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Being Social: the Weekend of 9.14.12

14 Sep

Pretty much everything else I can find to do is on Saturday.   But that’s fine because Sunday is football day!  On Saturday, I’ll be at the Ren Faire with the DCBronies, and will be wearing a blue wig.  If you go, say hi – I’m sure I’ll be the only one that has blue hair.

Don’t be like them!

10am

Have unused or broken down electronics? Recycle them at the Whole Foods on P Street.  It’s the right thing to do, and then you’ll have less junk!  It is Free, and 25% of “proceeds” from this event will be donated to Whole Kids Foundation.  For more details, see Wusa9.

10am-1pm

The Alexandria Story Festival features none other than books and their authors!  This year’s highlights include authors Eric Wright (Frankie Pickle), Katy Kelly (Melonhead) and Adam Gidwitz (“A Tale Dark and Grimm”). There will also be a puppet show and scavenger hunt. [WaPo]

12-7pm

The H Street Festival is also going on, and will have live music on 5 stages, “artcars”, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, fashion shows,  food and a parade.

 1-530pm

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is hosting its Community Day!  This free event’s theme is “Re- imagine Africa: Eclectic Vibrations” and will have performances of music, dance, film and art. [PoP]

930pm

Once again, there will  be a Depeche Mode Dance party at Black Cat.  It’s a pretty chill event, and I had a great time there last year.  Tickets are $10.

Ongoing Geekdom:

  • The DC Shorts Film Festival will run until September 16th.
  • 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.
  • 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

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.
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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)

430-1030

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.

Metro is Close

8 Jun

Keep on #winning, Metro!

As I mentioned last month, Metro has been trying to make stuff for us denizens to buy and support the system.    Recently, I found another shop labelled as the DC Metro Store on the Metro website that is “Close for Renovations”.  Is the interim shop going away?  Or is this ‘close’ page just the old shop placeholder?  Either way, the Metro Gift shop I mentioned previously has been crashing.   Currently it looks like it works, and if that is the case, grab your Metro stuff now before they both turn back into fail.

Metro Opens…Shop?

23 May

...really? We'd wear this?

Oh, this has to be a joke.  The DC WMATA has renewed and re-opened their online gift shop which includes doozies such as this shirt boasting a laughable motto.
  • Safe? Not always.
  • Reliable?  Definitely not.
  • Effective?  When time to destination and cost aren’t an issue, sure they can have that one.
  • Mobile?  Really, WMATA?  You think that you need to state that a fleet of trains and busses are mobile?  They must be desperate.
I mean, I am a Metro commuter myself and I’m thankful I have rides to anywhere in the DC area.  I can’t handle the stress of driving the beltway, so the little stresses of the Metro system are quite acceptable to me.  But still.  That catchphrase is a pie- in-the-sky dream.  The gift shop really should have stuck to the basics, like travel coffee mugs (even though eating and drinking on WMATA is prohibited) or “writing instruments“, not putting a unfulfilled dream on a shirt or using the Metro logo to defile a Swiss watch.
Would you buy anything from here? Or is this just a good idea gone horribly wrong?