This Week in Geek (3/18/19–3/24/19)

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Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 18th to Sunday, March 24th.

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 has a new exhibit, Game Changers, dedicated to showing this history. Enjoy over a 100 playable games including arcade classics, see concept art, and much more. This exhibit is included with museum admission. See our take on it here.

Warp Zone Launch Party at Up-Down

What: Food & Drink, Gaming, Nightlife
When: Monday, March 18th from 3:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Up-Down Arcade Bar (Minneapolis)

Come celebrate the crossroads of art and science at the Warp Zone launch party at Up-Down. Video games bring together art and science, as does brewing, so Surly Brewing, one of Minnesota’s best-known craft brewers, has paired with the Science Museum of Minnesota for Warp Zone, a pilsner celebrating video games (see this article from the Growler for some insight into the importance of big breweries producing innovative non-IPA beers today). So crush some beers, and get your game on for a good cause.

Monday Night Game Night!

What: Gaming
When: Monday, March 18th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Level Up Games (South St. Paul)

While it may be tough diving back into the workweek (at least for those of us with Monday-to-Friday jobs), this event seeks to add fun and levity to Mondays with games. This is your chance to game with your fellows in a fun environment, either bringing your own or borrowing from the store’s library. Decompress and make some new meeple-friendly pals.

GPS Figure Drawing Salon

What: Arts, Educational
When: Monday, March 18th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building

The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session that “will include short, medium, and long poses, which allow artists to engage with the subject in varying ways” and that “will use a combination of nude and costumed models to support and foster fantasy and science-fiction art.” The goal of hosting this event is to “cultivate a community of artists to share ideas, support each other, and create.”

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, March 18th 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.

Vintage Gaming Monday Nights

What: Food & Drink, Gaming
When: Monday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Acadia (Minneapolis)

Come game on and enjoy drink specials from Indeed Brewing. This is a regular event focused on classic video games, specifically classic Nintendo. So if your old-school gaming interests fall on the Nintendo side, come on down for fun and prizes.

Reverend Matt’s Monster Science: Here Be Dragons

What: Comedy & Theater, Educational, Family
When: Monday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Shoreview Library

Reverend Matt’s Monster Science, a recurring comedic lecture series with a focus on monsters, will be taking a wing with dragons this month. Come down to the Shoreview Library for an informative talk about the history and cultural context of dragons. This is a great way to see the common threads in human-mythological narratives, and the way that those common threads are interpreted through varying cultural contexts. This event is free, open to all, and kid friendly.

VR Student Night

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational
When: Tuesday, March 19th 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.

MBPR 2019 Internship Fair

What: Books, Community
When: Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Open Book (Minneapolis)

Book geeks who want to take the leap into the publishing world can learn more at this internship fair organized by Minnesota Book Publishers’ Roundtable. This is a great chance to learn about opportunities in the industry, network, and get your book-geek beak wet. Attendees are encouraged to bring 10 copies of their resume, and be ready to take part in brief informational interviews. This is a free event, but attendance is capped at 150, so RSVP is recommended.

Café Scientifique

What: Educational, Science & Technology
When: Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl

Café Scientifique—presented by the Bell Museum of Natural History—is “a happy hour exchange of ideas about science, environment, and popular culture, featuring experts from a variety of fields on diverse and often provocative topics.” This month’s topic is “Eats, Toots, and Leaves: Diet and the Gut Microbiome” featuring Abigail Johnson. This event will focus on recent studies regarding the internal world of your gut microbiome, and how it is influenced by diet. Tickets are $5–$12, online or at the door.

The Not-So-Silent Planet Ships Out

What: Books, Arts
When: Tuesday, March 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub

The Twin Cities’ “first open-mic dedicated to speculative interpretations of myth” has its final monthly event at Kieran’s Irish Pub on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. This event will be moving to a new space next year, and will be seen out with special guests Pablo Jones, Aimee Kuzenski, and Jeff Henry, and hosted by Ben San De. Others are invited to perform for five- to seven-minute sets and tell attendees about worlds “whose laws of physics differ from our own” and places “of which we’ve never dreamt.”

Indeed We Can Trylon Movie Trivia Night

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, February 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; trivia at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Indeed Brewing

Do you want to support great cinema in the Twin Cities while drinking excellent local beers and showing your trivia prowess? Of course you do. All taproom proceeds during the event will go to the Trylon. Movie-trivia geeks will be in for a treat as well, as Holly Petersen and Andy Hersey will host movie trivia, starting at 8pm.


