This Week in Geek: Jan. 24 - 31
It's another good week to be an Austin geek. This week, you can enjoy food trucks and Star Wars, a Steampunk ball, Zombie Monologues, a big screen showing of the very first Doctor Who episode, plus plenty of laid back board games in between.
Star Wars Outdoors at the Round Rock Food Trailer Park
Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Round Rock Food Trailer Park
500 N. Mays; Round Rock
Every other Thursday night, the Force will be strong in Round Rock. Come out for a free screening of the entire trilogy while enjoying fresh food from the trailers.
Call of Duty: BlackOps II Tournament
Jan. 25, 6:00 p.m.
3309 Esperanza Crossing
Come show off your first-person shooter skills at one of the Austin Microsoft Store’s Xbox tournaments! Player spots are limited to 32 so arrive early (around 5:30 p.m.) to reserve your spot. Bragging rights and great prizes (items will be announced the night of the tournament) are on the line so come on out for a night of friendly rivalries! Gamer(s) under the age of 18 CANNOT participate or win prizes without prior consent of a parent or guardian (adult must be present).
Jan. 25, 9:00 p.m.
301 W 5th St
Despite the upcoming release of “Warm Bodies,” Zombies aren’t quite dead yet. Join your fellow undead for a zombie themed nightclub bash all weekend long at Republic Live.
Jan. 25, 9:30 p.m.
705 Red River St
Hold onto those tophats my dear gents and ladies! For this fabulous night of Steampunk fun we have the one, the only, VOLTAIRE. Voltaire is a master of musical satire and he’s made a career out of transforming gothy, gloomy topics into laugh-inducing ditties. His music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads & tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre. Think dark cabaret with a healthy infusion of gallows humour.
Alamo Drafthouse Presents: The Unearthly Child
Jan. 26, 1:00 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane
5701 W. Slaughter Lane
Whovians, here’s your chance to see where it all began! Enjoy the very first episode of Doctor Who, nearly 50 years old, in the full glory of a giant movie theater screen. This free screening of a classic Doctor Who episode on the big screen is brought to you by Ain't It Cool News, BBC Home Entertainment and The Alamo Drafthouse.
Austin Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club
Jan. 26, 1:00 p.m.
Monkey Nest Coffee Shop
5353 Burnet Rd
For January, Austin’s own Fantasy and Science Fiction book club is discussing Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Even if you haven’t read the book, you’re welcome to come by and help pick upcoming books. It’s your chance to pimp your favorite genre book to a willing audience.
The Z Monologues and False Matters
Jan. 26, 10:00 p.m.
The Institution Theater
3708 Woodbury Dr
FALSE MATTERS improvises the psychedelic brew of Philip K. Dick’s themes, including the mutability of time, reality, and identity, as well as conspiracy theories, mind-altering drugs, psychic powers, androids and off-world human settlements. THE Z MONOLOGUES is a distilled version of the bestseller World War Z performed as a series of monologues for the survivors of a worldwide zombie epidemic. See both shows for the single price of $10.
Dorkbot: The Future’s So Bright
Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.
The North Door
501 N IH 35
It’s going to be a busy year preparing for the singularity. Face the future with your Dorkbot friends and some lovely libations. Also, information about upcoming SXSW activities for Makers and Professor Conrad will have his Rockin' Raven keyboard playing contraption on hand.
Girl Geeks of Austin Nerdy Knitting and Fiber Arts
Jan. 28, 7:00 p.m.
Genuine Joe’s Coffee House
2001 W. Anderson Lane
Enjoy a laid back night of knitting, crochet, embroidery, or whatever fibercraft you love in the company of your fellow nerd girls.
Girl Geeks of Austin Board Games and Brews
Jan. 29, 8:00 p.m.
Black Star Co-Op
7020 Easy Wind Dr
Not in the mood for mixed company? Enjoy some microbrewery beers along with Euro style boardgames in the company of your fellow geek girls.
South Austin Game Night and Boards and Brews Meetup
Jan. 29, 6:00 p.m.
3003 S. Lamar
This weekly gathering of gamers regularly hosts over 40 people playing a dozen different games. New people are always welcome.
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