Georgetown Cabaret This Friday

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So you may have heard around campus that this Friday, Feb. 20, is Georgetown Cabaret. Before you get confused, let me just say I am not talking about Cabaret the musical. So if in your head you’re picturing fishnet stockings, sparkly flapper dresses and top hats, think again.

Essentially, not this:

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Although I really hope some of the performers show up in that outfit.

Alright, so what is Cabaret then? Well it started out as a variety talent show in the 1970s. Hosted in, of all places, Darnall Hall! Don’t worry it’s not still there, although it would be fun to watch everyone cram into a freshman dorm room.

Ok, back to the point. Cabaret is now a “rock extravaganza” according to the General Manager Dan McCusker (COL ’16) and it is hosted at the Black Cat nightclub over by U St.

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This year the show features ten vocalists, including members of three different a cappella groups. You’ll also hear music from two guitarists, three saxophonists, two drummers, a bassist and a keyboardist! Essentially a lot of awesome music in one night, what’s not to love!

Even better, proceeds from the show go to charity! More specifically this year, to the Center for Social Justice.

Gwen Lockman (COL ’16), assistant manager of Cabaret, says it is “incredibly rewarding to learn from the other musicians, especially at Georgetown where we can forget about working on things that bring us joy outside of working on our careers”. So there you have it. Put the laptop down, stop writing that cover letter, don’t research that internship and get yourself over to Black Cat this Friday! Tickets are on sale in Vittles now. For more info check out their Facebook page here.

Photos: http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Halloween/Monsters/Halloween-BlackCats.html; http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/01/20/curiocity-review-outside-its-winter-but-in-cabaret-its-so-hot/; http://gujamsesh.com/

Georgetown, Get Your Jam On

The nation’s capital is a great place. So much to offer, so much room for activities. One of the things most often forgotten, in my personal opinion, is the music scene. When’s the last time you went to a concert? For me, it was this summer at home. Real talk, though, I wish it had been this past Tuesday. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we all just missed an Alanis Morissette show in Silver Spring. Tragic. Still getting over that one.

A lot of the big names (aka The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, yes) perform at the Verizon Center. The bowl cut blonde himself will be here on November 5th. Below, some smaller venues and shows that’d be worth your while to check out.

9:30 Club (815 V Street, NW. Directions here.)

Public Enemy. 11/28/12. First, who knew they were from Long Island, N.Y.? Second, yes. Just yes. Go to this show, for all of us that can’t. Don’t believe the hypeWhat what?

G. Love and Special Sauce. 11/16/12. His most recent album produced by the Avett Brothers, what’s not to love about G. Love?

Citizen Cope. 11/21/12. All the way from Brooklyn, N.Y., folks!

The Black Cat (1811 14th Street, NW. Directions here.)

Helio Sequence. 11/16/12. Oregon alternative rock duo. Lend them your ears for a few minutes.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich. 12/15/12. Young folk singer who hails from York. I enjoy this.

The Fillmore (8656 Collesville Road, Silver Spring, MD. Directions here.)

Delta Spirit. 11/24/12. If you can make the trek to Silver Spring (it’s not really a trek, just involves escaping your Hilltop bubble), I would highly recommend seeing these guys, they put on a great show when I saw them last summer in Newport. Check out this and this.

Hoodie Allen. 12/28/12. It’s my birthday, so I know you will probably be busy celebrating. If you happen to be satalite-celebrating, though, and are in the DMV, check out this guy. There was a bit of a love affair going on with this song last year in New South 4. Oh, white rappers.

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Best Bets: The Last Weekend

It’s the last weekend before most of us will be living in Lau studying for finals so we have to go out with a bang, and there is plenty to do this weekend to make sure that happens. See what you can do before study days set in and your biggest adventure is finding a free cubicle.

Friday:
It’s Georgetown Day so obviously no one will be leaving campus! Take full advantage of all of the hard work that the Georgetown Day Committee has put into planning a great day for everyone! Make sure to stop by Red Square and Healy Lawn at 12:00 p.m. for tons of free food and participate in lawn games on Copley Lawn. Have a fun (and safe!) day!

Saturday:
If you are up for it after Georgetown Day, be apart of the D.C. Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. After you have completed the challenge, enjoy a huge festival at the finish line with food and drinks, live music, and outdoor games. If you need any more incentive, you could win $500 for first place.

Sunday:
Go see local favorites Ted Leo and the Pharmacists this Sunday at the Black Cat, located at 1811 14th St NW. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets only cost $15! This concert will be a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the release of the band’s album The Tyranny of Distance, and it is sure to be a great time!

