News from the outside world to help you further procrastinate on that study guide.
–While you were wasting away in Gelman, everyone’s favorite shield wielding superhero was busy fighting crime a few blocks away. Check out this grainy footage of the Captain America sequel that was filmed on the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge this past Sunday.
–In between tapings of his audio blog and various speaking appearances, Vice President Joe Biden’s threw a raging Cinco de Mayo party this past Sunday. The fiesta even featured salsa with VP’s face on it.
– And in the vein of cute animals doing unusual things, check out the National Zoo’s latest addition, Bozie: The Painting Elephant.
– Did you check out Puppy Palooza on campus Saturday? University President Steven Knapp hit the badminton court at the event in University Yard. And he knew what he was doing.
Photo Courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
This post was written by Hatchet reporter Olivia Kantor
The weather’s heating up this week and the cherry blossoms are officially in bloom. Get outside and off Foggy Bottom to take advantage of spring events around the District.
-Hit up the Tidal Basin paddle boats and check out the National Mall from the water. Race your friends, get tan and laugh at all the photo-crazed tourists. Tidal Basin paddle boats
start at $12 dollars an hour. Reservations can be made online.
-In honor of the D.C. Cherry Blossom festival, Japanese eatery Kushi Izakaya & Sushi
is hosting a sushi buffet April 11, with live performances featuring Taiko drummers from the Tamagawa University in Tokyo. Sushi buffet? Enough said. Tickets will be sold at the door starting at 8 p.m.
-Get classy at the Willard Intercontinental’s Cherry Blossom Tea
service. Nibble on cherry scones and sip Japanese Cherry Blossom tea from the Peacock Alley Tea Room with views of the White House. Tea is served Friday through Sunday 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Photo courtesy of John Hritz under the Creative Commons License.
Maybe you’re off cavorting with your main squeeze, or maybe you’re drowning your sorrows in wine and angsty, subversive break-up songs. However you’re spending your Valentine’s week, check out what’s up in the coming days.
- Single sea captains, equestrian enthusiasts and devoted stoners, fear not: your dream partner is just a bizarre dating website away.
- If you’re looking to avoid this week’s disgusting amounts of teddy bears and chocolate boxes, check out A Better Queue, which filters all Netflix instant-stream movies based on ratings to find a solid movie to take your mind off of cheesy romanticism – and being single.
And if you do have a date but are panicking over where to take him or her this weekend, check out The Hatchet’s Valentine’s Day Guide for some unique D.C. date night spots.
A decidedly fabulous Beyonce performed at the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday, even reuniting with former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams during the performance. Photo courtesy of Jen Keys under the Creative Commons License.
Regardless of whichever Harbaugh you invested monetary or hyper-emotional stock in, it’s time to move on and face the week ahead.
- To devoted D.C. Reads tutors and Jumpstart corps members: Love her or hate her, former chancellor of D.C. public schools Michelle Rhee will speak at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, and doors open at 6 p.m.
- An objective grading of 2013′s biggest spectacle yet, Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance.
And regardless of your football allegiances, take advantage of free Z-Burger Monday in celebration of the Raven’s Super Bowl victory.
27th President William Howard Taft will join Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt as a “Racing President” for the Washington Nationals. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons License.
Look forward to a warmer week — it’s expected to be 68 degrees on Wednesday — with these tidbits of D.C. news.
- Say hello to the newest presidential addition to the Washington Nationals.
- Celebrate hump day with ska heroes Reel Big Fish on Wednesday at the 9:30 Club. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $25.
- And if you thought your inauguration celebration come-down was rough, check out this guy’s.
The 57th Presidential Inauguration takes place Monday, drawing expected crowds of 700,000. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons License.
Prepare accordingly to endure the exhilarating – and exhausting – presidential inauguration, from the traditional ceremonies to the festive after-parties.
- We already know to keep our ears open for Beyoncé‘s belting of the national anthem, but keep your eyes peeled for celebrities venturing through the District throughout inauguration.
- The inauguration is D.C.’s most anticipated event, which means GW students are undoubtedly at its forefront. From tips on the best spots to watch the the ceremonies to profiles on GW’s involvement with the big day, The Hatchet’s Inauguration Guide has you covered.
And if you’re looking for lesser known D.C. hot spots for Inauguration – or just in general – check out this guide to the city’s hidden charms.
The Capitol. Photo used under the Creative Commons License.
Whisper a tearful goodbye to your correctly-sized bed and the comfort of home-cooked meals that aren’t 99-cent microwaveable mac ‘n’ cheese bowls: Spring semester has arrived.
- Give yourself a pat on the back as you return to D.C. for possibly contributing to the city’s latest superlative: ninth drunkest city in the nation.
- With Inauguration Day looming, get back into a political frame of mind. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will speak at Lisner Auditorium Friday as part of Politics and Prose bookstore’s speaker series. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event secure you both a seat in the audience and a copy of her memoir, “My Beloved World.”
- And if you’re dreading the departure of winter break, take solace in knowing you’re not alone.
Check your calendar. Realize that winter break is a mere few weeks away. Realize that finals are one week away. Endure a brief nervous breakdown. Then take a deep breath, regain your senses and check out what the District is up to before you seclude yourself in a barrage of textbooks for the next two weeks.
The Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. The free event is open to the public. Photo used under Creative Commons License.
- Because it’s free and beautiful and one of those invariable “I love living in D.C.” moments, head to the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The free event is open to the public and starts at 5 p.m.
- In honor of D.C.’s swankiest event of the year, the Kennedy Center Honors, the “Washington Post” profiled each inductee, from rock heavyweights Led Zeppelin to esteemed ballerina Natalia Makarova, in intimate and compelling features well-worth reading.
And while you’re struggling to maintain sanity during finals in our beloved Gelman Library, take a moment to close your eyes and visualize yourself in one of these study-conducive hubs of knowledge.
Take your Thanksgiving break to relax, spend quality time with family and friends, and perhaps most importantly, stuff your face. Photo courtesy of Ben Franske under the Creative Commons License.
Whether you’re headed home for the holiday or hanging around the District, everyone can unite over one glorious promise: copious amounts of food.
- Only one more day of classes stands between you and Thanksgiving Break, which actually means only a few days stand between you and this.
- For those sticking around D.C. for the break, Whole Foods has your Thursday meal covered. The store sells all your Thanksgiving staples ready-to-go, from turkey to mashed potatoes to cranberry sauce.
And in case you thought there was currently nothing worse than the “It’s Thanksgiving” song, I bring you “It’s Thanksgiving”… live. Even the guy accompanying her can’t thoroughly convince himself it isn’t completely awful. Turkey, ay! Mashed potatoes, ay!
The White House. Photo courtesy of Oarabile Mudongo under the Creative Commons License.
Another week in the District and the post-election buzz hasn’t worn off, but there’s still plenty to distract you from the political talk.
- We’ve had nearly a week to either revel in election highs or mourn campaign lows, but regardless of whether you bleed blue or red, there’s hope to be found in these election myths.
- FotoDC embraces all forms of photography – yes, even Instagram – and looks for the best of D.C. photos to put on display in this week-long festival.
And in honor of a potential “Boy Meets World” reboot – praise the gods of television–- take a look back on some invaluable musings from the one and only Mr. Feeny.