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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 7:21 p.m.

Weekend Outlook: Bacon, beer and banned books

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Sucharita Mukherjee.

Kick start your weekend with festivals celebrating everything from banned books to beer to bacon.

Thursday

Promotional poster for "Some Like It Hot."

Promotional poster for “Some Like It Hot.”

“Some Like it Hot” Film Screening: Hillwood Estate’s Divas Outdoors film series will screen the classic 1959 “Some Like it Hot” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. The film, dubbed the “greatest comedy of all time” by the American Film Institute, follows two men who, fearing for their lives, dress in drag as a disguise. Stop by early for a picnic on the estate, tour of the mansion and viewing of the special exhibition “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems.”

Lunar Lawn at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Garden, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Picnic begins at 6:30 p.m. and film screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 under 18, $15 regular. Call (202) 686-5807 for tickets.

Shakespeare’s “King Lear”: Don’t miss the Folger Theatre’s rendition of this classic Shakespeare tale of betrayal that closes this weekend. Playing the title role is renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell – more commonly recognized as Geoffrey, the English butler from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

The Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $50 to $85

Friday

DC9 host a free late-night dance party every Friday. Photo by Flickr user "IntangibleArts" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

DC9 hosts a free late-night dance party every Friday. Photo by Flickr user “IntangibleArts” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Coal BXX at DC9: DC9 will host a free late-night dance party featuring indie rock DJs Stevie Bxx and Billy Bxx. Rock to live tracks and score drinks for just $2 from 10 to 11 p.m. at this weekly free concert event.

DC9 Nightclub, 1940 9th St. NW. Doors open at 10 p.m. Free.

Uncensored: The Preview Party: To kick off Banned Books week, The D.C. Public Library Foundation will throw a preview party with provocative art centering on the theme of censorship along with live music. Mixologists from Mockingbird Hill, Bourbon Steak and the Museum of the American Cocktail will serve exclusive cocktails inspired by their favorite banned books.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Tickets: $50. RSVP required.

Saturday

Visitors watch a performance  at the 2011 H St. Festival. Photo by Flickr user "Walid'sPics" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Visitors watch a performance at the H Street Festival. Photo by Flickr user “Walid’sPics” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

H Street Festival: This year’s annual H Street Festival will be the largest yet, spanning 10 blocks and featuring more than 200 businesses, restaurants, organizations and merchants. Fourteen stages will host more than 500 performances, ranging from dance troupes to the Nationals Racing Presidents to musicians. The full festival is topped off by food, drinks, games and competitions for all ages.

Festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. along 4th to 14th streets NE. Free.

Capitol Bacon Festival: From the team that brought you America Loves Bacon, this bacon-themed block party delivers a full festival experience. Stop by for bacon samples, cooking lessons, bacon-eating contests, cooking competitions, live music from some of the area’s top bands, a full-service bar and other vendors offering non-bacon-themed paraphernalia.

Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. Tickets: $25 general admission, $2 per additional bacon sampling station.

International Beer and Wine Festival: The festival will offer unlimited pours of over 125 hand-selected brews and more than 20 wines and ciders along with live music and a dozen food vendors.

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 1301 Constitution Ave, NW. Tickets: $50 general admission, $70 VIP. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Sunday

Artsfest ‘14: Take a break from D.C. and unwind at ArtsFest ‘14. Featuring about 30 musicians on three stages, tents by local vendors and crafters, food and drink trucks and family activities, this event celebrates all forms of arts.

Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center at 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomans, Md. Tickets: $6.

Culture Shock, Washington DC: Volume II: With performances from all four of D.C.’s Culture Shock hip-hop dance troupes – Afta Shock, Culture Shock, Future Shock, Mini Shock and Mighty Shock – this event gives locals an opportunity to see groundbreaking choreography. After touring the globe, D.C. Culture Shock remains at the forefront of innovative dance.

