This Week in Geek (10/24/2016–10/30/2016)

This Week in Geek header for the week of October 24, 2016
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 24th through Sunday, October 30th.

And for a quick-reference guide to some of the great Halloween events going on this week, including a few things that aren’t on this list, don’t miss our roundup of Seven Spine-Tingling Events to Make Your MN Halloween Perfectly Frightening!

Music Returns to the Bakken!

What: Arts, Music
When: Monday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum

On Monday, the Bakken Museum will be open after-hours for this special event, during which the galleries will be fully open and musicians will be performing music by Prokofiev and Debussy live on site. Admission includes museum entrance and a wine ticket.

Fantastic Voyage Improv

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, October 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Minneapolis’s Phoenix Theater, home to Fearless Comedy Productions, is hosting Coon Rapids improv group Fantastic Voyage for a night of comedy. The actors will be playing “short form games for your amusement” in the vein of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, incorporating suggestions made by the audience.

Terrifying Tuesday: The Giant Spider

What: Movies, Screening
When: Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Big Thrill Factory

Every Tuesday in October, SuperMonster市City!, David Barnhill, and Stephen Yogi Rueff are hosting a monster-movie screening event at the Big Thrill Factory in Minnetonka. In addition to the films of the week, 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 Giant Spider, directed by Minnesota filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm.

YogaQuest Continues: John Green Mashup

What: Sport & Fitness
When: Tuesday, October 25th 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.”

Game Designer Session

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Tuesday, October 25th 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.”

Geek Date Night: Shaun of the Dead

What: Trivia, Movies, Screening
When: Tuesday, October 25th 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 Shaun of the Dead, with a round of premovie trivia hosted by Rob Callahan. Trivia is at 7:00; the movie starts at 9:00.

Poetry SlamMN! Featuring Cynthia French

What: Arts, Reading
When: Tuesday, October 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

“Witness a poetry smack down like no other as poets compete for trophies, cash prizes, and eternal glory.” Head to Kieran’s on Tuesday night to compete as a poet or view as a spectator in this three-round poetry slam. Doors and sign-up at 7:00; show at 8:00.

Haunted Basement X

What: Arts & Theater
When: Wednesday, October 26th–Sunday, October 30th
Where: The Soap Factory

Haunted Basement, the legendary Minnesota haunted house now in its 10th year, is winding down for 2016 with its last entrance days this week and Halloween night. For ticket prices, times, and the waiver that the Soap Factory famously makes its visitors sign, click here.

John Calvin Rezmerski Reading

What: Books, Reading
When: Wednesday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: DreamHaven Books and Comics

Local poet, essayist, and fiction writer John Calvin “Rez” Rezmerski will be reading at DreamHaven Books and Comics Wednesday night. Rezmerski has published with Red Dragonfly Press and Holy Cow! Press and is the presenter of “The Night Before Christmas for Grown-Ups.”

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesdays: Monsters

What: Trivia, TV
When: Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

The producers of TC Trek Trivia invite you and your companions to explore the strange new world of Wibbly Wobbly Wednesdays, the only pub trivia in the Twin Cities dedicated to Doctor Who! Following the tried-and-true format of TC Trek Trivia, Wibbly Wobbly Wednesdays consists of five rounds: Day of the Doctor (focusing on the Doctors); Jelly Babies (for which you will be asked to identify the image); Hello, Sweetie (focusing on the companions and other allies of the Doctors); Don’t Blink (for which you will be asked to complete the quote); and Exterminate (focusing on villains). Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks and a whole lot of Who.

Last Action Movie: The Heist

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

This Fearless Comedy Productions presentation “enforces stage combat, death and emotion mixed with action movie archetypes to create a an all improvised movie.” In this edition of the show, “See them as they plan and execute a Heist!”

Young Frankenstein

What: Movies, Screening
When: Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Microcinema

The Trylon Microcinema is hosting four screenings of Mel Brooks’s classic Young Frankenstein to honor the recent release of the director’s book Young Frankenstein: The Story of the Making of the Film, written with Rebecca Keegan and Judd Apatow. The screenings are being held in conjunction with the Trylon’s bookstore neighbor, Moon Palace Books.

ArtPlusOne: Beth Dooley with Milkweed Editions

What: Arts, Food
When: Thursday, October 27th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Veronique Wantz Gallery

The Veronique Wantz Gallery’s ArtPlusOne series is “an ongoing series of events which pair art works from the gallery with a ‘guest’ artistic format in a way that enhances, or is inspired by, the other.” In this installment, local chef and author Beth Dooley will be presenting tastings from her cookbook In Winter’s Kitchen, published by Milkweed Editions.


What: Movies & TV, Parties
When: Thursday, October 27th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Armory

The Gallifreyan Human Alliance at the University of Minnesota is hosting a Doctor Who Halloween party at the campus armory that is free to both members and nonmembers. Hang out with fellow Whovians, eat pizza and snacks, and try your hand in the costume and trivia contests.

