Archive | February, 2012

Being Social: the Weekend of 2.24.12

24 Feb
This weekend the Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival will be at the National Harbor.  Though not as exciting as Katsucon, they will serve oysters every way, along with beer music, exhibits and more.  Tickets look like they’re hard to come by, and $100 on site.  I think I’d rather slurp some oysters at Againn for half the cost… [about.com]
 
Friday and Saturday at the National Symphony Orchestra will be performing Cirque de la Symphonie, a new production that brings “the Magic of Cirque to the Concert Hall.  Tickets may be pricy, but it is another neat Cirque act. [metromix]
 
It’s also DC Fashion week! I’d love to see these things, and I swear they happen like four times a year, but I never get to go out and see the silly new trends that models are flaunting.  Let me know if you want to hit one up with me!  Otherwise, we have:
 
Saturday
1-3pm
Remember when I wrote about the WSC Avant Bard performing Shakespeare in Klingon? Well, now’s your chance to be part of the show!  They will be holding auditions for parts for their “Shakespeare in Klingon” show (on March 4 at Artisphere – how do we get tickets?!), through an open call in the middle of Dupont Circle. And even if you don’t want to participate, it’ll be fun to watch because all that audition HAVE to arrive in Dupont Circle in full costume.  Woohoo cosplay FTW! [WaPo]
 
1-4pm
The 13th St. Meats Pop-up Shop is once again making an appearance at Pharmacy Bar (2337 18th Street NW). [dcist]
 
3pm
It’s a DC Rollergirls double header at the DC Armory (2001 E Capitol Street SE).  Watch Scare Force One take on the Majority Whips, and the Cherry Blossom Bombshells go against the DC DemonCats. $12. [dcist]
 
8pm
Ever wanted to hear a Mexican acordion player? Here’s your chance: at Artisphere, Rana Santacruz will be performing “Mexican alternative folk” or “bluegrass mariachi.” Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. [theDistrict]
 
Sunday
5pm
Barcraft is back, this time showing a tournament sponsored by the same guys that host the Barcraft: One Nation of Gamers. Come on out to Public Bar to spend time drinking, watching Starcraft, and playing board games with fellow geeks.

Geek Look Ahead:

March
The WSC Avant Bard will performi Shakespeare in Klingonon March 4 at Artisphere!
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

Lack of articles…

21 Feb

If you forgot, or missed the memo, I’ve been a bit busy with this:

Yep.  My Little Ponies (sadly, there are far too few Mario ponies, though!).  I’m writing about how it’s cool, and really not freaky.  It’s just another niche where geeks can connect and pretend to be cool.  Check out my blog, if you’re interested:

My Little Brony: Our Fandom is Magic

 

Being Social: the Weekend of 2.17.12

16 Feb
Happy Presidents’ Day? This is one of those holidays that is just a random day off. I love it, and I plan to do nothing but work on my books that day. But if you want to go out this weekend, there is bit to do. Before then, why not check out ASTRO BOY ON STAGE! Studio Theater will be performing Astro Boy and the God of Comics, a play by Georgetown theater professor Natsu Onoda Power that uses on-stage drawing, interactive video, and 1960s-style animation to tell the story of Osamu Tezuka, and his greatest creation, Astro Boy. Wednesday to Saturday shows are at 830pm, Sunday’s is at 730pm, and tickets are $30. (Discount tickets are available for $18 for select performances.)[TheDistrict]
It’s also KATSUCON weekend! Get your anime geek face on, and head down to the National Harbour for a weekend full of awesome, costumed fun!
Tuesday is also Mardi Gras, so be sure to get out and enjoy some bead-throwing action, and maybe catch a parade!
Other events for this weekend include:
Friday
If you and your date still need to do something special, why not have a four course Chopin Vodka dinner at DC Coast? It has a tasting menu of vodka, and looks to be amusing, if not tasty. $125 a person. [WaPo]

Saturday
930pm
TheBlack Cat will be hosting its annual Right Round and 80s dance party. Tickets are $7 [metromix]
Sunday

I got nothing 😦 Hunker down for the big snow storm!

Monday
1pm
In Old Town Alexandria, there will be a George Washington Birthday Parade! While you’re in town, historic Alexandria sites will also have free admission today.

Geek Look Ahead:

February

On the 26th, Barcraft is back, this time showing a tournament sponsored by the same guys that host the Barcraft: One Nation of Gamers. Come on out to Public Bar to spend time drinking, watching Starcraft, and playing board games with fellow geeks.

March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

Being Social: the Weekend of 2.10.12

10 Feb
It’s valentine week, and if you or your significant other celebrates this Hallmark holiday, there’s tons to do around the city (and more).  Just watch out, most restaurants are already fully booked both on the 14th and the entire upcoming weekend.  Maybe opt for a heart shaped pizza instead?  It’s the geek thing to do.  And if you have a special someone you’re ready to commit to forever, you can even propose with pizza. [wtop]

I totally heart i heart guts!

