The top ten geek events in Denver in November
The leaves have turned and the weather's gone cold, but we geeks aren't concerned -- all of our favorite activities take place indoors, anyway. And this November will give Denver geeks plenty to be thankful for between now and Thanksgiving. In addition to the usual buffet of turkey and pumpkin pie, we get a cornucopia of geek fun, from brony cons to far-out films.
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10) The Kong Off 3
Denver may never host a Super Bowl, but we've got the next best thing -- the Donkey Kong world championships! This isn't some chumped-up, self-proclaimed "world championship," either -- it's fully sanctioned by Twin Galaxies, video gaming's high-score keeper of record. The 1up will play host to 22 of the world's best Donkey Kongers, including Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe (you have seen The King of Kong, right?), not to mention current champion Jeff Willms and Hank Chien, winner of the first world championship. With so many of the world's top Kong gamers in attendance, there's every chance a new record or two will be set, and don't you want to say you were there? Of course you do.
Kong Off 3 starts Friday, November 15 and runs all weekend at the 1up, ending at 8 p.m. Sunday with an awards presentation. Admission is free for spectators. All ages are welcome until 7 p.m., then it's 21 and up only. For more info, including a full schedule, visit the official Kong Off website.
9) The Visitor
Italy has a curious cinematic legacy, thanks to the habit of ripping off other, more popular films and giving them that special Italian touch. That "special Italian touch" consists of cramming in as much blood, sex and insanity as possible on a shoestring budget. Perhaps no film epitomizes this quite so much as The Visitor. Featuring an all-star(ish) cast of slumming character actors (including Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford and Lance Henriksen) and a plot that mashes up everything from The Omen to Star Wars, The Visitor is a must-see for all fans of shitty movies.
See The Visitor at 10:10 p.m. Friday, November 1, or 10 p.m. Saturday, November 2 at the Alamo Drafthouse. Tickets are $10. For tickets and more info, visit the http://drafthouse.com/denver/littleton.
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8) Running of the Leaves Con
Bronies may be one of the newest, and possibly most inexplicable, corners of fandom, but they've already got their own convention here in town. Whether you're a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a cosplay fanatic (a big part of MLP fandom), or just a fan of the inimitable joys of cons, Running of the Leaves Con has you covered. Technically this starts October 31 with a rave, but the real con stuff doesn't kick off until November 1, so you won't miss much pony fun if the calendar has already flipped.
The con starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 31 at the Ramada Plaza Northglenn, and runs through Sunday. Tickets are $35. For tickets and information, including a schedule of events and guests, visit the Running of the Leaves Con website.