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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]



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]


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.


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.

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]


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]


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]


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


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]


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!


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]


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]


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.


Geek Look Ahead:




  • 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!


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 3.24.12

22 Mar
The National Cherry Blossom festival has begun, and the blossoms are already at peak!  If you haven’t seen them, they’re quite beautiful – light and airy pink, spotting the land like cotton candy.  You’ll find most of them at the Tidal Basin – that’s between the Jefferson and FDR memorials near the water.  I didn’t know this my first year in DC, and not only didn’t see any (I was looking on the mall) but I was next in line to be towed and barely squeaked out.  Lesson of the story: take Metro, even if it’s unreliable, they “say” there’s no track work on weekends while the festival is in progress.  Events are listed on their website; this weekend includes guided tours, a bike ride & cycle expo, and a symposium on the Japanese influence on American Crafts. And there’s an app!  Finally, and most exciting to me, a traditional Japanese Tea service/shop has been created, which offers lessons on the traditional tea ceremony! I really want to take those! /teadork
Other events this weekend include:
Ah, it’s that time again.  ShamrockFest returns, with its booze and youth infested debauchery.  If you’re into a lot of music, dancing, raucous and booze, good on ya!  It’s at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, and tickets are $25+ (you can find discounts online).


4 & 8pm
Huh? Mythbusters Live is in town?!  Why didn’t I know this sooner!! T__T  Sounds like Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage will be running a live Q&A, and demos at the Warner Theatre!  Tickets (if there are any left) are $50+. [WaPo]
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will be hosting its 8th Annual Rum Punch Challenge. This features rum punches from local distilleries, restaurants, and caterers, along with Colonial-era food. Tickets are pricey, at $50 for food and punch or $100 for a pre-event VIP rum tasting. [theDistrict]

Ok, it's IPL not MLG, but it's still so geeky.

Major League Gaming is having their Winter Championship Finals this weekend.  Not only will it be streaming live, but to celebrate there will be another One Nation of Gamers’ Barcraft at Public Bar Tenley! Feel free to watch geeks cheer on robots and bugs as they fight each other for a prize purse worth $26,000!

Ongoing Geekdom:


Geek Look Ahead:

  • Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
  • Geek Day 2012 will be April 11-12, and features a ton of geeky/tech exhibits at the Washington Convention Center.
  • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.



  • Anime Mid-Atlantic is a bit further away, but it’s another big Anime Convention, if you’re in need of some geek time! June 15-17
  • Bronycon will be in NYC (actually the Meadowlands) June 30-July1. I’ll be there, cosplaying it up! Note me if you want to room share, cosplay with me, or just meet up!
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!





  • NekoCon is November 2-4.  Apparently it starts on the 2th.  I love the Japanese.

Being Social: the Weekend of 2.24.12

24 Feb
This weekend the Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival will be at the National Harbor.  Though not as exciting as Katsucon, they will serve oysters every way, along with beer music, exhibits and more.  Tickets look like they’re hard to come by, and $100 on site.  I think I’d rather slurp some oysters at Againn for half the cost… [about.com]
Friday and Saturday at the National Symphony Orchestra will be performing Cirque de la Symphonie, a new production that brings “the Magic of Cirque to the Concert Hall.  Tickets may be pricy, but it is another neat Cirque act. [metromix]
It’s also DC Fashion week! I’d love to see these things, and I swear they happen like four times a year, but I never get to go out and see the silly new trends that models are flaunting.  Let me know if you want to hit one up with me!  Otherwise, we have:
Remember when I wrote about the WSC Avant Bard performing Shakespeare in Klingon? Well, now’s your chance to be part of the show!  They will be holding auditions for parts for their “Shakespeare in Klingon” show (on March 4 at Artisphere – how do we get tickets?!), through an open call in the middle of Dupont Circle. And even if you don’t want to participate, it’ll be fun to watch because all that audition HAVE to arrive in Dupont Circle in full costume.  Woohoo cosplay FTW! [WaPo]
The 13th St. Meats Pop-up Shop is once again making an appearance at Pharmacy Bar (2337 18th Street NW). [dcist]
It’s a DC Rollergirls double header at the DC Armory (2001 E Capitol Street SE).  Watch Scare Force One take on the Majority Whips, and the Cherry Blossom Bombshells go against the DC DemonCats. $12. [dcist]
Ever wanted to hear a Mexican acordion player? Here’s your chance: at Artisphere, Rana Santacruz will be performing “Mexican alternative folk” or “bluegrass mariachi.” Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. [theDistrict]
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.

