Monthly Archive:: April 2018

Your Native American Cosplay Is Racist AF

Every spring, as Coachella wraps up, I breathe a quick little sigh of relief knowing that it’ll be a while before my Twitter feed fills up again with white kids in Urban Outfitters headdresses, Party City chokers, buckskin bikini tops, and Revlon war paint. You know, redface. Also known as cultural appropriation. And sure, that might not be the biggest problem you can think of right now—after all, you might think that of all the kinds of genocide out...

This Week in Geek (4/30/18–5/6/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 30th to Sunday, May 6th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, April 30th 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...

Kings Is a Mismatched Battle Between Drama and Comedy

This article includes spoilers for Kings. I’m struggling to fully grasp what Deniz Gamze Ergüven was going for with her film centering around the Rodney King riots. My best guess is that she wanted to create an all-encompassing aspect of the chaos, brimming with rage, love, and euphoric release. This may make Kings sound like most ambitious of stagings for a period when racial tensions ran high, but there’s an amateur vibe to the baffling shifts in tone. One...

Here Is Your Spoiler-Free Avengers: Infinity War Review

The year 2008 was an interesting time for me. Back then, I had grandiose dreams of managing my own GameStop, convinced that writing wasn’t a real job, so there was no point in giving that lofty idea my all. Now, 10 years later, I’m sitting in my home office where I write for a living, trying to figure out how to put together a spoiler-free review for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s magnum opus: Avengers: Infinity War. Don’t worry. There...

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2018

April 28, 2018 is a great day for book lovers: it’s Independent Bookstore Day! Minnesota has a huge number of indie bookshops, and most of them will be celebrating in one way or another. Certain officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include advance reader copies, posters, clothing, and more—and many will have a variety of sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Two local programs will give you even more chances for freebies....

With Infinity War Almost Here, It’s Time to Revisit Marvel’s Villain Problem

With Avengers: Infinity War rapidly approaching, I’ve found myself thinking far more about Marvel movies than I ever thought I would. In fact, originally I didn’t expect to even like them that much at all. I’ve never been the biggest fan of action movies—I enjoy them as much as the next guy, but they don’t really tend to leave the theater with me, and for a while, that was how I approached the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. I...

Vermintide 2 is the Co-Op Game We’ve Been Waiting For

A charnel bell tolls in the distance. It signals the death of a world and the coming of the vermintide. Four heroes face the endless hordes of ratmen. Just another day as the world rips itself apart around you. A sequel to 2015’s surprise hit Warhammer: End Times—Vermintide, Vermintide 2 is set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy universe, a franchise originally launched in 1983 with the Warhammer Fantasy Battle tabletop wargame. Vermintide 2 takes many of its cues from Left...

Give a Girl a Knife Gives a Taste of a Minnesota Chef’s Journey

Amy Thielen’s memoir, Give a Girl a Knife, tells the story of a food geek’s journey (with her partner, Aaron) from suburban northern Minnesota to a homestead in the woods, to gritty line-cook gigs in Manhattan, and back again. It’s a harrowing tapestry of hotdish-centric Midwest cooking and reality-show kitchen angst with Thielen at the center, providing a perspective that can only come from deep reflection. I must admit a bias here before going farther: I’m a little burnt...

Children of Blood and Bone Succeeds as a Fantasy Novel and a Call to Action

Children of Blood and Bone follows the tradition of using fantasy as a way to bring light to pressing social issues in our culture. It is an adventure story in which a woman is discovering her magical abilities and the people in her community are looking to her for leadership to rise against the oppressive monarchy. In the world of the book, magic comes from a mystical connection to ancestors, and incantations are used as a way to connect...

This Week in Geek (4/23/18–4/29/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 23rd to Sunday, April 29th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, April 23rd 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...
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