This Week in Geek (10/2/17–10/8/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 8th.

Tower Games: Monday Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, October 2nd at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Tower Games

Try your hand at new board games every Monday night at Tower Games in Minneapolis. The group will play almost any game, and guests are encouraged to bring their own to share or try other people’s games. This group also runs through game demos.

Creative Club

What:Arts, Meetup
When: Monday, October 2nd at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Byte

Creative Club is a casual weekly meetup where 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. Be creative and meet new friends in a geeky space!

Geek Date Night Comes to Nomad

What: Trivia
When: Monday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Nomad

Geek Date Night adds a second location. Come for a fun and geeky night complete with trivia and punnery with host Rob Callahan. Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m., so be there bright and early to grab a spot. This is a free event with prizes available, including a $50 bar tab, board games, and books.

Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party

What: Television, Meetup
When: Monday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

Star Trek is returning to the small screen with a new series, Star Trek: Discovery, and this is a chance to celebrate with your fellow Trekkies, Trekkers, and other geeks. TC Trek Trivia is organizing this event, which is free and all ages and will continue every Monday throughout the run of the season.

Books & Bars: The Other Einstein

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, October 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and 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 The Other Einstein.

Geek Date Night: The Book of Life

What: Movies, Trivia
When: Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Byte

In addition to adding trivia at the Nomad, Geek Date Night continues its trivia-and-movie nights Tuesdays at Byte. Trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. and the movie (this week, The Book of Life) begins at 9:00 p.m. This is a free event with prizes available, including a $50 bar tab, board games, and books.

YogaQuest Continues: Hocus Pocus

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, October 3rd 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 Hocus Pocus, so get ready to build up those critical core muscles for broom and/or vacuum riding.

Tea and Meeples

What: Food & Drink, Community, Books
When: Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 7512 Pillsbury Ave. South, Richfield

Enjoy a night of community and tea with Tea and Meeples, a weekly gathering of friendly geeks at “Panda Castle” in Richfield. This week’s theme is reading with friends, so prepare to immerse yourself in the quietly social world of reading with a cup of tea and company.

On African American Theater and Archives: A Conversation

What: Arts, Educational
When: Wednesday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120

This Umbra Search African American History event is a conversation with local scholars and artists and Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin on the way that archival records inform works of art and theater. Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin is a professor at the University of Georgia and leads the creative team behind At Buffalo, a musical focusing on the 1901 World’s Fair and radically different visions of blackness featured in the exhibits. This is a free event, and a livestream is available for those unable to attend in person.

Back to Hogwarts Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Back to Hogwarts is an event celebrating the return to Hogwarts with Harry Potter–themed yoga. This event will repeat to celebrate all seven years of Hogwarts, but students do not need to attend every year. The class is $15, and open to participants over the age of 12.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, October 5th 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: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, October 5th 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, October 5th 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.

2017 Minne Mini Film Festival

What: Movies
When: Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl

This festival presented by the Persistence of Vision filmmaking collective features short films from a range of genres with just one limitation: each film has to be two minutes or shorter. The event intends to display diverse Twin Cities filmmakers and will screen 50 shorts, followed by drinks and discussion. Cover is $10.

First Thursday Films: Raising Bertie

What: Educational, Movies
When: Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater, a screening and speaking series, will be showing Raising Bertie as part of its Black Cinema: Under the Skin series, a program of films by black filmmakers exploring black culture and experience. Raising Bertie is a portrait of three young men in Bertie County in eastern North Carolina as they face a precarious coming of age. This film looks in-depth at issues facing rural youth of color in the United States.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, October 5th 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: The Best We Could Do

What: Comics
When: Thursday, October 5th 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 The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.”

ConFABulous 2017

What: Community, Convention, Gaming
When: Friday, October 6th at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 8th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport—Mall of America

ConFABulous is a new weekend-long LGBTQA gaming convention presented by North Country Gaylaxians. Preregistration has closed, but tickets will be available at the door: $50 for the weekend, $20 for Friday only, $25 for Saturday, or $15 for Sunday. The convention consists of a large gaming room, panels, social events, and more.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, October 6th 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

Garage Sale Pop-Up

What: Arts
When: Friday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Textile Center

The Textile Center is running the best mini garage sale under the sun, with events on Friday night and on Saturday during the day. Friday is a preview sale, with DJ sets, refreshments, and a $15 or $20 cover. The Saturday sale is the main portion of the garage sale and has a $1 cover.


