Monthly Archive:: March 2018

New People Explores Race and Relationships with Dark Humor

Like her previous novels, Danzy Senna’s New People, released last year, explores race and relationships in 21st-century America. The novel centers on Maria, who is getting ready to marry her college sweetheart, Khalil, but is fixated on someone else—a poet who seemingly doesn’t know she exists. Both Maria and Khalil are mixed race, and are taking part in a documentary about the “new people,” or those who are paving the way for a different and better future at the...

This Week in Geek (3/19/18–3/25/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 19th to Sunday, March 25th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, March 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...

MarsCon’s 20th Anniversary Celebrates a Convention with the Potential to Be Better

From my perspective, conventions are like buffets. There’s a large variety of things to do, and the best way to try it all is to do a little of everything. Also, if possible, do everything without needing to repark. It’s a strategy that served me well for MarsCon 2018, which also happened to be the 20th year of the con. For the most part, the weekend was pretty fun, though there are some issues with the convention that need...

Where Does Tomb Raider Fall on the Video-Game Movie Scale?

Video-game movies have a bit of a . . . reputation, which I’ve separated into four nifty categories: Bury It Like They Did That Atari E.T. Game (or: I See Someone Let Uwe Boll Direct Again) This Much Cheese Belongs on a Pizza Actually Kinda Okay Am I Having Fun? Wow! I Kinda Am! As a gamer who’s been watching video-game movies since that, um, unique take on Super Mario Bros. in 1993, I’ve accepted the fact that there...

This Week in Geek (3/12/18–3/18/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 12th to Sunday, March 18th. Free Class Sampler & Dinner with the Loft What: Food & Drink, Educational, Books When: Monday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Jambo Kitchen Learn about The Loft and about writing in general at this free class sampler and dinner held at Jambo Kitchen. Food will be catered by Jambo, with...

The Rhye Project Debuts a New Album at the Fine Line

Concertgoers endured the cold while waiting in line outside the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis Friday night for the sold-out show featuring Mike Milosh and his band Rhye, but once they got inside, they were able to warm up and enjoy new tracks off the group’s sophomore album, Blood—at least for the first hour of the show. But disruptions in the final half hour were a spectacle of bad crowd behavior that made the first two-thirds of the...

The Academic and Erotic Drama in Submission Comes Up Lukewarm

There’s a disillusionment with the world of writing that runs so deep through the veins of Submission it’s practically nihilistic. The older you get, the less inspiring and enticing the world when you’re stuck in a rut with no future. That’s a profound path, but the message becomes buried in stuffy academic babble and lost amid scandalous sexual affairs. It’s a story so muddled in its desire to break out and say something that it ultimately says nothing—at most,...

Minnesota Newbery Medalist Kelly Barnhill Writes Captivating Stories for Adults

Could a writer who once put me in a magical trance with a children’s book deliver an equally stunning book for adults? This question was on my mind when I picked up Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill’s new book, Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, which is a collection of short stories for an adult audience. I loved Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon, a children’s fantasy that won a Newbery Medal. So, I picked up Dreadful Young Ladies...

A Wrinkle in Time Celebrates Black Girl Magic

Disclaimer: I haven’t read the book. That may stop you from reading this review, but it shouldn’t, because this movie is magical—like, literal black girl magic on the big screen. That’s my primary investment in this story, if I’m perfectly honest with you. I have friends who are excited to see this movie because the book meant a lot to them in their childhood, but while they were praying to director Ava DuVernay to pay proper respects to the...

Erik Killmonger Isn’t a Villain—He’s an Indictment of America

Black Panther spoilers ahead. Every superhero movie has a supervillain. The archenemy who is the counter to the hero. They’re supposed to make you hate them and love the hero; to create the tension that you’ll be relieved to see resolved; to give you a shadow that the hero can shine brightly against. They’re not generally made to make you think. And usually, it’s the acting range, costume and makeup, or catchy one-liners of the actor playing them that...
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