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Being Social: The Weekend of 1.11.13

11 Jan

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Saturday

4pm

Time for another bout! The DC Rollergirls are having another double header: the  DC Demoncats v Cherry Blossom Bombshells, followed by Scare Force One v Majority Whips.  Tickets are $17, bring your own chair.

6pm

I’m back just in time to announce that nerd nite this month will feature Gonads, 20th Century Architects, and the Higgs Particle.  Admission is $10.

Sunday

8am

The Dress Rehearsal for the Inaugural Parade will be full of music, color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons and the pass and review of troops along the inaugural parade route, which is Pennsylvania Avenue between the Post office and National Mall.

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:

January 2013

  • The 21st we will host the presidential inauguration, which is full of pomp, circumstance, and a parade!
  • 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.
  • The Capital Wine festival will also be taking place from January 25th-March 26th. [DC.about.com]

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.

Winter Holiday!

13 Dec

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I’ll be taking a leave for the holidays this year, and you’ll have to do a bit of looking if you want to find things to do in DC.  But don’t fret! There is always something to do around here.  Below are the resources I typically look at to compile my weekend blogs.  They should help you on your quest to be social.  Good luck, and happy holidays!

  • December 15th is the 3rd anniversary of Nerd Nite at DC9!
  • My favourite site is the Washington Post events page.  They have highlights every day of the week.
  • DC.about.com lists more things to do, and a weekend roundup
  • TheDistrict also usually has a weekend roundup
  • DCist has a weekend roundup, but it’s usually posted late on Friday. Kind of like my posts 😛
  • Eventbrite lists hundreds of thousands of events, and it can sometimes be hard to search, but I’ve found gems on this ticketing site.
  • Concerts at DAR Constitution Hall & the Kennedy Center
  • DC’s neighborhood blog, Prince of Petworth, is visually entertaining and always has events listed.
  • Events in Georgetown, DC
  • Embassy events, cultural performances and black tie soirees with the International club of DC
  • Things to Do in Washington, DC lists a lot of events, but many are things that repeat every weekend.
  • WUSA9 has a decent list of events, but they repeat, too
  • Metromix used to be good, but I find now they post more about what has happened, without announcing when these neat things were going to be.
  • New Year’s Eve – Celebrations hosted by Lindy Promo

Being Social: the Weekend of 10.11.12

11 Oct

Now that the chilly days of autumn have fully hit DC, I bet you’re craving hot mulled cider and pumpkin!  Thankfully, it’s aplenty around here! Check out the list of Pumpkin Festivals to get started.  There are also more Oktoberfests and corn mazes, too!

Amurica! Corn and guns!

If you want more substantial noms, the National Harbor Restaurant Week will be going on until October 21, 2012. [DC.about.com]

The AFI Silver Center is hosting two separate, overlapping film festivals. They are the DC Labor FilmFest, with 11 films focusing on the workplace (including such classics as Black Legion, The Pajama Game, and Box Car Bertha) and the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival, with movies such as President Wolfman, Ninjas vs. Monsters, and A Little Bit Zombie. All tickets at AFI are $11.50. [theDistrict]

I’ve never seen it empty like this

This weekend is also the return of the Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg.  It’s like the most epic place to buy all your Christmas gifts, evar.  Finally, Georgetown is playing host to Days of Design.  At their Design District, Cady’s Alley, there will be a series of special events, workshops, exhibitions, pop-ups and promotions held October 13th – 21st.  One hour parking will be available with validation in stores at the 330 7 M Street garage (entrance on Bank Street).  [GeorgetownDC]

Beyond these events, there is little that I found interesting to do this weekend.  The decrease may also be due to the fall weather!

Friday

6pm

Want to hear “Afro-cowboy-ninja-surf” music?  If so, Toubab Krewe is performing at the free Kenedy Center Concert tonight!

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7pm

Doctor Who will be screened as usual at the Black Cat.  This week is Boom Town, with delicious drink specials.

Saturday

830am-3pm
Arlington’s fall electronics recyclingis at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Get rid of your junk!6pmNerd Nitecontinues, this month with talks on Bladders, Star Trek, and Alligators.

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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.
  • Through 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

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 9.7.12

8 Sep

BAD NEWS.  Metro is shutting down downtown this weekend. If you want to get anywhere on the red line, you had better check out their fail maintenance station closings.  If you want to go to some of this week’s events, you’d be better off walking, driving, using a bikeshare… or be at the mercy of shuttle buses.

