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Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 6:24 p.m.

Your Week: Odds and ends

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Samuel Pfister. 

Take this week to check out the oddities of living in D.C., from diverse art exhibits to a classical symphony at the Kennedy Center to an Orwellian book reading sponsored by the D.C. Public Library. If you desperately need to dance, bookend your busy week with The Last Year at the Black Cat and Dr. Dog at the 9:30 Club.


The Last Year at Black Cat: Niki Barr and Scott Ensign made their debut as a duo in Baltimore last year after the release of the angry, yet sweet, “Sugar.” They have a similar sound to the more well-known Bear Hands, but be sure to catch them before they blow up on the indie circuit.
The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $10.

Dominican Modern Art: This gallery is often host to some of the most diverse collections in D.C., one of which ends at the end of the month. The “Modern and Contemporary Art in the Dominican Republic” exhibition offers pieces from the Customs Office Collection. The 30-piece collection details recent artwork from some of today’s best Dominican artists.
Organization of American States’ Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. Hours vary.


Lunch Talk at NMWA: The National Museum of Women in the Arts offers weekly Wednesday gallery talks, and this short, lunchtime exhibit looks at the life of Mary in relation to her family, explores the ideas of womanhood, and details what social and sacred functions Mary has served throughout history. “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea” is part of a series in which the NMWA showcases humanist elements in loaned exhibits. No reservation is required.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Noon to 12:30 p.m.

Orwellian America by D.C. Public Library: The Martin Luther King Jr.  Memorial Library is hosting a marathon reading of George Orwell’s “1984.” Special guest readers will be on hand for 11 hours. Don’t feel like traveling? You can live stream the reading on Youtube.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Fantasy & Fate at The Kennedy Center: The National Symphony Orchestra is performing “Fantasy & Fate: Tchaikovsky Masterworks,” conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. The pieces performed will include “Sérénade Mélancolique” and “Valse-Scherzo,” led by concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef. Tickets are still available online but won’t be at the door.
The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Hours vary. $10 to $85.

Dr. Dog at the 9:30 Club: These self-proclaimed oddballs will play two nights at the 9:30 Club. Dr. Dog, with Philadelphia roots and at least a decade of experience on stage, has an electric chemistry fueled by casual confidence and a knack for mixing it up live. The six-man band is touring until May, when it will play Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta alongside The Strokes and Tame Impala.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $30.

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Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 5:23 p.m.

Spring concert preview

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Samuel Pfister. 

As the new semester begins, it’s easy to feel stressed by the prospect of another busy season. Instead of your syllabi, check out the best artists hitting the stage this spring, from a jazz legend to a “Trap Lord” to GW alumni, and give yourself a chance to expand your musical horizons.


Greensky Bluegrass will take the stage at the 9:30 Club at the end of this month. After releasing their eighth studio album in September, the band announced a huge tour from New York to Texas that includes two stops in the District on Jan. 30 and 31.

A true jam band with strong bluegrass roots, Greensky Bluegrass is known for collaborating with artists like Bill Kreutzman, formerly of the Grateful Dead, country band Railroad Earth and Bela Fleck, who recently played a show at Lisner Auditorium. This show is a chance to delve into an alternative musical genre without breaking the bank.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $20


For those looking for something a little more contemporary, A$AP Ferg is coming to D.C. to perform at The Fillmore on Jan. 18. A$AP Ferg is one of underground hip-hop’s up-and-coming artists after a successful 2013 release of his debut album, “Trap Lord.”

The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md. 8 p.m. $37.50


A pioneer of the genre, Roy Ayers stops by the District’s Blues Alley jazz club playing a show each night from Feb. 5 to 8. Ayers was one of the first jazz musicians to bring elements of hip-hop and rap into his music.

Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 8 p.m. $45


One of the best indie acts visiting D.C. in the spring is singer-songwriter Damien Jurado. Known for his lo-fi folky recordings, Jurado takes the stage at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Feb. 3.

The Seattle native entered the music scene in the late ’90s, and his 2014 album, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son,” brought him into the modern era with spirited beats like “Metallic Cloud.”

Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Doors at 7 p.m. $15


Dr. Dog comes to town Jan. 22. Hailing from West Grove, Pa., the psychedelic band always puts on a performance filled with distorting sounds and fantastic light shows. Concert-goers get to experience a modern act drawing on influences like The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

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


The 9:30 Club is hosting an assortment of indie-pop acts that are must-sees for any music lover. On March 10, GW alumni band Jukebox the Ghost hits the club to promote their self-titled album.

