Monthly Archive:: May 2017

Cyn Collins Chronicles the Birth of Punk and Indie Rock in Minneapolis

Before Prince put Minneapolis on the national music map with Purple Rain, and before the Replacements broke away from Twin/Tone Records to experience what a major label had to offer, the Minneapolis music scene was small, intimate, and building to explode. In Complicated Fun: The Birth of Minneapolis Punk and Indie Rock, 1974–1984, Cyn Collins documents space and time by exploring the memories of the misfits who were inspired by what they were hearing from England, Detroit, and New...

Everything You Need to Know about the Gallows Being Removed from the Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened in 1988 as a joint project between the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. The public space features works by over 40 artists and is anchored by the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It has in turn helped inspire the development of other public art spaces like Millennium Park in Chicago and the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Spoonbridge and other works, like Frank...

How Five Minnesota Educators are Bringing NASA into Their Classrooms

Experiential learning and project-based learning are methods oft praised by teachers when it comes to creating lesson plans or poring over various curricula for their students. But these philosophies aren’t solely beneficial for students in the classroom—they’re also for teachers themselves. Enter NASA’s new Microgravity University, a program hosted out of the Johnson Space Center in Houston that aims to offer educators and undergraduate students the opportunity to “conduct science, engineering, mathematical and technological experiments in a simulated microgravity...

Minnesota Fans of Harry Dresden Will Love Pipe and Pestle

Imagine a book series with a broody Harry Dresden–like character roaming around Minneapolis and blending in with various supernatural creatures. Minnesota writer Joseph Weinberg has achieved this task by creating a story that’s refreshing and thrilling in Pipe and Pestle, the first of a series. Protagonist Sam Archer is employed at his mythical store, the Swain Paige, when the beautiful Ella Saint Claire stops by. She is interested in purchasing a very specific artifact from and wants Sam to purchase...

This Week in Geek (5/29/17–6/4/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 29th through Sunday, June 4th. Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Snelling What: Educational When: Monday, May 29th at 10:00 a.m. Where: Fort Snelling Take Memorial Day as an opportunity to connect with Minnesota history through the military lens of Fort Snelling. Hang out with costumed interpreters and learn the many stories behind this historic fort, including...

Win FREE Team Registration for the 2017 Minnesota Crossword Tournament!

Attention word nerds! The sixth annual Minnesota Crossword Tournament is coming June 11 to the Landmark Center, where puzzle buffs will compete for prizes and glory based on speed and accuracy. And starting today, we’re giving you the chance to win free entry along with one, two, or three of your friends! To enter, all you have to do is like the Twin Cities Geek page on Facebook and comment on the team registration giveaway post with a synonym...

The Minnesota Crossword Tournament Spells Out a Good Time for Puzzle Solvers

Becoming skilled at solving crosswords is almost like learning a new language, according to University of Minnesota professor and expert crossword maker Victor Barocas. “You might have to learn, for example, that ‘Brazilian flower’ might mean AMAZON—because the Amazon River flows—or that the state bird of Hawaii is the NENE. And things like that take time to learn.” Minnesotans will have the chance to put their own skills to the test on June 11 at the sixth annual Minnesota Crossword...

Help Baywatch Make a Splash This Summer

Many things came to mind before I went to the screening of Baywatch. What did I really know about the television series? I knew it starred Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. I knew it was sort of portrayed to be serious, but in retrospect was somewhat comical in trying to be legitimate. I also knew that it was once the most watched show on television. But what could I expect from a full-feature film with the same plot as the...

Dead Men Talk Too Much in the Latest Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has been going for 14 years. It started out as a fun popcorn flick trying to capture the joy of the ride at Walt Disney World, and it succeeded initially. That success was mainly due to Johnny Depp’s whacked-out turn as Captain Jack Sparrow, but as the years progressed the plots got more entangled, with periphery characters all given moments in the spotlight. In the fourth film, 2011’s On Stranger Tides, the franchise...

A Dark Crystal Prequel Series Is Coming to Netflix (with Minnesota Talent)

“When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.” So reads the log line for the Dark Crystal series announced last week, which has no doubt been anticipated for a few decades by many fans of the original 1982 Jim Henson film. Given Netflix’s solid track record of creating original content and reawakening interest in older properties, it looks like a good...
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