Best Bets — Oct. 3, 2014


On Campus

C Street Brass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

What to Expect from GU Nightclub’s First Party

GU Nightclub

Here at 4E, we love to party. So naturally, we are more than excited for the first GU Nightclub party, coming this Friday. We’ve waited an eternity for something that could finally live up to the exceptionally high standards that Club Lau set for us during that fateful weekend freshman year and that something has finally arrived.

We’ve compiled a list of our hopes and dreams for the opening night, all of which have been carefully compared to observed phenomena at local club and bar scenes and are totally legitimate. (Failure to achieve at least three of these expectations will result in a blog-wide boycott of future GU Nightclub events.)

Losing half your weight in sweat
Any good nightclub will keep the music so bumpin’ (2000s hip hop, anybody?) that you can’t help but dance. Dancing is scientifically proven to burn over 400 calories an hour. If you dance for two hours and adjust your mini skirt at least five times, you should lose over six pounds in water weight — guaranteed.

A Jesuit breakdancing competition
It’s common knowledge that priests are good at feeling emotions – what’s stopping them from feeling the beat? When the Jesuits take off their white collars and unbutton those top buttons, you know it’s going down. They’re all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble.

Open bar with Coke and Sprite (read: high school prom)
Leave your fake IDs at home, kids, and enjoy some carbonated and somewhat questionable “punch” free of charge.

An influx of pre-med students
With the first orgo and physics exams out of the way, even the biggest try-hards will recognize that this is the premiere event of the semester. They will crowd the doorways and, while their complaints about biology problem sets will initially drown out the music, they will quickly lower their voices and dance the night away.

The ability to dance with an MSBro without being judged
You know that cute boy who struts around campus in his new suit and shiny shoes but definitely sold his soul to some consulting company? Your friends tell you to stay away, but GU Nightclub says this is the place.

Celebrity selfie ops
Whether it’s with Taylor Swift stopping by on her way to the Verizon Center or a cardboard cut-out of President Obama stolen from the College Democrats, nothing livens up a dull Facebook page like a photo with someone famous you may or may not have met.

Balance between serious dance and ratchet rap songs
Everything from “Come On Eileen” to “Black Widow” to “Rather Be”. If they don’t play “Anaconda,” my anaconda don’t ever want to go back.

We will send our love, best wishes and potentially intoxicated (with excitement) bodies to Bulldog Alley Saturday night, ready to get down in true club style. If you missed Club Lau, lost your fake ID or don’t know what a “club” actually is, join us there!