Monthly Archive:: October 2016

Halloween Anime Roundup: Scaryish, Scarier, Scariest

Halloween is almost here, and beyond causing me to contemplate which of my past cosplays I might repurpose as a Halloween costume, this season has me thinking about the scary anime I’ve seen . . . and have yet to see! In truth, there aren’t as many horror-themed anime series out there as one might expect—or at least, not many that have gained a lot of traction with fans aside from the most devoted aficionados. There are certainly a lot of...

Vampires That Don’t Suck: Why The Strain Is Doing It Right

Who remembers when vampires were cool? Be careful how you answer! There are those out there who will go, “Remember? They still are cool!” Yes and no. I grew up on good—or at least better—vampire shows and movies than what has been coming out for the last several years. I grew up with Blade, Angel, Underworld (Awakening sucked), and, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Today we have Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, and True Blood. Don’t get me wrong; True...

This Week in Geek (10/31/2016–11/6/2016)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 31st through Sunday, November 6th. Twin Cities Horror Festival V What: Arts, Theater & Comedy, Films When: Thursday, October 27th–Sunday, November 6th Where: Southern Theater The fifth annual Twin Cities Horror Festival is “11 terrifying days of theater, dance, music, and film at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.” See the festival website for the full lineup...

Soundtrack Sunday: Before the Flood

Recently, I bragged on my personal Facebook account that I had a good day. That I only cried once, and since it was about the fact that supergroups never work out, it didn’t really count. Many supergroups, too pure and precious to ever grace this cruel, broken world (looking at you, Tapeworm), dissolve into nothing but broken dreams. So when I hear the siren call of “Alt-rock icons, assemble!” I instinctively brace for failure and disappointment. The climate-change film Before...

Día de los Muertos: It’s a Memorial, Not a Halloween Festival

Día de los Muertos is a much-loved holiday in Latinx*, primarily Mexican, culture. On this sacred day, we honor our loved ones who have passed on. Although the holiday is called the Day of the Dead, it’s actually two days: one to honor the spirits of dearly departed children and youth and the second to honor the spirits of our adult loved ones who have passed on. Unfortunately, though this holiday is highly revered and completely unrelated to the white...

Geeky Parents to Be: DYI Mario Chain Chomp Halloween Costume

All Hallows’ Eve can be a time of year for couples to go out, have a good time, and dress up as a pair: salt and pepper shakers, the Joker and Harley Quinn, and Ken and Barbie are just a few possibilities. As easy as those ideas sound (who am I kidding they are not that easy), coming up with a geeky, comfortable costume idea to share with my pregnant wife this year was not proving so easy. I needed a...

Win a FREE Ticket to Gamer’s Rhapsody 2016!

Gamer’s Rhapsody is a weekend-long video game convention and concert series held in Bloomington, Minnesota. The event is all about celebrating the artistic and engineering beauty of video games and their creation, and includes: Live performances of video game music! Panels and workshops on video game art, music, and development! An entire room dedicated to local indie developers! Exhibitors and artists showing off their creations! The mission of Gamer’s Rhapsody is to create a unique experience where games, music,...

Throwback Thursday: The Day Natural Born Killers Took Over

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. We’re living in a world in which violence “sells.” It shows in advertising, pop culture, and even the news media. Violence is a multi-billion dollar industry: ratings spike when the news covers a horrific accident or violence act. Like him or hate him, Michael Moore captured the truth of...

Grouplove Returns to First Avenue with the Big Mess Tour

It had been four years in the making, but Grouplove lived up to the hype, making a splash when they returned to First Avenue last Saturday. With a new tour to support the release of their most recent album, Big Mess, the Los Angeles–based band took the stage with their patented exuberant energy, passion, and—naturally—love. Featuring a colorful backdrop, endless jumping around, a dynamic stage presence, and even a groupie Care Bear running across the stage in a blue...

WTF Is SNOWTA?! A Mystery Website Teases Minnesotans

Is something special in the works for Minnesota this winter? At 1:00 p.m. on October 28, we just might find out. One week before its scheduled launch date, a website entitled WTF IS SNOWTA?! popped up in many Facebook newsfeeds, and it’s garnered a lot of local attention. Posts from local rapper Prof, yearly event Zombie Pub Crawl, and Minneapolis clothing store Piff have been shared over 40 times and liked over 500. Despite the hype, not much information has been...
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