This Week in Geek (7/24/17–7/30/17)

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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, July 24th to Sunday, July 30th.

Knitting Social

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Tuesday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center

Get social with fellow knitters at the Minnesota History Center. This event is an opportunity to hang out, knit, and chat with other folks, so bring a project and be ready to hang out. The group meets in a circle on the third floor of the center. Needles and yarn are available.

Story Forge

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Tuesday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

This monthly event by local tech nonprofit Glitch centers on teaching the art of storytelling in games. It focuses on the special challenges of writing for interactive fiction and provides a space where game storytellers can meet and work together. Every skill level is welcome.

9 Nights of Music

What: Educational, Music
When: Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Minnesota History Center

Hear some catchy tunes and learn how to dance while experiencing the tapestry of Twin Cities culture at 9 Nights of Music. This weekly event begins with dance instruction before leading to musical performances. This week’s performer is the High 48s.

Game Designer Session

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group meets up monthly for board gaming, card gaming, role-playing, and video gaming events and weekend extravaganzas. One such event is the Game Designer Session series, which meets on the second Friday and the last Tuesday of each month and invites those who have an idea for a game or who “enjoy tinkering with rules, graphic design, or game theory” to bring ideas and works in progress to be discussed and even play-tested by “game designers of all types and experience levels, from those employed in the industry to enthusiastic hobbyists.”

YogaQuest Continues: Steven Universe

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, July 25th 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 Steven Universe.

Culhane Beer Tasting

What: Food & Drink, Music
When: Wednesday, July 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Mounds Theatre

Taste Culhane Brewing’s beers and help fund their renovation project with this party. Enjoy live music and help a worthy cause in order to keep artistically brewed beer in Lowertown.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Join your fellow Whovians and trivia fanatics at the Driftwood Char Bar on Wednesday night for Minnesota’s only regular Doctor Who trivia night, brought to you by the creators of TC Trek Trivia. This is an all-ages event with no cover, so expect seats to go quickly.

Co-Op Talk

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Co-Op Talk is a monthly discussion of interactive media and digital games held by Glitch. The event begins with a short time to mingle and chat, with snacks and refreshments, followed by this month’s discussion topic: “Storytelling: Narrative and Game Mechanics,” led by Jordan Manuszak.

Crafty Geek/Make It Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, July 27th 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!”

Geek Slink Belly Dance

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Geek Slink is a bellydance class intended to be a welcoming and safe space to focus on fun, fusion, and fitness. Classes are open to any level of experience, body type, and gender; the 6:30 p.m. is for beginners, and intermediate classes start at 7:30 p.m. Classes are $15 for walk-ins, or $60 for a five-class punch card. Free trial classes are available.

Movie in the Park: Passengers

What: Movies
When: Thursday, July 27th at 8:45 p.m.
Where: Centennial Lakes Park

This free screening of Passengers, the 2016 sci-fi film starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, will be held at sunset at Centennial Lakes Park. Popcorn and soda will be available for purchase at the concession stand.

Movies in the Parks: Kubo and the Two Strings

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, July 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Jackson Square Park

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is presenting movies in various parks throughout the city over the course of the summer, and one of the screenings this week is Kubo and the Two Strings, a critically lauded work of animation. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown.

Macalester Costume Sale

What: Arts
When: Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Build up your costume library with this treasure trove of pieces from Macalester College’s Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. Everything is being sold in bulk, for a flat price of $10 per bag. Help the school clear out space for more creative future endeavors, and get a great costume out of the deal.

Low-Voltage Power Workshop

What: Arts, Educational
When: Friday, July 28th at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 29th at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Children’s Theatre Company

In this two-day practical workshop, students can learn the basics of using safe and portable low-voltage devices for costumes, props, and more. Learn how to solder and use wire strippers, basic circuiting, batteries, and more. The registration fee for this class is $100.

Adult Night Out at the Zoo

What: Nightlife, Educational
When: Friday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo

This is your opportunity to see the Minnesota Zoo after hours and without children around. Food and beverages will be available and exhibits will be open later than normal, with Discovery Bay staying open until 9:00. Tickets are $10, or free for members.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, July 28th 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.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, July 28th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Waterbury Building

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.

Wonder Women Dance Party at First Avenue

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Friday, July 28th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue and 7th Street Entry

In the wake of the success of Wonder Woman, come on out to a DJ night celebrating “wonder women,” including the music of Whitney Houston, Sade, En Vogue, and more with special guest DJs. This is an 18-plus event with a $7 cover.

Movies in the Parks: Top Gun

What: Movies
When: Friday, July 28th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Park

Another outdoor film screening from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board this week is Top Gun a film of volleyball, geese, and danger zones. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown.