Former students Ben Thornewill, Tommy Siegel and Jesse Kristin draw on piano influences and strong lyricism in their music, which scored them a contract with Yep Roc Records last year.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $18

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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 2:03 a.m.

Your Week: Back to the District

After a few days of classes, unwind with Tai Chi at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. Photo by flickr user Francisco Daum used under a CC-BY 2.0 licence.

After a few days of classes, unwind with Tai Chi at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. Photo by flickr user Francisco Daum used under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

Spend some quality time catching up with your friends in a week jam-packed with free events. Or ease into spring semester with laid-back options like book readings, Tai Chi and rock concerts.


Brian Quijada’s “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” Performance: Brian Quijada will perform in the large Theater Lab as part of the Millennium Stage series at the Kennedy Center. Quijada’s performance, including spoken word and music, will be centered on one of his childhood experiences: asking his third grade teacher where Latinos sat on buses at the time of the Civil Rights Movement. Get there early as general admission tickets will be handed out in the Kennedy Center States Gallery at 5:30 p.m.
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 6 p.m. Free.

An Evening of Humorous Readings at Kramerbooks: Start your semester with some much-needed laughs. Take your friends to enjoy some beers while watching some of the best in comedy writing. Brian Agler from McSweeney’s and Funny or Die will host the event with writers like Sean Carman of McSweeney’s and Sarah Schmelling of the New York Times.
Kramerbooks & Afterwards Café & Grill, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 8 p.m. Free.


Nerds in NoMa: This winter speaker series brings the nerds – or rather hipsters – together to discuss topics like street art, beekeeping and local brewing. On Tuesday, meet like-minded connoisseurs and learn about mobile businesses. This week’s speakers include Mike Lenard from TaKorean and Laura Layton from Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique. Food trucks will be on site selling refreshments. RSVP in advance.
The Lobby Project, 1200 First St. NE. 6 p.m. Free.

John McQuaid “Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat” Discussion: Pulitzer Prize-winning food author and journalist John McQuaid will be at Politics & Prose on Tuesday to talk about taste and the body and how the brain decides what we eat. Learn more about how to control what you eat and culinary events in history like the invention of the potato chip. His book, which comes out Tuesday, will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Free.


Tai Chi at the National Cathedral: After a couple days of classes, relax and get started on your fitness and health resolutions. Learn about the ancient Chinese martial art Tai Chi from one of the most well-known masters in the District, Nick Gracenin. This beginner’s class will consist of breathing and movement exercises, focusing on the themes of expansiveness, immediacy and insight.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

The Vaselines at Rock & Roll Hotel: The Glasgow-based melodic and upbeat rock band will play your favorite H Street venue Wednesday night. The group’s playful songwriting has a punk quality that attracts everyone from fellow Sub Pop band Nirvana to Belle & Sebastian. Their new album, “V for Vaselines,” is more aware of contemporary rock and features catchy tracks that will be great for dancing.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $20.


Jazz in Kogod Courtyard: Enjoy the music of famed bebop saxophone player Charlie Parker at the American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard. A band with saxophonist Antonio Parker will play a tribute to Charlie Parker as part of the American Art Museum’s “The Singing and the Silence” exhibit. There will be refreshments and board games at the Courtyard Café along with a printmaking center to make your own print to keep
American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 5 p.m. Free.

Wild Child at 9:30 Club: The members of pop-like indie folk group Wild Child will bring their many unique instruments to the 9:30 Club. A band that has been an NPR favorite and appeared at Firefly and Bonnaroo, Wild Child knows how to impress. The group is touring on its second album, “The Runaround,” produced by Ben Kweller.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, 7 p.m. $15.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporters Jeanine Marie and Rachel Miklaszewski.

This week is all about de-stressing, from a Hispanic film festival featuring award-winning works to holiday-themed bashes and a concert with a drag queen DJ. Plus, Beyoncé’s choreographer is in town to help you dance away the finals funk.


