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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.

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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.

Thursday

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Monday

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.

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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.

Thursday

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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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jeanine Marie.

There’s more to do this Halloweekend than dress up and gorge on candy.

If you need a break from the Halloween madness, dance to Smallpools, jazz and The Glitch Mob, munch shish kabobs at a local beer garden or take the Metro to King Street for photography “beyond the print” at Torpedo Factory Art Center instead.

Thursday

Free Wine and Cheese Tasting at Sonoma: Get the weekend started with a classier afternoon snack than fall ale and Peanut Butter Cups at Sonoma Bar & Restaurant. Known for its California cuisine, the restaurant keeps customers toasty with a fireplace and its extensive wine list. Local cheesemakers will share free samples to end National American Cheese Month the right way.

Sonoma Bar & Restaurant, 223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free, 21+ event.

Lettuce at the 9:30 Club: The old-school group with a ’70s soul will celebrate its 20th year as a band at the 9:30 Club. Lettuce has played alongside hardcore rappers like Wu-Tang Clan and Schoolboy Q, but has always stayed true to its smooth songs and funky Brooklyn roots.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 8 p.m. $20.

Friday

Smallpools at the 9:30 Club: This early show featuring the alt-pop sounds of Smallpools and the mellow-electro melody of opener Magic Man is the perfect party-starter for later Halloween plans. Smallpools is best known for its not-so-sleepy song “Dreaming,” which was featured on the FIFA 2014 soundtrack, but you may have heard The Chainsmokers Remix before the original tune.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 5 p.m. $18.

After-Hours Costume Party at Fantom Comics: Attend a Halloween soirée with an unusual theme, “gender-bending comic book characters.” Fantom Comics’ new location in Dupont Circle will host a cash bar with happy hour-priced drinks and a costume contest, in which cross-dressing and gender-bending are highly encouraged.
Fantom Comics, 2010 P St. NW. 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. This is a 21+ event.

Saturday

Fish ‘n’ Shhhish! at Dacha Beer Garden: Start November with a celebration dedicated not to pumpkin spice or apple cider, but fish peppers, a historical, spicy “secret ingredient” and a 19th-century mutation of the serrano pepper. The event is promoted by City Blossoms, a community youth organization with a focus on urban farming, and proceeds will go to its Harvest Campaign. Besides the great cause, Fish n’ Shhhish! is a great excuse to grab a beer, munch on Dacha’s shish kabobs and spend some time outside before the cold weather hits for good.
Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th St. NW. 1 to 6 p.m.

U Street Jazz Jam at Dukem Restaurant and Bar: For late-night Ethiopian eats and live jazz music, there’s no place better than Dukem. The menu features Ethiopian specialties like sambusas, crispy pastries with veggie or meat filling and kifto, minced marinated beef often served with traditional flatbread. There’s plenty of time to dance off calories from the ethnic cuisine: Dukem stays open until 3 a.m. on Saturdays.
Dukem Restaurant and Bar, 12th and U Streets. NW. Doors at 10 p.m., show at 11 p.m.

Sunday

Inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Photo by Flickr user roman.petruniak under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Photo by Flickr user roman.petruniak under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Post-Photography Exhibit at Torpedo Factory Art Center: Take the Blue Line to King Street to see photography with a material twist. The 14 American artists used glass, fabric and wood to experiment with storytelling through photographs. Torpedo Factory Art Center is a nonprofit organization and home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the country. The exhibition is on display until Nov. 30.
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St., Alexandria, Va. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Glitch Mob at Echostage: Unapologetic and intense, The Glitch Mob will take over Echostage with futuristic dance tracks like “We Can Make the World Stop” and “Can’t Kill Us.” Mob began in 2006 as a hodgepodge of Los Angeles-based DJs and has since developed a more singular sound and identity with its latest album, “Love Death Immortality.” Mob’s songs have the catchiness of Deadmau5 and a quirkiness like that of Die Antwood, and the show is sure to get your heart racing.
Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road. NE. Doors at 7 p.m. $27.50.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Jeanine Marie.

Make the most of your week and check out speakers touring D.C., from “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin to Greek chef Aglaia Kremezi.

Monday

Author Reading: Eimear McBride: Irish author Eimear McBride will read from her stream-of-consciousness debut novel, “A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing,” at Georgetown’s Irish pub, Rírá. The novel, which follows a young woman’s relationship with her young brother who has a brain tumor, is McBride’s first book and has won numerous awards, including the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction.
Rírá Georgetown, 3125 M St. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

Actor Sean Astin, best known for his role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Photo by Flickr user Ian Aberle under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Actor Sean Astin is best known for his role in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Photo by Flickr user Ian Aberle under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Sean Astin at the National Press Club: Actor-turned-talk show host Sean Astin will discuss his career and bipartisan NPR talkshow, Vox Populi. Astin began his acting career as Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies” and is best known for playing Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He now voices Raphael on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
The National Press Club. 529 14th St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $20.

