Hilltop Hacks: Productive Procrastination

Banner - Productive ProcrastinationHappy midterm season, Hoyas! While it may be crunch-time in the classroom, you can only run on a double-shot of espresso from Midnight for so long; you should treat yourself! What I’m talking about here is productive procrastination: distractions you can feel good about. The key to productive procrastination is overdoing it and doing it well. 4E is here to show you how.

  1. Did someone accidentally jump into your Village B wall the other night and leave a gaping hole? Well, what better time than now to fix it? File that maintenance request, and while you’re at it, why not explore the other failings of your crumbling apartment? Does the right faucet in the bathroom leak? Is the outlet closest to the couch failing to charge your laptop? And what about that mysterious stain on your couch cushion left over from last year’s occupants? File them all away into the interweb for maintenance to deal with while you’re gone.
  2. Cleanse your Facebook friends. Let’s face it, you probably don’t need to be friends with the old middle school meathead or that chick from the DC Summer Conference you attended during your sophomore year summer. Here’s a tip from a serial friend-remover: Check out your Facebook birthday list. If it’s their special day and you don’t feel inclined to send them good wishes, delete ’em. But don’t stop at just this month’s birthdays; purge through April’s and May’s while you’re at it. You don’t need all that newsfeed clutter anyway.
  3. Cook e v e r y t h i n g in your refrigerator. By Friday, you’ll be packing your bags to head to little old Oyster Bay Barbados and you do not want that Trader Joe’s Alaskan Salmon getting too, uh, ripe. Save yourself the stank and prune through all of your perishables. Otherwise, you’ll be coming back to a kitchen that will make you go…
  4. Speaking of Spring Break, what better way to use your wandering brain waves than trolling around Trip Advisor for “25 Best Things to Do in Cancun” ? There’s nothing worse than arriving at your gorgeous Best Western Motel all-expense paid trip and having no idea what to do next. Is there a local zoo with a rare snake exhibit? What about a modern art showcase on the intricacies of recyclable beauty? Oh, wait, is that a Groupon for bottomless mojitos and tortilla chips after 10 AM at the Crazy Frog?

    And if you don’t know, now you know.
  5. And finally, as I’m sure you haven’t called your mom except in a stressed-out, crying fit all week, give her a ring. If anything, calling now will lessen how angry she’ll feel about the inevitable “I need $100 in my bank account mom, please. This is the last time, I promise” text you send her next week. But while you’re at it, call Grandma, Aunt Sue, your long-distance ex-but-not-really-ex-girlfriend; why not? On second thought, maybe it’s best to just text dad and ask to Facetime with the dog. You do have tests to study for, after all!

Photos/Gifs: appliedvisionworks.com, giphy.com

Best Bets — Nov. 14, 2014

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GU Dance Company Fall 2014 Showcase

Georgetown’s dance company will hold its fall showcase today. This is a great opportunity to support some of our talented dancers. Everyone involved has worked hard and the product will be diverse, ranging from contemporary to jazz pieces choreographed by both students and guest choreographer Mat Elder. Tickets are available online from the department of performing arts.

Where: Black Box, Walsh
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Info: facebook.com
Price: $8 student; $10 general

A Divine Improv Show

The Georgetown Improv Association will be hosting its second show of the semester this Saturday. Come for a great night of unrehearsed hilarity from some of the funniest people on campus. With audience interaction involved, this is bound to be a phenomenal display of Georgetown wit. The last show sold out quickly, so make sure to get your tickets to this awesome event as soon as possible!

Where: Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center
When: Saturday, 9 p.m.
Info: facebook.com
Price: $4 student; $6 general

GU Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert

The Georgetown Jazz Ensemble will hold its fall concert this upcoming Wednesday. This is a great opportunity for some of the campus’ best musicians to showcase their talent in front of fellow students (who get in for free). Jazz tends to be highly underrated nowadays, and it’s a Wednesday night, so there’s nothing to lose by coming by to check it out.

