This Week in Geek (01/11/16–01/17/16)

This Week in Geek (01/11/16-01/17/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 11th through Sunday, January 17th.

January Kotatsu

What: Meet-Up, Anime
When: Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pizza Luce in Hopkins

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 Pizza Luce in Hopkins this month; attendees are encouraged to “look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo” upon arrival.

Books & Bars: The Circle by Dave Eggers

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Indeed Brewing

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.

East St. Paul Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Davanni’s

The Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup Group is hosting a meet-up for speculative fiction writers at the Davanni’s in East St. Paul. The topic of this meet-up is “Using Prompts and Other Tools to Motivate and Inspire,” and attendees are encouraged to submit up to three submissions for critique.

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia, Movies & TV
When: Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by “Master Trekkie” (featured in our article “Meet Minnesota Cosplayers”), TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all twelve films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks and a whole lot of Trek!” and is frequently followed by live music, provided this month by the Salt Vine.

Geek Chic Movies & Knits

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, January 14th 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.”

Brew/Pub Social: A Pitch Fest

What: Pitch Fest, Books
When: Thursday, January 14th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Schmidt Artist Lofts

If you are “a local author or freelancer looking for a chance to pitch your ideas or services to Twin Cities book and magazine publishers,” then the MN Publishing Tweet Up and the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable hope to see you at Brew/Pub Social: A Pitch Fest this Thursday evening. Attendees of this event will have five minutes to pitch their ideas or services to publishing representatives from 15 different publishing companies, “including representatives from editorial, production, and design departments, as well as delegates from local literary magazines.” The pitches will occur from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; there will be additional networking opportunities from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Board Games at Bad Weather Brewing Company

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Thursday, January 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bad Weather Brewing Company

The Downtown Minneapolis Board and Card Games Meetup Group is hosting Board Games at Bad Weather Brewing Company this Thursday night starting at 6:30 p.m. The organizers of this event encourage attendees to bring their own board games along, but even if you don’t own any, “we will get you playing regardless.” They also note that when playing board games that are not your own, “please be considerate . . . Board gaming is an expensive hobby and maintaining their quality is important to those that share their games with others.”

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, January 14th 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!”

Hard Wired

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 16th 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.”

PowerPoint Karaoke January Show

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, January 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

Fearless Comedy Productions will be presenting both PowerPoint Karaoke and Judging a Book By Its Cover at the Fantasy Flight Games Center on Friday night. PowerPoint Karaoke asks performers “to give a presentation off the top of their head. The only problem: They have never seen the presentation and the slides make no sense.” Confirmed participants for this performance include Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Lauren Haven, and Tim Wick.

Judging a Book By Its Cover “challenges two teams to look at the cover of a book and based on the artwork alone, tell the audience what the book is about.” However, because the theme for both of these presentations will be games (appropriately enough), instead of judging a book, the panelists “will be asked to make up the rules to a game based solely on the box art!” Confirmed participants for this part of the performance include Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Bill Stiteler, and Kirsten Wade.

Open Gaming

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, January 16th 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 role-playing games, but the United Geeks of Gaming have amassed an impressive library of their own games as well.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Sunday, January 17th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

If football isn’t your game of choice on Sundays (especially after this past weekend’s Vikings loss), the 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 role-playing games who wants to join a game and learn as you go, this is the Sunday game day for you.

Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis: Fungus!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Sunday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis is “a delightful evening full of stories, poetry, dancing, and song” about a different topic each month. January’s topic is fungus, so hopefully there will be a (cough) morel to the stories, poems, dances, and songs that the performers will be sharing. They will also be trying to win “by telling more truths than lies”; thankfully official fact checker Levi Weinhagen will also be in attendance “to keep [them] honest throughout the evening.” The performers. who include a few Twin Cities Geek faces, are Pat Harrigan, Matthew Kessen, Motz, Joshua English Scrimshaw, Bill Stiteler, Tim Uren, Duck Washington, Tim Wick, and Jena Young

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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