Being Social: the Weekend of 5.19.12

19 May
Ok, really, there’s not much besides Diablo III now.  Enjoy my level 11 Witch Doctor, which I geekily named Zecora.  She’s a ringer for the zebra, I swear!

I totally missed that last weekend was the opening weekend of the Virginia Renaissance Fair! It’s much smaller than the Annapolis one, but is on a winery.  It goes on every weekend through June 10th.  The World’s Greatest Steampunk World’s Fair  is being held in Piscataway NJ.  This weekend also plays host to the DC Dragon Boat Festival [] and the end of DC Yoga Week [].

Dragon Boattttt < 3



The National Asian Heritage Festival is hosting yet another awesome Asian street fair. []


Why not head over to the Italians in DC Festival, too? It’s meant to have art, food, wine, music and more.  It’s free, unless you want culture/tasting event tickets.


Apparently for $5 you can attend a retro board game party at Science Club, complete with 80’s/90’s soundtrack.  Interesting? It looks like it only runs for a short length of time, though.



The Taste of Arlington is back, with tons of food, entertainment, and more! Food tickets are 8 tastes for $25.


Ok, so everyone seems to loves history in DC.  There is a party commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 at Dumbarton House, which includes a free birthday party in honor of Dolley Madison.  But it’s not just a party. It’s a Federal-era fashion show, too! Get ready, Jane Austen!


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. []
  • 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.


Geek Look Ahead:


  • 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 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.
  • 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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