Where: Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center
When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free for students; $5 general

Capitol Gs: Providence College Invades Georgetown

The Rhode Island Providence College co-ed Strickly Speaking, the all-female Anaclastics and the all-male Special Guests will perform 4 to 5 song sets this Saturday on campus. The concert will be closed out by our own The Capitol Gs. Come support our these talented a cappella groups.

Where: McNeir Auditorium, New North
When: Saturday, 9 p.m.
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

Off Campus

En Pie de Foto

Through a series of photographs, this literary and visual display denounces terrorism as a mass violation of human rights while paying tribute to its victims in an effort to promote global collaboration toward a better world.

Where: Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW
When: Through Jan. 4, Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Info: museum.oas.org
Price: Free


The up-and-coming electronic hip pop duo Timeflies will be performing this Sunday at the Fillmore Theater. They are touring in the wake of their new album “After Hours.” The supporting acts include Kap Slap and The HeyDaze, whose performances will only add to the fun night ahead.

Where: Fillmore Theater
When: Friday, Nov. 14, 9 p.m.
Info: concerts.livenation.com
Price: $35.50

Divinites Noires Photography

The Embassy of France and FotoDC are presenting an exhibition of works by photographers Dany Leriche and Jean Michel Fickinger. The works examine the diverse culture and customs of African tribes .

Where: Embassy of France, 4101Reservoir Road NW
When: Through Dec.12, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Info: eventbrite.com
Price: Free

La Boheme

This timeless tale about two young Parisians struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love is now being presented at the Kennedy Center. A perfect way to earn some impressive culture points, and just a cheap Uber ride away from campus, this brand-new production is a must-see weekend adventure for you and your friends!

Where: The Kennedy Center
When: Through Nov. 15
Info: kennedy-center.org
Price: $25 – $310

Best Bets — Nov. 7, 2014

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GUWellness Fair

As the temperature drops and the flu season and finals creep closer, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy and well. The GU Wellness fair at Yates will be offering flu shots, health screenings, free fitness classes and massages. Head over for a healthy start to the weekend and the winter.

When: Today, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Yates Field House
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

On the Origin of Species: A Nautical Drama

If you’re looking to add a little culture to your plans, buy tickets to see this theatrical adaptation of Darwin’s influential scientific volume. This production, the setting of which takes place at sea, tackles deep themes such as the question of human existence through animation, song and more.

When: Today, 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., Thursday 8 p.m., Nov. 13-14 at 8 p.m., Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre
Info: performingarts.georgetown.edu
Price: $18 general, $10 student

No Más: The Story of the Salvadorian Martyrs

The show will consist of readings by students, faculty and Jesuits on the subjects of violence and inequality in El Salvador. Directed by Georgetown professor Maya E. Roth, this show promises to be a thought-provoking, quality performance.

When: Monday 7:30 p.m.
Where: Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

Georgetown University Veterans Day Ceremony

The GU Student Veterans Association will be hosting a celebration of Veterans Day for the campus community. Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities and Integration Center and deputy commanding general for Futures of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, will speak.

When: Wednesday 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Healy Lawn
Info: www.gusva.org/veterans_day_ceremony
Price: Free

Off Campus

Alexandria Film Festival

Returning for its eighth consecutive year, the Alexandria Film Festival is set for this weekend, with its longest program to date. With over 60 films and more than 30 filmmakers in town to participate in panels, there is something for everyone’s tastes and interests!

When: Friday-Sunday, various times
Where: Beatley Central Library (free programming), AMC Hoffman Theater 22 (paid programming) 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, V.A.
Info: alexandriafilm.org
Price: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

The Budos Band

The Budos Band will be playing this Friday at the 9:30 Club –– probably the most-visited music venue for Georgetown students. The nine-member instrumental band will shake up the local music scene with their self-proclaimed “Afro-Soul” beats.

When: Friday 8:00 p.m.
Where: The 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Info: www.930.com
Price: $20

 Stephen Talasnik: Linear Transformations, Structures of Questionable Origins

A new art exhibit is opening this weekend and it will definitely spark conversations for those who visit. A reception will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and the exhibit will feature large-scale drawings and unique sculptures by New York artist Stephen Talasnik.