What: Movies
When: Friday, October 6th and Saturday,  October 7th at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 8th at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

See Don Coscarelli’s 1979 horror classic of dream logic, terrifying undertakers, ice-cream-vendors-turned-heroes, floating orbs that drain blood, mausoleums, and portals at the newly renovated Trylon. Tickets are $8, and showings run through the weekend.

John Green Mashup Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Friday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

This is a special Friday night rerun event at YQdio where they will be doing a mashup of tales from John Green‘s works in order to help support the release of his new book Turtles All the Way Down. Expect a narrated yoga experience celebrating the work. Minimum donation of $10 is requested.

GPS Movie Night

What: Movies
When: Friday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society

Get together with your fellow geeks for a geeky double feature in this month’s GPS Movie Night, which features two films about searching and investigation on other worlds. Feel free to bring snacks, drinks, or dinner. There will be some concessions available for purchase onsite.

Kinky Cosplay

What: Nightlife
When: Friday, October 6th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Gay 90s

For geeks who kink, this is a great opportunity for cosplay at the Gay 90s at its monthly Kinky Friday event hosted by Mistress Mara and Queen Pea. Dress to impress and have fun with the possibility of being featured on the mainstage, hang out in the lounge, and more. This event is sponsored by Venus Unveiled and Midwest Makeup Supply. Respect and consent are strongly enforced. There’s a $10 cover for attendees 21 and older, and $15 cover for attendees 18 to 20.

GPS Scavenger Hunt

What: Meetup, Gaming
When: Saturday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society

The Geek Partnership Society invites you to “Gather your teams, and be ready!” Teams of four people (six if two or more hunters are under 12) meet and register between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; judging will take place at 4:00 p.m. and will be followed by a social hour. There is a $25 fee per team, or $20 if you preregister.

Open Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, October 7that 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.

MSP Fall ComiCon

What: Convention, Comics
When: Saturday, October 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: MN State Fairgrounds Education Building

Fall ComiCon is an all-volunteer-run comics convention put on by the Midwest Comic Book Association, a local nonprofit devoted to promoting comic books, creators, and fandom. The event will feature guest creators including Pat Broderick, Erik Burnham, Zander Cannon, Steve Fastner, Otis Frampton, Ale Garza, and more. There will be food on hand from Smokey Joe’s, comics to purchase (bring cash), cosplayers, and more. Admission is $9 at the door, or $8 with a canned good donation. Be sure to come say hi to us at the Twin Cities Geek table!

Writers in Conversation: Heid Erdrich and Sun Yung Shin

What: Books, Meetup
When: Saturday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Delano Public Library

Writers in Conversation is a series bringing great literary personalities for conversation put on by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and the Minnesota Book Awards. This event is a conversation between two acclaimed poets who have both won the Minnesota Book Award in addition to other honors, Heid Erdich (National Monuments) and Sun Yung Shin (Unbearable Splendor).

MPR’s 50th Anniversary Block Party

What: Family, Food & Drink, Meetup, Music, Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 7th starting at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown St. Paul

Minnesota Public Radio is turning 50 and having a birthday party to celebrate half a century of public news and tunes. This free event features live music, food trucks, art activities, kid-friendly attractions, and more. See performances from Minnesota greats like Jeremy Messermith, Dessa, Chris Thile, Gaelynn Lea, Alan Sparhawk, and more. You can get to this event with a free Metro Transit pass, by bicycle, or by driving to nearby ramps.

Fire Mama’s Birthday Bizarre Bazaar

What: Arts, Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center

This unique event is an art, craft, and fashion extravaganza celebrating the bizarre with fire dancing, artists, music from local DJs, and more. As it’s held at the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, you’ll be surrounded by the tools used in welding, glass-blowing, and more. There will be a donation-based cash bar and tickets are $15 at the door, with various discounts available online see the website. Kids get in free until midnight.

RPG Sunday D4 Miniconvention

What: Gaming
When: Sunday, October 8th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon

Dave Arneson was born in early October and represents the Minnesota side of the Dungeons & Dragons origin story. D4 is a mini convention all about celebrating his legacy. This event will focus on gaming, of course, and include some possible information about the upcoming film Secrets of Blackmoor, which seeks to shine a light on Arneson’s contributions to the origins of role-playing games.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, October 8th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sunday is 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.

Opus & Olives

What: Books, Nightlife
When: Sunday, October 8th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre

Opus and Olives is a night celebrating the written word and raising funds to benefit communities through the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library’s and Pioneer Press’s literacy program. There will be an author meet and greet, cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, and presentations from guest authors. Paula Poundstone will emcee the event, joined by Ben Blum, Jamie Ford, Tom Perrotta, and Gabrielle Union. Tickets start at $150.

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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