Being Social: the Weekend of 6.9.12

9 Jun

Again, my apologies for posting late.  This week I have a cold ><

The Capital Pride celebration is hitting its peak this weekend, with the parade (at 4:30 today!) and street festival on Sunday, as well as a lot of after parties.  So get out there now and celebrate!

I also totally missed the start of Capital Beer Week!  There are still three days left, and tons of beer specials all over the city. It’s pretty fun to try out the new brews, especially to support DC Brau, so check it out!  Of course that means that this weekend is the beer festival SAVOR, but if you don’t have tickets, you’ll miss out. It usually sells out the day of release. My bad.  I’ll work harder to let you know next year!

DC Brau

(Image Credit: Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

The National Gallery of Art has once more begun its ‘Jazz in the Garden’ series.  This has jazz bands that play in the Sculpture Gardens and is quite the relaxing and entertaining affair.  Check it out if you get a chance!  It will be held every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30, through August 31st.



Ok, other than these festivals, there’s not much to do.  Unless you want to go to Great American Square Dance Revival.  No partner or costume required – just bring $5 to help us pay the band and the hall. Optional: a drink or snack to share, potluck-style, and a water bottle. St. Stephens is a short walk from the Columbia Heights station on the green line. [PoP]


There is also the annual RIGHT ROUND 80s Alt-Pop Dance Night w/ DJ lil’e.  Tickets are $7.


Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.
  • In addition, through June 10 the DC Jazz festival will be going on. I’m not into Jazz, but if you are, there’s a lot to do there. []
  • 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:


  • 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.





  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.
  • 9-11 November will be Anime USA here in the District. It’s by the zoo, so totally accessible. I’ve already pre-reg’d!

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