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Stuff to do as we all wait for the Technological Singularity to occur or a Zombie Apocalypse to arrive.

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Geekend: Aug 3rd-5th

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Friday

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Source: greywoolfewho.wordpress.com

What: Dr. Who Happy Hour

Every Friday from 7:00 to 8:00, we’ll be screening one episode of Dr. Who, starting from the beginning of the new series. This week is Rose, with delicious drink specials.
When: 7-8pm
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington DC
Metro: Green/Yellow, U St/Cardozo/African American Memorial
How Much: Free
Pro Tip: This week’s episode is the rebooted series’ pilot episode, Rose. Looks like they’re gonna be trial-running the interest in a  Who Happy Hour, so let’s all show up and let them know just how geeky DC is! For those of us who have not yet been initiated into the “wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey” travels of the Doctor: The Ultimate Trailer!
Up next: An old-school Field Day, a scifi/fantasy con run entirely by fans (and the magnificence of LeVar Burton,  Spaceballs, and a Euro Board game afternoon . . .

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OH YEAH, OTAKON, YOU SEXY BEAST!

Get your fellow Legend of Korra, Naruto, and K-pop fans together for the weekend of your life (at least until next year)! In case you’re looking for some likely groups of peeps to hit up Otakon with, here’s a shortlist of some meetup groups going for MOST ARDENT ANIME FAN!

Geek Night Out

Friday:

10:00AM – 10:30AM Far right of badge pickup.  Meet & Greet.

1PM  Lunch at Jimmy John’s 401 West Pratt St. just to the left of convention center.

8:15PM  Dinner at Bubba Gump Sandwiches & Seafood – 1 East Pratt St., Waterfront.

Saturday:

10:15AM – 10:45AM Far right of badge pickup.  Meet & Greet.

Sunday:

TBD. So check out their site to see updates.

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Anime Con-Goers

Friday:

1pm Indoor Fountain Meet and Greet

Saturday:

3pm Indoor Fountain Meet and Greet

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DC Bronies

Friday:

6pm Bronies’ Photo Shoot 3rd Floor Terrace

Saturday:

4:30pm Photo Shoot 3rd Floor Terrace

Sunday:

Dinner Plans TBD. Check the message boards here to see what the Bronies are up to.

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Also, here’s a list of the gatherings for various cosplay groups/territories. GO FORTH, COSTUMED ONES, GO FORTH!

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Early Edition (No, not the one with Coach Tayler)

This is the early edition of the Geekend (wish it had Coach Tayler), cuz you boys and girls deserve it. TREAT. YO. SELF. Ben Wyatt style from Parks and Recreation.

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Wednesday

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What: Free Showing of Pride and Prejudice

Join us for the final installment of our Jane Austen Film Fest on July 25th with Pride and Prejudice (2005). Relax on our lawn while enjoying this modern classic while eating cupcakes and sipping wine. Cafe Bonaparte will be making and selling a selection of their wonderful sweet & savory crepes. Water, soda, candy, and freshly-made popcorn will also be available. 
When: 7pm-11pm
Where: Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Blue/Orange, Foggy Bottom OR Red, Dupont Circle
How Much: Admission is free but reservations will receive priority entry until 7:30pm, at which time any available space will be released to at-the-door guests. Reserve now.
Pro Tip: It’s over north of Georgetown, which means a thirty minute walk over to the Foggy Bottom stop  or a fifteen minute walk over to Dupont Circle stop, so this might have to be a neighborhood affair or you’ll want to call a cab to take you back to the metro afterwards, just in case trains are running kinda wonky. Seems like fun and Dumbarton House is an awesome place to watch a movie outdoors. Also, rain date is July 26th.

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WhatFree Showing of The Incredibles

 A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.
When: 7-9:30pm
Where: Loree Grand field, at 2nd & L Sts. NE
Metro: Red, NOMA/Gallaudet U
How Much: Free
Pro Tip: Get there at 7pm to set up your blanket and settle in with food from your fridge or from one of the food trucks parked on the field.  And remember, NO CAPES!

