Culture

Comedy festival looks to cultivate college talent

by Jennifer Fendt | Hatchet Reporter

Slate: The World College Comedy Festival is a day filled with comedic talent from both college and professional comedy groups. Professional groups will hold workshops, allowing anyone to learn 101, while the festival will culminate with a performance that night.

D.C. record stores gear up for biggest day of the year

by Emily Holland | Contributing Culture Editor

With plans set to unpack boxes of newly pressed vinyls and stock shelves for an influx of customers, D.C.’s six record stores are readying themselves for Record Store Day.

In Abe Lincoln musical, an unconventional cast of fraternity brothers

by Prachi Vyas | Hatchet Reporter

Not only did he want the social fraternity to sing, dance and act, but senior Colin O’Brien wanted Beta Theta Pi members to perform in a historical-fiction musical that he wrote called “My Dear Lincoln,” which depicts a schizophrenic Abraham Lincoln as he struggles to keep the country united while enduring bizarre visions of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

'Sugar daddy' website attracts GW students for paid relationships

by Jeanine Marie | Hatchet Reporter

Carolyn remembers her friend walking into her room in Thurston Hall one night in September with $200 in cash and a few local pot dealers’ phone numbers – both courtesy of a man she met through a website called SeekingArrangement.

Metro Monopoly: On the hunt for Honduran cuisine

by Margaret Kahn | Hatchet Staff Writer

My search led me to spending a sunny afternoon exploring Park View, a small and rapidly gentrifying neighborhood with a sizeable Central American community north of Howard University and accessible through the Georgia Avenue-Petworth station on the Green-Yellow line. I had never ventured farther east than Columbia Heights, but I liked what I found in this residential-yet-vibrant pocket of Northwest D.C.

Old hits not enough for Jay Sean to keep crowd energized

by Nadia Meher Zaman | Hatchet Reporter

Late to his own performance, British rapper Jay Sean made his way to the stage wearing a Hermes belt alongside two dancers who grinded up against him in fishnet tights and spandex shorts.

Your guide to Spring Fling alternatives

by Ana Cvetkovic | Hatchet Staff Writer

If you’re not exactly Jay Sean’s No. 1 fan or want to escape the hordes of drunken GW students who will crowd University Yard on Saturday, there are plenty of other events outside Foggy Bottom to check out. Here are a few highlights from across the city.

Alumnus adds plush way to shuttle between D.C. and New York

by Everly Jazi | Hatchet Reporter

Banking on the idea that plenty of other people traveling between the two cities want a new way to get there – and are sick of wasting valuable Netflix time fidgeting with spotty MegaBus Wi-Fi – Seligman will launch a new high-end transportation service from D.C. to New York on Friday.

Peet's Coffee brings West Coast style to the District

by Ruby Lee | Hatchet Reporter

Northern California-based Peet’s Coffee & Tea took over the space formerly occupied by Minnesota favorite Caribou Coffee at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue on Monday.

District Sound: It's time for Aaron's 'After Party'

by Karolina Ramos | Senior Staff Writer

A socially-conscious reggae legacy and a former J-14 Magazine heartthrob are among the musical acts welcoming in spring in the District. Check out these shows across three venues and one historic parade as the semester comes to a close.

Blossom season brings cherry-flavored foods

by Josh Solomon | Hatchet staff writer

Cherry blossoms draw tourists and residents outside across the District to see their petals sprinkled on the sidewalks, the grass on the Mall and every car parked along Constitution Avenue. Though the trees don’t actually have cherries on them, the blossoms inspire chefs and popular food stops to add some cherry flavor and play off the popularity of the flowers. Here’s a list of some cherry blossom-inspired foods and drinks to sample while you take in the petals fluttering around D.C.

Dragged along to Nationals Park? You've got more options than sports

by Everly Jazi | Hatchet Reporter

With opening day kicking off the Major League Baseball season last weekend, jersey-clad fans are starting to filling every Metro train to head toward the Southwest Waterfront. But don’t fear if you’re not psyched about the game. There’s plenty to do in the Navy Yard area besides watch baseball, wait in a long line for a ShackBurger or see Teddy lose the Presidents Race again.

Slice of Life: Your guide to co-existing with tourists

by Kelly Brand | Hatchet Staff Writer

The city is full of tour buses and people wearing freshly purchased “NCIS” baseball caps. High school seniors are here to check out their new stomping grounds. That’s right, it’s tourist season.

Brews with a view: A guide to warm-weather drinking

by Gabe Salkin | Hatchet Staff Writer

Barring a spontaneous snowstorm, it’s finally time to go outside and combine a nice drink with a nice view. Here's where to head.

