Machines Will Inherit the Earth in Planetarium

Occasionally, I browse through Kickstarter looking for new projects to contribute to, because I am more than willing to back any project I think I would thoroughly enjoy. Kicking off 2018, writer and illustrator Chance Wyatt Oberlander, who publishes as Chance Wyatt, reached out to me with details on the new Kickstarter campaign for his illustrated book Planetarium. I have been a fan of this author’s work for a while now due to his book Census, which I reviewed in 2016....

Here’s the Buzz on Bizzy Coffee Shots

Being an occasional barista at Steamship Coffee & Tea has taught me how important it is to support local businesses. In addition to purchasing pounds of coffee at Steamship, I was able to try out coffee espresso shots from Bizzy Coffee—a company devoted to sustainability and improving the environment. The production of the cold-brew coffee shots are done in Minneapolis, so buying espresso shots from Bizzy does help to support the Minneapolis coffee scene. Bizzy Coffee sent a couple free samples of...

Minnesota-Born Writer Marisa Tam on Creating Stories for The Blacklist

Marisa Tam was born and raised in the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota before heading out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV writing. She completed UCLA’s inaugural Professional Program in TV Writing and was later selected for the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the 2015–2016 class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge. She is now in her second season as a writer for The Blacklist, starring James Spader and Megan Boone....

Dance and Theater Combine for A Rap on Race, Revamped

It was a simple conversation that changed the nation. Two people, black author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat down and talked about race back in 1970. Nearly five decades later, that moment in time is being brought back to life in the form of an arts hybrid of sorts by Spectrum Dance Theater out of Seattle. The troupe is now on tour with its take on A Rap on Race, and that tour stopped at the...

The Way Out Experiment Lives Up to Its Name

Arriving early so I could get a good seat, I sat, knees practically touching the stage. The Bryant-Lake Bowl theater slowly filled up to the accompaniment of unsettling music: a soft bell tolling in the distance, anxious descending strings, alarmed horns, and occasionally that most disturbing instrument (at least to Americans), the accordion. The red curtain moved back and forth as if a tremendous beast lay breathing on the other side. All in all, a fit setting for the...

This Week in Geek (1/15/18–1/21/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 15th to Sunday, January 21st. Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party What: Movies, Arts, Family When: Monday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Parkway Theater TC Trek Trivia presents a night of new Star Trek. Follow the adventures of a brand-new crew with your fellow geeks in a great old Minneapolis theater. This is a free,...

The Glossy Importance of The Post

There’s such an insistence for a story like The Post in the current climate of questioning the free press that Steven Spielberg’s film feels more grand in its historical relevance than it does in its capacity as a well-made picture. It’s as though there’s such an overwhelming urge for winking and nudging as he celebrates the necessity of journalists that Spielberg ultimately caves to the easy lesson. In this sense, The Post is a very entertaining film that is...

The Sweet and Savory Innocence of Paddington 2

Paddington 2 is a film as adorable as its furry and friendly protagonist. It exists in a fairytale version of London where every problem seems as though it can be solved with a kind heart and a handful of marmalade sandwiches. It’s a city that has become so accepting of the bear dressed in a hat and coat that it’s to hard imagine life without him. As the film blatantly states at several points, Paddington can see the good...

The Nerd Cult Podcast Struggles to Stand Out

Creating a new podcast is a hard feat. We are in a time when the Internet is saturated with “self-started” media, and it’s hard to sift through this infinite sea to get quality. It’s especially hard to find new podcasts that are good. Out of the thousands that are uploaded for the public’s listening pleasure, only a few are executed well. The Nerd Cult podcast is part of this endless sea, and it already seems to have lost its...

Winter Is Here, and It’s Dead!

The snowflakes are falling, and the undead are rising. Fight off the hordes of zombies, survive a frigid environment, and sort out friend from foe. Dead of Winter is a two- to five-player game that runs anywhere between 45 and 210 minutes, depending on experience and game variables. This game holds features of unit-management, strategy, hidden-role, and cooperative games. Here, each player starts off by controlling two survivors of a zombie apocalypse, each with their own unique ability—for example,...
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