This Week in Geek (9/17/18–9/23/18)

This Week in Geek 9/17

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 17th to Sunday, September 23rd.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, September 17th 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, September 17th 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.

The September Urban Growler Tweet Up

What: Meetup, Books
When: Tuesday, September 18th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Urban Growler Brewing Company

The MN Publishing Tweet Up returns for their September event! Come on down to Urban Growler to share space and network with other writers, readers, and publishing folks. You’ll find friendly and like-minded book geeks, and might learn some really interesting stuff about the publishing world.

Gaymer Space

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, September 18th 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.

Exploratorium: Stars, Planets, and Galaxies

What: Educational, Family
When: Tuesday, September 18th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Como Planetarium

This youth-centered event is intended to let young minds explore the greater cosmos and learn about stars, planets, and galaxies. This class will teach how to collect astronomy data, use telescopes to discover the night sky, and explore the moon and constellations. The class is open to grades three through six, and costs $50.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique—presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History—is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture, featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.” This month’s topic is “Fishing in Food Desert,” and will be led by Urban Organics, an organization which transformed five stories of dilapidated concrete into a thriving fish and vegetable farm. Tickets are $5 to $12, online or at the door.

Frankenstein: Playing with Fire

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When: Tuesday, September 18th at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 19th at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 21st at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 22nd at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 23rd 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.

YogaQuest Continues: The OC

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, September 18th 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 The OC, so get yourself in a California mood. This event costs $15.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Steamship Coffee and Tea

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is a “community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

Trash Film Debauchery: Double Down

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

The local cult-cinema screening series Trash Film Debauchery returns to the Trylon in time for a screening of Double Down, an action thriller about a brilliant hacker, a terrorist attack on Las Vegas, and obsessions with love and death. Double Down is the first in a screening series based on the works of Neil Breen, a successful real-estate agent and producer of bizarre cinema. If you’re a fan of Tommy Wiseau, but find that The Room is too normal for your tastes, check out Neil Breen’s bizarre works (which are rapidly joining cult-movie canon). Tickets are $5.

Do the Right Thing

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, September 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway

The Parkway has returned! Come check out the new space with a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, and see an early work from the seminal filmmaker. The Parkway will be showing a rare 35-millimeter print of Do The Right Thing just in time for Spike Lee’s return to the popular imagination due to the success of his new film, BlacKkKlansman. Do The Right Thing focuses on one day in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1989; a day of heat and racial tension. Tickets are $10.

Third Thursday: Art of Flow with Go Radio

What: Arts, Meetup, Educational, Music
When: Thursday, September 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art continues the free Third Thursday series with a focus on musical flow. There will be live music from local wordsmith Dwynell Roland, DJ sets from Go953MN, opportunities to write art-inspired flow, create a collage, and more. This event is also an opportunity to see the artist Beth Dow discuss her show “Prediction Error,” in the Minnesota Artist Exhibition.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, September 20th 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 20th 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 20th 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.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

Double-Blind Improv, presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, is a “short-form improv show where you never know what might happen because neither do we!” Performers and improv games are chosen at random during the show. This show takes place on the third Thursday of every month.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 21st 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.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 21st 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.

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day

What: Educational, Community, Family
When: Saturday, September 22nd
Where: Various Museums Across the Metro Area

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day is Saturday, September 22nd, and they will be providing free tickets to a wide variety of local museums. Whether you want to geek out about local history, culture, or technology, this day will have you covered. Some local favorites that will be participating include the Mill City Museum, the Bakken, Hennepin History Museum, Scott County Historical Society, Center for Hmong Studies, and more. Check out the website to find the museum for you!

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd 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 “Pet Fest,” so look out for doggos in costume (perhaps even a serene Doge), races, and more.

Raptor Release

What: Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Spend a beautiful fall day in nature at the annual Fall Raptor Release event put on by the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center. This event will go on rain or shine, and will be a great opportunity to meet the Raptor Center’s winged ambassadors, take part in children’s activities and educational booths, and watch recently rehabilitated birds of prey get released into the wild, with the formal releases occurring at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This is a free event, and the Raptor Center requests that attendees do not come with pets.

LionCon 2018

What: Convention, Gaming
When: Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, September 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: St. Cloud River Edge Event Center

Geek culture and counterculture combine for the third-annual LionCon in St. Cloud! LionCon features role-playing games, board games, card games, video games, computer games, anime viewings, and more. Expect artists, panels, gaming, a cosplay contest, an afterparty, and other attractions. Special guests include W.F. Bell, Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug, Brian Berg, Jaime Coker, and others (check out the site for a full guest list). Admission is $40 at the door.

Normandale Japanese Garden Festival

What: Community, Education, Family, Music, Movies
When: Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Normandale Japanese Garden

Come experience traditional Japanese culture at the Normandale Japanese Garden Festival, which is returning for its fifth year. This event features a wide variety of events focused on educating and engaging the public with Japanese culture, including music, dance, art, movies, talks, martial arts, and family-themed activities. Check the website for a complete listing of activities, as there’s likely something for everyone. The suggested donation for entry is $10.

Wright County Geeks SciFi Saturday

What: Gaming, Movies
When: Saturday, September 22nd 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 “Urban Fantasy,” so get in the mood for works like The Dresden Files and more!

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, September 23rd 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 23rd 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: Video Games!

What: Meetup, Community, Gaming
When: Sunday, September 23rd 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 hanging out at the Exchange and playing video games, from the old school to new VR stuff. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Spaceballs Quote-Along

What: Movies
When: Sunday, September 23rd at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Come together with your fellow science-fiction and comedy geeks for an afternoon of communion and quoting along to Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ beloved spoof of Star Wars, with bits pulled from Alien and Planet of the Apes for good measure. Enjoy the film with your fellow geeks, and props provided by the Alamo, including “Schwartz Sticks,” combs, and noisemakers. Tickets are $12.99 (that’s dollars—not spacebucks).

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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