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Celestial Pick – Free Comic Book Day!

 

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Lots of amazing comics are yours for the taking at comic shops across the nation this Saturday. The craziest scene by far will be at Carol and John’s Comics on the Westside, but our own Imaginary Worlds Comics will be representing the Eastside.

At Imaginary Worlds, festivities run from 10 am until 9 pm with cosplayers, free comics, store discounts, Girl Scout cookies and appearances by Ted Sikora, creator of APAMA and Caleb Thusat, the creator of Alter Life. The shop is located at 13446 Cedar Rd, Cleveland Heights, Ohio across from Melt and Critical Hit Games.

On the west side of town, Carol and John’s Comic Shop at 17462 Lorain Avenue offers what can only amount to a minor convention. Starting Friday night, May the Fourth be with you as Star Wars cosplay groups, the 501st, Rebel Legion, and the Mandalorian Mercs will be in costume along with Hero Alliance for photographs during a 10 pm to 2 am early release event that even features a pop-up bar. On Saturday, May 5, from 10 am until 7 pm, 22 local artists will be sketching and over 30,000 comics will be given away. Rubber City Cosplay will be on hand with their photo booth. As a special treat, Jim Steranko is being flown in. Steranko’s art, especially his dynamic covers, mark a distinct generation of comics.

So there you have it, either side of town offers you a spectacularly vibrant and geeky outing that will appeal to fans of any age.

Celestial Pick – Labyrinth and NOWS Wargaming Minicon

Despite your cries of anguish, Avengers Infinity War will not be the geekiest ticket in Cleveland this weekend. Let’s face it, the Avengers are mainstream now. The “Marvel Cinematic Universe” movies are consistent blockbusters. You don’t need Celestial Attic telling you to go see them. They already HAVE your money, so let me suggest some stuff you might have missed.

This weekend’s geek ticket in Cleveland is the Northern Ohio Wargaming Society’s (NOWS) second gaming minicon of the year. Join them for a day of gaming on Saturday, April 28, at 9 am until Midnight, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 50 East Bagley Road, Berea, Ohio.

According to their meetup page:

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NOWS is one of Ohio’s oldest Wargaming clubs, having been a group for over 30 years. Our group’s purpose is to promote gaming of all types. Our primary focus is on miniature war games, however, we actively promote board games and role-playing games. Membership is therefore open to those 16 years and up who enjoy playing and running games of all types. NOWS membership gives you the opportunity to attend our three Minicons which are scheduled through out the year at no additional cost. You also will receive our bi-monthly newsletter. Membership also allows gamers the opportunity to meet (and game with) other war gamers in the greater Cleveland Area. Many of our members regularly attend conventions across the country. Our efforts in the promotion of our hobby include staging NOWSCON one of Ohio’s oldest continuing gaming conventions generally held the last weekend in September. We also regularly sponsor games at local game stores, other conventions and various members’ homes.

You will find details of their meetup here:

Northern Ohio Wargaming Society (NOWS)

Cleveland, OH
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NOWS is one of Ohio’s oldest Wargaming clubs, having been a group for over 30 years. Our group’s purpose is to promote gaming of all types. Our primary focus is on miniature w…

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Follow that up with some awesome 80’s cinema on Sunday evening.

Looking for a scary-cute puppetfest? Nostalgic for Jim Henson? Want to see David Bowie with a mammoth, hurm, well… Let’s just say those tights are TIGHT. Maybe this coming week’s showing of the 1986 film Labyrinth is your best bet in Cleveland. Showing at Richmond Town Square Stadium 20, Cinemark 24 Cleveland, and Southpark Mall in Strongsville at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29 and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2.

Fathom says:

Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly), a teenager with an active imagination, summons the Goblins to take her baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, Sarah must follow him into a fantastical world to rescue him from the Goblin King (David Bowie). Guarding his castle is the labyrinth itself, a twisted maze of deception, populated with outrageous characters and unknown dangers. To get through it in time to save Toby, Sarah befriends the Goblins, in hopes that their loyalty isn’t just another illusion in a place where nothing is as it seems!

Looking to extend the experience? May we suggest the McFarlane Toys Labyrinth: Jareth Collectible Action Figure or Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Firey Plush Figure by Toy Vault? The Jareth figure is seven inches of Bowie awesomeness to adorn a suitable nook or cranny in your home or office. Though not as well, ahem, endowed as the real thing, it is detailed and charming. The Firey plush from Toy Vault is designed to be disassembled and rearranged like a dancin’ fool. It is just one of several adorable Labyrinth offerings from Toy Vault including the adorable worm. Come in and meet the missus.

