Geek Things for August 3rd

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Tech Savvy – Digital drawing programs with Stuart Granoff. Bring a laptop or use a library computer. 6PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Computers)
  • Brian Lindner – “Humorous and Interesting Plane Crashes in Vermont.” 7:30PM, Milton Historical Society, Milton. Free. (History)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Cohousing: Socioeconomic and Environmental Sustainability at the Village Scale.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Design)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: James Kochalka. 6pm, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Rm, Barre. (Cartooning)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, 1 Glen Road #3, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation – Summer Readers, please make sure to call us at 802-244-0944 to double check the dates and times have not changed. Burlington Recreation and Nutrition Program in Burlington (Reading)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Exloring Balance, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Learn about NOOK Simple Touch! 5:30 PM, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Author Appearance: Jim Butcher, 7pm – 8pm, Cambridge, MA (Author Signing)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield. $5 suggested. (Theater)

Hub Comics Auction

One of the best comic stores that I’ve ever been to is Hub Comics, down in Cambridge, MA. It’s not in our ‘juristiction’ as it were, but it’s in the neighborhood, and if anyone’s headed down to the MA area this weekend, here’s something that you should look in on. One of the co-founders of Hub Comics passed away very unexpectedly, and an auction is being held in his name to help out the store that he founded and his family:

Fundraiser for James Welborn – 7/10/11

Long Beach, NY – July 5, 2011
Team ZombieBomb!, Hub Comics and Bloc 11 Gallery are hosting an art fundraiser event for the family of former Hub Comics owner James Welborn this Sunday in Somerville, MA. James passed away very recently, and we as a community want to give back to his store, his child, and his family. James was very supportive of all our efforts, as well as to the rest of the local comic scene.
Come see us at the Bloc 11 Gallery Sunday, July 10th from 2-6pm to participate in a silent auction featuring work from comic book artists of every stripe who will be coming together to honor James’ memory. With A-list work both on display and available for sale, this is a unique opportunity for art fans to get their hands on some amazing original artwork, and to help a great cause while doing it.
Additionally, Hub Comics will be having a storewide sale all day with savings from 10% to 50% off almost everything in the store. Hub is located right next door to Bloc 11, making Bow Street a prime destination for any comic book and zombie fan within driving distance.
Fundraiser for James Welborn
Somerville, MA
Sunday, July 10th
Hub Comics – all day sale, 10am-6pm @ 19 Bow Street
Bloc 11 – art auction, 2pm-6pm @ 11 Bow Street

James Welborn, founder of Hub Comics, died on May 23rd, 2011. Originally from Nevada, James came to Massachusetts to work in the computer industry. He always loved comic books, and wanted to raise awareness that comics could tell any story and be read by anyone of any age. He built Hub Comics to be not only a comic shop, but a friendly neighborhood destination for fans, artists, children and families. His smile and gentle greeting of “how’s it going?” will be missed by Union Square.
The [Name Redacted] Trust has been set up to provide for James’ young son. Donations to the [Name Redacted] Trust can be sent to:
National Financial Services, Attn.: Deliveries,
FBO: [Name Redacted] Trust,
100 Crosby Parkway, KC1J Invest, Covington,
KY 41015-4325,
Acct. No. WB1-023841.

Their website can be found here.

Geek Things for July 6th

  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Computer Lesson, 9:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. $5 donation. (Computers)
  • College Observatory Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • ‘Frankenstein and Friends’, 12–1PM, Battery Park, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Now Showing: A Tiny Theater Dreams Big,”, 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth Summer Lecture Series – “Corruption: Pervasive, Persistent and Virulent”, 9AM–12PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $20. (Talk)
  • Kate Kenny – “The War That Wasn’t: Patented Inventions During the Civil War.” 7–10PM, Noyes House Museum, Morrisville. Donations accepted. (History)
  • Summer Speaker Series – Calvin Coolidge, 4PM, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth. $8. (Talk)
  • Yestermorrow Summer Lecture Series – “Organic Architecture Guild: A Common Vision for Sustainable Design.” 7–9PM, Yestermorrow Design/Build School, Waitsfield. Free. (Architecture)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Readings at the Athenaeum – Gish Jen, 7:30PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Reading)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Come ALearn About New NOOK Simple Touch!, 6:00 PM, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Advance Screening of “Torchwood: Miracle Day”,, 6pm – 8pm, Cambridge, MA (Screening)
  • Planetarium presentation – Monster Telescopes, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for June 30th

  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castle)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike. Meet at History Hike parking lot. 7–9PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm; flashlight required. (Outdoors)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $10-30. (Theater)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Microscope Explorations, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • New England Wildlife, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Marian Call Concert, 7pm – 10pm, Pandemonium Books, Cambridge, MA (Music)

Marian Call In Cambridge MA – 6/30

Marian Call Photo

Geek Singer/Songwriter Marian Call will be back on the East coast for June and July. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see or listen to her yet, do yourself a favor and check our her songs: she’s the real deal when it comes to geekiness.

