This Week in Geek (2/19/18–2/25/18)

This Week in Geek 2-19
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 19th to Sunday, February 25th.

GPS Open Meeting

What: Meetup, Community
When: Monday, February 19th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon

This quarterly open meeting is a part of the Geek Partnership Society, and is an opportunity for geeks in the Twin Cities to learn about events, volunteer opportunities, and be heard. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by the meeting itself at 7:00 p.m., and counts toward member requirements for voting eligibility.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a free event, so bring some of your own stuff to work on, some snacks, and hang out in a collaborative space.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session that “will include short, medium, and long poses, which allow artists to engage with the subject in varying ways” and that “will use a combination of nude and costumed models to support and foster fantasy and science-fiction art.” The goal of hosting this event is to “cultivate a community of artists to share ideas, support each other, and create.”

The Hound of Chulainn

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22nd at 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 23rd at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 24th at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 25th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Crane Theater

An ancient-Irish legend comes alive in this play written by Brian Watson-Jones and directed by Nathaniel Nesheim-Case. The Hound of Chulainn tells the story of youths touched by fate, loyalty, and curses of sorrow. There will be a post-show discussion following the Thursday performance. Tickets are $18, with 30 tickets reserved at a pay-what-you-can price for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.

YogaQuest Continues: Twin Peaks

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, February 20th 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 Twin Peaks, so loosen up to prepare for the dance of the Dream Man. This event costs $15.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique—presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History—is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture, featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.” This month’s theme is “Oddball Monkeys of Simien National Park,” led by Caitlin Potter, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Research Reserve. This talk will focus on Simien National Park, a Unesco Heritage site in Ethiopia. Tickets are $5 to $12, online or at the door.

Tea and Meeples: Reading with Friends

What: Food & Drink, Books
When: Tuesday, February 20th 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 with friends.

Poets & Pints

What: Books, Food & Drink, Comedy & Theater
When: Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Sisyphus Brewing

Poets & Pints is going on its third year and will be celebrating with poetry and beer. Enjoy ten local poets, including Janaya Martin, Brenda Bell Brown, Eric Tu, Heidi Czerwiec, Christine Jaspers, Maya Beck, Isela Xitlali Gomez, Chris Santiago, Rick Hilber, and Sherrie Fernandez-Williams.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Steamship Coffee

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).”

Trash Film Debauchery: Turkish Star Trek

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

If Star Trek: Discovery has you craving more Original Series-era Trek goodness, come join Trash Film Debauchery in celebrating Star Trek by watching Turkish remakes of episodes including “The Man Trap.” Tickets are $5, and this is the final screening in Trash Film Debauchery’s Turkish-remakes series.

Historic Dive Bars of Northeast Minneapolis: Lecture and Reading

What: Food & Drink, Educational
When: Wednesday, February 21st at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Terminal Bar

Get to know what makes a neighborhood tick with a discussion and reading about historic-dive bars in Northeast Minneapolis, with a reading from two booklets titled Noteworthy Dive Bars of Northeast Minneapolis. There will be a reading, a discussion of history, and a Q&A, all led by Bill Lindeke. Urbanism geeks and newshounds may know Bill from, a blog focused on the Twin Cities metro.

Winter at the Walker

What: Arts, Sports & Fitness, Community, Family
When: Thursday, February 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center

Embrace the full variety of seasons in Minnesota and celebrate winter at the Walker with snowshoeing, arts, music, sauna, and more. This kid-friendly event, which coincides with the Walker’s free Thursdays, is an evening of fire and ice, where participants can take guided-moonlight-snowshoe tours to see snowy sculptures, or warm up inside at the Little Box Sauna. This week’s art demonstration will be led by Alyssa Baguss and Jenny Undis of Lunalux, and focus on debossed maps of Minnesota, and the way that color can be used to track weather patterns.

Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mead Hall Games

Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League is a place for drop-in organized play of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons. This is a free event with open play, and per the event organizer, there will be dinosaurs. Show up, grab a character, roll some dice, tell a story, and see if you can survive.

Social Science: Stranger Science

What: Educational, Meetup, Science & Technology
When: Thursday, February 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Social Science is the themed “adult night” at the Science Museum of Minnesota, “welcoming those 21 and over to grab a drink, enjoy the museum, and experience innovative programming.” The theme for February is “Stranger Science,” and focuses on Stranger Things, with a crash course in Dungeons and Dragons, sensory deprivation, and slime! This event is for ages 21 and up, and costs $14.95 for MPR or Science Museum members and $18.95 for nonmembers.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, February 22nd 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 Building and invite you to “bring your crafty stuff to do” or to “hang out and work with the crafty stuff we have here!”

The Manuscript Meets the Supernatural World

What: Books, Educational
When: Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Center for Books

This free lecture focuses on the way that Christian and Muslim manuscripts were used as talismans and thought to be tools to fight against supernatural evil. If you’ve ever wondered why holy books are used to frighten demons or the undead in works of horror or fantasy, this is a great lecture to get some real-world understanding of that trope. This lecture will be led by David Calabro, Ph.D. and HMML curator.

Geek Slink Belly Dance

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Geek Slink is a belly-dance 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 22nd 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 22nd 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.

DC Trivia

What: Trivia, Comics, Movies
When: Friday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Community Grounds

DC Geeks unite, and use the strength granted by the Earth’s yellow sun to excel at some DC comic and movie trivia. If you and your team of friends know all the ins and outs of recent DC movies and TV shows, you’ll have a chance at fabulous prizes and glory. This is a free event, and teams are limited to groups of six.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, February 23rd 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 sealed event. Entry is $15, and 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.

Fearless Five: Conspiracies

What: Comedy & Theater, Arts
When: Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mounds Dinner Theatre

Fearless Five is an annual short-play festival from Fearless Comedy Productions; this year it will focus on conspiracy theories. See the works of five writers, five directors, and a multitalented cast as they explore conspiracy theories, old and new. Tickets are $10, and check out our recent article on Fearless Five: Conspiracies.

Loud at the Library: J.S. Ondara, with Lydia Liza

What: Meetup, Books, Nightlife
When: Friday, February 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: George Latimer Central Library

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library concert series Loud at the Library continues its 2017 season on Friday with live local music from J.S. Ondara and Lydia Liza. You can get a free beer provided by Summit Brewing if you bring a current library card and tour the library’s Innovation Lab maker space before the show. This event is $10.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, February 23rd 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, February 23rd 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 February.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, February 24th 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: Dreamer’s Vault

What: Meetup, Community, Gaming, Comics
When: Sunday, February 25th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis

Gender Jam—a meetup group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex youth—will be heading to Dreamer’s Vault for an afternoon of fun and relaxation, including video games, card games, and comics. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, February 25th 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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