This Week in Geek (2/4/19–2/10/19)

This Week in Geek - 2/4/19

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 4th to Sunday, February 10th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, February 4th 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 5th 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.

Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under

What: Books
When: Tuesday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Black Dog Café

SubText Books will be bringing Daisy Johnson to Black Dog Café for a reading and discussion of her new novel, Everything Under, with Curtis Sittenfeld. Everything Under is a finalist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, and one of the New York Times Book Review‘s 100 Notable Books of 2018. The book follows the tale of a lexicographer whose life changes when her estranged mother contacts her, sending her to face her greatest fears.

Books & Bars: Good Omens

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lake Monster Brewing

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 Good Omens, a classic collaboration between geek-faves Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Joanna Hathaway’s Dark of the West

What: Books
When: Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Red Balloon Bookshop

Celebrate the upcoming release of Dark of the West, the first in an epic new young-adult-fantasy series, with debut Minnesota author Joanna Hathaway and her author pal Maura Milan (author of Ignite the Stars). This party will include book signings and great conversation. Dark of the West is a romance and war drama full of courtroom intrigue, stolen kisses, and airplane dogfights.

YogaQuest Continues

What: Sports & Fitness, Movies
When: Tuesday, February 5th 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.

On the Verge: Designing for Health

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum

How can we design the world around us to positively impact human health? This event, hosted by Jon Hallberg, MD, associate professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Public Radio commentator, seeks to answer that question with a panel discussion. The discussion will focus on the way that advances in science, engineering, and the humanities can impact human health. General admission for this event is $12; free to museum members.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, February 6th 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.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, February 7th 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!”

Minnsky Players Shadow Cast: The Princess Bride

What: Movies, Comedy and Theater, Family
When: Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Minnsky Theatre

Enjoy a theatrical showing of The Princess Bride, augmented by the Minnsky Theater’s shadow-cast. While the cult classic is playing on the screen, performers will assist with a play by play, props, call backs, and audience interaction, much like some screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets are $17, or $10 for economy seats.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, February 7th 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.

One-Shot Comics Book Club: On a Sunbeam

What: Comics
When: Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

One-Shot Comics, a monthly comic series devoted to covering a diverse range of comics and graphic novels, returns with a discussion of On a Sunbeam, a space-opera story with a rich universe and complex characters. One-Shot Comics strives toward the goals of “creating an inclusive space” and “perpetual awesomeness.” As usual, you can pick up a copy for 20% off at Moon Palace Books.

First Thursday Films: Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

What: Movies, Educational, Music
When: Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capri Theater

First Thursday Films, a screening and speaking series at the Capri Theater, will be showing Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, a film focused on the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones, including musical sequences and intimate portrayals. The screening will be followed by a conversation lead by Ashley Selmer, a Twin Cities-based filmmaker, author, screenwriter, and playwright. Tickets are $5.

Family Board Games Night

What: Gaming, Family
When: Friday, February 8th 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, February 8th 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, February 8th 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. Check out Wright County Geeks’s website for other events as well, such as their new gaming event at the Monticello library.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, February 8th 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, February 8th 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.

The Hidden Fortress

What: Movies
When: Friday, February 8th at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 9th at 9:15 p.m.; and Sunday, February 10th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

This 1958 film by Akira Kurosawa features two bumbling deserters who agree to escort a general (Toshiro Mifune) and a princess (Misa Uehara) across enemy lines. This film is probably most famous for directly influencing the plot outline of Star Wars—another film that could have actually starred Mifune—but per the Trylon, it’s funny, exciting, and deserves to stand on its own. Tickets are $8.

Fearless Five: Noir

What: Theater & Comedy
When: Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Mounds Theatre

See five new plays centered around a single theme: noir. Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, enjoy stories of criminals trying to pull off a heist while outsmarting the law and the censors, a psychic detective and a skeptic, a classic noir tale with a twist, the revelations of an Uber driver, and a positive detective. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, February 8th 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.

Midnight Madness: The Princess Bride

What: Movies
When: Friday, February 8th and Saturday February 9th at 11:59 p.m.
Where: Landmark Uptown Theatre

Midnight Madness, a screening series of cult films, returns to Landmark Uptown Theatre for The Princess Bride. Films screen at midnight, making this perfect for night-owls. The Princess Bride is a cult classic built around the framing story of a bedtime story being read, and features classic fantasy tropes, quotable lines, and general silliness. Tickets are $9.

Thirteen Gears: An Eclectic Steampunk Event

What: Meetup, Arts, Family, Music
When: Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday, February 10th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Grain Belt Brewery Building

Thirteen Gears: An Eclectic Steampunk Event brings steampunk to the Twin Cities with a bazaar, live steampunk bands, tea-dueling, portraiture, flying apparatus contests (paper airplanes), and a costume contest. This year the event has expanded to a two-day affair, and tickets are $7.50 per day, and free for children 7 and under. Please note: There will be an after-party at Clockwerks Brewery on Saturday, once events wind down.

The Iron Giant

What: Movies
When: Saturday, February 9th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Parkway Theater

The Iron Giant is a marvel of late-’90s cinema, and follows the story of a young boy, a massive robot from space, and their friendship. The film is made with a beautiful combination of traditional and computer animation, and is a classic example of a commercial flop with eventual cult success and acclaim. 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.

Rochester Retro Video Game Swap Meet

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, February 9th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Godfather’s Pizza (Rochester)

From our vantage point on the cusp of the 2020s, video games have a long and storied history, and this event at Godfather’s Pizza is a great way to connect to that history. Meet up with your fellow gamers to swap, trade, and purchase old-school-video games, ranging from the Atari to the Xbox and more. The event organizers recommend spending $5 on food if attending the event, but it is otherwise free to attend.

Night Trains

What: Family, Educational
When: Saturday, February 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum

Come enjoy a winter wonderland of model trains under the warm glow of lowered lights. This event showcases beautiful old model passenger trains in a variety of wintry scenes, with miniature Christmas lights and more. Tickets are $15 for individuals, with kids under the age of 4 getting in free; there are group rates available as well.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, February 10th 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, February 10th 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.

Poetry Book Club

What: Books
When: Sunday, February 10th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: SubText Books

Join a group of poetry enthusiasts for a chance to discuss a work of poetry. The club is focused on open discussion, and approaching each work with generosity, even if certain poems may not work for you. Be ready to discuss themes, and the way that the poet is using the tools of poetry. The work this month is If They Come For Us, by Fatimah Asghar.

Family Sunday Funday

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational, Family
When: Sunday, February 10th 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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