Being Social: the Weekend of 4.5.12

5 Apr

Apologies for the horrid format this week. I have been sick and am now on my way to geek out at another Starcraft 2 tournament – this time in Las Vegas! Expect a post on it this coming week.

If you’re around this Easter weekend, there’s a bit to do that I’ve found, and probably a lot that I haven’t.

Through April 9, ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ is being Performed at Adventure Theatre. Though it is a child’s story and Glen Echo is not the best of location, maybe the play is worth it? [WaPo]

Starting April 4, Artisphere will feature an exhibit called Elevator to the Moon: Retro-Future Visions of Space, which features contemporary artists’ works based on 20th century predictions of what the future of space travel would be. There is also an opening reception on the 5th that could be neat.

April is also an entire month of pre-gaming forDC Beer week in August. You can buy a button to get beer sales all month at 15 different pubs around DC. Sounds pretty awesome to me! [DCist]

Also of note are:



Who wants to play DRUNKEN JENGA? Or at least a drunken spelling bee… the event on Metromix conflicts with the Rock and Roll Hotel. I’d hope for Jenga myself. [metromix]



If you’re an Arlington County resident like me, we can dump all our old electronics and Hazardous Waste for free* at the E-CARE event at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. [ARLnow]


My Neighbor Totoro is showing at the National Gallery of Art! If you haven’t seen it, YOU. MUST.


April 7 is International Pillow fight day, and there is always an epic, sometimes record-breaking fight on the mall near the capitol building. Grab a cheap pillow, and go at it! []


The Southwest Waterfront will be the site of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival fireworks! All day they will also have music, markets, food, and a beer garden.


Fancy a Brunch or dinner? There are always specials to be found.


One Nation of Gamers is having yet another Barcraft at Public Bar Tenley, this time watching the tourney I will be at!


The official lighting of the Japanese Stone Lantern occurs, with a full ceremony. It’s pretty neat, though like the Changing of the Guard it’s not much actual action. Still, it’s something that is only done during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • March 6 – April 15, Arlington Arts’ Signature Theatre is hosting a show called ‘Brother Russia: A World Premiere Rock Musical’. Sounds awesome to me. Russian folk turned rock? Tickets are $70 and up, from what I could find.
  • DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival will be March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
  • Through May, the National Geographic Society will be hosting an exhibit that features all the stories they wrote that weren’t published! See what most can’t, and learn about stuff like “Happy Hour at the Ochroma Tree.”.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th. It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong. If you haven’t seen it, go. It’s so dorkfully win.
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    Geek Look Ahead:

    • Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
    • Geek Day 2012 will be April 11-12, and features a ton of geeky/tech exhibits at the Washington Convention Center.
    • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.
  • Jeopardy will be at DAR constitution Hall April 20-21. Show tickets are on sale?
  • May

  • May 18-20 will host the World’s Greatest Steampunk World’s Fair in Piscataway NJ! This looks pretty intense but fun. I just don’t have a real Steampunk costume yet! T___T
  • June

    • Anime Mid-Atlantic is a bit further away, but it’s another big Anime Convention, if you’re in need of some geek time! June 15-17
    • Bronycon will be in NYC (actually the Meadowlands) June 30-July1. I’ll be there, cosplaying it up! Note me if you want to room share, cosplay with me, or just meet up!
    • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!





    • NekoCon is November 2-4. Apparently it starts on the 2th. I love the Japanese.

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