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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sandra Loyola.

The weekend is winding down, and Monday’s forecast for both weather and places to go out doesn’t look promising. After getting past that hurdle, here’s what to look forward to later in the week.


Sunset Yoga & Pilates at the Georgetown Waterfront Park: Stressed from your internship or job and need a way to relax? The Georgetown Business Improvement District, in partnership with Georgetown yoga and pilates studios, will host free one-hour sunset sessions at the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Come to the park near the intersection of Water Street and Potomac Street any week this summer. Corepower Yoga will run this week’s session at 6 p.m. Space is limited, so make sure you RSVP.

Free Comedy at Vendetta: Catch a free comedy show every Tuesday at 8 p.m. The shows include D.C.’s best stand-up comics along with up-and-coming comedians. Ages 21+.


The Avalon Theater is at 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC used under a CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.

The Avalon Theater is at 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC used under a CC BY-ND 2.0 licence.

French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre: The Embassy of France and the Avalon Theatre have teamed up to show contemporary French films during the month of July. Don’t worry if your French is rusty – English subtitles are provided. Tickets are $9 for students.

Summer Happy Hour Chocolate Tastings at Cocova: Cocova hosts a themed chocolate tasting every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. This week’s tasting will feature white and milk chocolate bars.


Stand-up Comedy at the Topaz Hotel Bar: Don’t feel like repeating another night of bar hopping at Dupont Circle? Topaz Hotel Bar hosts a live stand-up show every Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. with veteran comedians as well as “non-coms,” who are invited to get up on stage and try to win a $25 cash prize for the best joke.

Queens of the Stone Age featuring St. Vincent at Merriweather Post Pavilion: With tickets starting at $40, this summer concert will be filled with rock, sprinkled with some indie tunes from St. Vincent.


Take the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian. Photo by flickr user m01229 under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

Take the orange or blue line to the Smithsonian. Photo by flickr user m01229 under a CC BY 2.0 licence.

A Garden of Wonders at the Smithsonian Castle: Time to party like Alice and enter wonderland in this madcap party that transforms the Smithsonian Castle’s garden into a landscape of magic. With outdoor games, craft activities and a DJ, you don’t want to be late to this party. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Ages 21+.

Sasha Lord and Chris Rudy present 80’s Karaoke Performance Art Competition at Comet Ping Pong: Gather a group of friends and head to Comet Ping Pong to enjoy pizza and celebrate the start of weekend by watching an 80’s Karaoke showdown backed by the HariKaraoke Band. Admission is $12, and all ages are welcomed.

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Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 3:01 p.m.

Bowling alley to open in Georgetown

Pinstripe Bowling Alley to open in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Pinstripe Bowling Alley.

Pinstripe Bowling Alley to open in Georgetown. Photo courtesy of Pinstripe Bowling Alley.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Jennifer Fendt.

Dig out your bowling shoes and grab your friends because Georgetown is getting its very own bowling alley.

Pinstripe Bowling Alley set to open Saturday, will finally fill the void left by the destruction of Marvin Center’s own bowling alley,  the Hippodrome, 3 years ago.

Complete with 14 bowling lanes, six bocce courts, a bistro and wine cellar and an outdoor patio overlooking Georgetown’s canal, this will be Pinstripe’s fifth location nationwide. The restaurant features an Italian-American cuisine with bowling prices ranging from $5-$7 per person.

Located in The Shops at Georgetown Park, Pinstripes will be open seven days a week with special “Pintastic Features” each day, including a ladies night on Thursdays, wing night on Fridays and a happy hour everyday.

The Midwestern chain has other Pinstripes located in Illinois and Minnesota making this the first on the east coast and an exciting addition to the Georgetown neighborhood.

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Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 5:17 p.m.

Best trick-or-treating in the District


Candy corn. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Ben Marks.

Whoever said trick-or-treating was only for children definitely doesn’t understand college students. Often underfed and broke, college students love candy – especially free candy. We eat tons of the stuff and take pride in the dental problems that follow.

It’s time to design that costume, find some friends, and get ready to load up on that sweet, sweet candy. If you haven’t already found somewhere to go, here are a few places where you can trick-or-treat near campus.

Embassy Row

A hot spot for trick-or-treaters of all ages, Embassy Row on Halloween should be on your GW bucket list. Learn about different cultures and stuff yourself with a variety of candy from countries all around the world. There will be plenty of college students there and likely some pretty excellent costumes so be sure to dress to impress. However, there are over 50 embassies on Embassy Row and you can be sure each one participating will be expecting you to say “trick or treat” in its native language.
We suggest finding a Bulgarian dictionary in advance.


Take a stroll down M Street and visit some of D.C.’s most historic buildings. The streets will be packed, but don’t let that stop you. Who knows? You might even knock on a door and meet one of the many famous residents like Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright or Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward.

Capitol Hill

Many K Street lobbyists call the area home, meaning that you will probably come across the occasional king size-candy bar. The townhouses by Capitol Hill are notorious for its elaborate decorations, expect lots of motion censor skeletons and cheesy fake tombstones. Meet some of D.C.’s most powerful men and women, and hope for a giant Kit Kat.

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Monday, July 29, 2013 3:59 p.m.

Good Stuff Eatery opens in Georgetown

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Kevin Harber

A third Good Stuff Eatery opened up in Georgetown just in time for lunch Monday  — this time just a 25-minute walk from campus.

Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s newest venture will feature the burgers and shakes that Good Stuff Eatery is known for, and make specialty items like the red velvet shake available as regular menu items.

The Georgetown location, at 3291 M St. NW, will have a farmhouse feel to it, with a creamery on the second floor so customers can see homemade milkshakes prepared.

Mendelsohn, who gained fame by competing in two seasons of “Top Chef,” opened the first Good Stuff Eatery in 2008 near Capitol Hill, followed by the second in Crystal City last year. He also owns We, The Pizza and opened a French restaurant, Béarnaise, earlier this summer with his sister.

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