The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in September
School's back in session -- bad news for the young, great news for parents -- and fall is almost here. The end of summer is always a little heartbreaking, but even as the weather cools, the geek scene is just heating up. September is full of great geeky things for Denverites to do, from classic geek films to the region's premier anime convention; here are ten of the best.
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10) Films on Tap: The Expendables
As far as premises go, "Stuff every '80s action movie star we can dig up into an homage to '80s action movies" is pretty lowbrow. That doesn't mean it isn't fun, though, and for all of its inherent stupidity, The Expendables is about as much fun as you'd expect the realization of that premise to be. The only thing that could make it more fun is copious amounts of beer, and you're in luck -- Films on Tap is all about turning movies into drinking games. Watch explosions, drink beer, have fun and don't worry too much about the nonexistent story and cardboard characters. Get there early, since the first fifty patrons get a free drink, courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery.
See it and drink at 9:45 p.m. Friday, September 12 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Denver Film Society members. For tickets and more info, visit the film's event page at the Denver Film Society website.
9) Magic: The Gathering Khans of Tarkir prerelease
The newest expansion 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. The latest set, Khans of Tarkir focuses on an Asian-influenced world where dragons once ruled and only the fiercest warriors can survive. 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 fall set marks the start of a new cycle, making this a great place to jump in. 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.
September 20-21, 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.
8) Hall of Justice featuring Matt Busch and Landon Meier
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. Featured artist Matt Busch is a Lucas artist who's worked on everything from Star Wars to Indiana Jones. Landon Meier is best known for Hyperflesh, creepily realistic masks portraying everything from giant babies to celebrities -- most famously his Heisenberg mask worn by Bryan Cranston at San Diego Comic Con a few years ago. A handful of similar artists' work will also be on display, and the show is a fundraiser for Art of War, a charity that benefits veterans suffering from PTSD. 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 6 p.m. Friday, September 5 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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