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Bizarre topics, weird humor and PowerPoint presentations are a surefire draw for local geeks looking for a night of drinks, knowledge, hysterics and music.

They’ll get that Wednesday when the Boulder Theater hosts Ignite Boulder 6, the latest installment in the tech-savvy series that puts on PowerPoint presentations “with a twist,” according to Ef Rodriguez, one of the event’s organizers.

“It’s just the same good old geekery,” Rodriguez said Monday. “It’s an amateur night for geeks where everybody laughs.”

Ignite is a rapidly sprouting national movement — propelled by social media — that is popping up in cities across the nation. Speakers, who are chosen by votes prior to the event, present 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds.


What: Ignite Boulder 6

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St.

Cost: $10

Humor lies in the speakers’ scramble to keep pace with the rapidly changing slides while presenting an original — albeit unusual — topic.

Topics this time around include “Screw Logic: An Unbelievable Look at Bizarre Beliefs,” “Classic Literature Through the Eyes of the Modern Teenage Chick Flick,” “The Things They Don’t Tell You about a DUI” and “Making Friends and Insulting People — the Shakespearean Way,” one Rodriguez said he particularly looks forward to.

“I love Shakespeare and I love insulting people so it will be perfect,” he said. “Old-school insults are pretty cool.”

Ignite Boulder has expanded from early installments; April’s Ignite Boulder 4 sold out a University of Colorado auditorium in six minutes and June’s Ignite Boulder 5 came just short of selling out the Boulder Theater.

Rodriguez said Ignite organizers expects to sell out Wednesday’s show.