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Thursday

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Source: Annie Wu

What: Crash the Parks and Rec Film Set

Y’all know what Parks and Recreation is, right? Well, all I can say is, WELCOME TO DC, Pawnee-ans. Maybe you can teach us a bit of something in this election year.
When: Thursday 9:30am-4pm and Friday, 5am-11pm
Where: 6th Street between Penn and Constitution,  8th Street between F and D; D Street between 7th and 9th; E Street between 12th and 13th
Metro: Red, Gallery Place/Chinatown; Green/Yellow, Archives
How Much: Free, except for all that Starbucks coffee you’re going to be downing trying to stay awake and inconspicuous
Pro Tip: Some of the DC area redditors were talking about making their way over.  Go check out the thread on their Facebook page. Also, download Adam Warrock’s FREE Parks and Rec songs to get you ready to campaign on behalf of Pawnee’s most dedicated public servant.  Treat Yo SELF!

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Monday Music: 8-bit, Bro.

For those of us growing up with Atari and Nintendo, there’s always been a fascination with the old-school sound of 8-bit arcade soundtracks. There’s something still so futuristic about it. Futuristic and yet comfortingly retro. Anyways, the Art of Video Games is still up at the American Art Museum, and will be ’til school starts back up again in September, so go check it out. Also, you guys, Disney’ coming out with an arcade game movie in November ! In the meantime, here’s some 8-bit sh!t to get you through the week.

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Wreck-it Ralph. Not technically 8-bit, but a love letter to the whole arcade culture.

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Helix Nebula by Anamanaguchi

Anamanaguchi is that chiptune band that did the soundtrack for the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World video game .

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Jul 20-22 Geekend: Dark Knight Rises!

Friday

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What: The Dark Knight Rises
When: All Day
Where: Gotham City
Metro: Wayne Tower
How Much: IMAX, $22
Pro Tips: You know what this is. Do I really have to convince you to go see it? That’s what I thought. Here you go: Fandango DC showtimes.

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What: Can’t Stop the Serenity

Charity Screenings of Joss Whedon’s Serenity July 20th and 21st to benefit Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center, So Others Might Eat, and Homeward Trails. Door Prizes, Raffles, Costume Contests, and Much More!

When: Friday,9:30-11pm OR Saturday, 1-3pm
Where: Arlington Cinema n’ Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Metro: Blue/Yellow, Pentagon City. A very short cab ride or you can take the Route 16 bus which runs very frequently. Just over a mile away from Pentagon City.
How Much: $8 for Friday, $10 for Saturday
Pro Tips: Like the event title says, you really, really can’t stop the Serenity. Remember, they just had their ten year reunion at SDCC 2012, which is being turned into a tv special titled Browncoats Unite. Re-live the glory of Fruity Oaty Bars(NOT MANDATORY!) and Miranda with fellow Browncoats, and do some inadvertent good at the same time. Kinda like our crew.🙂

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What: This is a Game Show

From the You, Me, Them, Everybody folks comes a game show that combines all the best parts of every board game, televised game show, trivia night, quiz book, card game and more. But fun. With prizes.
When: 8-10pm
Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Metro: Blue/Orange, Rosslyn
How Much: $10
Pro Tips: Who doesn’t love a good game show? It’s like Trivia Night but hopefully with more funnies. And the prizes are coming from a whole list of DC’s coolest. Totally worth the entry fee.

 

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The French and the Films

Inadvertent Hiatus was Inadvertent. Now, prepare to be whelmed by this Geekend’s selection of shit to do.This Geekend is all about the Films and a bit about the French, due to Bastille Day. Hope you all have your lives and electricity still. And if you don’t, welp, you wouldn’t be here, would you?

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Friday

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What: Beasts of the Southern Wild

In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis), a six-year-old girl, exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. The fantastical and striking narrative drama Beasts of the Southern Wild is director and co-writer Benh Zeitlin’s feature film debut.
When: Opens today, 6:30pm, 7:45pm,  9:00pm, 10:00pm, 11:30pm
Where: E St Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington DC
Metro: Blue/Orange/Red, Metro Center
How Much: $12
Pro Tips: Go see this now. It’s won ALL the AWARDS and it’s really a fantastic complement to the story and viewpoint that Where the Wild Things Are gave us . Trailer for the curious.

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What: Salsa Lessons at Habana Village

Habana Village is a Cuban oasis located in the heart of Adams Morgan, one of the most Ethnically diverse neighborhood in the District of Columbia. Habana Village offers an opportunity for patrons to experience the cuisine, art, music and dance of the rich culture that is Cuba.