When: November 7th through December 20th
Where: Marsha Mateyka Gallery, 2012 R St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Info: www.marshamateykagallery.com
Price: Free

Book Event: Russ Kick

Russ Kick will be discussing his book “The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature: The World’s Greatest Kids’ Lit as Comics and Visuals.” Grab some friends and head to this cool venue for an interesting talk by this author and editor.

When: Saturday 3:30 p.m.
Where: Politics & Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Info: www.washingtonpost.com
Price: free

Best Bets — Oct. 31, 2014

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Haunted Healy Hall

Where: Healy Hall
When: Saturday, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Info: facebook.com
Price: Free

Celebrate Halloween weekend with some on-campus scares. Come by Healy Hall to see if you can make it through Georgetown’s scariest maze. Fellow students are volunteering as haunts in the maze, so be aware that your friends might be around corner! It’s a great way to have some fun and get scared by and with fellow Hoyas this spooky weekend.

D.C. A Cappella Festival (DCAF)

Where: Gaston Hall
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: $8 students; $10 general

DCAF features a wide range of musical genres from oldies to rock to modern hits. The concert is co-hosted by the Georgetown Phantoms and the Georgetown GraceNotes. The Phantoms perform tomorrow, while the GraceNotes will take the stage the following Saturday. The festival displays a variety of groups and programs, including premier university a cappella groups from across the east coast.

CSJ Options Fair

Where: ICC Galleria
When: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Info: csj.georgetown.edu/optionsseries
Price: Free

If you’re interested in a career involving social justice after graduation, then drop by the Options Fair. Students can consider postgraduate possibilities with recruiters from organizations such as the Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps and City Year. Recruiters from last year’s Options Fair include Teach For America, Visions in Action and D.C. Teaching Fellows. Student registration closes on Sunday.

Encountering Jesus

Where: ICC Auditorium
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

Father James Martin, S.J., is a gifted communicator as well as an outspoken advocate for Jesuit values, which has earned him a position as “Chaplain to the Colbert Report.” Martin will speak in the ICC on his New York Times bestselling book “Jesus: A Pilgrimage.” He hopes to engage students by presenting Jesus from a new perspective and relating these stories to the present day.


Off Campus

Fright at the Museum

Where: Crime Museum, 575 7th St NW
When: Friday and Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.
Info: crimemuseum.org
Price: $30

Head down to the Crime Museum to experience its transformation into one of the best Haunted Houses in D.C.! Located right next to the Verizon Center, this exhibit is the perfect Halloween outing for you and your friends. This spooky evening event will make your heart stop and might even make you head back home covering your eyes.

Comedian Jermaine Fowler

Where: DC Improv
When: Friday to Sunday, 8 p.m.
Info: dcimprov.com
Price: $15 on Sunday and $17 on Friday and Saturday

Comedian Jermaine Fowler is presenting his own live show at DC Improv this weekend. This budding comedian has starred in McDonald’s, Sobe and Sports Illustrated promos, Comedy Central’s “Comedy Underground with Dave Atell” and MTV2’S “Guy Code.”

Out of Many, One

Where: National Mall
When: Friday
Info: npg.si.edu/outofmanyone/index.html
Price: Free

Don’t miss out on this grand landscape portrait by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. The piece titled “Out of Many, One” is a collection of portraits taken around D.C. that has been combined into one composite portrait. This is an interactive walk-through experience promoted by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Dear White People Film Screening

Where: AMC Georgetown 14
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Info: http://now-events.net/
Price: Free

“Dear White People” won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Award for Breakthrough Talent. Co-sponsored by the NAACP and Georgetown University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Affirmative Action, this free movie screening explores modern racism in  a highly recognizable college setting.


Best Bets — Oct. 24, 2014

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Traditions Day

When: Today, noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Copley Lawn
Info: facebook.com
Price: Free

Kick off Homecoming Weekend with some real Hoya spirit. Come hangout on Copley Lawn and learn about Georgetown traditions while enjoying free GUGS burgers and T-shirts. Student groups will be performing throughout the day, and Jack the Bulldog will make an appearance. It’s the perfect day to celebrate all you love about life on the Hilltop and why you’re proud to call Georgetown home.

