Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 14th through Sunday, September 20th.
What: Meet-Up, Happy Hour, Books
When: Tuesday, September 15th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Chatterbox Pub Highland Park
The Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable and the MN Publishing Tweet Up have partnered to host monthly happy hours for publishing professionals, colleagues, and book lovers. This month’s happy hour will be held at the Chatterbox in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul.
What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, September 16th 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, September 17th 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, Art, Food
When: Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
On the third Thursday of each month, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts invites you to join them to experience their “diverse art collection through unique programs, drinks, and live music.” This month’s theme is the Art of Food, where attendees will be able to “indulge in food truck favorites Cafe Racer, Tatanka Truck, Hot Indian Foods, Geno’s Gelato, and Brava,” “explore the art of the chef notebook,” visit the opening night of the exhibition Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity, “play with your food, artfully,” view the Midwest Pantry Local Food Poster Show, catch live music by Fury Things, create a letterpress recipe card with artist Katie Lupton, and “pose in the Feeding America photobooth in support of Second Harvest Heartland and Hunger Action Month.”
What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, September 17th 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: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, September 19th at 5:00 p.m.
Welcome Geek is an annual “video game-themed carnival” held every September in conjunction with the University of Minnesota’s Welcome Week festivities and hosted by Glitch, the nonprofit organization based at the University of Minnesota “that promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice.” Attendees of this event will be able to “play video games, meet special interest groups, explore local opportunities, and participate in tons of fun activities throughout the night.” Guests will include Andrew Fischer (game designer at Fantasy Flight Games), Stephen Guy (professor in the computer science and engineering at the University of Minnesota), and Rawson Stovall (game designer at Concrete Software).
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!