This Week in Geek (6/4/18–6/10/18)

This Week in Geek 6/4
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 4th to Sunday, June 10th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, June 4th 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.

Thunder Lizard Thank You

What: Food & Drink, Family, Science & Tech
When: Tuesday, June 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Blackstack Brewing

Stranger things have happened, but when the Science Museum of Minnesota gained national attention due to a vintage Brontosaurus sweatshirt being featured in an episode of the Netflix series Stranger Things, the museum sold thousands of sweatshirts and used the money to fund outreach programs. This event celebrates that strange turn of events with the release of their new beer Thunder Lizard, a science van from the Science Museum of Minnesota with loads of cool activities, swag, and $1 off tap beer to Science Museum members. This is a family-friendly event, and activities are intended for folks of all ages. There will be a special performance from The Baldinovs.

Books & Bars: The Hate U Give

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, June 5th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Hall

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: Board Games: All Hands on Deck

What: Food & Drink, Community, Gaming
When: Tuesday, June 5th 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 gather round for a night of board games, and enjoy some veggie korma for dinner!

YogaQuest Continues: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, June 5th 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 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, so get ready to chill out, borrow your friend’s dad’s car, and enjoy life. This event costs $15.

MTG Booster Draft: Dominaria

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

Clockwerks Brewing, the place to be for geeky steampunk-themed decor and rotating craft beer in downtown Minneapolis, will be hosting a Magic: The Gathering booster draft. This event will be focused on the new Dominaria Planeswalker decks, which, per the event listing, are a great fit for first-time players. The entry fee is $15, and players will use three booster packs to form 40-card decks and compete for cards and goodies from Clockwerks.

Dan Gearino Book Event

What: Books
When: Wednesday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Dreamhaven Books

Dan Gearino will be at Dreamhaven to promote his new book, Comic Shop: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture, in a place that inspired him to write it. This book looks at the history of comic-book shops, their challenges, and the way they helped bring geek culture to the mainstream. There’s also a local connection here, as Dreamhaven and its owner play an important role in this story. This event will include a discussion with the author as well as a signing.

First Thursday Films: Fruitvale Station

What: Movies, Educational
When: Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater—a screening and speaking series—will be showing Fruitvale Station part of Black Cinema: Under the Skin, a program of films by black filmmakers exploring black culture and experience. This month’s film is Ryan Coogler’s (more recently known for directing Creed and Black Panther) feature-directorial debut, a drama centered around a young father gunned down by BART officers on New Year’s Day in 2009. Tickets are $5.

One-Shot Comics: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

What: Comics
When: Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

One-Shot Comics, a monthly comic series devoted to covering a diverse range of comics and graphic novels, returns with a discussion of My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, the autobiographical manga which has taken the internet by storm with an honest and personal exploration of sexuality, mental well-being, and coming of age today. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.”

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, June 7th 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 7th 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, June 7th 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.

Ghostbusters Day Pizza Party

What: Meetup
When: Friday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: DeLeo Bros. Pizza

Join Ghostbusters North for a kid-friendly celebration of all things Ghostbusters, featuring Ghostbusters pinball, photo ops, and more at the retro-tastic DeLeo Bros. Costumes are encouraged.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, June 8th 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.

Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Community Center

Tabletop-gaming geeks in the northwest reaches of the Twin Cities metro have a monthly home at Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming. This event is held at the Buffalo Community Center, and will play host to great tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and others. Come check it out if you’re curious about RPGs or are looking to make new gaming buddies.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, June 8th 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.

The Princess Bride Shadow Cast

What: Movies, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, June 9th at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 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. Pre-sale tickets to this family-friendly event are $15 for general admission, and 8$ for economy.

Caucasian Aggressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, June 8th and Saturday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m., Sunday June 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bloomington Center for The Arts

Storytelling and sketch comedy come together to confront, mock, and dismantle racism, racists, and stereotypes in this exploration of the mixed-race experience. Inspired by the personal experiences of playwright Duck Washington, this event uses humor as a way to understand concepts with a degree of depth. Tickets are $25, with discounts available. This performance will continue through June, and is produced in collaboration with Fearless Comedy Productions.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, June 8th 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 8th 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.