Dance Place at 3225 8th Street, NE. First performance at 2 p.m., second performance at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $25

DC Legendary Musicians Band: The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will hold a free performance featuring D.C. musicians. Boasting more than 50 years of musical experience, the musicians have toured both nationally and internationally with their own bands as well as with music icons like Elvis Presley, James Brown, Ray Charles and The Manhattans.

The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Performance begins at 6 p.m. Free.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Cailley LaPara.

Whether you’re into Latin-American rock, ’80s-era U.K. tunes, indie pop or the sound of a violin, we’ve got your music fix in the District this week.

Monday

Ty Segall at the 9:30 Club: California-based musician and songwriter Ty Segall blends genres of rock – like psychedelic, glam, garage and punk – to create an eclectic sound. His most recent album, “Manipulator,” was released in August.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $18.

Madchester Monday at U Street Music Hall: The focus of this “listening party” will be ‘80s and ‘90s tunes from the famous Hacienda Nightclub in Mancester, England. Jam to entire vinyl albums by artists like The Stone Roses, New Order Technique and Primal Scream Screamadelica, and finish off the night with a set by DJ Steven Faith.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 7 p.m. Admission is free for attendees over 21, $5 for those over 18.

Tuesday

Free concert at Black Squirrel: Black Squirrel, a pub in Adams Morgan, will host three musicians for a night of burgers, brews and good tunes. Rock d’Madera will kick off the night with Latin-American rock at 8 p.m., followed by bluesy-rock group Butterface Effect at 9 p.m. and Music Bones at 10 p.m.

Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Free.

OK Go at the 9:30 Club: The band, still famous for their 2005 track, “Here It Goes Again” (and its treadmill-inspired music video) will perform in D.C. on Tuesday. You’ll hopefully get to hear some songs off the group’s upcoming album, “Hungry Ghosts,” to be released in October.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25

Wednesday

Legal Seafoods Sixth Annual Oyster Festival: Wednesday marks the start of Legal Seafoods’ sixth annual Oyster Festival, which will last until Oct. 14. The festival will come to three Legal Seafoods locations in the D.C. area. Special items, like oyster stew and bacon wrapped oysters, will appear on the menu during the festival, and happy hour specials will run Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Legal Seafoods, 704 7th St. NW. Sept. 17 to Oct. 14 at participating locations.

Story League Story Contest at Busboys and Poets: Busboys and Poets will partner with Story League to host the third annual story contest Wednesday night. Pre-decided storytellers have seven minutes to tell a true, personal story on the theme of “Testy, Testy!” for the chance to win $150 and the title of Story League champion.

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12 presale, $15 at door.

Thursday

Clean Bandit and Lizzo at the 9:30 Club: Clean Bandit, known for the popular summer hit “Rather Be,” will perform at the 9:30 Club alongside hip-hop artist Lizzo, whose debut album, “Lizzobangers,” was released last year.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $18

Nistha Raj at the Kennedy Center: Violinist Nistha Raj’s musical background began in Indian classical music, but she has since added other, modern sounds like jazz and beatboxing to her performances. See it live for free at the Kennedy Center on Thursday.

Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW., 6 p.m. Free.

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Gear up for a D.C. weekend that offers festivals, a free film screening and a thrifty pop-up shop.

Friday

Entrance to the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user "Gray Lensman QX!" under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Entrance to the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user “Gray Lensman QX!” under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Rock n Roar at the National Zoo: At the National Zoo’s annual “Rock n Roar,” you’ll sample from wine and beer vendors, dance to tunes by this year’s headliner, The Fray, and help benefit animal care and conservation, all in the company of the zoo’s 300 species of animals. Reserve your student tickets online and don’t forget to bring a blanket and lawn chair for the outdoor event.

The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $45 for students.

“The Music Lovers” Film Screening: The Library of Congress presents a free screening of Ken Russell’s 1970 classic musical film “The Music Lovers,” a bizarre tale about the marriage of a homosexual and nymphomaniac. The film, screened as part of the library’s September “Film Nights” series, stars Richard Chamberlain and Glenda Jackson.

Mary Pickford Theater at the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Screening begins at 7 p.m. Free, although RSVP is required.

