This Week in Geek (3/4/19–3/10/19)

TWiG 3/4/19

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

Creative Night

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

Potted Potter

What: Comedy & Theater, Books, Family
When: Tuesday, March 5th to Sunday, March 10th
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. Tickets range from $39.99 to $99.99, and this play will run until March 10.

Books & Bars: The Night Circus

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Urban Growler 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 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, a tale of star-crossed magicians and deadly cunning.

Speculations Event: S.N. Arly Reading

What: Books
When: Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: DreamHaven Books and Comics

S.N. Arly, a local writer of adult and young-adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction, will be present for a reading at DreamHaven Books and Comics. This event is put on by Speculation, a reading series organized by DreamHaven and SF Minnesota. Readers may be familiar with SF Minnesota through their midsummer speculative-fiction convention, Diversicon.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, March 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.

Captain Marvel Opening Night Lobby Party

What: Movies, Family, Meetup
When: Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

Welcome Carol Danvers, the possible savior to the troubled heroes of the MCU, with this opening night party for Captain Marvel. Expect all sorts of fun in the Drafthouse lobby, including cosplay from Minnesota Superheroes United, a pop-up shop, photo opportunities, exclusive limited edition art prints, and exclusive Mondo merch. You could go for all the fun, or just to annoy the internet trolls who preemptively gave this film negative reviews. Up to you.

Game Night!

What: Gaming
When: Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sociable Cider Werks

Join up with a small group of your pals (four per team), and come compete for the chance to win a crowler and the glory of success. This event will feature different games each time, with 30-minute games scored for points, and a bracketing system.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, March 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!”

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Thursday, March 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.

First Thursday Films: Black Panther

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

First Thursday Films, a screening and speaking series at the Capri Theater, will be showing Black Panther, the Oscar-nominated 2018 film focused on the king of a technologically advanced and isolationist African nation. This film succeeds because it creates a compelling and sympathetic antagonist for King T’Challa, and deals with complex socio-cultural issues in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Tickets are $5.

One-Shot Comics Book Club: On a Sunbeam

What: Comics
When: Thursday, March 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 (for real this time, after the last event was cancelled due to snow), 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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 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).

Beers, Books, and Babes

What: Books, Food & Drink, Meetup
When: Friday, March 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Modist Brewing

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the debut of a new IPA made and designed by the women of Modist, called “Has that line ever worked for you before?!” With each pint sold, a dollar will be donated to the Pink Boot Society. There will be DJs playing sets throughout the evening, as well as a book drive for local shelters. So, this is the night for book geeks, local beer nerds, and folks who want to help out. Check it out. PS: The beer is a zero-IBU hazy IPA, so is probably significantly less bitter than your traditional IPA.

Wright County Geeks Tabletop Gaming

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 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.

The Howling

What: Movies
When: Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th at 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 10th at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Where: The Trylon

The Trylon and the Twin Cities Psychotronic Film Society present The Howling, a 1981 Joe Dante film about taking refuge in the wrong place, and a malign paradigm shift. This is a cult horror film from the early 1980s, so expect delightfully strange practical special effects full of impactful and goopy awfulness. Tickets are $8.

Friday Night Board Games

What: Gaming
When: Friday, March 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.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, March 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.

Discover Days: Women in Science

What: Science & Technology, Educational, Family
When: Saturday, March 9th at 11:00 a.m.
Where: The Bakken Museum

This event is your place to ask questions and learn all about career options in STEM fields! This event invites young people, families, and adults to meet women working in the STEM field, doing work from conservation to genetics. Members of the Bakken will receive free admission to this event; Girl and Boy Scouts in uniform will receive a $2 discount.

Saturday Night Space Opera: Marvelous March

What: Gaming
When: Saturday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics and Games

Local sci-fi RPG night Saturday Night Space Opera returns with a night of super-heroic games to celebrate the release of Captain Marvel. This is your chance to try Marvel Heroic RPG in a mashup of classic Marvel storylines, or Shadow of the Century, a game set in the aftermath of a Kree-Skrull war using the Fate rules. This is a free event, all rules will be taught, and no materials are required—just RSVP on the website to snag your spot.

CONTRA-TIEMPO: JoyUS JustUS

What: Music
When: Saturday, March 9th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Dance geeks rejoice! Come for the music and dance, and stay for the affirming message of joy with CONTRA-TIEMPO, an event that seeks to flip the narrative with music and dancing. Enjoy Afro-Cuban, salsa, and urban dance styles brought together. Tickets range from $22 to $42.

Minnesota Reptile Show

What: Family, Educational
When: Sunday, March 10th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: DoubleTree Hilton Bloomington (Minneapolis)

Learn about the chill and scaly vertebrates that came before us and continue to share this Earth with mammals at this expo. The Minnesota Reptile Show is a great opportunity to buy, sell, trade, and just generally experience reptiles. Admission is $8, with discounts available for children.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

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

CONvergence 2019 Art Show Mixer

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Sunday, March 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Summit Brewing Company

If you’ve ever considered displaying your work in the CONvergence art show, or are a long-time contributor, this mixer is for you. Mix and mingle with other artists to spark collaborations and other geeky endeavors. While this event does take place at a brewery, please note that there will be non-alcoholic options and food trucks available.

Poetry Book Club

What: Books
When: Sunday, March 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.

Family Sunday Funday

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