This Week in Geek (02/08/16–02/14/16)

This Week in Geek (02/08/16-02/14/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 8th through Sunday, February 14th.

February Kotatsu

What: Meet-Up, Anime
When: Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Perkins in Fridley

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

Books & Bars: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, February 9th 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 Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.

East St. Paul Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Davanni’s in East St. Paul

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 month’s meet-up is “How to Develop Your Characters,” and attendees are encouraged to submit up to three submissions for critique.

PUBLIC Books: Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Wednesday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: PUBLIC kitchen + bar

PUBLIC Books is “a monthly book club at PUBLIC kitchen + bar that focuses on titles by Minnesota authors.” The title being read for this month’s meeting is Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik, who will be in attendance.

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia, TV, Movies
When: Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Created by Spare Squares Trivia and 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 Joe Bartel.

Color+Craft Thursdays at Summit Beer Hall

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Thursday, February 11th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Summit Brewing Company

Summit Brewing Company invites you to “make your Thursday a little more colorful (and therapeutic) with adult coloring and a few pints!” Coloring sheets and several sets of colored pencils will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own coloring pages and implements as well.

Crafty Geek Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, February 11th 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!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kitty Cat Klub

The Girls-Only Comic 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.

Con of the North

What: Convention, Gaming
When: Friday, February 12th–Sunday, February 14th
Where: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Con of the North is “the Twin Cities’ longest running games convention, run by an all-volunteer organization dedicated to bringing you the best in gaming every year!” Events at this convention will include board games, card games, computer games, live-action role-playing games, miniatures, role-playing games, and seminars at which one or more individuals present information about gaming-related topics.

Game Designer Session

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Friday, February 12th 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 the 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, Screening, Movies
When: Friday, February 12th 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 the organizers of this event at [email protected] to learn the location of this month’s meet-up and for more information about the book and movie featured.

Tsuinshi Anime Showing

What: Screening, Anime
When: Friday, February 12th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

In addition to Anime Detour (the annual convention for fans of Japanese animation, manga, video games, and culture), Anime Twin Cities is also working to provide monthly events for fans of anime and manga in the Twin Cities. One such event is the Tsuinshi Anime Club, for which they have joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Friday of each month with this cosponsored anime club” and at which they will be showing various anime movies and series.

Erotica Poetry Tournament

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, February 12th–Sunday, February 14th
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

The 22nd year of the SlamMN! Erotica Poetry Slam and the third of its fully fledged Erotica Poetry Tournament is “the hottest way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!” The tournament will consist of “two nights of preliminary competition on Friday and Saturday, and our Sunday Finals Show will bring back the top poets from each of the prelims duking it out for the $500 grand prize!”

Tunes ’N ’Toons Brunch

What: Screening, TV, Music
When: Saturday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Turf Club

Another opportunity for enjoying Saturday morning cartoons is the Turf Club‘s Tunes ’N ’Toons Brunch. The venue will be “showing your favorite throwback cartoons while local record stores and vinyl aficionados provide the soundtrack,” with KFAI (Minnesota’s “volunteer-based community radio station that exists to broadcast information, arts and entertainment programming for an audience of diverse racial, social and economic backgrounds”) providing the tunes on this second Saturday of the month. This event is kid friendly.

Romance Fiction Fest

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Saturday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Pizza Luce on Selby Avenue in St. Paul

Geek Girl Brunch Twin Cities invites you to join them at the Pizza Luce on Selby Avenue in St. Paul this Galentine’s Day for their Romance Fiction Fest. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite examples of romantic fiction to discuss—or if you’e feeling daring, “bring your own writing to share!”

Dating for Nerds’ Seventh Annual Love Fest

What: Night Life
When: Saturday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: moto-i

The Nerds at Heart Twin Cities Singles Group is hosting a “cheesy-because-we-can V-Day singles celebration” at moto-i this Saturday afternoon. As an attendee, you will have the opportunity to “show your affection during a Hey Girl icebreaker,” “discover your crush in a You’re Weird, I Like You quiz on the geeky must-have qualities of your dream guy or girl,” “open your heart over board games and themed activities,” and play “Our Princess is in Another Castle trivia about pop culture ones before The One.”

It’s Dangerous to Go Alone

What: Night Life, Gaming
When: Saturday, February 13th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Level Up Games MN

This is Geek, a nonprofit whose purpose is “to host affordable educational and social events in the pop culture and gaming industries,” is doing just that this Saturday evening at the It’s Dangerous to Go Alone co-op gaming event at Level Up Games. No partner? No problem! The speed-run speed date will pair you with another person whom you will be either “partnered [with] or pitted against . . . in a selection of video games.” Each speed date will last around 10 minutes, with the whole speed-dating portion of the evening lasting two hours. All preferences are welcome; This is Geek “will do [their] best to accommodate.”

Movie Night

What: Screening, Movies
When: Saturday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society invites you to “a fantastical double feature to warm your hearts and tickle your funny bones” featuring “The fairytale that won’t behave” starring Charlie Cox, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, and Michelle Pfeiffer and ”Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill ho-hum fairy tale” starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright. If you aren’t certain what two films the previous sentence was describing, join the Geek Partnership Society’s Meetup group and RSVP to this event, and you will be sent more explicit information about it in the RSVP confirmation email.

Sextravaganza: The Sex Pun Show!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, February 13th at 9:00 pm.
Where: Club Underground

Art Allen, owner of Modern Antics and creator of the Wall Street Journal–featured Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam!, will be hosting the third annual Sextravaganza: The Sex Pun Show! at Club Underground this Saturday night. At this event, which will also feature “a performance of erotic novelty bluegrass songs” from Courtney McClean and the Dirty Curls, “eight of the dirtiest Twin Cities comedians and Pundamonium regulars will be given suggestive prompts and have two minutes to make the dirtiest puns, innuendos, and double entendres they can think of while we watch.”

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, February 14th 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 Elektra herself! At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Elektra; 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.

Medieval Court Dance Practice

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Sunday, February 14th at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Barony of Nordskogen (the Minneapolis chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism) has partnered with the Geek Partnership Society “to make their biweekly medieval court dance practices a Geek Physique event.” This practice will be held this Sunday at the Waterbury Center at 3:30 p.m. and will be taught by Mistress Rosanore of Redthorn.

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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