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May The 4th Be With You: Weekend Events For Nerds

Hey fellow Nerds, Dorks and Dweebs. Let's all salute the weekend by adjusting our glasses in unison! For many, tomorrow is simply Cinco de Mayo, but for those who can't get enough sci-fi, today and tomorrow are holidays in their own right. The first Saturday in May is always "Free Comic Book Day" and since today, May 4th, has been adopted by Star Wars fans as "May the 4th Be With You," Half-Price books is combining the two and calling the event "The Geekend."

Starting today, HPB is having comic book giveaways (with purchase), 20% off of all comics, Star Wars trivia contests, video game tournaments and Star Wars costume contests, so air out your finest fan boy or fan girl ensemble, put your hair up in those Princess Leia Cinnabon side curls, and cruise over to the party. (A warning: I'm going to go as Luke Skywalker in my tauntaun sleeping bag, so your victory is unlikely.) The event runs through Sunday; take a look at the full weekend schedule for the old school video game tournament line-up.

Our other favorite stores participating in Free Comic Book Day: Zeus Comics and Collectables, Keith's Comics, Lone Star Comics, Awesome Comics, and Titan Comics.

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Be a Super Hero: Give back while you watch The Avengers Since we're all going to see this movie, wouldn't it be cool to kick a little loot back into the community while we do it? This Sunday, May 6, at Studio Movie Grill your $30 goes to help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention carry on with its vital mission of education and intervention. And who knows, maybe you'll win the raffle prize: A weekend with a loaner Lexus and tickets to one of this year's Broadway productions at the Winspear. Tickets are going fast, so get yours here.

Texas Frightmare Weekend If you're a fan of gore and horror films, you should check out this convention. There's a Q&A with the casts of Carrie, Tombstone and They Live (Rowdy Roddy Piper is going to be there!), special screenings of new and classic flicks (You can see those hot new movies by Asylum and Troma), a Carrie-themed prom party, more celebrities than you can shake a boom stick at and vendors galore! Maybe you'll find a pair of sunglasses that allows you to see the existing alien invasion? Get the whole scoop here.

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