Nerd Culture

10 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This August

Phoenix nerds, we know you don't need any more distraction than you already have, given you probably haven't stopped playing Pokemon Go for the last month. But you need places to walk while playing, right? And you need to find other trainers to play the game with and to drop lures for you, right? Well then, follow the trail of Pokestops to these 10 nerdy events around the Valley.

First Fridays at Unexpected: Art of Thrones
Game of Thrones season six is over, but the medieval fantasy continues with a highly unusual art gallery. On Friday, August 5, Unexpected will host a Thrones-themed showing for August's First Friday, displaying work based on ancient castles and knights from across the globe. Come dressed in period clothes or armor to take a picture at the "photo throne," and watch a live battle right on the scene. Unexpected will also be hosting greyhound adoptions. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. and is free to the public; shuttles to the gallery will run along Polk and Grand. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Game On Expo 2016
Gamers of all stripes are bound to have a blast at Game On Expo 2016, the Valley's biggest video-game convention. Guests this year come from every branch of the industry, from voice actors like Steve Downes and Jen Taylor of the Halo series to game designers like Leisure Suit Larry creator Al Lowe to YouTube gamers such as ProJared and The Completionist. Attendees can buy games of all sorts at the vendor hall, play free arcade games, battle in a variety of tournaments, and attend panels. Oh, and it wouldn't be a con without cosplay, of course. The event runs from Friday through Sunday, August 5 through 7, at the Mesa Convention Center. General admission tickets for the full weekend cost $45, while daily tickets run between $15 and $25. To learn more and buy tickets before prices go up, visit the con's website.

Suicide Squad IMAX 3D Experience with the Phoenix Movie Bears
The Phoenix Movie Bears are the biggest LGBTQ film club in Arizona, focused on building a tolerant, all-inclusive environment for watching movies together. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, the group will be hitting up an IMAX 3D showing of Suicide Squad at Harkins Arizona Mills. If you plan to see the film, which stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Margot Robbie, why not do it with a great group of movie fans? Simply attend the showing and look for people sporting T-shirts with the Movie Bears logo. To learn more, check out their website.

Meteor Madness 2016 with Dr. Sky
When was the last time you watched a meteor shower? Here's a chance to do it in style: with one of the leading personalities in astronomy and with free craft beer. Steve Kates, aka Dr. Sky, will host viewers for the biggest meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, at Lost Dutchman State Park right off the Superstition Mountains. The night begins at 8 p.m. with a free beer grotto sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing Company, including snacks and treats before Dr. Sky gives a presentation on meteor showers. Tickets to this portion of the event cost $20 per person. The remainder of the event — including a live radio show on Coast to Coast and the guided meteor shower viewing party — requires a camping pass at an additional $15 per site. This event takes place on Friday, August 12, and benefits the Lost Dutchman State Park. For tickets and more info, check out the Eventbrite page.

Terminator 2 
Cult Classics and Zia Records host great retro screenings every month, and at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, they will show Terminator 2 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film's release. See the sci-fi action classic on the big screen again along with a room full of other fans. The screening will take place at Pollack Tempe Cinemas, and tickets start at $11 apiece, but attendees can also choose between a number of VIP packages that include themed T-shirts and posters. Learn more and buy tickets now at Brown Paper Tickets.

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