This Week in Geek (03/14/16–03/20/16)

This Week in Geek 03/14/16-03/20/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 14th through Sunday, March 20th.

Monthly GM and Player Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: See description

The Twin Cities Roleplaying Association (an organization “dedicated to encouraging the playing of roleplaying games in the Twin Cities metro area”) invites you to “learn about new games, chat about RPGs and the industry, announce games, find players and GMs, and make new friends” at its Monthly GM and Player Meetup this Tuesday night. The location of this event is shown only to members of the Twin Cities Roleplaying Association’s Meetup Group, so join and RSVP to this event for more information.

Basic Aikido

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, March 15th 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 third 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.”

Café Scientifique

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique, presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History, is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.” The topic this month is “The Physics of Confections: Cotton Candy, Soft Cookies, and Brittle Crackers” with Dr. Ted Labuza.

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

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Tuesday, March 15th 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 March’s session is Joshua English Scrimshaw, cofounder of Comedy Suitcase (see The Averagers, below); 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.”

Photography Club Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Tuesday, March 15th 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.

YogaQuest Continues: March Madness—Xena: Ides of March!

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, March 15th 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 and the Ides of March, YogaQuest will take on Xena: Warrior Princess.

Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, March 16th 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.”

Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics!

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Comics
When: Thursday, March 17th 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!

The Averagers

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, March 17th–Saturday, March 19th
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Written and directed by Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen (the “brilliant comedic minds of Comedy Suitcase”), The Averagers transforms “your favorite big screen comic book characters into distinctly Minnesotan superheroes,” including “middle-aged gym teacher turned not-so-super-soldier Captain Average (played by Eric Webster), trust-fund kid turned inventor Iron Range Man (played  by Levi Weinhagen), brilliant scientist turned bottled rage monster Passive-Aggressive Bulk (played by Matthew Kessen), overworked mother turned super spy Black Wood Tick (played by Laura Zabel), and God of Lumber turned idiot man-child Paul Bunyan (played by Joshua English Scrimshaw).”

Crafty Geek Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, March 17th 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, March 17th 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.

Open Gaming

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group offers the 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.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Saturday, March 19th 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.”

Superheroes and Other Marvelous Things Brunch

What:
When: Saturday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Geek Girl Brunch Twin Cities invites you to the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul to “usher in Spring by dressing up as your favorite superhero or even thinking which super power you’d like to wield.” In addition to costumes, this event will also consist of “adult coloring, delightful conversation, and brunch, of course.”

Did Your Story Background Turn Obsolete Last Night?

What: Arts, Books
When: Saturday, March 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown Heating and Cooling

The Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers will be asking the question “Did your story background turn obsolete last night?” and attempting to address it by discussing “ways of getting the latest science news and general news; figuring out what countries are likely to change names, change government systems, or break up . . . and what predictions are likely to be inaccurate.”

Iron Designer: Game Design Challenge

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Saturday, March 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group will be hosting the Iron Designer: Game Design Challenge this Saturday afternoon, for which entrants in teams of three will have to design and prototype a game in the time limit of three hours. Specific game elements and the goals that each entry must include will be revealed to teams at the start of the event; some tools and materials will be provided.

Open Studio

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Saturday, March 19th 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, March 19th 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 consoles in question this week are the PS4 and the Xbox 360, and games available to play will include Street Fighter V, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Virtua Fighter 5 FS.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Sunday, March 20th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The United Geeks of Gaming group (they sure are busy this week) invite you to another type of game day during the NFL’s off-season: 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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