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Being Social: the Weekend of 7.7.12

7 Jul

There isn’t much to do this weekend, since everyone was partying on Wednesday. It’s meant to be record-breaking heat out there, so it might be a good idea to stay indoors and play a video game. And if you do, please tell me which one(s) you end up playing!

Mass Effect - the Xbox 360 original

I may be playing this for the first time…

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is ongoing, but bring a lot of water if you go! And, if I’m not mistaken, you can legally drink water on the metro due to the heat this weekend, too!

“Chef José Andrés and his team at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (401 Seventh Street NW) are offering a unique menu to celebrate the birthday of one of Mexico’s most famous artists, Frida Kahlo. Starting tonight, Kahlo’s birthday, to July 13, Oyamel will showcase a unique menu inspired by a birthday dinner she made for herself in 1942 at her home “La Casa Azul” in Coyoacán, a neighborhood of Mexico City. The special menu items and cocktails inspired by her birthday will be available for one week, and the restaurant with showcase an altar dedicated to this legend.” [DCist]

via Virtual Gourmet

If you want to do something, Saturday there will be the Alexandria Birthday and Independence Day Fireworks
July 7, 2012, Oronoco Bay Park. The annual event includes children’s activities, a concert performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake and a fireworks extravaganza. [DC.about.com]

Also Saturday evening at 8pm, music of John Williams will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap. Included will be music from films such as “Harry Potter,” “E.T.”, “Star Wars”, and “Jaws”. [WaPo]

Finally, Sunday will play host to a discussion by six comic strip creators “Comics in the District: A Discussion with Local Creators” at Curls Studio (1529 16th Street NW) at 515pm. [DCist]

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall has started up again, and will run through July 8th.  It always includes a bunch of exhibits, as well as fair foods. This year features a massive AIDS memorial quilt (nearly 48,000 panels), the USDA, Anacostia River arts, as well as a Chuck Brown Tribute Day.
  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parades are Tuesdays until August 14th, from 7-8pm.
  • 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.
  • 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:

July

  • Brew at the Zoo will again be held by FONZ on July 12 from 6-9pm. They will have beer from more than 40 microbreweries, and proceeds go towards animal care and education at the National Zoo. Tickets are $50 for FONZ Members, $65 Nonmembers. Tickets include a commemorative beer mug, and the booze.
  • Otakon July 27-29: Become by friend now and we can split a room in this Baltimore-based anime extravaganza!

August

September

October

  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.

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!
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Being Social: the Weekend of 6.28.12

28 Jun

The time has finally come.  It’s convention season for this geek! I’m off to Bronycon in NYC (actually the Meadowlands), and you have permission to beat me if I don’t blog about how awesome it is.  After this is Otakon, which is so close that any self-respecting geek should consider attending.

If you’ll be in the District this weekend, watch out! Bizarre Foods is coming to DC!  Sadly, they are looking for local flavour, not the crazy stuff I like to see.  Ah well. You might get on film if you hang out by food trucks Common Good Soup Kitchen, Mr. P’s, Florida Avenue Grill or La Chiquita in Takoma Park.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall has started up again, and will run through July 8th.  It always includes a bunch of exhibits, as well as fair foods. This year features a massive AIDS memorial quilt (nearly 48,000 panels), the USDA, Anacostia River arts, as well as a Chuck Brown Tribute Day [dc.about.com]

On Saturday the Great American Festival is being held at the distant National Harbour.  Acts include Eve 6, Ozomatli, The Dance Party, Lost in Paris and See-I, DJs including Skratch & Sniff, DJ Chris Styles, and DJ Pat Premier, and from the DC area’s most popular food vendors including Famous Dave’s BBQ and the Hard Times Café. [LindyPromo]


And of course this week is Independence Day, with events going on from now until the 4th to celebrate!  Events include cruises, concerts, fireworks and parades!  Just do a search and you’ll find tons to do.

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • Iwo Jima Sunset Parades are Tuesdays until August 14th, from 7-8pm.
  • 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.
  • 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 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

  • Taste of DC‘s main event will be on Pennsylvania Ave on October 6-8.

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 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.

 
Friday
4pm
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]
 
Saturday
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.
 
12pm
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.
 
8pm
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.
 
Sunday
10am-530pm
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.
 
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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.

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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 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 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!