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Foggy Bottom was ranked 14th on a list of best D.C. neighborhoods. Hatchet file photo.

Foggy Bottom was ranked 14th on a list of best D.C. neighborhoods. Hatchet file photo.

Raleigh Warner, the co-founder of Jumpshell, is helping people decide which D.C. neighborhood they should live in with his comprehensive ranking of neighborhoods in the District.

Georgetown was ranked first on the list of best neighborhoods. Foggy Bottom made the list, but it came in last at 14th place.

The guide includes a list of every neighborhood in the District and pinpoints the age range, vibe and attractions of each neighborhood in two or three quick bullet points. If that isn’t succinct enough, headers on the site describe each area with a few adjectives that match neighborhoods’ moods.

To make it easier for prospective District denizens to visualize the city, Warner included both Google Maps street and map views of the neighborhood to supplement the written description.

Warner pooled information from sites like Zillow, and Zumper and considered perspectives from personal interviews with new renters when creating the list.

The guide can be found on Jumpshell, a website designed for apartment hunting.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Marissa Kirshenbaum.

Whether you can’t get enough of the cold-pressed juice trend or just want to start eating healthier in the new year, you now have a new option with Postmodern Foods. The organic food and drink company opened in Georgetown at 2920 M St. on Saturday.

From reusable glassware and compostable packaging to plant-based and vegan food and drink items, this restaurant is good for the environment and your body.

Postmodern Foods highlights food that has been minimally processed. Denise Hicks, the company’s owner, said in a video on her website that the food is “how we as humans were originally eating and how we’re designed to thrive.”

The menu features mostly raw and gluten-free items ranging from a blueberry chia smoothie ($12) to pad thai with spicy almond sauce ($10) to caramel apple cheesecake ($8).

PostModern Foods started in January 2013 with a location in Great Falls, VA. It also offers home delivery to customers in the D.C. area, charging a $4 delivery fee and requiring a $20 minimum on the order.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Aishvarya Kavi.

In the spirit of Halloween, hundreds gathered in Georgetown near the steps from the 1973 film, “The Exorcist” on Friday – and thankfully no one reenacted Father Karras’ infamous plunge.

Instead, they came to see the well-known staircase in Georgetown officially join D.C.’s list of landmarks in a ceremony that included the film’s director, William Friedkin, screenwriter William Peter Blatty and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

“This monument will be seen by thousands, tens of thousands, and eventually, perhaps more, that will come through here, that will associate the film that we made with this beautiful and historic community,” Friedkin said. “I’m really proud of that and grateful.”

Both Friedkin and his former colleague and long-time friend Blatty, who wrote the movie’s screenplay as well as the novel “The Exorcist” that served as the inspiration of the film, spent the afternoon autographing memorabilia before speaking and being honored at the commemoration ceremony.

Foggy Bototm’s Council member Jack Evans also revealed a resolution during the ceremony that designated Oct. 30 as Exorcist Day in D.C.

During the signings, crowds formed a line that wound down Prospect Street past the Exorcist House, some dressed like the film’s characters.

Other attendees, like John Blazer, a former photography student in D.C., were extras in the film, returning to see the creators of a movie they never knew would become the cultural icon it is today.

“I think I ended up on the cutting room floor,” Blazer, 66, said. “I was studying photography at the time, so I took a lot of pictures of the actors and the directors and the cameramen and the crew. It was fascinating experience.”

While signing posters, DVDs and even an iPad, Friedkin rattled off a list of his favorite horror films including Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and a lesser known Japanese film, “Onibaba” by Kaneto Shinto.

“In time, the Rockies will crumble, Gibraltar may tumble, they’re only made of clay. But these steps are here to stay,” Friedkin said.

Bowser, who opened the commemoration, spoke about her efforts to put D.C. “on the map” as a film town, a process she began with the creation of the new Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment in D.C.

Along with Bowser and Evans, Georgetown University President Jack DeGioia spoke at the event. Blatty, a graduate of Georgetown, said that he still thinks of the university as home.

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Each of the movies are set in Georgetown. "St. Elmo's Fire" is about graduates from Georgetown University.  Photo by Wikimedia Commons user patrickneill used under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license

Each of the movies are set in Georgetown. “St. Elmo’s Fire” is about graduates from Georgetown University. Photo by Wikimedia Commons user patrickneill used under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license

You no longer have to pay a high price if you want to catch a movie in Georgetown this summer.

On Tuesday, Sunset Cinema — Georgetown’s first free, outdoor film series — will kick off at the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Movies will be screened alongside the Potomac river every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. until August 4.

All of the movies featured in the series are inspired by Georgetown and take place in the neighborhood. The first film in the lineup is the 1985 “St. Elmo’s Fire,” a coming-of-age drama a group of friends that have recently graduated from Georgetown University.

Other movies in the series include the political thriller “State of Play” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s dark comedy “Burn After Reading.”

And skip the popcorn during the screening for a snack that’s a bit more adventurous. Georgetown eateries like Malmaison and Simply Banh Mi are offering buy-one, get-one drink specials, free desserts with picnic meals and discounts to Sunset Cinema guests.

Make sure to grab your drinks and a picnic blanket beforehand. Lawn chairs and alcohol are prohibited at the movie.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 10:54 a.m.

Why the Sweetlife Festival left me sour

Maybe I should have guessed a music festival sponsored by a salad joint would leave me underwhelmed.

