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For all Trekkers, comic collectors and gadget gurus, it's time to let your geek flag fly - or at least your favorite Dungeons and Dragons cape. On Wednesday, the world celebrates Geek Pride Day. (Who knew?) That's May 25, which coincides with the release of the first Star Wars movie in 1977. The day started in 2006 in Spain - strangely enough - when 300 geeks showed their pride by creating a human Pacman game. In 2008, it came to the United States, where bloggers embraced it. Locally, most of the partying happens over video games and Doritos on fake leather couches. But we have several ways to celebrate:

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STAR WARS GEEKS: TALK LIKE YODA DAY

Saturday is Talk Like Yoda Day. Why May 21? Because that's the 31st anniversary of the day we all met our little green friend in The Empire Strikes Back. (Bonus: No better place to get the full effect than Star Wars Weekends, which start Friday at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando.) To prepare for this special day, we asked Star Wars fiction author Daniel Wallace for advice on which Yoda lines to incorporate into our daily lives.

"Everybody gets a free pass on using 'Do or do not, there is no try.' Any other lines might get you flagged as a geek, but do it for Yoda!" said Wallace, author of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons. "Might I suggest celebrating Talk Like Yoda Day by stealing the stapler off of your boss' desk and justifying it with, 'Mine, or I will help you not'?"

Strong with the Force, this author is.

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HORROR GEEKS: SPLATTER THEATER

If blood and guts flying around the movie screen aren't "real" enough for you, you'll love Splatter Theater. This campy parody of slasher movies douses every surface of the tiny stage at Silver Meteor Gallery with blood as the bodies pile up. Here's all you need to know from Times correspondent Marty Clear:

It's "an hour and a quarter of unmitigated silliness. A group of teens gathers in a house for a party, and a masked madman kills them one by one. There are disembowelments, dismemberments, saw blades through skulls. When the teens are killed, more people start showing up at the house. They don't notice the corpses on the floor or the blood on the walls and they get killed too. When there's no one left to kill, the show's over."

Of course, the show is popular with the late-ish night crowd, who may or may not be well-lubricated. The production's final stagings are at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the gallery, 2213 E Sixth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 210-3281.

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CLASSY GEEKS: INTIMATE COLLABORATION

The Florida Orchestra and Studio@620 wrap up their series that mingles some of the best parts of St. Petersburg's arts scene. The spring board for Intimate Collaboration: Much Ado About Nothing is the orchestra's final concerts of the season (May 27-28), which feature Brahms, Barber, Stravinsky and Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict Overture - from the opera inspired by Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The evening will be a mix of talk, with guest orchestra conductor Larry Rachleff, music by an intimate group of orchestra musicians featuring flutist Clay Ellerbroek, a staged reading of a Much Ado scene by the studio's Bob Devin Jones and actor Lisa Powers, plus piano interludes by Paul Wilborn of the Palladium Theater, all in an intimate setting at Studio@620. Seating is limited and the series has been popular, so reservations are highly recommended for the 7 p.m. show Wednesday at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 895-6620. The good news: They plan to do the series again next orchestra season.

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ON THE RADAR

Avril Lavigne: She could be the greatest catch in Tampa Bay Rays postgame-concert history. The pop-punk singer (Complicated, What the Hell) will play May 28 after the 4:10 p.m. game against the Cleveland Indians. For tickets: raysbaseball.com.

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Memorial Day:Who's ready for a three-day weekend? In addition to barbecues and memorials, there are some deals for military folks, including $5 Memorial Day Weekend at MOSI (May 28-30) and free admission May 30 at Lowry Park Zoo, both in Tampa. Check tampabay.com/things-to-do for more events.

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THINGS TO DO GEEKS: NEW RSS FEEDS

Things to Do has finally pulled some RSS feeds out of the geeks on the fourth floor. That means you can subscribe to our sections and get newsy headlines delivered to your favorite RSS reader. Just head to any of the channels (Food & Dining, Events, Date Night, First Glance, etc.) on tampabay.com/things-to-do and look for that little orange button on the left-hand side of the section page; then click on the word "subscribe." (And since you're geeks, you'll know what happens next, so enjoy being in the know about all of the local entertainment news here in Tampa Bay.)

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