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Last Saturday, Arlington’s Artisphere became the setting for Countdown to Yuri’s Night, an annual event honoring the first man in space. The featured attraction was the “Burlesque Space Show,” with 4 burlesque performers squeezed into a staged Star Trek parody. If you ever wanted to see Lieutenant Uhura take it all off, this was your big chance. The hero of the play was Drinkbot, a robot in the image of Klaus Nomi, with a supply of beers stored in his chest. The evening also featured two terrific bands, the otherworldly Atomic Mosquitos and party band Eastern Standard Time. Other entertainments included the Death Star Drill Team, a live-action game of tetris, a moonbounce, and an art show. The highlight of the costume contest was a man in drag as Yuri’s elderly mother. A spirit of geeky, nerdy fun made it almost as memorable as a trip into orbit.

Disco on the Death Star

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Cyclists converged in Arlington, Virginia this weekend for the Crystal City Diamond Derby. An underground parking garage was transformed into a race course, with cyclists of all levels taking the challenge to get in as many laps as they could in 20-minute races. An outdoor lot was used for exhibition DC Bike Polo games. Dandies & Quaintrelles brought hundreds of bike riders from Washington to the event via their “River Ride.” The garage had food booths that filled the space with the welcome smell of barbeque, around an artsy “Diamond Lounge” curated by Corehaus DC.

This was a great event, and a smart promotion for the Crystal City Business Improvement District. I was impressed to see a parking garage transformed into such a creative space, a space that would otherwise sit vacant on a weekend. This event will surely get better each year. As a favor to everyone with a camera, I hope they add more lighting to the race course. Surely some Dan Flavin-inspired colored fluorescent light bulbs would add a festive touch as well.

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