This Week in Geek (02/15/16–02/21/16)

This Week in Geek (02/15/16-02/21/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 15th through Sunday, February 21st.

Craft Spirits and Crafting

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Tuesday, February 16th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Du Nord Craft Spirits

“What happens when a local, small batch distillery with an upscale cocktail room teams up with the larger-than-life fiber arts shop, StevenBe? A whole lot of crafty fun and lots of delicious cocktails.” Du Nord Craft Spirits will be “serving up seasonal cocktails” and the GlitterGang from StevenBe will be “sharing the latest yarny craze and premiering the latest episode of their new reality series,” so “bring your friends, bring some yarn, bring that thing you started years ago and stuck in a drawer, or just bring an open mind and meet some new friends.”

GPS Open Meeting

What: Meet-Up
When: Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s Open Meeting is “a quarterly meeting open to all members, partner members, geek groups, [and] geeks,” and is “an opportunity we take in person to let our community know what GPS has been up to and upcoming events and volunteer needs.” The Geek Partnership Society is a volunteer-run community organization that can’t do it without you, so come learn about what GPS is doing, give your two cents, and ask questions.

Photography Club Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s Photography Club meets at the Waterbury Center at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss topics related to photography and/or participate in photo shoots. The proposed topic for this month’s meeting is camera maintenance with presenter Rusty Curry.

The Not-So Silent Planet: A Speculative Open-Mic

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

The Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers will be hosting its monthly speculative open-mic session, the Twin Cities’ “first open-mic dedicated to speculative interpretations of myth,” at Kieran’s Irish Pub this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The featured performer for January’s session is Ben San Del; others are invited to perform for five- to seven-minute sets and tell attendees about worlds “whose laws of physics differ from our own” and places “of which we’ve never dreamt.”


What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, February 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: LynLake Brewery

Brewprov is a monthly comedy show at LynLake Brewery that’s hosted by Sally Foster and Leah Isaacson of local improv act Transvaginal Mesh. Performers at this month’s show will include fellow improv-ers Actual Cat, Horseface, and Polar Bear Centric, as well as stand-up comedians Drew Janda and Jacob Olson.

Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, February 17th 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. Modern Antics owner and 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 Movies and Knits

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, February 18th 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: Education, Gaming
When: Thursday, February 18th 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 “To Be or Not To Be: Game Adaptations of Real Atrocities” with facilitators Lane Davis (a Minneapolis game developer) and Nic VanMeerten (co-founder and director of interactive technologies for Glitch).

Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics!

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Comics
When: Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Cahoots Coffee Bar

Cartoonists Conspiracy Twin Cities meets at Cahoots Coffee Bar in St. Paul on the third 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 Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, February 18th 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!”

One-Shot Comics: Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Eastlake Craft Brewery

The One-Shot Comics book club (formerly known as the Beer + Comics book club) will be discussing Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton at its meeting this month. The book club is “taking the show on the road” and “trying out different breweries as well as different nights of the week to allow for people’s varying schedules.” The night of the week this month is Thursday, and the brewery is Eastlake Craft Brewery.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, February 18th 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.


What: Play Test, Gaming
When: Friday, February 19th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a weekly series hosted by tech nonprofit Glitch (which is also hosting the above-mentioned Co-Op Talk this week) 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.

Geek Slink and Drink!: Animation Domination!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, February 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Sidhe Brewing Company

Geek Slink, Gwendolyn and Marielle, Margret Blaylock, and Remedy Rook will be brining you the “night of crazy fun geek-centric dance” known as Animation Domination! this Friday night at Sidhe Brewing Company. “There will be hooping. There will be singing. There will be comedy. And it will feature some of your favorite animated songs from Adventure Time, My Little Pony, Disney, and more!”

Open Gaming

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, February 20th 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.

Open Studio

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Saturday, February 20th 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 concepts or works in progress to work on and get ideas or feedback and to network and engage in “general geek talk.” Coffee, tea, beer, wine, and food will be available at this event.

Open Console Fighting Games

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, February 20th 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.

Season X Bout 5: Wibbley Wobbley Derby Werby

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Saturday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum

“You don’t have to travel through time and space to find an exciting night of roller derby action,” so “grab your sonic screwdriver” and join the North Star Roller Girls at the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum for “the penultimate bout of Season X,” featuring Delta Delta Di versus the Kilmore Girls and The Banger Sisters versus the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls. While attending, you are also welcome to take your photo at the photo booth and to “keep an eye out for our mascot Gnarly the Narwhal and roaming Doctor Who characters!”


What: Night Life, Parties & Dances
When: Saturday, February 20th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Grumpy’s Bar & Grill Roseville

Grumpy’s Bar & Grill Roseville invites you to Kara-O-Con, “a 21+ night of cosplay and karaoke!” Costumes are obviously encouraged at this event but are “not necessary”; a “monitored (secure) changing area” will be provided, and prop weapons will be allowed “but must be checked and approved.”

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Sunday, February 21st at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

Football season has finally ended once again, but the United Geeks of Gaming invite you to continue enjoying game day on Sundays with 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.

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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