The Most Epic Used Booksale

What: Books
When: Saturday, June 9th and Sunday June 10th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Ancestry Books

Support literary programming in the Twin Cities, and get your hands on a great selection of used books with the fourth annual Epic Used Booksale at Ancestry Books. In the past, this sale has raised funds to bring Joseph Rios, Zetta Elliott, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs to the Twin Cities for events. All books will be $5 and under, and the organizers of this event could use help with book donations, so if you have some old books that are taking up shelf space and need to be read by others, bring them in and help out.

Goat to Your Happy Place

What: Food & Drink, Community, Family
When: Saturday, June 9th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Insight Brewing

Come to your happy place with the help of nature’s goofy and joyous acrobats: goats! Enjoy a summer day at Insight with goats, three specialty casks of beer, and food from Black Market StP BBQ. An opportunity to hang out with goats in a cool local brewery doesn’t come around often, so don’t miss it.

GPS Annual Picnic

What: Community, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, June 9th at 12:01 p.m.
Where: Cherokee Park

Come together with your fellow geeks for a day of food, fellowship, and fun under the sun! Geek Partnership Society has sponsored this event, and will be providing protein for grilling, buns, plates, and flatware, but encourages attendees to bring side dishes to share. Anyone interested in geeky activities is encouraged to join, as are members of Geek Partnership Society, their partners, family, and friends. There may also be activities involving flying objects and score keeping.

SF/F/P Multi Author Event featuring Minnesota Writers

What: Books
When: Saturday, June 9th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble, Roseville

Five authors will be at Barnes & Noble Roseville for a first-of-its-kind event focused on sci fi, fantasy, and the paranormal. The event will feature five authors—New York Times–bestselling fantasy author Steven Brust, convention regulars Christopher Schmitz and Jason Quill, paranormal investigator and author Adrian Lee, and K. Bird Lincoln—reading, signing, and answering questions.

3rd Annual Lit Crawl MN

What: Books, Meetup
When: Satuday, June 9th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, Magers & Quinn, Trapeze Bubbles Bar at Barbette

The written word will be elevated and celebrated at this crawl through Uptown Minneapolis. Free events will be held at Bryant Lake Bowl, Magers & Quinn, and Trapeze Bubbles Bar at Barbette and will feature work from Write on Mamas, Autoptic, Fisher Cats, Magers & Quinn, Ryan Chapman, Button Poetry, The Loft, Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Nicole Garneau. Find the Lit Crawl event for you with the event schedule.

Adoration Destroyed and FIRES with Special Guest Xentrifuge

What: Music, Nightlife, Dancing
When: Saturday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar

Fans of dark electronic music will be in for a treat at this concert in Cedar Riverside, bringing Adoration Destroyed, Fires, Xentrifuge, and Souless Affection together. The bands featured on this lineup are inspired by dark electronic music from the past, new EDM-inspired production, retrofuturism, pop melodies, synthwave, industrial, noise, and more. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. This 21+ event was brought together by Kilted Farmer Koncerts; see our recent article on their efforts to bring goth and industrial bands to the Twin Cities!

Electric Fetus’s 50th Anniversary Party

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Saturday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue & 7th St Entry

Celebrate 50 years of the Electric Fetus with a night of music headlined by Real Estate. This local record store and Twin Cities institution continues to be really important as a way for music geeks to get curated suggestions for new bands, learn about shows, and generally connect with other music geeks. David Campbell will host this 18+ event, with music from Habibi, Flamin’ Oh’s, Last Import, and DJ Roy Freedom. Tickets are $20.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, June 10th 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 10th 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: Golden Valley Pride Festival

What: Meetup, Community
When: Sunday, June 10th 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 field trip to the Golden Valley Pride Festival to see how Golden Valley celebrates Pride! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Movies in the Parks: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Sunday June 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Cedar Avenue Field Park

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 geek favorite: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Find other Movies in the Park listings here.


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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