Welcome to the Geekend: Thou Art Out of Your Mind!

Thou ART out of your mind if thou don’t-est checkest out ARTomatic this weekend. ART THOU TOO COWARD? FEAR NOT! THOU ART READY FOR THE ART!




What: Artomatic

Artomatic 2012 is a month-long art festival in the DC area that is “by artists, for everyone.” It is absolutely free to the public.

This year’s event is in a former office building that’s slated for demolition. It features 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists: Visual art, music, performance, film, fashion, and more. Workshops, tours, seminars and other events are held all month long.
When: 6pm -1am
Where: 1851 S. Bell St, Crystal City, VA
Metro: Crystal City, Yellow/Blue lines
How Much: Free
Pro tip: It’s kinda the biggest deal in DC this weekend. Plenty of geeks will be making a showing. Look for references to all sorts of geeky interests, from Star Wars to Batman and hopefully even some Cthulhu. First day will probably be a dramatically lighted storm in a hand-crafted teapot, except it’ll totally be worth it for opening night workshops, demonstrations, concerts, and other cray cray performances. They say it goes ’til 1am but I’ve known the night to be longer than that. This is everything that DC usually is not so let’s go have some fun!


Source: Tae Solyn Deviantart

What: Nebula Weekend Massive Book Signing

Authors will sign their books at the Forty-Seventh Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, Friday, May 18, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  If you want to have your favorite author sign copies of his/her books, this is the place to be.  

We welcome the public to this autograph session…. you do not have to be registered for the conference to have an author sign a book for you.

When: 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Hyatt Regency, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City, Yellow/Blue lines
How Much: Free
Pro tip: That’s an impressive array of major scifi and fantasy authors in one hall. And they’re all here for the Nebula Awards on Saturday. Pick a few that you’re dying to meet, and get ready to line up. Personal fave is John Scalzi, he of the awesome sauce blog and Old Man’s War.


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What: Monty Python and the Holy Grail at E St. Cinema
When: Various showtimes throughout the day
Where: E St. Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, Washington DC
Metro: Metro Center, Blue/Orange/Red lines
How Much: No clue. Probably somewhere around $15.
Pro tip: Don’t say “Ni” to this one. There’s a showtime for everyone, especially if you leave work “sick” due to violent bunny attack and a case of flesh wound.


What: Monthly Redditor Spelling Bee Participation @ Rock n’ Roll Hotel

The Rock and Roll Hotel on H St NE hosts a weekly “Spelling Buzz”, approximately 30 people compete in Spelling Bee style competition while enjoying $6 PBR+whiskey ($6 gets you both). You must always have your drink in hand, and drink whenever the MC says to do so. Space is limited for competition, but not for spectators (ok technically it is).   Also, you can drink whatever you’d like, just so long as you have an adult beverage in your hand while participating.  PBR is completely optional. 

Signups start early, so if you’d like to be a competitor I’ll be showing up around 7pm and have a few pregame brews.

In September, Reddit placed 1-4th!!!

The event is FREE for participants and spectators.
When: 7:30pm-11pm
Where: Rock n’ Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE, Washington DC
Metro: Take a bus or walk the 15 min from Union Station, Red line
How Much: Free
Pro tip: The usual. Try to spell like a ten year old, 2nd generation immigrant, supergenius while drunk.




What: Survive DC

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

SurviveDC is a race through the streets of DC. You will try to make it to six checkpoints as fast as you can, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Those who survive will be praised and feted at the end. Those who fall will become chasers themselves, rising to pursue their former friends and allies.

This is a footrace – only your own two feet and the metro are permitted. No bicycles, no skates, no cars, no taxis. This race is for you, your fellow players, and the city itself.
When: 7pm-Midnight
Where: Sign up to find out
Metro: Ditto.
How Much: Donations are greatly appreciated for this entirely volunteer-run event.
Pro tip: You can still sign up here. Hope you’ve been exercising your ninja skills.


What: Fiesta Asia Street Festival
When: 10am-7pm
Where: Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd and 6th St
Metro: Archives – Navy Memorial – Penn Quarter, Yellow/Green lines
How Much: Free
Pro tip:  Basically a huge party thrown by the Asia Heritage Foundation, this one’s good for the food and the basic exposure to fun stuff from various Asian cultures. There’s music, food, crafts, and cool tchotchkes for sale, so go make a Saturday out of it.


What: Super Art Fight

For four years now, the crazed team of combative artists at Super Art Fight have been putting together shows all over the United States.  On Saturday Afternoon, May 19th, 2012, The Greatest Live Art Competition will put on a show unlike any they’ve done before, and it’s going to be for a great cause.

Super Art Fight is proud to present Super Art Fest, a 12 hour marathon event taking place at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

Going from 12 Noon on Saturday until 12 Midnight early Sunday, the team at Super Art Fight has pieced together an event that is sure to go down in history.
When: 12pm-Midnight
Where: Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD
Metro: Um. No. Although you can walk to the gallery from Penn Station. So, Amtrak and/or light rail.
How Much: Free
Pro tip: Don’t forget to get your Adam Warrock CD signed. And if he asks for requests. you shout E Pluribus Anus and ask for the new Greendale Community College song.


What: Gaithersburg Book Festival
When: 10am-6pm
Where: Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds,
Metro: Drive, suburban monkeys. Drive!
How Much: Free
Pro tip: Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock will be at the Rachel Carson Pavilion at 4pm. You’re welcome.


What: Nebula Awards
When: 8am-11pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA
Metro: Crystal City, Blue/Orange lines
How Much: $100
Pro tip: Um, kind of a $100 and closed but maybe if you hang around the exits, like a rock band groupie, you can catch some of the winners heading out to local bars to celebrate their mighty victories.




What: Grey Market DC
When: 12pm-4pm
Where: 733 Euclid St NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Columbia Heights, Yellow/Green lines
How Much: $2.50
Pro tip: If you’d like to know what local food businesses will be making it big in the next year or so, stop by here to check them out first. My personal favorite local food that started out showing at DC Grey, Crunkcakes DC.


What: National Cathedral Evensong
When: 4pm-6pm
Where: Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC
Metro: CUA/Brookland, Red line
How Much: Free
Pro tip: Okay, so kinda religion-y but still, very pretty and a wonderful way to pretend you’re in the court of some European ruler from the 1500’s.  Also, if it’s still light out, go look for the Darth Vader gargoyle.


What: Trivia @ Quarry House
When: 7pm-9pm
Where: Quarry House Tavern, 8410 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Silver Spring, Red line
How Much: Free
Pro tip: Get bacon and cheese on your tots. It’s worth it.



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