If you’re really looking to see her in concert, she’s yet to announce any Vermont shows yet, but apparently that’s in the works. In the meantime, she’s scheduled to come to Cambridge on June 30th, at Pandemonium Books & Games for a 7pm show. There’s a recommended donation of $10-15 for her time and efforts, and it’ll be well worth it.

Marian last played in Vermont in 2010, at the now-closed Langdon St. Cafe. I’m eagerly looking forward to her return to Vermont at some point this summer. It’ll be a great show, let me tell you. Plus, she’s got a new album coming out.

Photo by Brian Adams,

Geek Things for May 24th

  • Exit 16 Traffic Study Meeting, 5–7PM, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Colchester. Free. (Transportation)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories – Worms. 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Open Mic Night, 7:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Writing)
  • Author Appearance: China Miéville, 6pm, Cambridge, MA (Authors)

China Miéville in MA and NH

Hugo Award Winning author China Miéville , author of Perido Street Station, The City and The City, Kraken and the upcoming Embassytown, will be in New England for in support of his new book on May 24th and 25th. While he’s not hitting Vermont, he’s coming close enough that it’ll be worth the drive over to get your book signed by him.

Tues., 5/24 – Harvard Bookstore,* Cambridge, MA @ 6:00pm
*Note: This is a ticketed event held at the Brattle Theater. Buy tickets here.

Wed., 5/25 – Toadstool Bookshop, Lorden Plaza, Milford, NH @ 7:00pm

After those two dates, he’s headed elsewhere across the US for a couple of other stops in Canada and the US. Unfortunately, I’ll be out of the country for those signings, but if anyone’s seriously interested in going, have space for another book or two to tote along?


Geek Things for March 18th

  • Physics Colloquium: “Density Functional Theory and Its Time-Dependent Extension: Success and Challenges,” 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Davis Student Center, The Jost Foundation Room, UVM, Burlington. (Physics)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–6PM, VFW Post, Morrisville. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Friday Night Flick – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, 7:30PM, Vergennes Opera House, Vergennes. Free. (Films)
  • Green Mountain Film Festival. Visit for details. 4–10PM, Various locations, Montpelier. (Films)
  • ‘Salt’, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Film)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Ann Armbrecht – “Thin Places: A Journey Through the Himalayas.” 2PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $5. (Talk)
  • ‘Underneath the Lintel’ , 7:30PM, FlynnSpace, Burlington. $24.30-32.50; special $10 tickets available at the door 10 minutes before curtain. (Theater)
  • ‘My Zombie Romeo’, 7PM, Enosburg Opera House, Enosburg Falls. $3-5. (Zombies)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • ConnCon (, Mar 18 – 20 2011, Stamford, CT (Conventions)
  • Vericon, Mar 18 – 20 2011, Harvard University, Cambridge MA (Conventions)
  • Death and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, 7:30pm – 7:30pm, Boston, MA (Robots)
  • Lunacon, Mar 18 – 20 2011, Rye Brook, New York (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)



Enter  Vericon

A random tweet from an author that I really like brought this to my attention last night, and for all of those coming home from PAX East over this past weekend, it might be a way to continue some of the fun. Harvard University has their own SciFi / Fantasy / Gaming convention, now in its 6th year:

Vericon is a science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime convention featuring many events and distinguished guest speakers. It has been held annually at Harvard University since 2001. The eleventh Vericon will take place on Friday-Sunday, March 18-20, 2011. The convention is sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), an undergraduate student group.

This year, it looks like they’ve got a really good group of authors coming to talk with them: Brandon Sanderson (Guest of Honor), Austin Grossman, Holly Black, Catherine Asaro, Sarah Smith, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman will all be there, and will be signing books.

Pricing is also fairly reasonable:

Student Non-student
Online pre-registration
(closes Monday, January 31)
Full weekend $15 $25
Regular online registration
(closes Monday, March 7)
Full weekend $20 $30
Registration at the door Full weekend $25 $35
Friday only $10 $15
Saturday only $15 $20
Sunday only $10 $15

I’m planning on stopping by to see Austin Grossman and to get my copy of ‘Soon I Will Be Invincible‘ signed.