Pleasurekraft at U Street Music Hall: Pleasurekraft is a collaborative group that plays clubs around the country, and they’ve worked with DJs from Deadmau5 to Sasha & Digweed. They are best known for 2012’s “Tarantula” and a series of remixes of the same name. Their latest release, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” is a four-song album that features a light touch of EDM, masterfully blended techno beats and surprising instruments, like maracas.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. Doors at 10 p.m. Free before 11 p.m. for 21+, $15 otherwise.

Promotional poster for "Mapa."

Promotional poster for “Mapa.”

La Nueva Ola: Films from Mexico, Cuba & Spain: This four-day filmfest, presented by GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Spanish and Mexican embassies, begins with a screening of two acclaimed Hispanic films. Director Susan Casares will present her 14-minute short film, “Tryouts,” winner of the Official Selection of the 2014 SPAINred Filmmakers Competition, followed by a screening of “Mapa,” a full-length feature and “Best Documentary” winner at the 2012 Sevilla Film Festival.
GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.


“Come in From the Cold” exhibition: Attend the opening reception of the new juried exhibit at the Foundry, a gallery that features paintings and drawings from artists in the D.C. area. This month’s selections relate to the winter months, celebrating both the cold outside and the refuge of the warm inside.
The Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. Reception 6 to 8 p.m. Free.

HOMO for the Holidays: JD Samson, a drag queen DJ best known as a member of underground electro-feminist group Le Tigre, and indie-drag queen Pu$$y Noir will kick off the holiday season with groovy music and scandalous dance moves. The event is hosted by Brightest Young Things and will be filled with “Mean Girls” references, candy cane pasties and lots of glitter. Holiday attire is strongly encouraged.
Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 night of.


Dance Like Beyoncé: James Alsop, dance choreographer for stars like Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Lopez and Queen Bey herself, will hold three-hour-long dance workouts Saturday afternoon. The workout does not guarantee it will “Upgrade U” to flat abs or a perfectly sculpted booty, but it’s definitely a good way to de-stress and spend time with the notoriously sassy choreographer. Alsop’s recent work is featured in “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyoncé and “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez feat. Iggy Azalea. Be sure to RSVP online because space at the pop-up studio is limited.
Cedric Terrell Studio, 415 Walker Ct. SE. Sessions available noon to 1 p.m., 2 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Free.

Rockin’ the Holidays with GMCW: Wear your best (worst) holiday sweater to The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s annual holiday concert. GMCW will perform classic tunes like “Little Drummer Boy” and “Hallelujah” with their signature choral twist. The Washington Post called the group “one of the world’s best male choruses,” and with an invitation like “don we now our gay apparel,” how could you not?
The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25 to $59.


“Thank You” Classes at Ride DC: Skip pricey Soul Cycle and crowded HelWell for a day of cheap(er) indoor cycling at Ride DC. The studio is celebrating its first year of business with 45-minute classes for just $12. Burn calories, save money and give yourself another great excuse to avoid Gelman Library.
2217 14th St. NW. Classes begin at 10 a.m. $12 per class.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at 9:30 Club: You may not recognize his name, but 28-year-old jazz artist Troy Andrews, a.k.a Trombone Shorty, has been touring the globe since he was 12 years old. The Louisiana native hit the road with Lenny Kravitz as a teenager, played at the White House in 2012 and took the stage at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Shorty blends his smooth jazz roots with strains of funk and hip-hop to make creative, world-renowned beats with his ensemble, Orleans Avenue, which played at Lollapalooza this year.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 8 p.m. $35

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This post was written by Hatchet reporters Jeanine Marie and Tatiana Cirisano.

Catch these District events before you head home for Thanksgiving: Ryan Bingham and Bob Dylan both have concerts this week and you may want to stop by a not-your-grandmother’s book club.


Story League Presents Tournament 10: Competitive storytelling company Story League will host Tournament 10, where eight winners of past contests will compete for the title of Funniest Story and a $300 cash prize. This week’s theme? “Obnoxious.” Hear D.C.’s storytelling all-stars tell personal tales in this side-splitting showdown — as long as they fit into the theme, any story is fair game.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7:30 p.m. $15

Ryan Bingham solo acoustic session at The Hamilton: Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham camped out in a trailer in California to write his newest 12-song record, “Fear and Saturday Night,” which is set to be released Jan. 20. For now, the Texan artist is back on the road to play his gritty, well-worn tracks. Listen to hits like “Sunrise” and “The Weary Kind” live, and you may even get a peek at some songs on his upcoming album.
The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. Doors 6:30 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. $25 to $30


Twentythirtysomething Book Club: This is not your grandmother’s book club. Come by to meet young literary enthusiasts (or just wine enthusiasts) in the area as the group meets at Slate Wine Bar and Bistro to discuss Megan Abbott’s “The Fever.” This month’s novel follows a small town struck by a mysterious illness that seems to target only women. Don’t have time to finish the book? The meetup group encourages you to stop by anyway for some thoughtful conversation, snacks and drinks.
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 7:30 p.m. Free, RSVP online.

