This Week in Geek (4/3/17–4/9/17)

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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, April 3rd through Sunday April 9th.

Spring Break at the Bakken

What: Educational, Crafting
When: Monday, April 3rd–Friday, April 7th at 11:00 am and 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum

The Bakken is holding a whole week of child-friendly activities with a certain electrical quality. Kids on spring break can take part in workshops to help with a variety of STEM-related aptitudes and get their creativity on with masks, creatures, and mechanical devicest. Events are free, but reservations are encouraged. See the website for the schedule.

Presumption; or, the Fate of Frankenstein

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Mary Shelley’s pioneering science-fiction work has inspired many adaptations. This production was written five years after Shelley’s work and is a musical-comedy treatment of one of our classic tales.

Tabletop Tuesday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Tuesday, April 4th 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.

Family, Friends and Feathers

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, April 4th; Wednesday, April 5th; Thursday, April 6th; and Friday, April 7th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Raptor Center

Learn about the different raptors found in Minnesota with the help of winged ambassador raptors and their human helpers at the Raptor Center. This educational event occurs daily at the Raptor Center in St. Paul from Tuesday, April 4, to Friday, April 7, starting at 1:00 p.m., and costs $5.50 for students and seniors, and $8 for adults.

Geeks Read

What: Books, Meetup
When: Tuesday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon

Explore the secrets of the written word with Geeks Read. This group meets once per month to discuss a book with fellow geeks.

Books & Bars: The Sellout

What: Books, Meetup
When: Tuesday, April 4th 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 Sellout by Paul Beatty.

Yogaquest Continues: Rogue One

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Tuesday, April 4th 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. Debrief from last year’s film with this week’s theme: Rogue One!

Get Superpowered! Healing Mojo!

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Also at YogaQuest’s studio this week is a night to feel superpowered. Use yoga flow to explore a variety of superpowers you possess, but might not have been aware of in a unique narrative experience. Per the event listing, capes are optional and all skill levels are welcome.

Play/Test

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Thursday, April 6th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Play/Test is a monthly series hosted by tech nonprofit Glitch that offers the “opportunity to play works-in-progress, debug recent builds, test out new concepts, and connect with community.” At Play/Test, attendees will find “alphas, betas, and even paper prototypes of games made by students and local game developers.” Creators, players, and game lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

Social Science: Play Tinker Make

What: Educational, Nightlife, Crafting
When: Thursday, April 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Social Science is the themed “adult night” at the Science Museum of Minnesota, “welcoming those 21 and over to grab a drink, enjoy the museum, and experience innovative programming.” The theme this Thursday is Play Tinker Make, and focuses on crafting, and mixing old and new technology together. This event is 21+ and costs $18.95 for nonmembers, $14.95 for MPR or Science Museum members.

Big Ideas: Can Literature Make a Damn Bit of Difference? (feat. Marlon James and Lisa Lucas)

What: Books, Educational
When: Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Guthrie Theater

Come to the Guthrie Theater for an event that dares to inquire into what would change in a world in which everyone read for 1 hour per day. There are still a few tickets left for this event put on by the Loft, which features Lisa Lucas (executive director or the National Book Foundation) and Marlon James (Man Booker Prize–winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings).

Trivia Against Humanity

What: Trivia, Nightlife
When: Thursday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

Come to Clockwerks brewing for the convergence of two geeky favorites: a steampunk-themed bar and absurd trivia. This is the kickoff for an intended trivia event series, and due to high levels of interest, it’s recommended that you arrive early to snag a seat.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, April 6th 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.

One-Shot Comics: Prince of Cats

What: Comics, Meetup
When: Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

One-Shot Comics (formerly known as the Beer + Comics book club) meets monthly at Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis to discuss a selected comic or graphic novel. April’s pick is Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly.

Can Can Wonderland Variety Show

What: Nightlife, Arts and Theater
When: Thursday, April 6th 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.

Lounge 2.0

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, April 7th 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.

Geek Slink & Drink: We Need a Hero

What: Meetup, Nightlife, Comedy
When: Friday, April 7th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Geek Slink & Drink returns to the Bryant-Lake Bowl for a night of “Geeky Bell Dance cabaret,” with an amazing cast of performers. Watch performers seek out a hero with stand-up comedy, acro-arts, and live music. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door.

