Being Social: the Weekend of 5.4.12

4 May

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O noes. It’s May the Fourth.  Geek holiday alert!

On top of that,  Happy Cinco De Mayo weekend and the first leg of the Triple Crown!  You know what that means! Fiestas and booze!  Also this weekend there is the National Cathedral Flower Mart, the National Harbor Food & Wine Festival   [DC.about.com], and California Tortilla has a Cuatro and Cinco de Mayo deal. Make any purchase at California Tortilla on May 4 or May 5 and you’ll get a coupon good for a free taco that you can redeem between May 6 and 15. [WTOP]

Through May 19, Passport DC, a massive group of DC Embassy open houses, will also be going on.  It hosts  lots of food, music, cultural performances, lectures and exhibits inside the usually locked embassies of DC. [DC.about.com]

 

Friday

4pm

If it’s Cinco De Mayo in Japan, it’s good enough to start celebrating! There’s a pub crawl that stretches both days and starts at Dupont Circle’s Bread & Brew.  Of course it will have cheap Dos Equis or Domestic Drafts and of course Margaritas and Tequila.  A 2 day pass is only $20. [wusa9]

Saturday

It’s Free Comic Book Day!  Go to a comic book store and score one!

Also on are:

10am-5pm

Space Day is being held at both locations of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. There will be astronauts at both the main museum building in D.C. and at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. Look for lots of activities aimed at kids of all ages who are interested in space exploration.  [WTOP]

11am-3pm

Celebrate the fastest land animal in the world during Cheetah Day at the National Zoo!  Take your picture with a life-size plush or cardboard cutout cheetah, get a temporary tattoo and learn through demonstrations. Just head to the Cheetah Conservation Station.  [WTOP]

1130am-9pm

At RFK stadium Trucko De Mayo will be held at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (Lot 3).  It will feature free admission, free parking, live music, two bars – and over 40 food trucks!

 12-6pm
On the National Mall there will be a Cinco de Mayo Festival. [DC.about.com]

There are also:

A seven-hour Cinco de Mayo Fiesta organized by Living Social at the Park at Fourteenth for $30.

Human cockfighting?! Will be going on at the H Street Country Club and will offer # $3 Coronas, $5 Margaritas, $2 Tacos, Mariachi music & Sauza Hornitos Tequila specials!  It’s free but donations are being taken for charity.

Or check out any of a dozen other parties, including ones at Ceiba, the Rock and Roll Hotel, and El Centro. [the District]

10am-4pm

Kicking off Passport DC, there will be an Around the World Embassy Tour, which will showcase embassies from Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and the Americas, with artists and artisans, performers, lecturers, teachers, and others. [DC.about.com]

If you can spare $25+, the Iron Horse is yet again hosting a fancy hat and lotsa booze Kentucky Derby party!  It’s a great bar – not too stuffy, and it’s much more of a joke than a formal derby party.  Plus the ‘best dressed’ get prizes! Yahoo!

Sunday

11am-3pm

Capitol Hill will be hosting the free Literary Hill Bookfest in the North Hall of Eastern Market.  There will be books and author talks.  [WTOP]

And as a bonus event, on Tuesday, May 8th it’s  Free Cone Day at Haagen-Dazs from 4-8pm. [WTOP]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.”.
  • Artisphere is exhibiting 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. It runs through June 9.
  • The Freer and Sackler gallery will carry on the Awesome that was the Cherry Blossom festival, and features Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji!! I have to go. I tried seeing it at the British Museum, but it was travelling, and now’s my chance! Anyone want to go with me?  It’s open until June 17.
  • 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:

May

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!
July
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

November

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