This Week in Geek (10/10/2016–10/16/2016)

This Week in Geek header for October 10, 2016Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 10th through Sunday, October 16th.

Indigenous Peoples Day 2016

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

There are a number of events happening Monday for Indigenous Peoples Day, starting with a sunrise ceremony and ending with a celebration with the Sioux Chef at the Minnesota Historical Society. Check out the Facebook event page for the full lineup and details.

Terrifying Tuesday: Solitude

What: Movies, Screening
When: Tuesday, October 11th 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 Solitude, by Minnesota filmmakers Taylor Scott Olson and Livingston Oden.

Geek Date Night: Edward Scissorhands

What: Trivia, Movies, Screening
When: Tuesday, October 11th 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 Edward Scissorhands, 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: Batman: The Movie (1966)

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, October 11th 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.”

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia, Movies, TV
When: Wednesday, October 12th 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!”

Heavy Metal Book Release Party

What: Books, Readings
When: Wednesday, October 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Turf Club

Ahead of the metal show that will be starting at 9:00 p.m. (Saint Vitus with the Skull and Witch Mountain), the Turf Club is hosting three authors for “an hour of amped up readings.” Nathan Carson (author of Starr Creek and the drummer for Witch Mountain); M. P. Johnson (author and editor of Weirdpunk Books who was featured here on Twin Cities Geek); and Katrina Monroe (A Tale Du Mort and Sacrificial Lamb Cake) will appear from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Memory Necklace Class

What: Crafts, Educational
When: Thursday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: ArtStart/ArtScraps

St. Paul art-supply store ArtStart invites you to “Learn simple jewelry techniques with artist Jeanette Dickinson and turn your mementos into a wearable keepsake.” Just bring in your “small treasures or pictures” (no larger than an inch square) and this class will provide the rest.

Quatrefoil 30th Anniversary Party

What: LGBTQA+, Books, Readings
When: Thursday, October 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Open Book

Quatrefoil Library, whose goal is to “provide a welcoming place to foster GLBT community, culture, and camaraderie through literature and media,” is turning 30 years old. To celebrate, the organization is hosting a free anniversary party at the Open Book literary center, featuring a social hour, a talk by queer writer Jonathan Odell, and “recognition of volunteers and four individuals who’ve been key in the library’s growth and prosperity over the years.”

Politicizing Beyoncé Lecture and Party

What: Educational, Arts
When: Thursday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Whole Music Club

The University of Minnesota Feminist Student Activist Collective is hosting a lecture by Rutgers University’s Kevin Allred that will tie in to the Rutgers course Politicizing Beyoncé, in which students explore “U.S. society and its class, race, gender, and sexual politics through the music and career of Beyoncé Knowles Carter.” The lecture is at 6:30, and a Beyoncé dance party will follow at 8:30.

Harry Potter Film Festival

What: Movies, Screening
When: Thursday, October 13th–Thursday, October 20th
Where: IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo

To get ready for the November release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, all eight Harry Potter movies are heading back to theaters in IMAX—the first time for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets—and here in Minnesota you can see them at the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo. There will be multiple screening times for each film; see the theater website for all ticketing information.

Crafty Geek Meetup

What: Meetup, Arts, Crafts
When: Thursday, October 13th 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!”

Doomed!: The Fantastic Four Movie That Never Was

What: Movies, Screening
When: Thursday, October 13th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

This Thursday night, the Parkway Theater is screening Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four, a documentary exploring what happened to a Fantastic Four film that was completed in 1994 but never released.

Frostbeard Studio Warming Party

What: Open House
When: Friday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Frostbeard Studio

Local candle company Frostbeard, known for its book-scented candles, is hosting an open house for its new studio space at 35th and Chicago in Minneapolis. Stop by for “candlemaking demos, lots of door prizes, [and] food and drink” and to meet Tonks, the “studio pup.”

Mischief at Dusk: One Night Ultimate Werewolf

What: Gaming
When: Friday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

Mischief Toy Store is hosting an outdoor play session for One Night Ultimate Werewolf, a board game in which “each player takes on the role of a Villager, a Werewolf, or a special character. It’s your job to figure out who the Werewolves are and to kill at least one of them in order to win . . . unless you’ve become a Werewolf yourself!” This event is open to both experienced players and complete newcomers, with a suggested age of eight and up.

Villain’s Halloween Ball

What: Party, Cosplay
When: Friday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Chanhassen Recreation Center

“Fairytale villains have arrived to take over the Royal Halloween Ball in this festive, family-friendly event. Help the princesses restore order while enjoying dancing, princess and villain photo ops, and themed activities.” Hosted by Occasions with Character, the party is aimed at kids aged 3 to 13.

CSI: Fort Snelling

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th
Where: Historic Fort Snelling

On Friday and Saturday nights this week and next, the Sutler Store at Fort Snelling “will be transformed into a historic tavern with hot cider and snacks” for an evening of crime and mystery set in 1827. “There will be twists, turns and, of course, a crime scene to investigate.” See the event page for more details.

Game Designer Session

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Friday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group meets up monthly for board gaming, card gaming, role-playing, and video gaming events and weekend extravaganzas. One such event is the Game Designer Session series, which meets on the second Friday and the last Tuesday of each month and invites those who have an idea for a game or who “enjoy tinkering with rules, graphic design, or game theory” to bring ideas and works in progress to be discussed and even play-tested by “game designers of all types and experience levels, from those employed in the industry to enthusiastic hobbyists.”

