This Week in Geek (3/12/18–3/18/18)

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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, 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 classes led by Khary Jackson and Allison Wyss, leading one-hour samples of their classes “Unbound By Genre: Reimagining Our Poems Through the Lens of Other Genres,” and “Once Upon a Time: Writing the Modern Fairy Tale.”

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, March 12th 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.

Seinfeld Trivia at BlackStack Brewing

What: Trivia
When: Monday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: BlackStack Brewing

Seinfeld fans unite for this night of trivia about nothing and celebrating Seinfeld at BlackStack Brewing. Bring a team together and compete for prizes, all in a great St. Paul brewery. Costumes welcome!

Books & Bars: The Underground Railroad

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, March 13th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl

Books & Bars is an “open-public-book-club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food, and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, an alternate-history novel following Cora and Caesar, two enslaved people escaping from Georgia plantations in the 1800s using a mix of safe houses, secret routes, and an actual subterranean-train system.

March 13 Discussion of Grossman’s The Magician’s Land

What: Books
When: Tuesday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Quatrefoil Library

Join the the Twin Cities chapter of the Gaylactic Network at the Minneapolis-nonprofit-LGBTQ library Quatrefoil for a discussion of The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman. The Magician’s Land is a work of adult fantasy focused on outcast-magician Quentin Coldwater.

YogaQuest Continues: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, March 13th 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 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so really think about 42 before you arrive. This event costs $15.

Tea and Meeples: Board Games: King of the Hill

What: Food & Drink, Community, Gaming
When: Tuesday, March 13th 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!

Fearless Lab

What: Theater & Comedy, Arts
When: Tuesday, March 13th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey Minneapolis

Come to the March edition of Fearless Lab and become a test subject for experimental comedy. Are you ready for something that no one else has seen, or that needs some testing before going to a wider audience? This is a pay-what-you-want event with a cash bar. Expect some of the material to be R-rated.

Coins For a Cause – This is Geek

What: Gaming, Community, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis

Have some fun and help earn some money for This is Geek, a volunteer organization focused on promoting charitable contributions from gamers, and hosting fundraising events. This event will be hosted at Up-Down, a Twin Cities-arcade bar with more than 50 vintage-arcade games, Skee-Ball, and more. Token-sale proceeds will be contributed to This is Geek.

The Tweet Up at Lake Monster Brewing

What: Meetup, Food & Drink, Books
When: Wednesday, March 14th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Monster Brewing

The MN Publishing Tweet Up returns with another event, this time meeting at Lake Monster Brewing. Network and get to meet fellow publishing geeks, and enjoy excellent beer from Lake Monster at a public-transit friendly location.

TC Trek Trivia: The Future is Female

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!”

Third Thursday: Local Music Sampler with First Avenue

What: Arts, Meetup, Music
When: Thursday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art continues the free Third Thursday series with a special event to celebrate and explore the art of music at MIA with First Avenue. Enjoy pop-up performances throughout the museum by local musicians, enjoy DJ sets, and explore the soundscapes of “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson.

Co-Op Talk

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Co-Op Talk is a monthly discussion of interactive media and digital games. The event begins with a short time to mingle and chat, with snacks and refreshments, followed by this month’s discussion topic “Future of Games in Education,” led by Christopher Yee.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, March 15th 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!”

Star Trek Trivia Night

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Wander North Distillery, LLC

Set phasers to “tipsy and pedantic” for this night of Star Trek trivia at Wander North Distillery in Minneapolis. Questions will be pulled from the movies, Star Trek: The Original Series, and The Next Generation.

Geek Slink Belly Dance

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Thursday, March 15th 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 15th 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.


What: Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m, Friday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18th 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.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

Double-Blind Improv, presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, is a “short-form improv show where you never know what might happen because neither do we!” Performers and improv games are chosen at random during the show. This show takes place on the third Thursday of every month.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 16th 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 Iconic Masters draft event. Entry is $20, 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.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 16th 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.

After Hours Party: Allen Ruppersberg

What: Arts, Nightlife
When: Friday, March 16th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center

Preview the new exhibition “Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018,” in style after hours at the Walker. Allen Ruppersberg’s iconic work has graced pulp novels, album covers, posters, and more for 50 years, and may be of particular interest to geeks. Enjoy live music, DJ sets, appetizers, cocktails, and a drop-in bookmaking workshop. This event is $15.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 17th 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, 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.

Saint Patrick’s Day at Up-Down

What: Community, Meetup, Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis

Celebrate a rare Saturday St. Patrick’s Day in a geeky setting with Up-Down’s Saint Patrck’s Day Party. This event will run from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and features two-for-one specials on tokens until 9 p.m., with a variety of Irish-themed drink specials throughout the day.

Saint Patrick’s at Waldmann

What: Food & Drink, Music
When: Saturday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m., music at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery

Traditional brews, traditional-Irish music, and craft-corned beef brisket make this a Saint Patrick’s Day event not to miss! The Bellows Brothers will play traditional music from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and this is a fairly limited space, so show up early to snag a seat. Check out our article on Waldmann Brewery for more info on the venue!

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 18th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Warm up your polyhedral dice, because the United Geeks of Gaming group invites you to a Sunday of gaming! 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: Arcade!

What: Meetup, Community, Gaming
When: Sunday, March 18th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis

Gender Jam—a meetup group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex youth—will be geeking out over video games—old and new—as Ben turns the space into an old and new school video-game arcade, complete with retro-gaming systems and an HTC Vive. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 18th 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.

Wild Read Speculative Fiction Book Club: Dawn by Octavia Butler

What: Books
When: Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

The Wild Read Book Club will be meeting at Moon Palace Books for a discussion of Dawn, the first book in Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood/Xenogenesis trilogy. This book tells the tale of resurrection by unimaginably alien beings, and then learning to share the world with these strange beings. What does contact and hybridization with an alien species mean for human concepts of gender, race, sexuality, hierarchy, and more?

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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