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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 10:47 p.m.

D.C. Rollergirls celebrate 10 years

The D.C. Rollergirls are celebrating their 10th anniversary as D.C.’s only all-female amateur roller derby team. The league is composed of five different teams of women with a passion for skating.

“The fun of roller derby is doing things you never thought you’d do,” said Jackson Villain, a team member of the “Majority Whips.”

Video by Jake Amorelli and Riddhi Solanki.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 10:46 p.m.

A day in music

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Callan Tansill-Suddath.

Add these songs to your daily playlist.

Rise n’ Shine

“All That’s Left”
Manila Killa (ft. Joni Fatora)

D.C.-based Manila Killa in no rookie to the EDM scene. With a resume that features sets during the 2015 dates of Firefly music festival and Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, the college student has taken the electronic music world by storm.

Since his rise to prominence, fans have been anxiously anticipating the release of his debut single. The track, which dropped last month, exceeds expectations. With its airy vocals, dreamy lyrics and smooth beat, Manila Killa’s first release is impressive and a perfect morning song to make the walk to your 9:35 a little more pleasant.

Afternoon Anthems


Blissful and whimsical, “Jamz” is the newest single from Florida indie-pop duo Sales. Paired with lead singer Lauren Morgan’s girlish vocals, the track utilizes minimalist percussion and simple guitar riffs to create a mellow, serene sound that will have you envisioning yourself on a beach in the group’s home state instead of a rainy February in D.C. It’s never too early to prepare for spring break, right? Sales is set to release their first full-length album on April 20.

Turn up…

Kanye West (ft. Chris Brown)

From Kanye’s highly anticipated and repeatedly renamed “The Life of Pablo,” “Waves” is a risque track with a catchy, repetitive beat and exceptional vocals from both West and Chris Brown. With noticeable similarities to “Black Skinhead,” from West’s last album and to his 2008 song “Love Lockdown,” “Waves” is one of the strongest tracks on “Pablo.”

“The Life of Pablo” is now available for streaming through Tidal.

…And Turn Down

“Modern Soul”
James Blake

Soulful British powerhouse James Blake did not disappoint with his first release since the 2014 EP “200 Press.” In true Blake style, the track’s combination of romantic lyrics with his sensual, ethereal vocals, haunting synthesizer and simple piano chords make for a perfect evening song to help you unwind. Blake’s third full-length album “Radio Silence” is due to be released sometime this year and is set to feature collaborations with artists like Bon Iver (with whom he released “Fall Creek Boys Choir” in 2011) and Kanye West.

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Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 11:20 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet Reporter Dana Pilotti.

Yes we’re back to two-day weekends from now on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cram in plenty of fun activities.


Amber Tamblyn: “Dark Sparkler”

Join actress, writer and poet Amber Tamblyn for a talk about her third and newest poetry book, “Dark Sparkler.” The poems delve into acting, the film industry and the toll both can take on the lives of young women. (You may know Tamblyn from her role as Tibby in “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”).

Busboys and Poets Brookland. 625 Monroe St. NE. 6:30 p.m.

An Evening of humorous readings

Head over to DC9 for D.C.’s “most humorous and most reading-centric” night. Humor writer Brian Agler hosts the event, which features Molly Woods Murchie of the Washington Improv Theater and Robert Hershorn of the comedy website McSweeney’s, among others.

DC9 Nightclub. 1940 9th St. NW. Doors at 6:30 p.m. $10.


The Largest Cure/Smiths Dance Party

If you’re in the mood for some chill rock vibes, you’re in luck. Black Cat invites you to CryFest, The Cure vs. The Smiths dance party otherwise known as the Crybaby Championship of the World. The show features DJs Steve EP, Killa K, Krasty McNast and DJ Missguided.

Black Cat. 1811 14th St. NW. Doors at 9:30 p.m. $10


Ramen World 2

Noodle lovers, rejoice. This culinary experience highlights popular chefs and restaurants from around the area who want to share their recipes with you. Ramen World co-founder Erik Bruner-Yang, will be there, fresh off the successful launch of his restaurant Maketto. If ramen isn’t your thing, look forward to savory dishes from PhoWheels and Thip Khao. The event is 21+.

Mess Hall. 703 Edgewood St. NE. Round 1: Noon – 2 p.m. Round 2: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. $65-$105.

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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 10:21 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Righteous Cheese

Righteous Cheese, located in Union Market, features more than 80 different artisan cheeses from more than 20 local and overseas vendors. The shop is well-known for their unique cheeses as well as their wine and cheese pairing classes.

Founder and Owner Carolyn Stromberg discovered her love for the food industry after working at a restaurant during her time as a student at GW. Since then, she has become a cheese expert.

“The biggest thing that we try to give to the people who come to our shop is a way to figure out what they’re really looking for and make it easy to like,” Stromberg said.

Video by Blair Guild.

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Customers can dine on empanadas, ropa vieja and alfajores at Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine on 19th and M streets.  “It’s very typical, traditional Cuban food,” said Carlos DiLaudo, general manager.

The restaurant, which opened October 2013,  is currently the chain’s only location outside of New York City.


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Who would have guessed?

D.C. has some of the country’s best-looking men, according to a study released this week. The District landed at No. 3 on a list of the 25 cities with the most handsome men, falling behind San Francisco and Seattle.

The study, conducted by Grooming Lounge, a D.C.-based day spa for men, considered men’s average annual spending on personal care and a city’s fitness ranking. (The District ranked no. 1 in 2014.)

D.C. men spend about $3,000 every year on personal care services and personal care products, and nearly $4,000 on clothing, according to the study.