Tuesday

Temples at the 9:30 Club: The psychedelic U.K. indie band, which has been compared to contemporaries Jagwar Ma, Foxygen and Surfer Blood, will hit 9:30 Club on Tuesday. The up-and-coming band is known for twangy background beats and trippy melodies, exemplified by “Shelter Song.”
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $22.

40th Anniversary of the Hirshhorn Museum: With the addition of two new major exhibits, a new director and gallery renovations, the Hirshhorn’s 40th anniversary celebration is the perfect excuse to put off studying (for art’s sake). This year, the museum acquired works by the Guerrilla Girls, Laurel Nakadate, Catherine Opie and Thomas Struth, which are on exhibit as part of the celebration.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue and Seventh St. SW. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday

Greek chef Aglaia Kremezi will speak at Mediterranean restaurant Zaytinya.

Greek chef Aglaia Kremezi will speak at Mediterranean restaurant Zaytinya.

Earth Trivia at Bier Baron Tavern: Instead of spending hours in front of the TV yelling out answers to “Jeopardy!,” test your worldy knowledge while chowing down on pub grub Wednesday at Bier Baron Tavern. Traveling trivia group Earth Trivia, known for quirky questions and fun hosts, will lead a night of trivia in which any topic, no matter how random, is fair game.
The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Trivia is free.

Aglaia Kremezi at Jose Andres’ Zaytinya: Greek chef and journalist Aglaia Kremezi, who runs a cooking school in Kea, Greece, will sign copies of her new cookbook of vegetarian mediterranean meals. After you meet the bestselling author, grab a bite from Zaytinya’s eclectic menu, which features modern twists on Turkish, Lebanese and Greek classics. A cocktail reception will follow.
Zaytinya, 701 9th St. NW. 6 p.m. Free.

Thursday

Ha!lloween Comedy Night: Local comedian and feminist activist Dana Fleitman will host a night of costume-clad comedy, featuring Jessica Brodkin, Jamel Johnson, Josh Kuderna, Matty Litwack and Natalie McGill. A costume contest will kick off the ghoul-themed evening, followed by stand-up performances that promise to “slay” the crowd.
The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. Doors at 6:30 p.m., comedy at 8 p.m. $10.

Riff Raff at The Fillmore: The self-parodying rapper Riff Raff and his grillz will start Halloween weekend alongside Waka Flocka Flame. Riff Raff recently released two singles (or should we say, singlez), “Hurtin Boyz Feelinz” and “Real Boyz,” in which his references include Miley Cyrus and V8 juice. Waka Flocka Flame is best known for 2010’s “No Hands,” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, but has since worked with big names like Nicki Minaj and Tyler the Creator.
The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md. Doors at 9 p.m. $38. 

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Madison Pontz.

Between midterms and the chaotic fun of celebrating Halloween, take it easy this weekend with some stress-free (and sometimes, just free) events.

Jam to live music, meet a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and maybe even get a jump on the Halloween festivities at the National Zoo – Bao Bao included.

Thursday

Mary Lambert at U Street Music Hall: Best known as the female vocalist on Macklemore’s hit “Same Love,” singer-songwriter Mary Lambert will perform at U Street Music Hall on Thursday. Lambert’s emotionally charged, soulful songs lend themselves to a moving live show, comparable to those of artists like Adele and Tori Amos. Jillette Johnson will open.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. $18.

K.Flay at Rock & Roll Hotel: K.Flay is a fresh face in the indie hip-hop scene who just released her debut album, “Life As a Dog,” earlier this year. But don’t let the artist’s rookie appearance fool you. She’s already toured extensively with popular acts like Icona Pop and Passion Pit, and her breathy voice and mesmerizing, emotive lyrics have made hits out of tracks like “Thicker Than Dust” and “The Cops.” Minneapolis-based band Step Rockets will open the show.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 day of the show.

Friday

Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes. Photo by Flickr user Corey Butler under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes. Photo by Flickr user Corey Butler under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Take Cover at Acre 121: No, you’re not going to hear any original songs. But the covers-only band Take Cover is bound to amp up your Friday night with a new take on everything from today’s pop hits to 70s-era R&B. The only cover that’s missing from this event is the one you pay to get inside. Head over to Columbia Heights bar and restaurant Acre 121 for this free event for anyone 21 and older.
Acre 121, 1400 Irving St. NW. 10 p.m. Free. This is a 21+ event.