Keep on #winning, Metro! (via UnsuckDCmetro)

In District news, there’s another year-round farmer’s market opening in the vicinity of Union Station (Well, really it’s atNoMa…).  Union Market is opening this weekend, and it also brags about all the tasty stuff that it will have. To celebrate, the market will host an artisan ice cream competition from 1 to 4pmon  Sunday.  Will it compare to Eastern Market, which is only mile and a half away? Only visits there will be able to determine this.  []

This weekend is the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, featuring Stan Lee!  Also in Maryland, the Tough Mudder race is being held in Fredrick, MD.  Lots of folks try to do it in teams to show they’re fit and can handle obstacles and mud and such. I’m ok spectating, thanks.

The DC Shorts Film Festival is back, and will run until September 16th. []

In addition, this weekend is the Alexandria King Street Art Festival, which is a ton of blocks of arts and crafts.  It’s pretty awesome, though not as awesome as Sugarloaf.

Beyond that, we have:

Saturday

1-7pm

One of Rosslyn’s biggest events, the Jazz Festival will be back and chock full of the smooth stuff.

(via CheapinDC)

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If you don’t get enough in Rosslyn, Silver Spring is also holding their Jazz Festival today. []

6pm

After a summer hiatus, Nerd Nite is back at DC9! This month they will have discussions on Zebra’s Stripes, the Point of Music, and the Violinist’s Thumb. Admission is $10.

Sunday

Sunday marks most NFL teams’ first regular season game. As such bars will likely have epic specials and parties, if you’re into that sort of thing.  Trust me, every team has a bar here in DC.  Some are hard to find, but they’re out there.  Would anyone like me to compile a list?

12pm

The Adams Morgan day festival showcases the international and cultural diversity and creativity that is the hallmark of Adams Morgan. It will feature sales, food, cultural exhibits, music, arts and dance activities. Free.  []

ahhah I need a new flag picture

Also note that this weekend through Tuesday there will be September 11 Memorial Events here in DC.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Every Friday,at 7pm, theBlack 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.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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.—-
  • Through 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.

Geek Look Ahead:

September

  • The Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012. Officially open at 11:00 a.m. early birds can drop by from 9:00 a.m. on to observe the Military Chef’s Cook Off.  And trust me, some are -really- good.

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!
  • Crafty Bastards will be heldNov 10.  Tickets go on sale at the City Paper’s website on September 28. [DCist]

December

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 5.10.12

11 May

Over the weekend, the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will be taking place.  Also to do:

Friday

11am-11pm

Truckeroo returns to the Navy Yard, and will have a ton of tasty trucks serving up their goods.  It’s easier than tracking your favourite one down at lunchtime!

930pm

Right Round, an 80’s dance party, is back at the Black Cat! Tickets are $7. [WaPo]

Saturday

(Photo by Jen Zoon/Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

Baby otters at the National Zoo! [DCist]

1-9pm

The Bethesda Spring Bar Tour is being led by Lindy Promotions. If you’re interested, tickets are only $9.

6pm

It’s time for another Nerd Nite DC! This month’s topics are: awesome organic chemistry , good germs , and photosynthetic vertebrates!  As always, it’ll be at DC9, and tickets are $10.

Sunday

It’s Mother’s Day, so visit or call your mom if she’s still with the living. I def will be! [dc.about.com]

3-9pm
Dance in the Circle (Dupont) is also going on! “The new dance festival will feature a variety of performances by local dance groups and dance instruction on a parquet floor.” And it’s free! [dc.about.com]

This Week

If you want to crash a party this coming week, go to the GI Film Festival in Arlington.  Big names will be at the kick-off party, and it will also be the premiere of the ‘anticipated’ film, Battleship!

This week is also DC Yoga Week, where there are free or $5 yoga class this week at one of DC’s yoga studios. I just started doing yoga… I find it a little too trendy, but then I can pull out my hipster card and say I practiced yoga in High School. Huzzah! [dc.about.com]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Until May 19, Passport DC, a massive group of DC Embassy open houses, will also be going on.  It hosts  lots of food, music, cultural performances, lectures and exhibits inside the usually locked embassies of DC. [DC.about.com]
  • 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 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:

May

  • 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! Time to get working…
  • May 21 is what could be an epic or awesome foodie event – the Lamb Jam at Eastern Market.  In past experience, sometimes there isn’t enough food to go around, and far too many people…. ><
  • At Baltimore on Memorial Day weekend is Balticon 46, The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. It’s ancient, and awesome and has guests of honour.

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 4.13.12

13 Apr

This weekend, the Sugarloaf Craft Festival is back at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.  It really has almost everything you could think of in terms of crafts and art, as well as neat fair snack foods like maple syrup and hot chestnuts. Yum!

