This Week in Geek (10/22/18–10/28/18)

This Week in Geek 10-22
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 28th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, October 22nd 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 22nd through Sunday, October 28th 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.

Frankenstein at 200!: Monster Readings

What: Books, Educational
When: Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota, Lind Hall, room 207A

Honor the woman who created one of our greatest modern monsters and the first science-fiction novel with a night of monstrous readings by professional actors. Marvel as actors bring Mary Shelley’s “hideous phantasm of a man,” to life, along with reading other 19th-century texts.

Nosferatu with Live Score by Invincible Czars

What: Movies, Music
When: Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

The silent horror classic adapted from Dracula will be screening at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of their October programming with a live score! Enjoy F.W. Murnau’s classic, which was nearly destroyed by copyright infringement suits, with Invincible Czars providing an inventive score incorporating classical and more modern elements. Tickets are $16.24, and anyone under the age of 18 will require adult accompaniment; no children under six are allowed.

YogaQuest Continues: Clue

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, October 23rd 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 Clue, so get ready to connect lead pipes to colonels and libraries! This event costs $15.

Frankenstein: Playing with Fire

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When: Wednesday, October 24th at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 25th at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 26th at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 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.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, October 24th 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 “Drive It Like It’s Stolen,” so get ready for a wild ride in the TARDIS, and brush up on the other topics listed on the event page.

Twin Cities Horror Festival VII

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, October 25th to Sunday, November 4th
Where: Southern Theater

The Twin Cities Horror Festival returns for its seventh year with “11 terrifying days of onstage horror” at Minneapolis’s Southern Theater. See the festival website for the full lineup of horror-themed performances, which include theater, dance, and more. This is a chance to explore deep-seated fears through theater. Please note, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is specifically called out below because it is family friendly.

2018 Book Week Features Nnedi Okorafor

What: Books
When: Thursday October 25th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: McNamara Alumni Center

This is a great chance for book geeks to hear Nnedi Okorafor talk about “Many Faces of Fiction” as part of Book Week 2018. Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning author of Africa-based science fiction and fantasy, writer of the Binti series, Akata Witch, The Shadow Speaker, and Akata Warrior, and she is currently the author of Black Panther comics in Marvel’s latest series, Wakanda Forever. This event is free and open to the public, beginning with a reception before the talk at 6:15 p.m.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, October 25th 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 25th 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 25th 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.

Crypticon Minneapolis

What: Movies, Convention, Music
When: Friday, October 25th to Sunday, October 28th
Where: Hilton Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport

Crypticon returns to the Twin Cities for its 13th-annual horror convention. This event is an opportunity to see horror celebrities, vendors, artists, and films, and to participate in activities including themed parties, cosplay, concerts, gaming, films, “scary-oke,” and more. Guests of honor this year include Linda Blair, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Dana DeLorenzo, Lee Majors, and more. Genre-film fans of all stripes will have something to enjoy here, including a rare Starship Troopers reunion. Tickets start at $50 for the full weekend, and there are a variety of ticket choices.

Virtual Reality Night with Pixel Farm

What: Gaming, Nightlife
When: Friday, October 26th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Bauhaus Brew Labs

Get ready to travel into new worlds created by locals in this unique night of virtual reality at a great local brewery. This is your chance to try full-on VR with the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and sample VR projects, along with a variety of activities like a trivia blitz, a game reveal, and more.

House on Haunted Hill

What: Movies
When: Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 28th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

This horror-cinema classic features Vincent Price as an eccentric millionaire, and money offered to random strangers to survive a night in a haunted mansion. Horror geeks will marvel at Vincent Price in his prime, and cinema geeks may be curious about the spooky “Emergo” process used exclusively for this film. Tickets are $8.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert

What: Music, Movies, Books, Family
When: Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 28th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Enjoy a magical night of cinema and music with dementors, witchcraft, and wizardry, with the accompaniment of the Minnesota Orchestra at this kid-friendly event. Ticket prices vary by seat, but it appears that $40 is the minimum cost for remaining tickets.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, October 26th 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 listed on Meetup and Facebook (check out the full calendar on the event page linked above).

