This Week in Geek (5/28/18–6/3/18)

This Week in Geek 5-28
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 BlackStack for similar events in the future. Costumes are always encouraged.

Tea and Meeples: Stargazing Field Trip

What: Food & Drink, Community, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, May 29th 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, the group will carpool out together to do some stargazing, and enjoy a picnic dinner!

YogaQuest Continues: Deadpool

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: YogaQuest

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 Deadpool, so get ready for cool superhero landings and plenty of sarcasm and fourth-wall breaking. This event costs $15.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, May 31st 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 31st 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 31st 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.

Haunted Basement Garage & Bake Sale

What: Community, Family, Arts
When: Friday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2nd at 9:00 a.m., and Sunday, June 3rd at 9:00 a.m.
Where: The Haunted Basement

Come to the Haunted Basement for the creepiest garage sale ever, and help provide vital funds for the 2018 edition of the Haunted Basement’s immersive horror experience. Expect horrifying art objects, a great bake sale, and surprises. There is no cover, and this is an all ages event. See the Facebook event for a donations link if you’d like to support this organization but are unable to attend.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, June 1st 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.

Movies in the Parks: The Karate Kid

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Friday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hidden Falls Regional Park – North Gate

Enjoy an evening of community movie magic under the stars. Movies start at dusk, and are free and open to the public. Bringing a blanket or lawn chair is recommended, and children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Come to this event for a screening of 2010’s The Karate Kid.

GPS Movie Night

What: Movies
When: Friday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Join the Geek Partnership Society for a movie night following the earliest entries in what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First, the story of a billionaire-playboy engineer who builds a suit of power armor to save himself from a cave before going on to fight evil. Second, a scientist that is on the run from the government, and transforms into a monster with his rage. This is a free event, but make sure to RSVP online.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, June 1st 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.

Cocktails at the Castle

What: Nightlife, Music, Food & Drink
When: Friday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute

Cocktails at the Castle, the American Swedish Institute’s signature museum party, returns with “Cocktails at the Castle – Fantastical Worlds,” and will be a night inspired by the works of Finnish-artist Kim Simonsson as part of the Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson exhibition. Enjoy cocktails, pop-up performances, “seed bombs,” moss, dancing, music from Graveyard Club and Gramma’s Boyfriend, vintage film from the Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society and Maniac Video, and more. Admission is $20 for nonmembers, and $17 for members plus fees.

The Princess Bride Shadow Cast

What: Movies, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 3rd at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Minnsky Theatre

Enjoy a screening of the cult classic The Princess Bride, and enhance the experience with a shadow-cast performance. This will be similar to the sort of play-by-play experience that often accompanies The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and includes callbacks, audience interaction, and props. This is a family-friendly event, and pre-sale tickets are $15 for general admission, and 8$ for economy.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, June 1st 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.

Ladyfriend at Huge Improv Theater

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 1st 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.

Minneapolis–St.Paul Mini Maker Faire

What: Educational, Convention, Science & Tech, Family
When: Saturday, June 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds Grandstand

Come together with makers from around the region for interactive activities, demonstrations, and more. Expect the opportunity to solder, code, weld, and create in other ways. This is a family-friendly event with plenty for all; see the website for more details. Tickets vary in price, running from $15 for adult pre-sale to $20 same day, with a variety of discounts and bundles available.

GPS Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, June 2nd 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 in order 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 groups has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

Grand Old Day 2018

What: Family, Community, Food & Drink, Music
When: Sunday, June 3rd at 8:30 a.m.
Where: Grand Avenue, Saint Paul

While much of May has already felt like summer, Grand Old Days is an opportunity to greet the summer in Saint Paul with a grand outdoor festival! Expect a wide variety of food vendors, music, family-friendly activities, a parade, festival gardens, music, and more. Walking down Grand and taking part in most of the festivities is free, but entry to the 21+ festival gardens requires a wristband which sells for $7 online, or $10 day of.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, June 3rd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Open Minds Fusion Studio

This class incorporates a variety of dance styles, including tribal fusion, Greek, American Egyptian, and world fusion and is taught by instructor Shannon (whom 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 is built on a platform of acceptance and inclusivity. Cost is $15.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, June 3rd 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: Old and New School Video Games

What: Meetup, Community, Gaming, Arts
When: Sunday, June 3rd 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 playing old-school video games and trying out new virtual-reality games. Also, the group will be working on making Trans Swag. 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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