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The Weekly Nerd Alert


Upcoming Nerdy Events in Louisville, KY



Games on Tap. January 10 @6:30-11pm. Great Flood Brewing, 2120 Bardstown Rd. No entry fee.
Weekly Board Game meetup. A variety of board games, including classics and modern games like Resistance, Codenames, and Klask. Friendly and patient hosts will explain the rules.

Auditions for The Tick. January 10 @6:30pm. The Alley Theater, 633 W Main. $15
The Alley Theater will be holding auditions for it’s superhero spoof “The Tick” based on the comic book / cartoon / TV series on: Wednesday, January 10th and Thursday, January 11th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm each day. Auditions are open to men and women 18 and over. Rehearsals to begin the following week with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from February 8th – 24th. No prepared materials are required, you will be asked to do a cold reading from the script.

Nerd Louisville Presents: Slur Your Role XLVI. January 14 @4-8pm. Kaiju, 1004 E Oak St.  $5.
Join Nerd Louisville for a night of role-playing and boozing in the belly of Kaiju on Oak Street as we pursue our mission of making Louisville the most awesome nerd city in the universe.  A donation is required in order to play. All donations are used to fund Nerd Louisville and support our Next-Gen Nerds initiative. We ask for a $5 donation at the door, but the event is first come, first serve and seats are limited. If you would like to pre-register to save your spot at a table, you can register online in advance on the event website (link in the event title).

Dungeons & Dragonesses 5e Character Building Workshop. January 27, 2018 @12-4:30pm. Main Library, 301 York St. Free.
Come learn about character building! We will be reviewing classes, races, ability scores, and all the other magic that goes into a character sheet. Dungeons and Dragonesses aims to provide a community wherein women and those identifying as female or gender non-binary can gather together to play the tabletop games free of discrimination.

The Kentucky Pirate Festival. Feb 3, 2018 @2pm-midnight. Tim Faulkner Gallery.
Join the adventure! Come to the Kentucky Pirate Festival and step into a world of swashbuckling rogues and dastardly villains! Sing rousing chanteys with voyagers of the seas! Spend your stolen loot on goods from around the globe at the Pirate Marketplace! Taste the freedom of the pirate’s life! Fun and activities for scallywags of all ages!

The Return of the Tick. Feb 8-24, 10 show dates. The Alley Theater, 633 W Main. $15
The Big Blue Bug of Justice returns to The Alley Theater in an original superhero parody parody! Join Arthur and The Tick as they and their super(ish) hero(ish) friends(ish) sort of protect The City from some of the most interesting yet mediocre supervillians The City has ever seen!

Black Panther Party: Graphic Novel Discussion Group. Monday, Feb 12, 2018 @6pm. Main Library Board Room, 301 York St.
An African-American History Month program. Marvel’s Black Panther movie will be released on Friday, Feb 16.

The Barber of Seville. Feb 16 & 18, 2018. W L Lyons Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway.
Figaro! Figaro Figaro Figaro Figaro FIIIIIIIIIIIIGAAARO!

Arcade Expo. March 2-4, 2018. 1776 Plantside Dr. $20-$60.
Featuring 100s of pinball and arcade games – including favorites such as Donkey Kong, Pacman, Pinbot, Dr. Who, Street Fighter II, and many more. New Pinball machines on freeplay such as Dialed In from Jersey Jack Pinball, and Star Wars from Stern Pinball. Play systems you’re never seen before such as the CD-I, TurboGrafx 16, or Pioneer Laseractive. Leave your quarters at home- all arcades and pinball machines are set to free-play.

Stage Combat – Elizabethan Style. March 3 March 17,  April 14 @1pm. Kentucky Shakespeare, 323 W Broadway, Suite 401.
In partnership with the Frazier History Museum, historical interpreter and stage combat expert Eric Frantz shows you the ropes of sword fighting and hand-to-hand combat for the stage. Session 1- March 3rd 1-5pm: Sword and Hand to Hand – $40 for 4 hour session. Session 2- March 17th 1-5pm: Dagger and Hand to Hand – $40 for 4 hour session. Session 3- April 14th 1-5pm: Rapier – $40 plus $20 equipment rental. This workshop is intended for participants 18 years and older.