First – learn salsa. Second – use these lessons later that night with the live band. An early dinner/appetizers beforehand are optional – but if you’re dancing the night away you may not want to have an empty stomach. Dress code: The status quo “dress to impress” is in effect. Ladies – I would recommend against heels it can get pretty intense.
When: 7:15pm
Where: Habana Village, 1834 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC
Metro: Red, Adams Morgan
How Much: $10
Pro Tips: Bring a water bottle. You’ll need it.  Imagine that scene in Dirty Dancing where Baby first encounters the wrong side of the tracks type of dancing. This is an intense dance spot with a lot of beginners getting a great chance to learn and dance alongside some of the DC’s most fiery salsa dancers. Y’know how there are a lot of ballroom places that have salsa nights? This isn’t one of those. This is actually a salsa place for everyone who wants to shimmy their hips and dance their mother frakking hearts out. Plus, going with the group Geek Night Out gives you a ready supply of dance partners.😀

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What: Rosslyn Film Festival: Dave

The Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival returns to beautiful Gateway Park at Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Join us every Friday night at dusk beginning June 8 and ending August 24 for films featuring political comedies.

People are encouraged to bring blankets and low chairs to picnic in the park before the show. Show up early for the pre-show games and prizes..

The event is free and open to the public. The screening is just two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro and parking is available across the street from Gateway Park at the Atlantic Parking Garage for $3 at 1901 and 1911 N. Ft. Myer Drive after 6 pm. Enter the garage on N. Moore Street.

*Please note that Gateway Park is an Arlington County park and alcohol consumption is not permitted on the premises.
*The movies will be shown rain or shine. In case of severe weather, including heavy rains and strong winds, movies will be canceled.
When: 8pm
Where: Gateway Park at Lee Highway near Key Bridge, Arlington, VA
Metro: Blue/Orange, Rosslyn
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: Come a bit earlier to stake out your spot and get your best view of Kevin Kline romancing the hell out of Sigourney Weaver. Yep. That’s right. Remember the good old days when Sigourney was a romantic comedy lead? And Kevin Kline spins out of control being hilariously zany? I love the 90’s.

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Saturday

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What: Robin Bell and DJ Dubpixels

In conjunction with multimedia artist Robin Bell’s summer-long exhibition at Artisphere, Bell will display visual work from “Projection for Televisions” in Artisphere’s Dome Theatre. Creating a one night live audio-visual experience, Robin will transform works from the installation into an immersive environment, accompanied by music from acclaimed DJ Dubpixels (aka Doug Kallmeyer).

When: 8pm
Where: Dome Theatre, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Metro: Blue/Orange, Rosslyn
How Much: $10
Pro Tips: If you’re a fan of Bluebrain, then this event might be for you. DJ Dubpixels seems to have a great grasp of the soundwave-bending type of music you’d expect if you were floating through an art installation, for reals tripped out of your mind. If you’re looking for something totally chill to do with your Saturday evening, lay back and enjoy this hip mix of video installation and electronic groove.

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What: Humans VS. Zombies

What should I bring?

Costumes: Zombie costumes are encouraged, especially if you want to be the “Original Zombie” or a special zombie (rules may be modified to incorporate amazing costumes).
Weapons: Weaponry is a must-have if you expect to survive, but please limit to Nerf guns with soft ammunition and rolled-up socks. If you don’t already have a Nerf gun, rolled-up socks are a great alternative. Bring as much as you can carry, but remember that you’ll be expected to clean up after yourself and take home what you bring. If you have extra guns, please bring them to share with players who don’t have one. If you borrow a gun, please take care of it, and return it when you’re done! Modified nerf guns are allowed, but we will be testing the gun on the person who brings it.
Misc: Water, snacks, flashlight, attire suitable for running
When:  5-8pm
Where: Fort Reno Park, Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Red, Tenleytown
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: Bring water, nerf guns, and socks. Lots of socks. Also, bring an inexhaustible supply of energy. It’s time to run for your life, and fight them zombies like it’s THE end days. Perfect training for the actual zombie apocalypse.

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What: DC Anime’s Video Game Day
When: 2-5pm
Where: Room A5, MLK Jr. Library, 901 G St NW , Washington, DC 20001
Metro: Red, Chinatown
How Much: Free, but bring your own games and consoles
Pro Tips: “You know the Drill: If you don’t bring it, we won’t play it. Members must bring their games and systems.”

