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Being Social: The Weekend of 1.25.13

25 Jan

 What’s up this weekend? Well, if you want to brave the cold, here’s what’s going down:

Art by XternalFramebryx on DeviantArt

Art by XternalFramebryx on DeviantArt

January 26-29 you can watch Wreck it Ralph at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.  If you haven’t been to this theatre, go.  It’s motto should be “beer and a movie”. They usually show pretty good movies (including throwbacks) and even host theme nights! Tickets are $2 – $6.50.

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.


There will be a 1k Beer Walk this weekend, hosted by the Washington Wine Academy. Tickets are $35 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday! There will be 50 beers, and you get to taste 20 during the ‘race’. Then you can go home, happy and warm with your beer coat on.

The Capital Wine festival will also be taking place from January 25th-March 26th. [DC.about.com]



Wanna see guys greased up and walking around mostly naked in single digit temperatures? Then watch the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge at Annapolis, Maryland. During the charity event for Special Olympics, thousands of participants of all ages take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay.



The DC Record Fair is back, and will be held at Penn Social. Early bird admission from 11-12 is $5, then $2 after. [PoP]

Ongoing Geekdom:

Geek Look Ahead:

January 2013

  • Whoah, it’s already time for Restaurant Week to come back?

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

  • Awesome Con D.C., a Comic and Pop Culture Festival, will be April 20-21 at the Washington Convention Center.

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 10.21.11

21 Oct

This weekend Boo at the Zoo returns, showcasing costumes, decorations and tasty treats along with the usual creatures!  It’s at the National Zoo from 530-830pm, but if you don’t get $30 tickets, you’ll miss out! (via WaPo).  If you like costumes as much as me, you can also wear them any time this month to the Spy Museum, to get $5 off.  But of course, a certain bit of clothing must be worn to get the discount… or buy a DISGUISE KIT or ‘budget ninja costume’!

Joining Oktoberfest (more places here), there will be a Beer Festival at Bar Dupont which offers $20 pitchers (though the selection is only from four beers) and German food.  Alternatively, if you care for a ‘sophisticated’ drink you can attend this weekend’s Wine Riot at DAR Constitution Hall. Tickets are $60 or less, and I have heard that it is a fun way to try over 250 wines with the younger crowd.
Also, you have 2 days left to enjoy Bacon week at 3 Bar & Grill in Clarendon; and this is the final weekend for the RennFest.  Also this weekend are:
October 21
The Belly Horror Show will be at the Birchmere.  This is described as a cabaret showcasing a “sinisterly sensual smorgasbord of modern belly dance, vaudeville and burlesque, inspired by things that go bump in the night.” Tickets start at $29.50. [WTOP]
Wine Riot is a wine tasting geared toward beginners, and it comes with its own iPhone app so you can remember which ones you liked. Better yet, the wines are paired with foods from places like Luke’s Lobster, Cabot cheese and Taza Chocolate. [WaPo]
October 22
I can’t say I ‘endorse’ this, because there are no regulations on such things, but the DC Grey Market is back, and selling homemade tasty food products once more!  According to DCist, “growing in popularity, the allure of these foodie bazaars seems to be the fact that they operate under nebulous food licensing rules.” It will be ‘hidden’ in an apartment building located at 1365 Kennedy Street NW. The entrance fee is $2, but tickets can be purchased online to bypass predicted lines.
I’ll hopefully be participating in Run for Your Lives, a 5k, 12-obstacle race that includes zombies that eat your brains (ok, your flag belt).  Survive, and be rewarded, make it to the end with no brains, and you turn into a zombie.  Fail to go through all the obstacles and… well you fail, and are totally nommed.  Spectator passes may still be for sale, but registration for the event closed long ago.
For the undead lovers out there, one of many zombie walk / lurch things will be held in Silver Spring. Dress up as the worst zombie, and scare innocent bystanders!  Afterward AFI Silver Theatre will have a special screening of “Dead Snow” at 945pm, followed by Shaun of the Dead! [Metromix]
October 23
It’s Mole Day!  (Well, it’s the alternate to 6.10 since we didn’t have school in June).  Celebrate the creature and the measure of unit by doing something geeky, like baking.
The Tough Mudder race will also be held, since I seem to be on the fitness kick this week.  It’s known as a brutal 9 mile course that goes up a ski slope  (1250 feet), greased hills, tunnels and deep water to name a few.  It claims to “test toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, and mental grit all in one place and all in one day.”  My co-workers have said they trained years for this thing.  It makes the Zombie run seem tame… but then again, they aren’t worried about losing their brains.
Arlington’s Artisphere will be host to the semiannual DC Record Fair. It’s $5 if you want to get in early, or $2 from noon until close.
1-5pm, 7-11pm
Wine Riot continues!
The 2nd annual Home Brew Harvest will be held at American Ice Co. and will showcase DC-only beers!  A $10 donation is requested, and there is a homebrew workshop 3-4, with tastings beginning at 4.  [PoP]

