The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in January

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The new year is upon us, and it's time to start making -- and breaking -- resolutions. If you've resolved to get out and do more fun geeky activities in 2015, then you're in luck -- January will help you start the year off right. From gaming tournaments to classic horror on the big screen, the month to come offers a bounty of geeky joy. Here, in chronological order, are ten of January's best geek events.

See also: 2014: My Year in Geek, From Jodorowsky's Dune to Bill the Galactic Hero

10) The Black Hole

As the '70s drew to a close and

Star Wars

mania continued to grip the nation, every studio did its best to cash in on the sci-fi craze. Disney's attempt,

The Black Hole

, was possibly the weirdest of the lot. More violent and darker than Disney's usual fare, it was basically Gothic horror set in space with its creepy atmosphere and weird robots made from dead people. Throw in some of the shittiest "science" in science fiction history and you have a unique film that hasn't aged well at all, but will remind you why it terrified you as a kid just the same.

See The Black Hole at 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 2 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Denver Film Society Members. For tickets and more info, visit the Black Hole event page of the DFS website.

9) Grand Prix Denver

If you're ready to take your

Magic: The Gathering

game to the next level, the Grand Prix circuit is a great place to do it. These open entry tournaments attract some of the best players in the world, so you if you can make it past the early rounds against the scrubs, you can test your mettle against top level pro players and maybe start to make a name for yourself as well. If you scrub out yourself, that's cool too -- side events galore will keep you busy all weekend, in almost any format you care to play. There's also a bunch of the game's top artists on hand to sign and/or alter your cards, plus vendors who can sell you that special thing to complete your collection, or help you turn a pile of unwanted cards into much needed cash.

Side events and Last Chance trials start at noon, Friday, January 2, with the main event -- the format is Standard -- starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, all at the Crowne Plaza DIA. Registration for the main event starts at $50, but you can come wander around for free, at least until a side event tempts you to join in the fun. To register and for more info, visit the Grand Prix Denver website.

The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in January

8) The Extreme Life of the Sea Go down deep enough in the ocean and you're going to find some weird shit, from alien-looking fish to giant squid. Until you can work out a way to own your own personal deep-sea submersible, you can get your fix of the freaks of the deep at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, when father and son duo Stephen and Anthony Palumbi take you on a trip to the deepest, darkest and most dangerous parts of the underwater world to show you how life adapts to the most extreme conditions on the planet. Sure, it's not as cool as riding shotgun with Captain Nemo, but it's also less likely to result in you being eaten by an enormous cephalopod.

Peer into the ocean's depths at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 8 in the Ricketson Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Tickets are $10, or $8 for museum members. For more info, visit the Extreme Life of the Sea page on the Denver Museum of Nature and Science website.

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