Avengers, assemble! This year's most-anticipated movie is about to touch down. Critics already love The Avengers, which means 2 consecutive hits for Joss Whedon.* I'll be seeing it at midnight. How about you?
If The Avengers aren't your speed, here are more geek-friendly events in town this weekend:
1. Improvised Star Trek - Back in 2009, a group of iO geeks boldly went where no improvisers had gone before: Improvised Star Trek. After the run, the USS Sisyphus released content in podcast form. Fans remained loyal. Now, at long last, the only logical result: Improvised Star Trek is returning to the stage! Starting May 5th, a TNG-era episode will be created LIVE every Saturday. Audiences can enjoy "Romulan ale," and the costume contests will surely be a blast. Catch this show, because... well, it apparently disappears for years at a time. (Saturdays May 5th- June 9th, Midnight. iO Del Close Theater, 3541 N. Clark, $5. Free for iO students. Get Tickets.)
2. Electric DeLorean - Prefer time travel to space travel? The DeLorean Motor Company is here for you. They'll have a fully-electric DeLorean at their Midwest location Saturday for a show'n'ride. They also might display "The Supercharged Stage 3 DeLorean". It's FAST, and perfect for going Back to the Future.** (Saturday, May 5th, 10AM-4PM. DMC Midwest, 732 Tek Drive, Crystal Lake, IL. FREE.)
3. The Latte of Rassilon - Oh, I see. You love time AND space travel. Great, because a group I mentioned in my Meetup.com article is re-igniting! The Chicago Doctor Who Meetup will be coming together Monday at The Wormhole for a getting-to-know-you gathering. Extra points for a hilarious event name: The Latte of Rassilon. CAFFEINATE! CAFFEINATE! (Monday, May 7th, 6:30 PM. The Wormhole Coffee, 1462 N. Milwaukee. FREE + drinks. RSVP)
4. ROBOTS - Lastly, isn't it about time you themed your entire living space with images of robots? The Rogues Gallery's latest show features 13 artists, and their takes on "humanity's imminent demise:" ROBOTS! Best of all, prints of everything will be available for purchase. (Every day May 5th-21st, 11AM 'til close. The Rogues Gallery @ Challengers Comics, 1845 N. Western. FREE.)
That's the word. Post your Avengers reviews below!
*Firefly, however- still canceled.
**Car probably won't actually go back to the future, but... here's hoping.