Monthly Archive:: April 2016

Gadfly Theatre’s Cassandra Snow Talks Geeky Queer Feminism and the Final Frontier Festival

Minnesotans like to boast that the Twin Cities boasts the most theater seats per capita after New York City. While the veracity of this claim may be called into question, there is no doubt that the Twin Cities are a friendly space for theater-minded folks. Where else could you find an inclusive queer and feminist theater that hosts an annual geeky one-act-play festival? Cassandra Snow is a cofounder and senior staff member of the organization in question: Gadfly Theatre. By...

Throwback Thursday: The Natives are Restless on the Island of Lost Souls

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. It’s all about the Panther Woman. There’ve been a few adaptations of H. G. Wells’s novel The Island of Dr. Moreau, but in my opinion the best one is the first full-length feature from 1932: Island of Lost Souls. And the majority of that opinion is based on Kathleen Burke’s...

Pokémon Meets Tamagotchi in the Wokamon Fitness App

One childhood toy I cherished was Tamagotchi. I loved the idea of taking care of a little creature even if it wasn’t an actual pet. Besides Tamagotchi, I was a huge fan of Pokémon and Digimon. Agumon was easily my favorite, and I still have Digimon action figures around my house. And now, I’m happy to say that I uncovered a fitness app that reminds me of Pokémon, Digimon, and Tamagotchi: Wokamon. It doesn’t have as much customization as I would like, but it’s an entertaining...

Road Not Taken Is a Strange, Nihilistic Indie Treasure

And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. —Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” Road Not Taken is a puzzle/logic game by indie developer Spry Fox that showed up quietly on my radar as a free game to PlayStationPlus members. The artwork was quirky enough that I downloaded it, and,...

This Week in Geek (04/25/16–05/01/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 25th through Sunday, May 1st. Game Designer Session What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, April 26th 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...

Steamship Coffee Sails Into Lyn-Lake

Steamship Coffee is your new favorite local steampunk coffee vendor. Located inside of Universe Games in Uptown, Steamship combines the loves of gaming and geekdom with quality caffeinated beverages. You don’t need to be a gamer to grab a cup of joe and you don’t even need to buy a beverage to enjoy the internet. (1G free to use!) The ultimate goal of Steamship Coffee is to build community and maximize use of this piece of prime Lyn-Lake real estate. When...

Reproductive Justice Is a Geek Thing, Too

Participating in local geek spaces (like gaming groups and book clubs) requires a time commitment and very often it requires money. As one lone person, this can be difficult. A person with children faces even more hurdles. Will the convention be child friendly? Can I find child care during or at the convention? Can I afford childcare so I can participate in local geek groups and events? Can I afford to feed myself, my child, and still participate in...

On Prince, the Right Words Will Never Be There

I’ve been trying to write a tribute piece to David Bowie for a couple of months now, wanting to express what he meant to the “different” and “unique” people of the world and why his death mattered. As more time has passed, it’s become harder and harder to finish. What can I say that hundreds of better, more eloquent people haven’t already said? The answer is probably nothing, but that doesn’t change the fact that I wanted to talk...

Who Really Comes Out on Top in the Battle of Batman Versus Superman?

Last month, the titanic battle of the century hit screens. The Thrilla in Vanilla! The Rumble in the Concrete Jungle! The Mayhem in Gotham! The Papadopoulos in Metropolis! (Okay, so that last one was reaching a little bit, but you try coming up with a word that rhymes with Superman’s stomping grounds. Besides, if you do a little research on George, you’ll see it actually kind of fits. But I digress.) Now, there had been a lot of speculation...

Film at MSPIFF: The Invitation Is Worth Accepting

What I’ll tell you when you ask me about this film at the bar: It’s a thriller that wants to be a horror film, or the other way around. A well-produced indie that merges a few tropes into an interesting standout. Yes, this is that “art horror” you’ve read so much about on the Internet. If that intrigues you, keep reading. The not-so-secret secret of classic slasher films is that we are supposed to want most of the hapless...
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