This Week in Geek (1/22/18–1/28/18)

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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, all-ages event and will continue screening until the conclusion of the season. Concessions are available for purchase at the theater.

YogaQuest Continues: Guardians of the Galaxy

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, January 23rd 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 Guardians of The Galaxy, so surround yourself with your favorite trash pandas and talking trees. This event costs $15.

Tea and Meeples: Reading with Friends

What: Food & Drink, Meetup, Books
When: Tuesday, January 23rd 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. Cozy up for the winter and enjoy some reading and company.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Join your fellow Whovians and trivia fanatics at the Driftwood Char Bar on Wednesday night for Minnesota’s only regular Doctor Who trivia night, brought to you by the creators of TC Trek Trivia. This is an all-ages event with no cover, so expect seats to go quickly.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, January 25th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

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, January 25th 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, January 25th 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 January 25th 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. Trivia Against Humanity has also expanded and now has weekly events at Glam Doll on Tuesdays and Modist Brewing Company on Wednesdays; see this link for details.

Gamecraft 2018

What: Science & Tech, Gaming, Arts
When: Friday, January 26th–Sunday, January 28th
Where: Rapson Courtyard, University of Minnesota

GLITCH will be hosting 200-plus game designers, writers, artists and developers from around the Midwest this weekend who will be taking part in the Global Game Jam, and that could include you. This is an intense event where you will work with a team to develop a game in 48 hours. See the website for more schedule-related details or click here for our article about last year’s Gamecraft. Tickets for entry are $30 ($25 for students), and all skill levels are welcome; January 21 is the last day to preregister, but you can still register at the door.

Autonomous Snow Plow Competition

What: Science & Technology, Community, Family
When: Friday, January 26th at 1:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 27th at 9:00 a.m, Sunday January 28th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: In front of the St. Paul Reference Library

Minnesota is a state of extreme weather, and the ingenuity involved in surviving that weather and dealing with all the snow can be quite geeky. The Autonomous Snow Plow Competition, part of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, is a competition testing the ability of robotic plows to clear snow and involves teams from nearby schools trying to clear snow with the latest and greatest in automated navigation systems.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, January 26th 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 for the Magic: The Gathering Rivals of Ixalan FNM draft event. Entry is $15; all players will receive prizes, including a “fancy promo card.” This weekly event is limited to 24 players and typically lasts until about 9:00 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.

Disney Pixar Trivia

What: Trivia, Movies
When: Friday, January 26th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Community Grounds

Community Grounds coffee shop in Columbia Heights presents a night of trivia all about Disney/Pixar films. Play solo or with an an incredible group of friends who will lift you up. This event is free, and prizes and prizes are available.

Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

What: Movies
When: Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

The classic Dr. Strangelove is a pitch-black satire of the Cold War, mutually assured destruction, and the government. The Trylon will be screening his film throughout the weekend; tickets are $8, but you have to bring your own precious bodily fluids.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, January 26th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the 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.

Juliet & Juliet Present An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Unwritten Works

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, January 26th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: HUGE Theater

The Bard is responsible for many classic works, but he left us wanting more. Allow the duo Juliet & Juliet to fill in those gaps with a night of Shakespearean improv. “Kings will be fools, fools will fall in love, lovers will die—or something like that.” Tickets are $10, and this show will continue running throughout January and February.

City of Lakes Loppet

What: Sports & Fitness, Community, Family, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, January 27th at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m. (continuing into next week)
Where: Lake of The Isles

The City of Lakes Loppet is the Urban Cross Country Ski Festival, an opportunity to see a variety of winter sports and enjoy a warm sense of community in the cold. This event will include a variety of races throughout the day, vendors, Kubb tournaments, a beer garden from Surly Brewing, and more. See the event page for schedule details.

Art Shanty Projects

What: Arts, Community, Family
When: Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m., continues until February 11th
Where: Lake Harriet/Bde Unma

Venture onto the ice for this annual adventure and experience an eclectic mix of art installations, performances, games, activities, and more. Per the event organizers, the easiest way to reach the shanties is walking out onto the ice by the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The 27th and 28th are youth and family weekend, and a few highlights include a kite festival, a giant frame, and a notary public.

Burlesque Battle of the Stars: Trek vs. Wars

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre

Solve the classic geek question of space wizards in constant war versus utopian exploration once and for all with a night of galaxy-spanning burlesque. Tickets much be purchased using 21st-century earth money and are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. This is an 18-plus event, so Wesley Crushers and younglings will have to say at home.

Geek Slink and Drink: Thunderdome

What: Comedy & Theater, Music, Arts
When: Saturday, January 27th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Enjoy a “Mad” night as Geek Slink and Drink presents Thunderdome, a night of belly-dancing, twists, turns, and surprise performances. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Performers will be facing off and taking on the challenge of the wheel. You don’t want to miss this night of fun and potential prizes.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, January 27th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:55 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the “longest running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ shadow cast for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

Gender Jam: Dreamers Vault

What: Meetup, Community,
When: Sunday, January 28th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis

Gender Jam, a meetup group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex youth, will be having an afternoon of fun at Dreamers Vault Games. Meet at the Exchange to catch a ride over, then enjoy and afternoon of gaming, comics, and company. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, January 28th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at Source Comics and Games. This is a recurring weekly event providing a space for women to play games, chat about comics, cosplay, or just enjoy the company of other geeks.

Masters of Umdaar One-Shot

What: Gaming
When: Sunday, January 28th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

Get your ’80s cartoon roleplaying action in with Masters of Umdaar, a Fate Accelerated game meant to pay homage to Masters of the Universe. This is a great chance to learn Fate Accelerated, or see how it handles this particular genre. This is a free event, but the organizer does request that you RSVP ahead of time.


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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