This Week in Geek (10/8/18–10/14/18)

TWIG 10/8/18

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 8th to Sunday, October 14th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, October 8th 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.

Minnecade, a GlitchCon Launch Party

What: Nightlife, Games
When: Monday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TPT – Twin Cities PBS

Get your GlitchCon on with this launch party, replete with locally crafted projects from Minnesota game makers, good company, and refreshments. Games will run the gamut from intense multiplayer battles to dramatic adventures and more; there’s a full list of games on the event website. Tickets are free, and there will be a cash bar on site, and even better: you don’t need to bring any quarters! This event is presented by Glitch, and is made possible in partnership with, Twin Cities PBS, and the Knight Foundation.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Minnesota Zoo

What: Family, Community, Educational
When: Monday, October 8th through Sunday, October 14th 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.

Big Trouble In Little China

What: Movies
When: Monday, October 8th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse

John Carpenter’s cult classic is a geeky dream, featuring weird drifter truckers, immortal sorcerers, some kind of Beholder rip-off right out of the Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, and a lead character who is actually the sidekick to the much more capable, but out of focus, hero of the film. This is an 18-and-up showing, but children over the age of six are allowed if accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $7.58.


What: Nightlife, Games, Educational, Arts
When: Tuesday, October 9th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: TPT – Twin Cities PBS

Geeks with a passion for gaming, the arts, and the way that art combines to make games won’t want to miss GlitchCon. GlitchCon is an arts and cultural festival focusing on “makers, doers and thinkers in digital games.” There will be a lunch and keynote, a variety of sessions and panels throughout the day, a happy hour, and a closing ceremony. This event is free, and the keynote speaker will be Freya Holmér, co-founder at Neat Corp, and creator of Shader Forge (a tool for Unity).

Frankenstein: Playing with Fire

What: Comedy & Theater, Books
When: Tuesday, October 9th at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 14th at 7:00 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 9th 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.

Trylon Fundraiser at Up-Down

What: Community, Gaming, Film
When: Wednesday, October 10th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Up-Down Minneapolis

Help keep one local bastion of classic, revival, and cult cinema vibrant with this fundraiser event at Up-Down. For the evening of October 10th, proceeds from video-game token sales will go to support the Trylon. So if you are a classic-film geek, a classic-video-game geek, or a little bit of both, come on down, have some fun, and support a great local resource.

When Everything Was Everything Release Party

What: Books, Community, Arts
When: Wednesday, October 10th at 4:00 p.m. (for the VIP preview) or 5:00 p.m.
Where: Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

Celebrate Minnesota’s first Lao-American picture book with this release party for When Everything Was Everything. The book, written by Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and illustrated by Cori Nakamura, is a love song to the Lao diaspora, survivors of the Vietnam War, and the city of Saint Paul. The event will feature readings, an artist talk-back, and food from Soul Lao and cotton candy from Spinning Wylde. The celebration is free, but there is a $50 VIP preview event including a champagne toast and a raffle for original art.

Books & Bars: The Passage

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books/Geek Love Cafe

Books & Bars is an “open public book club show” hosted and moderated by Minnesota Public Radio senior producer Jeff Kamin which 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 Justin Cronin’s The Passage, a novel about the apocalypse, post-apocalypse, and vampire-like beings, and is soon to be adapted for television. The Passage is a much-lauded novel, earning praise from horror greats like Stephen King.

Social Science: Sci Fi Con

What: Science & Technology, Community, Arts, Nightlife
When: Thursday, October 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be presenting a night straight out of a science-fiction convention. This special Social Science event will focus on fantasy and sci-fi fun, and will give you an opportunity to swing Thor’s hammer, meet Twin Cities Geek people, and more. Costumes encouraged! Social Science is 21+, with tickets going for $18.95 for non-members.

Dungeons & Dragons Thursdays

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, October 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

Come to GlitchHQ on the second Thursday of every month for an open game of Dungeons & Dragons (the RPG that started it all, from Wisconsin’s Gary Gygax and Minnesota’s Dave Arneson) or Mouse Guard (imagine Redwall as an RPG), welcoming new and experienced players alike. The game is played in an open or sandbox style, so don’t worry about missing individual sessions for overarching story—just show up, roll up, survive, and level up! Materials and rules provided.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, October 11th 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 11th 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 11th 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.