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m., continuing weekly
Where: Level Up Games (South Saint Paul, MN)

The Level Up board-gaming community will be hosting a weekly board-game tournament with promos, prizes, and a chance to learn new games and meet fellow board-game geeks. This event will continue weekly until further notice. Entry for this event is $5, and the featured game for October 26th will be King of New York.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, October 26th 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.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th 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.


What: Educational, Science & Tech, Family
When: Saturday, October 27th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Come for a day of family fun at the Science Museum of Minnesota and see the way that science can make this spooky holiday even more fun! This is a family-friendly day full of tricks, treats, and spooky exhibits! Kids under 12 can get free museum admission if they come in costume, so expect a wide variety of cute/spooky costumes, kids, and more.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

What: Comedy & Theater, Arts, Family
When: Saturday, October 27th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Southern Theater

This all-ages horror show is an adaptation of the classic American horror story by Washington Irving, and it part of the Twin Cities Horror Festival. It follows the story of Katrina Van Tassel, the schoolmaster Ichabod Crane, and the obstacles their love face, including a specter and a human bully. Tickets are $5–$15. The Twin Cities Horror Festival will be running throughout the month as well; see here for more general info.

Wright County Geeks SciFi Saturday

What: Gaming, Movies
When: Saturday, October 27th 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 October is a “Halloween Party,” so get spooky and geeky!

Egypt’s Sunken Cities Opening Party

What: Arts, Educational, Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 27th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Celebrate cities long lost to the sea and the opening of Egypt’s Sunken Cities, a new exhibition at MIA. This exhibit showcases artifacts from two cities that were lost to natural disasters and the Mediterranean Sea for 1,200 years. This will be an epic party, with access to the exhibit, a cash bar, and music by DJ Mike 2600. Tickets are $35.

The Halloween Masquerade Ball

What: Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Ground Zero Nightclub

Come to see and be seen at this Halloween party hosted by Ground Zero. Expect dark decor, dark music, and a mix of scary, sexy, fancy, and cute costumes. Admission to this 21+ event is $20, and there will be a cash bar.

Halloween 1985 with DJ Jake Rudh

What: Nightlife, Music
When: Saturday, October 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Hell’s Kitchen

DJ Jake Rudh of Transmission will be DJing a Halloween night inspired by Stranger Things, and will be familiar to fans of the long-running dance night and radio show on the Current. Expect new wave, indie rock, Britpop, garage, post-punk, synth-pop, and electronic music, along with costumes and other fun. This is an ’80s-inspired night, so expect all kinds of costumes inspired by that decade. Admission is 21+, and $10.

Strange Things

What: Nightlife, Music
When: Saturday, October 27th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Muse Events Center

Come out for a night of Halloween fun put on by Flip Phone and DJ Shannon Blowtorch, with guest Adore Delano (of RuPaul’s Drag Race), and hosted by the legendary Amanda Lepore. There will be performers, including Adore Delano, Nocturna Lee Mission, Vincent the Destroyer, and Tygra, and a costume contest with a $500 cash prize. This is an 18+ event, with tickets starting at $15.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, October 28th 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. Please note: starting November 11th there will be two different classes offered on Sundays.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, October 28th 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.

Wordbrew 6

What: Books, Arts, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, October 28th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

Wordbrew returns for its sixth year of readings from sci-fi, horror, and fantasy authors. This is a free event, and a great chance for genre-lit geeks to geek out with their favorite authors, and discover writers they’ve never been exposed to. After attending this event, you’ll understand why the organizers describe it as “speed dating for speculative fiction.”

Gender Jam: Halloween Prep!

What: Meetup, Community, Arts, Movies
When: Sunday, October 28th 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 pumpkin carving and spooky movies! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Looking for more Halloween-themed events? Check out our guide to Halloween events here.

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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