Archive | August, 2012

Being Social: the Weekend of 8.31.12

31 Aug

There are a ton of Labor Day events this weekend.  For example, Alexandria’s Scottish Games! Watch the games, as well as live music and dance competitions, a British Car Show, children’s games, Celtic crafts and foods. [DC.about.com]

EAT ME

And for something completely regional, why not drive a ways to check out the National Hard Crab Derby?  Located at the Eastern Shore, there will be crab races, contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, and fireworks.  And there had better be crabs to eat, too! [DC.about.com]

(via National Zoo)

Saturday

12pm

The National Zoo is opening its new American Trail. This hugely renovated exhibit is much more “wild feeling” and features seals and sea lions, beavers, river otters, bald eagles, and more. [DC.about.com]
1-7pm

The DC Blues Festival will be held at the Carter Barron Amphitheater. This free annual festival features live blues by outstanding local and national acts. [DC.about.com]

Sunday

8pm
The National Symphony Orchestra will be hosting a free concert at East Capitol and First Streets. [DC.about.com]

Monday

730pm

District Games continues at Acre 121 on Mondays. It is pretty much a show of classic TV game shows like “District Feud, District Pyramid and District Link”. [PoP]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.
  • Through October 21st, the Maryland Renaissance Faire is back! A ways away, it is still epic awesome.  I’ll be going at least twice this  year.
  •  From now until September 9, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will be having a Shakespeare Free for All.  Free tickets will be distributed two hours before each show.
  • Until September 22nd, there will be an exhibit about On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Whether you are interested in their impending end of the calendar or just like archaeology, this definitely sounds worth checking out.  It’s open weekdays 10am-6pm and 12-4pm Saturday.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.   If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.—-

Geek Look Ahead:

September

October

November

  • 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!

December

August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.
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Being Social: the Weekend of 8.24.12

24 Aug

Get ready for the masses (and no more easy street parking)!  The college students are moving in this weekend.  There’s sure to be a bit of chaos, and then a lot of young ‘uns at the bars starting this weekend.

We have a lot of events this week, just in time for the masses:

(Source: AP)

  • From August 25 – October 21st the Maryland Renaissance Faire is back! A ways away, it is still epic awesome.  I’ll be going at least twice this  year.
  • Registration for the Social Sports of Alington Fall Sports leagues (co-ed Softball, Football, and Volleyball ) are now open, if you’re an athletic geek.(LindyPromo).
    From now until September 9, the Shakespeare Theatre Company will be having a Shakespeare Free for All.  Free tickets will be distributed two hours before each show.  [DC.about.com]
  • Until September 22nd, there will be an exhibit about On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Whether you are interested in their impending end of the calendar or just like archaeology, this definitely sounds worth checking out.  It’s open weekdays 10am-6pm and 12-4pm Saturday. [PoP]

Friday

530pm

Want to see Gold?  Bethesda honorary folk will honor U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky as well as U.S. Olympians Scott Parsons and Julie Zetlin at the Bethesda Metro Center. [DCist]

7pm

Black Cat continues to be awesome, and has been holding weekly Dr. Who happy hours!! Watch one episode of Dr. Who & enjoy drink specials every Friday! /nerdchills.   It’s free, and at the ‘Backstage’ venue.  This week is Aliens of London.

Saturday

Ready for more Dragon Boat races? Well, if you can get to the National Harbor, you’re in luck!  The event celebrates Asian culture and brings a family-fun event to the waterfront community near Washington DC.  [DC.about.com]

All my want.

10am
If you have a sweet tooth, why not try a tour of the American history of cupcakes, as seen by the now-cupcake-famous Georgetown district.  Tickets are $20 and reserve cupcakes for you.  [GeorgetownDC]

11am-midnight

The super-tasty Dogfish Head Punkin Ale Release Party will be happening at their alehouse locations.  I don’t care what it has, as long as it has Pumpkin  beer! ❤ [WaPo]

1-6pm

DC’s own Three Stars Brewery is finally starting brewery tours and growler fills! Stop by the brewery (6400 Chillum Place NW) to taste and buy any of the company’s three brews (Urban Farmhouse, Southern Belle and Pandemic Porter). [DCist]

1-9pm

Funky Fresh Foodie Fest is an amped up Truckeroo. Tix are $60, which seems a bit steep to me.

9pm

Get your groove on at the Eighties Mayhem dance party at Black Cat!

Holy yes, Sunday events!

Don’t worry, I’ll save you…

There will be a Great Gatsby Ice Cream Social at Lee Fendal House.   “Dress in your coolest summer whites and enjoy an ice cream social the Downham family would be proud of! Indulge in cold beverages, old-fashioned ice cream, and sweets. Play croquet, nine pins, and other early 1900s lawn games in Lee-Fendall House’s historic garden. Tickets are $18. Call 703-548-1789 to purchase.”[WaPo]

12-6pm

One Nation of Gamer’s Barcraft is back at the Dupont Circle Public Bar!  Join fellow nerds and watch some Starcraft and League of Legends tournaments!

2-5pm

For the roleplaying/LARP geeks out there, why not try playing with dog & pony DC? They will be playing THE WEREWOLVES OF MILLER’S HOLLOW, a deduction and bluffing role-playing party game in which townspeople must determine who amongst them are the werewolves killing off the innocent civilians… before it’s too late!  The day will consist of learning the game, playing the game, and then examining behaviors afterward. [Eventbrite]

6pm

Although it’s in Woodbridge, There will be Arts in the Park at the Potomac Nationals game against the Frederick Keys. The Hylton Performing Arts Center and the Prince William Little Theatre will perform Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First?” skit, and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the game. There will also be an “instrument petting zoo” and fireworks. [WaPo]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.   If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

September

October

November

  • 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!

