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Being Social: the Weekend of 2.17.12

16 Feb
Happy Presidents’ Day? This is one of those holidays that is just a random day off. I love it, and I plan to do nothing but work on my books that day. But if you want to go out this weekend, there is bit to do. Before then, why not check out ASTRO BOY ON STAGE! Studio Theater will be performing Astro Boy and the God of Comics, a play by Georgetown theater professor Natsu Onoda Power that uses on-stage drawing, interactive video, and 1960s-style animation to tell the story of Osamu Tezuka, and his greatest creation, Astro Boy. Wednesday to Saturday shows are at 830pm, Sunday’s is at 730pm, and tickets are $30. (Discount tickets are available for $18 for select performances.)[TheDistrict]
It’s also KATSUCON weekend! Get your anime geek face on, and head down to the National Harbour for a weekend full of awesome, costumed fun!
Tuesday is also Mardi Gras, so be sure to get out and enjoy some bead-throwing action, and maybe catch a parade!
Other events for this weekend include:
Friday
If you and your date still need to do something special, why not have a four course Chopin Vodka dinner at DC Coast? It has a tasting menu of vodka, and looks to be amusing, if not tasty. $125 a person. [WaPo]

Saturday
930pm
TheBlack Cat will be hosting its annual Right Round and 80s dance party. Tickets are $7 [metromix]
Sunday

I got nothing 😦 Hunker down for the big snow storm!

Monday
1pm
In Old Town Alexandria, there will be a George Washington Birthday Parade! While you’re in town, historic Alexandria sites will also have free admission today.

Geek Look Ahead:

February

On the 26th, Barcraft is back, this time showing a tournament sponsored by the same guys that host the Barcraft: One Nation of Gamers. Come on out to Public Bar to spend time drinking, watching Starcraft, and playing board games with fellow geeks.

March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

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Review: That 80’s Prom 4 – Back to 1985

18 Apr

I did indeed attend That 80’s Prom Party (Warning: Sound) on Saturday night.  It was a great time and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the 8o’s.

The theme was Prom, and even before entering Blackfinn DC, I began to see girls in taffeta and neon walking the sidewalks.  And ‘lo and behold! Next to the entrance was a DeLorean! It turns out that a local named David brought his baby out for the party.  I was impressed.  They really did go all out.

This man has one sick ride.

This is serial number 2230, and it is in great condition.  She has 20k miles on her, and has only a few things that David wants to upgrade, such as LED’s on the door, adding a HAM radio to the back window grate, and putting in a brake light in the center rear.  I was surprised to learn that DeLoreans are automatic, and very low riding.  Also, the doors really are odd.  They had leather pull-down straps attached to the handles for people like me who don’t have a massive wingspan.  Also, when I got out of the vehicle, the corners of the door still nearly hit my head, and I’m 5’6″.  I can see why these doors didn’t catch on, even though they do look wicked impressive when deployed.

Whats hotter: me in 80s gear, or Davids ride? I vote the car.

As soon as I entered Blackfinn, I felt like they really did throw us back to the 80’s.  There were cardboard Pac-Men and Rubik’s Cubes hanging from the ceiling, along with the stereotypical balloon archway that proms always seem to have. (Was there a point to those things?  By the end, it was floating on the ceiling anyways…)  Almost everyone there was in costume, including the wait staff.  Neon hues and tight clothes dominated.  The Back to the Future series was playing on multiple screens.  On the other screens ran music videos from the 80’s.  I was hooked on those, and they provided the music when the Hair Band wasn’t playing.

...they werent that good, but looked pretty hot.

To be honest, I liked listening to and watching the music videos more.  They were all great, bringing back memories of Madonna, David Bowie, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston… so many great artists with big hair.  People danced, sang, and imbibed.  And to top off the Prom theme, Blackfinn had its hosts act as chaperones: they served us drinks, asked how we were doing throughout the night, and even handed out towels to us in the bathroom!  It felt like we were in a VIP booth.  I loved it.  This is definitely worth checking out next year if you missed out, and I thank Lindy Promotions for planning it!

Being Social: The Weekend of 4.15.11

14 Apr

To Do This Weekend- Vote Before Sunday:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host “The Art of Video Games” exhibit next year!  According to their website, the exhibit will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers. And in honour of gamers’ competitive spirits, you have until April 17th to vote for your favourite art in games by going to their website.  Allegedly, the winners of the vote will determine what is put on display in the Smithsonian.  So go vote already! NOTE: It looks like you can only vote for one on each page of three games, so choose wisely!