Spectacular sets by Charli XCX – the British powerhouse behind “I Love It” and “Break the Rules” – and Marina and the Diamonds on Sunday were overshadowed by the lingering stench of Saturday’s forgettable performances and teenybopper crowd.

When my friends and I arrived Saturday afternoon, we felt something was up when we saw the “parent pick-up” signs at the entrance and our suspicion was confirmed every time we didn’t have to wait in line for beer.

The crowd at the Sweetlife Festival, particularly on Saturday, was largely young teenagers, some with braces on their teeth and all with their iPhones out, ready to post another photo taken in what my friend aptly dubbed the “Instagram forest,” where colorful hula-hoops hung from oaks near the Treehouse stage.

Sweetlife should have picked a demographic for a more niche experience. Billy Idol fans stuck out like sore thumbs and my friend said a group of girls at Tove Lo stared blankly when she mentioned being excited for Pixies, who were performing after the “Habits (Stay High)” singer.

It’s not just that I felt about 40 years old in concert years. The selfie sticks – which I heard were not allowed in, but apparently that’s what kids are sneaking into festivals these days – and the incessant conversation during performances was distracting.

In fact, it was a little alarming to see so many concert-goers scrolling on their cell phones instead of gazing up into the trees decorated with hula-hoops – or, you know, dancing.

I must have missed the bring-someone-to-make-out-with memo for The Weeknd, but he and Banks crooned their way into a tie for my favorite sets. Kendrick Lamar was incredible, but he could have done the same show two years ago as he neglected to play songs off his prolific new album “To Pimp a Butterfly.”

Still, the clean portable toilets, food trucks like Astro Doughnuts and PhoWheels and the $5 beer vendor made the weekend considerably better. The best part of the festival was the grub from Chaia Tacos, which will open its first brick-and-mortar store in Georgetown this summer. They served a $10 trio of vegetarian tacos that I bought both days: The braised chard and potato taco, doused in a chile sauce, was rich yet light and the garlic kale, goat cheese and pickled onion taco was crispy and surprisingly filling.

But Sweetlife was too laden with salad puns (how many times can beets kale one’s vibe?) and sponsors’ encouragement to use hashtags to achieve an authentic vibe.

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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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Kick your summer diet to the curb and indulge in free treats in Georgetown.

Sprinkles, cupcakes, Georgetown

Photo used under Creative Commons.

To celebrate its 10th year in business, Sprinkles, which was voted runner up for Best Cupcake in the 2015 Best of Northwest, will give out free cupcakes until 9 p.m. and introduce a new flavor. The cupcakery opened its doors in Beverly Hills a decade ago, and since then, Sprinkles says it has served 25 million red velvet cupcakes.

Sprinkles is located at 3015 M St. NW. 

On Tuesday, it’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s from noon until 8 p.m. The holiday is probably older than you are: Ben & Jerry’s has given out free cones once a year since 1979. According to its website, 47 percent of frugal ice cream fans will order chocolate chip cookie dough, but this being the capital, Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream is probably more popular.

Ben & Jerry’s is located at 3135 M St. NW. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:29 p.m.

You’re in luck: St. Patrick’s Day deals

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Christina Carpenter. 

If you’re struggling to squeeze in a full day of St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans, you don’t have to stray too far from campus. Grab a green beer after class at one of these bars, which all offer early deals during the day. Sláinte mhaith!

“Beat the Clock” at Sign of the Whale: This green beer special is a steal, but prices increase by the hour. Sign of the Whale will offer $0.17 beer from 10 to 11 a.m., $1.17 for the next hour, $2.17 beer from noon to 1 p.m. and $3.17 beer from 1 to 2 p.m. Guinness and Crown Apple cost $5 from open until last call.
Sign of the Whale, 1825 M St.

Party at Rí Rá Irish Pub: The Georgetown establishment claims to host the biggest celebration on M Street. Begin with traditional Irish breakfast at 10 a.m. and jig your way through the day to live music featuring Irish dancers and bag-pipers. There will also be an ice luge of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Rí Rá Irish Pub, 3125 M St.

Celebrate at Fadó Irish Pub: The motto for Fadó’s 17th St. Patrick’s Day in the District is “Don’t hold back, hold beers.” Ice Wagon FLU will play at 2 p.m., and band Lloyd Dobler Effect will play at 8 p.m. 
Fadó Irish Pub, 808 7th St.

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Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 11:49 p.m.

Hidden Gems: Das Ethiopian Restaurant

Das Ethiopian serves authentic Ethiopian cuisine at 28th and M streets, about a 10-minute walk from campus.

Eating Ethiopian food the traditional way is a social experience, with the dishes coming on one platter for the entire table. The food is served over injera, a bread that “becomes sort of your knife and fork,” said Das Ethiopian’s operator, Sileshi Alifom.

“At the end of the day is where everybody gets together in the Ethiopian tradition to sit on the table and really share their thoughts,” Alifom said.

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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 10:06 a.m.

Hidden Gems: Dog Tag Bakery

Dog Tag Bakery, a part of Dog Tag Inc., offers veterans with disabilities an education at Georgetown University while they get work experience.

The bakery, which opened in December, employs not only veterans but also those who care about veterans’ issues.

“My mother has five brothers. They all served in the military, so I felt like this was my way, since I didn’t go in, this is a good way to contribute,” said Christopher Tibbs, the assistant general manager.

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