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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

by hrogers

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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You may not be looking forward to the first full week of classes, but there are plenty of ways to let off some steam after lecture.

This week, check out London Grammar in concert, go to a #BlackLivesMatter workshop or jam at Club Heaven and Hell.

Tuesday

John C. Reilly & Friends at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue: John C. Reilly will play musical host in a night of folk, bluegrass and country music. During the “special night of community through music and tradition,” he and some special guests will team up to perform on stage.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

Silence Is Violence Workshop at Capitol Hill: Following the events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City, theater artists from the D.C. area will gather for a night to respond to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The event will feature poems, monologues and other artistic works by Young Playwrights’ Theater students and members of D.C.’s art community. The event will be open-mic style.
Capitol Hills Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday

Giraffage at U Street Music Hall: San Francisco producer Charlie Yin has turned bedroom beats into dance floor staples as Giraffage with his R&B remixes and vibe-laden solo tracks.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. $15.

Multi-Instrument Open Mic in Adams Morgan: Club Heaven and Hell will provide a drum kit, bass amp, keyboard and PA system for this event, where you can meet some like-minded performers or just jam for a few hours Wednesday night.
Club Heaven and Hell, 2327 18th St. NW. 7 p.m. $5.

Thursday

London Grammar at the 9:30 Club: British electronic pop trio Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic “Dot” Major will hit the 9:30 Club stage with more fans on this side of the pond than ever before. The band made its U.S. television debut on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” a year ago and its classic yet funky songs have been featured in Dior and Sony commercials.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 6 p.m.

Conversation with Artists at The Phillips Collection: Sculptor, photographer and multimedia artist Paul Pfeiffer will sit down with a GW associate professor of art history, Alexander Dumbadze, to discuss his art.
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 6:30 p.m. $20.

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If you need a midterm week pick-me-up (or eight), look no further. This week you can catch a secret free concert, run away from zombies, and downward dog into bliss.

Monday

Lykke Li will perform a free concert at Urban Outfitters.

Lykke Li will perform a free concert at Urban Outfitters.

Lykke Li performs at Urban Outfitters: If you couldn’t snag tickets to Lykke Li’s sold-out performance at 9:30 Club Monday night, don’t despair. The Swedish singer will play a smaller, free set at Georgetown’s Urban Outfitters just hours before her main performance. Don’t forget to bring along a sharpie and your copy of “I Never Learn” for the post-show autograph session.
Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. NW. 2 p.m. Free.

B.J. Novak “The Book With No Pictures” Book Signing: Don’t miss the chance to meet B.J. Novak of “The Office,” who will stop by the Maret School Auditorium near the Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan metro station on Monday night. He’ll be signing copies of his latest best-seller, “The Book With No Pictures,” a text-only children’s storybook packed with humor for kindergarteners and college kids alike.
Maret School Auditorium, 3000 Cathedral Ave. NW. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Tuesday

Allen Stone at 9:30 Club: A self-described “hippie with soul,” Allen Stone and his signature oversized glasses and curly blonde locks have shown up on “Ellen,” “Conan” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” This R&B singer, whose third album “The Radius” is set to release late 2014, is known for his soulful tunes and quirky persona.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $25.

Capital City Showcase DMV Roast: For this month’s installment of their DMV Roast, comedians from the Capital City Showcase will host a roast of The Washington Capitals, just in time for the start of hockey season. Comedian David Carter will play the part of The Caps at this free show, and guests can enjoy happy hour specials from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Brixton, 901 U St. NW. 8 p.m. Free.

Wednesday

De-stress with free yoga at Yoga NoMa. Photo by Flickr user Eli Christman under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

De-stress with free yoga at Yoga NoMa. Photo by Flickr user Eli Christman under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Lunch-Hour Yoga Recharge: Erase away your mid-week midterm stress by taking a quick metro ride to NoMa, where you can indulge in some free yoga relaxation. Yoga NoMa, a new yoga spot, is hosting free sessions to attract yogis of all levels. Don’t forget your mat and a water bottle, and be sure to reserve a spot online.
Yoga NoMa, 1st St. NE and M Street NE. 12 p.m. Free.

Esperanza Spalding at The Birchmere: Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is celebrating her birthday month with a two-week tour, “Thank You October,” which will make a stop in Alexandria Wednesday night. She was the first of her genre to win the Grammy for Best New Artist in 2011, so don’t miss your chance to groove to the neo-soul sounds of this emerging artist.

3701 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Va. 7:30 p.m. $65.

Thursday

Opening Night of DC DEAD: Rush over to this Capital Fringe event prepared for a zombie chase. This interactive performance comes just in time for Halloween, grouping people into teams to fight zombies in a haunted house. Live the thrill of a zombie apocalypse, minus the whole death thing.
Capital Fringe’s Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 7 p.m. $35.

