A showcase of this week's finest geek and geek related activities for the week. Mark your calendars.
- Film - Washington DC Independent Film Festival - Wednesday through Sunday
- Held at a variety of locations around DC (though mostly at US Navy Heritage Center), this is the longest running independent film festival in the DC region. I’m not even going to try and summarize the offerings for this year’s event; they’re too wide-ranging for even me. Let me sum up with: short films, documentaries, animated pieces and almost all of them followed up by discussions with the film makers (and quite often receptions).
- Comedy - John Oliver - Washington, DC - Friday through Sunday
- If you know the Daily Show, you know John Oliver and his literalist, absurdist way of approaching the madness that is US culture and politics. He’s holding two shows a night and at the moment it looks sold out, but keep checking around. Someone with a ticket is going to have a personal emergency you can profit off of.
|Almost too pretty to eat... almost. (via Cia Gould)|
- Addiction - Chocolate Lovers’ Festival - Fairfax, VA - Saturday and Sunday
- Nearly 20 years old, this is just what it sounds like: a government-sponsored homage to all things chocolate. Is it specifically geek? I can make a case for it. If we can talk about beer geeks and lit geeks then I can geek out over my single estate Argentinian nibs.
- Music - Gaelic Storm - Alexandria, VA - Saturday and Sunday
- Right. It's Gaelic Storm. If you still have even a little bit of soul left in that dry life, then get down to the Birchmere. And if you want to bribe me with tickets, I’m sure we can work out an arrangement. High energy, masterfully performed Scottish and Irish tunes, in both the traditional and modern styles. Remember: no weapons allowed, but you can heft your Isildur replica from the wall if you get home and your blood is still fizzing.
- Doctor Who - Tuesdays at Liam Flynn’s Ale House - Baltimore, MD - 7:00 PM
- Evidently, this Doctor Who show is gaining a bit of a following. It’s a bit of a trek for those of you down in Virginia, but if you’re a Who fan already up in Maryland, it’s worth the drive. Added bonus: It’s a Redditor meetup. From everything I’ve seen, the Charm City Redditors are a great bunch.
|Doctor Who is the leading cause of knitting|
among geeks. (via Catherine)
- Lecture - David Simon at UMD - College Park, MD - 5:30 PM
- David Simon, creator of The Wire, will be making “sociological pronouncements on the fate of the American inner city, the middle class and the institutional failures that have become commonplace in the police departments, classrooms, newsrooms and federal agencies of the 21st century,” as the Post puts it.
- Movie - Meetup for Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie - Washington, DC - 8:00 PM
- Eventually, I’ll do a “Meetup Roundup” so that the weekly event posts aren’t all me stalking the local redditors. But you do have to admit, they have some sweet meetups. This Friday, hit up the insanity that is Tim and Eric, and say hi. (Note that I don’t usually advocate sneaking drinks into the theater, but after that teaser trailer, I may change my mind.)
- Theater - Shakespeare in Klingon II - Rosslyn, VA - 8:00 PM
- This is everything I have ever wanted: since my adolescent eyes beheld the glorious sheen off Patrick Stewart’s bald head, since I hated Wesley for the first time, and it’s finally all coming true! And I haven’t missed it! The spirits have done it all in one night. They can do anything they like. Of course they can.
|I wrote the above quote, and then Brannen found evidence|
that A Klingon Christmas Carol is real! (via Guy Wicke)