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What: Brave w/ VA Scifi Fantasy Club

Before 3:15, we’ll be downstairs by the escalators. After that we’ll sit down, and if you end up sitting separately, you can meet up with us, where we’ll congregate right outside the movie room (indoors), before we go to dinner. We’ll be attending the 3:50 PM showtime. You may wish to save time and ensure your spot by buying your tickets online here (in case the link says the showtime is no longer available, just select “Saturday, July 14” and the 3:50 showtime and it should work). Fandango does charge a convenience fee, but you can waive it by using the following AMC Stubs #: 1103000001444078. We’ll be going to Ted’s Montana Grill for dinner around 6:00 PM. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP separately for July’s Dinner (no reading required!).
When: 3:15-5:45pm
Where: AMC Hoffman Center, 206 Swamp Fox Rd, Alexandria, VA
Metro: Yellow, Eisenhower Ave
How Much: $12
Pro Tips: If you STILL haven’t seen Pixar’s latest bit of brilliance or you were just waiting to see it with peeps who would appreciate it’s true brilliance, RSVP on the meetup site since it looks like the group likes to keep tabs on how many peeps to expect.

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What: Bastille Day Celebration

You can’t beat this scene for a flat-out party on Bastille Day. Around 11 p.m., tables and chairs are moved out of the way, a DJ cranks house music and, before you know it, people are dancing on the bar while others are singing French songs. Lines usually stretch around the block by 9 or 10 p.m. Consider this fair warning.
When: 9pm-12am
Where: Bistrot du Coin, 1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC
Metro: Red, Dupont Circle
How Much: Free
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Sunday

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What: Animania

Trivia, cosplay, prizes and more!!!
When: 1-5pm
Where: FYE, Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
Metro: Orange, Ballston-MU
How Much: Free
Pro Tips:  Practice session for next weekend’s Otakon. Also, for all of us who can’t make it to San Diego Comic Con.

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Monday Music: Bromance

Bromances are obviously the most beautiful type of relationships any man can have. Bros before “women who sell their bodies for money” after all.  And if there’s no undercurrent of homoeroticism at work, so be it. Here are some songs that stand as testaments to the truly heartfelt declaration made around the world, “I love you, bro.”

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Bromance by Chester  ft. Nigahiga

From the bros who brought you Nice Guys, another golden nugget of wisdom for the modern man living in these modern ages.

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3-Way (The Golden Rule) by Lonely Island ft. Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake

I’m sorry. I think it makes it exponentially more gay if Lady Gaga is in the middle. I mean, so much so that you might as well start writing the slashfic now.

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Jun 22-24 Geekend: Let’s

Friday, June 22

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Source: Indiewire

What: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
When: All the times!
Where: All the places!
Metro: All the metros!
How Much: Probably about $12, unless you’re going for the 3d (which, why wouldn’t you) in which case, prob closer to $20
Pro Tips: Watch this. Then go watch it in a theater.

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What: Fete de la Musique

For the past 30 years, June in France has been characterized by hundreds of amateur and professional musicians invading public spaces across the country to share their music. From jazz to electro, the Fête de la Musique has evolved past the point of local festival to become a nationwide tribute to all genres of music.

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SND+VSN

In the spirit of this phenomenal celebration, the Alliance Française is hosting a D.C. Fête de la Musique for the fifth year in a row. For the first time, the festival will take place offsite in order to accommodate the increasing crowd. Malmaison, a pioneer in urban development in Georgetown offers a rough-around-the-edges locale that, mingled with the musical atmosphere, provides a unique arena for local musical talent to show off their skills to a limitless public.

The Lineup

This year’s playlist includes music from bands and individual performers, such as:

When: 6-11pm
Where: Malmaison, 3401 Water St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Blue/Orange, Foggy Bottom
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: So technically the picture up there has more to do with Beat Refinery rather than Fete de la Musique, but it’s still true. So there you go. Head on over to the music event that supports youth superiority in music. Rage on, machine. Rage on.

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What: Docs in Progress

Come join Docs In Progress staff, board, alumni, community partners, neighbors, and documentary filmmakers galore for our annual Summer Open House.  We hold this event every year during the Silverdocs Film Festival so that we can bring together the local and visiting documentary film community, as well as all our film afficionado friends.

