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This post was written by Hatchet reporters Regina Park and Crystel Sylvester

Hip-hop and classical music are coming together at the Kennedy Center next month.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is set to perform a collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra live at a one-off concert on Oct. 20, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Lamar and the NSO Pops will perform classical remixes of hits from Lamar’s acclaimed third studio album, “To Pimp a Butterfly”, which was released last March. The album contains hits like “King Kunta,” “Alright” and “Wesley’s Theory.”

A Compton, Calif. native, Lamar is also known for his collaborations with famous artists and verses on popular tracks like Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

Although this will be the rapper’s first collaboration with the NSO, the orchestra has performed with several other artists before, including Phish’s lead singer Trey Anastasio. Last year, rapper Nas performed a setlist that inlcuded his hit “Illmatic” with the orchestra at the same venue.

Tickets will go on sale to Kennedy Center members this Tuesday at 10 a.m. and will open to the general public Wednesday at 10 a.m. Prices start at $35, with the best seats going for $99.

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Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 2:03 a.m.

Your Week: Back to the District

After a few days of classes, unwind with Tai Chi at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. Photo by flickr user Francisco Daum used under a CC-BY 2.0 licence.

After a few days of classes, unwind with Tai Chi at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. Photo by flickr user Francisco Daum used under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

Spend some quality time catching up with your friends in a week jam-packed with free events. Or ease into spring semester with laid-back options like book readings, Tai Chi and rock concerts.


Brian Quijada’s “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” Performance: Brian Quijada will perform in the large Theater Lab as part of the Millennium Stage series at the Kennedy Center. Quijada’s performance, including spoken word and music, will be centered on one of his childhood experiences: asking his third grade teacher where Latinos sat on buses at the time of the Civil Rights Movement. Get there early as general admission tickets will be handed out in the Kennedy Center States Gallery at 5:30 p.m.
Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 6 p.m. Free.

An Evening of Humorous Readings at Kramerbooks: Start your semester with some much-needed laughs. Take your friends to enjoy some beers while watching some of the best in comedy writing. Brian Agler from McSweeney’s and Funny or Die will host the event with writers like Sean Carman of McSweeney’s and Sarah Schmelling of the New York Times.
Kramerbooks & Afterwards Café & Grill, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 8 p.m. Free.


Nerds in NoMa: This winter speaker series brings the nerds – or rather hipsters – together to discuss topics like street art, beekeeping and local brewing. On Tuesday, meet like-minded connoisseurs and learn about mobile businesses. This week’s speakers include Mike Lenard from TaKorean and Laura Layton from Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique. Food trucks will be on site selling refreshments. RSVP in advance.
The Lobby Project, 1200 First St. NE. 6 p.m. Free.

John McQuaid “Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat” Discussion: Pulitzer Prize-winning food author and journalist John McQuaid will be at Politics & Prose on Tuesday to talk about taste and the body and how the brain decides what we eat. Learn more about how to control what you eat and culinary events in history like the invention of the potato chip. His book, which comes out Tuesday, will be available for purchase at the bookstore.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Free.


Tai Chi at the National Cathedral: After a couple days of classes, relax and get started on your fitness and health resolutions. Learn about the ancient Chinese martial art Tai Chi from one of the most well-known masters in the District, Nick Gracenin. This beginner’s class will consist of breathing and movement exercises, focusing on the themes of expansiveness, immediacy and insight.
Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 7 p.m. Free.

The Vaselines at Rock & Roll Hotel: The Glasgow-based melodic and upbeat rock band will play your favorite H Street venue Wednesday night. The group’s playful songwriting has a punk quality that attracts everyone from fellow Sub Pop band Nirvana to Belle & Sebastian. Their new album, “V for Vaselines,” is more aware of contemporary rock and features catchy tracks that will be great for dancing.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $20.


Jazz in Kogod Courtyard: Enjoy the music of famed bebop saxophone player Charlie Parker at the American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard. A band with saxophonist Antonio Parker will play a tribute to Charlie Parker as part of the American Art Museum’s “The Singing and the Silence” exhibit. There will be refreshments and board games at the Courtyard Café along with a printmaking center to make your own print to keep
American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 5 p.m. Free.

