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KEVIN GEEKS OUT is teaming up with THE BIG QUIZ THING and NERD NITE for a spectacular 6-hour show. 

The Brooklyn Brain Jam
Sunday March 15th 
at Littlefield 622 DeGraw Street
Just $12 (get ticket HERE
and another link for directions

It’s a buffet of nerdy, geeky entertainment, with


Multi-media and storytelling from KEVIN GEEKS OUT
Trivia Games with THE BIG QUIZ THING
Fun and heady presentations from NERD NITE

You can read this New York Times article about the previous BK Brain Jam. 

plus: 
    Videos from THE FOUND FOOTAGE FILM FEST the first ever SCI-FI SPELLING BEE a non-sexist DRY T-SHIRT CONTEST vintage sci-fi & fantasy books from SINGULARITY & CO.  sweet and savory pies from DUB PIES and a special blended “Brain Jam Punch” at the bar. 
Here’s the schedule for the day:

Here’s a closer look at the KEVIN GEEKS OUT segments: 

1:30pm PAPERWORK IN SPACE — a supercut video by M. Sweeney Lawless

Kirk, Spock and McCoy boldly went where no one had gone before… and they had the paperwork to prove it.


M. Sweeney Lawless is a comedy writer/performer whose work appears in humor collections and The Lowbrow Reader [lowbrowreader.com] She can hide up to five bees secretly in her mouth. 
2:35pm “GIFTED CHILD” story by Susie Felber

Comedian Susie Felber tells the story of her first experience with summer camp. 

Susie Felber is a writer, comedian and producer with nearly two decades of stand-up, improv, radio, web, video game, TV and film experience. She’s especially proud of appearing multiple times as a hooker on Conan, writing jokes for Car Talk, and being the voice of the letter “O” on Sesame Street. She currently performs in storytelling shows, hosts and produces a live variety show, and works as a Senior Copywriter at Audible Inc.


4:05pm SCI-FIVE: Cartoon Visions of the Future by Kevin Maher
Comedian Kevin Maher looks back at 5 cartoon visions of the future, from a Jetsons knock-off to an animated wasteland.

Kevin Maher is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer, whose work has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, SyFy and Nickelodeon. He’s created several web-series including AMC’s “The Sci-Fi Deparment” (short-listed for a Webby) and “Andrew 12- Sided Dice Clay.” Kevin hosts the long running variety series “Kevin Geeks Out”, each installment taking an obsessive look at pop-culture, with topics like Shark Cinema, Robots, Wrestling and Zombies. On a dare, he once wrote 100 haiku about Batman. 

4:55 INTERMISSION WITH “FUN CITY” by Jonathan Hertzberg

“Dirty Old New York aka Fun City” is a “video mixtape” series that serves as an outlet for Jonathan Hertzberg to share his obsession with the New York of my youth and pre-youth, as it was represented by the films of that era, roughly late ’60s – early ’80s.  I tried to connect shots by at least one of the following: location, film, character, actor, signage, repeating opbject, or recurring motif.

5:15 KEVIN GEEKS OUT Interview: Jonathan Herzberg
Kevin talks with Jonathan about his obsession with Dirty Old New York. They look at some of the recurring themes in the FUN CITY videos: Punk v. Disco, Joe v. Hippies, tube televisions, Blaxploitation, pay phones, Gere v. Travolta, checker cabs, Simon, Garfunkel, vinyl records, subways with graffiti and much more.

6:15PM SCIENCE POETRY by Usman Hameedi
Poet and biologist Usman Hameedi will be sharing nerdy science poems that would make Madame Curie blush.
Usman Hameedi is a poet and cancer biologist from New York City. He has competed and coached at both collegiate and national level poetry slams.  Usman has been highlighted on the Huffington Post and Upworthy, has featured at venues in Boston, New York, and Washington D.C., and has been invited to speak at the Harvard Kennedy School and The White House. In his spare time, he tutors nerds on how they can step their game up. 
The Brooklyn Brain Jam
Sunday March 15th 
at Littlefield 
Just $12 (get ticket HERE

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When I visited Joe Franklin’s office he got a phone call. 


JOE: (answers phone) Si si?


(pause) 


Si si!


(pause)


Si si. 


(pause) 


No, no. 


(pause) 


Si si. 


(hangs up, continues conversation with me)

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Rest in peace, Mr. Franklin. 

