Where to Celebrate With Your Nerdy Valentine

It’s that time of the year! Time for LOVE! There are a ton of ways to celebrate the romantic holiday this year! We’ve got the best of the best lined up for you here nerds. Comics, Screenings, Gaming and more! Have fun with your nerdy Valentine! Let us know in the comments how you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day! Continue the fun with our Top 5 Events Guides for awesome nerdy events 365 days a year!

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TACOMA IS FOR LOVERS VALENTINE’S CRAFT FAIR!

Join us at King’s Books and Destiny City Comics for our annual Valentine’s Day Craft Fair. We are excited to have some of our favorite returning vendors, as well as some new faces. We can’t wait to see you there!

February 10th – 11:00am-4:00pm

King’s Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

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A NERDY VALENTINE’S FAIR

Find something special for the ones you love this Valentine’s Day and shop small & local while doing it. Join us for an extra special (and nerdy) Valentine’s fair.

Actor Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Caribbean, Ted, Scrubs) will be signing autographs and taking photos all day.

Attending Vendors:
Approbation Comics
Brittnee Braun Designs
Carter Comics
Crafty Geek Girls
Critterosity
HeroMonsterMatt
High Voltage
Jupey Krusho
Kina Does Hair (a hair charm and braid bar)
Life On Its Side Studios/Susan Lee
Silhouettes by Jordan
Stephies Doodles
Washosaurus

February 10th – 11:00am-5:00pm

Meltdown Comics and Collectibles
7522 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)

MY BLOODY VALENTINE is the best slasher ever made about the world’s most pointless holiday, because it’s the only slasher ever made about the world’s most pointless holiday. But it also happens to be the best “mine shaft” horror movie ever made, which is not code for anything except THIS MOVIE RULES! Twenty years ago, the town of Valentine’s Bluff was unnerved by the killing spree of miner Harry Warden, who was angry about a Valentine’s Day dance. Warden vowed to return with his pick-axe if the dance ever happened again. Guess what?! Dropping somewhere between the working class grit of HARLAN COUNTY U.S.A. and the trash ’n’ slash mayhem of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2, MY BLOODY VALENTINE is a dreamy, ultra-violent triumph of golden-age-slashering. This movie will make you feel great about hating Valentine’s Day all over again.

February 10th – 10:00pm

Alamo Drafthouse DC Area
20575 Easthampton Plz
Ashburn, VA 20147

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VOLDEMORT’S VALENTINE’S DEATH EATER DAY

Los Angeles Area Dark Witches & Wizards (and the Muggles that love them)

Put on your darkest, wickedest, gothiest Death Eater attire and join the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army for the 2nd Annual Voldemort’s Valentine Death Eater Day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter located inside Universal Studios Hollywood!

Enjoy a day full of wickedly magical fun at Hogsmeade Village with your fellow Death Eater Witches and Wizards with group photos, rides, Instagram contest and more!

SCHEDULE OF DARK EVENTS:

11:45am – Meet in front of the entrance to Hogsmeade Village and pick up Instagram contest information and schedule

Noon – Group photo with the train conductor in front of the Hogwarts Express

2:00pm – Group photo in front of Hogwarts Castle then ride the Journey To Hogwarts ride

4:00pm – Universal Studios Tour (Death Eaters on a Tram!)

6:00pm – Farewell Amortentia Valentine’s toast to our favorite Dark Lord and Instagram winner announced at the back patio of the Hogs Head Inn

February 11th – 11:45am-6:30pm

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plz
Universal City, CA 91608

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VALENTINES DAY SCAVENGER HUNT & SALE!

We love each and every one of you, and we are going to show you how much with the Collectors Corner “Valentines Day Sale & Scavenger Hunt” at all three Collectors Corner Locations.

Wednesday – 2/14

First 25 That Spend $5 Or More at Each Location will Recieve a Free Valentines Day Gift Pack form the Store Containing 3 Super Awesome Recent Variant Covers.

14 Random Valentine’s Cards & 1 Heart Shaped Candy Tin will be hidden at each store, each with it’s own prize named inside you can claim at the counter. Come in when we open at 9AM at CC Parkville & 11 AM at CC Baltimore & CC Bel Air and start hunting for your change to win awesome prizes! Search & Find the heart-shaped Candy Filled Tin for a chance to Win a $25 CC Store Gift Card!

(Limit 1 Prize per customer. Once you find a Valentine, turn it in, and make sure to the keep the locations of any other Valentine’s secret!)

The Scavenger Hunt Begins Wednesday morning (New Comics Day) at as soon as the doors open at Each Location.

February 14th – 11:00am-9:00pm

Collectors Corner
7911 Harford Rd
Parkville, MD 21234

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VALENTINE’S DAY PAJAMA PARTY

It’s Valentine’s Day, and per tradition, we’re celebrating romance (or your loathing of it) with comfortable pajamas, all-night cartoons, and breakfast specials! We’ve incorporated some of our favorite breakfast day specials into the menu for the night, and we’re offering a casual, laid-back twist on Valentine’s Day – perfect for couples or anyone simply looking for something to do on another random Tuesday.

Reservations are recommended for large groups / private dates to guarantee space. Please call ahead to 407-674-7435 to confirm your party.

February 14th – 6:00pm-11:55pm

The Cloak & Blaster
875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108
Orlando, FL 32828

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BE MY PLAYER 2 BEER PAIRING DINNER

Based on how much fun everyone had last year, we’re bringing back our Be My Player 2 Beer pairing dinner for Valentines day!

Mario and Princess Peach, Link and Zelda, Cloud and Aerith, Squall and Rinoa… video games have no shortage of epic romances. That being said, gamers tend to be pretty laid-back in love, so that’s the approach we’re taking to celebrate Valentine’s Day at 8-Bit Aleworks.

