The ten best geek events in Denver in April

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April showers bring May flowers, but we geeks don't have to wait a whole month to reap the benefits of this one. This month is loaded with great times for geeks of every stripe, from pinball wizards to devotees of '80s cinema, and numerous points between. Dig in to this list of Denver's finest geek events and let your geekiness spring forth.

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Sneaker Soiree tonight has a sweet cause: helping girls get healthy

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Casselman's Bar and Venue is always hosting an unexpected benefit -- and tonight's is Sneaker Soiree, an NCAA Basketball viewing party that's a benefit for Girls on the Run of the Rockies, a program that inspires girls to be healthy and confident by integrating running into their lives.

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Director Lisa Gunning on the Goldfrapp: Tales of Us music-video film series

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Alison Goldfrapp in Goldfrapp: Tales of Us.
As Goldfrapp, singer Alison Goldfrapp and musician/composer Will Gregory have created a discography of breathy, synthesizer-heavy songs that carry an inherent cinematic feeling. For the duo's sixth album, Tales of Us, Goldfrapp collaborated with Alison Goldfrapp's real-life partner, film director Lisa Gunning, to build a series of music videos, each with narratives of their own connected by the music. The series will be shown tonight, March 24, at the Sie FilmCenter, along with the screening of a Goldfrapp concert filmed live earlier this month. In advance of this one-night-only event, Gunning talked with Westword about how the project came together.

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Chris Fairbanks on Sexpot Comedy, suicidal civil engineers and the Tosh controversy

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Chris Fairbanks is a standup comedian, illustrator, and skateboarder who has appeared on Conan, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Fairbanks is making the most out of his trip to Denver this week, with performances scheduled every night starting with 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at Deer Pile, where he'll share a story for the Narrators podcast. At 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, he'll be at the Oriental Theater, co-headlining Sexpot Comedy's Vernal Equinox showcase with Rory Scovel and a load of local chucklers. Fans can also catch Fairbanks with the Fine Gentleman's Club at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Meadowlark and performing with Andrew Orvedahl at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23 Comedy Works South. Westword caught up with Fairbanks in advance of his packed visit to talk about Sexpot comedy, the Texas highway system and the Tosh rape-joke controversy.

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Women + Film Voices Film Festival showcases four films with a Colorado connection

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Work from photographer Suzanne Heintz's documentary short Playing House.
The fourth annual Women + Film Voices Film Festival opens tonight at the Sie FilmCenter with a diverse array of documentaries, comedies, features and short films all centered on women. This fest has grown in both scope and attendance over its run at the Sie, becoming known as a showcase of stories about women and told by women from all over the world. And for the first time ever, four of the films in this year's lineup involve subjects and filmmakers with Colorado ties. In advance of the festival opening, founder and event producer Tammy Brislin sat down with Westword to give the inside story on these Colorado-proud works.

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Mizel Museum wants your charms and sacred objects for a new display

Categories: Art, Events, Museums

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Gronk and Spronk from local gallery owner Ivar Zeile's personal collection.
Does your family have a special charm that gets passed down from generation to generation? Do you keep a rabbit's foot keychain in your pocket for good luck? If you have jewelry or an object that means something to you, the Mizel Museum would love to display it. As part of its permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, the museum is looking for cultural objects that symbolize protection or carry special meaning for people in the community to display in an upcoming companion exhibit.

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Jason Heller on The Time Travelers Almanac

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If there's one thing science-fiction writers love as much as exploring space and meeting aliens, it's traveling back in time and screwing things up. From H.G. Wells to the recent reboot of Star Trek, time travel is one of the genre's most well-explored tropes, but authors keep finding new ways to spin it. The brand-new anthology The Time Traveler's Almanac encapsulates that storied history, collecting almost seventy tales of altered timelines and unresolved paradoxes from across the trope's history, from its roots to its latest twists. To celebrate the book's release, three local contributors -- Jason Heller, Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn -- will be signing and reading from the book, as well as discussing what makes time travel so special, this Sunday, March 23 at the Broadway Book Mall. In advance of that event, we caught up with Jason Heller to talk about his contribution to the book and what makes time travel such an enduring favorite.

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Aether Ceremony opens tomorrow at Black Book Gallery

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Work by Max Kauffman, a former Denver resident, will be featured in a new show opening Saturday, March 15, at Black Book Gallery in the Denver's Art District on Santa Fe. Aether Ceremony "is a look at the interconnectedness of all things, the magic of every day and the sanctuaries we have from our day-to-day lives," explains Kauffman.

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Parties, parades and pub crawls: Twelve things to do in Denver on St. Patrick's Day weekend

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Whether you lay claim to an Irish heritage or not, St. Patrick's Day has become a holiday for everyone. In Colorado, we've got plenty of Celtic pride to go around, beginning with a gathering at the Molly Brown House tonight and continuing through Monday with block parties, pub crawls, parades and more. To help you plan your revelry, we've compiled a list of some of the best green apparel-required shindigs in town. Take note: some events are all-ages and some are adults-only, so check each event's website for more details. And if you know of more worthy St. Paddy's Day activities, post them in the comments section below.

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W. Kamau Bell on political humor, rape jokes and why he wants an Obama cabinet position

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W. Kamau Bell is a comedian and sociopolitical commentator who came up in the San Francisco comedy scene. Until recently, Bell served as the host and creator of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, a political satire featuring revealing interviews and sharp political commentary steeped in the catharsis of laughter. In the wake of FXX's cancellation of his show, Bell has mounted the "Oh, Everything" tour, which lands in Denver at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Soiled Dove Underground. In advance of that show, Westword called Bell to talk about his visit to Denver, how his standup act grew more politically engaged, the debate about rape jokes he hosted on his show, and why he thinks he should have a cabinet position in the Obama administration.

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