Get in, losers. We’re going … everywhere. It’s a busy month for nerds across the Valley this May due to a couple of major annual events, including Star Wars Day, the Arizona Comic Mini Expo, and – oh, I don’t know – Phoenix Comic Fest.
Throw in the music of John Williams as performed by the Phoenix Symphony and a Mesa appearance by “Weird Al” Yankovic, and we’ve got ourselves a full dance card of fringe entertainment.
Here are 10 nerdy things to do in the Valley this May.
Star Wars Day is May 4, but you already knew that.
Star Wars DayStar Wars Day. May the fourth be with you at the CopperWynd Resort & Club when they host Star Wars Day. Expect Star Wars airings, drink specials, and plenty of popcorn. This free event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 4. RSVP to Kitty at [email protected] See the Facebook event for more details.
Fantastic Planet is downtown Mesa’s big humanoid public art exhibit coming in May.
Courtesy of Parer Studio
Fantastic PlanetFantastic Planet will be a sight, and a free-to-view one at that. The installation starts Friday, May 4. Other festivities that night include Second Friday Night Out: Sci-Fi Friday and free admission at i.d.e.a. Museum, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (also hosting a free reception from 7 to 10 p.m) on Friday, May 11. See more information at the Mesa Arts Center website.
Arizona Comic Mini Expo is back at Samurai Comics in Mesa.
Arizona Comic Mini ExpoACME website for more details.
Poisoned Pen Bookstore is hosting Cozycon 2018 in May 5.
Poisoned Pen Bookstore
Cozycon 2018Poisoned Pen website for more information.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is performing originals in Mesa.
Courtesy of Mesa Arts Center
“Weird Al” YankovicMesa Arts Center website for details.
KJZZ’s Explore AZ Storyfest & Expo is gonna be big, guys.
Explore AZ Storyfest & ExpoExplore AZ Storyfest & Expo website for information.
Retro Game Night is the fourth Wednesday of the month Michael’s at Park Central.
James Bowe/Flickr Creative Commons
Retro Game NightFacebook event for tickets and more information.
Captain Planet cosplayers at Phoenix Comicon 2017.
Phoenix Comic FestPhoenix Comic Fest website for memberships and way more information.
The music of John Williams as performed by the Phoenix Symphony.
Courtesy of Universal
“Music of John Williams”Jaws, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T., and Indiana Jones, your common denominator — besides great costumes and sexy co-stars (young Roy Scheider, so help us) — is music. The music is part of what makes these iconic films beyond iconic, and we have one man to thank: composer, John Williams. The Phoenix Symphony is performing the “Music of John Williams” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, and nightly through Sunday, May 27. Tickets range from $25 to $98. See the Phoenix Symphony website for tickets and further details.
More bite than bark.
Mesquite Class & Harvest Demonstrationevent page for more information.
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