District men spend an average of $157 on “shaving needs.” Men in Seattle topped the list in spending on shaving, dropping about $3,400 every year on personal care products, according to the study.

A focus on shaving habits has also made its way up to Capitol Hill in the past. A political action committee launched in 2013 support bearded candidates. The Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy (or B.E.A.R.D.) was formed to “bring facial hair back into politics,” its founder, Jonathan Sessions, said at the time.

But now it’s 2015, and we just have one question: Where is the man-bun PAC?

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Sunday, May 10, 2015 7:27 p.m.

Video: Yoga on the Mall

Hundreds flocked to the Washington Monument to attend three hours of free yoga Saturday at Yoga on the Mall, an annual event hosted by D.C. Community of Yoga.

Yoga on the Mall celebrated its 10th anniversary as the final event of Metro D.C. Yoga Week, where studios in the area hold free yoga classes.

“I was doing a [pose] with a backbend and you just look behind you and the Washington Monument is right there,” said Liz Moses, a senior at GW. “You don’t get to do that anywhere else.”

Started in 2005, D.C. Community of Yoga is a non-profit organization with over 50 member studios, including CorePower Yoga and Down Dog Yoga in Georgetown.

Video by Halley Rogers.

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If your friends at New York and Fordham universities bragged about Beyoncé’s surprise performance with Jay-Z at a free festival in Central Park, you now have your rebuttal.

No Doubt and Usher will headline D.C.’s first Global Citizen Festival on April 18, which will be hosted by 

Fall Out Boy, Train, Mary J. Blige and My Morning Jacket will also perform.

As is typical in the District, the event, which will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, coincides with policy meetings: Officials, including World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, are expected to make new financial commitments to end global poverty in 15 years, Billboard reported.

The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will also hold their spring meetings around this time.

The event will take place near the Washington Monument. More performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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The stress of applying for the perfect summer internship is particularly hard to handle with one more carefree week ahead.

To ease the process, we’ve compiled nine internships that are still accepting summer applicants, from Marvel Entertainment to Procter & Gamble to the White House.


Time Inc. (New York)
Deadline: Jan. 16

Photo by Flickr user Tia International Photography under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Photo by Flickr user Tia International Photography under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

This prestigious publishing company offers summer internships that last eight to 10 weeks across 20 departments, from advertising sales, editorial and human resources to book publishing and marketing. You’ll have the opportunity to work within one of the company’s 75-plus brands, like Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated or People. And it gets better: All positions are paid.

The Kennedy Center (D.C.)
Deadline: March 13

As an intern at the iconic performing arts center, you’ll participate in weekly seminars, score free tickets to performances and train with experts in one of nine departments. The internship is unpaid, but the center offers academic credit and allows interns to determine their own schedules based on availability. The application is open to juniors, seniors and master’s candidates.

White House Internship Program (D.C.)
Deadline: Jan. 11

While many of the deadlines to be a “hilltern” have passed, there’s still an opportunity to have the president as your boss. Undergrads in the White House Internship Program work full-time (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) with duties like attending meetings, writing memos and staffing events across 16 presidential departments.

West Coast

Marvel Entertainment (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Deadline: Rolling, applications reviewed Feb. 28 through April 29.

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

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

Not only will you work at a company known for hits like “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” at this internship, but you’ll also spend the summer in Manhattan Beach. Interns gain experience in film, animation and marketing and other departments, and must be available two to three days per week.

Nordstrom Merchandising Group (Seattle)
Deadline: Jan. 15

There’s still time to apply to Nordstrom’s merchandising and planning internship, which made Business Insider’s list of the top 25 internships of 2014. The program offers student trendsetters a “behind-the-scenes” look at the fashion industry: They work on projects alongside professionals and learn the decision-making process behind what appears on the clothing rack.

NBCUniversal, Inc. (Universal City and Los Angeles, Calif.)
Deadline: May 1

Spend the summer sharpening your skills in any of over a dozen departments from casting to marketing at NBCUniversal, which offers internships across leading television networks like Bravo, E! and NBC News. The company’s “Campus 2 Career” program is catered specially to college students and offers interview tips, former intern testimonials and extensive descriptions of the ideal candidate for each department.

South and Midwest

Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati)

Clocking in at No. 17 on Business Insider’s list is product manufacturer Procter & Gamble, known for brands like Bounty, Crest and Tide. The company is offering a 10 to 12-week summer human resources internship to juniors at its headquarters in Cincinnati, where interns will receive managerial training as part of their experience in the consumer packaged goods industry.

GameStop (Grapevine, Texas)

Gamers, you’re in luck: GameStop, the mecca of video games and other consumer electronics, will offer a summer marketing internship in 2015. Marketing interns maintain promotional rollout documents, manage weekly title reservation reports and work closely with the creative team, among other responsibilities.

Verizon Wireless (Alpharetta, Ga.)

Score an information technology internship at Verizon Wireless, which boasts “hands-on” experience for students enrolled in computer science, computer engineering, IT or MIS programs. The company lists “enthusiasm” as a requirement along with knowledge of web and software development, and places interns in departments like technical support and IT project management.

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Video by Hatchet videographer Eric Osman and Hatchet multimedia editor Diana Marinaccio

St. Paul’s Parish held its third annual blessing of the animals Saturday in honor of the Feast of St. Francis. Parishioners and community members gathered at the church with their pets as priests blessed them with holy water.

Among the pets blessed were dogs, cats, fish and a guinea pig.

“I just really value the opportunity to name, in a space with a big gathering, the fact that animals are important in people’s lives,” Rev. Kyle Oliver said.

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