Nerd Events Update

Even though people are busy with the holidays, there are still plenty of nerd events on tap.  Here are the ones I know about:

Game Day for Cthulhu

Come and join your fellow gamers at Happy Harbor Comics (10729 104 Ave) for an afternoon of gaming on Sunday, December 11th.  The games will run from 12 until 5pm at the latest.  It’s your chance to meet some new people, try some new games, and have an awesome time.  The featured game will be Call of Cthulhu: the Mansion of Madness.  If people would like to bring their own games, such as card games, board games, or other RPG’s for people to try out, please feel free to do so!

Graphic Content Presents: Akira

This month, Graphic Content has decided to counter-program against the torrent of feel-good holiday flicks and Oscar bait that are about to inundate the theatres of our fair city. Instead, we will be digging deep into nerd history and showing 1988′s Akira, the hyper-violent realization of Katsushiro Otomo’s epic manga of the same name, and the film that basically put anime on the map in North America.  Tuesday, December 20th at 9:15 PM at Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre. The movie is rated 18A and runs for 124 minutes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. Metro Passes will be accepted. Box Office opens at 8:15, come early to check out the comics chosen to go along with the movie.

Underworld Kalidor presents: A New Years Eve Masquerade

Underworld Kalidor will be hosting a New Years Party like no other. We have rented the beautiful Wilton Park community hall outside of Calmar, AB. There will be feasting and dancing. We will also be presenting the Underworld Kalidor LARP awards. This is a great opportunity to show your family and friends what Underworld is all about. Although this event is out of game, please come dressed for a Kalidor Masquerade (medieval/ fantasy attire suitable for a ball). We will have some loaner costumes available. Doors open at 5pm, and tickets are $30 and cover the Feast, the Venue and the Entertainment. We will have a cash bar with $2 drinks. Please do not bring outside food or alcohol. We will also have a DJ and plan to party all night. There is sleeping space available if you bring an air matress, pillow and blanket.

Indiana Jones Triple Feature

Cue the music…It’s the New Year’s Day Indiana Jones Triple Feature at The Garneau! Come for your favourite film, stay for a double feature or hang out for all three! Start 2012 with one of the best action/adventure film series ever made (Winner of six Oscars between them all).  Admission: Adult: 1 film: $8, 2 films: $14, 3 films: $18; Student/Senior/Friends of Metro: 1 film: $6, 2 films: $12, 3 films: $16.  Metro passes accepted

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Have anything geeky going on between now and the New Year?  Drop me a line and I’ll spread the word!

Monday will mark my 100th post here on Renaissance Dork, and I’m celebrating with something special.  I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I can say that there are prizes involved for the clever among you.  And because I’m a nice guy, prizes for the not-so-clever as well.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Edmonton Nerd Events

The nerdiness rolls ever on, my Yeggers!  Just when you thought, “No, we couldn’t possibly have more nerd events happening around the Greater Edmonton Area.”…BAMF!  More nerd events!  Just remember the advice of this Renaissance Dork: Pace yourself, geekiness is a marathon, not a sprint.  Just let those words of wisdom sink in as you read these upcoming events:

Turkey Shoot presents: Barbarella

An ongoing event at Metro Cinema, Turkey Shoot mixes everything you love about MST3K with audience participation, and the result is movie viewing hilarity!  Their latest victim, er, film is that Jane Fonda “classic”, Barbarella.  Join your hosts Dave Clarke, Jeff Paige and Morgan Smith on Thursday, October 13 at 9:30pm as they show their appreciation for this notorious bit of ’60s Sci-Fi cinema.  As always, there will be trivia quizzes and great prize giveaways!

Edmonton Pop Culture Fair

This Sunday, “Pop” on down to the Alberta Aviation Museum (11410 Kingsway Ave) for the Edmonton Pop Culture Fair!  For over a decade the Fair has brought together pop-culture vendors from all over Western Canada for your browsing and buying pleasure.  Books, t-shirts, toys, records, comics, posters; you can find anything and everything pop culture related.  Doors open at 10am and admission is just $5, so come spend a day in pop-culture Nirvana!

Pure Spec Board Game Pub Night Fundraiser

Join the Pure Spec crew at Elephant & Castle (10200 102 Ave NW) for a night of good food, good friends and games, all in support of the Pure Spec Festival!  They’ll be eating from 7-8pm, and then gaming until exhausted.  This is casual gaming, so don’t worry if you don’t know how to play something; someone will teach you.  Better yet, bring a game of your own to teach others! Cost is $3 for gaming only, or $15 for your choice of a beef or veggie burger, fries, a pop, and gaming (cash only, please).  Get your game on and support Edmonton’s premiere nerd event, Pure Spec!

Graphic Content Presents: Superman

Graphic Content is an ongoing film series done in cooperation between Metro Cinema and Warp One Comics and Games.  Curated by Matt Bowes and Erin Fraser, the series explores the link between film and sequential art.  Their latest instalment, a 35mm print of the classic Richard Donner Superman (1978), will screen on Tuesday, October 18th; box office opens at 6pm, with screening at 6:45pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and $6 for children under thirteen.  Don’t miss this classic piece of comic book cinema!

Online Marketing Meetup

Join the Online Marketing Meetup group for their monthly meetup, and get in the know about online marketing!  Hosted the third Wednesday of every month at D’Lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar, this is your chance to talk with other folks interested in the internets and online marketing.  Starts at 5:30pm, Wednesday, October 19 and the first round is on SEMPO Canada!

Symphonic Sorcery

Join the Edmonton Harry Potter Club for their outing to Symphonic Sorcery at the Winspear Centre.  The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will present the highly entertaining music of “Harry Potter” as part of their Esso Symphony for Kids series, and the EHPC would like you to come along!  The concert begins at 2pm on Saturday, October 29th, with pre-concert activities for the kids beginning at 1pm.  Shrug off your muggle disguise, and join the wizards of the Harry Potter Club for a fun-filled afternoon!

As always, if you have a nerdy event you’d like me to post, drop me a link in the comments section or email me at brent.jans(at)gmail.com.  I post these weekly, usually Thur/Fri, so the earlier you get it to me the better!