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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
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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 3.24.12

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:
 
Saturday
1230-9pm
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).
 

OMG MYTHBUSTERS ❤

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]
 
7-930pm
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.

Sunday
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:

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Geek Look Ahead:

April
  • 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.

May

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 3.16.12

16 Mar
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!  There will be too much for one to do this weekend, if you enjoy imbibing with others clad in green.
From Tuscan happy hours to Shamrocks & Shenanigans and everything in between, there’s tone to go out and do. Other specials include Fado marks the occasion with Paddython, a day of rugby, Irish dancers, and live music beginning at 8 a.m., with a cover of $10; Rumors will sell beers for as cheap as $1.17; P.J. Clarke’s will have pints of Guinness and Harp for $4;and if you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with alcohol, designate a driver or call WRAP’s SoberRide at 1-800-200-TAXI.
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After moths of waiting, this weekend The Art of Video Games, which exhibits video games voted on by fans, will open at the American Art Museum.  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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Also, the 20th Annual Environmental Film Festival runs through Sunday, March 25, if you’re into earth-friendly, tug-your-heartstrings films. [theDistrict]

Geek Look Ahead:

March
April
  • 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.

May

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!

Being Social: the Weekend of 1.13.12

13 Jan

Happy Friday the 13th, everybody!

It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend! There are quite a few events for MLK this weekend.  Plus, there will be a parade on Monday at 11am in Ward 8 SE… I might recommend you go with friends, if you want to check it out.  I would also like to mention that because it is MLK weekend, there are a ton of ‘Black Alley‘ ‘all Black‘ ‘booty dropping‘ parties where pale geeks will probably not fit in.  So watch where you go this weekend. In other news:

This weekend will be the end of the Winter DC Restaurant Week.  If you don’t have time to get out and try what DC has to offer, have no fears! Next week will be Alexandria Restaurant week!

Straight from the 'real' tribe!

Even if you hated Twilight, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is hosting an exhibit about the werewolf myths of the Quileute peoples through May 9.  It ‘serves as a counterpoint to the supernatural storyline’ of Twilight. FTW! (WaPo)

The DC Tattoo Expo is going on at the Arlington Crystal Gateway Marriott, if you want to see ink, or watch men turn to crying puddles of goo as they get inked. 12-8 p.m. (DCist)

Bring it!

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show takes over the Washington Convention Center, in combination with the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo.  I wonder if the bikers do double and hit up the tattoo show, too?  Motorcycles cost, but the health fair is free. [the District]

And finally, on Saturday at 6pm Nerd Nite will be back, this time with speeches about Boxing, secularism, and chicken shit.  Sounds great?  Tickets are $10.

Geek Look Ahead:
January
Elephant Room at Arena Stage January 20-February 26: Follow three semi-pro magicians through this comedic play.

 The Japanese (PDF link) and Chinese new year’s parties and the parade are coming on January 29th!

February
Katsucon February 17-19: Massive anime festival, now at the National Harbor!
March
DC’s 100th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Festival! March 20-April 27: Enjoy traditional and modern Japan/American celebrations of spring.
April
Video Games Live at Strathmore April 7: A live Orchestra performs geek music FTW!
July
Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anima extravaganza!