This weekend, Phoenix dances with the devil in the pale moon light, laughs at giant snakes, marches arm-in-arm with nerds, and more.
Thursday, Oct 30th
The guys that do Rifftrax are the best. Anaconda is the worst. It’s a perfect match. I friggen love these live broadcasts and I hope every single one of you can make it to see the MST3K guys make fun of this movie. Starts at 8pm at quite a few theaters. Must. resist. Sir Mix-a-lot jokes.
Friday, Oct 31st
Some people enjoy dressing up in what looks to me to be extremely heavy and uncomfortable animal costumes. And some of those people enjoy getting together at conventions, like Fur Con, which takes place this weekend at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak. If you go, I hope you have a great time.
1.21 gigawatts of awesome all up in this neighborhood.
Doing a post the week of Halloween is always weird because just about any Halloween party can be considered pretty nerdy. So this year I’m trying to stick to mentioning the ones I know of that have a fun theme or tend to pull a nerdier crowd. This year we start with Culinary Dropouts’ Comic-con & Superhero themed parties, starting at 8pm at their locations.
And if you prefer your superheroes to be a bit darker and more brooding, W Scottsdale is turning their hotel into Gotham City for the night. Reading the description of the event makes it sound pretty dang cool, and may even justify the entry price. Also starts at 8pm.
Richard Bogen is putting on a show with songs about monsters, hauntings, and murder most fowl. I’ve heard he’s also including a few songs about Nintendo. 8pm at the Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse.
Hey, another thing that starts at 8pm on Halloween. These crazy nerdcore-type folks will be doing their nerdcore-type stuff at Pub Rock. You may have heard of them.
Saturday, Nov 1st
Behold the Great Nerd Walk! This has become a valley nerd tradition over the last few years. (Plus the guy who runs it is one of my favorite people ever.) So don the sacred taped-up-glasses, clutch the holy TI-83 calculator, recite the ancient chant of 3.14159, and breath the purifying mist of the inhaler – this is the Nerd Walk. Starts at 4pm at ASU.
Halloween doesn’t quite end in October in the valley, and this weekend proves it. Spend your Saturday and Sunday at the Fear Farm with fellow horror fans and a few fun guests.
Ain’t no party like a surf-rock slash zombie-rockabilly monster party! Gnarly! Do the twist and/or the mashed-potato with your favorite monsters at the Alwun House, doors open at 7:30pm.
If you know the name of Bart’s evil(?) twin brother, and can channel the Shinning (hey, we don’t want to get sued), you may be ready to participate in the return of Simpson’s Trivia Night. This round is, appropriately, all about the unspeakable terrors within the Treehouses of Horror. Start shooting Zombie Flanders (he was a zombie?) at 8pm at Bragg’s Factory Diner. Feel free to dress up.
End your horrifying weekend watching a bed eat Johnny Depp and his TV. Starts at 9:30pm. Pleasant dreams!