This Week in Geek (8/14/17–8/20/17)

This Week in Geek 8/14/17
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 14th through Sunday, August 20th.

9 Nights of Music: Rockin’ Pinecones

What: Music, Community
When: Tuesday, August 15th 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 Rockin’ Pinecones.

CONsole Room Convention Committee Meeting

What: Community
When: Tuesday, August 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society at Event Horizon

Join the convention committee (concom) for CONsole Room to learn about volunteering and planning for this event, an annual gathering space for Doctor Who enthusiasts. This is your opportunity to take that extra step and make this community come alive.

Geek Date Night: Vacation

What: Movies, Trivia, Nightlife
When: Tuesday, August 15th 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. Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 9:00 p.m. This is a free event.

YogaQuest Continues: Daredevil

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, August 15th 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. Build up your inner strength with this week’s theme: Daredevil.

Social Science: The Science Behind Pixar

What: Education, Nightlife, Science & Tech
When: Wednesday, August 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Social Science is the themed “adult night” at the Science Museum of Minnesota, “welcoming those 21 and over to grab a drink, enjoy the museum, and experience innovative programming.” The theme this Thursday focuses on the current special exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar, which explores the science that brings stories to life. This event is 21-plus and costs $18.95 for nonmembers or $14.95 for MPR or Science Museum members.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hard Times Cafe

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).”

Pre-Eclipse Party with Mike Lynch

What: Science & Technology, Educational
When: Wednesday, August 16th at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Sun Ray Branch Library

Celebrate and be informed with this unique free event at Sun Ray library in St. Paul. Learn about how the eclipse works and get some free viewing glasses for when the total solar eclipse happens on August 21. (And click here for information on when and how to view the eclipse!)

Movies in the Parks: Moana

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, August 16th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Recreation Center

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is presenting movies in various parks throughout the city over the course of the summer, and one showing this week is Moana, a beautiful story of learning to apologize, a proud demigod, and the shiniest crab you’ll ever see. See the full schedule for all Minneapolis Movies in the Parks here.

2017 Wacipi Exhibition at Mall of America

What: Family, Arts
When: Thursday, August 17th at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Where: Mall of America Rotunda

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and other Indian nations will be presenting an exhibition of dance at the Mall of America Rotunda on Thursday afternoon and evening. This is a great chance for the whole family to experience Native American dancers and dance forms as the rotunda is transformed into a Wacipi arena. This event is free and family friendly.

Super Smash Bros. Tournament

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, August 17th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Up-Down

Get your smash on while getting responsibly smashed at Up-Down in a Super Smash Bros. tournament presented by Bauhaus Brew Labs. Compete in an elimination bracket for prizes from Bauhaus and Up-Down.

Third Thursday: Design Night with AIGA Minnesota

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, August 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

The theme for the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s monthly Third Thursday event for August is Design Night, presented with the American Institute of Graphic Arts. The museum invites you to learn about the world of design with the Design Impact Series pop-up print show, explore race, design a font, hear from Bruce Shapiro of Sisyphus Industries, enjoy a photo booth, and take in food truck fare from Sandy’s Grill and Brava.

Adult Night Out at the Zoo

What: Educational, Nightlife
When: Thursday, August 17th 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 in advance, $15 day of, or free for members.

Co-Op Talk

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, August 17th 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, August 17th 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, August 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Geek Slink is a belly-dance 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.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, August 17th 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.

Creepshow 35mm Screening

What: Movies
When: Thursday, August 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Honor the life of legendary director George Romero with a screening of a 35mm print of Creepshow, a tribute to the EC Comics publications of the ’50s that inspired Stephen King and George Romero to create works of horror. In this cult classic, King and Romero team up with Tom Savini for gory special effects. Admission is $10.

United Geeks of Gaming Weekend of Open Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, August 18th from 2:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m.; and Sunday, August 20th from 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon

While a certain large gaming convention might be happening in Indianapolis, United Geeks of Gaming are hosting a weekend of open gaming here in Minnesota, to which gamers of all ages and abilities are invited in order to “spend the day hanging out with fellow geeks playing, learning, and teaching games.” Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite board games, card games, and/or role-playing games, but the groups has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, August 18th 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.

Autoptic Comics Festival

What: Comics, Arts
When: Friday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. (or the 18th, per the link)
Where: The Future

Autoptic is a free pop-up comics gallery show with readings emceed by M. S. Harkness. See Lance Ward, Archie Bongiovani, and Cooper Whittesley for the August showcare. This event is free, but donations are encouraged to help support Autoptic 2018.