Not To Do This Weekend – Twilight Convention:

Yes, the twi-hards will be invading MY county, and will be having a complete Twi-geek fest at the Arlington Sheraton National Hotel.  If you’re a guy hoping to pick up chicks, put on a tight tee shirt, pale your face, and slick back your hair.  Glare at the girls and pretend that you hate them.  It should work.  For those looking for some fun, there will be the obligatory costume contest, dealer’s den, celebrity appearances and a Volturi Ball.  I’m almost intrigued enough to stop by, but it’s doubtful. Tickets start at $20.

April 7-17th

The Washington, DC International Film Festival comes back to town! Watch indie films from all over the world that you’ve probably never heard of.  But it could be fun… think of it like SciFi’s old short-run program, Exposure!

April 16th

Foursquare Day – Ok, some dork decided that 4/16 is four-square(d) day.  What a loser.  But there are two parties that you can rock out to, and check in to.  Jagerfest at Town Tavern, and Montgomery County Foursquare Day.

Also:

It’s Hammer Time!

That 80’s Prom Party (Warning: Sound).  Hang out with a ton of drunks in parachute pants or miniskirts with leg warmers.  It’s at Blackfinn DC (Farragut West Metro) from 8pm-close – and from 8-9 there’s FREE Coors Light (if you can stand it).  Plus, I’ll be there!  Tickets have increased in price, and are selling out fast!

April 17th

The Arlington Cinema & Draft House will be having a Lord of the Rings marathon on April 17th.  The site is historically significant to Arlington, and you can drink with a ton of other geeks while you watch all three movies.  Tickets are $10, so get yours now!

April 19th

[via Spreadshirt]

Winning!  Charlie Sheen will be at DAR Constition Hall on April 19.  Allegedly $1 of each ticket will go to Japan Tsunami relief, but I’d rather eat a shit-ton of pork belly for Japan instead.

Being Social: The Weekend of 4.8.11

7 Apr

I hope to post a weekly list of  DC’s weekend events every Thursday.  That way all the antisocial geeks can get out and do something, and all the social geeks know what to drag their friends to.  Thus, I bring you this week’s awesome District plans:

DO EET NAO!

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host “The Art of Video Games” exhibit next year!  According to their website, the exhibit will explore the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects, the creative use of new technologies, and the most influential artists and designers. And in honour of gamers’ competitive spirits, you have until April 17th to vote for your favourite art in games by going to their website.  Allegedly, the winners of the vote will determine what is put on display in the Smithsonian.  So go vote already! EDIT: It looks like you can only vote for one on each page of three games, so choose wisely!

..It’s gonna suck to have to wait until March 16, 2012 to see it! T___T

April 9

DC Nerd Nite.  This appears to be a nerdtastic series of nerd gatherings, striving to be monthly, but failing. It also appears to involve alcohol, speakers, and music.  I’m not going to this one, but they definitely have piqued my curiosity.

Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Events (if the Government doesn’t shut down)

Sakura Matsuri – the Japanese Street Festival.  If you’re an anime dork/otaku, this festival is for you.  Get authentic Japanese sparklies here, as well as food and live music.  It’s $5 to get in, but it’s worth it.  I’ll be there!

National Cherry Blossom Parade.  Less geek and more for the geek family.

April 7-17th

The Washington, DC International Film Festival comes back to town! Watch indie films from all over the world that you’ve probably never heard of.  But it could be fun… think of it like SciFi’s old short-run program, Exposure!

Future Events:

April 16th

It’s Hammer Time!

That 80’s Prom Party (Warning: Sound).  Hang out with a ton of drunks in parachute pants or miniskirts with leg warmers.  It’s at Blackfinn DC (Farragut West Metro) from 8pm-close – and from 8-9 there’s FREE Coors Light (if you can stand it).  Tickets are $10, and I hope to be there! EDIT 4/11: I will be there!

April 17th

The Arlington Cinema & Draft House will be having a Lord of the Rings marathon on April 17th.  The site is historically significant to Arlington, and you can drink with a ton of other geeks while you watch all three movies.  Tickets are $10, so get yours now!

April 19th

[via Spreadshirt]

Winning!  Charlie Sheen will be at DAR Constition Hall on April 19.  Allegedly $1 of each ticket will go to Japan Tsunami relief, but I’d rather eat a shit-ton of pork belly for Japan instead.

The 2010’s: Return of the ’80’s cartoons?

6 Apr

I am a child of the 80’s.  I grew up on a myriad of cartoons, which now appear to be in the “reboot” stage.  Were they classics? Or is this, like so many movies nowadays, a desperate attempt to make things people like since there are apparently so few original new ideas?

