This Week in Geek (07/20/15–07/26/15)

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 of Macalester College. Cline’s previous novel, Ready Player One, won a 2012 Alex Award from the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association division and the 2012 Prometheus Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society, and it is scheduled to be adapted into a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Minnesota Fringe Previews

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rarig Center at the University of Minnesota

Another event occurring at 7:00 p.m. tonight is the second set of previews for the upcoming Minnesota Fringe Festival, which provides “a forum for anyone with a story to tell.” Selections of 30 shows from this year’s festival will be performed. Admission to this event is free with a 2015 Fringe button if you have already purchased one; buttons will be available at the event if you haven’t.

2015 Aquatennial

What: Festivals
When: Wednesday, July 22nd–Saturday, July 25th
Where: Around Downtown Minneapolis

The “official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis,” the annual Aquatennial event includes the Torchlight Parade (Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.), a water skiing show with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme (Thursday at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.), fireworks along the Mississippi (Saturday at 10:00 p.m.), and more. For more details, check out or download the events program here.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, July 23rd 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!” This Thursday they will be tie-dying “all the things,“ both using traditional dye and using a method with rubbing alcohol and Sharpies. Dye and markers will be provided.

Tsuinshi Anime Club

What: Meet-Up, Screening, Anime
When: Friday, July 24th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

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.

She Big Banged Me with Science!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, July 24th–Saturday, July 25th
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater

Vilification Tennis is “a structured improvisational show where competitors engage in a battle of insults” that is never the same “because the competitors keep changing and the material is constantly evolving.” This month the material has evolved into Vilification Tennis’s annual July Geek Show, which will be celebrating all things science as competitors “attempt to explain the gravitational pull of your mom or the atomic weight of your [expletive deleted].”

Magers & Quinn Booksellers Present Nick Offerman

What: Reading, Books
When: Saturday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown Church

Magers & Quinn Booksellers invite you to join them at Uptown Church on Saturday to attend a reading and talk with Nick Offerman, star of Parks and Recreation and writer of Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living and Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. A complimentary signed copy of Gumption is included with the cost of a ticket to this event (which is $26.95), and Mr. Offerman will be available to inscribe books after the talk.

Note: This event is SOLD OUT, so you’ll have to get resourceful if you want to get in on the action!

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

What: Screening, Movies & TV, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, July 25th 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.

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: 331 Club

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities is our very own branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, “a rule breaking cocktail of dames, drinking, and drawing” that has become “the world’s premier alt.drawing movement.” Founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, it has since spread to over 100 cities around the world “from Akron to Zagreb,” including Minneapolis. Elektra Cute—assistant director of the Playful Peacock Showgirl Academy, producer of and performer with Black Hearts Burlesque, producer of the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, and host of Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities—invites you to join her at the 331 Club for this Sunday’s session of drawing “glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality.”

The underground performer posing this month will be Dottie Dynamo, the New York City–based “Loveable Bundle of [expletive deleted] and Trouble” and winner of the Judges Choice Award at the 2014 Arizona Burlesque Festival. At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Elektra and Dottie; the artists of their favorite submissions will receive fabulous prizes from sponsors of Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities, including Blick Art Materials, Fast Mary’s (Minneapolis-based maker of “bloody Mary enhancers”) and the Fox Den Salon (“your Uptown Minneapolis cool hair shop”), among others.

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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