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Updated: June 2, 2016 at 1:52 p.m.

If you’ve never made the trip out to Southeast D.C. to try District Doughnut, you’re in luck: The popular donut shop opened a pop-up store in Georgetown Thursday.

The famed D.C. donut shop is holding a “soft opening” at the new location at 3327 Cady’s Alley NW, according to a release. The shop will be open Thursday until the donuts run out.

Stop by to try their unique donut flavors, including Salted Dulce de Leche, Snickerdoodle and Mocha Crunch. For your caffeine fix, the shop serves Compass Coffee and espresso.

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Renwick Gallery visitors can enjoy a new exhibit of more than 80 pieces from its permanent collection that highlights contemporary American craft starting on July 1.

“Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery” is designed to emphasize the interconnectivity of the artworks rather than on chronology or material, according to a release from the gallery.

Nora Atkinson, the Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, was the mastermind behind both the assemblage and the innovative arrangement. She wanted “Connections” to represent the natural associations humans make from one object to another, as if every work is “hyperlinked” to the rest of the collection.

“Each artwork tells many stories, and each is made even more interesting through relationships to other objects and ideas,” Atkinson said in the release.

As a contemporary collection, only art from the 1930’s to present is on display. Regulars can enjoy both new debuts, including Judith Schaechter’s “The Birth of Eve,” and the return of familiar faces like Wendell Castle’s “Ghost Clock,” Albert Paley’s “Portal Gates” and Lenore Tawney’s “Box of Fallen Stars.”

The release did not include an end date for the exhibit.

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The National Gallery of Art announced the addition of 28 pieces from the closed Corcoran Gallery to its permanent collection, the fourth and smallest round of acquisitions yet, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The acquisitions will be part of a new exhibit, “Intersections: Photographs and Videos From the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art,” the Post reported.

Currently, the National Gallery of Art has acquired a total of 8,329 works from the Corcoran’s collection, according to the Post. About 2,100 are photographs and videos.

After the Corcoran closed in 2014, the National Gallery of Art took custody of its 17,000 pieces of artwork when GW absorbed the Corcoran’s arts school.

Although the National Gallery of Art has first pick of the Corcoran’s collection, the gallery also has the right of first refusal, and unchosen works will be distributed to other galleries.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 1:15 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madelyne Ashworth.

It’s the unofficial start of summer this weekend – enjoy it with these events around D.C.

Friday

Jazz in the Garden

Jazz up your Friday by attending Jazz in the Garden in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. This Friday kicks off a 16 year tradition of summer jazz concerts which continue until September. Food, beverages and alcohol are available at the Pavilion Café but everyone is encouraged to bring their own picnics.

7th Street & Constitution Ave. 5 p.m. Free admission

‘Washed Ashore’ at the National Zoo

Save the ocean just by viewing a museum exhibit, which opens Friday at the Smithsonian National Zoo. “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” features life-size sculptures of marine animals made entirely out of ocean pollution and trash. The exhibit’s 17 sculptures will remain until September.

3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission

Saturday

Silent Disco

Dance like nobody is watching – or listening, rather. The silent disco experience returns to the Shaw neighborhood this Saturday on the rooftop of Cambria Hotels and Suites. The event will feature three DJs, and dancers can decide which of the three to listen to throughout the event with their own headphones. The event is for ages 21 and over.

899 O Street NW, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. $20.

Sunday

Taste of Peru

Broaden your gastronomic horizons at the Peruvian food festival, an all-day food and drink festival featuring local Peruvian restaurants, chefs and vendors. A series of cooking demonstrations and musical performances, including salsa dancing will be featured throughout the day.

University of District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $15.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:46 p.m.

