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District Goings-on: May 2013 & up

4 May

Geek Look Ahead:

May

  • Weekends in May are host to Passport DC for Embassies. This event opens many embassies for folks to look inside and experience cultural foods, music, and crafts.
  • May 5 should be a beautiful day for Yoga on the Mall, a free event where thousands of yogis do their thing together.
  • May 11 is the annual Sweetlife Festival / Concert, hosted by Sweetgreen. It’ll be at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tickets are $75 and up.
  • On May 13 at DAR constitution hall there will be a seminar called Guts and Glory: an Evening with Anthony Bourdain. Tickets are $45 and up.
  • NEW! National Asian Heritage Festival -May 18, 2013, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with an Asian street fair in the heart of DC. Enjoy live entertainment and interactive displays.
  • NEW! DC Dragon Boat Festival May 18-19-20, featuring features dragon boat races on the Potomac River, cultural performances and hands-on activities.
  • NEW! Taste of Arlington May 19, 2013, noon-5 pm on Wilson Boulevard.
  • There’s always things to do for Memorial Day Weekend.

July

August

  • 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.

September

  • September 21st we will host National Red Bull Flugtag at the National Harbour! Want to fly? They’re taking applications through June 1. Follow updates @FlugtagUSA
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Cutting Back on Posts – Tumblr Going strong!

30 Apr

Due to low viewership on this blog, plus my lack of free time, I am making this a monthly blog. I will update the future geeky event calendar when I find new items of interest. I may also make a Google Calendar – would this be of interest/better than a static list on WordPress?

Thank you to all that do read my blog, I hope it has helped you to find things to do at and around Washington, DC. Please continue to follow me on Tumblr, where I post geeky art, housewares and accessories for your browsing (and shopping) pleasure!

geek-prideIf you want to research DC goings-on on your own, the following websites were used for the majority of my blog posts:

Aggregates:

Specific Events/Groups:

 

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 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!

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 6.22.12

22 Jun

With the heat rising, DC is getting ready for the 4th of July holiday, and festivals are going on all over the place.  For example, the annual National Capital Barbecue Battle is back, with food, demos, music and activities.  It’ll be on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 9th & 14th St.  Also returning is the DC Caribbean Carnival, though it was a bit shaky to plan, and it’s now in Bladensburg, Maryland.  There will be local Steelbands, costumes and live entertainment.

Saturday
9am-12pm
If you’ve got wheels, check out Skate of the Union!  It’s pretty much a Grand Prix Race Course that opens up for skaters & skate boarders. Please register if you’re interested in attending. [PoP]

4pm
For the solstice, the French Embassy has an annual massive festival, La Fete de la Musique. Tickets are $10 or more.

12pm-5pm
Another food festival has appeared! Go to the Old Town Alexandria food and wine festival and enjoy! [Metromix]


8-10pm
Check out the Regional US Air Guitar championships at the 9:30 Club!

This week
If there are any tickets left, Scissor Sisters will be performing at the 930 club Monday and Tuesday!

While we don’t talk about it a lot, DC does have a high rate of AIDS infections.  Thankfully, there are tons of clinics for those worried, and there will be free testing on National Aids Day on Wednesday!  Do everyone a favour and get tested if you have even a slight worry.

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The Silverdocs Film Festival is back, and will be showing 100 free films, and special programs at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The festival runs through June 24.
  • 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

  • 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

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 6.15.12

15 Jun

Finally! An on-time issue of the weekly geek events!  This week there appears to be a lot to do!  Of course there is another Taste of, this time the Taste of Reston.  It goes all weekend, and tastings start at $1. [dc.about.com]  This weekend also marks the end of Virginia Yoga Week, which offers free and discounted courses! [WaPo]

Anime Mid-Atlantic is also going on, although this Anime convention is a bit further away. Otherwise, this weekend we have:

Typical Red Line art, indeed.

Friday

6-9pm

The Red Line DC Project will have a film screening.  It focuses on graffiti as art here in the District. [PoP]

Saturday

Today is the official not-Juneteenth (June 19th), so we get to party on Saturday!  There is a Juneteenth Celebration in Upper Marlboro, but for those that want to stay within the safe zone, the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery will host a festival from 1130am to 3pm.It will include historical reenactments, a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, storytelling, live music, crafts, and a genealogical workshop. This event is also free, but advance registration is required for the workshop. [TheDistrict]

I still wish they actually used soap boxes ><

830am-6pm
Washington Soap Box Derby
June 16, 2012. Watch racers ages 8-17 compete in an All American Soap Box Derby on Capitol Hill. [dc.about.com]

9am-4pm

New Belgium Brewery Tour de Fat will occur at the Potomac Yards, and it will include bicycles, beer, and some sort of festival. [DCist]

9am-2pm

So there is this “Truck Touch” event where you can see all the “neat” trucks that DC uses.  I think I lauded the cherry picker last year.  If you like machines… maybe you’d want to go? [theDistrict]

Folk is expensive ><

6-10pm

There’s a Takoma Park Folk festival and bar crawl going on! It’s meant to be a beautiful night, so why not enjoy it in a different part of town? Tickets are $25 and support the folkiness. [PoP]

Sunday

It’s Father’s Day!  Visit with or call your father if you are able, and show him some love.

12-4pm

And if you’re the ‘father’ of the house, why not get another ‘child’ at the Georgetown Pet Adoption Event!

130pm

There is a special Father’s edition of the DC Record Fair, where you can get your Vinyl on! [WaPo]

This week: 
The Silverdocs Film Festival is back, and will be showing 100 free films, and special programs at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The festival runs through June 24.

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Ongoing Geekdom:

  • 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 traveling, and now’s my chance! It’s open until June 17.
  • 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

  • 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

August

September

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!