This Week in Geek (4/30/18–5/6/18)

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 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 free event, so bring some of your own stuff to work on, some snacks, and hang out in a collaborative space.

Books & Bars: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, May 1st 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 All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood, a story of unlikely love.

Tea and Meeples: Craft Night

What: Food & Drink, Community, Arts
When: Tuesday, May 1st 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, stretch your creative muscles for a night of crafting with friends—what can you create when you collaborate? The dinner this week will be falafel pitas.

YogaQuest Continues: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, May 1st 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 Star Wars: The Force Awakens in anticipation of May the 4th, so get your lightsabers ready. This event costs $15.

MTG Booster Draft: Dominaria

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

Clockwerks Brewing, the place to be for geeky steampunk-themed decor and rotating craft beer in downtown Minneapolis, will be hosting a Magic: the Gathering booster draft. This event will be focused on the new Dominaria Planeswalker decks, which, per the event listing, are a great fit for first-time players. The entry fee is $15, and players will use three booster packs to form 40-card decks and compete for cards and goodies from Clockwerks.

Tape Freaks May

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Trylon Cinema

Come to Tape Freaks’ monthly mystery-movie showing at the Trylon. Every month, Tape Freaks—a local film society focused on the VHS era—presents a mystery movie based on a certain genre or theme, and May 2018 will focus on superhero films! Tickets are $5.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, May 3rd 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, May 3rd 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, May 3rd 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, May 3rd 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.

First Thursday Films

What: Movies, Educational
When: Thursday, May 3rd 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. This month’s film has yet to be announced, but the discussion leader will be John Wright. Tickets are $5.

One-Shot Comics: My Favorite Thing is Monsters

What: Comics
When: Thursday, May 3rd 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 My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris, a story of a 10-year old girl attempting to solve a murder in a horror- and B-movie-filled Chicago in the late ’60s. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.”

Trivia Against Humanity

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, May 3rd 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.


What: Gaming, Family
When: Friday, May 4th at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Austin Armory

Come see the greatest gaming event Austin, Minnesota has to offer with open gaming, miniature painting, scheduled events, and a silent auction! The silent auction is a charitable event with benefits going to the Autism Day Camp program in Austin. This event is sponsored by a number of gaming companies, including D6 Games, Atlas Games, and Evil Hat Productions. Admission is $15 for the whole weekend, or $10 for a family badge for Sunday.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, May 4th 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.

The Painting That Must Not Be Named

What: Arts
When: Friday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 4712 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park

Enjoy a night of art and butter beer with your friends at The Painting That Must Not Be Named, a no-experience-required art class under the tutelage of skilled local artists. All supplies will be provided, and participants will be guided through the process step by step. Tickets are $48 per painter, and food and drinks will be for sale, including wine and beer. Note that Brooms & Brews has provided a promo code for this event—use the code Brooms&Brews for 10 percent off your order.

Dead Larry Presents: May the Fourth Be With You – A Star Wars Party

What: Nightlife, Movies, Music
When: Friday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Nomad World Pub

May the Fourth Be With You is a night to let go, let the Force flow through you, and get your dance on with fellow Star Wars geeks in a great West Bank location! Music begins at 8:00 p.m., and features local greats like Dead Larry, Symone Smash It, Space Monster, NatanYael, and New Elements. Costumes are strongly encouraged, and there will be a costume contest. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door.

Pancakes and Booze Art Show: May the 4th Be With You

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, May 4th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Cabooze

Explore hundreds of pieces of art from 60+ local artists, along with dank craft beer and cocktails that are wanted on 12 systems. This event will have a special Star Wars focus to celebrate May the 4th, including a variety of themed art alongside the other art that will be on display. Star Wars cosplayers get in free, and there is a free pancake bar, so this is your best chance to see stormtroopers trying to figure out how to eat pancakes. Also enjoy live art, body painting, and DJ performances. Tickets are $10–13 for folks in civilian clothes.

Ladyfriend at Huge Improv Theater

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, May 4th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Huge Improv Theater

Ladyfriend is a “three-human comedy group,” known for improv, creating fun videos, and enjoying candy. Becky Wilkinson Hauser, Beth K. Gibbs, and Jen van Kaam will show you what new worlds can be built when three charming weirdo BFFs share the stage, so prepare to be delighted. General admission tickets are $10.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fallout Shelter Arcade

If the recent PC iteration of Battletech has piqued your tactical-mech interest, come on down to see the classic tabletop game that started it all. 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.

Free Comic Book Day

What: Comics
When: Saturday, May 5th (all day)
Where: Comic Shops Everywhere

Free Comic Book Day is a yearly celebration of the comics hobby. This will be celebrated at comic book shops throughout the Minnesota (and around the country) and includes free comics, opportunities to meet comics creators, and more. Figure out the closest shop to you with this handy tool, and come on down for this yearly celebration. This is a great chance to check out comics genres that are outside of your comfort zones and learn more while supporting local retailers.

GPS UGG Open Gaming at Fantasy Flight Games Center

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

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 role-playing games, but the group has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

Vintage Attire/Foshay/Mpls Bus Tour with Hennepin History Museum

What: Educational, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, May 5th at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hennepin History Museum

Spend your afternoon and evening learning history, checking out swanky lounges, and riding on a gorgeous vintage bus, all while dressed to the nines in vintage garb. This event begins at the Hennepin History Museum, and includes a bus tour of parts of the city, an in-depth tour of Foshay Tower, dinner and drinks, and a free family pass to the Transportation Museum. Tickets for this 21+ event cost $50 a piece.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, May 6th 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.

Fearless Kids

What: Theater & Comedy, Family, Music
When: Sunday, May 6th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Fearless Kids is a musical variety showcase featuring the bravery and talent of young people. This is a great opportunity to see young talents, such as singers, piano players, dancers, and more giving it their all on stage. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids 5–12, and free for kids under four.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, May 6th 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.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, May 6th 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. This event is hosted by a GM with experience going back to the ’70s, and with connections to one of Dungeons & Dragons’ founding fathers, Dave Arneson of St. Paul.

Free Family Fun Day: Wild Things

What: Educational, Family
When: Sunday, May 6th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Goodhue County Historical Society

This day of family fun will teach folks of all ages about the history of Goodhue County, and its connections to the natural world. This is a free event that includes a variety of hands-on, multisensory activities that will teach and delight. Participants will learn how to identify edible plants, learn about preservation, and create art. Attendees are encouraged to show up right at noon for the Raptors of Minnesota program!

Gender Jam: Chuck E. Cheese

What: Meetup, Community, Music
When: Sunday, May 6th 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 heading over to Chuck E. Cheese for an afternoon of pizza, gaming, and fun! 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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