This Week in Geek (1/29/18–2/4/18)

This Week in Geek 1/29
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 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: Star Trek: The Next Generation

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 Star Trek: The Next Generation, so make it so! This event costs $15.

Tea and Meeples: Board Games: Baby, It’s Cold Outside

What: Food & Drink, Meetup, Gaming
When: Tuesday, January 30th 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 games with friends.

Surly’s Ultimate Winter Feast

What: Food & Drink, Community
When: Wednesday, January 31st at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Surly Beer Garden

Winter is here, and it’s brings Patriots and Eagles fans with it to the streets of Minneapolis this week. Warm yourself with good food, company, and Minnesota beer at Surly’s Ultimate Winter Feast. Attendance at this event is free, but a $35 ticket is required for access to event specific food, which includes a spread of local food, such as venison, rainbow trout, and goose. Warm up with a sauna from 612 Sauna Society, try Swedish lawn games, and enjoy a DJ set.

Mia Ice Maze

What: Family, Arts
When: Thursday, February 1st to Sunday, February 4th
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Explore a maze in search of beautiful works of art and in celebration of the winter. The frozen maze on Mia’s front lawn is open to all comers and is a family-friendly event. There will be an opening celebration the night of Thursday, February 1st at 5:00 p.m., with cocoa and winter wonder.

PLAY/TEST

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, February 1st 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, February 1st 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!”

Films at the Fitz: Lost Boys

What: Films, Music
When: Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fitzgerald Theater

Enjoy a night of live music, vampires, and alienation at the Fitzgerald Theater with a screening of The Lost Boys. Aby Wolf will get the night started with some live music at 7:00, followed by the film itself at 7:30. Concessions will be available. This is a free event, but tickets are limited to two per person.

One-Shot Comics: Boundless

What: Comics
When: Thursday, February 1st 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 with a discussion of Boundless by Jillian Tamaki, a fantastical and at times realist examination of virtual and real worlds in which modern women reside. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.”

First Thursday Films: Selma

What: Educational, Movies
When: Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater, a screening and speaking series, will be showing Selma as part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by black filmmakers exploring black culture and experience. Selma tells the tale of a three-month period in 1965 in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of dangerous and violent opposition, leading President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Tickets are $5.

Geek Slink Belly Dance

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, February 1st 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, February 1st 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, February 1st 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.

Grimm Bebop Grand Opening

What: Music, Movies
When: Friday, February 2nd to Sunday, February 4th
Where: Grimm Bebop, 1832 East 38th St., Minneapolis

Horror and music geeks will have a new destination in South Minneapolis starting this Groundhog Day. Come to the Grimm Bebop grand opening to browse a selection of horror-themed records, vintage collectibles, incense, Magic cards, and pipes. This event will include prize giveaways.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, February 2nd 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.

United Geeks of Gaming BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fallout Shelter Arcade

Come on down for an evening of tactical mech combat. The United Geeks of Gaming meet Friday nights for a beginner-friendly session of the tabletop mech game BattleTech at Fallout Shelter Arcade in Northeast. FSA’s Virtual World gaming pods also run the immersive video-game version of BattleTech.

SuperCon 25

What: Conventions
Where: Hastings Country Inn
When: Friday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m. to Monday, February 5th at 1:00 p.m.

SuperCon returns for the 25th year—as the organizers note, the first such event was during the last Super Bowl hosted in Minnesota. SuperCon promises a relaxing weekend of geeky fun in a laid-back Hastings setting. Expect a video room with constant screenings, space for gaming, space for libations, chilling, and connecting with new and old friends. Registration is $50.

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

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, February 2nd 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.

Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, February 3rd 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

Art Shanty Projects

What: Arts, Community, Family
When: Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, January 4th 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. Enjoy human-sized hamster wheels on ice, a notary public, minnow memorials, and more.

City of Lakes Loppet

What: Sports & Fitness, Family, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th
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. The Loppet continues this weekend with the Luminary Loppet, an illuminated celebration of winter in the Twin Cities, accompanied by a beer garden and party. Sunday begins early and will include skating, snowshoe, and bicycling.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, February 4th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Center

In case the Super Bowl isn’t your kind of Sunday Game Day, the United Geeks of Gaming group invites you to this one! 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 game day for you.

Gender Jam: Queer Love Crafting

What: Meetup, Community, Arts
When: Sunday, February 4th 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 queer love crafting at the Exchange. Make buttons, jewelry, and other crafts with the intent on keeping some and handing others over for sale in a fundraiser next week. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, February 4th 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.


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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