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13 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 03/29]

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Thursday, Mar 26th

Phoenix Film Festival All Weekend

I’ve been to a few Phoenix Film Festivals now and can safely say it’s good times. The volunteers are some of my favorites and it’s pretty laid back. If you’re a fan of films, there’s going to be something for you to geek out over – especially since the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival is part of it.

If nothing else, make sure you check out Geek Day this Sunday.

UHF 25th Anniversary Screening

Sometimes you just hafta go see UHF, ’cause life is like a mop and sometimes life gets full of dirt and crud and bugs and hairballs and stuff… you, you, you gotta clean it out. You, you, you gotta put it in here and rinse it off and start all over again and, and sometimes, sometimes life sticks to the floor so bad you know a mop, a mop, it’s not good enough, it’s not good enough.

You, you gotta get down there, like, with a toothbrush, you know, and see UHF at 7:30pm at NCT in Mesa.

Friday, Mar 27th

Rockstars of Science

Take some local science nerds, mix them with local musicians, presentations, food trucks, Bookmans… baby, you got a rockin’ nerd event going.

From 6pm to 10pm at Civic Space Park.

Saturday, Mar 28th

Southwest Maker Fest 2015

Get inspired and have your mind blown from noon to 8pm this Saturday in Downtown Mesa. The Southwest Maker Fest is here to show you just what makers can make. Technophiles and hackers and artists and crafters, all will be demonstrating what they can do. Perfect for the whole family.

KaPow! Adventure Superhero Run

Dress up as a super-hero and go running! Bring the family! Gilbert puts this on every year and tends to have a good turnout.

Details in the link above and make sure you do yourself a favor and watch the… um… well, maybe don’t watch the video.

Dust World Expo 2015

Dieselpunk boardgaming fans are assembling at CAF Airbase Arizona to go nuts with Dust. I don’t know too much about it, but I do know some of the people involved are swell folks.

Laughing Moon Con 2015

Taking place at Desert Ridge Highschool and geared towards introducing a younger crowd to table top gaming, this li’l convention has stuck around for a few years. Check it out from 10am to 11pm.

2001: A Space Odyssey

The FilmBar is closing out their month of sci-fi with one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. Scratch your head for most of the film and sing along with a red-eyed artificial intelligence.

The pod-bay doors are opening at 4:30pm, but there are screenings all weekend.

Pokemon Card Game State Championships

Something something something gotta catch ‘em all! Or at least enough to win the official state championships, taking place at the Arizona Cultural Academy & College Prep in Phoenix.

Best of luck, trainers! Be sure to listen to the soundtrack for Lavender Town the night before to really pump you up.

Symphony of The Southwest: The Planets

It seems like only two weeks ago I was sharing a “The Planets” event. Well, here’s another one if you missed it. This one has a presentation going on in the background with space art. Neat!

Check it out at the Mesa Arts Center at 7:30pm.

Star Trek Quiz Night

Pop Quiz: What is James T Kirk’s birthday? Okay, smarty pants, what’s Spock’s?? Well, okay. Maybe you are ready to do battle in this round of Geeks Who Drink, which is all about Star Trek. Nothing is more glorious than knowing more minute details about a beloved franchise than your enemies.

Join other nerds at Devil’s Advocate in Tempe at 8pm.

Synthwave Party & Arcade

If you like your 80’s music dipped in cyberpunk, drenched in pink neon, then hung out to dry in a dirty arcade, you should check out this synthwave party going on in Mesa. I have a feeling you’ll see at least one Gameboy, maybe even a powerglove. Definitely some console gaming going on.

Ntsss ntsss ntsss Starts at 7pm ntsss ntss ntss at Mind’s Eye Rehearsal Studios. ::laser sounds::

Rave of Thrones

So, the other day I learned that the guy that plays Hodor is a DJ.

I also learned that said Hodor DJ is in town this weekend dropping some sick beats at an event called “Rave of Thrones.”

I kid you not.

Doors open at 11pm at Livewire AZ.

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Thursday, Mar 19th

Nerd Nite: Women’s History Month

Get out and spend the evening hearing presentations about “the kinky origins of Wonder Woman.” Nerd Nite is pretty consistent at being entertaining, educational, and unexpected.

Starts at 7pm at Mod.

Friday, Mar 20th

Con Nichiwa 2015

Worth the drive if you’re big into anime and surrounding yourself with others who also enjoy said anime. Plenty of chances to catch some Attack on Titan cosplay, I’m sure.

Happening all weekend down in Tucson.

Sherlock Holmes & The Adventure of the Suicide Club

FCF’s Desert Foothills Theater is putting on a play about everyone’s favorite detective (unless you count Batman, I guess). The game is afoot, and the game is… MURDER.

Shows all weekend starting at 7:30pm.

Back The The Future!

