The ten best geek events in Denver in March
It's March, the month of college basketball brackets and St. Patrick's Day. But don't worry: While the rest of your office is busy throwing money away pretending to care about college hoops and drinking shitty green beer, there's plenty of great geek fun to be had. March's ten best geek events include a celebration of steampunk, some VHS nostalgia and multiple takes on the experience of fandom. All of that, and more, awaits you within...
10) Michio Kaku: The Future of the Mind
Famed physicist and author Michio Kaku will be on hand to talk about his new book, The Future of the Mind, a look at the frontiers of neuroscience. Like his books Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future and Hyperspace, The Future of the Mind is a bold, exciting look at the possibilities on the edges of science and science fiction. Perfect geek fodder, in other words. This one will fill up fast, so show up early to get tickets.
Free, numbered tickets will be handed out at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 3 at Tattered Cover Colfax. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis to ticketed customers only. The reading and signing starts at 7:30 p.m.; the book costs $28.95. For more info, visit the Tattered Cover website.
9) Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans Of My Little Pony
Fandom takes many strange twists and turns, and arguably none are quite so odd as the phenomena of Bronies. Whether you're a dedicated fan of the magical pony show or just curious about this newest addition to the world of geekery, Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans Of My Little Pony will be worth your time. Costumes are encouraged, so you can show off your pony cosplay, and a special post-film bonus screening is on tap, too -- no titles have been announced yet, but it's a safe bet it's something MLP related...
The film plays at 9:30 p.m. March 8 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Denver Film Society members. For tickets and more info, visit the film's event page at the Denver Film Society website.
8) Video Vortex: Death Spa
The Alamo Drafthouse's celebration of the lost films of the VHS era continues with Death Spa. As the name suggests, it's set in a spa -- a deadly spa. Low budget gore, a possibly haunted computer that runs the spa, and a handful of vaguely recognizable character actors bring this ludicrous tale of death at the gym to stunning, lo-fi life. Plus, it's only a dollar, so even if it's the worst movie you've ever seen, you still pretty much get your money's worth.
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A very special showing of Leprechaun, just in time to get you in the mood for St. Patrick's Day. Warrick Davis does his thing as a mythological creature who gets stuck in South Dakota and goes on a murder spree (presumably out of boredom). Jennifer Aniston makes her film debut, people die and the stage is set for the slew of sequels to come.
The film plays at 9:30 p.m. March 15 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Denver Film Society members. For tickets and more info, visit the film's event page at the Denver Film Society website.
6) Channel Z: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
The second round of neo-cult series Channel Z wraps up its forgotten sequel theme with A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. Channel Z co-founder Keith Garcia picked this one on the basis of its gay subtext, which he'll explain as an accompaniment to the film. Come for the Freddy Krueger nostalgia, stay for the secret gay agenda. Plus, it's a special archival 35mm print, and everyone gets collectible buttons!
5) The Time Traveler's Almanac release party
Three Colorado authors -- Connie Willis, Carrie Vaughn and Jason Heller -- contributed to this sprawling anthology on that perennial science fiction favorite: time travel. Here in the present, they'll be reading and discussing the book at its release party. Pick up a great book, gawk at some writers, and enjoy free refreshments -- score!
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4) Films on Tap: Galaxy Quest
There's no better way to enjoy the amiable, low-key comedy of Galaxy Quest than as a drinking game. Each catchphrase and memorable moment is accompanied by a sip or more, and by the final time the Home Improvement guy smirks at the camera, you'll be pleasantly toasted and moderately amused at the film's mostly affectionate look at science fiction fandom and the shows that inspire it.
The film starts at 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 14 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $10. For tickets and more info, visit the film's event page at the Denver Film Society website.
Polish your brass raygun and break out your finest mustache wax, because it's time for AnomalyCon. Steampunk and alt-history aficionados, as well as anyone else who enjoys a good corset-and-parasol combo can enjoy three days of everything from a LEGO contest to a Grand Tea, alongside the usual con activities such as panels and a dealer's room.
The con runs from March 28 to March 30 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. Tickets can be pre-purchased starting at $30 for the weekend, with some events costing extra. For tickets and more info, visit the AnomalyCon website.
2) Big Trouble in Little China
Any of John Carpenter's films from the '80s could be his best film, but Big Trouble in Little China is probably his most John Carpenter film, in part because it features Kurt Russell in his prime. There's also a shitload of magic, ancient evil, wisecracking, ass-kicking and vintage special effects, with a story and vibe straight from the comics. It's fun and it's a classic, and it's on the big screen for you to enjoy in the company of others who appreciate the best that '80s urban fantasy epics had to offer.
1) Mile High Sci-Fi: Krull
If ever there was a movie that truly deserved to be humorously deconstructed via live comedic commentary, it's Krull. The film is a murky, incoherent cheesefest about a magical weapon that's part ninja throwing star, part robot spider; many children of the '80s tried to convince themselves that this was a cool movie, but it was not, and deep down everyone knew it. With the kind of material Krull provides at their disposal, the folks of Mile High Sci-Fi should be able to put together a legendary show.
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