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The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in March 2016

Spring is almost here, but even before that (theoretically) nicer weather arrives, we're going to see a slew of great geek events. Regardless of whether we get sun, rain or even snow, Denver's geeks will be so busy indoors, the weather won't matter. From three different conventions to a visit from one of the greatest geek bands of all time, here are ten of March's best geek events, presented in chronological order.

10. Nosferatu with Invincible Czars
F. W. Murnau's silent masterpiece Nosferatu is not just one of the first-ever horror movies, it's still possibly the creepiest vampire film ever made. Livening up this almost one-hundred-year-old tale of the undead is a live score from Austin's Invincible Czars, a four-piece band that's earned renown for its new scores to classic silent films. The Nosferatu score incorporates work from Bela Bartok and instruments as diverse as digital loops and glockenspiel. Throw in the most completely restored version of the film available anywhere, and you have a horror movie experience to remember. 

See Nosferatu at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Alamo Drafthouse. Tickets are $12.50. For tickets and more information, visit the Nosferatu with Invincible Czars event page.

9. Return to the Forbidden Planet
You don't often get the opportunity to see science fiction on stage, much less musical sci-fi with a Shakespearean bent, so don't let Return to the Forbidden Planet pass you by.  Based loosely on the classic film Forbidden Planet (itself based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest), the show mixes in everything from a jive-dancing robot to a giant octopus and creates a campy throwback to the era of drive-in classics and sock hops that’s not quite like anything you’ve seen on stage before. Cheesy? Almost certainly. Fun? How could it not be?

Return to the Forbidden Planet opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the University Theatre on the University of Colorado Boulder campus and runs through Sunday, March 13. Tickets are $14, with student, senior and youth discounts available. For tickets and more info, visit the Return to the Forbidden Planet event page.

8. Nerd Prom
After five years, Andy Rok Guerrero's Nerd Prom has cemented its spot in the Denver geekscape. Whether you want to redo your prom (we geeks didn't always have the best prom experiences) or just get your geek on while dancing the night away, it promises to be a fun night of cosplay, music and general nerdery, with additional entertainment ranging from classic video games to a 3D scanner that can turn you into an action figure.

Nerd Prom starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Summit Music Hall. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and all ages are welcome. For tickets and more information, visit the Denver Nerd Prom website. 

7. StarFest
One of Denver's oldest and best conventions keeps getting better, year after year. This year's lineup includes guests from shows both new and classic, including Michael Dorn (Worf on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr on Defiance) and Tahmoh Penikett (Helo on Battlestar Galactica). There's also a celebration of fifty years of Star Trek, the TV version of Batman and more, plus StarFest's usual selection of mini-cons, such as WhoFest (Doctor Who), ComicFest, RoboFest and many more. Throw in the usual selection of con activities — cosplay, a giant dealers' room, panels galore — and you have three days of nerd heaven on tap.

StarFest kicks off at noon Friday, March 11, at the Crowne Plaza Convention Hotel Complex. Weekend passes start at $75 in advance ($80 at the door) for adults and $30 for kids between six and ten ($35 at the door). Single-day passes are also available; for tickets and additional info, visit the StarFest website.  

6. Films on Tap: The Goonies
"Hey, you guys!" The Goonies is coming to town, and it's bringing drinks! Specifically, it's coming as part of the Denver Film Society's Films on Tap program that turns beloved films into even more beloved drinking games. Drink when a catchphrase is delivered! Drink when Data deploys a gadget! Screw it, drink whenever you want and let the magic of The Goonies flow over you. No one can judge you for that.

See The Goonies and play the drinking game at 10 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $11, or $8 for seniors and $7 for Denver Film Society members. First fifty people in the door get a free beer courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery, and drink specials run all night. For tickets and more info, visit the FoT: The Goonies event page.

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