Level Up! Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Saturday, July 29th 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.

Super Hero Meet and Greet

What: Community, Family
When: Saturday, July 29th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Salvation Army Family Store

This is a chance to meet superhero lookalikes from the CW Twin Cities at the Salvation Army Family Store in Minneapolis. See lookalikes of Supergirl, the Flash, and the Atom in store, and get your picture taken with them. Costumes encouraged but by no means required.

Queer St. Paul Walking Tour

What: Educational
When: Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Northwest Corner of Wabasha St. and Kellogg Blvd.

Discover St. Paul’s LGBTQ history on a walking tour led by Steward Van Cleve, the author of Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota. This tour includes walking on uneven terrain in the footsteps of greats like Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Oscar Wilde. Tickets are $14, or $11 for members of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour

What: Educational, Community
When: Saturday, July 29th at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Carlson School of Management

Discover the rich tapestry of Cedar-Riverside on a walking tour. This neighborhood has accepted immigrants from all over the world for 150 years and has a long history. Learn about the past and present of this area, spanning from student movements to the modern Somali diaspora. Tickets are $18, or $14 for members of the Minnesota Historical Society. Be prepared for a mile and a half of walking on uneven surfaces.

Saturday Morning Cartoons

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Saturday, July 29th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: YQdio

Yet 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.”

Harry Potter Birthday Party

What: Meetup, Food & Drink, Books, Family
When: Saturday, July 29th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Northgate Brewing

Celebrate the boy who lived with Northgate Brewing’s second annual Harry Potter Birthday celebration. This event promises to be a celebration that chases the golden snitch and will have a large variety of activities, including a potion station, a photo booth, a coloring station for little ones, trivia, screenprinting, party games, yoga from YogaQuest, and more. See the event listing for more details.

Corgis and Cupcakes

What: Meetup, Food & Drink, Family
When: Saturday, July 29th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park will be hosting an event focused on two wonderful things that come in small packages. There will be corgi races throughout the day and a full bakery list of cupcakes. Family Day activities will be going on as well, so expect face painting, ponies, and more from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Pusheen Party

What: Meetup, Music
When: Saturday, July 29th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Tomodachi Mall of America

Celebrate everyone’s favorite cat with the Pusheen party happening at the Mall of America Tomodachi store. There will be DJs, a photo booth, art activities, a fashion contest, and prize drawings, all for Pusheen.

Cosplay: The Care and Creation of Costumes

What: Arts, Educational
When: Saturday, July 29th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble HarMar Mall

The Roseville Barnes & Noble store invites you to “view a spectacular cosplay collection and enjoy a discussion of the art of making costumes presented by Jenn Farmer.” There will also be giveaways and a costume contest with prizes at this free event, so be sure to wear your finest.

Movies in the Parks: Finding Dory

What: Movies
When: Saturday, July 29th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Dickman Park

Yet another free Minneapolis park movie screening this week is Finding Dory, an animated spectacle and meditation on what it means to accept people who might think differently. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Theater & Comedy, Movies
When: Saturday, July 29th at 11:59 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.

Post-Con Pajama Party Brunch

What: Meetup, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, July 30th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Grumpy’s Bar and Grill Roseville

Find out if post-CONvergence blues can be cured with bloody Marys and discounted breakfast buffets at this event. Pajamas or other comfy clothes are recommended, and if you can prove you attended CONvergence 2017, you’ll get 15 percent knocked off your tab to help with the healing process. Call ahead for reservations if you plan on bringing a group of four or more.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Meetup, Gaming, Comics
When: Sunday, July 30th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sunday is a dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at 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.

Kaiju Buffet

What: Movies
When: Sunday, July 30th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

On the last Sunday of each month, the Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society and the Parkway Theater host a giant monster movie and a meal from Pepito’s Tex Mex next door. With the purchase of a $12 ticket starting at noon, “get a plate that you can PILE with everything you want at the Mexican buffet to bring back or eat in a dedicated section”—the movie starts at 1:00. You’ll have to show up to find out what this month’s selection will be, but the event is family friendly.

Gender Jam

What: Gaming, Comics, Meetup
When: Sunday, July 30th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Dreamers Vault Games

Gender Jam is a safe social meetup for trans, gender-nonconforming, intersex, and questioning youth for video games, board games, snacks, and togetherness. It’s normally hosted at the Exchange Minneapolis, but this week’s event will be at Dreamers Vault, where the group will be starting a Dungeons & Dragons game—head straight there or meet at the Exchange at 12:30 sharp to catch a ride. Permission slips are needed for attendees under the age of 18; contact Billy at [email protected] for more information.


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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