This Week in Geek (4/16/18–4/22/18)

This Week in Geek 4/16
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 16th to Sunday, April 22nd.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, April 16th 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, April 16th 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.”

Harry Potter Trivia at BlackStack Brewing

What: Trivia, Books
When: Monday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: BlackStack Brewing

Witches, Wizards, Muggles, and other Harry Potter fans unite for this night of trivia about magic, potions, sorting hats, and more at BlackStack Brewing. Gather your house together and compete for prizes, all in a great St. Paul brewery. Costumes welcome!

A Minnesota Bestiary with Reverend Matt’s Monster Science

What: Educational, Comedy & Theater,
When: Monday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Ramsey County Library Shoreview

Learn about the imaginary beasts of the northern wilds with this fun and informative event led by Reverend Matt. This is your opportunity to soak in the rich and intriguing creatures of Minnesota folklore, ranging from Ojibwe legends to classic tall tales like Babe the Blue Ox, and more. This event is cosponsored by Ramsey County Libraries and the Shoreview Historical Society. While this event is free, you should still be on the lookout for liver-eating forest monsters and other Minnesota critters!

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, April 17th 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 topic is Regeneration and will be led by Keith Sabin, PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, and they’ll be looking at real animals with amazing regenerative capabilities, like flatworms and salamanders. Tickets are $5 to $12, online or at the door.

Jen Sincero for You Are a Badass at Making Money

What: Books
When: Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Subtext Books

New York Times bestselling-author Jen Sincero will be at Subtext Books for a discussion of her new book, You Are a Badass at Making Money, with a book signing to follow. You Are a Badass at Making Money focuses on the earning potential that all of us have, and getting past the stumbling blocks that would otherwise prevent financial success. This is a free event and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Tea and Meeples: Reading with Friends

What: Food & Drink, Community, Books
When: Tuesday, April 17th 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. This week, cozy up with a book and enjoy some reading with friends. The dinner this week will be savory waffles.

YogaQuest Continues: Guardians of the Galaxy

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, April 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: YogaQuest (new location: 6640 Lyndale Avenue S, Suite 110)

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 Guardians of the Galaxy, so get ready for classic rock and trash pandas! This event costs $15.

The Not-So-Silent Planet (with special guest Tim Uren!)

What: Books, Arts
When: Tuesday, April 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

The Twin Cities’ “first open-mic dedicated to speculative interpretations of myth” has its monthly event at Kieran’s Irish Pub on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. The featured performer for January’s session is horror-playwright Tim Uren, and others are invited to perform for five- to seven-minute sets and tell attendees about worlds “whose laws of physics differ from our own” and places “of which we’ve never dreamt.”


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Coffee Shop Northeast

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: Quigley

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

Twin Cities film group Trash Film Debauchery, a group that “has been satisfying your unsavory cinema needs since 2003,” will return to the Trylon for a night of Gary Busey. Tickets are $5 for this screening of Quigley, a film in which Gary Busey portrays a dead billionaire inhabiting the body of a Pomeranian.

Pundamonium Five-Year Anniversary Show

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Wednesday, April 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Club Underground

Pundamonium is a pun slam—a contest of wordplay with 10 contestants, each given two minutes to make puns based on prompts they are given ahead of time. The audience acts as the judge, and this process repeats throughout the night until a final pun-off. This night of groans and laughs is $6, and since this is the five-year anniversary of Pundamonium, it will be celebrated with more puns.

Third Thursday: Sustainable Spring

What: Arts, Meetup, Educational
When: Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art continues the free Third Thursday series with a focus on sustainability for the spring. There will be interactive events like making art prints with natural objects, building May Day baskets, and a Lorax-themed photobooth, along with music, learning opportunities, and more. This event is also an opportunity to see the exhibit Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty by Robert Wilson.

Co-Op Talk

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, April 19th 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 “Games Across Mediums,” led by Krista McCullough.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 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!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, April 19th 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, April 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

This regular event at Clockwerks Brewing—hosted by Sam Spadino and Sidney Oxborough—represents the convergence of two geeky favorites: a steampunk-themed bar and absurd trivia. Trivia Against Humanity has also expanded and now has weekly events at Mortimer’s and Glam Doll on Tuesdays and Modist Brewing Company on Wednesdays. See the Trivia Against Humanity Facebook page for additional events, including Arrested Development Trivia.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, April 19th 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.

Creative Mornings: Austin Blanch, Matthew Malecha, & Jeff Tidball

What: Educational, Arts
When: Friday, April 20th at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Start your morning right with a talk from creative professionals hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This month, Austin Blanch, Matthew Malecha, and Jeff Tidball will be talking about the creative process behind making interactive stories. Austin Blanch and Matthew Malecha are the founders of Trailhead Games and have crafted a large number of narrative games, and Jeff Tidball is the founder of Atlas Games and creator of the excellent narrative-card game Gloom. Registration opens on Monday, April 16th at 7:00 a.m., and similar events have filled up in the past, so stay on top of that registration if you’d like to attend.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, April 20th 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 draft 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.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, April 20th 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.

EPIC 1.0: eSports Tournament

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, April 21st at 8:00 a.m., and Sunday, April 22nd at 8:00 a.m.
Where: Mystic Lake Casino

Live eSports are coming to Minnesota with the EPIC 1.0: eSports Tournament! Witness competitive matches of games like League of Legends and Fortnite, enjoy a gaming lounge, virtual reality, a DJ, and more. General admission is $10, and includes entry to both days of the event, money for slot machines, and discounts to the hotel and restaurants, or for $20, you can get the aforementioned benefits and unlimited entry to the tournaments themselves if you want to test your skills.

The World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale

What: Arts
When: Saturday, April 21st at 8:00 a.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Reuse Center

Textile and creative geeks will have an entire warehouse full of textiles to find treasures in at The World’s Largest Textile Garage Sale. There will be fabric, buttons, yarn, sewing machines, looms, and more. Entry is $3, and from 3–4 p.m., there will be a bag sale where participants can pay a flat fee of $5 for whatever they can fit into a bag. Proceeds go to benefit Textile Center‘s educational programs.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

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.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Open Minds Fusion Studio (515 Lake Street)

This mixed-level belly dance class incorporates a variety of dance styles, including Tribal Fusion, Greek, American-Egyptian, and world fusion, and is taught by Shannon (who readers might know from Geek Slink Belly Dance). These weekly classes will help build a strong core and set of skills. This class is intended for all bodies, all ages, all sizes, and are built on a platform of acceptance and inclusivity. Classes are $15.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, April 22nd at 11:00 a.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.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, April 22nd 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.

Gender Jam: Music Day!

What: Meetup, Community, Music
When: Sunday, April 22nd at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis

Gender Jam—a meetup group for trans, gender-nonconforming, questioning, and intersex youth—will be meeting up for an afternoon of community and fun. This week Gender Jam will be pumping the jams for Music Day! There will be music, discussions, and art material to create whatever the music inspires. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Button Poetry Presents: Inside Voices

What: Arts, Books
When: Sunday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Honey MPLS

Inside Voices, a poetry showcase series allowing audiences to experience poetry in intimate settings, will be bringing experimental poetry to the Honey. See performances from Keno Evol, Mollie Lacy, Sagirah Shahid, Terrence Shambley (Samoa the Poet), and Kenny Ngo, and the host for this event is Sarah Ogutu. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 the day of the show.

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!


  1. By Jane Carnes


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