Nerd Culture

10 Nerdy Events in Metro Phoenix During March 2017

See paleoanthropologist Lee Berger of Wits University speak at Mesa Arts Center, and nine other nerdy things to do in March.
See paleoanthropologist Lee Berger of Wits University speak at Mesa Arts Center, and nine other nerdy things to do in March. Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center

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click to enlarge COURTESY OF V.E. SCHWAB
Courtesy of V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab
A Conjuring of Light caps off the "Shades of Magic" trilogy by New York Times best-selling author V.E. Schwab. She present the final book in the series at Changing Hands Phoenix at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. A hardcover book costs $25.99 before tax, and will earn you tickets for two and a spot in the book-signing line. Reserve your tickets on the Changing Hands event page, or call 602-274-0067.

click to enlarge ARIZONA STATE PARKS AND TRAILS
Arizona State Parks and Trails
Spring Plant Sale
The 2017 Spring Plant Sale runs from March 10 through 26 at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the 320-acre Arizona State Park near Superior. Expect all kinds of plants, trees, and herbs for sale, and more than a few good snapshots for the 'gram game. The event also features landscaping advice from arboretum staff, as well as lectures, guided tours, and weekend wildflower walks. Entry is $12.50 for adults. Call 520-689-2723 or visit the Arizona State Parks event page.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE HERBERGER THEATER
Courtesy of the Herberger Theater
Sherlock Holmes Film Festival
Presented by the Herberger Theater and the ASU Center For Film, Media, and Popular Culture, the Sherlock Holmes Film Festival will take Center Stage at the downtown performance venue on March 24 and 25. Films and speakers focusing on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s bread and butter include The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, as well as writer Jeffrey Hatcher, professor Russell Merritt, and Donald Sosin. Tickets range from $5 to $20 per event. Visit the Herberger Theater Center website for more information.

The “underground astronauts.” The 2013 find was announced by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society, and the South African National Research Foundation, and published in the journal eLife. - PHOTO BY JOHN HAWKS
The “underground astronauts.” The 2013 find was announced by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society, and the South African National Research Foundation, and published in the journal eLife.
Photo by John Hawks
Mystery of Our Human Story Lee Berger: Paleoanthropologist
With a 2013 discovery, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger changed the game in his field. To hear about it first hand, check out the Nat Geo Live Series: The Mystery of Our Human Story. Presented by Mesa Arts Center in partnership with National Geographic, Berger discusses how his discovery near Johannesburg, South Africa, altered the understanding of human evolution. The talk covers "underground astronauts" and ritual burials. So don't miss the event at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center. Tickets range from $20 to $38. Visit the Mesa Arts Center website for more information.

Henry Rollins
What does Henry Rollins know about partying, or anything else? A whole lot, and you can see for yourself when the punk icon visits the Virginia G. Piper Theater at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Out @ SMoCA presents Rollins' discussion of topics like social justice and equality from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. A free reception follows. Signed copies of his book will be available, as will raffle tickets benefiting the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $25 for members, and $30 for nonmembers. Call 480-874-4666 or visit the SMoCA website.
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