Dave Barnes at The Hamilton: Singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, an acoustic-pop and R&B artist originally from Nashville, makes a stop at The Hamilton this weekend. Barnes, whose hit “God Gave Me You” was nominated for a Grammy in 2012, has kept busy over his 12-year musical career with eight albums, including his most recent, “Golden Days,” which dropped earlier this year. Marc Scibilia will open the show.
The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. $17 to $23.

Saturday

First Aid Kit at the 9:30 Club: Stop by the 9:30 Club to hear Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit, a rad set of sisters famous for their 2008 cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song.” Since the cover put them on the map, First Aid Kit has made a name of their own with folksy, pop and country-inspired tunes like “Emmylou” and “My Silver Lining.”
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors at 7 p.m. $35.

Bao Bao, a one-year-old baby panda at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user Sharon Sipple under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Bao Bao, a 1-year-old baby panda at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user Sharon Sipple under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Boo at the Zoo: Sure, this trick-or-treating event might be designed for kids, but that doesn’t mean celebrating Halloween early at the National Zoo will be any less fun for those who still enjoy candy, costumes, spirited Halloween decorations and quality time with Bao Bao, the Zoo’s famous baby panda. Throw on a costume and take this opportunity to hang out with the animals and gorge yourself on candy. Make sure to snag tickets online ahead of time.
National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 5:30 p.m. $30.

Sunday

Slam poetry: At “Slam Up!,” slam poetry duo Cali Bulmash and Emily Lowinger will present their touching and hilarious work. The poets’ writing deals with all types of love – LGBTQ and straight, requited and not – and takes the form of music, spoken word and even rap. The event will also feature the work of Julia Jordan, a D.C.-based poet.
D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 3 p.m. $5 for DCAC members, $10 for non-members.

Marilynne Robinson “Lila” Book Talk: Marilynne Robinson, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, will talk about her new novel, “Lila,” at Politics & Prose on Sunday. The final book of the “Gilead” trilogy, “Lila” tells the story of a woman’s grueling life and work in Iowa in the early 20th century.
Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 5 p.m. Free.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Abigail Eddy.

Not long after taking the stage at the 9:30 Club Friday night, singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas struggled to untangle the microphone from its stand. In true Casablancas fashion, he turned away from the crowd, deciding to leave the mic stand slightly off-base.

The audience roared.

At the concert, the lead singer of The Strokes showed off his most recent project, Julian Casablancas+The Voidz, a band formed by Casablancas, guitarists Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai, bassist Jake Bercovici, drummer Alex Carapetis and Jeff Kite on the keyboard.

After several false-alarm cheers from fans awaiting the band’s entrance, Julian Casablancas+The Voidz finally appeared. As soon as Casablancas stepped on stage, clad in a sporty, black track jacket, the entire audience pushed nearly four feet toward the stage, filling every available space.

Lead singer Julian Casablancas takes the stage. Photo by Flickr user Liliane Callegari under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Lead singer Julian Casablancas takes the stage. Photo by Flickr user Liliane Callegari under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Just a few songs in, bras were already landing on stage as others shouted his name and reached out to touch him.

asablancas’ deep voice led the sound, and guitar and bass riffs that seemed to echo The Strokes emerged through the distortion. The lyrical, melody-driven music of The Strokes, though, was all but forgotten, leaving room as the band experimented with other styles.

“Human Sadness,” a melancholy nearly eleven-minute track that builds atop an opening bass line, transitioned the audience to the band’s experimental sound early on in the set. The vocals blended together over the repetitive melody, creating a darker, more distorted theme.

Casablancas interrupted to comment only briefly between songs that were so stylistically consistent they often seemed to flow together.

“I’ll shut up now, sorry, I’m ruining the vibe,” Casablancas said after one such interjection.

Halfway through the show the stage was relit in a soft purple as the band shifted pace with the highly rhythmic “Father Electricity,” punctuating previous songs that were matched by flashing neon green and blue lights with a calmer hue.

The audience hung on the band’s every beat, and the band took the chance to play off the audience’s enthusiasm.

During “Crunch Punch,” the band teased the crowd by seemingly extending the abrupt pauses in the song, encouraging the crowd to cheer until the music resumed.

While Casablancas’ celebrity seemed to be the highlight of the show, guitarists Gritter and Yaghmai periodically took the lead, as Casablancas turned his back to the audience and draped the microphone over his shoulder.

Although the tunes weren’t quite sing-along friendly, fans did their best, singing to the words they did know and were enthusiastic throughout. Casablancas made one tribute to The Strokes near the end of the show, playing “Ize of the World.”

The band’s deep, distorted sound contrasted their more playful atmosphere onstage, showing a band unafraid to experiment with its sound. The group appeared less interested in creating a marketable band and more focused on simply making music.

While the tunes didn’t have the stuck-in-your-head factor characteristic of The Strokes, the band turned Casablancas fans into fans of Julian Casablancas+The Voidz.

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