This Week in Geek (8/6/18–8/12/18)

This Week in Geek 8/6/18
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 6th to Sunday, August 12th.

Minnesota Fringe Festival

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Monday, August 6th–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. See the full listing of shows and the event schedule, and check out our recent review of Remy Raygun of the Space Brigade: A Build-Your-Own Space Opera, a play that’ll be a hit with geeks of all ages!

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, August 6th 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.

Books & Bars: The Vision

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, August 7th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Books & Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin that provides attendees with “a unique atmosphere for a lively discussion of interesting authors, fun people, good food, and social lubrication.” The book being read and discussed this month is The Vision by Tom King, an Eisner Award-winning limited series run from Marvel Comics focused on what it means to become human.

Tea and Meeples: Glow in the Dark Bowling

What: Food & Drink, Community, Gaming
When: Tuesday, August 7th 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 glow-in-the-dark bowling and enjoy a dinner of grilled peppers.

YogaQuest Continues: Reptilicus

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, August 7th 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 monster movie Reptilicus (which you might recognize from the latest season of MST3K) so get ready to slither to some classic cheesy monster action! This event costs $15.

Saint Paul Movies in the Park: Kubo and the Two Strings

What: Movies, Family
When: Tuesday, August 7th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Duluth & Case 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 Kubo and the Two Strings, an award-winning work of stop-motion animation telling the tale of a 12-year-old boy, his magical shamisen, and his travels with an anthropomorphic beetle and snow monkey. Also be sure to check the complete schedule of screenings this week on the site.

Cat Video Festival 2018

What: Movies, Family
When: Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: CHS Field

Celebrate the funny little weirdos who act as the main reason for the internet to exist at this video festival! See the best videos, listen to music, watch fireworks, and celebrate felines with other cat and cat-video lovers. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., but the film reel will start around 8:00. This is an all-ages event; kids get in free and general admission is $10 until August 1st, and then goes up to $15, so the early cat catches the yarn. There are also VIP tickets available for $75, providing access to the air-conditioned Securian Financial club, and a variety of food.

TC Trek Trivia: Season Finale

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!”

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, August 9th 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 9th 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 9th 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.

History Revealed: A Toast to History

What: Educational, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, August 9th at 7:45 p.m.
Where: Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery

Raise a glass to local history at Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery, a local purveyor of beer and wurst with a historic flair. This monthly series focuses on specific areas of local history, allowing participants to learn while savoring a pint of beer made in a 19th-century style. This month’s program will focus on all the small stories of daily life at Fort Snelling. Letters and other primary sources will shed light on the regular people who lived here 150 years ago. This is a free event, and registration is handled on a first come, first served basis on their website.

Movies in the Parks: A Wrinkle in Time

What: Movies, Community, Family
When: Thursday, August 9th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Live on The Drive

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 A Wrinkle in Time, the visually stunning adaptation of the beloved young-adult novel. Check out the complete schedule of screenings this week.


What: Arts
When: Friday, August 10th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Bad Axe Throwing—Minneapolis

Get schwifty in Minneapolis and come on down to—buuurp—check out a large Rick-shaped truck full of exclusive Rick and Morty merchandise and collectibles in the company of other fans. The #Rickmobile is a unique pop-up shop with exclusive custom-designed Rick and Morty collectibles. Parking is limited, and the queue line may be capped, so don’t wait around on this one. For more information, check out the Rickmobile website.

Game of Thrones Trivia

What: Trivia, Books
When: Friday, August 10th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Community Grounds

Community Grounds in Columbia Heights will be hosting an evening of Game of Thrones trivia. This free night of grim low-fantasy trivia is open to teams or foolhardy solo players. Can you and your house tell the difference between a Tully and a Stark, recall the names of all those dragons and Valyrian-steel swords, and win the Iron Throne…of trivia?

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, August 10th 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.

Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, August 10th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Community Center

Tabletop-gaming geeks in the northwest reaches of the Twin Cities metro have a monthly home at Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming. This event is held at the Buffalo Community Center, and will play host to great tabletop-role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and others. Come check it out if you’re curious about RPGs or are looking to make new gaming buddies.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see posting for more information)

This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m. the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information.

Circus Juventas: Steam

What: Theater & Comedy, Arts, Family
When: Friday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 11th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12th 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, full of sky pirates, morlocks, Captain Nemo, and other wonders. 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 go on through August 12th.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, August 10th 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.


What: Movies
When: Friday, August 10th and Saturday, August 11th 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 shiniest flick in the whole Verse, Serenity. This film-followup to the cult series Firefly continues the adventures of a crew of cunning space outlaws who sometimes end up as big damn heroes. All tickets are $3, and the theater only takes cash.

Wizards & Wands Bar Crawl

What: Books, Nightlife
When: Saturday, August 11th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Downtown Minneapolis Bars

Dance, drink, and be merry to celebrate the birthday of Harry Potter and Harry Potter fandom in general! Enjoy a variety of taverns, bars, clubs, and the like with exciting magical cocktails, Harry Potter cosplay (including a limited number of knit scarves that come with tickets), and more. Tickets run $16–$25, and are for witches, wizards, and muggles of 21 years or older. Participating bars include the 508, the Exchange, Kieran’s Irish Pub, Last Call, the Pourhouse, Rouge at the Lounge, and Brother’s Bar & Grill.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, August 12th 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, August 12th 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, August 12th 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: Webber Natural Swimming Pool

What: Meetup, Community
When: Sunday, August 12th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange Minneapolis/Webber Natural Swimming Pool

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 making a field trip to Webber Natural Swimming Pool. Meet there at 1:00 p.m., or meet early at the Exchange in Minneapolis for a ride over together. 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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