The ten best geek events in Denver in July, from King Kong to Kinetics

The ten best geek events in Denver in July, from King Kong to Kinetics

If fireworks and baseball games aren't your thing, July has plenty of geek entertainment on tap -- whether you're looking to flex your gaming muscles, get the latest book in the classic Shannara series signed by the author or just sit in the blessedly cool air-conditioned embrace of a movie theater while watching science fiction classics. Here are July's ten best geek events.

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10) CutthroatCon Promo

If you're tired of shooting your friends via Xbox Live and ready to shoot strangers sitting six feet away, head to the first CutthroatCon Promo to compete in

Call of Duty: Black Ops II


Injustice: Gods Among Us

for a chance to win a free pass to the actual Con itself, happening later this year. It's all free, and there are other prizes to win as well. And if it turns out the only reason you're used to winning is that your friends all suck and you scrub out early, there's also some casual gaming to wash away the sting of defeat.

Noon to 7 p.m. July 13 at the Microsoft Store in Park Meadows. Free. Get more info at the Colorado Cutthroat website.

9) Cruel Summer film series: The Brood

Theresa Mercado's monthly horror-film series at Crash 45 will feature the early David Cronenberg classic

The Brood

, about a murderous brood of psychically created "children" that results from a controversial therapy. The film is one of Cronenberg's most intensely personal creations, mirroring his struggles to get custody of his daughter, and it's a nearly forgotten horror classic. As always, Mercado will bring special handmade souvenirs for the attendees and some film-related drink special will be offered. Even if you've already seen

The Brood

a dozen times, aren't you curious to see what kind of drink will match the murderous "psychoplasmic children" in the film?

9 p.m. July 2 at Crash 45. Come early -- 8:30 ish -- to secure a seat and order drinks and food. Admission is free. Get more info at the Cruel Summer event page.

8) Longmont Kinetic Sculpture Race

If you're the kind of geek who likes getting your hands dirty actually making things, the Kinetics race is for you. Racers use recycled and repurposed materials to build people-powered vehicles -- aka "kinetic sculptures" -- to race across water and land for fabulous prizes. Or, really, just to impress other geeks and have some fun. This might be your only chance this year to see grown men race a cardboard shark against a pedal-powered UFO.

Gates open at 9 a.m. July 20 at Union Reservoir in Longmont. $10 parking fee for spectators, $40 and up to compete. Read more and sign up at the official Kinetic Sculpture Race website.

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