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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Isobel Mohyeddin.

This weekend, don’t miss your opportunity to sample new food, get out of the District and hear some unique tunes.


Sinatra at 100 Exhibit
Start off your weekend with some jazz. In honor of the legend’s 100th birthday, the American History Museum is opening an exhibit of Frank Sinatra’s life and career entitled “Frank Sinatra at 100.” The display pays tribute to Sinatra’s contribution to the American music industry by showcasing iconic items and portrait photography highlighting the iconic singer’s achievements in jazz, pop, as well as his film career.

14th St and Constitution Ave, NW 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public.


Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade
Get excited for Thanksgiving early with the Silver Spring Thanksgiving Parade this Saturday. Travel out to Silver Spring, Md. this weekend to catch a parade full of massive balloons, floats and other marching groups (including the Washington Redskins Marching Band) in support of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District.

Begins in downtown Silver Spring, Md. at Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place at 10 a.m.


U Street & Shaw Neighborhood Food Tour
Finish off the weekend with a trip around some of D.C.’s coolest areas. This culinary tour will take you through the neighborhood of U Street and Shaw. Along the way, you’ll learn about the culture and the history of the area all while sampling some of the local food.

Tour begins at 11:30 a.m. across from U Street Metro Station, exact address given at time of ticket purchase. Tickets range from $68 to $89.

Macy Gray
The five-time Grammy nominee is known for her raspy vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday. On hits like “I Try,” Gray mixes R&B, soul and pop. Her latest album “The Way” features uplifting tracks about female independence and overcoming drug addiction.

The Howard Theater. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $35.

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Rapper K Camp returns to D.C. Nov. 13 to perform at Echostage with EDM group GTA. Photo courtesy of Diwang Valdez for Motion Family.

Rapper K Camp returns to D.C. Nov. 13 to perform at Echostage with EDM group GTA. Photo courtesy of Diwang Valdez for Motion Family.

Updated Oct. 13, 2015 at 4:43 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Joseph Konig.

K Camp, the Atlanta rapper known for hits like “Cut Her Off”, featuring 2 Chainz, and “Comfortable”, will be performing alongside EDM duo GTA at Echostage on Nov. 13.

On Thursday, 25-year-old rapper, born Kristopher Campbell, dropped his mixtape “You Welcome.” After a series of mixtapes and features last year, K Camp signed with Interscope records and, in September, he released his debut album “Only Way is Up.” The rapper has also been featured in the XXL Magazine 2015 Freshman Class as an up-and-coming artist.

We spoke with K Camp about collaborating with 50 Cent, his 2016 presidential pick and his favorite kind of tea.

Responses were edited for length and clarity.

Q: Just this year you were an XXL Freshman. You dropped a mixtape. A full blown album with a features from Snoop Dogg and T.I. Another mixtape you literally dropped just last night. Two singles in the top 100. So what’s it been like? How does the rise of K Camp feel?
A: How has the rise felt? Its felt good, you know what I’m saying? We’ve been putting out a lot more music. There’s been a lot more progress going on. And we still trying to apply a little more pressure. You know, I don’t feel accomplished yet. We still working.

Q: Last night you dropped this new mixtape, “You Welcome,” with features from 50 Cent and Akon. Tell me how that happened.
A: ‘Kon is a good friend of mine. I’ve known ‘Kon for a couple years now. Through my manager, we linked up with 50 and he wanted to get in on the remix. I ain’t gonna deny no 50 verse. He snapped, though. We made that happen ASAP. We put that together last minute on the “You Welcome” tape. That wasn’t even supposed to go on the tape.

Q: What’s next?
A: Yeah, we on tour now with GTA. The EDM tour right now with GTA and my tour at the top of the year. I’m gonna drop another “K.I.S.S. 3” project in December. Probably another project at the top of the year with my producer Bobby Kritical.

Q: You dropped your debut album in September, when’s the next one coming up?
A: Ain’t no tellin’ the date on it yet, but I know we gonna start working on it in December. We got to get back in the lab and start cooking though.

Q: You’re going on an international tour next year?
A: Yeah, that’s the plan. What we’ve got up our sleeves is, we got the EDM tour and then the international tour. My first overseas tour.

Q: Is this gonna be your first time in D.C.?
A: Nah, I’ve been in D.C. many times. The love in D.C.’s crazy. This is my first time in D.C. for an EDM show.

Q: This is a very political city. Who do you have in 2016?
A: Kanye.

Q: In the intro to “You Welcome,” you put out a number for fans to call you and let you know what they think, to thank you. Did you get some cool voicemails?
A: That thing got backed up. Somebody tried to hack it too. It got so backed up somebody tried to hack it, but I got over like 500 voicemails of people saying I’m the sh-t. So salute to them.