Bob Dylan. Photo posted by Flickr user ky_olsen under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Bob Dylan. Photo posted by Flickr user ky_olsen under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Bob Dylan at DAR Constitution Hall: This one needs no introduction. The 73-year-old folk legend will tour at DAR Constitution Hall this Tuesday evening, where he’ll play iconic ‘60s-era hits like “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Like A Rolling Stone.” Don’t miss this concert, which could be your last chance to see one of history’s most legendary musicians.
DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C Streets NW. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $73


St. Lucia and The Knocks at 9:30 Club: Jean-Philip Grobler, a.k.a St. Lucia, toured with Two Door Cinema Club in 2013, where Grobler gained fame with the hit “Elevate” off the album “When the Night.” St. Lucia’s eighties-inspired, synth-driven sound has a comforting quality that’s rare to the indie pop genre. The Knocks, a DJ duo from New York City, carved out a name for themselves with 2010’s “Make It Better” and again with “Dancing with the DJ” in 2011. They mix odd genres, like funk and pop, to make head-bopping, psychedelic tunes that are easy to listen to.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors 8 p.m. $20

B.o.B. and Kevin Gates at The FillmoreB.o.B. may be the headliner, but be sure to arrive early to see smooth gansta rapper Kevin Gates. Gates is well-known for his work on high profile mixtapes with artists like Pusha T, Juicy J and Gucci Mane. He is featured on Major’s most recent single, “Money Dance” whichboosted Gates’ profile. His new album “Stranger Than Fiction” hit no. 37 on the Billboard Top 40.

Stick around and catch the dynamic B.o.B. perform hits like “Headbandz” feat. 2 Chainz and “Airplanes” feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore.
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD. Doors at 8 p.m. $38.


Comanche festival: The Comanche Nation, a Plains tribe from Oklahoma, will host a four-day festival full of dance performances, singing, shawl-making demonstrations and traditional flute playing. Attendees can see films about the Comanche Code Talkers, soldiers who used their obscure language to help securely transmit and encrypt radio and telephone messages during WWII. Meet with Comanche Nation royalty, and purchase traditional jewelry and artwork.
Fourth St. and Independence Avenue SW, Thursday through Sunday. Hours vary. Free

The 13th annual Trot for Hunger will take place Thursday. Photo by Flickr user Phil Roeder under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The 13th annual Trot for Hunger will take place Thursday. Photo by Flickr user Phil Roeder under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

13th Annual Trot for HungerStart Thanksgiving with a charitable turkey trot and give yourself a little extra room for dessert. Proceeds from the 5K run benefit SOME, So Others Might Eat, which will provide 800 meals to D.C.’s hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving. Trotters can register online for $30.
Freedom Plaza, Corner of 13th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 9 a.m. $30 registration


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Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 5:26 p.m.

Your Week: Get caught up on D.C. life

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nadia Meher-Zaman.

This week, catch up on the latest hits from indie and rock favorites like Alt-J at venues around the District.

More interested in art? No problem. From a panel about how art can help overcome cultural barriers to the chance to spend the evening in a Dupont studio, we’ve got your week covered.


