Monthly Archive:: June 2015

Bryan Thao Worra and the “Shadow-Haunted Outside”

Bryan Thao Worra has done something I’ve always thought to be impossible. In his writing, mostly poetry, he’s managed to merge traditional mythology with pop culture and garner the respect of the “serious” literature scene. I know there are many writers who blend traditional narratives with more modern kinds of storytelling, but I think he is alone as someone who can mention Mothra in a poem and have it be taken as serious work (and I say this as...

Do You Want to Be a Knight or a Dragon? Exploring Trove: The Crystal Caverns

I recently sat down with local game publisher Patrick Leder, who’s currently working on a new asymmetric dungeon crawler entitled Trove: The Crystal Caverns, to find out what it takes to come up with a new and unique board game. I asked him a lot of questions and took a lot of notes, and our conversation flowed back and forth with a lot of fun. I could tell right away that he is a passionate gamer. For those of...

Make-Ahead Food for Conventions

So I’ve previously talked about the Dos and Don’ts of Drinks to Bring to Con and taken you through the Geek Convention Survival Guide. Justini has also given you some tips on physical and mental health at cons. This time, I’m going to go over some make-ahead snack and meal recipes, along with some ideas for having food in your hotel room. Disclaimer: Many cons take place in hotels and conference centers, each with its own rules. Please make sure you read...

This Week in Geek (06/29/15–07/05/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 29th through Sunday, July 5th. Symphony for the Cities What: Concert When: Monday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 1st at 8:30 p.m.; and Thursday, July 2nd at 8:00 p.m. Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell (Minneapolis), Hilde Performance Center (Plymouth), and Lake Park (Winona) This free concert series visits Minneapolis on Monday, Plymouth on Wednesday, and...

The Human Centipede 3 Sucks—But Not for the Reasons You Think

The goal of director Tom Six for his Human Centipede trilogy seems to be to create the most disgusting, offensive, and unwatchable horror film ever made. He uses such words in a teaser trailer for the second film in which he walks towards the camera, smiling at the mass chaos his film has caused. He’s aware of the criticism and doesn’t shy away from making each of his films more vile and putrid than the last. So I’m sure...

Throwback Thursday: The John Hughes Conundrum

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. I’ll admit it—I was born a child of the ’70s, with my coming-of-age years smack dab in the middle of the ’80s. This was arguably the pinnacle of teen movies, and a good chunk of those flicks were headed by one man: John Hughes. All told, he had a hand in six major...

This Week in Geek (06/22/15–06/28/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 22nd through Sunday, June 28th. Books & Bars: The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins What: Meet-Up, Books When: Tuesday, June 23rd 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...

An Electrifying Event: Steam Century at the Bakken Museum

Last month, the Red Ribbon Society, the Twin Cities–based chapter of alternate-history group Steam Century, hosted a mystery event at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis as part of the museum’s “Family Science Night.” Many in the geek community will know Steam Century from CONvergence, where its members have been regular attendees—hosting a mystery game, scavenger hunt, craft hour, and other steampunk-focused programming. The brainchild of historian Kerry Dobbins, it began in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew from a small community...

Throwback Thursday: City Lights

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—typically “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. After looking at an American classic last week that was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry—1955’s Night of the Hunter—I thought I’d focus on one more film that has also received this recognition from the Library of Congress, Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. Filmed and edited over a three-year span and finally...

A Little Grit Goes a Long Way: Big Man Plans from Image Comics

The tale of Big Man Plans is one of harsh realities and over-the-top violence. At its heart lies the beginnings of a revenge story, though at the end of issue #1, the reader is left to wonder what the main character’s real motivations are. A mysterious letter is the impetus, though what exactly it contains is for now, left to the imagination. This four-issue series by Eric Powell and Tim Weisch takes a man of small stature and follows...