This Week in Geek (12/31/18–1/6/19)

This Week in Geek, 12/31/18

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 31st to Sunday, January 6th.

Spice Up Your New Years: A Spice Girls New Years Dance Party

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Monday, December 31st at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Ring in the new year with Flip Phone, and spice up your 2019 with this night of nostalgia and cheer! Tickets are $15, and attendees must be 21 years or older. Music will be provided by DJ izzie p, with drag performances by Lila Vera and Tygra. If you want fun top 40 in Saint Paul, this is your event.

Transmission Presents ’80s Prom – A New Year’s Eve Celebration

What: Music, Nightlife
When: Monday, December 31st at 9:00 p.m.
Where: First Avenue Mainroom

Come on down and see why Jake Rudh is one of the most enduring and well-known DJs in the Twin Cities with this celebration of 2019. There will be an ’80s-prom theme, so feel free to wear corny ’80s prom dresses, tuxes, etc., or just come as you are. For those of you unfamiliar with the Transmission dance night, expect a focus on new wave, post-punk, punk, and indie jams. Tickets are $20.

Gotham City New Year’s Eve

What: Nightlife, Food & Drink
When: Monday, December 31st at 9:00 p.m.
Where: Union Rooftop Bar & Grill

Another option to say goodbye to 2018 is Union Rooftop’s Gotham City New Year’s Eve event. Enjoy music and dancing on Union’s (enclosed, heated) rooftop or on a bigger dance floor in the downstairs Rev Ultralounge. This will be a great night for fans of EDM, modern hip-hop, and top-40 music, with whole floors devoted to each. Expect costumes, themes, and decorations on all three levels. Tickets start at $25.

Game-A-Thon 2019

What: Gaming, Family
When: Tuesday, January 1st at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Buffalo Community Center

The Wright County Geeks, a geeky Minnesota organization that focuses on RPGs and science fiction, offers its seventh annual family-friendly gaming day. Play board games, tabletop role-playing games (including games run by local RPG writers, and at least one member of Saturday Night Space Opera), miniatures games, card games, computer games, and more at the Buffalo Community Center. The weather might be cold, but a room full of friendly geeks with games and door prizes could warm anyone up. This event is free.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Thursday, January 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a monthly series hosted by tech nonprofit GLITCH that offers the “opportunity to play works-in-progress, debug recent builds, test out new concepts, and connect with community.” At PLAY/TEST, attendees will find “alphas, betas, and even paper prototypes of games made by students and local game developers.” Creators, players, and game lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

Trivia Against Humanity Thursdays

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

This regular event at Clockwerks, hosted by Sam Spadino and Bacon, represents the convergence of two geeky favorites: a brewery decked out in Steampunk decor 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, January 3rd 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!”

One-Shot Comics Book Club: Sex Criminals

What: Comics
When: Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

One-Shot Comics, a monthly comic series devoted to covering a diverse range of comics and graphic novels, returns with a discussion of Sex Criminals, a hilarious tale of two people with the ability to stop time when they have sex, and using that ability for crime. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.” As usual, you can pick up a copy for 20% off at Moon Palace Books.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, January 3rd 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.

Console Room: Regenerate

What: Conventions
When: Friday, January 4th at 12:00 p.m. to Sunday, January 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hilton MSP Airport/Mall of America

Regenerate into 2019 with this annual gathering of Doctor Who enthusiasts! This year, the guests of honor will be Katy Manning and Neve Mcintosh from the television show. There will be a variety of events on offer, including discussions regarding the various incarnations of the Doctor, interactive events focused on cosplay and props, knitting, and even a bit of wibbly wobbly trivia from TC Trek Trivia. Preregistration is closed at this point, but there should be tickets available at the door; see the website for details.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, January 4th 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).


What: Movies
When: Friday, January 4th and Saturday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, January 6th at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

This 1983-science-fantasy epic has it all, including swords, sorcery, alien hordes, and science fiction. Fans of ’80s swords-and-sorcery film should definitely check this out, especially to support a great local theater like the Trylon. Tickets are $8, but the image of the glaive being thrown around is priceless.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, January 4th 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.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, January 4th 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?

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, January 5th 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.

First Saturday Science: Beyond the Universe

What: Educational, Science & Technology, Family
When: Saturday, January 5th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center

2019 will be a new year, and it’s only fitting that you ring in the new year with ideas that take you beyond the universe that you know, into what lies beyond. This monthly program at Metro State seeks to improve accessibility to science with open programs that can lead folks towards scientific careers, or just greater curiosity. No RSVP required, though young people under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


What: Movies
When: Saturday, January 5th at 4:15 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

See the controversial Watchmen adaptation on the big screen, and see what people would have thought of Zack Snyder ten years ago, before Man of Steel and other recent works. This adaptation of the beloved comic is not without its critics, but it certainly has a visual flair, and some incredible shots. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the great food from the Drafthouse, and the hilarious prosthetic Nixon makeup. No alien-psychic-death squids allowed, but that shouldn’t have to be spelled out. Tickets are $7.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, January 6th 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, January 6th 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, January 6th 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 hanging out, with a theme yet to be determined, see the Facebook group for more info. As always, bring your permission slip if you are under 18.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, January 6th 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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