Nerd Culture

9 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This June

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Zombie Apocalypse Live at Fear Farm
This apocalyptic event is a "live action, video-game-like zombie shooting experience" where participants must hunt down costumed zombies with hyper-realistic M4 replicas to fight for their survival. Prove your worth in a life-or-death fight from Tuesday, June 10, through Thursday, June 12, at Fear Farm. Coming dressed in end-of-the-world attire is recommended. Tickets start at $29.99, and higher-end packages come with more ammo and additional Special Ops missions. Find out more and buy tickets on the event's website.

The Spelling Bee-r at Valley Bar
If you haven't participated in a spelling bee since grade school, now's your chance to bring your vocabulary skills back for another round. On Wednesday, June 15, at 8 p.m., Valley Bar will host its first ever spelling bee, free for both participants and attendees. Four Peaks Brewery will sponsor the competition, so you can quell your nerves with a brew before going onstage. If you'd like to compete, e-mail [email protected] and say why. To learn more about the 21-and-over event, visit Valley Bar's website.

Aliens 30th Anniversary Screening
James Cameron's Aliens has become one of the most revered action movies in history and one of the handful of film sequels generally considered just as good as (or better than) the original. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, Cult Classics and Zia Records will present a special one-night-only screening of the film on Saturday, June 18, at Pollack Tempe Cinemas. See it with other fans of the film in all its big-screen glory. General admission is $11, but Cult Classics also offer a series of VIP packages with bonus goodies if you're willing to pay a bit more. Purchase tickets and learn more at the event's website.

Lisa Hanawalt: Hot Dog Taste Test
You might not know Hanawalt by name, but you've likely seen her work as production designer and producer of the Netflix series Bojack Horseman. This June, the James Beard Award-winning cartoonist will release her second book, Hot Dog Taste Test, which tackles the likes of foodie behavior, pop culture, and personal relationships in cartoon form. Hanawalt will visit Changing Hands Bookstore on Monday, June 20, at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign the book. Learn more and preorder your copy of Hot Dog Taste Test on the Changing Hands website.

LepreCon 42
Phoenix Comicon may get most of the attention, but for a more intimate, focused event, check out LepreCon from Thursday, June 23, to Sunday, June 26. The theme of this year's edition of the annual science fiction and fantasy convention is "The Meaning of Life, The Universe, and Everything," borrowing inspiration from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Attendees can enjoy art galleries, group gaming, appearances by special guests, panel discussions, cosplay contests, and more. The event will take place at the Embassy Suites Phoenix North. Standard adult admission costs $40, but costs vary based on permissions and age. Learn more and purchase your membership at the event's website.
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