This weekend, Phoenix looks at its own distopian future, parties with pirates and robots, hangs out with William Shatner, and more.

*Title says 6, but I’ve added a few items.

Thursday, Sep 12th

Screening: SPECFLIC 1.9


Local, indie, distopian, sci fi? Sounds like something I should share on Lightning Octopus. The director of ASU’s school of art is screening her film SPECFLIC 1.9 and I think it sounds pretty interesting. Starts at 7pm at the Marston Exploration Theater at ASU. Register here.

Encore: Rifftrax Live – Starship Troopers

[All Over]

The MST3K guys are re-broadcasting their live riff of Starship Troopers. I’m pretty sure Mike, Kevin, and Bill know that Starship Troopers is already a satire, but that won’t stop them from cracking wise through the whole show for your entertainment. Would you like to know more? Starts around 8pm.

*Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie


I can’t tell if Kevin Smith will actually be here (mentions a Q&A afterwards). Does anyone know for sure? At Tempe Improv, 8pm. 18+

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Friday, Sep 13th

Pirate Block Party


Ain’t no party like a pirate party because pirates! Downtown Mesa is filling the street with everyone’s excessively bearded archetypes. Join in with a costume of your own! Don’t be afraid if your timbers shiver; that’s normal. Don the token eyepatch and wander around between 6pm and 10pm.

Electric Run Phoenix 2013


Nts nts nts nts. Hey, what’s up? Nts nts nts. Dig running with a million other neon-techno-break-dancing-robots from the future? Nts nts nts. Awesome. Nts nts nts nts. Electric Run 2013. Register here. Nts nts nts nts. I run for the Users!

Takusatsu Theater


I love posting about Takusatsu Theater but I must confess: I have absolutely no idea how to put into words the films these guys put on every month. Preppy bike helmet sword fighting ninjas fight claymation kaiju?? That’s all I got, but now you strangely want to go. Starts at 10pm at The Film Bar.

Saturday, Sep 14th

*Cult Classics: Escape From New York


Confession: I’ve never seen this movie. Maybe I should show up at Tempe Pollock Theater at 9:30pm and get up to speed.

William Shatner


It’s a bit pricey (and a bit of a drive), but if you’d like to spend an evening with Shatner himself, he’s speaking at the Lowell Observatory this weekend. I must confess, I kinda like the idea of seeing Kirk in a cozy observatory (astronomy!) instead of the usual comicon setting. Could be cool.

Get out and do something awesome.