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The ten best geek events in Denver in January

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Any new year that brings with it a slate of new geek activities is a happy new year, and this one does. In between trips to the gym to fulfill your resolutions, you won't lack for things to do. Even after you give up on the gym mid-month, you won't lack for things to do, despite that extra time on your hands. From beginning to end, the first month of 2014 is full of options for almost every flavor of geek, from Harry Potter to horror movies. Here are ten of January's best geek events.

See also: Geek resolutions for 2014

10) Harry Potter (for kids) The great thing about classic kids' books and films is that even when there aren't new entries in the series to enjoy, there are always new kids to enjoy the existing ones. Whether it's their first time or their tenth, the kids will love this chance to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, plus there's a full slate of wizard activities, including making wands, a sorting ceremony and a trivia quiz with prizes. Accio fun!

The pre-movie activities start at 3:30 p.m. January 4 at The Wildlife Experience, with the movie at 5:30. Tickets are $4-8 for members, $6-10 for nonmembers. For tickets and more information, visit Harry Potter event page on the Wildlife Experience website.

Not strictly relevant, but it should get you in the proper spirit

9) Harry Potter (for adults) You're never too old for Harry Potter, really. Not if there's booze involved. The premiere of the Denver Film Society's new monthly Films on Tap series turns one of the Harry Potter films (to be determined by vote beforehand) into a drinking game, which has to be the best way to enjoy a kids' movie about wizards, right? Plus, the first fifty people there get a free drink from Breckenridge Brewery. Accio beer!

The magic happens at 9:30 p.m. January 10 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $7 for DFS members, $10 for nonmembers. 21 and up only, for obvious reasons. For tickets and additional info, visit the Films on Tap: Harry Potter event page.

8) Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch City of Lost Dreams

Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch work together under the name Magnus Flyte to write genre bending fantasy. Their first novel,

City of Dark Magic

was a

New York Times

bestseller, and the new

City of Lost Dreams

follows the further exploits of


's protagonist Sarah Weston in a time-traveling adventure that weaves magic and alchemy with art, science and history. The authors will be on hand to sign and discuss their work.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m., January 17, at the Tattered Cover Colfax. Admission is free; the book is $16. For additional info, visit the Tattered Cover website.

7) Anime at the Alamo The Alamo continues its commitment to bringing anime favorites to the big screen with two offerings this month. First up, the latest installment in the new reboot of classic anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion -- Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo -- comes to the theater. Two weeks later, it's Jormungand, a new series -- the screening bundles the first four episodes -- about an arms dealer embroiled in international intrigue. Both screenings are showing the dubbed versions, for those who care.

See Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo at 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 10 or 7 p.m. sunday, January 12. Tickets are $10. See Jormungand at 7 p.m. Monday, january 27. This screening is free, but you can reserve your seat with a $5 voucher good toward food or drink at the theater. Both are at the Alamo Drafthouse. For more information, visit the Alamo Drafthouse website.

6) Geek Out Improv and geek culture collide in Geek Out, a show that uses the obsessive nature of fandom as inspiration and fuel for improv. Each week, the designated geek will drop an insane amount of knowledge on their topic of expertise, then the improv performers will take that knowledge and perform a show based around it. So you not only get the experience of diving deep into a niche of pop culture with an expert, you also get to have a few laughs based on that material afterward, which might even help it all stick.

Saturdays at 8 p.m. starting January 11 at Bovine Metropolis Theater. Tickets are $16 at the door, or $14 presale. For more info and tickets, visit the Bovine Metropolis website.

5) Raiders of the Lost Ark

You don't


need to be told why a chance to see

Raiders of the Lost Ark

on the big screen is something to not to be missed, do you? The classic tale of a swashbuckling, Nazi-punching archaeologist who discovers one of history's greatest treasures is the kind of movie that's properly experienced in the dark, popcorn in hand, on a bigger-than-life screen, with your sense of wonder intact. They can't help you with your sense of wonder, but the Drafthouse has all those other bases covered. You just have to show up.

See it at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 22 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Tickets are $10.50. For more info, or to buy tickets, visit the Alamo Drafthouse website.

4) Cruel Winter: Creepshow

The first 2014 installment of Theresa Mercado's signature horror film series brings together two titans of the terror industry. Famed zombie director George A. Romero directs a Stephen King screenplay that's almost pure homage to the creepy comics they both grew up reading, with fun results. Each of the film's five short tales offers up its own scares, from the creepy-crawly gross out of "They're Creeping Up On You!" to two decidedly atypical (for Romero) takes on the walking dead,


is anthology horror at its finest. Plus, as always Mercado is giving away handcrafted souvenirs related to the film.

The film starts at 7:30 p.m. at Crash 45, but get there early to find a good seat. Admission is free. For more info, visit the Cruel Winter Facebook event page.

3) The Goonies Quote-Along

"Hey you guuuuys!" The classic tale of pirate treasure hidden beneath the suburbs gets the Alamo's Quote-Along treatment, as well it should since everyone knows all the best lines by heart anyway. This way you don't have to fight out the urge to shout them out in the theater, so it's the best of all possible worlds. Plus, eyepatch and Baby Ruth props to get you in the proper spirit. With incentives like that, it's no wonder Goonies never say die!

Recite the best lines at 7 p.m. Friday, January 17 or 3 p.m. Monday, January 20 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Tickets are $2.50. For tickets and more info, visit the Alamo Drafthouse website.

2) National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

At almost 200 years old,


is arguably the first ever science fiction story, and it's still going strong today. This version is directed by Danny Boyle (

28 Days Later



) and stars genre favorites Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in the roles of Dr. Frankenstein and the monster. Recorded live in London, the play earned awards for its two leads while selling out its run at the National Theatre. Two versions exist, with Cumberbatch and Miller taking turns in each role, so you can get as close to your ideal version of nerdvana as possible with this one.

See version one (featuring Miller as the Doctor) Saturday, January 25 at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26. Version two (Miller as the Monster) shows at 7 p.m. Friday, January 24 and 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26. Both are at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $18, or $15 for DFS members. For tickets and additional info, visit the Frankenstein event page at the Denver Film Society website.

1) Off Panel For the very first First Friday of the year, local artist Daniel Crosier has put together an art show of a different sort, featuring the work of more than two dozen Colorado based comics creators. It's more than just men in tights saving the world. The artists on display cover everything from the biographical work of Noah Van Sciver to Crosier's own monster-filled nightmares. You can also get your fine art fix from any of the studio's resident artists whose work is on display, or work on your own skills in the life-drawing sessions featuring local burlesque girls (fully clothed, since this is a family event). Or just watch the cosplayers (it is a comic centric event) and enjoy the food trucks outside.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, January 3 at Wazee Union. Admission is free. For more info, visit the Off Panel event page.

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