Music and Magic Come Together Again for Harry Potter in Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra

Fifteen years ago, Pottermania was still on the rise; the first Harry Potter movie had just been released, and we were in the interminable wait in between the fourth and fifth books. When the fifth, sixth, and seventh books came out, bookstores held midnight release parties, where people stood in line, waiting with bated breath for the countdown to end, so they could race home and start reading. But before the explosion of boxes and paper, there was the...

DC’s Rebirth Series Puts the Fun Back into Comic Books

I’ve always been a Marvel guy . . . except when it comes to Batman, who has (without a doubt) the best and most psychologically complex villains. But Marvel had better beware! DC is coming up fast and furious! Both on television (Supergirl, Flash, Gotham) and now in comic books with the fun and highly enjoyable Rebirth series, DC is doing a lot of things right. While Marvel’s Civil War II comic-book series seems to be dying out with...

Daniel Corrigan Brings 35 Years of Minneapolis Music to Life with Heyday

The Minneapolis music scene has exploded over the last 35 years, and renowned photographer Daniel Corrigan has had the privilege of capturing some of the city’s most important and iconic music-related moments with his camera. Now, with the help of his friend and journalist Danny Sigelman, Corrigan’s story unfolds in Heyday, a 10×10, 224-page coffee-table compilation that anyone interested in music or photography should pick up. Featuring nearly 500 photographs that span from 1981 to 2016, the book pulls...

Throwback Thursday: American Pop Charts a Course through Our History

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Once again, another year passes, and I take stock of my life: what has worked, what hasn’t, and where I want to go. It’s hard to figure out the latter, however, when you don’t think about where you came from. A film I absolutely love that shows this journey...

Reviewing the Indie Author: Identity

Welcome to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. Identity is the sequel and conclusion to the book Illusion that was written last year. Classified as sci-fi, this novel follows not only the first character Daith but her friend Torrak, who is on the hunt to rescue her. It starts shortly after the end of Illusion as we follow Daith. Her powers are manifesting, however her control over them is gone now. Grief...

In Woodbury, Seussical the Musical Is Fun, and Fun Is Good

On the 15th of May (or the 2nd of December), in the Jungle of Nool (or Woodbury), in the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, Horton heard a small sound: the sound of a Who. He promised to protect them, because after all a person’s a person, no matter how small. Take a trip down memory lane to when you were a small child listening to the rhythmic stories of Dr. Seuss being read to...

3 Anime-Inspired Board Games to Keep You Warm This Winter

The holidays are upon us, and as usual, it’s pretty darn cold out! It’s the perfect time to stay at home, brew some hot cocoa, pile blankets on top of yourself, and binge-watch anime on Netflix or Crunchyroll. But it’s also a great time to get together with friends for some gaming fun. If you’re an anime lover who needs a new addition to your gaming shelf, or if you’re doing some holiday shopping for someone who fits that...

Vilification Tennis Takes on the War on Christmas

Yule Regret This: The Vilification Tennis War on Christmas, the insult-battle group’s November 26 holiday special at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, was disturbingly comical. If you haven’t heard of Vilification Tennis—who have appeared at CONvergence, Transvestite Soup’s Rocky Horror Picture Show, and other events in addition to their own dedicated performances—you owe it yourself to catch one of their shows. Their usual fare is not the family-friendly version you may have seen at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. At Yule Regret This,...

This Week in Geek (12/5/2016–12/11/2016)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 5th through Sunday, December 11th. Tabletop Tuesdays at Glitch What: Meetup, Gaming When: Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ In this casual game night, bring your own games or make use of Glitch‘s tabletop game library. Organizers will be there to help teach games, and all skill levels are encouraged to attend. History Flirt:...

Win the Holidays with These Awesome Vegan-Friendly Recipes

Anyone with food restrictions of any kind can tell you: holiday eating can be rough. It can be difficult navigating holiday fare that doesn’t necessarily cater to those with food restrictions, especially if there’s more than one or they’re newly in place. Likewise, if you are hosting a guest who these restrictions, it can bring panic to the menu planning. Thankfully, there are lots of resources out there to help figure out how to make everyone happy. One such...