Best Bets — Oct. 10, 2014

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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.

Hot Spots to Cool Off: Jazz in the Garden

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Dear Mother Nature:

STOP. It’s currently 88 degrees outside, and my body temperature is somewhere between a baked rotisserie chicken and the depths of Mauna Loa. If you’re feeling anything like I am, you’re craving for a respite, a refuge, an escape from the sweaty horrors of D.C. summer. Good thing 4E has got you covered.

Throughout the season, we’ll be telling you all the tips, tricks, and places to go to beat the grueling Washington heat. So before your clothes begin melting into your skin, let’s begin. Here’s this week’s installment of 4E’s Hot Spots to Cool Off.

This week’s place to cool off is a D.C. favorite: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art (after all, what could be cooler than the crisp, popping melodies of jazz?!) Every summer, the National Gallery sponsors free jazz performances every Friday evening at its outdoor café. The venue is located at The Pavilion Café at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden at 7th and Constitution NW, Washington, D.C. (nearest Metro stations are Archives/Navy Memorial, Smithsonian and Judiciary Square.)

The best part? Admission is free! – visitors can enjoy syncopated music and jazzy melodies in a cool garden setting, surrounded by the Gallery’s large sculpture sculpture collection. The garden includes pieces by Roy Liechtenstein, Louise Bourgeois and Roxy Paine, among many others.

In addition, guests may purchase food and drinks from the Pavilion Café and the carts surrounding the venue. The café offers appetizers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and numerous refreshing ice-cold drinks, as well as outdoor grill items including pork sandwiches, Italian sausages and jerk chicken. Moreover, guests over 21 can enjoy a cool selection of on-site alcoholic beverages, including sangria, wine and beer (readers be wary: all outside alcohol will be confiscated, so don’t try to bring any!) However, outside food is permitted, so to get the most bang for your buck, pack a picnic and bring it to the performance.

Concerts begin at 5pm on Fridays and last until approximately 8:30pm. To get the best seating, guests are advised to arrive early. To get the full list of Jazz in the Garden dates and performances, click here, and for more information check out this link (and this link) or call (202) 289-3360.

And in the meantime, stay cool, Hoyas!

Photo: Guest of a Guest