Archive | September, 2012

More Social things to do!

28 Sep

Of course, the week that I get my weekly update out early, I find awesome events the next day.  We’ve got two more, and they’re pretty good:

Saturday

1pm

INDIANA FREAKING JONES STUNT TIME!  Haven’t you always wanted to see if you could outrun the boulder from Raiders? A group of Indiana Jones fanatics will be taking over an alley along U Street between 14th and 15th Streets NW  – they’re calling it the Alley of Doom—where they will be rolling a huge inflatable ball behind people, just like in the movie.  Dude.  (Funding by a grant from the Awesome Foundation). [DCist]

Sunday

3-10pm

Yey, super cheap beer!

Being Social: the Weekend of 9.28.12

27 Sep

Hey! Yea you! This is the last weekend for checking out The Art of Video Games at the American Art Museum! Go see it NAO!  In addition, the late-night-Metro-savior, LivingSocial, is hosting a Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival, & there’s also a DC Green festival that features authors, leaders and educators hosting workshops, as well as films, organic food and drink and live music.  And for your vampire skin’s pleasure, this weekend the Arlington Planetarium is re-opening, and there will be an open house and tons of activities to celebrate it.

Beyond that, we have:

Friday

630pm

The Euronight 2012 Celebration will have lots of food, music, and activities to celebrate the European Union.  Few tickets remain, and they are $55 and up.  “Cocktail attire suggested. ”

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 Boom Town.

Saturday

11am

The controversial yet very poignant “Bully” Movie will be screened today and on October 6  at the Columbia Mall AMC Theatre. Tickets are $4. [Eventbrite]

4-10pm

The Crystal City Diamond Derby takes place in our race course designed and built in the center of an underground parking garage.  If you want to participate, you have to register.  Otherwise there are a ton of activities for viewers, besides just watching the race.  [PoP]

Sunday

11am-7pm

The Turkish Festival will be going on at Freedom Plaza. Celebrate Turkish art and culture with a variety of family-friendly activities, food, crafts and more. [DC.about.com]

1-5pm

OMG PIE! PieFest 2012 — A Slice of Life will have so much PIE.  Admission is$15, but it might go toward charity or a memorial for the chick who was murdered at Lululemon in Georgetown. Bring your own pie and win prizes!  [PoP]

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, theBlack Cat holds 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.
  • 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

December

July 2013

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 9.21.12

21 Sep

As it’s now fall, let’s rock out Oktoberfest! There will be a Sour ale celebration at Pizza Paradiso 1130am-midnight on Saturday, and on Sunday 12pm-“10am” tho I’m guessing it’s 10pm. [WaPo].  Also this weekend, the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival is on the National Mall.  There are a ton of authors, it’s best to check who is there. I picked out Jewel, R.L. Stine and Christopher Paolini (he has to be like 20 by now, right?).

If you get out of your house instead of playing Borderlands 2, here’s what will be going on in DC:

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.  This week is Father’s Day.

Saturday

9am

The Barracks Row Fall Festival  and DC State Fair on Capitol Hill is going on! It’ll have food, music, and activities. Officially open at 11:00 a.m. early birds can observe the Military Chef’s Cook Off.  And trust me, some are -really- good.

11am-7pm

This week’s Truck festival is henceforth to be called “Trucktoberfest“.  They’re starting Drunktober early, apparently.  Find them at the new Union Market for food, music, booze activities “&more”.  Free, but you gotta pay for the food/drink.

Apparently it’s DC flag variant weekend

12-6pm

The 17th Street Festival celebrates the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P Street and will include musical performances, artist vendors, a pet zone, and kids activities. [dc.about.com]

Sunday

11am-7pm

Fiesta DC will be on Pennsylvania Avenue. There will be music, folklore, theater, a parade of Nations, food, crafts and an informational fair. Free. [theDistrict]

2pm

For those of you that don’t like watching sport on Sundays in the fall, DCGames is hosting a game of Circle Rules Football, a fast-paced, chaotic and inclusive alternative sport that combines a huge bouncy ball with a single goal and very few rules. Be ready for a combination of running, jumping, kicking and throwing in a friendly and relatively noncompetitive setting. See a video here: http://vimeo.com/24028552.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, theBlack Cat holds 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.
  • 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.—-
  • 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

September

  • LivingSocial is hosting a Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival on the weekend of September 29
  • September29-30 30 will be the DC Green festival.  There will be authors, leaders and educators hosting workshops, as well as films, organic food and drink and live music. Tickets are $10 and up.

