This Week in Geek (09/21/15–09/27/15)

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 Brewery Tap House. The cost of this event is $20.00, which includes one Fulton beverage as well as a print from local illustrator Eric Hanson, and will also allow you access to “on-site letterpressing from Printerette, Poems While You Wait, the debut of a new literary tote bag (and other swag), delicious, healthy, Latin American cuisine from the Cafe Racer food truck,” and conversation with Coffee House Press’s “readers, writers, collaborators, and friends.”

Must See TriVia

What: Trivia, TV
When: Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Spare Squares Trivia (the newly named producers of TC Trek Trivia) invite you to tune in to the pilot episode of Must See TriVia, the only pub trivia in the Twin Cities dedicated to the sitcoms from the era of Must See TV and TGIF. Must See TriVia consists of five rounds: TGI-WTF (questions about sitcoms on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX); Where’s the Beef? (in which teams will be asked to identify the sitcom character pictured); Alt-Rocking (questions about sitcoms on MTV, SNICK, the WB, and more); Too Legit to Quit (in which teams will be asked to complete the lyrics of the sitcom theme song played); and a “wild card” round.

Beer + Comics Book Club: Strange Fruit by Joel Christian Gill

What: Meet-Up, Beer, Comics
When: Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Surly Brewing Company

The Beer + Comics book club will be discussing Joel Christian Gill’s Strange Fruit, Vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History at their meeting this month. The book club is “taking the show on the road” this fall and “trying out different breweries as well as different nights of the week to allow for people’s varying schedules.” This week it’s Wednesday, and the brewery is the Surly Brewing Company.

Nerd Nite: Destination Station

What: Meet-Up, Space
When: Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

“Whether it’s talking about Kessel Runs, warp drives, Pluto’s validity as a planet or the colonizing one of Jupiter’s many moons, space is a nerd’s paradise,” reads this description for this event, which is why the producers of Nerd Nite are partnering with NASA for a talk this week featuring Destination Station, NASA’s International Space Station awareness campaign “designed to educate the public about research performed on the ISS, and how that research can impact our daily lives.” Attendees of this event will have the opportunity to meet, listen to, and ask questions of Mike Hopkins (a NASA astronaut who recently spent 166 days in space aboard the ISS) and Pete Hasbrook (a NASA Associate Program Scientist who works at the Johnson Space Center in Houston).

Geek Chic Knitting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, September 24th 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 24th at 6:30 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!”

Trailer Trash Lives!

What: Screening, Movies
When: Thursday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Theatres at Mall of America

Trailer Trash will be “closing the shutters on this cabinet of celluloid curiosities” this Thursday evening, “but not before threading up the most outlandish mixtape of movie madness” to share their two-minute treasures one last time. This screening series may be the end, “but in the hearts and minds of those who have borne witness to the weirdness, TRAILER TRASH LIVES!”

Tsuinshi Anime Club

What: Screening, Anime, Movies, TV
When: Friday, September 25th 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.

Cosplay Fest

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Cosplay, Crafts
When: Saturday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

Another event being provided by Anime Twin Cities not only this month but this same week as the Tsuinshi Anime Club is Cosplay Fest, which will feature activities for fans of cosplay that include workshops (where attendees will “earn new techniques to improve your costuming and performance skills, taught by local experts”); photography (“all attendees in costume will get a short personal photo session with an experienced photographer”); contests (including “a formal workmanship contest and a fun ‘Iron Cosplay’ contest where teams construct a costume out of surprise materials”); and, most importantly, community (“bring a work-in-progress and enjoy the company of other crafters and seamsters in our shared work space”).

Black Hat Collective

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Comics
When: Saturday, September 26th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Black Hat Collective (the Geek Partnership Society’s graphic artist club) meets the fourth Saturday of every month to “engage in constructive peer critique to improve as artists and writers,” to “produce the best weird little comics we can,” and to “consume punch and pie.”


What: Pub Crawl, Books, Movies
When: Saturday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis

This Harry Potter–themed pub crawl (like you need to know any more information than that) will be starting at 7:00 p.m. at Rouge at the Lounge in downtown Minneapolis, and then will be Apparating on to the Pourhouse, Brothers Bar & Grill, Kieran’s Irish Pub, the 508 Bar and Restaurant, the Loon Cafe, Cowboy Jack’s, Jackson’s Hole, and Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar.

Cinema in the Cemetery: Poltergeist

What: Screening, Movies
When: Saturday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Friends of the Cemetery and Trylon Microcinema will be screening Poltergeist at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy offerings from the Taco Taxi food truck as well as to “experience the historic cemetery and smart phone history hunts.” The cost of this event is $8.00, the proceeds of which will help the Friends of the Cemetery’s efforts to restore the steel-and-limestone fence that borders the cemetery along Lake Street and Cedar Avenue.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Screening, Movies, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, September 26th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:59 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “the longest running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ “shadow cast” for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

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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