8 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 08/17]

This weekend, Phoenix di-digs up dinosaurs, cosplays, and parties with local authors, Batman, and RoboCop.

Thursday, Aug 14th

Rifftrax Live: Godzilla

[All Over]

You’ve tried so hard to forget that Roland Emmerich made a Godzilla movie in the 90s, but now you must face it, and gain power over it through laughter. Follow the link above for theaters and tickets.

Friday, Aug 15th

SabotenCon Preview Night at Bookmans

[Phoenix]

The anime convention is showing up to host a mini-convention, so feel free to dress up and prepare for anime/video game Jeopardy! and more. Starts at 6pm at Bookmans Phoenix. Yatta!

Snowpiercer Playing at Filmbar

[Phoenix]

This sleeper sci-fi hit is playing all weekend, if you prefer to enjoy your cold distopias with friends and spirits. Starts at 7:15pm.

Dinosaur 13 at Harkins

[Phoenix]

Thought I’d mention that this documentary about paleontologists fighting for their T-Rex is playing at Shea 14, since I haven’t seen too much publicity for it, myself. Insert clever Jurassic Park reference here.

Dueling Dinosaurs

[Phoenix]

And because there is no such thing as too many dinosaurs, FilmBar is playing some dino-centric crazy Japanese shows at midnight.

Saturday, Aug 16th

Meet Local Authors

[Phoenix]

Our local pool of genre-writing talent is not small, and here’s a chance to get to know a few at The Phoenix Center for The Arts. It’s free! Starts at 10am and goes until 3:30pm.

Back to School with Batman

[Phoenix]

This is a family oriented event for a good cause. Help benefit Children First Academy, a school for homeless and impoverished children and their families, while enjoying Batman cosplay and everything else. From 11am to 4pm at Samurai Comics. It’s what Batman would want you to do.

Cult Classics: ROBOCOP

[Tempe]

First you should serve the public trust, then protect the innocent, then uphold the law, THEN go see RoboCop at 9:30pm at the Tempe Pollack Theater with other fans.

Have a great weekend, you crazy kids!



3 (Maybe 4) Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

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Friday, Aug 8th

Addams Family Values

[Phoenix]

I’m a sucker for the Addams Family movies. In a world stuffed with lame reboots and remakes these movies somehow shine, although the Addams’ may take offense at that idea. Watch in reverent horror as a young Christina Ricci brilliantly performs my favorite smile ever on film. (Here’s my 2nd favorite.) Show starts at the FilmBar at 9:30pm, but plays all weekend.

*Potential* DragonBall Z: Battle of Gods

[Phoenix]

*Update – They got the additional screening. Get tickets soon.* DragonBall Z is also playing all weekend at the FilmBar, but holy crap every show is already completely sold out. Lucky for us, they are actively working on adding have added a screening for Friday night at 11:30.

Saturday, Aug 9th

Video Game & Ninja Turtle Pizza Party at EndGame

[Tempe]

I kept wanting to type “Ender’s Game” when I wrote that out for some reason. Anyway, video games, pizza, mutant turtles who are also ninjas and teenagers. You get the idea. Free for anyone who dresses up – preferably as Raphael, because he’s the best ninja turtle. Starts at noon, goes all night.

Sunday, Aug 10th

Get Pop-Cultured at Barnes & Noble

[Scottsdale]

The big bookstore is hosting a celebration of pop culture (pretty much nerdery) and the Arizona Ghostbusters will be there to help. From 2pm to 6pm. Should be fun.



5 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 08/03]

This weekend, Phoenix will Phoenix will rock you, rock dinosaurs, and rock on like Donkey Kong.

Thursday, July 31th

First Time Film Club: A Knight’s Tale

[Mesa]

National Comedy Theater, Bookmans and Educating Geeks are all extremely determined to make sure you’ve seen A Knight’s Tale. Show up at 7:30pm, enjoy the show, and absorb the “First Time Film Club” experience.

Friday, Aug 1st

The King (a BarCade) Opens

[Scottsdale]

Watch this video they made about their video game bar opening and decide for yourself if it’s up your alley. I’m guessing it is. If so, go check it out.

Saturday, Aug 2nd

DinoCon 2014!

[Phoenix]

If you follow Lightning Octopus at all you know I’m excited for the 2nd coming of DinoCon. I believe online tickets have already sold out. You can get tickets at the door, but those are limited too. Cross your fingers. DinoCon is from 3pm to 9pm at the Phoenix Center for the Arts. Of course, there’s always the After Party at the Filmbar at 11pm as well.

Marian Call

[Phoenix]

Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse is hosting a geek favorite. If you’re a Marian Call fan, she’ll be there around 8pm.

MaricopaCon 2014

[Mesa]

*Sold Out* This Kickstarted gaming convention is taking place at the Mesa Convention Center this year. Happening Saturday and Sunday. Roll a few dice for me if you make it.

Sunday, Aug 3rd

PBS Nerd Walk Art Reveal

[Phoenix]

PBS Nerds asked you all to submit a nerdy version of their logo for this year’s Nerd Walk. Check out what’s been submitted and vote on which one should don the now-classic yellow nerd shirt this year. Bookmans Phoenix from noon to 2pm.