Prior to opening a brewery, when they still had time for time for such celebrations, Ryan and Krystina spent every Valentine’s Day for almost a decade with takeout Chinese food and a cheesy movie of Mrs. 8-Bit’s choosing. This year, 8-Bit’s Player 1 and Player 2 are bringing their tradition to you! With the help of Mein Man Food Truck. Spend an evening enjoying a 4 course meal of Chinese food, along with locally made bon bons that are being infused with our beers! Each course is paired perfectly with 8-Bit brews and a few other special treats, we’re even letting you pick between Ryan or Krystina’s favorite main course (Honey Walnut Shrimp or Beef and Broccoli). If you’re looking for a unique and relaxed way to spend February 14th, join us at 8-Bit Aleworks with your favorite Player 2!

Tickets are $80 per couple and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available for sale directly through 8-Bit Aleworks either on our online store or at the brewery. Please be sure to select your main course when buying online.

We’ve only got 36 seats for this event and like all of our beer dinners you’ll get to meet new friends at your table!

February 14th – 6:30pm-8:30pm

8-Bit Aleworks
1050 N Fairway Dr, Bldg F, Ste 101
Avondale, AZ 85323

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SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR COMICS PARTY

Spend Valentine’s Day with your true love!

Drinks!
Crafts!
Comics!
And more!

Free admission till 8pm!
After that $5 at the door.
Plus door prize!

February 14th – 7:00pm

Mission: Comics & Art
2250 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5 Black Panther Events To Celebrate The Release

It’s nearly here! Black Panther pounces into theaters on February 16, 2018! The film is on track to open to $100 million-$120 million at the North American box office reported The Hollywood Reporter today. That’s magnificent! Let’s get the party started early with these 5 amazing events! Are you excited to see the movie? Let us know in the comments.

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1. BLACK PANTHER DRINK, DRAW & MCU TRIVIA

Drink & Draw is back for 2018 with a Black Panther class at Comic Logic.
We will be sipping local wine & beer from The Ashburn Wine Shop as we draw, and mixed in will be 4 rounds of MCU trivia to boot! 21+ event

Prizes, raffles and plenty of beverages from 7 to 10pm.

Comic Logic Books & Artwork
44031 Ashburn Shopping Plz Ste 281
Ashburn, VA 20147

February 9th – 7:00pm-10:00pm

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2. BLACK PANTHER OPENING NIGHT FAN EVENT

Be amongst the first to experience the new film from Marvel Studios one hour early. Plus, fans attending will see exclusive content. Don’t miss the Black Panther costume exhibit!

$35 Per Ticket, includes: a reserved seat, 85 oz. Souvenir Popcorn Bucket, 20 oz. Bottled Beverage and Souvenir Poster.

The El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

February 15 – 6:00PM

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3. BLACK PANTHER OPENING NIGHT WITH COMIC WRITER EVAN NARCISSE

Join us opening night of BLACK PANTHER at Barrel O’ Fun as we welcome Evan Narcisse, writer of the comic book RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER. Hops & Heroes Comics will be selling copies of the comic for Evan to sign with the first 50 people getting a comic book for free!

Hops & Heroes Comics will also be doing some trivia and giving away prizes throughout the night, as well as their signature cosplay. (Get the cameras ready!)

This event in Barrel O’ Fun is free and does not require a ticket, but you can certainly extend the fun buy purchasing a ticket to see BLACK PANTHER in the theaters upstairs.

Barrel O’ Fun
1911 Aldrich St., Suite 120
Austin, TX 78723

February 15th – 6:00pm-7:00pm

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4. BLACK PANTHER OPENING NIGHT FAN EVENT

On Thursday, February 15th, BLACK PANTHER fans can be among the first to experience the new Marvel Studios film in 3D at this Opening Night Fan Event. In addition to watching the film one hour early, fans attending will see exclusive content, receive a collectible coin, and be given a special event-only concessions offer.

After making a powerful debut in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, King T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) returns to the big screen in a powerhouse solo movie. Taking place in the secluded, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda, BLACK PANTHER sees T’Challa battling the combined forces of exile Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis). With the aid of the CIA and Wakanda’s all-female special forces, T’Challa must battle his new foes for the future of the country – and the world.

Celebrated director Ryan Coogler (CREED, FRUITVALE STATION) continues his run of telling great black stories in BLACK PANTHER. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first movie entirely about a person of color, it’s an adventure laden with espionage, action, and textured with imaginative Afrofuturist designs.

With a dynamite cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Danai Gurira, BLACK PANTHER is an exciting new chapter in the Marvel saga – and a critical lead-up to Summer 2018’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.

Alamo Drafthouse DC Area
20575 Easthampton Plz
Ashburn, VA 20147

February 15th – 6:00pm-9:00pm

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5. FILM GEEKS ASSEMBLE: BLACK PANTHER WITH POP CULTURE CLASSROOM

Your ticket includes soda, popcorn and a donation to Pop Culture Classroom!

With a dynamite cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Danai Gurira, BLACK PANTHER is an exciting new chapter in the Marvel saga – and a critical lead-up to Summer 2018’s AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR.

Alamo Drafthouse Denver
7301 S Santa Fe Dr
Littleton, CO 80120

February 15th – 7:30pm-10:30pm

Ways to Celebrate The Last Jedi Near You

The Last Jedi is nearly here! I can’t wait! I’m sure you can’t either so here’s 12 events Jedi and Sith Lords alike can partake in. This is only a sample of all The Last Jedi events we have for you Rebels. To see them all, check out our calendar. Also keep an eye out for our upcoming Star Wars themed giveaway! If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the newsletter here. Events listed in order by date.