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Celestial Pick – Nosferatu and a Super Hero Bar Crawl

Cleveland has an astoundingly geeky weekend ahead with PUBG on free play all weekend long on the Xbox One, Magic the Gathering releasing Dominaria in local game stores, a West Side Zombie walk, and the Great Muppet Caper showing at the Cedar Lee, but our Celestial Pick has got to be a Friday-night viewing of the remastered Nosferatu followed by the Super Hero Bar crawl, in costume, starting at the Great Lakes Brewing Company at noon on Saturday. Ahhh… Vampires and Cosplay…

First up, Nosferatu.
Friday, April 20 at 7 pm

 

2018-04-17_Nosferatu_BSink your fangs into this one! The Cleveland Museum of Art is showing a restored print of Nosferatu.

Their website says:

Tue, 04/17/2018 – 1:45pm to 3:10pm

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Fri, 04/20/2018 – 7:00pm to 8:25pm

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Celestial Pick – March for Science!

Our Celestial Pick for this weekend’s geekiest activity is Sunday’s March for Science in Public Square. Yes, that is the day AFTER the national March in DC. You’ll have enough time leftover to buy your Hamilton tickets, catch a Friday the 13th showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show in Oberlin, catch the 40th Anniversary showing of Grease, or attend the Survival Sunday Walking Dead event.

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It is time, again, to honor all those feats of science with your feet at the second annual March for Science. We are unabashedly PRO-SCIENCE here at Celestial Attic, the only true geek position. That means we need to push back when we see the most productive form of human enquiry ever devised come under organized political attack.

The first March for Science organized itself in response to the political appointments and anti-science views of the incoming Trump administration.

If you’ve been following along at home, it hasn’t gotten much better. A few of the year’s anti-science hits:

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The Anti-EPA, EPA chief, Scott Pruitt diverted emergency money to fund scientists into the pockets of his political employees.

Trump proposed major cuts to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy’s science office in a powerfully anti-science budget.

Trump appointed a 31-year-old Princeton Political Science graduate to a job formerly held by the nation’s top scientists.

And, his administration continues to be heavily anti climate science.

Simply put, it’s time to march again! Cleveland’s branch of the national March for Science will be held at Public Square from 10 am until 1pm on April 15, 2018. In their own words:

Welcome to the March for Science – Cleveland! Speakers and activities at this year’s March will take place from approximately 10am-1pm on April 15, 2018, with the March itself stepping off from Cleveland’s Public Square around 12pm. March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Policy changes over the past year have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the tremendous outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by millions of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has been used by some policymakers to deny overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand!

The Cleveland March for Science is a satellite event of the national march, with a flavor all its own. Please adhere to our Social Media Conduct Policy: https://www.facebook.com/download/preview/1426209390756667

Co-Chairs: Patricia Princehouse (evolution@case.edu), Mārtiņš Krēbs

Administrative Coordinator: Christina Lianopoulos

Also, show your support by following the national March. FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/marchforscience/

Twitter: @ScienceMarchDC Reddit: /r/scientistsmarch

Email Updates: http://eepurl.com/cyUV7T

Website http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com/

GoFundMe: gofundme.com/rdmjk6-march-for-science-cleveland

Press Inquiries: Contact Dr Princehouse at 440-478-5292 (call or text)

Celestial Attic will see you there!

Or, you can play the at-home game, shooting down Trump’s false tweets.

Celestial Pick – Artemis Armada

627777583This week’s Celestial Pick, the best geek bet for Cleveland this weekend, is Artemis Armada IV, a local gaming convention dedicated to a unique, locally-authored game. Armada, April 6 to 8, is the yearly convention for the computer game Artemis, designed by local programmer and game designer, Thom Robertson.

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Artemis is an intense simulation of starship adventure with players manning the consoles of the weapons, navigation, science, communications and engineering stations, not to mention, the captains chair. Each year, crews from starships across the nation pack their ever-more-complex gaming rigs into the car and make their way to Cleveland for adventure, camaraderie and a battle royal. This year’s Armada theme is “The One With The Whales” and gamers will be attending workshops on making their bridges more complex, adding DMX effects, mission scripting and more. Some bridges are truly approaching cinematic quality. A $25 day pass is a great way to discover this game and experience the best on offer from its most dedicated crews. Got your own crew already? The $270 Crew Pass is the way to go, getting your entire crew in for the entire weekend. Armada will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Beachwood at 3663 Park East Drive, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. Learn more:

https://artemisspaceshipbridge.com/armada-2018

 

