This Week in Geek (7/30/18–8/5/18)

This Week in Geek 7/30
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 30th to Sunday, August 5th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, July 30th 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.

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party at Minneapolis Tattoo

What: Books, Community, Arts
When: Tuesday, July 31st at 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Tattoo Shop

Celebrate the Boy Who Lived on his birthday by getting a Harry Potter tattoo from Minneapolis Tattoo Shop. This will be a walk-in and first come, first served event, and the available designs are posted on the event page.

Tea and Meeples: Board Games

What: Food & Drink, Community, Arts
When: Tuesday, July 31st 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 board gaming, with a salad bar for dinner.

Harry Potter Taproom Trivia

What: Trivia, Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, July 31st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 612 Brewery

Do you know a horcrux from a bezoar? Test your knowledge of all things Harry Potter with some trivia on the Boy Who Lived’s birthday itself! Teams of up to eight people are allowed to compete for wizarding glory. Enjoy a firkin of Unrated Rye IPA made with ghost peppers called “Goblet of Fire,” brewed specially for this night, as well as English food from Potter’s Pasties. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a prize for the best dressed team.

YogaQuest Continues: Harry Potter

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, July 31st 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 Harry Potter, so come for a night of magical yoga (muggles welcome). This event costs $15.

Galactic Get Down

What: Music
When: Thursday, August 2nd at 12:00 p.m. to Saturday, August 4th at 11:30 p.m.
Where: Outback Ranch–Houston, MN

Set your phasers to fun! The Galactic Get Down is a three-day, outer-space-themed music and camping festival located in the outskirts of Houston, MN. Come check out the wide range of music, including rock, funk, bluegrass, jam, ska, indie, hip-hop, and electronic acts, as well as food and arts and craft vendors. This is a family-friendly event, and see their site for music line ups and ticket pricing.

Circus Juventas: Steam

What: Theater & Comedy, Arts, Family
When: Wednesday, August 1st, Thursday, August 2nd, and Friday, August 3rd at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 4th and Sunday August 5th at 1:00 p.m and 7:00 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.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 12th
Where: Various Venues

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is 11 days packed with plays—all 60 minutes or less—held at a variety of spaces throughout the Twin Cities. The variety of great shows from local performers and writers means you should be able to find something to scratch your geeky itch. This year’s inventive offerings include The Flashlight Zone: 20 Science Fiction Plays in One Hour, MedusaA Justice League of Their Own, Geminae, What To Do In Case of Dinosaur Attack, and many, many more. Check out the full listing of shows, or view by schedule.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, August 2nd 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, August 2nd 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.

One-Shot Comics: El Deafo

What: Comics
When: Thursday, August 2nd 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 Cece Bell’s El Deafo, a comic memoir about the experience of growing up with hearing loss. The Newberry award-winning El Deafo focuses on the Phonic Ear, a device that allows the writer to hear, but has also isolated her. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.” As usual, you can pick up a copy for 20% off at Moon Palace Books.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, August 2nd 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.

Movies in the Park: Black Panther

What: Movies, Music
When: Thursday, August 2nd at 8:30 p.m.
Where: North Commons Park

Enjoy a warm summer night in Minneapolis with cinema under the stars! Movies begin at sunset and are free and open to the public. Bringing a blanket or chair is recommended. Come see Marvel’s critically acclaimed Black Panther, a superhero epic touching on themes of Afrofuturism, isolationism, royalty, and responsibility. Check out the complete schedule of screenings this week.

2D Con

What: Gaming, Convention, Music
When: Friday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, August 5th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington

Celebrate all things gaming with 2D Con, an inclusive and charitable gaming event held every summer to celebrate the gaming community at large. This convention features a wide variety of games, including tabletop role-playing games, trading-card games, speedrunning, cosplay, retro games, musical performances, industry events, and more. This year’s theme is Critical Hit, so may all your rolls at this con be 20s. Standard preorder badges are currently $35, but there are a variety of other cost options. See the website for more details on registration and the schedule of events.

Minnesota Fan Fusion 2018

What: Convention, Comics, Arts, Community
When: Friday, August 3rd at 2:00 p.m. to Sunday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre

Come together with other fans of comics, collectibles, and pop culture for Minnesota Fan Fusion, an event focusing on showcasing local artists while also bringing in exciting national talent! Find insights into your specific fandoms from great presenters, meet creators who inspire you, and find that special something you’ve been looking for in the exhibition hall. Special guests will include Dan Fogler, Danielle Panabaker, John Rhys-Davies, Laurie Holden, Ray Park, Summer Glau, and many local creators, and Twin Cities Geek will also be on site, so come say hi! Registration runs from $12 for a day pass on Friday to $40 for a full-event membership, or $150 for VIP access, with special added costs for photo ops and autographs with special guests.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, August 3rd 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.

Saint Paul Movies in the Park: The Karate Kid (2010)

What: Movies, Family
When: Friday, August 3rd at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Linwood Recreation 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 2010’s The Karate Kid, with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan updating the ’80s classic for a new era. Also be sure to check the complete schedule of Saint Paul Movies in the Parks for other films.

The Princess Bride

What: Movies
When: Friday, August 3rd and Saturday, August 4th 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 The Princess Bride, the beloved cult classic about true love (and other mushy stuff), battles of wits over poison, daring, and so much more. All tickets are $3, and the theater only takes cash.

North Tech Conference 2018

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: 1500 North James Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Come check out the exciting launch of a brand new technology conference, one of the largest ever held in north Minneapolis. Expect presentations from some of the most brilliant technology experts the area has to offer, with a special focus on showcasing the tech contributions made by people of color. In addition to the technology presentations, attendees can expect to enjoy musical performances, DJ sets, and food and refreshments. Tickets to this event are $10.

GPS Open Gaming at Fantasy Flight Games

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Gaming

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.

Amparo’s Wand Shoppe

What: Arts, Books, Family
When: Sunday, August 5th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Sixth Chamber Used Books

Continue celebrating the birthday of the Boy Who Lived with a visit to Amparo’s Wand Shoppe at Sixth Chamber Used Books! This event seeks to replicate the experience of testing wizards and witches for wand compatibility from the Harry Potter series, and Abraham Amparo himself will be present to help with the experience. This event is free and family oriented.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, August 5th 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, August 5th 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: Art Day

What: Meetup, Community, Arts
When: Sunday, August 5th 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 meeting at The Exchange for an art day! Get creative with canvasses, oil and acrylic paints, pastels, and a variety of other materials. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Pirate Cruise Fundraiser

What: Music, Arts, Food & Drink, Community
When: Sunday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: St. Croix Boat & Packet Co.

Set sail with a rowdy pirate crew for a day of adventure on the water, full of entertainment, food and drink, and plunder in the name of the good ship Geek Partnership Society! Dubloons raised in this endeavor will be used to support the mission of Geek Partnership Society, and the many fine programs it runs. Even the lowliest crew on this voyage will have access to a raffle ticket, a photo booth, and adventure on the open water. This is a 21+ event, with a minimum cost of $65 for the Crew Level, $125 for Mates (with access to a tour, cocktails, additional raffle tickets, and other perks), and $900 for Captain Level, which comes with even greater benefits. See the website for more complete details regarding the fundraising tiers.


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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