This Week in Geek (10/15/18–10/21/18)

This Week in Geek 10-15

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 15th to Sunday, October 21st.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, October 15th 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, October 15th 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.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

What: Family, Community, Educational
When: Monday, October 15th through Sunday, October 21st 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.

Gaymer Space

What: Gaming, Community
When: Tuesday, October 16th 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.

Literature Lovers’ Night Out™

What: Books, Community
When: Tuesday, October 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Valley Bookseller (Stillwater, MN)

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: Louise Miller, Julie Schumacher, Sarah Stonich, and James Lenfestey.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, October 16th 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 “Flight and Plight of the Bumblebee,” and will be led by Daniel P. Cariveau, an assistant professor in the U of M Department of Entomology. Explore the importance of bees to global food systems, along with pollination biology and evolution. Tickets are $5–$12, online or at the door.

Frankenstein: Playing with Fire

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When: Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 17th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 19th at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 20th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 21st 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 $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 16th 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.

The October Boom Island Tweet Up

What: Meetup, Books
When: Wednesday, October 17th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Boom Island Brewing Company

The MN Publishing Tweet Up returns for their September event! Come on down to Boom Island 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.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, October 17th 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: I Am Here. . .Now

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, October 17th 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 I Am Here. . .Now, a science-fiction film about an extra-terrestrial creator returning to Earth to interact with humanity in all our wickedness and failings. I Am Here. . .Now is the second 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.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, October 18th 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 18th 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 18th 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, October 18th 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.

Anime Fusion 2018: Mad Science!

What: Conventions
When: Friday, October 19th at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 21st at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West (Plymouth, MN)

Anime Fusion is a Twin Cities anime convention featuring panels, anime showings, cosplay, gaming, and more. Guests of honor this year include Katelyn Barr, Samurai Dan and Jillin, Derek Stephen Prince, and Marcy Edwards. This event covers a wide variety of interests and will also include a costume contest, photo sessions, a charity auction, and space for artists. See the website for complete schedule information. Preregistration is closed, but walk-up registration is $45 for the whole weekend, with a variety of other options available.

ConFABulous 2018

What: Community, Convention, Gaming
When: Friday, October 19th at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, October 21st at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport—Mall of America

ConFABulous is a weekend-long LGBTQA gaming convention presented by North Country Gaylaxians. Registration is $50 for the weekend, which consists of a large gaming room, panels, social events, and more. This is your chance to play new games in an inclusive atmosphere while meeting great Twin Cities gamers!

Evenings at the Bakken Museum: Fact, Fiction, Fringe

What: Educational, Science and Technology
When: Friday, October 19th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum

Build your skepticism and skills of quackery detection at this unique evening at the Bakken Museum. During this event, rarely seen artifacts from the museum’s collection will be on display, fraying the boundaries between fact and fiction. There will be food, wine, beer, and fringey signature cocktails, along with Trivia Mafia to test your knowledge of “quackery.” Tickets are $12 for this 21+ event.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, October 19th 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.

Mashup Costume Party Contest

What: Arts, Nightlife
When: Friday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Saloon MN

Indecisive cosplay enthusiasts: this is the night for you! The Saloon will be hosting a night for costume mashups supported by a playlist of musical mashups. So, if you finally want to bring Londo Calrissian (Londo Mollari of Babylon 5 meets Lando Calrissian) or any other strange mix you can think of to the dance floor, your creativity is welcome. There will be drink specials for social lubrication, so come on down, make it so, and may the force be with you.

Rocky Horror Ball starring Detox

What: Music, Nightlife, Movies
When: Friday, October 19th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Muse Event Center

Time is fleeting! Halloween approaches, and this event will get you in the Halloween mood with a variety of acts inspired by the cult film, a costume contest, and more! See guests like Detox (RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars), Marti Gould Cummings II (Shade: Queens of NYC), and Tygra Trinity Slarii. Tickets are $15 for general admission or $45 for a VIP package. This is an 18+ event and is presented by Muse Events Center and Flip Phone.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, October 19th 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.

Coraline 2D

What: Movies, Family
When: Saturday, October 20th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Woodbury

The Alamo Drafthouse will be getting in a spooky Halloween mood with a screening of Coraline, a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved book. Coraline tells the tale of an adventurous and curious 11-year-old heroine traveling into a parallel world, and seeing her home in a different light. Animation geeks and Neil Gaiman fans will have a lot to love with this film. Please note: per the Drafthouse website, anyone under 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult for this screening. Tickets are $7.58.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, October 20th 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 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.

Light Up the Night Parade

What: Family, Community
When: Saturday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Main Street (Anoka, MN)

Enjoy a family-friendly parade on Anoka’s Main Street! This parade is intentionally kid friendly, so Halloween-related stuff will not be too terrifying, gory, or political per parade rules. Note that there are clear rules (see event page for the full details) set in place regarding attempts to claim, reserve, or occupy space along the parade route, so it will likely be a first come, first served sort of event.

BareBone’s 25th Anniversary Halloween Extravaganza

What: Comedy & Theater, Family, Arts, Community
When: Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hidden Falls Regional Park

BareBones celebrates its 25th anniversary with the larger-than-life puppetry extravaganza BONESEED: Mist Stories. This annual event “honors the circle of life by celebrating its seasonal arc of death in the fall.” It will focus on our familial storytelling and peel back inter-generational trauma, focusing on the stories of ancestors who left their homes by choice, or were forced out. Live music from local bands and complementary food by Sisters Camelot will be provided at the end of each performance. There is a suggested donation of $20, but this event is intended to be open to all. Spanish language services are available for the show on the 20th.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, October 21st 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, October 21st 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 – Halloween Prep!

What: Meetup, Community, Gaming
When: Sunday, October 21st at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave (Minneapolis)

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 meeting at their new location, the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, for a celebration of all things Halloween, including a variety of crafts like wand making! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

FREE! Season-Opening Concert

What: Music, Community, Family
When: Sunday, October 21st at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Landmark Center

Help open the Saint Paul Civic Symphony’s season with this free, family-friendly concert event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. This is a great opportunity for symphony geeks to hear some great music with their community, or to introduce little ones to classical music. The featured soloist will be Michael Kim, the director of the University of Minnesota School of Music.

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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