This Week in Geek (11/26/18–12/2/18)

This Week in Geek 11/26
Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, November 26th to Sunday, December 2nd.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, November 26th 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 27th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory (Saint Louis Park)

This weekly event gives students 50% off 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.

Cinema Minneapolis

What: Movies
When: Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27th and 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway

Two nights of Twin Cities-indie films. These humorous and critically acclaimed works include stories about private detectives, metal-heads, non-Scandinavian families, and more. Check out the event listings for movie schedules, and be sure to look at night two as well. Tickets are $10.

YogaQuest Continues: Spirited Away

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, November 27th 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 Spirited Away, the classic Studio Ghibli animated-fantasy film, so build up the flexibility you’d need to go on an otherworldly journey. This event costs $15.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Modist Brewing

This regular event at Modist, hosted by Sam Spadino and Bacon, represents the convergence of two geeky favorites: a brewery that geeks out for innovative beer and absurd trivia. Trivia Against Humanity has also expanded and now has weekly events at Mortimer’s and Glam Doll on Tuesdays and other times. See the Trivia Against Humanity Facebook page for additional events.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, November 28th 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 “Dear Doctor,” so get ready to answer questions about The Doctor, and brush up on the other topics listed on the event page.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, November 29th 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!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, November 29th 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.

Jurassic Quest

What: Science & Technology, Arts, Family
When: Friday, November 30th at 3:00 p.m. until Sunday, December 2nd at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Jurassic Quest is a traveling event featuring life-sized and highly detailed replica dinosaurs capable of roaring and moving, running the gamut from adorable baby dinos to gigantic creatures (which can be ridden). There’s a wide variety of fun to be had here, including the life-size dinosaurs, crafts, movies, science, and more. There are basic tickets available to enter the event, and other possible add-ons, including green-screen photography and face painting. General admission is $20, with a number of other options available.

Saint Paul European Christmas Market

What: Arts, Community, Food & Drink
When: Friday, November 30th at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday December 1st at 11:00 a.m.; and Sunday, December 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Union Depot (East Plaza)

Enjoy the warmth of your community at this open-air, European-style Christmas market in Saint Paul, with handmade local gifts and decor, European-inspired food and delicacies, and of course, Glühwein (spiced mulled wine). These markets are popular in Germany and Austria during the advent season, and bring warmth and cheer in spite of looming winter.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mischief Toy Store

Mischief Toy Store in Saint 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).

All the Creatures Were Stirring

What: Movies
When: Friday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

Get in the holiday spirit with this Christmas-horror-anthology film featuring stories of demons, boring office parties, and stalkers. Tickets are $7.58, and the start time is fairly strict due to the Alamo’s late policy. Check out the Alamo Drafthouse for other movie events this week, including screenings of UHF and Conan: The Barbarian.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, November 30th 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.

Gothess Presents: Ghoulfriends

What: Music, Arts
When: Friday, November 30th at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Music at Moon Palace (3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis)

Collaboration is the name of the game with Ghoulfriends, a new coven from Gothess. This is a night of music and art, with DJs, art vendors, and visuals by VJ Wednesday of Gothess. This is a great opportunity to come together with your fellow darklings for a night of creativity and togetherness. All queer/trans/POC and allies are explicitly welcome, and this event is 21+ with a $5 cover.

Twin Cities Largest Tea Tasting!

What: Food & Drink
When: Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Mrs. Kelly’s Tea (77 13th Ave NE, Suite 103, Minneapolis)

No reservations are necessary for this event featuring a wide variety of tea for tasting, a qualified tea blender to fulfill special requests, tea-related pottery, cheesecakes, and more. This is a great opportunity to shop, meet your fellow tea enthusiasts, and help a great cause, as admission is free but there is a suggested donation of $3, or a non-perishable food item.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

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.

Julmarknad – ASI’s Christmas Market & Festival

What: Arts, Food & Drink, Community, Music
When: Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m.; Sunday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m.
Where: American Swedish Institute (Minneapolis)

Julmarknad is the American Swedish Institute’s Christmas market and holiday weekend festival, with handcrafted goods from local and regional artists, musical performances, traditional food, and Santa. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for children, and free for ASL members and children under five. So, enjoy some Swedish meatballs and warm glögg while taking in art; see the event site for details and artist listings.

Holiday Geek Expo

What: Community, Arts, Books
When: Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Hallie Q Brown Community Center (Saint Paul)

Hang out at the Hallie Q Brown Center for a weekend of geeky fun by playing games, shopping, snacking, and meeting artists and authors. Meet and mingle with your fellow geeks, and just have fun! Costumes welcome.

Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore

What: Books, Food & Drink, Community, Arts
When: Saturday, December 1st at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The AZ Gallery (300 Prince St., Suite 130, Saint Paul)

Geek out to the local with this event full of local authors, arts, and beer! This is a great chance to catch up with some of your favorite authors over a pint, or to track down that new great thing that will inspire you, whether it’s a book or a piece of art. Food and drink will be available thanks to Big River Pizza and Black Dog Cafe.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, December 2nd 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 beginners may find more forgiving, while the 11:15 class is for an intermediate skill level.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, December 2nd 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, Gaming
When: Sunday, December 2nd at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Pillsbury House Theatre (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 experiencing new worlds with a trans-friendly session of Dungeons & Dragons run by one of the event coordinators! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
Where: REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory

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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