Geek Look Ahead:

The WSC Avant Bard will performi Shakespeare in Klingonon March 4 at Artisphere!
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

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:
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]

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

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

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:


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.

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

Being Social: the Weekend of 11.18.11

18 Nov

Anime USA will be running this weekend, providing a great chance to watch Anime, meet voice actors, and buy  a lot of cool Japanese stuff!  They will also host dances and bands such as BLOOD, Eien Strife, and Matenrou Opera!

The Sugarloaf Craft Festival has also come to town, and you can stock up on holiday gifts while staring at shinies all day.  It’s a bit of a hike to get there, but I will be checking it out on Saturday. Tickets are $7, but you can get a $1 off coupon online.

On a less geeky note, the InkFest convention will be at Nats park this weekend.  You can watch people with tattoos, watch people get inked, and, if slots allow, you could get inked yourself!  Tickets are $15 and up.

Otherwise, we have:




Want to win a spelling bee to pay for your bar tab?  Then try out the Rock and Roll Spelling Buzz!  Plus, $6 gets you a 16oz PBR and a Shot of crap whiskey till it’s over! Sign up starts at 6pm.



If you wanted winter to come early, there will be a taste of it at the outdoor skating rink on the National Mall!  The Sculpture Garden ice rink is opening for the season.  Tickets are $8, with a $3 rental.  (via WTOP radio)

(Photo by Simon Garbutt)


The National Geographic Society is currently showing treasures from the Anglo-Saxon times, ad this Saturday at 1pm they will team up with Earth Conservation Corps to have a falconry demonstration and workshop! I think it might be meant for kids, but birds of prey are badass enough for adults to see too.  The Hoard can be seen at the museum for $8 per person, but the falcons are free! (via the District)


The Capital Bacon and Beer Bash will be held at the National Harbor.  Unfortunately, tickets are $70, and I can make my own Bacon & Beer party for cheaper 😦 (via DCist)


Barcraft will again be held at Public Bar in Dupont Circle, this time airing Starcraft games from MLG Providence!  I’ll be there – stop by and buy me a drink 🙂  If you need a tutorial to watching Starcraft, try this.


Japanese Taiko drummers will be performing at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium.  Those things are so badass.  Tickets are $25-45.

IPL3: Origins – Part 2

3 Nov

The view of Atlantic City that we rarely saw, being holed up in a dark room watching video games for days on end...

(…continued from Part 1)

A late night quickly turned into an early morning, and thankfully there was a lobby shop that made greasy breakfast subs to power us through the morning.  Unfortunately, everything shut down just when it was about to start.  At first, it looked like the casino had lost internet (everyone was glad to blame Comcast), but in reality a truck hit a communications pole and took out internet to the entire southern half of New Jersey. We only found this out after making the trek to the main stage, where we saw that the tournament was dead at Caesar’s.  Everyone ran back to the Qualifier Room to see if internet was still on at Bally’s.  It wasn’t, but some players were playing training scenarios or solitaire.  Twitter was our connection for updates, but informational tweets were few and far between.

Solitaire... best training for StarCraft EVAR

In early the afternoon, out of sheer boredom, HuK challenged Boxer to a show game of Brood War LAN.  Boxer laughed it off at first, because Brood War (the first expansion to the original StarCraft) was a game that was massively popular in South Korea.  Not to mention that this game made Boxer internationally famous, as he was possibly the best player in the world.  Although some SC2 players such Sheth also began their careers in Brood War, HuK had limited experience.  This game is still dominant in South Korea, and Boxer, though he also transitioned to SC2, was still very good at it.  When he agreed to play, the crowd drew to him immediately.  It was a welcome diversion.

Teh Boxer, sharing his wisd0m.

Finally, the internet came back on and we all rushed to the Main Stage.  However, because games were so far behind, great match-ups were not only being held there, but at the Bally’s Stage and Qualifier Room as well!  As new games were announced, the throngs ran back and forth, hoping to be able to make the best battles.  It became a long afternoon and evening of gaming.  The IGN Girls Happy Hour was hosted again, but drinks were limited (apparently we drank them under on Thursday… and that was with many fans still yet to arrive).  With the one ticket limit and a massive line, the next round of drinks were easier sought in the Qualifier Room.  We bumped into Sheth and he, being the mannered gentleman that he is, gave us a voucher to use.  (The players were given these as an ‘apology’ for the internet being down, and he assured us he had a few more to spare!)  We thanked him kindly and made sure to cheer Sheth to Victory over DeMuslim later that night.

