This Week in Geek (7/10/17–7/16/17)
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 10th through Sunday, July 16th. Gaymer Space: Pride in the Cities What: Gaming, Meetup, Community When: Tuesday, July 11th at 5:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ GlitchHQ will be hosting Gaymer Space, a monthly event giving the LGBTQ+ community a place to gather, game, and geek out over shared interests like video games, board games, and the industry. This free event lasts from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will provide a casual space to hang out that should be fun for all ages. July Kotatsu What: Meetup When: Tueday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Source Comics & Games Kotatsu is a monthly opportunity to hang out with fellow Anime Twin Cities members and fans in a casual environment. Bring card games, writing, knitting, or just yourself, and enjoy a public hangout session. Look for the table with the "ATC" logo. 9 Nights of Music: Bassface What: Music When: Tuesday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Minnesota History Center Hear some catchy tunes and learn how to dance while experiencing the tapestry of Twin Cities culture at 9 Nights of Music. This weekly event begins with dance instruction before leading to musical performances. This week’s performer is Bassface. YogaQuest Continues: Game of Thrones What: Sports & Fitness When: Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. Where: YQdio Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fanfiction storytelling led by certified yoga instructors. Experience a yoga workout experience and a story at the same time. This week’s theme is Game of Thrones, so get yourself in prime White Walker fighting condition. Books & Bars: Dark Matter What: Books, Food & Drink When: Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Indeed Brewing Books and Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food, and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is Dark Matter, a novel by Blake Crouch. Pints for Paws What: Community, Food & Drink When: Wednesday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Summit Brewing Hang out with a bunch of cool dogs and their humans at Summit Brewing and Pet Haven's Pints for Paws event. Enjoy dog photo booths, a silent auction, Frisbee, agility courses, food trucks, and beer (2 drink tickets are included with the $20 admission fee). MN Publishing Tweet Up What: Books, Meetup When: Wednesday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Boneshaker Books The MN Publishing Tweet Up will be gathering at Boneshaker Books for networking, beer-sharing, and sharing a love of books and publishing. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow publishing geeks in a great community bookstore. Recess Games IX: Capture the Flag What: Sports & Fitness When: Wednesday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Washburn Fair Oaks Park Dress in stretchy and comfortable clothes for an intense night of capture the flag, followed by a postgame wrap up at a nearby brewery. The game will likely involve a lot of tagging, jogging, and fun. TC Trek Trivia: Countdown to DSC What: Trivia When: Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Driftwood Char Bar Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all twelve films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!” Social Science: Fermentational Informational What: Education, Food & Drink, Nightlife When: Thursday, July 13th at 6:00 p.m. Where:Science Museum of Minnesota Social Science is the themed “adult night” at the Science Museum of Minnesota, “welcoming those 21 and over to grab a drink, enjoy the museum, and experience innovative programming.” The theme this Thursday is "Fermentational Informational," and focuses on the beautiful science of fermentation. This event is 21+ and costs $18.95 for nonmembers and $14.95 for MPR or Science Museum members. Crafty Geek/Make It Sew What: Arts When: Thursday, July 13th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Waterbury Center The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and its subclub Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings at the Waterbury Center and invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!” Weekly Comics Chat What: Meetup, Comics When: Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Kitty Cat Klub The Girls-Only Comic Club hosts a Weekly Comics Chat on Thursday nights at the Kitty Cat Klub, where there will be “Coffee! Comics! Waffles! Talking!” Additional information about this event is posted on the Girls Only Comic Club’s Facebook group. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to join. Star Trek Live: Complete Film with Orchestra What: Movies, Music When: Thursday, July 13th at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, July 14th at 7:30 p.m. Where: Orchestra Hall See 2009's blockbuster Star Trek reboot with the score played live by the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Hicks. There will be subtitles to improve the clarity of dialogue due to the performance. Tickets start at $30. Last Rites: Assembled Curiosities What: Arts When: Friday, July 14th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Strange Boutique Strange Boutique is hosting an opening reception for Heather Renne's assemblage of art pieces. This is a chance to stop in, meet the artist, do some evening shopping, and see the pieces in the show, including a Travel Size Exorcism Kit and more. Friday Night Magic What: Gaming When: Friday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Mischief Toy Store Mischief Toy Store in Saint Paul invites you to experience some Magic with them this Friday night. Entry is $5; all players will receive prizes. This weekly event is limited to 24 players and typically lasts until about 9:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome. Read the Book/See the Movie What: Movies, Books When: Friday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m. Where: TBD (see posting for more information) This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m., the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information. Al-Stravaganza: