Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • Celebrate Embrace Your Geekness Day

Do you know the difference between a geek and a nerd? Typically a geek is more focused on technology while a nerd is more focused on pop culture. If you are a nerd, a geek, or something in between you can always celebrate geek culture on Monday (July 13), which is Embrace Your Geekness Day. Whatever your geeky hobby is, embrace it! To help get into the geekness spirit, check out this fun video by Rhett & Link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tvy_Pbe5NA).

  • Watch X-Men

Turn back the clock and watch one of the first ever superhero movies to hit the big screens—X-Men, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on Tuesday (July 14). Even if you are not a fan of the X-Men franchise, you got to give this movie props because many consider this film to be the first movie that made Marvel superheroes household names. Basically without X-Men, many argue the Marvel Cinematic Universe would not be the powerhouse it is today. Give this classic take on the world’s most powerful mutants the credit its due by steaming it on HBO Max or renting/buying it on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube, and Vudu.
If you’re feeling really inspired, try watching all of the X-Men franchise movies in order (https://www.insider.com/best-ways-to-watch-x-men-movies-timeline). To find out some behind the scenes trivia about X-Men, visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120903/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2.

  • Learn about sharks

Tuesday (July 14) is Shark Awareness Day, so why not learn a bit more about sharks? Sharks are actually vital for many ecosystems and have adapted some really cool features. Did you know sharks have a sixth sense? Although they can’t see dead people, sharks can send out electrical pulses that allow them to find food and mates and is sent from a special organ called the Ampullae of Lorenzini. I used to work at an aquarium and the coolest animals in the entire building were the sharks, but a lot of people overlooked them. Although many people find them scary monsters, the more you learn about them the more you can see that Jaws got these fascinating creatures all wrong. In fact, a person is more likely to die from a coconut falling on their head than from a shark attack. For more info on sharks visit https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/shark or go to an Aquarium. The Shedd Aquarium reopened from quarantine last week, so grab a mask and explore the “World’s Aquarium.”

  • Look at pictures of puppies

Look as some pictures of puppies because why not? Puppies are cute and bound to put a smile on your face. Just google puppies and feel all the feels when viewing the results.

  • See a movie at Navy Pier

This summer Navy Pier is hosting weekly movie nights with the theme Suitcase Cinema (movies about real and imagined worlds) every Monday. This week (July 13) they’ll be hosting Kong: Skull Island at the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park (699-601 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 6061) and will start approximately at 6:30pm. Kong: Skull Island revisits the classic story of King Kong with a new look at the tale. Since the movie is outside, this time may not be accurate because they have to wait until it is dark outside to get started. Make sure you bring a blanket to sit on, a few snacks or dinner, and some bug spray since you’ll be outside. As always, you’ll be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing, but it is pretty easy to do since the lawn in front of the stage is huge. To learn more about this Monday’s screening of Kong: Skull Island, visit https://navypier.org/cruises-and-tours/architecture-and-sightseeing-cruises/listing/water-flicks-7-13-2020. If you are interested in the entire summer’s schedule, visit https://navypier.org/events-and-public-programs/free-events-and-public-programs/water-flicks/.