Big Hunt

When: Saturday, 9 a.m.
Where: Starts on campus, all over D.C.
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

Want to bond with some new floormates or meet new friends while also getting to know D.C.? Bring your competitive spirit and sign up for the Big Hunt. This scavenger hunt that starts on campus and takes you throughout the city on a mission of being the best first-year team is the ideal opportunity to branch out and explore D.C. while spending time making new friends.

Envisioning Korean Unification

When: Tuesday, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Where: ICC 302-P
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

Join Victor Cha, director of Asian studies; Michael Marshall, editor of “The Korean Dream: A Vision for Korean Unification” and Jin Shin, president of the Institute for Peace Affairs and professor at Chungnam National University in South Korea for an interesting  conversation regarding the potential for a single Korean state given the history of conflict in the region.

Hoyas on the Hill Breakfast

When: Tuesday 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Where: Career Center, Seminar Room 1
Info: careercenter.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

It’s no secret that many Hoyas are hoping to get involved in the political sphere both now and after graduation. To help these students get to that place, the Career Center will be hosting a breakfast with Georgetown alumni who have made their careers on the Hill. Make sure to attend for good food and great conversation about what your future could look like. 

Off Campus

Afghan Treasures Trunk Show

Where: 1507 Connecticut Ave. NW
When: Friday to Sunday, times vary
Info: beadazzled.net
Price: Free

Located close to the DuPont Metro stop, this three-day trunk show offers an array of exotic and beautiful treasures from Afghanistan. From rugs to antique jewelry and textiles to gemstones, this trunk show deserves a thorough exploration. A unique opportunity to get your hands on some examples of beautiful Afghan craftsmanship, this should not be missed.

Drive-In Movies at Union Market

Where: Union Market, 305 Fifth St.
When: Friday, 8 to 10 p.m.
Info: unionmarketdc.com
Price: Free

Travel back in time with Washington D.C.’s own drive-in movie event with “Remember the Titans,” the sports drama starring Denzel Washington. The parking lot opens at 6 p.m., and reservations are recommended. The event is open to those without a car too, with a charming picnic spot for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the film.

Sea Catch Sampler

Where: 1054 31st St.
When: Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Info: seacatchrestaurant.com
Price: Free

Head down to the Sea Catch in Canal Square to sample some of its great cuisine for free as part of Georgetown’s Fashion, Art and Design event taking place this weekend. Light hors d’oeuvres and samples of wine will be served, while a DJ plays to make it the perfect afternoon. Keep an eye out for sales at other Canal Square stores during the event.

Night of the Living Zoo

Where: National Zoo
When: Thursday, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Info: ticketmaster.com
Price: $30

Get in the Halloween spirit Thursday and head to the National Zoo for a truly exciting and terrifying event. The annual Halloween party features spookily themed performance art, including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats and illusionists, food and drink, a cosume contest and live music. You won’t want to miss this once-a-year event.

Best Bets — Oct. 17, 2014


On Campus

The Wizard of Oz

Where: McNeir Auditorium
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Info: performingarts.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

Georgetown University’s Children’s Theater will be offering a free public performance of its new show “The Wizard of Oz,” directed by Sophia Wood (SFS ’17) and produced by Taylor Oster (COL ’17). While the troupe caters to younger audiences, the performance is meant to be enjoyed by viewers of all ages, so make sure to check out this fun classic.

Improv Show

Where: Bulldog Alley
When: Saturday, 9 p.m.
Info: performingarts.georgetown.edu
Price: $6 general, $4 student

The Georgetown Improv Association is ready to show their quick-thinking talent this weekend. Even though the group performs several times throughout the school year, this show in particular is guaranteed to be a standout performance. The actors spin their comedic tales from audience suggestions, so come ready with a few creative ideas.

5k Race Against Homelessness

Where: Red Square
When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Info: csj.georgetown.edu
Price: $20 ages 23+, $10 under 22

The Georgetown Ministry Center is committed to the fight against homelessness in our local community. The race being held this Sunday is an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for this cause. Participants can choose between the 2k walk and the 5k run and can register online in advance or on-site the day of the event.

