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Thursday, June 23, 2016 3:36 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Ring in the first official weekend of summer with a comedy festival, a giant barbecue and fist-pumping rock music.

Friday

Choctaw Nation Arts and Music Festival

Celebrate the tribal history and heritage of the Oklahoma Choctaw Nation at the Smithsonian American Indian Museum. Choctaw Nation princesses will have a meet and greet backed up by the powerful vocals of Choctaw singer Samantha Crain, who will perform her folk music starting at 3 p.m.

4th St. and Independence Ave. SW. All day. Free admission.

District of Comedy Stand-up Showcase

Laugh your worries away with a joke-filled night at the Kennedy Center. Headliners from the 2016 District of Comedy Festival are slated to be New York comedians Anthony DeVito from “Comedy Central,” Greg Stone from “America’s Got Talent” and Jared Freid from “Comedy Cellar.” Up to two free general admission tickets per person will be distributed in the Capital One Atrium Lounge at 5 p.m. before the show.

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

Saturday

24th Annual National Capital Barbecue Battle

The competition will be sizzling hot at this outdoor barbecue competition in the heart of the District. The annual barbecue has received numerous accolades, and CNN has listed it as one of the “Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country.” No good on the grill? Don’t worry, the battle will also offer cooking demonstrations and live music for casual observers. Endless food samples will keep you full while you watch the masters flip burgers.

9th to 14th streets on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 11 a.m. $12.

Sunday

The Mystery Lights + Teen Liver

Dance your heart out to head-banging garage rock by The Mystery Lights and punk rock by Teen Liver. Get ready for the night by listening to The Mystery Light’s single “Follow Me Home” from their debut album, which drops Friday.

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $10.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 3:47 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

D.C. Jazz Festival will be at Yards Park on the Southeast waterfront this weekend. Hatchet file photo by Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

D.C. Jazz Festival will be at Yards Park on the Southeast waterfront this weekend. Hatchet file photo by Olivia Anderson | Contributing Photo Editor

Updated: June 17, 2016 at 10:04 a.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Madelyne Ashworth.

Enjoy the official start of summer this weekend with barbecue, jazz and a little history.

Friday

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ

Indulge in pulled pork and slow-cooked brisket at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival Friday. A wide selection of pork and chicken barbecue will be served up, and guests can taste over 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap. The festival will feature seminars from expert distillers, brewmasters and pitmasters. Live rock, blues and bluegrass will also be featured on the main stage.

National Harbor, Md., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., free admission.

Saturday

Pulse Benefit Concert

Stand in solidarity with the LGBT community with local bands, including Foster Carrots and Dope Francis. All donations will go to the Central Florida LGBT Center’s Pulse Tragedy Community Fund, created to support shooting victims’ families and friends.

1822 Lamont St. NW, 7 p.m. to midnight, free admission.


We the Party People

Join the National Museum of American History after hours as they open their doors to educate D.C. locals about the 19th century. Enjoy food from venues like Founding Farmers and a wide drink selection. Several lightning round TED Talk-style speakers will dish out their knowledge, while DJ Biz Markie will entertain on the terrace.

14th St and Constitution Ave. NW, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 21+, $25.

Sunday

D.C. Jazz Festival

The annual D.C. Jazz Festival concludes this weekend on the newly renovated Southeast Waterfront Yards Park. A full lineup of musicians, including Kamasi Washington and Revive Big Band will perform throughout the day. Enjoy the smooth tunes and the beautiful views into the night.

355 Water St. NW, $45, Doors at 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Atlas Brew Works Bluegrass Jam

Take your dad out for a fun day of beer and bluegrass at Atlas Brew Works this Father’s Day. All are encouraged to bring their instruments and play along to some bluegrass beats. Bonus: You’ll get 10 percent off your drink tab. Patrons are also welcome to bring food, dogs and children.

2052 W Virginia Ave. NE, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., free admission.

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 5:37 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Madelyne Ashworth.

Enjoy the first weekend of June with live music, festivals and nerd celebration.

Friday

Kaytranada

The up-and-coming Canadian-Haitian producer and DJ – who recently debuted his first LP “99.9%” – is bringing his original technicolor beats to the 9:30 Club with remixes of songs from artists including Rihanna, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé. His unique music bridges the gap between R&B, hip hop and dance styles. Doors open at 10 p.m.

815 V St. NW, $20.

Awesome Con

This Comic-Con-like event will bring out your inner comic nook nerd, hobbit or Trekkie. Guests like Adam West, Bill Nye and Jenna Coleman will appear on guest panels throughout the weekend. Awesome Con participants will also have access to board game rooms, a cosplay contest and exposés on the creation of comic books.

