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10 Nerdy Things to Do This April in Metro Phoenix

Neil Gaiman discusses his career as a comic book author, novelist, screenwriter, and voice actor at MAC.
Neil Gaiman discusses his career as a comic book author, novelist, screenwriter, and voice actor at MAC. Beowulf Sheehan
The first full month of spring looks primed to deliver the thinking man’s goods across metro Phoenix. That is to say, April is chock full of author appearances, comedy festivals, and more than a few science-themed events.

From a screening of 1984 at FilmBar to Phoenix’s Official March For Science happening through downtown on Earth Day, Valley nerds have a full dance card for the month of April.

An Evening with Neil Gaiman
Comic book author, novelist, screenwriter, voice actor, British – Neil Gaiman is the ultimate nerd’s nerd. The man behind The Sandman and Coraline is coming to Mesa for An Evening with Neil Gaiman, happening at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, in the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center. Tickets range from $35 to $65, and can be purchased at 480-644-6500.

ASU shows off eight trees during the third annual Tour des Trees. - COURTESY OF TREES MATTER
ASU shows off eight trees during the third annual Tour des Trees.
Courtesy of Trees Matter
Tour de Trees 2017
Arizona State Forestry, Arizona State University, the Arizona Community Tree Council, Trees Matter, and the Arizona Nursery Association are putting on the third annual Tour de Trees event. The party starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, on Cady Mall at Arizona State University. The tour showcases eight trees on the ASU Tempe campus, including a Sour Orange, Twisted Myrtle, and a Canary Island Pine. The self-guided, pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly event is free to the public. For a guided tour, led by a certified arborist from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., register at the Trees Matter website.


click to enlarge A screening of 1984 will hit hard in April 2017. - PARK CIRCUS
A screening of 1984 will hit hard in April 2017.
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1984
You don’t have to have the book/film 1984 memorized to compare it to the current state of things, but in case you want to make a really poignant reference, FilmBar is screening the classic at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday 4, April. The showing is in tandem with nearly 90 other art theaters in 79 cities in in 34 states, and one spot in Canada, with support from the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. Tickets are $12, with a portion of sales donated to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. Call 602-595-9187 for more info.

click to enlarge Editor Jared Shurin signs copies of The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories at Poisoned Pen Bookstore. - LISA WRIGHT @ KINDRED
Editor Jared Shurin signs copies of The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories at Poisoned Pen Bookstore.
Lisa Wright @ Kindred
Jared Shurin: Djinn Falls in Love
There’s an entire book, written by best-selling and award-winning international authors penning new and classic stories, about the fearsome Djinn, which happen to be spirits of some kind. This anthology of Middle Eastern fantasy is called The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, and its editor, Jared Shurin, will be signing copies at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Call 480-947-2974 for more information.

click to enlarge Greg Behrendt and others headline the 2017 Bird City Comedy Festival. - GERSH AGENCY
Greg Behrendt and others headline the 2017 Bird City Comedy Festival.
Gersh Agency
2017 Bird City Comedy Festival
This four-day comedy escape is spread over downtown Phoenix, and features stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy, plus a little humorous storytelling. Headliners for 2017 include Kristine Levine, local guy Matt Storrs, former local guy Anthony Desamito, Aparna Nancherla, and Greg Behrendt. The Bird City Comedy Festival runs from Thursday, April 6, till Sunday, April 9. Tickets range from $2.50 to $75, with discounts for students.

Read on for deets on the March for Science, Phoenix Improv Fest, and more.
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