Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 17th through Sunday, August 23rd.
When: Monday, August 17th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn Park
The Minneapolis Fire Collective (MFC) will be traveling to Nevada at the end of the month to perform in the Great Circle at the Burning Man festival, but before they depart, they will be making their final dress rehearsal a public performance tonight at Powderhorn Park. Starting at 7:30 p.m., MFC members will do two “dry runs” of their 20-minute performance, followed by two runs for which the flames will be on (so to speak). Pictures and video of all performances are not only allowed by MFC, but encouraged.
Following the performance (which will end by 10:00 p.m., at which time all attendees will need to leave the park), you are also invited to join MFC members at the Cardinal Bar and Grill, where anyone who mentions the MFC will receive a 10 percent discount.
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, August 19th 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. Pundamonium creator Art Allen 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, August 20th 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” pot luck, in which case the fee will be waived. Dietary restrictions are seen as “an exciting culinary challenge.”
What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Thursday, August 20th at 5:30 p.m.
Co-Op Talk is a monthly afternoon of drinks and discussion about a topic related to the gaming industry hosted by U of M–based nonprofit Glitch, which “promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice.” This month, the hosts invite you to join them at their new GlitchHQ to discuss “Virtual & Augmented Reality in Games” with facilitator Katie Simning, Glitch’s director of operations and co-creator of Co-Op Talk.
What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, August 20th 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, August 21st–Sunday, August 23rd
Where: Madison (Wisconsin) Marriott West
Geek.Kon is Madison, Wisconsin’s “very own anime convention, sci-fi convention, and gaming convention all rolled into one!” Since its inception in 2007, Geek.Kon has offered attendees a variety of event opportunities, including panels, concerts, Boffer (a room in which “you can hit your friends, family, and random strangers and not get in trouble”), and autograph sessions with guests.
This year’s guests include Alex Bledsoe, Bill Bodden, Emma Bull, Jan Scott Frazier, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Christopher Jones, Matt M. McElroy, Ned the Dead, Aaron Pavao, Will Shetterly, Mark Stegbauer, Monica Valentinelli, and Greg Weisman. For more information about each of these guests, please visit the Guests page of the Geek.Kon website.
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!