This Week in Geek (10/03/2016–10/09/2016)

This Week in Geek header for October 3 through 9, 2016

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 9th.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

What: Educational
When: Monday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

No, this isn’t a screening of the ’90s Nickelodeon series (though how awesome would that be?). Instead, this Theater of Public Policy event is an on-stage conversation featuring author Paul Bogard that will focus on the effect of “being constantly surrounded by artificial light.” It will cover “the science of LED lighting on the human brain, on our urban environment, and on Batman, all while sitting under hot stage lights.”

Community Meet-Up: Stage Managers

What: Meetup
When: Monday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Pillsbury House Theatre

“Are you a Stage Manager? Do you want to know more about Stage Management? Do you just want to hang out with some of the brilliant people that really keep the shows running? Well, here’s a chance for just that!” Technical Tools of the Trade is hosting this free meetup, which will feature a formal discussion followed by informal mingling with food and drinks.

History Flirt: Gridiron Glory

What: Meetup, Educational
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center

History Flirt is a free happy hour hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society. In this month’s event, celebrate the new exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame with beer and snacks, “daring feats of strength and lawn game competitions for Vikings-related prizes,” and a live “Puppy Bowl.”

Feminist Comic Book Club: Black Panther #1

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

The Feminist Comic Book Club is hosting its meetup at Mischief Toy Store this Tuesday evening, moderated by Grace Butkowski. The comic book being discussed at this meeting is volume 1 of Marvel’s Black Panther.

Terrifying Tuesday: Little Shop of Horrors

What: Screening, Movies
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Big Thrill Factory

Every Tuesday in October, SuperMonster市City!, David Barnhill, and Stephen Yogi Rueff will be hosting a monster-movie screening event at the Big Thrill Factory in Minnetonka. In addition to the film of the week, local short films will be screened before the main event; there will be vendors, filmmakers, and other artists on site; and visitors can tour a toy exhibit curated by SuperMonster市City!. Beer and wine are also available. This week’s selection is the original 1960 Little Shop of Horrors.

October Kotatsu

What: Meetup, Anime
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: IHOP in Minneapolis

Kotatsu is a monthly open hangout night presented by Anime Twin Cities (the parent organization of the Anime Detour convention) to which you are invited to bring games, cards, knitting, writing, “or any other hobby that suits you.” You are also more than welcome to “just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation.” This public gathering is being held at IHOP in Minneapolis (2231 Killebrew Drive); attendees are encouraged to “look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo” upon arrival.

Literary MN: Reader’s Theater Event

What: Arts, Readings, Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Highland Park Community Center

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library are bringing together actors Paul de Cordova, Cathy Fuller, Steve Hendrickson, and Tracey Maloney to read from works by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Kate DiCamillo, “samples from a new Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota story by Larry Millett, and other pieces by Western writer B. M. Bower, novelist Judith Guest, science fiction pioneer Poul Anderson, and classic nature writer Sigurd Olson.”

Poets in Conversation with Milkweed Editions

What: Reading
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Merriam Park Library

In another event by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, four winners of the Lindquist and Vennum Poetry Prize—Michael Bazzett, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Chris Santiago, and Jennifer Willoughby—will be discussing “the formation of poets and the supporting ecosystem here in Minnesota” with Milkweed Editions publisher Daniel Slager.

Geek Date Night: The Nightmare Before Christmas

What: Movies, Screening
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clubhouse Jäger

Join Geek Date Night for another installment in its month-long Halloween-themed series. This week’s 21+ screening is The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a round of pre-movie trivia hosted by Twin Cities Geek contributor Rob Callahan. Trivia is at 7:00; the movie starts at 9:00.

YogaQuest Continues: Captain America: Civil War

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, October 4th 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.”

Story SlamMN!: “Perseverance”

What: Reading
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

Head on down to Kieran’s on Tuesday for a “live-wire storytelling competition” centered on the theme of perseverance. Five competitors are already preregistered, and five more spots are available if you’d like to try your hand at a five-minute slot. Drinks and sign-up start at 7:00, and the show starts at 8:00.

October Geeks Read Meetup

What: Meetup, Books
When: Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s book club, Geeks Read, explores books that are important to the history of the science-fiction, fantasy, and horror genres or to “our own personal histories.” The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month and provides a potluck of treats to accompany (and fuel) discussion, so “feel free to bring something tasty!” This month’s book is Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor.