1. Chicago, IL – Rebel Yell!

If you’re looking for a new hope in these dark and troubled times, then join us for Rebel Yell. A Star Wars-inspired group art show celebrating the brave men, women and Mon Calamari that stand against the evil that has corrupted the solar system. (Don’t worry that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It’s not like we’re talking about our own time.)

Come check out original artwork featuring the lighter side of the force. Orange flight suits! Green and blue lightsabers! Old wizards and young hopefuls!

Also Star Wars crap always makes great Christmas gifts. Stop trying to guess if that nerd if your life already has a certain action figure or not. Get them something original while supporting local artists and businesses.

Per usual, we’ll have food and dranks. But feel free to bring whatever you want, byob style.

December 8, 2017 – 6pm

Toy de Jour: Vintage, Toys, Arts & Farts
2064 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647 United States

2. Atlanta, GA – 6th annual BAR WARS Pub Crawl

Raise your geek flag high and join Atlanta’s 6th annual BAR WARS Pub Crawl – one week before the release of STAR WARS: The Last Jedi.

Produced by Markster Con
Hosted by Diesel Filling Station

REGISTRATION: 7pm-10:30pm (at Diesel Filling Station)

• ADV. TICKETS: Coming Soon to http://mcp.xorbia.com (21+ only)

2016 VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/198627238
2015 VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/150081986

Costumes are strongly encouraged and will incorporate 5 pubs (with a complimentary shot at each stop for those registered and have an event wristband), an After-Party, costume contest and lots more.

TICKETS INCLUDE 5 themed shots, one at each of the participating pubs (see below), Imperial photo opps, 1.25″ collectible BAR WARS pin, costume contest, plus admission to the After-Party and food/drinks specials.
• Limerick Junction Irish Pub: Blue Milk
• Dark Horse Tavern: Gamorrean Grunk
• HAND IN HAND PUB: Rancor Juice
• Neighbor’s Pub Virginia Highlands: Tatooine Tea
• DIESEL FILLING STATION: Han Shot First

—-> FREE color-changing LIGHT SABER for first 50 registered attendees (online) via http://mcp.xorbia.com for pick-up at the event on Dec. 8th, 2017

December 8, 2017 – 7pm

Diesel Filling Station
870 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306 United States

3. Murrieta, CA – Star Wars Party! Art, Music and Games!

The new Star Wars installation is coming up and we would like to celebrate by throwing a party!

Music provided by DJ Anakin Flywalker

We will be hosting a trivia contest where participants can win gift certificates and prizes from Ryan’s Comics! We will be playing all kinds of Star Wars games too! Come check out local artists and take home a unique piece from one of our many awesome artist.

December 9th, 2017 – 7pm

Ryan’s Comics
25021 Madison Ave, Ste 101
Murrieta, CA 92562 United States

4. Fresno, CA – Star Wars Pub Crawl

Come on down to the Tower District for the Star Wars Pub Crawl on Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm in celebration of, well, Star Wars and the new movie of course! Meet-up will be in the BofA parking lot at 730pm. We split into groups and head to the bars at 8pm.

Dress as ANY Star Wars character that you want to be! IF you can’t get a costume you may show up showing off your Star Wars pride in a Star Wars shirt and other accesories.

Adding even more features and fun so stay tuned!!!

Wristbands are only $5 and get you no cover at all bars and drink specials! Wristbands are available for pre-purchase now at BeBe O’s and Wonderland Comics in Tower and Blue Shell Gaming in Clovis. They will also be available to purchase at the meet up for the crawl, but we highly advise getting them in advance to avoid the line.

This event is 21+.

December 9, 2017 – 7:30pm

5. Fullerton, CA – Geek Meet Last Jedi Release Party!

Geek Meets annual Star Wars movie release party!! Free entry!

7pm-9:30pm in the front room play Cards Against Humanity with Horrible People with Candy and Danny

7pm- 9:30pm in the front room play Table Top games with Dungeons & Darren

10pm White Elephant gift exchange in vendor village
$5 Gift Minimum $10 Gift Max. 3 Steals only, Sign ups in Vendor village at the Geek Meet table

11pm Cosplay Showcase
Geek Card Raffle
Winner Announcements.

December 10th, 2017 – 8pm

The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen
122 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832 United States

6. St. Louis, MO – Star Wars Trivia

Celebrate the release of Star Wars The Last Jedi by playing trivia at Star Clipper! Our questions will be pulled from all Star Wars media including the movies and content from the expanded universe. $5 entry fee. You can enter solo or as a team. The winning players receive all the entry fees in the form of store credit.

December 13, 2017 – 7pm

Star Clipper
1319 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States

7. Estero, FL – Star Wars Last Jedi Party

Free to attend!

Stop in before the premier night of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, for fun, charity and beer! The Brass Tap – Coconut Point is teaming up with Project Pinball Charity and Coconut Point to host a Stars Wars: Last Jedi inspired party and fundraiser! Proceeds from all games played on the machines as well as a percentage from featured beer sales will go to benefit this amazing organization that places Pinball Machines in Children’s Hospitals all over the country! Please support their cause and donate!

Come dressed to impress as your favorite Star Wars character for a chance to win prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best costumes! Be creative and original! Just a reminder that masks are NOT allowed to be worn in common areas outside in the mall area. Please only wear masks inside establishments.

December 14th, 2017 – 4pm

The Brass Tap – Coconut Point
23111 Fashion Dr, Ste 105
Estero, FL 33928 United States

8. Richardson, TX – The Last Jedi Opening Weekend Festivities

Merry Sithmas! The Force is strong this Festivus with our holiday-themed festivities for opening weekend of THE LAST JEDI! See the full schedule of events for Thursday, 12/14 – Sunday, 12/17 at both Richardson and Cedars.

