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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Source: Frank151

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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Source: brightestyoungthings.com

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
Pro Tips:

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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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