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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.

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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Maybe there’s something in the air, but it seems like the best up-and-coming artists are flocking to D.C. this weekend.

On Friday, start slow with Wolf Alice or take it up a notch with Sharam. Saturday, see sisters 2:54 or a snarky comedy show, and on the first day of March, check out Suuns or try interactive smartphone poetry.


Wolf Alice Concert: The “Best Breakthrough Artist” at the U.K. Festival Awards is fronted by Ellie Rowsell, who croons her way through powerful songs while wearing little dresses, bomber jackets and a distinctly focused pout. Wolf Alice defines its sound as “rocky pop,” but sweet songs like the recent release “Heavenly Creatures” are not so easily defined.
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 7 p.m. $15.

Sharam Concert: This 45-year-old DJ was born in Tehran, Iran and only hit the music scene in a meaningful way in 2009: He collaborated with Kid Cudi on “She Came Along,” which stayed in Bulgaria’s Top 40 for nearly four months. Since then, he’s won a Grammy and played a 10-hour set in Brazil.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10:30 p.m. $12.


2:54 and Honeyblood Concert: Sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow were born in Ireland, raised in Bristol and formed their first band together in 2007. They’ve toured with big names like The Big Pink and The xx, and 2:54 has gained a slow but steady following across the pond. Their latest, “Orion,” is a sweeping song reminiscent of the Irish coast: rocky, rebellious and oddly beautiful.
DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Humor Me: The Betches of Comedy: The ladies in charge of the snarkiest blog online organized a stand-up night in the District featuring comedians Liza Treyer, Megan Gailey, Sara Armour and Jared Freid. If the evening is anything like “Betches Love This,” it will be full of topical digs at celebrities, political humor and Spring Break diet tips. The blog declared its love for GW back in 2012, citing betchy alumni like Rachel Zoe and Jackie Kennedy.
Sixth & I Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 8 p.m. $20.


Suuns Concert: The band is signed to a label called Secretly Canadian and they do, in fact, hail from Montreal. Their latest singles, “2020” and “Edie’s Dream,” are a blend of their rock core, psychedelic sound … and womping. Their simple lyrics and pleasant, if not redundant, beats should melt away your midterm worries.
Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 8 p.m. $14.

“Txt” Poetry Project: The D.C. premiere of experimental artist Brian Feldman’s latest endeavor is an interactive poetry experience that examines technological communication through the lens of prose. Attendees are encouraged to bring fully-charged smartphones.
American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought, 716 Monroe St. NE. 6:45 p.m. $20.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Emily Holland.

Kick off the first weekend of February with a free concert, a free art festival and free chocolate. And your weekend doesn’t have to end on Saturday night. Sunday features a resurrected cocktail bar and a killer DJ set.


Free Concert Series by Washington City Paper at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art: Two bands will take over the Smithsonian Museum of American Art on Friday. Part of Washington City Paper’s concert series, indie-pop group Art Sorority for Girls and rock band lowercase letters will play back-to-back shows. There will be snacks at the museum and free beer tastings.
Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Eighth and F streets NW. 6 p.m., Free, All ages.

Datsik: Ninja Nation Tour at Echostage: Producer Datsik brings his tour to Echostage along with special guests, including Waka Flocka Flame. The night is sure to be filled with new DJ mixes, but maybe Waka Flocka will pull out those old favorites like “Hard in Da Paint” and “No Hands.”
Echostage, 2135 Queens Road NE. 9 p.m., $30, 18 and older.


Chocolate Lover’s Festival in Old Town Fairfax: This annual festival kicks off its first day on Saturday and is a hot spot for chocolate lovers from the District. Sample all kinds of chocolate and other sweets like cake and brownies. And if you’re stumped about what to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day, you can even pick up some chocolate to go.
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Va. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PRAVA Fest at Pike & Rose: PRAVA Fest, a winter arts festival, features local artists as well as artists from New York, Boston and abroad for a night of performances and artistic expression. The festival is an immersive, multi-sensory experience and free to the public with an online RSVP.
Pike & Rose, 11580 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Md. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Free.


Animal Collective DJ Set at U Street Music Hall: Head to U Street for a DJ set straight from the fellas of Animal Collective. Members Deakin, Geologist and Avery Tare will spin through the night in U Hall’s dark basement.
U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 10 p.m., $10.

The Passenger In Exile Pop-Up at Bar 7: Hit cocktail bar The Passenger closed its doors Jan. 1, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Though the bar is on hiatus after shutting down its location in Mount Vernon Square, in the interim, various “The Passenger in Exile” parties will pop up across the city. The first will take place this Sunday at Bar 7, and you won’t want to miss the return of The Passenger’s signature cocktails.
Bar 7, 1015 1/2 Seventh St. NW. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Everly Jazi.

End your first week back on campus with a quiet couple days of yoga and a book discussion. And from a smaller concert of talented local bands to icy fun with friends, there are a ton of ways to get off of Foggy Bottom.


Teen Mom DIY Show: Local band Teen Mom will play a house show at the Bathtub Republic along with Brooklyn band Honey Wild and D.C. group Big Hush. Big Hush will start the night with crisp dream pop tracks and strong guitar riffs, alluding to Teen Mom’s soft, pop-influenced tracks, while Honey Wild will take it back to surf rock days.
The Bathtub Republic, 3119 11th St. NW, 8 p.m. $5. 

Questlove DJ Set: Questlove is best known for playing drums in The Roots. But since his start with the band, Questlove has produced multiple albums, written a notable memoir and appeared on television shows and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Late this Friday night at The Howard Theatre, Questlove will put on a DJ set with his collection of over 50,000 vinyl records sure to get everyone dancing.
The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, 10 p.m. $20.


Ice Yards: A winter wonderland will be waiting for you and your friends at The Yards Park near the Navy Yard Metro station. Just like the summer favorite Splash Yards, Ice Yards will feature activities for adults including live music and DJ sets, ice bars, fire pits and even hot tubs. Spend the day at this snowy village and forget about the cold.
The Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE, 2 p.m. Free. This event is 21+.

Scott Timberg Book Discussion: Scott Timberg, a culture writer and former arts journalist, will discuss the decline of traditional media. The digitization of music, books and other mediums has led to economic challenges that Timberg believes could make our society less creative. His book focuses on the familiar Los Angeles arts scene, a collaborative environment for many creative artists.
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 6 p.m. Free.


Katherine Meloan Concert: New York organist Katherine Meloan will play at Washington National Cathedral on Sunday. Meloan, who was awarded the Bronson Ragan Award for musical performance, will play the Cathedral’s 10,650-pipe great organ.
Washington National Cathedral, 5:15 p.m. $10.

Bike Rack Sunday Yoga: Local sports shop The Bike Rack will host a Sunday evening vinyasa yoga class for all experience levels. End your week on a relaxing note with fellow D.C. yogis, and strengthen your focus (and patience) for the semester to come.
The Bike Rack, 1412 Q St. NW, 6 p.m. $5.

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