This Week in Geek (5/14/18–5/20/18)

This Week in Geek, 5/14
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 14th to Sunday, May 20th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, May 14th 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.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, May 15th 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 “Digging Deep: Mining, Consumerism, and Climate Change,” and will be led by Roopali Phadke, Professor of Environmental Studies, Macalester College. Tickets are $5 to $12, online or at the door.

Tea and Meeples: YouTube Party

What: Food & Drink, Community
When: Tuesday, May 15th 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, show off your favorite homemade content with YouTube night while enjoying a dinner of fajitas.

YogaQuest Continues: Jurassic Park

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, May 15th 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. The theme for this week is Jurassic Park, so build up the core strength you’ll need to handle raptors. This event costs $15.

The Not-So-Silent Planet (with special guest Howard Lieberman!)

What: Books, Arts
When: Tuesday, May 15th 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 May’s session is storyteller Howard Lieberman, 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.”

Talk of the Stacks with Tracy K. Smith

What: Books, Educational
When: Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Friends of the Hennepin County Library

Talk of The Stacks, a free and open event that brings speakers to the library, returns with a special guest, Tracy K. Smith. Tracy K. Smith was appointed the 22nd United States Poet Laureate in 2017, and has published Life on Mars, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and Ordinary Light, a memoir which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Seating is first come, first served, and doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the event itself beginning at 7:00 p.m.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hard Times Cafe

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).”

Literary Death Match Twin Cities—featuring Jana Shortal & Brandi Brown

What: Books, Comedy & Theater
When: Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Nomad World Pub

Literary Death Match, “part literary event, part comedy show, part game show,” returns to the Twin Cities with seven-minute readings, special guests, and hilarity. This Literary Death Match will be judged by Steph Opitz (founding director of Loft Literary’s Wordplay festival), Brandi Brown (writer, comedian, finalist in Acme Comedy Co.’s “Funniest Person In The Twin Cities” contest), Maggie Ryan Sanford (writer, science whiz, and author of the forthcoming Bodies of Evidence: Evolution through Biology’s Most Baffling Beasts), and Jana Shortal from KARE 11. Tickets are $8 to see contestants run through this literary gauntlet.

Third Thursday: Nerd Thursday

What: Nightlife, Arts, Gaming
When: Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art’s free Third Thursday event goes nerdy this month with Nerd Thursday, featuring your friends here at Twin Cities Geek and other local nerd groups! Play #NerdThursday trivia with Twin Cities Geek, figure out a puzzle room, be brave with PowerPoint Karaoke, play the Nerdery‘s virtual-reality games, learn about monsters from Rev. Matt’s Monster Science presentation on the “Monsters of Mia,” participate in a photo booth, and more! Check out our article about the event for more details.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, May 17th 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 17th 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, May 17th 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.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, May 17th 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, May 18th 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.

ML Cavanaugh presents Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict

What: Books, Movies
When: Friday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers

ML Cavanaugh will be at Magers & Quinn to discuss Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict, a book that looks at the popular franchise and how it links up to modern military strategy, conflicts, and other topics. What can modern-military leaders learn from Grand Moff Tarkin, or Yoda’s relative lack of military strategy? This event will be a book reading and signing.

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.

Ladyfriend at Huge Improv Theater

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, May 18th 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.


What: Gaming, Arts, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, May 19th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Mugshots Coffee Company

This miniaturized version of Protospiel is a great way to spend a Saturday, by getting professional feedback for games you are looking to design and trying out new stuff. Protospiel will also allow you to try all sorts of new games before they hit Kickstarter and the market. Make new friends, expand your horizons, and game on at this kid-friendly event!

MSP Spring ComiCon 2018

What: Conventions, Comics, Gaming, Family
When: Saturday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m., and Sunday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: MN State Fair Grandstand

Midwest Comic Book Association‘s 2018 spring comic con brings over 200 comic creators, gaming (sponsored by The Source Comics and Games), panels, and kids activities to the St. Paul Grandstand for a celebration of comics as a medium. Meet with your favorite creators, win exciting door prizes, take part in a costume contest, check out the dealer hall, and so much more (see the website for all of the details). This event is $14 (one price for both days), and Twin Cities Geek will be there!

7th St Zinefest 2018

What: Arts, Books, Music
When: Saturday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: 465 Wabasha St. N., St. Paul MN

Celebrate the DIY wonder of zines, small magazines that are typically focused on very specific interests like music, politics, comics, gaming, or other things folks geek out over, with a day of music and zine creators in St. Paul. This a free event, and will be fostering a safe space to see great zines, and the first 20 people in the door will get special prizes.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, May 19th 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.

2018 Rally for Science

What: Community, Meetup, Science
When: Saturday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Mears Park

A Minnesota coalition of people from all professions and walks of life, including nonprofits, labor unions, and religious groups, will march on the state capitol to show support for higher education, discovery, and access to scientific information. Help support evidence-based policy and defend science funding in the face of the current political situation.

Big in Japan: Late Night Monster Science

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, May 19th at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Reverend Matt’s Monster Science returns to the Phoenix Theater for another comedic examination of monsters, myths, and their inspirations. This month’s topic is a complete oral history of the original Toho Godzilla series. This is a great opportunity to learn about Frankenstein’s world-conquering antics, Godzilla fighting King Kong, and more! Opening entertainment will be provided by the Goodzillas, and tickets are $12.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, May 20th 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.

Shieldmaiden Sundays

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, May 20th 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: Trans Swag

What: Meetup, Community, Arts
When: Sunday, May 20th 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 staying at the Exchange for an afternoon of creative expression to prepare for Pride. Listen to music, eat some pizza, and make buttons, stickers, jewelry, and more for donation and personal use. 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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