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

Timeflies

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

Apps & New Releases — Nov. 7, 2014

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Ellentube-576x1024Ellentube
Free

Do you love watching “The Ellen Show,” but don’t always have time to keep up with it daily? This new app is your go-to source for all things Ellen, displaying the best clips as well as other funny videos that will keep you entertained for hours. Adding a social media aspect, it allows you to create a profile and instantly share favorite videos with your friends. This app is especially unique because it combines the love of Ellen with the love of humor, and users can even send in their own homemade clips.

 

math1PhotoMath
Free

The combination of photography and mathematics is simple in this new app, which allows users to take a photo of any math problem and have it instantly be solved. Now, the difficult calculus problems we sometimes face are not always supported, but this app can still tackle a variety of polynomials and equations to make math homework easier. The interface is easy to use, providing a step-by-step solution to the problem once it identifies the numbers and type of equation. Users can also save equations and compile them into a list for easy access.

 

bitmojiBitmoji
Free

When regular emojis get boring, the new app Bitmoji spices up texting and keeps conversations alive. A variety of emotions and expressions are available, and they can be used on several platforms including iMessage and WhatsApp. They can even be customized avatars of yourself, which adds a personal touch and makes any conversation more fun. These emojis are easy to create and add to any chat, because Bitmoji integrates into your regular keyboard on your smartphone. This app is great for expanding the pool of generic emojis that never quite fit what you’re trying to express.

New Releases

little-boots-2014-1200x800‘Taste It’
Little Boots
★★☆☆☆

Little Boots, also known as Victoria Christina Hesketh, returns to the electropop scene with her latest single in anticipation of her new “Business Pleasure” EP, to be released Dec. 1. The song is a blend of smooth, synthetic percussion beats and the English singer’s signature wispy, feminine vocals. With its odd rhythm and casual singing style, it is reminiscent of Santogold’s original music combinations with a slightly more feminine twist. While this experimental nature is commendable, the song is unable to add depth to its instrumental ambience. With repetitive lyrics like “la la la” and “on your lips like licorice,” the single sounds more like a broken record than a ground-breaking hit.

 

Rodney-Atkins-Eat-Sleep-Love-You-Repeat-CountryMusicRocks.net_‘Eat Sleep Love You Repeat’
Rodney Atkins
★★★☆☆

Anyone who has heard the original “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” by Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr featuring Beardyman, or the subsequent remix by Calvin Harris, will be sure to get a kick out of this classic country song. Rodney Atkins is no stranger to the American country music genre, and he sticks to his formulaic style in this fun remake of the single’s electro house predecessor. The song is a typical mix of guitar, drums and country cajoling. While it will shine for a short time due to the popular allusion, it doesn’t stand out as a number that will join the league of timeless country hits any time soon.

 

wu tang‘Ruckus in B Minor’
Wu-Tang Clan
★★★★☆

The American hip-hop group is getting fans pumped for its upcoming album “A Better Tomorrow,” and if the album is as good as this single, it is sure to be a smash hit. The song has a romantic crudeness to it, created by its harsh New York sounds of clocked guns and spinning records combined with the aggressive lyrics that bombard and captivate the listener. Each verse, performed by one of the group’s many rappers, seamlessly transitions into the next, bringing with it the power of the rappers’ idiosyncratic speeds and styles. This constantly changing sound is fascinating and shows the flexibility and complexity of the group’s composition as a whole.

Nick_Jonas_-_Nick_Jonas_(Official_Album_Cover)‘Teacher’
Nick Jonas
★☆☆☆☆

After three of the songs from his upcoming album “Views from the 6” were leaked online, Drake officially released them over the weekend via SoundCloud. “6 God” features a strong drum and bass with a short, melodic background riff that pairs with Drake’s usual rapping style. His pace is led by this clipped, repeating beat for a minute or two before the drums fade and a subtle synthesizer builds up the anticipation. This section never really reaches a peak, as it simply falls back into the original rhythm of the song. Current Drake fans will be content with his unfaltering voice, lyrics and instrumentals, yet he offers nothing new to draw in other potential audiences.