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Meetup, Books, Screening, Movies
When: Friday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: See description

The Geek Partnership Society’s Read the Book/See the Movie club meets on the second Friday of every month to “expand our reading and film horizons by comparing and contrasting films to their source material.” The location for this event rotates between the Waterbury Center and club members’ homes, so email the organizers at [email protected] to learn the location of this month’s meetup and for more information about the featured book and movie.

Ramsey After Dark: Victorian Gothic Novels

What: Arts, Educational
When: Friday, October 14th 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 origins of the gothic novel, from the motivations behind the stories to why certain language and imagery was used.” Two tours will take place, at one at 7:00 and one at 8:30, and the Geek Partnership Society steampunk group DIODES will be meeting up to attend the first one in costume.

Tsuinshi Anime Showing

What: Screening, Anime, TV, Movies
When: Friday, October 14th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

A second event this week from Anime Twin Cities is the Tsuinshi Anime Club, for which the group has joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Fridays of each month with this cosponsored anime club” and at which they will show various anime movies and series.

She Kills Monsters

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, October 14th–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.)

Masquerade at Bernard’s: The Shakespearean Weekend at Bernie’s

What: Arts & Comedy
When: Friday, October 14th–Friday, October 28th
Where: Phoenix Theater

Fearless Comedy Productions’ Brian Watson-Jones and Duck Washington have adapted the 1989 black comedy film Weekend at Bernie’s into a Shakespeare-style stage play. You can catch it Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays—and one Monday, October 17, which is a pay-what-you-can performance—at Uptown’s Phoenix Theater

NerdCon: Stories

What: Convention
When: Friday, October 14th–Saturday, October 15th
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

The second annual NerdCon: Stories is a “conference of connection, content, instruction, and hilarity.” Honoring the institution of storytelling, this gathering at the Minneapolis Convention Center will play host to a diverse group of podcasters, novelists, cartoonists, musicians, poets, and other guests—including a number of high-profile names in the nerd world and beyond—to “discuss and celebrate the institution of the story” in all its forms.

Crypticon 2016

What: Convention
When: Friday, October 14th–Sunday, October 15th
Where: Crowne Plaza Suites MSP AirportMall of America

Crypticon, “the Nightmare Before Halloween,” takes place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Featured guests include Verne Troyer, Kim Myers, Adrian Paul, and many more!

Best of Saturday with a Scientist

What: Educational
When: Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 am.
Where: Bell Museum of Natural History

The Bell Museum is “welcoming back some of your favorite University of Minnesota educators and experts from the last three years of programs,” from ornithology to chemistry and more. Visitors can “enjoy hands-on science activities, learn more about the new Bell Museum + Planetarium, and make your own mini diorama to take home!”

Twin Cities Book Festival

What: Books
When: Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Rain Taxi presents its annual free celebration of everything books. Check out readings and signings by a huge lineup of prominent children’s, YA, and adult writers and check out book publishers, magazines, and booksellers, and more.


What: Anime, Conventions
When: Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Arlington Hills Community Center

ToshoCon—a play on toshokon, the Japanese word for “library”—is a free one-day convention hosted by the St. Paul Public Library. Create your own costume and enter it in the cosplay contest, take your photo in the Pokémon photo booth, enter the teen art contest, and enjoy anime, manga, gaming, and more.

Library Con

What: Books, Comics, Conventions
When: Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Hudson Area Library (Hudson, WI)

The Hudson Area Library is also hosting a comic-themed day of activities on Saturday. “Think of it as ComicCon library-style!” There will be authors, artists, vendors, games, and crafts. Cosplay is encouraged.

Open Gaming

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group offers its Open Gaming session on the first Saturday of every month, to which gamers of all ages and abilities are invited in order to “spend the day hanging out with fellow geeks playing, learning, and teaching games.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite board games, card games, and/or role-playing games, but the groups has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, October 15th 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.”

Minneapolis Zombie Pub Crawl 2016

What: Pub Crawl, Cosplay
When: Saturday, October 15th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis

The annual Zombie Pub Crawl, which has at least once set the Guinness world record for World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies, takes place on Saturday night. Put on your best undead costume and join the hordes for drink specials at dozens of bars, a costume contest, and live music. (Musical guests this year include Andrew WK, Smash Mouth, and more.)

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Sunday, October 16th 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 on Sundays during the NFL 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.

The Saber Legion Minnesota Meet

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, October 16th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: USA Karate

The Saber Legion is “a constantly growing group of people focused on safe, fun lightsaber combat.” The group will be holding a meet at USA Karate in Maple Grove, and you can come and watch or see about training with the group. See the Facebook event page or TSL website for full details.

Opus and Olives

What: Books
When: Sunday, October 16th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre

Opus and Olives is the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library’s annual fundraising gala. Mingle with fellow book lovers and enjoy signings and readings from special guests Nadia Hashimi (A House Without Windows), Terry McMillan (Waiting to Exhale), Candice Millard (Hero of the Empire), and Mary Roach (Packing for Mars). This year’s event will be emceed by author and Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! panelist Faith Salie.

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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