“I have had it up to here with GAAP tour groups. They are so rude and never seem to feel the need to move aside for other people who want to use the sidewalk. I am close to snapping and going on a vicious rampage. Do you have any tips for coping?”
“Ready for a rampage”
Dear Ready for a Rampage,
I feel the same way. Whenever I am walking on the sidewalks by Copley Lawn and I see a tour group coming, I feel like Simba did when the herd of wildebeest started stampeding. My first instinct was to run and hide, but then I realized that I’m the one who actually goes to this school. I pay tuition to use those goddamn sidewalks and no high school senior, no matter how gifted they are, is going to take that right away from me. So now I stand my ground and even though the prospect of standing up to that herd of GAAP fills me with terror, I stay on the side walk and let them move for me. Sorry I’m not sorry. I say you do the same.
Don’t stop me now,
Because of the holiday, there aren’t any events going on at Georgetown. For those of us who are still in the city, D.C. has lots to offer.
Breaking the bubble:
Friday Night Contra Dance: A lesson will precede the dance, so no excuses for those of you with two left feet. Head over to Glen Echo for some fun and southern dancing on Friday night. Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd. in Glen Echo, MD. It’s $10 at the door.
If you’re one of the brave souls watching Georgetown empty out for Easter Break while you stay behind, let Antigone Rising cheer you up. Don’t let the name fool you. This band is not going to make you feel like you’ve just sat through a Greek tragedy or like your dad is also your brother. They will be playing at Jammin Java at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, and tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door.
With a strong focus on fans and touring, Antigone rising features toe-tapping beats and powerful vocals you won’t want to miss. Although their roots are in classics like The Stones, Aerosmith, Joan Jett, and the Beatles, their sound has evolved into a smoother, more polished brand of rock with definite country undertones. Songs like “That Was the Whiskey” exemplify the band’s talent for catchy song-writing and their new direction, giving a country twang to their former girl band feel.
Band members Kristen Ellis-Henderson, Cathy Henderson, Dena Tauriello, and Nini Camps bring emotional weight to what might otherwise be fluff. Even sweet songs like “Everywhere is Home” hold reminders of harder times, and the optimistic advice that it’s best to let bad memories go. In fact, serious songs are what they do best. “Borrowed Time” manages to make a pretty lullaby into a poignant appeal to live life to the fullest.
The only way Colorodans will be even more excited about this is if they installed a cupcake ATM right next to it.
Last week, Vox wrote in depth about landlord rating site Roomr, talked about the opening a bike store-coffee shop hybrid, covered a philanthropic shirt company opened by Georgetown alumni, and brought back Vox Pupuli for the beautiful, warm, sweaty, and sticky D.C. spring.
After news got out that Georgetown is co-hosting an event with Vatican’s global “Courtyard of the Gentiles” initiative, Azazel found a silver lining in some of the more intense pro-Catholic events:
If the vatican holds more events here, people will start to forget that Georgetown isn’t catholic enough.
Vox didn’t get all too many comments last week, so some budding consultants, like posicionamiento web en google, decided to give our newly-minted sister blog Halftime some editorial advice going forward:
If your domain name isn’t catchy, go buy one that is and see if it makes a difference to your site traffic. Author is an associate editor for website designing service. With solid captions for most images on your site, you will see your rank rise on search results pages.
Vox on the Rocks is series in which Vox sends a writer or two to go review a bar. To get the full effect, she has them send her text messages documenting the evening. The text message transcript is below and includes all the glory of drunk text messaging.
This week, the writers decided to review Mr. Smith’s. Although it is not a new bar, it looked far more exciting than any other Georgetown bar on a Thursday night (and they simply refused to go to Rhino). Each reviewer will be referred to by pseudonyms.
Lola: Lots of young professionals. Whiskey sour is good.
Natasha: Casual vibe, beetles playing. Dark nice lighting
Tanya: Piano bar, horrible singing but there’s a saxophone so I’m good
Natasha: Boys are hitting on us!!!!!!
Is his name Ahmed?
Stacy’s mom is playing!
Improv show: Join the Georgetown Improv Association for a night of quick wit and outrageously funny comedy at Bulldog Alley. Saturday’s show at 9 p.m. will be their last show for the academic year, so don’t miss out if you haven’t been to one of their performances! Seats fill up fast. Tickets cost $6 for general admission and $4 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. Get them at the door.
Breaking the bubble:
National Cherry Blossom Parade: One of D.C.’s biggest spring events is the Cherry Blossom Festival parade, which marks the climax and the end of the annual festival. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, giant floats, helium balloons, and celebrity artists march down Constitutional Avenue. Standing room along the parade route from 9th to 15th streets is free, but get there early if you want a good spot. After the parade, check out the annual Japanese street festival hosted by the Japanese-American Society of Washington, D.C. on 12th street and Pennsylvania Ave. The nearest metro stop to these two events is Federal Triangle.
Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment: This Saturday at 3 p.m. at the National Mall between 6th and 7th streets SW, join Improv Everywhere’s latest MP3 Experiment, in which you cause a bit of a ruckus in public on a sunny D.C. afternoon. Follow the instructions listed here to participate in the event, and read more about past MP3 experiments here.
Vox recommends you get your fill of D.C. music and nights out on the town before the stress of looming finals hits you like a rock (post Georgetown Day, of course). And, she has the perfect suggestion: go see Baths bring his edgy electro-pop to U Street Music Hall on April 22.
In 2010, 21-year-old Will Wiesenfeld dropped his beautiful debut album, Cerulean. Clearly inspired and influenced by the rise in the L.A. beat-making scene, Wiesenfeld created a work of art that some how combined distracting sounds and beats into something with a great deal of emotional clarity. As U Street Music hall described, Cerulean’s ”tone was as celestial as its album title, taken from a shade of blue typically used to describe the sky.”
The baseball season is back, and with it comes lots of posts on Halftime about, well, baseball.
The entrance of Bryce Harper and his Rookie of the Year season in 2012 brought with it a glimmer of hope for Nats fans that maybe, just maybe, their team wouldn’t have to finish at third place or below every season.
Assistant sports editor Brendan Crowley also delves into the world of the MLB, but instead of looking to the future, he looks to the past at the 1998 Yankees and “El Duque,” a Cuban baseball player with an unorthodox pitching style and a “cult hero.”
‘El Duque,’ with his hat pushed down over his eyes, sported an unorthodox pitching motion; before each delivery, Hernandez kicked his left leg wildly upwards, almost to eye level, before delivering an array of pitches that kept hitters permanently off-balance.
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