This Week in Geek (12/10/18–12/16/18)

This Week in Geek 12-10

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 10th to Sunday, December 16th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, December 10th 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, December 11th 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.

Books & Bars: Kitchen Confidential

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 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 Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential—the updated deluxe version—as an opportunity to revisit Bourdain’s work in the wake of his passing.

YogaQuest Continues: TBD

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, December 11th 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, and check the meetup group as the event gets closer. This event costs $15.

Video Vortex: Satan Claus is Coming to Town

What: Movies
When: Tuesday, December 11th at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

A cult holiday horror film will be on display for the price of a dollar at the Alamo Drafthouse this Tuesday. This VHS Christmas-horror film is coming to town, oozing with blood, stop-motion beasties, ax murders, and other holiday fun. Check the Drafthouse’s website for other holiday movie events this week, including showings of Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Star Wars Holiday Special Toys for Tots Event

What: Movies, Community
When: Wednesday, December 12th at 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

The Star Wars Holiday Special is a sort of bizarre cultural artifact that certain segments of the geek community need to see, and the Bryant-Lake Bowl has been screening it every winter for 12 years to benefit Toys for Tots. Admission to either of Wednesday’s showings is one toy for a tot. Experience Wookiee Life Day in all its glory, and see what George Lucas wanted destroyed for decades.

Cookie House Press 2018

What: Books, Music, Meetup
When: Wednesday, December 12th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Coffee House Press

Enjoy a night of holiday cheer hosted by Minneapolis book publisher Coffee House Press with cookies, treats, beer, wine, books, DJ sets of deep holiday cuts, prizes, and gift wrapping. This event is free and open to the public; if you can, bring cookies to share.

TC Trek Trivia: Taste The Holiday Nog

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, December 12th 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 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!”

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, December 12th 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.


What: Educational, Family, Science & Technology, Arts
When: Thursday, December 13th through Saturday, December 15th; starting at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

Illumination is a multi-day event hosted at the Science Museum of Minnesota focused on light, with a variety of opportunities for learning, fun, and slime creation. Events will include the production of glow-in-the-dark slime, a glowing igloo, releasing snowflakes into a life-size snowglobe, lighting your way with a flashlight, and learning more about light. There will be glow-in-the-dark cocktails on hand for the adventurous. Ticket prices vary with age and membership status, but adult tickets for nonmembers are $18.95. This event will continue throughout December.

Dungeons & Dragons Thursdays

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, December 13th 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, December 13th 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, December 13th 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 at Waldmann

What: Educational, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

Raise a glass to local history at Waldmann Brewery & 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 “Noticing the New Deal,” focused on what happened to Minnesota as a result of the New Deal. This is a free event, and registration is handled on a first come, first served basis on their website.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, December 14th 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).

Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, December 14th 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.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, December 14th 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.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, December 14th 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.

A Klingon Christmas Carol

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre

This year’s production of A Klingon Christmas Carol continues this Friday and Saturday night at the Historic Mounds Theatre in Saint Paul. Presented “in the original Klingon with English supertitles,” it will teach you the true meaning of honor in the face of the long night. General-admission tickets are $18, with VIP tickets for $35. Seating is reserved, and some performances sell out, so advance ticket purchases are recommended.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, December 14th 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.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, December 15th 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.

Local Comic Creator Appreciation Day

What: Arts, Community, Family
When: Saturday, December 15th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Hot Comics and Collectibles

Support and celebrate your local comics book scene, and learn just how jam-packed with talent the Minnesota comics community really is. See a wide variety of local comic artists, and customers who make purchases from these highlighted creators will receive 20% off their Hot Comics purchase for the day (but not Hot Toys or Slideshow products). See the Facebook event page for a full listing of artists.

The Polar Express

What: Movies, Family
When: Saturday, December 15th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

The Parkway Theater will be screening this Tom Hanks-holiday classic on December 15th, for a family-friendly trip into the uncanny valley of the early 2000s, with gorgeous CGI renderings of snowy landscapes, and a trip to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. Presale tickets are $5 for kids under the age of 13, and $7 for people 13 and up.

Wicked Wenches Cabaret: Strip Wars Holiday Special

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, December 15th at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Minnsky Theater

Wicked Wenches Cabaret will be performing their holiday extravaganza featuring an adaptation of the Star Wars Holiday Special in a vaudeville style. “Vaudeville is adult comedy dance theater and is 18+ as there will be adult themes,” so only adults will get to see whether Chewbacca can get back to Kashyyyk to see family for Life Day. Costumes and revelry are encouraged, as there will be adult beverages and a photo booth! Tickets run from $15–30.

Queer Author Holiday Book Sale & Fundraiser

What: Books, Community
When: Saturday, December 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: The L Spot

Support great local geeky authors and local causes at once at the L Spot’s first Queer Author Holiday Book Sale & Fundraiser, raising funds for Reclaim (an organization focused on increasing access to mental health support for queer and trans youth) and Avenues for Homeless Youth (an organization focused on emergency shelter and short term housing for homeless youth). There will be authors reading from their works (see the Facebook page for a complete list) and a used-book sale with 50% of proceeds going to support these organizations.

Geeky Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Pop Up Shop

What: Arts, Community, Gaming, Family
When: Sunday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Arcana Lodge #187 (920 Lowry Ave NE, Minneapolis)

Come on down for a day of local art and check some more geeky or artsy friends and family off your shopping list. This event promises free fun, parking, and refreshments, and will include a charity raffle. So come on down to check out great handmade local gifts, toys, arts, and more.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, December 16th 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 16th 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 16th 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 meet up for movies and crafts! As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, December 16th 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.

If you’re looking to make spirits bright this holiday, please note that throughout the season, Twin Cities Geek is organizing a Holiday Toy & Book Drive through December 11th to support great local organizations. See this link for more details, including local places where you can donate.

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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