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This Week in Geek June 6-12: Featuring a Number of Pleasant Opportunities to Dress Up in Ridiculous Costumes

If you found last week's events too high-minded and cultural, then do we have news for you! This week's, we give you a multitude of events ranging from trashy to flashy ... and also, curiously, an unusual number of opportunities to dress up in ridiculous costumes: there's a renaissance fair, a pirate crawl, a J-pop concert, and the Pride Idol show. And of course, suiting up for The Goonies and "Hooked on Who" would be completely understandable (read: inevitable). In other words, this is the week to get decked out and go all out.

Not that there will be no intelligent discourse. There is a discussion on local food, and a reading from a Pulitzer Prize winner's memoir. It's also Boston Pride Week, which means there will be plenty of events thoughtfully examining past and future progress; and Bikes Not Bombs will celebrate sustainability the best way they know how: with bikes!

Tuesday 6.7

[film + discussion] Ingredients + Panel @ Brattle Theatre 7pm

The film Ingredients examines the lengthening distance food travels between source and plate, and what farmers, chefs, and others are doing to shorten it. After the film, there will be a panel discussion.

Wednesday 6.8

[double feature] The Goonies + ET Double Feature @ the Brattle 4:30pm, 7pm

Slip into those footie pajamas, because the Brattle's double-feature event is about to transport you back into your childhood. The cult-classic and regular classic are screening in succession. In honor of the event, Baby Ruths are being sold at the concession stand for a limited time. The jury's still out on Reese's Pieces.

[Pride Week] Pride Idol Final Event @ Club Cafe 6pm
Reality TV fans, exalt. This week, Club Cafe is hosting the finals of its Pride Idol competition, and it's pool of judges include RuPaul's Drag Race graduates Carmen Carrera, Manila Luzon, and season winner Raja.

[author] Pulitzer Prize Winner Oscar Hijuelos reads from Thoughts Without Cigarettes @ Brookline Booksmith 7pm
Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos comes to Brookline Booksmith this week to read from the memoir about his path towards a successful career in writing.

Thursday 6.9

[Pride Week] The Gogos and The B52s @ Bank of America Pavillion 8pm
These two rocky, New-Wavy party bands unite at the Bank of America Pavillion this week in another Pride Week entertainment spectacular. It is guaranteed to be outrageous, over-the-top and everything else necessary for a quality Thursday evening.

Friday 6.10

[theater] Journey to the Heart of X Minus One @ the Piano Factory 8pm

Counter Productions Theatre Company presents its "serial science fiction theater experience," combining original sci-fi shorts and bits from 1950s radio broadcasts. It promises to blend the old and the new to create a unique blend of extraterrestrial theater, repeating three times this weekend and next.

[film] Wet Hot American Summer @ Coolidge Corner Theatre Fri + Sat, 11:59pm
What's campier than camp films? According to writer/director David Wain, nothing. Wet Hot is a parody of all the old camping tropes, and though it was panned by critics, it has achieved cult status.

[don't you forget about me] The Breakfast Club @ Somerville Theatre Fri + Sat, 11:59pm
All are invited to this midnight showing of the John Hughes classic at the Somerville Theatre: Brains, athletes, basket-cases, possible-criminals alike.

[Time and Relative Dimensions in Space] "Hooked on Who," Doctor Who Special screenings @ the Brattle Theatre Fri, Sat, Sun 9:30pm
This long-running British classic has captured the imaginations of scifi nerds for decades, and with the show's recent revamp, a new generation of annoying tourists can travel to England in hopes of getting their pictures taken next to a blue Police Box. This week, the Brattle celebrates the past, present and future of Doctor Who by showing episodes and celebrating castmembers old and new.

Saturday 6.11

[science] Extreme Weather Day @ MoS 10am
Too soon? Or just weirdly timely? This family-friendly event at the Museum of Science features immersive hands-on exhibits, lectures by top meteorologists and demonstrations of storm-tracking radar technology.

[yon faire] Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival in Charlton, MA Sat + Sun 10am
Hearken, fair Lords and Ladies! The Silver Kingdom Renaissance Faire opens in Charlton, MA, this Saturday for its two-weekend stint. It will feature all the faire accoutrements we've come to shamelessly love, from music to swordfights to theme-food.

[j-pop] Reni's Maid Show @ All Asia Bar 12pm
There are few things in this world more bizarre J-Pop, and this weekend singer Reni brings a little bit of Tokyo-style insanity to All Asia Bar. Though pink wigs, frilly frocks and thigh-highs are not required, cosplayers do get a $2 discount.  

[yarr] Pirate Crawl/Booze Cruise @ 1 Long Wharf 3:30pm
Whether or not the Pirate Crawl will actually be worthy of the term "nerdy" remains to be determined; it might turn out to be nothing more than a bunch of trashy people who, due to the movement of the boat and eye-patch-induced loss of depth perception, trip from the pitching of the vessel and spill their Jacks or margaritas over any unfortunate passers-by. But then again, it is also a third excuse to get dressed up in a ridiculous costume on a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday 6.12

[boats] Boston Dragon Boat Festival @ Charles River, Cambridge Side 12pm
The Dragon Boat Festival has been going on for 2300 years, and while the Boston event hasn't been celebrated quite as long, it is still the oldest Dragon Boat Festival celebration in North America. It features boat races, a banquet, and a free festival with arts demonstrations and Asian food.

[bikes] Bikes Not Bombs Bike-a-Thon @ 18 Bartlett Sq 8/9am + Green Roots Festival @ Stony Brook T Stop 12pm
Bikes Not Bombs, recently voted the Readers' Pick for Best Local Cause, is holding two events this Saturday. The first is a Bike-a-Thon, running either 15, 25 or 65 miles around areas south and west of Boston. The riders end up at the Green Roots Festival, which celebrates environmental sustainability. Essentially, it's Christmas in June for the bike nerds among us.

[YA author] Joyce Raskin, My Misadventures as a Teenage Rockstar @ Brookline Booksmith 2pm
Musician-turned-author Joyce Raskin will be reading from her young-adult novel this weekend as part of Brookline Booksmith's Writers and Readers series. The book is a work of fiction, but draws from her own experiences as well. She's bringing along fellow musicians Hilken Mancini and Mary Lou Lord.

[museum dance party] Super Secret Summer Surprise With Dan Deacon @ the ICA 8pm

With promises of Twister games, cartoons and multimedia presentations, the ICA's Super Secret Summer Surprise was already a should-attend event. But then they revealed that their special guest was Dan Deacon, whose terrifying/bizarre/amazing artistry (see the video above) and sick beats will have you dancing all night. So now it is a must-attend event.

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