This Week in Geek (10/29/18–11/4/18)

This Week in Geek 10/29

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 29th to Sunday, November 4th.

Twin Cities Horror Festival VII

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Monday, October 29th 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.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, October 29th 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 Legend of Sleepy Hollow

What: Comedy & Theater, Arts, Family
When: Monday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, November 3rd at 2:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 4th at 2:30 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 above for more general info.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

What: Family, Community, Educational
When: Monday, October 29th to Wednesday, October 31st at 7:00 p.m.
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.

Retro Night

What: Science & Technology, Educational, Family
When: Tuesday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Como Planetarium

Forget what year it is and have a blast at the 1975 Star Ball at the Como Planetarium. This old-school night of space fun will be topped off with a planetarium animated classic, Larry Cat in Space. Costumes are encouraged, kids are welcome, and parking is free. The event itself is $5 per person.

YogaQuest Continues: Halloween

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, October 30th 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 classic horror film Halloween, so improve your balance and core strength to survive the horror of it all! This event costs $15.

Katy Rex Charmed Signing

What: Arts
When: Wednesday, October 31st at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Hot Comics and Collectibles

Come celebrate the release of a new Charmed graphic-novel adaptation by local writer Katy Rex (who also wrote Jade Street Protection Services and 2000AD Sci-Fi Summer Special). This new graphic novel sees the Halliwell sisters of the smash hit supernatural-TV series return in manga format for a new adventure full of magic.

Alaween Halloween Carnival

What: Family, Arts, Movies
When: Wednesday, October 31st at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Woodbury

Come on down to the Alamo Drafthouse to kick off trick-or-treating with a Halloween carnival. Spooky and family friendly, this free event features face painting, a bounce house, carnival games, tricks and treats in the theaters, and spooky specials for the parents at the Vetted Well. Be sure to check out the Alamo for seasonally spooky screenings as well.


What: Movies
When: Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon

Hausu is a classic of Japanese cult cinema and will be screening at the Trylon for Halloween. Hausu follows the story of a number of teenagers traveling to a country house to visit one of their relatives, and features surreal deaths, magic, weird set pieces, and a celebration of friendship. This film is now over 40 years old, but still seems surprising. Tickets are $8. Be sure to check out the Trylon’s other classic horror screenings this week, like The Omen.

Frankenstein at 200!: Ghost Stories

What: Books, Educational
When: Wednesday, October 31st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota, Pillsbury Hall, room 110

Honor the woman who created one of our greatest modern monsters and the first science-fiction novel with a night of ghost stories by graduate and undergraduate students. Students, faculty, and members of the public are invited to an open reading on Halloween night to celebrate Mary Shelley’s creation of Frankenstein, which was born out of a group of friends staging a ghost story-writing competition.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, November 1st 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.

First Thursday Films: Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind

What: Movies, Educational, Music
When: Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films at the Capri Theater—a screening and speaking series—will be showing the Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind, a documentary film about the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, fiddler Joe Thompson (1919–2012). This is a story of music crossing generational gaps, the meteoric rise of a musical group, and of the way that many forms of American music come from early collaboration between black and white people, with origins in Africa (for example, the banjo). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, John Whitehead. Tickets are $5.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, November 1st 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, November 1st 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, November 1st 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.

One-Shot Comics Book Club: Illegal

What: Comics
When: Thursday, November 1st 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 Illegal, written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano. Illegal is a middle-grade comic focused on immigration through the story of one journey from Ghana to Europe, with all the trials in-between. 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.

Supernatural Official Convention

What: Arts, Community
When: Friday November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Minnesota Supernatural fans: this is the place to be on the first weekend in November, as this official convention gives you a chance to connect with other fans, meet stars from the television show, and more. See special guests like Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Kim Rhodes, and more stars from the hit show (see the website for a full list of guests and when they’ll be appearing). Special events include a cosplay contest, a concert, a chat with the director, and a tour of Minneapolis by bus. General-admission tickets are $299, but there are a variety of options available.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, November 2nd 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).

GPS Movie Night

What: Movies
When: Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Join the Geek Partnership Society for a movie night revolving around the theme of fascism, resistance to it, and more. The first film of the night is about a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders hatched by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers during the second World War, and the flammability of old film stock. The second film revolves around an attempt to create a sure-fire flop with “Springtime for Hitler.” This is a free event, but make sure to RSVP online.

Frankenstein at 200!: The Rights of Monsters: Allegory and the Body Politic

What: Books, Educational
When: Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota, Heller Hall, room 1210

Honor the woman who created one of our greatest modern monsters and the first science-fiction novel with a night of stimulating discussion about the importance of monsters when considering human rights. This discussion will be led by University of Tennessee associate professor Gerard Cohen-Vrignaud, the author of Radical Orientalism: Rights, Reform, and Romanticism.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, November 2nd 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.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, November 2nd 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 there will be a different featured game every week.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, November 3rd 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.

Parkway Saturday Matinee: Coco

What: Movies, Music
When: Saturday, November 3rd at 12:30 p.m. (screening at 1:00 p.m.)
Where: Parkway Theater

Come see the award-winning animated film Coco, a story about family, history, and the importance of past generations. Coco is being presented as part of El Burrito Mercado’s Dia de los Muertos celebration events, and if you present your ticket to the movie at El Burrito Mercado, you are eligible for a food discount. Tickets are $5 for kids under the age of 13, or $7 for anyone older. Be sure to check out the Parkway’s website for other events this week (including a screening of the swords-and-sorcery-classic Conan the Barbarian).

The Greatest Gen Khan 2018 Tour!

What: Comedy & Theater, Arts
When: Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Cedar Cultural Center

Come for a live version of the hit Star Trek-podcast The Greatest Generation with hosts Adam and Ben at the Cedar Cultural Center. This is a great event for people who love Star Trek, but can see the absurdity in it. Enjoy a night of off-color jokes, clips, and more. Meetup after the show to hang out with the hosts and Friends of DeSoto. Tickets are $25.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, November 4th 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, and 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, November 4th 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

What: Meetup, Community, Arts, Movies
When: Sunday, November 4th 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 costume party and celebration of all things Halloween! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Saymoukda presents When Everything Was Everything

What: Books, Community, Arts, Family
When: Sunday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers

See Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay present her new work, When Everything Was Everything, a trans-generational narrative told from her imaginings, re-imaginings, and childhood memories of ESL classes, public housing, and more. This picture book is a love letter to survivors, and is illustrated by Cori Nakamura.

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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