This GEEKend: Alt Comics Expo, Jonathan Coulton, and the Underground Retrocade

Yesterday, I attended another ChicagoNow blathering.   I’m always surprised to see how many CN bloggers have heard of Geek Girl Chicago, but don’t read it, as they aren’t part of the geek community.  It makes me reflect upon my readership vs. that of foodies, mommies, and sports gurus.  It almost gets me down…

…that is, until I see 2 Chicagoland arcades opening in a week.  HA, flawless victory!  Geeks are taking over.  This fact becomes even clearer when I recall how every weekend there’s enough content for a robust events article.  Read on:

1. The Underground Retrocade – So, Emporium Arcade Bar has finally announced its opening date:  Tuesday the 19th.  Awesome! However, Tuesdays aren’t big nights out for 9-5ers.  A new place in East Dundee has your back.  It’s called Underground Retrocade, and doors open for the first time tonight at 7PM.  They have +/- 50 arcade games, including the classics- Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Centipede, TRON, Tempest, Joust, etc.  A few rare gems sparkle within, including a Macross game I’ve never played.  There will even be some Atari 2600 consoles- a feature not seen at other venues.  The owner has been very transparent on Facebook about the building process.  Pop in to reward his hard work, and your own.  (1 E. Main St., Dundee.  $10 for 2 hours, $15 for all day unlimited.  Hours: TONIGHT 7PM-1AM, Mon-Thurs 3PM-11PM, Fridays 3PM-1AM, Saturdays 11am-1AM, Sundays 11AM-11PM.)

Underground Retrocade pic... from a security camera. o_0


2. CAKE Alternative Comics Expo – This is the perfect weekend for those trying to expand their horizons beyond Marvel and DC.  CAKE celebrates Chicago’s legacy of underground and alternative comics.  Like any other convention, there will be panels, exhibits, vendors, and special guests.   I am personally interested in discussions with Anne Elizabeth Moore, a Fulbright scholar taking great leaps to empower women through comics.  If you need a last-minute Father’s Day gift, consider a signed copy of Darth Vader and Son from Jeffrey Brown.  Other discussions include LGBT comics, profanity, and teaching children the art.  (Sat/Sun, June 16-17th, 11AM-6PM.  Columbia College Ludington Building, 1104 S. Wabash.  FREE.)

Chicago Alternative... what, what does the K stand for?


3.  Jonathan Coulton Concert – The king of nerd rock returns to Chicago tomorrow night.  Jonathan Coulton has played in our neck of the woods for years now, but this weekend promises a few changes.  First, a new album, Artificial Heart.  It’s a pretty big escape from past work- less about mad scientists and zombies, and more about the trials of marriage and fatherhood.  Second, John Roderick of The Long Winters is opening, as opposed to Paul and Storm.  I adore Paul and Storm; they make me belly laugh every time I see them.  However, their act doesn’t change much.  I think that Roderick will more accurately reflect Coulton’s 2012 musicianship and subject matter.  …Let’s be serious, though.  I’m a girl with needs.  I still want to hear some tunes about vampires, outer space, and monkeys.  My expectations will undoubtedly be met.  (Saturday, June 16th, 9PM.  Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee.  21-and-over show.  $24+. Buy Tickets)

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Have fun, geeks- see you at the Coulton concert, and remember, “it’s gonna be the future soon…”

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