Q: On an interview you did with Sway in the Morning back in February, you were drinking some tea. What’s your tea of choice?
A: Green tea. I like to get my smoke on.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction: A previous version of this post misspelled Kristopher Campbell’s name. We regret this error.

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The GW Jazz Orchestra partnered with the Corcoran Student Association to host their first performance of the semester in the Corcoran Atrium on Friday evening.

The group, led by co-presidents Peter Reiss and Zach Sanders, is “the first official student-organized jazz ensemble at GW,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

The purpose of the concert was to “bring together GW students and the Corcoran students,” Reiss said.

Video by Luca Silveira

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter John Glasfeld.

Midterms are over, so it’s time to treat yourself with a relaxing weekend full of films, beer, tunes and some of the best photography that D.C. has to offer.

Open to the public from Friday to Sunday, the Alexandria Film Festival showcases the cream of the filmmaking crop. Come in at any time of day to see a plethora of short films from local, national and international independent filmmakers. There’s also plenty of time to meet and chat with the directors themselves.

Beatly Central Library. 5005 Duke St, Alexandria, Va. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and AMC Hoffman Theater. 206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, Va. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Assuming that you’re at least 21, the D.C. Beer festival is this weekend’s real hotspot. This Saturday only, Nationals Park is home to dozens of independent and unique craft breweries. For $40 per person, come for the beer and stay for the food trucks, lawn games and disc jockey sets.

1500 S Capitol St. SE from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you’re in the mood for more than brews , then you can head over to the Lincoln Theater to hear a classic rocker, The Pretenders’ guitarist and singer Chrissie Hynde. After listening through her latest solo album “Stockholm,” don’t miss the chance to let Hynde’s music wash over you, letting her break and then rebuild your heart after every song.

1215 U St. at 6:30pm.

You can end the weekend with some calm and contemplative photography. FotoweekDC, the District’s annual festival to showcase photography is back. With exhibits scattered at venues across the District, from the Newseum to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, you can view images that capture human emotion, history and culture. Entry to festival events is $6.

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Seven of GW’s a cappella groups performed in Acappellapalooza on Saturday in Lisner Auditorium.

The annual charity concert raised about $3,500 to be donated to Miriam’s Kitchen. Located in Foggy Bottom, Miriam’s Kitchen provides free meals and support services to D.C.’s homeless men and women.

Proceeds from the event will support about 10,000 meals, said Tae Min Kim, ESIA ’13 and manager of kitchen operations and volunteers at Miriam’s Kitchen.

Video by Sarah Mann and Georgie Lawson

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Crystel Sylvester

One professor wants to highlight women’s music at the Textile Museum.

Bonnie Morris, an adjunct women’s studies professor, led a seminar at the museum Wednesday where she discussed a history of women’s music and its important in women’s rights movements.

Her first step was donating an album called “Oregon Mountains” by musician Woody Simmons to the museum. Simmons was also present at the talk and Morris played one of her tracks for the audience.

To illustrate the issues the women’s music movement touched upon, Morris played other tapes by artists like 1940s jazz singers Trixie Smith and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, as well as modern singers like Faith Nolan.

She said that in the 1970s, the movement changed the women’s music scene at a time when women were only used in bands for their images and appearances.

“What pissed off feminists during the anti-war movement was that women were still being objectified,” Morris said.

She saod that every time period of women’s music has been integral in women’s history and that it has mainly been a subculture ignored by mainstream media.

Morris has written 11 books, with another called “The Disappearing L,” coming in August 2016. She teaches introduction to women’s studies and several other women’s studies classes at GW and Georgetown University.

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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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Drake pumped up the crowd at Landmark Festival on Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Drake pumped up the crowd at Landmark Festival on Saturday. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

From Coachella to Lollapalooza, some summer music festivals have become an event where talented artists are overshadowed by obnoxious, and often underage, crowds.

But perhaps because Landmark Festival, which made its debut this Saturday and Sunday, stood for a cause, the crowd seemed more tame. Alongside the flower-crown-and-flannel-wearing millennials were young couples pushing strollers and even a few guests that appeared to be the same age my own parents.

Over two overcast days, Landmark brought together about 40 artists with ticket proceeds going toward the Trust for the National Mall, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service devoted to preserving the Mall.

Some booths around the festival grounds at West Potomac Park allowed guests to take trash bags that they could use to clean up littered beer cans; they could return the full bags at the end of the day to receive prizes. Other vague appeals to activists in the crowd included the “What do you march for?” wall on which guests scribbled down causes and issues that inspired them – everything from “women’s rights” to “dad bods.”

