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The Hatchet's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Struggling with what to get your friends or significant other for the holidays? We’ve broken down the people in your life – the athlete, artist, chef, techie – to guide you toward the best gift at every price level. No last-minute gift cards or generic scarves needed.

Thai Place's upscale cousin offers spice and authenticity

by Emily Holland | Culture Editor

Operated by the previous owners of Thai Place, Soi 38 integrates the more basic Thai Place favorites, like the classic pad thai, with more elegant and adventurous Thai street food.

District Sound: Local punk record label focuses on D.I.Y.

by Maddy Pontz | Hatchet Staff Writer

Dischord Records was founded on the principle that the label would only release records by D.C. bands.

Online subscription services: Your solution to last-minute holiday shopping

by Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Writer

Everyone’s heard of Netflix or Spotify Premium, so here are my suggestions for three subscription services that would make the perfect gift for someone on your list.

After a year of gigs, Bencoolen seniors make way for new band prospects

by Everly Jazi | Hatchet Staff Writer

Since their first show together last February, the alternative rock band has landed five sets at venues like the Black Cat and Rock & Roll Hotel.

Top college Indian folk dance teams to visit campus for Raas Chaos

by Ryan Lasker | Hatchet Reporter

The South Asian Society's 14th annual "Raas Chaos" on Saturday will celebrate the cultural and social aspects of Indian dance, bringing national teams to Lisner Auditorium.

From sci-fi to reality: Campus lab takes steps toward 3-D organ printing

by Tatiana Cirisano | Contributing Culture Editor

Bioengineer Lijie Grace Zhang is using three-dimensional printers to create tissue that replaces damaged parts of the human body, in a laboratory right on campus.

Order up: Classic burgers with a side of beer and patriotism

by Ariana Mushnick | Hatchet Reporter

Citizen Burger Bar, the self-proclaimed “people’s burger bar,” isn’t just embracing its patriotic reputation: It’s crafted a menu around it.

Students don capes and tights for Ugandan women's health

by Tatiana Cirisano | Contributing Culture Editor

Nearly 50 students clad in superhero costumes crowded the Georgetown C&O Canal towpath Saturday morning, where they ran a 5K in support of a nonprofit that aims to empower women in Uganda.

Slice of Life: A note from First Semester

by Kelly Brand | Hatchet Staff Writer

I know at this point you’re “so over” me, but before you go home for Thanksgiving then dive into finals, I just wanted to drop you a line. I would be remiss to pack up and make room for Second Semester without reflecting on our time together.

FotoWeek DC events for the budding photographer

by Tatiana Cirisano | Contributing Culture Editor

As the week-long festival wraps up this weekend, you’ll have the chance to chat with local artists, browse new galleries, attend workshops and even meet award-winning photographers like Bill Ingalls.

Creating a 'winter wonderland' on the waterfront

by Sucharita Mukherjee | Hatchet Reporter

For years, MRP Realty toyed with the idea of installing an ice rink along Georgetown’s waterfront. But it wasn’t until a 10-foot surge of water from the Potomac River flooded restaurants like Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place in April 2011 that the project became possible.

Spoken word poetry group strives to find 'spark' in every member

by Jeanine Marie | Hatchet Staff Writer

So last spring, Di Giacinto and a small group of friends assembled an executive board for an organization dedicated to social engagement through spoken word.

'The punk place': After 21 years, the Black Cat continues to fight for rock

by Morgan Baskin and Everly Jazi | Hatchet Staff Writers

When the Black Cat opened, the only large music venue in D.C. was the 9:30 Club, and Dante Ferrando, a restaurant owner and drummer in D.C. punk rock bands Gray Matter and Iron Cross, said he was dissatisfied with the city's music halls.

A dinner party gone awry: 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'

by Jess Pitocco | Hatchet Reporter

In the relationship between sarcastic and vicious Martha and George, the most convincing and complex argument wins.