Enjoy an evening with drinks, finger foods, and good conversation with other documentary filmmakers and film fans. We’ll be open between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm so you can come before or after a film.
When: 6-10pm
Where: Documentary House, 8700 First Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Red, Silver Spring
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: If the numerous free films/tv and free concerts really don’t do it for you tonight, go check out this rare opportunity to get in the heads of documentary filmmakers.

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Saturday, June 23

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What: Global Meetup Day!

This event will be a huge BBQ/Field Day at Quincy Park (which we have rented). It is metro accessible.

There are *NO* alcoholic or illegal substances allowed at this event. Offenders will be beerboarded. For those 21+, we’ll be heading to a bar after the Meetup; Details below.

The event is potluck/donation based. You do not have to do either but it would be greatly appreciated to offset the high cost of this event. This is the third annual global meetup day. Last year we had around 350 people and it was a great success due to great people.

The organizers will be providing the necessary things upfront and collecting donations on the day of the event.

 Please bring food for at least 3 or 4 people.  There are a lot of people attending, and we want everyone to be able to eat.  If you can’t bring food due to other commitments, please consider contributing $$$ so the organizers can purchase supplies as needed.
When: 11am
Where: Quincy Park, 1201 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA
Metro: Orange, Virginia Square/GMU
How Much: Potluck, so sign up and take something to share.
Pro Tips: Don’t be that guy. Exactly.

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What: Comic Book Chat
When: 6pm
Where: Bilbo Baggins, 208 Queen St, Alexandria, VA
Metro: Blue/Yellow, King Street
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: Umm, Bilbo Baggins is a restaurant and no one told me? You’re all fired. If you missed all the brouhaha this past Wednesday, go sit down with some comic book geeks to re-hash the Northstar wedding, the Before Watchmen prequels, who would win in a fight between Dani Moonstar (current Hela-powerful version) and Spiderman?

 

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What: History of Invulnerability w/Geek Night Out

Behind every great superhero is a determined creator. Experience the playthat explores the story of Superman’s creation and the character’s relationship with his imaginitive creator, Jerry Siegel.

Group tickets have already been purchased, but individual tickets are available for half price at http://www.ticketplace.org.

Run time is two hours with one intermission.

We’ll plan on meeting outside Will Call at 7:30. (I’ll email details on how to find me closer to the date.)

When: 7:30-10:30pm
Where: Theater J, 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Red, Dupont Circle
How Much$25 for 35 yrs old and younger
Pro Tips: Check the meetup site to see if you can score half-price tickets or some of the group priced tix.

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What: Double Feature of His People and Amarilly of Clothesline Alley w/live score

In His People, shot on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the sons of a Russian immigrant pushcart peddler are causing huge problems for the family. Determined to become a lawyer, son Morris strives to conceal his true identity, while brother Sammy turns to prizefighting and then gets an Irish girlfriend. Max Dupont’s location cinematography adds piquant atmosphere, while period-style vocals and piano score, performed live, supply a 1920s milieu. (Edward Sloman, 1925, 16 mm, 93 minutes)

Amarilly of Clothesline Alley stars Mary Pickford as a down-to-earth Irish cigarette girl in love with the bartender at the Cyclone Café . . . until she gets a taste of the uptown life. (Marshall A. Neilan, 1918, 35 mm, 67 minutes)

When: 2:30pm
Where: East Building Concourse Auditorium, National Gallery of Art,
Metro: 4 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC
How Much: Blue/Orange, Smithsonian
Pro Tips: Beat the heat this afternoon with a fantastic double feature and live musicians scoring the piece as you watch!

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What: The Art of Video Games exhibit with DC Gamers group
When: 4:30pm
Where: American Art Museum, 8th St NW and F St NW, Washington DC
Metro: Red, Chinatown/Gallery Place
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: Looks like there might be plans to do dinner and drinks as well. Step one: Meet up. Step two: See art. Step three: Stumble out of a bar at three in the morning attempting to sing that one song you built in Minecraft that one time.

