GEEKEND GEEKEND GEEKEND ACK!

Friday

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Source: cinemagogue

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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Source: xkcd

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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