Where the Wild Things Aren’t: The Future of Wilderness and Wildlife From the Serengeti to the Arctic

What: Science & Tech, Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bedlam Theatre

Wednesday marks the first installment in the Petri Dish series of events from the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, which will feature “live music, science-y fun and curiosity-driven conversations about how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future.” In this month’s event, a group consisting of “lion expert Craig Packer, adventure learning maven Aaron Doering and ecologist Jessica Hellmann” will discuss the balance of humans and wildlife in the face of population growth, climate change, and more.

Learn HTML & CSS Workshop

What: Science & Tech
When: Wednesday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Prime Digital Academy

Ever wanted to try your hand at web coding? Prime Digital Academy in Bloomington is offering a free course that will introduce you to the basics of HTML and CSS, including the “main concepts of the Web,” version control, and hosting. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop that can connect to WiFi and to sign up for a free account on GitHub, which instructor Kris Szafranski will be using in the class.

Sketch Party MPLS

What: Meetup, Arts
When: Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Able Seedhouse and Brewery

Sketch Party MPLS is “a drink & draw event for like minded Twin Cities comic artists.” According to the group’s Twitter feed, there will be a “spooky” meeting this Wednesday at Able Brewery in Northeast Minneapolis.

Poetry Happy Hour

What: Reading
When: Thursday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Happy Gnome

Prominent local poets Todd Boss, Heid Erdrich, Dobby Gibson, Ed Bok Lee, and Katrina Vandenberg will “enliven happy hour with poetry” at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul this Thursday evening. This free event is yet another organized by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library this week.

Social Science: Eye Candy

What: Science & Tech, Educational
When: Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Social Science is the themed “adult night” at the Science Museum of Minnesota, “welcoming those 21 and over to grab a drink, enjoy the museum, and experience innovative programming.” The theme this Thursday night is Eye Candy, which will feature “hands-on, eyes-on, brains-on activities [that] will tickle your visual cortex and have you seeing the world around you through a new lens.”

Celebrate Thelma Bee With Author Erin Petti

What: Books, Reading
When: Thursday, October 6th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Hamline Midway Branch Library

“Debut author and ghost-story lover” Erin Petti will lead a reading and activities based on her new book The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee, in which “science, magic, girl power, and mystery all intertwine!” In addition, special guests Jessica Freeburg and Natalie Fowler “will talk about Real Life Paranormal Investigations.”

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Meetup, Arts, Crafts
When: Thursday, October 6th 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!”

Gaylaxicon 2016

What: Convention
When: Friday, October 7th–Sunday, October 9th
Where: DoubleTree Park Place

Gaylaxion is “the annual international science fiction, fantasy, gaming, and comics convention for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and their friends!” The convention offers panels, a dealers’ room and art show, films, gaming, and more. This year’s guests include sci-fi author Eleanor Arnason, Pathfinder co-creator F. Wesley Schneider, and cartoonist Eric Shanower, among others.

Prop, Puppet, and Scenic Mechanization Workshop

What: Theater & Comedy, Educational
When: Friday, October 7th–Saturday, October 8th
Where: Children’s Theater Company

Another event hosted by Technical Tools of the Trade this week, this two-day workshop will teach you “the art and craft of making things move.” Space is limited and tickets are $80, but scholarships are available.

FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Friday, October 7th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fallout Shelter Arcade

United Geeks of Gaming, who usually meet at the Waterbury Building and Source Comics and Games, are hosting an “away mission” this week. On Friday night, you can join them for a beginner-friendly session of the tabletop mech game BattleTech at Fallout Shelter Arcade in Northeast (whose Virtual World gaming pods run the immersive video-game version of BattleTech).

PowerPoint Karaoke

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

In Fearless Comedy Productions’ PowerPoint Karaoke, “Come see four people give a PowerPoint presentation using slides they have never seen before and that make absolutely no sense!” Get $3 off your ticket with with a CONvergence badge, Geek card, Minnesota Fringe button, or Fantasy Flight Game Center receipt. (Want to grab some food before the show? Check out our group review of Fantasy Flight’s revamped menu, which debuted over the summer!)

She Kills Monsters

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, October 7th–Sunday, October 16th
Where: Fox Egg Gallery

Gadfly Theatre is kicking off its seventh season and a new location with She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, “a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games.” The play tells the story of a young girl who finds her deceased sister’s Dungeons & Dragons notes and “stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure.” (Learn more about Gadfly by reading our interview with theater cofounder Cassandra Snow.)

Star Party with the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

What: Meetup, Educational
When: Friday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum of Natural History

“Explore the sky with astronomers from the Bell and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics” on the first and third Fridays of every month. Each of these free, family-friendly stargazing parties consists of a presentation by an astronomy graduate student followed by telescope viewing in the Bell courtyard. This week’s event will focus on the Milky Way/Andromeda Merger.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: YQdio

The third event held at the YogaQuest YQdio this week 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.”

