Monthly Archive:: January 2018

7 Underappreciated Sci-Fi Shows to Stream Right Now

Every year, we all patiently await for the newest season of our favorite streaming shows. Stranger Things, The Handmaid’s Tale, Black Mirror, any of the Marvel properties (except Iron Fist)—each posted online and each binged within a week. How can we possibly handle the seemingly infinite amount of time until we get our next taste? Luckily, there are a number of fine shows you may have never heard of that can fill the void! Here are seven hidden gems you can watch...

This Week in Geek (1/29/18–2/4/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 29th to Sunday, February 4th. (And if you don’t find what you’re looking for here, check out “35 Things to Do Instead of the Super Bowl” and “The Super Bowl Survival Guide for Minnesota Theater Geeks”!) Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party What: Movies, Family When: Monday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Parkway Theater TC...

American Girl’s 2018 Girl of the Year Shoots for the Stars

American Girl, the brand known for bringing history-based 18-inch dolls to bunches of kids over the past 30 years, has been releasing a special Girl of the Year each year for the past decade or so. Each of these characters generally has a specific interest, such as baking or dance. Over the course of two to three books (it varies from year to year), her story related to that interest evolves, and she overcomes various challenges along the way....

6 Books to Warm Up Your Winter Reading

It’s still winter in Minnesota and will be for some time yet, as much as we all may wish otherwise. While many of us in the Twin Cities got a good dose of snow this past week, some of the city plows are a little too efficient, and I, personally, didn’t get to spend any time being snowed into my house. If I had, though, here are six books I might have read while curled up by the fireplace,...

The Super Bowl Survival Guide for Minnesota Theater Fans

After months of preparation and weeks of street closings, Super Bowl LII is almost here. Events throughout the region start January 26 for residents and fans alike leading up to the big game on February 4 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. If you’re looking to experience a different kind of drama on a big stage, we’ve got you covered. Here are some plays and musicals on stage during the Super Bowl hoopla. (Note: some of the companies are...

Music Critic Chris Riemenschneider Unpacks First Avenue’s Legacy

April 3, 1970. That’s the night Joe Cocker and his entourage of over 40 people and a dog formally opened the doors at the Depot, which later morphed into Uncle Sam’s, then Sam’s, and finally First Avenue, the name Minneapolis’s storied live music venue holds to this day. Over five decades, the club has gone through numerous changes beyond its namesake, hosting a bevy of acclaimed artists and bands, including prominent out-of-town acts U2, Nirvana, Ice Cube, and Green...

35 Things to Do Instead of the Super Bowl

It’s coming. The Super Bowl is almost here, and it won’t just be taking over US Bank Stadium and the surrounding areas on game day—there are 10 days of official celebrations planned, running January 26 through February 4. Understandably, if you won’t be attending, you’ve probably been thinking hard about how to avoid the crowds and traffic. Not to worry—we’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Below you’ll find some events happening during those 10 days that have nothing...

How to Beat the Housebound Winter Blues

As some of my readers know, I use a wheelchair most of the time when I leave the house. I also use wheelchair-accessible public transportation, which is faulty even in the best of weather, so in the winter it can be downright unbearable. Plus, traveling with a wheelchair anywhere in the winter is a hardship. So what’s a gal to do to preserve her mental health and stay in touch with her geeky community? The first thing is to...

This Week in Geek (1/22/18–1/28/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 22nd to Sunday, January 28th. Star Trek: Discovery Viewing Party What: Movies, Arts, Family When: Monday, January 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Where: The Parkway Theater TC Trek Trivia presents a night of new Star Trek. Follow the adventures of a brand-new crew with your fellow geeks in a great old Minneapolis theater. This is a free,...

Carry on Captain Ahab’s Legacy in Nantucket

Nantucket is a naval-strategy video game filled with combat and trading. Oh yeah, and it’s set in the Moby Dick universe. What an age we live in, huh? Truly there is room for anything in the video-game market. Set in the aftermath of Herman Melville’s classic novel, Nantucket places you in the role of Ishmael, intent on finishing what Captain Ahab started: hunting down the great beast, Moby Dick. That’s easier said than done, and you’ll have to start...
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