This Week in Geek (06/06/16–06/12/16)

This Week in Geek (06/06/16-06/12/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 6th through Sunday, June 12th.

Tabletop Tuesdays

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Tuesday, June 7th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Glitch (a nonprofit that “promotes the exploration of digital games as a culture, career, and creative practice) invites you to join them “for a casual night of board games” at GlitchHQ on the first and third Tuesday of every month, where you will be able to “play games from our tabletop library or bring your favorite to share with your friends and the community.” Players of all skill levels are encouraged to attend, and if you aren’t sure how to play a particular game, Glitch’s “knowledgable organizers can teach you the basics.”

Books & Bars: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, June 7th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall

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 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Geeks Read

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, June 7th 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: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, June 7th 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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia, Movies, TV
When: Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

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 12 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 provided by Creation Station.

Crafty Geek Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Crafts
When: Thursday, June 9th 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, June 9th 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.

Final Frontier Festival: Heroes and Villains

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 10th–Sunday, June 12th
Where: The Phoenix Theatre

Gadfly Theatre Productions is “an inclusive queer [and] feminist organization hoping to highlight issues and showcase stories important to those communities in a way that everyone can relate [to] with uniquely universal plays anyone will love.” The theme of their Final Frontier Festival this year is “Heroes and Villains,” which they will be using to “examine what [makes] a hero or a villain through the campy lens of geektastic mediums like comic books and video games and our signature queer, feminist lens.” (Read more about Gadfly and the festival in our interview with cofounder Cassandra Snow!)

B-Fest Teen Book Festival

What: Books, Author Appearances
When: Friday, June 10th–Sunday, June 12th
Where: All Barnes & Noble stores

B-Fest is a new “three-day event celebrating the best books for teens . . . the biggest weekend of author events in B&N history, plus trivia, exciting sweepstakes, giveaways (while supplies last), and more.” We’ve rounded up a list of everything going on at Minnesota Barnes & Noble stores right here.

Schrodinger’s Apocalypse

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 10th–Saturday, June 11th
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Schrodinger’s Apocalypse is “a comedy about the end of the world . . . or is it?” in which “Peter, George, and Dawn are trapped in a bunker waiting out the zombie apocalypse. The only problem is they don’t know if it’s over yet. What they do know is they are getting really tired of each other.” The play is written by Tim Wick, directed by Bill Stiteler, and stars Dawn Krosnowski, Tim Uren, and John Zeiler. Admission is $15, or $12 with a Fringe button or CONvergence badge.


What: Play Test, Gaming
When: Friday, June 10th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Play/Test is a weekly series hosted by tech nonprofit Glitch that offers “the opportunity to play works-in-progress, debug recent builds, test out new concepts, and connect with community.” At Play/Test, attendees will find “alphas, betas, and even paper prototypes of games made by students and local game developers.” Creators, players, and game lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

Game Designer Session

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Friday, June 10th 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, June 10th 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 members’ homes, so email the organizers 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, June 10th 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, June 11th 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 Shakespeare Code and Vincent and the Doctor

What: Screening, TV
When: Saturday, June 11th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

The Twin Cities Doctor Who Meetup Group will be screening The Shakespeare Code and Vincent and the Doctor this Saturday at the Parkway Theater.

GPS Movie Night

What: Screening, Movies
When: Saturday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society invites you to attend a screening of two classic science-fiction and fantasy films this Saturday night. In the first film, “Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard (Frank Morgan) who can help her return home.” In the second, “Rod Taylor stars as a turn-of-the-20th-century scientist who builds a contraption that zips him into the near and far future in a fantastic, cleverly crafted version of H. G. Wells’ immortal novel.” 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.

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, June 12th 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 Dix Steele, “professional figure model, bodybuilder, and fellow artist.” At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Dix 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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