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Since I still haven't worked out the kinks of taking outfit photos at work, let's take a look at some of things I've been up to lately, shall we? Summer might have just started but there has been a lot to keep me busy, especially since DC seems to be knocking it out of the park when it comes to geek centric events.

Maleficent


Despite the generally positive (but kind of lookwarm) reviews, I got talked into seeing Maleficent on the big screen and I have to admit it was better than I expected. Angelina Jolie was the best thing about the movie (though I do think Elle Fanning was just working with what she had) and I loved Jolie's emotional journey throughout the movie. I would even see it again, which for me is about the highest compliment I can give a movie, but I'd probably start from when Aurora is born and go from there, lol.
Grade: B+
 

Whedonism: A Burlesque Tribute to Joss Whedon

I don't know what's going on in DC, but this is just one of the many geek themed burlesque shows that have crossed my calendar lately and unlike the Batman Villians one, was totally for those in the know. As in, I almost didn't feel geeky enough for this crowd because some of the way the dancers interpreted his work was so specific that I didn't always get the reference. BUT for the most part the music was great (one performer even did a routine to Michelle Branch's "Everywhere" which I think caused me to concentrate more on singing along than actually paying attention, lol) and there was a wonderful diverse group of bodies up on stage. And a little ukelele playing and Jane Song sing-a-long.
Grade: B


Geek Chic Fashion Show

I wasn't sure what to expect going in to this event, despite the fact that it was billed as including "nerdy street style, casual cosplay, steampunk couture, Hogwarts riot grrls, high-fashion superheroes, tiny princess supervillains, Carol and Kamala Corps and more!" I think the way I interpret geek fashion isn't always the way others do, and while I ended up having a decent time, I don't think the show was all that revolutionary either. I'm spoiled by DragonCon and have seen some amazingly well done pieces - in my mind a fashion show should include some off the wall clothing as well as street style, and while a more low-key vintage aesthetic was incorporated, it wasn't showed off to its best. The lighting was awkward and good pictures were almost impossible to take. All the models walked too fast and didn't actually pose at the end of the runway, thus making it impossible to see the detail included in the looks (I still loved you 1920's Snow White!). I thought the church venue was fine but ultimately it suffered from feeling more like a friend "look at me" event and less like a fashion show.
Grade: C


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