This Week in Geek (3/11/19–3/17/19)

TWiG 3/11/19

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 11th to Sunday, March 17th.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, March 11th 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.

CatVideoFest 2019

What: Movies, Community
When: Monday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Landmark Edina Cinema

Cats are ridiculous, kind-of-goofy, lovable little balls of fur that only sort of understand how to be around people, and are the genesis of so much good, good internet content. See these adorable little killing machines in all their glory at the CatVideoFest 2019. Enjoy this communal, theater-exclusive event with your fellow cat-geeks. Tickets are $15.

Tips and Tricks of Fact Checking

What: Community, Educational
When: Tuesday, March 12th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Rondo Community Outreach Library (Saint Paul)

Come to one of Saint Paul’s great public libraries to learn how to turn the tide against fake news. In an increasingly fact-parched media world, learning how to carefully fact-check your own writing is a great way to become a carrier of the light of truth. This event is sponsored by the Professional Editors Network, and will be led by Betsy Barnum, Steve LeBeau, and Paul W. Mamula, PhD.

VR Student Night

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational
When: Tuesday, March 12th 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: The Night Circus

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, March 12th 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 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, a tale of star-crossed magicians and deadly cunning.

History Revealed: Modern Bonds

What: Educational
When: Tuesday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: East Side Freedom Library (Saint Paul)

Raise a glass to local history at this event sponsored by Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery, a local purveyor of beer and wurst with a historic flair, at this monthly series focuses on specific areas of local history. This month’s program is Modern Bonds: Redefining Community in Early Twentieth Century Saint Paul, a discussion led by author Elizabeth Duclos-Orsellos focused on the creation of community in the 20th century, and the ways that people were included or excluded. This is a free event, and registration is handled on a first come, first served basis on their website.

TC Trek Trivia: Sun’s Out Guns Out

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, March 13th 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!”

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, March 13th 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, March 14th 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, March 14th 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 15th 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).

Meet the Finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards

What: Books, Readings
When: Friday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Anderson Library (Minneapolis)

The Minnesota Book Awards and Loft Literary Center present a celebration of this year’s finalists. This event will give you an opportunity to get to know the finalists with a variety of panels showing off their work. Additionally, there will be a reception, a quick Q&A session with the finalists, and a time for wine, dessert, and mingling.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, March 15th 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.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 15th 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.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, March 16th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

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.

Saint Patrick’s Weekend at Tin Whiskers

What: Music, Food & Drink, Community, Family
When: Saturday, March 16th at 12:00 pm to Sunday, March 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Tin Whiskers Brewing Company

Come on down to Saint Paul to celebrate Irish heritage with a weekend full of music, food, good company, good cheer, and beer. There will be live musical performances from the Bellows Brothers, Dorain, students from the Center for Irish Music, and an appearance by the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band. There will be food trucks on site, including Irish fare on Saturday. Expect a variety of beers on hand to celebrate as well, including an Irish-cream stout, and a grasshopper kolsch with mint and chocolate (a green beer that isn’t just dyed green).

Egypt Study Day: Alexandria Through History

What: Books, Educational, Arts
When: Saturday, March 16th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Mia Reception Hall

If you’re a book/knowledge geek, you may consider the destruction of the Library of Alexandria to be a great loss to humanity. This event seeks to focus on Alexandria throughout history, and explore Egyptian book-related material. This is a great chance to learn, with two talks focused on that beautiful storehouse of human knowledge. Tickets are $20.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

What: Movies, Books
When: Saturday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Parkway

Experience the first cinematic outing of the Boy Who Lived at the Parkway with a digital version of 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. See the film that captivated audiences almost 18 years ago, and marvel at just how young all those kids were. This Christopher Columbus film follows the famed boy wizard and his friends through their first year at Hogwarts, and is full of wonder and danger. Tickets are $6 for children under the age of 13, or $8 for anyone older.

Steampunk Tea Soirée

What: Community, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Mad Hatter Restaurant and Tea Room (Anoka)

Enjoy your tea with good company. This soiree brings together tea geeks and steampunk enthusiasts for a night of tea dueling, costume contests, bustles, and tea duels. Tickets are $45, and include tea-party fare, hot tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a cash bar.

Late Night Monster Science: Sympathy for the Devil

What: Comedy & Theater, Educational
When: Saturday, March 16th at 10:30 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Theater

Revered Matt’s Monster Science, a delightful series of talks that take deep and comedic dives into a variety of monsters, returns to discuss a certain man of wealth and taste. I hope you’ve guessed his name by now, but if not, this event will focus on the Christian devil in all of his contradictory natures, from actual rebellious fallen angel, to general interest-tempting serpent, and more. This event will open with entertainment provided by Nissa Nordland Morgan and Nicholas Nelson, and is bound to feature songs about Satan. Tickets are $12.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, March 17th 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.

Flashback Brunch: Ladyhawke

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse

Flashback Brunch, a screening series from the Alamo Drafthouse focused allowing attendees to “get lost in retro films of yesteryear while enjoying brunch,” returns with Ladyhawke. This 1985 romantic fantasy stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Rutger Hauer, and Matthew Broderick, and tells the tale of cursed lovers and a thief, and love that transcends hawk transformations and cruel bishops. Ladyhawke set itself apart with its beautiful cinematography. Tickets are $7.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 17th 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 17th 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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