This Week in Geek (1/21/19–1/27/19)

This Week in Geek 1/21

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 21st to Sunday, January 27th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, January 21st 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, January 21st 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, January 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
Where: REM5 Virtual Reality Laboratory (St. 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.

Coen Brothers Movie Trivia!

What: Trivia, Movies
When: Tuesday, January 22nd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

This movie trivia event presented by If I Only Had A Brain Movie Trivia, has moved to Moon Palace Books. This month’s theme is films by the Coen brothers, so expect questions from across their body of work, including favorites like Fargo. Admission is free, and showing up early to grab a coffee or cider at Geek Love Cafe is strongly encouraged.

YogaQuest Continues: TBD

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, January 22ndth 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: Ritual Of Death

What: Movies
When: Tuesday, January 22nd at 8:30 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-horror gorefest from Brazil promises gruesome practical effects and overall strangeness. Check the Drafthouse’s website for other movie events this week, including showings of American Psycho and Babe.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, January 23rd 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.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

What: Community, Family, Arts, Food & Drink, Music
When: Thursday, January 24th through Sunday, February 3rd
Where: Saint Paul

Winter is here. Enjoy something that sets the Twin Cities apart from most other major metro areas in the country, and brave the extremes that winter can bring with your community. Enjoy a variety of special events including ice bars, winter concerts, ice palaces, parades, and more, as well as art and fun for the whole family. Most events are free and open to the public.

Social Science: Speakeasy

What: Science & Technology, Community, Arts, Nightlife, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be presenting a night straight out of Saint Paul’s torrid, Prohibition-era past with a speakeasy theme. Learn about the science of potent potables with a variety of presenters, including local craft distillery Tatersall Distilling. There will be a variety of activities, including a mystery; check out the website for a full list. Social Science is 21+, with tickets going for $18.95 for nonmembers.

Trivia Against Humanity Thursdays

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, January 24th 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 24th 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, January 24th 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.


What: Movies
When: Thursday, January 24th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

As an immigrant raised by hard-working Kansans, Superman is an inspiring idea of what the American dream can be, of helping others, and humanity (even in an alien as powerful as a mythological demigod). The Parkway Theater will be presenting a 35-millimeter print of 1978’s Superman, with Christopher Reeve in all his decency. Tickets are $9 in advance.

Global Game Jam

What: Science & Tech, Gaming, Arts
When: Friday, January 25th through Sunday, January 27th
Where: Twin Cities PBS

GLITCH will be hosting game designers, writers, artists, and developers from around the Midwest this weekend who will be taking part in the Global Game Jam, and that could include you. This is an intense event where you will work with a team to develop a game in 48 hours. See the website for more schedule-related details, or check out our past article about 2017’s Gamecraft for more info. Tickets for entry are $30 ($25 for students), and all skill levels are welcome.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, January 25th 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).

Multiple Maniacs

What: Movies
When: Friday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 26th at 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 27th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

Multiple Maniacs is part of a screening series of early John Waters films put on by the Trylon. Like many of John Waters’ early films, Multiple Maniacs revels in the gruesome. This film focuses on the exploits of a group of murderous carnival performers, and was strongly inspired by the actions of the real-life Manson family. Tickets are $8.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m.; continuing weekly
Where: Level Up Games (South St. 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.

Minnesota Quidditch Yule Ball 2019

What: Books, Nightlife
When: Friday, January 25th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: McNamara Alumni Center (University of Minnesota)

Witches, wizards, and muggles are all invited to the party of the year: the Minnesota Quidditch Yule Ball. Dance the night away with your wizarding chums, and enjoy Harry Potter cosplay, decorations, refreshments, and merchandise. This event is a fundraiser for the Minnesota Quidditch team, and formal, semiformal, or costume attire is encouraged. Tickets are $35 for couples; $20 for individuals.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, January 25th 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.

Outpost Anime 2019

What: Conventions, Arts, Family
When: Saturday, January 26th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Waterbury Building, Suite 106

Enjoy a day of community brought on by Anime Twin Cities. This free event will include craft workshops, cosplay, screenings, games, prizes, and more. This is the fifth annual Outpost Anime event, and will be family friendly, so come on down and brave the cold for a day of togetherness in fandom.

Wright County Geeks Sci-Fi Saturday

What: Gaming, Movies
When: Saturday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Community Center

Northwest metro sci-fi and fantasy geeks: come on down to the Buffalo Community Center for a casual meetup. The event typically starts off with an informal discussion of games, films, books, TV, and graphic novels before voting on what to watch. This is a very low-key event and is steered by the interests of attendees.

Transvestite Soup Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

What: Film, Theater & Comedy
When: Saturday, January 26th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Uptown Theatre

At 11:55 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month, the Uptown Theatre screens The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the “longest-running midnight movie of all time.” Transvestite Soup is the Twin Cities’ shadow cast for the showings, performing for your pleasure as part of the cult classic’s well-established tradition.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, January 27th 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 27th 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.

Shinnenkai 2019: Japanese New Year Celebration

What: Music, Arts, Family
When: Sunday, January 27th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Washington Technology Magnet School (in the Great Hall)

Celebrate Japanese New Year traditions in this event from the Japan America Society of Minnesota. This event is all about cultural exchange, including performances, food, and activities for children. There will be Taiko, Koto, ballet, and more to enjoy. Tickets are $13 for nonmembers, but there are a variety of possible discounts; see the event listing for a full rundown on tickets.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, January 27th 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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