Monthly Archive:: March 2019

This Week in Geek (4/1/19–4/7/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 1st to Sunday, April 7th. Game Changers What: Educational, Gaming, Family, Arts When: Daily through May 5th; see site for museum hours Where: Science Museum of Minnesota When cutting-edge science and technology interface with art, you can get beautiful things. Video games have been on the forefront of this for decades, and the Science Museum of...

Minnesota’s Gaelynn Lea on Her Identities as a Musician and a Disabled Woman

Gaelynn Lea Tressler, best known just as Gaelynn Lea, is a talented musician who happens to have a disability. She has a form of dwarfism called osteogenesis imperfecta, otherwise known as brittle bone disease. She is also an amazing violinist. Both are part of her identity. Lea is Minnesota grown, born and raised in Duluth. She had many interests growing up, including adaptive ballet and gymnastics, yet music was always her passion. She fell in love with string instruments...

It’s a Visually Stunning New Era for Marvel’s Venom

When it comes to on-screen depictions of Venom, the mishandling of David Michelnie and Todd McFarlane’s creation in the 2007 Spider-Man 3 still stings, and Tom Hardy’s crazed yet slightly entertaining portrayal in the 2018 blockbuster Venom is fresh in the mind. But in the comics, writer Donny Cates and company have been able to take a silly character and put him at the center of a compelling and complex narrative-driven tale that exceeds expectations in all ways. It...

Mad Cave Studios Is Making Fresh Indie Comics

When I first started reading comics, I exclusively read DC comics—I was so hyperfocused on reading about the superheroes dominating the box office that I missed out on the great indie comic series out there. As a result, I have a lot of comics to catch up on. I’m currently reading Moonstruck from by Image Comics, which is a great series with positive LGBTQIA+ relationships, and I’m also trying to be more aware of smaller independent publishers coexisting with...

Tim Burton’s Dumbo Is Whimsical but Strangely Lukewarm

Translating Disney’s animated classic Dumbo into a live-action film presents a number of issues, from the debate of whether or not to make the animal characters talk to how to inflate what was essentially a one-hour animated movie. It’s certainly a challenge, and director Tim Burton steps up to the plate to give it a shot. Choosing Burton might seem baffling, but it’s a rather sound choice considering he specializes in films about outsiders and creating weirdly compelling visuals....

In Both Book and Movie, Five Feet Apart Keeps Its Side Characters at Arm’s Length

A problem many filmmakers face when adapting a book is fan backlash. Not everything in a novel can make it onto the big screen, whether because of time constraints or production limitations or story changes. Time and time again, fans have voiced their complaints about films they say mangle their beloved books, leaving out important elements or adding in unnecessary filler. So what happens when a book and a film are written by the same people and are nearly...

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

Below are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of March 27, 2019. Rise Publisher: Scout Comics Words/Story: Don Aguillo Art/Colors: Don Aguillo “Nine-year-old royal orphan Zakaiah falls heir to the throne of the broken post-apocalyptic kingdom of Pacifica and must endure the Trials of the House of Jasser, a series of tests designed to prepare her to occupy the seat of the kingdom. Recently orphaned and reluctant to embark on a...

Minnesota RollerGirls’ Season 15 Semifinals Set the Stage for the Home-Team Championship

The regular 2018–2019 season of the Minnesota RollerGirls ended back in January on a frigid night, with the Rockits defeating the Dagger Dolls as expected and the Atomic Bombshells winning over the Garda Belts. In February, things couldn’t have been faster as four teams fought to survive in the fierce arena of rolling battle that is the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium. Here’s how the Survival of the Fastest semifinals went down. Rockits vs. Dagger Dolls, First Half In the...

Shazam! Goes Wild with Classic Superhero Fun

If the DC Extended Universe has been giving itself a more dapper makeover since the darker days of Batman v Superman, Shazam! is the pinnacle of taking the DC Comics characters back to their roots. A darker tale just wouldn’t seem to fit for this titular magical hero, a literal child at heart in a big red costume who fought evil worms from space on the comic page. With gleeful Richard Donner–style adventure, earnestness, and knowing sass, this charming...

The Beldenville Troll Is Fascinating, Fantastical Theater at Its Best

It is always a treat to visit small theaters, especially ones that have taken up residence in old buildings that once served a very different purpose. Inevitably, the time-worn architecture imparts a unique character upon the space that’s generally not found among newer, more purpose-built theaters. Too, since space is at a premium, the box office, entryway, coat room and other externalia are, of necessity, cheek by jowl with the seating and stage. In Minneapolis, Open Eye Figure Theatre...
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