The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in May

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5. Nerd Rock Show
Just because you're a nerd doesn't mean you don't like to rock out from time to time. Colorado's got a few sweet nerd bands, and this is a great showcase for their geeky charms. Enjoy geek-friendly and generally weird material from Smashy Claw, the Inactivists and Bolonium while you dance awkwardly (or awesomely — we know not all nerd stereotypes are true), then stand around afterward deeply inspired and discuss forming your own nerd band with your friends.

Nerd Rock Show will rock out at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Seventh Circle Music Collective. For more information, visit the Nerd Rock Show event page.

4. VinCon
Video games are a rapidly evolving medium, but the systems you grew up with — no matter what your age — will always hold a special place in your hearts. And no matter what system you grew up with, you can celebrate that love of old-school gaming at VinCon. Featuring a huge selection of free-to-play systems, from venerable Atari 2600 systems to barely out-of-date PlayStations, as well as a giant swap meet, a games music concert, tournaments and more, VinCon is the place to find gaming nirvana.

VinCon happens Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, at the First National Bank Exhibition Hall at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. Tickets are $15 for the weekend, or $10 per day. For more info and tickets, visit the VinCon website.

3. Mile High Sci-Fi vs. Street Fighter
As Mystery Science Theater 3000 so aptly demonstrated, there's no better way to improve a bad movie than letting some good comedians loose to riff on it. And make no mistake, Street Fighter is a bad, bad movie. Good thing, then, that Mile High Sci-Fi has some great comedians, headed by founding member Harrison Rains. They should be able to defeat Street Fighter's Van Damme-flavored cheese without breaking a sweat.

See Mile High Sci-Fi take on Street Fighter at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Alamo Drafthouse. For tickets, $12.50, and more info, visit the MHSF VS Street Fighter event page.

2. Nerd Nite
Nerd Nite is a lecture series that takes fun, nerdy topics, adds booze and generates fun. This edition features lectures on the myths of Mars, cannabis, and the history and impact of turntables, all in one evening of inebriated learning. Grab a drink, get ready to learn, then soak in the company of your fellow drunken, knowledge-hungry nerds. 

The nerding starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Oriental Theater. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. For more info, visit the Nerd Nite Denver website.

1. Brazil
Terry Gilliam's Brazil offers up a nightmarish dystopia that's all too believable. The horror here comes from the impersonal machinations of bureaucracy that we all face every day, making it much scarier than any monster hiding under the bed. With its byzantine world packed to overflowing with insane detail, this is a film made to be seen on the big screen, and this screening is presented on 35mm for extra value.

See Brazil at 10 p.m. Friday, May 27, 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 Brazil 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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