Pages D. Matam Poetry Reading and Conversation: Join the D.C. poetry community at Split This Rock to celebrate local poet and activist Pages D. Maham, who will lead a reading and discussion of his latest book, “The Heart of a Comet.” Maham’s new book is a selection of poems and short stories chronicling the story of a comet on a quest to find his purpose in life.
Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600. 5:30 p.m. Free.

 

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Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 12:17 p.m.

A guide to D.C. Restaurant Week

For those in the city, Restaurant Week from Aug. 11 to 17 is a chance to (cheaply) test the D.C. area’s numerous gastronomic options. With $20.14, you can buy a three-course lunch, while for $35.14, you can enjoy a three-course dinner (plus drinks, tip and tax). 

Keep in mind when choosing a place to eat it’s better to avoid restaurants that serve tapas and small plates. While some of the best and most creative restaurants in the city feature smaller portions – think Zaytinya, El Centro, Oyamel and Graffiato – you’ll likely pay about $35 for three tapas year-round anyway.

Reservations across the city tend to fill up quickly, but below is a list of highly rated restaurants with offerings that range from Russian to Japanese to French and still have reservations available. If you are already here for the summer or came back to the District early, here’s your chance to dine away. Book reservations to a restaurant by clicking on its name, which links to its OpenTable page.

Gazpacho Photo by Flickr user cyclonebill / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Gazpacho is just one option available at 2941. Photo by Flickr user cyclonebill / CC-BY-SA 2.0

2941 Restaurant
Falls Church, Va. ★★★★½✰

It’s hard not to appreciate 2941′s undeniably stunning setting: small waterfalls, koi fish, lush trees and – oh, yes – a lake. All contribute to the restaurant’s charming and romantic ambiance. It serves contemporary American food influenced by flavors of the Mediterranean.

Expect hors d’oeuvres like tomato gazpacho and salmon tartare, while grilled pork loin and rockfish remain options for the main course. And dessert? 2941 takes a twist on the classics, serving black forest cake (cherry ganache, vanilla bavarois, Kirsch syrup and roasted cherries) and peach melba (brown sugar cookie, toasted oat ice cream, peach marmalade, raspberry granite and almond streusel), among others.

La Chaumiere
Georgetown ★★★★½✰

Take a break from the crowds (and typical fare) of the city at La Chaumiere, the Georgetown restaurant that looks more like a tiny French inn than the Friday night date spot it’s known to be. Other than its consistently high-quality food (La Chaumiere has won the Washingtonian’s “100 Best Restaurants” award 29 times since 1978), the restaurant’s stone fireplaces and wood beams make it feel cozy and intimate.

SEI Restaurant & Lounge
Penn Quarter ★★★★½✰

SEI is the glamorous Saturday night hangout spot you’ve always searched for but have never found. The space’s minimal white leather sofas and luxurious dripping crystal light fixtures are reason enough to book a table, but the food and drinks are also top notch.

Aside from the handcrafted sushi rolls and tofu bibimbap bowls, SEI offers a bevy of creative cocktails that range from Asian pear sangria to lavender margaritas and “liquid wasabi” sake bombs. For restaurant week, SEI has both a lunch and dinner special, so there’s no reason not to taste test the typically expensive lounge.

Pulled pork and fried green tomatoes at Acre 121. Photo by Flickr user justgrimes / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Pulled pork and fried green tomatoes at Acre 121. Photo by Flickr user justgrimes / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Acre 121
Columbia Heights ★★★★✰

This swingin’ country bar and restaurant also moonlights as a bluegrass and folk rock music hall on weeknights, taking a new approach to “dinner and a show.” In addition to entertainment value, Acre 121 offers some of the best barbecue in the D.C. area as well as more craft beers on tap than you can keep track of, making it a true Southern establishment. Fresh grits, chipotle BBQ and jalapeño cornbread are just a handful of the dishes that set Acre 121 apart from its more traditional neighbors in Columbia Heights.

Russia House
Dupont Circle ★★★★✰

Why dine like a college student when you can dine like a tsar? Russia House’s diverse menu serves traditional Eastern European fare: stuffed short ribs, sausage with black caviar, zapechionaya baranina (lamb chops with lamb confit and red dandelion greens), shaslik (marinated pork with rice, tomatoes, cucumbers and dill), chicken kiev (with classic Hollandaise sauce and tarragon foam) and Russian salads.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a proper Russian dinner without vodka, of which Russia House has many kinds – more than 200 from across Europe. Order a single two-ounce shot for about $10, or drink your way across Russia with the Vodka Flight sampler, one of the restaurant’s more popular drinking options.

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