Best Bets: Poets and Pauly D

The student body will soon disperse as everyone heads to his or her tropical destination for Spring Break, but it’s the last weekend at Georgetown, which means you have to make it count. This week’s Best Bets has got you covered.

FRIDAY

Want to help a great cause and also have a ton of fun? Check out the “Louder Than a Bomb” Fundraiser Party at the Dunes (1402 Meridian Pl. NW) this Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event is 18+ and a $10 donation is encouraged to fund the first-ever Louder than A Bomb High School Poetry Slam Festival in D.C. in June 2012. There will be live performances by some fantastic D.C. youth poets and clips will be shown from the documentary “Louder Than a Bomb,” a film based on the world’s largest teen poetry slam. It is recommended to purchase a ticket prior to the show since space is limited.

SATURDAY

This Saturday, DJ Pauly D, a cast member of the highly entertaining MTV reality show, “The Jersey Shore,” will be performing at Fur Nightclub (33 Patterson St. NE). Doors open at 10 p.m., and anyone older than 18 can attend. This crazy character is sure to guarantee a great time full of some house music, top 40, hip-hop, mash up and more! The opening set is Evan Baker and Tony Atkinson.

SUNDAY

DC Fashion Week is coming to a close, so a great way to end your own weekend would be to attend the International Couture Collections event at the French Embassy (4101 Reservoir Rd. NW) from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. At this finale event, international designers will present their collections. The fashion show starts at 6 p.m., and a ticket is required to attend. A general admission ticket costs $70 — pricy, but well worth it to see some truly extraordinary fashion.

Friday Fixat10ns: Magic in the Air

by Martin Hussey

FIXAT10NS: Magic in the Air from thehoya on 8tracks.

Some sort of magic has definitely been in the floating around campus this week, with temperatures soaring into the 70s on Wednesday, Georgetown’s walloping of UConn on Wednesday night and that yearly affair with the groundhog (where some strange form of groundhog magic predicted six more weeks of winter Thursday morning). To commemorate this excellent week in Hoya history, we’re starting the weekend off on a magical note as well, with 10 magical tunes designed to charm you  into relaxation.

Harry Potter and the Half-Dub Remix — Terabyte Frenzy The dubstep craze is remixing everything from Rebecca Black’s “Friday” to soundbytes from Family Guy. This is one of the few remixes that this grandma should have been dancing to.

Magic Spells — Crystal Castles The magical thing about this song is how they make a repetitive beat and no words still sound interesting after six minutes. Finger drumming is inevitable.

Love Sex Magic — Ciara (feat. Justin Timberlake) This 2009 dance anthem reminds me of junior prom. To some, that night was magical in itself. I find myself wondering, though, whether our DJ realized he was playing this song to a bunch of hormonal high schoolers.

The Ghost Inside — Broken Bells Ghosts are magical, right? Regardless, this is a great song, and the chorus is hypnotizingly entrancing.

Golden Age – TV on the Radio We’re in the age of miracles – we must be when it is 70 degrees on the first day of February.

Time to Pretend — MGMT A lot of you may have fallen out of touch with this song. Don’t. Plus, I feel like this song is increasingly relevant in my life as I near the time in my life where I “get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning news.”

Magic — Pilot Who can’t include this song in a list of magical music? This cheesy 70’s rocker still maintains an infectious chorus that populates the best moments in movies, TV shows and plays as in my head when awesome things happen to me.

Ghost! – Kid Cudi I couldn’t resist including Kid Cudi in this song, with his strange story lines about men on the moon and other such fantastical things. This song was also great in concert: Here’s a clip from the performance I saw live.

Do You Believe in Magic? – The Lovin’ Spoonful The second oldie about magic on this post. If you’re bored by the classic, I recommend the Aly and AJ version from the Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place.

I Believe – Simian Mobile Disco I believe in magic. Actually, I don’t. But some people do. If you believe in anything, it should be this song, with its weird beat that frames a pretty legit song.

