Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 9th.
When: Monday, July 3rd at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Nicollet Island 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 Captain America: Civil War, a tale of values conflicting with friendship, and a certain neighborhood Spider-Man having fun in the middle of it. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown. (And if you want even more Civil War, it’s the theme at YogaQuest on Tuesday!)
When: Tuesday, July 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fort Snelling
Celebrate the birthday of this nation with a variety of ceremonies, military parades, and learning opportunities. There are activities throughout the day, including fife lessons, mock battles, and chances to learn about the struggles for freedom of all Americans, including enslaved peoples, Native Americans, and women.
When: Tuesday, July 4th at 5:00 p.m.
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.
What: Music, Community
When: Tuesday, July 4th 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 Salsa Del Sol.
When: Tuesday, July 4th 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 with 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 can also form splinter teams or go solo. The trivia is free.
What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, July 4th at 7:00 p.m.
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 Captain America: Civil War (a movie that is also playing at Nicollet Island Park on Monday—see above).
What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, July 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall
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 Dark Matter.
What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, July 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing
Enjoy a Magic: The Gathering Amonkhet booster draft hosted by Dreamers Vault Games. Entry fee is $15; players will make small decks out of three booster packs, and compete. Matches are two out of three games.
When: Wednesday, July 5th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn 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. This showing will have Spanish subtitles.
When: Thursday, July 6th at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton
CONvergence is an annual four-day convention for fans of sci fi and fantasy of all kinds. The event has a different theme every year, and this year’s theme is “To Infinity and Beyond,” a celebration of space opera. Special guests include Lois McMaster Bujold, Kristopher Carter, Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, Ian Truitner and Twin Cities Geek Fan-Featured Guest Saymoukda Vongsay. Come for panels, people watching, room-parties or more.
Twin Cities Geek will be hanging out at a fan table outside CONvergence Mainstage, running the TCG Hydration Challenge in the evenings, and holding a roundtable on Sunday morning where we want to know, “What Do YOU Want in Your Local Geek Culture Magazine?”
What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Thursday, July 6th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: 420 Main St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Celebrate a year of MN PokéCon with a meetup, walk, and picnic. Pokémon fans are invited for a cosplay contest, photos with a giant Pikachu, a chance to win a pass to PokéCon 2017, and more. Food will be first come, first serve for the first 200 people to check in for the event.
What: Educational, Community
When: Thursday, July 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: 6700 Portland Avenue, Richfield, MN 55423
Geek out about civic responsibility! Learn about different levels of government, exercising your rights, how laws and passed, and how you can influence policy. Presenters include Congressman Keith Ellison, Richfield mayor Pat Elliot, Hennepin County commissioner Debbie Goettel, and Minnesota senator Patricia Torres Ray.
What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, July 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.
When: Thursday, July 6th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Luxton Park
Another free outdoor screening this week from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the tale of a ragtag team, Death Star plans, and a harried space middle manager with a very cool cape. This free showing begins 15 minutes after sundown.
When: Thursday, July 6th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Lakes Park
If you want to attend an outdoor movie this week but aren’t in Minneapolis, enjoy a beautiful evening in Centennial Lakes Park while looking over your shoulders for rogue dinosaurs and Chris Pratts. Jurassic World will begin at 8:30 p.m., and this event is free to the public.
What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, July 7th 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.
When: Friday, July 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fallout Shelter Arcade
Come on down for an evening of tactical mech combat. The United Geeks of Gaming meet Friday nights for a beginner-friendly session of the tabletop mech game BattleTech at Fallout Shelter Arcade in Northeast. FSA’s Virtual World gaming pods also run the immersive video-game version of BattleTech.
What: Food & Drink, Community, Sports & Fitness
When: Saturday, July 8th at 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, July 9th at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Three Rivers Park District
Come to Pizza Camp for “the pizza party of a lifetime.” Eat pizza, drink beer, hike, sleep in rustic cabins, and feel like a kid at summer camp (if kids were able to legally drink). Registration is 21+ and costs $135. Registration is currently sold out, but the organizers note, “There’s still a chance for tickets. Make sure you join our the 2017 waitlist so you have the first chance to grab the tickets if any are released.”
What: Sports & Fitness, Meetup
When: Saturday, July 8th at 10:00 a.m.
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.”
What: Educational, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, July 8th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Summit Brewing
This 21-plus event is an opportunity to delve into St. Paul’s beer-soaked past with a brewery tour, which will feature a look at the old Schmidt Brewery and tours of Flat Earth Brewery and Summit. This is a three-hour tour, and includes beer samples in the $50 price tag. Note that there will be a couple of blocks of walking over uneven surfaces.
What: Family, Arts
When: Sunday, July 9th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art
This family-friendly event asks how nature inspires art and looks at ways to explore the great outdoors through art. It includes hands-on art making, performances, real live insects, and gallery tours. See the event listing for more details. This event is free.
What: Books, Theater & Comedy
When: Sunday, July 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Brit’s Pub (Rooftop)
The Actors Theater of Minnesota presents a comedy that touches upon every one of William Shakespeare’s plays. The event lasts a little less than 2 hours including intermission. There’s no cover, and there will be beer specials.
What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, July 9th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics & Games
Shieldmaiden Sundays is a dedicated space for lady nerds and geeks at the Source. This recurring weekly event provides 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!