DCAF 2015 Preview


If you happened to miss DCAF last weekend, do not fear: there is another night of DCAF coming to you this weekend! As the official 4E a cappella enthusiast fan girl, I thought that it was only fitting that I let you know what you can expect this Sat. Nov. 14.

Just in case you didn’t know, DCAF is a 2-week event, with one weekend hosted by the Georgetown Gracenotes and the other weekend hosted by the Georgetown Phantoms. Each weekend is graced by the presence of some other amazing groups, both from Georgetown and other schools across the east coast.

Last weekend Georgetown was wowed by The Chimes, Superfood, The Phantoms, The Gracenotes, The Columbia Kingsmen and The Princeton Tigressions.

This weekend, ticket holders will hear the amazing voices of:

The Capitol G’s: My friends all know that this performance kinda changed my life. The song was (and kinda still) is in my head. Can’t wait to see what twist they bring next.

The Saxatones: Even though I was abroad, the Saxatones version of this song was stuck in my head for at least two months. So on point.

The Phantoms: So incredible, what else can I say. They always bring it and I cannot wait to hear their new stuff.

The Gracenotes: Kinda biased because I am kinda a sucker for Misterwives, but they also did such an amazing job with this!

The NYU N’Harmonics: Few people can do Whitney well, and they certainly did. Do it again, please!

The JHU Octopodes: Their version actually made me like Lady Gaga again (possibly). Killed it.

So, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you should probably go do that right about now right here. 7:30pm. Gaston Hall. See ya there~

Photos/Gifs/Videos: youtube.com; facebook.com

A Capella Alert: DCAF Is Here

DCAF 2014 Preview

It’s that time of year again. No, not Halloween — DCAF. For those of you that don’t know, DCAF is the D.C. A Cappella Festival, a two-weekend annual fall concert hosted by Georgetown’s very own Phantoms and Gracenotes. The two weekends feature various Georgetown a cappella groups, as well as some guest groups from other schools.

The first performance is this Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and will be hosted by the Phantoms. In addition to their performance, the Chimes, Superfood and the Gracenotes will perform. The NYU N’harmonics and the Johns Hopkins Octopodes will be the guest groups of the night. The second performance hosted by the Gracenotes will be the following Saturday, Nov. 8, with performances by the Capitol G’s, Saxatones, Phantoms, REL and guest starring the University of Virginia Hullabahoos.

Tickets are only $8, but tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to pick up yours soon! They’re available online here, and will also be sold by the Gracenotes and Phantoms in Red Square.

You will not be disappointed.

To get you pumped for Saturday’s performers, here are videos from last year’s DCAF.

The Phantoms

 The Gracenotes


The Chimes

Now two of the guest groups:

The NYU N’Harmonics

The JHU Octopodes

Gif: imgur.com; Photo: groovesociety.biz

Best Bets — Oct. 31, 2014

bestbetscoverOn Campus

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.


DCAF Preview 2013

For those of you who don’t have friends in a cappella groups incessantly pressuring you to buy tickets to DCAF, 4E’s got you covered with a quick rundown of the event.

The DC A Cappella Festival (DCAF) is an annual fall concert held in Gaston Hall over two weekends, hosted by the Georgetown GraceNotes and the Georgetown Phantoms. The programs feature songs ranging from oldies to rock to pop, so there’s something for everyone.

This weekend’s performance (November 2nd) hosted by the GraceNotes will feature Georgetown groups like the Phantoms, Superfood, the Chimes, and two guest groups, the University of Maryland’s Generics and Villanova’s Spires.

Next weekend (November 9th) hosted by the Phantoms will feature the GraceNotes, Saxatones, Capitol G’s, as well as the NYU N’Harmonics and the Yale Whiffenpoofs. The groups will premiere brand new songs, so you’ll definitely want to go at least one night for an awesome performance.

Tickets are only $8 for students ($10 general admission) and can be bought from the GraceNotes and the Phantoms in Red Square from 10am-4pm during the two weeks before the shows, or online here. The second show is notorious for selling out early after people realize they missed the first weekend, so buy your tickets today and don’t miss out on one of the best a cappella performances of the year!

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.