Ernest Cline's debut novel, Ready Player One, made him an instant geek icon with its tale of a man who becomes a hero by being really, really good at a video game. He's followed it up with Armada, which offers a tale of an alien invasion that can only be stopped by a man who trained by playing video games. It sounds a little bit likeThe Last Starfighter, but that will all make a lot more sense once you actually read the book, and Cline will be in town to sign it for fans.
Ernest Cline will be on hand at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Tattered Cover Colfax to celebrate the paperback release of Armada. Admission is free; the book is $16. For more info, visit the Tattered Cover website.
4. Nerd Nite
Nerd Nite is a lecture series that takes fun, nerdy topics, adds booze and generates fun. This edition features lectures on the science of mass transit, polyamory and an audience-choice topic that will be revealed once the votes are all in. Where else can you hear about what it takes to love two people at once and how to figure out exactly how many trains a city Denver's size needs, all while sipping some fine microbrews with a hundred other drunk nerds eager to learn?
The nerding starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Oriental Theater. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door. For more info, visit the Nerd Nite Denver website.
3. Conclave of Gamers
Ready to get your game on? Board games, role-playing games, card games and more will be on offer at the fifth annual Conclave of Gamers. Three days of gaming, with everything from tournaments (for you hardcore competitive types) to pre-release game play-testing (for you cutting-edge types) are on the menu, so no matter how you like to roll (dice), you should find something fun to do. Plus, almost every game is preceded by a "how-to-play" intro, so you can join in almost anything, even if your knowledge of games starts and ends with checkers.
The gaming begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, and continues through April 24 at the Crowne Plaza DIA. Tickets are $44 presale, slightly higher at the door for a three-day, all-access pass. For more information, visit the Conclave of Gamers website.
2. Game of Thrones Watch Party
HBO's grand fantasy epic is back! But you don't want to watch solo, because who can face the grim prospect of something like last season's Snow-blowing finale alone? Luckily, Game of Thrones has a lot of fans. And even more luckily, there's a weekly watch party where you can enjoy the carnage of George R. R. Martin's masterpiece in the company of those fans, with easy access to alcohol to drown your sorrows when your favorite characters finally meet their gruesome ends. (You do realize your favorite character is going to die, right?) Get there early to enjoy activities like the Westeros Spelling Bee, a new song weekly from house band Daenerys and the Targaryens, and more, just in case the bloodshed and dragons and whatnot aren't quite enough to keep you interested.
The games start at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at Stoney's Bar & Grill and continue every Sunday throughout the season. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Game of Thrones Watch Party Facebook event page.
1. Repo Man
Director Alex Cox's Repo Man is one of a kind, combining punk aesthetics, science fiction and a damn good story about a trunk full of something weird and the repo men who run across it into a stone-cold classic. Sure, you've seen it — probably a dozen times — but you probably haven't seen it in glorious 35mm on the big screen, have you? And even if you have, who cares? See it again. Repo Man is one of those rare films that never gets old, no matter how many times you've seen it.
See Repo Man at 10 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $11, or $8 for seniors and $7 for Denver Film Society Members. For tickets and more info, visit the Repo Man event page.