Being Social: the Weekend of 5.10.12

11 May

Over the weekend, the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be taking place.  Also to do:

Friday

11am-11pm

Truckeroo returns to the Navy Yard, and will have a ton of tasty trucks serving up their goods.  It’s easier than tracking your favourite one down at lunchtime!

930pm

Right Round, an 80’s dance party, is back at the Black Cat! Tickets are $7. [WaPo]

Saturday

(Photo by Jen Zoon/Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Baby otters at the National Zoo! [DCist]

1-9pm

The Bethesda Spring Bar Tour is being led by Lindy Promotions. If you’re interested, tickets are only $9.

6pm

It’s time for another Nerd Nite DC! This month’s topics are: awesome organic chemistry , good germs , and photosynthetic vertebrates!  As always, it’ll be at DC9, and tickets are $10.

Sunday

It’s Mother’s Day, so visit or call your mom if she’s still with the living. I def will be! [dc.about.com]

3-9pm
Dance in the Circle (Dupont) is also going on! “The new dance festival will feature a variety of performances by local dance groups and dance instruction on a parquet floor.” And it’s free! [dc.about.com]

This Week

If you want to crash a party this coming week, go to the GI Film Festival in Arlington.  Big names will be at the kick-off party, and it will also be the premiere of the ‘anticipated’ film, Battleship!

This week is also DC Yoga Week, where there are free or $5 yoga class this week at one of DC’s yoga studios. I just started doing yoga… I find it a little too trendy, but then I can pull out my hipster card and say I practiced yoga in High School. Huzzah! [dc.about.com]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Until 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]
  • 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

  • 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! Time to get working…
  • May 21 is what could be an epic or awesome foodie event – the Lamb Jam at Eastern Market.  In past experience, sometimes there isn’t enough food to go around, and far too many people…. ><
  • At Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend is Balticon 46, The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. It’s ancient, and awesome and has guests of honour.

June

  • June 8-10 will have AnimeNext in New Jersey
  • 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!
  • June 30 will also play host to Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 in Baltimore, a video game music concert festival.  If I weren’t going to Bronycon, this sounds pretty awesome.
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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