This Week in Geek (3/27/17–4/2/17)

This Week in Geek for 3-27-17
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 meet and work together. Every skill level is welcome.

Anime Twin Cities Social Outreach Services Meeting

What: Meetup
When: Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

This is a meeting for those interested in taking on an organizational role within Anime Twin Cities, so if you want to help steer events for the group, this is the place to be. The focus for this meeting is planning events for the summer.

Knitting Social

What: Crafting, Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center

Get social and hang out with fellow knitters at the Minnesota History Center. This event is an opportunity to hang out, knit, and chat with other folks, so bring a project and be ready to hang out. The group meets in a circle on the third floor of the center. Needles and yarn are available.

YogaQuest Continues: X-Men

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, March 28th 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. This week’s theme is the X-Men!

SURJ MN Active Bystander Training

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, March 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

Showing Up for Racial Justice Minnesota is hosting an active bystander training to help members learn how to help out when people are being threatened, harmed, verbally assaulted, or subject to a hate crime. The event will be led by trainer Jessica Banks and can help you know how to combat bystander syndrome and be present for people in there time of need.

Drinking for a Cause: Benefiting the ACLU

What: Nightlife, Activism
When: Wednesday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Northgate Brewing

This event is a great opportunity to turn social engagement into tangible social activism. Northgate Brewing will be donating a portion of its profits from 6:00 through 9:00 p.m. to the American Civil Liberties Union. Have a beer or two, and help preserve civil liberties with every dollar you spend.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, March 30th 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!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, March 30th 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.

Can Can Wonderland Variety Show

What: Nightlife, Arts and Theater
When: Thursday, March 30th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland

Can Can Wonderland presents a weekly variety show. The night will play out in four acts, with musical accompaniment from a house band and local celebrity hosts. You never know what you’re in for. This is a 21+ event.

Tappy Hour: Drink and Learn to Tap Dance

What: Sports & Fitness, Nightlife
When: Friday, March 31st at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland

Tap the week’s troubles away with a happy hour tap-dancing lesson at Can Can Wonderland. Get a little loose, and learn a new skill while having fun. This is a free event, and some tap shoes are provided.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 31st 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.

Lounge 2.0

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 31st at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Another event this week at GlitchHQ, Lounge 2.0 is a get-together for people who are passionate about games and want to spend their Friday nights in like-minded company. Glitch offers consoles, PC stations, and tabletop and digital games. If you’re passionate about a game, bring it to share with the community.

Penumbra Theatre at 40: Art, Race and a Nation on Stage

What: Arts and Theater
When: Saturday, April 1st at 10:00 a.m.–Sunday, April 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center

This exhibit explores the dynamic 40-year history of Penumbra Theatre in the Twin Cities, ranging from social justice to the black arts movement. Stories are told from the perspective of a variety of creatives and artifacts. You’ll be able to see artifacts from the theater and experience a set from the play Fences.

An Hour or So With Kate DiCamillo and Dave Eggers

What: Books
When: Friday, March 31st at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Illusion Theater

The Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute is hosting a fundraising evening with authors Kate DiCamillo and Dave Eggers, in which they will discuss education, current events, life, and writing, all with an entertaining twist. Blackout Improv will join the two guests on stage for a unique retelling of an Mid-Continent Oceanographic publication. Tickets are $60, or $150 for a VIP experience.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Saturday, April 1st 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, April 1st 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, 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.

Once Upon A Crime Anniversary Author Bash

What: Books
When: Saturday, April 1st at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Once Upon A Crime

Celebrate two major anniversaries at Once Upon a Crime Mystery Books: the 30th anniversary of the store and the first anniversary of its new ownership. Local authors will be coming by throughout the day, including Laura Childs, Gary Bush, Kristi Belcamino, P. J. Tracy, and more. See the store’s website for a detailed schedule.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, April 2nd 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.

Pillsbury A Mill Tour

What: Educational
When: Sunday, April 2nd at 2:00 p.m.
Where: A-Mill Artist Lofts

Learn the unique history of the mills that powered the rise of Minneapolis as an urban center and explore some of the best-preserved waterpower systems in Minneapolis, including a view down a 50-foot drop shaft. This tour is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and college students, and $12 for ages 5 to 17. There is a $4 discount Minnesota Historical Society members, and tickets include Mill City Museum admission.

Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction

What:Books, Comedy
When: Sunday, April 2nd at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Feast your ears on horrifying hilarity as a group of comedians read erotically themed fanfiction for you. The evening will begin with prepared stories before taking audience prompts and dipping into dark recesses of the mind where no one dares to venture, all in the name of hilarity—and, more importantly, raising money for Fearless Comedy Productions.


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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