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Sunday, June 24

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What: Board Games. At A Bar.
When: 2pm
Where: Mighty Pint, 1831 M St NW, Washington DC
Metro: Red, Farragut North
How Much: Free
Pro Tips:  As per usual, bring some games, get here early, and maybe order some tots?😀

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What: Afternoon of Beer and Bocce

Missed the first go-around? Come out on Sunday! As many of you know, I (Victoria) manage a bocce division of Major League Bocce. We’re doing registration for summer season so I’m out and about teaching everybody who will listen about bocce🙂

Join us in Battery Park at 2 pm for an hour of bocce-playing.  Then we shall commence to Caddies on Cordell from 3 – 5 pm for…. well, drinking beer.  Which is also a sport, let’s be honest.

When: 2-5pm
Where: Battery Lane Park, 4912 Battery Lane, Bethesda, MD
Metro: Red, Bethesda
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: Learn how to play! From a pro! Also, I would suggest pre-graming for the event. No, well, okay. Not really. Maybe some really classy zinfandel instead?

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What: Scif/Fantasy Book Club Discussion – Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Please join us as we discuss Childhood’s End by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, nominated for the Retro Hugo Award in 2004. Clarke was one of the greatest science fiction writers in history, and recipient of Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Campbell, and Locus awards, in addition to being a prolific inventor, futurist, and science writer. Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). Additionally, there will not be an automatic reminder e-mail for this event, so please add it to your calendar, if attending. If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn’t sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

When: 10 am-12:30pm
Where: Sign up to find out
Metro: Nope
How Much: Free
Pro Tips:   Only one spot left, but message the host and see if you can join in, if you’re really invested in this book.

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GEEKEND GEEKEND GEEKEND ACK!

Friday

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What: The Princess Bride Dinnerand a Movie Meetup!

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

It’s the 25th Anniversary special for The Princess Bride!

Peter Falk reads a story to his sick grandson Fred Savage, who’s at first turned off by its mushy-sounding title, but soon riveted by its twists, turns, derring-do and, yes, romance. Robin Wright shines as the beautiful Buttercup, in love with farm boy Westley (Cary Elwes) but eventually betrothed to loathsome Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). When she’s kidnapped by the motley crew of Vizzini the Sicilian (Wallace Shawn), the giant Fezzik (André the Giant) and Spanish swordsman Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), the excitement begins. Hilarious in supporting roles are Christopher Guest, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane and Peter Cook; the script is by the legendary William Goldman.

Dinner/Drinks are optional before/after the showing.

When:  Dinner at 7pm, Movie at 9pm
Where: Nando’s Peri Peri, 924 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD
AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Red, Silver Spring
How Much: Dunno. Food money, then $12 for the ticket
Pro Tips: **I recommend that you purchase your tickets before, since there is such a large group – you can buy them online here (http://silver.afi.com/visInternetTicketing/visSelect.aspx?visCinId=1001&visMovieName=THE%20PRINCESS%20BRIDE ) – even if you purchase them online you will still need to meet a cashier to print out your actual ticket.  I recommend you come earlier than the 9:15 time as AFI Silver recommends that you are inside the theater at least 15 minutes before the movie begins.**

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What: Scrabble Noodles for your Noodle

Come join us for some Scrabble at Noodles and Company in Pentagon Row (Metro: Pentagon City)! Usual start time of 6pm and as always, if you’re a little late you may have to wait for a new game to begin. But, that will leave time to eat, drink and get to know your fellow Scrabblers. If you have a board and/or dictionary and/or cheat sheet, please bring those along. We also sometimes play Bananagrams, Scrabble Slam and Super Scrabble. And just a reminder, we charge $1 attendance fee to help defray the costs of using Meetup. Hope to see you there!

When: 6pm-9pm
Where: Noodles and Company, Pentagon Row, 1201 S. Joyce St, Arlington, VA
Metro: Blue/Yellow, Pentagon City
How Much: $1 for meetup fees
Pro Tips: If any of the other game nights tonight don’t do it for you, go check out the local Scrabble competition. Also, Labyrinth Games and Puzzles currently has an ongoing Scrabble game in their front window, where you can play on the “Champions” team against the Labyrinth employees. Sharpen your wits, and take your massive vocabulary over there for an epic Scrabble Battle.

