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Being Social: The Weekend of 3.22.13

22 Mar

The DC Environmental Film Festival is running from now until the 24th. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC. Also on this weekend are:

vierlingbeerSaturday

1-9pm

The inaugural DC Beer Festival brings together dozens of craft and international breweries, as well as DC’s best local breweries.  The event will feature live music, beer and food pairing classes, some delicious beers, and plenty of surprises.  Admission is $40 for 1pm to 4pm (6pm to 9pm sold out).  Admission includes unlimited tastings, with food sold separately.   Get tickets at Eventbrite.

There are no blossoms yet. Don't go until it gets warmer out. (Taken in 2011)

There are no blossoms yet. Don’t go until it gets warmer out. (Taken in 2011)

Sunday

5-630pm

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony will be held at the Warner Theatre.  It’s free, but advanced tickets are required.  Get them at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2011/07/15/openingceremony/


8pm

So, there’s this new Grunge Goth band called IO ECHO, the duo of Ionna Gika and Leopold Ross, doing a new type of music. Heavily inspired by bands like Nine Inch Nails and their current tourmates Garbage, the band is on the cusp of breaking through.  Check them out at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Tickets are $35. [DCist]

This week

The Craft Brewer’s conference not only has beer, but tons of classes on how to improve your brew.  Plus, tons of pubs and restaurants are doing specials (and the official ones!) to “treat” guests interested in this conference.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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!
  • 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

  • March 30 – the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival will be held, weather permitting, from 10 am onward at the Washington Monument grounds. Don’t have a kite? They’re sold on the streets and in the Museums for this event.

April

  •  The Cherryblossom Fireworks Festival will be from 1-9 pm on April 6 at the Southwest Waterfront.
  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is April 13 from 10am–Noon on Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th streets, NW.  Also, and more importantly, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival will be from 1030am–6pm at the area of the Old Post office (Federal Triangle, 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). Tickets are $5 per person and I HIGHLY recommend buying them in advance.  There are tons of performances and cultural demonstrations, shops, and traditional food and drink. Be prepared for crowds and pack sunscreen and water!
  • 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!
  • April 20 – Ready for spring? Here come the Scavenger Hunts! The first I’ve seen is the DC Challenge 2013: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race. Tickets are $25 and up at Eventbrite

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.
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Being Social: The Weekend of 3.15.13

15 Mar

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend! There are a lot of Restaurants and Pubs with specials this weekend, as well as some Saint Patrick’s Day Parades!  For example, there is ShamROCKfest, a huge concert thing, and Shamrocks and shenanigans at Rumors, which will feature Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, and of course plenty of great drink specials all weekend long.Irish_clover


Besides a ton of booze, the DC Environmental Film Festival is running from now until the 24th. See documentary, feature, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films from around the world at a variety of venues around Washington, DC.

Saturday

1-9pm

The National Shamrock Festival claims to be a day of family fun, and the largest Saint Patrick’s Day party and street festival in the DC area featuring more than 50 live bands.

8pm

The KODO Drummers of Japan will be performing at DAR Constitution Hall.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Restaurant week at National Harbor is winding down.  Restaurants offer prix fixe lunch for $20 and three-course dinner menus for $35. It runs March 4-17.
  • 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 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 3.1.13

1 Mar

Hello again, fellow geeks! There’s a lot going on not only this weekend, but the following week as well.  Enjoy!

Saturday

1230pm

Alexandria always ends up having an early St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  It’s a big one, though! [DC.about.com]

1-9pm

For those that enjoy flaunting the luck’o the Irish, the beer is flowing early for DC Leprechaun Lap.  This pub crawl features 21 Dupont bars with specials like $2 Coors Lights/$3 Blue Moons, strolling bagpipers, and thousands of Irish loving partiers.   Tickets are $9.

7pm

This is a tease because tickets are sold out, but it’s good to keep on your radar if you like this kind of thing: the Ninth Annual Brewer’s Ball brings together handcrafted microbrews from more than a dozen of the region’s best microbreweries and brewpubs and cuisine from several local restaurants. Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. [DCist]

Sunday

6pm

On Sunday and Monday, there will be a Pig Butchering Demo and Charcuterie and Beer Tasting. At this demo, you can see how to get different cuts, andhlearn how to use the cuts to make your own bacon, pancetta, and more.  Guests will also sample charcuterie such as porchetta, pancetta, tarese, coppa, and sopressata, paired with two artisanal beers. Tickets are $69. [PoP]

This week
Through the 13th, the Francophonie Cultural Festival will be occurring.  Explore the diversity of the French-speaking world through concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops, and more. [DC.about.com]

Ooh, there’s another restaurant week, now at National Harbor! Restaurants offer prix fixe lunch for $20 and three-course dinner menus for $35. It runs March 4-17. [DC.about.com]

The Washington, DC Independent Film Festival will be held March 6-10 and will feature full length, short, animation and documentary films by local, national, and international filmmakers. [DC.about.com]

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

  • A local brony convention that I am helping with, Cloudsdale Congress, will be March 9-10.
  • 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 11.17.12

18 Nov

So I was sick last week and got even sicker this weekend.  I had one prepared for this weekend, but totally forgot to post it – my apologies!

