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. []
The Nakatani Gong Orchestra led by “experimental percussionist” Tatsuya Nakatani hits the Kennedy Center this evening. Free. [DCist]
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.  []
Nana’s (3068 Mount Pleasant Street NW) is hosting a Handmade Valentine Mart, if you need a unique gift for your special someone. [DCist]
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 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.
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:

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

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