Georgetown Metro Headaches

by Martin Hussey

As if Georgetown didn’t have enough transportation problems, the main conduit for off-campus transportation, the Rosslyn metro station, will be closed for track work this weekend, according to a WMATA press release. The authority will replace trains with free buses between the closed station, but warns Orange and Blue Line riders that delays could reach 20-30 minutes through the construction zone.

Since a trip to Rosslyn from campus already can take up to 20 minutes, try alternate bus routes, particularly the 38B, 32/36, G2, D6 and Circulator.

For the all-important basketball game against South Florida at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning, special game day buses will run between Dupont Circle and the parking lot in front of McDonough, according to an e-mail sent to season ticket holders Thursday. Careful, though, the south entrance to the Dupont metro stop is also closed due to escalator repair.

According to WMATA, the station closure will allow workers to replace rail fasteners and remove sludge in the tunnel under the Potomac River. The rail closures are all part of a $5 billion project over five years to fix aging rail lines that can lead to problems like cracked rails, which have been found in recent weeks at Rosslyn and Tenleytown, causing delays to commuters.

D.C. Ramblings: Georgetown

by Kyle Short

When most people think of a “walking city,” they immediately think of New York, forgetting D.C.’s wide thoroughfares, its eclectic jumble of Greek and modern architecture and its burgeoning nightlife. D.C., much like New York, is a city of different people joined together with the common goal of surviving in the city. When someone says they’re from D.C., natives love to ask, “but where are you from originally?” It’s relevant, as we’re a city of congressmen, students and tourists, all of which shows in our buildings, our bars and our favorite hangout spots (the closest of these noteworthy hubs gracing the streets of Georgetown). Just a short walk away, M street offers students a great escape from the drudgery of classes, study groups and homework. While it may seem obvious, as most students have most likely adventured to M Street at some point in their career, there are a lot of unexplored options that M Street and the surrounding areas have to offer (although Guards, Thirds, and Rhino are all fun). Try seeing Georgetown during the day, and not just the shops on M and Wisconsin, because there’s a whole other city out there.

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Sunday Night Wrapup: It Snowed!

Photo via Flickr user ep_jhu

by Bethany Imondi

In case you’ve been hiding in Lau for the past two days or are just starting to make sense of things again after a few wild nights, here’s what you missed this weekend:

  • On Saturday, our 12th-ranked men’s basketball team lived up to its “Heart Attack Hoyas” moniker with a last-minute  52-50 victory over Rutgers at Verizon Center.
  • The body of a man who had been living in the woods adjacent to the university’s Canal Street entrance for the past 25 years was discovered early Thursday afternoon. The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating the man’s death.
  • Joe Paterno, former Penn State football coach and the winningest coach in major college football, died early Sunday morning after losing his battle with lung cancer.
  • With the help of Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Billy Cundiff, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots advanced to Indianapolis to play in this year’s Super Bowl. The Patriots defeated the Ravens, 23-20, in Sunday’s AFC championship game at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium.
  • And thanks to the San Francisco 49ers’ fumbled punt return in overtime of the NFC championship game, the New York Giants defeated the 49ers, 20-17, in San Francisco to advance to the Super Bowl. The February 5 game will be a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, in which the Giants ended the Patriots’ undefeated season with a 17-14 upset.

 

Friday Fixat10ns #1

4E’s Friday Fixat10ns #1 from thehoya on 8tracks.

Every Friday, 4E will post a playlist of 10 songs that have fixated us for the past week. Those fixat10ns will be posted on 4E both as a testament to the end of the week, but also in preparation for the weekend to come. This week, we have understandably been fixated to the construction and beginning of the blog.

So, in this first edition of Fixat10ns, 4E celebrates our inaugurat10n day with 10 songs celebrating the beginning. The initiat10n. The introduct10n. The commencement of a new tradit10n in the Georgetown blogoshpere.

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