This Week in Geek (07/11/16–07/17/16)

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Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 11th through Sunday, July 17th.

The MN Publishing Tweet Up

What: Meetup, Books
When: Tuesday, July 12th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Boneshaker Books

The Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable and the MN Publishing Tweet Up have partnered to host monthly meetups for publishing professionals, colleagues, and book lovers. This month’s meetup will once again be held at Boneshaker Books.

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

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, July 12th 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 Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife” (rescheduled from last week, when it was cancelled due to weather).

Movies at WAM

What: Screening, Movies
When: Wednesday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota campus invites you to bring your own family-friendly home movies of five minutes or less to be projected at the museum. This will be followed at 8:00 by “a screening of featured local contemporary art films curated by Sam Hoolihan, local filmmaker and adjunct professor at the U of M and MCAD.”

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia, Movies, TV
When: Wednesday, July 13th 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 twelve 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 A Ghost Revival.

Geek Chic Movies & Knits

What: Meet-Up, Crafts, Screening, Movies
When: Thursday, July 14th 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.”

Dress Party and Sample Sale

What: Sale
When: Thursday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Atelier Samantha Rei

Local cosplay and fashion designer Samantha Rei is hosting a party and sale at her workshop in Minneapolis’s North Loop. Shop the selection of past-season samples, view the new “Best Friends” collection, and enjoy food and beer from Inbound Brewing.

Free Ice Cream Tasting at Bauhaus Brew Labs

What: Food
When: Thursday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs

Stop by Bauhaus Brew Labs to try 15+ flavors of ice cream by St. Paul–based Sweet Science Ice Cream. This event is free and happens every month!

Crafty Geek Meetup

What: Meet-Up, Arts, Crafts
When: Thursday, July 14th 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!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meet-Up, Comics
When: Thursday, July 14th 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.

Pokémon GO MOA

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Friday, July 15th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Mall of America

The already 1,300-strong MN PokeGOers Facebook group is calling Pokémon GO players to join them at the Mall of America for “a day of fighting for control of the gyms in MOA and catching Pokémon.”


What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Saturday, July 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group invites you to the Minnesota Miniatures Gaming Association event ReCon, the “quarterly gathering of miniatures gamers” for “games run by members ranging from historical ancients [to] horse and musket era, current and far future events, and fantasy.” This event is open to the public, and “no prior game skill or rules knowledge is required.”

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, July 16th 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.”

Board Game Day

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Saturday, July 16th at 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

The Saint Paul Board Game Group will be at Mischief Toy Store all day Saturday for free gaming. You can drop by for a little while or all day, bring your own game or use one on hand in the gaming room, and bring a friend or make new ones there.

Post-CON Pajama Party Brunch

What: Meetup
When: Sunday, July 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Grumpy’s Bar & Grill Roseville

Suffering from post-Con depression? Miss all of your amazing Con friends?” asks event organizer Joe Clerkin. Show up at Grumpy’s with proof of CONvergence attendance and get 15 percent off your meal with other con-goers in post-CVG withdrawal. “Lounge around in your pajamas or comfiest clothes and have relaxed time with your fellow geekly human peoples.” Be sure to RSVP to this event.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Meet-Up, Gaming
When: Sunday, July 17th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the 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.

PokéWalk: Pokémon GO Walking Challenge

What: Sport & Fitness, Gaming
When: Sunday, July 17th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Lakes Park

In another Pokémon GO event, this one hosted by This Is Geek, you can compete for prizes awarded to the most skilled trainers over a three-hour Pokémon-catching walk at Centennial Lakes. “Wear your teams color for group photos! We want to take one large group photo and then each team will get their chance to represent!” The meetup will start at 3:00 at the fountains near Chuck E Cheese, and the walk will start at 4:00.

Medieval Court Dance Practice

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Sunday, July 17th at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The Barony of Nordskogen (the Minneapolis chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism) has partnered with the Geek Partnership Society “to make their biweekly medieval court dance practices a Geek Physique event.” This practice will be held this Sunday at the Waterbury Center at 3:30 p.m. and will be taught by Mistress Rosanore of Redthorn.

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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