September 24th, 2012 | by RUTH BROWN Features | Posted In: Willamette Geek

Willamette Geek: The Week in Geek

8 awesomely nerdy things to do in Portland, Sept. 24-30

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

Monday, Sept. 24

History Pub: Public Markets and Progressives
[EDUTAINMENT] Get your Portland vs. Seattle gloves on: Pacific Northwest archivist and historian Richard H. Engeman explains why Portland's Public Market closed in 1942, while Seattle's Pike Place Market is still going strong today. Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. 7 pm. Free.


Wednesday, Sept. 26

OMSI After Dark: Burgers and Brew

[SCIENCE] Well, OMSI sure knows how to appeal to the masses: This month's adults-only night at the museum is all about the science of beer and burgers. "Educational" demos include the physics of beer pong, dry ice root beer and flash freezing beer. A ton of breweries will also be there pouring samples for an extra fee. OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave. 6 pm. $6 members $12 non-members, free for OMSI After Dark members. Optional Brewfest package includes admission, souvenir pint glass, and ten sample tokens. $15 members, $25 non-members, $5 OAD members. 21 .


Friday, Sept. 28

Portland Juggling Festival

[JUGGLING] For the 20th year, Reed College hosts the Portland Juggling Festival. Expect performances, workshops, vendors and crazy facial hair. Reed College Sports Center, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Friday 6 pm-2 am, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, 10 pm-2 am, Sunday 10 am-3 pm. Adults $35, students $28, children 12 and under $20, seniors 62 $20.  


Saturday, Sept. 29

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

[GAMING] It's back and bigger than ever. No, really, the former third best Nintendo player in the country (long story; check out Wednesday's paper) told us that it's now the biggest retro gaming show in the US. This year, it moves to the bigger floorspace at the Oregon Convention Center and has a packed schedule, including Atari game programmers, video game historians, retro game collectors, the World Tetris Championships (!!!), a cosplay contest, chip music artists and video game trivia. Plus, Ground Kontrol is providing a 20,000 square-foot arcade. Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Saturday, 10 am-6 pm, Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. $25 weekend pass, $20 Saturday only, $15 Sunday only. Info and tickets here.

Oregon Trail Live
[GAMING] Finally: a reason to visit Salem. The Willamette Heritage Center is putting on a live-action version of the classic edutainment video game The Oregon Trail. Teams of four will compete in challenges like hunting (actually shooting college students dressed as buffalo with Nerf guns), grave digging, floating wagons (actually decorated takeout containers), and carrying 200 pounds of meat (actually "pushing a 200-pound man in a red wagon up a hill, while he spouts historical meat facts"). After the competition, there will be a "hoe-down afterparty." Team registration has closed, but you can still go watch and attend the afterparty. Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St., Salem. 1 pm. $5.

Trip Fantastic Release
[COMICS] A self-published "psychedelic action-comedy" comic about a TV stuntman. Creators Jason Baxter, Mac Hamilton and Derek Charm release issues one and two at Floating World. Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. 6 pm. Free.

Geeklesque: Powers Up 2
[BURLESQUE] Nerdy burlesque series Critical Hit Burlesque is putting on another video game themed show. If you've ever had sexy dreams about Link (and haven't we all?), this is for you. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 7:30 pm. $12 advance, $15 at door. 21 .


Sunday, Sept. 30


Table Top Flashback: Star Frontiers
[GAMING] Continuing the weekend's retro theme, Portland Retro Roleplayers will be holding a game of the 1982 RPG Star Frontiers. Will you be a Yazirian, Dralasites or Drusk? Red Castle Games, 6406 SE Foster Rd. 4 pm. Free.

The listings 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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