This Week in Geek (1/28/19–2/3/19)

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Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 28th to Sunday, February 3rd.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival

What: Community, Family, Arts, Food & Drink, Music
When: Continuing Monday, January 28th 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.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, January 28th 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, January 29th 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.

YogaQuest Continues: TBD

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, January 29th 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 is winding down, and will be replaced by online classes in the near future.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, January 30th 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 also has weekly events at Mortimer’s on Tuesdays. See the Trivia Against Humanity Facebook page for additional events.

City of Lakes Loppet

What: Sports & Fitness, Family, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, January 31st through Sunday, February 3rd
Where: Lake of the Isles

The City of Lakes Loppet is featuring the Urban Cross Country Ski Festival, an opportunity to see a variety of winter sports and enjoy a warm sense of community in the cold. The Loppet returns this year with the Luminary Loppet, an illuminated celebration of winter in the Twin Cities, accompanied by a beer garden and party. There are events starting on Thursday evening, including a variety of races; see the website for more details.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, January 31st 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 31st 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, February 1st 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: Conventions
When: Friday, February 1st through Sunday, February 3rd
Where: Hastings Country Inn

SuperCon returns for the 26th year—as the organizers note, the first such event was during the last Super Bowl hosted in Minnesota. SuperCon promises a relaxing weekend of geeky fun in a laid-back Hastings setting. Expect a video room with constant screenings, space for gaming, space for libations, chilling, and connecting with new and old friends. Registration is $50.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, February 1st 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.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, February 1st 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.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, February 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games

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: Super Soldiers: Fighting from Within

What: Educational, Science & Technology, Family
When: Saturday, February 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center

Take a deep dive into the extraordinarily small world of your immune system, and the tiny defenders that constantly battle to keep you alive. 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.

Groundhog Day

What: Movies
When: Saturday, February 2nd at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

Time-loops! Virtual immortality! Bill Murray! Come see the ’90s classic of self-discovery and heady science-fictional concepts made palatable for general audiences. The Parkway—a local theater with a long history in south Minneapolis—will be screening a digital version of the film. Tickets are $7 in advance, or $8 at the door.

Stand Up Science with Shane Mauss

What: Comedy & Theater, Science and Technology
When: Saturday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Skyway Theater

Science and comedy go together as well as peanut butter and chocolate, because the universe itself can be so huge, confusing, and absurd at times. This event, led by Shane Mauss, brings you a little bit of science with your comedy, and will begin with nerdy comedy from the host before he introduces his guest speakers: Colin DeYoung, Mike Lester, and Bob Krueger. These three guests include a stand-up comic responsible for the “Beware of Brobots,” campaign, and two distinguished professors who work on personality, psychology, and genetics. Tickets are $18.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, February 3rd 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.

Flashback Brunch: WarGames

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, February 3rd at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

As the Doomsday Clock ticks closer to midnight, come and enjoy a brunch full of Cold War and ’80s nostalgia. WarGames—the 1983 film starring Matthew Broderick—is a cautionary tale about the dangers of hacking into the US missile defense system with all of the high-powered computing technology of the early 1980s. Tickets are $7; brunch is not included in the price of tickets.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, February 3rd 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.

RPG Sunday Game Day

What: Gaming
When: Sunday, February 3rd at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

Come get your game on with a game-master with an epic pedigree, who’s been running and playing role-playing games since the 1970s (and with foundational contributors to the hobby, like Dave Arneson). Expect a table-top game of epic proportions, with polyhedral dice flying, and fun had by all! Check the meetup page for more details.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, February 3rd 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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