This Week in Geek (9/24/2018–9/30/2018)

This Week in Geek 9/24

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 24th to Sunday, September 30th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, September 24th 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.

Board Games Meetup

What: Gaming
When: Tuesday, September 25th 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.

Frankenstein at 200: Early Monster Movies

What: Education, Movies, Books
When: Tuesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lind Hall, University of Minnesota

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the release of Frankenstein with this lecture and screenings of some favorite fiends from early cinema, including Frankenstein adaptations from 1910 and 1931, along with Nosferatu. Learn how literature influenced early horror cinema. This event is free and open to the public.

Frankenstein: Playing with Fire

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When: Tuesday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 27th at 7:30 p.m., Friday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 30th at 1:00 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 start at $29. If you’re looking to plan more Frankenstein-related events, check out our article here.

YogaQuest Continues: Stranger Things

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, September 25th 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 Stranger Things, so prepare for a trip into the Upside Down. This event costs $15.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday: You Will Become Like Us

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Join your fellow Whovians and trivia fanatics at the Driftwood Char Bar on Wednesday night for Minnesota’s only regular Doctor Who-themed trivia night, brought to you by the creators of TC Trek Trivia. This is an all-ages event with no cover, so expect seats to go quickly. This month’s theme is “You Will Become Like Us,” so if you would like to fit in with your new metallic overlords, read up on Cybermen trivia. . .as well as brush up on the other topics listed on the event page.

Coloring Book Release Party! Depressed Heroes

What: Books, Arts
When: Wednesday, September 26th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Sisyphus Brewing

Check out some great comedic talents and celebrate the release of Will Spottedbear’s coloring book, Depressed Heroes. The coloring book will be available for purchase, and the show itself is $10, featuring the talents of Daina Sagal Ali, Ali Sultan, Greg Coleman II, Shanna Paul, and William Spottedbear. Expect games (mostly psychological per the event page) and beer, all within easy walking distance of the Spoon & Cherry.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, September 27th 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 27th 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 27th 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.

Wizard Fest 2018

What: Books, Movies, Food & Drink, Nightlife
When: Thursday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Cabooze

You’re a wizard (or maybe just a lucky muggle) and are invited to a night of dancing to celebrate Harry Potter. The Cabooze will be magically transformed into Hogwarts for a night of butterbeer, music, and community with other witches, wizards, muggles, and magical creatures. There will be an epic costume contest and quidditch pong. This is an 18+ event, but the real butter beer is only for people over 21. Tickets start at $15.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

What: Movies
When: Thursday, September 27th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Take your trusty steed (pair of coconuts) to the newly renovated Parkway Theater for a serious historical drama about the weight of various birds, holy hand grenades, and extremely quotable lines. Tickets are $10 for this Terry Gilliam- and Terry Jones-directed geekstravaganza in a great local theater. Ni!

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater, Educational, Family
When: Friday, September 28th; Saturday, September 29th; and Sunday, September 30th 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 “Oktoberfest,” so get ready for beard competitions, lederhosen and dirndl costumes, “bier” pong, hammerschlagen, und mehr! Additionally, Friday the 28th is Festival Friday, and there will be special activities, including Ladies Shopping Day (a day of wine and discounted shopping) and Festival School Day; see here for more details.

Waldmann Oktoberfest

What: Food & Drink, Music, Family
When: Friday, September 28th at 5:00 p.m. to Sunday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Waldmann Brewery

Celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Paul’s oldest lager-beer saloon (originally opened 1857; reopened 2017) with several days of beer, music, food, and outdoor games. Sunday will be a special family-oriented day, featuring the award-winning Bavarian Dance Group. Admission is $5 for 21+ each day, and $2 for those 5–20 (free for ages 5–20 on Sunday). Please note: as in 1857, parking for automobiles is pretty limited around the Waldmann, so consider public transit, biking, ride-sharing, or some other means of arriving.

A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy

What: Music
When: Friday, September 28th at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Hall

Do you still have songs from Final Fantasy III or XV stuck in your head years later? Do you geek out as much about the music and the totality of the experience as you do for the story and the game? Then this unique concert experience might just be for you. This concert is officially licensed by Square Enix, and will showcase music from 30+ years of games performed by Benyamin Nuss on the piano, with Eric Roth as musical director. Tickets run from $40 to $65, and this is an 18+ show.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 28th 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.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, September 28th 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.

Harajuku MOA Fashion Walk

What: Arts
When: Saturday, September 29th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Mall of America

Come see the best J-fashion that the Twin Cities has to offer in the MOA Harajuku Walk modeled after the Harajuku Fashion Walk in Japan. The group will meet at 3:00 p.m. at the Slime Chair in front of Nickelodeon Universe, take pictures, and then walk at 3:30, and folks are planning to get together for dinner afterwards at Tiger Sushi. Attendees are encouraged to wear any Japanese street-fashion style: fairy-kei, ishokuhada, lolita, decora, yami/yume kawaii, visual-kei, uchuu-kei, menhera, and more!

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, September 29th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:55 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the “longest-running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ shadow cast for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, September 30th 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.

Flashback Brunch: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, September 30th at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Woodbury

Take in the wild ride that is Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in comfort and style with this unique brunch experience at the Alamo Drafthouse (but please, don’t ask them to see the basement). If you haven’t seen this, it’s worth it just to see one of the strangest and funniest films of the 1980s. Tickets are $7.58, and do not include brunch.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, September 30th 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: Dreamers Vault

What: Meetup, Community, Gaming
When: Sunday, September 30th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: The Exchange and Dreamers Vault

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 traveling from the Exchange to Dreamers Vault for an afternoon of hanging out with games (card, board, and video), comics, and chilling. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told

What: Movies
When: Sunday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. (continuing until Tuesday, October 2nd)
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.


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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