This Week in Geek (06/01/15–06/07/15)

This Week in Geek (06/01/15-06/07/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 1st through Sunday, June 7th.

Anime Twin Cities June Kotatsu

What: Meet-Up
When: Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Kotatsu is a monthly open hangout night presented by Anime Twin Cities (the parent organization of the Anime Detour Convention) to which you are invited to bring games, cards, knitting, writing, or any other hobby. You are also more than welcome to “just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation.” This is a public gathering being held at the Source Comics and Games; attendees are encouraged to “look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo” upon arrival.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, June 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club its “sub-club” Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings and invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!”

Cherry Tree Celebration and Kite Flying

What: Meet-Up
When: Saturday, June 6th at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Como Park

The sixth annual Cherry Tree Celebration and Kite Flying is presented by the St. Paul/Nagasaki Sister City Committee. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the sister city partnership between St. Paul and Nagasaki, and the committee has invited “kite flyers extraordinaire” Seiko and Akiko Nakamura to fly their  kites over the cherry trees at Como Park at 9:00 a.m. For crafty geeks not wanting to wait until Make It Sew’s June 18 meeting, which will offer a specific project to work on, this celebration and demonstration will be followed by a kite-making workshop at 2:00 p.m.

Jenny Bandage vs. the Unpronounceable AKRONYM

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 6th–Monday, June 8th
Where: Black Forest Event Center

Jenny Bandage vs. the Unpronounceable AKRONYM is an original comedy created by Tim Wick and presented by Fearless Comedy Productions that “tells the story of Jenny Bandage, scientist secret agent. Together with her intern who is also, confusingly, named Jenny, she fights to rid the world of bad research and junk science.” The play is directed by Andy Wilkins and features Dawn Krosnowski as Jenny Bandage, Haley Sisler as Jenny Plato, John Kunik as Professor AKRONYM, Jon Gershberg as Travis Holcomb, Matt Allex and Lauren Haven as ensemble cast members, and live music and sound effects composed by Chad Dutton. Oh, and “lots of fighting, chase scenes, Nerf guns, and lab coats.” Check out Rob Callahan’s article on this production for more.

KA-BAAM!!: The Improvised Comic Book

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: HUGE Improv Theater

Another opportunity for fans of geeky theater and comedy this weekend is KA-BAAM!!: The Improvised Comic Book, an “improvised superhero adventure” based on attendees’ suggestions. The first half of the show will see performers improvising the origin stories of superheroes collaboratively created with the audience, and the second half will feature these characters coming together to fight a supervillain. A live artist will also be in attendance, drawing a cover to a KA-BAAM!! comic book during the show that will then be given to the audience member who provided performers with the best superhero suggestion.

Raiders of the Lost Ark: A Drinking Game

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

If two opportunities for geeky theater and comedy this weekend weren’t enough, a third option is Phoenix Theater’s Raiders of the Lost Ark: A Drinking Game. The theater invites you to “come see some of the most talented actors in the Twin Cities perform a live stage reading of this ’80s action-adventure classic with costumes, props, music, choreography, a touch of audience participation, and of course, DRINKING!”

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!

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