This Week in Geek (09/07/15–09/13/15)

This Week in Geek (09/07/15-09/13/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 7th through Sunday, September 13th.

Fearless Lab September Performance: Music!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

While Fearless Comedy Productions’ artistic director, Tim Wick, provides the disclaimer that a performance in the Fearless Lab series “isn’t always the best show,” “doesn’t take the most work,” and “isn’t the most exotic idea,” what it does give the performers “the stage time they need to get better” and “a chance to try stand-up, storytelling, scriptwriting, and whatever else they want to do,” which is in fitting with the goal of Fearless Comedy Productions, which is “to produce comedy without limits and to help each performer and producer find their unique voice.”

This month’s theme is “Music!,” and the performers—including Kyle Dekker, Chad Dutton, Nathan Gerber, Lauren Haven, Eric Thompson, Annie Wallick, Duck Washington, the aforementioned Tim Wick, and John Gary Youker—invite you to “suck on your reeds and lube your slides” because they will be delivering “hot aural pleasure” in the form of parody songs, stand-up, and musical improv.

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia, Movies & TV
When: Wednesday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by “Master Trekkie” (featured in our article Meet Minnesota Cosplayers), TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all twelve films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks and a whole lot of Trek!” and is frequently followed by live music, provided this month by Hot Lava.

Geek Chic Knitting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: StevenBe

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.”

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, September 10th 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!”


What: Playtest, Gaming
When: Friday, September 11th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a new weekly series hosted by U of M–based nonprofit Glitch (which “promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice”) that offers “the opportunity to play works-in-progress, debug recent builds, test out new concepts, and connect with community.” At PLAY/TEST, attendees will find “alphas, betas, and even paper prototypes of games made by students and local game developers.” Creators, players, and game lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

Edutainment Video Discussion: Language

What: Screening, Edutainment Video Discussion
When: Friday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s Edutainment Video Discussion is an event series that gathers people together to watch “curated collections of videos on various topics,” with discussion breaks “during and after video blocks.” The topic for the month of September is languages.

Tsuinshi Anime Club

What: Screening, Anime
When: Friday, September 11th 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.

Great Geek Garage Sale

What: Sale, Fundraiser
When: Saturday, September 12th–Sunday, September 13th
Where: Waterbury Center

The Great Geek Garage Sale is an annual fundraiser for the Geek Partnership Society that supports its mission and programs: “all the geeky community building, supporting the local geek community organizations, and public outreach with our educational grants program Project Lighthouse, our annual Writing Contest, and the Space Camp Scholarship program.” Attendees of this garage sale will find clothing, accessories, sports equipment, kitchen items, home decor, games, toys, costume items, electronics, books, movies, gardening equipment, craft supplies, and much more.

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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