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Over the past decade, the notion of geek fandom has expanded far beyond superhero comics and "Stars Wars"/"Star Trek" and into other genres. The boom in franchises and rise of social media has increased the intense passion of fans for whatever they love, and they wear their fandom loudly and proudly.  Fandom is dressing up as your favorite character, meeting the creator…

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If you’re a fan of franchise movies and genre shows, you probably have one, two or all of these dates circled on the calendar. Here are all the sci-fi, fantasy and comics-based films and television shows set to debut this summer. At the movies “Alien: Covenant,” May 19. Director Ridley Scott helms another film in the science-fiction franchise he helped create in 1979…

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Yes, “Game of Thrones” returns on April 12, and yes, everyone who is not a member of the “King Joffrey Appreciation Society” is excited. But one does not need to stay home to watch. The Tralf Music Hall is hosting a season five watch party, and admission is free.Doors open at 7 p.m., with a showing of the Season Four finale at 7:30 p.m. A beer tasting, featuring Ommegang’s…

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Coming up at Blue Monk: an April 1 party celebrating the release of a beer inspired by Season Five debut of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” There will be a costume contest, and the debut of a special Ommegang Brewery draft called Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison. The event starts at 7 p.m. at 727 Elmwood Ave. “We’re going to be one of 13 bars in the country,” owner Mike Shatzel sai…

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Allen Burger Venture opened its doors in time for St. Patrick’s Day festivities Saturday, with 24 draft beers and an arsenal of canned beers. At 175 Allen St., it offers beer collection that’s heavy on craft brews, but there is also Blue Light.Another heavy aspect is the handles on the beer tower, a collection of black wrought iron implements like pitchfork a…