Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 4th through Sunday, May 10th.
When: Monday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers
Happy Star Wars Day—May the Fourth be with you! Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers invites you to celebrate with Daniel Wallace, New York Times best-selling author of Star Wars: The Essential Atlas, Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters, and Star Wars Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle, among others. His latest book is Ultimate Star Wars, “a beautifully illustrated guide that is structured chronologically and packed full of information about key characters and storylines from the Star Wars movie saga,” which he will be discussing and reading from (and which will be available for purchase) at the event. There will also be treats, trivia questions, and prizes, which will go to “anyone, young or old, who wears a Star Wars costume!”
When: Monday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center
Fantasy Flight Games also invites you to celebrate Star Wars Day at its Fantasy Flight Game Center “for an evening of excitement and fun with all our Star Wars games,” which include Star Wars: Age of Rebellion, Star Wars: Armada, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Star Wars: Empire vs. Rebellion, Star Wars: Force and Destiny, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Star Wars: The Card Game, and X-Wing. Fantasy Flight staff and developers will also be in attendance at the event to discuss those games and to challenge you to test your skills against their creators: “Can you outfly the ace pilots of Fantasy Flight, or lead your strike team better than our top generals?”
What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 318 Cafe
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 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
When: Friday, May 8th–Sunday, May 10th
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
AniMinneapolis is “an epic three-day celebration of anime, video games, and music in Minneapolis” that includes anime screenings, a charity auction, concerts, Dante’s Fabulous Date Auction, an exhibit hall, gaming (including Pachinko Fever, tabletop gaming, and video games), karaoke, a masquerade, nightly dances (including the Formal Fantasy Cosplay Ball), and, of course, panels.
Guests at this year’s convention will include Greg Ayres (voice actor on Chrono Crusade, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Ouran High School Host Club); D. C. Douglas (voice actor in Capcom Versus Marvel 3 and the Mass Effect and Resident Evil series); Chuck Huber (voice actor on Dragon Ball Z, Full Metal Alchemist, and One Piece); Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug (comic-book reviewer for the website That Guy With the Glasses and host of the Atop the Fourth Wall show); Emily Neves (voice actor on Angel Beats and Space Pirate Captain Harlock); Carrie Savage (voice actor in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Street Fighter x Tekken, and Tales of Legendia), John Stocker (voice actor on Care Bears, Super Mario Brothers, and X-Men), and Eric Stuart (voice actor on Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!).
When: Friday, May 8th–Saturday, May 9th
Where: Ramada MSP Airport at the Mall
The Digital Destruction (or 2D) Con is “a two day celebration of all things gaming” in its first year of existence, at which attendees are invited to “meet new people, mingle, play games and discuss your favorite aspects of gaming culture.” New people that you’ll be able to meet include independent game developers Zach Johnson and Tommy Sunders (creators of Joggernauts), Michael Migliacio and Lisa Walkosz-Migliacio (producers of Astral Breakers), and Kris Szafranski (founder of Thoughtshelter Games, whose current project is the game A Druid’s Dual). There will also be a variety of arcade, console, and tabletop games available to play.
When: Saturday, May 9th
Where: Henry Sibley High School
The Twin Cities Teen Lit Con “is where authors, books, teens and fun collide.” Anyone who enjoys young-adult literature will have the opportunity “to connect with their favorite authors, explore other aspects of being a part of a reading community and attend workshops for writers.”
Authors in attendance will include national authors Gayle Forman (I Was Here, If I Stay, Just One Day, Just One Year, and Where She Went); E. Lockhart (The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Dramarama, and the previously mentioned We Were Liars); Matt de la Pena (Ball Don’t Lie, The Hunted, The Living, Mexican White Boy, and We Were Here); and Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and the Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman comic-book series); and Minnesota authors Steve Brezenoff (The Absolute Value of -1, Brooklyn, Burning, and Guy in Real Life); Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Beautiful Music for Ugly Children); Jonathan Friesen (Both of Me, Jerk, California); Rebecca Hahn (A Creature of Moonlight); Patrick Jones (author and “retired young adult guru”); and Pat Schmatz (Bluefish, Lizard Radio).
When: Saturday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon
Last but not least, in anticipation of next week’s release of the newest installment in a certain “Australian masterpiece” film series, the Geek Partnership Society will be hosting a mysterious marathon screening of “the desert dystopia films from director George Miller and star Mel Gibson.” If you have been able to figure out what series we’re talking about here, you are also encouraged to attend the event in costume as one of its characters (one of whom may or may not be named Max).
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!