Yearly Archive:: 2017

Watch the Skies! Brings Sci-Fi Roleplaying on an Epic Scale to the Twin Cities

I’ve always felt that the greatest strength of gaming is how easily it can function as a framework for social interaction, especially between total strangers. As so many of us geeks are introverts by nature, starting a conversation with someone new can be more than a little intimidating: you want to say the right thing, but how do you know what that is when you’ve never met them before? The party-game phenomenon Cards Against Humanity built its name on the concept...

Local Music Writer Jim Walsh Talks Concert Memories, Prince, and Beauty in Many Forms

Jim Walsh is an artist who wears many creative hats. He’s a freelance journalist, author, songwriter, musician, husband, and father—and in the last few months, he’s released two new books, Bar Yarns and Manic-Depressive Mixtapes: Jim Walsh on Music From Minneapolis to the Outer Limits (November 2016) and Gold Experience: Following Prince in the ’90s (January 2017). Published by University of Minnesota Press, the books collect many of the columns, articles, and features he’s written as a Twin Cities...

Animal Engine Theatre Company Turns Classic Literature on Its Head

There is a newcomer to the Twin Cities theater scene: physical devised theater group Animal Engine Theatre Company, which recently relocated from New York to Minneapolis earlier this year. What is physical devised theater, you might ask? It’s two theater concepts combined together. Devised theater is the process of coming up with an idea and creating a theater piece as a group, rather than a single writer. The group makes the story up as they go, with the initial...

Warm Up for Dessert with These Delicious Slow-Cooker Glazed Apples

The slow cooker must be one of the greatest kitchen inventions ever. It’s especially great for making soups or stews, as they are usually really easy to assemble and leave to cook while you’re working or running errands—and with the warm option, it’s unlikely to overcook. My favorite slow-cooker cookbook is Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes by Robin Robertson, and one of the reasons I love it is because of the layout of...

Sketchbook XXL Is a Collection of Creative and Wacky Comics from a Minnesota Artist

A world without coffee is a world without bliss, as far as I’m concerned. This glorious beverage adds normality to my day and gives me an energy boost. So of course I would be the one to stumble upon an online comic about coffee—or, rather, Koffee—on the indie-comic web platform Tapastic. Koffee and Marijuana Cig was my first introduction to the outlandish work of Twin Cities artist Jesse Hedman, and I mean “outlandish” in the best of ways. This series is...

This Week in Geek (3/27/17–4/2/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 27th through Sunday, April 2nd. Story Forge What: Gaming, Writing When: Monday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. Where: GlitchHQ This monthly event by local tech nonprofit Glitch focuses on teaching the art of storytelling in games. This event focuses on the special challenges of writing for interactive fiction and provides a space where game storytellers can...

Scum’s Wish Will Hurt You in the Way You’ve Always Dreamed Of

As Anime Detour, my “first love” convention, draws near, I find my free time increasingly taken up by the pursuit of new anime and manga series. While I’ll watch just about any genre of anime that comes out each season, I’m especially drawn to slice-of-life dramas, especially of the high-school-romance variety, of which there is no shortage . . . ever. With that said, Scum’s Wish has made a unique impression on me owing to how well it excels at what...

How Visions of Hope Unite the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Of all the common threads in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, I propose that the uniting theme is hope. It can be found in his popular works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well as his more obscure writings like The Silmarillion and Morgoth’s Ring. If one were to assign a theology to his writings, it would be a Theology of Hope. It is a multifaceted hope, with trust as the foundation—the belief that...

T2 Trainspotting Rock and Rolls through Once-Familiar Destinations

One of the things I have discovered about being a parent is the almost daily quantum experiences of memory. My son, now a toddler, will occasionally remind me of myself several decades ago—after which I always have a feeling like vertigo, like déjà-vu, when I simultaneously feel very young but also view the full scope of all those years in between passing like the view from a train window. It’s a reminder that life may be long at times,...

Prepare a Team of Teenagers with Character Development and You Get the New Power Rangers

I didn’t quite realize how much of a Power Rangers fan I was until yesterday. Knowing that I was about to see Power Rangers, I spent the day singing the old theme—and I don’t just mean the chorus, I mean the lyrical verses that remind us that “Noooooo one can ever take them down!” That being said, I went into the movie with . . . medium expectations. They weren’t too high, but they weren’t bottom of the barrel, either....
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