Wild Child at 9:30 Club: The members of pop-like indie folk group Wild Child will bring their many unique instruments to the 9:30 Club. A band that has been an NPR favorite and appeared at Firefly and Bonnaroo, Wild Child knows how to impress. The group is touring on its second album, “The Runaround,” produced by Ben Kweller.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, 7 p.m. $15.

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The stress of applying for the perfect summer internship is particularly hard to handle with one more carefree week ahead.

To ease the process, we’ve compiled nine internships that are still accepting summer applicants, from Marvel Entertainment to Procter & Gamble to the White House.


Time Inc. (New York)
Deadline: Jan. 16

Photo by Flickr user Tia International Photography under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Photo by Flickr user Tia International Photography under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

This prestigious publishing company offers summer internships that last eight to 10 weeks across 20 departments, from advertising sales, editorial and human resources to book publishing and marketing. You’ll have the opportunity to work within one of the company’s 75-plus brands, like Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated or People. And it gets better: All positions are paid.

The Kennedy Center (D.C.)
Deadline: March 13

As an intern at the iconic performing arts center, you’ll participate in weekly seminars, score free tickets to performances and train with experts in one of nine departments. The internship is unpaid, but the center offers academic credit and allows interns to determine their own schedules based on availability. The application is open to juniors, seniors and master’s candidates.

White House Internship Program (D.C.)
Deadline: Jan. 11

While many of the deadlines to be a “hilltern” have passed, there’s still an opportunity to have the president as your boss. Undergrads in the White House Internship Program work full-time (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday) with duties like attending meetings, writing memos and staffing events across 16 presidential departments.

West Coast

Marvel Entertainment (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Deadline: Rolling, applications reviewed Feb. 28 through April 29.

Photo by Flickr user JD Hancock under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Photo by Flickr user JD Hancock under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Not only will you work at a company known for hits like “Spider-Man” and “X-Men” at this internship, but you’ll also spend the summer in Manhattan Beach. Interns gain experience in film, animation and marketing and other departments, and must be available two to three days per week.

Nordstrom Merchandising Group (Seattle)
Deadline: Jan. 15

There’s still time to apply to Nordstrom’s merchandising and planning internship, which made Business Insider’s list of the top 25 internships of 2014. The program offers student trendsetters a “behind-the-scenes” look at the fashion industry: They work on projects alongside professionals and learn the decision-making process behind what appears on the clothing rack.

NBCUniversal, Inc. (Universal City and Los Angeles, Calif.)
Deadline: May 1

Spend the summer sharpening your skills in any of over a dozen departments from casting to marketing at NBCUniversal, which offers internships across leading television networks like Bravo, E! and NBC News. The company’s “Campus 2 Career” program is catered specially to college students and offers interview tips, former intern testimonials and extensive descriptions of the ideal candidate for each department.

South and Midwest

Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati)

Clocking in at No. 17 on Business Insider’s list is product manufacturer Procter & Gamble, known for brands like Bounty, Crest and Tide. The company is offering a 10 to 12-week summer human resources internship to juniors at its headquarters in Cincinnati, where interns will receive managerial training as part of their experience in the consumer packaged goods industry.

GameStop (Grapevine, Texas)

Gamers, you’re in luck: GameStop, the mecca of video games and other consumer electronics, will offer a summer marketing internship in 2015. Marketing interns maintain promotional rollout documents, manage weekly title reservation reports and work closely with the creative team, among other responsibilities.

Verizon Wireless (Alpharetta, Ga.)

Score an information technology internship at Verizon Wireless, which boasts “hands-on” experience for students enrolled in computer science, computer engineering, IT or MIS programs. The company lists “enthusiasm” as a requirement along with knowledge of web and software development, and places interns in departments like technical support and IT project management.

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Being stuck in D.C. for Thanksgiving break doesn’t have to be a bad thing. With holiday events like a Thanksgiving dance party and tree lightings, the District might actually be one of the best places to spend the holiday.

