Best Bets: Study Style

Well, Hoyas, we have good news and bad news. The good news is classes are done. The bad news is that finals haven’t even begun. That means that it’s time for papers, coffee, studying, (raging?), Lau, Lau, and more Lau. If you happen to surface out of your reading hole and into the real world in the coming days, here are some of our Best Bets for the weekend, study style.

If you have a free moment (read: free afternoon), mosey on down to Washington Harbour (a.k.a. the Georgetown waterfront) and spend some time at the brand new 11,800 square foot ice-skating rink. For $9 entry and a $5 skate rental, you’ll get bang for your buck at the rink—did we mention it’s bigger than the one in Rockefeller Center? Skate your way to happiness, kids.

Free at night? Don’t forget to stop by the Gonda Theater in the Davis Performing Arts Center to catch the final performance of A Civil War Christmas. It’s wintertime fun without even having to step foot off campus. Only $8 for students.

Didn’t see the Christmas tree lighting in Dahlgren Quad? Excited about Christmas trees in general? Stop by the Prez Rez at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and check out The White House Christmas Tree, a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce that has made D.C. its home since 1978. Also be sure to check out the nearby Pathway of Peace,” 56 smaller, decorated trees representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. Traveling to see these trees will definitely “spruce” up your study days. “Fir” sure. It’ll be “tree-ific.”

Sorry not sorry about the tree jokes. We hope to see you out in the coming days. If not, we’ll see you at Lau. Sadly.

Photo: Washington Harbour

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.

Best Bets: Let’s Dance!

The weekend’s coming up, and you know what that means? No, not studying for more midterms, but a break from the ones you just completed. Take a couple of study breaks for your own health and for the sake of having fun. Even on a hectic weekend, I try to keep myself occupied with activities other than draining my life away in an isolated room stuck in the books not knowing whether it is day or night. Here are some suggestions for an enjoyable and eventful weekend:

Friday: Guess what’s coming to Georgetown? As part of its breakfast tour, the Nutella truck is arriving! And who doesn’t enjoy the goodness of a wholesome unique spread of hazelnut and cocoa on practically anything? It is kosher, gluten-free, and AMAZING! The truck will be here this Friday, October 19 from 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the front gates. Did I forget to mention that it’s in the morning? But hey, free Nutella!

Saturday: Since I’m still a kid and so are you, why not take a stroll down memory lane and attend the Virginia’s premier amusement park formerly known as “King’s Dominion”. Make your way to Red Square and purchase tickets for only $15! This includes entrance and the two hour transportation to and from Georgetown. Buses will leave Georgetown at 5 p.m. There will be plenty of thrill rides and live entertainment. Zombies and other twistedness that will make sure to haunt your minds forever!

Sunday: On this day, the typical student does homework or last minute studying. Yes, I am talking to all you procrastinators! So if you decide not to leave your dorm, I suggest that you take at least 2-3 long study breaks. This does not mean you have permission to go on your Netflix account or look through random people’s photos on facebook. Get some fresh air and go for a walk along the Potomac or Roosevelt Island. And if you really can’t get out of your room, dance! Blast a favorite song and get yourself moving. Trust me, no one will know! Plus, it’s fun, too.

Best Bets: Perks of a Long Weekend

It’s been a rough week. Some of you are probably still hung over from Homecoming while others are sleep deprived after a week filled with exams.  So this is truly the perfect time for a three-day weekend. Even though we know that most of you will be trying to catch up on all that lost sleep, try to take advantage of some exciting events in the Capital this weekend. Friday: “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” featuring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, comes out today, and it may be worth it to cough up the $12 to see this movie in theatres. With a large popcorn and a box of Milk Duds, I can’t think of a better way to spend my Friday afternoon. We’ll see if the movie actually lives up to the hype and anticipation. Saturday: The Georgetown Program Board has put together a great event to take a limited number of students to the Virginia State Fair this Saturday night. It costs only $10 for admission to the fair, a wristband for unlimited rides, and roundtrip transportation. Students will leave campus at 4p.m. and return by 11p.m. There are only four spots left so make sure to go to the GPB office (Leavey 426) to sign up! Sunday: It’s already October and that means that the countdown till Halloween has begun. If you’re like me, you’ve already had your costume chosen for months. However, if you need a little inspiration, make the day trip to Six Flags in Maryland to enjoy the spooky attractions and shows of Fright Fest. Tickets start at just $34.99. Monday: Christopher Columbus got us out of a day of school so we may as well honor all that he accomplished. Show your appreciation and attend the annual ceremony at the Columbus Memorial Statue located at Union Station. During the ceremony, wreaths are laid at the base of his statue by the Embassies of Italy and Spain as well as by the general public. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Photo: Smithsonian Magazine