Of course, the Nintendo Hype brought along with it Nintendo-themed shows, such as  Captain N the  Game Master (89-91) and the Super Mario Brothers Super Show! I watched these things religiously.  What was better than video games -and- cartoons? Captain N got to travel through the game wolrd and see everything, from Mega Man to Donkey Kong. And the Super Mario plumbers, though anchored in real life, did get to hop the pipes and enter the video world, too.  It was virtual reality way before VR troopers.  Along those lines, though not a cartoon, was the Wizard, a movie about a kid who got to see the world and kick ass in an inaugural tournament of Super Mario Brothers 3.  This movie was epic, in that it was a sneak preview of the actual game (not having been released yet), much like they do at modern day conventions.

So the age of Nintendo cashed in on their popularity, and I don’t know of any modern-day spin-offs for them. Conversely, it appears that a ton of my faves are rebooting, and I am so stoked to see them!
First, there are the cutsey ones like Strawberry Shortcake; Care Bears; Rainbow Brite, and the most popular re-mix: My Little Pony.

...Twilight Sparkle? Quick, cover your eyes...!

And then there’s The Smurfs.  Yes, the Smurfs are coming to a theatre near you.  Not looking forward to this one… unless Azrael gets some blue chow.
Then come the more exciting ones!

1. The Transformers TV Series.  We all know the new Michael Bay movies are making a shit-ton of money.  Yes, the movies have no plot.  But it’s not about plot! It’s about TRANSFORMERS! ❤

2. Voltron..  Hells yes, more giant robots! Slated for Spring 2011, I am hoping that Voltron Force has a more badass princess than last time.

Why does she always die? Weaksauce.

3. G.I. Joe: A real American Hero.  There have been a few movies, with the most recent being in 2009.  G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was poorly rated and barely made as much as its budget cost (IMDB).  It bid bring the Hasbro action figures back onto the stage, though!

Hells yeah. Thundercats, Ho!

This brings me to my first review.  At Wondercon, the trailer for the new Cartoon Network show was released.  To me, this trailer looks epic.  Of course, I wanted to be Cheetara when I grew up (thanks, Cracked.com for that great visual!).

The opening sequence of the trailer shows what appears to be Third Earth, complete with the Cats Lair.  “These were days of peace and prosperity on Third Earth,” the Narrator says.  So you think that it’s Third Earth, right?  Well, I’m not sure.  The 80’s plot has the original Thundercats on Thundera, and then everyone had to evacuate as the Plun-Darr lizards took it over.  This appears to be shown in the trailer, but wouldn’t the narrator say that it was the days of prosperity on Thundera, if this were the setting of the trailer? Or is the gnarled king we see later in the trailer Lion-o, and the youth in this, his son, who will take up his Mantle and fight alongside Lion-o’s old friends’ children?  In that case, it would be either Third Earth or New Thundera… and I’d assume it would be New Thundera since they left Third Earth at the end of the original  series.

To further argue the setting, the 80’s cartoon Cats Lair on Third Earth is carved into a mountain.  The Cats Lair that is prominent in the trailer, though, is surrounded by other houses. This leads me to think that this is indeed Thundera or New Thundera, and the voice-over writer fucked up.

The 'old' Cats Lair is carved into a mountain. The one in the preview is prominently jutting out above a city. Hm.

Then again, if it’s really Third Earth they’re talking about, that army of cats is gonna be pretty inbred.  Even with the addition of Pumyra, Lynx-o and Bengali, so few Thundercats living on Third Earth woudn’t be much for their Gene Pool.

In addition, we see characters that look like Tygra, Wiley Kit and Kat, Cheetara, and Snarf. Because of their appearance,  I am pretty sure this is some messed up alternate reality story.  And we Jaga in this preview, too.  He looks pretty alive, which could only be on Thundera or in space, according to the original series.  All these things point to it being the right characters on the wrong planet.

On a personal note, I do have an issue with the mechs and bombs in the trailer.  I know that the technology of these races includes spaceships, and I do love mechs, but there’s something about seeing giant robots fighting Thundercats that unnerves me.

All in all, I’m stoked. I hope this turns out to be an awesome series, no mater how many disconnects from the cartoon or comic books it has.

What’s next in the ’80’s Revival Cycle? He-Man and She-Ra, the Masters of the Universe?

What’s your favourite revival of the 80’s cartoon era?  What have I forgotten?

I plan to go into depth on some of these in the future, but it’ll take a while.  One series at a time!