Monthly Archive:: May 2018

How Star Trek: The Next Generation Predicted Meme Culture

“Darmok,” the 102nd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is a longtime favorite among both Trekkies and linguists. Case in point: the first time I saw it wasn’t on TV but in a linguistic anthropology class at the University of Minnesota. In the episode, Picard and the Enterprise crew encounter the Children of Tama, who speak entirely in metaphors and references—a system that stumps the Trek world’s universal translator, which can only translate the literal meaning of the...

Black Lightning Weaves Together Family, Community, and Real-World Issues

“Justice, like lightning, should ever appear to some men hope, to other men fear.” Jefferson Pierce They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but that is the very premise of the latest addition to DC Comics’ stable of television shows that avoid its flagship characters. Perhaps that is the key for DC, because its TV shows are a damn sight better than it movies. (Other than Wonder Woman, that is, which single-handedly revived the failing DC...

Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for June 2018

Welcome to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings for the month of June 2018. There are a ton of great concerts and events this month as we head into summer. Special Events Lawrence English with Modify and IE What: Concert When: Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00 p.m. Where: The Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis) A night of experimental electronica featuring Lawrence English from Brisbane, Australia, with an electronic sound that is ambient and yet somewhat chaotic....

This Week in Geek (5/28/18–6/3/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 28th to Sunday, June 3rd. Scrubs Trivia at BlackStack What: Trivia When: Monday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. Where: BlackStack Brewing Co. Come on down for a night of medical-comedy trivia with Scrubs trivia. Blackstack Brewing is a local brewery known for hosting pop-culture and fandom-based trivia and often holds these events on Mondays, so follow...

Facing a Challenge as Event Promoters Work to Bring Music to the Masses

Music is a billion-dollar industry where touring can make or break an artist, or a promoter. For those who love music that’s on the fringe, it can be difficult to see a favorite band without traveling out of town to the nearest place they are touring. For the promoters, getting these bands to come to Minneapolis instead of, or as well as, places like Chicago can be difficult as well as expensive. Many bands can only afford to be...

Frostpunk Is a Struggle between Morality and Survival

“Alone in this world.” That’s how Victor Serche, one of my citizens, is described when I click on him. No spouse. No children. Such a grim, blunt way to put things. Such a phrase might also describe my city. Alone in this world, in a crater, surrounded by snow-swept wasteland on all sides. On the first night of my colony’s establishment, 20 people—that’s one-quarter of the population—die from exposure to the elements. Frostpunk, set in an alternate steam-powered world,...

Remember Kratos? He’s Back, in Dad Form

It’s been five long years since the last original God of War game was released (God of War: Ascension in 2013) and eight long years since the last numbered God of War game (God of War III in 2010), but Kratos has finally returned, and he has brought with him drastic changes in both gameplay and personality. Not to mention, he now has a plucky young sidekick: his son Atreus. This 2018 release serves as both a spiritual reboot...

Solo: A Star Wars Story Beats the Odds

Once upon a time, you could have made the case that a Leia, Luke, or Han preference was something like asking someone if they preferred John or Paul, Eddie or Kurt, or MCU Iron Man or Captain America. Luke (Mark Hamill) was the naive idealist drawn to adventure and the promise of the galaxy. Leia (Carrie Fisher) was the accomplished politician with privilege and principles. Han (Harrison Ford) was the cynical realist who was certainly a rebel with his...

Circe Revisits the Odyssey and Other Greek Mythology from a New Point of View

I have to make a confession: it has been over a decade since I studied the Odyssey. While I do remember enjoying that unit of my college freshman English class, enough time has passed that I cannot recollect as many of the details as I would like. So, when Madeline Miller’s Circe, which tells the sorceress’s perspective on the Odyssey, arrived as part of my favorite book subscription box, I had to refresh myself on who she was. It bothered...

Enter to Win an Adult Swim Mystery Prize Pack!

Adult Swim’s On the Green Tour is coming to the Commons in downtown Minneapolis on June 30, 2018. This 18-plus event will feature games, prizes, vendors, and of course screenings—including unaired episodes and pilots, specials, and more. To celebrate, we’re giving away an Adult Swim mystery prize pack! The exact contents will be a surprise but may include any or all of the following items: toolbox hammer hat travel mug enamel pin beverage koozie To enter, just follow @TwinCitiesGeeks...
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