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Being Social: the Weekend of 07.01.11

1 Jul

Don't you wish you were this cool?

Starting this weekend, the Smithsonian Folklife festival on the National Mall will exhibit the power of words in African American culture, music in Latino America, and the rich culture of Wales.  It is free and is every day from 11 am to 5:30 pm from June 30-July 4 and July 7-11.

July 2

2 pm- 10 pm
The over-hyped Uncle Sam Jam at the National Harbour is $15, and as with all massive parties, it’ll have food and booze to buy, and music acts such as The Wailers, Blind Melon, and some crazy group called Lethal Peanut.
The Red White and Booze party at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan sounds a bit more exciting . There’s an ope bar for 8-9 if you pre-register, and if not, there’s still $3 domestic bottles and patriotic Budweiser tall boy cans, $4 mixed rails, $5 Sam Adams and American flag jello shots!  Woohoo!  (via Metromix)

July 3

5 pm- 1 am
The Independence Day Burger Bash at Policy may be the most anticipated event this Fourth of July weekend.   This all night party will include $5 burgers with allegedly 10 toppings to choose from, as well as $3 PBR, $4 domestics and spiked root beer (yum?!) (via Metromix)

2 pm
The $20 National FreedomFest, which, according to Metromix  is a two-day music extravaganza, returns with a powerful lineup and a brand-new venue: the recently completed Yards Park on DC’s riverfront. The all-American party will feature 40+ Bands and DJs on 5 stages, including the Dirty Heads and Yolanda Be Cool.

July 4

DC has a tradition of  hosting zillions of parties, so just Google where you want to go and there will be a ton to do  and eat. Here are the highlights:

Yeah, fifes!

10 am – 2 pm
The National Archives Fourth of July Celebration will be on the Constitution Avenue steps of the National Archives Building.  There will be a performance by the Fife and Drum Corps and a dramatic reading of the Declaration by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin from 10-11am. (via Metromix)


Mondays always have an Organ recital at the National Cathedral.  Since it’s on Independence day, this one looks to be a little more special, hosting will also feature the Washington Symphonic Brass and the US Navy Sea Chanters and it will include the 1812 Overture!  If you can’t make it, it will be webcast as well!  Woohoho!

The National Independence Day Parade down Constitution begins.  Get there early to get a good view!  I recommend also camping near a public building so you can cool down if need be.

2 pm
The National FreedomFest continues.

Independance Grillin’ w/DC BRAU begins – Load up or $4 DC-brewed ale and eat burgers while listening to “the music for an Independent Nation”.  (Via Washingtonian)

A Capitol Fourth Concert.  Though seating starts at 3pm, you have to be crazy to picnic there just to get a front row view of this televised concert, which is hosted annually on the lawn of the Capitol (it’s a lot better to watch on PBS – no people, bad weather, nor nightmare exodus afterwards).  The lineup includes Steve Martin, Josh Groban, Jordin Sparks, Little Richard, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison and the National Symphony Orchestra.  (When I went six years ago, Elmo was there!)

The concert ends with Fireworks at the National Mall, which can be seen from anywhere on the mall, on high buildings, or on the Virginia banks of the Potomac.

Costumes may or may not be encouraged, but...

Also, start honing your Angry Birds skills! On July 14 there will be an Angry Birds game tournament in Crystal City!


Being Social: the Weekend of 06.10.11

9 Jun

This week we have three events that the District Geek is highly enticed by (*).  Plus, there will be a ton of DC Pride this weekend.  What will you choose to do?

Friday 9 June


The National Archives is launching a new exhibit called “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” which introduces a historical glimpse of past recipes, U.S. food and the government’s effect on the nation’s diet.  To commemorate this launch, lauded chef José Andrés will lecture about the history of American food and cooking with Atlantic Senior Editor Corby Kummer. This is a free event but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you miss out, Chef Andrés is also going to run a restaurant at the Archives to supplement the exhibit for its duration.  :3 Tasty!

Saturday 10 June


EatBar is hosting a Beach Blanket Bash by opening up their patio and serving 25 summer wines, and beach-friendly fare—including fish tacos, boardwalk fries, and handmade salt-water taffy. Surfer flicks, such as Endless Summer, will also be playing inside. Tropical attire is encouraged. Tickets are $25 at the event Web site; Food vouchers available for purchase on site. (via Washingtonian)


Party with the proud before the Capitol Pride Parade at the judges’ stage on P Street NW between 14th and 15th streets. Live entertainment starts at 3 p.m., with DJ Steve Henderson and performances by drag queens Venus D Lite and Blair Michaels and singers Consuelo Costin and Jenna Drey. (via Washingtonian)

Rainbows all the way across the sky...


The Capital Pride parade will be running through Dupont Circlet, 17th Street, and through northwest Washington DC.  It’s full of confetti, beads, rainbows and fun, so feel free to check it out!  Also, there will be a lot of after parties.  Anywhere in Dupont Circle should have a crowd, but I’d recommend Connecticut and Q streets to find the best.


DC9 is hosting a Nerd Nite. Tickets are $10 at Ticket Alternative.  (via Washingtonian)

Rock on, bro!


The D.C. Regional U.S. Air Guitar Championships are Saturday at the 9:30 club! This annual event has some pretty hardcore entrants and is totally worth the lols if you end up there and pay the $20 entry fee.


There will be a Depeche Mode Dance party at Black Cat! This annual event has been missed for years by the District Geek.  It is now in its tenth year, and looks to be a great as ever. Will she make it this year? ($10 cover)

Sunday 11 June


The Capital Pride Festival culminates in a gigantic street fair between 7th and 3rd streets on Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest. Spend the day gallivanting from beer garden to burlesque show, with plenty of rainbow paraphernalia to go around. There will also be food vendors, a performance by the DC Cowboys, and Dream Girls actress Jennifer Holliday on the main stage.  (via Washingtonian.  Yes, it’s a lazy geek this week)


Somehow Pride Weekend in D.C. and having an Annual Testicle Festival go together.  At this event, ‘Rocky Mountain Oysters’, aka deep fried bull testicles will be at Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria.  Along with battered balls, there will be unlimited beer, Crown Royal and country music. Woo!


FUSE – DC Women’s Pride Closing Night Party at Apex Nightclub.

Cook Bacon, Win Prizes!

19 Apr

Okay.  Bacon is win. But winning with bacon?! Epic!

Raw Tasty Applewood Smoked Bacon

Even uncooked, you can't deny the allure of bacon. is hosting its annual Bacon Challenge, where you compete to make the most epic food/art out of bacon.  While creating your masterpiece, document the steps, then submit the complete how-to collection for a chance to win a custom-etched iPad (suck, I just bought one!) or an All-clad skillet.

I think I have to enter. I’m thinking either Bacon Transformer or Bacon Nintendo 8-bit controller.

Any Suggestions? 

If you enter, please let me know!