Being Social: the Weekend of 5.25.12

25 May

Happy Geek Day! And it’s memorial day weekend! Mainly that means if you’re in DC you’ll be drowned out by Rolling Thunder. And that the pools are finally open. And that there’s a ton to do! Included are Sunset Celebrations at Mount Vernon in full on colonial style, and a new roller coaster at Hershey Park.

(via doctorbulldog… I need to take more flag pictures…)

On Friday night at 9, Artisphere plays host to the Urban Dance Corps Hip-Hop Battle & Dance Party, where local crews will be battling their French counterparts. Tickets are $5. [DCist]

In Old Town Alexandria, the Torpedo Factory will be showing an exhibit on Diverging Mediums: Photography vs. iPhoneography. It begins to debate what differences there are, by comparing the same shot from both mediums. The event runs through the end of the month. [WaPo]

Finally, on the food front: if you don’t want to have to deal with the Bay Bridge traffic, there’s now a beach in dc! Yes, the NY Ave Beach Bar is opening. While it’s going to be crowded, this sounds like the kind of funky bar that I’d like to check out once it’s got its vibe on. Also, Mike Isabella’s new restaurant Bandolero is open, just in time for this weekend’s heat wave!


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.


Geek Look Ahead:


  • 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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