GlitchCon 2017 Brewery Tour: Insight Brewing

What: Nightlife, Video Games, Trivia
When: Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Insight Brewing

Come to Insight Brewing, brewers of such geek-friendly beers as Halls of the Sunken City and Troll Way, for a night of video-game trivia (in which you can win a pair of tickets to GlitchCon) and access to the Minnecade, GlitchCon’s one-stop arcade full of local game creations. This is the third of four brewery events hosted by Glitch ahead of GlitchCon 2017.

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.

The War That Changed Us: Songs & Stories from World War I America

What: Educational, Arts and Theater
When: Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Fitzgerald Theater

World War I changed America in fundamental ways, and this event brings together musicians, storytellers, and academics to tell those tales 100 years after we entered that war. Tickets are $23 to $50, and the event is a coproduction of Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Saturday, April 8th 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.”

29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony

What: Books, Nightlife
When: Saturday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: InterContinental Hotel Saint Paul Riverfront

Minnesota book geeks have the opportunity to witness some of the greatest writers in the state for the 29th annual Minnesota Book Awards, ceremony put on by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. Enjoy live music, a reception with big-name writers, the awards ceremony itself at 8:00 p.m., and an afterparty to mix and mingle. See the event site for more details about the finalists.

Watch the Skies! Minneapolis

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, April 8th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Coffman Memorial Union

Join 60+ other nerds for a megagame of global intrigue where players take on the role of governments facing an invasion by unknown forces. Broker deals, backstab, or nuke your way to securing your own interests in this game. Watch the Skies! is intended as an immersive real-time experience. This event is put on by Minnesota Megagames and costs $25 to $35; tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours now! (Click here for our article about Watch the Skies!)

GPS Movie Night

What: Screening, Meetup, Movies
When: Saturday, April 8th 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.

HungerCon 2017

What: Meetup, Crafting
When: Saturday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hallie Q. Brown Community Center

This family friendly event features crafts and games for a cause, gathering food for hungry people. Minnesota Force is making their final push to reach a goal of 60,000 pounds of food for the Hallie Q. Brown food shelf. Food item donation is recommended but not required for this event.

If World War I Was a Bar Fight

What: Educational
When: Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center

Storyteller Kevin Kling will be taking the convoluted and terrifying story of World War I and narrating the popular Internet meme in which it’s reimagined as a bar fight. Be prepared for the improbable, the hilarious, and the poignant. Tickets are $12 for MNHS members and $16 for the general public.

Family Board Game Night

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, April 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

This monthly event at the Source Comics and Games is a great opportunity to learn new board games in a welcoming and family-friendly setting. Meet other board game lovers, and share your love of gaming. There are normally game demos, and plenty of games to try, but you’re welcome to bring your own games as well.

The Unicorn Art Show 3

What: Nightlife, Arts
When: Saturday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Artspace Jackson Flats

The Unicorn Art Show is a night of whimsical art at Artspace, with live sets from a number of DJs, magical potions from a beverage station, and works from over 70 artists. This promises to be a fun evening and is complete with face painting, henna, hot chocolate, and a food truck!

Carnage & The United Slaves, the Happy Children and More

What: Nightlife
When: Saturday, April 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland

This free night of music at Can Can Wonderland features a number of acts. The first three are all ages and include the Happy Children, Why Not, and Gather Data Pray For Death. The remainder are 21+ and includes Carnage the Executioner with United Slaves.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, April 9th 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.

Theater Career Expo

What: Arts & Theater, Educational
When: Sunday, April 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Guthrie Theater

This is the perfect event for anyone who’s been curious about working in theater but feels like they don’t have enough information to make the leap. The event is hosted by the Guthrie Theater and includes keynote speakers and a variety of sessions throughout the day to give an overview of career opportunities in theater you may not even know exist. Network, learn, and cap off your day with a dance party.

TSL MN Meet

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Sunday, April 9th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: USA Karate

The Saber Legion hosts meets at USA Karate. Come on down to just check it out, or get involved in formwork, dueling or sparring to get your jedi on. See the website for protective gear requirements and rules for this demanding and geeky martial art. There is a monthly fee of $10 for use of the space.


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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