I’m not sure what you’ve got planned for this weekend, geeks, but as for me, I’ll be in beautiful, freezing Boston for PAX East! Pickings are pretty slim around Philadelphia, unless you’re a fan of anime. Don’t worry, though – I’m still here to tell you what you can do if you’ve got no plans. Read on for this week’s geekend picks!
All three days:
If you’re looking for something to do that will cover the entire weekend, you can always head out to the Lancaster County Convention Center for Zenkaikon! This fun anime convention costs $60 for all three days and is sure to fulfill your need for watching Japanese animation, buying kawaii things, and looking at cosplayers.
Friday, March 22
If you find yourself looking for something to do in the morning, head to the Laurel Hill Cemetery for their Monthly Fourth Friday Tour Series: Hot Spots and Storied Plots. It starts at 10AM and costs just $8. Have a day job? Then you might want to wait until later, after work, when you can see the Philadelphia premiere of GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling at PhilaMOCA. They have two shows, one at 7:30 and one at 9:30, and tickets cost just $8.
If you’re still away at 10:30, head to the Balcony for Spring Bling – The official 90’s party of Philadelphia, featuring DJ HonkeyTron. It’s a celebration welcoming in spring – which you would hardly believe is already here, with this crazy weather we’ve been having. This 21+ show costs $7 and the event starts at 11.
Saturday, March 23
Start your morning off right with the Saturday Family Matinee featuring Muppets Take Manhattan at the County Theater. The show starts at 10:30 and costs $4 and, as always, costumes are encouraged. At 1PM, there’s Familiar Philadelphia at the Laurel Hill Cemetery, which takes you on a tour of some of Philly’s most famous dead people. It starts at 1pm and costs $12.
Looking for something a little more lively? There’s the Revival of Traditional Chinese Culture and Classical Chinese Dance at the Widener Branch of the Free Library. This free event, which includes refreshments, begins at 2PM. Also at 2 is a showing of The Secret World of Arriety at the Colonial Theatre for just $9.
Sunday, March 24
Round off your weekend with yet another event at Laurel Hill Cemetary. This time it’s Classy Broads and Daring Dames: The Ladies of Laurel Hill – A Women’s History Month Program. It starts at 1PM and costs $12.
There’s also Average Superstar Films Presents A Night of Short Films V, which features “the Oscar Award Winning Film, ‘Curfew.'” The film list also includes Yellow, Should Have Listened, Pigeon Soup, Flesh Eaters, Retributions, and The Fourth Friday. The show begins at 6:30 and costs $6.
Want to end your weekend like a true geek from the 90s? We’ve got you covered. Go check out Lisa Loeb performing at the World Cafe Live. The door starts at 7:30 and costs $25, which isn’t a bad price, if you ask me – but I was a teenager in the 90s, so what do I know?
That’s it for this week’s Geekend! Have a great time, be safe, and remember, if you know about anything you want to see in the next edition, just leave us a comment or hit me up on Twitter @toits.