Nerd Culture

10 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This May

Every month, there's plenty for geeks to celebrate in Phoenix, but that's more the case this May than ever. With Star Wars Day on May 4, Captain America: Civil War on May 6, and Free Comic Book Day on May 7, we may as well call this month Nerd Christmas. And in lieu of a fat man in a red suit, we have one coming in a hockey jersey to discuss the Dark Knight. Here's hoping you've been good.

Jurassic Puppets
So here's something different. See Steven Spielberg's classic dinosaur flick Jurassic Park performed right here ... entirely with puppets. All Puppet Players have reinterpreted the film with a budget of "tens of dollars," and they're delivering the world premiere right here in Phoenix. See it at Playhouse on the Park through May 7. Tickets range from $22 to $54. To find out more, visit the Phoenix Theatre website.

Star Wars: The Music by the Phoenix Symphony
If you want to celebrate Star Wars Day with class, look no further than this Phoenix Symphony performance. On Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m., see them bring John Williams' legendary score to life, including classics from the original trilogy alongside new tunes from The Force Awakens. Star Wars costumes are encouraged. The event will take place at the Mesa Arts Center, and tickets range from $31 to $77. Find out more and purchase tickets at the Mesa Arts Center website.

May the 4th Be With You at Cobra Arcade Bar
A nerd can always find a good time at Cobra Arcade Bar, one of our favorite best game bars in the Valley. But on Wednesday, May 4, the bar will amplify its nerd appeal by throwing a Star Wars Day celebration. Festivities include a Star Wars cosplay contest, all-night drink specials, prizes, and giveaways, and apparently a set by "DJ Darth Vader." Roll up to the bar at 9 p.m. to get your force on.

Free Comic Book Day
On Saturday, May 7, you'll be able to grab a stack of free issues at most comic shops in the Valley, but if you want to really make the most out of Free Comic Book Day, you'll need to hit up more than one locale. All About Books and Comics in Phoenix will host free photo ops with superheroes, a fundraiser for Hospice of the Valley, a huge sidewalk sale, and more. Drawn To Comics in Glendale will deliver local comic creators as well as two Power Rangers actors, with a sale of 25 percent off all comic books. And Samurai Comics in Mesa will present the Fifth Annual Arizona Comic Mini Expo, featuring artists and writers from DC and Image. To find the full list of participating stores, visit the Free Comic Book Day website.

Live Podcast: Fatman on Batman with Kevin Smith
You know Kevin Smith as the director of films like Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Tusk, but these days, he spends more time recording his various and hilarious podcasts. Be a part of one of them at this live recording of Fatman on Batman, his weekly show on the film industry, geek culture, and all things related to the Caped Crusader. Smith will host the show on Saturday, May 7, at Stand Up Live, and general admission is $37 per person. This event is 21-and-over only. Find out more and purchase tickets on Stand Up Live's website. You can also see Smith record Jay & Silent Bob Get Old with Jason Mewes on Friday, May 6, and if you're under 21, you can still go to An Evening With Kevin Smith later that night.

Neil deGrasse Tyson at Comerica Theatre
He's hosted the Cosmos reboot and the Star Talk podcast, he's published a dozen books, he's called out your favorite sci-fi movie for its lack of scientific accuracy, and now? He's coming to Phoenix. Neil deGrasse Tyson, perhaps the most famous astrophysicist in the world, will appear at Comerica Theatre on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the world, the universe, and the beauty of the unknown. Tickets range from $35 to $150. Purchase them now from Live Nation.

City Lights Movie Nights: Back to the Future Double Feature
Every month, CityScape and Downtown Phoenix Inc. present free showings of new and classic films. This month, they'll double that offering by showing Back to the Future I and II back to back. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to CityScape at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13, to catch them both for free. If you plan on checking out the Urban Wine Walk the next day, you can pick up a free themed glass at the movie showing. Find out more on the official Facebook event.

Elstree 1976 at FilmBar
You may know the names of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and James Earl Jones, but not those of the hundreds of actors who appeared in the background of the Star Wars films as aliens, rebel pilots and Stormtroopers. In the new documentary Elstree 1976, director Jon Spira seeks to share their stories with the world. Phoenix Comicon presents this special screening of the movie at FilmBar on Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the FilmBar website.
Iconica Game Night
Iconica is a new tabletop game created and published here in Phoenix. Come try out this deep but easy-to-learn strategy adventure at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix on Saturday, May 28, at 5 p.m. The game's creator, Eric Torres, will be there himself to teach you how to play. This event spearheads the first of many Iconica game nights at Changing Hands to come. Learn more at the official Facebook event.

K-Pop Club Night 2016
If you listen mostly to Korean pop music, the average Scottsdale EDM clubs probably don't offer the night on the town you're trying to find. Well, look no further, because Mijana Grill AZ will play host to "Arizona's first K-pop club night" on Sunday, May 15, at 9 p.m. DJ BadAssJoey will spin genre favorites all night long, and expect live performances and a dance challenge. Tickets are $10 if you RSVP by calling 602-781-7657 or $15 at the door. The event is 18-and-over only. To learn more, visit the official Facebook event.
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