This weekend, Phoenix crams most of its nerdy events into a couple of places.
Thursday, July 2nd
I’ve been excited about this one for a while now. Basically, some local film groups are helping to screen their best Sci Fi films, a lot of them locally made. Only $5 & it benefits the film groups.
Starts at 6pm, downtown at the Cronkite School of Journalism.
Friday July 3rd
The Heard Museum is letting kids become superheroes for the evening. Jousting and music will be part of it.
Radical. Starts at 6pm on Friday.
Friday & Saturday, July 3rd & 4th
(Since these events are all kinda brothers & sisters, I’m grouping them all together.)
Here’s the plan. Gather food and resources then leave your place of comfort and head to the Filmbar to setup camp for the rest of the day. While you’re there, watch movies about kids who refuse to verbally accept their inevitable demise, a cop who was struck by lightning while being bitten by a cobra, and everything Shatner has been in that’s not Star Trek (set to psychedelic rock), and even a Studio Ghibli film.
See link above for showtimes.
Or you can head to Barnes & Noble at Desert Ridge who are doing a bunch of pop-culture events this month, starting with a Time Traveling Weekend.
Friday is a Doctor Who themed with trivia, giveaways & costumes, then Saturday is Dinosaurs, & Sunday takes you back to Ye Olde Scotland.
Happy 4th, y’all!
This weekend, Phoenix dances with dinosaurs, nerds out on main street, and wears a bra on its head.
Friday, Jun 12th
If you’ve still got the itch for a comicon, Downtown Mesa is basically throwing a tiny one for you. Just show up (costumed or not) and enjoy the vendors, activities, costumes, and general nerd vibe. Super family friendly.
Usually gets going around 7:30pm-ish.
From my heart and from my hand, why don’t people understand how a Barbie doll plus science can get pretty weird? So, what do you little maniacs what to do first?
Starts at 5pm, with showings all weekend, at the Filmbar.
Wake up, Neo, and follow the white rabbit to an Alice themed cyberpunk-fetish-steampunk-electro-industrial dance party. Maybe don’t take the kids to this one. Just a thought.
Starts at 9pm. See link above for location.
Saturday, Jun 13th
Who’s ready to dress up as pirates and float down the Salt River? Cuz lots of other people are. I’ve never been but I hear this is quite a site to behold.
Rentals start at 8:30am.
This one sounds pretty cool. It’s a get together for storm junkies and weather enthusiasts. I’ve always secretly thought storm chasing would be really fascinating. If you feel the same way this may be worth checking out.
Starts at 10am at Gangplank Chandler.
These folks are digging up (ah? ah?) old tracks and spinning them all night so you can party like it’s 199,000,000 BC. Expect prizes, a dino-photobooth, and more.
Starts at 8:30pm See link for location.
Get out there, you crazy kids!
This weekend, Phoenix puts its comicon costume back on, gets mixed up in DnD, shakes hands with dinosaurs, and more.
Friday, Jun 5th
Brelby theater is putting on a play about a girl getting ready for comicon. Drama & comedy ensue. Sounds pretty cool, and I’m guessing you’ll get your fill of nerd culture references.
Lots of showings all weekend.
Who said you could put that costume away just because Phoenix Comicon is over? Pull it back out and go to a ball this weekend, for crying out loud.
Starts at 6pm at the Heard Museum.
Just learned that the dark side of the force is converging on Phoenix this Friday in the nts nts nts-y form of a rave.
9:30pm at Haxan.
Remember when Tom Hanks got way too into DnD and had a hard time distinguishing fantasy from reality because that’s what DnD does to you for realz? Well watch him do it again because it’s great.
Midnight at the Filmbar.
Saturday, Jun 6th
Food trucks, geeky t-shirt contest, cosplay contest, beer.
Doors open at noon.
The Jurassic Park Jeep is showing up, as well as a few prizes and scientists to answer questions about di-di-dinosaurs.
At 1:30pm at the Museum of Natural History.
The Phoenix Symphony is going full blown Final Fantasy on you this weekend. Enjoy live performances from Halo and Elder Scrolls, and so on. Now I have One Winged Angel in my head.
Shows at 2pm and 7:30pm at Symphony Hall.
Enjoy a documentary about the man who gave us the xenomorph (and a bunch of other crazy stuff).
Starts at 8pm at the Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Sunday, Jun 7th
I can’t describe what a live show from EIT is like. It must be experienced. Sometimes there are puppets. Usually there are puppets.
Bring your Jerrys to the Filmbar at 7pm.