Pot is Passed in D.C. What now?: Is marijuana officially legal in the District now? How will upcoming decisions change D.C. life? If you’re interested in legalization of marijuana in D.C. (because who isn’t), bring your questions to Busboys and Poets. The coffeehouse will host a panel discussion with experts from the Institute of Policy Studies, who will shed light on possible legislation and congressional review.
Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. 5 to 7 p.m. Free, suggested $5 donation

Jacques Greene at Black Cat: Stop by the Black Cat and groove to up-and-coming artist Jacques Greene’s electronica-infused beats, like the popular “Another Girl,” “Body Party” and “Sorry.” Don’t miss the opening act Gorgeous Children, an experimental musical duo who mix hip hop-influenced lyrics with modern-sounding beats.
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $15


Indie rock group Alt-J. Photo by Flickr user Eddy Berthier under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Indie rock group Alt-J. Photo by Flickr user Eddy Berthier under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Alt-J at Echostage: Fan-favorite English indie rock band Alt-J will perform songs off their newly-released sophomore album, “This is All Yours,” along with classics like “Breezeblocks” from their debut album. Make sure to arrive early to the sold-out show to catch Mikky Ekko, known for his collaboration with Rihanna on their hit single “Stay.”
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. Doors at 7 p.m. $48.60

We Were Promised Jetpacks at the 9:30 Club: If you can’t swing a ticket to Alt-J, see the four Scottish college students behind We Were Promised Jetpacks jam out onstage at the 9:30 Club, where they’ll perform songs off their newly released album, “Unravelling,” known for heavy bass lines and electronic beats. Fingers crossed they’ll play their catchy hit single “Quiet Little Voices.” Indie band The Twilight Sad will open.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $20


Culture Blast Thursday at Hillyer Art Space: Head over to the hip, contemporary Hillyer Art Space for a panel discussion about how art contributes to understanding among cultures. The panel will feature photographer and curator Jillian Watkins along with Erlingur Erlingsson, the Embassy of Iceland’s deputy chief of mission, and Anna Smith, the director of cultural exchange at International Arts & Artists. Together, they’ll talk about how featuring works from international artists helps bridge the gap between different ways of thinking across the globe.
Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free.

Channel your creativity at ArtJamz. Photo by Flickr user Karin Dalziel under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Channel your creativity at ArtJamz. Photo by Flickr user Karin Dalziel under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

ArtJamz presents: Artistic Flavors: Looking to start creating your own art instead? Stop by Dupont art studio ArtJamz to enjoy three hours of studio time, live music, a sneak peek of the different classes offered at the studio, one free drink and the opportunity to meet up with other D.C. artists, all included in your $20 ticket. You’ll also have the chance to participate in the event’s “art swap,” where local artists exchange original works.
ArtJamz Dupont Studio, 1728 Connecticut Ave. NW. 8 to 11 p.m. $20

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ruby Lee.

With only three weeks of classes left in the semester (yes, it’s that soon), take advantage of D.C.’s arts scene before the cold weather comes and finals strike.

This weekend’s lineup includes performances like a free show by college-age indie band Jack + Eliza, plus an opening party at FotoWeekDC, a Bollywood film festival and a food market showcasing vendors like Momofuku and Shake Shack.


Stars at 9:30 Club: Synth-pop takes center stage at the 9:30 Club as Stars performs a mix of old and new. After releasing their first album over 14 years ago, Stars has maintained a presence in the music industry because of their sonically elaborate and emotionally stirring tracks. Look forward to classics like “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” and “Thunderstruck” as well as songs from their latest album, “No One Is Lost.” Hey Rosetta! will open.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25.

GEMS with Tei Shi and VÉRITÉ at U Street Music Hall: If you’re looking for a night of intoxicating pop and dark vocals, then head over to U Street Music Hall for performances by Gems, Tei Shi and VÉRITÉ. D.C.-based duo GEMS offers dreamlike, heartbreaking pop tracks that bring out your inner existentialist – see their hit “Medusa,” which includes lyrics like “I used to feel so free, the way we used to be, time got away from me.” Follow-up performances by Hype Machine favorites Tei Shi and VÉRITÉ promise layered female vocals and addictive pop hooks. Look forward to Tei Shi’s “Bassically” and VÉRITÉ’s “Strange Enough.” Flash Frequency will DJ between sets.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 8 p.m. $12.


Jack + Eliza In-Store Performance at Hill & Dale: New York-based indie duo Jack + Eliza will make an afternoon appearance at Georgetown record store Hill & Dale. Teen Vogue, New York Magazine and Paste Magazine have all noted the sophomores at New York University and Columbia University for their surf-rock revival style. Fans of She & Him and The Beatles will be thrilled with Jack + Eliza’s overlapping vocals and guitars in songs like “Hold The Line” and “Secrets” from their first EP “No Wonders.” Stop by for a free performance and ask them to sign a copy of their EP. If you can’t get enough, check them out as openers for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at the 9:30 Club.
Hill & Dale, 1054 31st St. NW. 4 p.m. Free.

