E Street Starbucks have returned to accepting GWorld after technological problems persisted for most of the semester.

Although both locations are listed as GWorld providers, their systems have been dysfunctional since the start of the new academic year.

Divine Johnson, the assistant manager of the E Street shop, said the University is responsible for providing assistance to GWorld providers, and it fixed the technical issues Monday.

The store at Gelman Library began taking GWorld on Wednesday morning, manager Richard Dearstyne said.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Regina Park.

Welcome to one of D.C.’s most exciting nights. Luckily for Halloween lovers, the city does not disappoint.

From zoos to clubs to old-fashioned creepy mansions, there’s a Halloween event for everyone in the District. After dressing up and grabbing your $3 Boorito from Chipotle, here are some places to spend the rest of your weekend.

Photo by Flickr user DeusXFlorida. CC BY 2.0

Photo by Flickr user DeusXFlorida. CC BY 2.0

Thursday

Happy Hour Halloween PubCrawl
5 p.m. to midnight
The Front Page, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW
$8, 21+

With the Happy Hour Halloween PubCrawl pass, drinks will be cheaper ($2 draft beers, $3 bottles) at participating venues from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Checking in at The Front Page and receive a map of venues, all located in Dupont Circle area.

Night of the Living Zoo
6:30 to 10 p.m.
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
$20 for FONZ members and $30 for nonmembers, 21+

On top of an exclusive nighttime view of animals, there’ll be a costume contest, music by DJ Squirrel, live entertainment, carousel rides, scores of vendors like DC Slices and Founders beer. Plus, when you’re done looking at the new American Buffalo, you can go hang out around Adams Morgan.

Friday

Clubs, clubs, clubs
What’s Halloween without a touch of sinful fun? Most of the clubs in the D.C. area are honoring the holiday with special decor, reduced-price drinks, professional DJs and reduced (and often free, for the ladies) admission fees. Clubs are 18+ all night, although admission prices are generally higher for the younger crowd.

Most clubs in the District will host a Halloween-themed night, but we recommend Ultrabar’s Nightmare on F Street for overall fun and cheap drinks, Opera for its variety in themes (this year’s Halloween night is called “The Purge”) and Town for craziness (It’s hosting D.C.’s largest Halloween bash with a $1,000 prize for best costume of the night).

Halloween Graveyard Jam
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW
$26, 21+

It wouldn’t be a true D.C. Halloween without the Halloween Graveyard Jam. Sponsored by Things To Do, this event normally packs the Hard Rock Cafe with more than 1,000 attendees. The Jam will have a mix of all kinds of music, as DJs spin out classics and new favorites alike. There will also be bobbing for apples, a caricaturist, drink specials and a costume contest in which the grand prize will be tickets to a Caribbean vacation.

The Mansion on O Street's five floors are filled with books, antiques and music memorabilia. Visitors can explore  Miranda Houchins | Hatchet Photographer

The Mansion on O Street’s five floors are filled with books, antiques and music memorabilia. Miranda Houchins | Hatchet Photographer

The Mansion on O Street
8 p.m.
2020 O St. NW
$30

For those who would like to do something just a bit creepy to get their Halloween fun, the Mansion on O Street is hosting its annual party on All Hallows’ Eve. Get ready for a mansion full of secret doors, eclectic decorations and hidden passages – not to mention the DJ, dancing, costume contests, treasure hunts, cash bar and chocolate fountain.

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