Geekly bylaws dictate that members of the nerd community observe several lesser-known holidays. Honoring the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is a must-do on Pi Day, March 14. Lightsaber salutes better happen on May the Fourth be With You. And Free Comic Book Day? Well, true nerds do a Cheetos/Gatorade cleanse for that. One of the most majestic of all geeky celebrations is Moon Day, July 20, which honors the day we planted foot on everyone’s favorite — or at least most loyal — sky orb. Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum (6911 Lemmon Ave.), you can explore the universe inside an inflatable planetarium, give lunar art a critical fish eye in the Browning Art Gallery, watch robotics demonstrations, try space mapping, attempt to corrupt a moon rover remotely and generally bro down with every true nerd in the metroplex. The two coolest projects require separate registrations: a model rocket-building class with the Dallas Area Rocket Society, and a two-day workshop on space hacking with Citizens in Space, a group that’s purchased 10 spots on orbital missions and will use ’em to send normal people into zero gravity. Naturally, you need some big ideas if you want that chair. Get more information and sign up for the ancillary workshops at flightmuseum.com, then search events. Tickets cost $5 to $8.
Sat., July 20, 2013