This Week in Geek (07/04/16–07/10/16)

This Week in Geek (07/04/16-07/10/16)

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

Tabletop Tuesdays

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Tuesday, July 5th 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.”

YogaQuest Continues: Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife”

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, July 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Update: This event has been cancelled due to weather.

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 Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife.”

Geek Chic Movies & Knits

What: Meet-Up, Crafts, Screening, Movies
When: Thursday, July 7th 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.”

Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics!

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Comics
When: Thursday, July 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, July 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the 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!”

Minneapolis Book Club: Catch Me If You Can

What: Meet-Up, Books
When: Thursday, July 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Able Seedhouse and Brewery

The Minneapolis Book Club, Conversations and Cocktails group will be hosting a meet-up on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The book in focus at this meeting is Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale and Stan Redding.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, July 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.

Friday Night Magic: Commander Event

What: Gaming
When: Friday, July 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

Mischief Toy Store on Grand Avenue in St. Paul invites you to “Bring your Commander deck and play in this casual format event!” Entry is $5; winners will receive bonus packs, and all players will receive a free pack. This weekly event is limited to 24 players and typically lasts until about 9:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.

Shadows of the Dark Crystal Launch Party

What: Books, Author Events
When: Friday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Red Balloon Bookshop

Just blocks from Mischief Toy Store (above), Red Balloon Bookshop is hosting a launch party for local author J. M. Lee and his freshly launched official novel Shadows of the Dark Crystal, the first in a series of books set before the events of the 1980s Jim Henson film. Learn more about the series, meet the author, get an autograph, and enjoy some refreshments. And before you go, you can check out T. A. Wardrope’s interview with the author and Joe Weinberg’s review of the novel here on Twin Cities Geek.

Game Designer Session

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Friday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the 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, July 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 members’ homes, so email the organizers [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, July 8th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the 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.

2016 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games

What: Festivals
When: Saturday, July 9th starting at 9:00 a.m.
Where: 980 Discovery Road, Eagan

Minnesota’s annual Scottish Fair features music, dancing, a marketplace, the heavy games (including the caber—giant log—toss), and plenty of kilts. Admission is $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for ages 15 and under (or free with a canned-good donation).

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, July 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.”

Doctor Who Meetup: Doctor Who the Movie

What: Screening, Movies
When: Saturday, July 9th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

The Twin Cities Doctor Who Meetup Group will be screening Doctor Who the Movie this Saturday at the Parkway Theater.

Dr. Sketchy’s Twin Cities

What: Meet-Up, Arts
When: Sunday, July 10th 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 Blanche DeBris, “an emcee and burlesque performer all the way from Las Vegas!” At the end of the event, attendees can submit their artwork to be judged by Blanche 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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