This Week in Geek (2/25/19–3/3/19)

This Week in Geek 2/25

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 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, February 26th 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.

Global Game Jam Play Party 2019

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Tuesday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Keg & Case Market

Game on! This is your chance to explore the 29 games created by locals in last month’s 48-hour Global Game Jam while checking out one of the coolest repurposed spaces in St. Paul. Gaming and creativity nerds can rejoice at the great works people created with significant time limits, while food and beer nerds can enjoy all the libations and food that Keg & Case has to offer. This event is free! Gamers are asked to bring open minds and friends, while jammers are asked to bring the equipment needed to show off their rad new works. None of this would be possible without GLITCH, so check them out.

Potted Potter

What: Comedy & Theater, Books, Family
When: Tuesday, February 26th to Sunday, March 3rd
Where: Pantages Theater

Harry Potter is a media powerhouse that’s now nearly 20 years old, and has spawned movies, books, video games, and more. Potted Potter attempts to distill this media phenomenon into a short parody, while still holding on to what makes the series so special to fans. Per our reviewer, it ends up being “a fun night for Harry Potter fans and theatergoers alike.” Check out our full review here. Prices range from $39.99 to $99.99, and this play will run until March 10.

Movie Trivia!

What: Trivia, Movies
When: Tuesday, February 26th 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. Expect challenging movie trivia, great prize support, and a fun community. Admission is free, and showing up early to grab a coffee or cider at Geek Love Cafe is strongly encouraged.

YogaQuest Continues (?)

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, February 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Blue Box Counseling and Wellness

Come and experience YogaQuest, a blend of yoga and fan-fiction 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. Per the Meetup page, this is the final weekly YogaQuest event; see the Meetup page for more details on further online classes.

Poets & Pints

What: Books, Food & Drink, Comedy & Theater
When: Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Sisyphus Brewing

Poets & Pints is going on its fourth year and will be celebrating with poetry and beer. Come get your poetry socks knocked off by this great lineup, including Roy Guzman, Paula Cisewski, Ibé Kaba, Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, Chris Santiago, Katie Rauk, Peuo Tatyana Tuy, Patrick Werle, Jeanne Lutz, Janaya Martin, and the See More Perspective.

Wibbly Wobbly Wednesday

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, February 27th 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 “Bitchy Trampoline,” so get ready to answer questions about one of the greatest faces in all of time and space, and brush up on the other topics listed on the event page.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, February 27th 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 has other weekly events as well; see the Trivia Against Humanity Facebook page for additional events.

The Moth StorySLAM: Love Hurts

What: Arts, Comedy & Theater
When: Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

Storytelling geeks rejoice! The Moth, a long-running event focused on the art of storytelling, will be coming to the Parkway to examine the way that love can hurt. Come prepared with a five-minute tale of love gone wrong, and the beautiful pain that can come from true intimacy with another human being. This is a StorySLAM show, a competitive open-mic event focused on improving the greater art of storytelling. Tickets are $15.

Cream & Amber Grand Opening

What: Food & Drink, Community
When: Thursday, February 28th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Cream & Amber (Hopkins)

Come and celebrate the opening of a cozy new spot to read, write, socialize, and celebrate coffee, local beer, and the written word. There will be two-dollar-bottomless coffee all day, along with a discount on beer from 4–6 p.m. So, come on down to Hopkins and get cozy.

A Brighter U

What: Science & Technology, Educational
When: Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum

Space adventures may appear outside of the realm of possibility for liberal arts majors. Sure, one could always serve as a counselor aboard a starship, but those postings are limited. This event by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota will propose alternative ways for liberal arts majors to get involved in the greater cosmos with 10-minute talks on a variety of topics. This event is free and open to the public.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, February 28th 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, February 28th 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.

PLAY/TEST

What: Educational, Gaming
When: Friday, March 1st 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 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).

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 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.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 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.

Distant Worlds

What: Music, Gaming
When: Friday, March 1st at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theater

Gaming and music come together to transport fans to the worlds of Final Fantasy, with orchestral renditions of the music of Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura, Masashi Hamauzu, Hitoshi Sakimoto, and others. This performance by the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Grammy winner Arnie Roth. Based on a review of tickets on Saturday, February 23rd, tickets are available starting at $69. There’s a meetup before the show as well; see the event listing here.

Midnight Madness: Alien

What: Movies
When: Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd at 11:55 p.m.
Where: Landmark Uptown Theatre

Is this a simple movie about a haunted house in space? Or a gruesome display of H.R. Giger’s art? Or a surprisingly realistic view of how a crew of space truckers would handle a horrible situation with a dangerous extraterrestrial life form? Alien is a powerful film that manages to upend tropes, showcase Sigourney Weaver’s incredible talent, and look stunning throughout. Suffice to say, this is a film that should be seen, especially on the big screen. Tickets are $9. The theater serves a lot of snacks, drinks, etc., but molecular acid is not on the menu, nor is it allowed.

Free First Saturday: Kids’ Film Fair 2019

What: Film, Family
When: Saturday, March 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Walker Art Center

This free and family-friendly event is aimed at exposing children to the world of art through film. This is a great opportunity to see animated short films from all around the world, and try out activities like stop-motion animation. There will also be gallery admission, and family-friendly food options available. See the event listing for a full list of film shorts being shown.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 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: Beyond the Universe

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

Take a deep dive into the cosmos with Beyond the Universe, an event exploring planets, stars, dust clouds, and the science behind the universe at large. 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.

Huldufólk (Hidden People) Art Show

What: Arts
When: Saturday, March 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Artspace Jackson Flats

This art show is named after the Icelandic and Faroese word for “hidden people,” which commonly refers to elves and other mystical creatures that stay hidden from view. This event will begin with an opening party featuring food trucks, artists, dark ambient music, tarot, live painting, and drum readings. There are a large number of confirmed artists for this event, so check the event page for more specifics. Admission is free with a recommended donation of $2–5.

Cosplay on Ice

What: Arts, Community
When: Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: St. Louis Park Rec Center ROC

Bring all the creative energy of cosplay fun to the ice for this event sponsored by Anime Twin Cities! Get there early, as the first 15 attendees will get free skate rentals. If you’ve ever wanted to see costumed folks on the ice, this is your chance. Per the event page, this is a returning event. Please note: you needn’t come in costume or be an excellent skater to enjoy this event. Admission is free, and skate rentals are $3 once the free rentals are gone.

Repo Man 35th Anniversary

What: Movies
When: Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

Celebrate this extremely quotable and bizarre work of ’80s cinema turning 35 this year with a screening at the Alamo Drafthouse. Repo Man is a film that includes simple stressful work (repossessing property), an opposition to product placement (with brand labels famously covered with generic descriptions of the product—i.e. “Beer,” covering the label of a beer can), and spiraling strangeness. This is an aggressively punk film with a killer soundtrack and a strong sense of strangeness. It deserves to be seen on the big screen, so fork out $, and enjoy.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, March 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.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 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.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, March 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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