This Week in Geek (9/11/17–9/17/17)

This Week in Geek 9-11
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 11th through Sunday, September 17th.

Creative Club

What: Food & Drink, Meetup
When: Monday, September 11th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Byte

At this casual weekly meetup, you can bring your latest creative project to work on or just show up to mingle and network. While you’re there, you can take advantage of Byte’s food and drink offerings and their communal game library.

Meet Your Museums

What: Educational, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs

Learn how lucky you are to live in a metro area rich in museum culture with this unique meetup at Bauhaus Brew Labs. There will hands-on activities, ticket giveaways, pizza, and beer. Expect to see representatives from American Swedish Institute, the Bakken Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Minnesota Historical Society, Science Museum of Minnesota, and more.

Discussion of Unicorn Mountain by Michael Bishop

What: Books
When: Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Quatrefoil Library

The North Country Gaylaxians continue their monthly GLBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy book club at Quatrefoil library with a discussion of Unicorn Mountain by Michael Bishop, a tale of exile from a deadly illness and the ways that ripples into a supernatural world. The book is the winner of the Mythopoeic Award.

YogaQuest Continues: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, September 12th 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. Get into your chillest possible mood with this week’s theme: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Geek Date Night: Ghost in the Shell (1995)

What: Movies, Nightlife, Trivia
When: Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Byte

Geek Date Night returns in a brand-new location with the anime classic Ghost in The Shell. 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 with prizes available, including a $50 bar tab, board games, and books.

MN Publishing Tweet Up

What: Books, Meetup, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, September 13th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Bad Weather Brewing

The MN Publishing Tweet Up will be returning to Bad Weather brewing for an evening of lively discussion and libations with fellow writing and publishing geeks. The event is made possible by the Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable and the Author’s Guild.

TC Trek Trivia

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!”

New Comic Book Day

What: Comics, Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Day Block Brewing

In the weekly New Comic Book Day series, see the debut of interesting new comic books and hear sets from local comedians while enjoying delicious beer. Elliot Rahal and Grace Thomas act as hosts. This is the final week of New Comic Book day as a weekly event, as the creators will be retooling it in the near future, so keep your comic-loving eyes open.

Trylon Cinema Fundraiser and Open House


What: Movies, Community, Arts
When: Thursday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

The Trylon Cinema (known as the Trylon Microcinema before this summer’s construction work) is hosting a fundraiser and open house to celebrate its reopening. This is your chance to come and support a community bastion of revival cinema and a host to film series such as Trash Film Debauchery, Sound Unseen, and more. There will be screenings of a classic short film at both 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. respectively, and the Trylon encourages attendees to make tax-deductible donations if they plan on attending. This is a kid-friendly event.

Dungeons & Dragons Thursdays

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Come to GlitchHQ on the second Thursday of every month for an open game of Dungeons & Dragons, welcoming new and experienced players alike. The game is played in an open or sandbox style, so don’t worry about missing individual sessions for overarching story. Just show up, roll up, survive, and level up. Materials and rules provided.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, September 14th 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, September 14th 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.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, September 14th 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.

Film 4M: The Bellboy

What: Movies
When: Thursday, September 14th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Black Forest Inn

This movie screening is part of the Film 4M series hosted by the Black Forest Inn. Short films will start showing at 7:00 p.m., showing an hour of odd Jerry Lewis shorts. The main screening of The Bellboy begins at 8:00 p.m., so prepare for some Jerry Lewis strangeness. This is a free event, but a donation of $5 is recommended. Free popcorn is available.

St. Paul Oktoberfest 2017

What: Food & Drink
When: Friday, September 15th at 4:00 p.m. to Saturday, September 16th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Historic Schmidt Brewery

Autumn is arriving, and one way to celebrate while enjoying St. Paul’s German culture (and beer) is with the St. Paul Oktoberfest, produced by the Germanic American Institute and hosted at the historic Schmidt Brewery. Enjoy a carnival, German food and beer, dachshund races, bed races, tours, and musical acts. See the event website for specifics on music acts.