This week in music

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

Spring 2016 has been phenomenal for music with exceptional releases from big name artists like Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and even independent artists. Now that school is over and concert season is upon us, it’s the perfect time to make playlists filled with new music. Here are a few of the tracks we have enjoyed this season:

“Just Another Face”
Modern Baseball

Modern Baseball was born in Brunswick, Md. out of two high school friends’ desire to make music in their basement. What began as a creative outlet for the jaded suburban kids to cope with their disdain for school, trouble with girls and the overall mundanity of daily life, has blossomed into an influential punk band. Though much of their music echoes themes the genre has built itself on, Modern Baseball tackles issues affecting people who largely don’t have voices.

Founding member Brendan Lukens discussed his mental health struggles after his diagnosis with bipolar disorder in an online documentary released by the band’s label.

“Just Another Face,” the final track off the group’s recently released third album “Holy Ghost,” captures the internal struggle of someone trying to control his declining mental health while attempting to not burden those around him. Reflective lyrics (I’m a waste of time and space / meandering unwanted days / I don’t know how I got here) paired with cacophonous drums and catchy riffs make the song an anthem for those who have known someone dealing with mental illness or who have dealt with it themselves.

Modern Baseball will perform at Baltimore Soundstage on June 28.


“Three Packs A Day”
Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is a powerhouse of creative energy and arguably one of the most refreshing artists making and producing her own music. She has built an image on being unapologetically herself and challenging the arbitrary standards of who women in music should be. With its raw instrumentals and deadpan lyrics, her sound rivals some of indie rock’s female greats like Carrie Brownstein and Patti Smith.

“Three Packs A Day” is Barnett’s most recent release following her debut LP “Sometimes I sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit” last May. While one may assume the track is about cigarettes, it’s an ode to another vice – ramen noodles. With an air of 90’s pop rock in its sound and tongue in cheek lyrics (That MSG tastes good to me / I disagree with all your warnings / It can’t be true / That they use glue to keep the noodles stuck together), Barnett has solidified her role in a new age of indie-rock goddesses.

Courtney Barnett is currently touring the U.S. and is set to begin the European leg in late June.

“The Colour in Anything”
James Blake

In late April, James Blake arranged four murals by Sir Quentin Blake to be displayed in Brooklyn and London. The artwork, it turned out, was the album artwork of Blake’s third, highly anticipated album, “The Colour in Anything.” At midnight on May 6, Blake dropped the album fewer than 24 hours after he announced the release date.

The 76 minute LP features collaborations with Bon Iver and Frank Ocean and proves Blake’s dexterity as an artist. The album’s 17 songs revisit Blake’s characteristic and familiar rawness – each song sounding different from the last with a clear overarching theme of love lost.

In “The Colour in Anything,” the album’s namesake track, Blake uses a minimalistic approach by pairing only melancholic piano with his deep, velvety vocals. The song demonstrates his exceptional vulnerability, and its soft and slow sound may lull you to sleep, unlike the upbeat “Retrograde” from his last album.

James Blake is currently touring around the United Kingdom, and he is expected to announce an international tour soon.

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The Watergate Hotel is set to reopen June 1 after a $125 million interior renovation. Hatchet file photo.

The Watergate Hotel is set to reopen June 1 after a $125 million interior renovation. Hatchet file photo.


After two years of extensive renovations, the Watergate Hotel will reopen June 1, the Washington Business Journal reported Wednesday.

Although the hotel’s historic outside facade is unchanged, the interior got a $125 million upgrade with an additional 86 rooms, including 32 suites, and an extra 27,000 square feet for meeting and event space.

The Watergate Hotel includes a new rooftop lounge, spa and gym complete with an indoor pool. Kingbird, its main restaurant, will open with the hotel.

The luxurious, eclectically styled rooms will start at $319 a night, and the “Hello, I Love You” and “Just Soothe It” suites will cost $450 and up, according to the Washington Business Journal.

Watergate’s owner, the New York-based Euro Capital Properties, has hyped up the hotel’s grand opening by hiring “Mad Men” costumer Janie Bryant to design old-fashioned employee uniforms and hosting a “topping off” ceremony with the District’s most fashionable. The Watergate Hotel will also host a grand opening party in June, the Washington Business Journal reported.

