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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 10:41 a.m.

Weekend Outlook

A weekend of residential sculptures and fountains, of beer and drag kings – not queens – is in your future. Check out what the District has to offer this weekend.

Friday

Turf and Terrain Twilight Tour

Every other year, Arts in Foggy Bottom places unique, contemporary sculptures in the front gardens of private Foggy Bottom homes as part of an outdoor exhibition. Take a free tour of the sculptures led by the curator and, for the 21+ crowd, enjoy a wine happy hour following the tour.

River Inn, 924 25th N.W. 7 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday

District Oktoberfest

Kick off your Oktoberfest in September with D.C.’s official District Beerathon in Chinatown. Purchasing a booze pass for the afternoon will net you a 12 oz. serving of special Oktoberfest beer at each of the six participating bars, including old favorites like Penn Social, Fado and Rocket Bar. Abita, Leinenkugel, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Spatel and Blue Moon are the featured beers of the night.

Various bars in Chinatown. Noon and 3 p.m. $50.

Sunday

#PrettyBoiHigh

Tired of the drag queens at Nellie’s and Cobalt? Mix it up at Pretty Boi Drag kings: They’re presenting their own Back to School party at a themed Pretty Boi High night.

“Principal” Chris Jay will be chaperoning the party and the faculty, which will consist of DJ Tezrah and some of D.C.’s other well-known drag kings. Win prizes, such as tickets to Pretty Boi’s next events, and dance your heart out at Bier Baron for one night only.

Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 2 p.m. $20.

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Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016 10:07 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This weekend is one for outdoor festivals — from live music showcases to film. You can also check out early Oktoberfest parties, Mitski and Meek Mill.

Friday

Oktoberfest parking lot party
It’s still a while until October begins, but you can get started early on the fall beer-drinking spirit this Friday. Port City Brewing company will host its Oktoberfest beers on tap a full six weeks before the real celebrations begin.

Port City Brewing. 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria, Va. 2 to 10 p.m. Free admission.

Saturday

Mitski
This up-and-coming indie rock singer released one of the best albums of the year this summer with “Puberty 2.” See her perform for free by attending a live studio audience recording that will broadcast later on WMUC.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Dr., College Park, Md. 8 p.m. Free admission.

Break the Internet Festival
Get ready for Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, OT Genesis and Kent Jones, hosted by Cultural Atige ‘s Karen Civil. The Break the Internet Festival will showcase millennial music and talent, including a philanthropic component in which they challenge Generation Y to “break the internet” with their innovations on social media.

The winner of the contest will win $50,000 in scholarships.

Gateway D.C. at St. Elizabeth’s East Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. 3 p.m. $50.

Sunday

D.C. Adventure Film Festival
Join D.C. filmmakers at the final day of the Adventure Film Festival, sponsored by sports brand REI. The festival is meant to educate through film, encourage outdoor activities and inspire others to document their adventures.

Hiking, swimming, rappelling, rock climbing – all are encouraged, and all are welcome. Lectures and speakers from experienced filmmakers are also included on the schedule.

U.S. Navy Memorial Burke’s Theatre, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 5 p.m. $20.

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 11:31 p.m.

Weekend Outlook

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Max McCrory.

It’s move-in weekend, and while most people will be breaking their backs moving box after box into their new residence halls, the lucky few who have moved in already will have free time to get out and about in the city.

Friday

Jazz in the Garden

The National Gallery of Art began its 16th season of “Jazz in the Garden” this summer. It’s held in the beautiful sculpture garden outside of the museum, which you can stroll through before the concert. This weekend is the penultimate performance featuring the jazz band, Moonshine Society. While you can bring a picnic along, there’s also barbecue sandwiches and salads to munch on. There’s even a gelato cart, so the sugar can ease your worries about the upcoming semester.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 6th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Saturday

17th Street Festival

Dupont Circle is holding its seventh annual 17th Street Festival, which celebrates everything 17th street has to offer – from the beautiful shops to the mouth-watering restaurants. There will be more than 50 artists selling everything from jewelry to ceramics at the event. This is the first year that the festival will have multiple parades and bands playing throughout the day, too. Guests can buy a $10 wristband to sample all the food at the festival. This is the perfect place to take your family once you’re all moved in, because everyone is bound to find something they enjoy.

1501 17th Street NW. 12 p.m. Admission is free.

Sunday

State fair

To cap off the weekend, celebrate D.C.’s culture and agriculture at the D.C. State Fair. Everything will be homegrown – from the music to the food to the art. This is the fair’s seventh year showcasing our beautiful city. What better way to celebrate the last day of summer than by sampling food, listening to music and browsing local artists’ work.

Storey Park Noma, 1005 First Street NE. 11 a.m. Admission is free.

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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.

Friday
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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Weekend Outlook

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.

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Weekend Outlook

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.

Friday

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 www.capitalfringe.org for information on performance locations. $24.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

Weekend Outlook

 

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

Friday

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.

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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.

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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