This Week in Geek (11/12/18–11/18/18)

This Week in Geek 11/12/18

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 12th to Sunday, November 18th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, November 12th 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.

VR Student Night

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational
When: Tuesday, November 13th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory (Saint Louis Park)

This weekly event gives students a 50-percent discount to the VR Menu at REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratories. This is a great opportunity for students of all types (K–12, college, etc.) to explore virtual reality in a great location. There’s a wide variety of possibilities here, including fun, education, and more; see the website for more details.

Books & Bars: The Handmaid’s Tale

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, November 13th at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

Books and 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 Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian science fiction novel, following a young woman living in sexual servitude in a theocratic police state within what was once the United States. The recent Hulu adaptation and political climate have made Margaret Atwood’s novel as relevant as ever before.

YogaQuest Continues: TBD

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, November 13th 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, so be ready for anything! Check back on the website for more information. This event costs $15.

TC Trek Trivia: You Down with IDIC, Yeah You Know Me

What: Trivia, Movies
When: Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Driftwood Char Bar

Hosted by Master Trekkie, TC Trek Trivia consists of five rounds: General Trek (questions covering all things Star Trek); Identify the Image; Ships, Technology, and Cultures; Complete the Quote; and a “Wild Card” round. Questions for each of these five rounds are drawn from all seven Star Trek television series and all 12 films. According to Master Trekkie himself, TC Trek Trivia is “all ages, no cover, food, drinks, and a whole lot of Trek!”

Third Thursday: Egypt’s Sunken Cities

What: Arts, Meetup, Educational
When: Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art continues the free Third Thursday series with an evening of discovery via literature and art to celebrate the opening of a new special exhibition, Egypt’s Sunken Cities. This is your chance to learn about ancient Egyptian gods, myths, and more through artifacts pulled from cities once swallowed by the sea. This event is free and open to the public, and there will be music from Vie Boheme, a cash bar, and activities. Check out our recent article on this new exhibition for more info!

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, November 15th 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 15th 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 15th 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.

The Mads Are Back!

What: Screening, Movies, Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Woodbury

Join Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu for a night of movie riffing in classic MST3K style. This will be a two-evening event, with different movies being screened each night, and you can enjoy meet and greets before and after the showings. Tickets are $21.65, and include the meet and greets, photos, and autographs.

Raiders of the Lost Ark

What: Movies
When: Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

Come see a 35-millimeter screening of the adventure film that was made as a love letter to classic serials, written by Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, and Philip Kaufman, and directed by Steven Spielberg. This film is exciting, fast paced, and uses a charismatic cast to a great effect. If you’ve never seen an Indiana Jones film, this is a great place to start! Tickets are $10.

Renegade Open

What: Gaming
When: Friday, November 16th to Sunday, November 18th
Where: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West

Warhammer and miniatures-gaming geeks can test their mettle at this weekend tournament hosted at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West. There will be narrative tournaments for a variety of games, including Warhammer 40K, Warmachine, and more, and expect beautiful terrain created by the event organizers. Prices vary, but a weekend badge costs $30.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, November 16th 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).

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, November 16th 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 16th at 7:00 p.m.; continuing weekly
Where: Level Up Games (South Saint Paul)

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.

SOUND+VISION MN Pop Culture Collectibles Show

What: Convention, Comics, Arts
When: Saturday, November 17th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Valley Creek Mall

This show features vendors with new, used, vintage, and rare music, as well as comics, toys, memorabilia, and more. It’s a great show for music, comic, and all kinds of other geeks who enjoy collecting rare and hard-to-find pieces. This event is held three times a year and always brings cool new stuff, and Allen Beaulieu, an early Prince photographer, will be a special guest at this week’s event, so come check it out!

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, November 17th 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.

MarsCon Masquerade Ball 2018

What: Nightlife, Music, Arts, Conventions
When: Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza Suites, MSP Airport

Whet your appetite for the sci-fi and fantasy goodness that MarsCon will be bringing in March with a night of fun with your fellow geeks. Have a ball, and enjoy music, costumes, and more! Admission is $10, with discounts given for food-shelf donations. So dance, enjoy some trivia, and get your geek on!

Weekly Belly Dance classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, November 18th at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 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: there are two different classes offered on Sundays. The 10:15 class is intended for all skill levels, and is forgiving for beginners, while the 11:15 class is for an intermediate skill level.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, November 18th 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 18th 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 all about pampering, as participants take part in Spa Day! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, November 18th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory (Saint Louis Park)

This weekly event gives families a chance to experience virtual reality, soda, and pizza for a special price at REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratories. This is a great opportunity for families of all types (K–12, college, etc.) to explore virtual reality in a great Saint Louis Park location. There’s a wide variety of possibilities here, including fun, education and more. See the website for more details. This event is $20 per person, which covers one hour of VR, pizza, and soda.


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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