Emily Katz

Lady Gaga asks fans to love themselves

“I’m not just gonna prance around in a bra and underwear and not stand for something,” pop phenomenon Lady Gaga said mid-ballad Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. Her declaration came shortly after telling fans, “You can change the world if you want to,” setting the tone for her eye-catching, fire-filled show. Performing fan favorites […]

Music in the District

GW’s own Jukebox The Ghost will be performing at the Black Cat in the next few weeks, but they are not the only promising act with roots in D.C. If you’ve ever wondered what other musicians call the District home, look no further – Hatchet Arts has compiled a (by no means exhaustive) selection of […]

Of Montreal: Anything but ordinary

The scene at Of Montreal’s Thursday show at the 9:30 Club: extras dressed as priests and prepubescent boys roamed the stage, lead singer Kevin Barnes crucified himself and group members sported neon costumes. So, pretty standard antics from the Athens, Ga., quintet. Opening with the melodic number “Suffer for Fashion,” the concert started off relatively […]

The six best music venues you’re not going to

The Black Cat and the 9:30 Club are the star venues of D.C.’s music scene, but there are plenty of other clubs in the city that offer quality performances all year round. Take a trip off campus to visit these six locations to see big names or local acts. Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H. […]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are hot, hot, hot

By Friday night at 8:30 p.m., an hour before the opening band got on stage for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs show, a sold-out 9:30 Club was packed to capacity. Despite the close quarters, the overall audience excitement was visible and growing. The acclaimed rock group have spent their decade-long careers touring and recording, and then […]

Performance groups shine at Betts

If you’re not sure whether Monday’s student performance showcase in the Marvin Center was a success, consider this: more than 150 students were turned away from the event because every seat in the 425-person Betts Theatre was filled. Eager freshmen and returning students filled the auditorium to catch a glimpse of what to expect from […]

On entertainment and chocolate

Fantasy and entertainment are what senior Lucila Farina hopes audiences will take away from Generic Theatre Company’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” performed in the Lisner Downstage this weekend. “I was tired of what I had been seeing,” said Farina, the director. “I didn’t want to see another love story or overly complicated […]

Directors tackle Charlie Brown, Godot

Be it bringing the Peanuts comic strip to life, or bringing life to the experience of waiting, first-time directors Patrick Burgwinkle and Ellen Barr agree: Directing is hard. “It’s definitely a lot harder than it looks,” Burgwinkle said of his experience directing “Waiting For Godot,” the 1940s play by Irish writer Samuel Beckett, which presents […]


Colby Katz-Lapides, a senior majoring in dramatic literature, has found Jesus without religion. Katz-Lapides, who is directing “Jesus Christ Superstar,” in association with Generic Theater Company this weekend, said working with a musical that offers only a soundtrack and a vague story line was a welcome challenge. “The play gives us the music but no […]

On humor, moss & tornadoes

There are plenty of things that inspire Travis Helwig as a playwright: Russian writer and playwright Anton Chekhov, Brooklyn-based rock outfit The Hold Steady and the past 21 years of his own life. Most significantly, though, Helwig cites receSs, the GW-based improv comedy group he has worked with for the past three years, as inspiration […]