The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in May

Despite the snow showers, May is here. We can assume the flowers will arrive shortly, but in the meantime, we don't have to wait for some great geek events to pop up! This month offers up everything from the obligatory Star Wars celebrations (May the Fourth be with you!) to a celebration of vintage arcade games. All in all, May is a great month for geek events; here are ten of the best in chronological order.

10. May the Fourth Star Wars celebrations
Hardcore Star Wars fans adopted May 4 as their day of recognition because of the pun, and this year they'll have a couple of ways to embrace the galaxy that George built. For the kids, the Denver Art Museum is offering a May the Fourth Be With You public celebration as a way to preview their upcoming exhibit of Star Wars costumes, inviting people to come in appropriate outfits, take photos with their favorite characters, and get a chance to win some prizes. Later that night, there's Art War, an unrelated Star Wars celebration that features Star Wars-related work by local artists, the original films on big screens, dancing, costumes, themed drink specials and more. 

The Denver Art Museum's celebration runs from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at the Martin plaza outside the DAM; for more information, visit the DAM website. Art War starts at 5:55 p.m. May 4 at Point Gallery; tickets are $35 and include four drinks. For more info, visit the Art War event page.

9. Free Comic Book Day
Every year, the first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day, which is exactly what it sounds like: Comic-book stores give you comics! Sure, there are some rules (no, you can't go in and just grab whatever), but hey — free comics! Whether you're a current comics devotee, a lapsed fan looking to get back on the comics horse, or a total noob who got hooked by that Netflix Daredevil series and now wants to get into actual comics, there's nothing but upside. Free comics! What's not to like?

Free Comic Book Day runs all day Saturday, May 7, at participating comic-book stores throughout the metro area. Visit the Free Comic Book Day website for more info, and to find a participating store near you, use the handy store locator.

8. STEMCon
people like to dismiss comics as "kids' stuff," but what's wrong with kids? The kids of STEM School and Academy are more ambitious than most adults, and STEMCon — a full blown, single-day comic con — is proof. Dreamed up by the kids themselves and run by both the kids and their parents and teachers, STEMCon is a chance for the next generation to show us old nerds what they've got. In its inaugural year, the con will feature a cosplay contest, a number of author guests, choreographed superhero fights performed by local MMA groups, an appearance by the Mandalorian Mercs, drone demos, a vendors' room, panels and, well, pretty much everything else you’d expect from a con.

STEMCon runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at STEM School and Academy, 8773 South Ridgeline Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. Please keep all cosplay kid-friendly and leave the weapons — even the foam ones — at home. For tickets, $6, and more information, visit the STEMCon website.

7. Malfunction
Even robots aren’t infallible. They break down. They wear out. They crash. Sometimes for seemingly no reason at all, they just don’t work. For its fourth annual robot show, Malfunction, Good Thieves Press is embracing the entropy and chaos that come from robots going wrong (other technology, too). The show, juried by Chicago-based glitch artist Jon Satrom, encompasses not just our robot friends, but any glitch-related work, in any medium: analog, digital or mixed. Hardware failures, user errors and kludgy hacks are all fair game, as is any and every other technological meltdown, freakout or corruption, unintentional or otherwise. With such wide-open parameters, you might see anything from the pixel-smearing weirdness of tortured GIFs to a Roomba gone bad and turned on its makers. 

The show opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Good Thieves Press, 2045 Downing Street, where it runs through May 21; admission is free. For more info, visit the Malfunction event page

6. Robot Ball
Can you do The Robot? Even if you can't, you'll enjoy the Robot Ball at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where you can dance with robots (and people), enjoy some drinks and appetizers after hours in the museum, and check out the groovy Robot Revolution exhibit. And if you can dance The Robot? Well, you'll never have a better place to show it off. (Note: I have no reason to think that dancing car robot in the video up above has anything to do with this event, but it's the sweetest robot-dancing video I found, so it seemed appropriate.)

The Robot Ball happens from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This is a 21+ event. For tickets, $43, and more info, visit the Robot Ball event page.

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