But it was clear that most people just came for the music.

Drake, Saturday night’s first headliner, captivated the crowd with his powerful stage presence. After a day of running around the festival grounds, I didn’t think I had it in me to withstand the tightly packed horde of high schoolers surrounding his stage for two hours. But as soon as the Canadian rapper hit the stage, I miraculously found the energy to sing and dance to every song on the setlist.

Drake didn’t miss a beat as he breezed through a repertoire of his most popular songs and verses, both old and new – from “Headlines” to “Hotline Bling” and “Back to Back,” his latest diss track against rapper Meek Mill. Some of the onstage gimmicks – like fireworks, excessive airhorns that punctuated each song and his (probably) insincere declarations that this performance was his favorite one yet – were harmless, but grew tiresome after a while. He also apologized, on behalf of God, for the rain. Thanks, Drake.

The Strokes, led by front man Julian Casablancas, headlined Landmark Festival. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

The Strokes, led by front man Julian Casablancas, headlined Landmark Festival. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

Closing out the festival on Sunday night, The Strokes lived up to everything you’d expect from a headliner, rocking out with powerful vocals and guitar solos on classics like “Hard to Explain” and “Last Nite.” In between tracks, frontman Julian Casablancas – who was inexplicably sporting sunglasses at 9 p.m. – provided entertaining (albeit mumbly) banter with the audience. The performance wasn’t reserved but it definitely wasn’t over-the-top. The band arrived on stage more than 15 minutes late and left the stage about 10 minutes early, without responding to audience chants for an encore.

Alt-j’s performance drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, but the band lacked the stage presence that makes concerts memorable. Even during fast-paced songs like “Left Hand Free,” the band remained stiff and motionless. Performing at the same time on the other side of the park, English folk singer George Ezra played a much more lively and intimate set, which included his soulful radio hit “Budapest” and a crowd-pleasing cover of Macy Gray’s “I Try.”

Some of the smaller, lesser-known bands offered the most memorable performances. On Saturday afternoon, The Mowgli’s were all smiles, bouncing around stage at a down-to-earth performance of feel-good love songs like “Whatever Forever” and “Say It, Just Say It.” On Sunday evening, CHVRCHES’ synthetic beats, accompanied by lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s sweet vocals, were electrifying.

The D.C. Eats food tents, curated by chef Jose Andres, attracted some of the largest crowds at the festival, offering

CHVRCHES drew one of the bigger crowds at the weekend's Landmark Festival. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

CHVRCHES drew one of the bigger crowds at the weekend’s Landmark Festival. Jordan McDonald | Hatchet Staff Photographer

everything from sushi to vegetable-infused lemonade. I decided to skip the more popular vendors like Shake Shack and Ben’s Chili Bowl, and instead headed over to the tent for Duke’s Grocery, an East London-style eatery in Dupont Circle. The $9 “posh” BLT sandwich – with avocado and garlic aioli – and $8 corn-on-the-cob – with tangy cotija cheese, spicy sauce and cilantro – were pricey but satisfying takes on two classics.

Because of Landmark’s toned-down take on activism, anyone seeking a crowd that was passionate about saving the world should have probably taken the trip to New York for the weekend to catch Global Citizens Fest. And die-hard festival-goers expecting to rave came to the wrong place. But for everyone in between who just wanted to enjoy the music, Landmark made a promising start as a new tradition for D.C. residents.

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Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 9:29 a.m.

H Street Festival celebrates 10 years

by hrogers

The annual H Street Festival celebrated its 10th year on Sept. 19.

It spanned 10 blocks in Northeast D.C. and featured food and entertainment.

“It seems like a massive block party,” sophomore Diehl Sillers said.

Some vendors like Shawn Theron, who sells his art out of his truck, have been coming to the festival for almost as long as it’s been around.

“I love seeing all the people,” Theron said.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 5:11 p.m.

Q&A: GW alumni Jukebox the Ghost

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Ariana Mushnick.

Ben Thornewill, Jesse Kristin and Tommy Siegel lived in Amsterdam Hall when it was called New Hall, where a close friendship around music evolved into their band, Jukebox the Ghost.

Jukebox The Ghost

Ben Thornewill in March 2010 at the Black Cat. File Photo by Francis Rivera | Senior Staff Photographer

Just over a decade since their days as GW students, the bandmates have released four studio albums and played hundreds of shows across the country. Vocalist Ben Thornewill talked to The Hatchet about Shania Twain, California and walking by the White House on a snow day. The trio will perform at the 9:30 Club on March 10.

