Monthly Archive:: November 2016

Read Your Child All the World’s Potential

Sometimes, the world is a worrisome place. It can seem that all that is good in the world is outweighed by a threatening thunderstorm of bad, making me wonder what my child would learn from it all. Then, I remember how, at a convention in the recent past, my tiny Jedi used her lightsaber to help a similarly aged friend find the courage to walk past a rather intimidating Dalek. In other words, let me paraphrase the advice given by...

New Entrance, New Beginnings: The Walker Celebrates Its New Entrance

If you’ve driven by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis recently, you may have noticed that traffic is a bit slower and more “cozy” than normal. If you’re in a rush, this may seem like a pain, but it’s all for a good purpose: the Walker is undergoing major renovations in order to bring you a much more lavish, unified, and contemporary museum. The construction is set to finish in the summer of 2017. However, during this time the...

Fairy Tail Is a Fun (and Fraught) Anime Adventure

Fairy Tail is, for me, one of those stories that sneaked up on me almost before I realized it. I first encountered it in manga form, when my husband gave me a copy of the first volume last Christmas. I was a little wary at first—I liked the premise right off the bat, but the story itself didn’t hook me very quickly, and there were some problematic elements that put me off a bit (more on that shortly). Still, despite these reservations,...

This Week in Geek (11/28/2016–12/4/2016)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 28th through Sunday, December 4th. Feminist Comic Book Club What: Meetup, Comics When: Tuesday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Mischief Toy Store Feminist Comic Book Club, an open group for feminists who love comics, will be meeting up to discuss Suicide Club: Kicked in the Teeth. The comic is on sale at Mischief. YogaQuest Continues:...

The ULTIMATE Minnesota Geek Guide to Black Friday & Small Business Saturday 2016

Planning to start your holiday shopping, support local geek businesses, or just take advantage of some amazing deals this weekend? Well, we’ve done all the legwork for you and are happy to provide your ultimate Minnesota geek guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! We’ve arranged all of the businesses into categories and featured what sorts of bargains and events they’re offering this year right under their address, complete with a Google Maps link to make life easy....

Throwback Thursday: Women Lead in Night of the Comet

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. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Hopefully, you’re reflecting on all the things for which you’re thankful and are ready for Black Friday, a day when stores throw out their best deals to get their sales numbers into the black side of the ledger. With crazed shopping season fast approaching (hopefully, you’re...

Punk Rock Explodes with FIDLAR for One Night in Dinkytown

FIDLAR, a garage-punk group notoriously known for putting on amazing live shows, headlined Varsity Theater this past Saturday with support from punk rockers the Frights and from SWMRS, a band impossible to lump into a single genre. The sold-out “Too Much” tour stop in Dinkytown presented the perfect opportunity for punk fans of all ages to unplug from recent events and embrace live music in an environment that was both safe and stimulating. While the Frights and SWMRS were...

Everything Is By Design in Disney’s Moana

There is something to be said about Disney and its love affair with Hawaiian and Polynesian/Pacific culture. With Moana, in theaters today, we are once again introduced to the beautiful Pacific with Disney’s new princess. However, unlike in Lilo & Stitch, there is a bit of a misconception about this film. It is not a Hawaiian film at all—instead, it centers on the South and North Pacific lore of the demigod Maui by reinventing much of the preexisting stories and intertwining them with...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2016

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here. You can find some great deals on Black Friday, and that goes for books as well—but it’s the day after that when book lovers and the people buying gifts for them will find the best bargains. Independent bookstores have run with Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative to Black Friday, with one of the big draws being author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign...

This Week in Geek (11/21/16–11/27/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 21st through Sunday, November 27th. Figure Drawing Salon What: Meetup, Arts When: Monday, November 21st at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon 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...
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