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A version of this series originally appeared in MY DREAM DATE WITH A VILLAIN.
Fascinator, from THEY LIVE
 Sleestak, from LAND OF THE LOST
Phantom of the Opera

Dr. Carl Hill (from RE-ANIMATOR)
Solomon Grundy
Zuni Fetish Doll (from TRILOGY OF TERROR)
 Pinhead (from HELLRAISER)
Gremlin (from THE TWILIGHT ZONE)
Music Snob Vampire
Galactus
Frankenstein’s Monster
 Hamburgular
RELATED: 

IN PRINT: This series was created for the zine MY DREAM DATE WITH A VILLAIN, on sale now from Herectical Sexts. Buy it HERE.
ONLINE: 

See DREAM DATES GONE WRONG – PART ONE

PART TWO

photo courtesy of GreGGory Buxom

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Today’s post is from Lauren Wilson, author of THE ART OF EATING THROUGH THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. We’re giving away a copy of her book at Thursday’s ZOMBIE SHOW. (Can’t wait? You can buy the book here.)

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Huh? There was a news report of some guy whacked out on bath salts eating some other dude’s face off in the street today? Hurmmmm, there was a piece in the paper about a lady being mauled to death by an unidentified wild animal in a nearby park?

Welcome to the zombie apocalypse! Tomorrow is a big day: you will be losing your head (hopefully not literally) trying to fend off the newly infected. On top of that, those pesky little weak spots in your fortress will surely present themselves, leaving you overwhelmed with survival and physical defense–focused activities.

Before you go to sleep tonight (if it even seems safe to do so), why not plan ahead for breakfast? Not only will it help use up some of your perishables (milk, eggs, butter, bread) before the power goes out, it will also give you a calorie-rich jumpstart to your undead-filled day.

If the power has already gone out, reduce the amount of time you soak the bread to a couple of hours and use an Oven Hack (page 41) to cook this bad boy.
Overnight of the Living Dead French Toast

Yields: 4 Hungry Survivor servings, 6 Regular Joe servings
Requires: Chef’s or survival knife and cutting board
1 bread knife
1 small mixing bowl
1 mixing spoon
1 fireproof baking dish (preferably 7″ x 11″)
1 large bowl
1 whisk (or fork)
Piece of foil, to cover baking dish
Heat Source: Indirect, conventional oven or other Oven Hack (page 41)
Time: 10 minutes prep
4–8 hours inactive soaking time
35 minutes unattended cooking time


Ingredients:
1/4 c. (4 tbsp.) butter, melted
1/2 c. brown sugar
12 oz. bread (challah, raisin, French baguette, Wonder—whatever you got, preferably a mix of several different kinds), sliced into strips 2–3 fingers wide
1/2 c. dried cranberries or raisins
6 eggs
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. milk, cream, or combination
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp. rum, orange liqueur, or brandy (optional)
1 c. nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds), roughly chopped and preferably toasted
Maple syrup, to taste

Method:
1. Mix together the melted butter and brown sugar in a small mixing bowl. Spread the mixture along the bottom of the baking dish.
2. Put down a layer of bread fingers, overlapping and filling gaps where needed. Sprinkle with dried fruit. Repeat with remaining bread and fruit.
3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and granulated sugar together until the sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Add the milk/cream, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, pinch of salt, and liquor/liqueur (if using). Whisk until incorporated.
5. Pour the custard over the bread and dried fruit, sweeping back and forth to moisten the whole top layer, filling any nooks and crannies. Cover with foil and let sit for 2 hours (no refrigeration) or at least 4 hours to overnight (in the fridge).
6. Preheat oven (for perhaps the last time!) to 375°F or set up an Oven Hack (see Judging Temperature, page 41).
7. Remove foil from the baking dish and sprinkle with the toasted nuts (if using). Drizzle lightly with maple syrup.
8. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, then cover and bake for another 15 minutes to avoid over-browning. Check after 20 minutes or so—cooking time will vary widely depending on your setup.
9. The French toast is ready when the custard at the center feels set (i.e., not jiggly, squishy, or raw). Let stand for 5–10 minutes, then drizzle liberally with more maple syrup before tucking in.

Dried Fruit Substitution: Nearly any dried fruit can be used in place of cranberries or raisins in this recipe; cherries or apples work well as direct substitutions. If using other dried fruits (say, apricots or anything tropical), I would also adapt the spices accordingly, swapping cinnamon and nutmeg for lemon zest or lemon oil extract, for example.

Recipe illustration, author portrait credit & cover illustration: Kristian Bauthus

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Thanks Lauren! 

Remember, we’re giving away a copy of Lauren’s cookbook at KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT ZOMBIES

A two-hour feast of zombie film footage and pop culture commentary.