Minnesota Long Con

What: Gaming, Conventions
When: Friday, September 15th at 4:30 p.m. to Sunday, September 17th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Waldorf School

Minnesota Long Con is a convention that flips the standard role-playing convention slot experience on its head, leading to closer connections and longer stories told over a period of a few days. The goal is for attendees to play at the same table with the same set of gamers all weekend and to see what emerges from it. Tickets are $65 and include four communal meals.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 15th 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

Geek Slink & Drink: Glamilton

What: Theater & Comedy, Music, Arts
When: Friday, September 15th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl

Don’t throw away your shot to see Geek Slink & Drink’s tribute to the $10 founding father without a father. Prepare for a night of musical theater inspired comedy shenanigans in this geeky tribute to all things musical theater, with guest performers Hector the Big Gay Mexican, Emily Villano, and Red Rider. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance.

Midnight Madness: Howl’s Moving Castle

What: Movies
When: Friday, September 15th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

Landmark Uptown Theatre continues its Midnight Madness series with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated adventure film Howl’s Moving Castle. This is a tale of handsome wizards, magical moving castles, curses, and heroism. Tickets are $9.

East Metro Collaborative Competition

What: Educational, Family, Science & Technology
When: Saturday, September 16th at 8:30 a.m.
Where: East Ridge High School

Young robotics enthusiasts will compete for geeky glory in the East Metro Collaborative Competition, a youth robotics competition. The opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m., with matches continuing throughout the day. Lunch is available onsite, and the event is free.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th from 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.
Where: 12364 Chestnut Boulevard, Shakopee

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 47th season and will be open weekends from August 19th to October 1st. The Renaissance Festival has a large variety of things to experience, including musical acts, comedy shows, artisan markets, food, drink, actors in costume, games, demos, jousting, and kid-themed events. The fest is open rain or shine, and tickets are $23.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors, and $14.95 for children at the gate; there are a variety of other options available on the website. This weekend’s theme is “Pets and Pirates,” so prepare to have your heart stolen by the snuggliest and furriest buccaneers in the Midwest. Additionally, Saturday the 16th is Sign Language Saturday at the festival.

ComicCard Comic Con

What: Comics, Conventions
When: Saturday, September 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Bloomington VFW

ComicCard Comic Con is a comic-book convention at the Bloomington VFW featuring comics, gaming cards, special guests, Funko POP!, action figures, vintage toys, and more. Special guests include Tim Seeley, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, and Frank Fosco. Con admission is $3.

United Geeks of Gaming Open Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, September 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group offers its Open Gaming session on the first Saturday of every month, 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.

Writing Creatively about Our Experiences as WOC Academics

What: Books, Education
When: Saturday, September 16th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Loft Literary Center

This two-hour workshop is an opportunity for professors and grad students who are women of color and indigenous women to discuss how to write creatively about shared experiences in academia. If you are interested in learning how to share your story and have that background, this is a great place to share stories, learn, plan, and revise work. This activity is made possible by funding from a State Arts Board grant and the generosity of the Loft Literary Center.

Lit Crawl

What: Books, Food & Drink, Family
When: Saturday, September 16th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis including Bryant Lake Bowl

The Lit Crawl returns to Minneapolis for a second year with a variety of events at four locations: the Bryant-Lake Bowl, Magers & Quinn, Trapeze at Barbette, and SooVAC. Activities range from panels and readings to games and more, with some highlights including family-friendly bookmaking, literary speed-dating, a Books and Bars discussion of Saga, a Story Slam, and an hour devoted to books about Minnesota music. This event is free, and most venues have nearby free or metered parking. Check the website to find events that appeal to you.

Best Laid Plans

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stillwater KC Hall

The Murder Mystery Co. will be performing a live and interactive murder-mystery dinner show that promises to mix a little intrigue and murder with your meal. The event is $60, and tickets can be bought in advance. VIP packages are available for an extra charge.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming
When: Sunday, September 17th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon

The United Geeks of Gaming group invites you to RPG Sunday Game Day! Whether you are an experienced game master wanting to run a game or someone entirely new to the world of role-playing games who wants to join a session and learn as you go, this is the day for you.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, September 17th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a new 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.

Board Games at Como Dockside

What: Gaming, Family
When: Sunday, September 17th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Como Dockside

Game on with other board gaming geeks at on the third floor of Como Dockside, a space on idyllic Lake Como. Attendance is free; attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite board games to share or to play games that others have brought. The meetup page notes that Como Dockside has plenty of food and beverage options. This event was organized by the Saint Paul Board Games Group.

Gender Jam: Sex Ed Day

What: Educational, Community
When: Sunday, September 17th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange

Gender Jam, a group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex teens, is gathering at the Exchange for Sex Ed Day. The event should provide some illumination on topics that will help youth be safe, healthy, and happy.

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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