Artisan burger joint makes D.C. debut

by Emily Holland | Culture Editor

Hailing from Connecticut, where the chain has somewhat of a cult following, Plan B opened its first D.C. storefront in Penn Quarter on Monday.

'Tis (almost) the season: A holiday drinks guide

by Rachel Miklaszewski | Hatchet Reporter

From the spicy chai of India to relaxing Chinese tea rooms and rich hot chocolate, here are some places around D.C. that offer sweet drinks to stay cozy in the winter.

New independent bookstore belongs in and to Petworth neighborhood

by Emily Holland | Culture Editor

This is a bookstore for the locals: It has the feel of a highly-organized home bookshelf in the best possible way.

Where words fail: GW's art therapy program trains students to unlock expression

by Tatiana Cirisano | Contributing Culture Editor

In a large, cluttered art studio flushed with sunlight at GW’s Art Therapy Graduate Program in Arlington, two art therapy graduate students sit quietly working, surrounded by bright jars of paint, muddled brushes and filled canvases.

Professor cultivates music history in Gelman

by Ann Marie MacVey | Hatchet Reporter

Professor Christopher “Kip” Lornell said he is looking to push the boundaries of musical education with the launch of the D.C. Vernacular Music Archive.

La Colombe brings European coffeehouse atmosphere to D.C.

by Ryan Lasker | Hatchet Reporter

There is no menu posted on the wall nor is there one available anywhere on the counter. The barista was glad to tell me La Colombe’s traditionally European offerings: drip coffees, espresso drinks, teas and more Americanized iced coffees and teas – no pumpkin spice lattes here.

Mama Rouge fuses Southeast Asian and French fare at Georgetown Waterfront

by Jess PItocco | Hatchet Reporter

Standing out from the typical burger and crab cake fare of the Georgetown Waterfront, Mama Rouge offers an unexpected fusion of South Asian and French flavors, pairing bahn mi with croissants and curry with a baguette.

At Dupont gallery, curator overcomes logistical challenges for unsettling sculpture exhibit

by Morgan Baskin | Assistant Culture Editor

She brings me first to the entryway of French political cartoonist Honoré Daumier’s gallery space, where a cast of Roig’s dentist slouches behind a metal bar – pale belly distended, wrinkled pants unbuttoned – one hand held frozen in the shape of a gun behind his lower back.

Sculptures give Historic Foggy Bottom a contemporary edge

by Emily Holland | Culture Editor

The program, created and co-directed by Foggy Bottom residents Jill Nevius, Mary Kay Shaw and Jackie Lemire, has brought new exhibitions to the neighborhood every two years.

Alumna's biscuit company brings Southern comfort to D.C.

by Morgan Baskin and Rachel Miklaszewski | Hatchet Reporters

Mason Dixie Biscuit Company, a new restaurant venture working out of the communal kitchen EatsPlace in Petworth, is making a name for itself with the simple southern favorite.

Novelist seeks inspiration, community in Lenthall House

by Kelly Brand | Hatchet Staff Writer

As the 2014 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington for GW's English department, Skyhorse hopes to rediscover his own enthusiasm for writing and teaching.

Q&A: Putting a face to the voice of Metro

by Emily Holland and Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Editors

We caught up with the woman behind the voice, Randi Miller, to chat about making a living as a voice actress and avoiding the train.

Riding the Metro with its most recognizable voice

by Emily Holland | Culture Editor

I traveled to the Twinbrook station – only a few stations before the end of the Red Line at Shady Grove – to meet with Miller and take a ride on the Metro, where her voice has been warning riders to “step back” since March 2006.

Metro Monopoly: Satisfying the deli craving

by Jeanine Marie | Hatchet Staff Writer

After an $8 bacon-egg-and-cheese incident at Whole Foods and a mediocre chicken cutlet at the GW Deli, I was on a mission to cure my hearty sandwich homesickness.

Colonials Weekend Guide 2014

Where to take your family this weekend, how to answer the most dreaded questions from them and more.