DeMuslim/Sheth montage looks epic

After that match, I got a rush when Sheth waved to us – somehow even though I learned that pro gamers are just normal people, they still seem like they are superstars when they are on stage.  Suddenly it was after 10 at night, and it made sense to eat again.  As I mentioned in my Otakon post, conventions typically lead one to eat less, and less often.  After time was made for food, there were only a few more matches, and the rooms began to close for the night.  We opted for an early night, being exhausted from running about all day, and also expecting much more action on Saturday and Sunday.

The first mothership of the tournament, courtesy of White-Ra. The crowd screamed when it appeared. ^^

That sleep was absolutely precious, as the weekend wore down everyone.  Allegedly, casters’ schedules were switched, as some stayed out later than may be proper. But that didn’t stop anyone (well, except Idra, who was too tired to finish his qualifying set on Friday, as he was ‘Still on China time’).  Breakfast was another greasy breakfast sub.  Saturday morning’s sub crowd had groups of players in their team shirts, and it was fun to watch them prepare for the momentous marathon of games. It was the Round of 32, where the brackets began to be narrowed through double elimination matches, almost all of which were held at Circus Maximus.  There were giveaways of sponsor items – most notably Visine (for tired gamer eyes) and Panasonic 3D monitors (which you had to have retweeted infinitely to win).  Whereas Panasonic was a bit annoying to see in all the tweets, its sponsorship was massive, and was appreciated.  Visine, however, was so out of place for a ‘typical sponsorship’, (although it made sense), that it became a meme.  Casters would give it shout-outs and the crowd would shout ‘Visine!’ back.  Though the normal crowd signs were shown (memetic phrases cheering on players), there was now one that said ‘Visine Fighting’.  IPN also had dedicated streams showing behind-the-scene action.  Their video teams nearly ran me down a couple times, as cable and camera guys doggedly trailed a long-haired Asian girl who chatted endlessly about the tournament. It was annoying, but I heard that those who had to watch at home loved it.

Geeks... an auditorium full of geeks...

The games ticked on and on, hours passing by without note. Food and drink were had by all in our seats, in order not to miss a moment.  Then, the game of all epic-ness was had.  Stefano (Team Millennium) versus Kiwikaki (Team Reign).  As the second game of the set of three dragged on, positions for both players began to fill the map.  The entire crowd began to anticipate a good ending to such a long ‘macro’ game.  Massive armies battled, some retreating, some poking in for a little damage at a time.  A mothership appeared and recalled its units from battle, sparing them damage. Resources dwindled, and it began to look like, if nothing big happened soon, it could be a rare tie.  Everyone was on their feet, cheering at the top of their voices at every unit death.  Instead, Kiwikaki rallied the last of his forces, and created an ‘Archon Toilet‘, where he ‘flushed’ all nearby units into a temporary black-hole. When they reappeared, Stepahno’s forces were stunned and Kiwi dealt the killing blow. The crowd’s cheer was deafening – screaming, whistling, applauding!  It morphed into a chant for Kiwi.  We were amazed at such an epic battle, and there was still one game to go!

Ok, my best pic of Stephano / Kiwikaki makes Stephano look like a demon zombie. /FAIL

After that amazing battle, Stephano won the set.  The night wound down quickly after such a high.  Many a player that were fan favourites were eliminated.  White-Ra fought hard, but was defeated. So were Idra, Sheth, Boxer…  Some new kid named Lucky was knocking out the big names left and right.  He was Korean and spoke via an interpreter (they were all awesome, by the way… not many would know how to translate stuff like Zerg, banelings, Blue-flame Hellian, etc.).  He said he chose his name to give him luck, and it was working!  I fell in love.  He was in to the Sunday round of 8, along with Ret, Puma, the STC, Idra, Stephano, Inori and MMA.  We all left Caesar’s excited, but wondering if Sunday’s games would hold up to that epic Stephano/Kiwikaki game. That night was another riot at the WWW.  Wild frivolity, lots of lanyards, lots of IGN girls in fancy cocktail dresses.

Yeah, that was a really nice placement...

On Sunday we toughed out an early wake-up to watch yet another full 12+ hours of StarCraft from our cushy seats at Circus Maximus.  Drinks were had, and the morning games were all very quick series, leaving a lot of time to fill.  For many of the breaks, IPL interviews were screened, but at one point, the camera interview chick, Lani, had a show match against David Ting, General Manager of eSports at IGN, who went by the gamer tag Deathlord.  It was amusing, but this comparison really drove home just how much higher a caliber of players were in the tournament.