April 12-22 also features Filmfest DC, which shows a wide range of extraordinary new films from around the world at a variety of Washington, DC locations. [dc.about.com]

 

Friday
Happy Friday the 13th!  It also happens to be Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday! Visit the Jefferson Memorial and check out the ceremonial wreaths laid in his honour. [dc.about.com]
 
10pm
At Restaurant Judy, check out some Maracuyeah! This could be the next dubstep music, as it has “carved out a blossoming niche in the D.C. party scene, curating bass-heavy tropical sounds that infuse dance music with a new energy and blur the lines between electronic, organic, classic and cutting-edge. Even better, Maracuyeah events follow a DIY approach, skipping the nightclub circuit for community based spaces and small bars where different classes and cultures can blend comfortably on the dancefloor. DJs Rat, Mafe and Bent welcome NYC Dutty Artz crew DJ Chief Boima for their anniversary party at Judy’s Restaurant, along with live cumbia from Tribaldis Band.” Admission is $10. [WaPo]

mmm, such tasty treats! Mochiiii

Saturday
10am-6pm
Today is the day!! The National Cherry Blossom festival will be holding its annual parade, and will end with the most-awesome Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival – which is a huge Japanese street party that includes live entertainment, awesome ethnic food, arts, games and a Ginza Marketplace.
2-10pm
Cap City Bar Golf will tie in bar-hopping as well as a min-golf course with actual putting greens in each bar! It sounds pretty fun, especially the booze part. Tickets are $27 per foursome, are and will yield you $2beers.
6pm
Nerd Nite DC this month will discuss Sperm banks, typography, and quantum computers.  Pretty freaky, if you ask me! Tickets are $10.
 
7pm
If you’re in the Titanic craze, there’s a Titanic exhibit at the National Geographic you can check out through July 8.  But at this time, at the Women’s Titanic Memorial (yes, there is one in DC!), there will be a commemorative ceremony.  “Waterfront Park will be lit with 1,517 lights, representing the number of people who died in the disaster, and historic images of the Titanic, her crew and passengers are projected onto a 50-foot high screen on a building near the memorial. Music from 1912 will play throughout the night, and “Nearer My God to Thee,” the final song performed by the doomed ship’s orchestra, will be performed at 9 p.m.” [WaPo]
Sunday
11am-9pm
Another Miyazaki Cherry Blossom Festival Day? Yes please!  Again at the Freer Gallery, today’s 10th annual anime marathon features: “Ponyo,” (YESS!) “Porco Rosso,” (Odd…) “Princess Mononoke” (Yesssss!!) and “Spirited Away,” (Freaky, but fun).  GO.
 
Also don’t forget, Monday is DC Emancipation Day, and will mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Act, when Lincoln granted freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. A year-long celebration will kick off with educational and cultural events throughout the city.  This also leads to Tax Day being on Tuesday, so get those taxes done, stat! [dc.about.com]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

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Geek Look Ahead:

April
  • 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!

May

  • 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

June

  • 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!
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 3.9.12

10 Mar

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.”. [wusa9]

Also, March 6 – April 15, Arlington Arts’ Signature Theatre is hosting a show called ‘Brother Russia: A World Premiere Rock Musical’.  Sounds awesome to me. Russian folk turned rock? Tickets are $70 and up, from what I could find.

Don't you want to cosplay as...a...meatball?

Don't you want to cosplay as...a...meatball?

Friday

Happy MEATBALL DAY! Have specials:

Casa Nonna (1250 Connecticut Avenue NW) will give you all the pasta and meatballs you can eat along with a carafe of wine for $35.

Sonoma Wine Bar (223 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) has meatball specials all day.

Parties of six or more at Carmines (425 Seventh Street NW) will receive six free, grapefruit-sized meatballs just for showing up. HOT! [DCist]

Time to bike like a hipster again...

Saturday

2pm-Midnight

The Dandies & Quaintrelles are at it again, this time riding their old school victorian and/or steampunk bikes along the river Potomac to the “Crystal City Diamond Derby” event.  This time around, the dress is “urban — functional, contemporary and edgy”; meet up at 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW.  It’s free this time, but I bet they still want you to register at their website. [WaPo]

6pm

Nerd Nite DC this month will discuss “Oscar Wilde, Science in the Wild, and the Stressed Brain” at DC9.  More information about the lectures can be found at their website, and tickets are $10.

Sunday

12-3pm

DC is hosting their St. Patrick’s day parade!  This is always a good one – more joviality is expressed for St. Paddy’s than any petty national holiday. Check it out on Constitution Avenue – 7th to 17th Streets NW. [dc.about.com]

Geek Look Ahead:

March
April
  • Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
  • T-mode, an anime and gaming convention, will be April 20-22.
July
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!