GU Orchestra Performance

Where: Walsh Building, Spagnuolo Gallery
When: Thursday, 5 p.m.
Info: performingarts.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

The Georgetown University Orchestra will be premiering a piece written by GU faculty member Joel Phillip Friedman. Friedman’s music has been lauded  as “beautiful and intelligent” by the New Yorker. The piece was written especially for Benoy Behl’s “Buddhist Heritage Sites” photo exhibit. After the performance, a discussion with the artists will be held. 

Off Campus

Ghost Tour

Where: National Mall
When: Oct. 17, 19, 28
Info: go.nbm.org
Price: $25

If you’re looking for a new D.C. adventure but you’ve already become too familiar with the National Mall, consider walking four blocks over to the National Building Museum for one of its October Ghost Tours. Led on a lantern-lit journey through the museum, you’ll witness a spookier side to this impressive cultural center.

I Made This Just For You

Where: D.C. Arts Center
When: Oct. 17 to Nov. 16
Info: dcartscenter.org
Price: Free

Artist Michael Booker mixes a striking blend of past and present inspirations to produce this experimental gallery. He has created vivid oil paintings that draw from his personal experiences and photos of his past. Any type of art lover can visit the D.C. Arts Center to appreciate his bold work and original sense of ingenuity.

You Me at Six with Young Guns and Stars in Stereo

Where: 9:30 Club
When: 7 p.m., Saturday Oct. 18
Info: 930.com
Price: $20

Join 9:30 club this Saturday for a great concert. You Me at Six and Young Guns are British rock bands making their mark in the United States. Stars in Stereo is an American-based band. The three groups are sure to deliver quality entertainment.

D.C. Dead

Where: The Shop at Fort Fringe
When: 7 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Oct. 10 to Nov. 1
Info: dc-dead.com
Price: $35

Relieve midterm stress by grabbing five of your best friends and some “fatal neurotoxin darts.” Explore Fort Fringe and take part in an interactive and thrilling zombie chase game that’s sure to get your Halloween blood flowing.

Best Bets — Oct. 10, 2014


On Campus

 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Talk

Where: Gaston Hall
When: Friday, 12 p.m.
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

The African Society of Georgetown will be hosting Nigerian writer and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She will be speaking and answering some student-submitted questions. Students and faculty must bring GU ID, and those not affiliated with Georgetown must bring some form of photo ID. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. and close at 11:45 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

Mobile Soup Kitchen

Where: Lau steps/Franklin Square
When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m./
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

Interested in community service? Student organization H.O.P.E will be meeting at the Lau steps at 1:30 p.m. and then driving to Franklin Square where they will be serving soup from Leo’s to the homeless. This is an amazing opportunity for students to give back to the wider D.C. community. Participants can expect to return to campus around 3:30 p.m.

Back from Ferguson

Where: ICC 105
When: Monday, 7 p.m.
Info: Facebook
Price: Free

The Black Leadership Forum, Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and Program on Justice and Peace will be hosting a conversation led by Dr. David Ragland of Bucknell University. Georgetown students who have returned from participating in the St. Louis protests will also be speaking. A light dinner will be served to all students who attend.

Shabbat on the Lawn

Where: Healy Lawn
When: Friday, 6 p.m.
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu
Price: Free

This week is the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and to celebrate, the Jewish community at Georgetown is constructing a traditional sukkah (shelter) on Healy Lawn. This year’s sukkah is designed to call attention to the problem of homelessness in our community. Several members of Georgetown Ministries will offer their thoughts.

Off Campus

Spooky Film Festival

Where: AFI Silver Theatre
When: October 9th – October 18th
Info: spookyfest.com
Price: $12 General Admission; $80 All Fest Pass

The festival presents more than 40 horror works at the AFI Silver Theatre. Anticipated films include the final in the trilogy “V/H/S Viral” and “Exists.” Check out Spooky Fest if you’re looking for a night of scares from the odd and quirky to old-school horror.