HuK looking hardcore. Unlike Lani. Via IGN Facebook.

The games were good, but not as epic as Stephano/Kiwikaki.  Lucky plowed his way through the field, as did Stephano, and then they remained, the final two.  There was a break for the League of Legends (LoL) Final, which almost everyone used to get some dinner.  The final itself was a beat down – even though it was a best of 7, Stephano handily won.  The crowd went wild, chanting his name and screaming support.  It was joyous, with so many geeks cheering on their digital hero, and seeing Stephano overwhelmed with a sense of victory as well as a $30k check.  He was speechless, and we were as well (but rather hoarse from cheering).  This was a marked victory because he was a ‘foreigner’ (non-Korean) winning in a tournament with Koreans entered in… many of whom are the best in the world.  Also, HuK, a foreigner had won MLG Orlando, making this two in a row.  The home crowd was elated – foreigners winning was another ringing endorsement for e-Sports in the US.

Yay Stephano! Just don't mind the crazily clapping chick.

Twitch.TV hosted a private after party, where there were StarCraft themed drinks and karaoke.  A player named Select sang and was epic.  Conversations flowed freely and a last few connections were made between all who shared this experience.

Behold, the horrible tasting, but pretty looking, cocktails!

Then open bar ended and the party sadly departed.  Like any convention’s end, there was a sense of loss, but the weekend was also exhausting and it felt right for it to be wearing down.  Some migrated to the WWW, and others went to their separate room parties.  Stephano was in one such party, not being old enough to drink in the US yet (but he could in his homeland of France).  It was a disappointment not to carry him on our shoulders in victory, but I’m sure he still had a good time with the other under-21s.  The experience was incredible, and I am glad I went, but it was so intense that I don’t think I could attend many of these tournaments unless I started playing the game.

OBTW the Mothership REALLY sucked. It's the polar opposite to the in-game unit. SRSLY ><

With great tournament results like this, I hope that the US can take yet another step toward geeks taking over the world, by following Korea’s footsteps and showing video game matches on television!  Until then, I’ll keep watching tournaments online and supporting my local Barcraft, FTW!

Being Social: the Weekend of 10.14.11

13 Oct

Apparently there was something to do last Sunday: the DC Rollergirls started their season! unfortunately, they won’t be playing again until November 5th. My apologies!This week we have two awesome things to celebrate: Bacon and wine! Bacon week is sadly only being hosted at one place: 3 Bar & Grill in Clarendon. Yet, there will be bacon martinis at bacon happy hours and an entire menu of baconDC wine week will include deals on wine, as well as tastings. It will also be supporting local wineries and merchants.   And don’t forget: Oktoberfest is still going strong (more places here), and there are only two weekends left for the RennFest.  Also for your enjoyment:



Tour the US Patent and Trademark office in Alexandria – get free stuff and watch mascots do silly things. This is also open 10-4 Saturday. (via theDistrict)

Mmmm.... beer....


Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE, will be speaking at the National Press Club to discuss his newest novel, “Snuff: A Novel of Discworld”! Tickets are $15. If you haven’t read Pratchett, do so NAO.


Midnight Madness. “Friday marks the first time college basketball teams can run organized practice for the upcoming season. (DCist)” I went to a school where sports weren’t top tier, and I don’t understand the big deal. Is this thing legit across the country, or is it just a DC area thing?

Um.... yay?



Feet on the Street– Michelle Obama’s continuing ‘get fit’ campaign, hosts a day of very odd activities, such as rock climbing, airbrush tattoos, and RIDES ON THE D. CHERRY PICKER. Don’t you just want to see the city from the top of a mechanical lift?


The Taste of Georgetown will be held at Wisconsin and M, and will feature a ‘pumpkin food fight’. Tickets will be sold at $5 each or 5 for $20. Drink tickets are slightly cheaper. (via WaPo)


There will be a DC Brony Meetup at the Southeast Neighborhood Library. If you like ponies, it should be fun and I’ll be there! If not, don’t hate. K thx.


11am (with celebrations starting at 8am)

Finally, the MLK memorial be officially dedicated! And the weather looks awesome! Woo!


If there wasn’t one last week, feel free to check out the DC Barcraft.  This weekend will be a StarCraft 2 Tournament for Major League Gaming, played in Orlando.  And I’m working on my writeup of last week’s, so keep an eye out for my personal view of this geeky spectator sport!


Duran Duran will be performing at DAR Constitution Hall. I’m a secondhand fan, and Ordinary World is first to pop into my head when I read this group’s name. Is this good or bad?