This Week in Geek (3/13/17–3/19/17)

TWIG 3-13-2017

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 13th through Sunday March 19th.

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

What: Arts and Theater
When: Monday, March 13th, Friday, March 17th, and Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 19th at 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre

Fans of theater and The Dark Tower will be in for a treat with this play based on the same inspiration as Stephen King’s series: a poem by Robert Browning. In the play, Roland travels with a Seer into mystical and blighted lands to save his sister. Performances run through 25th and are listed in more detail on the event site. Tickets are $15 to $25. (Click here for our review of this show!)

Books & Bars: The Name of the Wind

What: Books, Meetup
When: Tuesday, March 14th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Indeed Taproom

Books and Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food, and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

Geek Date Night: Leprechaun

What: Movies, Screening, Trivia
When: Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clubhouse Jäger

Geek Date Night is hosting a screening of Leprechaun at Clubhouse Jäger. Compete in premovie trivia with Rob Callahan at 7:00 for a chance to win a $50 bar tab, then stay at 9:00 for a screening of the ultimate in Friends prequels.

East Saint Paul Speculative Fiction Meetup

What: Books, Meetup,
When: Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Davanni’s Pizza and Hot Hoagies, East Side

MinnSpec presents the East Saint Paul Speculative Fiction Meetup, a meetup for writers of speculative fiction. The topic of discussion for the evening will be Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling. Additionally, see the meetup site for details of writing submissions and critique.

Book Discussion: John Varley’s Steel Beach

When: Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Quatrefoil Library

The North County Gaylaxians present a discussion of John Varley’s Steel Beach at the Quatrefoil library. Steel Beach is a science-fiction epic from Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author John Varley that examines humanity on the brink of profound change after being forced from the earth by an alien invasion.

Fearless Lab’s March Die Laughing Preview

What: Comedy
When: Tuesday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

Stay safe from the Ides of March with this night of experimental comedy from Fearless Comedy Productions. This is a pay-what-you-like show and features performers who you’ll see at the Die Laughing 50-hour comedy marathon. Have some laughs, have a drink, and enjoy a mix of improv, stand-up, music, storytelling and stuff that’s harder to categorize.

YogaQuest Continues: Beauty and the Beast

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fanfiction storytelling led by certified yoga instructors. Experience a yoga workout experience and a story at the same time. See if you can convince yourself everything is awesome with this week’s theme: Beauty and the Beast

Meet-Up and “Share the Luck” Fundraiser

What: Meetup, Charity,
When: Wednesday, March 15th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

Twin Cities Girls Pint Out is raising money for Alexandra House, an emergency shelter offering domestic advocacy with beer at Clockwerks, a downtown Minneapolis brewery with a steampunk sensibility. Be social and socially conscious while enjoying fine craft beer.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Espresso Royale

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is a “community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

Trash Film Debauchery: Pontypool

What: Film, Screening
When: Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Microcinema

Trash Film Debauchery presents a screening of Pontypool, a horror film about small-town Ontario and a deadly virus. This film will be screened at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis, and due to the limited space at the venue, reserving seats ahead of time is encouraged.

Martial Arts at GPS

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: WTMA Twin Cities Dojang

Geek Physique is partnering with White Tiger Martial Arts Basic for two classes, one focused on Korean sword arts and the other on tae kwon do and basic self-defense. This is the second of 11 sessions. Admission is free, and participants must be at least 12 years old.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew: Pointed Pen Calligraphy

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon

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!” This week the special focus will be on calligraphy.

Drinking with Geeks

What: Meetup
When: Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Black Forest Inn

Drinking with Geeks is hosting a social get-together at Black Forest Inn for “Twin Cities nerdarati,” which of course means you if you’re reading this. This is an open event.

Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide

What: Educational
When: Thursday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota State Horticultural Society

Come to this class from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society and learn what you can do to identify and support bees in their natural setting. See the beauty and diversity of bees in a series of photos while learning about behavior, habitat, and what you can do to help. Light snacks will be served.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

Double-Blind Improv, presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, is a “short-form improv show where you never know what might happen because neither do we!” Performers and improv games are chosen at random during the show. This show takes place on the third Thursday of every month.

