This Week in Geek 8/27/18–9/2/18

This Week in Geek - 8/27

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 27th to Sunday, September 2nd.

Minnesota State Fair

What: Community, Family, Food & Drink, Music
When: Monday, August 27th 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 tickets are $14 (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!

2001: A Space Odyssey

What: Movies
When: Monday, August 27th through Wednesday, August 29th
Where: Various Twin Cities Theaters

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking work of science fiction with 70-millimeter screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey throughout the Twin Cities. This film changed the way moviegoers think of science fiction, and cemented some tropes such as kindly but murderous artificial intelligence, heady science fiction, and ships that use rotation to create gravity into the public consciousness. Check out our recent article on the screenings for more details!

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, August 27th 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: The World’s End

What: Movies
When: Monday, August 27th 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 trilogy concludes with a screening of the apocalyptic thriller The World’s End, a film that covers both the personal apocalypse of trying to relive youth against the backdrop of the actual apocalypse, all during an epic pub crawl!

Power Glove

What: Music
When: Tuesday, August 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Amsterdam Bar & Hall in Saint Paul will be hosting a night of geek-friendly music headlined by Power Glove, an instrumental metal band best known for covering video-game themes! In additional to Power Glove, also see Mithya, Auridius, and Jake Schemin perform live! This is a 16+ event, so no one under that age will be admitted, and tickets are $15.

Board Games Meetup

What: Gaming
When: Tuesday, August 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

This night of board gaming and community is hosted by the Downtown Minneapolis Board and Card Games Meetup group, and is their monthly game night in the taproom of Clockwerks Brewing. Learn some new games, teach others your favorites, and get to know some great gamers in downtown Minneapolis.

YogaQuest Continues: Jurassic World

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, August 28th 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 the dino-tastic franchise revival Jurassic World, so get ready to move like a raptor (and briefly acknowledge that raptors should have feathers). This event costs $15.

Indeed We Can Trylon Fundraiser

What: Movies, Arts, Community, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, August 29th from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Indeed Brewing Company

Support cinema in the Twin Cities while enjoying local beer, film trivia, and movie talk in this night for film and beer geeks. The Trylon is a revival theater in south Minneapolis, showing older films—usually as part of a related series—and hosting great local groups like Trash Film Debauchery. Movie trivia begins at 7:00 p.m., and every dollar of profit from the night will go to the Trylon.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, August 30th 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 30th 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 30th 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, August 31st 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.

Silent Disco

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Friday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Commons, Minneapolis

Three DJs will perform at this unique outdoor-dance event in which music will not be played aloud on speakers, but instead streamed to headphones. If you saw The Lobster and remember the scene where the rebels dance to electronic music on their headphones in the forest, this will be a similar vibe, only more communal due to the influence of the DJs. It’s first come, first served for headphones, which you’ll need your ID to rent, so remember to bring that.

MetaCon 2018

What: Conventions
When: Friday, August 31st to Sunday, September 2nd
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Happening all Labor Day weekend, MetaCon is “a three-day celebration of geek culture and nerd life” featuring special guests, screenings, cosplay, vendors, workshops, and more for fans of anime, sci fi, steampunk, comics, gaming, and other “nerd stuff.” As of now, it looks like most online preregistration is sold out, but $30 day passes will be available at the door. See the website to find details on guests, events, and other things that interest you!

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, August 31st 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.

Movies in the Parks: The Wizard of Oz

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Friday, August 31st 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 the cinema classic The Wizard of Oz, a tale of other worlds, magic, friendship, and more. Make sure to bring your heart, brain, and courage. Check out the complete schedule of screenings this week, including other geeky favorites like The Princess Bride

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

What: Movies
When: Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st 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 rollicking time-travel adventure Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a story about universal themes like time travel, world history, and being excellent to each other. All tickets are $3, and the theater only takes cash.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd 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 “Bold North Adventure,” featuring outdoor activities and Minnesota-themed events!

GPS Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, September 1st 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.

The Hands of Orlac

What: Movies
When: Saturday, September 1st at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery

Spend your Saturday evening watching a horror film from 1924 in a historic cemetery in Minneapolis! The Hands of Orlac is a tale of hand transplants gone bad, and will be a great way to get started on spooky autumnal vibes. This event is supported by Friends of the Cemetery and the Trylon, and will feature live musical accompaniment from Spider Hospital. Tickets are $10.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, September 2nd 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, September 2nd 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

What: Meetup, Community
When: Sunday, September 2nd at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange

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 ordering pizzas, making jewelry, and hanging out! 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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