A Burlesque Tribute to Weird Al! What: Theater & Comedy, Music When: Friday, July 14th at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 15th at 8:00 p.m. Where: Mounds Theatre Bent Brewstillery and Fox Den present two nights that mash up two geeky favorites, Weird Al and burlesque. There will be unique performances, costume contests, and more. Take part in karaoke on Friday and a special screening on Saturday. Tickets start at $20. Tsuinshi Anime Club What: Movies When: Friday, July 14th at 8:30 p.m. Where: Geek Partnership Society Anime Twin Cities has joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Fridays of each month with this cosponsored anime club.” The group will show various anime movies and series. Level Up! Yoga What: Sports & Fitness When: Saturday, July 15th at 8:30 a.m. Where: YQDio After gaining all of this experience with various yoga poses, you’ve earned the right to level up and dive deeper into familiar poses, and even learn new feats (poses). There is a $15 charge for this advanced class. ATC Cosplay Picnic What: Community, Food & Drink When: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. Where: Como Park West Picnic Grounds Cosplay, photography, and BBQ will converge on Como Park West Picnic Grounds for Anime Twin Cities Cosplay Picnic. This event will go rain or shine, and Anime Twin Cities will be providing burgers, hot dogs, and bottled water. This is a potluck event, so bringing something to share is encouraged. Costume Sale! What: Theater & Comedy When: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. Where: Sandbox Theatre Sandbox Theatre in Minneapolis will be selling a variety of costumes and accessories, from period to modern to beyond at bargain basement prices. Cash is preferred for this sale. See what you can find to up your cosplay to the next level. Mid-Summer Comic Con What: Convention, Comics When: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. Where: American Legion Richfield This one day comics convention will be held at the American Legion in Richfield, and feature comics, action figures, cards, and special guests Christopher Jones and Erik Burnham. Admission is free. GPS UGG Open Gaming What: Gaming When: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group offers its open gaming session on the first Saturday of every month, to which gamers of all ages and abilities are invited to “spend the day hanging out with fellow geeks playing, learning, and teaching games.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite board games, card games, and/or role-playing games, but the group has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well. Queer St. Paul Walking Tour What: Educational When: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. Where: Northwest Corner of Wabasha St. and Kellog Blvd. Discover Saint Paul's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history on a walking tour led by Steward Van Cleve, the author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota. This tour includes walking on uneven terrain in the footsteps of greats like Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Oscar Wilde. Tickets are $14 or $11 for members. Saturday Morning Cartoons What: Sports & Fitness When: Saturday, July 15th at 10:00 a.m. Where: YQdio Another event held at the YogaQuest YQdio this week is Saturday Morning Cartoons, which features “classic (and not-so-classic) Saturday morning cartoons, plus yoga, plus the stupidest cereals in existence!” The yoga practice will consist of “some gentle wake-me-up vinyasa followed by a session of stretchy, restorative yoga, all set to cartoons, and wrapped up with a bowl of delicious technicolor goodness.” J. M. Lee Song of the Dark Crystal Launch Party What: Books When: Saturday, July 15th at 1:00 p.m. Where: Wild Rumpus Books J.M. Lee's Song of the Dark Crystal, the second companion novel to The Dark Crystal, is being released, and you can celebrate that with an event at Wild Rumpus books. This is a great chance to get to see the author who is also a consultant and writer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a series coming to Netflix in 2017. See our profile of J. M. Lee from 2016 here. The Dinosaur Art Show What: Arts When: Saturday, July 15th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Byte Dinosaurs! Beer! This event marks the opening to Byte's dinosaur-themed art exhibition. The pieces revealed on the 15th will hang throughout August, and include the works of more than a dozen artists. Movies in the Parks: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story What: Movies When: Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 p.m. Where: Windom Northeast Park Another free outdoor screening this week from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a heist film about the Death Star, rag-tag pals, terrifying robots, and capes. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown. See our piece on Rogue One from December 2016. Shieldmaiden Sunday What: Gaming, Meetup When: Sunday, July 16th at 12:00 p.m. Where: Source Comics & Games Shieldmaiden Sundays is a new dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at the Source. This will be a recurring weekly event providing a space for women to play games, chat about comics, cosplay, or just enjoy the company of other geeks. Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race, and a Nation on Stage What: Arts, Theater When: Now through July 30th Where: Minnesota History Center This exhibit explores the dynamic 40-year history of Penumbra Theatre in the Twin Cities, ranging from social justice to the black arts movement. Stories are told from the perspective of a variety of creatives and artifacts. You’ll be able to see artifacts from the theater and experience a set from the play Fences. So, which of these events will you be attending? What events would you like to see featured in the future? Let us know in the comments section below or contact us via email. And don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!
Jon Carnes