This Week in Geek (10/1/18–10/7/18)

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Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 1st to Sunday, October 7th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, October 1st 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.

Frankenstein: Jerkface

What: Books, Movies, Educational
When: Monday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Roseville Library

Celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley’s landmark novel with a history of the greatest sci-fi monster of the modern age, as only Reverend Matt’s Monster Science can do. Follow the history of the Monster, from its origin as a dream-fueled invention of a badass teenage girl, up to its portrayal in modern pop culture. There will also be jokes and PowerPoint!

Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told

What: Movies
When: Monday, October 1st and Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
Where: The Trylon

The Trylon presents a night of strangeness and terror in this 1967 film about strange and dangerous siblings suffering from “Merrye Syndrome” who are orphaned, leading to a relative coming to claim their home, and an inevitable orgy of cannibalistic violence. Strange-’60s-horror-film geeks won’t want to miss this! Tickets are $8.

Books & Bars: The Passage

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, October 2nd 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 which 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 Justin Cronin’s The Passage, a novel about the apocalypse, post-apocalypse, and vampire-like beings, and is soon to be adapted for television. The Passage is a much-lauded novel, earning praise from horror greats like Stephen King.

Quizengamot – Ultimate Potter Trivia

What: Trivia, Books
When: Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 612Brew (Minneapolis)

Test your knowledge of all things Harry Potter for a chance to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida! This is a four-person team trivia event with a maximum of 45 teams per event, and a combination of your three best scores will be used to determine the winner, so this is a serious trivia event for teams who will be in for the long haul.

Frankenstein: Playing with Fire

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When: Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 5th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 6th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 7th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Guthrie Theater

Minnesotan playwright Barbara Field penned this captivating retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic of science fiction to celebrate its 200th anniversary this year. This retelling focuses on the ethical limits of science and the human imagination as Dr. Frankenstein prepares to confront his creation in the Arctic Circle. Tickets start at $2. If you’re looking to plan more Frankenstein-related events, check out our article here.

YogaQuest Continues: TBD

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, October 2nd 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 has yet to be determined, but will be posted on the YogaQuest meetup in the link, so be ready for anything! This event costs $15.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a monthly series hosted by tech nonprofit GLITCH that offers the “opportunity to play works-in-progress, debug recent builds, test out new concepts, and connect with community.” At PLAY/TEST, attendees will find “alphas, betas, and even paper prototypes of games made by students and local game developers.” Creators, players, and game lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

What: Family, Community, Educational
When: Thursday, October 4th; Friday, October 5th; Saturday October 6th; and Sunday October 7th at 7:00 p.m., continuing until October 31st
Where: Minnesota Zoo

Enjoy an enchanted forest full of jack-o-lanterns, for a family-friendly walk sure to get everyone in the Halloween spirit. The trail includes over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins of different sizes, shapes, and faces throughout the forest. Between the pumpkins, the fog, and the musical vignettes, this trail will make a lovely evening. Tickets start at $18 for adults, with a variety of discounts available based on age and zoo membership.

First Thursday Films: Through the Banks of the Red Cedar

What: Movies, Educational
When: Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater—a screening and speaking series—will be showing the Through the Banks of the Red Cedar, a film showcasing the legacy of Gene Washington, an acclaimed sports legend and the director’s father. The film follows Mr. Washington’s tale as he moves from the segregated south to his time at MSU on the first fully integrated football team in America. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Maya Washington. Tickets are $5.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, October 4th 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, October 4th 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, October 4th 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.

One-Shot Comics Book Club: Trillium

What: Comics
When: Thursday, October 4th 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 Jeff Lemire’s Trillium, the tale of a late-38th century botanist and a famous early-20th century explorer, and a love that brings two souls together across the gap of space and time. 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, October 5th 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 this 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. Mischief Toy Store hosts other events throughout the week which are also shown above.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fallout Shelter Arcade

Come on down for an evening of tactical-mech combat! The United Geeks of Gaming meet Friday nights for a beginner-friendly session of the tabletop-mech game BattleTech at Fallout Shelter Arcade in Northeast. FSA’s Virtual World gaming pods also run the immersive video-game version of BattleTech.

