This Week in Geek (9/10/18–9/16/18)

This Week in Geek 9-10-18
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 10th to Sunday, September 16th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, September 10th 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: Dune

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, September 11th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books/Geek Love Cafe

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 science-fiction classic Dune, a novel of faith, environmentalism, Gom-Jabbars, stillsuits, knife fighting, gigantic worms, space feudalism, and more. This novel inspired many works in the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st, and will likely receive a new film adaptation soon.

Board Games Meetup

What: Gaming
When: Tuesday, September 11th 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: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, September 11th 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 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for the ultimate in John Hughes-ian relaxation. This event costs $15.

TC Trek Trivia: All The Klingon Ladies

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, September 12th 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!”

Literature Lovers’ Night Out™

What: Books, Community
When: Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Community Thread

Literature Lovers’ Night Out™, hosted by Pamela Klinger-Horn (a Twin Cities literary connoisseur), will bring readers together with local and national authors for a night of discussion, light refreshments, and prizes. This will be an intimate evening with a seating limit of 100, so call ahead and stop in the store to pick up your $11 ticket. Guests include: Fiona Davis, Mindy Mejia, and M.J. Rose.

Dungeons & Dragons Thursdays

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Come to GlitchHQ on the second Thursday of every month for an open game of Dungeons & Dragons or Mouse Guard, welcoming new and experienced players alike. The game is played in an open or sandbox style, so don’t worry about missing individual sessions for overarching story—just show up, roll up, survive, and level up! Materials and rules provided.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, September 13th 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, September 13th 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, September 13th 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, September 13th 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 is “Business and Culture of Beer,” and will tell the tale of beer in Minnesota, going from statehood in 1858 to the changes brought by immigrants and other major cultural changes throughout the latter half of the 19th century. This is a free event, and registration is handled on a first come, first served basis on their website.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 14th 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.

Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, September 14th 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, September 14th 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.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, September 14th 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.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th 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 fair website. This weekend’s theme is “Wine, Chocolate, and Romance,” so come for the chocolate festival, and stay for the cupcake battles, vow renewals, grape stomping, and more.

GPS Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, September 15th 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, 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.

Bronze-Age Sword Casting

What: Educational, Arts
When: Saturday, September 15th at 2:30 p.m.
Where: 3749 Chicago Ave

Learn the art and science of Bronze-Age sword making at this informative event in south Minneapolis! There are two parts of this class: one focused on making a wooden blank sword and the other focused on actually casting that sword out of aluminum, and you’ll finish up by wrapping both of these swords with leather handles. This class costs $85, but the pride of forging your own sword right out of the Bronze Age is priceless. Multiple types of swords are available. Please note—there is also a morning class available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ExSPELLiarmus: The Harry Potter Spelling Bee!

What: Books, Nightlife
When: Saturday, September 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Quills up! Get ready to prove your Harry Potter fandom and spelling prowess with the third annual ExSPELLiarmus: The Harry Potter Spelling Bee. Costumes are highly encouraged, and spelling success will be rewarded with Polyjuice Potion and Butterbeer. Tickets are $6-17, and there will be prize support from Source Comics, Magers & Quinn, Amsterdam Bar & Hall, and more.

Frankenstein–Playing with Fire

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When: Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Guthrie Theater

Minnesota 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 during this preview run start at $15. If you’re looking to plan more Frankenstein-related events, check out our article here.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, September 16th 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 16th 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 Goes to Moon Palace Books!

What: Meetup, Community, Books
When: Sunday, September 16th 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 heading to Moon Palace Books, so book geeks rejoice, and make sure to be right on time to the Exchange! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Scooter Rally, Book Presentation, & Quadrophenia!

What: Books, Community, Movies
When: Sunday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

Scooter geeks, supporters of Moon Palace Books, and lovers of classic films should all have something to enjoy at this evening event at Moon Palace Books with talks, films, and pizza. Enjoy a talk about the cultural history of the Vespa from Eric Dregni, have some pizza with fellow scooter geeks, and enjoy a “scooter drive-in movie.”

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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