The ten best geek events in Denver in April

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7) Geeks Who Drink: Assemble! An Avengers Quiz The city's premier masters of the pub quiz turn their attention to the Marvel Comic Universe for a quiz on the Avengers-related films and the comics that inspired them. Find five friends that share your love of Iron Man and pals, think up a clever team name, and prepare for 64 grueling questions (okay, probably sixty grueling ones and a few gimmes to let the dumb kids down easy) designed to separate the pretenders from the True Believers. Oh, and drink beer while you do it, and win some cash if your band of nerds happens to be the most hardcore there.

Test your Avengers knowledge at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at the Irish Snug. Admission is $5 a person, with up to six people per team. For more information, visit the Avengers quiz page on the Geeks Who Drink website.

6) Peter McGraw and Joel Warner The Humor Code It sounds like the setup for a joke -- how many geeks does it take to explain a unified theory of humor? -- but it turns out it's an actual book. In The Humor Code, professor Peter McGraw and journalist Joel Warner (a former Westword staff writer) tackle the science behind why we laugh at stuff, traveling all over the world to discover the secret of why some laughs cross all cultural boundaries. The duo will share some anecdotes from their travels, tell a few jokes and maybe even perform some humor experiments on the audience, for science! Plus, it's all broadcast live on Colorado Public Radio.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the Tattered Cover Colfax. Admission is free; the book is $26. For more information, visit the Humor Code Takes over Tattered Cover event page.

5) Dune The spice must flow and it's one plucky boy's destiny to control the universe, if he doesn't get killed by homicidal rivals, giant sandworms or Bene Gesserit testing first. Frank Herbert's classic story runs full speed into David Lynch's hallucinatory weirdness, plus Sting prances around in a space Speedo. It's the one and only Dune, celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new digital transfer.

See Dune at 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 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.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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