Tag Archives: Alexandria

Being Social: The Weekend of 3.8.13

8 Mar

ConBookFin copyBrian smallerHey, everyone! Please support me by going to the con I am running this weekend in Old Town Alexandria. It’s a local-focused brony convention called Cloudsdale Congress!  Tickets are $50 at the door and cover two days of programming and access to craft shops, plus a four-hour long concert.  I’m pretty excited and confident that it will be an awesome time.  If you go, I’ll be working registration and wearing my blue wig 🙂 Please say hi!

scratcheyes

Ahha so kawaii 😛

See you there!

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

March 2013

  • The real St. Patrick’s day party will be Shamrocks and shenanigans March 16th and 17th at Rumors. This will feature Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, and of course plenty of great drink specials all weekend long.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20-April14. There are a ton of fun, educational and delicious events that are held throughout the District!

April 2013

  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.
  • That 80’s Prom this year is scheduled for April 20th. It’s a great costume themed party!

May 2013

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: The Weekend of 1.25.13

25 Jan

 What’s up this weekend? Well, if you want to brave the cold, here’s what’s going down:

Art by XternalFramebryx on DeviantArt

Art by XternalFramebryx on DeviantArt

January 26-29 you can watch Wreck it Ralph at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.  If you haven’t been to this theatre, go.  It’s motto should be “beer and a movie”. They usually show pretty good movies (including throwbacks) and even host theme nights! Tickets are $2 – $6.50.

The 25-27th will play host to the first Sugarloaf Crafts Festival of the year! Hit it up to get the perfect valentine gift for yourself or your loved one.

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There will be a 1k Beer Walk this weekend, hosted by the Washington Wine Academy. Tickets are $35 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday! There will be 50 beers, and you get to taste 20 during the ‘race’. Then you can go home, happy and warm with your beer coat on.

The Capital Wine festival will also be taking place from January 25th-March 26th. [DC.about.com]

Saturday

PlungeFest13

Wanna see guys greased up and walking around mostly naked in single digit temperatures? Then watch the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge at Annapolis, Maryland. During the charity event for Special Olympics, thousands of participants of all ages take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Sunday

11am-5pm

The DC Record Fair is back, and will be held at Penn Social. Early bird admission from 11-12 is $5, then $2 after. [PoP]

Ongoing Geekdom:

Geek Look Ahead:

January 2013

  • Whoah, it’s already time for Restaurant Week to come back?

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: Inauguration in DC

19 Jan

This weekend will be a ton of really way-too-expensive inaugural balls, but also hundreds of restaurant and bar specials to celebrate President Obama’s re-election and re-inauguration.  As an added bonus, it’s MLK weekend! So go finds things to do for both the Presidential Inauguration 2013 & Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday. MLK_Memorial

There are also a lot of galleries and exhibits that feature Inauguration stuff such as:

  • the Newseum (Tickets are $20 and up for the weekend, $100 but sold out on the 21st)
  • a pop-up America x Trains exhibit, featuring signs and graffiti about transport (free)
  • political cartoons about Obama that will be on display at Malmaison in Georgetown. (Tickets are $10-20.  Pre-order for a cheaper price!)
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Photo (c) Karen Ballard

Saturday

10pm

I don’t think it’s anything like a show, but Moby will be performing a DJ Set, followed by  Will Eastman at U sTreet music hall.  Tickets are $40. [thingstodoinwashington]

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Jan 18-27 – Alexandria Restaurant week is back! Get great deals on good food at restaurants you’ve never tried before.
  • Every Friday,at 7pm, the Black 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

January 2013

February 2013

  • On the 9th‘ why not shell out $625 between you and your friends to participate in a stretch limo scavenger hunt?
  • Katsucon will be the 15th-17th.  It’s a personal favourite anime convention of mine.

March 2013

July 2013

August 2013

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

Being Social: Restaurant Weeks update!

17 Jul

I found yet another restaurant week going on, so an update is called for:

Courtesy of my Volt meal, March 2010

July 14-21

July 16–22

August 15th-21st

August 17–26

Being Social: the Weekend of 08.19.11

18 Aug
This weekend signifies the end of DC Restaurant Week and the beginning of Alexandria Restaurant Week! Keep trying new venues, and let me know what you find!
 
