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Upcoming Geek Events

Posted July 31, 2011

By Aaron M. Cohen

Kumoricon is just around the corner, but there are plenty of geek events happening in Portland to keep you busy in the meantime. Here are just a few highlights to add to your schedule over the next few weeks.

Ok, admit it. It's pretty rad to see Sonic the Hedgehog's crooked grin plastered on the OMSI home page. The exhibit Game On 2.0: More than Just a Game invites you to "play your way through the past, present, and future of global gaming". The interactive exhibit runs until September 18.

Among the many, many gaming events that are perpetually happening at Guardian Games, there's a little something called Pokemon Poke-Gym @ the Thunderdome that takes place Saturdays from noon-3pm. Beginners are welcome, and it's $1 to participate. (Thursdays from 4-6pm is the Yu-Gi-Oh! hobby league, which is $5 to participate.)

The all-ages Northern Oregon and Vancouver Anime club meets twice a month on Saturday evenings (newbies welcome). August's meetings take place on the 6th and 20th from 5-10pm in the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Community Room attached to the fire station on SW Burnham Street in Tigard.

On Friday August 12, kaiju will do battle in Sewallcrest Park. Gamera vs Guiron is being shown as part of the Portland Parks and Recreation's Summer Free For All Movies in the Park series. FILMUSIK will be on hand to perform an orchestral soundtrack and live voice dubbing. Unleash your inner Tom Servo or just sit back and root for everyone's favorite giant flying tortoise.

Elsewhere in the 'verse, the PDX Browncoats are holding a charity screening of their epic D-I-Y fanfic film "Can't Stop the Serenity" at the Hollywood Theater on August 20. For more information, including tickets, visit their web site.

And finally (as if all that wasn't enough), Geek Trivia Night happens every other Tuesday at the Kennedy School from 7-10 pm. It's free to attend, and those under 21 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. (Brought to you by Things from Another World.)