 

If a weekend of starship combat isn’t your thing, the 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival (CLIFF) is taking place April 4 – 15, 2018 at Tower City Cinemas and select neighborhood screening locations. If you love cinema and surprises, then this is your geeky ticket all week.  Tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets can be purchased on each film’s page. There are several nerdy offerings buried in the schedule. You will find a few on the slate of family films. The 2016 Swedish film Up in the Sky jumps out. Loaded with hijinks, puppets, space rockets, and robots, Up in the Sky (Upp i det blå) tells the story of Pottan, a young girl accidentally dropped at a recycling center instead of pony camp. She soon discovers their secret spaceship. Showing at Tower City Cinemas, Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 3:50 PM, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM, and Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 5:20 PM.

Also on the family film slate, ZOMBILLENIUM, is a 2017 French film based on the French graphic novel centered on a Halloween-themed amusement park fully employed by real vampires, witches, and zombies. Showing at Tower City Cinemas, Friday, April 13, 2018 at 3:35 PM and Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:25 AM.


Much of the more serious, murderous and spooky fare crowd the after hours slate. The shorts are especially intriguing. On the After Hours Shorts Program 1 is a little gem titled All Kids go to Hell which tells the story of two orphans to adopt them. It is showing at Tower City Cinemas Friday, April 06, 2018 at 11:30 PM. On the slate of After Hours Shorts Program 2 is a curiosity titled M.A.M.O.N. Monitor Against Mexicans Over Worldwide. It is the story of latinos falling from the sky onto the Mexican US border in an alternate reality with some strong relation to our own. M.A.M.O.N. Monitor Against Mexicans Over Worldwide is showing at Tower City Cinemas Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 11:30 PM.

Celestial Pick – Pterosaurs

2-Quetzalcoatlus-ModelPterosaurs swoop in to become this week’s best geek bet in Cleveland. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs has opened. A trip down to enjoy this traveling exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, New York offers flying reptiles of all sizes:

They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of your hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs — the first vertebrates to achieve flight.

Not dinosaurs, birds or bats, pterosaurs were flying reptiles that lived in the world of dinosaurs 220 to 66 million years ago. This exhibit from the American Museum of Natural History, New York, showcases rare fossils, life-size models and activities that bring pterosaurs to life.

While you are there, check out a planetarium show or enjoy the animals as Spring breaks out and warms the ground. The Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden offers a delightful collection of active animals this time of year.

otterThe Cleveland Museum of Natural History is located in Cleveland’s museum circle at 1 Wade Oval Drive Cleveland, Ohio, 44106. Their hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm Wednesday, and noon to 5 pm Sunday. Admission rates vary by age, running from $12 to $15, except Wednesday evenings. Drop by after 5 pm . Wednesday for an $8 admission! Parking in the connected garage runs $10 – $16.

Looking for a great Pterosaur to take with you? May we suggest a plush pterosaur sized tiny, small (13″), medium (15″) or large (22″)? They range in wingspans from just two to a massive 22 inches. The medium, 15-inch, is on sale for just $12.99. Trust us, the real thing was far less cuddly.

 

Celestial Pick – “Weird Al” Yankovic

27908155_10159958116920032_4870104798874426893_oWhat’s the geekiest ticket in Cleveland this weekend, “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC: The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour – Special Guest Emo Philips, 8 pm at the Ohio Theatre. That is the Celestial Pick this weekend if you can get tickets. They run $69.50 – $79.50, VIP: $271.25, just click the link and pray.
From their website:
“Weird Al” Yankovic burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog. After his 2016 world tour, including venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, this is a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with this legendary performer.
Weird Al’s most recent album Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the BillboardTop 200 chart. In 2018 he will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Can’t make that show? Our backup pick is the Storm’s Angels Carnival at St. John’s Ukrainian Church, 3038 Charleston Ave. Lorain, OH, Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm. This low-key carnival offers fun, food and prizes with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit, Storm’s Angels, an animal rescue and rehabilitation program for companion animals.
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Ctrl Alt Elite Gaming

While you are out that way, you might want to check out Ctrl Alt Elite Gaming at 5204 Detroit Rd, Elyria, OH 44035. CAEG specializes in card based games, Pokemon, Magic and the like, with lots of tournaments and a hoard of rare cards and supplies.

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Recess Games
Recess Games at 26636 Brookpark Road EXT, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Recess offers weekly gaming events, knowledgable staff and a rewards points system that encourages loyalty.