This Week in Geek (9/19/2016–9/25/2016)

This Week in Geek header for the week of September 19, 2016

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 19th through Sunday, September 25th.

Movie Monday: Harry Potter-Palooza

What: Meetup
When: Monday, September 19th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

Minneapolis’s Lakes & Legends is throwing a Harry Potter party, with movie screenings, music, and Quidditch beer pong! The fun runs 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Monday. (And if you’re a big Potter fan, don’t miss the Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named on Saturday . . .)

Figure Drawing Salon

What: Meetup, Arts
When: Monday, September 19th 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: The Triplets of Belleville (CANCELLED)

What: Screening, Movies
When: Monday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Gold Medal Park

The Film Society of Minneapolis–St. Paul is hosting a free screening of the award-winning animated French film The Triplets of Belleville at Gold Medal Park. Note that due to venue restrictions, chairs and alcohol are not permitted. This event has been cancelled due to grass conditions at the park.

Milkweed Books Grand Opening

What: Open House, Books
When: Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Open Book

Milkweed Books, the new bookstore created by local publisher Milkweed Editions, is holding a grand opening party Tuesday night. (Read: Minneapolis’s Milkweed Books Wants to Be Weird in the Best Way Possible) The evening will feature refreshments, tours, and a short presentation including author Deni Ellis Béchard.

Kaleidoscope Building Demonstration with LEGO Parts

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: LEGO Store, Mall of America

The Twin Cities chapter of the Young Builders and Designers Program is hosting this demonstration showing how to build a kaleidoscope using LEGO components. The event is open to all ages, and the finished kaleidoscopes will be displayed in the window at the LEGO Store.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique, presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History, is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.” The topic this month is “With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward the Future” with Sharon Moen, communications coordinator for Minnesota Sea Grant.

Photography Club Meetup

What: Meetup, Arts
When: Tuesday, September 20th 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. Although the suggested topic listed on for this month’s meeting is camera maintenance, GPS notes on the Facebook event page that “Due to unexpected events,” there will be a last-minute change. Instead, “With mostly off the shelf components we’re going to build a ‘maker’ sport camera.” See the Facebook page for more information.

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Open-Mic

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Tuesday, September 20th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

The Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers will be hosting its monthly speculative open-mic session, the Twin Cities’ “first open-mic dedicated to speculative interpretations of myth,” at Kieran’s Irish Pub this Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (doors and sign-up at 8:00). The featured performer for this month’s session is Ariel Leaf; others are invited to perform for five- to seven-minute sets and tell attendees about worlds “whose laws of physics differ from our own” and places “of which we’ve never dreamt.”

Speculations Reading Series: Catherine Lundoff

What: Reading
When: Wednesday, September 21th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: DreamHaven Books and Comics

This Wednesday, DreamHaven Books’ Speculations reading series will feature local author Catherine Lundoff, who will read from her fiction work. (Read: Author Catherine Lundoff and “Peak Queer Lycanthrope”) This event is free, and refreshments will be served.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, September 21th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is “a community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

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!”

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, September 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey Minneapolis

Double-Blind Improv, presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, is “a short-form improv show where you never know what might happen because neither do we!” This show normally takes place on the third Thursday of every month, but this month is an exception.

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Superstition

What: Arts, Educational
When: Friday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Where: Alexander Ramsey House

This themed tour of the historic Alexander Ramsey house “explores the mysterious and unique world of Victorian superstitions. Hear excerpts from Ramsey family letters and journals and play Victorian fortune telling games.” Two tours will take place, at one at 7:00 and one at 8:30.

Nature, a Walking Play

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, September 23rd–Sunday, September 25th
Where: Three Rivers Park District

This play, which takes audience members to four different locations within the Three Rivers Park, aims to “travel back in time and explore Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau’s mutual love of the natural world.” Beverages are available before the play, and picnic lunches can be reserved ahead of time.

Gaslight Weekend

What: Screenings
When: Friday, September 23rd–Sunday, September 25th
Where: Trylon Microcinema

The Trylon Microcinema is hosting multiple screenings of Gaslight this weekend. Directed by George Cukor, this film is the origin of the term “gaslighting” and stars Charles Boyer as a husband who tries to convince his wife (Ingrid Bergman) that she’s insane. The film was also the screen debut of Angela Lansbury.

Geek  Slink and Drink

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, September 23th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Geek Slink “combines belly dance, stand-up comedy, pop culture trivia and more for a crazy evening of geektastic fun!” This all-ages show “features Minneapolis’s premier geek-fusion Belly Dance group Geek Slink, Dsix, Gwendolyn and Mariel, and the comedic stylings of Margret Blaylock, plus special guest performers.”

Girls in Aviation Day

What: Meetup, Educational
When: Saturday, September 24th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: St. Paul Downtown Airport

Stars of the North Women in Aviation invite Minnesota’s young women to “connect with other girls and women who are excited about aviation! Explore the opportunities for working in the aviation and aerospace industry! Experience the high-flying fun aviation offers!” Former US Army Black Hawk pilot Elizabeth McCormick will be speaking. Although the event is targeted at girls, both girls and boys of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Fall Raptor Release Event

What: Nature
When: Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

The Raptor Center provides the opportunity to “see rehabilitated raptors released back into the wild. Meet some of The Raptor Center’s winged ambassadors.” This event will feature “educational booths and activities for the whole family.”

Building with Biology

What: Science & Technology, Education
When: Saturday, September 24th at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Minnesota Flex Academy

This is “a day of fun, hands-on activities facilitated by scientists in the fields of synthetic biology, biology, and genetics” at Minnesota Flex Academy in Richfield. The organizers write, “Participants will design a super organism and have the opportunity to extract DNA. Students will be able to apply engineering principals to biology in the fields of health, energy, and the environment.”

12th Annual Twin Cities Zine Fest

What: Festival, Conventions, Readings
When: Saturday, September 24th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Walker Community Methodist Church

This “annual celebration of zines and self publishing in the Twin Cities and beyond” is free and open to the public. Check out workshops, readings, exhibitors, and more from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Diaspora: Saturday Night Space Opera

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Saturday, September 24th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

The Source explains, “This is a group of rotating players who play for the casual fun of epic Space Adventures, headed by long time GMs who love new players and old hands equally. Zero experience required: you need not bring anything but your imagination.” Fate dice and character templates are provided.

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named

What: Pub Crawl, Books, Movies
When: Saturday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis

The second annual edition of Brooms & Brews’ Harry Potter pub crawl happens this Saturday at the Pint Public House, Brothers Bar, Kieran’s Irish Pub, the Pour House, the Exchange, Cowboy Jack’s, the 508 Bar and Restaurant, the Loon, and Rouge at the Lounge in Minneapolis. Score special themed drinks and snacks, enter to win cool prizes, and party with your fellow Potterheads. You must be wearing a costume or official pub crawl shirt to be eligible for specials.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Screening, Movies, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, September 24th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:59 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, “the longest running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ “shadow cast” for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

Nordic Happenings Festival

What: Festivals, Arts
When: Sunday, September 25th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute invites you to “celebrate the amazing groups that are active in promoting and preserving Swedish art, heritage and culture” at this festival held at the ASI’s Turnblad Mansion. Enjoy music, dancing and learn more about organizations like Friends Encouraging Scandinavian Traditions, the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota, and many more.

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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