Third Thursday: At Home with Monsters

What: Arts
When: Thursday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Mia’s free Third Thursday event this month includes entry to At Home with Monsters, spooky synth-wave music from local band Graveyard Club, makeup demonstrations, and more.  Click here for our article on At Home with Monsters, which runs through May 28.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, March 16 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

Mischief Toy Store in St. Paul invites you to experience some Magic with them this Friday night. Entry is $5; all players will receive prizes. This weekly event is limited to 24 players and typically lasts until about 9:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.

The Dregs Annual St. Patrick’s Day Show

What: Music, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, March 17th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Comedy music group the Dregs return to the Bryant-Lake Bowl for their annual St. Patrick’s Day show. The venue says, “This year you can plan to hear songs about zombies, dinosaurs, sharks, patchouli and probably even some traditional Irish music.”

Paganicon 2017

What: Convention
When: Friday, March 17th to Sunday, March 19th
Where: DoubleTree Park Place, St. Louis Park

Paganicon is a weekend-long Pagan conference with panels, workshops, music, vendors, a ball, and more. The event is hosted by Twin Cities Pagan Pride and aims to provide a venue for Pagans, Wiccans, Heathens, Druids, and others. See the event site for more details on tickets and individual events.

PowerPoint Karaoke

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

In Fearless Comedy Productions’ PowerPoint Karaoke, “Come see four people give a PowerPoint presentation using slides they have never seen before and that make absolutely no sense!” Get $3 off your ticket with with a CONvergence badge, Geek card, Minnesota Fringe button, or Fantasy Flight Games Center receipt. (Want to grab some food before the show? Check out our group review of Fantasy Flight’s revamped menu, which debuted over the summer!)

Puppet Lab 2017

What: Arts
When: Friday, March 17th, and Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.; March 19th at 2:30 p.m.
Where: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

Puppet Lab is returning for a sixth year of experimental puppet theater from new voices. This event will run for two weekends, with the first (March 17–19) focusing on works by Chamindika Wanduragala and Madeline Helling and the second (March 24–26) on Patty Gille and Allison Osberg. See the event page for details and tickets.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: YQdio

Another 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.”

Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at Waterbury

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 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 group has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

Walker Church Science Fiction Books Mega-Sale

What: Books
When: Saturday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Walker Community United Methodist Church

The Walker Community United Methodist is hosting a vintage science fiction fan’s dream sale. Come by to find books and magazines from the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and newer. Who knows what you’ll find?

Wolof Class and Ataya (Senegalese Tea)

What: Educational
When: Saturday, March 18th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Alliance Française

Join the Alliance Française of Minneapolis and Saint Paul to learn terms from Wolof, the national language of Senegal, while enjoying Ataya, a Senegalese tea. Tickets are $10 for Alliance Française members and $15 for nonmembers.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays is a new dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at the Source. This will be a recurring weekly event providing a space for women to play games, chat about comics, cosplay, or just enjoy the company of other geeks.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The United Geeks of Gaming group invite you to 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.

Masquerade Workshop: Presentation

What: Cosplay, Educational
When: Sunday, March 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: 3554 South Bryant Avenue, Minneapolis MN

This is the third of a three-part series on cosplay and focuses on bringing your work to the stage and presenting it in front of others. This is a free event and will help to prepare the curious to bring their work to the masquerade stage. The event is hosted by CONsole Room.

Tank Girl with Samantha Rei

What: Movies, Screening
When Sunday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Microcinema

The Minnesota History Center and the Trylon present Timepieces, a new screening series in which movie buffs and history lovers introduce films that showcase a particular era. For this screening, fashion designer Samantha Rei will be introducing 1995’s Tank Girl, which plays on ’90s concerns like the fall of the Soviet Union.

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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