Nerd Culture

9 Nerdy Things to Do in Phoenix This April

Play some pinball at ZapCon 2018, and a couple of other things to do around town, too.
Play some pinball at ZapCon 2018, and a couple of other things to do around town, too. Benjamin Leatherman
It’s tax season. And while some of you probably enjoy crunching numbers, the rest of us need to let off a little steam. Good thing there are workshops, book signings, and annual geek gatherings like the Phoenix Film Festival and ZapCon.

Get your calendar apps ready for evenings attending a play about The Simpsons, a zine workshop, and a Dungeons and Dragons-themed comedy show. (Yes, really.) And there’s more. Here are nine nerdy things to do in Phoenix this April.

Kevin Hearne at The Poisoned Pen
If words like Norse, Ragnarok, and pantheons intrigue you, visit The Poisoned Pen for an appearance by author Kevin Hearne. He’ll be there to talk shop and sign his book Scourged – the ninth book and big finale in the Iron Druid Chronicles. Find out what happens to Atticus O’Sullivan from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3. The talk is free, and the book is for sale in the shop. See the event page for details.

click to enlarge Phoenix Film Festival has movies, panels, and the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival Geek Day. - JENNIFER MULLINS
Phoenix Film Festival has movies, panels, and the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival Geek Day.
Jennifer Mullins
Phoenix Film Festival 2018
Arizona's largest film festival returns to Harkins Scottsdale 101 with over 250 films (plus parties, seminars, and panel discussions) from April 5 through 15. The 2018 schedule includes films like Sinatra in Palm Springs, Palacios, and The Last Movie Star – as well as horror, live action, and sci-fi shorts. Tickets range from $15 for a single ticket to $450 for a platinum pass. You’re also encouraged to check out the 2018 Phoenix Film Festival Geek Day, featuring vendors, talks, and, of course, cosplay. See the Phoenix Film Festival website for more details.

click to enlarge Annie Lopez wants to show you how to make a zine. - COURTESY OF TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Annie Lopez wants to show you how to make a zine.
Courtesy of Tempe Center for the Arts
Text and Image Zines with Annie Lopez
No two zines are ever alike – well, unless you, like, printed a bunch of them. But first, you've gotta know how to make one. Which is why you should check out the Text and Image Zines workshop with artist Annie Lopez at Tempe Center for the Arts. Attendees will put together hand-stitched zine books combining imagery, content, and print materials to make writer, photographer, and artist Lopez proud. The workshop is free, and runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6. See the Gallery at TCA website for more information.

So puppets and Star Wars go well together, okay? - COURTESY OF GREAT ARIZONA PUPPET THEATER
So puppets and Star Wars go well together, okay?
Courtesy of Great Arizona Puppet Theater
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star
Apparently puppets and Star Wars go great together, and if you don't believe us, visit the Great Arizona Puppet Theatre for the musical puppet show A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Death Star. Curt Bright wrote the show, and Mesner Puppet Theater artistic director Mike Horner adapted it for puppets. This SW spoof is appropriate for ages 12 and up at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of at 602-262-2050. See the GAPT website for details.

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.