This Week in Geek (5/15/17–5/21/17)

This Week in Geek 5/15
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 15th through Sunday, May 21st.


What: Educational, Music, Nightlife
When: Monday, May 15th to Friday, May 19th
Where: Como Planetarium

Lasers! Music! A variety of laser shows set to music, including Laser Hypnotica, Laser Zeppelin and more. Shows are $5 and open to audiences of all ages. Geek out to your favorite music and chill out with some lasers.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts
When: Monday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon

The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session that “will include short, medium, and long poses, which allow artists to engage with the subject in varying ways” and that “will use a combination of nude and costumed models to support and foster fantasy and science fiction art.” The goal of hosting this event is “to cultivate a community of artists to share ideas, support each other, and create.”

Café Scientifique

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique, presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History, is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture, featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.” This month’s theme is “Bringing Biology to Biometrics,” looking at how to foster collaboration between engineers and biologists for the important work of finding solutions to crucial problems based on how evolution has already solved those problems. The presenter will be Emilie Snell-Rood, an associate professor in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Tickets are $5 to $12 online or at the door.

Bar Trivia

What: Trivia, Meetup
When: Tuesday, May 16th at 6:45 p.m.
Where: New Bohemia Uptown

United Geeks of Gaming will be assembling for Sporcle-based trivia at New Bohemia in Uptown on Tuesday nights. Sporcle is a team-based trivia night and has a focus on general trivia, so whatever you geek out about, you may be able to help your team. United Geeks of Gaming has a regular team, and attendees could also form splinter teams or go solo. The trivia itself is free; the food and drinks are not.

Tabletop Tuesday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Tuesday, May 16th 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.

YogaQuest Continues: Clue

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling led by certified yoga instructors. Experience a yoga workout experience and a story at the same time. Work on your mental flexibility with this week’s theme: Clue!

Speed Friending!

What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, May 17th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Honey

Meet new friends in a fast-paced and fun environment with speed friending! During this event, participants will spend 3 to 5 minutes with each other before rotating and should be able to make some new friends by the end of the night. This event is $4.99 in advance or $10 at the door.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Spyhouse Coffee Northeast

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is a “community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

Co-Op Talk

What: Meetup, Gaming, Educational
When: Thursday, May 18th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Co-Op Talk is a monthly discussion of interactive media and digital games held at GlitchHQ. The event begins with a short time to mingle and chat, with snacks and refreshments, followed by this month’s discussion topic: “Game Music Mixtape: Share, Listen, Discuss,” led by Andrew Herbst.

SCA Nordskogen Dance Practice

What: Sports & Fitness, Educational, Cosplay
When: Thursday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon

The Barony of Nordskogen (Minneapolis chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism) is partnering with the Geek Partnership Society for medieval court-dance practice. Participants are encouraged to dress up if they like.

Artist Talk: Allison Hiltner, It Is Yesterday

What: Arts, Educational
When: Thursday, May 18thth at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mia’s US Bank Gallery

Allison Hiltner, a self-described archaeologist of science fiction and Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program artist, will be presenting the talk on her installation It Is Yesterday, focused on the symbiosis between humans and algae. She’ll be showing her installation, which is equal parts experimental laboratory and mechanized interior environment. This talk is part of Mia’s Third Thursday event.

Crafty Geek Meetup: Dyeing

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, May 18th 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!” This week’s special theme is dyeing.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, May 18th 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.

Anxiety! the Musical

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 18th–20th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre

This musical comedy from Fearless Comedy Productions follows Sandy and her constant companion, Anxiety, as they try to navigate life. In addition to May 18, 19, and 20, this show will also return June 2 and 3.

Tappy Hour: Free Group Tap Dance Lessons

What: Sports & Fitness, Nightlife
When: Friday, May 19th at 4:00 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.


What: Arts, Crafting, Nightlife
When: Friday, May 19th at 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, May 21th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Northeast Minneapolis

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association will be holding Art-A-Whirl during the weekend of the 19th throughout Northeast Minneapolis. See the works of over 600 artists, attend concerts, see artists demonstrations, do hands on crafting, view galleries and more. There’s a lot to do at Art-A-Whirl, so check out this FAQ to help plan your visit. Come and see what Northeast Minneapolis has to offer.

Lounge 2.0

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, May 19th at 5:00 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, tabletop, and digital games. If you’re passionate about a game, bring it to share with the community.

Friday Might Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, May 19th 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.

Cosplayers/Costumers Social Hour

What: Meetup, Nightlife, Cosplay
When: Friday, May 19th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub

At this social event for cosplayers, costumers, and other crafters, you can “talk about how-to’s, where-do-you-get’s, and anything else cosplay/costuming, or just life in general.” Meet up, have a drink, and hit the dance floor. The gathering officially ends at 11:30, but you can stick around afterwards for the midnight lip-sync contest. No cover if you’re in costume.

Level Up!

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Saturday, May 19th at 8:30 a.m.
Where: YQdio

After gaining all of this experience with various yoga poses, you’ve earned the right to level up and dive deeper into familiar poses, and even learn new feats (poses). There is a $15 charge for this advanced class.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Saturday, May 20th 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 at Byte

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Byte

Game, eat, and be merry at Byte with United Geeks of Gaming‘s open gaming. Byte has a number of board games on hand, but participants are encouraged to bring games to share, including board, card, miniature and role-playing games. Meet in the back room, and make sure to enjoy this geek-friendly space in downtown Minneapolis.

Pan Asian Arts Festival 2017

What: Arts
When: Saturday, May 20th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Mall of America

Celebrate Pan Asian Heritage Month at the Mall of America Rotunda with the sixth annual Pan Asian Arts Festival. This is a free event with non-stop activities including dance, performance, carnival games, and arts and crafts. Celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Asia and the Asian communities that are here in Minnesota.

Kite Day 2017

What: Arts, Meetup, Crafting
When: Saturday, May 20th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Valley View Playfield

Enjoy Bloomington’s annual Kite Day celebration with music performances (including geeky favorite Harisen Daiko at 2:30), kite-flying contests, craft projects, and large kite demonstrations. This event is free, and there will be free kites for those 18 and younger while supplies last.

St. Paul Star Wars Night

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Saturday, May 20th at 7:05 p.m.
Where: CHS Field

Help cheer on the St. Paul Saints on Star Wars night, an event put on by Pizza Ranch. The St. Paul Saints will be taking on the Gary SouthShore Railcats. There’s a special ticket package available including a lightsaber and jedi training, available at with the password “starwars.”

MSP ComiCon 2017

What: Conventions
When: Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 am to Sunday, May 21th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: MN State Fair Grandstand

Midwest Comic Book Association‘s 2017 spring comic con brings over 250 creators to the St. Paul Grandstand for a celebration of comics as a medium. Meet with your favorite creators, win exciting door prizes, take part in a costume contest, check out the dealer hall, and more. See the website for details. This event is $14, and Twin Cities Geek will be there! (We’re also giving away tickets for this event—enter through 7:00 p.m. Monday night!)

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, May 21th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays is a new dedicated space for lady 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.

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. Don’t forget to add your events to the Twin Cities Geek Community Calendar!

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