Nerd Culture

10 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This January

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Taiyou Con 2016
Anime, manga, and video games, oh my. The annual Taiyou Con, a three-day festival celebrating Japanese culture, will come to the Mesa Convention Center January 15 through January 17 and will bring some of the biggest names from popular anime shows to the Valley. Events will include panels by artists and writers, cosplay gatherings, and lip sync battles. A full weekend pass costs $45, but individual day passes can also be purchased for $25 or $30 depending on the day. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

"Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane"
Art history buffs should prepare for one of the most significant exhibits to visit the Phoenix Art Museum this month. Circles of Support and Corporate Council level members at the Phoenix Art Museum will have a special opportunity to preview Michelangelo's "Sacred and Profane" drawings before the public on Sunday, January 15. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., guests can peruse 26 of the iconic artist's work, which rarely ever leaves Italy. Drinks and snacks will be available. In order to attend, you must RSVP by January 8 by calling 602-257-2115 or emailing [email protected] The exhibit will open to the public on January 17, and will stay at the museum until mid-March. You can find more information about the event and exhibit on the museum's website. 

Einstein's Legacy
Einstein's theory of general relativity is arguably one of the most crucial discoveries in modern physics. The Origins Project at ASU is honoring the man and his legacy on Friday, January 22, with some of the world's foremost scientists and professors, including Nobel Prize winners, Frank Wilczek and Adam Riess, and Interstellar's scientific supervisor Kip Thorne. They will gather to celebrate and discuss the centennial anniversary of Einstein's theory and welcome students and the public to join in on the conversation. Student tickets are free with an ID, and adults pay $10. Find tickets for the event here.

Tempe Public Library Comicon 2016
Yet another comic convention is coming to the Valley, and this one will be totally free to attend. The Tempe Public Library's 2016 Comic Con will feature local cosplayers, writers, and artists, as well as costume contests. The event is open to all ages and will take place on Saturday, January 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.

An Iliad
Written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, this production of An Illiad combines poetry and humor to tell Homer's classic war story. Daniel J. Tobin, an MFA in Performance student at ASU who has performed in the production all around the country and in England, will star in the show on Thursday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the ASU Kerr Cultural Center. Tickets are between $12 and $24. See the production's Facebook page for more information.
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