This Week in Geek (7/16/18–7/22/18)

This Week in Geek 7/16/18-7/22/18
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 16th to Sunday, July 22nd.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building 

The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session that “will include short, medium, and long poses, which allow artists to engage with the subject in varying ways” and that “will use a combination of nude and costumed models to support and foster fantasy and science-fiction art.” The goal of hosting this event is to “cultivate a community of artists to share ideas, support each other, and create.”

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, July 16th 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.

Paul Verhoeven in Exile: RoboCop

What: Movies
When: Monday, July 16th and Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Where: The Trylon

Paul Verhoeven spent much of the ’80s and ’90s in the United States, putting together a slew of geek favorites that were frequently ultra violent, satirical, over sexed, and highly imaginative. The Trylon will be celebrating these works in July, and this week they will be screening a 35-millimeter print of RoboCop, the cult classic about a cybernetic police officer, corporate greed, private policing, and gruesome effects. While you may like to buy it for a dollar, tickets are $8.

Gaymer Space

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, July 17th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Minnesota-based tech nonprofit Glitch hosts Gaymer Space, a monthly gathering giving the LGBTQ+ community a place to gather, game, and geek out over shared interests like video games, board games, and the tech industry. This free event lasts from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will provide a casual space to hang out that should be fun for all ages.

Tea and Meeples: Board Games

What: Food & Drink, Community, Gaming
When: Tuesday, July 17th 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 gaming and enjoy a dinner of mozzarella arepas with summer veggies.

YogaQuest Continues: Thor: Ragnarok

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, July 17th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Box Counseling and Wellness

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 the Thor: Ragnarok, so fire up the Bifrost and head on down to Blue Box Counseling and Wellness for a night of Asgardian yoga. This event costs $15.

Coins for a Cause

What: Gaming, Community
When: Wednesday, July 18th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis

Raise funds to help animals and play some rad arcade games at Up-Down Minneapolis, an event that puts the fun in fundraising! All the proceeds from your gaming will go to Twin Cities Pet Rescue—who will also be present on the patio with adoptable dogs—so game away knowing you’re helping a good cause.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Amore Coffee

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).”

Movies in the Parks: Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Spanish subtitles

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Wednesday, July 18th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Corcoran Park

Enjoy an evening of community and movie magic under the stars! Movies start at dusk and are free and open to the public. Screening this week is Raiders of the Lost Ark, the classic ’80s whip-cracking adventure film starring Harrison Ford, presented with Spanish subtitles. Check out their complete schedule of screenings this week.

Science Cafe! A Special Event for the Public

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Thursday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M Campus

The Genome Writers Guild will host a night of public discussion to inspire curiosity about genome engineering and synthetic biology. Speakers at this event include Dr. David Odde, a professor in the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Department at the University of Minnesota; Lynn Fellman, an artist who writes, illustrates, and tells stories about the wonder and beauty in our genomes; and keynote-speaker Dr. Ellen Jorgensen, developer of the award-winning Genspace in Brooklyn, NY, and founder of Biotech Without Borders, a nonprofit dedicated to citizen science. Registration is $15.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, July 19th 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!”

Trivia Against Humanity Thursdays

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, July 19th 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.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, July 19th 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.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, July 19th 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.

Saint Paul Movies in the Park: The Incredibles

What: Movies, Family
When: Thursday, July 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Groveland

Enjoy an evening of community and movie magic under the stars! Movies start at dusk and are free and open to the public. Screening this week is The Incredibles, Pixar’s Oscar-winning film about family and superheroism. Check here for a complete schedule of screenings this week.

Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival

What: Music
When: Friday, July 20th at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 21st at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Mears Park

The blues will return to Mears Park with the fifth year of the Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival! There will be a large number of musicians playing, with two stages on Saturday. Artists include: Free and Easy, High & Mighty, Ohio Players, Mae Simpson Band, Scottie Miller Band, the Crow Band, Toronzo Cannon, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, Marcia Ball, Big George Jackson Blues Band, and the Everett Smithson Band. This event is free, but attendees who want preferred seating can pay $60 per day, or $100 for the weekend.

Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games

What: Community, Music, Educational, Family
When: Friday, July 20th at 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 21st at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Eagan Central Park – 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan MN

Learn about the culture of Scotland at this free and family-friendly event. This is your opportunity to hear bagpipes and other traditional-Celtic music, watch burly kilt-wearing men compete in traditional-Scottish athletic competitions, and more. Parking and admission are free to the public, but you can donate to the event if you would like to provide support. This is a smoke-free, dog-friendly, green event.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, July 20th 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, July 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.


What: Movies
When: Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st at 11:30 p.m.
Where: Riverview Theater

The Riverview Theater, a neighborhood theater known for affordable second-run cinema, will be continuing its summer late-night programming series with Tim Burton’s spooky cult comedy Beetlejuice—and we’ve already said the name twice so don’t say it again. All tickets are $3, and the theater only takes cash.

GPS Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, July 21st 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.

Personal Storytelling

What: Comedy & Theater, Educational, Community
When: Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Nokomis Library

Storytelling is an ancient tradition that has persisted through many cultures. Learn to tell your personal story with the help of an expert from the Guthrie. No experience is necessary for this personal-storytelling class. Preregister online for this class with the link provided above, and there are a limited number of seats so make sure to sign up if interested.

Yacht Goth

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Saturday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Paradise Lady, 2150 W River Pkwy

Dark Energy and Nightchain present Yacht Goth, the second-annual maritime-goth dance party on the Mississippi River. Sail into the dark of night with your fellow goths, and dance the night away in style and under the stars. All-black nautical attire is strongly recommended for this event, which will feature several DJs, including special-guest DJ Jeff Dubois. Tickets are $40, including complimentary food, and this event is strictly 21+, first come, first served.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, July 22nd 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.

Summer Pick-Up Quidditch

What: Sports & Fitness, Books
When: Sunday, July 22nd 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!

Mondo Queer Beach Party

What: Community, Food & Drink, Family
When: Sunday, July 22nd at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach

Grill, play some volleyball, get some sun, and raise funds for the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition at this multi-generational queer beach party on Lake Nokomis. There will be two grills in use—one for meat, one for veg—as well as volleyball, a sandy beach, and swag for sale to benefit the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition. This free event should be a blast, and bring something to grill and share!

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, July 22nd 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.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

What: Books, Theater & Comedy
When: Sunday, July 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Brit’s Pub (Rooftop)

The Actors Theater of Minnesota presents a comedy that touches upon every one of William Shakespeare’s plays. This event covers the whole body of work in 97 minutes. There’s no cover charge, and there will be beer specials, and there will be a second show on the 29th if you can’t make it to this one.

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!


  1. By Jane Carnes


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