5. Robot Revolution Robots are taking on an ever greater share of our labor and technical work, and we humans have two choices: go all John Connor on them, or learn all we can about our mechanized friends and find a place in the increasingly automated new world order. Supposing you choose the second option, a trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for Robot Revolution — a new exhibit exploring the cutting edge of robot technology — is in order. Meet and interact with high-end robots, try out a robot surgery simulator and discover how the job you hate today will be done by a robot tomorrow. From drones to exoskeletons, Robot Revolution has it all. (Okay, it doesn't have any Terminators. Yet.)
4. Beer Dinner: Beastmaster with Avery Brewing Co. What's better than a chance to see Beastmaster, the forgotten fantasy epic from the man who brought the world Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep, on the big screen? How about big-screen Beastmaster and a lovely three-course meal paired with some great beers? In Beastmaster, Marc Singer plays a man prophesied to bring down an evil priest with the help of a couple of ferrets and whatever other wildlife he can rally to the cause with his animal-only telepathic abilities. Beers, beasts and great food — you can't go wrong.
3. They Might Be Giants You don't have to be a geek to love They Might Be Giants, but it sure doesn't hurt. For three decades, the band has delivered smart songs with a dose of wry wit on topics from world history to superheroes, and built a fervent following in the process. There's no topic too smart, nerdy or goofy for this act to turn into a song, and this is your last chance for a while to see They Might Be Giants perform those songs live before the band goes on tour hiatus for "the foreseeable future."
Enjoy an Evening with They Might Be Giants Wednesday, March 23 at the Gothic Theatre. Doors at 7 p.m. and the band starts at 8 p.m. — no opening act, so don't dawdle. Tickets are $26.50 in adnavcme, $30 a the door. For tickets and more info, visit the They Might Be Giants event page.
2. Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo If your taste in comics runs more to underground comics and less to the all-encompassing madness that is Denver Comic Con, then DINK — the Denver Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo — is the place you'll want to be. Covering tattoo and graffiti art, zines, literature, small press and, of course, underground comics, DINK is focused on the creators and the art, setting aside the hype and one-size-fits-all approach of bigger shows.
DINK happens Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, at the Sherman Street Event Center. Tickets are $20, with day passes, VIP packages and more also available; get all the info on the DINK website.
1. AnomalyCon Steampunk is more than brass rayguns and fancy topcoats, and AnomalyCon is more than just steampunk — but don't worry, it's still steampunk at the core, and your brass raygun and fancy topcoat will be right at home. You'll also enjoy one of the most diverse lineups of guests at any con in the state, a big-tent approach that welcomes people of all kinds and programming that includes everything from a murder mystery to tea dueling (you know, like regular dueling, but with tea). All that, plus music, a special kids' version of the con and, of course, more alt-history and steampunk greatness than you can shake a parasol at.
The con runs from March 25 through March 27 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Tickets are $35 if you preregister, but preregistration ends March 4. After that, it's $40, and there are a variety of day and weekend passes available at the door. For more info, visit the AnomalyCon website.
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