This Week in Geek (4/2/18–4/8/18)

This Week in Geek
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 8th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, April 2nd 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.

Drop-In D&D at Eastlake Brewery

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Eastlake Craft Brewery

Dungeons & Dragons! Tales of adventure and terror told over flagons of craft beer with possibly rabbit-inspired demons. All are welcome to this open-table game held at Eastlake Craft Brewery. System knowledge and experience is not required, just a willingness to show up and “come ride the fantasy train.” Space in the brewery is limited, so show up early if you want to guarantee a seat.

Books & Bars: Beartown

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall

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 Beartown, a tale of ice hockey, hope, and encroaching failure, by Fredrik Backman (bestselling writer of A Man Named Ove).

YogaQuest Continues: Harry Potter

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Tuesday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: YogaQuest – 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 Harry Potter, so track down YogaQuest on your Marauder’s Map! This event costs $15.

Tea and Meeples: Rock Band

What: Food & Drink, Community, Gaming
When: Tuesday, April 3rd 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. Rock is on the agenda for this week, with the game Rock Band allowing folks to rock out in a friendly setting. Dinner will be a strawberry fields salad.

“Weird Al” Yankovic

What: Music
When: Tuesday, April 3rd and Wednesday April 4th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pantages Theatre

Legendary geek-comedy musician “Weird Al” Yankovic will be performing for two nights at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis as part of his “Ill Advised Vanity Tour.” Comedian Emo Phillips will be joining Yankovic for this tour, so expect a night of hilarity, geek references, and alt-comedy goodness. Tickets are $70.

MTG Masters 25 Draft

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

Do you have what it takes for the Magic: the Gathering Masters 25 Draft? This event will be paying tribute to the 25-year history of the game, running from Alpha to the more recent Rivals of Ixalan. Draft a competitive 40-card deck from three boosters and compete in three matches for glory and a chance at prizes (one pack per win, with extras from Clockwerks). Entry is $35 for this event, and every level of player is welcome here, from those with 25 years of experience to complete newbies.

Talk Geeky and VR

What: Meetup, Educational, Gaming, Science & Technology
When: Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: WeWork at Capella Tower

GeekOut Minnesota returns with a night of exploring virtual worlds and connecting with other geeks in the real world. This is a great opportunity to explore virtual reality with an HTC Vive, with a number of available titles. So, disappear into exciting virtual worlds and talk geeky with fellow Minnesotans.

How I Met Your Mother Trivia at BlackStack Brewing

What: Trivia
When: Wednesay, April 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: BlackStack Brewing

If you happen to be the type of person to remember the Slutty Pumpkin, what Minnesota city Marshall was from, or the pineapple incident, then shout out “Challenge Accepted!” to How I Met Your Mother trivia at BlackStack Brewing. Bring some friends and have a great time answering trivia from the series. Costumes welcome!

PLAY/TEST

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, April 5th 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.

SCA Dance Class

What: Sports & Fitness, Educational,
When: Thursday, April 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Barony of Nordskogen (Minneapolis chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism) is partnering with the Geek Partnership Society for medieval-court-dance practice. Participants are encouraged to dress up if they like. This event is free, and is a great opportunity to learn, get moving, and meet new folks.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, April 5th 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!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, April 5th 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: Shade the Changing Girl

What: Comics
When: Thursday, April 5th 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 the award winning Shade the Changing Girl by Cecil Castellucci. Shade the Changing Girl brings humanity to a story of alien rockers, extradimensional gateways, and madness coats. This installment of One-Shot Comics will be a special treat, as Cecil Casellucci will be Skyping in. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.”

First Thursday Films: Quest

What: Movies, Educational
When: Thursday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater—a screening and speaking series—will be showing Quest as part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by black filmmakers exploring black culture and experience. Quest is a portrait of the Rainey family in Philadelphia and follows 10 years of their lives, from the beginning of the Obama administration to the present. This is a story of raising a family while also nurturing a creative space, and the challenges that accompany it. Tickets are $5.

Trivia Against Humanity

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, April 5th at 8:00 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.

Anime Detour 2018: New Game +

What: Conventions, Arts, Gaming, Music, Family
When: Friday, April 6th at 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Anime Detour is a three-day anime convention in the heart of downtown Minneapolis with a variety of events including panels, cosplay, parties, gaming, music, artists, and more. This convention is kid friendly, and should have something for everyone, including a variety of guests like F. Wesley Schneider (co-creator of Pathfinder and speaker on topics of inclusivity), Brianna Lawrence and Jessica Walsh (cosplay heroes), and more. Preregistration is closed, but there will be registration at the door for $75.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, April 6th 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.

Die Laughing V: The Comedy Strikes Back

What: Comedy & Theater, Community
When: Friday, April 6th at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Die Laughing, a 50-hour comedy marathon to raise funds for Fearless Comedy Productions, returns for its fifth year. Expect 50 hours of comedy including stand-up, improvisation, jugglers, and more. The comedy events in the marathon range from kid friendly to raunchy, and the website includes a filter for event type and kid friendliness.

Play For a Cause: Puerto Rico

What: Gaming, Community
Where: Saturday, April 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Lodestone Coffee and Games

This all-day gaming event is your opportunity to play Magic: the Gathering while helping a good cause. There will be three events throughout the day, with a 10:00 a.m. Masters 25 2HG, a 2:00 p.m. 25 Sealed, and a 6:00 p.m. Masters 25 draft. Entry is $35 for these events, with proceeds from tickets, raffles, and other purchases going to World Central Kitchen, a non-profit helping out our fellow citizens in need in Puerto Rico.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, April 7th 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 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.

’90s Bar Crawl – Minneapolis

What: Nightlife, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis

The dream of the ’90s will be alive in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 7th during the ’90s Bar Crawl. This event is all about reliving the glory days of the Clinton administration, the Fresh Prince, Frasier, Ninja Turtles, and more! Participants will get a signature bar-crawl cup, a welcome drink, drink specials, ’90s music, and more at Brother’s Bar and Grill, The Depot Tavern, Gay 90’s, Gluek’s Restaurant & Bar, Last Call Bar & Grill, and The Pourhouse. Tickets are $20.

Haunted Basement 2018 Anti-Gala

What: Nightlife, Community
When: Saturday, April 7th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Squirrel Haus Arts

Support the Haunted Basement with a night of spooky fun at Squirrel Haus for the “anti-gala,” an event bathed in black light, with entertainers, tarot reading, day-glo face painting, snacks, refreshments, and more. Guests will have first dibs on 2018 Haunted Basement tickets. General admission is $15, with VIP tickets (including an exclusive performance from Transvestite Soup) for $40.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, April 8th 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 8th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

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.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, April 8th 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: Netflix/Sleepover Party

What: Meetup, Community, Movies
When: Sunday, April 8th 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 hosting an afternoon of Netflix and sleepover fun, so bring pajamas, a sleeping bag, and get cozy. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.


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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