Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 18th, through Sunday, May 24th.
What: Nightlife, Parties & Dances
When: Monday, May 18th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Saloon
The Forbidden Bazaar, Hard Mondays, and the Saloon invite you to Goth Prom XII: MYSTERY, “a night of revelry, intrigue, and macabre thrills” for which “your finest Victorian, Noir, and Gothic attire is most respectfully requested.” Music for this event will be provided by local favorites the Rope (“an atmospheric, yet driving rock band influenced by the Post-Punk sounds of the late ’70s”) and DJs Slowdive, noise, Nitrogen, Fenris, DV8, evil DJ petey, endif, Spleen, and Vegan in Black, who will be spinning dance music until 3:00 a.m. Other attractions at this event will include “feats of strength and fitness, snake handling, acrobats, shibari, an art gallery, and a whirlwind of haunting good times.”
What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, May 19th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall
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 Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. The book being read and discussed this month is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, May 20th at 8:00 p.m.
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, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, and Seattle. How does a slam-style punmaking contest work, you ask? Art Allen, creator of Pundamonium explains: “One by one, 10 contestants have two minutes each to make puns based on prompts they have received ahead of time. Each contestant is immediately judged by five members of the audience, who have been selected before the show to be judges. They rank each punner on a scale of 1 to 10, often with hilariously long decimals and other commentary. Then they do it again, only this time contestants get their prompts on stage and only have 30 seconds to think and another two minutes to make puns. The top four contestants go head to head in a final pun-off.”
What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Thursday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Stub & Herb’s
Co-Op Talk is a monthly afternoon of drinks and discussion about a topic related to the gaming industry hosted by GLITCH, a nonprofit based at the U of M that “promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice.” This month, they invite you to join them at Stub & Herb’s to discuss “Innovation vs. Iteration: Balancing Originality and Polish in Video Games” with facilitator Danika Raghnild, game developer and co-owner of Naming is Hard LLC.
What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon
The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and its “sub-club” Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings at Event Horizon, where they invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!” This week’s meeting of these clubs will provide attendees with a specific project to work on, as they do on the third Thursday of every month.
What: Meet-Up, Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon
Another club created by the Geek Partnership Society meets on Thursdays as well: Geek Physique, which invites you to join the group for its Geek Slink Belly Dance, a session “full of shimmies, shakes, and just enough sweat to get your new year amped and healthy.” They describe the class as being “casual and fun with a nerdy flare” and encourage anyone of any age, gender, body type, or skill level to come to this “safe space class.”
What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
On the third Thursday of each month, the folks at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts invite you to join them to “experience their diverse art collection through unique programs, drinks, and live music.” This month’s program is inspired by their exhibition 100+: A Photograph For Every Year of the MIA, which “celebrates the MIA’s Birthday Year with photographs from every year since the museum’s founding.” Attendees of this event will have the opportunity to play with analog and digital photography techniques, pose in the style of famous photographs, capture shots of the museum, and share their favorite photos from any year of their life by posting them to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #tbtMIA, which will then be displayed on a screen outside the gallery throughout the run of the exhibition.
What: Meet-Up, Screening
When: Friday, May 22nd at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon
Going through Anime Detour withdrawal? Outside of its annual convention for fans of Japanese animation, manga, video games, and culture, Anime Twin Cities is also working to provide monthly events in the Twin Cities. One such event is the Tsuinshi Anime Club, for which they have joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Friday of each month with this cosponsored anime club,” showing various anime movies and series.
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!