FotoBazaar 2014 Opening Party: Continue FotoWeekDC 2014 festivities with a celebration of local photography and get a sneak peek at FotoBazaar, the District’s massive for-sale gallery. Hosted at FotoBazaar Central, a staggering 25,000-square-foot exhibition space, this Opening Party promises fun for all. Partygoers can look forward to photobooths, live DJs and the chance to meet some of D.C.’s coolest photographers and curators while sipping on drinks from the open bar. All proceeds go to FotoWeekDC, a non-profit organization.
51 N St. NE. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $15 presale and $20 day of. This event is 21+.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden skating rink. Photo by Flickr user Miranda Celeste Hale under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden skating rink. Photo by Flickr user Miranda Celeste Hale under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Ice Skating at National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with this quintessential winter tradition. This night will mark the opening of the ice skating rink at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Glide along the ice as holiday music plays and enjoy the beautiful tree-lined backdrop filled with sculptures. Tip: Check out the rink at night when it’s lit up for the most festive vibe.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave. NW. Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $7 admission with student ID. $3 skate rental.


Smithsonian Presents: The Beyond Bollywood Film Festival: Part of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Exhibition “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” the film festival promises both short and feature films for your Bollywood fix. Films range from comedies to dramas, focusing on the lives of Indian immigrants and American Indians. Follow-up discussion with Indian American directors and actors will cover topics like migration, cultural connections and identity within the Indian American community.
National Museum of Natural History, 1000 Constitution Ave. NW. 1 to 9:15 p.m. Free.

The Capital City Showcase: Laugh off work-week stress at The Capital City Showcase, a show dedicated to highlighting the District’s art scene, which will take over The DC Arts Center for a night jam-packed with comedy specials. Capital City promises fun for all in a variety format that features some of the District’s best local performers, including Danny Charnley, Dana Fleitman, Zia Hassan and The Sweater Set.
The DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 10 to 11:30 p.m. $10 online and $15 at the door.


TV on the Radio at 9:30 Club: Indie rock favorites TV on the Radio will perform on the eve of the release of their fifth studio album, “Seeds.” Known for their eccentricities, TV on the Radio draws their influence from sources ranging from the Pixies to Nancy Sinatra. The resulting mix of punk, rock, soul and funk guarantees you’ll be on your toes all night. Expect fan favorites like “Wolf Like Me” and “DLZ” along with new songs like “Careful You.” Natasha Kmeto will open.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. $52+ on StubHub.

Pork belly bun from Momofuku, a vendor at Emporiyum. Photo by Flickr user Arnold Gatilao under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Pork belly bun from Momofuku, a vendor at Emporiyum. Photo by Flickr user Arnold Gatilao under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The Emporiyum Food Market: Want to check out the latest it-foods and sample treats like chocolate-dipped pretzel rods or Maine-style lobster rolls? Head over to The Emporiyum Food Market on its final day in D.C. This one-of-a-kind marketplace highlights a mix of delightful new treats. Some of the vendors lined up include Momofuku Milk Bar (known for their enticing Crack Pie), Mast Brothers, Shake Shack, Astro Doughnuts and Taco Bamba Taqueria. A live DJ and cocktail samples are an added bonus. Ticket pays for admission, a complimentary tote and samples, so it’ll only be extra if you want some full-sized treats.
Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $20.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nadia Meher Zaman.

Fitz and the Tantrums gave an electrifying performance with ’80s-inspired, heartfelt sound at the 9:30 Club Saturday night, leaving audience members gesturing their love with heart-shaped hands and waving their LED bracelets in the air.

Fitz and the Tantrums. Photo by Flickr user Jametiks under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Fitz and the Tantrums. Photo by Flickr user Jametiks under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

The sold-out show kicked off with electronic music project Big Data, which opened with a humorous robotic-sounding narration that identified itself as NSA.

Big Data producer and lead singer Alan Wilkis, clad in a black suit and horn-rimmed glasses, grooved to the group’s heavily ’80s-influenced sound. The crowd found it easy to sing along to songs like “Business of Emotion,” a social commentary on Facebook, with their repetitive, catchy lyrics.