Welcome To Night Vale: A Spy in the Desert

What: Music, Comedy & Theater
When: Friday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Pantages Theatre

The beloved podcast Welcome to Night Vale is on tour! Enjoy a live show of this geek-favorite podcast, which is returning to Minneapolis for a new live show, with special musical guest Mal Blum as “The Weather.” Come see why this is one of the most popular podcasts in the world! Tickets for this event start at $30.

Cosplayers/Costumers Social Hour

What: Meetup, Nightlife, Cosplay
When: Friday, October 5th at 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub

At this social event for cosplayers, costumers, and other crafters, you can “talk about how-to’s, where-do-you-get’s, and anything else cosplay/costuming, or just life in general.” Meet up, have a drink, and hit the dance floor. The gathering officially ends at 11:30, but you can stick around afterwards to dance and hang out. No cover if you show that you have RSVPed for this event.

MSP Fall ComiCon 2018

What: Convention, Comics
When: Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: MN State Fairgrounds Education Building

Fall ComiCon is an all-volunteer-run comics convention put on by the Midwest Comic Book Association, a local nonprofit devoted to promoting comic books, creators, and fandom. The event will feature guest creators including John Bivens, Andy Brase, W.C. “Cori” Carani, Otis Frampton, Ale Garza, Grant Gould, Rich Larson, Tom Nguyen, and Doug Paskiewicz. Admission is $10, or $1 off with a nonperishable food donation, and look for Twin Cities Geek there!

GPS UGG Open Gaming at Fantasy Flight Games Center

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group offers its open-gaming session, to which gamers of all ages and abilities are invited 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 role-playing games, but the group has amassed an impressive library of its own games as well.

Hocus Pocus Bar Crawl

What: Food & Drink, Movies, Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis

Flip Phone presents a day of bar (or broom, or vacuum) crawling throughout Minneapolis. Celebrate one of the witchiest films straight out of the childhoods of many millennials, and enjoy drink specials, drag and burlesque, team-based competitions, and costumes, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to support Outfront Minnesota. This event starts fairly early, and will have events running throughout the day, followed by an after-party at the Saloon. Tickets run from $20–40.

Indigenous Peoples Day Festival

What: Educational, Arts, Community, Family
When: Saturday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, October 7th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Native American Community Development Institute

This festival provides exposure and education regarding American Indian art, history, music, culture, and contemporary experiences. Art can open the door to connection and understanding on a human level, and this festival allows you to take part in workshops, take in a variety of performances, see the work of featured artists like Karen Savage-Blue (of Duluth), Brian Dow, and more.

Star Trek Bar Crawl

What: Movies, Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: The 1029 Bar, and others in Minneapolis

It’s an away mission to places with booze for the Star Trek bar crawl! Come in uniform (but please remember to not violate the Prime Directive) and bring an ID. This is a free, ticketless event, but given that these are bars, you’ll need an ID to get access to Romulan Ale (or whatever hipstery IPA the early-21st century inhabitants of these bars have on hand). Costumes from all eras are welcome, and the night will end with a big concert from Trekker-band Fistful of Datas. See the event’s Facebook listing for the full schedule and details.

#BFRBsuperhero Cosplay Fundraiser

What: Community, Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Airport Marriot

Come together for a good cause, and enjoy an evening of costume and community to support research and awareness of the fight against stigma for body-focused repetitive behaviors, like skin and hair pulling. Come dressed to impress as your favorite superhero, and enjoy tapas-style apps, and great company. Tickets are $45 for general admission.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, October 7th 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.

Family Double Feature

What: Movies
When: Sunday, October 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Geek Partnership Society

Anime Twin Cities and Geek Partnership Society are coming together for a screening of two family-friendly anime films, with a kids costume contest to break it up in the middle! Admission is free, and both films will be dubbed in English (so if your little ones prefer subs over dubs, make sure to let them know what to expect). The films being screened will be Oblivion Island, a movie about an entire island of lost things and magic, and Mary and the Witch’s Flower, a movie about a mysterious flower that allows Mary to turn into a witch for one night. This event is family and sensory friendly.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, October 7th 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.

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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