The ten best geek events in Denver in July

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If Fourth of July picnics and World Cup hysteria aren't doing it for you, July has plenty of geek entertainment to offer -- whether you're looking to get your game on, enjoy Star Wars in the traditional Shakespearean form or just sit in the blessedly cool, air-conditioned embrace of a movie theater while watching science-fiction classics. Here are July's ten best geek events.

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10) First Friday at the Hall of Justice
Wade through the sea of art lovers on Santa Fe Drive for some geeky delights at Zac Conley's Hall of Justice comic and entertainment art gallery. Nationally syndicated sports and editorial cartoonist Drew Litton and local illustrator/cartoonist Zak Kinsella headline the show, which also features the work of another half dozen local comic artists. Throw in the gallery's usual collection of nearly a quarter million dollars' worth of comic and entertainment art, and you've got a perfectly geeky First Friday destination.

The show starts at 4 p.m. Friday, July 4 at the Hall of Justice comic and entertainment art gallery. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Hall of Justice Facebook page.

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9) Magic: The Gathering M15 prerelease
The newest Core set for Magic: The Gathering, the world's most popular trading-card game, is hitting shelves this month, and that means it's pre-release time. Magic's pre-release tournaments are among its most casual events, meaning they're a great way to dip your toe into the water of competitive play, even if you're a total noob. Heck, especially if you're a total noob, since the Core sets are the game's entry-level product and this is a sealed event, so you don't even need to own any cards to participate. If you've been playing the digital Duels of the Planeswalkers on your computer or console and wondering if it's time to make the jump to the actual card game, this is the way to do it.

July 12-13, various locations. Price may vary, but expect to spend about $30, which nets you six packs of cards plus a special promo card. For more information, check out the official Magic: The Gathering website, and find a location near you with Wizards of the Coast's store locator.


7) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The original grimy, crazed redneck murder family classic is forty years old, and still just as fantastic as it was the day it was released. Now it's back in theaters with a spiffy new restoration, meaning the original grime and grit will look more vibrantly disgusting than ever before! Whether you're seeing it for the first time or the fortieth, this is a rare opportunity to catch the grindhouse classic on the big screen, in all of its larger-than-life, chainsaw-wielding glory.

See it at 10 p.m. Friday, July 18 or Saturday, July 19 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. Tickets are $10.75. For more information, visit the event page on the Alamo Drafthouse website.

Keep reading for seven more of the best geek events in July.


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Colorado Arts Center

841 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General

Tattered Cover Highlands Ranch

9315 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch, CO

Category: General

Alamo Drafthouse

7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO

Category: Film

Buntport Theater

717 Lipan St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Crowne Plaza DIA

15500 E. 40th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Alamo Drafthouse

7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO

Category: Film

Skylite Station

910 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General

Sie FilmCenter

2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Film

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