This huge all-weekend event will last from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl. NW, $15.

Saturday

Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance at the Kennedy Center

Pick up your feet and join the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for a free step class followed by a performance. No experience is necessary.

The dance lesson will begin at 5 p.m. and the performance at 6 p.m.

2700 F St NW.

90’s Bar Crawl

Kick off a week of D.C. pride before the huge event next weekend by donning your favorite 90’s outfit and joining the LGBT community for a night of 90’s music and bar hopping. In addition to some 90’s swag and drink specials, you’ll be spending the day at bars like Recessions, Public Bar and Rumors.

The event lasts from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Multiple Locations. $35.

Sunday

Fiesta Asia Street Fair

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month by indulging in the music, dance, food and drink of over 20 different Asian cultures in the Annual Fiesta Asia Street Fair. You can enjoy more than 1,000 performers on five stages, including vocalists, dancers and martial artists.

Stop by and enjoy parades, Pan-Asian cuisine and traditional Asian art from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 3rd and 6th streets, free admission.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 9:53 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Dana Pilotti.

Enjoy your last weekend before finals with some dance music and yoga in a beer garden.

Friday

Discnotheque

Up for a challenge? DC9 Nightclub invites you to put your phone down for an hour or two (scary, I know) and reconnect with good music. DJ Sean Morris is hosting the event, where attendees can buy $2 drinks from 10:30-11:30 p.m. on the second floor. The event is 21+.

DC9, 1940 9th St. NW, 10 p.m.

Dark & Stormy

If you’re not too intimidated, check out an alternative dance party that features the darker side of electro music. But be warned: This party will not feature any pop music. DJ Shea Van Horn will be playing new-wave, electroclash music that might make you feel – you guessed it – dark and stormy.

Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, 9:30 p.m., Tickets $5.

Saturday

Georgetown French Market

The 13th annual Georgetown French Market marks the return of the spring season with live music, French fare and sidewalk sales. Georgetown’s Book Hill neighborhood transforms for this three-day open-air festival and market, where local restaurants, galleries and merchants display unique finds and offer discounted prices.

April 29 & 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 1: Noon – 5 p.m.

Broccoli Festival

Environmental awareness and hip-hop and indie music combine at the Broccoli City Festival, which teaches millennials about healthy eating and environmental sustainability. This year’s headliners include Future, Jhene Aiko and BJ the Chicago Kid.

St. Elizabeth East Gateway Pavillion, 1100 Alabama Ave. SE, 12 p.m., Tickets $59.


Sunday

Sun, Salutations, and Suds

Experience what organizers of this event are calling a “detox-retox” and get your yoga mat ready for a yoga series in a beer garden. Denizens Brewing Company and Stephanie Roche of Gingerbean Health & Wellness welcome all levels of yogis for a one hour class in the sunshine. The event is 21+, and tickets include one hour of yoga and your first pint of beer.

Denizens Brewing Company, 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 10:30 a.m., Tickets $15.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016 4:43 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

With the final days of classes and exams approaching, treat yourself to a weekend filled with upbeat music, innovative thinking and pantless magic.

Friday

Snoop Dogg

De-stress with some smooth, simple rap by 17-time Grammy-nominated artist Snoop Dogg this Friday at Echostage. Be sure to check out his single “California Roll” featuring Stevie Wonder from his 2015 album “Bush” to prepare.

Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE, 9 p.m. $48.

Laura Kightlinger

Straight from SNL and HBO’s “Lucky Louie,” Laura Kightlinger brings her comedic talents to D.C. The multi-talented actor, comedian, author and director will perform three nights in a row starting Thursday.

Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th St. NW, 7 p.m., $25 ticket.

Saturday

TEDx Foggy Bottom: Think Next

It’s not too late to snag tickets to the all-day annual TEDx conference that will bring in more than 20 speakers and performers to talk about innovation. A chamber music group, a former professional athlete, an aerialist, a nuclear anthropologist and many more will discuss ideas to shape the future.

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., 9 a.m. $20 ticket.

Tori Kelly

Nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy’s, Tori Kelly is coming to D.C. on her “Unbreakable” tour. Listen to the pop and R&B singer’s single “Hollow” from her 2015 debut album “Unbreakable Smile” to gear up for her performance.

DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW, 8 p.m. $30 ticket.

Sunday

The Naked Magic Show

Hot Aussie alert! The title says it all: Two naked magicians from Australia will be performing magic without any clothes. After performing sold out shows around the world, the duo is now premiering in the U.S. See what they can do without any sleeves to put their tricks up.

Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, 7:30 p.m. $20 ticket.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:33 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Celebrate springtime and warmer weather this weekend with the White House garden tours, the last hoorah of the Cherry Blossom Festival and one-night-only music.

Friday

Japanese drum and dance performance

Continue the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrations with thundering Japanese drums and dancers. The free performance by the Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group includes about 30 drummers and dancers.

Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. 6:00 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday

White House garden tour

If you’ve ever wanted to take a stroll around the White House grounds, now is your chance. The garden tours begin 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and will take visitors through the rose garden, children’s garden, South Lawn and the kitchen garden. Tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Ellipse Visitor Pavilion, 15th and E streets. 9:00 a.m. One free ticket per person.

Travel the world in 80 paper models

Check out the opening day for a new exhibit of 80 architectural paper models representing all 50 states, countries and real and imaginary buildings this weekend. The hand-drawn and 3-D models include everything from forts to castles to skyscrapers to villages. The models will take around the world – from the Roman Baths to a World Cup soccer stadium in South Korea.

National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Cherry Blossom Festival parade

Watch the iconic hour-long springtime spectacle filled with elaborate floats, balloons and marching bands. Performers include the cast from the musical “Jersey Boys,” “The Voice” contestants Sisaundra Lewis and Meghan Lindsey, R&B artist Raheem DeVaughn, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and more. Be sure to arrive early for prime viewing spots.

Constitution Avenue between 9th and 15th streets. 10:00 a.m. Free.

Sunday

The Dandy Warhols

End your weekend with soft rock with an indie influence. The Dandy Warhols sound like a deeper, slower Arctic Monkeys mixed with Mumford and Sons. Before the show, be sure to check out their recent single “You Are Killing Me.”

9:30 Club, 815 V St NW. 7:00 p.m. Tickets $25.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016 7:48 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

You can drink coffee, get colorful, watch fireworks and laugh until you cry this weekend. And as a bonus, you can do most of it for free.


Friday

Daryl Shawn

There’s nothing like jamming to guitar music and sipping fair-trade espresso at the end of a long week. Stop by Ebeneezer’s Coffeehouse on Friday to hear Pittsburgh-based guitarist Daryl Shawn. He incorporates both flamenco and African rhythms for a unique listening experience. While you’re there, try a new coffee beverage because the proceeds all go to community outreach programs.

Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse
201 F St. NE
7 p.m.
Admission is free.

Saturday

Holi D.C.

Celebrate a traditional Indian holiday without even leaving the District. Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the powers of color, happiness and love. Enjoy traditional Krishna music, dancing and Indian food at this colorful celebration.

ISKCON of D.C.
10310 Oaklyn Dr., Potomac, Md.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is free.

Waterfront fireworks

When you finally decide to leave your dorm after a day spent doing homework, head over to the Southwest waterfront for a fireworks show – part of the National Cherry Blossom festival. You can sample some delicious food from food trucks, take a dragonboat tour and even learn calligraphy during the day’s festivities.

Southwest Waterfront
600 Water St. SW
1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission is free.

Sunday

Freestyle Funny Comedy Show

Let loose before the week begins with some laughter. The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show is performing at D.C. Improv. The group has performed at universities and comedy clubs nationwide. They blend stand up, improv and audience games, so no two shows are the same.

DC Improv
1140 Connecticut Ave. NW
7:30 p.m.
$20.

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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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Max McCrory.

Sleep is overrated. Instead, spend your weekend sampling food, ice skating and dancing at the Verizon Center.

Friday
Take your favorite form of procrastination to the next level. The Internet Cat Video Festival, a compilation of about 100 of the cutest and funniest cat clips pulled from the web, makes its way to D.C. this weekend. The festival also will also feature events with local cat rescues.

American Film Institute Silver Spring Theatre. 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $7 to $12.

Saturday
Calling all foodies. The all-day, Emporiyum, is running at Union Market on Saturday and Sunday. It features more than 80 restaurants and chefs from all over the world, including the recently opened Milk Bar, Luke’s Lobster and District Doughnuts (who doesn’t love a good doughnut?).

Dock 5 at Union Market. 1309 5th St. NE from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $15 to $40.

If you want to burn off all of those calories that you just ate at the Emporiyum, then head over to the National Gallery. Their annual ice skating rink in the Sculpture Garden opens this Saturday to kick off the holiday season.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. 6th and Constitution avenues. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 with your student ID. Skate rental is $3.50.

Sunday
End your weekend with some tunes. The Weeknd, who gave us the summer hit “Can’t Feel My Face” is coming to D.C. After dancing the whole night, you’ll feel refreshed to start the week again.

Verizon Center. 601 F St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46.

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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.

Friday
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.

Saturday
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.

Sunday
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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