Best Bets: Homecoming Style

Well, it’s that time folks. The weekend is now upon us, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been grilled harder than a GUGS burger, and all is well with the world. Thus bears the question: what to do, what to do?

Well, if you haven’t heard already, it’s Homecoming, people! So get out your day-drinking flasks, because this weekend is about to get crazier than Honey Boo Boo after chugging her Go Go Juice. There’s a lot to do in the coming days, so here are some events that you probably don’t want to miss:


Everyone who’s anyone is going to be attending the Mr. Georgetown Pageant in Gaston Hall watching The Hoya’s very own Jonathan Rabar take the competition’s coveted title. This year’s Pageant theme is the Hunger Games, so you best believe that it’s going get wilder than District 11 after Rue dies. Tickets are $10 in advance and $13 at the door; doors open at 7 p.m. and the Pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. Believe me, if you attend Mr. Georgetown, the odds are going to be ever in your favor.


Homecoming Tailgate. McDonough Gym Tent. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Be there or be square. Actually, be there or be worse than square. Be there or be a big fat ugly rhombus. $15 in advance for students or $25 at the door.

Then, Homecoming Game. 2 p.m.  Multi-Sport Field. Brown is going down. Enough said. Get tickets here.

Oh, and for all of you hipsters who think Homecoming is too mainstream, try Gaia. The sell-out production features video art, choreography, DJs, live musicians and cuisine, all created around earth-inspired themes.

If you’re still unsure about your Saturday night, just go to DayGlow (now, “Life In Color”) along with everyone else in the universe. On second thought, don’t go to DayGlow. It’s just not okay.


If you aren’t nursing a hangover, writing 6 papers and cramming for your midterms, check out Daylight @ New York Avenue Beach Bar. Admission is free, but you have to RSVP. It’s sure to be a blasty blast, featuring burritos, margaritas, and a ton of house music. Oh my.

Last, but definitely not least, Gotye’s here! Go and see him before he’s just “Somebody That You Used To Know.”

Happy Homecoming, Hoyas!


Best Bets: Let Your Inner Bear Out


Enjoy the last rays of summer with The Golden Triangle BID’s “Picnic in the Park,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Make it to Murrow Park at 18th and H Streets for the chance to play lawn games and win some giveaways and eat free food.

I’m from New York so I’m partial to these Brooklyn natives, which means you should be too, naturally. Check out the Grizzly Bear (pictured) show Friday at the 9:30 club. Tickets ‘say’ they are sold out on the 9:30 website, but we all know how much fun Craigslist can be, so give it a go if you’re so inclined.


Head to Fort Dupont Park in Northeast for Live Well DC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You’ll be greeted with a farmer’s market with free samples, free yoga classes, live music and giveaways. Did you say free stuff? Why yes, yes I did.

If you’re more of a lover of theater, hit up Washington Post’s Editor’s Pick, Hamlet at Folger Theatre for the last day of its production. Shows run at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. We all know how nice it is to sit in one place after a hard Friday night out. If you can entertain yourself while doing it, why not?


Attend the Parade of Nations on Pennsylvania Avenue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As part of Fiesta DC (Catchy title, we like) there will be live music, vendors and of course, Latino culture.



