This Week in Geek (05/16/16–05/22/16)

This Week in Geek (05/16/16-05/22/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 16th through Sunday, May 22nd.

Monthly GM and Player Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Tuesday, May 17th 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 on 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 for more information.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, May 17th 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 “Toxicology in the 21st Century” with Dr. Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, associate professor at St. Thomas University.

Photography Club Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Tuesday, May 17th 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 topic for this month’s meeting is “How to Photograph Merchandise,” so “if you’re looking for tips on how to take better pictures to advertise and sell merchandise, you may learn something tangentially useful.”

YogaQuest Continues: Ant-Man

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, May 17th 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 Marvel’s Ant-Man.

Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, May 18th 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.”

Co-Op Talk

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, May 19th 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 “Let’s Discuss Let’s Plays” with facilitators Sara Feinberg and Zach Nelson.

Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics!

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Comics
When: Thursday, May 19th 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, May 19th 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, May 19th 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, May 21st at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Source Comics & Games

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. Please note that this month’s meeting is being held at the Source Comics and Games.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, May 21st 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.”

Doctor Who Meetup: The Tomb of the Cybermen

What: Screening, TV
When: Saturday, May 21st at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

The Twin Cities Doctor Who Meetup Group will be screening The Tomb of the Cybermen this Saturday at the Parkway Theater. A representative from local Doctor Who convention CONsole Room will also be on hand to talk about the con, which takes place June 3–5, 2016. Please note that this event was originally to have been held last Saturday but was rescheduled for this Saturday due to a conflict.

(And don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway on our Facebook page: an awesome Whovian prize bundle!)

Drunk Queer History

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Another event being held at the Bryant-Lake Bowl this week is Drunk Queer History, in which “a group of improv artists perform scenes from queer history based on stories told to them by an inebriated ‘historian.’” The creators of this event “don’t know what you’ll learn at this show, but we know it will be good”—and you should know that the performance will also serve as a fundraiser for Gadfly Theatre Productions, whose queer feminist theater you can learn more about by checking out our recent interview with Gadfly cofounder Cassandra Snow.

Joe Hill Reads From His New Book The Fireman

What: Reading
When: Saturday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Uptown Church

Magers & Quinn Booksellers and the Uptown Church invite you to a special evening with award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns, NOS4A2). At this event, Hill will be reading from his new book, The Fireman: “a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.”

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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