After a beat of silence, a giant neon pink heart lit up the venue, cuing the entrance of Fitz and the Tantrums.

Lead singers Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick ran onstage to the tune of “Get Away” while audience members screamed, clutching their iPhones to snap photos of the group.

What followed was a vibrant performance with a mix of songs old and new, including “Don’t Gotta Work it Out,” “Break the Walls,” “Tell Me What Ya Here for,” “6am” and “Out of My League.” The setlist struck a balance between somber and fun, leaving the crowd able to connect with heartbreaking lyrics while dancing along to the tune.

And it wasn’t just the audience that felt the urge to dance.

While Scaggs swayed her hips with a blue tambourine in hand, Joseph Karnes head-bopped with his red bass guitar and John Wicks jammed out between drum solos.

After dancing around the stage for more than half the set, Scaggs asked the audience if D.C. could “tone it down a bit” for “Last Raindrop,” a ballad about the insecurities of being in love.

But the crowd’s screams quickly came back when the band went into a passionate rendition of ‘80s group Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” during which James King delivered a strong solo performance on saxophone.

Stage design made up a huge portion of the show’s entertainment. After Fitz gave a funny speech about a man’s day going perfectly until he found another man sleeping in his woman’s bed, the glowing pink neon heart turned fiery orange, and “Fools Gold,” a song about giving up on love, began to play.

Finally, as vibrant pink and orange smiley-faced strobe lights filled the stage, the group performed “L.O.V” with an energizing bass solo from Karnes.

The lights went off at the end of the song, and fans immediately started to cheer for an encore. The group accepted their invitation, reviving the venue’s energy with the hit single “Moneygrabber.”

But the band had one last surprise in store.

Fitz told the crowd that “Fitz and the Tantrums like to get down,” and the entire audience fell to their knees. When fans got back up on their feet, confetti fell from the ceiling, and the group finished off the night with the free-spirited song “The Walker.”

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Interview by Hatchet reporter Nadia Meher Zaman.

Fitz and the Tantrums. Photo by Flickr user goatling under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Fitz and the Tantrums. Photo by Flickr user goatling under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Fitz and the Tantrums has been on the rise since the indie pop group released its second album “More Than Just a Dream” in 2013,

The band is now back on tour and made a stop at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, energizing the crowd with a soulful and contemporary sound.

The Hatchet spoke with Joseph Barnes, the group’s bassist, about Fitz and the Tantrums’ new album, playing in D.C. and his favorite dance moves to pull while performing.

Your first album “Pickin’ Up the Pieces” is known for not having much of a guitar sound. As a bassist, how has your role changed in the band from the first album to the second?

Joseph Barnes: More stylistically, the first record is more motown influenced, and now I can have more of an active bassline. It’s a lot more part and less open-ended. There are more bass synths coupled with electric bass.

What’s the process of recording like for you?

JB: Well, every song is different. Really, you just put the drums and the bass and then you layer them together. In this record though, so many things are templates from the demos we’ve made together.

You’ve done many music collaborations and projects. What is it like going from being a bassist and working with Colin Hay to being a bassist in Fitz and the Tantrums?

JB: My approach is very similar. I got to co-write some of the songs. I like to do other projects because it’s a fantastic opportunity, but you leave more of your ego behind because you’re trying to serve the song. The big difference is having a personal interest. With Fitz and the Tantrums, it’s the song and working together with everyone to be satisfied.

Last year, you went on tour and performed a sold-out show with Capital Cities at the 9:30 Club. Now you’re coming back to do another sold-out show. How does that feel?

JB: We love it. We love D.C. and we love the 9:30 Club. It’s a club that took a chance on us when we weren’t that big, and we have a special bond with them.

This past summer, you played at a lot of big music festivals. What’s it like playing at a place like the 9:30 Club compared to those festivals?

JB: There’s just more immediacy. The fact there’s a ceiling and a room and that all that energy is focused, and there you can make that connection by seeing someone in an audience. You feel a different kind of energy but you need to project that energy further at a big music festival.

Any hints about the setlist you’re playing for this tour?

JB: Just a nice blend of new and old songs but probably a bit heavier on the new record. We want to up our game on lighting and the staging. It’s probably best to just come out and see for yourself (laughs).

Do you have special dance moves that you like to do on stage?

JB: I do the pogo and the two-step. And I do the occasional head bang (laughs).

