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.
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 to “galaxies far away and post-apocalyptic worlds.”
This year, they have cleaned up and streamlined their act and gone with a horror-themed festival, which will consist of six shows: Abscission by Eric LaRocca, directed by Paul Von Stoetzel; Belong Dead by Andrew Rosdail, directed by Immanuel Elliott; Dragula by Darrin Hagen and Trevor Schmidt, directed by Rye Gentleman; Gone by Cody Daigle, directed by Chava Curland; Hell’s Bed and Breakfast by Kim Carney, directed by Immanuel Elliott; and Lace Curtain Irish by Carolyn Gage, directed by Cassandra Snow.
What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, July 14th 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 book being read and discussed this month is Station Eleven, which author Emily St. John Mandel describes as being about “a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America.” According to her, it’s also about “friendship, memory, love, celebrity, our obsession with objects, oppressive dinner parties, comic books, and knife-throwing.”
What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, July 14th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Boneshaker Books
The Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable and the MN Publishing Tweet Up have partnered to provide another opportunity for lovers of literature to read, drink, and be merry this Tuesday evening: at a (mostly) monthly happy hour for publishing professionals, colleagues, and book lovers. This month’s happy hour will be held at Boneshaker Books, a “radical and progressive bookstore located in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.”
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, July 15th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground
Pundamonium is a Wall Street Journal–featured “slam-style punmaking contest” that started right here in the Twin Cities and has since spread to locations all across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Madison, Milwaukee, and Seattle. How does a slam-style punmaking contest work, you ask? Art Allen, creator of Pundamonium explains: “One by one, 10 contestants have two minutes each to make puns based on prompts they have received ahead of time. Each contestant is immediately judged by five members of the audience, who have been selected before the show to be judges. They rank each punner on a scale of 1 to 10, often with hilariously long decimals and other commentary. Then they do it again, only this time contestants get their prompts on stage and only have 30 seconds to think and another two minutes to make puns. The top four contestants go head to head in a final pun-off.”
What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center
The Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and its sub-club Make It Sew meet Thursday evenings at the Waterbury Center 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, July 17th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
This Friday from noon to 4:00 p.m., the Science Museum of Minnesota will be opening the doors of its labs or Collections Vault, giving visitors “a rare opportunity to see some of the hidden items in [their] incredible collection and get a glimpse at what it takes to care for them.” Attendees will also be able to interact with the museum’s researchers and volunteers and “learn about the exciting work that’s underway in their labs.”
What: Celebration, Food
When: Sunday, July 19th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Nicollet Island Pavilion
Finally, you are invited to the 8th Annual Minneapolis Sister Cities Day Celebration and free ice-cream social this Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. Highlighting Minneapolis’s 12 international sister cities (including its newest sister city of Bosaso, Somalia), this family-friendly event will feature “multicultural entertainment, children’s activities, ice cream, and refreshments.”
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!