This Week in Geek (11/02/15–11/08/15)

This Week in Geek (11/02/15-11/08/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 8th.

She Kills Monsters

What: Theater
When: Monday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Playwrights’ Center

Monday is pay-what-you-can night for She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, “a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games” presented by Six Elements Theatre. The play tells the story of a young girl who finds her deceased sister’s Dungeons & Dragons notes and “stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure.” You can also see it at regular price ($18 general admission, $15 for students, seniors, and anyone with a Minnesota Fringe button) on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, November 5, 6, and 7. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance.

November Kotatsu

What: Meet-Up, Anime
When: Tuesday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

Kotatsu is a monthly open hangout night presented by Anime Twin Cities (the parent organization of the Anime Detour convention) to which you are invited to bring games, cards, knitting, writing, “or any other hobby that suits you.” You are also more than welcome to “just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation.” This is a public gathering being held at the Source Comics and Games in Roseville; attendees are encouraged to “look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo” upon arrival.

Geeks Read

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s book club Geeks Read explores books that are important to the history of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres or to “our own personal histories.” The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month and also provides a potluck of treats to accompany (and fuel) discussion, so “feel free to bring something tasty!”

Books & Bars: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

What: Meet-Up, Books, Beer
When: Wednesday, November 4th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Happy Gnome

Books & Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Geek Chic Knitting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, November 5th 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, November 5th 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!”

2015 International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Championships

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Friday, November 6th–Sunday, November 8th
Where: Roy Wilkins Auditorium

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can “watch the top teams in the world compete for roller derby’s highest honor”: the 2015 International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Championship, which is being held at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Minnesota’s own RollerGirls All-Stars will be headlining on Friday against the Texas Rollergirls Texecutioners at 8:00 p.m.

Open Gaming

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, November 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

In addition to their Game Designer Sessions, the Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group also offers an Open Gaming session on the first Saturday of every month, to which gamers of all ages and abilities are invited in order to “spend the day hanging out with fellow geeks playing, learning, and teaching games.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite board game, card game, and/or role playing game, but the United Geeks of Gaming have amassed an impressive library of their own games as well.

Making Connections Saturday

What: Meet-Up, Science
When: Saturday, November 7th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

This Saturday at the Science Museum of Minnesota you will have the opportunity to connect with “artists, scientists, crafters, fixers and tinkerers from around the Twin Cities who will share their creations and crafts through hands-on activities and dynamic displays” and also “participate in hands-on creating and making alongside these presenters from a wide range of backgrounds, who are eager to share their expertise.”

Anime Swap Meet

What: Meet-Up, Anime
When: Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

In addition to the November Kotatsu meet-up on Tuesday, Anime Twin Cities is also hosting an Anime Swap Meet this Saturday, to which you are invited to “bring your odds and ends to trade with other anime fans!” Admission to and table space at this event are free, and attendees also have a chance to win door prizes.

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, November 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: 331 Club

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities is our very own branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, “a rule breaking cocktail of dames, drinking, and drawing” that has become “the world’s premier alt.drawing movement.” Founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York, it has since spread to over 100 cities around the world “from Akron to Zagreb,” including Minneapolis. Elektra Cute—assistant director of the Playful Peacock Showgirl Academy, producer of and performer with Black Hearts Burlesque, producer of the Minneapolis Burlesque Festival, and host of Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities—invites you to join her at the 331 Club for this Sunday’s session of drawing “glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality.“

The underground performer posing this month will be Missy Cae, the “fabulously spooky alternative pin-up sensation!” At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Elektra and Missy; the artists of their favorite submissions will receive fabulous prizes from sponsors of Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities, including Blick Art Materials, Fast Mary’s (Minneapolis-based maker of “bloody Mary enhancers“) and the Fox Den Salon (“your Uptown Minneapolis cool hair shop“), among others.

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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