October

  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.  Tickets include unlimited 5-ounce tastings of craft beer (100+ in attendance!), food trucks, live music and activities. Tickets are $35 and up.
  • October 27th will be the best costumed pub crawl: Nightmare on M Street

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

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 9.14.12

14 Sep

Pretty much everything else I can find to do is on Saturday.   But that’s fine because Sunday is football day!  On Saturday, I’ll be at the Ren Faire with the DCBronies, and will be wearing a blue wig.  If you go, say hi – I’m sure I’ll be the only one that has blue hair.

Don’t be like them!

10am

Have unused or broken down electronics? Recycle them at the Whole Foods on P Street.  It’s the right thing to do, and then you’ll have less junk!  It is Free, and 25% of “proceeds” from this event will be donated to Whole Kids Foundation.  For more details, see Wusa9.

10am-1pm

The Alexandria Story Festival features none other than books and their authors!  This year’s highlights include authors Eric Wright (Frankie Pickle), Katy Kelly (Melonhead) and Adam Gidwitz (“A Tale Dark and Grimm”). There will also be a puppet show and scavenger hunt. [WaPo]

12-7pm

The H Street Festival is also going on, and will have live music on 5 stages, “artcars”, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, fashion shows,  food and a parade.

 1-530pm

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is hosting its Community Day!  This free event’s theme is “Re- imagine Africa: Eclectic Vibrations” and will have performances of music, dance, film and art. [PoP]

930pm

Once again, there will  be a Depeche Mode Dance party at Black Cat.  It’s a pretty chill event, and I had a great time there last year.  Tickets are $10.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The DC Shorts Film Festival will run until September 16th.
  • Every Friday,at 7pm, theBlack Cat holds 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.
  • 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.—-
  • 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.

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

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 9.7.12

8 Sep

BAD NEWS.  Metro is shutting down downtown this weekend. If you want to get anywhere on the red line, you had better check out their fail maintenance station closings.  If you want to go to some of this week’s events, you’d be better off walking, driving, using a bikeshare… or be at the mercy of shuttle buses.

Keep on #winning, Metro! (via UnsuckDCmetro)

In District news, there’s another year-round farmer’s market opening in the vicinity of Union Station (Well, really it’s atNoMa…).  Union Market is opening this weekend, and it also brags about all the tasty stuff that it will have. To celebrate, the market will host an artisan ice cream competition from 1 to 4pmon  Sunday.  Will it compare to Eastern Market, which is only mile and a half away? Only visits there will be able to determine this.  []

This weekend is the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, featuring Stan Lee!  Also in Maryland, the Tough Mudder race is being held in Fredrick, MD.  Lots of folks try to do it in teams to show they’re fit and can handle obstacles and mud and such. I’m ok spectating, thanks.

The DC Shorts Film Festival is back, and will run until September 16th. []

In addition, this weekend is the Alexandria King Street Art Festival, which is a ton of blocks of arts and crafts.  It’s pretty awesome, though not as awesome as Sugarloaf.

Beyond that, we have:

Saturday

1-7pm

One of Rosslyn’s biggest events, the Jazz Festival will be back and chock full of the smooth stuff.

(via CheapinDC)

430-1030

If you don’t get enough in Rosslyn, Silver Spring is also holding their Jazz Festival today. []

6pm

After a summer hiatus, Nerd Nite is back at DC9! This month they will have discussions on Zebra’s Stripes, the Point of Music, and the Violinist’s Thumb. Admission is $10.

Sunday

Sunday marks most NFL teams’ first regular season game. As such bars will likely have epic specials and parties, if you’re into that sort of thing.  Trust me, every team has a bar here in DC.  Some are hard to find, but they’re out there.  Would anyone like me to compile a list?

12pm

The Adams Morgan day festival showcases the international and cultural diversity and creativity that is the hallmark of Adams Morgan. It will feature sales, food, cultural exhibits, music, arts and dance activities. Free.  []

ahhah I need a new flag picture

Also note that this weekend through Tuesday there will be September 11 Memorial Events here in DC.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, theBlack Cat holds 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.
  •  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.—-
  • 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

September

  • The Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012. Officially open at 11:00 a.m. early birds can drop by from 9:00 a.m. on to observe the Military Chef’s Cook Off.  And trust me, some are -really- good.

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

December

August 2013

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