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May the 4th Be With You (a Sci-Fi Culture Revival)

May 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 11:55 pm

May the 4th Be With You, a Sci-Fi Cultural Revival ft. Itchy-O, “Andrew Novick’s Mind Meld” (sci-fi Jeopardy!), ManCub, Prism Waves, DJ Babyshoe, RumTum, and comedy troupes Fine Gentlemen’s Club and Third Curd.
What’s so special about May 4th? Was that the day “Star Wars” was originally released? Negative Buck Rogers- that was May 25th, 1977, (but then we know you totally knew that). It’s “May the Fourth Be with You” Day!
Some meta-Nerd adept named this holiday solely based on playing off the words “may the force be with you,” a line used by at least one character in each of the Star Wars movies. This celebration emerged around 2007 as an exclusive Star Wars holiday. Star Wars goobers began dressing up as their favorite characters and got together to discuss everything from artificial gravity to Zorba the Hut. However, this self proclaimed holiday has seemed to have morph’d into a total Geek-Fest-Free-For-All, embracing all things obscure and Sci-Fi, (at least here in Denver anyway). Last year, in the lot behind City O’ City we saw the three evil villains from Superman II, several characters from Star Trek, a few completely unidentifiable freaks, and of course Chewbaca… all rocking out in front of an impressive grandstand and sound system with some of Denver’s best bands throwing it down hard.
In terms of this year’s line up, comedian Ben Kronberg will return from New York to host the event and the inexplicably appropriate, intergalactic musical stormtroopers, ITCHY-O will headline. In a review from the SF Weekly, Jesus Angel Garcia says, “The itchy-O Marching Band tore down the third wall (and the fourth and the fifth) in an all-enveloping performance that aimed to elevate the conscious mind. Tonight, we would realize all dichotomies are false. Nearly three-dozen performers roared from the stage and the dance floor. They weaved among audience members, making us part of the show.” “Further blasting away the notion of differences, Itchy-O combined cultural forces: Taiko drums, mariachi getups, pseudofascist propaganda, Illuminati cultishness, cyberpunk splatter, alien space jams, full-face hijabs, even a Chinese dragon that writhed about the dance floor in wild abandon throughout the entire set. There was solidarity in our collective acknowledgement of the freakishness of our ways — all of our ways. Think 21st century drum circle, where cyborg bulls are slaughtered on the altar of Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
ITCHY-O will go on around 8:30pm and after they have laid waste to this irreverent space-mob, all will file upstairs to Deer Pile for “Andrew Novick’s Mind Meld.” Novick, a would-be artist, performer, atomic clock engineer, chef and now a semi-professional Sci-Fi Trivia host will run a bizarre Sci-Fi Jeopardy with the kind of Ubre-Dweeb explanations no other avant-know-it-all would dare to tackle. Anyone here in Denver tapped into alternativesub-culture knows Andrew Novick always delivers when it comes to absurdity! Also, performing this night will be Denver’s ghetto-tech dance wizards, MANCUB, along with PRISMWAVES, DJ Babyshoe, RumTum, and comedy troupes the Fine Gentlemen’s Club, and Third Curd.


May 4, 2013
5:00 pm - 11:55 pm


City O’ City / Deer Pile
206 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 United States
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303 831 6443


City O’ City / Deer Pile