This Week in Geek (4/29/19–5/5/19)

This Week in Geek - 4/29

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 29th to Sunday, May 5th.

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 an 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 29th 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 29th 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 30th 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.

Movie Trivia!

What: Trivia, Movies
When: Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Moon Palace Books

This movie-trivia event, presented by If I Only Had a Brain Movie Trivia, continues at Moon Palace Books. Expect challenging movie trivia, great prize support, and a fun community. Admission is free, and showing up early to grab a coffee or cider at Geek Love Cafe is strongly encouraged.

Surly Pizza Upstairs Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, May 1st 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.

MC Lars

What: Music
When: Wednesday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Skyway Theatre

Geek-rapper MC Lars will be coming to Minneapolis for a show at the Skyway Theatre, bringing his brand of “post-punk laptop rap,” to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of This Giant Robot Kills. MC Lars won’t be alone, and will be supported by MC Frontalot, Mega Ran, and Schäffer the Darklord. Tickets for the show are $15.

Trivia Against Humanity Wednesdays

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, May 1st 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.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, May 2nd 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: I Am Young

What: Comics
When: Thursday, May 2nd 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 I Am Young, a series of short stories connected to one central tale of love and music. 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.

Ordway Cabaret: Rise Up!

What: Music
When: Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ordway

Broadway geeks rejoice! The Ordway is presenting a night of passionate Broadway hits such as “Rise Up!” and “The Age of Aquarius.” This event will bring together local performers to show how well these songs can shine. Songs will be performed in a cabaret format, with commentary and personal stories interjected. Tickets are $37. See the Ordway’s website for other music and events this week.

Pronunciation Bee

What: Meetups
When: Thursday, May 2nd at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Strike Theater

English is a beautiful mess of a language, that borrows rules and words from languages all across the globe. As a result, there’s a rich vein of vocabulary that might be challenging for most folks to pronounce. This event seeks to challenge participants by having them pronounce words, and be judged, spelling bee style. Tickets are $10, and participants are to sign up at the show.


What: Educational, Gaming
When: Friday, May 3rd 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, May 3rd 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).

UGG FSA BattleTech Tabletop

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Friday, May 3rd 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.

Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery: Two Lost Souls

What: Comedy & Theater, Music
When: Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Ordway

This event hosted at the Ordway features Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery performing Broadway standards with their own unique twists. Comedy geeks will recognize these two performers from their august bodies of work, including The Office, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Party Down, Best in Show, and more. Tickets to this event start at $58.

GPS UGG Open Gaming

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Saturday, May the 4th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Fantasy Flight Games Center (Roseville)

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.

Star Wars Stories and Padawan Party

What: Family, Books
When: Saturday, May the 4th at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Red Balloon Bookshop (Saint Paul)

Young Padawan learners are invited to this celebration at Red Balloon Bookshop. Attendees can take part in a story time and rhyme-along, engage in some youngster-friendly lightsaber construction, and duel! Costumes are strongly encouraged. Per the event page, the target age for this event is 3–11 (and the grown-up companions of these little Jedi and Sith.).

First Saturday Science: Bug’s Life

What: Educational, Science & Technology, Family
When: Saturday, May the 4th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center

Take a deep dive into the world of insects in all their wiggling, flying, and crawling wonderment. These fascinating little animals are worth learning about due to their critical importance in ecosystems, and general strangeness! This monthly program at Metro State seeks to improve accessibility to science with open programs that can lead folks towards scientific careers, or just greater curiosity. No RSVP required, though young people under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

LEGO Star Wars Event

What: Movies, Family
When: Saturday, May the 4th at 2:00 p.m.
Where: Barnes & Noble (Roseville)

Continue celebrations of “May the Fourth” with this event at Barnes & Noble in Roseville for fans of LEGO and Star Wars. This will be an afternoon of collaborative LEGO-based play, and full of opportunities for other fun, like photo ops with Star Wars standees, and more. There will be a number of special LEGO models available for sale; see the event website for details.

Tabletop Bazaar

What: Gaming, Food & Drink, Community
When: Saturday, May the 4th at 2:00 p.m.; trivia at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Wander North Distillery (Minneapolis)

Wander North to a place full of all the tabletop gaming stuff you never knew you needed! This event features a large number of vendors looking to offload their sweet gaming stuff. Think of it as a giant geeky garage sale held in a distillery, and understand that you need to be there. Most vendors will only take cash, so come prepared. Stick around for Star Wars trivia at 7:00!

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, May the 4th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Central Library

New or neck deep into comics? It doesn’t matter! Share what comics you’ve read this week, get plenty of recommendations, have a drink, share fries, sit back, and have a great time. Additional information about this event is posted on the Girls Only Comic Club’s Facebook group. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to join.

May the 4th Be with You at Dangerous Man

What: Nightlife, Music, Movies
When: Saturday, May the 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Dangerous Man Brewing

Star Wars is a film involving totalitarianism, casual interstellar travel, space wizards, and more. But what really clicks about Star Wars is the rich tapestry of beings living side by side, as exemplified in the Cantina scene. Come celebrate that spirit on May the Fourth with great music from Jake Rudh of Transmission (who has hosted numerous successful Star Wars dance nights), lightsaber fights from the Saber Legion, Blue Milk beer, and more. Cosplay is clearly encouraged. Tickets start at $20.

Shieldmaiden Sunday

What: Gaming, Meetup
When: Sunday, May 5th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Source Comics & Games

Shieldmaiden Sundays are a dedicated space for female nerds and geeks at Source Comics & 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.

May Day Parade

What: Meetup, Community, Arts & Theater
When: Sunday, May 5th at 12:00 p.m.
Where: 25th St. East and Bloomington Ave. South for the parade; Powderhorn Park for the ceremony

Join thousands of people for a celebration of the returning warmth and summer with a cavalcade of creative puppets, masks, and more, and a variety of Twin Cities groups covering a variety of interests from politics to community organizations. The event begins with a parade before moving to Powderhorn Park for its yearly ceremony. This event is organized by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and community organizations. Due to recent funding concerns, this could be the final May Day event, so don’t miss out.

Revenge of the 5th: A Burlesque and Drag Celebration

What: Nightlife, Movies, Food & Drink
When: Sunday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lush

Don’t let the Star Wars celebration stop! Keep it going on May 5th with an evening of nerdy burlesque and drag hosted by Mistress Victoria DeVille. This event will feature nerdy burlesque and drag performers doing their best to take you to a galaxy far, far away. Tickets are $18, or $25 for premium seating.

Al Church’s Cinematic Orchestra Presents: The Phantom of the Opera

What: Movies, Music
When: Sunday, May 5th 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 May’s film is The Phantom of the Opera. See this 1925-horror classic with the musical backing it deserves. 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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