Being Social: The Weekend of 4.8.11

7 Apr

I hope to post a weekly list of  DC’s weekend events every Thursday.  That way all the antisocial geeks can get out and do something, and all the social geeks know what to drag their friends to.  Thus, I bring you this week’s awesome District plans:

DO EET NAO!

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host “The Art of Video Games” exhibit next year!  According to their website, the exhibit will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers. And in honour of gamers’ competitive spirits, you have until April 17th to vote for your favourite art in games by going to their website.  Allegedly, the winners of the vote will determine what is put on display in the Smithsonian.  So go vote already! EDIT: It looks like you can only vote for one on each page of three games, so choose wisely!

..It’s gonna suck to have to wait until March 16, 2012 to see it! T___T

April 9

DC Nerd Nite.  This appears to be a nerdtastic series of nerd gatherings, striving to be monthly, but failing. It also appears to involve alcohol, speakers, and music.  I’m not going to this one, but they definitely have piqued my curiosity.

Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Events (if the Government doesn’t shut down)

Sakura Matsuri – the Japanese Street Festival.  If you’re an anime dork/otaku, this festival is for you.  Get authentic Japanese sparklies here, as well as food and live music.  It’s $5 to get in, but it’s worth it.  I’ll be there!

National Cherry Blossom Parade.  Less geek and more for the geek family.

April 7-17th

The Washington, DC International Film Festival comes back to town! Watch indie films from all over the world that you’ve probably never heard of.  But it could be fun… think of it like SciFi’s old short-run program, Exposure!

Future Events:

April 16th

It’s Hammer Time!

That 80’s Prom Party (Warning: Sound).  Hang out with a ton of drunks in parachute pants or miniskirts with leg warmers.  It’s at Blackfinn DC (Farragut West Metro) from 8pm-close – and from 8-9 there’s FREE Coors Light (if you can stand it).  Tickets are $10, and I hope to be there! EDIT 4/11: I will be there!

April 17th

The Arlington Cinema & Draft House will be having a Lord of the Rings marathon on April 17th.  The site is historically significant to Arlington, and you can drink with a ton of other geeks while you watch all three movies.  Tickets are $10, so get yours now!

April 19th

[via Spreadshirt]

Winning!  Charlie Sheen will be at DAR Constition Hall on April 19.  Allegedly $1 of each ticket will go to Japan Tsunami relief, but I’d rather eat a shit-ton of pork belly for Japan instead.

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