Taste of D.C. 2014

Where: Pennsylvania Ave. NW; between 9th and 14th St.
When: Saturday and Sunday, 12-7 p.m.
Info: thetasteofdc.org
Price: $10

More than 40 of D.C.’s best restaurants and food trucks on Restaurant Row will be offerring four menu items, including a “taste of” item for $3 or less, for Taste of D.C. Ben’s World Chili Eating Championship will also feature the legendary Joey Chestnut.

Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Gallery of Art

Where: National Gallery of Art
When: Through October 15th
Info: hispanicheritagemonth.gov/collections
Price: Free

The National Gallery of Art is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th. Displays include Royal Armor from Imperial Spain, Diego Rivera’s Cubist paintings and Picasso features.

Columbus Day Ceremony

Where: Union Station
When: Columbus Day; 10 a.m.
Info: kofc8600.org
Price: Free

Union Station will be hosting its annual ceremony on Columbus Day at the base of its Columbus Memorial Statue. Since 1912, these celebrations have included presentations of divisions from the Knights of Columbus (who host the event), Army and Navy. Be sure to swing by and honor the holiday while enjoying this hub of activity.

Best Bets — Oct. 3, 2014


On Campus

C Street Brass

When: Today, 1:15 p.m.
Where: McNeir Auditorium, New North Building
Price: Free
Info: cstreetbrass.com

C Street Brass is a lively brass quintet that brings a contemporary twist to classic jazz. Originally from Pittsburg, this funky group of five often combines older styles like jazz with newer genres like dubstep, bringing their sound to the forefront of modern music. Join the talented quintet for this incredible afternoon of complex yet completely free music.

GU Nightclub Opening Party

When: Tonight, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Bulldog Alley
Price: Free
Info: Facebook

GU Nightclub is ready to revive the social scene on campus. Join the new DJ club for a pumped-up night of fun and dance. This musical event provides everybody with free entertainment — a refreshing alternative for those who are growing tired of off-campus weekend activities. All you need is your GOCard, and then you’re ready to party!

Abenomics: How Japan Will Revitalize Its Economy by Empowering Women

When: Oct. 7, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Fisher Colloquium, Rafik B. Hariri Building
Price: Free
Info: Eventbrite

Join Chief Japan Strategist for Goldman Sachs Kathy M. Matsui for an in-depth discussion of Japanese social and economic culture. Matsui will focus on the correlation between gender roles and economic patterns, offering her own advice about how to achieve progress and change. Matsui is an expert in the field of economics and was named one of the “10 Women to Watch in Asia” by the Wall Street Journal.

Lecture by Ardo Hansson, Governor of the Bank of Estonia

When: Oct. 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Executive Conference Room, ICC 700
Price: Free
Info: guevents.georgetown.edu

Ardo Hansson is a prominent figure on the Estonian economic scene. His lecture will offer an expansive look into the financial problems currently facing Europe, analyzing the global economic crisis and how Europe has responded to it. He will discuss how different regions have recovered, shedding light on each country’s method of rehabilitation.

Off Campus

“Driving Miss Daisy”

When: Friday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
Where: Ford’s Theater
Price: Starting at $15
Info: fordstheatre.org

Has Ford’s Theater been on your list of historical places to see in Washington, D.C.? Forget just going for a quick tour — make an actual night of it by getting tickets to see “Driving Miss Daisy.” This classic Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the themes of class differences, cultural boundaries, generation gaps and race through the interactions between the two leads. Tickets are currently being sold online. Don’t miss out! 

“The Devil in His Own Words”

When: Wednesday – Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: 545 7th St. SE
Price: $15
Info: www.taffetypunk.com/shows

Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s one-man show “The Devil in His Own Words” has already opened to enthusiastic approval. Actor Marcus Kyd portrays Lucifer’s journey from fallen angel to master of hell in an incredibly rich and complex script. The script is composed of cross-century texts from all over the world, promising to do justice to this dense history.