The three of you met while you were students at GW. What were your times like here?

Ben Thornewill: We were all in the same dorm for sophomore through senior year. We played at every frat party, benefit show, casino nights – all of it. We worked out our kinks while we were there, and once we graduated, we started touring and doing it for real.

It was always my goal to make it a career. Tommy was a journalism major, Jesse [studied] biology and I was the one who was studying music. So in my mind, I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna do this.’ I had to talk them out of more lucrative careers.

What were your favorite things to do in D.C.?

BT: I loved living by the monuments. One of my favorite moments was on a snow day and I walked in the middle of the night to the White House and saw it right before they they started clearing the paths. I think just living in D.C. and having the chance to see the city in those more private, quiet moments is awesome.

You’re now on your biggest U.S. tour to date, and you recently performed on ‘Conan.’ How does it all feel?

BT: It’s wonderful. We’ve had a bunch of really fantastic sold-out shows in L.A. and Chicago, New York and San Francisco, and hopefully D.C. as well. Conan was an absolute whirlwind. He’s very kind and very tall.

It’s been a really encouraging tour. It feels like there’s an energy throughout it [and] it feels like big things are happening.

Did you ever go to shows at the 9:30 Club and envision yourself playing there?

BT: I went to many shows at the 9:30 Club, [but] I never even envisioned myself playing there because I was just hoping to play the Black Cat. That was our big goal. I thought, ‘Oh, maybe one day.’

You just released your fourth album, and it’s more pop-y than your previous albums. Did you have a vision for the album?

BT: We always want to try to not make the same record twice. We wanted to make a record that was a little more, I guess, on-the-nose pop songs, an album that you could put on at a party and listen to all the way through. We [recorded] 50 odd songs and whittled it down to the 11. I think from start to finish we probably spent nine or 10 months on it.

Do any songs on the album carry a particular meaning for you?

BT: Each song has its place and moment in history. ‘Hollywood’ is the one that’s the most exciting and most engaging [live]. Jesse, the drummer, gets out from behind the drum kit and sings it jazz style. It’s a big showpiece and I love that song.

You’ve been together for over a decade. How has the band evolved?

BT: Almost indescribably. We’re now approaching 30 [years old], and we were 18 [and] 19 when we started it. So we’ve aged, which is doing whatever it does to us. And from the beginning, we were just like idiots living in a dorm and sleeping on the floor to make a record in North Carolina, and now we’re at like 900 shows.

We’ve been touring for eight to nine years, so it’s a whole different ballgame. It’s a constant evolution. I think fundamentally we’re the same people, but it’s nice not sleeping on floors anymore.

Who is your No. 1 music idol?

BT: That’s a good question. Beethoven? Yeah, that can be my answer. Otherwise, I can only think of like smart-ass answers like Shania Twain. She’s touring again.

I’ve heard you play covers during your shows. Is this a tradition, and how do you decide what to cover?

BT: It’s definitely a tradition. It came from our days at GW when we’d play parties and stuff, and people would only want to hear so many original songs. They would want to hear something that they know. So we’d always do something like a nod to the audience.

About a year ago, I very jokingly said what if we did ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ And we were like, ‘Fuck it. Let’s try it.’ And it kills. It’s one of the best covers we’ve done. That’s how it goes. It’s a joke conversation that often ends up being like, alright, let’s try it, and sometimes it works.

What’s the last concert you went to?

BT: Sara Bareilles, who is an such an extraordinary performer. It’s not only the last concert I’ve been to, but like one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen. She’s so personable and has such an extraordinary voice. It really blew me away. I didn’t expect to like [her] as much as I did.

When you’re back in New York, what do you do in your free time?

BT: This is the problem with interviews, because all I want to say is masturbation, which I can’t say, like I’m not allowed to say that.

I read a lot, hang out with friends, probably don’t go to rock clubs because that’s all we do. We’re always writing, we’re always making music, so it’s sort of like a continuation of what we do and who we are on the road, just we don’t have to sleep in Holiday Inn Expresses anymore.

What’s your source of creative inspiration?

BT: Life, music, stuff. Paying attention to the world around you, that’s mostly it. And masturbation.

It looks like you guys had a great time filming the music video for ‘The Great Unknown.’ What was that like?

BT: Truly, it was an awesome time. We started in L.A. in the studio that we recorded the album in, drove up the Pacific Coast Highway, just stopped at beautiful national parks, set up the instruments and just played and filmed it. It ended with a party in San Francisco. All of that was perfect. The best music video experience we’ve had.

Anything you want to say to current GW students?

BT: Masturbation. No. Be weird. Subvert the people. Subvert the man. Screw with everything.

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