I hate missed opportunities. I heard about An Intimate Evening with Nobuo Uematsu. I hesitated. It sold out. My dream of sitting with 149 other people + the composer of the Final Fantasy soundtracks is shattered. ...Granted, I only discovered this dream 5 days ago, but it's still totally important and soul-crushing.
I don't want you to miss out on great things, gentle reader, especially as Valentine's Day draws ever closer.
Part 2: Tickets to geeky events in March. ...I purposefully chose things in March so no lady has to be "The Girl Who Waited."
1. The Digitour! Most geeks I know spend a significant amount of time on the Internet, where memes grow large and wild. This used to mean social isolation. Now, artists like The Gregory Brothers ("AutoTune the News," "The Bed Intruder Song") and Nice Peter ("Epic Rap Battles of History", "Nom Nom Nom Nom Babies") are making national headlines. Prove to your mate that you love these artists more than CSPAN does with tickets to The Digitour. This year, expect a balance of music, comedy, and e-heartthrobs with flowing locks*. Nice Peter remains my fave from the roster. (3/31, Reggie's Rock Club, $34.99+)
2. Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition! No relationship is sweeter than the love between Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, Discovery's heroes of science. Chicago's very own Museum of Science and Industry will be the world premiere site for The Explosive Exhibition. This exhibit will bust common myths with the help of shows, artifacts, and interactive displays. Even the most casual geek will enjoy it! I might be biased, considering my place of employment... but I loved Buster long before I got my job. Check these pics. Awesome date? Myth confirmed. (Starts 3/15, $10+parking)
3. Shatner's World! ...OK, OK. I admit it takes a special kind of person to consider this Valentine's material. You'd be heartless, though, not to get tickets for a beloved fan of Star Trek, Boston Legal, $%#& My Dad Says, or even that rendition of Rocket Man. Shatner's World: We Just Live in It is described as an exploration of Shatner's career. It saw successful runs in Australia and Canada, but the Broadway/US Tour version will be the 1st time the actor performs alone. Mentions of heavy issues like losing a wife and mentoring grandchildren will be brief, because let's be clear here: He's going to talk about Star Trek, and he's going to sing. (3/16, Auditorium Theatre, $52.50 - $300)
Boldly go where no Valentine has gone before.
*Don't be jealous, boys. They're all, like, 18, and YouTube doesn't make you rich.
NEXT TIME: GGC's Valentine trifecta concludes with local spots for year-round geek dates.