Howdy. Senior Writer Jason Heller here. The A.V. Club’s monthly sci-fi film series, Science Friction, continues tonight at 7:30 at Alamo Drafthouse Denver with The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension! Released in 1984 and directed by W. D. Richter (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers), this gonzo sci-fi adventure stars a pre-RoboCop Peter Weller as the zany, rocking, erratically brilliant Buckaroo Banzai. A man of superhuman talents who must confront an alien plot to take over the world (while not accidentally ordering the destruction of the U.S.S.R.), Buckaroo is a hero for the 21st century, TODAY! Or, um, yesterday. Like, back in the ’80s.

As always with Science Friction (and its sister series, the fantasy-themed Fantastique), I’ll be on hand to introduce the film along with my fellow host and curator Frank Romero, cofounder of Denver Comic Con. Denver sci-fi author Warren Hammond will also appear to talk about Buckaroo Banzai and give away 15 signed copies of his latest novel, Tides Of Maritinia, courtesy of HarperCollins. But that’s not all! At 7:00 p.m., before the film rolls in glorious 35mm, members of the Denver geek-rock bands H2Awesome! and Daenerys And The Targaryens will join forces to present a live set of nerdy musical fun. Tickets for Buckaroo Banzai are available right here.


Science Friction schedule

April 15: The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension! (in 35mm)

May 20: Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow

Fantastique schedule

May 7: Wizards

June 4: Time Bandits