This Week in Geek (11/30/15–12/06/15)

This Week in Geek (11/30/15-12/06/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 6th.

Books & Bars: How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

What: Meet-Up, Books, Bars
When: Tuesday, December 1st at 6:15 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 How Star Wars Conquered the Universe by Chris Taylor.

December Kotatsu

What: Meet-Up, Anime
When: Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Where: IHOP in Bloomington

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 IHOP in Bloomington; attendees are encouraged to “look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo” upon arrival.

Games Night

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Eastlake Craft Brewery

The Eastlake Craft Brewery will be hosting its second Games Night this Tuesday, so “bring a deck of Magic: The Gathering, join a game of Settlers of Catan, or get in on a round of Coup or Crabs Adjust Humidity.” Attendees will also have the opportunity to roll the brewery’s 12-sided die for “$1 off of the beer on the tap line that the die chooses!”

Geeks Read

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 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!”

Nerd Nite: December

What: Meet-Up
When: Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

The organizers of Nerd Nite invite you to “join your fellow nerds for drinks and socializing” as we hear from “a fun lineup of presenters with topics sure to enlighten and entertain.” This month Chunjie Zhang will be giving a talk titled “Transformers: More Than Meets the Imagination”; Stacia Marlett and Autumn Patterson will tell tales of “Googling Back and Forth Forever: A 50 Hour Trivia Marathon”; and Satish Desai will discuss “The Ghostly Neutrino: Nature’s Weirdest Particle.” “It’s like the Discovery Channel, with beer!”

Geek Chic Knitting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, December 3rd 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, December 3rd 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!”

A Klingon Christmas Carol

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, December 3rd–Saturday, December 5th
Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre

Presented “in the original Klingon with English supertitles,” performances of A Klingon Christmas Carol begin this Thursday at the Historic Mounds Theatre in St. Paul and go through December 27. General-admission tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door; VIP tickets are $25 in advance or $30 (if available) at the door; and a purchase of four VIP tickets will also earn your war party a bottle of (blood)wine.


What: Playtest, Gaming
When: Friday, December 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a new weekly series hosted by Glitch (“a nonprofit organization based at the UofMN that 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 enthusiasts of any level of expertise” are welcome.

A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, December 4th-Saturday, December 5th
Where: St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, Hudson House Grand Hotel (Hudson, WI)

In this sequel to The 1940s Radio Hour, the Feddington Players present another alternate take on A Christmas Carol—this time as a film-noir mystery “featuring a hardboiled detective, a femme fatale, and an absurd rescue of Tiny Tim (and the Lindbergh baby) from the clutches of a Hitler-esque villain named Rudolf!”

Holiday Movie Night: Elf

What: Screening, Movies
When: Friday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Union Depot Waiting Room

Following its annual tree lighting ceremony, the Union Depot will be screening the holiday-favorite film Elf in the Waiting Room this Friday for the first of their Holiday Movie Nights, which are free and open to the public. Concessions (“including popcorn, candy, soda and water”) will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to benefit the Johnson High School Athletics Department.

Revolver at the Ritz: 9 Experiments

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Ritz Theater

Revolver at the Ritz presents nine experiments in theater and comedy that explore “the intersection of words and risk.” Each of the experiments will be 10 minutes in length with short interludes in between and will cover a variety of topics: “Puppy videos. Conspiracy theories. A punk band. The UnDozens. Endangered languages. Bleak yoga. Live-coded music. Sensory deprivation [and] much, much more.”

Fully Believable December Show

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, December 4th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

If you’re tired of eating leftovers, the organizers of Fully Believable invite you to listen to four local comedians tell “fresh, original stories that we guarantee you have never heard before” . . . because the storytellers don’t know what their topic is yet, and will be making their stories to order, on the spot. “Will they fail in hilarious ways, or will those stories be Fully Believable?”

Making Connections Saturday

What: Meet-Up, Science
When: Saturday, December 5th 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.”

Open Gaming

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group 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.

Crafts and Cocktails Holiday Market

What: Arts, Crafts, Cocktails
When: Saturday, December 5th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Tattersall Distillery

The eighth annual Crafts and Cocktails Holiday Market will be held at Tattersall Distillery, where there will be “a great lineup of artists” selling “something for everyone on your list.” So come on out, enjoy fantastic cocktails, and make “excellent gift purchasing decisions.” As the organizers of this event ask: “Free parking, a beautiful tasting room, incredible libations, and shopping . . . what more can you ask for this holiday season?!”

Fezziwig’s Steampunk Christmas Carol

What: Parties & Dances, Night Life
When: Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Outing Lodge

Finally, if neither A Klingon Christmas Carol nor A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol appeal to you, the Minnesota Society of Costumers invites you to yet another alternate take: its fifth annual Fezziwig’s Steampunk Christmas Carol, where “dancing, a live DJ, parlor games, professional photography, fortune telling, and a costume contest are just a few of the things you can expect to enjoy over the course of the evening.” There will also be “a variety of light snacks and refreshments on hand, along with a cash bar,” and the organizers of this event remind you that it is a 21+ event and that tickets to it will be limited to 100 attendees.

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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