Monthly Archive:: September 2015

Grown Geeks: Nonmonogamy and Polyamory in the Minnesota Geek Community

Geeks, in general, seem to be largely accepting of alternative identities, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there is a large overlap between the nonmonogamous community and the geek community (like this article on openingup.net, for instance). Recently nonmonogamous relationship structures have been gaining more discussion in mainstream discourses, and the discovery of this overlap between geek communities and nonmonogamous/poly communities is one that I find very interesting and feel compelled to learn more about. First,...

This Week in Geek (09/28/15–10/04/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 28th through Sunday, October 4th. The Comic Book Story of Beer Author Event What: Reading Books, Comics When: Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Dangerous Man Brewing Company Mike Smith, Aaron McConnell, and Johnathan Hennesey—the authors and illustrator team behind a history of beer in graphic-novel form newly released on September 22—are going on a...

Throwback Thursday: Pelvic Thrust Down Memory Lane with The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. With October fast approaching, I want to start delving into some scary films for the next couple weeks. What better way to start than to talk about a sci-fi, horror (to some), musical, camp extravaganza. I was introduced to Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) in high school. A group of friends and...

Cosplay Event Alert: ATC Cosplay Fest September 26th, 2015

Have you been anxious lately to throw on your favorite cosplay? While we have Fall ComiCon and Anime Fusion coming this October, there’s a cosplay event coming up even faster than both of those fun-filled cons: ATC Cosplay Fest! Anime Twin Cities is putting together their very first Cosplay Fest, an event that revolves around, well . . . cosplay! Date: September 26th, 2015 Time: 10 AM – 9 PM Location: Geek Partnership Society, 1121 Jackson Street, NE, Suite 106/107 Cost: $15...

This Week in Geek (09/21/15–09/27/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 21st through Sunday, September 27th. Housequake: Coffee House Press Shakes Up Publishing What: Meet-Up, Books When: Monday, September 21st at 5:30 p.m. Where: Fulton Brewery Tap House Coffee House Press, an award-winning independent book publisher and arts nonprofit based in Minneapolis, invites “adventurous readers, arts enthusiasts, and community builders” to join them this evening as they kick off their fall season at Fulton...

Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Ansley Grams, Tim Fox, and MadelineKarita Fleming

If you’ve ever been to a Minnesota sci-fi, horror, or comic convention, you’ve doubtless noticed that there are quite a lot of cosplayers of all skill levels here in MN. “Meet Minnesota Cosplayers” introduces you to awesome Minnesotans and their awesome cosplay! Previously: “Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Mako Senpai, Alana Profit, Tre’ Da Marc, and Jonathan Palmer” Ansley Grams Hal Bichel (TCG): Why is cosplay important to you? Ansley: I’ve been pretty obsessive about the concept of transformation since I can remember. Transformations involving...

A Chat with Minnesota Sci-Fi Author T. A. Wardrope: Arcadian Gates and More

Recently we had a chance to talk to Twin Cities Geek’s own T. A. Wardrope about his new science-fiction novel, Arcadian Gates, plus being a geek in Minnesota, his approach to storytelling, and more. Hal Bichel (TCG): How long have you been writing, and what prompted you to write Arcadian Gates? Can you give us a quick synopsis? T. A. Wardrope: Arcadian Gates began as a short story I wrote while in the Hamline MFA program. I worked on it...

The Best and Worst Films of 2015 (So Far)

As the summer of 2015 ends and Oscar season descends upon us, it’s important to recognize the films of the first half of the year before they get buried in the second. We slogged through the tough waters of winter and saw the shiny beacon of summer deliver movies worthy of both popcorn entertainment and inspiring creativity. So before the Oscars shake up my end-of-the-year list, here are the best and worst movies of the year so far. Best Movies...

Throwback Thursday: Fasten Your Seatbelts—It’s All About Eve

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. 1950’s All About Eve is really all about the acting. The plot should be pretty standard for viewers of today: a manipulative woman befriends a famous person and works her way through her famous friends to land at the top, only to realize she is alone. I don’t think most people love the film...

Superheroes Lift and So Can You! A Beginner’s Guide to Lifting Weights Properly and Safely

Pursuing my education has been an incredible journey as I learn about fitness, exercise and nutrition. Weight lifting is easily my favorite type of exercise and building muscle tissue has magnificent health benefits. Talking with friends and family, I uncovered one gigantic reason why weight lifting is often overlooked, and that is intimidation. The intimidation of weight lifting is enough to scare anyone from lifting weights, and it’s something I personally sympathize with. To enter the gym and see...
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