This Week in Geek (6/11/18–6/17/18)

This Week in Geek 6/11
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 11th to Sunday, June 17th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, June 11th 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, bring some snacks, and hang out in a collaborative space.

Creative Monologues

What: Educational, Theater & Comedy
When: Tuesday, June 12th at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Hennepin County Library

Giving an excellent monologue audition is one of the first steps many actors take before getting hired for a role, and this class will help you shine. Reading a monologue is an open space for creative choices that can give extra nuance to a piece, and makes the whole narrative more compelling with implied conflict, emotion, and more. No experience is necessary for this class led by an experienced teaching artist from the Guthrie.

Books & Bars: The Hate U Give

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books/Geek Love Cafe

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 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, an award-winning young adult novel following the story of a woman drawn to activism after a police shooting of a friend.

Tea and Meeples: Craft Night

What: Food & Drink, Community, Arts
When: Tuesday, June 12th 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 get together for a night of crafting and enjoy a dinner of Thai-pineapple fried rice!

YogaQuest Continues: Ocean’s Eleven

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, June 12th 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 Ocean’s Eleven, so develop the flexibility and core strength to pull off a heist. This event costs $15.

TC Trek Trivia: Pride of Starfleet

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, June 13th 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!”

Movies in the Parks: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Wednesday, June 13th at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Sibley Park

Enjoy an evening of community and movie magic under the stars! Movies start at dusk and are free and open to the public, and screening this week is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Bringing a blanket or lawn chair is recommended, and children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Social Science: Pride

What: Science & Technology, Community, Arts, Nightlife
When: Thursday, June 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be pairing with Twin Cities Pride for a special pride event, honoring the LGBTQ+ community with a special night of Social Science. This special Social Science event will focus on the science behind sexuality, rainbows, drag, and more. Flip Phone will be presenting a special drag show for this event. Social Science is 21+, with tickets going for $18.95 for non-members.

Dungeons & Dragons Thursdays

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, June 14th 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 Guardwelcoming 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.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, June 14th 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, June 14th 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 Thursdays

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, June 14th 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, June 15th 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.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, June 15th 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.

Human Combat Chess 2018

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 15th at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, June 16th at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Where: Christ Church Lutheran

As geeks, we seem to be drawn to imaginary sports such as quidditch, zero-g laser tag, brutal-blood sports involving child tributes, and podracing, so come and see the greatest sport that never was: Human Combat Chess. This game looks like chess on the surface, but unlike chess, the results of moves are not certain and come down to choreographed fights between the human pieces involved. General admission is $18, while kids can get in for $5. Want to learn more about Human Combat Chess? Check out our piece on last year’s performances!

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, June 15th 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.

Northern Spark Festival 2018

What: Arts, Music
When: Friday, June 15th at 9:02 p.m. and Saturday, June 16th at 9:02 p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis

Northern Spark—the annual all-night art festival that lights up the Twin Cities—will return this year and will be trying something new: a two-night festival! Expect to see a large number of art installations that light up the night throughout festival areas, all centering around this year’s theme: Commonality. How do we create common spaces and platforms that resist discrimination, open dialogues, and create relationships? Events will take place at the Commons, the Minneapolis Central Library, and Nicollet Mall between 3rd and 8th Streets. See the website for more details on art installations, and figure out how to plan your night.

Ladyfriend at Huge Improv Theater

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 15th 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.

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

What: Music, Arts, Food & Drink, Family
When: Saturday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Stone Arch Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival will be returning for its 24th year of music and art on the Minneapolis riverfront! See a wide variety of bands on three different stages, take part in art activities, and enjoy great local beer, food, and more. There will family-friendly activities like family yoga, music, films, and activities from the Science Museum, so be sure to bring the kids. Parking can be a challenge for this event, so cycling, public transit, and other means of getting there are strongly encouraged.

GPS Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, June 16th 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.

Footprints Workshop—Bigfoot Fans Wanted

What: Comedy & Theater, Movies
When: Sunday, June 16th at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Hosmer Library

Slap Happy Studios are holding workshops to develop ideas for their future project, Footprints, about the effects of a Bigfoot hunt on a small town. This event will be a workshop for Bigfoot fans and creatives who want to help generate ideas based on tropes and elements from genres like horror, b-horror, and camp. Let your cryptozoological and other geek knowledge shine! Fill out the Google form in the above link if you plan to attend.

The Lillith’s 2nd Annual Pirates & Mermaids Fundraiser

What: Community, Family
When: Saturday, June 16th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: 11440 St Croix Trail, Hastings MN, 55033

Help keep the Lillith afloat and delighting CONvergence attendees this year! The Lillith is a CONvergence party room focused on pirates, mermaids, and other denizens of the sea. Enjoy special guests like Soledad of the Lillith, mermaids, pirate games from Level Up Games in St. Paul, a massive swing, snacks, beverages, a cardboard pirate ship, and pirate trinkets for sale.

Equilibrium—featuring Saymoukda Vongsay

What: Books,
When: Saturday, June 16th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Loft Literary Center

Equilibrium—a monthly literary event focused on Lao writers from the diaspora and their experience living between two worlds: the Lao and the American—returns for a June event with spoken word readings and a musical backdrop. Topics may include pre-colonial Laos, the aftermath of the Secret War, refugee identity formation, pop culture, social justice, and more. This month will feature readings from Spoken Word Immersion-fellow Saymoukda Vongsay, Catzie Vilayphonh, and Bryan Thao Worra, with beats provided by DJ Nak.

Summer Pick-Up Quidditch

What: Sports & Fitness, Books
When: Sunday, June 17th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Thomas Beach–Bde Maka Ska

Enjoy a summer morning outdoors playing the greatest sport in the wizarding world: quidditch! This event is hosted by the Twin Cities Quidditch Club, and is a great opportunity to get some exercise, make some great Harry Potter-loving friends, and catch that golden snitch!

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, June 17th 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 17th 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: Mondo Queer Beach Party: Pride Edition

What: Meetup, Community, Gaming, Arts
When: Sunday, June 17th 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 down to enjoy the Mondo Queer Beach Party: Pride Edition, a multi-generational queer beach party to celebrate and enjoy the summer sun! 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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