This Week in Geek (9/18/17–9/24/17)

This Week In Geek 9/18
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 18th to Sunday, September 24th.

Creative Club

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Monday, September 18th 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.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, September 18th 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.”

YogaQuest Continues: Pirates of the Caribbean

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, September 19th 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 Pirates of the Caribbean, so get ready be as flexible as Captain Jack.

Geek Date Night: Smoke Signals

What: Movies, Trivia, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Byte

Geek Date Night continues at its new location with the film Smoke Signals. 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.

The Not-So-Silent Planet with Special Guest Loren Niemi

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Tuesday, September 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

The Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers will be hosting its monthly speculative open-mic session, the Twin Cities’ “first open-mic dedicated to speculative interpretations of myth,” at Kieran’s Irish Pub on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The featured performer for March’s session is Loren Niemi, local storyteller and author; others are invited to perform for five- to seven-minute sets and tell attendees about worlds “whose laws of physics differ from our own” and places “of which we’ve never dreamt.”


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Anelace Coffee

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).”

Speed Friending for Geeks

What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 508 Bar and Restaurant

This event is organized like speed-dating, but the goal is to make connections that can lead to real friendships with fellow geeks. Spend 5 minutes per person, and swap tables at the sound of the bell in order to connect to 20+ potential new friends over the course of the events. Tickets are $6.49 ahead of time or $15 at the door. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. This event is put on by Speed Friending Twin Cities.

Game Tester Night: Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

This is your chance to learn to play Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy, a locally designed board game with local creators from Adam’s Apple Games. If you can keep your eye on the food-truck prize, you might just win a free copy of the game and a pint of beer.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, September 21st 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 21st 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 21st 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.

Crime and Pun-ishment

What: Comedy & Theater, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Old Spaghetti Factory

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. This show’s focus is on a 1920s Mafia tale, so expect flappers, zoot suits, and private detectives. Dressing the part is encouraged but by no means required.

Not Far-Far Away: John Berkey’s Sci-Fi Paintings

What: Arts
When: Friday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

John Berkey was a prolific illustrator and artist best known for his work on a variety of science-fiction book covers and design work for Star Wars and other Hollywood films, and this event at Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a great opportunity to view an exhibition of his work. Berkley attended MCAD during the early 1950s, so there’s a Twin Cities connection to his work. This exhibition is organized by Damon Stanek and is a part of the 2017 Mechademia conference at MCAD (see below for more).

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 22nd 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

Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures

What: Arts, Educational
When: Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

The Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures is a three-day conference that explores global innovations and their implications in popular culture, especially manga, anime, and gaming. This year’s key-note speakers are Tatsumi Takayuki and Kotani Mari.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, September 22nd 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. Topics this year include transnational science-fiction forms, gender and feminist science fiction, the Anthropocene in science fiction, fashion and cosplay, and more.

Midnight Madness: The Holy Mountain

What: Movies
When: Friday, September 22nd at 11:59 p.m. and Saturday, September 23rd at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Landmark Uptown Theater

Midnight Madness continues at the Landmark Uptown Theatre with a screening of The Holy Mountain, the tale of an alchemist trying to displace the gods. This bizarre cult epic from Alejandro Jodorowsky is famous for its scandalous imagery and existential symbolism. Tickets are $9.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th 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 “Shamrocks & Shenanigans” and will include Irish dancers, Guinness tastings, and unique vendors to celebrate Irish and Celtic culture.

Normandale Japanese Garden Festival

What: Arts, Educational, Food & Drink, Music, Family
When: Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Normandale Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden Festival is an event put on to celebrate the Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College. Most of the event focuses on celebrating aspects of Japanese culture, including events like flute and drum performances, koi feedings, martial arts, dance, origami, kid’s activities, and more. There is a $10 suggested donation for admission.

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named

What: Nightlife, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis (see event listing for participating venues)

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named is returning for a magical evening of Harry Potter cosplay, themed drink specials, and community. The event is put on by Brooms & Brews and encompasses a number of downtown drinking establishments, including Kieran’s Irish Pub, the Loon, Brother’s Bar and Grill, the Pourhouse, and the 508 Bar and Restaurant. Many participating bars have free covers for people in costume or wearing official pub-crawl T-shirts.

RoboCop 35mm Screening and Costume Contest

What: Movies, Arts
When: Saturday, September 23rd at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

See a 35mm screening of the science-fiction action satire classic RoboCop and participate in a themed costume party. Tickets are $10, and the event is for people 16 years or older. This event is presented by the Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society.

Fearless Presents: Reverend Matt’s Monster Science

What: Comedy & Theater, Arts
When: Saturday, September 23rd at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theatre

Fearless Presents is a new monthly comedy showcase from Fearless Comedy Productions bringing new acts. This month’s is Reverend Matt’s Monster Science, a multimedia series of informational comedy about all kinds of monsters, whether kaiju, prehistoric beasts, mythological creatures, or anything else. Tickets for this show are $12.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, September 24th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are 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.

Ramen Kazama Rama 2017

What: Music, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, September 24th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Ramen Kazama

Ramen Kazama Rama returns for its second annual free show in the Ramen Kazama parking lot. This event is a day of music and food, taking place along with other events for Nicollet Open Streets day. Bands will be playing from noon until the final act at 6:40 p.m., Marijuana Deathsquads.

Gender Jam

What: Community, Family, Gaming
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 a day of chilling out, playing board games, card games, video games, and more, as well as reading comics.

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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