Yearly Archive:: 2015

The Twin Cities Geek 2015 Holiday Toy & Book Drive Was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Twin Cities geeks! We made you aware of a need, and you did not disappoint. You got gifty. You conjured up an amazing amount of toys and books. You were big damn heroes. Donations for Families in Need Together we, the Minnesota geek community, collected a grand total of 372 toys and 132 children’s and young-adult books for a combined total of 504 toys, games, young people’s books, and other items for the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. That’s the largest...

Drinking and Gaming: The Force Is Strong with Star Wars: Battlefront

Welcome to another edition of Drinking and Gaming, where I play video games while drunk on local Minnesota craft beers and proceed to review them . . . also whilst drunk. For this installment, I wanted to do something special for the release of Star Wars Episode VII, so I decided to play Star Wars: Battlefront while trying out Bent Brewstillery’s barrel-aged Dark Fatha, an American “Emperial” stout aged in whiskey barrels with an ABV of 9.3 percent and an IBU...

Throwback Thursday: 5 Quirky Star Wars Productions to Get Your Rebel On

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. It’s the middle of December. It’s cold and gross out. But you probably don’t care about that. What you probably care about is the newest Star Wars film, which is almost here. You’re probably already getting your costumes and your lightsabers together and gearing up for a midnight show tonight. But if you have...

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...

Book Geek Bulletin: Local Author Deals and More

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit St. Paul crime author William Kent Krueger has signed a deal for the next two books in his Cork O’Connor series, which stars an Irish-Ojibwe sheriff in northern Minnesota, for publication in 2017 and 2018. (The next...

10 Cool STEM Toys to Engage Young Minds

The holidays are here. People running to and fro, looking for the ultimate gift for the kids. Some people will come away with video games, and others with socks and underwear. Whether you celebrate a holiday or not, getting just the right gift for a kid can be tricky. Some of the best gifts can be those that engage a child’s mind. To do that, I’d like to recommend STEM toys. What is STEM? STEM is an acronym that...

Drinking and Gaming: War Never Changes in Fallout 4

Welcome to another edition of Drinking and Gaming, where I play video games while drunk on local Minnesota craft beers, and proceed to review them . . . also whilst drunk. For this installment, I decided to punish the shit out of my liver for over 56 hours (and counting) of drinking and gaming with Fallout 4, with what is easily one of the best games of 2015. I chose another local favorite beer of mine to help make my...

The Netflix Battle of Daredevil and Jessica Jones

Like many others, I binge-watched Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix when it premiered on November 20. To be honest, I knew relatively little about Jessica Jones the character, but I fell in love with show so much I have watched the whole season twice now. However, what about Daredevil? Daredevil was the first series to attempt to make a dark drama for a Marvel character and to truly succeed at it. So the question becomes: which is better, Daredevil or Jessica...

The Last-Minute Guide to 2015 Twin Cities Holiday Craft Markets

It’s easy to forget because there’s hardly been any snow on the ground, but the holiday shopping season is quickly drawing to a close. Still have some names on your list that you haven’t found that perfect gift for? Looking for something unique, edible, and/or locally made? No worries! We’ve got you covered! Here is your guide to local holiday craft markets for last-minute shopping. Tattersall Holiday Market: Explore the North Gifts for the person in your live who loves...

Throwback Thursday: It’s Winter for Beautiful Girls and Guys

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. With temperatures continuing to dip down for December we’re in the middle of examining winter films, and today focusing on Ted Demme’s 1996 snow covered Beautiful Girls. Taking place in a small town in Massachusetts, though the film was actually shot in the Twin Cities and Stillwater, Willie (played by Timothy Hutton) comes home...
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