This Week in Geek (12/14/15–12/20/15)

This Week in Geek (12/14/15-12/20/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 14th through Sunday, December 20th.

The 9th Annual Star Wars Holiday Special and Toys for Tots Benefit

What: Screening, Movies
When: Wednesday, December 16th at 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl

The Bryant Lake Bowl will be hosting its 9th annual Star Wars Holiday Special and Toys for Tots Benefit this Wednesday, the “weirdest holiday party” to which “tickets can’t be bought—To get into this theatre, just bring a toy for a tot.” Also in attendance will be local artists Brock Davis, Alex Griendling, Tim Alan Holly, Sma Scheller, and Sam Schuna, who will be showing and selling screenprinted posters.

Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, December 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.”

Geek Chic Knitting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, December 17th 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.”

Co-Op Talk

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Co-Op Talk is a monthly afternoon of drinks and discussion about a topic related to the gaming industry hosted by U of M–based nonprofit Glitch, which “promotes the exploration of video games as a culture, career, and creative practice.” This month Glitch invites you to join them for the discussion “How to Teach Game Dev” with facilitator Martha Megarry, recent graduate of Prime Digital Academy.

Third Thursday: A Wintry Mix

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Minneapolis Institute of Art

On the third Thursday of each month, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts invites you to “experience [its] diverse art collection through unique programs, drinks, and live music.” This month, “indulge in all things artfully winter, get cozy in the Jane Austen Reading Room, pen an old fashioned letter to warm the heart, warm up with a seasonal cocktail, smile in the snowflake Photo Booth . . . shop an exclusive Soko trunk show for last minute gifts, [and] kick back to live music from DENNY.”

Crafty Gamers

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Thursday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Waterbury Center

Not to be outdone by the Geek Partnership Society’s Crafty Geek club (see the next event in this week’s listing), GPS’s United Geeks of Gaming group is now offering a meet-up for crafty gamers to “bring whatever scenery making, miniature painting, map making, or whatever other gaming projects we want to do” in the company of the Crafty Geeks.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

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

A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, December 17th–Saturday, December 19th
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!”

PLAY/TEST

What: Playtest, Gaming
When: Friday, December 19th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a new weekly series hosted by U of M–based nonprofit Glitch (which “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 lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

A Klingon Christmas Carol

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, December 18th–Sunday, December 20th
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.

Open Gaming

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, December 19th 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 games, card games, and/or roleplaying games, but the United Geeks of Gaming have amassed an impressive library of their own games as well.

High-Class Comics Holiday Party/Mario Kart 64 Tournament

What: Meet-Up, Comics, Gaming
When: Saturday, December 19th at 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Day Block Brewing Company

Minneapolis comic book shop High-Class Comics will be hosting a holiday party and Mario Kart 64 tournament at Day Block Brewing Company’s taproom this Saturday, where the shop will be offering “holiday deals” on their impressive selection of “rare action figures, video games, comics, and more” in addition to the festivities. This event will also feature live music performed by 4Player Co-Op and Surrounded By Giants.

Open Console Fighting Games

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, December 19th at 2:00 p.m.
Where:  Waterbury Center

The United Geeks of Gaming group and its subgroup Street Fighter White Belts provide “a safe community for learning fighting games,” to which gamers of all ages, genders, and skill levels are invited for “casual matches and friendly training.” The console in question this week is the Xbox 360, and games available to play will include Soul Calibur 4, Soul Calibur 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Sunday, December 20th at 12:00 p.m.
Where:  Waterbury Center

And finally, if football isn’t your game of choice on Sundays, United Geeks of Gaming invite you to an alternative to the NFL’s game day: RPG Sunday Game Day! Whether you are an experienced game master wanting to run a game or someone entirely new to the world of roleplaying games who wants to join a game and learn as you go, this is the Sunday game day for you.

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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