This Week in Geek (1/7/19–1/13/19)

This Week in Geek 1/7/19

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 7th to Sunday, January 13th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, January 7th 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.

Stephen King Rules: Pet Semetary 30th Anniversary

What: Movies, Books
When: Monday, January 7th at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

This Stephen King classic will be returning to the screen soon, and features truly creepy discussions about death, and why that permanence is important. Expect a mix of despair, strange and gory special effects, and quotable lines from lovable old New England farmers. Tickets are $7. Spoiler warning, and content warning: for those of you who cannot handle child endangerment or death, this might not be the film for you.

VR Student Night

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational
When: Tuesday, January 8th 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.

Books & Bars: Burn Baby Burn

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

Books & 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 Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina, a riveting coming-of-age story set in New York during 1977, with the backdrop of serial killings, arson, blackouts, and a city that feels like it’s on the edge.

Magic: The Gathering Tournament at Modist

What: Food & Drink, Gaming
When: Wednesday, January 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Modist Brewing Company

Take on your rival planeswalkers in a local brewery made famous for geeking out with innovative beers. This will be a chaos booster draft with a $15 entry fee. There will be prizes, including card packs per win, and extra prize support from the host. Play one of the more enduring and popular modern card games in the brewery that brought you geeky beers like Dungeon Juice and Ritual Night.

TC Trek Trivia: Disco Fever

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, January 9th 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!” Gear up for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery with this night of trivia!

Trivia Against Humanity Thursdays

What: Trivia
When: Thursday, January 10th 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 10th 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 10th 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, January 10th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

Raise a glass to local history at Waldmann Brewery and 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 “The Case of Ed Phelan,” a delve into a murder most foul. This is a free event, and registration is handled on a first come, first served basis on their website.

Family Board Games Night

What: Gaming, Family
When: Friday, January 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Fair Trade Books (Red Wing)

This promises to be a fun night of gaming for one and all, and is explicitly family friendly. Fair Trade Books will be pairing up with Rivertown Comics and Games for a night of fun. Bring your favorite games to share and meet new friends; multiplayer-card games are welcome as well. Family Board Game night will recur in February.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, January 11th 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, January 11th 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, January 11th 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.

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, January 11th 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.

Shogun Assassin

What: Movies
When: Friday, January 11th and Saturday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, January 13th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: The Trylon

The Trylon, a bastion of revival cinema in Minneapolis, presents Shogun Assassin, a 1980 grindhouse epic of swordplay, revenge, and blood. While some may say that revenge is a dish best served cold, this film counters that it should be served with decapitations and geysers of blood. Film collector Dan Halsted will be present for all screenings. Tickets are $8.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, January 11th 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.

Beginner’s Painting Course

What: Arts, Gaming, Family
When: Saturday, January 12th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Tower Games

Turn that grey piece of plastic into an eye-grabbing gaming accessory at this beginner’s painting course at Tower Games. Have you ever wandered a convention floor or a gaming shop, and marveled at peoples’ gorgeous space marines or RPG minis, but thought that the level of detail would be impossible to achieve? This course will help show you that anyone can take a mini and make it their own. This event will be hosted at Tower Games, a friendly local game shop in south Minneapolis.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

What: Movies
When: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

The local cinema heroes at the Parkway will be bringing the ultimate frivolous sick day to the big screen with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This John Hughes ’80s classic delves into the importance of stepping away from responsibilities, and making the most of your time on earth. Tickets are $7 in advance.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, January 13th 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 13th 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.

Annual Dance Ball—All Are Welcome

What: Sports & Fitness, Music, Arts
When: Sunday, January 13th at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Brookdale Library

The Terpsichory Courtly Dance Troupe invites you to an afternoon of courtly dancing in a place of letters. Tickets are free, and RSVPs are not required. This is your chance to learn some Renaissance-era dance favorites with a welcoming group. Snacks will be available, as will good company. What could be better?

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, January 13th 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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