This Week in Geek (06/27/16–07/03/16)

This Week in Geek (06/27/16-07/03/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 27th through Sunday, July 3rd.

Girly Book Club: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Monday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

The Minneapolis chapter of the Girly Book Club is hosting a meet-up at tonight at Kieran’s Irish Pub. The book being read for and discussed at this meeting (to which new members are welcome) is The Life We Bury by local author Allen Eskens, who will also be in attendance and available “for questions and discussion of the book.”

Game Designer Session

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Tuesday, June 28th 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.”

YogaQuest Continues

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, June 28th 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.”

555 Reads

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Tuesday, June 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Five Watt Coffee

At 555 Reads, five writers have five minutes to read from their work at Five Watt Coffee! This month’s writers who will be reading are Shannon Gibney, Carolyn Holbrook, Julia Marley, Lara Mimosa Montes, and Max Ross.


What: Convention, Science Fiction, Fantasy
When: Thursday, June 30th–Sunday, July 3rd
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington – Minneapolis South

CONvergence is an annual four-day convention for “fans of science fiction and fantasy in all media”—the “premiere event of our kind in the upper Midwest.” Each year, CONvergence has a different theme; the theme of this year’s convention is “‘. . .And how do we GET there?’, a celebration of the great vehicles and transport of science fiction and fantasy.” Special guests include Amal El-Mohtar, Amy Shira Teitel, Cam Banks, Christopher Jones, Daren Dochterman, Greg Weisman, Joseph Scrimshaw, Khary Payton, Mark Oshiro, Ytasha Womack, and more.

Geek Chic Movies & Knits

What: Meet-Up, Crafts, Screening, Movies
When: Thursday, June 30th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: StevenBe

The “nerdy fiber artists” of Geek Chic invite you to join them at StevenBe “for snacks, geeky shows and movies, and knitting (and crocheting, and spinning, and so on)!” The cost of attending this event is $5.00, unless you contribute a food item for their “always delicious” pot luck, in which case the fee will be waived. Dietary restrictions are seen as “an exciting culinary challenge.”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, June 30th 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, July 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group offers their 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, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, July 2nd 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.”

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Sunday, July 3rd at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The United Geeks of Gaming group 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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