Geekend: Memory, Pt 1

Ah, who doesn’t remember our brave Jellicle Cats and the frightening Macavity.

No, this post isn’t all about Cats the Musical. As awesome as that would be. This is a post about what to do this weekend, in honor of Memory. I mean, Memorial Day. Time’s a-wasting, so hop into your time travel machine, fast forward to our long weekend, and hop to it.




Source: Lit Reactor

What: Balticon

Over 300 Hours of Multi-Track Programming featuring authors, publishers, editors, artists, scientists, musicians and other creative SF luminaries. Join over a thousand SF fans for the area’s largest and longest running convention of its kind! Visit our huge art show, dealer’s room, concerts, dances, gaming room, computer room and video room. Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package.
When: Friday, May 25th thru Monday, May 28th
Where: Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031
Metro: Nope. Try taking the Marc/Amtrak train up to Penn Station, then catching the Light Rail.
How Much: $62 for the full weekend and single day registration is now available.
Pro tip: The premier SF and Fantasy event. This is for the real literary geeks, who follow the Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards and maybe have a subscription to Locus.


What: Jazz in the Garden

The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 12th season May 25. The free concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk—every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.
When: 5pm-8:30pm
Where: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC
Metro: Penn Quarter/National Archives/Navy Memorial, Green/Yellow lines
How Much: Free
Pro tip: This is one of the busiest and most happening free events during DC summers because it combines all of the things we Washingtonians love, as encapsulated by Marianne, a DC artist whose print w/a quote from Keats really says it all. Pack a picnic and a blanket, and make sure someone in your group gets there early enough to stake out a piece of real estate. The first concert of the summer spotlights the Tom Principato Band.


What: Friday Night Frights

Every Friday from 7:00 to 8:30, we’ll be screening two episodes of Tales from the Crypt, starting from the beginning. This week is Staired in Horror and In the Groove, with delicious drink specials.
When: 6:45pm-9pm
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, Washington DC
Metro: U Street/Cardozo/African American Memorial, Green/Yellow lines
How Much: Free
Pro tip: Seems like the meetup group Geek Night Out has a pretty chill group of kids going to this thing semi-regularly. Definitely worth checking out. Especially if you’d like to re-watch the Crypt Keeper and figure out if this shit is as scary as you remember. Man, remember Goosebumps, too?


What: The Lady Vanishes Screening at Artisphere

While traveling in continental Europe a rich, young playgirl realizes that an elderly lady seems to have disappeared from the train.

This screening is part of Artisphere’s Alfred Hitchcock: The Early Years Film Series. Before there was Vertigo, The Birds and Rear Window, Hitchcock directed films for over a decade that—beyond simply laying the groundwork for his later works—are considered masterpieces in their own right. Every Friday in May, Artisphere will screen a different classic from the “master of suspense” released before 1940.
When: 8pm
Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, Blue/Orange lines
How Much: $8
Pro tip:  If you’re a fan of early Hitchcock, this is the film for you! While you’re there, check out the immensely entertaining exhibits and presentations going on throughout the building. The one on retro-futuristic visions of space might be of especial interest.


What: Urban Corp Hip Hop Battle and Dance Party
When: 9pm
Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Metro: Rosslyn, Blue/Orange lines
How Much: $5
Pro tip: Apparently, Artisphere is pulling out all the stops for Friday night. Here’s a video of DCypher, one of our local dance crews, to help you sort out what’s what. Get ready to bust a move and pull a few muscles. Think this scene from Step Up, or that scene from Step Up 2, or all the scenes from Step Up 3.




What: Celebrate Hawai’i Festival

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the museum welcomes Hawaiian artists, performers, and practitioners of traditional Hawaiian healing and culture. Visitors can learn about living a life of “aloha” by watching and learning about hula, watching films and presentations, and meeting and greeting our Hawaiian guests.
When: 10:30am-5pm
Where: National Museum of the American Indian,  National Mall at 4th St SW and Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC
Metro: Federal Center, Orange/Blue lines
How Much: Free, but tickets required and are available in the imagiNATIONS Activity Center on the Third Level. First come, first served. Programs begin on the half hour.
Pro tip: As dearly as we all love Lilo and Stitch and Hawaii 5-0, there’s something to be said for learning in more depth about the culture of our most exotic state, Wisconsin.


What: Eurovision at the Austrian Embassy

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition held among the 44 active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Eurovision has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running and most-watched television programs in the world: audience figures have been estimated at nearly 600 million people internationally.
When: 2pm-7pm
Where: Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Van Ness, Red line
How Much: $10,  comes with one drink
Pro tip: Get ready to laugh your ass off. This is seriously nothing like American Idol or Britain’s Got Talent. Neither talent nor the Euro seem to be the currency of trade here. I say it’s out and out ridiculosity. And yes, that’s not a word but it really does encompass the crazy crackiness of watching this thing. Take the space cadets above. They’re known as Jedward.


What: Zou Bisou Bisou Party

We have music performances, a dance party, an enchanted teepee garden, plenty of St. Germain cocktails, plenty of Stella beers and more, all waiting for you.
Where: The Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Orange/Blue lines or Dupont Circle, Red line then take a bus/shuttle
How Much: $22.09 here. Buy your tickets in advance cuz they’re certainly going to be sold out by the time you reach the door.
Pro tip: After that episode of Mad Men, everyone should know Zou Bisou Bisou and be absolutely in love with the idea of a ZBB party. Buy your tickets now, and worry about getting home from the event later. For those of us who’re waiting on the Seersucker Social later this yeart. 🙂



What: Decentralized Dance Party

What is a Decentralized Dance Party (DDP)?
The DDP is a portable, battery-powered Party System.
It was invented by Tom and Gary, two gentlemen from Vancouver.
It consists of hundreds of Party people, carrying boomboxes, and a DJ who wears a backpack, containing an FM radio transmitter.
When: 8pm-Midnight
Where: TBA
Metro: TBA
How Much: Free!
Pro tip: Epic Dance Party! Sign up for the mailing list so you’ll be in the know by today. And get ready to SUIT UP! This is the Business Tour! Here’s some inspiration for y’all. Business Time. Suit UP!

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