Willamette Geek: The Week in Geek

11 awesomely nerdy things to do in Portland, Feb. 13-19

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

Tuesday, Feb. 14

PDX V-Day Zombie Pub Crawl
[DRINKING] Lonely un-beating hearts can find the love of their afterlife in this annual Portland Valentine's day tradition. Lurchers will meet up in the romantic surrounds of the Lone Fir Cemetery, then shuffle slowly to a number of Portland bars. Meet at Lone Fir Cemetery at the corner of Southeast 26th and Stark St. 6:30 pm. Register at the Facebook event page. 21+.

Burlynomicon: Heartbreak Edition
[BURLESQUE] Critical Hit Burlesque is running a special Valentine's Day "heartbreak edition" of its monthly burlesque night at the horror-themed Lovecraft Bar. Lovecraft Bar, 421 SE Grand, 270-7760. 9:30 pm. $8. 21+.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

The Land, Sea, and Air Tour: Frank Reade
[BOOKS] In the late 1800s, Frank Reade novels were sci-fi, full of steam-punk robots and airships. Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have brought Reade back into the spotlight with their book Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, a faux biography of this fictional character and his marvelous machines. They're launching the book with three events around Portland—this second week at Bridge City Comics will see a visit from Portland pirate cosplayers party people PDXYAR, including a mock battle between the swashbucklers and Guinan as Reade. Bridge City Comics, 3725 N Mississippi Ave., 282-5484. 6 pm. Free.

Thursday, Feb. 16

GOOD Ideas for Cities
[INFOTAINMENT] Infopr0n magazine GOOD is visiting five mid-sized cities to bring together teams of "problem-solvers" to tackle challenges faced by urban communities. Mayor Sam Adams' office will face off against Wieden+Kennedy to improve local education; the Department of Planning will battle OMFG Co. over childhood obesity; while the City of Portland's Sustainable Food Policy and Programs duel with Ziba to get Portlanders to eat less meat and dairy (yeah, good luck with that). Unfortunately, all tickets have been sold, but there will be a line forming from 6 pm to collect unclaimed tickets at 6:45 pm. Ziba Auditorium, 910 NW Marshall St. 6 pm.

James Randi at the Center for Inquiry
[INFOTAINMENT] Noted skeptic and former magician James Randi will look at the trickery of various "think tanks" over the past three decades, "launching a world-wide plague of misinformation, the repercussions of which can still be felt today." Dun, dun duuuunn. First Unitarian Church, 1101 SW 13th Ave. 6:30 pm. $10. See more info here.

Guardian Games' Beer, Pizza and Games Night
[GAMING, DRINKING] On the third Thursday of every month, Guardian Games powers-up its regular gaming nights with beer and pizza. This is such a night. Guardian Games, 303 SE 3rd Ave., 238-4000. 6 pm. $10. 21+.

Friday, Feb. 17

Kirby Krackle, Adam WarRock and the Doubleclicks
[MUSIC] Slightly punky Seattle nerd rock two-piece Kirby Krackle, comic book rapper Adam WarRock and Portland's own nerd folk duo the Doubleclicks combine their forces like some sort of team of five heroic, super-powered beings, for a night of geeky tunes and good times. Mt Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 360-1450. 6:30 pm. $10. Buy tickets here.

Rose City Showdown IV Pinball Tournament
[PINBALL] This pinball tournament at the Slingshot Lounge will see two seperate divisions—Open (playing on Iron Man, Dirty Harry, Twilight Zone, High Speed, Beat the Clock and Skateball) and Classics (playing on Grand Prix, Flicker, Big Casino and Volley)—battling it out for cash and glory. Slingshot Lounge, 5532 SE Center St., 445-6649. 11 am Friday-Sun. $3 per entry ticket or four for $10. See Rose City Pinball for more info.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Writers Talking: Joe Sacco
[COMICS] Portland comic artist and journalist Joe Sacco is giving a free talk at the central library about his latest work on the Suez War, Footnotes in Gaza. Mutnomah County Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., 988-5123. 2 pm. Free.

Live Wire! Radio, Featuring Brian Michael Bendis
[COMICS, RADIO] This week's edition of OPB's live-taped Live Wire! Radio show features five-time Eisner Award winning comic artist and writer Brian Michael Bender, along with New York Times (and former Willamette Week) writer Susan Orlean, stand-up comic Ian Karmel, and bands Blitzen Trapper and Hey Marseilles. Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta St., 719-6055. 7:30 pm. General admission $18 in advance, $20 day of show,
reserve tickets $34 (available until 5:30pm day of show).

Rubik's Cubing for Beginners
[GAMING] If Justin Bieber can solve a Rubik's Cube, so can you—and apparently this class will teach you to do it in just two hours (the class, not the solving). Cloud Cap Games, 1226 SE Lexinton Ave., 505-9344. 2-4 pm. Free. Ages 12+.

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