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.
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 “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 this month is The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins.
What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, June 25th 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!”
When: Friday, June 26th at 11:00 a.m.–Tuesday, June 30th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: SubText Books
Books geeks may know SubText as the bookstore that opened in the space below Nina’s Coffee formerly occupied by Common Good Books, which moved from Cathedral Hill to the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood in 2012 when it needed more room. SubText has now moved shop as well, setting up at 6 West 5th Street in downtown St. Paul. To mark their grand (re)opening, the store is celebrating with a whole list of evenings, starting with a ribbon-cutting featuring Mayor Chris Coleman and St. Paul poet laureate Carol Connolly. There will also be a series of readings from Friday through Tuesday and live music on Sunday.
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 26th–Saturday, June 27th
Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre
The creators of Don’t Shoot the Masseuse and I (Heart) Brains invite you to a new original comedy: Agent Carlisle. “A once-fearsome federal agent demoted to secretary after a witch hunt gone wrong, Martin Carlisle is finally convinced there are no communists and no conspiracies—just in time to find himself entangled in a vast Soviet plot.” This “Cold War caper of mayhem, madness and redemption” is being performed at the Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul this Friday and Saturday, which will be the final two performances.
What: Meet-Up, Screening
When: Friday, June 26th
Where: 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” and at which they show various anime movies and series.
What: Convention, Books
When: Friday, June 26th 3:00–8:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 27th 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Where: The Progress Center at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of this event, which is sponsored by the Midwest Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association. You can visit the book vendors, hear presenters speak about preservation and collecting, watch a letterpress demonstration, and more. Admission is free for college and high-school students on Saturday (with ID) and for kids under 12 on both days.
When: Saturday, June 27th 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 28th 10:00 a.m–6:00 p.m.
Where: Loring Park and around the Twin Cities
The Twin Cities’ annual GLBT pride festival is one of the largest in the country and offers multiple music stages, a beer garden, over 400 exhibitors—and, of course, the parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at 3rd Street and Hennepin. Geek-relevant festival participants include the Geek Partnership Society (which is sponsoring a cosplay section), the Royal Manticoran Navy, the Hennepin County Library, the North Star Roller Girls, and more. (Also, the night before the official festival, YogaQuest—of TCG’s own Justini Yogini—will be at the Uptown Pride Block Party.) Lots of neighborhoods, businesses, and groups are having their own events during the weekend and in the days leading up to it, so keep your eyes peeled and let us know if we missed any geeks!
When: Saturday, June 27th 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Where: Bloomington Armory
ComicCard events “combine comic books, sports and gaming cards and collectibles in one event.” Special guests at this weekend’s show include former Vikings players Keith Millard and Jake Reed, who will be doing a signing at noon, and comic artists Paul Pelletier, Erik Burnham, Frank Fosco, Dave Wheeler, and Dave Strong.
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 27th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: HUGE 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.
What: Screening, Movies & TV, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 27th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre
At 11:59 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “the longest running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ “shadow cast” for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition, and their Pride weekend show is usually one of their biggest of the year.
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!