December 14-17, 2017

Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth
100 S. Central Expressway Suite 14
Richardson, TX 75080 United States

9. Orlando, FL – The Last Jedi (After Party)

Join us late on Thursday, Dec. 14, after our SOLD OUT Advanced Private Screening (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) event at Regal Cinema Waterford Lakes! After we’ve laughed, cried, and FREAKED OUT with you, we’re headed back to the pub to open up at 10:30 p.m. for The Last Jedi Official After-Party!

* Themed Drink Specials!
* Costumes!
* Raffle Prizes!
* Star Wars!
* Porgs!

* Important: OUR KITCHEN WILL MOST LIKELY BE CLOSED. We are treating our entire staff to this viewing with all of you, so thank you for your understanding that we will not be able to open and prep the kitchen in time while also allowing them to watch the film with us. <3

You do not need to participate in our private screening to attend the after-party, but you SHOULD bring your ticket to unlock special discounts as a ticketholder!

December 14, 2017 – 10:30pm

The Cloak & Blaster
875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108
Orlando, FL 32828 United States

10. Los Angeles, CA – Lightsaber Battle!

This massive, no-holds-barred light saber battle is free, but your ticket gets you a three-foot long light saber that changes six different colors. Once on the battleground you will be divided into two teams: Jedi and Sith. If you need a break, there will be food trucks, a cash bar and DJ.

December 15, 2017 – 9pm

Pershing Square Farmers Market
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013 United States

11. Orlando, FL – Star Wars Life Day Celebration & Cosplay Party!

Join us at Gods & Monsters, on Saturday, Dec 16th, 11am-1am, for a festive, family-friendly Star Wars Holiday Celebration! Star Wars movies and animations playing on our screens, kids activity station, and 15% OFF all Star Wars comics, books, toys, statues and merch!

We’ll also have a Star Wars Cosplay Party, in VAULT 5421 from 8pm-1am, with themed drink specials, entertainment and prizes awarded for best SW costumes, for all you grownup Jedi & Sith!

Both are FREE to attend!

December 16, 2017 – 11am

Gods & Monsters
5421 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819 United States

12. St. Louis, MO – Star Wars Gallery Show

Calling all artists! We are now taking submissions for the next gallery show! The upcoming theme will be STAR WARS! Both fan art and original characters are welcome!

The opening night for the Star Wars Gallery will be on December 16th at 12pm, however, submissions for art will be due on DECEMBER 9TH BY 6PM. If selected to be in the show, final artwork will be due by DECEMBER 14TH BY 6PM.

December 16, 2017 – 12pm

Star Clipper
1319 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States

15 Geeky Events to Ring in the Holidays

It’s now officially December and the holiday season has begun! We’ve got the best geeky events for the holidays that you need to attend this Christmas season right here! There were so many we couldn’t put them all on this list so make sure to keep an eye on your Top 5 Events newsletters going out Sunday for even more holiday fun! If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the newsletter here. Events listed in order by date.


1. Hartford, CT – A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE!

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award‐winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

“A sweet and touching, live action version that is itself an instant holiday classic.” – Broadway World

December 1, 2017 – 7:00pm
December 2, 2017 – 10:00am
December 2, 2017 – 2:00pm
December 3, 2017 – 10:00am
December 3, 2017 – 2:00pm

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106 United States

2. Charlotteville, VA – Elf Movie Party

ENCORE Movie Party Saturday, December 2 at 4 p.m. This party is open to children 3 and up, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (or an oversize elf).

“Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color?”

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninnymuggins this holiday season, come out to Alamo Drafthouse and spread the cheer at this sugar-fueled, interactive holiday spectacular! Packed with games, props and, of course, singing loud for all to hear!

Bundle up for this celebration of one of the best holiday films ever made, period. Will Ferrell as North Pole pole dweller Buddy the Elf trying to figure out Manhattan — “Watch out! The yellow ones don’t stop” — is the role he was born to play.

Our ELF Movie Party features all sorts of fun props, a themed contest before the film, and a “real” snowball fight in the theater! We’ll have jingle bells for everyone, bubbles for a few key scenes, and a special scratch n’ sniff card so you can even Smell-Along with Buddy and his family.

December 1, 2017 – 7:15pm

Alamo Drafthouse Charlottesville
375 Merchant Walk Square
Charlottesville, VA 22902 United States

3. Ashburn, VA – The Polar Express Movie Party

Come dressed in your pajamas and join us for an interactive family adventure aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS! Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (FORREST GUMP, CAST AWAY) reunite for this inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

We believe… do you?

December 2, 2017 – 10am

Alamo Drafthouse DC Area
20575 Easthampton Plz
Ashburn, VA 20147 United States

4. Huntsville, AL – Skate with North Alabama Cosplayers Club

Come in your best costume and skate with the North Alabama Cosplayers Club and Shimo-Con!

December 2, 2017 – 1pm

Skating in the Park
300 Church St SW
Huntsville, AL 35801 United States

5. Springfield, MO – Christmas Vacation Movie Party

Load up the RV and come join us for a deliriously fun, interactive holiday celebration! This movie party that will be more fun than a membership to the Jelly-of-the-Month Club! Missing this one could result in a four-alarm holiday emergency.

December 6, 2017 – 7pm

Alamo Drafthouse Springfield
4005 South Avenue
Springfield, MO 65807 United States

6. Orlando, FL – Happy Little Xmas Tree Party

This year, we’re celebrating Geekmas a *little* differently. As one of our most beloved heroes used to say, there’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend. 🎄🎄🎄 There are no mistakes, only happy accidents, so join us to celebrate the holidays at our Happy Little Christmas Tree Party!

