This Week in Geek (12/17/18–12/23/18)

This Week in Geek 12/17

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 17th to Sunday, December 23rd.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, December 17th 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.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session that “will include short, medium, and long poses, which allow artists to engage with the subject in varying ways” and that “will use a combination of nude and costumed models to support and foster fantasy and science-fiction art.” The goal of hosting this event is to “cultivate a community of artists to share ideas, support each other, and create.”

VR Student Night

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational
When: Tuesday, December 18th 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.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, December 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique—presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History—is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture, featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.” This month’s topic is “Captain Kunkle’s Cosmic Curiosities,” and will be led by astronomer Parke Kunkle and Bell Museum’s planetarium programs coordinator Sarah Komperud. Expect a grand tour of time and space, full of beauty, chaos, and eccentricities. Tickets are $5–$12, online or at the door.

YogaQuest Continues: Die Hard

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, December 18th 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 Die Hard, so fill yourself with the holiday spirit, and hope that’s not a hostage falling from Nakatomi Plaza, and check the meetup group as the event gets closer. This event costs $15.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, December 19th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Steamship Coffee and Tea

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is a “community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, December 19th 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.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, December 20th 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!”

ASSEMBLE! The Trivia Mafia MCU Quiz

What: Trivia, Movies
When: Thursday, December 20th, at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Where: Various—Libertine, Surly Brewing, The Nook, Hop & Barrel Brewing (Hudson, WI), Roundhouse Brewing (Brainerd, MN)

Can you remember the various actors who have portrayed the Hulk? Do you have a team of heroic pedants ready to prove their mettle against other super-nerds? If you think you are up for the challenge, assemble a team of up to six heroes. Costumes are encouraged, and every participant will need to cough up $5 to cover purchases of Vibranium and post-battle shawarma. This event will be taking place in a variety of locations, so check the website for the location nearest you. There will be prizes in the grand Trivia Mafia tradition.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, December 20th 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.

A Klingon Christmas Carol

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, December 20th; Friday, December 21st; and Saturday, December 22nd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Historic Mounds Theatre

This year’s production of A Klingon Christmas Carol continues 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.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey

Double-Blind Improv, presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, is a “short-form improv show where you never know what might happen because neither do we!” Performers and improv games are chosen at random during the show. This show takes place on the third Thursday of every month.

Hamlet, But Hamlet’s a Chicken

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, December 20th and Friday December 21st at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 22nd at 3:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Where: Minnsky Theater

Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. Imagine the Bard’s classic tragedy, full of murder and humanity, but replace the titular character with a chicken. An actual chicken on stage. This works. You owe it to yourself to check it out if you are a fan of fowl, experimental theater, and/or good cheer. This is the result of Grand Island Theater, a collaborative theater company out of Minneapolis. Tickets are $12-25, and Minnsky sells snacks and adult beverages.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, December 21st 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).

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, December 21st 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. Where else can you while away an evening with mech-carnage?

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, December 21st 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.

Geek Rock Christmas Show

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Friday, December 21st at 8:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue

Come rock out with your pocket protector out for this night of geeky musical goodness in one of the greatest musical venues in the United States. Enjoy the geeky musical stylings of Porky’s Groove Machine (think a little bit B-52’s, a little bit Flaming Lips), Pleezer (Weezer-tribute band), and Brett Newski (a world traveler and jingle writer) as they bring down the house. Tickets are $10 for this 18+ show.

Kids Camp The Peanuts Movie

What: Movies, Family
When: Saturday, December 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

Get all the little ones together for a morning of family fun at the Drafthouse, while supporting local charities. Tickets are $1, $3, or $5, with proceeds going to the aforementioned charities. This event will feature a screening of The Peanuts Movie, a big screen, family-friendly animated adaptation of Peanuts. This is your chance to see Charles Schulz’s imagination brought to life on the big screen.

It’s a Wonderful Life

What: Movies
When: Saturday, December 22nd at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

This Christmas classic has something for everyone, from charming depictions of small-town America, to alternate reality, human decency, and excellent performances. Keep supporting this film that under-performed at the box office 70+ years ago, and if you haven’t seen it, get educated on why it’s a classic. The Parkway will be screening a digital version of this film. Tickets vary in price, but presale for adults is $7; see the website for more details.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, December 23rd at 10:15 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 23rd 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 23rd 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 this week for movies, snacks, 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 23rd 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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