The Week In Geek! May 16-23: Rapture Week!

This week: Judgment Day looms, the weather sucks, and philosophical debate fuels my obsession with impermanence. Parties and festivals abound, I still can't help but wonder if the end is nigh. Regardless, you can trust I'll be swilling Harpoon IPA and listening to naked girls read horror stories, desperately praying to God that there actually is no God and the Rapture won't happen.


[trivia] Geeks Who Drink @ Goody Glover's
GWD finally brings their trivia games to Boston, starting tonight at Goody Glover's. They host free weekly pub quizzes in 13 different states, and Boston is getting 5 different events all starting this month! Check out the schedule for more information.

[mashed notes] My Heart Is an Idiot @ Somerville Theatre
FOUND mag founder Davy Rothbart's been snooping in drawers and rummaging through dumpsters both real and metaphorical, hunting high and low for the "Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World" for years now. So is this hopelessly romantic trashpicker any good at finding true love? The answer screens tonight at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm.


[books] Gary Shteyngart @ Harvard Book Store
Imagination run amok author appears in person, to read bits from his latest work, Super Sad True Love Story! $5 at 6pm.

[singularity] The Philosophy Cafe @ Harvard Book Store
"What Are the Fundamental Limits of Artificial Intelligence?" Philosophy Cafe offers an informal  discussion of contemporary existential problems, this week featuring AI. Check out the link for a massive reading list featuring Turing, Searle and Dreyfus. Free, at 7:30pm.


[road trip!] Nebula Awards in Washington, DC
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America throws their annual Nebula Weekend, featuring work shops, discussions, readings and autograph sessions. Yes, it's in Washington DC, but when this many geeks take time off to chill and talk about writing, there could be dire consequences for the rest of the world left without the geek support they didn't know they relied on. Call it a geek-rapture. It's also not too late to register!


[alternate-timeline road trip] Steampunk World's Fair in Somerset, NJ
If Steampunk City in Waltham blew you away, what will Steampunk World do to your psyche? The festivities begin on Friday morning, and continue until 7pm Sunday night. Online registration's closed, but you can still get door tickets!

[beer] HarpoonFest @ Harpoon Brewery
Beer, food and music! Come celebrate the microbrew revival on the Boston Waterfront, Friday night through Saturday.

[kung-fu] Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
If you like your Bruce Lee homages brimming with noir licks and Roaring 20s glamour (not to mention jaw-dropping/shattering beatdowns from Boston-raised action star Donnie Yen), then you'd best be making flying bicycle kicks to Harvard Square this weekend, where Legend of the Fist is screening through Sunday.

[music] Garage a Trois @ Regattabar
Or, for something completely different, get funked up on transdimensional psych-fusion jam shitblues. Sets at 7:30 and 10.


[god] Rapture Day!
Holy shit.

[armageddon wasted] End of the World Party @ Tavern at the End of the World
Well, looks like they couldn't get The Rapture to play the Rapture, but they've got the next best thing: Colleen Green and Streight Angular. Ease your tribulations, starting tonight at 10pm. 

[tinfoil hats] What in the World Are they Spraying @ Brattle Theatre
And if you needed some distraction from all this end-of-the-world lunacy ... well, this isn't it. Today, libertarian org MassLPA presents a doc that tells us that scientists in collusion with the government are secretly spraying chemicals down on us from high-flying airplanes. Today at noon.

[flesh] Naked Girls Reading "Fang Fiction" @ Coolidge Corner
Not planning on getting raptured? Well, we've got your night of earthly sinning all planned out for you. Exactly what it says on the tin (girls, reading, nakedness), the Boston chapter of NGR wriggles into the Coolidge for a night of spooky stories, starting at midnight.



[unexpected perks] Post-Rapture Looting
Boy, having demons and lakes of fire everywhere sure is going to be a drag ... but scoring a sweet new flatscreen TV might just make the Tribulations feel a whole lot cushier.

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