D.C. Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

When: Oct. 2 to Oct. 5
Where: Goethe Institut, 812 7th St. NW
Price: $8 for students, $10 for general admission
Info: dcpfaf.org

This cultural festival features screenings of both short and feature-length films, including “A World Not Ours,” “Where Should the Birds Fly?” and “Suspended in Time.” The event will be running all weekend and is a great chance to get off campus and explore another area of Washington, D.C. Lena Seikaly, an acclaimed jazz vocalist, will be closing out the festival on Sunday night.

(E)merge Art Fair

When: Oct. 2 to Oct. 5
Where: 10 I St. SW
Price: $10 for students, $15 for general admission
Info: emergeartfair.com

The fourth edition (4E?) of this annual exhibit will be held at the Capitol Skyline Hotel this year. The fair helps emerging art professionals from around the globe showcase their work and connect with important collectors and curators here in Washington, D.C. If you like art and want to get an early glimpse at some up-and-coming artists, then this event is the one for you.

Best Bets: Study Style

Well, Hoyas, we have good news and bad news. The good news is classes are done. The bad news is that finals haven’t even begun. That means that it’s time for papers, coffee, studying, (raging?), Lau, Lau, and more Lau. If you happen to surface out of your reading hole and into the real world in the coming days, here are some of our Best Bets for the weekend, study style.

If you have a free moment (read: free afternoon), mosey on down to Washington Harbour (a.k.a. the Georgetown waterfront) and spend some time at the brand new 11,800 square foot ice-skating rink. For $9 entry and a $5 skate rental, you’ll get bang for your buck at the rink—did we mention it’s bigger than the one in Rockefeller Center? Skate your way to happiness, kids.

Free at night? Don’t forget to stop by the Gonda Theater in the Davis Performing Arts Center to catch the final performance of A Civil War Christmas. It’s wintertime fun without even having to step foot off campus. Only $8 for students.

Didn’t see the Christmas tree lighting in Dahlgren Quad? Excited about Christmas trees in general? Stop by the Prez Rez at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and check out The White House Christmas Tree, a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce that has made D.C. its home since 1978. Also be sure to check out the nearby Pathway of Peace,” 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Traveling to see these trees will definitely “spruce” up your study days. “Fir” sure. It’ll be “tree-ific.”

Sorry not sorry about the tree jokes. We hope to see you out in the coming days. If not, we’ll see you at Lau. Sadly.

Photo: Washington Harbour

Best Bets: An Artistic Weekend

This week, Sandy granted us two extra days of moseying around lazily in our pajamas drinking mochas and here we find ourselves once again blessed with days that don’t have classes. Though this weekend may not be bustling with as many activities as last weekend’s Halloween, there are still campus and Georgetown-wide events we should all keep our eyes peeled for:

Friday: “Housebound” opening reception

Friday, November 2 | 6pm-8pm Heiner Contemporary (1675 Wisconsin Ave, NW) Come celebrate an exhibition that examines the concept of domestic space, with artwork by Rachel Farbiarz, Bella Foster, Allison Gildersleeve, Allison Reimus, Ann Toebbe and Augusta Wood. These artist’s works tackle various definitions of “home”.

Saturday: The 2012 Lombardi Gala and DC’s A Cappella Festival and Day of the Dead

Saturday, November 3 | 6pm-8pm Red Square, Reiss, Copley Crypt. Just cause Halloween’s over doesn’t mean the fun has to be! Come celebrate Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday. Partake in a fun holiday that allows us to celebrate our family members and friends who have passed.

Saturday, November 3 | 6pm, Washington Hilton Hotel. Here’s a chance to give back to the community and exercise your altruistic side. The 26th annual Lombardi Gala benefits the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event is a black-tie dinner for all of you fancy schmancy people. All proceeds go to cancer research, and I should mention that there is an opportunity to win a 2013 Lexus automobile.

Saturday, November 3 | 7:30pm, Gaston Hall. If you’ve seen Pitch Perfect recently, you’re fully aware of the fun of college A Cappella. Whether you’re a singer yourself, or enjoy watching people with capable vocal chords, this event will certainly be enjoyable for those who attend. Hosted by the Phantom’s and the GraceNotes, this annual concert will feature a range of songs everyone can bop to. Tickets are $8 for students.