Revel in countless lights and holiday decorations as we relax while we paint together a picturesque party landscape. Beat the devil out of themed cocktails. We’re featuring the very best of the holidays and our squirrel-loving friend, and Florida native, the extraordinary Bob Ross.

* Fully Themed Drinks
* Special Keg Tappings
* TVs Playing “The Joy of Painting”
* Bob Ross: The Art of Chill Board Game
* Bob Ross: Paint and Take (Buy the canvas. We provide the supplies. You paint the happy little trees.

Now let’s get crazy.

December 8, 2017 – 6pm

The Cloak & Blaster
875 Woodbury Rd, Ste 108
Orlando, FL 32828 United States

7. New Haven, CT – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

December 8-10

Shubert Theater
247 College St
New Haven, CT 06510 United States

8. Orlando, FL – Camp Blood Christmas

Join us for a Camp Blood Christmas, with sponsors 13X Studios at Gods & Monsters, Saturday, December 9th, 11am-1am!

This will be a FREE, family-friendly, Horror-filled Christmas celebration, with activities throughout the day, vendors, cosplay, music, movies, gaming, entertainment and raffle benefitting Nathaniel’s Hope! Bring an unwrapped Toy and get a raffle ticket for prizes.

Also, a 21+ party in VAULT 5421, from 8pm-1am, with new drink specials, DJ and cosplay cage dancer! (VAULT will be open 2pm-8pm for 18+ patrons.)

December 9, 2017 – 11am

Gods & Monsters
5421 International Drive
Orlando, Florida

9. New York, NY – Elf Trivia

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

Does somebody need a hug? Don’t be a Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins and miss Elf Trivia at Killer B NYC on Thursday, December 14 starting 8pm! FIVE unique and challenging rounds OH SANTA! on making ginger bread houses, eating cookie dough, going ice skating, and maybe even holding hands.

Reserve your table at Gimble’s Department store by visiting; https://ElfTrivia121417.Eventbrite.comThe best way to reserve tickets is by selecting a team captain and having them be in charge of tickets for ALL team members.

PS, don’t eat the yellow snow. #SonOfANutcracker

December 14, 2017 – 8pm

Killer B Burger NYC
380 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016 United States

10. Los Angeles, CA – The Ultimate Holiday Movie: Die Hard (35mm)

That’s right. DIE HARD. 35mm. You’ve seen the meme: there are those who think Die Hard is a Christmas movie. . .and there are those who are wrong. We got a great personal collector to loan us his amazing 35mm print. This is THE 1980’s ACTION MOVIE.

Bruce Willis, as New York cop John McClane, comes to LA to try and patch things up with his estranged wife, Holly (played with steely yet vulnerable perfection by Bonnie Bedelia). After a blow-out argument at Holly’s office’s Christmas Eve party, McClane and Holly are surprised by the arrival of criminal mastermind, Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman in THE DEFINITIVE 1980’s VILLAIN performance), and his merry band of bank robbers as they take over the building and hold everyone hostage. As of yet unmatched for its minute by minute explosions, laughs, cocky swagger, and gonzo performances. You want to believe in the holidays again? Merry Christmas, mother f@!kers!

December 15, 2017 – 11:59pm

Vista Theatre
Los Angeles, CA 90027
United States

11. Manassas, VA – Jirani Con Christmas

The Holidays are here! Start enjoying the Christmas festivities on December 16th from 10 am-7-pm at ‘Jirani Coffee House & Art Gallery’ by bringing your family to “ Christmas at Jirani Con” where Christmas, pop culture and art collide! Looking for that one of a kind Christmas present or a great family activity to kick off your Christmas celebration? Would you like to participate in super hero themed Christmas contests, family friendly activities, and purchase fan art and original art by some of our area’s most talented artists and craftspeople? Then don’t miss Christmas at Jirani Con.

Never been to a con? Expect amazing artwork and products featuring some of your favorite characters from your favorite films and comic books, and original artwork in an eclectic setting characterized by con goers in cosplay (real life costumes of your favorite pop culture characters). Got it? Now, imagine all of that blended with a Christmas spirit. And there you have it : Jirani Con Christmas.

This is a Christmas/pop culture themed, family friendly event that will feature local artists selling their work, panel discussions, raffles and contests. Early bird tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door. Children 9 and under are free!

December 16, 2017 – 10am

Jirani Con
9425 West St
Manassas, VA 20110

12. Winter Park, FL – Nightmare Before Christmas Party

Boy and girls of every age, would you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see The Geek Easy’s Halloween!

This is halloween. This is halloween. drink cocktails, maybe buy a flight. This is halloween, everybody make a scene. Trick or treat because we’re partying here all night!

Before we party, let’s get our shopping out of the way with a pre-Christmas sale in A Comic Shop. Save money on gifts for others so you can afford more beer for yourself!

December 16, 2017 – 11am

The Geek Easy
114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6
Winter Park, FL 32792

13. Orlando, FL – Yule Ball Brunch

You are cordially invited to attend our 1st annual Yule Ball Brunch. So dust off your best dress robes and gowns. Come enjoy yummy drinks and bruch food. More details to be added. Be sure to reserve your seat. Call Oblivion Taproom 407-704-4757

December 17, 2017 – 11am

Oblivion Taproom
5101 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL 32803

14. Los Angeles, CA- Home Alone + Pajama Party

Our Annual Holiday Party!

90s wunderkind Macaulay Culkin stars as know-it-all Kevin McCallister, who lives the childhood dream when he wakes up to find his typically bustling house (with worrisome mother, irritating uncle, bully of an older brother) all gone. Accidentally left behind from the family trip, Kevin lives it up with endless junkfood and all access to his brother Buzz’s secret stash of sports cards and Twinkies.