With presentations by 

    Heather Buckley (FangoriaDread CentralDaan Van Versendaal (Netherlands Institute of Neuroscience)  Brian Solomon (The Vault of HorrorCaptain Cruella (Village Invasion Zombie Crawl) Doug Sakmann (Special FX Artist) 

 Kevin & Matt Geek Out About Zombies – Trailer from Matthew Glasson on Vimeo.


KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT ZOMBIES

Thursday October 23rd @ 9:30pm

Get tickets HERE


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To get ready for Thursday’s ZOMBIE SPECTACULAR** at Nitehawk Cinema, here’s an A-Z poem about horror films. 

A is for Alien, chest-bursting bitch


B is for Belial, makes baskets twitch


C’s for Chatterer, cenobite #2


D is for Damien, this hanging’s for you

E is for Evil Dead, like Ash destroys


F is for Freddy, rapped with Fat Boys


G is for Graboids, Tremors’ worms on the prowl


H is the Hitcher, stalking C. Thomas Howell


I is for Isaac, creepy kid priest


J is for JAWS (the first two, at least)


K is for Killdozer, killing machine


L is for Leatherface, based on Ed Gein


M’s Michael Myers, a sequel approaches


N is The Nest, flesh-eating cockroaches


O is for Orca, made Richard Harris cry


P is for Pumpkinhead, killed Soleil Moon Frye


Q is for Q, flying lizard-of-prey


R is for Ricky, who shouts “Garbage day!


S is the Stranger, don’t answer his calls


T’s for The Tall Man, beware of his balls


U is for Uncle Sam, he wants you… dead


V is for Vincent, this farmer’s well-fed


W’s Willard, the rat devotee


X is for Xtro, unfriendly E.T.


Y’s for this Yeti, King Kong inspired


Z is for Zoltan, doggy vampire

** For more horror entertainment, come to KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT ZOMBIES. Thursday, October 23rd at 9:30, at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn. 




KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT ZOMBIES
Thursday October 23rd @ 9:30pm

Get tickets HERE



Related Links:

My Dream Date with a Villain

A is for ALIEN (horror movies A-Z) 


A is for ANAKIN (sci-fi movies A-Z) 

A is for AUTOMAN (sci-fi television A-Z)

A is for ANTHRAX (heavy metal A-Z) 

A is for AEON  (animation A-Z)

A is for ANDRE  (pro wrestling A-Z)

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A version of this series originally appeared in MY DREAM DATE WITH A VILLAIN.

M.O.D.O.K.

Non of Krypton (from Superman II)

Hannibal Lecter (from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS)


Ming the Merciless (from FLASH GORDON) Ghostface (from SCREAM) Zombie (from DAY OF THE DEAD) Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 (from ROBOT MONSTER) The Leader Leatherface (from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Part 2) Biker from The Living Dead Gang (from PSYCHOMANIA) Nostalgic Chestburster (from ALIEN) Billy the Puppet (from SAW)

Click HERE to see DREAM DATES GONE WRONG – part 1. 

*** RELATED ***

Live Show: All About Zombies 

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Looking for some super scary movies this Halloween? Horror Hound Kevin Maher rounds up some of the most obscure films you’ve never heard of, because you don’t know anything. 

HOUSE

This Japanese nail-biter stars William Katt as a horror novelist staying in the most haunted house ever. An instant cult-classic — and yet most people have never seen it!


 THE GATE
 
Lovers of old movies will love this campy, tongue-in-cheek tribute to scary cinema.



TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 3: LEATHER-FACE

Everybody knows the 2003 horror flick, but did you know that was a remake?!  I did. And the original cult classic had not one, but TWO sequels. 



 

SESSION NINE

I don’t know much about this film, but my friend Tim said most people just skim these types of articles so don’t worry about the descriptions.


THE CARNIVAL OF SOULS

This black-and-white cult classic borrows heavily from George R. Romero’s cult classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD but still has some serious scares.  

 

“THE EYE”

This is a wholly original tale of super-natural suspense staring super-hottie Jessica Alba. I haven’t seen this one, but the imdb summary sounds spooky.


SUSPIRSIA

This 60’s midnight movie is the ultimate cult classic where an American girl uncovers evil at a boarding school.  In true Euro-horror style, the viewer is left to decide if the whole experience was just in her imagination.


PUMPKINHEAD

Admit it: you didn’t know about this one, either. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard of it. Not like you.

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Ha ha, get it? 

Man, I hate those condescending, error-filled listicles that pop up this time of year. 

But seriously, if you want to see a fun show, come to KEVIN & MATT GEEK OUT ABOUT ZOMBIES

Kevin & Matt Geek Out About Zombies – Trailer from Matthew Glasson on Vimeo.

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