How do you feel about college kids having dance parties to your music?

JB: That’s the entire point of Fitz and the Tantrums. It makes us all so incredibly happy, and we want people to lose their inhibitions on the dance floor. The audience is the seventh member of the band. It’s all about crowd participation.

What does it mean to be a Tantrum?

JB: It just means to realize all my dreams to be a musician. Every musician has the dream to have your band make it big, and being able to do that is amazing. Also, I love being on stage. We have a great synchronicity.

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Channel your creative side with this week’s crafty events, including a D.C. Puppet Slam, a theatre adaptation of a literary classic and a pasta-making workshop.


American Authors: This four-man alternative rock band is taking their optimistic lyrics and spirited guitar riffs from Brooklyn to D.C. Listen for hits from the band’s latest album “Oh, What a Life” like “The Best Day of My Life,” which you might recognize from a Lowe’s TV ad, and “Hit It,” which is featured in the FIFA 2014 soundtrack. The Mowgli’s and Oh Honey will open.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors 6:30 p.m. $20

D.C. Puppet Slam: Looking to channel your inner kid? Contrary to its title, this event is adults-only and mixes the art of puppeteering with the high intensity of slam poetry. Hosted by eatery-turned-bookstore-turned-theatre Busboys and Poets, the event will feature performances by local puppeteers, including GW alumnus Schroeder Cherry. Three-time National Poetry Slam champion Regie Cabico, a champion for slam poetry as an avenue for socio-political change, will co-host the night.
Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Free, registration online.


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

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

Young at Heart Photo Show: Meet 17 photographers from D.C.’s online magazine Brightest Young Things at this FotoWeek show showcasing their best work of 2013 and 2014. The photos cover anything and everything D.C., from celebrities to landscape shots to parties. Swing by for a cash bar, music and a slideshow – plus, the chance to meet some of the District’s best young photographers.

FotoWeek Central, 2801 16th St. NW. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.

Celebrate, Cultivate, Connect at AIGA: The District Architecture Center joins forces with professional design association AIGA to host Su Mathews Hale, the incoming AIGA national president. Hale will speak about her two decades of graphic design experience and her role as co-founder of the AIGA Women’s Leadership Initiative. And stick around for a one-of-a-kind art auction featuring pieces from custom calligraphy and tea towels to a large popsicle sculpture.

District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $35


Make hand-rolled pasta from scratch this week with Via Umbria. Photo by Flickr user Chris RubberDragon under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Make hand-rolled pasta from scratch this week with Via Umbria. Photo by Flickr user Chris RubberDragon under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Pasta-Making Workshop with Via Umbria: If you’re looking to get away from microwaved Easy Mac and hoping to hone your cooking skills for more high-brow fare, look no further. Bill Menard, owner of Italian cookware shop Via Umbria, will teach guests how to make hand-rolled pasta of the Tagliatelle, Chitara and Ravioli varieties from scratch. If nothing else, the words “free pasta” should be reason enough to check it out.
Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Free, registration online.

Blue October at The Fillmore: Alt-rock band Blue October has released seven albums since their debut album “The Answers” came out in 1998. With their most recent release, “Sway,” the band is back to their usual angst-ridden, melancholy tunes that haunt listeners long after the tracks end. Check out popular tunes like “Into the Ocean” and “Hate Me” for a pre-show refresher. Harvard of the South will open.
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD. 8 p.m. $26.


War of the Worlds Reenactment: D.C.’s Picnic Theatre Company is putting on a three-night-only reenactment of H.G. Well’s “War of the Worlds” at the historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown. Arrive early for music and cocktails at the Dumbarton House’s stunning Bellevue ballroom. Proceeds from the event will go towards Dumbarton House historical preservation and to fund education programs, like “Advancing Girls Education in Africa” which collects bicycles, uniforms and school supplies for girls in Malawi.
The Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. $12 in advance, $13 at the door.

Art Night at Torpedo Factory Art Center: Browse Alexandria’s Torpedo Factory Art Center after hours at this monthly event, which includes open studios, galleries and the chance to interact with local artists. This time, you’ll enjoy a public reception of the center’s newest exhibit, “Post-Photography: Beyond the Print,” and get a peek at dance company Jane Franklin Dance, which will perform in open spaces throughout the center’s three floors.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St., Alexandria, VA. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.

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