Settlers of Catan Tournament

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, October 27th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

St. Paul’s Mischief Toy Store is hosting its second ever Settlers of Catan tournament. “Winner will receive a crazy awesome prize, bragging rights, and will get a picture of their victory featured on our Facebook page.” Entry is $5, and tournament rules are available here (PDF link).

History Happy Hour: Horror Film History

What: Movies & TV, Educational
When: Thursday, October 27th at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Where: Alexander Ramsey House

The Minnesota Historical Society invites you to “Have a drink with your friends at the Ramsey House while learning about the fascinating history of horror films.” Film expert Alex Weston will “share spine-chilling excerpts from rare films and discuss the history behind the ghoulish entertainment of the past.” This program is happening at 5:30 and at 8:30.

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 of horror-themed performances.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, October 27th 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 Comic Club’s Facebook group. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to join.

Crafty Geek: Pumpkins and Power Tools

What: Meetup, Arts, Crafts
When: Thursday, October 27th 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. This week, in honor of Halloween, the group is having a pumpkin-carving session. All skill levels welcome; bring your own pumpkin.

The Rocky Horror Show

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, October 27th–Saturday, October 29th
Where: Northfield Arts Center

Halloween weekend brings the biggest shows of the year for Minneapolis’s Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast (see below), but you can also see this cult classic live on the stage in Northfield on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The production is serving a fundraiser to benefit the Northfield Arts Guild, and the cast includes Twin Cities Geek‘s own Throwback Thursday film columnist, Garrick Dietze, as Eddie and Dr. Scott.

Mary and Her Monster Preview Party

What: Arts
When: Friday, October 28th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum

Also at the Bakken this week, the museum is celebrating its new exhibit on Mary Shelley and Frankenstein with this pre-opening preview and party. “View the artwork of illustrator, cartoonist and former Low bassist Zak Sally, hear the musical stylings of guitar duo Mediterranean Breeze, and enjoy food and drinks from France 44 and D’Amico & Sons.” This is a 21+ event.

Friday Night Magic: Kaladesh Draft Event

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Friday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

You are invited to experience some Magic in this second event at Mischief Toy Store this week. Entry is $15; all players will receive prizes. Mischief’s weekly MTG events are typically limited to 24 players and last until about 9:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.

Starry Nightmare

What: Arts
When: Friday, October 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pinot’s Palette St. Louis Park

Pinot’s Palette is holding a “paint and sip” night that will combine the art of Vincent Van Gogh with a Halloween theme. 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.”

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society Live

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 28th, 29th, and 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

“Thrill to two classic horror stories from the golden age of radio, performed at the Bryant-Lake Bowl in the style of an old-time radio broadcast, including the original announcements and commercials!” This is a live performance featuring the voices behind the Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society podcast—Joshua English Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, and Eric Webster—plus special guest Shanan Custer.

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

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday and Saturday, October 28th and October 29th at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 p.m.
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. This is the last weekend to can catch it at Uptown’s Phoenix Theater.

Black Death: The Musical

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday and Saturday, October 28th and October 29th at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Sabres JCC Theatre

Black Death is a “darkly comic musical romp through the disease-ravaged French countryside” that may or may not include the dead coming back to life. The production features “14th–16th century vocal music combined with the songwriting style of Tom Waits and Nick Cave.”

Heyday Book Release Show

What: Books, Music
When: Friday, October 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Seventh Street Entry

To celebrate the publication of Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis, photographer Daniel Corrigan and author Danny Sigelman will be hosting concert featuring the Mighty Mofos, Dosh, Porcupine, DJ Lori Barbero, and DJ Paper Sleeves.

Adult Camp-In at the Science Museum of Minnesota

What: Educational
When: Friday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m.–Saturday, October 29th at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum invites you to “sleep under the dinosaurs or next to the mummy at our first-ever adult slumber party.” Tickets include museum admission (including the Mindbender Mansion exhibition), food and drinks, a late-night Omnitheater show, workshops, science demonstrations, and more. The website notes that tickets are selling out fast, so get yours soon!

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Complete Film with Live Orchestra

What: Movies, Screening, Music
When: Friday October 28th at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 29th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall

The Minnesota Orchestra is screening Steven Spielberg’s classic movie E.T. and performing the complete John Williams score live. Steven Reineke, music director of the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall is conducting. This performance is part of the Film Concerts Live! series.

Tsuinshi Anime Showing

What: Screening, Anime, TV, Movies
When: Friday, October 28th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

Anime Twin Cities 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.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Screening, Movies, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th 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 (whose cast members we interviewed here on the site last week) is the Twin Cities’ “shadow cast” for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition. As in past years, there is a bonus Friday performance in honor of Halloween weekend—these performances are the most popular of the year and sure to sell out, so buy your tickets in advance.

