What: TARA Oceans Scientific Expedition Presentation and Screening
Where: La Maison Française, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW
Metro: Not really. It’s in Georgetown so take the metro to Dupont and catch a bus over. Parking available on Reservoir Rd. and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital’s pay lot
How Much: Free, with reservations
Pro tips: With the Culture Club. A leetle description: ” Tara Oceans is the very first attempt to make a global study of marine plankton. Marine plankton is the only ecosystem that is almost continuous over the surface of the Earth. Recently, scientists have discovered the great importance of plankton for the climate: populations of plankton are affected very rapidly by variations in climate. But in turn, they can influence the climate by modifying the absorption of carbon. Studying plankton is like taking the pulse of our planet.
The research vessel TARA – which provides samples and data to the scientific community worldwide to learn more about the impact of climate change on ecosystems — is concluding a 30-month voyage. TARA’s Scientific Director, Dr. Eric Karsenti, will discuss the expedition’s discoveries prior to the screening. The evening will conclude with a wine reception.
This event is presented by the Embassy of France’s Office of Science and Technology, in collaboration with TARA Expeditions.”
What: Women Filmmakers Series present Marie Antoinette
Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, Blue line
How Much: $6
Pro tips: What could possibly be more romantic than this gorgeous confection of a film doomed to end in tragedy and loss? Watch this, then splurge on Melancholia from the iTunes store for an overly romantically tragic night. Bosoms heave, emotions are had.
What: Bethesda Art Walk with the Culture Club
Where: Gallery B
7700 Wisconsin Ave, Suite E, Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, Red line
How Much: Free
Pro tips: It mights be a bit chilly walking between galleries, so layer on those layers, and make plans to warm up with a filling meal at one of the bajillion restaurants in the area. Also, since you’re already there, might as well go check out Big Planet Comics, right?
What: Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World
When: Opens February 10, runs thru May 6
Where: National Archives
Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter, Yellow/Green lines
How Much: FREE
Pro Tips: From 10am-2pm today, there’ll be a Benjamin Franklin reenactor and a demonstration of the armonica. From Now until May 6th, there’ll be a daily exhibit on our national treasure, B. Frank the Badass. Not only does he PWN Dwigh Schrute, he also PWNs Science and Journalism and basically high French society while he was at it. We should all aspire to be so very awesome. Until then, we’ve got this exhibit to show us where we fall short.
What: Woo at the Zoo
When: Talks at 4:3opm, 6:30pm, and 8:30pm
Where: National Zoo, Visitor Center, 3001 Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC
Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, Red Line
How Much: $22, reserve tickets here
Pro Tips: “Attendees and their “deer” ones will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and the opportunity to decorate sweets for your sweetheart. A cash bar will also be available featuring specialty drinks served in the exclusive Woo at the Zoo commemorative glass. All the fun takes place in the Zoo’s Visitor Center auditorium.” Basically just a huge excuse to mack at the zoo, with some education thrown in. Well, who knows? Pump up the Bloodhound Gang, and make an unlikely friend for V-day!
What: Sucker for Love & Dance Party
Where: Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC
Metro: Brookland/CUA, Red line
How Much: $20
Pro Tips: “SpeakeasyDC presents the 5th annual Valentine’s love-fest of stories about romance found, lost, and imagined. Join us at Dance Place Saturday, Feb 11 followed by the Dance Place annual dance party with DJ Glowstik.”
The DJ’s name is Glowstik. That kind of screams, “Come to this dance party non-ironically dressed in 80’s lady blazers and sexy teased hair!” I mean, look at that romance novel cover!
What: Nerd Nite DC: Nerds in Love
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW
Metro: U Street/Cardozo, Green/Yellow Lines
How Much: $10, buy tickets here
Pro Tips: Get ready for some Love Dissected. This evening’s show is themed around the intersection of science, love, and human confusion on both subjects. The segment on “sexual attraction to objects” sound particularly enlightening. Enjoy!
What: Play in a Day
Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, Red Line
How Much: $15, buy tickets here
Pro Tips: “Six professional Washington, D.C. area theatre companies will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays based on similar themes in only 24 hours. The plays will be presented at the seventh annual Play In A Day, a one-of-a-kind theatrical event.” Kind of like 24 Hour Comic Book Day, ‘cept someone acts out what you wrote.
What: Capicons Comic Book & Pop Culture Convention
Where: Dunn Loring Volunteer Fire Department, 2148 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA
Metro: Not really. Find someone who’ll drive you.
How Much: $3