This Week in Geek (10/19/15–10/25/15)

This Week in Geek (10/19/15-10/25/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 19th through Sunday, October 25th.

Keeping Up with the Cardassians: Free Alien Makeup Demo

What: Arts, Cosplay, Makeup
When: Tuesday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Midwest Makeup Supply

Bill Hedrick of Illusion Makeup Studio and Corrie Dubay of Midwest Makeup Supply invite you to join them this Tuesday evening for a free alien makeup demo at which you will “get tips for applying special effects makeup to be comfortable and last all day” and “learn how to apply latex prosthetics and contour makeup to achieve an alien look.”

Geek Chic Knitting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, October 22nd 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, October 22nd 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!”


What: Convention
When: Friday, October 23rd–Sunday, October 25th
Where: Ramada Bloomington Minneapolis Airport/Mall Area

Crypticon, “the Nightmare Before Halloween,“ will be held at the Ramada Bloomington Minneapolis Airport/Mall Area this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Featured guests include Michael Biehn, Leslie Easterbrook, Alec Gillis, Lance Henriksen, Doug Jones, Tommy “Tiny“ Lister, and many more!

Book Lovers Ball

What: Books, Night Life
When: Friday, October 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Mill City Museum

Milkweed Editions, “one of the nation’s leading independent, nonprofit literary publishers . . . founded in Minneapolis in 1980,” will be hosting its 16th annual Book Lovers Ball this Friday evening. The event will include a corporate sponsor and patron pre-reception at 5:30 p.m., a cocktail reception at 6:15 p.m., and dinner and a program (at which the Milkweed Award for Distinguished Contribution to Literary Culture will be presented) at 7:00 p.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to “bid on unique literary-themed auction items, snag an autograph or two, and most of all enjoy an evening of great books and great company!”

There is also an afterparty open to ball attendees and non-attendees alike following this event—find more information on that below.

Community Haunted House

What: Night Life
When: Friday, October 23rd–Sunday, October 25th
Where: Waterbury Center

In addition to Craft Geek, mentioned above, the Geek Partnership Society is also hosting a haunted house in the Event Horizon space at the Waterbury Center this weekend and invites you to “experience the true power of the ONE STATE by taking a tour of the glorious City.” Sundays in the City are Sensory-Friendly Sundays, which “allow for citizens with special sensory needs to have the tour tailored to them, so they may fulfill the required attendance.”

Tsuinshi Anime Club

What: Screening, Anime, Movies, TV
When: Friday, October 23rd 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.

Transformer: The Afterball to the Book Lovers Ball

What: Books, Night Life, Parties & Dances
When: Friday, October 23rd at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Nomad World Pub

Following their 16th annual Book Lovers Ball, Milkweed Editions will also be hosting an “afterball” at the Nomad World Pub, where DJ Shannon Blowtorch will be turning “a dance floor of bookworms into awkwardly joyful butterflies.” A $10 suggested donation will go to Milkweed Editions Author Advance Fund and will also earn you a chance to win books and other prizes at the event.

13 Gears: An Eclectic Steampunk Event

What: Arts, Music
When: Saturday, October 24th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Grain Belt Bottling House

13 Gears is a family-friendly “eclectic steampunk event” featuring bands, artists, and activities, including artisans and merchants, a steampunk coloring contest, “Tea Dueling,” and performances by Sister Tree, the Fires of 1918, and the Langer’s Ball.

Black Hat Collective

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Comics
When: Saturday, October 24th 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 . . . produce the best weird little comics we can . . . [and] consume punch and pie.”

Nosferatu with Live Orchestra

What: Screening, Movies, Music
When: Sunday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

F. W. Murnau’s 1922 film Nosferatu will be screened at the Parkway Theater this Sunday evening, accompanied by group the Rats & People performing a live original score to accompany it.

Talking Volumes: Welcome to Night Vale

What: Arts, Books
When: Sunday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Fitzgerald Theater

Host Kerri Miller will be interviewing authors Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink about their new novel Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel, the first book based on the Night Vale podcast, which crosses Lake Wobegon and The X-Files and is delivered “in the style of community radio station updates for a small desert town called Night Vale whose inhabitants experience extraordinary events.”

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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