What starts out as the perfect staycation quickly becomes a battleground when two conniving burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) try to run a suburban con.

Full of hijinks and hilarity, this ingenious film written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, still is the biggest holiday hit.

Grab your Talkboy and join our pajama party in an opulent movie palace. Show up in your PJs (your fun day best) for an ice cream bar to end all ice cream bars and a photo studio for the 90s kid inside! DJs, live music, bars (21+ w/ valid ID) Pajamas or holiday attire strongly suggested.

December 17, 2017 – 6pm

Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

15. New York, NY – Geeks Vs The World: Holiday Dance-Off

+ Drinks: Star Wars -themed cocktails
+ Large Dancefloor: Dance battle with prizes
+ Food: Wings + Drink Combo + more
+ DJ playing Top 40s: Dance, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Reggaeton + more
+ Cosplay allowed but not required. Come as you please

Ticket Details:
Freebie (Free ticket): Ends Monday 12/11
General Admission ($5): Ends Monday 12/18
Late ($10): Ends 7pm day of event

December 23, 2017 – 9pm

Legends
6 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

5 Events You Need to Attend This Halloween Season

It’s now officially October and the witching season has begun! We’ve got the best Halloween events that you need to attend this spooky season right here! Now go out, scare some spooks, watch out for the full moon, and don’t get eaten by any vampires!

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1. Washington DC – Pub Dread – A Halloween Themed Pop-Up Bar

From the folks behind the Game of Thrones and Stranger Things Pop-Up Bars, comes PUB DREAD!

Horror fans are cautiously welcome to sip drinks in The Haunted Forest, which features blinking eyes, creepy creatures, and soundtracks that call back to classic horror moments. The Dollhouse features the most disturbing tribute to grandma’s vintage toy collection with dolls that seem to have minds of their own. The Crypt features coffins, tombstones, and room for more to join the dead.

Horror films rule the drink menu, with inspiration taken from childhood favorites and true chillers that still spook adults. A Zombie variation called BRAINS! pays homage to Night of the Living Dead, and is served in a skull tiki mug and topped with a candy brain. The coffee concoction that signifies the start of fall brought forward David S. Pumpkins, a mix of rums, sherry, pumpkin, spice, and coconut.

Geek Night Out is having a meetup at Pub Dread October 8th, 2017 at 1pm.

Eat the Rich
1839 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001 us

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2. Chicago, IL – Nobody Sleeps, A Monster’s Ball!

For one Hallowed Eve, immerse yourself in a divine cast of decadent demons and ravishing ghouls at Nobody Sleeps, A Monsters’ Ball! Engage in mischief, escapades, lustful Tricks and a gluttony of Treats at Hates very own Costume Dance Party… Nobody Sleeps! Our underworld wizards will spin a hellacious rhythm of Top 40, Dance, Pop, Hip-Hop and Electronic Dance Music.

Give yourself over to nocturnal sights and delights that will take your last breath. Witches’ Elixirs, Vampire Burlesque, Zombie Circus, Voodoo Apparitions along with some sinful surprises. Whatever your pleasure, be sure to dress the part. Don your best Corpse Costume and knock ’em dead on the dance floor!

October 7th, 2017 at 8pm

Palmer House
17 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603 United States

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3. London, UK – The Addams Family in Concert

Film Concerts Live! proudly presents the delightfully twisted comedy fantasy The Addams Family, with composer Marc Shaiman’s charming and imaginative orchestral score performed live to picture!  The all-star cast features Golden Globe nominee Angelica Huston as the alluring Morticia Addams, Raúl Juliá as the suave and devilish Gomez Addams, Christina Ricci in her breakthrough role as daughter Wednesday, and the inimitable Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester.

It’s 25 years since wealthy Gomez Addams’ older brother Fester disappeared.  When the family’s lawyer (Dan Hedaya) discovers that the son of a local loan shark bears a striking resemblance to Fester, he hatches a plan to bring Gomez’ long-lost brother back to life in order to take control of the family’s vast fortune.  But the Addams clan soon proves more than the unscrupulous lawyer bargained for.  As the imposter Fester grows closer to the family, the line between impersonation and reality blurs, and he begins to recall memories that he never knew existed.  Could he truly be an Addams after all…?

Presented by Film Concerts Live!

October 26th, 2017 at 7pm

Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
London, SW7 2AP United Kingdom

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4. Fullerton, CA – Geek Meet: Nightmare Before Halloween

FREE ENTRY! Come Drink, Eat and Play! Cards Againt Humanity Hosted by Horrible People with Candy and Danny. Tabletop Gaming Hosted by Dungeons & Darren. Lightspeed Nerd Trivia Hosted by Garrett I Gage and WolverConnie. Geek Card with awesome Raffle Prizes! Find Solidus Wesker to sign up for the Cosplay Contest and possibly win a custom trophy by Candyland Cabaret. Awesome Djs Chuck Nöne and Chuck DanTana spinning till closing. Come get spooky with the Geeks at Geek Meet!

October 15th, 2017 – 8pm

The Slidebar Rock N Roll Kitchen
122 E Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832 United States

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5. San Diego, CA – Ghosts of the Gaslamp Walking Tour

Come take a stroll through the Gaslamp’s haunted history. Learn the ghostly happenings of the past and present hotels, saloons, brothels and a long-ago funeral parlor, then end the tour and the Gaslamp’s most haunted edifice, the Davis-Horton House.

If you are interested in joining us and we can get a group together. Food and drinks in the Gaslamp after? Depending on the size of the group, we could push the time a bit later as well. Let us know!

