This Week in Geek (4/1/19–4/7/19)

TWiG 4/1/19

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 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, and you can check out our take on it here.

Monday Night Game Night

What: Gaming
When: Monday, April 1st 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.

Creative Night

What: Arts, Community
When: Monday, April 1st 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, April 2nd 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: A Game of Thrones

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, April 2nd 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 A Game of Thrones, the first novel in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and the basis for the hit HBO series. This is a gritty, low-fantasy novel of vicious politics, feudalism, and a large cast of characters.

GPS Geeks Read

What: Books, Community
When: Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: 1121 Jackson St. NE (Minneapolis)

Geeks Read, a monthly reading meetup put on by the Geek Partnership Society, returns for an April meetup focused on comics. This month, the group will be discussing Order of the Stick 1st Vol.: Dungeon Crawling Fools by Rich Burlew. This comic parodies popular tabletop-role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, and delights in the absurd.


What: Comedy & Theater, Music
When: Tuesday, April 2nd through Saturday, April 6th at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Ordway

Laugh along to a loving wink at the works of Monty Python in this Tony Award-winning musical. This work mostly focuses on ground covered in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, so expect silliness and darkness as knights quest towards the grail, only to face flying cows and more. Tickets start at $34 for standing room only.

Surly Pizza Upstairs Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Surly Brewing Co,

This weekly event at Surly Brewing is an invitation to enjoy some games, company, and food specials. Guests are invited to grab a drink, grab a game from their library, and be merry. This gaming is all supported by a special where $40 gets you a pitcher of beer, a pizza, appetizer or salad, and dessert

Mead Hall Melee

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mead Hall Games

Get your competitive gaming on with this evening of Super Smash Bros. Melee in a bracket form. This will be a weekly event, entry is $10, and participants are encouraged to bring their own controllers and/or setups if possible. Can you win glory and kudos?

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Modist Brewing Co.

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.

The Hobbit

What: Comedy & Theater, Books, Family
When: Thursday, April 4th through Sunday, April 7th; multiple showings; continuing until April 14th
Where: Children’s Theatre Company

The Hobbit, Tolkien’s excellent children’s fantasy novel, and arguably many folks introduction into the genre, tells the tale of a reluctant adventurer, dwarves, and a dragon. It’s a simpler tale than The Lord of the Rings, with stakes that are easy to grasp, and a clear character arc for its lead. Shows run two hours, with a 20-minute intermission. See the website for a detailed list of showtimes and ticket options, and read our review of the production.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, April 4th 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!”

One-Shot Comics Book Club: Queer: A Graphic History

What: Comics
When: Thursday, April 4th 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 Queer: A Graphic History, a book that shows the history of LGBTQ+ people in a variety of cultural arenas. 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.

The Beldenville Troll: A New England Gothic

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, April 4th through Saturday, April 6th at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 7th at 4:00 p.m.; continuing until April 14th
Where: Open Eye Figure Theatre

See a real visual spectacle of puppetry and set design in The Beldenville Troll, a tale of ending childhoods, New England, and a troll. This visually rich work of theater will be supplemented with a museum of artifacts from Beldenville. Tickets are $24. This event is recommended for a PG-13 audience due to language and imagery.

Twin Cities Independent Comic Expo 2019

What: Arts, Books, Community
When: Friday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m.; Saturday, April 6th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: 2501 Stevens Avenue (Minneapolis)

See the comic works from bright young minds at the Twin Cities Comic Expo put on by MCAD Comics. Students will be present selling original art, stickers, prints, and more. This is your chance to be wowed by the next generation of comic artists, and take home great pieces for your collection. Come for the art, the intriguing panels, and demonstrations.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Friday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: GlitchHQ

PLAY/TEST is a monthly series hosted by tech nonprofit GLITCH that offers the “opportunity to play works-in-progress, debug recent builds, test out new concepts, and connect with community.” At PLAY/TEST, attendees will find “alphas, betas, and even paper prototypes of games made by students and local game developers.” Creators, players, and game lovers of all skill levels are welcome.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, April 5th 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).

Blade Runner (Final Cut)

What: Movies
When: Friday, April 5th through Sunday, April 7th; multiple showings
Where: Trylon Cinema

Come see the final cut of Ridley Scott’s science-fiction masterpiece. Blade Runner is set in a chilling version of the future as imagined by the ’80s (actually, our present, if based on the year the film is set), full of corporate powerhouses, off-world colonization, and human-like replicants created to do dangerous work. The film is a noir thriller focused on capturing dangerous rogue replicants, and asks serious questions about humanity. Tickets are $8, and there are showings throughout the weekend; see the website for details.

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, April 5th 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 monthly on 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.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, April 6th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center

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.

The Unicorn Art Show Fifth Anniversary

What: Arts
When: Saturday, April 6th at 4:00 p.m.
Where: Artspace Jackson Flats

Who would want to miss the fifth confluence of unicorns and art? Both are symbols of the power and majesty of the human imagination, and the little bit of magic it brings to our lives. Guests are invited to don their best princess or prince garb, and come in style to celebrate the great horned one in art. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. There will be face painting, tarot, magical beverages (from Fulton and Twin Spirits), food, and cupcakes.

Studio Ghibli: Princess Mononoke

What: Movies
When: Saturday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse

Princess Mononoke is a number of things at once: a visually stunning fantasy film, a mediation on humanity’s relationship to nature in the face of modernization, and a character study. This film is worth seeing in the theater for any of those reasons. The Alamo Drafthouse will be screening a dubbed version of the film, with great voice talent including Gillian Anderson. Tickets are $7, and as of the time of this writing, there are less than 30 seats remaining.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Central Library

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.

Rave of Thrones, with DJ Hodor

What: Nightlife, Music
When: Saturday, April 6th at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Skyway Theater

DJ Hodor, aka Kristian Nairn, a house DJ with years of touring experience, but better known to most for his turn as Hodor on Game of Thrones, will be bringing a DJ set to the Skyway. Expect a night of electronic music, including a blend of progressive and tech house. Tickets are $20 in advance.

MN Toy Posse Spring Sale

What: Arts, Community, Family
When: Sunday, April 7th at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Bloomington Knights of Columbus

Seek out vintage and new toys and other plunder to bring back to your home! This event at the Bloomington Knights of Columbus will be a great opportunity to track down rare stuff you might not otherwise find, and get in contact with other toy geeks. There will be over 70 tables worth of goodness.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, April 7th 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, April 7th 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.

Al Church’s Cinematic Orchestra Presents: Nosferatu

What: Movies, Music
When: Sunday, April 7th at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Parkway Theater

Al Church, a prolific and versatile musician in the local scene who plays with a variety of bands, and has backed up local greats like Gaelynn Lea, will be bringing his musical talents to a new monthly movie series. This Cinematic Orchestra will provide live backing tracks to classic films, and April’s film is Nosferatu, the nearly 100-year-old horror classic. See the silent tale of Count Orlok and his reign of terror with a musical backing. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $15 at the door.

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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