Plus, with a life-size gingerbread house, Zoolights at the National Zoo and a Relient K concert, this weekend offers plenty of opportunities to let out your inner kid.


Dig in on Thanksgiving classics at The Black Squirrel. Photo by Flickr user David Goehring under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Dig into Thanksgiving classics at The Black Squirrel. Photo by Flickr user David Goehring under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

1940’s-themed Thanksgiving Dance Party: The Kennedy Center presents “A Night at the Stork Club,” a 40s-themed swing dance party where guests can jam to music by crooner Johnny Boyd (and burn off that Thanksgiving food coma in the process). Head over early for free swing dance lessons at 6 p.m., and stick around for the dance party at 7 p.m.
Millenium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Dance lessons at 6 p.m., party from 7 to 9 p.m. Free

“Thank You Thanksgiving” at The Black Squirrel: For a Thanksgiving meal minus the cost and hours of preparation, head to The Black Squirrel for the pub’s sixth annual “Thank You Thanksgiving.” You’ll find a full buffet of Turkey Day classics like stuffing, mashed potatoes and even pumpkin beer, all for just $7 per guest. You can start noshing at noon, but the pub won’t close until 2 a.m., so there’s plenty of time for late-night eats. Friendsgiving, anyone?
The Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. Noon to 2 a.m. $7


Life-size gingerbread house unveiling: Instead of spending hours frosting a store-bought gingerbread house only to have it collapse into a sugary mess, visit the Ritz Carlton’s annual life-size gingerbread house, which will be unveiled at Tysons Corner on Friday. While you marvel at your childhood dream, sip some hot spiced cider or hot cocoa provided by the hotel. The house, constructed by the Ritz Carlton pastry team, will be on display through Jan. 2.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, third-floor lobby, 1700 Tysons Blvd., McLean, Va. Opens 4 p.m., Nov. 28, on view through Jan. 2. Free

Zoolights at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user cliff1066 under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Zoolights at the National Zoo. Photo by Flickr user cliff1066 under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Zoolights at the National Zoo: Starting Friday night, the National Zoo will become a winter wonderland replete with over 500,000 LED lights for the annual “Zoolights” celebration. The zoo will offer guests two 150-foot snow-tubing tracks ($3 per ride), a “Gin-GRR-bread Habitat Competition” with the theme “Bao Bao’s Blizzard Bash” and live musical performances. As you unleash your inner child, the zoo will serve older guests special winter treats, like spiked hot chocolate and mulled cider, to remind you of your real age. Can’t make it to the opening? Come back any night through Jan. 1 (excluding Dec. 24, 25 and 31) to get in on the festivities.
The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28 through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31). Free


“Feverland” exhibit at Project 4: Saturday is the last day to see “Feverland,” a solo exhibit at Project 4 Gallery by D.C. local and Maryland Institute College of Art instructor Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. With her paintings – patterned, emotive collages of color – Mann aims to celebrate the “connections and clashes” of differing elements in the world. Her thought-provoking work has diverse sources of inspiration, from Beijing opera costuming to lattice-work and sequins, making her exhibit a treat to both the eye and the mind.
Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, No. 302. Open noon to 6 p.m. Free

CityCenter First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting: Didn’t win tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting? Don’t worry. Head to CityCenter for its first annual holiday tree lighting and help start a new tradition. The event will feature warm holiday drinks, like hot cocoa from RareSweets and tea from Mango Tree, and a live performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of D.C. CityCenter will collect nonperishable food items for D.C. Central Kitchen, and those who donate will be entered in a raffle to win prizes from CityCenter retailers.
The Park at CityCenterDC, 825 10th St. NW. 6 p.m. Free


Relient K 10th Anniversary Tour: If you’re still not done reminiscing about your childhood this weekend, you’ve got one last chance. The Fillmore will host rock band Relient K’s 10th anniversary concert Sunday, celebrating the 2004 album “Mmhmm.” Don’t even try to pretend you don’t remember every word to hits like “Be My Escape” and “Must Have Done Something Right.”
The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Md. 8 p.m. $30

MSTRKRFT at U Street Music Hall: If you’d rather jam out to some more recent tunes, head over to U Street Music Hall for a DJ set by MSTRKRFT (pronounced Master-craft). But don’t be late. The late-night concert is free, and tickets will be handed out at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The duo behind MSTRKRFT experiment with house, hip-hop, grime and punk beats to create a grungy yet upbeat sound, like in “Heartbreaker” and “Work On You.”
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m. Free

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Tim Palmieri.

