January 23rd, 2012 11:00 am | Ruth Brown Features | Posted In: Willamette Geek

Willamette Geek: The Week in Geek

Eight awesomely nerdy things to do in Portland, Jan. 23-29

WW's weekly round-up of the nerdy events happening around Portland over the next seven days:

Monday, Jan. 23

Saturday Morning Cartoons at Night
[FILM] It hardly seems possible this has not happened in Portland previously, but it hasn't. Here are Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Thundarr the Barbarian and Schoolhouse Rock, all together on a big screen with beer. Hey hey hey. AARON MESH. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm. $5. Free cereal for early arrivals.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Cort and Fatboy's Whedonverse Geek Trivia Night
[TRIVIA] It was Buffy Summers' birthday on Jan. 19, apparently, and to celebrate (five days after the fact), Cort and Fatboy's Geek Trivia Night will focus all of its questions on the Joss Whedon oeuvre—that means Buffy (perhaps even the woeful 1992 film starring Kristy Swanson and Luke Perry?), Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Dollhouse, and even the forthcoming Avengers movie. Some of the questions will even be written by Buffy comics editor (and Portlander) Scott Allie. There will also be Buffy giveaways and prizes. See? You knew that spending the last eight years writing Buffy/Veruca slashfic would come in handy one day! Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, 249-3983. 7 pm (trivia starts at 9 pm). Free.

Portland Start Up Community Rocks with Eileen Brady and Priory
[TECH AND POLITICS] It's no secret that several prominent members of Portland's start-up community have jumped on the "Eileen Brady for mayor" train (or bike, possibly), and they'll be evangelizing to their tech brethren at this party. Nitin Khanna (Megertech), Scott Kveton (Urban Airship), Josh Friedman (NedSpace), Nitin Rai (First Insight), Sheetal Dube (Audioname.com), Kristin Hammond (squarefeetpdx.com), Kevin Steger (StartupReport.com), Alex Payne (Simple), Diane Fraiman (Voyager Capital) and Chris Logan (SweetSpot Diabates Care) will be there—it's supposed to be a fundraiser, but much like celebrity Scientologists, presumably you can go just to network and rub shoulders so long as you're willing to listen to them preach. There will also be a performance by local indie poppers Priory, which we assume is the "rocks" part, unless Brady is planning to kick out the jams. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 6:30-9 pm. Suggested donation $15. RSVP here.

Stumptown Stories: The Biology, Behavior and Benefits of Bats
[EDUTAINMENT] The Oregon Encyclopedia's monthly public history night commemorates the International Year of the Bat (who knew?) with a free talk by Cris Hein from Bat Conservation International. Na-na na-na na-na na-na, na-na na-na na-na na-na... you get the idea. Jack London Bar, 529 SW 4th Ave., 227 5327. 7:30 pm. Free. 21+.

Randall at Powell's
[BOOKS] Randall, of YouTube Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger fame, has a book out: Honey Badger Don’t Care: Randall’s Guide to Crazy, Nastyass Animals (you can read our review here). Yes, it's basically an 80-page version of the video, minus the voice-over that made it funny in the first place (it has also spawned a TV show and two mobile apps). Still, at this event, he will presumably narrate it in person, so that's something. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 24. Free.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

OMSI After Dark: Nerds and Curds
[EDUTAINMENT] OMSI's monthly adults-only night makes learning delicious with an exploration of the science of wine and cheese. Make paneer, discover if you have super-strength tastebuds, and gorge on goods from local dairies and wineries—without annoying children around to stop you from playing with all the interactive exhibits. All in the name of science, of course. OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave. 6-10 pm. $12 non members, $6 for OMSI members, $4 for OMSI After Dark members. Entry includes souvenir wine glass and 10 tokens for samples; additional tokens $1 each. 21+.

Ground Kontrol Free Play Party
[GAMING] Twice a month, Ground Kontrol sets all its machines to "free play" and allows you to flap your flipper fingers all night long for a flat $5, instead of having to drag droopy pockets of quarters through Old Town. Want to finally get "Tour the Mansion" on Adams Family pinball? This is the time. Bonus points: Ground Kontrol finally has a full liquor license. Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St., 796-9364. 5 pm. $5. 21+.

Thursday, Jan. 26

Big Plastic Heroes
[THEATER] A pair of solo performances about childhood heroes: in Teenage Commando, Portland comedian auGi describes his teenage yearning to be Rambo; in Last American Gladiator Part 3, New Yorker Slash Coleman recounts his youthful obsession with Evel Knievel and his third-grade teacher, with dire consequences. In between, notable Portlanders tell their own stories of misplaced childhood heroes. BEN WATERHOUSE. Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. bigplasticheroes.com. 7:30 pm Jan. 26-28. $15-$17.50.

The listing here are written by WW, but we crib events shamelessly from the Geek Portland calendar. Go there for more events and information.
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