This Week in Geek (6/19/17–6/25/17)


Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 19th through Sunday, June 25th.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, June 19th 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.”

Movies in the Parks: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

What: Movies
When: Monday, June 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Armatage Park

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be presenting movies in various parks throughout the city over the course of the summer, and one of the screenings this week is Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, a geeky cult favorite about bicycle theft, the Alamo, and saving snakes. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown.

Aliveness Project Game Night at Up-Down

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, June 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis

Up-Down Minneapolis will be donating token sales proceeds to The Aliveness Project, a local non-profit aimed at linking people with HIV to the resources they need for a happy and productive life, in support of the organization and for Pride Week. Come for games, beer, community, and more. Additionally, the Aliveness Project will be testing knowledge of HIV/AIDs with their Spinwheel from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, so be ready to flex that geeky brain.

Tabletop Tuesday

What: Gaming
When: Tuesday, June 20th at 6:00 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.

Universe Criterion Club

What: Gaming
When: Tuesday, June 20th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Universe Games

Come to Universe Games for an evening of card and board gaming while helping to build an excellent games library. Participants pay $5 for weekly membership and access to a curated (and growing) library of games. The $5 is returned as a voucher to spend in the store. Help build the greatest games library in Minneapolis by providing your expertise.

Annual GPS Photography Club Photo Walk

What: Arts, Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, June 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Paul Union Station

Meander around picturesque downtown Saint Paul with other photography geeks for the group’s annual walk. Snap some pictures, network, and just enjoy some time outdoors. Alternatively, if the weather isn’t permitting, the group will meet and discuss the 30-day photography project.

YogaQuest Continues: Transformers

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, June 20th 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. This week’s theme is Transformers, so prepare to transform into a stronger, more centered you.

Geek Date Night Presents: One Crazy Summer

What: Movies, Trivia
When: Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clubhouse Jäger

Come for a fun and geeky night complete with trivia, a movie screening, and punnery with host Rob Callahan. This is a free event, and they’ll be showing One Crazy Summer with Bobcat Goldthwait and Demi Moore. Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 9:00 p.m.

Book It to the Parks

What: Books, Community
When: Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 a.m. and throughout the day
Where: Minneapolis, Varies (see event)

Get your Midsummer Readathon on with Book It to the Parks, an all-day event in parks all across the city of Minneapolis. See public radio luminaries, authors, and more in a park near you. See the event listing for schedule and location details and to find a park near you.

River City Revue: Murder on the Mississippi

What: Educational
When: Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Harriet Island

Embark on a voyage of mystery and history aboard the Jonathan Padelford, a riverboat on the Mississippi river. Cruise down the river while doing your part to solve a mystery while taking in the sights and enjoying a beverage (as amateur sleuths are known to do). This is a great opportunity to learn about the 1920s Chicago gangster sanctuary that was St. Paul. Tickets are $18, or $15 for members.

Movies in the Parks: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

What: Movies
When: Monday, June 21st at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Farview Park

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will be presenting movies in various parks throughout the city over the course of the summer, and one of the screenings this week is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the tale of a rag-tag team, Death Star plans, and a space middle manager in over his head. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown.

[email protected]: The Power of Plants

What: Nightlife, Educational
When: Thursday, June 22nd at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Bakken

Explore the Bakken after hours, enjoy a cocktail, and socialize with fellow geeks. This is a 21+ event and a great opportunity to see the Bakken from a different perspective. This evening’s focus is “The Power of Plants,” and takes a look at plant-based medicines and the development of botany. To celebrate that, there will be plant-based specialty cocktails.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Arts, Community
When: Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00 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, June 22nd 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.

WhatTheImprov Show Premiere!

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey Minneapolis

This comedy improv show will take a team of eight talented local improv comics for an evening of comedy based on the suggestions of folks in the r/WhatTheImprov subreddit. If you’re a fan of comedy spurred on by the strange things people say with internet anonymity (like the Yahoo Answers bits on My Brother, My Brother and Me), this could be the night for you. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, June 23rd 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.

Human Combat Chess 2017

What: Gaming, Sports & Fitness, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 23rd at 8:00 pm to Saturday, June 24th at 11:00 pm
Where: Christ Church Lutheran

As geeks, we seem to be drawn to imaginary sports such as Quidditch, zero-g laser tag, brutal bloodsports involving child tributes, and pod racing, so come and see the greatest sport that never was: Human Combat Chess. This game looks like chess on the surface, but unlike chess, the results of moves are not certain and come down to choreographed fights between the human pieces involved. General admission is $18, while kids can get in for $5. (Want to learn more about Human Combat Chess? Check out our piece on this year’s performances here!)

Tsuinshi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, June 23rd 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 cosponsored anime club.” The group will show various anime movies and series.

Movies in the Parks: Hidden Figures

What: Movies
When: Friday, June 23rd at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Kenwood Park

Another free outdoor screening this week from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is Hidden Figures, the inspiring true story of the black women behind some of NASA’s early successes. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown.

Happy Endings: A Vilification Tennis Fairy Tale

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 23rd at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl

See what comedy Vilification Tennis can pull from the deep well of fairy tales. This show will have a fairy tale theme, and continues the delightful comedy traditions that Vilification Tennis has brought to the Renaissance Festival for years. Tickets are $15 or $12 with a Fringe Fest button.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Saturday, June 24th 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.”

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

What: Arts, Theater
When: Saturday, June 24th at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, June 25th 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.

Twin Cities Pride

What: Community
When: Saturday, June 24th at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m
Where: Loring Park

Gather with the LGBTQ+ community and allies in Loring Park for Twin Cities Pride. There will be hundreds of booths, and two-dozen plus food vendors, along with free musical performances and fun for the whole family. There are a variety of other Pride-related activities going on throughout the weekend, including a parade on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., the Rainbow Run 5k, and more. The Twin Cities Pride website is a great central location to find Pride events that may be relevant to your interests. There will be a number of organizations present, including NARAL.

Movies On The Lake: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

What: Movies
When: Saturday, June 24th at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Como Dockside

This free movie screening will be shown at Como Dockside and will be first-come, first-serve for seating. The movie will be many Star Wars fans’ favorite, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, where things get dark, Luke learns some things, we finally see Dengar, and love is declared. The venue has seating for roughly 300 people but capacity for around 700, so feel free to bring picnic blankets and chairs.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Theater & Comedy, Movies
When: Saturday, June 24th at 11:55 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:55 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the “longest running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ shadow cast for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, June 25th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics & 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.


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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