10 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This January

Johann Sebastian Bach returns to the Valley this January — sort of.
Johann Sebastian Bach returns to the Valley this January — sort of.

It's officially the beginning of a new year, which means all your friends, family, and followers are blowing up your feed with vague "new year, new me!!" posts that indicate little to no significant life changes. This year, let's mix it up and all resolve to spend more time learning new things and geeking out over the things we love. Phoenix is hosting a number of informative, educational, and downright nerdy events this month that offer something for everybody.

Arizona Bach Festival
If four-part harmonies and modulations get you all sorts of excited, then we've got good news for you. The Seventh Annual Arizona Bach Festival is returning to Phoenix this January, and it offers three different opportunities to hear some of the composer's greatest hits. It will kick off on Friday, January 8, with a 7:30 p.m. organ recital by Christopher Houlihan at All Saints’ Episcopal Church downtown. Next, there will be a 7:30 p.m. staged production of the Passion According to St. John at Camelback Bible Church on Friday, January 15. The festival will wrap up with a violin performance by James Stern at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Sunday, January 24, at 3 p.m. Individual concert tickets will cost between $23 and $40, but you can purchase a $80 pass online for all three shows. For more information on prices and concerts, visit arizonabachfestival.org.

Murder mysteries and caffeine await at the Poisoned Pen this month.
Murder mysteries and caffeine await at the Poisoned Pen this month.

Coffee and Crime Book Club
Few things go better together than a good book and strong coffee, and the folks at Scottsdale's independently owned Poisoned Pen celebrate the pairing each month with its Coffee and Crime Book Club. This month, the club will read and discuss Ngaio Marsh’s Enter a Murderer, a theatrical thriller from 1935. Those interested in attending should meet at the bookstore on Saturday, January 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 480-947-2974 for more information.

You'll be able to see your favorite constellations clearly from Pinnacle Peak with the help of local astronomers.EXPAND
You'll be able to see your favorite constellations clearly from Pinnacle Peak with the help of local astronomers.

Astronomy Evenings 
If you often find your head in the clouds and mind in the stars, you may want to join the City of Scottsdale for a night of free stargazing and light hiking on Saturday, January 9. The monthly Astronomy Evening Program provides desert dwellers with an opportunity to explore the desert and night sky with local experts in the field, who can point out prominent celestial clusters and some of the surrounding flora and fauna. The walk will take place at Pinnacle Peak Park on a low-intensity trail, but participants must be 8 or older to join. Call 480-312-0990 to register for the event or find more information. 

Brush up on your grammar rules and legislative processes with help from the Phoenix Symphony on January 10.
Brush up on your grammar rules and legislative processes with help from the Phoenix Symphony on January 10.

Schoolhouse Rock!
The Phoenix Symphony is combining classical music and childhood favorites this month with a production of Schoolhouse Rock. On Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m., the family-friendly concert will playfully revisit the series' classic numbers like "I'm Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction." Tickets are $11 to $20 and can be purchased through the Symphony's website. You can also call the box office at 602-495-1999 for more information.

Let the folks at Burton Barr Library walk you through the 3D printing craze at this month's MACH meeting.EXPAND
Let the folks at Burton Barr Library walk you through the 3D printing craze at this month's MACH meeting.

MACH: Science Cafe
If you've ever wondered just how 3D printing works or what it means for future scientific endeavors, now is your chance to learn. The Burton Barr Library in downtown Phoenix will dedicate its Thursday, January 14, MACH: Science Cafe to the mechanics, materials, and possibilities of 3D printing. The club will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. Call the library at 602-262-4636 for more information.


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