This Week in Geek (11/13/17–11/19/17)

This Week in Geek 11/13
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 13th through Sunday, November 19th.

Board Game Night at Tamarack Tap Room

What: Gaming
When: Monday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Tamarack Tap Room

The Tamarack Tap Room, in partnership with the Gaming Goat, presents a weekly Monday-evening meetup for board games and beer—meet new gamer friends and enjoy a brew. As with most public board-game events, feel free to bring your favorite games to share, as well as a positive, respectful attitude for other people’s favorites.

Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party

What: Television, Meetup
When: Monday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

Star Trek has returned 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. This is a special week for the viewing party, as the organizers will be screening the midseason finale along with classic Star Trek.

Cat Bingo

What: Gaming, Community
When: Monday, November 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Hygga Lowertown

Play bingo, benefit Saved by a Whisker Rescue, and enjoy cat-themed cocktails from sponsors Copper & Kings and Tattersall Distilling on this special evening. There will be bingo and drink specials throughout the night, including Meowmosas and the Purrfect Manhattan. If you enjoy cat videos, they have you covered on that front as well.

Meet Think Small

What: Educational, Family
When: Tuesday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Think Small

This is free tour of Think Small, a community organization focused on early-childhood education. Instructors, executive leaders, and others will be available to answer questions about the program. Wine and cheese are provided.

Gaymer Space

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, November 14th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Minnesota tech nonprofit Glitch hosts Gaymer Space, a monthly gathering giving the LGBTQ+ community a place to gather, game, and geek out over shared interests like video games, board games, and the tech industry. This free event lasts from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will provide a casual space to hang out that should be fun for all ages.

Board Games at Bad Weather Brewing Company

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bad Weather Brewing

Enjoy a night of games and beers with with this event hosted by Saint Paul Board Game Group. The main event of the night will be open board gaming, running from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., but fun will be had all night. Bring some of your own favorites or try out games that others have brought while being considerate of other people’s games.

Books & Bars: Frankenstein

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

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 Frankenstein.

Tea and Meeples Reading with Friends

What: Food & Drink, Meetup, Books
When: Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 7512 Pillsbury Ave. S. 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 the “Reading with Friends,” so be ready to chase your tea and company with some books.

YogaQuest Continues: Wonder Woman

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, November 14th 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 Wonder Woman, so get in your invisible jet and get ready. This event costs $15.

The Marriage of Figaro

What: Music, Theater & Comedy
When: November 14th, 16th, 17th, and 18th at 7:30 p.m.; November 19th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Mozart’s classic comedy of errors is a great opera for people who have never seen opera and aren’t sure they’d like it. The show focuses on class struggles, a philandering Count, and disguised identities. Tickets for these performances, staged by the Minnesota Opera, start at $25; click here for our review.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Espresso Royale

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).”

Got to Be Something Here Event with Andrea Swensson

What: Books, Music
When: Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Magers and Quinn Booksellers

Minneapolis local bookstore Magers and Quinn will be hosting a reading and signing with Andrea Swensson to support her new book Got to Be Something Here, the story of the musicians who created and shaped the Minneapolis Sound. Click here for our story on this new book.

Anne Fadiman at A-Mill Artist Lofts

What: Books
When: Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: A-Mill Artist Lofts

Anne Fadiman, an author known for her essay collections At Large and At Small and Ex Libirs, will present her newest work, The Wine Lover’s Daughter. This book looks to her father’s wine cellar but goes deeper into her personal history, culture, and father-daughter relationships. The talk is free (but RSVP is recommended), and books will be on sale.

Target Free Thursday Night at the Walker

What: Arts
When: Thursday, November 16th 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. This week, enjoy a free screening of Cinema of Urgency: Tania Libre and explore galleries featuring Cuban art.

Catching Fire Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, November 16th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Catching Fire Yoga is a new class about radical self-acceptance and love based on the messages put forth in The Hunger Games. This new yoga class is open to all body types and experience levels and costs $15. Mats and props will be available.

Co-Op Talk

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Co-Op Talk is a monthly discussion of interactive media and digital games. The event begins with a short time to mingle and chat, with snacks and refreshments, followed by this month’s discussion topic: “Making Money Making Games,” led by Sam Miller.

Third Thursday: Art + Lit

What: Arts, Music, Books
When:: Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

The theme for the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s monthly Third Thursday event for November is Art + Lit. This event will celebrate the local literary community and look at intersections between art and literature. Enjoy poetry, tarot, creative writing, and more. There will be a live performance by Seaberg. This event is free, but reserving exhibition tickets ahead of time is recommended if you want to view the current special exhibit, Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe.

It’s Not Just a Job, It’s an Adventure!

What: Books
When: Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Dreamhaven Books and Comics

If you’ve ever wanted to answer the call to adventure and start working in small-press publishing, Catherine Lundoff of Queen of Swords Press, a new small publisher focusing on genre fiction, will be giving a talk at Dreamhaven on her experiences. The talk will be followed by a Q&A. This event is free, books will be for sale, and refreshments will be served. (Read: Author Catherine Lundoff and “Peak Queer Lycanthrope”)

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Crafting, Meetup
When: Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at Waterbury Center

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!”

White Birch, Red Hawthorn at Content Books with Nora Murphy

What: Books
When: Thursday November 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Content Books

Nora Murphy will be at Content Books in Northfield on Thursday night for a signing and reading of her new memoir White Birch, Red Hawthorn. The book tells the story of her ancestors’ move to a place that was already home to the native tribes of Minnesota and the wider cultural history of white settlement in Minnesota, looking at immigrant experiences and dispossession. Read our take on White Birch, Red Hawthorn here.