Feminist Comic Book Club of San Diego is hosting a meetup to this event on October 13th, 2017 – 5pm

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House Museum
410 Island Avenue
San Diego, US

Game of Thrones: The Musical Heading to SDCC

Calling all houses! Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Are you attending San Diego Comic Con? If so, we have the best of both worlds for you! Introducing Game of Thrones: The Musical! Cause if the Red Wedding didn’t get your blood pumping, this will!

Game of Thrones: The Musical

GoT The Musical is an unauthorized parody performing during SDCC. The musical includes iconic scenes from the hit HBO show, but instead written as a parody. Spanning 8 showings in a very special, limited engagement during SDCC. The first show is Thursday night at 6pm, at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center. Shows continue through the weekend, with the final performance at 1pm on Sunday.

The Story

What’s the plot of this satirical play? After all, Game of Thrones oozes with destruction, sex, and bloodshed. What will this show have to offer? I drink and I know things, so let me tell you…After accepting the King’s “Hand Job”, Ned Stark must protect the North and his family without losing his head. The incestual Lannisters and power hungry Targaryens are also out to capture the throne and no amount of singing and dancing is going to stop them!

From the teams behind “Lost: The Musical” and “Once Upon A Time: The Rock Opera” comes a great night out at the theatre that will have your toes tapping and hands clapping – providing you still have both hands.

“GAME OF THRONES: THE MUSICAL IS ALL THAT AND A BAG OF HODOR” – FILM SCHOOL REJECTS

The Soundtrack

The soundtrack is available via digital download or CD. Song titles include “All Men Must Die”, “You Can/Can’t Trust Anyone”, and “Let’s Go to War.”

The Nerd Out Giveaway

We at Nerd Out have a very special giveaway. We’re offering 2 VIP Passes to See Game of Thrones: The Musical. The VIP experience includes priority seating, a free drink at the bar, and a cast-signed poster.

Enter here…

BONUS: A 10% discount! Use the code NERDOUT at the end of checkout when placing orders on the official site.

Charity Beneficiaries

Game of Thrones: The Musical is a proud supporter of The Wayne Foundation which is committed to spreading awareness of CSEC (Commercial Sex Exploitation of Children) DMST (Domestic Minor Sexual Trafficking) occurring within the United States. The Wayne Foundation’s vision is for a world without child slavery. They are dedicated to providing direct assistance to those victimized by exploitation.

May the Force of July Be With You

In a galaxy far, far away there was a Force of July Boat Party! This past weekend in San Diego was a Star Wars party like none other I’ve ever attended. The Force of July party was held by LoveLife on a Hornblower boat which took us around the San Diego bay. Starting around sunset and finally docking around 10pm. Sadly, it was cloudy so we couldn’t see any stars from galaxies far, far away. But, there was there was plenty other force worthy things to see…

Party All Night

It all started at the pre-party at Kettner Exchange. Our Brand Advocate and Social Media master Emilee Jean Adamson was in attendance and had a great time! Then line up for the main event began. It was definitely interesting watching all the guests arrive. It was a mix of die-hard Star Wars fans and those who appeared to be the usual party crowd of San Diego, making it an eclectic group of attendees. This was LoveLife’s second year doing a Star Wars themed party. Previously, it had taken place during the San Diego Comic Con weekend which drew more of the SDCC crowd.

Play It Mr. Wookie DJ

For being a Star Wars themed party I expected some mixing of Star Wars score into the house music. However, that didn’t seem to be the case. If one of the DJs did that, I missed it. The music was still pretty solid and there were loads of people up on the top deck where the DJs were. Aside from the music there was a photo booth with props guests could utilize (see below). Food and drink were also available.

Use the Force

The coolest thing at any Star Wars event is always the light saber battles! While there wasn’t a whole lot of space on the top deck, we did make it work! Emilee and some other attendees battled it out against the dark side! The party didn’t stop at the boat though! It went onto the Blonde Bar! While my crew didn’t forge ahead, a number of other guests did and had a blast! The Force of July was definitely an experience I’ll not soon forget!

The Rebel Alliance DJs…

J I M P S T E R
[Freerange, Delusions Of Grandeur | UK]
DADON b2b JIMBO JAMES
[Lovelife, Music is 4 Lovers | LA/SD]
RYBO [Desert Hearts | LA]
DINK! [Sundown | SD]
HYLAS [Sundown | SD]

Augmented Reality is Everywhere but Nowhere

Grab your phones and make sure they have a full charge and head downtown to LADADSpace for the Everywhere but Nowhere Augmented Reality and  Virtual Reality pop-up instillation.  We had a chance to visit the pop up this weekend and the experience was out of this world. This interactive exhibit is a look at groundbreaking work in the augmented and virtual realities that go well beyond what you have seen before.

Transformation of VR Headgear

The gallery walls are lined with over 30 Raku ceramic heads showing the progression of VR headgear as it’s transformed over the years.  The large heads with the beautiful sculpture work and Raku technique will draw you around the room as the VR equipment evolves.

Integration with Apps

Among the masks hang interactive AR prints that hide secrets and the reason you want to venture to the gallery with a fully charged phone. The Zenka Ar prints work with their app.  Download and open the app and hold it up in front of the prints around the gallery and watch them come to life.  Each piece has different AR animations when you view through the app so I won’t spoil how each one comes to life but in a world where everyone is on their phones all the time it’s a beautiful way to use that device to view the world in a whole new way.

Michael Frenchs’ interactive piece is featured prominently in the center of the gallery.  It looks like an overturned rowboat covered in wires but using his app the piece comes to life.  Hashtags and twitter feeds control the motors attached all over the boat in real time, our words in the ether create a digital piece of art that’s alive and ever changing.  Hard to describe but so visually satisfying as you interact with the piece.

