This Week in Geek (3/6/17–3/12/17)

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Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 6th through Sunday March 12th.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

What: Arts
When: March 5th–May 28th
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is hosting At Home with Monsters, a collection of paintings, drawings, artifacts, and concept film art from Guillermo del Toro’s home base in Los Angeles. The exhibit is organized around del Toro’s inspirations, including magic, occultism, death, and the afterlife. Click here for our article on this exhibit!

Answer Phones at TPT (and Be on TV!)

What: Volunteering, Television
When: Monday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: TPT Twin Cities PBS

The Geek Partnership Society will be stepping up to assist TPT in reaching fundraising goals with volunteers. Through your efforts, you can fund a service that helps keep the public informed. This event will entail connecting with the public over the phone, while on television; training will be provided beforehand, so there’s no need to be nervous if you’ve never done phone work before. Dinner and snacks will be provided. Lots of volunteers are needed, but per the event description, please only sign up if you are sure this is something you can take part in.

Tabletop Tuesdays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Tuesday, March 7th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

In this casual game night, bring your own games or make use of Glitch’s tabletop game library. Organizers will be there to help teach games, and all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Books and Bars: The Name of the Wind

What: Books, Meetup
When: Tuesday, March 7th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: The Happy Gnome

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

YogaQuest Continues: Fan Favorites

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, February 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. See if you can convince yourself everything is awesome with this week’s theme: Fan Favorites!

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by “Master Trekkie,” TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all twelve films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!”

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, March 9th 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 9th 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.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies & Films, Meetup, Books
When: Friday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see event listing)

Meet up with fellow geeks to discuss a book and then see the film adaptation of it. This is a free regular event that rotates between Event Horizon and members’ homes.

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

What: Arts and Theater
When: Friday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 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 March 10th through 25th and are listed in more detail on the event site. Tickets are $15 to $25.

Classical Connections

What: Arts and Theater
When: Friday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 11th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cowles Center

Where can you go to see Gothic romance, cowboys, and classical ballet all in one space? The only answer in the Twin Cities is the the Cowles Center on March 10th and 11th. This event is presented by Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota and covers a mix of approachable works with connections to classic pieces. Highlights include a rendition of Aaron Copland’s iconic Rodeo. Tickets start at $25.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 3rd 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.

Tsuinshi Anime Club

What: Screening, Meetup
When: Friday, March 10th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society

Anime Twin Cities has joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Fridays of each month with this co-sponsored anime club,” and at which they will show various anime movies and series.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 11th 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.”

FrankieCon IV

What: Conventions, Cosplay, Comics
When: Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Frankie’s Chicago Style Restaurant and Bar

Come on down for the fourth FrankieCon at Frankie’s Chicago Style in New Hope. This small con is focused on collectibles, comics, and cosplay and is free for folks of all ages. See guests including local comic and collectibles shops, artists, cosplay groups, and more. There will be over $500 in prizes for this event.

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

What: Arts and Theater
When: Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 a.m.–Sunday, March 12th 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.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

What: Meetup, Educational, Arts
When: Saturday, March 11th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library

If you’ve ever been frustrated by inaccuracies on the Internet, especially in the age of fake news, this is the event for you. The goal of this event is to help edit Wikipedia articles related to art and feminism to make up for the site’s overwhelmingly male authorship, which skews content. Bring a laptop and a passion for accuracy, and the organizers will help you learn the ropes of editing Wikipedia. This event is organized by the American Craft Council, Hennepin County Library, Midway Contemporary Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and St. Catherine University.

March Board Game Night

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m
Where: The Source Comics and Games

This board game night for one and all is hosted by the Source Comics and Games and put on by organizers Travis and Holly. There will be plenty of games on hand for this free event, and guests are encouraged to bring their own games to share. Come on down, relax, and play some board games.

GPS Movie Night

What: Screening, Meetup, Movies
When: Saturday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society

The Geek Partnership Society invites you to attend a science-fiction double feature this Saturday night. If you can’t figure out what the films are based on the oh-so-mysterious descriptions on the event page, RSVP and find out the details in the confirmation email.

MN Monster Kid Society Field Trip

What: Art, Meetup, Movies
When: Saturday March 11th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Monster-loving kids are in for a whole day of fun, starting with Guillermo Del Toro’s At Home with Monsters exhibit before moving on to a screening of Kong: Skull Island and ending with a gathering for pizza at Davanni’s. Per the event page, if you want to join the group, try for a 1:00 tour of the exhibit.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

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

Shieldmaiden Sundays is a new dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at 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.


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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