An Evening With T. Aaron Cisco, D. C. Edwards, and Mark McPherson

What: Books
When: Friday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Boneshaker Books

Celebrate local literary science fiction at Boneshaker Books with with local authors T. Aaron Cisco, D. C. Edwards and Mark McPherson (two of whom are Twin Cities Geek contributors). The authors will be reading from their works and sharing tales from the worlds of writing and publishing. There will be complimentary light refreshments and drinks on hand.

Level Up! Yoga

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

Put your yoga experience to use and level up to 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, August 19th 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.”

Minnesota Fan Fest

What: Convention
When: Saturday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: St. Paul RiverCentre

Celebrate comics, creators, and collectibles at the new Minnesota Fan Fest convention. This event is a great chance to meet comics creators from the local area and beyond, and see a variety of programming and presenters in five different rooms. Special guests include: Garret Wang, Hope Nicholson, and more (see event listing for details). Be sure to visit the Twin Cities Geek booth to say hello and enter our giveaway to win one of two $30 gift certificates to local geek restaurant Byte! Day passes cost $30 each, but TCG readers can get 50% off with the code TCGMNFF17.

World War I Centennial Weekend

What: Educational
When: Saturday, August 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Fort Snelling

One hundred years ago, the United States entered World War I, and this weekend’s events at Fort Snelling act to commemorate the entry to that conflict. The Minnesota Historical Society will help put that entry into the war in perspective and explore the way the war changed lives, including how Minnesotans lived at the time. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, veterans, and students; $6 for children four and older; and free for kids under four.

501st Takeover: A Star Wars Spectacular

What: Arts, Educational, Family, Movies
When: Saturday, August 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble Roseville

See the 501st Legion’s Central GarrisonStar Wars superfans with a volunteerism streak and a love for movie-quality props and costumes—in official costumes leading a drawing class, engaging in photo ops, and showing off movie props. Authors John Jackson Miller and Daniel Wallace will be present at 2:00 p.m. for a book signing.

Star Trek Bar Crawl VI

What: Nightlife, Music
When: Saturday, August 19th starting at 4:00 p.m.
Where: The 1029 Bar (starting location)

Beam down to the mysterious world of Northeast Minneapolis with your trusty away team to seek out new forms of life and new civilizations, and to boldly consume libations that no one has consumed before. Starfleet uniforms and other appropriate costuming is encouraged throughout this evening of shore leave. The crawl will begin at the 1029 Bar and eventually make its way to free shows at the 331 Club at 10:00 p.m., including music from Salmon Cabin, Fistful of Datas, and Lyritics. See the event page for the full route.

Son of the Minnesota Monster Kid Society 8mm Creature Feature and Pizza Bash

What: Movies, Food & Drink, Family
When: Saturday, August 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Broadway Bar & Pizza

The Minnesota Monster Kid Society will be hosting a night of 8mm monster movies, pizza, and family fun. There is no cover for this event—attendees only need to cover their own pizza tabs. Per the event listing, there is space for roughly 45 people, and attendees are encouraged to send a private message to the event coordinators on Facebook to RSVP.

Equilibrium: Cindy Tran with Special Guest Paul Tran

What: Music, Books
When: Saturday, August 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Loft Literary Center

Equilibrium is a spoken-word series from the Loft Literary Center, which continues on Saturday with Cindy Tran and Paul Tran. Cindy Tran is a 2017 Brooklyn Poets fellow and avid Yelp reviewer who brings poetry to the service. Paul Tran is a Pushcart Prize– and Best of the Net–nominated poet. The event will feature spoken word by the guests, music by DJ Nak, and readings by Dua Saleh and Phillip Andrew Bennett Low. Tickets are $10.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, August 20th 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and 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.

Sociable Summer: NE Brewers Block Party

What: Food & Drink, Community, Music
When: Sunday, August 20th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Sociable Cider Werks

The NE Brewers Block Party is a gathering of local breweries with food, music, craft vendors, fair games, and more. Sample beers from 56 Brewing, 612Brew, Able Seedhouse and Brewery, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Dangerous Man Brewing Company, Fair State Brewing Cooperative, HeadFlyer Brewing, Indeed Brewing Company, Insight Brewing, NorthGate Brewing, and Sociable Cider Werks. The Champions, Seaberg, Catbath, Enemy Planes, and Apollo Cobra will be providing music. Admission is free, but it’s $5 for a drinking wristband, with proceeds benefiting SACA.

Japanese Obon Festival

What: Community
When: Sunday, August 20th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

The annual Obon Festival (formerly called the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival) is the largest Japanese-related festival in Minnesota and is modeled after summer festivals held across Japan for the Obon holiday. During that holiday, many people return home to pay respect to their ancestors, and paper lanterns are lit and floated down rivers to guide the spirits of those who have departed. The festival will include stage performances (including convention regulars Harisen Daiko), lantern lighting, folk dancing, and more. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children, with admission free for kids under the age of three.

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

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