You’ve got to start thinking 4th dimensionally, people! Join other fans of one of my favorite movies of all time in a screening, and discover for yourself if there’s something wrong with the earth’s gravitational pull in 1985.

Starts at 7pm at The FilmBar.

Comedy Avengers 3

If you love comedy (check) and nerdery (check) and free events (check) you should enjoy Comedy Avengers. The valley’s comedians are gathering to sling jokes about your favorite franchises. Worth going to just to see Jules Hyde. His bit about Princess Peach cheating on Mario killed it the first year I went.

Starts at 8pm at Third Space.

Saturday, Mar 21st

Library Con 2015

The AJ’s Library is throwing a mini-comicon from 10am to 4pm. Bring the kids & feel free to costume up. Should be pretty fun. Plus libraries are awesome, so show them some love, yo.

Time Traveler’s Weekend at RenFest

The RenFest is going full blown steampunk and Doctor Who this weekend. A TARDIS will be there, as well as a costume contest, so plan on bringing either some giant goggles or some 3D glasses. Your choice.

Scottish Highland Games

Please refrain from challenging everyone to a duel and declaring “There can be only one!” while you’re there, okay? Save it for the underground parking lots, buddy.

All weekend at Steele Indian School Park.

DevCon 2015

ASU’s Cos Club is kicking off the spring semester with a free nerd convention at the ASU West campus. Lots of vendors, panels, and activities and it looks pretty family friendly. (Kids + cosplay = the best.)

I believe it starts around 11am and goes through Sunday, so plenty of time to swing by, check it out, and support a homegrown geek activity.

Iconica Game Night

Meet the man behind both Iconica and the Lightning Octopus logo as he shares how to play his gorgeous fantasy card game. Highly encourage this one.

Starts at 5pm at Samurai Comics Phoenix.

Sunday, Mar 22nd

Tokusatsu Theater: Japanese Lucho Libre

Title says it all.

12:30pm at the FilmBar Phoenix.

Stay nerdy, y’all!

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Thursday, Mar 12th

Voyage Trekkers: Play Along Screening

The people involved in making Voyage Trekkers are pretty swell, and you can hang out (and play along) with them at a live screening of their web series at this event. Looks to be a pretty fun time for fans of sci-fi, film-making, and comedy.

Starts at 7:30pm at NCT Phoenix (in Mesa).

Friday, Mar 13th

CactusCon 2015

It’s the valley’s hacker conference! Participate in “root-the-box” and other activities where, I assume, your fingers furiously smash the keyboard while the scrolling green text on the monitors reflect ominously on your dark glasses. Plus it’s free.

Starts at 9am and goes all day at Arizona State University’s Memorial Union.

Cosplay on Main St

Downtown Mesa is going full blown mini-comicon Friday night. Live music, vendors, Big Hero 6, and plenty of cosplay. Dress up or just enjoy those that do. Super kid-friendly.

Starts around 6pm.

The Terminator

Listen, and understand. That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. Have fun!

Screening starts at 7:30pm at The FilmBar with a few extra goodies for attendees.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The FilmBar is also doing a charity screening of this classic sci-fi film in honor of Leonard Nimoy and donating to the American Lung Association.

Starts at 10pm. Try not to cry at the end. Yeesh.

Saturday, Mar 14th

Tucson Festival of Books

Bibliophiles rejoice! Roadtrip down to Tucson this weekend to celebrate “small rectangular objects. They’re called books. They require a little effort on your part, and make no be-be-be-be-beeps.”

You’ll be surrounded by what can only be described as a “butt-load” of authors & artists, including local legends like Sam Sykes and Steamcrow.

All weekend at UofA.

Zombie Sprint

Spice up your run with a flesh-eating zombie horde! This event adds a few bloody elements and goals to the timeless act of running, which sounds pretty awesome.

Check the link for all the details.

Concert: The Planets

The North Valley Symphony Orchestra is performing both Holst’s The Planets and Liszt’s Promethus. I always imagine myself getting closer and closer to each planet during the songs; each shining disc growing larger, violent clouds swirling or crimson canyons forming as I grown near.

But you enjoy them however you want; it’s a free country.

Transport yourself at North Canyon High School at 7pm.

The Intergalactic Nemesis

I’ve read a bunch of great reviews for this traveling radio show + graphic novel. I’ve got tickets and I’m wicked interested. I’ll try to tweet a little that night: @electricoctopi

Starts at 7:30pm with another showing on Sunday as well.

Jay & Silent Bob Get Old & An Evening with Kevin Smith

Looks like the 7:30pm Q&A session with geek culture legend Kevin Smith is sold out, but you may try and call the Tempe Improv about tickets for Jay & Silent Bob.

Cult Classics: The Road Warrior

Be still, my dog of war, this month is all about sweaty Mel Gibson & leather masks at Cult Classics. Enjoy a screening of the film and try to win advance passes to Road Fury.

Starts at 9:30pm at Tempe Pollack Cinemas.