Saturday

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

Promotional poster for the All Things Go Fall Classic. Photo courtesy of All Things Go.

All Things Go Fall Classic: Head to Union Market for the inaugural All Things Go Fall Classic, hosted by D.C.-based music blog All Things Go. The festival, co-founded by 2011 alumnus Zack Friendly, will feature indie pop headliners Tove Lo and Future Islands along with food vendors like Takorean and Dolcezza.

Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. Noon to 10 p.m. Tickets: $50 general advance, $60 at door.

Snallygaster DC: The third annual “gargantuan beer jamboree” will be held Saturday, promising over 250 craft beers plus live music and food trucks for six hours of boozy belligerence. Listen to DJ sets by Brau Brothers and Brett, snack on bites from D.C. Empanadas and GBD Chicken and Doughnuts and of course, drink beer, all in support of non-profit Arcadia Food.

The Yards, First and N Streets SE. 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets: $30.

The Yorke Exchange at Source DC: Not in the festival mood? Check out The Yorke Exchange, a pop-up thrift boutique specializing in quality women’s contemporary wear. Browse the racks on the second floor of artistic venue Source DC.

Source DC, 1835 14th St. NW. 1 to 6 p.m. Free.

Sunday

“I Remember U” Live Mixtape Experience: This free concert event combines poetry, spoken word, emceeing and beats for a unique performance in tribute to U Street’s ‘90s-era music scene. Performers include Ra Brown, Asheru, Poem-Cees and DJ Stylus.

Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Event begins at 6 p.m. Free.

Jack White at the Merriweather Post Pavilion: Jack White is the jack-of-all-trades: Originally the frontman of The White Stripes, White has since collaborated with or become a member of bands like The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. Witness the legendary musician/producer/music video director (and occasional actor) live Sunday alongside songstress Olivia Jean, whose debut album will be produced by White himself.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Doors 6 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 to $70.

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Monday, April 7, 2014 8:37 p.m.

Hip hop inspires collaborative wall mural

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Juliana Tamayo.

While last weekend was a kickoff to D.C.’s tourism season, miles away from the action stood the walls of an old, uninhabited alley behind a Big Lots store on Rhode Island Avenue brightened with colors, hip-hop and art.

Artists and musicians gathered all day Sunday to renovate the abandoned area and played with shades and shapes to the music of local DJs on Sunday for the “Fine Lines Mural Jam.”

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

Erica Christian | Photo Editor

The annual festival unites the four elements that hip-hop culture comprises: emcees, DJs, breakdancing and graffiti writing. Through ticketed and free performances, it brings the public an opportunity to discover the D.C hip-hop community.

This time, the beats of hip-hop were meant to inspire spontaneous graffiti artists to paint along a 990-foot wall.

Some images turned political, like the likeness of an older man holding a sign reading “all D.C. residents deserve the access to knowledge,” while others emphasized on the beauty of life, some with Hindu references and others using arrows and geometrical figures to create symmetrical figures.

“They had a mural going on here last year as well, we’re just finishing it off, everybody just walked around a chose their spot and we’ll see where it takes us,” Jordan Jackson a former Words, Beats and Life teacher and graffiti artist said.

Walls of colors, from orange, purple, black and red, stranded together to create a canvas of mixed feelings, reflecting what the event looked like with all sorts of people coming and going.

Performance artist Christine Walters painted a graffiti of a red heart on top of an explosion of warm colors, in the heart blossomed a silver tree. She along with others there, had never worked along with multiple artists in one same place, but hearing the music and watching others work inspired her final piece.

“As the DJ transitioned the music, the heart kind of formulated and the tree is just explosion and living,” she said.

Although most of the graffiti artists were performance artists and some professional artists, the walls were also open for any passerby who dared to take on the empty white wall and create a piece of their own art.

“We woke up, saw it was a beautiful day and just came to paint. I just painted what I thought was beautiful,” Marissa Miller, another impromptu artist, said.

