This Week in Geek (7/23/18–7/29/18)

This Week in Geek - 7/23/18
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 29th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, July 23rd 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.

Tea and Meeples: Craft Night

What: Food & Drink, Community, Arts
When: Tuesday, July 24th 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 totchos (tater-tot nachos).

YogaQuest Continues: Transformers

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, July 24th 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 Transformers, so roll out and develop the flexibility needed to transform into the best robot-in-disguise you can be. This event costs $15.

Movies in the Parks: Hidden Figures

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Tuesday, July 24th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Father Hennepin Bluff 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 Hidden Figures, an award-winning film about the early days of NASA, and the critical contributions of three African-American women to our early space program. It’s an inspiring film about hyper-competent geeks putting in the work, doing the math, and letting humankind achieve the impossible. Check out the complete schedule of screenings this week.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday: The Missy

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Join your fellow Whovians and trivia fanatics at the Driftwood Char Bar on Wednesday night for Minnesota’s only regular Doctor Who-themed trivia night, brought to you by the creators of TC Trek Trivia. This is an all-ages event with no cover, so expect seats to go quickly. This month’s theme is “The Missy,” so expect a focus on one of the more interesting regenerations of the Master.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, July 26th 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 26th 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 26th 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.

Saint Paul Movies in the Park: Up

What: Movies, Family
When: Thursday, July 26th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Palace Community Center

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 Up, the Academy Award-winning Pixar film best known for its touching and succinct love story, its flying house, the dog with the ability to speak, and its sense of adventure. Also be sure to check the complete schedule of screenings this week.

Diversicon 26 “Diversitopia”

What: Convention, Books
When: Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th
Where: Best Western Plus—Como Park

Diversicon is a speculative-fiction convention aimed at helping Minnesota’s SF community more closely reflect Minnesota’s cultural diversity. This event is a project of SF Minnesota, and includes special guests, parties, and more. This year’s guests of honor include Bryan Thao Worra (author, cultural olympian, and president of the Science-Fiction Poetry Association), Ursula Murray Husted (nationally recognized cartoonist, illustrator, and educator), and Charlie Jane Anders (author, founding editor of, and organizer of Writers with Drinks). Registration is $45 at the door, or $5 for kids ages 5-11.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, July 27th 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.

Circus Juventas: Steam

What: Theater & Comedy, Arts, Family
When: Friday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 28th at 1:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m., and continues until August 12th
Where: Circus Juventas, 1270 Montreal Avenue, St. Paul

Circus Juventas returns for a summer show with Steam, a show in which the contemporary circus arts tell a steampunk tale! In this story, H.G. Wells and Jules Verne embark on a time-traveling adventure told through the spectacle of the circus. See sky pirates, morlocks, Captain Nemo, and more. Tickets range from $18.50 for children and seniors to $45 dollars for a VIP box, with a variety of packages available. This show will continue through August 12th.

DIVES & Maslon Movie Night: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

What: Movies, Music
When: Friday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell

Gather at the Lake Harriet Bandshell to take in a live concert from local band Dives before a screening of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest chapter in the sequel trilogy which finds the Resistance in a crisis and takes the franchise in new directions.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, July 27th 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.

Blue Velvet

What: Movies
When: Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th 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 Blue Velvet, David Lynch’s surreal mystery involving a severed ear, a lounge singer, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and young Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan pairing up to dig into something dangerous. All tickets are $3, and the theater only takes cash.

SOUND+VISION MN Pop Culture Collectibles Show

What: Convention, Comics, Arts
When: Saturday, July 28th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Valley Creek Mall

This show features vendors with new, used, vintage, and rare music, comics, toys, memorabilia, and more. It’s a great show for music, comic, and all kinds of other geeks who enjoy collecting rare and hard-to-find pieces. This event comes three times a year, and always brings cool new stuff, so come check it out!

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, June 28th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:55 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the “longest-running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ shadow cast for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, July 29th 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 29th 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!

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, July 29th 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: Dreamers Vault Games

What: Meetup, Community
When: Sunday, July 29th 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 Dreamers Vault Games in Minneapolis for an afternoon of video games, tabletop gaming, comics, and more! Meet at the Exchange at 12:30 sharp for a ride over, or meet the group at Dreamers Vault at 1:00 p.m. 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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