December

August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Being Social: the Weekend of 8.17.12

17 Aug

It is sadly nearing the close of DC Beer Week.  The events can be found at City Paper.  Also,Summer DC Restaurant Week ends on the 21st, and August 17–26 Alexandria Restaurant Week ends the 26th.

In addition,  registration for the Social Sports of Alington Fall Sports leagues (co-ed Softball, Football, and Volleyball ) are now open, if you’re an athletic geek.(LindyPromo).  Besides that, we have:

Friday

7pm

Black Cat continues to be awesome, and has been holding weekly Dr. Who happy hours!! Watch one episode of Dr. Who & enjoy drink specials every Friday! /nerdchills.   It’s free, and at the ‘Backstage’ venue.

Saturday

Right Round 80’s dance party will be on at Black Cat.
7pm-1am
To finish DC Beer Week off right, Penn Social will be hosting the No Sleep Till Brooklyn Lager Party.  It’s meant to have cheap drinks and tunes spinning all night long. [PoP]


Sunday
12-3pm
Bourbon Steak is having a Pig roast!  Unfortunately, it’s $60 a head. [DCist]
12-6pm
There will be an Alexandria Cambodian Community Day Festival around Old Town. It will include displays of traditional Cambodian arts, crafts, paintings, souvenirs, and food. [DC.about.com]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.   If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

August

  • August 25 – October 21st the Maryland Renaissance Faire is back! A ways away, it is still epic awesome.  I’ll be going at least twice this  year.
  • Funky Fresh Foodie Fest is an amped up Truckeroo to be held August 25th. Tix are $60, which seems a bit steep to me.
  • Eighties Mayhem dance party August 25th at Black Cat.

September

  • DCGames Fest hosts a series of games on Washington D.C.’s National Mall on September 1
  • September 8-9 will host the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con.

October

November

  • 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!

December

August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Being Social: the Weekend of 8.10.12

10 Aug

While it’s not local, it’s time for the second Geekgirlcon will be in Seattle, WA! For those attending, I want a con report from you!

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you’ve read that I have been sick this week, so I won’t be going out. I’ll throw out a few suggestions for you healthy folk, though:

Friday

until 11pm

Truckeroo is back at the Fairgrounds near the Navy Yard / Ballpark. As usual, there are tons of food trucks, booze, music, etc.

7pm

Black Cat continues to be awesome, and has been holding weekly Dr. Who happy hours!! Watch one episode of Dr. Who & enjoy drink specials every Friday! /nerdchills.  The weekly ‘marathon’ started from the beginning of the new series. This week is The End of the World. It’s free, and at the ‘Backstage’ venue.

Saturday

Mystery Day!

Sunday

Forget the Olympics.  Why not try the Ale-lympics instead? With a few flights of beers to taste and test for supremacy, this event at the Paradiso chains sounds pretty epic to me.  [WaPo]

Along those lines, it is also DC BEER WEEK! ❤  With tons of specials, rare casks being tapped, and food/beer pairings out there, you should definitely check at least one event out. :3  The events can be found at City Paper.

Monday

Harry & the Potters is back at the Black Cat, this time with Potter Puppet Pals!!! While Harry Potter is so last decade, I’m tempted to go just for the puppets. ❤ Tickets are $15.

This week is also the Maryland Sales Tax holiday, from the 12th-18th. You can save 5% on purchases of school supplies costing $20 or less per item, or clothing and footwear priced at $100 or less.

Time is almost up! Make sure you have reservations in for:

August 15th-21st

August 17–26

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.

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Geek Look Ahead:

August

  • Right Round 80’s dance party August 18th at Black Cat.
  • Funky Fresh Foodie Fest is an amped up Truckeroo to be held August 25th. Tix are $60, which seems a bit steep to me.
  • Eighties Mayhem dance party August 25th at Black Cat.

September

October

November

  • 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!

December

August 2013

  • Otakon will be late this year: August 9 – 11, 2013 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Being Social: the Weekend of 8.2.12

2 Aug

This weekend is the Virginia sales tax holiday, so do your shopping now if you can!  Also this weekend, is the epic Brick Fair August 4-5 at the Dulles Expo Center. It’s America’s largest LEGO con! The theme is FIRE! And I’m sure some of the sculptures there will actually look real. Sick!

See! (via Geekologie)

Beyond that, there are a few events that caught my eye:

Thursday

7-9pm

Cork Market and Tasting Room and Italian Expert Chef Amy Brandwein Host A Pop-Up Dinner $50.[PoP]

Saturday

The Friendship Volunteer Fire Company is celebrating its 238th anniversary with the 2012 Friendship Firehouse Festival. Check out antique firefighting equipment, craft booths, local merchant displays, and live music. Free. [theDistrict]

Sunday

The International Club of DC will host Sunset and Moonlight kayaking on the Potomac & picnic at their Georgetown dock.  I have to admit, on nice days, it does seem like it would be fun to try. Tickets are 30-$35.

Heads up, foodies! Make your reservations now for:

August 15th-21st

August 17–26

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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.

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Geek Look Ahead:

August

September

October

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

November

  • 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!

I be Tumblin’

1 Aug

As Tumblr seems to be a more interactive forum, I will be posting small updates, products and other miscellaneous information there.  Large articles and weekly going out guides will still be posted here.

BEHOLD! DistrictGeek on Tumblr

My first tumble photo article thing!

I am new at Tumblr, so your suggestions are greatly welcomed.  Should I cross post every time I write something? What is the best stuff to do on Tumblr?  Let me know, and thanks for your feedback!