Monthly Archive:: March 2017

Animal Engine Will Pull Your Heartstrings with Darlings, the Story of Peter Pan from a New Perspective

Earlier this week, you may have read on this site about Animal Engine Theatre Company, an ensemble recently relocated to Minneapolis that specializes in devised physical theater. Their production of Darlings is currently at the Southern Theater for a one-weekend run, and last night I had the opportunity to witness what other critics have raved about. There have been countless versions of J. M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, but Darlings stands apart. Rather than being a straight retelling, it looks at the story from the perspective of...

Pledge to Bike in April with 30 Days of Biking

Given that I’m someone who attends weekly cycling classes in the winter and bikes various trails with my navy-blue mountain bike in the summer, you could definitely say biking is a hobby of mine. Biking is also a hobby for Patrick Stephenson, the Twin Cities bike enthusiast behind 30 Days of Biking. Patrick got into biking in 2009, riding a single-speed Surly Steamroller to work most days of the week. About a year in, he felt in tune with...

Ghost in the Shell Is a Mostly Faithful Translation of an Anime Classic

Let’s get this out of the way: Ghost in the Shell is a solid rendition that overall does a good job of bringing anime source material to the big screen. That being said, such a faithful rendition of the source material has many of the same shortcomings and a few new ones that have cropped up due to the cultural blindness of the film. First, of course, we need to address the elephant in the room—the whitewashing of the heroine. In...

Throwback Thursday: The Last Starfighter Answers the Hero’s Call

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. There are a couple movie scenes that scarred me as a child. One happened when I was eight and I will write about it some other time. There was another scene that took place the summer of 1984. A lot of amazing films were released that year, and you might...

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...
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