If you prefer a little learning mixed in with your nightly entertainment, Houston has you covered. There’s a number of places to go and have fun while becoming more informed about science, comics, pop culture and yes, even Ms. Pac-Man. If that’s a little geeky, so be it. Here’s some upcoming events worth a night out.
Geeks Who Drink Trivia
Maple Leaf Pub
514 Elgin St.
Houston, TX 77006
Trivia, beer and hockey. If any, or all, of those three subjects appeals to you, be sure to head out Thursday nights to the Geeks Who Drink Trivia contest. At 8 p.m. every week, contestants battle for geek supremacy in two hours of multimedia trivia. Questions are read aloud by a quizmaster and teams of up to six players turn in their answers at the end of each round. While trivia can be found at other establishments, the Maple Leaf is a friendly venue with plenty of Canadian (and non-Canadian) beers, hockey and food.
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LaB 5555 Geek Responsibly
Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Billed as a “party place with an intellectual twist“, the Houston Museum of Natural Science puts on a monthly shindig for those who like a dose of research mixed in with their entertainment. The name itself is brings back memories of high school chemistry. La is the symbol for the element Lanthanum, B is for Boron and 5555 is the address. Once you arrive at LaB 5555, partake in the food trucks, cash bar and live music. There’s also a science presentation to kick off the night. The next two parties are from 7 to 10 p.m. March 22 and April 26.
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Eighteen Twenty Bar
1820 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77002
Located in downtown Houston, Eighteen Twenty Bar is a block from Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros baseball team. But it’s a different kind of game that brings in Houston’s video game enthusiasts two Friday nights every month. The bar shares a wall with Joystix, an arcade game dealer business. On the first and final Friday of each month, Eighteen Twenty patrons can pay $15 and play all the video games they want. Combined with booze and pizza from the bar, this can be an outstanding night out.
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George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010
Once every decade, fans of the original “Battlestar Galactica” TV series descend upon a city for a four-day weekend of meeting cast members, seeing exhibits, getting autographs and hobnobbing with other fans of the show. This year, the convention also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the new Battlestar Galactica series. Houston has been chosen as the host city and the event will take place May 23-26. Local residents can head out on the evening of May 24 to a special cocktail mixer. One night later, the Johnson Space Center is the site for the colonial dinner. A list of cast members visiting and events is on the Galacticon III website.
Selected Works From The Comics: Collection Of Robert Boyd
Rice University School of Humanities
Sewall Hall, Room 402
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005
Comic books and art come together in a new exhibit opening at Rice University, which begins with an evening talk and reception March 14. The exhibit comes from comic art collected by Robert Boyd, a Rice graduate who blogs about art and comics at The Great God Pan Is Dead. Boyd, who has worked as an editor for Fantagraphic Books and Dark Horse Comics, will give a presentation to kick off the festivities at 7 p.m. March 14 in Room 307 of Sewall Hall. The exhibit will be on display until May 10 in Room 402 of the same building.
Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.