MSP Fall ComiCon

What: Convention, Comics
When: Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Education Building

The Midwest Comic Book Association’s one-day fall convention, formerly known as FallCon, comes to the State Fairgrounds this Saturday. Check out oodles of comic artists, publishers, vendors, and more—and be sure to stop by the the Twin Cities Geek table to say hi to Madeleine and Bri and get your geeky photo taken! (Want to know more about this convention? Check out our in-depth profile and our recap of MSP Spring ComiCon.)

Normandale Japanese Garden Festival

What: Arts, Festivals
When: Saturday, October 8th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Normandale Japanese Garden

Celebrate Japanese culture at the Normandale Japanese Garden with traditional dance, martial arts, taiko drumming (with CONvergence regulars Harisen Daiko), food, and more. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, and proceeds go to support the garden.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2016

What: Arts, Festival
When: Saturday, October 8th–Monday, October 10th
Where: Various locations

There are a whole bunch of performances, ceremonies, discussions, and more happening Saturday, Sunday, and Monday for Indigenous Peoples Day (October 10). Check out the Facebook event page for the full lineup and details.

Indeed Brewing’s Hullaballoo 2016

What: Festival, Music, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, October 8th–Sunday, October 9th
Where: Indeed Brewing Company

Beer geeks, take note: local brewery Indeed is filling the weekend with beer, food, and music for its free annual harvest party! The company will be celebrating the release of Rum King 2016 and the return of Yamma Jamma, a lineup of musicians will be playing live both Saturday and Sunday, and there will be food available from the Blue Door Pub, Aki’s Breadhaus, and Frio Frio. This event is kid friendly until 8:00 p.m. both days, but for safety reasons, “please leave your furry friends at home.”

Teleportality Release and Sci-Fi Reading

What: Books, Reading
When: Saturday, October 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Boneshaker Books

Authors T. Aaron Cisco, Twin Cities Geek‘s own Mark McPherson, and Tyler Tork will be reading from their recent science-fiction writings. In focus is Cisco’s first novel, Teleportality. Host Boneshaker Books writes, “If you dig stories with time travel, strong female characters, mad scientists, philosophical discourse, dystopian settings, action, heartbreak, sass and a touch of humor, then you’ll dig Teleportality!”

D&D Dice Masters: Strahd Rainbow Draft

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

This event is best described by the Fantasy Flight Games Center: “Prepare for a fun-filled weekend of Dice Masters! WizKids is happy to announce Dungeons & Dragons Dice Masters: Strahd Rainbow Draft Weekend 2016, an Organized Play event available to top stores. Players will have an opportunity to Rainbow Draft and have a shot at winning limited edition alternate art cards! Just for participating, everyone will receive a Strahd: Master of Ravenloft card and die for use in Dice Masters!”

Gods & Monsters Art Show

What: Arts
When: Saturday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Artspace Jackson Flats

You are invited to “a dark ball complete with over 70 artist displaying their dark art, ethereal melodies, and alchemical brews. Witches, warlocks, midnight fairies, vampires, and all other creatures of the night welcome.” There will be live music at from Night Corvettes and Trans Manic at this event, which is happening at Jackson Flats in Northeast Minneapolis.

Rick Riordan, The Hammer of Thor: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 2

What: Books, Reading
When: Saturday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

Red Balloon Bookshop and the Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries are hosting award-winning YA fantasy author Rick Riordan on the book tour for the second installment in his Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series (out October 4th). There will be a presentation and Q&A with Riordan, and all tickets come with a signed copy of The Hammer of Thor.

GPS Movie Night

What: Movies, Screening
When: Saturday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society invites you to attend a science-fiction double feature this Saturday night. If you can’t figure out what the films are based on the oh-so-mysterious descriptions on the event page, RSVP and find out the details in the confirmation email.

Nordskogen Fall Folkmoot

What: Meetup, Arts, Sport & Fitness
When: Sunday, October 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Marsh Lake Archery Range

Join the Barony of Nordskogen, the Twin Cities chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, for “a morning of fun and fellowship.” At this event, “The Baron and Baroness Nordskogen will be choosing new Archery, Arts & Sciences, and Cooking Champions.

Who is Calling Van Gogh?

What: Arts
When: Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Pinot’s Palette St. Louis Park

Paint-and-drink outfit Pinot’s Palette is holding a painting night with the theme of Doctor Who‘s beloved episode “Vincent and the Doctor.” In this event, “Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting.”

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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