While the smell of paint and spray cans wafted in the air, the crowds circled around a group of kids skating. They all wore bright colored t-shirts with the logo “Skate Tribe Girls” on them, a nonprofit for kids to learn how to put their energy into good use. They performed tricks to the beats of the DJ in charge for the afternoon.

“This is a graffiti exhibit, part of a hip-hop festival, we just try to show the good energies in music and art,” DJ Haze said. “It’s all about meeting new people and have everyone enjoy the lyrics and construction of art.”

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Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Photo courtesy of photographer Jeffery Watts.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Photo courtesy of photographer Jeffery Watts.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Kelsey Renz.

Most GW students visit the Kennedy Center during their four years on campus, whether they prefer to look out from the rooftop on spring nights or attend a show.

Not many have the opportunity to perform on stage, but sophomore Ben Sanders will make his first appearance on the Kennedy Center stage Friday.

“There’s something about standing on a stage and looking out at everyone that’s there to watch you perform, and…the feeling of that is like nothing else,” he said. “To be able to show my love of something to a large audience. It’s why I love dance.”

Sanders is a member of the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, whose namesake is an associate professor of dance at GW. The company is presenting a modern dance concert entitled “Four Works by Dana Tai Soon Burgess.”

The company will perform dances that cover the broad scope of Burgess’ work, including a piece that was commissioned by the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center in 2003 to celebrate the Korean Centennial.

“Leaving Pusan,” was inspired by the journey the choreographer’s family took when immigrating to the United States in 1903, Burgess said.

Other numbers include “Khaybet” and “Revenant Elegy” which address matters such as confronting fears before death, and questioning the relationship between “aging and love.”

“I’m really looking forward to people’s reactions, to people becoming interested in dance and what we do, and also I think it’s always a joy for a choreographer to see so many different pieces of repertoire from different time periods represented in the performance,” Burgess said.

The company will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $25-$31 and can be purchased online.

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Noah Marlowe (Michael) and Will Blum (Buddy) in ELF The Musical.  © Amy Boyle Photography 2013. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Noah Marlowe (Michael) and Will Blum (Buddy) in ELF The Musical. © Amy Boyle Photography 2013. Photo courtesy of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Kelsey Renz.

Hide your maple syrup and be prepared to name your favorite color because Buddy the Elf will soon be in the nation’s capitol.

The beloved 2003 film ”Elf” has been adapted for the stage as “Elf The Musical” and will be performed at the Kennedy Center from Dec. 17. to Jan. 5 as part of a five city tour.

Like the film, the story follows Buddy the human who believes he’s an elf on his journey through the gumdrop forest and into the real world. Once arriving in New York, he proceeds to overwhelms his biological father and everyone he meets with unrelenting holiday cheer.

His childlike curiosity and attempts to understand life in a big city are both hilarious and incredibly touching.

“I think the movie has kind of become a modern classic, at least for people I know from my generation and my family,” said Darren Biggart, assistant stage manager for “Elf The Musical.”

“It’s something that people watch every year.”

Loyal fans fear not, the musical remains true to the story we love, including what Biggart calls “iconic moments” like the spaghetti and syrup scene and the scene where Buddy runs through a revolving door.

The script, created by Tony Award winning writers Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, also includes contemporary jokes to reflect changes that have occurred since “Elf” was first featured on the big screen.

“That’s one of the most fun things about the script I think, is that it keeps things modern and fresh, and there are a lot of references that I think adults will find very funny, but it also has this heartwarming Christmas story at the heart of it that everyone can enjoy,” Biggart said.

This is the last stop on the tour this holiday season, so order your tickets today.

After surviving finals, we all deserve to be “singing loud for all to hear.”

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Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 9:00 a.m.

How to do Thanksgiving in D.C.

This post was written by Olivia Kantor and Ben Marks.

Staying in the District this Thanksgiving? There’s plenty to do, like heading to the holiday parade at Reston Town Center in Virginia on November 29 at 11 a.m. And if you’re looking for great holiday shopping, look no further than Thread, a three day pop-up at Union Market which will showcase 30 local and national independent designers and brands.