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

Apps & New Releases — Oct. 31, 2014

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B4_InkboardAppInkboard
Free

Have you ever had trouble expressing yourself through the limited characters of a text message? Have you ever wanted to prove that a picture is worth a thousand words? A new app called Inkboard allows iPhone users to draw pictures on their screens. It includes a rainbow of colors and uses an array of tools that replicate crayons, markers, ballpoint pens and highlighters, as well as four different pencil tips and an eraser function. The pictures are then sent as a linked image instead of directly within a text message, but they still add an artistic touch to your conversations.

 

B4_ExposureAppExposure
Free

In the era of semi-professional iPhone photographers, Exposure is another app that allows people to express their artistry through creative photo modifications. The effects this app offers are not very different from the many other photo-editing apps, but what warrants its $1.99 price is that users get to choose a specific area of the photo to apply a given effect. Therefore, Exposure users can mix and match different effects, filters, and even isolate color in black-and-white photos to create highly personalized images that are perfect for sharing.

 

B4_DelectableWinesAppDelectable Wines
Free

This app allows users to take a photo of a wine label, which the app will then instantly recognize and generate a list of reviews and tasting notes from other users within the Delectable Wines community. One can scan an unlimited number of wines for free, add reviews and share their own wine recommendations with friends. Through the extensive database of wines, Delectable users can also follow sommeliers and winemakers to discover new wine choices. Finally, the app allows users to buy wine directly, which then gets delivered right to their doors.

New Releases

B7_BegForIt_VirginEMIRecords‘Beg For It’
Iggy Azalea
★★★☆☆

,While prepping fans for the release of her upcoming studio album “Reclassified,” Iggy has decided to have fun with her latest single without straying too far from her distinctive sound. In the song, she pays tribute to Notorious B.I.G., mirroring his famous “Biggie Biggie Biggie can’t you see” verse lyrics at the end of her second verse. The song combines rhythmic-rap sections with a feminine, high-pitched chorus and a smooth synthesizer to produce a slow-paced whole reminiscent of her earlier hit “Fancy.” It ends with an alluring voice that captures Iggy’s sassy spark. It may not break any revolutionary ground, as Iggy doesn’t seem intent on experimenting with her successful music style.

 

B7_ThePartyLine_MatadorRecords‘The Party Line’
Belle and Sebastian
★★★★★

Coming in strong after five years of low-key living, the indie pop band is back with a new single in anticipation of its new album to be released in January. The male vocals and whispered female accompaniment is similar to Gotye’s indie rock sound, and the song somehow remains upbeat yet pleasurably mellow throughout. This can be attributed to the electric hum of the bass and the single’s bouncing mix of disco-techno ambiance. With playfully alternating combinations of notes and rhythms, the single is sure to attract new fans in the ever more popular indie-pop genre

B7_IBetMyLife_InterscopeRecords‘I Bet My Life’
Imagine Dragons
★★☆☆☆

Two years ago, the indie-rock band made a splash with its debut studio album “Night Visions.” Following a spree of multiple hits and then a brief hiatus from the spotlight, the group had a lot to live up to. This single is a formulaic version of the band’s earlier songs. It starts with a harmonized chorus that immediately switches to an almost country vibe with clapping, heavy percussion and a prominent guitar part. The chorus comes early and suddenly, picking up the speed with lead singer Dan Reynold’s unique voice. The single mimics the form of songs like “On Top of the World.” Overall, it is not a very catchy or melodious tune, leaving one uncertain about the future success of Imagine Dragons’ second album.

B7_6God_OVOSound‘6 God’
Drake
★★☆☆☆

After three of the songs from his upcoming album “Views from the 6” were leaked online, Drake officially released them over the weekend via SoundCloud. “6 God” features a strong drum and bass with a short, melodic background riff that pairs with Drake’s usual rapping style. His pace is led by this clipped, repeating beat for a minute or two before the drums fade and a subtle synthesizer builds up the anticipation. This section never really reaches a peak, as it simply falls back into the original rhythm of the song. Current Drake fans will be content with his unfaltering voice, lyrics and instrumentals, yet he offers nothing new to draw in other potential audiences.

 

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.

 

Send In Submissions for Creative Writing Issue

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Are you an aspiring novelist or poet? Do you see yourself as the next John Green, Philip Roth or Carol Ann Duffy? If your creative juices are flowing and you think your work of genius should be shared with the world, make sure you submit to The Hoya’s Creative Writing Issue.

Last April’s inaugural issue featured an array of powerful and moving pieces. From Laura Lannan’s dramatic poem “Napalm” to Alexandra Buck’s thought-provoking short story, “The Story I’m Not Allowed to Write,” the issue was bursting with talent. And now it’s your turn.

