This Week in Geek (2/26/18–3/4/18)

This Week in Geek 2-26

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 26th to Sunday, March 4th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, February 26th 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.

Bastard Swordsman

What: Movies
When: Monday, February 26th and Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon

Shaw Brothers and Wuxia geeks are in for a treat with these screenings of the 1983 Wuxia classic Bastard Swordsman. This film follows the story of Yun Fei Yang as he uncovers his past, masters the Silkworm style, and uses his knowledge to the defeat the Invincible Clan. Tickets are $8.

Truly North: A Loft Cabaret

What: Books
When: Monday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Loft at Open Book

The Loft will be hosting a number of powerful-Minnesota writers in celebration of the True North theme. This event will include short readings from Minnesota writers, including Donte Collins, Marcie Rendon, Roy Guzmán, Mai Neng Moua, and Dessa. Presale tickets are sold out for this event, but there will be a number of pay-what-you-can tickets available at the door—first come, first served.

Patrick Nathan reading at the Black Dog Cafe

What: Books
When: Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Black Dog Cafe

Settle in at the Black Dog Cafe for an evening with Patrick Nathan and his new novel Some Hell. This is a free and open event, with a social hour beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by the reading at 7:00 p.m. with Patrick Nathan and Kaethe Schwehn.

YogaQuest Continues: Pokemon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, February 27th 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 Pokemon, so see if you can catch them all (the “them” being poses). This event costs $15.

Tea and Meeples: Board Games: Negotiating Table

What: Food & Drink, Gaming
When: Tuesday, February 27th 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.

MSP HELLO Monthly Meetup

What: Community, Meetup, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, February 28th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Punch Bowl Social

MSP HELLO is a monthly meetup to help new and returning Minnesotans break through the icy Minnesota Nice and actually make friends and get into social circles. Break that ice at this free networking event and enjoy some free food, beverages, and great company in a fun location.

Drones: Robots of the Sky

What: Science & Technology, Educational
When: Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Maple Grove Library

Learn more about the increasingly ubiquitous flying robots that visibly remind us we’re living in 2018 in this demonstration and talk with drone-operator and aerospace engineer Todd Colten. This event will discuss the types of drones out there, their history, and culminate in a demonstration of a quadcopter drone.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, February 28th 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.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, March 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, March 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 Building 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, March 1st 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, March 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.

One-Shot Comics: Black Hammer

What: Comics
When: Thursday, March 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 Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire, a tale of former heroes making their way in the world following a multiversal crisis. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.”

First Thursday Films: Step

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

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater—a screening and speaking series—will be showing Step as part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by black filmmakers exploring black culture and experience. Step is a documentary film focused on a girls-high-school-dance team in Baltimore, which won multiple awards including the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. There will also be a discussion led by Neda Renee Kellog. Tickets are $5.

Pink Floyd’s The Wall: A Rock ballet

What: Music, Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3rd at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday March 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Cowles Center

Twin Cities Ballet will be making a special performance of Pink Floyd’s epic The Wall in the form of a rock ballet. Music will be performed by the band Run Like Hell, and this unique event will blend music, choreography, and the classic story arc that Pink Floyd fans know and love. Check this out if you want to see an adaptation of the work that focuses on modern issues and fears in the social-media age. Tickets start at $34.

Trivia Against Humanity

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, March 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.

MarsCon 2018: Robots, Rayguns, & Rockets

What: Gaming, Meetup, Convention, Books, Film, Arts, Music
When: Friday, March 2nd at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, March 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport/Mall of America

MarsCon 2018 has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether your preferred geek flavor is anime, gaming, cosplay, books, film, or science, you’re in for a treat. This year returns to the basics of classic-sci fi with the theme of Robots, Rayguns, & Rockets. Come for celebrity guests, such as Roger Cross of Dark Matter and Arrow fame, and stick around for informative panels, crafting events, anime screenings, the dementia track, masquerade, and more. Check the website for schedule and registration details. Rates vary, but the whole weekend costs $65 for adults.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 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 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.

The Adventure Zone Yoga-along: All Aboard the Rockport Limited

What: Sports & Fitness, Gaming
When: Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YQdio

Yogaquest will be hosting an evening in The Adventure Zone with mediation, yoga, and adventure following the 12th episode of the popular Dungeons & Dragons podcast from Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy. No prior knowledge of The Adventure Zone or Dungeons & Dragons required. This is a free event supported by donations, with a requested $10-minimum donation to keep weird nerdy yoga alive. Cast Zone of Truth on yourself and you’ll see that in your heart, you want to support this.


What: Comedy & Theater
When: Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: James J. Hill House

While Hamlet is likely familiar to you, Wayward Theatre Co’s choice to bring the play outside of traditional theater settings is probably less so. Enjoy Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in a golden-age mansion and see the way that the space is used to realize themes of opulence and power inherent in Hamlet. Tickets are between $30 and $50, and this play will run through much of March.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 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.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at Waterbury

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 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 group has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

St. Paul Vintage Bus History & Brewery Tour

What: Food & Drink, Educational
When: Saturday, March 3rd at 1:45 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Transportation Museum

Transportation, history, and beer geeks rejoice at this event that brings all three of these delicious flavors together. At this event, you’ll board an awesome vintage bus and take a history tour of St. Paul, followed by some time to socialize at Flat Earth Brewery, followed by more history of St. Paul, then Great Waters Brewing (where there will be food available for purchase), before returning to the Transportation Museum. This is a 21+ event, and tickets are $10.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 4th at 11:00 a.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.

Gender Jam: Gooey Science Projects

What: Meetup, Community, Science & Technology
When: Sunday, March 4th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis

Gender Jam—a meetup group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex youth—will be staying at the Exchange for an afternoon of snacks, community, and gooey science projects. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 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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