Friday
1pm
Bikers will be back in town to honor 9/11 victims.  Of course, that means that there will be road closures Friday afternoon.  Check WTOP for the latest and try to avoid (or watch) the 15 mile stretch of hog movement.

via Focus on the Beer

4pm
To continue DC Beer week, Rhode Island’s Trinity Brewhouse will be featured at the Capitol Longue.
Saturday
13:30am
Um.  How about a Balsamic vinegar tasting party? You must pre-register and pay $25 but who knows.  It sounds pretty crazy. (via WaPo)
2pm
Finally, the time of Hop Fu is upon us!  It’s free, and at the SI Freer Gallery.

via Pulpfactor

6pm
Want Zombies? Survive Alexandria is back.  It’s a massive tag game, involving survival kits, parkour and, of course, the undead. (Apparently this year’s virus was spawned by Justin Bieber.)  It’s $25 and attendance does have a cap, so check it out now if you want to participate!* (via Metromix)
Sunday
Noon-6pm
There will be a Cambodian Day festival at Ben Brenman park in Alexandria.  To be honest, I have no idea what Cambodia is all about, so it might be fun to get some exposure there.
2-10pm
Not that I like hip-hop, but the U Street corridor has had a lot of development, and a bar crawl down U Street may be the best way to find new haunts.  Admission is only $5 for a pass for six bar entries and food and drink specials.
 
Also, heads up! The MLK memorial is set to be dedicated next weekend, so the tourists will be en masse once again!  Events start Monday, and a full schedule can be found on dedicatethedream.org.

via Pulpfactor

*If you want a longer race type of zombie encounter, I am toying with participating in Run For Your Lives, an obstacle race with zombies on October 22nd outside of Baltimore.  Let me know if youd like to go too!

Being Social: the Weekend of 08.12.11

12 Aug

OMG DCist PWNS!

Mainly due to DCist’s awesome graphic, I’m linking to voting on the name of the Farragut virtual Metro tunnel crossing.  On the topic of oxen and game, through Sunday, the Arlington County Fair will be held at the Thomas Jefferson County Center.  The competitive exhibits cover a wide range of foods and crafts, including hotly-contested vegetable competitions.  (via the Ode Street Tribune)

Friday
11am – 11pm
Truckeroo returns to the Navy Yard Metro, showcasing a plethora of local food trucks and extended hours. Let the gluttony begin!
6pm
Another local brewery, 3 Stars, is tapping its first casks of BW Rye, “a dry-hopped ale with spicy rye” at Meridian Pint tonight. (via WaPo)
10pm-3am

B&K’s Egyptian Kings and Queens Party on Friday August 12th at Rio’s Nightclub.  I have no idea how fun it will be, but they say to come in costume.  Could be some epic people watching!  Metromix has details on a discount RSVP admission.

Saturday
11am-7pm
The Alexandria Irish Festival appears to celebrate the half year point to St. Patrick’s Day by having parades, dance troupes and beer.  This street festival will be held at the Waterfront Park in Alexandria. (via WaPo)
12-3pm
If you want an overdose of opinionated loose women, there will be a Slut Walk on the National Mall.  Allegedly it’s meant to raise awareness to “Rape Culture and Victim Bashing”. (via Metromix)
2pm
One of my hometown favourites, the Great Lakes Brewing Company is starting to become popular in DC!  Have a taste at Churchkey!
6:30pm

Get your geek out! DC9 will be hosting a Nerd Nite lecture. Admission is $10, though.

Sunday
This is the start of DC beer week, so expect a ton of events during the week. Most can be found at Metromix and dcbeer.com .

(via YoursForGoodFermentables)

5-9pm

Go on a Craft Beer Cruise , where two dozen beers will keep you company.

6pm

Sail some Heavy Seas at the Iron Horse!

7-9pm

Meridian Pint continues its awesome with a beer and cheeses tasting.

Finally, starting Monday, it will also be DC Restaurant Week! Hundreds of restaurants have cheap fixed-price 3 course menus to choose from. Please go to at least one – it’s a great way to check out places near you, as well as to explore new and exotic cuisine!

OMG Free Ice Cream!

12 Apr

Today is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day!

Ice Cream

You can get as many free one scoop cones as you like between 12 and 8pm, as long as you are okay with probably having to wait in MASSIVE LINES.  DC has four locations to choose from: Georgetown (3135 M Street NW), Dupont Circle (1333 19th Street NW), Union Station or the Old Post Office (1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW- but you’ll be screened by National Park Service upon entry!) .  And if you’re a NOVA’er like me, there’s one at 103 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA, too.

I recommend the Phish Food (Chocolate Ice Cream with Gooey Marshmallow, Caramel Swirls & Fudge Fish) and Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz! (Fair Trade Coffee ice cream with espresso bean fudge chunks) first.  But also high in my rankings are Cake Batter (Yellow Cake Batter Ice Cream with a Chocolate Frosting Swirl) and Cherry Garcia (Cherry Ice Cream with Cherries & Fudge Flakes).

If you get some, let me know what flavour you chose and how it was!