The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in November

Give thanks for being a geek. Even though October's bounty of geek goodness is behind us, November brings a cornucopia of its own, stuffed with much more than just turkey and Mystery Science Theater 3000 reruns. Here, in chronological order, are Denver's ten best geek events in November.

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10) Running of the Leaves Con Bronies! Get together with your fellow ponykind at Running of the Leaves Con, the convention for fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Sure, it may seem a little weird that so many adult men are super into a cartoon aimed at pre-teen girls but... Okay, but nothing. It is kind of weird. Then again, Trekkies seem weird to people who hate Star Trek. But hey, that doesn't mean they can't have fun getting together to cosplay, attend panels on what it means to love My Little Pony and do other brony activities. And if that's your bag, you can join them!

The convention runs from October 31 to November 2 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center. Day passes are $30 per day. For more information, visit the Running of the Leaves Con website.

9) The Seven Doors of Death Just in time to salve your disappointment that Halloween is over comes this classic cautionary tale about trying to renovate a hotel built over one of the seven entrances to hell. Also known as The Beyond, this is one of Lucio Fulci's insane masterpieces -- hallucinatory, disturbing and full of great kill scenes. Admittedly, the cut shown here is the inferior edit, but it's still a rare chance to see the film on 35mm in a theater.

See The Seven Doors of Death at 10 p.m. Saturday, November 1 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Denver Film Society members. For tickets and info, visit The Seven Doors of Death event page of the DFS website.

8) William Gibson: The Peripheral William Gibson is one of a handful of living, working science fiction authors who can accurately be described as a legend. His early works defined the influential cyberpunk genre; his later works seemed to be predicting the future ten minutes before it happened. His latest, The Peripheral, starts as a murder mystery set in the near future before evolving into something far stranger. It's classic Gibson through and through, and a must-read for anyone who cares to peer into the terrifying possibilities of our immediate future.

Gibson will read from and sign The Peripheral at 7 p.m. Monday, November 3 at the Tattered Cover Colfax. Admission is free; the book is $27.95. For more information, visit the Tattered Cover website.

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7) Werewolf Radar Picture Show: The Valley of the Gwangi In the golden era of TV horror hosts every UHF channel with access to a hammy local actor and a box full of old, cheap monster movies would put the two together to fill the late-night hours. Those days are long gone, but the men of the Werewolf Radar podcast and Sexpot Comedy are keeping the memory alive. This month, you can experience the majesty of a cowboy-and-dinosaur film with a real, live horror host at the Werewolf Radar Picture Show: Valley of Gwangi. The hosts will intro the film, then stop from time to time for "commercial breaks" filled with everything from Power Point presentations to local comics critiquing the film. Dumb movies, goofy hosts and good fun, but don't expect any Mystery Science Theater 3000 hijinks as the movie plays -- these films are ridiculous enough on their own.

See the movie at 8 p.m.Tuesday, November 4 at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. Admission is free, but they do accept donations for the Buntport Youth programs. For more information, visit the Werewolf Radar Picture Show event page.

6) HorrorHouse Pinball Tournament of Death Didn't get enough Halloween in October? Bloodshed Deathbath is here to help. This year's HorrorHouse fuses a pinball tourney to a haunted house (plus some short films, because why not?) for a one-of-a-kind horror-gaming experience in a bar. Each room of the haunted house will contain a pinball machine that will determine the theme; you compete on each to get the highest cumulative score as ghosts, ghouls and assorted freaks interfere with your game. With pitfalls and scares designed by Ryan Policky and partner Daniel Crosier and brought to life by Monster Makeup FX and the one-and-only Serana Rose of The Showdevils, one thing is certain -- this is going to be the wildest pinball tournament/haunted house you'll ever experience.

The haunting and pinball happen at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 8 at 3 Kings Tavern. Tickets are $15 if you want to compete for cash prizes in the tournament, or $8 if you just want to witness the insanity. For tickets, visit the 3 Kings website, or visit Bloodshed Deathbath online for more information.

The Incident, one of the selections of Stanley Nights 5) Stanley Nights at the Starz Denver Film Festival When the horrors of the Stanley Film Festival get a home at the Starz Denver Film Fest, we all win. This year, five films that would be right at home at the Stanley are being folded into the SDFF as Stanley Nights. With everything from a really weird vampire movie to an insane homage to Philip K. Dick and Jacob's Ladder, Stanley Nights will offer geeks a reason to get down to the SDFF for more than just that Alan Turing biopic.

Stanley Nights start Thursday, November 13 and continue through Saturday, November 22 at the Sie FilmCenter and/or the Pavilions 15. For a complete schedule, tickets and venue information, visit the Stanley Nights page of the Denver Film Society website.

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4) Denver Indie Game Expo Interested in what the smaller developers in the area are up to? There's no better place to find out than the Denver Indie Game Expo. Check out demos and finished games directly from the creators themselves and experience some of the most innovative and unusual concepts in gaming before the become the next Minecraft-level sensation. Everything from virtual-reality headset games to casual phone games will be on display, making this a good time for gamers of all levels.

Get your indie game on starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at the Clutch Gaming Arena & Energy Bar. To register and for more info, visit the Denver Indie Game Expo page.

3) Nerd Nite Denver: GPS, Air Traffic Control, and Evolutionary Biology Get your learn on while you get your lean on at Nerd Nite Denver. Three experts -- including the one-and-only Andrew Novick -- deliver lectures on disparate topics while you enjoy libations. The lectures are based in solid scholarship, but aimed at a slightly tipsy, non-academic audience, so you won't have to worry about flashbacks to that college professor who would drone endlessly while you dozed off. Their unofficial motto sums it up nicely: "It's like the Discovery Channel, with beer." What else could you ask for?

The drinking starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 18 at the Oriental Theater. The learning starts at 7 p.m. For tickets and additional info, including a full lineup, visit the Nerd Nite Denver website.

2) Cowtown Comic Fest You like comics? You have a shred of hometown pride? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, get your ass down to Cowtown Comic Fest and experience the rich and varied world of our local comics scene. Join special guest John Porcellino and many of Denver's best underground and indie comics creators for a deep dive into what our little cowtown has to offer the comics world.

The fest starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 23 at Morey Middle School. Admission is free. For more info, visit the Cowtown Comic Fest website.

1) Bloody Sunday: Day of the Dead George A. Romero's original zombie trilogy closed with the apocalyptic Day of the Dead, a film that was overlooked and underappreciated at the time. In the years since, the film has come to be rightly appreciated as the proper apotheosis of his undead work, setting the stage for the ascendancy of everything from Shaun of the Dead to The Walking Dead. If you've never seen it, this is a chance to right a great wrong. If you have ... well, you know how fantastic it is and why would you pass an opportunity to see it in the company of your fellow fans?

See Day of the Dead at 8 p.m. Sunday, November 30 at the Buntport Theater. Admission is free; beer and popcorn available for a small donation. For more info, visit the Bloody Sunday Facebook 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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