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Source: Know Your Meme

What: Safety Not Guaranteed

From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes hes solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

When: 7:30-9pm
Where: E St Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington Dc
Metro: Red/Orange/Blue, Metro Center
How Much: $11
Pro Tips: Know your meme. This is the movie based off that meme based off that classified. In the onslaught of time-travel, mind-bendy indie SciFi and Fantasy themed films this year, this one looks like the most hilarious. Between this, Looper, and Beasts of the Southern Wilds, geeky hipsters everywhere should be well set ’til next Sundance.

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What: Washington Science Fiction Association Meetup

WSFA meets the first and third Fridays of every month at approximately 9:00 pm. Non-members are encouraged to attend. Club meetings include a brief business meeting, after which the group gathers informally over light refreshments to talk about just about anything including (on occasion) science fiction literature and media. Meetings are held
in members’ homes in Virginia and Maryland.
When: 9pm
Where: Join the Group to find out
Metro: Ditto
How Much: Free, but maybe bring something to add to the general festive air
Pro Tips: The geekiest group in DC, y/y? These are the peeps who throw Capclave every year, so sit down, chat a while, and see if you can’t predict the future of science fiction. Also, Ray Bradbury memorial anyone?

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Saturday

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What Tour de Fat

For those who haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more. The free event,which raises money for local nonprofits through beer and merchandise purchases, will soon exceed the $2 million mark for total funds raised

 The Bike Parade begins at 10 am from Yards Park, but be there early to register.

As if riding in the most colorful bike parade known to mankind isn’t enough, our entertainment this year will make your heads pop off like dandelions – So put together a snazzy costume, hop on your bike and enjoy a day in the park. You won’t be disappointed! Performances by Mucca Pazza, Ian Cooke, Yo-Yo People, and Sssnakenstein.

When: 10am-3:30pm
Where: Yards Park, 10 Water Street SE, Washington, DC
Metro: Green, Navy Yard
How Much: Free

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Source: Flickr/Ted Rheingold

What: Bloomsday

Join us to celebrate James Joyce and Ulysses, famously set on this day in 1904. Co-sponsored by P&P and The Harvard Club, this event will feature readings from the first three chapters of Joyce’s incomparable classic. Continue the festivities afterward at James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant, 1 Dupont Circle.
When: 10 am
Where: Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Red, Tenleytown
How Much: Free
Pro Tips: It’s never too early to pregame for a James Joyce event. Get the party started early in the morning with an Irish coffee, then settle down to some fantastical convolutions of the English language. Also, a bit of period costume never hurt anyone.

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What: Blowout: Performance Art Festival

Blowout! DC Performance Art Festival is a full seven hours of performance, encompassing a wide scope, but predominantly selected to address summer itself.  Hot, slow, messy, fun.  It will take place this Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 1-8pm.  Many of the participating artists have performed at Hillyer Art Space before in the Soapbox Performance Art Series.  Blowout! celebrates coming to the end of the first year of Soapbox, the only monthly series in DC dedicated to showing and producing performance art. 
When: 1-8pm
Where: Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington DC
Metro: Red, Dupont
How Much: Suggested donation $10

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Monday Music: The Internet Sings About the Internet

Let’s face it. The Internet has long had a narcissistic and beautifully loving relationship with itself. So is it any wonder that geeks take every opportunity ever to sing about its wonders and horrors? Here are some examples.

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I Google You

By Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Two people who are so effing creative it makes my teeth hurt, and here’s just one little gem to give you a taste of the millions and billions of artful, creative, awesome things they’ve done. As a geek, I fully expect you to know who these two are. And if you don’t, go find out.

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The Google+ Song

by Katie Hines and Sean Motley (Break Originals)

A song for those of us on the fence about this newfangled Google Plus. Apparently, it’s just as addictive as that old-timer Facebook. And now there’s a song to prove it, set to “Another One Bites the Dust”. Really, just proving that Queen reigns supreme, and is infinitely copycat-able?

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Ode to Merton by Ben Folds

Ben Folds is so nerdy cool it hurts. When he’s the one on The Sing-Off sounding like a college music theory professor(rubbing seconds, really?), I’m right there cheering him on.

In case you didn’t catch it the first time around, Merton was a Ben Folds look-a-like who ran around chat roulette singing improptu ballads to everyone who stuck around longer than a second. Then Ben Folds found out and decided that what his concerts really needed was more penis. Well, no, not really. But he did incorporate the whole idea into a couple of really magnificent sessions of “Ode to Merton.” Enjoy.

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