Nerd Culture

10 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This March

It feels like we always open this feature by saying, "Wow, it's such a great month to be a nerd in Phoenix!" But that's only because it's consistently true. This month, Phoenicians can watch cult classic movies in brand new ways, learn about science new and old, dance with dinosaurs, and even see Johnny Depp live. So, yes, it's a great month to be a nerd in Phoenix. Here are 10 reasons why.

The Triplets of Belleville Live
With its charming characters, outrageous slapstick comedy, and gorgeous animation, the Oscar-nominated The Triplets of Belleville has become a cult favorite. One of the film's most endearing qualities is the rambunctious jazz soundtrack, and on Tuesday, March 1, at the Piper Repertory Theater, you can see it performed live. The film's composer Benoit Charest will conduct Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville, performing the score alongside a screening of the film. Tickets range from $30 to $45. To find out more and purchase tickets, visit the website.

Fifth Annual Geek's Night Out
Want to get excited about learning? Look no further than Tempe's Geek's Night Out, a free family-oriented festival dedicated to science, engineering, and math. The exhibits include critical thinking games, live science experiments, a costume parade, and much more. The event will be Thursday, March 3, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tempe City Hall. No tickets are required. To learn more and to inquire about becoming an exhibitor, visit the website or the event's Facebook page.

16th Annual Ancient Technology Day
"Ancient technology" may sound like an oxymoron, but only because most of us don't have any idea what kinds of tools and machines Arizona's pioneers used. Learn all about it at this free event at the Pueblo Grande Museum, where you can learn how to create arrowheads and pottery, tour prehistoric Hohokam canals, and snack on delicious fry bread. The event takes place Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more, visit the event's website or call 602-495-0901.

Depp and Krauss: An Origins Project Dialogue
You already know Johnny Depp well from his roles as Captain Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd, and the Mad Hatter. Now, you can see one of the world's biggest film stars live and in person at ASU, where he'll be sitting down with Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss to discuss the theme "Finding the Creativity in Madness." Depp will discuss in depth his process of developing and performing his range of strange and difficult roles, from Willy Wonka to Hunter S. Thompson. See it on Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at ASU Gammage. Tickets range from $12 to $150, but ASU students can reserve tickets for free. Visit the ASU Origins website to find out more and purchase tickets.

Samurai Comics Ladies Night
If you're tired of feeling like the odd one out as a female comics fan, you can hang out with some equally geeky girls at Samurai Comics Ladies Night. Activities will include decoupage, a dramatic comic reading contest, and games like Superfight and Comic Book Pictionary. Very Awesome Girls will host this event at Samurai Comics' Phoenix location on Saturday, March 12. Registration is $5, and if you register before Tuesday, March 1, you'll be guaranteed a Swag Bag of nerdy goodies. To learn more and register, visit the Facebook event page.

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