This Week in Geek (8/20/18–8/26/18)

This Week in Geek 8-20
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 20th to Sunday, August 27th.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, August 20th 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, August 20th 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.

Annual Outdoor Summer Movie Series: Hot Fuzz

What: Movies
When: Monday, August 20th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Brit’s Pub

Brit’s Pub in downtown Minneapolis will be hosting outdoor movies throughout August on their rooftop lawn. Come on down Monday nights for screenings of films from Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Films start at 8:30 p.m., there is no cover, there will be specials on several beers, and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket. The series continues with a screening of the buddy-cop homage Hot Fuzz, so get ready for some gun fights, car chases, and proper action!

Gaymer Space

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, August 21st 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.

YogaQuest Continues: Pacific Rim

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, August 21st 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. August is Monster Month, and the theme for this week is Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju vs. mecha extravaganza, Pacific Rim, so it’s time to test for drift compatibility! This event costs $15.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday: Raxacoricofallapatori-Yes!

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, August 22nd 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 “Raxacoricofallapatori-Yes!” so you may want to practice pronouncing that. . .as well as brush up on the other topics listed on the event page.

Saint Paul Movies in the Park: Finding Dory

What: Movies, Family
When: Wednesday, August 22nd at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Rice 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 Finding Dory, the hugely popular Pixar film about talkative fish and respecting cognitive differences. Also be sure to check the complete schedule of screenings this week on the site.

Minnesota State Fair

What: Community, Family, Food & Drink, Music
When: Thursday, August 23rd through Monday, September 3rd
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Twelve days of fun from August 23rd to September 3rd, famous for its foods on sticks, butter princesses, musical acts (including the B-52s and Beach Boys this year!), prize-winning animals, arts and crafts, and limited-run beer! They don’t call it the great Minnesota get-together for nothing, and geeks of all stripes are likely to find activities that interest them. Adult prefair tickets are $11 (or $14 once the fair starts—see the ticket site for all costs and deals) for this family-friendly event, with musical performances requiring separate tickets. See the website for more details on planning your trip, and be sure to check out our article regarding the character alignments of the new state fair foods!

Free Class Sampler with the Loft

What: Books, Educational
When: Thursday, August 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

Enjoy a sample of the excellent classes that the Loft Literary Center has to offer with this evening at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center in Minneapolis. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Loft and develop your creative writing skills. Teaching artists Chavonn Shen and Harmony Neal will teach one-hour sample versions of their upcoming Loft classes: “Reclaiming Language,” and “Through the Looking Glass: Write and Revise a Story in Six Weeks.”

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, August 23rd 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 23rd 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, August 23rd 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 Parks: Men in Black

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Thursday, August 23rd at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Whittier 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 Men in Black, the delightful action comedy starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones featuring goofy aliens and the humane treatment of (most of) its alien and human characters. Check out the complete schedule of screenings this week, including other geeky favorites like A Wrinkle in Time.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, August 24th 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.

MN Gate Fair 2018

What: Gaming
When: Friday, August 24th–Sunday, August 26th
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis/Tilt Pinball Bar

MN Gate Fair is an open Killer Queen invitational hosted by Up-Down and Tilt Pinball Bar. The fun kicks off with a mixer at Tilt on Friday night, and the gaming runs Saturday morning through Sunday evening. Check out the Facebook event page for the rules, registration, and full schedule.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

What: Movies
When: Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th 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 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This Trek essential covers a wide range of themes, like what can happen when the consequences of one’s actions come back to get them, how the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, and why you shouldn’t let bugs crawl into your ears. All tickets are $3, and the theater only takes cash.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th from 9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.
Where: 12364 Chestnut Boulevard, Shakopee

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 48th season, and will be open weekends from August 19th to October 1st! Come experience a wide variety of Renaissance-themed activities, including musical acts, comedy shows, artisan markets, food and drink, actors in costume, games, demos, jousting, and kid-themed events. The fest is open rain or shine, and tickets are $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors, and $15.95 for children at the gate, and there are other ticket and pass options available on the website. This weekend’s theme is “Highland Fling,” so dust off your kilt and enjoy some Scottish-themed events!

Gamer’s Flea Market

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, August 25th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Wander North Distillery

Are you looking to complete your collection of miniatures, tabletop role-playing games, board games, or card games? Wanna see the cool stuff that other local gamers are looking to get rid of? Then come on down to Wander North Distillery for an afternoon full of geeky wares, the .05K Mordor Fun Run, and serious spirits for those with an alcohol molar. If you’d like to reserve space to sell, reach out to the organizer via the event page.

Intermedia Arts Building Farewell Event and Celebration

What: Arts, Music, Community, Family, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Intermedia Arts Building

Come say goodbye to the building that hosted the Intermedia Arts Community in Minneapolis for a quarter of a century, bringing art and theater to the city. Help give it a good send it off at this family-friendly community gathering, where there will be music, artists, art enthusiasts, and hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Water Lantern Festival

What: Family, Arts, Community, Music, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, August 25th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Phalen Regional Park

Launch lanterns onto Lake Phalen as part of a festival of hope and light. Tickets are $30, which includes admission, floating water lanterns, a marker to decorate your lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a wristband, and the cost of cleanup after the event. In addition to releasing lanterns onto the lake, enjoy food trucks, music, and other fun activities throughout the evening.

Wright County Geeks SciFi Saturday

What: Gaming, Movies
When: Saturday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Community Center

Northwest metro sci-fi and fantasy geeks: Come on down to the Buffalo Community Center for a casual meetup. The event typically starts off with an informal discussion of games, films, books, TV, and graphic novels before voting on what to watch. This is a very low-key event and is steered by the interests of attendees. Per the group’s website, the loose topic for August is Doctor Who, so expect Daleks, two-hearted doctors, adventures spanning across space and timelines, and more!

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, August 25th 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, August 26th 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 26th 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.

Circus in the Park 2018 Free Public Show

What: Family, Comedy & Theater
When: Sunday, August 26th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Powderhorn Park

Free and family-friendly circus arts! See talented performers performing on trapeze, lyra, and other classic circus arts all at Powderhorn Park. There will be no animals or big tent here—just performers under the sky, meaning the event may need to be cancelled if there’s bad weather. Preshow fun begins at 12:30, with the true circus beginning at 2:00 p.m., so grab your seats on the grassy hill.

Gender Jam: Mondo Queer Beach Party

What: Meetup, Community
When: Sunday, August 26th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: East Lake Nokomis Beach

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 closing out the summer with a Mondo Queer Beach Party, a rad intergenerational LGBTQ beach party in Minneapolis complete with grilling and fun in the sun! Meet at the East Lake Nokomis Beach in Minneapolis, and 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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