This Week in Geek (4/8/19–4/14/19)

TWiG 4/6/19

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 8th to Sunday, April 14th.

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 8th 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 8th 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.

G. Willow Wilson presents The Bird King

What: Books
When: Monday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Magers & Quinn Booksellers

G. Willow Wilson, a writer responsible for the acclaimed Alif The Unseen and Ms. Marvel, will be at Magers & Quinn promoting her new novel, The Bird King. This work of historical fantasy is set in late-15th-century Granada, and handles both magical maps and the political realities of the Spanish reconquest of former Moorish Spain.

VR Student Night

What: Science & Technology, Gaming, Educational
When: Tuesday, April 9th 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.

Inclusive Language and Avoiding Bias

What: Books, Community, Educational
When: Tuesday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Southdale Library

You exist in a very specific context, and your mental world is shaped by your culture and the circumstances of your birth, life, and more. This educational event from the Professional Editors Network seeks to help avoid unintentionally harming others by writing from your perspective in a way that excludes people with different perspectives, cultural backgrounds, ability, sexuality, and more. Ultimately, your writing can improve if you learn to look at your work more carefully.

Books & Bars: A Game of Thrones

What: Books, Food & Drink
When: Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 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 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.

Surly Pizza Upstairs Game Night

What: Gaming, Food & Drink
When: Wednesday, April 10th 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

TC Trek Trivia: It’s a Family Affair

What: Trivia
When: Wednesday, April 10th 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!”

Mead Hall Melee

What: Gaming
When: Wednesday, April 10th 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 10th 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 11th through Sunday, April 14th; multiple showings
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. For all of these reasons, it’s a delightful story for kids and adults interested in fantasy. 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.

Social Science: Game Night

What: Science & Technology, Community, Arts, Nightlife, Gaming
When: Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota will be presenting a night that celebrates the cutting-edge intersection of art and science represented by gaming. Learn about the science and art of gaming with a variety of presenters, including live game competitions; check out the website for a full list. Social Science is 21+, with tickets going for $18.95 for nonmembers.

Crafty Geek/Make it Sew

What: Arts, Meetup
When: Thursday, April 11th 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!”

The Beldenville Troll: A New England Gothic

What: Comedy & Theater
When: Thursday, April 11th through Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 14th at 4:00 p.m.
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.

Friday Night Magic

What: Gaming
When: Friday, April 12th 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).

Read the Book/See the Movie

What: Movies, Books
When: Friday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: TBD (see posting for more information)

This monthly club looks at films and their literary inspirations. Each meeting begins with a bit of social time, then at 7:30 p.m. the movie screening itself begins. Per the event listing, email club organizers for further information.

Tsuinishi Anime Club

What: Movies
When: Friday, April 12th 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.


What: Movies
When: Friday, April 12th at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, April 14th at 5:00 p.m.
Where: Trylon

Come and see Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s surreal body-horror-science-fiction classic at the Trylon, a local revival-house theater. This is your chance to see James Woods and Debbie Harry together in a plot involving scenes of torture sent secretly to TVs, and possible mind control. Tickets are $8.

The Iron Giant Cereal Party

What: Movies, Food & Drink
When: Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Twin Cities

Come enjoy your Saturday morning the right way at the Drafthouse, with cereal and animated nostalgia. This week’s cereal party will be screening The Iron Giant, an emotionally affecting story of a child, a gigantic alien robot, fear, love and sacrifice for a greater good. The Iron Giant deserves to be seen on a big screen due to the stunning blend of traditional and computer-assisted animation. Tickets are $12.43, and includes access to a cereal buffet.

GeekCraft Expo Twin Cities 2019

What: Arts, Science & Technology, Educational
When: Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Come one and come all for the GeekCraft Expo, a free chance to see the creativity of geeky locals and to learn! Are you looking for something special that is not manufactured and sold anonymously by a massive international corporation? GeekCraft Expo has you covered. In addition to the great stuff you can find, there are learning opportunities such as take-and-make crafting activities for kids and adults. If you want to get in for free, you will need to preregister at the link above, otherwise it’s $2 at the door.


What: Food & Drink, Community, Music, Arts
When: Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Modist Brewing

Modist Brewing will be celebrating three years of North Loop-beer geekery with Printerstellar, a cosmic party full of art, music, space beers, virtual reality, and more. In addition to all the fun, you’ll be able to help send kids to Space Camp. Check out the website for a full list of bands and artists, but note that there will be live space-themed mural painting by the likes of Biafra Inc., music from Astronautalis, and more.

Weekly Comics Chat

What: Meetup, Comics
When: Saturday, April 13th at 3:00 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.

Weekly Belly Dance Classes with Shannon

What: Sports & Fitness
When: Sunday, April 14th 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 14th 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.

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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