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Being Social: the Weekend of 4.20.12

21 Apr

Whups, forgot to post this -was so excided about today’s My Little Pony Royal Wedding!

This weekend’s events include the Bethesda Literary Festival (Featuring R.L. Stine!), and it is the final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Meridian Pint is celebrating one year of awesome DC Brau with 16 DC Brau offerings, 13 on draft abetted by three casks, and all pours will be $5 each for the duration of the party.  Drink some for me – I want reviews ^^. [DCist]
Woohoo did you get your tickets to watch Jeopardy at DAR Hall? I didn’t but I’m sure it’ll be packed to the gills with geeks.
Urban Dare, an insane race/scavenger hunt, is back. I am way too asthmatic for this, but it’s a great way to learn stuff about DC, and have a great after party.  Tickets are $90 and up for teams of 2+.  Otherwise, hang out around Dupont and the White House and heckle the scavengers.
That 80’s prom is back, and while I won’t be going this year, last year was pretty fun.  Tickets should be sold at the door, and I’m pretty sure they’re around $20 a pop.
After the exceedingly publicized arrival of the space shuttle Discovery to the Udvar Hazy Smithsonian Air and Space Center, and the imminent departure of the Enterprise, there is of course a party to celebrate Discovery’s official entry into the dusty realms of museum pieces. Getting to the center is a pain, and it’s $15 to park before 4pm, but admission is free.  [dc.about.com]
This weekend and all of this coming week, there are also a ton of Earth Day events, if you feel like giving our big rock a hug.
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.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • April is  an entire month of pre-gaming forDC Beer week in August. You can buy a button to get beer sales all month at 15 different pubs around DC. Sounds pretty awesome to me! [DCist]
  • Taste of 8th – Saturday, April 28 from 1-4 pm when 20 of our restaurants provide tasting samples in exchange for tickets. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. All proceeds benefit Barracks Row Main Stree
  • Through May, the National Geographic Society will be hosting an exhibit that features all the stories they wrote that weren’t published!  See what most can’t, and learn about stuff like “Happy Hour at the Ochroma Tree.”.
  • 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 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.


Geek Look Ahead:

  • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.
  • That 80’s Prom 5will be Sat, April 21st.  It’s pretty fun, and last year I saw a DeLorian!


  • Trucko De Mayo will be held on Saturday, May 5 from Noon through 9 p.m. on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds (Lot 3). Featuring free admission, free parking, live music, two bars – and over 35 food trucks.
  • May 18-20 will host the World’s Greatest Steampunk World’s Fair  in Piscataway NJ! This looks pretty intense but fun.  I just don’t have a real Steampunk costume yet! T___T


  • 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 11.11.11

10 Nov

Nu! The final Binary Day is upon us!  It is a sad affair, but there’s still a lot to do even after the 0’s and 1’s stop showing up in our datebooks:



The DC Gam.es festival runs this weekend, which will run games designed locally.  Our lovely Artisphere will again play host to this exciting event, which coincides with the conclusion of Digital Capital Week.  Games include:

  • Live Action Spy Party, designed by Pete Vigeant (ESI Design)
  • A Web of Hope, designed by Pete Vigeant (ESI Design), presented by Natron Baxter
  • 3 1/2 Ring Circus, designed by Charles Amis, Ala Diab and Nathan Maton (Gameful)
  • The Mini Gauntlet, designed by Matt Fleming
  • The Escort Quest, designed by Rob Meyer and Grant Reid (NYU Game Center)
  • Grow a Game, designed by Tiltfactor (and run by Nathan Maton)
  • Before/After, designed by Molly Abin and Todd Ogin

Also all day, varied times

There will be a ton of Veterans Day events for Friday, including a parade in Manassas, ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the Navy Memorial. The Mount Vernon Estate will have a wreath-laying ceremony followed by performances by the Harmony Heritage Singers (an all-veteran barbershop chorus) and the U.S. Air Force Strings.  (via WTOP)



The Accessibility Hackathon, another point in the Digital Capital Week, will be bringing developers together  at tche DC public library to ‘help create tools to meet the needs of the user community’.  I’m no coder, so check out their Hackathon website for more details. (via Eventbrite)

If the DC Games Festival wasn’t enough, Saturday is apparently National Gaming Day!  Participating public libraries will also be hosting tons of dice rolling, button punching, card slamming fun! (via WaPo)


We, the Pizza and DC Brau will be hosting a night of all things tasty.  DC Brau  will feature the Citizen and Public brews, and will be paired with Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s  special pizzas.  Sounds tasty, but tickets are $40.

Yeah, tweed.



Once again, the Dandies & Quaintrelles  will host their third annual Tweed Ride.  This will combine a fashion show and a hipster reunion on wheels. It is free, but you have to register to learn the starting location.  There will also be an after party at Smith Commons($15 ticket required). (via Metromix)


Yeah, back in the day 3 Doors Down were kind of popular. I guess they’re still playing, and will be performing at DAR constitution hall

Being Social: the Weekend of 08.12.11

12 Aug


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)

11am – 11pm
Truckeroo returns to the Navy Yard Metro, showcasing a plethora of local food trucks and extended hours. Let the gluttony begin!
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)

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.

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)
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)
One of my hometown favourites, the Great Lakes Brewing Company is starting to become popular in DC!  Have a taste at Churchkey!

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

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)


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


Sail some Heavy Seas at the Iron Horse!


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!

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!