This Week in Geek (9/4/17–9/10/17)

This Week in Geek 9/4
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 4th through Sunday, September 10th.

Board Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Monday, September 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Tamarack Tap Room

Tamarack Tap Room and the Gaming Goat are partnering to host a free night of gaming, camaraderie, and food. There will be some games on hand, but participants are free to bring their own as well.

Books & Bars: Saga, Volumes 1 and 2

What : Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, September 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 Saga.

YogaQuest Continues: The Breakfast Club

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, September 5th 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 ready for the return to the school year with The Breakfast Club, a film whose soundtrack was responsible for a touching moment in Futurama.

Culhane Beer Tasting

What: Food & Drink, Music
When: Wednesday, September 6th 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.

New Comic Book Day

What: Comics, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, September 6th at 8:00 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.

Lantern Light Festival

What: Arts, Family, Food & Drink
When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. September 7th to October 1; 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. October 5th to October 22nd
Where: Canterbury Park

The Lantern Light Festival is a six-week-long celebration involving massive lanterns, performances, and excellent food. The festival itself is based on a 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition celebrating the return of spring with lantern lighting. The lanterns themselves are carefully assembled on the grounds. Tickets start at $23.

Loft Happy Hour

What: Books, Food & Drink, Educational
When: Thursday, September 7th at 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Loft Literary Center

The Loft will be hosting a happy-hour dabbler to introduce the public to its fall classes, which center on the theme of “Vigilance.” This evening is a chance to socialize, meet Loft staff and artists, and take part in a number of free mini classes. You can also hear about new initiatives from authors Peter Geye and Nicole Helget.

Target Free Thursday Night at the Walker

What: Arts
When: Thursday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center

Every Thursday night, the Walker Art Center offers free entry for the public in a partnership with Target. This is a chance to see great art, come together with the community, and be inspired to greater creative heights. So, come to the Walker and see a world-class museum for free.


What: Gaming, Educational
When: Thursday, September 7th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a monthly series hosted by tech nonprofit Glitch that offers the “opportunity to play works-in-progress, debug recent builds, test out new concepts, and connect with community.” At PLAY/TEST, attendees will find “alphas, betas, and even paper prototypes of games made by students and local game developers.” Creators, players, and game lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, September 7th 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 7th 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 7th 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.

One-Shot Comics: Legends in Exile

What: Comics
When: Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

One-Shot Comics, a monthly comic series devoted to covering a diverse range of comics and graphic novels, returns for September with a discussion of Fables Volume 1: Legends in Exile, a tale of extraordinary beings hiding in the mundane world. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.”

First Thursday Films: Fences with Lou Bellamy

What: Movies, Educational
When: Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater, a screening and speaking series, will be showing Fences as part of its Black Cinema: Under the Skin series, a program of films by black filmmakers exploring black culture and experience. Fences is an adaptation of August Wilson’s award-winning play about a working class African American father and his struggle to raise a family 1950s America; featured speaker Lou Bellamy is the cofounder and co-artistic director of St. Paul’s Penumbra Theatre Company. Tickets are $5.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 8th 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

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see posting for more information)

This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m., the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, September 8th 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.

Midnight Madness: Barbarella

What: Movies
When: Friday, September 8th at 11:59 p.m. and Saturday, September 9th at 11:50 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Uptown Theatre

The cult classic Barbarella will be screening at the Minneapolis Uptown Theatre Friday and Saturday at midnight. Barbarella is a space opera following the adventures of a futuristic secret agent as she vanquishes evil robots, gets acquainted with some handsome men, and imagines a 41st millennium that is bright, erotic, and bizarre. Tickets are $9 for this cult classic.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th 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 “Wine, Chocolate, and Romance,” so snuggle up with someone special.

Northeast Food Truck Rally

What: Food & Drink, Music
When: Saturday, September 9th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Able Seedhouse and Brewery

This event is a great opportunity to help people in need, enjoy delicious food, and listen to some local musicians, as the Minnesota Food Truck Association works with Meals on Wheels, the nonprofit focused on delivering meals and companionship to local seniors. Radio K has curated a set list of local musicians going throughout the afternoon, so come by, hear some great tunes, and do some good. The event is free, but if you’d like to have adult beverages, there is a $2 wristband fee (proceeds of which go to Meals on Wheels).

Fall Bombers Moon Ball

What: Food & Drink, Music, Nightlife
When: Saturday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

Dance the night away at the Fall Bombers Moon Ball, a night of music from the Roseville Big Band with dancing, aircraft tours, food trucks, and World War II–era dress—all with proceeds going to the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing Museum. The event kicks off with swing-dance lessons, so even if you’re an absolute beginner, you can get out there, dance, and have some fun to support the museum. There will be three food trucks onsite for food. This event is $14.50 ahead of time or a $17 donation at the door.

September Family Night

What: Gaming, Family
When: Saturday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Relive family board-game nights with this monthly event at Source Comics and Games. The Source provides a small library of games and an opportunity to try some you’ve never tried before, meet up with fellow board-game enthusiasts, and show off your favorite games. This event is kid friendly and free.

Cinema in the Cemetery: House of Wax

What: Movies
When: Saturday, September 9th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Spend a crisp autumn night at the Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery getting spooked with the Vincent Price horror classic House of Wax while helping out a great cause: preserving and educating the public about the cemetery. Tickets are $10 at the gate, and the screening will start at dusk (roughly 7:45 p.m.), but it’s a good idea to get there a bit early to claim a spot. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome, but alcohol, pets, and recording are not.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, September 10th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are 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.

Gender Jam Goes to Valleyfair

What: Meetup
When: Sunday, September 10th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis/Valleyfair

Gender Jam, a meetup group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex youth, is taking a group trip to Valleyfair. Expect a day of fun and visibility with rides, snacks, and good times in the beautiful September weather. The goal is to set off from the Exchange at 12:30 p.m. sharp and return by 5:00 p.m., so punctuality is important.

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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