This Week in Geek (03/07/16–03/13/16)

This Week in Geek (03/07/16-03/13/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 7th through Sunday, March 13th.

Basic Aikido

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday March 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

Geek Physique and the Shuharikan Dojo invite you to come and learn the basics of the Japanese martial art of aikido at this first of six classes “designed to improve balance, flexibility, and confidence” in which participants will be taught “holds and control techniques.” The course will be low impact, meaning that there will be “no falls, throws or pins for the first five classes”; the sixth held at the Shuharikan Dojo, “will include the option of falls on the dojo’s mats.”

Books & Bars: Blindness by Jose Saramago

What: Meet-Up, Books,
When: Tuesday, March 8th 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 Blindness by Jose Saramago.

East St. Paul Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup

What: Meet-Up
When: Tuesday, March 8th 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 month’s meet-up is flash fiction (“a 250-word backstory on a character of your creation”), and attendees are encouraged to submit up to three submissions for critique.

YogaQuest Continues: March Madness—Mad Max: Fury Road!

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

YogaQuest is “a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling . . . unlike any yoga class you may have experienced before!” Guided by a certified yoga instructor who also serves as narrator, the class “embarks on an epic and often ridiculous journey through a popular fandom.” In honor of March Madness, this month YogaQuest will take on “one of our fave films of 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road!”

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia, Movies, TV
When: Wednesday, March 9th 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, which this month will be a “special secret show.”

Crafty Geek Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, March 10th 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: Two Brothers by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

The One-Shot Comics book club (formerly known as the Beer + Comics book club) will be discussing Two Brothers by by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba at its meeting this month, which will be held at its new home: Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, March 10th 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.

Edutainment Video Discussion

What: Educational, Screening
When: Friday, March 11th 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. The topic for this month is laws, and the group will be discussing “legal systems through history, the creation of laws around the world and how law enforcement has changed over time.”

Game Designer Session

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Friday, March 11th 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, March 11th 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, March 11th 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.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: YQdio

Another event held at the YogaQuest YQdio is Saturday Morning Cartoons, which features “classic (and not-so-classic) Saturday morning cartoons, plus yoga, plus the stupidest cereals in existence!” The yoga practice will consist of “some gentle wake-me-up vinyasa followed by a session of stretchy, restorative yoga, all set to cartoons, and wrapped up with a bowl of delicious technicolor goodness.”

Make It Sew! Saturday Salon

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Saturday, March 12th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Crafty Geek club and sub-club Make It Sew are hosting another event this weekend as well: “a chance for the various sewing people and organizations in the Twin Cities to come together and get their sewing groove on.”

March Doctor Who Meetup

What: Screening, TV
When: Saturday, March 12th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

The Twin Cities Doctor Who Meetup Group will be screening two episodes from Doctor Who this Saturday at the Parkway Theater: “Sleep No More” and “Face the Raven.”

Movie Night

What: Screening, Movies
When: Saturday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society invites you celebrate Kurt Russell’s 65th birthday by attending a screening of two of his most famous science-fiction films. In the first, “a strange device is found by an expedition [that] will take you a million light years from home. But will it bring you back?” In the second film, “some people pick the damnedest places to start a fight: deep beneath San Francisco’s Chinatown, in a murky, creature-filled world.” If you aren’t certain what two films are being described, 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.

Amber Tamblyn Reads from Dark Sparkler

What: Reading, Books
When: Saturday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Award-winning actress and acclaimed poet Amber Tamblyn will be reading from her third and most recent collection of poetry at Magers & Quinn Booksellers this Saturday night. This collection, entitled Dark Sparkler, explores “the lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time,” including Marilyn Monroe, Frances Farmer, Dana Plato, Brittany Murphy, and many more. Also featuring original artwork from artists such as David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, Marcel Dzama, and others, Dark Sparkler is “a surprising  and provocative collection from a young artist of wide-ranging talent.”

ExSPELLiarmus! The Harry Potter Drinkin’ Spelling Bee

What: Educational(?)
When: Saturday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 331 Club

Trivia Mafia has brewed up an event “for wizards, squibs, and muggles alike”: ExSPELLiarmus, “a spelling bee that exclusively features words from the wizarding world.” Participation in this magical event costs $10 and will be limited to only 45 spellers, but it is free to watch, and attending in costume is encouraged (“expected, even”).

DIODES Pub Crawl

What: Pub Crawl
When: Sunday, March 13th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

The Dioscurian Imperial Order of Dreamers, Engineers, and Scientists (DIODES) is “the official steampunk group for the Twin Cities of Minnesota” striving “to delve deeper into the world of steampunk and to help one another with that endeavor through education and cooperation.” For its first event as an official club of the Geek Partnership Society, the the group invites you to a pub crawl that will start at the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery and go wherever attendees want it to. Steampunk costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, March 13th 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 Breanova, a pin-up model and expecting mother who will be “baring her baby bump” as a “very special treat for the budding season.” At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Breanova; 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, March 13th 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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