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Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:58 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This weekend is all about the music. Celebrate the arts with National Dance Day at the Kennedy Center and a Billy Joel concert. Venture outside the District for more performances.

Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to lie on a blanket underneath the stars while watching a classic film, now is your chance. The Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival is showing “Top Gun” for free, but bring some cash if you want to get snacks from the nearby barbecue and tapas food trucks. You can either take the Metro one stop west of the Foggy Bottom station or walk across Key Bridge to the park.

Gateway Park. 1300 Lee Hwy., Rosslyn, Va. Dusk. Free.

Cirque du Soleil

Marvel at Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities.” Become mystified and entangled in the story of an inventor who distorts perspectives and turns the world upside down. A 25-minute bus ride from campus will get you close to the venue.

The Grand Chapiteau. 8025 Galleria Dr., Tysons, Va. 4 p.m. $39.


National Dance Day

So you think you can dance? Try out your moves to live music and interactive dance lessons at The Kennedy Center. Get your feet ready for a free afternoon and evening celebration of National Dance Day with outdoor performances, including a special demonstration by one-legged tap dancer Evan Ruggiero.

The Kennedy Center. 2700 F St. 1 p.m. Free.

Billy Joel

Sing along to Billy Joel’s hits from the 70’s and 80’s at this weekend’s performance. The “Piano Man” returns to Nationals Park as the first artist to play at the venue three times. Refresh your memory with the lyrics to his famous soft rock songs like “Uptown Girl” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

Nationals Park. 500 S. Capitol St. SE. 8 p.m. $54.50.


DJ Diaspora

Participate in the last day of the celebration of avant garde art at the Capital Fringe Festival. This Sunday, listen to the eclectic sound of DJ Diaspora who mixes together Afrobeat, house, techno, jazz and dancehall styles.

Fringe Arts Bar. 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 1 p.m. Free.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:53 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Catherine Moran.

Fill your weekend with a variety of music, an exhibit on three comedians and a festival celebrating independent publishing.


Laughing Matters

An exhibit celebrating three legendary comedians opens Friday at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Two costumes and a puppet will be a part of the showcase to honor the careers of Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett and Miss Piggy, who was voiced by Jim Henson. The exhibit will be open until the end of October.

14th St. and Constitution Ave. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free admission.


D.C. Zinefest

Head out to the sixth annual celebration of independent publishing at the D.C. Zinefest. Here’s your chance to check out work by zine makers and self-published authors. The event is free, but make sure to bring cash if you plan on buying baked goods or zines, which are usually between $2 and $15.

St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Super Furry Animals and Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band

Enjoy a night of dancing to the indie rock of two unique bands. The Welsh psychedelic rock band Super Furry Animals debuted a new single “Bing Bong” in May. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band performed a set of guitar rock songs for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series last week – they released their newest album “The Rarity of Experience” in March.

9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 8 p.m. $25.


Vic Mensa and Joey Purp

Party Sunday night to hip hop by Chicago rappers Vic Mensa and Joey Purp. Mensa – who was nominated for a songwriting Grammy for Kanye West’s song “All Day” – recently released his debut EP “There’s Alot Going On” in June. Purp dropped his second mixtape in May and came out with the single “Girls @” featuring Chance the Rapper last week.

U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. 7 p.m. $27.50.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:01 p.m.

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This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

“Pokemon Go” has taken over our lives and our Twitter timelines. Whether or not you’re spending your weekend catching ’em all, here are events to check out around the city – Pokemon not guaranteed.


Capital Fringe Festival

The Capital Fringe Festival continues this weekend with a mix of independent musicians, artists and playwrights showcasing their art in various locations around the District. This Friday, catch some of the unique plays and musicals, including “The Human Algorithm,” “Once Upon a Bedtime” and “Adolescence 2.0.” Check out the Fringe Arts Bar and food trucks while you’re there.

Go to for information on performance locations. $24.


Art in the Park (ing Lot)

Every Saturday in July, become a part of community art projects through “Art in the Park (ing Lot).” This weekend you can participate in a mural project with artists who are beautifying a parking lot in Brentwood.

1301 Rhode Island Ave. NE. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free admission.

Petworth Park Summer Jam: Part Two

The Petworth Jazz Project is hosting this free, music-filled event, which includes artists like Sam Burns, Sol Power All-Stars/Sol Power Sound, Juan Zapata and Chris Nitti.

Petworth Recreation Center, 801 Taylor St. NW. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free admission.


Georgetown Flea Market

Looking for the perfect accent for your dorm room or apartment? The Georgetown Flea Market is filled with art, rugs, furniture, pottery, jewelry and books. Everyone is bound to find something they can’t live without at this free event. Enjoy food from local vendors while you shop till you drop.

1819 35th St. NW. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016 3:41 p.m.

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The weekend following a long weekend may feel like a let-down, but you can change that with more fireworks and live performances.


Capital Fringe Festival

This annual festival – which emphasizes daring and unique work – features more than 100 performances in locations around the District, including burlesque dancing, music, stand-up comedy and theatre.

Various locations. $7.


Emily King

This R&B singer is releasing the deluxe version of her critically acclaimed second album “The Switch” Friday.

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

Alexandria Birthday Celebration

Didn’t get enough fireworks on the Fourth of July? You can catch another show at the celebration of Alexandria’s 267th birthday. The event will also feature cannons, live music and birthday cake.

Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Va. 5 p.m. Free admission.


Doug Benson

You may have seen this stand-up comedian – known for his stoner jokes – on “Last Comic Standing” or “@midnight.”

D.C. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 3:15 p.m. $20.

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

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.

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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.

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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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