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Tempe unveils its own caped crusaders for Geeks' Night Out

Everyone invited to help Flying Fox and Blue Bolt save Tempe

Post Date:01/03/2014


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Geeks' Night Out, Tempe's ode to science, science fiction and pop culture, explodes like a science experiment onto Mill Avenue next month, bringing with it music, robots and all sorts of family-friendly fun.

Yes, Geeks' Night Out and Geek Week, presented by the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, are back. Geeks' Night Out is a special event at the park surrounding Tempe City Hall that brings together Phoenix Comicon, local businesses, graphic novelists, cosplayers, many Tempe colleges and universities, Tempe K-12 schools, the Downtown Tempe Community and the City of Tempe for an evening of STEM fun. Geek Week happens in Tempe schools.  

To let people know about the February events, Tempe will once again produce a ridiculously fun video featuring a cast of everyone who wants to be involved, including members of the Tempe City Council. 

The public is invited to star in "Mega Force Field vs. Flying Fox and Blue Bolt." Everyone is welcome to take part in the video. People in awesome Sci-Fi costumes will get extra attention. There is no need to sign up in advance. Just show up at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at Tempe Center for the Arts and be ready to have a good time. Everything should wrap up by 6 p.m.  

Geeks' Night Out Video Shoot
Who: Everyone
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
When: 4-6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10
Web: www.tempe.gov/geeks
Sci-Fi costumes are highly encouraged but not required.

"The Syfy network should set its next movie in Tempe, considering the number of times this city has been invaded by strange creatures," Mayor Mark Mitchell said. "We love Geeks' Night Out. It's a tribute to everyone who is interested in pop culture and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.) We hope to see many people at the video shoot and at the events."

Last year, Mitchell played a robot in the city's production of "Invasion of the Geeks." Tempe is a leading provider of technology jobs in Arizona.

Superheroes For this year's video, Tempe is once again facing great peril that can only be solved by people in costumes and science. A mega force field is keeping people out of the American Pop! Comic Books to Science Fiction exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Like Gotham City and Metropolis, Tempe is saved by its own caped crusaders, Flying Fox and Blue Bolt. Well, sort of. 

Flying Fox and Blue Bolt are two new super heroes created by faculty and alumni of the University of Advancing Technology. They are the stars of a web series under development called, "Zero Complex," which stars a group of Tempe college students who dress up as their favorite super heroes to embark on comedic crime fighting adventures. 

"Just like Geeks' Night Out, our "Zero Complex" webseries is about celebrating geek culture, showing off Tempe and the Valley as a thriving hub of creativity, and creating family-friendly entertainment for geeks of all ages," said co-creator Paul DeNigris, who is producing the video. 

The developers of "Zero Complex" will launch a Kickstarter campaign this spring to raise funds to finish the web series. 

The video will air on Tempe 11, on YouTube, on Tempe schools' broadcasts and on Cox Cable.

Geek Week and Geeks' Nigh Out are Tempe's contributions to the Arizona SciTech Festival. Geek Week takes place at many Tempe schools and at many City of Tempe facilities from Feb. 14-24. Geeks' Night Out is at City Hall on Feb. 20 from 4:30 - 9 p.m. Anyone who wishes to be involved in the events should contact Kris Baxter-Ging or Amanda Nelson. 

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