Nerd Culture

Here Are 9 Awesomely Nerdy Things to Do This June in Metro Phoenix

RPM Orchestra presents A Trip to Mars, and eight other nerdy things to do this June.
RPM Orchestra presents A Trip to Mars, and eight other nerdy things to do this June. Courtesy of FilmBar
Just because Phoenix Comicon is over doesn't mean the mean things have to start slowing down. Nerd culture in the Valley is still holding strong thanks to local film screenings, book clubs, adult collage groups, and even a trivia night dedicated to the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons – a.k.a. the world’s best TV show.

Now, get ready to mark your Google calendars with these nine events coming to metro Phoenix this June.

Burn Black & Tenderspeck Tour
Hit rent day hard with the Burn Black & Tenderspeck Tour: "Healing Thru Writing, Zines, & Art" at Wasted Ink Zine Distro. Burn Black Zine’s Rory Bee Britt and Brian Tagle and Tenderspeck’s Elly Dallas will host a workshop on the healing power of words and art, and read from the brand new Burn Black #6 issue. You’re encouraged to bring in old journals and writings for a look back at how you may have made “trauma into triumph via art.” Join the discussion from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, for free at Wasted Ink Zine Distro. See the Facebook event for more details.

Summer Lovin’
First Fridays at the Heard Museum mean free evening gallery admission, late night food and drink at The Café and Cantina, and scheduled events like Summer Lovin’, which is hosted by the impressive collage-making group CUT + PASTE PHX. Summer Lovin’ has all the materials to create your own collage – no doubt a throwback to the summer nights of your youth for some of you – plus local DJs, food, and more from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 2. See the Heard Museum website for more.

click to enlarge You think you know The Simpsons, but we'll just see. - COURTESY OF THE CORONADO
You think you know The Simpsons, but we'll just see.
Courtesy of The Coronado
Classic Simpsons Trivia: Bi-Mon Sci-Fi Con
How would Bart suggest you solve a Rubix cube? Who voiced Mindy Simmons? Name the Libertarian recluse wrote the episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land"? These are just some of the questions we could only assume will be asked at the Classic Simpsons Trivia: Bi-Mon Sci-Fi Con – a team trivia night focusing solely on The Simpson’s first 10 seasons. The night is free, open to all ages, and runs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at The Coronado. See the Facebook event for more details.

click to enlarge RPM Orchestra provides the score during the silent film A Trip to Mars. - COURTESY OF FILMBAR
RPM Orchestra provides the score during the silent film A Trip to Mars.
Courtesy of FilmBar
RPM Orchestra presents: A Trip to Mars
Picture it: The 1918 silent film A Trip to Mars, a classic space opera subgenre of science fiction film – screens while RPM Orchestra, “proto-Industrial Americana music with a dash of old-fashioned hiss and scratch,” provides the film score. This one-night-only experience is happening at FilmBar at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. General admission is $12. See the FilmBar website for tickets and details.

Brekan's Picasso. - RALPH MICHAEL BREKAN
Brekan's Picasso.
Ralph Michael Brekan
“25 Years of Pop Art”
In case you didn’t know, Ralph Michael Brekan – whose acting work has been seen on the HBO Westworld series, NCIS, and more – is a graduate of McClintock High School in Tempe. His expansive portfolio of pop art has been exhibited in seven countries across three continents, and his old hometown is currently holding an exhibition of his work titled “25 Years of Pop Art.” See colorful works of art depicting Tempe landmarks and more now through July 2 in the Community Room Gallery at the Tempe History Museum. The museum is closed Mondays, and open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, as well as 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, see the Tempe History Museum website.

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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.