This GEEKend: Nerdgasm Burlesque, Ruby on Rails, CG2, and MORE

Would you all judge me if I said I wanted to blog earlier today, but was watching the Star Wars trailer? ...and then watching it more? ...and then desperately searching for tidbits about the new characters? ...and then talking to my friends about it?!

You get the idea.

I did do one, non-Star Wars thing today. I met Tana Karo. She asked how I liked the Dr. Horrible Sing-Along I wrote about last GEEKend. I sheepishly admitted that I don't go to every event. Doing so would be impossible! This weekend's list, for example, is six items long. I'm spending most of my free time at the con that formally invited me. Sadly, there just isn't room for the rest of the fun.

I count on you, gentle reader, to send me pictures and stories from the things I miss. Have fun at ALL of the following:


FRIDAY, APRIL 17th, 2015:

Bad Grammar Theater - The third Friday of every month, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror authors present their work in University Village. Bad Grammar Theater is a live storytelling event. The vibe is pretty laid-back. Attendees are invited to arrive late, leave early, and meander. Among tomorrow's tales are Mistress Bunny and the Case of the Canceled Client, and an excerpt from the upcoming Exigencies anthology. Sounds saucy! Also, the Facebook page referred to me as an "Internet Celebrity." Flattery gets you everywhere, ya'll. (Friday, April 17th, 2015. 6-9PM. Powell's Bookstore, 1218 S. Halsted. FREE. Official Site * Twitter * Facebook)

Nerdgasm: An Unconventional Convention Cabaret - I'm not gonna say Plan 9 Burlesque is my favorite burlesque troupe in town, but, well, they just might be my favorite burlesque troupe in town. I have worked with a few of the performers, and always love their show themes. Friday's Nerdgasm is an ode to C2E2. Plan 9's website teases The Joker as a potential performer. I also know someone who helped create Joffrey Baratheon's gear. You wouldn't automatically label King Joff as one to shimmy and shake, but I've cosplayed him. He has potential. Speaking of fan-made costumes, they are encouraged at the burlesque show. :) (Friday, April 17th, 2015. 8PM. Fizz Bar and Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln. $20. Buy tickets HERE. Official Site * Facebook * Twitter)

Promotional banner for Plan 9 Burlesque's Nerdgasm


SATURDAY, APRIL 18th, 2015:

WHOniverse Photoshoot 12 - What kind of Rose Tyler would I be if I didn't give a shout out to my Whovians? Chicago-area Doctor Who cosplayers are once again gathering for pictures this Saturday. All characters and skill levels are welcome. I've attended several of these. The group is fun, and usually hangs out for food and/or shopping after the formal bits. The adventure begins in Schiller Park, and expands from there. Pack your favorite scarf, screwdriver, and of course, camera! (Saturday, April 18th, 2015. 10AM. Stalica Park, 9200 E. Irving Park Rd., Schiller Park. FREE. Meet at the gazebo.)

Sci-Fi Spectacular - With so many new blockbusters coming out (Star Wars, Avengers, Jurassic World,) it's easy to forget about the classics. Saturday, you can pay homage to favorite science fiction. The Patio Theatre will be screening The Fifth Element, Labyrinth, The Thing, Alien, and others. Original shorts will be peppered into the mix, too, for both entertainment and potty breaks. Special guests, vendors, and- ...wait. Does this poster remind anyone else of Krumm from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters?(Saturday, April 18th, 2015. 12PM-??? The Patio Theatre, 6008 W. Irving Park. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Buy tickets HERE. Official Site * Facebook)

Promotional image for Sci-Fi Spectacular



Ruby on Rails Workshop for Women - If you're a geek girl, and you have even the slightest interest in coding, GO TO THIS. I attended RailsBridge's last Chicago workshop. It was easy (once I got through InstallFest,) fun, and SUPER important. The day-long lesson is also FREE. I thought it was too good to be true, at first. Turns out, this deal is as-advertised. Anyone who identifies as female can sign up, and learn the very basics of coding with Ruby. There's even food. By the end of my Saturday, I had programmed my own (tiny) site. I was SO proud, and have been hungry to code ever since. (Friday, April 17th, 2015, 5:30-8PM AND Saturday, April 18th, 9AM-5PM. Enova, 200 W. Jackson Blvd, 13th floor. FREE. RSVP HERE. Official Site.)

Columbia Geek Culture Gala - Finally, here's where I'll be spending my GEEKend. CG2 is Columbia College's all-fandom convention. They invited me to judge their cosplay contest, and I can't wait! CG2 has a full panel schedule. There's a nice spread, spanning fluffy fan chats to hot button issues. Of course, no con is complete without gaming, artists, and a SUPER SPECIAL SECRET GUEST that I probably shouldn't reveal. Eeeeee! While all main programming is on Saturday, CG2 is having a launch party on Friday for an extra charge. I'll be there, alongside The Nerdologues and Improvised Star Trek. (KICKOFF: Friday, April 17th, 2015. 8PM. Cards Against Humanity HQ, 1917 Elston. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. CONVENTION: Saturday, April 18th, 2015. 10AM-5PM. Columbia College, 618 S. Michigan Ave. $5. Facebook.)

Cg2 logo


Woof! That took longer to write than I thought. I guess I would have blogged faster, but I was e-mailing my parents about- you guessed it- Star Wars. ...Well, also my job search, but mostly Star Wars. YES. BB8. PRATICAL EFFECTS. STORMTROOPERS. UNF.

...Er, post below if you'll be attending any of these events. May the Force be with you.


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