A Euro Capital official said the Watergate Hotel would reopen last summer. Original plans for construction proposed in 2012 projected the project would cost $70 million and would be complete in 2014. The company pushed back construction and upped the cost in 2013.

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Sweetgreen removed Sriracha and bacon from its menu. Hatchet file photo by Paige James | Hatchet Photographer

Sweetgreen removed Sriracha and bacon from its menu. Hatchet file photo by Paige James | Hatchet Photographer

Sweetgreen is making America healthy one salad at a time by removing Sriracha and bacon from its menu Tuesday, according to a release. The toppings are replaced with Portobello mushrooms and sustainably farmed steelhead trout.

“You can’t be a healthy food business and serve bacon,” the release reads.

Say goodbye to Avocobbo and Wild Child as part of Sweetgreen’s new “Make America Healthy Again” campaign.

Sweetgreen executives launched the campaign based on health and environmental issues involved in the upcoming presidential election, according to the release.

“We need to rethink how we define ‘healthy’ and take action,” the release reads.

The menu includes two new salads: Hello Portobello – made with Portobello mushroom, wild rice, kale – and OMG Omega, which includes steelhead trout and avocado. The popular Mexican Corn Elote bowl also makes a triumphant return.

Although there aren’t any carnivorous replacements for bacon on the new menu, Sweetgreen customers can add spice from dried, all-natural chiles to replace Sriracha.

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Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the chair of the department of theatre and dance, will be the first resident choreographer at the National Portrait Gallery, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Burgess, who received a master’s degree in fine arts from GW and began teaching in 2000, will create new dances inspired by the museum’s exhibitions during a three-year residency.

This fall, Burgess will debut a dance inspired by the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which highlights diversity in America, the Post reported.

The residency won’t be the first time Burgess has worked with The National Portrait Gallery: He choreographed dances inspired by an exhibit of Civil War photographs and another based on American cinema.

At GW, Burgess implemented a new MFA program for dance. He has also served as a commissioner for Asian American and Pacific Islander Affairs in D.C. since 2013.

Burgess, who is Korean and grew up in Santa Fe, has taught ballet around the world in Germany, Peru, Mongolia and India.

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Don’t throw away your shot at seeing ‘Hamilton’: The hit Broadway musical is coming to the Kennedy Center during its 2017-2018 season, according to a report by the Washington Business Journal.

Specific dates for the show have not yet been announced, but season ticket holders will have first dibs, according to the report.

The Kennedy Center is offering early access ticket sales to subscribers for the coming 2016-2017 season go live on May 18.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece on a biographical musical on the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, complete with hip-hop repertoire, opened on Broadway last August.

Wildly successful among critics, ‘Hamilton’ earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama and 16 Tony Award nominations.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Dana Pilotti.

Sick of the meal options at Whole Foods? You won’t be for long.

The made-to-order section at the Foggy Bottom location is about to get an upgrade on May 9 when it unveils its newest addition – ramen.

Not just any ramen, either. Erik-Bruner Yang, the founder of award-winning restaurants Toki Underground and Maketto, is bringing his skills to Whole Foods Market in Foggy Bottom. The local cuisine collaboration has been in the works for months, according to a report by the Washingtonian.

Bruner-Yang’s stand Paper Horse will initially serve two ramen dishes: All Business, which is made of pork broth, a poached egg, potato and spinach – and Keeping It Light – a gluten free, vegan option with brussels sprouts and mushrooms.

This brand of collaboration isn’t new to Bruner-Yang – he recently collaborated with Shake Shack in April to produce a special chicken sandwich with the trademark flavors of Maketto. The culinary powerhouse is also planning two new hotel restaurants in Adams Morgan.

Paper Horse will join the ranks of Kaz Sushi Bistro behind the counter.

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