Monthly Archive:: July 2015

MN Fringe 2015: Everybody Wants You to Live

The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 9, and features nearly 175 theater, dance, and other experimental performances. All shows are 60 minutes or shorter and are being hosted at 25 venues throughout Minneapolis. On a summer night disgusting enough to (almost) make me wish for the frigid Minnesota winter, I climbed the steps of the Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota to watch Everybody Wants You to Live, one of the selections...

Throwback Thursday: Breaking into Michael Mann’s Thief

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. Like a thief in the night, Michael Mann’s directorial debut sneaks in, does its job, and gets out with no one the wiser . . . until later, when you realize how expertly it was handled. Thief (1981) is an accomplished work that examines the seedy underbelly of Chicago through the eyes of...

MN Fringe 2015: Dance with the Devil

The 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival runs Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 9, and features nearly 175 theater, dance, and other experimental performances. All shows are 60 minutes or shorter and are being hosted at 25 venues throughout Minneapolis. With a beautifully Gothic back wall reminiscent of a forgotten basement or dirty bedsheets, the Ritz Proscenium in Northeast Minneapolis was the perfect place to house Erin Sheppard’s latest theatrical endeavor at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Dance with the Devil....

This Week in Geek (07/27/15–08/02/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 27th through Sunday, August 2nd. Beer + Comics Book Club: The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua What: Meet-Up, Beer, Comics When: Monday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Addendum Books The Beer + Comics book club will be discussing The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua at their meeting tonight. While this...

Reviewing the Indie Author: Alice in Deadland

Welcome back to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. Alice in Deadland, a trilogy by author Mainak Dhar, takes place after a virus has been released and humans turn into what are called Biters. They attack without reason, and anyone who feels their teeth will turn into one. Alice is a 15-year-old girl who has only known a life of Biters; her family survived nuclear attacks and now lives in the...

Throwback Thursday: Why Do All the Men in 12 Angry Men Have to Be So Angry?

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’ve been watching the third season of Inside Amy Schumer, and there’s an episode that really stood out for me this year. She does a sketch-comedy version of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men, but instead of a minority boy being put on trial for murder, it has Amy on trial to determine whether...

This Week in Geek (07/20/15–07/26/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 20th through Sunday, July 26th. Ernest Cline Reads from His New Novel, Armada What: Reading, Books When: Monday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Weyerhaueser Chapel at Macalester College Author Ernest Cline will be reading from his new novel Armada tonight at 7:00 p.m. at an event hosted by Common Good Books at the Weyerhaueser Chapel on the campus...

Throwback Thursday: The Comic-Book Sensibility of Seijun Suzuki’s Tokyo Drifter

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’ve been reading comics now for *cough*thirty*cough* years, and in that time I always wondered what a comic-book movie would really look like. I’m not talking about superheroes—I’m talking about the static images that make up the comic page. When you read comics, you’re inferring the action between those static panels; since there...

The Ultimate Doctor Who Workout Guide

This summer, I find myself slacking on maintaining a workout routine. My basic excuses include wanting to be outside, going through my video-game backlog, and reading through my favorite comics. After attending CONsole Room at the end of May, I thought about how fun it would be to incorporate the Doctor into my exercise routine—and when the Doctor became my new workout friend, I began looking forward to going to the gym, and it created excitement for being active....

This Week in Geek (07/13/15–07/19/15)

Welcome (back) to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 13th through Sunday, July 19th. Gadfly Theatre Productions presents Final Frontier: Horror What: Theater & Comedy When: Monday, July 13th–Sunday, July 19th Where: Nimbus Theatre Gadfly Theatre Productions (an “intersectional queer and feminist theatre and performing arts production company out of Minneapolis”) started an annual “one-act geek fest” last year with a science-fiction theme, which took audiences...
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