This Week in Geek (04/04/16–04/10/16)

This Week in Geek (04/04/16-04/10/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 4th through Sunday, April 10th.

Basic Aikido

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, April 5th 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 fifth 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 April 12 at the Shuharikan Dojo, “will include the option of falls on the dojo’s mats.”

Geeks Read

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s book club, Geeks Read, explores books that are important to the history of the science-fiction, fantasy, and horror genres or to “our own personal histories.” The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month and provides a potluck of treats to accompany (and fuel) discussion, so “feel free to bring something tasty!”

YogaQuest Continues

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, April 5th 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.” This week’s theme is Over the Garden Wall, part two.

Acronym Battle!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground

From Modern Antics (the creators of Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam!) and Spare Squares Trivia (the creators of TC Trek Trivia and Must See TriVia) comes their latest event: Acronym Battle, which is “just what it sounds like: eight contestants face off to make up definitions to acronyms and try to woo five audience judges to vote for them.” There will be three acronyms per round, three rounds, and one winner.

Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics!

What: Meet-Up, Art, Comics
When: Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Diamonds Coffee Shop

Cartoonists Conspiracy Twin Cities meets at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe in Minneapolis on the first 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, April 7th 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: Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, April 7th 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 Out on the Wire by by Jessica Abel 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, April 7th 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, April 8th 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.

Game Designer Session

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Friday, April 8th 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, April 8th 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, April 8th 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, April 9th 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.”

April Doctor Who Meetup

What: Screening, TV
When: Saturday, April 9th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

The Twin Cities Doctor Who Meetup Group will be screening two episodes from Doctor Who‘s ninth series this Saturday at the Parkway Theater: Heaven Sent and Hell Bent.

Dr. Sketchy’s TWIN CITIES

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, April 10th at 1:00 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 Lulu Simone, a “stunning movement artist [who] performs regularly at The Lab Theater with CABARAVE, as a part of The Ladyslippers, and also works as an actress in the Twin Cities.” At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Lulu and 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.

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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