As it’s the weekend before Thanksgiving, there’s a bunch of charity events and food drives.  If you’re into that, a quick Google search will provide dozens of options for your charity of choice.  For this week’s geek and foodie events we have the following:

via Phoenix News Times

The Local Vine Cellar is having Thanksgiving Wine Week, from Tuesday 11/13 until Tuesday 11/20 between 4 and 7 pm., as we liven up the feast by tasting wines perfectly paired for turkey.

November 9-18 is FotoWeek, the annual celebration of photography in Washington, DC.  Programs include a photo contest, exhibition, gallery openings, lectures, educational workshops, portfolio reviews, book signings and more. [DC.about.com]

photo by Bill Crandall – at 14th & U

Through the 18th, the Alexandria Film Festival will be held.  It features films screened in and around the City of Alexandria, Virginia. (DC.about.com)

This weekend the Washington Craft Show is back at the Washington Convention Center. The annual craft show hosts more than 180 artists including metal, leather, basketry, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more. (DC.about.com)

This weekend will begin the display of ICE! – Christmas at the Gaylord National Resort.  It pretty much is a crap-ton of themed, hand-sculpted ice and kept at a chilling nine degrees Fahrenheit. The theme is Dreamworks’ Shrek the Halls (/groan).  It has a slide and indoor “snow” storms. (DC.about.com)

Also, yesterday was the big coding  battle at the Georgetown Hackathon 2012, the presentations and winners will be announced today.


Stuff from Saturday I totally messed up:

1pm

While it’s further away (Read: NYC) there will be a pub crawl for UES Hurricane Relief.   It will raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief effort by bar-hopping for a good cause, enjoying $2 beers & $4 mixed drinks at your favorite UES bars! Plus, you get a commemorative (um…) “pint cup”.  Purchase Tickets here.

6pm

Nerd Nite is back again, filling DC9 with interesting, nerdy lectures about Deep sea robots, music on the mind, and where all those elements that make up your iPhone come from. If you’d like to partake, there’s a $10 admission fee.

And don’t forget, there’s always stuff to do on Thanksgiving weekend, in addition to a ton of shopping!

 

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:

December

July 2013

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 07.08.11

8 Jul

This guy is totally going derpy...

There will be no lack of chick watching this weekend,  as there will be Miss DC interviews Friday, and on Saturday there will be Red Rocker tryouts as well as what I’m sure will be a massive, wild crowd at the auditions for America’s Next Top Model at the Pentagon City Mall.  Be sure to check the bars around town, as those rejected by Tyra will be sure to be wanting consolation.

 
If you’re more into ninjas than chicks, the Freer Museum of Asian art is hosting its Sixteenth Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival. Watch epic Martial Arts films such as Hop Fu (yes, Hip Hop Kung Fu), the original Drunken Master and other foreign titles! This weekend will be screening Bodyguards and Assassins. (via DCist)
 

Bruce Lee say watch now!

Speaking of movies, the Capital Fringe Festival returns tonight for its seventh year, showcasing more than 2,000 artists in 100 different productions – and they’re kicking off the festivities with a free party. Attendees will enjoy live music by Alma Tropicalia and Elikeh under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent. For full coverage, theWashingtonian has a guide to the festival’s can’t-miss performances. (via Washingtonian)
 
Finally, it is the last weekend to stop by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall.
 
Besides that, we have the following:
 

His Holiness the First

July 9
9am
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in town for the week, and he’s kicking it of right by giving a “Talk for World Peace” on the West Lawn of the Capitol.  I think it’s his birthday this week, too, so maybe there will be cake?  This event is free but get there early – I’m sure there will be a massive crowd.  And if you miss this, His Holiness will also be holding a “Kalachakra for World Peace” at the Verizon Center 6th-16th.
 
1130am-630pm
Hunt DC, yet another massive city scavenger hunt, will unfold.  According to Metromix, should you choose to participate, youll have to to solve clues, crunch mind bending riddles and plot your game winning strategy. And then eat pizza at the afterparty.
 

Faaancy ❤

July 10
10am-5pm
The 57th Summer Fancy Food Show will be held at the Downtown Convention Center!  This is allegedly the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America, featuring food artisans and entrepreneurs from 80 countries and regions.  Some things you may find include flowing spices, confections, teas, vinegars, oils, cheese, yogurts, natural products, and ethnic dishes. Tickets ($35 before July 8, $60 after July 8 ) can be purchased at the event Web site. (Via Washingtonian)

Also, keep honing your Angry Birds skills! On July 14 there will be an Angry Birds game tournament in Crystal City!