MN PokéCon

What: Conventions
When: Saturday, October 29th–Sunday, October 30th
Where: DoubleTree Park Place

This Minnesota convention is back for its third year, which happens to be Pokémon‘s 20th birthday. Join your fellow fans for gaming, live music, a cosplay contest, and special guests: voice actor Eric Stuart, Pokémon YouTuber Tamashii Hiroka, Pokémon Showdown creator Guangcong Luo, and author Zack Storch.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sport & Fitness, Screening, TV
When: Saturday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: YQdio

Another weekly 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.”

Hocus Pocus Drag Brunch and Costume Contest

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Where: Union Restaurant Rooftop

Head to Union Saturday morning “for a WICKED brunch celebrating Hocus Pocus and other Halloween favorites.” Enjoy food, mimosas, and a costume contest with drag performers Bad Karma, Nocturna Lee Mission, and Sasha Cassadine. Although all ages are welcome, “the brunch is loud and there may be swearing or suggestive outfits.” Note that last Saturday’s installments of this event both sold out.

8mm Halloween Monster Movie Madness and Book Signing

What: Books, Movies
When: Saturday, October 29th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hot Comics and Collectibles Jordan

The Jordan location of Hot Comics and Collectibles is hosting a signing with horror and sci-fi authors Jay Rieter, Timothy Price, and Steve Vold from 1:00 to 4:00. Then, following the signings, stick around for a monster-movie screening in 8mm from 4:00 to 6:00.

Como Friends ZooBoo

What: Kids, Crafts
When: Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

ZooBoo is a “non-scary, family-friendly Halloween event that benefits Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.” Aimed at kids 3 to 8, it offers two weekends of live entertainment, crafts, and “animal visitors”—this Saturday and Sunday are the second.

Halloween: The Dead Zoo

What: Meetup, Educational
When: Saturday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum of Natural History

The Bell Museum is celebrating Halloween with a “slightly creepy evening in the darkened diorama halls,” where you can see the sights, participate in hands-on activities, and ” enjoy a few treats to go with our tricks.” Costumes are welcome, and the event is free for members and for University of Minnesota students and staff.

The Harrowing

What: Gaming, Parties
When: Saturday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Join the good people of Glitch for a 21+ gaming-themed Halloween party: “We’re turning off the lights, cranking the tunes, and getting our Halloween on nerdy-style.” There will be a variety of gaming options available, plus League of Legends Worlds viewing, music, drinks, door prizes, and more.

Up-Down Halloween Bash

What: Gaming, Parties
When: Saturday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis

Up-Down “barcade” is also holding a Halloween party on Saturday. There will be drink specials all night and a costume contest (with prizes), for which judging will take place from 7:00 to 1:00. (Check out our review of Up-Down here.)

Beast with Two Backs

What: Books, Parties
When: Saturday, October 29th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Norseman Distillery

If books are more your flavor, Revolver is holding a double Halloween book-release party at Norseman Distillery for Sunset Riders, written by Jesse Sawyer, and Exceptionally Bad, written by Tracy Danger Mumford and illustrated by Anne Lane. “Expect the usual sass, danger, unpredictability and irreverence that comes with every Revolver event. Here’s a teaser: Honky Tonk Burlesque.” (The Revolver website has more information about the books; check out the Facebook event page for the full lineup for the evening.)

Star Wars Party

What: Movies, Screening
When: Sunday, October 30th at 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

Twin Cities Geeks discussion group member Earl Luckes is inviting TCGers to his “private” Star Wars party at the Parkway Theater this Sunday, when he’ll be screening a not-yet-announced movie. Earl says, “You guys have been great at making this town friendly to all things Sci-fi/fantasy/comic/cult movie related. I want to say thanks by doing this. (And I want to sit in a packed theater reliving my childhood.)”

Gender Jam

What: Meetups, LGBTQA+
When: Sunday, October 30th at 12:45 p.m.
Where: Dreamers Vault Games

Gender Jam “is a safe space for Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Questioning & Intersex teens to hang out and create community” that meets on the last Sunday of every month. You can meet up with the group this Sunday at Dreamers Vault Games “to play video games, look at comic books, play board/card games, snack, and be together.” Permission slips are needed for attendees under the age of 18; see the event on the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar (which you can reach by clicking the event title above) or visit Gender Jam on Facebook for more information.

Drive-In at the Nomad: Halloween Edition

What: Movies, Screenings
When: Sunday, October 30th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Nomad World Pub

Finally this week, the Nomad World Pub will be hosting a Halloween-themed movies screening . . . with no details yet released except that it will be 21+ and entrance will be a $1 suggested donation. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page (linked above) and the Nomad website to stay in the know.

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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