History Revealed: A Toast to History

What: Educational, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, October 11th at 7:45 p.m.
Where: Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery

Raise a glass to local history at Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery, a local purveyor of beer and wurst with a historic flair. This monthly series focuses on specific areas of local history, allowing participants to learn while savoring a pint of beer made in a 19th-century style. This month’s program is “Building for Beer in St. Paul’s West End,” taught by Kristin Anderson, a professor of art and architectural history at Augsburg University. This talk will focus on the way that West Seventh was dotted with breweries, biergartens, mansions, and more—all connected to the brewing industry. This is a free event, and registration is handled on a first come, first served basis on their website.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, October 12th 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.

Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Community Center

Tabletop-gaming geeks in the northwest reaches of the Twin Cities metro have a monthly home at Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming. This event is held at the Buffalo Community Center, and will play host to great tabletop-role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and others. Come check it out if you’re curious about RPGs or are looking to make new gaming buddies.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see posting for more information)

This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m. the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information.


What: Movies
When: Friday and Saturday, October 12th and 13th at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 14th at 3:00 p.m.; more showings as well
Where: Trylon

Continue the celebrations of one of the earliest and most impactful works of science fiction with screenings of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and Son of Frankenstein throughout this spooky weekend at the Trylon. See what 1931’s audiences saw, and what an almost-90-year-old interpretation of The Modern Prometheus means to a 2018 audience. Tickets are $8.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, October 12th 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.

Twin Cities Book Festival

What: Books
When: Saturday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Minnesota State Fair

The 18th-annual Twin Cities Book Festival is upon us! Book geeks rejoice for this showcase of all things literary, with local publishers, local talent, great guest speakers, and above all, BOOKS! Admission and parking is free, as are Metro Transit rides to the fairgrounds. This is a great opportunity to see intimate conversations with special guests like the author and musician Dessa, and many more. See the website for a complete schedule.

Discussion of Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams and Bosky Paper

What: Books
When: Saturday, October 13th at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Southeast Library

The Rivendell Group continues its monthly discussion series at Southeast Library to study and enjoy myth and fantasy. This month, the discussion will be on Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams, and the paper “Reconciling Magic and Christianity in the Poetry, Fiction, and Life of Charles Williams” by Bernadette Bosky, so be ready for supernatural thrillers and urban fantasy.

Saturday Night Space Opera: Dead Man’s Hand

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, October 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Local sci-fi RPG night Saturday Night Space Opera returns with a night of spooky exploration in the mutant-filled, technology-haunted future of Terra AD. Dead Man’s Hand will be run using the Mutant Crawl Classics rules (think Gamma World), and involve an expedition into an irradiated ghost ship. This is a free event, all rules will be taught, and no materials are required—just RSVP on the website to snag your spot.

KFAI Presents The Purple Ones 3

What: Nightlife, Music, Arts
When: Saturday, October 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Can Can Wonderland

Come on down to Can Can Wonderland for the third-annual fashion show fundraising event “The Purple Ones.” Local fashion designers will be on display, showing their creations inspired by songs from Minnesota’s only legitimate royalty, the late Prince. This is a great chance to see fashion, hear music from Lakame, and enjoy Can Can’s signature craft cocktails.

Zombie Pub Crawl

What: Music, Arts, Nightlife
When: Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Northeast Minneapolis

The undead horde descends on Minneapolis for an evening of zombies, music, beer, and more. The Zombie Pub Crawl is an annual event celebrating all things zombie, with musical acts including Alison Wonderland, ASAP Ferg, DJ Diesel (aka Shaquille O’Neal), Snow tha Product, and Twista. Enjoy costume contests, pro wrestling, carnival rides, games, and more. Tickets are $39 for general admission, or $90 for a Very Important Zombie Package. Your ticket is redeemable for a wristband, which you will need to take part in the event.

Mixed-Level Belly Dance with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, October 14th 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 14th 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.

Twin Cities Fart Walk

What: Community
When: Sunday, October 14th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Lake Harriet Bandshell

Come together with your community to bring awareness to a cause that effects millions of Americans each year: flatulence. October is Flatulence Awareness Month, and this year the Twin Cities Grown-Up Club will be walking to help blast away stigma suffered by flatulent Americans every day. Meet at the bandshell to hear from honored guests and join in a chant, and then join the group for a walk around the lake, followed by bran muffins and “tiny cups of tepid water.”

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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