Thursday, Sep 3rd
ASU continues to blow my mind with their free dinner-and-a-show-and-a-discussion events. This one’s all about your favorite (or maybe your least favorite) robot to come out of the feverish pop-culture dream that was the 80s: VICI from Small Wonder.
Reserve a seat online then show up around 6pm.
So a few Targets, including one in Tempe, are opening up at Midnight (technically Friday morning) and going full blown Star Wars for a while. I guess a ton of new toys and merch are dropping and they’re making an event of it. If you’re a devoted fan, drink a few Dr Peppers and go nuts.
It’s at the Target on Rio Salado Pkwy (& the Lake Pleasant Pkwy Target in Peoria).
Friday, Sep 4th
Arizona’s biggest anime convention makes its regular appearance this weekend, even taking advantage of Labor Day. Expect maids, cat ears, GIGANTIC weapons, a few furries, and a thousand teenagers sitting on the floor playing their Nintendo 3DS’s. If that sounds like fun, this is your weekend, baby.
Get your anime on at the Sheraton Downtown, Friday through Monday.
The Film Bar is screening a documentary about LEGO and how they changed, and continue to change, the world. Looks pretty fun, especially if you’re a big LEGO person yourself.
Show is at 4:30pm with screenings all weekend.
Saturday, Sep 5th
A few weeks ago you probably saw Facebook go crazy about a local metal band based on Ned Flanders. Well, they’re having their first show at the Trunk Space and if you want to get in you’ll either need to be there extremely early, or sell your soul to this guy.
Show starts at 7pm.
Local video game rapper MegaRan and popular nerdcore artist MC Chris should need no introduction, so I’ll just tell you that they’re playing at the Crescent Ballroom together this Saturday.
Show up around 8:30pm.
Ain’t no party like a Pinky Pie party.
Well, maybe an arts & crafts My Little Pony party at Bookmans Phoenix.
Goes from 3pm to 4pm.
It’s a steampunk parade, people. Probably worth the road trip to Tombstone just to show off that brass something-or-other that you crafted, so get down there and march!
Things start gearing up at 11am. (Sorry.)
Man, so much has happened to the Star Wars universe since A New Hope graced your local movie theater. If you want to be in top form when The Force Awakens comes out, you may want to consider swinging by Changing Hands, grabbing a copy of Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know, and maybe ask the authors a few questions. Actually, you should see if you can stump the authors.
Starts at 4pm at the Phoenix Changing Hands.