This Week in Geek (4/9/18–4/15/18)

This Week in Geek 4/9/18
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 9th to Sunday, April 15th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, April 9th 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.

Cosplay With Us: Foam Armor Cosplay Tutorial

What: Educational, Arts
When: Tuesday, April 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library

Get convention ready with this tutorial covering the creation of cosplay armor out of foam with Grace Butkowski and Kristen Cooper. This event will teach the basics, and give some hands-on experience by building your own bracers. This is a free event with materials provided, however space may be limited so preregistering is recommended.

Books & Bars: Beartown

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

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: Star Wars

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, April 10th 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 Star Wars, so feel the Force in your flow! This event costs $15.

Tea and Meeples: Just a Few Rounds

What: Food & Drink, Community, Gaming
When: Tuesday, April 10th 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, enjoy a few more rounds of gaming, and a baked-potato bar for dinner.

Pryes Brewing Co. Tweet Up

What: Meetup, Books
When: Wednesday, April 11th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Pyres Brewing Company

The MN Publishing Tweet Up returns for their April event. Come on down to Pryes Brewing Company and check out their private “Barrel Room” space with other writers, readers, and publishing folks.

Petri Dish: A Tiny Take on Toxins

What: Science & Technology, Educational
When: Wednesday, April 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Camp Bar & Cabaret

Big things have small beginnings, and this Petri Dish event looks at the ways in which researchers might use tiny organisms for big jobs, like disarming pesticides, or clearing out excess nutrients. Come on down for trivia and music, and enjoy the talk starting at 7:00 p.m. Presenters include Mikael Elias, an assistant professor at the University’s College of Biological Sciences, Paige Novak, a professor at the University’s Department of Civil Engineering, and Todd DeJournett, a senior engineer at Geosyntec Consultants. Tickets are $5–10.

TC Trek Trivia: BLINGon

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, April 11th 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!”

Social Science: Cosmos

What: Educational, Meetup, Science & Technology, Gaming
When: Thursday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Social Science is the themed “adult night” at the Science Museum of Minnesota, “welcoming those 21 and over to grab a drink, enjoy the museum, and experience innovative programming.” The theme for February is “Cosmos,” and focuses on space exploration to commemorate Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering space flight! Build a satellite, drop a parachute, and learn space communication. Saturday Night Space Opera will be present to teach the basics of space-based tabletop role playing as well. This event is for ages 21 and up, and costs $14.95 for MPR or Science Museum members, and $18.95 for nonmembers.

Dungeons & Dragons Thursdays

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Come to GlitchHQ on the second Thursday of every month for an open game of Dungeons & Dragons or Mouse Guard, welcoming new and experienced players alike. The game is played in an open or sandbox style, so don’t worry about missing individual sessions for overarching story—just show up, roll up, survive, and level up! Materials and rules provided.

Nerd Out!!! April Edition

What: Meetup, Educational
When: Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: moto-i

Nerds of the Twin Cities hosts a monthly evening of informative guest speakers and mingling with other geeks. April’s event will feature three speakers and topics: “The Evolution of Writing from Paper to Displays,” from Mary Pichotta, “To Step into the Picture: Capturing the World Through Photogrammetry,” from Dale Utt, and “The Fast and the Mapped: A Demo of Digital Mapping,” from David Montgomery. This event is free.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, April 12th 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 12th 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 12th 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 Rick and Morty Trivia.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, April 13th 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.

Wright County Geeks: Tabletop Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Community Center

The Wright County Geeks host a regular tabletop-gaming meetup focused on role-playing games, like Dungeons & Dragons, steampunk-themed RPGs, and more. This is a fairly informal meetup, and new participants are invited to show up, grab a character (or roll one up), and get into the game. This tabletop-gaming night is a great opportunity to meet other gaming geeks in your area!

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see posting for more information)

This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m. the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, April 13th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Anime Twin Cities has joined forces with the Geek Partnership Society “to bring a little bit of fun to you on the second and fourth Fridays of each month with this cosponsored anime club.” The group will show various anime movies and series.

Cosplayers/Costumers Social Hour

What: Meetup, Arts, Nightlife
When: Friday, April 13th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero

Join fellow cosplayers for a social hour at Lush to admire costumes, geek out about costume-making technique, and hang out together in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Attendees who RSVP to the Facebook event will have their cover fee waived. The group will have several tables reserved, so you can hang out with fellow cosplayers, admire their work, and learn from them.

Robot Day at The Works

What: Family, Educational, Science & Technology
When: Saturday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Works

Celebrate National Robotics Week at The Works with this day focusing on robots for kids and families! Expect a variety of presenters with fun, kid-friendly demonstrations of real-life robotics principles, agricultural drones (including VR drones-eye-views), Block Bots, Arduino Projects, a prototype prosthetic hand, and more. Presale tickets are $9, or $12 at the door, or this event is free for museum members.

Prince Day at UROC

What: Arts, Music, Community
When: Saturday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

Honor the legacy of one of Minnesota’s best and brightest with Prince Day at UROC, a day-long artist-led event honoring Prince Rogers Nelson. This free event includes a variety of family friendly Prince-themed activities, a display of “Love Letters for Prince,” in the gallery, a storytelling event focused on Prince, a conversation focused on his legacy moderated by Robyne Robinson, and a reception. This event is free and open to the public; RSVP via the event link.

ComicCard Comic Con & Collectibles Show

What: Convention, Comics, Family, Arts
When: Saturday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Bloomington VFW

Comic creators, collectibles, and special guests all come together in Bloomington for the ComicCard Comic Con & Collectibles Show. Check out tons of comics—ranging from modern to the bronze and silver ages—and other collectibles, and see guests like Mike Grell, Amy Chu, Katy Rex, Brent Schoonover, Erik Burnham, Otis Frampton, and Dave Wheeler. This event is $5 for adults, and free for kids under 16.

Minnesota Craft Beer Festival 2018

What: Food & Drink
When: Saturday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Minnesota has grown into a beer destination, with enough great craft breweries for the Star Tribune to run a March Madness-style brewery bracket. Check out that level of beer geekery and excellence at the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival, hosted at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Tasting tickets are $42.98, and include unlimited three-ounce pours of craft beer from over 90 breweries. Designated drivers who want to attend can pick up tickets for $21.98, with proceeds going to Mothers Against Drunk Driving

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: Global Market Field Trip

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 taking a short field trip to the Midtown Global Market for international shopping and snacking. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

What: Educational
When: Sunday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Paul Public Library

The internet is built on cat-related content, so it’s only natural that your amazing cat should be an Instagram celebrity on its own. This event teaches how to pull that off, as Chris Wlaschin—the human manager of Instagram-celebrity Spot the Cat—discusses photo and video techniques, as well as social media strategy to help propel your cat into the fame it deserves!


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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