Thursday, June 17, 2010

Get Your Summer Geek On

Summer is a great time to be a geek. If you're looking to get your geek on, here are some suggestions:

Festivals and Events (For Colorado geeks):

Colorado Renaissance Festival (Larkspur, CO)

This is the best ren faire I've ever been to. It has great food (turkey legs, steak on a stake, and mmm . . . funnel cakes!), awesome vendors, and plenty of beautiful costumes. The festival runs on weekends from June 12th to August 1st. Check out the themed weekends!

Nan Desu Kan Anime Convention (Denver, CO)

NDK is a fan-run anime convention that attracts a large number of the genre's celebrities. It's a must for the anime fan.

Film on the Rocks (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)

Being a film buff, this is my favorite summer event. Presented by the Starz Film Center, FOTR features classic films in the open air, surrounded by the beauty of Red Rocks. Each film has an opening band and if you get the VIP package, there is a pre-film party. Make sure to get tickets early, because they quickly sell out - especially the more popular films. Check out the schedule here.

Geeky Summer Blockbusters:

Splice (Released June 4th)

Two genetic engineers created a genetically enhanced human hybrid (who they name Dren - nerd backwards) that rapidly evolves into a dangerous monster.

The A-Team (Released June 10th)

The film version of the classic 80s television show. I love it when a plan comes together!

Jonah Hex (June 18th)

A film based on the DC Comics character.

The Last Airbender (July 1st)

Live action film version of the animated series, directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Despicable Me (July 9th)

Animated feature about a battle between evil geniuses!

Inception (July 16th)

Produced and directed by Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight), Inception is a sci-fi thriller that has been compared to the excellent cult classic Dark City.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (August 13th)

Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) and starring nerdy boy wonder Michael Cera, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the story of a shy nerd who falls for a beatiful, eccentric girl who just happens to have seven evil exes. Pilgrim must do battle (Tekken-style!) with the baddies to win his crush's heart.

Skip the reruns and watch some awesomely geeky TV:

"Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman"

The Science Channel's facinating look at the universe.

"Mad Men" Season Four (beginning July 25th)

I love this show and I'm so excited for the season four premiere. If you haven't seen the previous three seasons, definitely check them out.


This Starz original series features a support group of suicidal people as they struggle to overcome depression. I love the quirky black humor. Perfect for fans of "Dead Like Me" and "Pushing Daisies". Don't get Starz? Watch it on Netflix Instant (updated with new episodes weekly).

Have some other geeky summer suggestions, share 'em in the comment section!

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