Being Social: the Weekend of 7.7.12

7 Jul

There isn’t much to do this weekend, since everyone was partying on Wednesday. It’s meant to be record-breaking heat out there, so it might be a good idea to stay indoors and play a video game. And if you do, please tell me which one(s) you end up playing!

Mass Effect - the Xbox 360 original

I may be playing this for the first time…

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is ongoing, but bring a lot of water if you go! And, if I’m not mistaken, you can legally drink water on the metro due to the heat this weekend, too!

“Chef José Andrés and his team at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (401 Seventh Street NW) are offering a unique menu to celebrate the birthday of one of Mexico’s most famous artists, Frida Kahlo. Starting tonight, Kahlo’s birthday, to July 13, Oyamel will showcase a unique menu inspired by a birthday dinner she made for herself in 1942 at her home “La Casa Azul” in Coyoacán, a neighborhood of Mexico City. The special menu items and cocktails inspired by her birthday will be available for one week, and the restaurant with showcase an altar dedicated to this legend.” [DCist]

via Virtual Gourmet

If you want to do something, Saturday there will be the Alexandria Birthday and Independence Day Fireworks
July 7, 2012, Oronoco Bay Park. The annual event includes children’s activities, a concert performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. []

Also Saturday evening at 8pm, music of John Williams will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Included will be music from films such as “Harry Potter,” “E.T.”, “Star Wars”, and “Jaws”. [WaPo]

Finally, Sunday will play host to a discussion by six comic strip creators “Comics in the District: A Discussion with Local Creators” at Curls Studio (1529 16th Street NW) at 515pm. [DCist]


Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall has started up again, and will run through July 8th.  It always includes a bunch of exhibits, as well as fair foods. This year features a massive AIDS memorial quilt (nearly 48,000 panels), the USDA, Anacostia River arts, as well as a Chuck Brown Tribute Day.
  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parades are Tuesdays until August 14th, from 7-8pm.
  • 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.
  • 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:


  • Brew at the Zoo will again be held by FONZ on July 12 from 6-9pm. They will have beer from more than 40 microbreweries, and proceeds go towards animal care and education at the National Zoo. Tickets are $50 for FONZ Members, $65 Nonmembers. Tickets include a commemorative beer mug, and the booze.
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!




  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.


  • 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!

2 Responses to “Being Social: the Weekend of 7.7.12”

  1. Mikhail Picklebarrel Chimicherrychanga 7 July 2012 at 11:50 am #

    I’m probably just going to juggle some JRPGs. Persona 3 Portable (playing as FeMC), Persona 3 FES (just to see pretty PS2 cutscenes), and Kingdom Hearts (finishing up my Kingdom Key-only Expert file…nooooo idea what I was on when I thought that was a good idea)

  2. segmation 7 July 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Happy Birthday to Frida Kahlo who gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907!

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