Photo: Flickr user ACL Festival

Best Bets: Feeling Presidential

Still looking for things to fill the three-day weekend? We’ve got you covered with this week’s Best Bets to ensure that you have an awesome President’s Day Weekend!

FRIDAY

Are you a scary movie fanatic? If so, head out to the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) for Friday Night Frights from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. They’re showing two episodes of the HBO American horror anthology, Tales from the Crypt. Admission is free and, if you’re over 21, there are some awesome drink specials. Black Cat is only three blocks from the U Street/Cardozo Metro Station which makes it a convenient hot spot for all Georgetown students. Bring some friends because you won’t want to walk home alone after a night of terror.

SATURDAY

You don’t have to go far to have a great Saturday night – in fact, you can stay right on campus (which is convenient given the frigid winter weather). Head over to Bulldog Alley in the Leavey Center from 9:00pm to 1:30am for a Murder Mystery party and the showing of the movie Clue. Come prepared with your best detective skills to try to piece together the mystery as you search for the murderer. Dress in 1920’s themed attire in order to better immerse yourself in your role.

SUNDAY

The Next Big Thing Tour, which features over twenty local alternative and punk acts, has its next stop at the 9:30 Club (815 V. St. NW). The concert starts at 11:00 a.m. and lasts all day with a new act every twenty to thirty minutes. Stop by, even if for only a little while – you never know when one of these undiscovered bands will make it big. Tickets are $15 and are only available at the door the day of the concert.

MONDAY

It’s well worth it to trek out to Old Town Alexandria, Virginia from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to watch what’s being touted as “the largest parade celebrating Washington’s birthday in the USA!” The parade features bands, floats, wagons, horses, historic reenactment units, youth groups and special performances. Take the Yellow Line to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station, where a DASH bus will shuttle people downtown to the parade between 11am to 4pm, free of charge. During the day, everyone will have free admission to various historic Alexandria sites.

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Best Bets: Dim Sum for All

by Beth Garbitelli

FRIDAY

Take a break from the standard Top 40 jams played at most Georgetown establishments and mix it up at An Evening of Mashups at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street, NW). They promise remixes and  Girl Talk-esque tracks. Tickets are a measly  5 bucks which is about the same as cover for Modern or Thirds. Tickets will be sold at the door.

SATURDAY

Check out a midnight screening of It Happened One Night at the E Street Cinema (555 11th Street, NW). Directed by Frank Capra (who also made It’s A Wonderful Life) this classic screwball comedy has won over hearts for years and betchya it’s more charming and innovative than a certain black and white film that’s been getting a ton of Oscar attention this season. Watch a snippet here.

SUNDAY

Gather up your pals and head over to Chinatown (6th and I Streets, NW) to celebrate, albeit belatedly, the Chinese New Year. Start by getting some dim sum here  or here or here and then stick around for the Parade ( at 2:00 p.m.) that will be complete with dragon floats, traditional music and dancing. It’s the Year of the Dragon, folks. Not sure what the astrological significance of that is but hey, it sounds pretty cool, right? I think it means take any excuse to eat dim sum.

 

Old Punk, New Scene – Text Message

Photo: Rita Pearson/The Hoya

by Rita Pearson

Text Message, an indie rock band made up of Georgetown students Joe Romano (COL ’12), John Romano (COL ’14) and Mike Jaroski (COL ’12) kicked off Saturday night’s show at the Rock N Roll Hotel. They opened for local bands the Electric 11’s and Blue Pintowith songs from their upcoming sophomore album, called Lake Opposite. They’re influenced primarily by alternative rock bands, such as Sonic Youth and the D.C.-based Fugazi.

“We’re trying to hit the right spots,” John Romano said. “There are a handful of music venues in D.C., like the Rock N Roll Hotel, that we try to play in. Unfortunately there aren’t many places around campus.”

“The D.C. music scene is nothing like the late 80’s or early 90’s, but I wouldn’t say it’s dead,” Joe said. “However, D.C. is transient – a lot of the bands are on tour, so people are always coming in and out.”

In the 1980’s and 90’s, D.C. was home to a thriving and influential punk scene. Venues like the 9:30 Club, Madam’s Organ, and The Bayou (a Georgetown nightclub that has since been replaced by the Loews Cinema on K Street) were central to the punk community. The U Street/Shaw neighborhood in particular played an important role in the burgeoning D.C. music scene. The Black Cat, a U Street club co-founded by Dave Grohl in 1993, has hosted bands like Arcade Fire, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Death Cab for Cutie. Text Message will be taking the stage at The Black Cat this Sunday.

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