Submissions — poems, short stories or creative non-fiction — are due Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11:59 p.m. to [email protected] There’s a maximum of two submissions per person, and short stories should be between 500 and 1,000 words. So put your (metaphorical) pen to paper and get your submissions in for your chance to get published and prove your literary brilliance.

Check out the event on Facebook for more information on sending in your submission.

Apps & New Releases — Oct. 24, 2014

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B4_AppLevelMoneyLevel Money
Free

This new app is a great resource for college students. It analyzes your bank accounts to let you know just how much you can spend to stay within your budget. It has the ability to track income, bills and savings to display a spendable amount. In addition, it tracks transactions and categorizes them in an easy, color-coded interface that makes finances painless. Supported by over 2,000 banks, Level Money links to your bank account so you do not need to enter anything manually. This app effectively displays how much you can spend and is invaluable in keeping your finances on track.

B4_AppSpringSpring
Free

Ever find yourself at Yates without a good playlist to match your workout? With this new app, this is no longer a problem. With upbeat songs picked by artists and friends alike, Spring makes it easy to change the tempo of your music to match the intensity of your exercise activity. It even synchronizes movement to different songs so users never find themselves listening to a song that is too slow. The app works as a more specialized version of Spotify, as its social media integration allows users to share playlists and rate other songs to add to their own playlists.

B4_AppSkypeQikSkype Qik
Free

The issue of group video messaging on a mobile format is no more with this new app, which allows users to easily create group chats and record and share videos. A unique aspect is the ability to delete messages from the chat which erases them from the conversation. The minimalist design makes it easy to navigate, and there are no login, usernames or passwords to remember. Similar to SnapChat, this app creates a new way to send location-based messages and videos to individuals or groups.

 

New Releases

B7_Drown_RCArecords‘Drown’
Bring Me the Horizon
★★★☆☆

The British metalcore band has put itself on the punk-metal music radar with this new single. Lead singer Oliver Syke demonstrates his talent as a singer with his abrupt transitions between smooth, serenading vocals and the signature coarse screams of the genre. While its prominent and fast-paced guitar and drum parts set up the foundation for metalcore moshing, the distant chorus contrasts these elements and lends a dreamier, less harsh feeling to the song. The accompanying music video is hilarious, including several seconds of a random jazz music intermission that continues the melody of the song while an exorcism supposedly takes place.

B7_Livingwithoutyou_islandrecords‘Living Without You’
Tulisa
★★★★★

Tulisa is a woman of many talents, and her newest single is a testament to her strength as a singer-songwriter. The intro begins with an impressive display of sultry vocals that culminates in an abrupt shift to synthetic beats. It is a welcome change that brings back ’60s disco vibes, and Tulisa’s lyrics pick up the pace to add to this playfulness. The bubbly synth layers complement her voice without overwhelming it, and the song is a great sing-along song for clubs or dance parties. Overall, the single wonderfully shows off Tulisa’s powerful, flexible voice, a feature that is usually lost in the safe, restrictive melodies of other pop songs.

B7_BabyDontLie_InterscopeRecords‘Baby Don’t Lie’
Gwen Stefani
★☆☆☆☆

It seems that Gwen Stefani has fallen into the trap of formulated pop music. She sacrifices her normally sassy, unwavering singing style for a bizarre tune that consistently changes from deep, yet tolerable vocals to a high-pitched squeak. While the synthetic beats are catchy and creative, Stefani’s weak melody and superficial lyrics fail to match their adventurous mood. The song transitions into an unnecessary section where Stefani gives a short speech accompanied by a strong bass that is supposed to build up and release tension in the following chorus but falls markedly short. Stefani has succeeded in imitating the beat-focused pop music of today, but at the cost of what made her rebellious songs like “Hollaback Girl” so famous.

B7_tswift_BigMachineRecords‘Welcome to New York’
Taylor Swift
★★★★☆

This is the third single Swift has released in anticipation for her upcoming album “1989,” which will be released next week. The song begins with prominent claps and a buzzing synth pulse. Swift then takes over with her energetic falsetto voice which is subtly harmonized to produce a more unique effect. The song doesn’t incorporate her country roots, and it continues to follow the conventional layout of her recent pop hits.  While the lyrics aren’t very symbolic, they have a catchy, rhythmic flow that makes it an easy and enjoyable listen. Whether you’re a fan of Swift or not, one way or another you’ll somehow find yourself knowing all the words and singing along to this one.

