Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 20th through Sunday, April 26th.
What: Screening, Movies & Films
When: April 20th and 21st at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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’] 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 2005’s V for Vendetta; the final film that will be shown next week is 2008’s Speed Racer.
What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, April 21st at 6:15 p.m.
Where: The Happy Gnome
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, Minnesota; the second Tuesday at Republic Calhoun Square in Minneapolis; and the third Tuesday at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. The book being read and discussed this month is The Martian by Andy Weir.
When: Friday, April 24th–Sunday, April 26th
Where: The Plaza Hotel and Suites, Eau Claire, WI
No Brand Con is “the first and longest running anime convention in the state of Wisconsin,” an annual three-day convention founded by members of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Anime Appreciation Society. Programming at No Brand Con will include anime rooms (dedicated to showing anime), an artists’ alley, a cosplay contest, the No Brand Con Dance, fan panels, the No Mercy Room (in which audience members are invited to mock “some of the worst movies and shows ever to grace a screen”), gaming rooms (console, portable, and tabletop), the Puzzle Hunt (a series of brain teasers and riddles that is “a challenging test for event the most seasoned attendees”), a variety show, and of course a vendor room.
Guests of honor at will include Tia Ballard (voice actor for such anime as Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and One Piece, among many more); Daniel and Jillian Coglan (a husband-and-wife team of martial arts instructors specializing in 16th-century samurai arts); Kyle Hebert (a voice actor best known as the narrator for the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z); Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh (a cosplaying couple—Briana was featured in one of TCG’s Meet Minnesota Cosplayers profiles); and Matthew Taranto (creator of the webcomic Brawl in the Family).
What: Grand Opening, Gaming
When: Saturday, April 25th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: 507 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
If No Brand Con’s Puzzle Hunt sounded appealing to you but traveling to Eau Claire did not, you may be interested in attending the grand opening of a live puzzle game located right here in the Twin Cities: the Riddle Room. The product of a collaboration between Modern Antics and the Bedlam Theatre, Riddle Room: Starship is a live puzzle game set on the bridge of the UESC Enheduanna, “a starship transporting 6,000 colonists from Earth to Tau Ceti.”
According to Art Allen, owner of Modern Antics and creator of the Riddle Room, the immersion will go above and beyond simply being surrounded by the set of the Enheduanna bridge (built by the Bedlam Theatre); players “will be able—and required!—to physically interact with their environment in a way unlike any other experience in Minneapolis or elsewhere.” Furthermore, players will have two scenarios to choose from and additional scenarios will be added in the future, which Art describes as “a departure from other room escape games that are traditionally only playable once.”
What: Screening, Movies & TV, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, April 25th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre
At 11:59 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “the longest running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ “shadow cast” for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.
What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 PM
Where: 331 Club
Dr. Sketchy’s TWIN CITIES is our very own branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, “a rule breaking cocktail of dames, drinking, and drawing” that has become “the world’s premier alt.drawing movement.” Founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, it has since spread to over 100 cities around the world “from Akron to Zagreb,” including Minneapolis. Elektra Cuete—assistant director of the Playful Peacock Showgirl Academy, producer of and performer with Black Hearts Burlesque, producer of the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, and host of Dr. Sketchy’s TWIN CITIES—invites you to join her at the 331 Club for this Sunday’s session of drawing “glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality.“
The underground performer posing this month will be Scarlette Revolver, a burlesque and sideshow performer who “makes audiences dizzy with her hula hoop routines and gets ’em hot and heavy with her fire dancing.” At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Elektra and Scarlette; the artists of their favorite submissions will receive fabulous prizes from sponsors of Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities, including Fast Mary’s (Minneapolis-based maker of “bloody Mary enhancers“) and the Fox Den Salon (“your Uptown Minneapolis cool hair shop“), among others.
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!