This Week in Geek (07/18/16–07/24/16)

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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 18th through Sunday, July 24th.

Figure Drawing Salon

What: Meetup, Arts
When: Monday, July 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a Figure Drawing Salon at the Waterbury Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session that “will include short, medium, and long poses, which allow artists to engage with the subject in varying ways” and that “will use a combination of nude and costumed models to support and foster fantasy and science fiction art.” The goal of hosting this event is “to cultivate a community of artists to share ideas, support each other, and create.”

Movies in the Park: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

What: Screening, Movies
When: Monday, July 18th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gold Medal Park

The MSP Film Society is hosting two free outdoor screenings this week, and the first of this Coen brothers classic at dusk in Minneapolis’s Gold Medal Park. Note that no chairs will be allowed to make sure everyone can see the screen, and city ordinance does not allow alcohol at the event. Click here for more information about Movies in the Park showings.

Tabletop Tuesdays

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Tuesday, July 19th 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.”

Monthly GM and Player Meetup

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Tuesday, July 19th 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.

Books & Bars: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

What: Meetup, Books
When: Tuesday, July 19th 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 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

Photography Club Meetup

What: Meetup, Arts
When: Tuesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the 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 suggested topic for this month’s meeting is “Camera Maintenance” with presenter Rusty Curry.

YogaQuest Continues: Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, July 19th 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: “Vincent and the Doctor.”

White Belts Fight Night

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Wednesday, July 20th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Another event hosted by Glitch this week is White Belt Fight Night—an evening of gaming that will feature Street Fighter V on PC and PlayStation 4, Killer Instinct on Xbox One, and “a variety of titles on XBox 360.” Glitch adds: “Want to play a particular fighting game? Bring it along to share or make game requests over on the Facebook event. Controllers are available, but feel free to bring any personal controllers and fight sticks.”

Pundamonium: The Twin Cities Pun Slam!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, July 20th 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.”

Movies in the Park: The Last Waltz

What: Screening, Movies
When: Wednesday, July 20th at 8:30 p.m. (pre-film concert at 6:30)
Where: Silverwood Park

The MSP Film Society’s second free outdoor movie this week is Martin Scorcese’s rock documentary The Last Waltz, screening at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.  Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade will play a concert before the film, starting at 6:30. Click here for more information about Movies in the Park showings.

Geek Chic Movies & Knits

What: Meetup, Crafts, Screening, Movies
When: Thursday, July 21st at 5:00 p.m.
Where: StevenBe

The “nerdy fiber artists” of Geek Chic invite you to join them at StevenBe “for snacks, knitting (and crocheting!), and a screening of one of our favorite shows or movies” The cost of attending this event is $5.00, or free for StevenBe members.

Co-Op Talk

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Thursday, July 21st 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 “Open World Games: Does Size Really Matter?” with facilitator Felix Foster.

Let’s Meet Up and Draw Jam Comics!

What: Meetup, Arts, Comics
When: Thursday, July 21st 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: Meetup, Arts, Crafts
When: Thursday, July 21st 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: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, July 21st 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.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, July 23rd 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.”

FrankieCon III

What: Conventions, Cosplay
When: Saturday, July 23rd at 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Where: Frankie’s Chicago Style Restaurant and Bar

Come to Frankie’s Chicago Style in New Hope on Saturday for this “Comics, Collectibles, and Cosplay Convention!!!” Admission is free, and there will be comic artists, toy vendors, prizes, a cosplay contest, and more.

Unabashedly Bookish Bash!

What: Meetup, Books, Music
When: Saturday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Center for Book Arts

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts invites you to “Go retro at MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash, a benefit with a backyard barbeque twist!” This fundraising event will feature live music from Dan Newton and the Café Accordion Trio, art on display and for sale, food from Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, craft beer and cocktails, and an ice-cream bar.

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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