Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 9th.
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, July 30th–Sunday, August 9th
Where: Various Venues throughout the Twin Cities
The 2015 version of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, “a forum for anyone with a story to tell . . . from stage veterans to people who are brand new to theater,” began last Thursday and runs through this weekend. All the shows that you’ll see at the Fringe Festival are selected randomly “by placing numbered ping-pong balls into a bingo cage and pulling them out, one by one,” because “everyone has the capability to make great art, and—more importantly—everyone should get their chance to try.” For your chance to see these shows, as well as for more information about the full festival lineup and other details, please visit the Minnesota Fringe Festival website.
You can also check out our coverage of 2015 Fringe shows by clicking here.
What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, August 4th 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 Dear Committee Members by local Minnesota author Julie Schumacher.
When: Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pizza Luce in Hopkins
Kotatsu is a monthly open hangout night presented by Anime Twin Cities (the parent organization of the Anime Detour convention) to which you are invited to bring games, cards, knitting, writing, “or any other hobby that suits you.” You are also more than welcome to “just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation.” This is a public gathering being held at the Pizza Luce in Hopkins; attendees are encouraged to “look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo” upon arrival.
When: Wednesday, August 5th at 5:30 p.m.
The Japan America Society of Minnesota Professionals Group “provides networking opportunities primarily for business professionals at social events [where] fellow professionals can tell stories about their experiences in Japan as well as share interests in the culture and society both from a personal and professional perspective.” Meetings of this group occur every other month at a Japanese restaurant, this month being Saji-Ya in St. Paul. The event is free for JASM members and $5.00 for nonmembers; if you join JASM before or at the event, the fee will be waived. Regardless of whether you are a member or not, everyone interested in attending is asked to make a reservation prior to the event by filling out this RSVP form.
What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, August 6th at 5:00 p.m.
The “nerdy fiber artists” of Geek Chic invite you to join them at StevenBe “for snacks, geeky shows and movies, and knitting (and crocheting, and spinning, and so on)!” The cost of attending this event is $5.00, unless you contribute a food item for their “always delicious” potluck, in which case the fee will be waived. Dietary restrictions are seen as “an exciting culinary challenge,” and more people are always welcome to join “this great group!”
What: Science, Superheroes
When: Thursday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
Social Science is the themed “adult night” at the Science Museum of Minnesota, “welcoming those 21 and over to grab a drink, enjoy the museum, and experience innovative programming.” The theme this Thursday night will be Superhero Science, welcoming special guest speakers Christopher Jones, Twin Cities illustrator and comic artist; James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes; Barry Kudrowitz, U of M assistant professor and director of product design; and Emily Reese, host and producer for Top Score, a podcast focusing on video-game composers. Together, they will ask “What would your superpower be?” and invite you to “examine the powers of your favorite caped crusaders and defenders of justice . . . [and] take a look at what our future holds, and whether we ourselves may one day be super.”
What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center
A second opportunity for crafting this Thursday evening is the Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club and their “sub-club” Make It Sew, which as always 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!”
What: Meet-Up, Science
When: Saturday, August 8th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota
Another event at the Science Museum of Minnesota this week is Making Connections Saturday, where you will have the opportunity to connect with “artists, scientists, crafters, fixers and tinkerers from around the Twin Cities who will share their creations and crafts through hands-on activities and dynamic displays” and also “participate in hands-on creating and making alongside these presenters from a wide range of backgrounds, who are eager to share their expertise.”
What: Auction, Fundraiser, Gaming
When: Saturday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Finally, after you have made connections at the Science Museum Saturday afternoon, make even more at Glitch’s Auction House First Annual Fundraiser! Glitch is a nonprofit based at the University of Minnesota that “promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice.” To celebrate the opening of GlitchHQ, they invite you to “add sweet loot to your inventory as you enjoy free drinks, dance along to nerdy tunes, and participate in exciting bid wars at our first annual fundraiser.” The aforementioned loot will include “signed games, limited edition memorabilia, high-end peripherals, swag packs, and more,” and all auction proceeds will go “to scholarships for aspiring game makers through GlitchHQ’s Incubator Program and workshops.”
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!