Preview: Mr. Georgetown

Homecoming weekend is quickly approaching and with that comes the highly anticipated Mr. Georgetown pageant! This year, fourteen strong competitors will be vying for the crown by sacrificing blood, sweat, and tears through three intense rounds. Since it is Hunger Games themed, it is only appropriate that Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutchinson will be making an appearance…

JUST KIDDING. But if you are in the mood to watch some equally famous Georgetown hunks compete (ehem, Mr. The Hoya, Jon Rabar) be sure to come out to Gatson Hall at 7:30 PM on Friday.  (Doors open at 7 so get there early!!)  10 dollars for advanced tickets and $13 at the door. Special performances include The Phantoms, GU Bindaas, and Tate Tucker.  It will be a night you won’t want to miss as these men risk it all for the coveted title. The following tributes are as follows:

Mr. Residence Life: Danish Zaidi

Mr. Caribbean Culture Circle: Malik Stevens

Mr. Club Filipino: Dale Andrew Batoon

Mr. GERMS: Greg Ouellette

Mr. The Hoya: Jonathan Rabar

Mr.NSO: Jack Devlin

Mr. Senior Class Committee: Adrian Mansylla

Mr. Alpha Phi Omega: Derek Holiday

Mr. Black Student Alliance: Stefane Victor

Mr. College Academic Council: Andrew Glass

Mr. Mask and Bauble: Sean Keady

Mr. Phantoms: John Roach

Mr. Philodemic: Sam Dulik

Mr. DC Reads: Evan Curdts

Happy Hunger Games… er… Mr. Georgetown Pageant, Hoyas! And gentlemen… may the odds be ever in your favor!

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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.

Friday:

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.

Saturday:

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.

Sunday:

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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May the 74th Annual Hunger Games Begin

Bust out your bow and arrow and grab a loaf of bread, because The Hunger Games premieres tonight. If you’re not familiar with the books written by Suzanne Collins, they follow 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen in a dystopic future version of America called Panem, where the annual Hunger Games pit 24 teenagers against each other in a battle to the death (while the rest of the country watches on giant screens). There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the film and now that it’s finally arriving, we want to make sure you’re well prepared for the pop culture storm that’s about to hit.

The whole thing makes more sense if you read the books, trust me. While there’s a pretty long waiting list to take them out of Lau, ask around to see if you can borrow the books – at least the first one – before you see the movie. They’re aimed at a young adult audience, so they’re a pretty quick read (you can finish the entire trilogy in a day if you forsake all work and social interaction).

Already read all the books? Twice? It’s safe to assume that you’re going to the midnight premiere tonight, so why not go all out and dress up as your favorite character? For a subtle homage, here’s a tutorial on how to recreate Katniss’ signature braid. If you’re looking for something a bit more flashy, consider dressing up as someone from the Capitol – check out Capitol Couture for inspiration.

Find out where you would fall in the nation of Panem by registering for your District Identification Pass with the Capitol.

The movie’s soundtrack, featuring new songs by The Civil Wars, Kid Cudi and Maroon 5 among many others is available already. Check out Billboard’s track-by-track review. Some personal favorites are “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift featuring The Civil Wars and “One Engine” by The Decemberists.

Feeling inspired by Katniss’ archery skills? D.C. Archers offers introductory archery lessons. If Peeta’s baking and cake decorating is more up your alley, think about taking a cake decorating class in the city. Who knows, maybe your cake decorating skills will be able to save your life, too.

If you’re still not sure what exactly this whole phenomena is about or if the conversation about which of your friends would win the Hunger Games makes you uncomfortable, you might want to ease yourself into the world of Panem. Check out the trailers that have already been released here and here, and read some reviews of the movie – The Hoya’s own Katherine Foley reviews it for this Friday’s edition of The Guide.

And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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