Here are a few more free things to do over the holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
Nov. 28, Free

If you're stuck at school, you probably won't be getting turkey but you can check out these holiday events. Photo used under the Creative Commons Lisence.

If you’re stuck at school, you probably won’t be getting turkey but you can check out these holiday events. Photo used under the Creative Commons Lisence.

When the turkey and stuffing is cleared away, take a walk to The Kennedy Center for a fun swing dance party. Burning off the Thanksgiving meal calories couldn’t get easier at this free event. And don’t worry if swing dancing isn’t your thing. Lessons begin at 6 p.m., giving a full hour of preparation before the party at 7. The Tom Cunningham Orchestra will perform classic swing hits, with special guest Jean Veloz. Vintage and military garments are encouraged for the event, but not required.

Season’s Greenings
U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory
Nov. 28, Free

Escape the cold and enter a plant-filled oasis this holiday weekend. “Season’s Greenings” brings holiday cheer into the indoor tropical paradise of the U.S. Botanic Garden. A display of wintry poinsettias and conifers evoke a sense of the holidays while an 800-foot train track travels through plant-based structures in the conservatory’s East Gallery. The West Gallery boasts an enormous decorated Douglas fir that is one of the largest in the District. Monuments and notable D.C. buildings made entirely of plant materials are featured in the Garden Court, giving visitors the entire D.C. experience in the comfort of a 70-degree room temperature. The exhibit is open until Jan. 5.

National Harbor Tree Lighting & Fireworks
National Harbor
Nov. 29, Free

After a day of intense Black Friday shopping, head down to the National Harbor (only a 20-minute drive from Foggy Bottom) for the annual tree lighting ceremony. This year’s event features a 65-foot tree and over 200,000 lights as well as the American Military Spouses Choir, which were featured on “America’s Got Talent,” and a fireworks show over the Potomac. There are more holiday events scheduled at the nearby Gaylord National Resort including a hand-carved winter wonderland ice sculpture. Events begin at noon and continue throughout the day with the tree lighting ceremony at 7 p.m.

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Monday, April 30, 2012 9:16 a.m.

It’s Monday…

Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center. Hatchet File Photo

Music, literature and politics converge this week, so engage your intellectual side at these events.

  • Youth musicians from across the country will perform vocal and instrumental repertoires at this year’s Washington DC International Music Festival at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets for Monday’s 7:30 p.m. show can be purchased for $30.
  • See New York Times columnist Paul Krugman at Politics and Prose at a book signing event Wednesday. Krugman will discuss his novel “End This Depression Now!” The free 7 p.m. event is open to the public.

Also, watch the commander in chief show off his funny side at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:41 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

Tomorrow may be Friday the 13th, but these fun events will surely help turn your luck around this weekend.

Thursday:

For $25 you can try food and drink from just about every part of the United States at “Taste of the States” at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Arlington, Va. at 6 p.m. That’s only 50 cents a state!

The National Portrait Gallery's Kogod Courtyard. Photo courtesy of Billy Hathorn under the Creative Commons License

Friday:

Go to the National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard at 9 p.m. to see it transformed with the energy of international culture at “Visio-Disco: A Remix of Music and Art.” Tickets cost $35 for non-members and $30 for members.

Saturday:

See performer David Gonzalez tell the tale of “Sleeping Beauty” through the art of rhymed verse, with the help of live music and image projections to create a complete experience. Performances will be held at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. Tickets cost $18.

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Monday, April 2, 2012 6:31 p.m.

It’s Monday…

Keep the fun spirit of April Fools’ Day going this week and enjoy these events going on in D.C.

  • The Verizon Center. Photo used under Creative Commons License.

    See the Washington Wizards vs. the Milwaukee Bucks at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. today. Tickets start at $10.

  • Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird will perform a caberet-opera rendition of “Pierrot Lunaire” tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. Tickets cost $32.

And here’s something exciting:

CNN reported yesterday that there are rumors Sony will release a PlayStation 4 in 2013.

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