Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 13th through Sunday, April 19th.
What: Screening, Movies & Films
When: Monday, April 13th – Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM
Where: The Trylon Microcinema
The Trylon Microcinema is screening a series of films by Andy and Lana Wachowski on Monday and Tuesday nights all throughout the month of April. The four films selected will provide “a vibrant cross-section of [the Wachowskis’s] work” which often explores “themes of an oppressed underclass rising up against those in control” in “cinematic environments that feel well-considered and complete.” The film being shown tonight and tomorrow night is 1996’s Bound; the two other films that will be shown in the weeks ahead are 2005’s V for Vendetta and 2008’s Speed Racer.
What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00 PM
Where: Republic at Calhoun Square
Books & 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 club meets three Tuesdays each month: the first Tuesday of the month at the 318 Cafe in Excelsior, MN, the second Tuesday of the month at Republic at Calhoun Square in Minneapolis, MN, and the third Tuesday of the month at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. The book being read and discussed this month is The Martian by Andy Weir.
What: Screening, Television
When: Wednesday, April 15th at 7:00 PM and 9:15 PM
Where: The Parkway Theater
Rewire, a new initiative from Twin Cities Public Television, “involves a series of smart and playful events, content, and online engagements that take TV outside the box — and into the digital era.” One such smart and playful event is the MST3K Viewing Party that they are hosting this Wednesday at The Parkway Theater. The episode that will be viewed at this viewing party is Manos: Hands of Fate, as voted on by attendees of this event, one of whom will be none other than Joel Hodgson, creator of MST3K.
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, April 15th at 8:00 PM
Where: Club Underground
PUNDAMONIUM is a Wall Street Journal featured “slam-style punmaking contest” that started right here in the Twin Cities and has since spread to locations all across the country, including Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, Milwaukee, WI, and Seattle, WA. This Wednesday is the two-year anniversary of the original, which creator (and owner of Modern Antics) Art Allen promises will be “PUNBELIEVABLE!” One thing that he does not promise is that there will be cupcakes, which he has said that he “may bring” to commemorate the occasion.
What: Meet-Up, Television
When: Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 PM
Where: Republic at Seven Corners
Another smart and playful event from Twin Cities Public Television’s Rewire and hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio’s Jeff Kamin is Must Talk TV, their “book club for binge-watchers” that invites attendees to “treat these modern day TV dramas like the high art and literature they’ve aspired to be.” TV dramas discussed in past months have included Downton Abbey, House of Cards, and The Bletchley Circle; this month is Game of Thrones, and next month will be Mad Men. Those interested in attending are asked to “watch and be ready to discuss Game of Thrones seasons 1-4 (available on HBO GO) as well as the premiere of season 5,” which just aired on HBO last night (as I’m sure you are already aware).
What: Night Life, Parties & Dances
When: Friday, April 17th at 10:00 PM
Where: Ground Zero
Presented by The Forbidden Bazaar (“the hottest Friday night at Ground Zero”), this Friday features the return of the Super (h)EROS dance party, to which attendees are encouraged to “get dressed as your favorite comic book hero or villain to party all night in style.” This event is also sponsored by Dragon Power Fitness, who will be presenting the Dragon Power Fitness Student Showcase prior to the Super (h)EROS II dance party at 7:00 PM, which will feature students demonstrating their talents in the areas of aerial arts, belly dancing, burlesque dancing, and pole dancing.
What: Concert, Music
When: Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 AM
Where: Icehouse MPLS
Icehouse’s concert series dedicated to kids continues this month with performances from Guitar Party + Dosh, Astronautalis, and Kristoff Krane. For additional information about this concert series, please see our article Groovy Time for Twin Cities Families with the Icehouse Kids Concert Series.
What: Open House
When: Saturday, April 18th at 12:00 PM
Where: The Waterbury Building
In addition to Anime Detour (the annual convention for fans of Japanese animation, manga, video games, and culture that was held last month), Anime Twin Cities is also working to provide monthly events for fans of anime and manga in the Twin Cities. If you weren’t able to attend Anime Detour this year, if you would like to learn what Anime Twin Cities has planned for the convention next year, or if you are interested in what they will be up to between now and then, consider attending this open house event.
What: Awards Gala, Books
When: Saturday, April 18th at 7:00 PM
Where: Saint Paul Union Depot
The Minnesota Book Awards Gala is an annual celebration of the best of local literature. Hosted by Minnesota Public Radio Arts Reporter Euan Kerr, the event includes books, autographs, refreshments, live music (provided by The Willie August Project and The King Baron Quartet), and of course, the announcement of the award winners. From the 32 finalists, winners will be announced in each of the eight categories: Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel & Short Story, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
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!