This Week in Geek (01/04/16–01/10/16)

This Week in Geek (01/04/16-01/10/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 4th through Sunday, January 10th.

Books & Bars: The Circle by Dave Eggers

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, January 5th 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 The Circle by Dave Eggers.

Geeks Read

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, January 5th 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 provides a potluck of treats to accompany (and fuel) discussion, so “feel free to bring something tasty!”

Acronym Battle

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, January 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground

From Modern Antics (the creators of Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam) and Spare Squares Trivia (the creators of TC Trek Trivia and Must See TriVia) comes a new event: Acronym Battle, which is “just what it sounds like: eight contestants face off to make up definitions to acronyms and try to woo five audience judges to vote for them.” There will be three acronyms per round, three rounds, and one winner.

Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics!

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Comics
When: Thursday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Diamond Coffee Shoppe

Cartoonists Conspiracy Twin Cities meets at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe in Minneapolis on the first Thursday of every month to “draw collaborative jam comics, socialize, and drink caffeinated beverages.” Anyone interested in drawing and/or jamming with them is invited!

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, January 7th 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!”

Hard Wired

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 9th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Hard Wired is one-act play “written, directed, and performed by local comedians and actors” and presented by Fearless Comedy Productions. This “comedic love-story-exploration of how cell phones and technology can help or hamper dating, romance and relationships” is sure to make you “LOL or even ROFL, so grab your BFF and be sure to see this GR8 local production.”

SAD Is Snow Joke: Queer Community Movie Night

What: Screening
When: Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Microcinema

Shift MN is an organization that “envisions LGBTQ communities where everyone has equitable access to resources that cultivate sustainable wellness practices,” and it has partnered with the Trylon Microcinema to host the SAD Is Snow Joke event series, which includes a free screening of Howl’s Moving Castle this Thursday night. The Trylon only seats 50, so those interested are advised to arrive early: “Get your popcorn, fill up a cup at our hot chocolate bar . . . and settle in with your friends!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub

The Girls Only Comics Club hosts a Weekly Comics Chat on Thursday nights at the Kitty Cat Klub, where there will be “Coffee! Comics! Waffles! Talking!” Additional information about this event is posted on the Girls Only Comics Club’s Facebook group; individuals interested in attending are encouraged to join.


What: Gaming
When: Friday, January 8th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a 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.

Edutainment Video Discussion

What: Screening, Edutainment Video Discussion
When: Friday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s Edutainment Video Discussion is an event series that gathers people together to watch “curated collections of videos on various topics,” with discussion breaks during the evening to talk about what’s being shown.

Game Designer Session

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Friday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group meets up monthly for board gaming, card gaming, role-playing, and video gaming events and weekend extravaganzas. One such event is their Game Designer Session series, which meets on the second Friday and the last Tuesday of each month and invites those who have an idea for a game or who “enjoy tinkering with rules, graphic design, or game theory” to bring ideas and works in progress to be discussed and even play-tested by “game designers of all types and experience levels, from those employed in the industry to enthusiastic hobbyists.”

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Meet-Up, Books, Movies
When: Friday, January 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: See Description

The Geek Partnership Society’s Read the Book/See the Movie club meets on the second Friday of every month to “expand our reading and film horizons by comparing and contrasting films to their source material.” The location for this event rotates between the Waterbury Center and club member’s homes, so email Mary and George at [email protected] to learn the location of this month’s meet-up and for more information about the book and movie featured.

Open Studio

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Saturday, January 9th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Center for Book Arts

In addition to the Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics! event on Thursday (listed above), the Cartoonists Conspiracy will also be hosting an open studio event this week at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Fellow conspirators are encouraged to “bring something to work on . . . share and get ideas/feedback,” and network and engage in “general geek talk.” Coffee, tea, beer, wine, and food will be available at this event.

Movie Night

What: Screening, Movies
When: Saturday, January 9th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society invites you to view “three family-friendly films that speak to our fascination with flying beasts”: the first about a young Viking named Hiccup, the second about a troubled boy named Bastien, and the third about a young lost girl named Chihiro. If you aren’t familiar with which three films the previous sentence describes, join the Geek Partnership Society’s Meetup group, RSVP to this event, and receive more explicit information about the specifics in the RSVP confirmation email.

Twin Cities Epic Lip Sync Challenge Episode III: Revenge of the Lips

What: Music, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, January 9th at 11:55 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Like the Jedi, the Epic Lip Sync Challenge has returned! This third episode will feature performances from Amanda Costner, Eric Knight, Becci Schmidt, Cara White, Deborah Dopp, Kimmy Hull, Kirsten Wade, Kristen Pichette, Lauren Haven, Nathan Kelly Rouse, and Susanne Becker as well as an exhibition performance by Joe McGo, winner of this past October’s Epic Lip Sync Challenge. Judges for this event will include Erin Kennedy and Twin Cities Geek contributor Rob Callahan, tickets cost $10, and proceeds will go to Fearless Comedy Productions (presenters of the Hard Wired one-act play listed above, as well as many other local theater and comedy events).

Outpost Anime II

What: Meet-Up, Anime
When: Sunday, January 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

If you are counting the days until Anime Detour, then Anime Twin Cities (the nonprofit organization behind that event) invites you to “escape the long, cold months between now and the convention by joining us at our winter festival,” the second annual Outpost Anime! Planned activities at this event include an “anime viewing room, tabletop board gaming, arts and crafts, costume contest, ‘Iron Cosplay’ contest, group games, [and] door prizes,” all of which will be available to attendees at no cost. You are encouraged to “brave the frozen tundra” and join other anime fans at this event.

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, January 10th 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 Sassy von Straddler, the “pint-sized hourglass with plenty of sand!” At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Elektra and Sassy; 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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