Universe of Sculptures

Blortasia art is displayed throughout the gallery.  Combining physical art and VR Kevin Mack has created 3d art that you can experience not only as physical art but it’s a world you can explore in Virtual Reality.  Soar through this universe of sculptures as they move and change and evolve. The VR experience is not available during all gallery hours so please check their website to confirm.

From Blortasia to Augmented Realty is a perfect transition before you head out back into the LA Arts district where more surprises have been hidden around the area. Augmented reality takes real elements, geo-locations and interactive materials and blends everything together.  Using the Layar App you can see the gallery is the first of multiple locations around the arts district that you can find those hidden AR gems.

As we blend reality and the virtual world artists have an open landscape to work in.  LADADSpace has created a cool environment to showcase AR and VR to show its use beyond what we have become accustom to.

LADADSpace is located in the LA Downtown Arts District across from Barcade 82 near the intersection of East 3rd st and Traction Ave.  Close to Angel City Brewery, Hauser & Worth gallery, surrounded by a variety of local eateries as well as shopping it’s a great location to spend and afternoon and get in some AR knowledge.

Check out more at the Official Site HERE.

Seven Hells! Thrones The Musical Parody is Great!

Just over a week ago the Nerd Out Team went to see Thrones the Musical Parody in Los Angeles! I had seen a lot of promotion for this theater event. On top of the fact that their dates had been extended! Well, if it was good enough that they extended the dates I figured it had to be good! Right? Seven hells yes!

Some Home Entertainment

The story centers around a woman whose life is falling apart. She’s going through a divorce and is in need of cheering up. In comes her friend’s suggestion of introducing her to Game of Thrones. They try to convince her of it’s merits by performing parts of the show for her. With a good amount of their own interpretations which only add to the hilarity.

Touching on some of the touchstones of the series, they beautifully wave in some fan favorite pieces, while also reminding us of some of the more ridiculous parts of the show. But hey, it wouldn’t be Game of Thrones without some murder, infanticide, and more! They even poke fun at some of the shows shortcomings likes will Tyrion’s accent ever improve? The acting was A+ for this event. The Nerd Out team was full of belly laughs throughout the show.

Sold Out Show

“Born from the twisted minds of Baby Wants Candy, one of the most exhilarating improv ensembles in the world, “Thrones! The Musical Parody” completely sold out its entire run in 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, followed up with sold-out performances at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. This hilarious musical creation is an absolute must-see performance.”

The Los Angeles performance currently ends March 26th, while the Chicago performance ends March 19th. Make sure to hurry and get your tickets for this show before it disappears!

Thrones The Musical Parody in Los Angeles and Chicago are listed on our calendar.

LudoSport: The Network of Sporting Lightsaber Combat

This just in: Star Wars is back, and it has reached and inspired more fans than ever. Some of these fans have taken the art of Lightsaber fighting and created an entire international network. It’s called LudoSport International.

LudoSport History:

The debate over the practicality of light saber battles has existed since the franchise debuted in the 70’s. In the last decade or so, thanks largely to the connectivity of social media, the concept of making light saber combat leagues became more of a reality. In 2005, Saber Wars was founded, with a loose group of choreographers and combatants filling its rosters. Many of the members came from New York Jedi, a group that has grown far larger since then, performing stage combat at conventions, corporate events, and even the debut of the first Star Wars stamp at the Empire Post Office in 2007.

The Network:

LudoSport International originated in Milan and now has academies all over Europe including posts in Sweden, Russia, England, Ireland, France, Spain, Boston and San Francisco. Each academy teaches a range of skills, covering all seven forms of light saber battling as detailed in Star Wars canon. The academy programs include duels, demo teams, and seminars for both students and instructors. Students are individually ranked, and all pupils in the network can challenge one another worldwide to a duel.

National tournaments are held annually, with awards going to categories like Best Style, Best Technique, Best Sequence, Best Fight, Best Jedi, Best Sith, Best Padawan and Best Youngling. The winners of the national tournaments go on to the international championship, with competition restricted to the top ranked students only.

The Styles:

Students progress through the seven styles of saber fighting in order. The progression is intended to add in attacking and defending skills without ever compromising with the pupil has already learned. The first style is Shii-Cho (a defensive-minded style) that takes students approximately a year and a half to master. Next is Makashi, a style focused on speed and quick strikes. Third is Soresu, a skill focused on fluidity and counter strikes. Fourth is Ataru, an acrobatic style that is used to keep one’s enemy off-balance. Fifth is Djem-So, wherein the student develops top levels of speed and unpredictability. Sixth is Niman, which incorporates all of the previous styes in a manner that minimizes effort to maximize counter strikes. The final style is Vaapad, a focus on self-control to maximize harmony and domination.

The Rules:

There are ten rules to competing in LudoSport events.

  1. The Light Saber – 3 types are allowed (short, long, and double)
  2. Combat Apparel – combatants must wear apparel that matches their individual rank
  3. The Combat – typical events are 1:1, however other types of combat can be included depending on the event and coordinators
  4. The Combat Arena – the size and shape must follow official guidelines
  5. The Target – the entire body is a target, with mortal or non-mortal zones
  6. Points – typically awarded for first touch (as in fencing or sparring)
  7. Validity of Strikes – judges determine the validity of strikes during a duel
  8. Combat Time – typical events do not have a time limit and are decided by points
  9. Loyalty – each fighter must ensure that his or her opponent is not injured
  10. Competition Judges – no scores or ranking is official unless the event is judged by a certified judge as part of the event

Do you have what it takes to try real life training? Are you ready to begin the path to Jedi Knight or Sith Lord? LudoSport International awaits!