Best Bets: Bring It Around Town

It’s been 100 years and the Titanic still makes headlines. The National Geographic Museum’s exhibit, “Titanic: 100 Year Obsession,” delves into the history of the ship and so many scientists’ fascination with it. The exhibit includes a replica of one of the ship’s lifeboats and so much more about the ship’s 712 survivors and 1,496 victims.
WHERE: National Geographic Museum
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
PRICE: $6 for students
METRO: Farragut North
Attend the grand opening of Union Market, the highly awaited year-round market with over 40 vendors from the D.C. area. Explore the new bazaar on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an artisan ice cream competition that will award the best ice cream maker with the 2012 D.C. Scoops title.
WHERE: Sixth Street and Florida Avenue NE
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
METRO: Union Station
Head to Adams Morgan and visit an all-day festival celebrating the neighborhood. The first festival since the presentation of a new streetscape and larger sidewalks, the festival will feature vendors, crafts, food, and live musical and dance performances. Bring some spending cash and experience this great neighborhood.
WHERE: 18th Street in Adams Morgan
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
METRO: Woodley Park/Adams Morgan
by Emily Manbeck and Joanie Greve

Best Bets: The Last Weekend

It’s the last weekend before most of us will be living in Lau studying for finals so we have to go out with a bang, and there is plenty to do this weekend to make sure that happens. See what you can do before study days set in and your biggest adventure is finding a free cubicle.

It’s Georgetown Day so obviously no one will be leaving campus! Take full advantage of all of the hard work that the Georgetown Day Committee has put into planning a great day for everyone! Make sure to stop by Red Square and Healy Lawn at 12:00 p.m. for tons of free food and participate in lawn games on Copley Lawn. Have a fun (and safe!) day!

If you are up for it after Georgetown Day, be apart of the D.C. Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. After you have completed the challenge, enjoy a huge festival at the finish line with food and drinks, live music, and outdoor games. If you need any more incentive, you could win $500 for first place.

Go see local favorites Ted Leo and the Pharmacists this Sunday at the Black Cat, located at 1811 14th St NW. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and tickets only cost $15! This concert will be a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the release of the band’s album The Tyranny of Distance, and it is sure to be a great time!

Photo: Flickr user ACL Festival

Best Bets: Keep your feet moving

Only one full week of classes left, so make the most of your weekend! Great news—you can spend this weekend having a fun while helping out some important causes. 4E has the info on some great Georgetown sponsored events happening this weekend:

FRIDAY: Participate in Relay For Life! Join one of the many teams, and head out to MSF at 7 PM. The event lasts until 7 AM, so throughout the night teammates will continue to walk laps around the field. Highlights include a Survivors Lap, tie-dying tee shirts, and a capellla performances! All the proceeds go towards fighting cancer, so get all of your friends to join, and spend a sleepless night with all of your fellow Hoyas.

SATURDAY: Run, job or walk in the Run for Rigby at 2 PM starting in Red Square. It’s a quick course, and all the proceeds go towards raising fire safety awareness in honor of past Georgetown student Daniel Rigby’s passing in 2004. After getting your exercise in for the day, get dressed up, and attend Rigby Ball from 9 PM-12 at the National Press Club Ballroom. It will be an open bar and dancing, so hurry and buy a ticket for both events—last year it sold out!

SUNDAY: Sign up for the Jog for Jill! Head to Red Square where registration is at 10 AM, and the gun will sound to start the race at 11 AM. Jill’s Legacy and the Georgetown Crew Team are hosting the race. All proceeds go towards beating lung cancer, so grab your sneakers and come complete this 5K run/walk for a great cause!

Best Bets: Spring Has Sprung

Spring seems to be in full swing here in D.C., so sitting through classes is even tougher than usual these days. Thankfully, the weekend is here, so 4E has some suggestions to make the best of your days off.


Go see The Hunger Games! The highly anticipated movie opened at midnight, so buy tickets before the shows sell out. Theaters all over D.C. will be playing it, the most convenient theater for us is the AMC Loew’s Georgetown, which even features IMAX screenings. We’re as excited for this year’s most anticipated movie as everyone else is.


We know no one was ready to stop celebrating St. Patty’s Day last weekend, so lucky for you, this Saturday is SHAMROCK FEST at RFK Stadium. This festival includes 50 bands and DJs, 10 stages, food, party areas, and lots of beer! This year’s performances feature Gavin DeGraw and the Dropkick Murphys. Make sure not to miss one of the best Irish celebrations of the year.


While the Cherry Blossoms are already in bloom, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony is this Sunday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Headlining this event is Sara Bareilles, but other performers include MISIA, Hideki Togi, and the Children’s Chorus of Washington. Also at this ceremony, you can hear the story of how the Cherry Blossom has gained its big reputation here in D.C. The event will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and admission is free! What better way can you welcome springtime to D.C.?

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