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Being Social: the Weekend of 6.9.12

9 Jun

Again, my apologies for posting late.  This week I have a cold ><

The Capital Pride celebration is hitting its peak this weekend, with the parade (at 4:30 today!) and street festival on Sunday, as well as a lot of after parties.  So get out there now and celebrate!

I also totally missed the start of Capital Beer Week!  There are still three days left, and tons of beer specials all over the city. It’s pretty fun to try out the new brews, especially to support DC Brau, so check it out!  Of course that means that this weekend is the beer festival SAVOR, but if you don’t have tickets, you’ll miss out. It usually sells out the day of release. My bad.  I’ll work harder to let you know next year!

DC Brau

(Image Credit: Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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.

Saturday

830-1130pm

Ok, other than these festivals, there’s not much to do.  Unless you want to go to Great American Square Dance Revival.  No partner or costume required – just bring $5 to help us pay the band and the hall. Optional: a drink or snack to share, potluck-style, and a water bottle. St. Stephens is a short walk from the Columbia Heights station on the green line. [PoP]

930pm

There is also the annual RIGHT ROUND 80s Alt-Pop Dance Night w/ DJ lil’e.  Tickets are $7.

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Artisphere is exhibiting Elevator to the Moon: Retro-Future Visions of Space, which features contemporary artists’ works based on 20th century predictions of what the future of space travel would be.   There is also an opening reception on the 5th that could be neat. It runs through June 9.
  • In addition, through June 10 the DC Jazz festival will be going on. I’m not into Jazz, but if you are, there’s a lot to do there. [DC.about.com]
  • The Freer and Sackler gallery will carry on the Awesome that was the Cherry Blossom festival, and features Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji!! I have to go. I tried seeing it at the British Museum, but it was travelling, and now’s my chance! Anyone want to go with me?  It’s open until June 17.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

June

  • 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!
  • June 30 will also play host to Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 in Baltimore, a video game music concert festival.  If I weren’t going to Bronycon, this sounds pretty awesome.
July

August

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!

Being Social: the Weekend of 6.2.12

3 Jun

Sorry for the late post… a good friend of mine was leaving the country, so we had to send him off on a good note!

It’s June, which means it’s LGBT ‘Gay’ Pride month! Washington, DC has a pretty epic Capital Pride celebration, with a lot of dancing, a huge parade, a drag race, and tons more. It’s crazy fun, and especially since gay marriage is legal in the district, it gets better every year! Upcoming events include Jell-O wrestling, drag kickball, charity work and auctions!

This weekend there will be a Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park. The free festival features hundreds of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craft vendors representing the rich cultural diversity of the Washington area. [DC.about.com]

In addition, through June 10 the DC Jazz festival will be going on. I’m not into Jazz, but if you are, there’s a lot to do there. [DC.about.com]

Other than that, there’s not a lot going on this weekend. Unless you want to celebrate Zebra day at the National Zoo, or:

Saturday
11am-4pm
The newest Taste of is in Georgetown. Try more tasty foods and enjoy live entertainment, with tickets being a quite reasonable 5 for $25.

Sunday
730pm
Radiohead will be doing a show at the Verizon Center, if you’re interested in them. [theDistrict]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Artisphere is exhibiting Elevator to the Moon: Retro-Future Visions of Space, which features contemporary artists’ works based on 20th century predictions of what the future of space travel would be.   There is also an opening reception on the 5th that could be neat. It runs through June 9.
  • The Freer and Sackler gallery will carry on the Awesome that was the Cherry Blossom festival, and features Hokusai: 36 Views of Mount Fuji!! I have to go. I tried seeing it at the British Museum, but it was travelling, and now’s my chance! Anyone want to go with me?  It’s open until June 17.
  • The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, is open at the American Art Museum through September 30th.  It starts with lectures by famous developers (many are sold out, though they will be livestreamed!), a GameFest, and video game movies like King of Kong.  If you haven’t seen it, go.  It’s so dorkfully win.

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Geek Look Ahead:

June

  • June 8-10 will have AnimeNext in New Jersey
  • 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!
  • June 30 will also play host to Bit Gen Gamer Fest 7 in Baltimore, a video game music concert festival.  If I weren’t going to Bronycon, this sounds pretty awesome.
July
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

November

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

Being Social: the Weekend of 06.03.11

2 Jun

Yes, it’s june, which means that it’s the last weekend to see Gauguin at the National Gallery of Art!  It’s also the beginning of the annual Capital Pride Celebration, so get your rainbows on and find something gay to do!  Also going on this weekend are:

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June 3

National Doughnut Day!  Stop by a  Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts for a free Doughnut!

11am – 9pm

Truckeroo at the Navy Yard Metro – Holy crap, food trucks!  If you have ever wanted to try food trucks, this is a freaking porno of food trucks.  GO.  AND EAT MUCHLY.

June 4

10am-5pm

Jazz at the Phillips Collection

11am-5pm

DC Record Fair – A crazy LP selling/exchange/party at Uncapped Live at U Street/Cardozo.

12-1pm

If you didn’t hear the story about dancing protesters at the Lincoln Memorial last week, then you may not care that there is a massive flash mob that will form at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial this weekend.  But if you do want to watch/participate in this display of public protest, now’s the time!  According to Metromix, the purpose of the flashmob is to peacefully draw attention to and defy a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that dancing, even silently, is forbidden at memorials because it distracts from the “solemn commemoration” at such sites.

2-7pm

The Seersucker Social, hosted by the Dandies & Quaintrelles (who also did the Tweed Ride).  According to WaPo, this will be a fashion show on wheels. The after-party at Hillwood includes tasty beverages, games and live music, but you need to buy tickets if you want to party!

6pm

NINJA WARRIOR at Urban Evolution Gym.  Okay, it’s not the real Sasuke.  But it’s gonna be a ton of people making asses of themselves while trying to do ridiculous feats of strength and acrobatics.  If you haven’t seen Ninja Warrior on G4/Spike TV, you need to watch a marathon on YouTube, and then go to this event.  It’s a true Japanese cultural experience.

June 5

11am-830pm

Tastes of Africa in Silver Spring.  According to WaPo, there will be dishes from more than 40 African countries at this family event.  There are also art shows, three fashion shows with designs from Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast and Cameroon and traditional and modern dance performances.



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