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.

Apps & New Releases — Oct. 17, 2014

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B4_PhotoshopAppAdobe Photoshop for iPhone
Free

Take your photo editing skills to the professional level with Adobe Photoshop for your iPhone which, to our surprise, is free (compared to the normal high cost for laptop downloads). Get all the convenient editing treatments you would expect from Photoshop such as photo enhancements and the ability to cut and mix images. All this comes with a sleek, easy-to-use interface that puts current photo editing apps to shame. The app is very user-friendly and has no unnecessarily complicated tools that you would likely never learn how to use anyway. Enhance your editing skills and photos on this one easy app.

B4_CinematicAppCinamatic
Free

Put your creativity to the test with this new video app. It lets your create your own mini-movie  right on your phone. Record multiple short clips and use the app to combine them into an impressively successful and beautiful short motion picture. The app allows you to choose interesting filters for your clips and add music and voice-overs. Plus, it includes an easy link to any and all of your social media outlets so that you can quickly and easily share your masterpiece with the world. While your work may not come close to that of Christopher Nolan or James Cameron, the app provides a fun and simple way to explore the art of cinematography.

B4_NewRepublicAppNews Republic
Free

While there are a lot of apps for getting your news, News Republic bests them all, providing a consolidated view of the day’s top stories. Choose from countless categories with stories from some of the top news companies including the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Huffington Post. You can filter your searches and create preferences that specifically cater to your interests. Topics range from Politics to Movies and all things in between, providing you with endless options and stories. You can even add RSS feeds from your favorite news sites (i.e. The Hoya) to the app. And if this isn’t enough, the app features a widget that includes real-time news updates in your iPhone’s Today screen.

New Releases

B7_HonneAllInTheValue_SuperRecords‘All in the Value’
Honne
★★★★☆

The relatively unknown U.K. duo is picking up heat with its newest single currently streaming on SoundCloud. The song begins with lulling synthetic beats that set the R&B vibe, which permeates the rest of the song. These soft sounds combine with husky vocals that quietly waver before transitioning into a more definable tune that later rises in pitch. While the vocals and synthetic beat keep a mellow pace, the latter half of the song adds a rebellious flare with a strong guitar that breaks through the milder sound layers to form bold and memorable melody.

B7_YouGotItAllUnionJ_SonyRecords‘You Got It All’
Union J
★★★☆☆

In the wake of its  previous single “Tonight (We Live Forever),” which didn’t receive much attention in the music world, Union J is back with yet another song, to be released early next year through Epic Records. The band is competing within a saturated market of boy bands which is perhaps why it decided to shake things up in this single and tone down its predictably bubbly pop sound. The boys trade in their upbeat party stereotypes for a slower-paced song that struggles to venture away from the territory of their pop star contemporaries. The single does justice to the band’s flexible and synergetic vocals through a powerfully harmonized chorus and difficult, fluctuating solo melodies.

B7_WhieNoiseExCops_DowntownRecords‘White Noise’
Ex Cops
★★★★★

Ex Cops was a project started in 2010 by Brian Harding, formerly from the band Hymns. The band is working on expanding its fan base, and “White Noise” shows that it is definitely gaining the right momentum. The song introduces funky disco-synth sounds that combine with a guitar part to create a cohesive indie-pop-rock background. Vocalist Amalie Bruun captures the heart of the song with a voice that continually varies in style. Her dainty singing transitions into passionate vocals that launch off the song and give it its rock twist, alternating with more laid-back verses,.

B7_EmileHaynieFallingApart_InterscopeRecords‘Make Me Wanna’
Emile Haynie feat. Andrew Wyatt and Brian Wilson
★★★★★

American music producer Emile Haynie’s new single features Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and the Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson, creating rather high expectations for the anticipated song. With an orchestral opening tinged with profound emotions and a distinctive, hoarse voice to accompany it, the song definitely lives up to Haynie’s reputation. These elements are combined with a pounding, rhythmic drum, a discreet background choir and even more synthetic tweaks that add an uplifting feel to the overall piece. This is a comforting, wistful single, perfect for hopeful and sad listeners alike.

Best Bets — Oct. 17, 2014

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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.