Monthly Archive:: April 2017

Jump into the Deep End of Time Travel with Steins;Gate

Let me start off by saying that Steins;Gate is quite possibly the best anime I’ve seen to date. I’ll try not to make this review one long squee about the show, but . . . well, fair warning and all that. If you’re a regular reader, you may remember that I mentioned Steins;Gate in my Anime Resolutions post back in January—I’m thrilled to say that I’ve succeeded in fulfilling one stage of my new years’ resolution to watch more...

This Week in Geek (5/1/17–5/7/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 1st through Sunday May 7th. YogaQuest Continues: Guardians of the Galaxy What: Sports & Fitness When: Tuesday, May 2nd 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. Get yourself ready to...

Win Free Day Passes to Wizard World Minneapolis!

Stars from Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek, and more are hitting the Minneapolis Convention Center the first weekend in May, and we’re giving you a chance to see them for free! Wizard World Comic Con comes to the Twin Cities May 5–7, 2017, and will feature the following guests: Peter Capaldi Jenna Coleman John Barrowman James Marsters Charisma Carpenter Nicholas Brendon Nichelle Nicholas Barry Bostwick Peter Tork Micky Dolenz and a roster of other special guests...

Throwback Thursday: Barbarella Really Could Be the Queen of the Galaxy

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. Released at the tail end of the time period affectionately known as Swinging London, 1968’s Barbarella captures just a bit of the tone and feel of that era. While not doing terribly well in the United States, it was the second-largest film in the United Kingdom that year. Only...

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2017

The independent bookstore scene in the Twin Cities is a vibrant one, and you can always count on lots of sales and special events for the annual Independent Bookstore Day, which happens this Saturday, April 29. For the second year in a row, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) has produced a Twin Cities Independent Bookstore Passport, which allows local bookworms to get discounts and the chance to win special prizes by visiting bookstores around town. This year, 18...

Art in Bloom Brings the Spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

If you thought princesses could only teach you how to tend royal gardens in fairy tales, you’d be wrong. Along with its many botanical highlights, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host guest speaker Princess Giorgiana Corsini of Italy and other guest lecturers for this year’s installment of the annual Art in Bloom celebration April 27 through 30, 2017. “As we are in our 34th year, many people regard this as an annual rite of spring—fresh flowers and timeless art,”...

A New Kiss Comic Fleshes Out the Band’s 1981 Concept Album but Takes No Risks

Kiss has been an institution in the music industry since the 1970s, and the band’s influence branches across the pop-culture landscape. In comics, the rockers made their debut in Marvel’s Howard the Duck #12 to much acclaim in 1977, and they’ve since gone on to partner with other comic studios, including Image and IDW Publishing. Now, Dynamite Entertainment has gotten its turn to show the Kiss Army what it has to offer with the first five issues of the...

It’s War, Love, and Ninjas in Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone

Qui Nguyen, the playwright behind the geeky She Kills Monsters, is back with another outstanding story that addresses stereotypes and social issues through humor and music. Vietgone, showing at Mixed Blood Theatre through April 30, is not a story about the war in Vietnam. It is not a story about the transitions to American life by Vietnamese refugees. It’s not even about the politics of both countries surrounding the war. No, according Nguyen—who himself features in the story, played...

Can’t Wait for More Rick and Morty Episodes? Check Out the Comic!

Wubba lubba dub dub! Our year and a half of neglected suffering has finally come to an end: Rick and Morty came back and shocked us all like a Plumbus at the beginning of April. By announcing the premiere of season 3 only hours before the event itself, most of us scrambled to watch the episode and get another sweet, sweet hit of this whirlwind force of a cartoon. But like anything else that we are addicted to, one...

NASA’s Cassini Begins Its Grand Finale with a Grand Discovery

Beginning this month, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will begin its final journey, fatefully dubbed its Grand Finale. On April 26, Cassini will make the first of what should be several intrepid new orbits around Saturn that will ultimately result in 22 dives within the 2,400-kilometer gap between the planet and its innermost rings. Throughout these final orbits, the spacecraft will gather new pieces of information that will ideally reveal the inner composition of the sixth planet as well as the material...
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