Monthly Archive:: February 2019

The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project Is a Fun and Witty Look Into YA Tropes

Film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl in 2007 in a review of the film Elizabethtown. But while the term is relatively young, the type of character it describes is not. In a nutshell, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is (usually) a young woman who is vivacious, quirky, and totally “not like other girls.” She has no depth of character or goals of her own; she exists solely to bring excitement into the life of...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of February 27, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of February 27, 2019. Sweetie Publisher: Action Lab Comics Words/Story: Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli Art/Colors: Sean Dillon “Maggie isn’t your typical comic book, cartoon, and action movie fangirl. Through keen observation and unbending determination, she has taught herself all the death-defying stunts and fighting styles of her favorite action stars and superheroes! Unfortunately, Maggie has kept her eccentric hobby to herself, ever since...

Try Out the Global Game Jam Creations of 2019 at the GLITCH Play Plarty

At the end of January, Minneapolis-based nonprofit GLITCH hosted the local site for Global Game Jam, a yearly hackathon taking place at 860 different locations all over the world in 2019. The participants, called “jammers,” form teams and work to create a video game—from start to finish—over the course of 48 hours. Jammers include musicians, voice actors, narrative designers, and artists. This year, for the first time ever, jammers could participate remotely instead of only in person. On February...

Win FREE Passes to Egypt’s Sunken Cities at the Minneapolis Institute of Art!

At the Minneapolis Institute of Art through April 14, 2019, the Egypt’s Sunken Cities exhibition showcases more than 250 archaeological finds from ancient Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, once lost underwater. From colossal stone statues and steles to jewelry and ceramics, there is a wealth of Egyptian history to see. (Click here for our full article.) Haven’t gotten over to Mia to see it yet? (Or you’ve seen it and can’t wait to go back?) You’re in luck! We’re giving away...

This Week in Geek (2/25/19–3/3/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 25th to Sunday, March 3rd. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, February 25th 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...

Truth Is Beauty in Never Look Away

At the core of Never Look Away is a troubled search for truth. A young boy living in Nazi Germany receives a key piece of advice from his aunt—that everything true is beautiful and that you shouldn’t turn away from any of it. This is the last bit of advice she gives while playing the piano naked before babbling about the true essence of the universe and being hauled off for being mentally unstable. Though she is silenced and...

Star Wars: Outer Rim Takes Players to a Less Civilized Region of Space

In 2011, Roseville-based Fantasy Flight Games announced that they had acquired the rights to create Star Wars tabletop gaming experiences. In the years since, we’ve seen tremendous offerings for just about any type of gamer, from the tactical skirmishes of the X-Wing Miniatures Game, to the story-building nature of FFG’s Narrative Dice System utilized in their line of Star Wars role-playing games. Now, with more successful Star Wars tabletop properties in their library than you can shake a gaffi...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of February 20, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of February 20, 2019.   Sharkey the Bounty Hunter Publisher: Image Comics Words/Story: Mark Millar Art/Colors: Simone Bianchi “Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty hunter who tracks criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career.” Category: Tried and...

Potted Potter Is a Fun Night for Harry Potter Fans and Theatergoers Alike

It’s hard to believe the Harry Potter franchise is two decades old. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday that fans were lining up outside bookstores for a new release, trying not to spoil the next book for those of us who couldn’t read 500 pages in one sitting. Now Potter fans have a theme park, 10 movies (with three more slated for release), a play, and endless merchandise for all four Hogwarts houses to choose from. So in the...

Minnetonka Modern Magic Players Raise Funds for Charity with Weirdcards

Over the weekend of February 2, 2019, the Twin Cities metro experienced a break in the dangerously freezing polar vortex temperatures that had closed schools and forced postal delivery to a halt during the week before. It was a balmy 30-some degrees outdoors, the perfect weather for a groundhog to poke its head out of its burrow as well as for 28 Magic: The Gathering players to stay indoors and raise $600 to help prevent suicide in LGBTQ teens....
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