 Want something gross and completely adorable for you or your loved one? The I Heart Guts is having a pop-up shop at Trohv (232 Carroll Street NW) this weekend through February 14th!!! Go there, or at least check out their website.  There is so much cute organ stuff – this is Kawaii to the geek degree.  I have an adrenal pin on my bag, and it makes me smile when  I see it.  If you love ThinkGeek, give these guys a try.  Plus, Ten percent of sales will be donated to George Washington University’s Healing Clinic. [DCist]
 
Finally, This week is also the DC International Wine Festival, held at the Reagan center.  If you’re interested,  tickets are limited, and are a hot $85 and up. [about.com]
 
Friday
6pm
The Nakatani Gong Orchestra led by “experimental percussionist” Tatsuya Nakatani hits the Kennedy Center this evening. Free. [DCist]
 
Saturday
12-4pm
If you want to see people show their stuff and help charity at the same time, why not go to Cupid’s Undie Run? Racers run a 1.75 mile lap around the U.S. Capitol Building in their Valentine’s themed undies to raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Race registrations are unfortunately sold out.  [about.com]
 
12-6pm
Nana’s (3068 Mount Pleasant Street NW) is hosting a Handmade Valentine Mart, if you need a unique gift for your special someone. [DCist]
 
3pm
Love scavenger hunts? Hate valentine’s day?  Then try out the Cupid Sucks Treasure Hunt!  “Players, Haters, Lovers and Singles are all welcome to the 4th Annual D.C. Cupid Sucks Game. Feel the love for some good old fashion adventure as you crack codes and ciphers in a race through city streets. Roses are great, but fabulously tacky prizes will last a lifetime. Game on, Cupid.”  Questions? Contact admin@ravenchase.com. Tickets are $35.
 
430, 630 & 830 pm
Woo at the Zoo is an adult-only tour discussing animal mating and all that not-so-talked about stuff.  According to their website, attendees and their “deer” ones will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to decorate sweets for your sweetheart. A cash bar will also be available featuring specialty drinks served in the exclusive Woo at the Zoo commemorative glass. All the fun takes place in the Zoo’s Visitor Center auditorium.  The Valentine’s Day event at the Zoo is $11 for FONZ members and $22 for non. A $2 fee per transaction applies and tickets must be purchased in advance.
 
Sunday
12pm
The DC record fair is back, which is pretty much a rummage sale of old vinyl.  Check it out near the archives this time.
 

Geek Look Ahead:

February
Katsucon February 17-19: Massive anime festival, now at the National Harbor!
March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!
 

Being Social: the Weekend of 2.3.12

3 Feb
It’s the Super Bowl weekend!  Find a buddy’s house or go to a bar – I’m sure every one will have specials and have the game on.  It’ll be fun and worth the price of admission.  If you’re in the mood for junk food more than just during the big game, Burger King is offering free onion rings (while supplies last), Chipotle will slash your bill in half if you place an order for six or more burritos on Feb. 5, and for a bonus bet, if the coin toss comes up heads, all Papa Johns Rewards members will get a free large pizza and a two liter of Pepsi Max.
On the same leg, I discovered that if you were born in a Year of the Dragon, you can get free cocktail at Ping Pong Dim Sum, every day through Feb. 6. I don’t get one though 😦 [wtop]
Anything else you do besides the Super Bowl this weekend is bonus, but here’s what I’ve found that looks interesting:

Rawr ❤

Friday
The textile museum is hosting an exhibit entitled, Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep!  It features all kinds of textiles embellished with these fantasy creatures, in honor of the Year of the Dragon! A $8 donation is suggested, but it’s free if any of you are members. [dupontcircle.wusa9.com]
Friday-Saturday
8pm
Margaret Jenkins and her company do shows which primarily focus on light and shadow as their artistic medium.  They will perform ‘Light Moves’ at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and UMD alumni, and $9 for any student ID and those under 18. [theDistrict]
Saturday
1-3pm
If you missed the Maryland polar plunge, fear not! This weekend Virginia is holding their ‘Freezin for a Reason’ polar plunge at Lake Anne Ctr, Reston, VA, although it’s meant to be a toasty 52 degrees out! [dc.about.com]
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Sunday
Super Bowl pre-game parties include:
12-5pm
Pyramid Atlantic’s artist Super Bowl pre-party at Fire Station One Restaurant and Brewing Company (8131 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD).  Screenprint a t-shirt or poster with your team’s logo, letterpress a sign or make a football themed book.  It is $5 and you must RSVP at jdominguez@pyramid-atlantic.org [DCist]
430-11pm
Fuel Pizza & Wings (1606 K Street NW) is hosting a “To Hell & Back” Hot Wing Eating Competition before the game ($10 to enter, winner gets $100).  I post this because they are hot wings and not Buffalo Wingsbeing from buffalo, the name means a -very- particular flavor and texture. They are also offering Nonna’s Lasagna Pizza (in honor of the Giants), or a Clam Bake Pizza (in honor of the Patriots)[DCist]
630pm
Kickoff!

Geek Look Ahead:

February
Katsucon February 17-19: Massive anime festival, now at the National Harbor!
March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!