This Week in Geek (06/08/15–06/14/15)

This Week in Geek (06/08/15-06/14/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 8th through Sunday, June 14th.

Jenny Bandage vs. the Unpronounceable AKRONYM

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, June 8th; Friday, June 12th; and Saturday, June 13th
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 our article Jenny Bandage vs. the Unpronounceable AKRONYM is a Family-Friendly Blend of Satire and Innocent Silliness by Rob Callahan for more information about this production.

When Marnie Was There

What: Screening, Movies & TV
When: Monday, June 8th–Thursday, June 11th
Where: Lagoon Cinema

Tonight through Thursday night, the Lagoon Cinema will be screening the latest (and possibly the last) film from Studio Ghibli: When Marnie Was There. The Lagoon Cinema’s information page about the film describes it as follows:

“Anna is a troubled, lonely 12-year-old orphan who calls her kindly adoptive mother ‘aunt.’ Sent from her foster home in the city one summer to a sleepy town by the sea for her health (and, her mother hopes, to make new friends), Anna is drawn to a magnificent, apparently deserted mansion in the marshes. There she encounters Marnie, a mysterious but out-going blonde, and they become friends. ‘Let’s keep us a secret forever,’ says Marnie, and Anna agrees. Soon Anna is telling Marnie things she never told anyone, while Marnie introduces her to the nighttime revels at the villa, presided over by her stylish socialite mother. Yet Marnie’s frequent unexplained absences make Anna wonder about her newfound friend.

“Animated in a beautiful world that seems to capture both dreams and reality, this Studio Ghibli release is the second feature by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of The Secret World of Arrietty.”

Books & Bars: The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Republic at Calhoun Square

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 is meeting only twice in the month of June: the second Tuesday of the month at Republic at Calhoun Square in Minneapolis and the fourth Tuesday at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. The book being read and discussed is The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins.

Fearless Lab June Performance

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Tuesday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

For those unable to attend any of the performances of Jenny Bandage vs. the Unpronounceable AKRONYM this week, or for those who saw it in previous weeks and are interested in seeing additional content from Fearless Comedy Productions, the June installment of their Fearless Lab series this Tuesday at Honey may be just what the doctor (or should I say Professor AKRONYM?) ordered. While Fearless Comedy Productions’ artistic director, Tim Wick, provides the disclaimer that a performance in the Fearless Lab series “isn’t always the best show,” “doesn’t take the most work,” and “isn’t the most exotic idea,” what it does give the performers “the stage time they need to get better” and “a chance to try stand-up, storytelling, scriptwriting, and whatever else they want to do,” which is in fitting with the goal of Fearless Comedy Productions, which is “to produce comedy without limits and to help each performer and producer find their unique voice.”

Each monthly Fearless Lab has a unique theme, and this month’s is “TELEVISION! The babysitter! The idiot box! The boob tube (heh, boobs)! The drug of the nation! The modern marvel of our time!” It is also apparently rated M for “Many Swears and Much Ribaldry.”

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Driftwood Char Bar

TC Trek Trivia is the only pub trivia in the Twin Cities dedicated solely to Star Trek. Hosted by “Master Trekkie” (featured in our article Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Cyril Cosplay, Master Trekkie, Ninjabearbear09, and Brichibi Cosplays by Hal Bichel), TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks and a whole lot of Trek!” and is frequently followed by live music, provided this month by Julida & the Soul.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and 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!”

Firefly: The Improvised Continuation

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 12th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Following their performance of Raiders of the Lost Ark: A Drinking Game this past Saturday, this Friday the Phoenix Theater presents Firefly: The Improvised Continuation, in which “some of the best improvisers in the Twin Cities will take you back into the lives of the crew of Serenity.” The aforementioned improvisers include Peter Gilbert as Malcolm Reynolds, Lizzie Gernes as Zoë, Cody Nelson as Jayne, Elliot Stevenson as Wash, Sophie Brossard as Inara, Matt Kelly as Shepherd Book, Michael Blomberg as Dr. Simon Tam, Emily Townswick as River, and Amee Nefzger Banks as Kaylee.

Tsuinshi Anime Club

What: Meet-Up, Screening
When: Friday, June 12th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Waterbury Building

In addition to Anime Detour (the annual convention for fans of Japanese animation, manga, video games, and culture), Anime Twin Cities is also working to provide monthly events for fans of anime and manga 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,” at which they will be showing various anime movies and series.

KA-BAAM!!: The Improvised Comic Book

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: HUGE Improv Theater

KA-BAAM!!: The Improvised Comic Book is 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.

The Night Library at Northern Spark 2015

What: Arts, Festival
When: Saturday, June 13th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Mill Ruins Park

Creators Julian McFaul and Mark Safford invite, nay, dare you to “grab your trusty book and flashlight and venture into the Night Library!” The Night Library is one of many projects at this year’s Northern Spark all-night art festival and is “an interactive, labyrinthian maze experience set behind a library façade.” When they participants in this project enter the Night Library, they will be given only a book and a flashlight, which they will need to use to guide them through the maze. “Acting as the guardians of intellectual freedom, participants seek to ultimately get their book onto the shelf of the library. Along the way, they battle the villains of censorship, who try to lead them to a darker outcome, a world where books are destroyed, and ideas are suppressed.” As the project page on the Northern Spark website cautions that participants will need to choose their path wisely, “or books will burn . . .”

Write Fight III at Northern Spark 2015

What: Arts, Festival
When: Saturday, June 13th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Peavey Plaza

Another project at Northern Spark that geeks may be interested in attending is Write Fight, “a single elimination tournament pitting writers against one another on typewriters” that is returning to the festival for its third year. This year’s crop of contenders (Logan Adams, Courtney Algeo, Brandi Brown, Tyler Hansen, Cole Sarar, Katie Sisneros, Jake Skillings, and 2014 champion Brett Elizabeth Jenkins) will be given ten minutes to write on the theme of Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. However, during those ten minutes they will also have to contend with “disruptions, distractions, and drama to test each contestant’s concentration and mettle.”

So, which of these many 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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