Geek Slink Belly Dance

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, November 16th at 7:00 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. 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, November 16th 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.

Trivia Against Humanity

What: Trivia
When: Thursday November 16th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

This regular event at Clockwerks Brewing represents the convergence of two geeky favorites: a steampunk-themed bar and absurd trivia. The event is hosted by Sam Spadino and Sidney Oxborough.

15 Years of Diamonds

What: Food & Drink
When: Friday, November 17th
Where: Diamonds Coffee Shoppe

Northeast Minneapolis’s Diamond Coffee Shoppe is turning 15, and they are celebrating this Friday. Get a free 12-ounce coffee between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., then during the afternoon have the chance to win free lunch, free coffee beans, or other prizes.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, November 17th 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.

Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 19th at 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Historic Mounds Theater

Gothic horror meets Green T Productions’ signature physical style in this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking science-fiction novel. Green T is an organization that “inspires, expands horizons and challenges assumptions with creative physical performance that straddles the boundaries of music, dance and theatre.” Tickets are $22 with a variety of discounts available.

Minne Mini Regional

What: Science & Tech
When: Saturday, November 18th at 8:00 a.m. (opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m.)
Where: Prior Lake High School

This is a FIRST Robotics Competition offseason event aimed at prepping teams for the upcoming build season. There are courses and workshops here aimed at helping teams, but actual spaces in those workshops are now filled, with a wait list available for interested teams. Starting at 9:30 a.m., there will be opening ceremonies and a variety of matches throughout the day, leading to awards at 5:35 p.m.

Sound+Vision MN Pop Culture Collectibles Show

What: Books, Comics
When: Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Valley Creek Mall

Shop a selection of vintage and current music, comic books, books, toys, memorabilia, and more from a variety of vendors. Author Chris Riemenschneider will be appearing and signing copies of his new book, First Avenue: Minnesota’s Mainroom, between 9:00 a.m. and noon.

Call to Adventure Yoga

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: YQdio

Prepare for your own Hero’s Journey with this Yoga class focused on pose exploration, led by YogaQuest’s Kat. This class will focus on learning yoga poses in depth and incorporating yoga flow into these poses. Cost is $15.

GPS Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, November 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

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.

Minnesota Black Author Expo

What: Books
When: Saturday, November 18th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Northside Economic Opportunity Network

This free event is open to the public and will be a showcase for black authors in the Twin Cities as well as a place to network. Enjoy chances to meet your favorite authors, performances, live readings, panels and more. Jasmine Boudag, Toviaz Bridgewater Sly and De’Vonna Pittman will be hosting this event.

Pairing Tea for Thanksgiving

What: Food & Drink, Educational
When: Saturday, November 18th at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Bingley’s Teas

Join Julia Matson, owner of Bingley’s Teas, for a special tasting to compare what kinds of tea do and don’t work with Thanksgiving foods. Nibble on turkey, cranberry, and sweet potato and discover which of Bingley’s looseleaf teas are perfect for your Turkey Day table. This class is $25; reservations are required.

Rondo Reopens

What: Books, Community, Music
When: Saturday, November 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Rondo Public Library

Celebrate the reopening of Rondo Community Library with music, food, demos of library equipment, and a grand reveal by St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman. Music will be provided by DJ Michel.Be. Enjoy hands-on activities, including paper making, 3D printing, and more. Support public libraries and spaces for the public to learn.

Saturday Storygame Train

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Dreamers Vault Games

Check out the world of Storygaming, a newer tabletop games that focus on narrative, with a night of gaming at Dreamers Vault. This week the group will be trying out two scenarios: Lady Blackbird, a tale of skyships, smugglers, and escaping arranged marriages; and Microscope, a no-prep game of history and society that defies time and space.

3rd Annual Coats and Cloaks Drive

What: Food & Drink, Community, Books
When: Saturday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: NorthGate Brewing

Trivia! Helping others! Beer! Do you have winter coats that are gently used and could be used to help others? Do you like Harry Potter trivia? Do you like Beer? Bring all your nerdy and altruistic interests together for the third annual Coats and Cloak Drive at Northgate Brewing. This event is put together by Gryffindorks Greater Twin Cities, a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, November 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

The United Geeks of Gaming group invite 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 game and learn as you go, this is the Sunday game day for you.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, November 19th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a 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: Dreamers Vault

What: Meetup, Community, Science & Tech
When: Sunday, November 19th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis/Dreamers Vault

Gender Jam is a meetup group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex youth. This week, the group will be heading over to Dreamers Vault for a day of gaming and comics. Enjoy the store’s big gaming tables for tabletop games and try some video games on the big-screen TVs. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Encyclopedia Show: Superheroes

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Sunday, November 19th
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub Titanic Room

Facts, art, and comedy come together for Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis, a monthly show in which hosts present a different verbal encyclopedia entry all under the watchful eye of a fact checker. Expect music, mascot dancing, movies and more. This month’s theme is superheroes.

Trivia Against Humanity

What: Trivia
When: Sunday, November 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland

This regular event at Can Can Wonderland represents the convergence of two geeky favorites: high concept minigolf/carnival fun and absurd trivia. The event is hosted by Sam Spadino and Sidney Oxborough.

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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