This Week in Geek (9/3/18–9/9/18)

This Week in Geek 9/3
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 3rd to Sunday, September 9th.

Minnesota State Fair

What: Community, Family, Food & Drink, Music
When: Monday, September 3rd
Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Come see the last of 12 days of fun from August 23rd to September 3rd, famous for its foods on sticks, butter princesses, musical acts (including the B-52s and Beach Boys this year!), prize-winning animals, arts and crafts, and limited-run beer! They don’t call it the great Minnesota get-together for nothing, and geeks of all stripes are likely to find activities that interest them. Adult tickets are $14 (see the ticket site for all costs and deals) for this family-friendly event, with musical performances requiring separate tickets. See the website for more details on planning your trip, and be sure to check out our article regarding the character alignments of the new state fair foods!

Books & Bars: Dune

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, September 4th 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 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.

Glitch Mode Decode Tour 2018

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Red Sea Restaurant & Bar

Glitch Mode Decode Tour is a night of intriguing dark-electronic artists performing at the Red Sea, a bar and restaurant in Cedar-Riverside in Minneapolis (very close to the Blue and Green lines of the light rail for those using public transit). This is your chance to see performances from Cyanotic and KANGA, with special guests Amelia Arsenic, For All the Emptiness, and DJ Fenris. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door.

YogaQuest Continues

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, September 4th 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 to be determined; check the YogaQuest site for more information once the event is posted. This event costs $15.

MTG Chaos Draft

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

Chaos reigns at this Magic: The Gathering draft event hosted at Clockwerks, a geek-friendly downtown Minneapolis brewery. There is a $15 entry fee, and each player will receive three packs of cards from a wide variety of sets to build a competitive deck. Play three total matches of three games in order to have a chance at victory and grand prizes, including a pack of cards and special prizes from Clockwerks.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, September 6th 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.

One-Shot Comics: My Brother’s Husband

What: Comics
When: Thursday, September 6th 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 Gengoroh Tagame’s Eisner Award-winning manga My Brother’s Husband, a story about what happens when a gigantic affable Canadian falls into the lives of a suburban-Tokyo family, claiming to be the widower of an estranged twin and digging into family history. This leads to an examination of the pain that living in the closet causes, and what interactions with the west have done. 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.

First Thursday Films: In the Heat of the Night

What: Movies, Educational
When: Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater—a screening and speaking series—will be showing the Best Picture-winning crime mystery In the Heat of the Night. The film has been newly restored for its 50th anniversary, and the screening will be followed by a discussion with MSP Film Society programmer Craig Rice. Tickets are $5.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, September 6th 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 6th 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.

Graywolf Literary Salon: Voices for Our Time

What: Books
When: Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Aria

The Graywolf Literary Salon returns for the third year bringing authors Jamel Brinkley (Lucky Man), Tarfia Faizullah (Registers of Illuminated Villages), and Wayétu Moore (She Would Be King) together for a night of lively literary conversation with Graywolf director and publisher Fiona McCrae and executive editor Jeff Shotts. Tickets are $35, or $165 for a VIP ticket with an early VIP reception starting at 6:00 p.m.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, September 6th 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.

Furry Migration: Midway Menagerie

What: Convention
When: Friday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, September 9th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

Furry Migration is an annual convention for furries held in Minneapolis, and this year’s theme is Midway Menagerie, evoking a carnival atmosphere! The convention has a variety of events for furry enthusiasts, including dances, an ice-cream social, video gaming, room parties, panels, and more. Registration is $60; see the website for programming details.

Minneapolis Greek Festival 2018

What: Food and Drink, Music, Arts, Family
When: Friday, September 7th; Saturday, September 8th; and Sunday, September 9th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: 3450 Irving Avenue South, Minneapolis

Geek out to Greek culture, food, music, and art at the annual Greek Festival held at a beautiful Greek Orthodox church in south Minneapolis. This year’s theme is “Taste of Greece,” and come for Greek pastry demonstrations, dance lessons, lessons on how to paint Icons, a seminar on wine and longevity, and much more! Admission is free; food and beverage tickets can be purchased there.

Mary Shelley and Frankenstein Mini Exhibition

What: Arts, Family
When: Friday, September 7th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Come to MCAD to experience Mary Shelley and Her Monster: 200 Years of Frankenstein, an exhibition from SuperMonster市City! featuring original artworks, vintage items, and more! This exhibit is curated by SMC-cofounder Stephen Rueff as part of the MCAD 2018 Faculty Biennale. See works from a variety of artists from Minnesota and abroad. This event is free and kid friendly.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 7th 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.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, September 7th 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.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th 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 “Shamrock Shenanigans,” featuring a variety of Irish-themed events including music, mashed-potato eating, speed dating, and a homebrew contest!

NerdinOut Con

What: Convention
When: Saturday, September 8th and 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Graham Arenas Park, Rochester

All the fun of a comic convention out in Rochester! See other comics fans, special guests, vendors, and more! Special guests include Pom Klementieff and Sean Gunn (both featured in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War), Dameron Clarke, Ming Chen, Leo Camacho, Scottie Thompson, Jake “the Snake” Roberts, and Jaime Ray Newman. Tickets start at $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Avant Garden 2018

What: Nightlife, Music, Arts
When: Saturday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center

Support the arts in style with this night of music, art, cocktails, and food in a beautiful setting. Nosh on gourmet food and sip craft cocktails while enjoying an art auction and rubbing elbows with other patrons of the arts. There will be live musical performances by Har Mar Superstar and DJs Nora En Pure and Biz Markie, along with a celebration of the new exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line. Tickets start at $125; see the event website for more details on ticket packages.

Minnesota Comic Book Convention

What: Comics, Conventions, Family
When: Sunday, September 9th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: LivINN Hotel Minneapolis North, Fridley

Come and see a comics convention at its purest, with free admission and a great opportunity to dig in and find comics. There are no special guests at this con, which allows it to be free and open to the public. This is your opportunity to geek out with other comics fans, and find that book you’ve been missing and bring it home to your collection!

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, September 9th 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.

PEN America’s BreakOut: Voices From the Inside

What: Books
When: Sunday, September 9th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Weisman Art Museum

Poetry Asylum and the Weisman Art Museum are coming together to shine a light on the power of writing in activism, and present BreakOut: Voices From the Inside, a literary event recognizing the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison uprising. This event will feature a number of panels focused on the power and importance of free expression for imprisoned people, the screening of a video, and a poetry reading. This event is free and open to the public, but has limited seating.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, September 9th 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 the Zoo!

What: Meetup, Community
When: Sunday, September 9th 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 the zoo, so make sure to be right on time to the Exchange! 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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