District Flea showcases vintage finds

by Tatiana Cirisano | Hatchet Staff Writer

Now in its second year, District Flea hosts over 100 vendors where visitors can peruse tables of vintage treasures and handmade novelties, lingering between booths to chat with store owners and negotiate prices. The market features everything from antique cameras and letterman jackets to handmade soap bars, candles and terrariums.

José Andrés' restaurant brings culture with a kick

by Ana Cvektovic | Hatchet Staff Writer

Much like the traditional Andalusian dance from which the restaurant gets its name, José Andrés’ Jaleo is a festive cultural experience. A meal at this popular establishment is more than just a few plates of tapas; it’s an adventure for the senses.

Economics researcher works to change how students and public think about poverty

by Cailley LaPara | Hatchet reporter

On Monday, he will collect the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship, an award that recognizes outstanding research accomplishments and is given to a faculty member who is currently conducting noteworthy research.

New burgers on the block at Bobby's

by Brendan Connell and Josh Solomon | Hatchet Reporters

The new menu, which features four new burgers and two new milkshakes now being served at the K Street location, “celebrates regional flavors, and reflects more parts of the country,” said Marcus Braham, a publicist for BBP said.

Refugee simulation puts participants in the struggle

by Morgan Baskin | Hatchet Staff Writer

The Red Cross’s annual Global Refugee Simulation & Conference, a six-hour intense and interactive hike through the woods in Virginia, shows the difficulties refugees face when fleeing their home nation amidst political and military violence. It’s representative of what the United Nation Human Rights Council estimates 42 million refugees – as of 2009 – encounter.

Courses to save your schedule

by Olivia Kantor and Garphil Julien | Hatchet Reporters

Get through registration post-traumatic stress and salvage your schedule. Instead of stalking Banweb for the next 4 months waiting for someone to drop a class, venture off the beaten path and register for these hidden gems.

In play of mistaken identities, actors don't have to look far for inspiration

by Tatiana Cirisano | Hatchet Staff Writer

The production of Oscar Wilde’s classic satire begins Thursday, inviting students into a world of haughty aristocrats, thick British accents, love triangles and mistaken identities.

Swelling demand for ink brings together once-warring body artists

by Emily Holland and Cailley LaPara | Hatchet reporters

While tattoo shops across the city used to compete viciously for a small customer base – even lighting each other’s stores on fire, according to Rudzis – they are now building a culture of collaboration and communication in order to meet a swelling demand for ink.

First GW dance marathon stands still

by Jeanine Marie | Hatchet reporter

About 100 dancers sat down in unison, exhausted and exhilarated. Even director Libby Wuller was unsure of the total proceeds until the last moments of the 12-hour fundraiser for the Children’s National Hospital in the District, one of 170 in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Behind Program Board's pick for Spring Fling

by Emily Holland | Contributing Culture Editor

The announcement came Sunday, as Jay Sean, known for the 2009 hit “Down,” and openers indie surf rockers Wavves and DJ duo Haile Supreme and Congo Sanchez will play the April 12 show in University Yard.

Bar Bro: A local music haven inside overpriced U Street bar

by Nick Rice | Hatchet Staff Writer

Mediocre service and questionable billing are a small price to pay to see humble, innovative, hungry musicians pour their creativity out on a stage with the energy that can only come from someone desperately trying to prove their art is worth your time and money.

'Home Alone' star fronts cheesy but enjoyable pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band

by Morgan Baskin | Hatchet Staff Writer

But then again, nothing about the Pizza Underground – the five member pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band spearheaded by Culkin – could be anticipated.

Kevin Bacon's band hits Lisner stage to benefit troops

by Allison Kowalski | Culture Editor

The “Bacon Brothers Band” will take the stage at Lisner Auditorium on Saturday as part of a Stand for the Troops concert event. It will be the first time the event will take place in the District.

Finding the perfect petit macaron in D.C.

by Nadia Meher Zaman | Hatchet Reporter

Where are the best places around the District to grab a macaron? We rate Kafe Leopold, Macaron Bee and Olivia's Macaron

Slice of Life: Seduced by spring break

by Kelly Brand | Hatchet Staff Writer

Spring Break is that tease at the party. Spring break knows how to lead you on with its sexy pinã coladas and it’s early morning nightcaps on the beach. Spring Break taunts you with the warm sun, its freedom, its social acceptance of significant amounts of group binge drinking. Spring Break is your dream partner because suddenly your life is harmoniously sunburnt, and you’re ecstatic about it.

District Sound: Shows to ring in spring

by Karolina Ramos | Senior Staff Writer

The return from the sun-drenched respite of spring break can be tough, but these shows come just in time to re-inject fun into your routine even with classes back in session.