Category: Something To Do

11 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 11/02]

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

Rifftrax: Anaconda!

[All Over]

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

Arizona Fur Con 2014


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.

*Bonus Event: Someone’s Blasting Tesla Coils for Halloween


1.21 gigawatts of awesome all up in this neighborhood.

“Comic-con & Superhero” Bash

[Couple of Places]

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.

Gotham Party


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.

Far From Home


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.

MC’s Chris & Lars


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

PBS Nerd Walk 2014


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.

Phoenix FearCon 2014


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.

Monster’s Ball


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.

Treehouse of Horror Simpsons Trivia


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.

Cult Classics: A Nightmare on Elmstreet


End your horrifying weekend watching a bed eat Johnny Depp and his TV. Starts at 9:30pm. Pleasant dreams!

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Friday, Oct 17th



Behold the return of the valley’s great LAN party, and this time you don’t even need to bring your own PC! Just register online then show up at Howie’s Game Shack and start racking up frags for charity. Starts at 4pm and goes all night long, baby. I hear the prizes this year are pretty good.

Comic Media Expo 2014


I’m excited about this one. This is the debut of the valley’s latest home-grown nerd convention, so I’m hoping it gets lots of local support. If you’re an Airbender or Korra fan, they’ve got some great guests coming out (Ru-fi-ooooo!), and I’m sure the cosplaying will not be lacking. Taking place at the Mesa Convention Center all weekend.



Fun fact: I have never seen Gremlins. As such, my references are limited to the vague things I know about it, like not feeding them after midnight… or something. Am I close? Okay, maybe I should go to this. Starts at 11pm at the FilmBar, but plays all weekend too.

Saturday, Oct 18th

ZombieCon at Barnes & Noble


Hang out with Tom Leveen, the Dept of Zombie Defense, and *ACTUAL ZOMBIES while supporting Kids Need To Read. Should be fun, and somewhat bloody…? Starts at 11am. (*probably not actual zombies, cannot guarantee)

LibraryCon 2014


The Southeast Regional Library is throwing a mini-comicon in the afternoon. Show up from noon to 4pm & feel free to costume up. Get ready for nerd trivia, gaming, zombies, and food. Plus libraries are awesome, so show them some love, yo.

5,100-Question Mega-Ultimate Star Wars Quiz Book


This sounds pretty cool. Some swell gal has decided that Star Wars is pretty much the best and put together a quiz book about it. She’ll be at Bookmans Mesa from 1pm to 3pm, exhibiting just how much she knows as well as signing books. Swing by, say hi, and see if she knows who shot first.

Zombie Flick Filming


You know it’s October when just about every event I mention has the word ‘zombie’ in it at least once. This event is obviously no exception. Zombie up (or don’t, they’ll have makeup on hand) and show up at the location in the link above to participate in a zombie survival movie. Shoots from 3pm to 9pm.

Cult Classics: Little Shop of Horrors


Share THE greatest “dentist” scene ever with other like-minded fans. Cult Classics does a great job of making their events more than just watching a movie, so you can expect to have a great time. Plus you get to watch a muppet-plant eat people. Starts at 9:30pm at the Tempe Pollock Theater.

Sunday, Oct 19th

Halloween at Hogwarts


It’s completely sold out, so I hope you caught the announcement on my Facebook page a while ago and got tickets. Either way, I can’t not mention that the Phoenix Symphony is dedicating an entire evening to Harry Potter. Have fun, you filthy mudbloods!

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Thursday, Oct 9th

Cyborg Factory!


Science! Altoid tins! Soldering! Cyborgs! Yes, folks, all of that, plus it’s completely free. Bring your teens (or don’t) and mess around with the building blocks of robotics. Then take your creation out into a thunderstorm and cross your fingers a freakish lightning bolt grants it life and sends it on an existential journey filled with hilarious hijinks. Starts at 4pm at the Burton Barr Central Library.

Friday, Oct 10th

Nightmare on Main St


I’m a big supporter of these li’l events. They’re like super casual mini-comicons and perfect for getting the kids out. Head out to downtown Mesa after 6pm and wander the streets with the living and the dead, and everything in-between. Wear a costume or just enjoy everyone else’s. Contests, vendors, and ghost-tours shall abound.

PoeFest 2014 Begins


Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious blog of local lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rolling d20s at my chamber door.
`’Tis some nerd,’ I muttered, `grokking at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.’

At the Hotel San Carlos – runs until Nov 1st.

Saturday, Oct 11th

Star Wars Reads Day III


Take some creatures and space-wizards, mix them with the printed word, and you’ve got Star Wars Reads Day. I’m sure there are more, but I’ve got links to events at Bookmans, Barnes & Noble, and the Phoenix Library. Expect a few costumed characters and jedi-centric activities.

Ira Glass


I could be wrong, but I felt like an Ira Glass appearance deserved to be mentioned as a nerdy event. He’s pretty nerdy. I mean, look at his glasses. Total nerd. Starts at 8pm at the Mesa Arts Center.

Sunday, Oct 12th

Sci-Fi Book Swap Returns


If you missed out on the first iteration, or just love the idea of sharing some sci-fi love, this should be pretty cool. Local nerds are dusting off their genre books and bringing them to Lo Fi Coffee to share what they have and try something new. Kinky! Starts at 11am at Lo-Fi Coffee.