Discover the rebel in you – well, kind of – and join D.C. in celebrating Banned Books Week. Check out our selection of banned-books-related events, plus other must-sees in music, art and film happening this week.


A piece of newspaper "blackout poetry," a poetry form that will be showcased at "Banned Books Bash." Photo by Flickr user Carla Gates under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

A piece of newspaper “blackout poetry.” Photo by Flickr user Carla Gates under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Banned Books Bash at Northeast Library: The Northeast Library presents a twist on the Banned Books Week theme of censorship with “Banned Books Bash,” an event featuring blackout poetry along with literary character parodies. Banned-book readers will even get the chance to have their own mug shots taken at the event.
Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE, 5 p.m. Free.

“Earthbound” film screening at Busboys and Poets: Cafe and community culture hub Busboys and Poets makes Monday a day to look forward to with a free screening of the 2012 sci-fi comedy “Earthbound,” the story of an ordinary guy who thinks he’s an alien. Grab a bite of the cafe’s famous grub and enjoy the show, which stars David Morrissey of “The Walking Dead.”
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Screening begins at 7 p.m. Free.


Uncensored: Artist Talk at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library: The local artists contributing to “Uncensored: The Art Exhibition,” a week-long exhibit on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library through Oct. 15, will discuss the impact of censorship on art along with the theme of censorship in their own works.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, 6:30 p.m. Free.

“Take an Om Break” Yoga at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library: Take a break from the hectic school week with a free yoga class, courtesy of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Experts from D.C.’s Yoga Activist outreach program will teach a free class every Tuesday. Be sure to RSVP by email to the event, which accommodates 30 participants per week. Namaste.
Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 12:30 p.m. Free, RSVP required.


A library aisle showcasing banned books. Photo by Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

A library aisle showcasing banned books. Photo by Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

I Read Banned Comics at the Northeast Library: This Banned Books Week, the Northeast Library will celebrate comics and graphic novels. Whether you’re a novice graphic novel reader or comic book-aficionado, head over to the library to talk about your favorites and hear suggestions from others.
Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE, 7 p.m. Free.

“Ceibadanza” dance performance at the Kennedy Center: The Ecuadorian dance company “Ceibazanza” will come to the Kennedy Center for a free performance Wednesday, featuring folkloric themes and traditional Ecuadorian clothing.
The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, 6 p.m. Free.


Flash Banned: Freedom of Speech Showcase preview performance: In this preview performance of Saturday’s “Flash Banned: Freedom of Speech Showcase,” three bands will each perform a 15-minute set, including an original song based on the theme of censorship. Check out the full performance Saturday to hear from five other bands, with punny titles like “ContraBand” and “The Subversives.”
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15.

Can I Kick It? at Marvin: This free event catered to martial arts enthusiasts will include screenings of the films “Drunken Master” and “Black Belt Jones” in addition to hip-hop, funk, soul and cinema sound bites mixed live by DJ 2-Tone Jones. Artwork depicting martial arts will also be on display.
The Marvin, 2007 14th St. NW, 8 p.m. Free.

Scandal Premiere Party for YWCA USA! at Jake’s American Grille:
tumblr_n92wyne7bf1qkuz88o1_500Jake’s American Grille is celebrating the new season of scandal for those 21 and older with raffles by local vendors, scandal-themed trivia and an Olivia Pope look-a-like contest. A portion of the proceeds will go to YWCA USA, which has a mission to empower women and end racism. Have a great time and support a great cause.
Jake’s American Grille, 5018 Connecticut Ave. NW, 7 p.m. Free.

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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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