Being Social: the Weekend of 06.17.11

17 Jun

This weekend is father’s day so please make sure that you at least text your dad and say you love him (if he is still around). There are a lot of events listed at Metromix if you wanted to go out with dad, too.

Also this weekend the International Wine & Food Festival kicks off. Visit the Web site for a schedule of events. Otherwise, here’s what’s going down this weekend:

June 17


West End Cinema is screening Farmegeddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms, along with hosting a reception on the patio with dishes such as local-duck terrine with crostini, rabbit-and-truffle rillettes, and smoked-salmon crostini with crème fraîche. After the movie premiere, which begins at 7, there’s a Q&A and panel discussion with filmmaker Kristin Canty and a number of panelists. Tickets are $33 per person. (via Washingtonian)


Skinny Girl Margarita Party at the Shadow Room! Unfortunately, the Skinny Girl Margarita is a drink. I give no guarantees that skinny girls will be at this party.


Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the National Harbor. This event will indeed have vendors for BBQ as well as samples of a myriad of Beers and Bourbon. Tickets cost $25.00-$85.00.

Drink Me!

June 18


Catoctin Creek Distilling in Purcellville is hosting a workshop on craft distilling. Students will also join in a distillation of rye whiskey and there’s a tasting at Magnolia’s at the Mill after the seminar. Click to see if you can get a reservation for the class ($150 per person).


La Fête de la Musique at the Embassy of France. This Summer celebration requires you to reserve tickets for $8.00 each, but it will include music, entertainment, and food at the Embassy.

Mmmmmm, pig.

June 18


More Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at the National Harbor.


Sunday Fundays at the Front Page in Ballston. At the back bar blay Wii Sports with your fellow geeks. It’s free, but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis!

Being Social: The Weekend of Friday the 13th of May

12 May

I absolutely love Friday the 13th.  As a kid, I’d have slumber parties and watch horror movies with my friends.  Now, I just like to find a fun place to party.  Of course, I am having bad luck finding -any- Friday the 13th parties in DC this month, so if you know of any, please let me know!  Otherwise, here’s what’s going on this weekend in the District:

Weekends Starting May 7 through June 5th
10am – 5 pm
The Virginia Renaissance Faire! This started last weekend, and my apologies for not posting an update then. Tickets are $9 and it is hosted at a winery, so much imbibing should be had!
May 14th &15th
1pm both days
4th Annual Wine & Food Festival at the National Harbor, which will have over 150 different wines, beers, and spirits, as well as live music.  Tickets start at $35 per day; $65 for both days. Designated driver tickets are also available for just $25. You can buy tickets online here.
12 p.m. – 4 p.m on the 15th
The D.C. Taco Experiment, an amateur cook-off involving D.C.’s finest home chefs. Dishes will range from savory to sweet and will highlight the glory that is the taco. Best of all, anyone can compete and/or attend this event being held at The Rock and Roll Hotel! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
5pm Sundays and 8pm Mondays
Wii Nights at The Front Page – Ballston‘s back bar.  It’s free, but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis!  Unfortunately, it’s just the simple sports pack of  Wii bowling, golf, tennis and baseball.