What: Meetup
When: Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Steamship Coffee and Tea

The Twin Cities Elysium Society hosts a casual meetup on the third Wednesday of each month. This group is a “community and a resource for all manner of goth, not-goth, darksider, freak, punk, metal, steam, cyber, rivet, Victorian, romantic, grufti, espeluznante, emo, otaku, morbidly inclined, dark creative, what-have-you (you know who you are).”

Trash Film Debauchery: Our Robocop Remake

What: Movies
When: Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon Cinema

Long-running local cult-cinema group Trash Film Debauchery returns to the Trylon for Our Robocop Remake, a collaborative remake of the ’80s classic of satire, violence, and dangerous corporate culture. This is a DYI work of love. Tickets are $5.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, March 20th 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.

Brews & Board Games

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Thursday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Clockwerks Brewing

Drink, game, and be merry for a good cause at this event hosted at Clockwerks, and put on by Uffda games. Come meet fellow gamers and have a beer and some food. This event is intended as a way to bring adult gamers together with game developers for hobnobbing and learning new games. There will be happy-hour specials and a raffle at this event, with proceeds going to Gilette Children’s Hospital.

Thursday Night Game Night!

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mead Hall Games

Game on at Mead Hall, a local game shop just south of Downtown Minneapolis. This is a great opportunity to meet up with a community of friendly and avid gamers, show off your favorites, and get shown all the “new hotness” by the event’s organizers. Enjoy!

Running a Small Press: It’s an Adventure!

What: Books, Educational
When: Thursday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Dreamhaven Books and Comics

If you’ve ever wanted to answer the call to adventure and start working in small-press publishing, Catherine Lundoff of Queen of Swords Press, a new small publisher focusing on genre fiction, will be giving a talk at Dreamhaven on her experiences. This talk will give you a chance to benefit from what Catherine has learned since 2017, and the talk will be followed by a Q&A. This event is free, books will be for sale, and refreshments will be served. You can also check out our previous interview with Catherine for more about her writing.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, March 21st 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 21st 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.

Double-Blind Improv

What: Arts, Theater & Comedy
When: Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Honey (Minneapolis)

Double-Blind Improv, presented by Fearless Comedy Productions, is a “short-form improv show where you never know what might happen because neither do we!” Performers and improv games are chosen at random during the show. This show takes place on the third Thursday of every month.

Cherish the Ladies

What: Music
When: Thursday, March 21st at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ordway

Fans of the Irish-American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, as well as other music geeks, have a chance for a memorable night of music. Cherish the Ladies are a Grammy-nominated musical act who are moving into their second decade of creating music. Tickets start at $32.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 22nd 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 22nd 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.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, March 22nd 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.

Jewelry Sale for Sexual Violence Center

What: Arts, Community
When: Saturday, March 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Otter’s Saloon

Enjoy the work of local jewelers and find that special piece you’ve been looking for while supporting a good cause at this event. The Society of Tea and Revolution, a grassroots, progressive organizing group for the MN-politics geeks here, has organized this event where funds will be raised through a jewelry sale and auction to benefit the Sexual Violence Center.

Classic Albums Live Presents: The Beatles Abbey Road

What: Music
When: Saturday, March 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ordway

Music geeks are probably at least aware of the massive cultural impact that the Beatles and their album Abbey Road had on the latter part of the 20th century, with impacts continuing today. Abbey Road will be performed by Classic Albums Live, a traveling performance that combines world-class albums and world-class musicians, bringing them together note for note. Tickets run from $31 to $57.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, March 24th 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 24th 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.

Fearless Presents: Fantastic Voyage Improv

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Sunday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Fearless Presents (824 18th Ave NE, Minneapolis)

Fearless Presents is a monthly showcase from Fearless Comedy Productions focusing on a different comedy act every month. This month the focus will be on Fantastic Voyage Improv, a group that has been performing improv in Anoka for over six years. If you come, you’re in for an unpredictable night of comedy. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

What: Music
When: Sunday, March 24th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ordway

Bagpipes in rock and roll! Music geeks may be curious to see if these are two flavors that go well together, like chocolate and peanut butter, or as the event description states, like AC/DC and Robert Burns. This is your opportunity to find out with a performance from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Tickets start at $48.

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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