Weird Al Yankovic: Ill Advised Vanity Tour. March 28 @8-11pm. The Brown Theater, 315 W Broadway. $35 and up.
What do we need to write, here? You know Weird Al. He’s been a nerd fave for generations, and still going strong. Weird Al’s latest album was #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

Conglomeration. March 30 – April 1, 2018. Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Gaming Convention. ConGlomeration has been a fixture in the local science fiction calendar since 2001, continuing a Louisville fandom legacy that began with RiverCon in 1975. Come be a part of this ongoing tradition and meet the long-lost geek family you didn’t know you had.

Wonderfest. June 1-3, 2018. Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Now in its 29th year, WonderFest features movie special effects guests, the largest model contest in the U.S. for sci-fi, horror & comics-related subjects, model and toy dealers galore, and seminars to entertain and improve hobbyists of all ages!

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. June 14-30. The Alley Theater, 633 W Main. $20.
Book by Charlotte Mann; Lyrics by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler; Music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest. Directed by Joey Arena. Glitter Boots Saved My Life! ​Join us as we once again transform The Alley into the seediest cabaret this side of Uranus – Saucy Jack’s! With an open bar onstage and pre-show cabaret entertainment; you’ve not been to a show like this before…

Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival. June 2- July 15 on Saturdays and Sundays. 955 Elm St (Hwy 22), Eminence (Henry County), KY.
The Highland Renaissance Festival began June, 2006, and is a 1300 Period Festival that offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment.  There are 9 stages of continuous entertainment daily, including LIVE Combat Jousting, Period Music, Dancing, Reenactment, Fire Juggling, Sword Swallowing, Acrobatics, Mud Show and much more. We have activities for all ages, including Human Chess, Hand Powered Rides, Games of Skill, Face Painting, Hair Braiding, A Children’s Area and more. You can enjoy some period food and drink as well in our Great Hall, or even a pint of Ale form one of 2 Pubs. We have over 75 merchants and artisans that sell and demonstrate items such a clothing, jewelry,  handmade blacksmith wares, soaps, herbals, mugs, children’s games and more.

Star Trek: Boldly Going Way Too Far, Again. July 12-28. The Alley Theater, 633 W Main. $15.
Beam aboard the lunacy that is The Alley’s original parody, updated for a whole new production. The Guardian of Continuity is back at it; mixing TV shows, movies, and the entire genre’s kitchen sink on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Voyage with Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the gang as they encounter alien planets, alien lifeforms, and characters from other Trek shows and various sci-fi franchises in an effort to set their continuity back to normal with hysterical results. Directed by Sterling Pratt.

Cannibal the Musical. August 16-September 1. The Alley Theater, 633 W Main. $20.
By Trey Parker. I think I know exactly what I mean when I say “It’s a Shpadoinkle Play”!  Cannibal! The Musical is a fun-filled, action packed, delightfully campy night of musical comedy. Based on the true story of Alferd Packer — the only person convicted of cannibalism in America – the show follows Alferd and his companions, on the hunt for Colorado gold, when they lose their way in the wilderness and are forced to consider unthinkable acts: Singing!…Dancing!…and possibly eating somebody. Directed by Joey Arena.

Imaginarium. Oct 5-7, 2018. Ramada Plaza Hotel.
Now in its 5th year, The Imaginarium Convention features juried awards in an array of categories for feature films, short films, documentaries, and music videos in all genres! There is also a category for screenplays that have not yet been produced, which is juried and awarded as one of our Imadjinn Awards!


But wait there’s more

Every night of the week you can find board game, card game, miniatures, and/or roleplaying game events at the many fine game stores in town. Check out their store websites:

Bluegrass Magic Game Shop

Card N All Gaming

Empire Comics

Heroes Comics and Gaming

Legends Comics and Games

Louisville Game Shop

Through the Decades



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